it was a positive start to the clay season for sure; it was a careful match from gasquet, judging by the winners-unforced errors ratio during the first set and a half. only when paire stayed more steadily during the middle of the match and gasquet's dip in focus that triggered richie into playing a little bit more aggressively to steamroll through the deciding set. the confidence he built from the second half of last year has definitely settled him more, and there is a little more of a maturity to his application on the court which i'm really happy to see.....and i'm sure i'm not that only one
being medical, i get frustrated sometimes when people make light of injuries for sensational reporting. i get it, they may not understand the severity or complexity of the conditions, nor may they be particularly interested in doing so to voice their opinion. but what is most disappointing is when previous tennis pros make such comments, it's like as if they have overlooked what these injuries could do, if the appropriate time is not given for things to heal. it's not just a physical impact, but also can tear someone down mentally if they are having to play with worries about nursing an injury at the same time.
i know he's never been one to say too much to the media, but his responses to the ongoing questions about Davis Cup and the ankle injury has reflected how much more comfortable in his own skin he has become. he was succinct about his dissection of the situation, so as to respond to the curious journos. however, he was also quite clear that this is a decision he has made which he has no regrets over, because he felt he has answered to the french DC captain and team, and they understood. that's all his responsibilities lie, and i think that's positive. what's most impressive was that he rounded his opinions of the issue by making it known that while it does bother him what the media write and spin these things into, he's not going to let it get to him that much. he understands that at the end of the day, the media has to find something to write and hand in. it's a little bit of sarcastic, wry humour perhaps, but it shows he recognises that his place as a public figure, it's inevitable that decisions he makes will be written about and interpreted any which way. yet at the end of the day, he's learned to deal with it, and so far his actions, results and composure in 2013 has shown this.
echoing scmom's wishes - good luck sur la terre battue, richie!!!