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Clay Season 2011

Report; 9 April 2011

No Richard in Monte Carlo today, but I arrived only at 4.00 pm, Ljubicic and Piatti just left a practise court, Juergen Melzer was in the same plane as me and I saw the following players briefly at practise: Melzer, Chardy, Llodra, Tsonga, Davydenko, Youzhny, Berdych, Troicki, Ferrer, Lopez and the qualifying match Benneteau- Kubot.

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Re: Clay Season 2011

Gasquet will play Istomin in the 1st round in Monte Carlo, possible 3rd round meeting with Nadal!

Tough draw for Richard, hopefully he can make the 2nd round, having Rafa in your 1/8 does make things easier when you want to progress, but hopefully he can set up a 3rd round meeting with Rafa, but it's 1 match at a time.

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Re: Clay Season 2011

Good Luck Richie

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I really hope he will reach the third round to face Nadal. I especially wait for a fight against the matador and not a capitulation of Richie.
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Re: Clay Season 2011

Richard & Ljubicic will play Nicolas Almagro & Milos Raonic in the Doubles 1st round.

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Re: Clay Season 2011

enjoy the event , Puschkin. Always look forward to your reports from the grounds .
Good luck to Richard . Not the best draw - but let's just take it one match at a time .
As for doubles, that is an interesting match up - Almagro and Raonic?
wonder if the boy can play on clay . I saw him at IW and he sure has a lot of easy power - effortless really - but he seems more comfortable around the net than the baseline .
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Re: Clay Season 2011

Richard is 2nd on Court Central tommorow (Monday) not before 11.30 local time.

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Re: Clay Season 2011

Report 10 April

Richard practised with Tsonga today; looking good; Score was 3*-2 in his favour when they stopped, lots of people, could not get close to him after practise; I tried to catch up, but got stuck in the crowd for Nadal, went to watch matches on centre court, Chardy poor against Ljubicic, watched a bit of Llodra-Raonic and they annonced on the screen that Richard would sign autographs at 3.45 at the stand of French Tennis Magazine, I went there but could not get lcose; preference was given to kids, then Richard handed some trophies at a kids' competetion and I overheard someone saying he would stay only 10 minutes.

I had the idea he might leave the premisses after that, so I waited for him at the players' exit and this was a good guess. I was finally close to him without too large crowds, I unfolded my banner and with a recognising smile I got "aaaah, bonjour ca va?" I said it was much more difficult to meet him than last year and he answered "Yes, it is tough". I am not sure what he meant. I asked him to sign the banner and thanked him and than he thanked me; I am not quite sure what for. Finished the day watching Gulbis-Dolgopolov.

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Report 10 April

Richard practised with Tsonga today; looking good; Score was 3*-2 in his favour when they stopped, lots of people, could not get close to him after practise; I tried to catch up, but got stuck in the crowd for Nadal, went to watch matches on centre court, Chardy poor against Ljubicic, watched a bit of Llodra-Raonic and they annonced on the screen that Richard would sign autographs at 3.45 at the stand of French Tennis Magazine, I went there but could not get lcose; preference was given to kids, then Richard handed some trophies at a kids' competetion and I overheard someone saying he would stay only 10 minutes.

I had the idea he might leave the premisses after that, so I waited for him at the players' exit and this was a good guess. I was finally close to him without too large crowds, I unfolded my banner and with a recognising smile I got "aaaah, bonjour ca va?" I said it was much more difficult to meet him than last year and he answered "Yes, it is tough". I am not sure what he meant. I asked him to sign the banner and thanked him and than he thanked me; I am not quite sure what for. Finished the day watching Gulbis-Dolgopolov.
Thanks for the report!

Probably thanking you for all the support? I should go to a tournament with you one of these days
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Thanks for the reports Puschkin.
It's so pleasing to see that he is so well supported and is still so popular.
Have an awesome time!

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thanks for the report

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Thanks for the report Puschkin.
Can't wait to see your banner on tv!

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what does your banner say.

Not that I think I can pick you out in a crowd cos I think I'll be at work

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I shouldn't have missed class for this

Edit: from double break down at 4-1 to 5-5. Well done.

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Re: Clay Season 2011

Gasquet 5-7 6-3 6-4

Gasquet started the match slow whereas Istomin made a good and confident start, Richard was a double break down at 1-4* but got 1 of them back and when Istomin served for the 1st set 5-4, Richard broke again but was broken straight after Istomin then did serve the set out for the 2nd time of asking after saving a break point.

Gasquet began to play better in the 2nd set, getting an early break and from there wasn't really troubled on serve, Gasquet takes the 2nd set 6-3.

The 3rd set was close, both players holding, Richard did have 3 BP at 1-1 but couldn't convert, at 3-3 Istomin hurt his ankle but didn't have a medical time out straight away he waited till the game was over which he held. The injury time didn't seem to affect Richard he then held his service and the game after he broke Istomin to serve for the match and which he did with a FH winner!

So Richard didn't play his best tennis but he's got the win which is the most important thing!

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