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Re: Dirty Richie: Clay Season 2013

thanks, puschkin.

Roland Garros seeding update: Andy Murray has confirmed his withdrawal so Richard Gasquet will be seeded #8 (at least).
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Re: Dirty Richie: Clay Season 2013

top 8 seed confirmed
But, let's not get too excited. In current form, Wawrinka would be a tougher opponent than Tsonga or Del Potro. Hopefully Richie draws Tipsarevic or Cilic. But if Del Potro also withdraws then Tipsarevic is out as he too will be top 8.
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Re: Dirty Richie: Clay Season 2013

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But, let's not get too excited. In current form, Wawrinka would be a tougher opponent than Tsonga or Del Potro. Hopefully Richie draws Tipsarevic or Cilic. But if Del Potro also withdraws then Tipsarevic is out as he too will be top 8.
It has been confirmed that Del Potro is out as well. And reports say that Wawrinka is still suffering from a thigh strain and is not 100% sure he will play.

Tennis players are dropping like flies.
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It has been confirmed that Del Potro is out as well. And reports say that Wawrinka is still suffering from a thigh strain and is not 100% sure he will play.

Tennis players are dropping like flies.
That means no Tipsy in 4th round for Richie. I was secretly hoping that he will end up in Richards part of the draw.
Who do you think will be the toughest opponent: Wawrinka, Cilic, Almagro or Haas ? I can't tell between Almagro and Wawrinka.

Anyway even though Richie has this 4th round streak going on, the loses versus DGT, JJ and Fognini force us to be cautious. There's numbers of players that could upset him in the first rounds.

In a way I hope that the small amount of matches played on clay this season will ultimately be a good thing in regard of the fatigue factor.

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Re: Dirty Richie: Clay Season 2013

No need to look further than round 1 at this point. His form has been mediocre this clay court season so far. I would love to see him reach 1/4 final for first time since 2007 and first one at home slam, but the passive way he was playing leads me to believe there are too many players that may cause him trouble.
One match at a time this time.
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Re: Dirty Richie: Clay Season 2013

[9]Wawrinka v De Bakker
Qualifier v Zeballos
De Schepper v Haase
Ramos v [21]Janowicz
[28]F.Mayer v Istomin
Serra v Davydenko
Qualifier v Qualifier
Stakhovsky v [7]Gasquet

I like this draw.

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[9]Wawrinka v De Bakker
Qualifier v Zeballos
De Schepper v Haase
Ramos v [21]Janowicz
[28]F.Mayer v Istomin
Serra v Davydenko
Qualifier v Qualifier
Stakhovsky v [7]Gasquet

I like this draw.
Nice early rounds. But toughest possible R4 in Stan and QF in Rafa.
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Re: Dirty Richie: Clay Season 2013

Stakhovsky is beatable even if Richard brings his 5/10 type of a passive game.
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All the best Richard!! 1 match at a time but I really hope he and Janowicz can reach the 4th round!!! REVENGE!! Allez!!


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Personally, I'd rather Stan get to the 4th round with Richard as I like Wawa much more than Janowicz. I don't usually root against players, but Janowicz is for me.
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Re: Dirty Richie: Clay Season 2013

Richard will play tomorrow the last match on the Suzanne Lenglen court. It's a good thing that he plays on monday, it means a extra day of recovery between R1 and R2.

Gasquet is 2-1 vs Stakhovsky.

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Re: Dirty Richie: Clay Season 2013

I only saw the second half of the second set and the third, apart from the hick-up when serving for the match, I liked what I saw from Richard today.

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Re: Dirty Richie: Clay Season 2013

I only saw pieces of the match because Tennis Channel coverage is so disjointed but the few games I saw in the first set, he played really well - quite aggressive.

Ugh, they've now cut away from the Berdych-Monfils match to show Sloane Stephens

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I only saw pieces of the match because Tennis Channel coverage is so disjointed but the few games I saw in the first set, he played really well - quite aggressive.
Statistics say he approached the net 27 times which is quite a lot for such a short match, his success rate was 77%, that's really good. It was so good to see him so confident, he has often been so tense in the first round of Roland Garros in the past, he either was not today or he hid it well.

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Re: Dirty Richie: Clay Season 2013

Richard won his R2 match 6-3 6-3 6-0. It should have been even easier since he had some concentration issues in both 2 first sets while he was leading.

The stats are good: 39 winners (16 backhand winners) / 15 UE.

Next he will face Davydenko, two times semi-finalist at RG, two other times quater-finalist.
Richard won their last match 2 sets vs 1 in the Doha final. But this is RG, the pressure is on.

Will he extend his GS 4th round streak?

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