I haven't seen Richard's match and I'm not sure I can do two close losses (poor Gilles!) in a day. I hope Julien wins tomorrow and gets his title - he deserves one.
That wraps up quite a bad weekend for you, results wise.
Supporting Richie, Gilles and Julien. I guess you must be French!
yes, Flo is not straightforward, but Haas got Hewitt, so Richard did ok I think, considering the strength of the field and his current form. I think he would be up for another crack at Tomic after Wimbledon. Youzhny is in good form too and could trouble Stan. Hoping that Pospisil has a real go at Ferrer also. Very tough loss for Benny today, I think he might be a little tired/ flat next week.
Considering his and Ferrer's form, I think he should reach the SF next week.
Not sure what shape Gael's in, it's been so long since he played, but I would think he'd really fancy this match against Tsonga. A shame for them both they drew each other so early really. Hoping that Raonic will run out of steam at some point. Can't wrap my brain around him making WTF at all.
Tsonga has quite a good record against Monfils, plus Jo is in quite good form. I don't see anyone stopping him before the Final. Raonic probably won't back his result up, but if he somehow managed to do it, he will become a real thread for WTF.
Richard's serving stats v Raonic:
Set 1: 83% 1st serve in, won 84% of those, plus 100% 2nd serves
Set 2: 69% 1st serve in, won 78% of those, plus 75% 2nd serves
Set 3: 79% 1st serve in, won 74% of those, plus 60% of 2nd serves.
Overall - 77% 1st serve in, won 79% of those, plus 76% of 2nd serves.
It's just so frustrating that he lost. Richard served well and held very comfortably throughout the whole match apart from those two games. He was a bit passive in them, and Raonic was more aggressive and took his chances.
I still can't over the result though. Somewhere in a parallel universe, Richard and Gilles played the Bangkok final today...
I have been saying time and time again for almost a year now that Richard has improved mentally. Then something like this happens. Leaves me lost for words.
I agree with Puschkin
though. This was just a 250, and we have (lot of) more important tournaments coming up. Helps reduce the effect of this loss. But why is he playing so much? Why not drop Moscow? 6 continuous weeks is just ridiculous. And in those 6 weeks, you have two 1000's and two packed 500's. It's absurd. 7 weeks if he qualifies for WTF. If he plays 6 weeks straight and then WTF, the things I feared would happen will actually happen.
Somewhere in a parallel universe, Richard and Gilles played the Bangkok final today...
Let's be honest here, Richard won that match