what a great win over Berdych. clearly Richard's solid defense frustrated Berdych and he made a lot of errors, but in the beginning of the match , Berdych was hitting winners at will - Gasquet tightened up the defense - went for everything and his improvement in play brought about Berdych's decline. His serve was particularly effective - hope he can keep up this level of play against Andy . It will be a good match
I don't know if those of you who were watching in Europe got the espn feed or the atp masters feed - but the American announcers were totally impressed with the new , improved mentally tough Gasquet . They kept saying that this was the best they had ever seen him play on hard courts . I am happy to hear them say that , because the espn folks often disregard players other than the Big 4 and Serena / Maria , and tend to know little to nothing about them . So that they were aware enough to praise Richard for his improved fitness , fighting spirit and concentration is a giant leap in the right direction for them and for Richard .
During the earlier match between Murray / Cilic - one of the espn guys made some derogatory remarks about Richard's match against Berdych in IW . He dismissed Richard as saying he got " blown away " by Tomas . I felt the need to defend our guy - so I sent him a message via twitter that in that match Richard had an ankle injury and his movement was clearly compromised in that first set. That although Tomas was clearly the better player that day - it would be good to see how things went this week with a fully healthy , motivated Richard on the court. The announcer was totally stunned that i , an American , could read a french newspaper online , first off , and agreed to go back and review his comments and get all the facts before he made snide remarks on tv . in the broadcast of Richard's match , he was clearly open minded to Richard's improvement and was most effusive in his praise . Win one for me !
I saw the video Puschkin posted on the other thread. There was also a second interview that Richard did on court with Brad Gilbert following the match for the people in the stands . He spoke so fast , I am sure no one in the crowd understood a single word he said . Slow down , Richard ! It's your moment to shine on American tv - let them hear what you are saying