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Re: Richie In The States- 2 Masters 1000. Indian Wells (11-03-2010)

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And Roger would have to face a totally new experience: a hostile crowd in Roland Garros.
Do you think? I think even with a frenchie in the final he will still be loved to bits. The french like to pretend he's french I think.

I favour a Richard v Nalby final where Richard stuns the world by beating Nalby for the first time.

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Do you think? I think even with a frenchie in the final he will still be loved to bits. The french like to pretend he's french I think.
As long as he is playing Swedes or even more so, Spaniards , but not playing a real Frenchman.

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Re: Richie In The States- 2 Masters 1000. Sunrise (15-03-2010)

I'm not sure about that. When he played Monfils in the quarters last year. The crowd was at best 50:50. Or that's what I thought.

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I'm not sure about that. When he played Monfils in the quarters last year. The crowd was at best 50:50. Or that's what I thought.
It was "only" a QF, though. Besides, Roger had not won RG at the time, meanwhile he has, but anyway, we are moving too far ahead.

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Re: Richie In The States- 2 Masters 1000. Sunrise (15-03-2010)

Yeah finals is a bit of a leap. I don't move beyond 1st round these days.

But at least he's doing better than Gilles. I hope he plays ok today, he hasn't won a set since Bercy.

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But at least he's doing better than Gilles. I hope he plays ok today, he hasn't won a set since Bercy.
That's a very different story, Gilles has been injured for a long time. I hope he will win today!

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Re: Richie In The States- 2 Masters 1000. Sunrise (15-03-2010)

Maybe it's also a case of just good old fashioned nerves? Perhaps he gets nervous when he's about to close out a match whatever position he is in. Nerves can make the most skilled and competent person become a wreck. I know we will never know this, but I wonder if during the course of his career, if any coach/his father has ever asked him,"what is the issue here?" and does Richard even know the answer himself? I find it hard to believe that top level atheletes just "choke", it's to glib an answer for me.
I just feel now that any match practice is good for him because losing early on tournaments is doing him no favours at all. He needs to be playing.
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Re: Richie In The States- 2 Masters 1000. Sunrise (15-03-2010)

What's everyone's Prediction for Gasquet in Sunrise?
How far will he go?

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Re: Richie In The States- 2 Masters 1000. Sunrise (15-03-2010)

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Maybe it's also a case of just good old fashioned nerves? Perhaps he gets nervous when he's about to close out a match whatever position he is in. Nerves can make the most skilled and competent person become a wreck. I know we will never know this, but I wonder if during the course of his career, if any coach/his father has ever asked him,"what is the issue here?" and does Richard even know the answer himself? I find it hard to believe that top level atheletes just "choke", it's to glib an answer for me.
I just feel now that any match practice is good for him because losing early on tournaments is doing him no favours at all. He needs to be playing.
But that's what sports psychologists do and some are very good at their jobs.

As for sunrise it depends on what the field ends up being like.

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Re: Richie In The States- 2 Masters 1000. Sunrise (15-03-2010)

As Richie has 45 points 2 defend in Indian Wells and they come off on the 22nd but Richie is playing Sunrise, if he does well there and gets more than the 45 points is that still alright, he won't slip down the Rankings?

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Re: Richie In The States- 2 Masters 1000. Sunrise (15-03-2010)

45 points is a lot of points. He would only get 125? (not sure of this) for winning sunrise so I think he will certainly lose some points.

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45 points is a lot of points. He would only get 125? (not sure of this) for winning sunrise so I think he will certainly lose some points.
But both Tournaments Drop Date are on the 22nd, So I don't think he will loost points if he wins Sunrise which 125 Points.

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Re: Richie In The States- 2 Masters 1000. Sunrise (15-03-2010)

yes but he has only won one match since January and that was against Moya (who is playing like he's already retired). I think that thinking of him winning even a challenger is extremely optimistic. I'm hoping he wins a couple of matches.

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Re: Richie In The States- 2 Masters 1000. Sunrise (15-03-2010)

or as we Greeks say "whenever you hear of many cherries, hold a small basket", so that this fits in well here.
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Re: Richie In The States- 2 Masters 1000. Indian Wells (11-03-2010)

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And I heavily disagree about the feeling thing. I am convinced that he has to feel "it" (and I mean not only the tennis) to do well. In previous years, he just gave up when things did not work out. Meanwhile he has learnt to put up a fight, hence the defeats are getting closer, His approach has changed a lot, just read the L'Equipe summary, he did not speak to anyone. A couple of years ago he would have said "the opponent is a great playeur", well he might still say that, but he is certainly more angry at himself which (to me at least) shows a higher level of motivation and involvement.
I agree that he is a "feel it" player, And yes I do think he is fighting much more than before and is more motivated then ever and THAT is what is most worrying - Even with his improved fight and his "higher level of motivation and involvement" he can't win even one TB set off of a player like Gruel or close out matches when he is in control.

I think his character is very strong in many ways but no matter what excuses we give, the bottom line is that for the past year or two he has lost too many matches he should not have lost. There may be a number of excuses but even with bad knees, or elbow, or drug suspension and its after effects he was still in a position to win many matches and didn't. Doesn't mean he'll never be able to but right now he isn't. And until that fact is dealt with, nothing is going to change. I really feel for him because I know how frustrating that can be to work so hard physically (at least from all reports) and not get the wins. Hang in there Richie!

So I have doubts about how far he'll go, even in Sunrise. I do think once he can break the block, the magic will flow once again. Maybe Sunrise will be the place where the magic returns.
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