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my0118
12-02-2007, 02:04 AM
Richard's schedule in Land Down Under.

Adelaide(31th Dec - 6th Jan)
withdrew due to knee injury

Sydeny (7th Jan - 13th Jan)

Melbourne (14th Jan - 27th Jan)

williaer
12-02-2007, 03:54 AM
Good idea but now the Australian Open and all its lead up tournaments have changed to a Plexicushion surface. I was at Melbourne Park today and yesterday and had a look.. not all the courts have been finished yet but let me tell you... it's damn bright!!

Allure
12-02-2007, 04:11 AM
Great thread Mia. :yeah: Good luck to Richard in Adelaide. :D

my0118
12-02-2007, 04:39 AM
Good idea but now the Australian Open and all its lead up tournaments have changed to a Plexicushion surface. I was at Melbourne Park today and yesterday and had a look.. not all the courts have been finished yet but let me tell you... it's damn bright!!

Oh I wish I could see them. :rolls:
btw I'll change it. Thanks for the information. ;)

williaer
12-02-2007, 08:07 AM
Oh I wish I could see them. :rolls:
btw I'll change it. Thanks for the information. ;)

No worries!! There are a whole bunch of pictures around showing the new surface. Here's one:
http://http://im.rediff.com/sports/2007/oct/02aus.jpg
which is pretty dodgy... but if you search for "australian open tennis court" on the Getty Image website, it'll show you better pics. However none do justice to how bright that blue is :p

lisaplenske
12-02-2007, 10:36 AM
bright courts...

wondering which colourrichard will choose to wear

please not blue:unsure:

I think a flashy colour would be great,for a change but hum, dont think richard is ready to try this lol.
I prefer him to work on his game for sure but I hope he wont wear blue shirt on blue court,wouldnt suit...

richard where are you??!!just follow the yellow ball:lol:

Getta
12-02-2007, 11:00 PM
I would be very happy if Richie could win Adelaide and reach the quarters in Sydney.

I don't want him to enter the Australian Open dead tired. :(

Schu
12-03-2007, 04:51 AM
I'm surprised Richie is playing both warm up tournaments. In years past I guess he didn't expect to go very deep into the draw but now it is possible he could be playing on the last day of one or both and then he would be pretty worn out for the AO. Guess that would be a nice problem to deal with.

O.K. I was SOOO bored that I was actually looking at the ATP website and found something called RICHO match facts. It has statistics on serves and return of serve and found some stats on Richie: #6 in points won returning 1st serve, #8 in break points converted AND 2nd serve points won, #11 in return games won and #20 in number of aces. I knew his first serve improved this year but at least in his last few matches he really struggled when he didn't get a 1st serve in and he ended up #8 in second serve points won :shrug:. I also didn't realize he returned 1st serves so well. How much do I miss tennis ... when I start checking out stats it is definitely time to get a life.

my0118
12-28-2007, 12:16 AM
The season is coming :dance:, Richie won't play in Adelade though.

Allure
12-28-2007, 12:29 AM
Mia I PMed you back. :wavey:

Allure
01-05-2008, 03:18 AM
Shitty draw for Richard. :o :help:

(1) GASQUET, Richard FRA v ANDREEV, Igor RUS
TURSUNOV, Dmitry RUS v WAWRINKA, Stanislas SUI
GROSJEAN, Sebastien FRA v (WC)LUCZAK, Peter AUS
LOPEZ, Feliciano ESP v (8) VERDASCO, Fernando ESP

(3) BLAKE, James USA v SANTORO, Fabrice FRA
QUALIFIER v (SE) SIRIANNI, Joseph AUS
QUALIFIER v QUALIFIER
DEL POTRO, Juan Martin ARG v (7) MATHIEU, Paul-Henri FRA

(6) HEWITT, Lleyton AUS v MAHUT, Nicolas FRA
(WC) GUCCIONE, Chris AUS v QUALIFIER
SIMON, Gilles FRA v FISH, Mardy USA
VOLANDRI, Filippo ITA v (4) BERDYCH, Tomas CZE

(5) MOYA, Carlos ESP v KOUBEK, Stefan AUT
CALLERI, Agustin ARG v (WC) JONES, Greg AUS
SEPPI, Andreas ITA v TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried FRA
STEPANEK, Radek CZE v (2) ROBREDO, Tommy ESP
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Schu
01-05-2008, 03:29 AM
Shitty draw for Richard. :o :help:

(1) GASQUET, Richard FRA v ANDREEV, Igor RUS
TURSUNOV, Dmitry RUS v WAWRINKA, Stanislas SUI
GROSJEAN, Sebastien FRA v (WC)LUCZAK, Peter AUS
LOPEZ, Feliciano ESP v (8) VERDASCO, Fernando ESP

(3) BLAKE, James USA v SANTORO, Fabrice FRA
QUALIFIER v (SE) SIRIANNI, Joseph AUS
QUALIFIER v QUALIFIER
DEL POTRO, Juan Martin ARG v (7) MATHIEU, Paul-Henri FRA

(6) HEWITT, Lleyton AUS v MAHUT, Nicolas FRA
(WC) GUCCIONE, Chris AUS v QUALIFIER
SIMON, Gilles FRA v FISH, Mardy USA
VOLANDRI, Filippo ITA v (4) BERDYCH, Tomas CZE

(5) MOYA, Carlos ESP v KOUBEK, Stefan AUT
CALLERI, Agustin ARG v (WC) JONES, Greg AUS
SEPPI, Andreas ITA v TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried FRA
STEPANEK, Radek CZE v (2) ROBREDO, Tommy ESP
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DAMN! Richie better come out firing but I'm not too optimistic. He usually needs a few rounds to build his confidence - no such luck here.

Would have been better to be a qualifer or the #3 seed.

Allure
01-05-2008, 03:48 AM
Bet against Richard and earn lots of vcash. :yeah: ;)

my0118
01-05-2008, 03:53 AM
Oh.. that's really tough and there's no luck apparently, but I think no matter what he's got, he better face it.
Allez Richard. :bounce:

Allure
01-05-2008, 03:58 AM
Oh.. that's really tough and there's no luck apparently, but I think no matter what he's got, he better face it.
Allez Richard. :bounce:

That's pretty much what I said. He's in the top ten now and sooner or later he will have to face tough opponents, not always expecting an easy draw. Deal with it or go home. :shrug:

~*BGT*~
01-05-2008, 03:59 AM
He's got Andreev, Tursunov, Verdasco, Blake, and probably Hewitt or Berdych in the final. :eek:

my0118
01-05-2008, 04:04 AM
That's pretty much what I said. He's in the top ten now and sooner or later he will have to face tough opponents, not always expecting an easy draw. Deal with it or go home. :shrug:

Exactly, he's no.8 currently, and we saw in his interview that his aim for this year is getting into the top 5. So he should deal with all the tough opponents. If he can, he definitely will achieve his goal, even the better.

Getta
01-05-2008, 04:10 AM
Tough opening match. :eek:

Good luck, Richie. :bounce:

Mia, Richie most probably plays Stan in the second round. ;)

Allure
01-05-2008, 04:28 AM
Tough opening match. :eek:

Good luck, Richie. :bounce:

Mia, Richie most probably plays Stan in the second round. ;)

Stan=Nalby Killa. :eek:

Puschkin
01-05-2008, 07:09 AM
Tough opening match. :eek:

Andreev lost to Johansson 1 st round last week in Doha 0-6 1-6. So he does not look like a monster. ;) Wawrinka has to play a final today and travel to Australia thereafter, it won't be easy for him eihter. And as had been pointed out by others: Richard is nr 8 in the world now: He is a bad draw for his opponents, not the other way round. :D

lisaplenske
01-05-2008, 08:33 AM
Puschkin or the voice of Wisdom:worship:

exactly,now he is n°8 in the world,he got a new statut he has to make the others respect him.
That was great to qualify for the TMC in shangai but it was a step to another level.The tough things begins NOW.
All these good opponents will see him differently I think.It will be tough cause he is the one to beat but richard will have to show he's not afraid of them and that he will do his job.Win matches.go!:drive:

silverwhite
01-05-2008, 11:14 AM
Disgusting draw. :help:

*julie*
01-05-2008, 01:05 PM
:wavey: It's nice to see you back Silver. Have a happy new year. ;)

He is a bad draw for his opponents, not the other way round. :D

Unfortunately, I am not sure he realizes it. (I tend to forget it too :lol: )

It's not an easy draw but at least, it will be a good preparation for the AO.
Allez Richard! Get some confidence.

PinkFeatherBoa
01-05-2008, 07:40 PM
Allez Richard!

Remember who's supposed to be the player to beat...:scratch:

Schu
01-05-2008, 07:50 PM
That's pretty much what I said. He's in the top ten now and sooner or later he will have to face tough opponents, not always expecting an easy draw. Deal with it or go home. :shrug:

So true. I was reacting like a fan of the "old Richie" but now he is in the TOP 10, has overcome a pressure filled match in front of his home crowd, given Nadal a tough match and beaten Djoke in Shanghai, he SHOULD be able to deal with anyone in this draw. We'll know in a few days if the old or the "new Richie" has come to Australia.

Allez Richie - just believe in yourself and stay fired up!

EternalxJourney
01-05-2008, 09:33 PM
Anyone know of any live stream links for Sydney? I've been itching to see Richard live in action.

*Sweet4Richard*
01-06-2008, 01:12 AM
Tough way to start the year, but he has to face the big names to improve. Allez!

~*BGT*~
01-06-2008, 01:25 AM
Anyone know of any live stream links for Sydney? I've been itching to see Richard live in action.

channelsurfing.net always has good live feed.

j'adore_richie
01-06-2008, 03:05 AM
Or use myp2p.eu, go to 'live sports' and click on tennis. It should have a few streams for different tournies.

my0118
01-06-2008, 03:13 AM
Tough opening match. :eek:

Good luck, Richie. :bounce:

Mia, Richie most probably plays Stan in the second round. ;)

Sorry that Stan lost to Murray. :hug:

But please let Richie do it to Stan as well if he faces. :devil:

Getta
01-06-2008, 03:22 AM
Sorry that Stan lost to Murray. :hug:

But please let Richie do it to Stan as well if he faces. :devil:


To tell the truth, I prefer a rather early exit for Stan in Sydney. I want him fresh at AO. ;)

Now, it's Richie's turn for a deep run. :rocker2:

Vlad1980
01-06-2008, 05:13 AM
Andreev lost to Johansson 1 st round last week in Doha 0-6 1-6. So he does not look like a monster. ;) Wawrinka has to play a final today and travel to Australia thereafter, it won't be easy for him eihter. And as had been pointed out by others: Richard is nr 8 in the world now: He is a bad draw for his opponents, not the other way round. :D



Agree. They are all beatable players, if Richard will play well.


btw, Hello all, its my first post in here!

my0118
01-06-2008, 05:19 AM
Agree. They are all beatable players, if Richard will play well.


btw, Hello all, its my first post in here!

Nice to meet you Vlad! Where're you from? :)

Vlad1980
01-06-2008, 05:25 AM
Nice to meet you Vlad! Where're you from? :)



I live in NJ now, but from Russia originally.

Nice to meet you too!

my0118
01-06-2008, 05:27 AM
I live in NJ now, but from Russia originally.

Nice to meet you too!

Wow, I used to live in NJ near Manhattan, just briefly though. :D
Welcome to Gasquet's forum. ;)

Vlad1980
01-06-2008, 05:39 AM
Wow, I used to live in NJ near Manhattan, just briefly though. :D
Welcome to Gasquet's forum. ;)

Thank you!

Just 1 or 2 days left before his first match in most likely yet another roller-coaster year. :)

Allure
01-06-2008, 05:45 AM
Thank you!

Just 1 or 2 days left before his first match in most likely yet another roller-coaster year. :)

You can't say that watching Richard is ever boring. :lol:

my0118
01-06-2008, 07:02 AM
7/1/2008 Monday Centre Court

Matches Start at 11:00 AM

Sebastien Grosjean (FRA) vs Peter Luczak (AUS)

followed by

Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) vs Dinara Safina (RUS)

followed by

James Blake (USA) vs Fabrice Santoro (FRA)

followed by

Nicole Vaidisova (CZE) vs Qualifier

followed by

Richard Gasquet (FRA) vs Igor Andreev (RUS)

Getta
01-06-2008, 07:56 AM
Good luck, Richie. :bounce:

Puschkin
01-06-2008, 08:17 AM
btw, Hello all, its my first post in here!

A warm welcome :wavey: to one of the best posters of the English thread of rgnet. You are very much needed here. ;)

*julie*
01-06-2008, 11:34 AM
Or use myp2p.eu, go to 'live sports' and click on tennis. It should have a few streams for different tournies.

Thanks. Hopefully it will work cos here they will only show the semies and final. :(

Vlad1980
01-06-2008, 12:09 PM
A warm welcome :wavey: to one of the best posters of the English thread of rgnet. You are very much needed here. ;)


Hi Puschkin, thanx for kind words! ;)

JBdV
01-06-2008, 08:18 PM
Good luck Richard.

totoro_472
01-06-2008, 11:39 PM
according to ATPtennis.com, Andreev has already won?

ATP, Davis Cup and Grand Slam Main Draw Results


2008 Sydney
Sydney, Australia Hard R32 Andreev
Stats
2007 Gstaad
Switzerland Clay Q Andreev 7-5 6-2
Stats
2006 Sydney
Australia Hard R32 Andreev 6-2 6-4
Stats
2005 RUS v. FRA WG Qtrs
Moscow, Russia Clay RR Gasquet 6-4 6-3 7-6(1)
2004 London / Queen's Club
England Grass R64 Andreev 7-6(4) 7-6(4)
Stats

Getta
01-06-2008, 11:58 PM
according to ATPtennis.com, Andreev has already won?

ATP, Davis Cup and Grand Slam Main Draw Results


2008 Sydney
Sydney, Australia Hard R32 Andreev
Stats
2007 Gstaad
Switzerland Clay Q Andreev 7-5 6-2
Stats
2006 Sydney
Australia Hard R32 Andreev 6-2 6-4
Stats
2005 RUS v. FRA WG Qtrs
Moscow, Russia Clay RR Gasquet 6-4 6-3 7-6(1)
2004 London / Queen's Club
England Grass R64 Andreev 7-6(4) 7-6(4)
Stats


Hahaha.

http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/players/headtohead/default.asp?playernum1=G628&playernum2=A511


Though the h2h 1-3 (Gasquet to Andreev) is correct.

Is it possible they know something we don't? :scratch:

Allure
01-07-2008, 12:13 AM
lt's fixed like wrestling. :p

j'adore_richie
01-07-2008, 08:26 AM
The match has started and he's started off well, the score is 5-2 to Richard. Shame I can't watch it, I'm just following live scores. I don't spose anyone has managed to find a live stream for Sydney, I can only find Auckland ones.

juvvi
01-07-2008, 08:31 AM
The match has started and he's started off well, the score is 5-2 to Richard. Shame I can't watch it, I'm just following live scores. I don't spose anyone has managed to find a live stream for Sydney, I can only find Auckland ones.

Channel 7 showed the tournament live until 5pm and then shifted to regular programming. None of the cable networks are also covering the event. I guess the attendance itself is pathetic. I want to Gasquet to win every tournament he participates this year. I'll be in Europe to cheer him. I'll go to Sydney too, just didn't know that he was playing today.

Allure
01-07-2008, 08:32 AM
Channel 7 showed the tournament live until 5pm and then shifted to regular programming. None of the cable networks are also covering the event. I guess the attendance itself is pathetic. I want to Gasquet to win every tournament he participates this year. I'll be in Europe to cheer him. I'll go to Sydney too, just didn't know that he was playing today.

That's a nice dream. :lol:

juvvi
01-07-2008, 08:34 AM
That's a nice dream. :lol:

Ok. let me lower my expectations a little. 1/4 of the tournaments he plays, he must win. Atleast one GS.

Allure
01-07-2008, 08:39 AM
Ok. let me lower my expectations a little. 1/4 of the tournaments he plays, he must win. Atleast one GS.

I just want a Masters title. ;)

j'adore_richie
01-07-2008, 08:39 AM
Channel 7 showed the tournament live until 5pm and then shifted to regular programming. None of the cable networks are also covering the event. I guess the attendance itself is pathetic. I want to Gasquet to win every tournament he participates this year. I'll be in Europe to cheer him. I'll go to Sydney too, just didn't know that he was playing today.

I'd normally be watching this tournie on channel 7 but I'm in China at the moment. I've been frantically trying to search for a live stream but as it is, Richie probably has more of a chance of winning every tournament than I do of finding that damn stream.

Oh, and Monsieur Gasquet just won the first set 6-3;)

j'adore_richie
01-07-2008, 08:43 AM
I just want a Masters title. ;)

Let's start off by winning a non-Mickey Mouse title first;)

juvvi
01-07-2008, 08:45 AM
Let's start off by winning a non-Mickey Mouse title first;)

Since the field in Sydney tournie is reasonably strong, does this come under the non-mickey mouse category?

Allure
01-07-2008, 08:48 AM
Let's start off by winning a non-Mickey Mouse title first;)

Wouldn't that be Masters and slams? :confused:

juvvi
01-07-2008, 09:01 AM
Wouldn't that be Masters and slams? :confused:

So did you bet for or against Richard this match?

Allure
01-07-2008, 09:01 AM
So did you bet for or against Richard this match?

I didn't get to bet as the betting closed before I could. ;)

j'adore_richie
01-07-2008, 09:10 AM
:scratch: :confused:I suppose there isn't a clear cut definition for what is and isn't a MM title. all I know is, all the tournies Richard has won so far are pretty shithouse.:shrug:

Vlad1980
01-07-2008, 09:16 AM
Now, that was NOT necessary Richard! :(


hit 2 double faults when served for a match...

Ginevra83
01-07-2008, 09:20 AM
ALLEZ Richard into TB!!!

Allure
01-07-2008, 09:21 AM
This is make it or break it time. :help:

Vlad1980
01-07-2008, 09:33 AM
Nice comeback in tiebreak Richard! :D He was down 3-6 with Igor serving for second set.


Tough match to start things off this season, but win is a win.

Allez!!

Ginevra83
01-07-2008, 09:34 AM
Bravò Richard!!:bigclap: But no more heart attack for your lovely fans!!It's just the beginning:smash:

bye bye

MariaV
01-07-2008, 09:35 AM
:lol:
Yeah, 'nice' win! :lol: But I guess Igor was as pathetic. :o :o
Or simply nice to give Richie the win. :D :angel:

juvvi
01-07-2008, 09:36 AM
was he fiery red richard or the cool blue one?

lisaplenske
01-07-2008, 09:49 AM
everything was ok till 6-3 5-4 serve for richard and then DFs:bolt:

relieved that he managed to come back in TB being down 3-6, great fight and good win that will give him confidence for hisnext match.
Way to go richard.Make them respect you.:armed:

Ginevra83
01-07-2008, 10:16 AM
was he fiery red richard or the cool blue one?

The cool blue one!!:yeah:

tami
01-07-2008, 10:34 AM
i was fortunate to watch the match courtside, and despite the hiccup leading to the second set tie-break, it was quite impressive. to see gasquet exuding such positive and confident body language was much improved from the last time i saw him in the US summer season. even with his cold, he was still keeping himself pumped up, which was good to see. he was even trying to do that when the crowd was a little quiet, which was quite funny and cute to see and hear.

hmmm, but at the same time, he tended to get a little cross with things too easily. but overall, the more confident gasquet is emerging....and it's very attractive!

Allure
01-07-2008, 10:36 AM
i was fortunate to watch the match courtside, and despite the hiccup leading to the second set tie-break, it was quite impressive. to see gasquet exuding such positive and confident body language was much improved from the last time i saw him in the US summer season. even with his cold, he was still keeping himself pumped up, which was good to see. he was even trying to do that when the crowd was a little quiet, which was quite funny and cute to see and hear.

hmmm, but at the same time, he tended to get a little cross with things too easily. but overall, the more confident gasquet is emerging....and it's very attractive!

Was his bh solid? Is he still standing 50 feet behind the baseline?

tennis lover
01-07-2008, 10:47 AM
:banana: great start to the year! Allez!

lisaplenske
01-07-2008, 10:50 AM
thank yu tami for this positive report of the match. :)

I agree with you "the more confident richard is,the more excellent he is;)

how was his forehand?any improvement?

tami
01-07-2008, 10:55 AM
yeah, his backhand was pretty consistent and versatile as usual, when he chose to use it. i think he's trying hard to improve on his fh, or feel more comfortable with it, so he did that equally too.

and as for his location in regards to the stadium when he's receiving, he still tends to drift back, but he hugged the baseline a little better, and even came in on a number of occasions, with his deadly backhand of course. sometimes it worked, sometimes not, but the important thing was, he kept on trying.

Vlad1980
01-07-2008, 11:05 AM
i was fortunate to watch the match courtside, and despite the hiccup leading to the second set tie-break, it was quite impressive. to see gasquet exuding such positive and confident body language was much improved from the last time i saw him in the US summer season. even with his cold, he was still keeping himself pumped up, which was good to see. he was even trying to do that when the crowd was a little quiet, which was quite funny and cute to see and hear.

hmmm, but at the same time, he tended to get a little cross with things too easily. but overall, the more confident gasquet is emerging....and it's very attractive!



Thanx for report!

He has cold again?

Puschkin
01-07-2008, 11:08 AM
hmmm, but at the same time, he tended to get a little cross with things too easily.

which things? ;)

Thanks for the report. :wavey: All in all, it sounds like what it was : A first match after a long break, quite a good start, but certainly room for improvement. But, hej, I did love it when he won that tie-break! :)

richie21
01-07-2008, 11:40 AM
i was fortunate to watch the match courtside, and despite the hiccup leading to the second set tie-break, it was quite impressive. to see gasquet exuding such positive and confident body language was much improved from the last time i saw him in the US summer season. even with his cold, he was still keeping himself pumped up, which was good to see. he was even trying to do that when the crowd was a little quiet, which was quite funny and cute to see and hear.

hmmm, but at the same time, he tended to get a little cross with things too easily. but overall, the more confident gasquet is emerging....and it's very attractive!

How were his forehand and his return of serve??(the 2 things i hope he has worked on during the off season)

edit: oups sorry for the forehand part, i didn't read all the posts.

Getta
01-07-2008, 01:12 PM
Well done, Richie. :yeah:

Keep going. :bounce:

Schu
01-07-2008, 01:25 PM
i was fortunate to watch the match courtside, and despite the hiccup leading to the second set tie-break, it was quite impressive. to see gasquet exuding such positive and confident body language was much improved from the last time i saw him in the US summer season. even with his cold, he was still keeping himself pumped up, which was good to see. he was even trying to do that when the crowd was a little quiet, which was quite funny and cute to see and hear.

hmmm, but at the same time, he tended to get a little cross with things too easily. but overall, the more confident gasquet is emerging....and it's very attractive!

Thanks for the report on the match. And yes, a confident Richard is a thing of beauty to watch. To early to tell but a very good sign that even after a stumble in the second set, he managed to pull it out in 2. In the past that would have gone three "for sure". This was his first match after a long break so a little stumble might be expected.

Wish I could have seen him trying to stay pumped - love it when he is fired up. Keep it up Richie!

lisaplenske
01-07-2008, 03:06 PM
Court 3 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Tursunov vs. Wawrinka
2. Kanepi vs. Arvidsson
3. ATP: del Potro vs. Mathieu
4. ATP: Guccione/Smeets vs. Gasquet/Tsonga

richard is playig double with jo tomorrow:)

*julie*
01-07-2008, 03:28 PM
Good job Richard!
It's good for confidence to have won this tb.



He has cold again?

I start to wonder if it's not chronic. He seems to have always a cold... or maybe his cough is just a tic. :confused:

Schu
01-07-2008, 04:28 PM
I start to wonder if it's not chronic. He seems to have always a cold... or maybe his cough is just a tic. :confused:

Could well be allergies - often resembles a cold.

*julie*
01-07-2008, 04:32 PM
Could well be allergies - often resembles a cold.

Allergic to the heat, then? That could explain his best performances take place in England.

my0118
01-08-2008, 04:50 AM
Tursunov beat Wawrinka 6:3 6:3 (Getta :hug:)
I guess Wawrinka was tired after Doha's tourney.

Gasquet will play Tursunov.

Edit: Double's result.
R.Gasquet/J.Tsonga beat C.Guccione/R.Smeets 6:4 2:6 10:6

They will play Martin Damm/Pavel Vizner
But I don't know if the doubles will play tomorrow as well..

Allure
01-08-2008, 05:41 AM
I feel better about Gasquet facing Tursunov than Stan ''Nalby Killa'' Warwinka.

lisaplenske
01-08-2008, 08:17 AM
well happy that richard won another match today in doubles against good opponents. :)

Tursunov,not good memories for richard(DC against Russia 2006)after a tough 5 sets and cruel loss for the team.

well,time to avenge richard and show that you have improved and that he wont stop you there. Allez!:armed:

my0118
01-08-2008, 08:55 AM
well happy that richard won another match today in doubles against good opponents. :)

Tursunov,not good memories for richard(DC against Russia 2006)after a tough 5 sets and cruel loss for the team.

well,time to avenge richard and show that you have improved and that he wont stop you there. Allez!:armed:

However, I think the situation is now different. ;)

BTW he will play on the center court at 11:00 AM :eek:

Centre court 11.00 am

Richard GASQUET vs Dmitry TURSUNOV

followed by
WTA

followed by
Lleyton HEWITT vs Chris GUCCIONE

followed by
WTA

Not Before 7.30 pm
WTA

followed by
Bob BRYAN / Mike BRYAN vs Jonathan ERLICH / Andy RAM


Court 1 11.00 am

Gilles SIMON vs Tomas BERDYCH

followed by
Sebastien GROSJEAN vs Fernando VERDASCO

followed by
WTA

followed by
Richard GASQUET / Jo-Wiflried TSONGA vs Martin DAMM / Pavel VIZNER

followed by
Carlos MOYA vs Agustin CALLERI

JBdV
01-08-2008, 10:47 PM
Good luck against the blogger Richie.

juvvi
01-08-2008, 11:25 PM
Holy crap. There are playing Koyoong now on TV. I have to just follow the live scores.

EternalxJourney
01-08-2008, 11:46 PM
ugh..they're playing right now but channelsurfing.net doesn't have live streams from sydney.

EternalxJourney
01-08-2008, 11:54 PM
Take the set, Richard!!

Allure
01-08-2008, 11:55 PM
Set point for Richard.

JBdV
01-08-2008, 11:58 PM
Why does he always have so many problems serving sets/matches out? :banghead:

Allure
01-09-2008, 12:01 AM
He took the first set. :woohoo:

juvvi
01-09-2008, 12:04 AM
set taken. just another one now.

Allure
01-09-2008, 12:09 AM
:tape: :help: :banghead:

EternalxJourney
01-09-2008, 12:41 AM
dude wth? i was gone 20 minutes and he lost the 2nd set?!

Allure
01-09-2008, 01:03 AM
He needs to break now. :o

~*BGT*~
01-09-2008, 01:08 AM
He's in trouble. :sad:

Schu
01-09-2008, 02:31 AM
And Richie's Roller Coaster Ride begins....

Only caught a few peeks at the scoreboard but from the stats it looked like he came out really hot and then did his famous fizzle out. To anyone who saw it, WHAT HAPPENED?

How much was that 06 Davis Cup match in his mind? -- he needs a quick talk with Noah, the head doctor.

At least he won't be worn out for AO and good thing he played doubles so he got a little more match practice in.

Still love ya Richie, but :banghead::banghead:

sheeter
01-09-2008, 04:05 AM
Richard is very frustrating, perhaps one of the most frustrating on tour. He works his butt off to get to the top ten, does reasonably well in the TMC, and then loses to Tursonav. He has a massive sheer amount of natural talent, but seems unable to access it for long periods of time.

Doume
01-09-2008, 04:26 AM
No matter, it's just the biginning, and no image to know what happened. AO will give us the tone of the season.

j'adore_richie
01-09-2008, 05:54 AM
Oh well, Turs was always gonna be dangerous. We'll just have to bite our nails anxiously awaiting the AO draw now.

Jozie
01-09-2008, 06:54 AM
Hello fellow Gasquet fans. Happy New Year to you all. Rather disappointed and frustrated to have to wake up to the news that he lost his second round match.

From what I read on an AFP website, Richie is having difficulty with the heavy tennis balls that will be used in the AO. He claims he is at a disadvantage hitting heavy balls on a plexicushion hardcourt. He said he would have to adjust in practice to the heavier Wilson balls. He also said that he would try to play more aggressive at the AO than he did today.

The good news is that he is pain free for the AO.

Wishing him all the best for next week. Can't wait to see the draw.

Allez Richie!!

richie21
01-09-2008, 10:51 AM
And Richie's Roller Coaster Ride begins....

Only caught a few peeks at the scoreboard but from the stats it looked like he came out really hot and then did his famous fizzle out. To anyone who saw it, WHAT HAPPENED?

How much was that 06 Davis Cup match in his mind? -- he needs a quick talk with Noah, the head doctor.

At least he won't be worn out for AO and good thing he played doubles so he got a little more match practice in.

Still love ya Richie, but :banghead::banghead:


This asks us another question: Has Gasquet really improved his game since that Davis Cup match against Tursunov??
I mean,he was probably even better in 2006 than in 2007(except he had less problems with the injuries and less ridiculously hard draws in the GS in 2007 than in 2006,which widely explains why he did make the TMC in 2007 and not in 2006)
I know it's his first tournament of the year but personnally ,i find this loss very worrying,especially in the way he lost (almost no break points during the whole match).
He is not to the point where he can take tournaments like Sydney as a preparation for the GSs........i mean,the best tournament he has won in his career so far is probably not even worth this Sydney's tournament.

Sale temps pour les têtes de série à Sydney. Après Tommy Robredo (n°2) et James Blake (n°3), Richard Gasquet (n°1) a mordu la poussière mercredi, éliminé par Dmitry Tursunov en trois manches (3-6, 6-3, 6-4). Un match incertain qui a reproduit le scénario de leur précédent duel en Coupe Davis, avec une victoire en cinq sets du Russe. Gasquet a retardé l'échéance en sauvant une balle de match à 3-5 mais s'est finalement incliné, sans s'inquiéter outre-mesure : «C'était mon premier tournoi, un tournoi assez relevé avec deux gros matches pour les deux premiers tours. Je me sens bien mais des fois, on tombe sur de gros joueurs comme aujourd'hui.»

Someone should tell him that he is now the number 8 in the world and that Tursunov and Andreev were not even in the top 30..........or perhaps(and most certainly) he already knows that but he is just trying to find excuses :o

my0118
01-09-2008, 11:16 AM
He can practice volley in doubles though..

We shouldn't expect a big change or something like that from him..
He will never change, I just hope he can improve gradually.. which at least he's been doing.

Puschkin
01-09-2008, 11:18 AM
He is not to the point where he can take tournaments like Sydney as a preparation for the GSs..

Did you follow his off -season? There were very few reports, but what was reported was the fact that it was hampered by a rather long (dates about the actual length differ) interruption to cure a knee injury which has been troubling him since Madrid. So his preparation is delayed and it seems to show. Unfortunately I have not seen his matches, so it is very hard to say where his form really is.

I did not expect a flying start from Richard in 2008 - a year where he has a lot to gain, particularly in the masters series events where he has only a QF (Monte Carlo) and a SF (Bercy) to defend.

Besides, preparing well for a GS does not necessarily involve winning the tourneys leading up to it. otherwise Lleyton Hewitt would have won the Aussie OPen already. :haha:

And finally, I don't care what he utters in post-match interviews in English, they are just "theatre".

richie21
01-09-2008, 11:41 AM
Besides, preparing well for a GS does not necessarily involve winning the tourneys leading up to it.



I know but what i was saying is that he is still not to the point where he can use smaller tournaments like Sydney as a preparation for the GSs (guys like Federer,Nadal,Roddick,Hewitt who have already won GSs or even Djokovic who have won MSs have the credibility to do that but not Gasquet) .......he is still (to my regret) at a stage where he needs to prove he can win those tournaments.(i mean,he has yet to even win a tier 1 tournament,let alone a MS or a GS)
As i said,Sydney was probably a bigger tournament than any of the tournament he has won so far in his career so if he only used it as a preparation for the AO,that's very disappointing.
For a number 8 in the world who just made the TMC ,to only win 1 match in his first tournament is not very good for the confidence ,you can't deny it.
Yeah i know he had some troubles during his preparation but apparently,in the last 2 weeks,everything was oki so.....

Before winning the GSs, you perhaps don't need to win all the tournaments leading up to it but you certainly need to win some "intermediary" tournaments like tier 1 tournaments and the Master Series..........and Gasquet has yet to win a tier 1 or a MS.
You'll very rarely see players winning GSs before winning at least one tier 1 title or a MS.

Puschkin
01-09-2008, 11:50 AM
I know but what i was saying is that he is still not to the point where he can use smaller tournaments like Sydney as a preparation for the GSs (guys like Federer,Nadal,Roddick,Hewitt who have already won GSs or even Djokovic who have won MSs have the credibility to do that but not Gasquet) .......

None of the players you mentioned, plays a real tourney this week, apart from Hewitt, who also lost today which reinforces my point: preparatory tournaments don't necessary lead to good GS results.

And if I have to chose between a good showing at the AO or a final/win in Sydney (which anyone again would call a mickey mouse event), I go for the first.

For a number 8 in the world ,to only win 1 match in his first tournament is not very good for the confidence ,you can't deny it.

I don't deny it. I only explained why my expectations for Sydney were not that high.

richie21
01-09-2008, 11:56 AM
None of the players you mentioned, plays a real tourney this week, apart from Hewitt, who also lost today which reinforces my point: preparatory tournaments don't necessary lead to good GS results.

I'm not sure you understood what i said.
As i said,for those players,even if they don't perform well in smaller tournaments leading up to the GS (or even "better",if they don't play it),that's not that grave because they know what it takes to win the biggest tournaments and they have the confidence to do that because they have already done it before...........Gasquet is still far from being there.

Puschkin
01-09-2008, 12:00 PM
...........Gasquet is still far from being there.

Well, that is nothing new, even if I think he is not that far away, but he is a contender and that is what makes following his quest so interesting. Going with the established winners is less exciting, unless they are called Roger Federer. ;)

jitterbug
01-09-2008, 12:06 PM
I walked behind Deblicker yesterday after the doubles match against Gooch/Smeets. I wanted to ask him whether we could take a photo together but I was scared that he would be creeped out :o :lol:

I'll post my photos of Richie later :)

*julie*
01-09-2008, 12:07 PM
I'm not sure you understood what i said.
As i said,for those players,even if they don't perform well in smaller tournaments leading up to the GS (or even "better",if they don't play it),that's not that grave because they know what it takes to win the biggest tournaments and they have the confidence to do that because they have already done it before...........Gasquet is still far from being there.

Calm down Richie. It's only the first tournament of the year and a MM on top of that.
It's the first tournament of the year and he comes back from an injury and his preparation has been delayed.
Would you prefer him to win Sydney and be exhausted for the AO?
Richard has never had significant wins during the australian season, so I don't think this loss is that dramatic.

tennis lover
01-09-2008, 12:08 PM
shame abut the loss today but at least he's played a couple of matches and got a bit of extra practice in the doubles and he won't be too tired for the AO. :shrug:

richie21
01-09-2008, 12:14 PM
Calm down Richie. It's only the first tournament of the year and a MM on top of that.

Less MM than any of the tournaments he has won so far though......

shame abut the loss today but at least he's played a couple of matches and got a bit of extra practice in the doubles and he won't be too tired for the AO. :shrug:

I'd prefer him to be confident and tired rather than the contrary.

Would you prefer him to win Sydney and be exhausted for the AO?

want an honest answer? YES.
Even if he isn't exhausted, i don't see him going very far in the AO anyway so "quitte a choisir",i would have preferred him to win Sydney ,even if it meant to be a bit exhausted for the AO(he would have had time to rest anyway ,especially if his AO first rounds matches weren't very hard)

Calm down Richie. It's only the first tournament of the year and a MM on top of that.
It's the first tournament of the year and he comes back from an injury and his preparation has been delayed.
Would you prefer him to win Sydney and be exhausted for the AO?
Richard has never had significant wins during the australian season, so I don't think this loss is that dramatic.

Well,last year at least,he made the 1/2 final at Sydney (and Adelaide)
Besides,it means he has already lost some precious points in the atp rankings.

tami
01-09-2008, 12:23 PM
hmmm, after watching today's singles match, i was a little disappointed that gasquet couldn't get deep into the tournament. it seemed as though he let a few things that he couldn't really change get to him, and his body language told that story as well. i was hoping that he could stay a bit more positive like he did against andreev, but i think there were too many negative things going on in his head today that he couldn't shrug off. he was really annoyed, you could tell.

and i agree, he did tend to shy away from the baseline again, particularly towards the end of the match, when he wasn't really able to get a grasp on tursonov's big serves.

i don't know whether the physio and other exercises in conjunction with hitting practice can help, but he seemed to be having some trouble with the right pec mm area, he was massaging it a bit during the singles and doubles match. perhaps the balls were a little bit more heavy, and his shoulder girdle muscles need to adjust. as long as it is conditioned strengthening, then it's ok.

he was more positive in the doubles, maybe because tsonga was there. and without cap, he looked more mature. but the moments when he smiled, especially after a spectacular point in the tie-break, it was really fantastic to see....it made me feel relieved that he was enjoying himself on the court. he seemed tentative during his singles match.

i hope he will continue to stay positive for this first grand slam of the year, what with the heat, the sun, and weapons from his opponents - things he cannot really change - i hope he will stay firm and confident in his abilities....cos when they're on....woo, it's a highlights reel!

ooh, and just to make this entry the longest i have ever written, i think i may know why gasquet prefers to have a cap on when playing....he tends to pull at his hair along the midline, to make it stand up kinda like a previous beckham hairstyle. the rate he went at it during the match, it's not just the receding hairline he needs to worry about. sorry gasquet!! but it was really cute a gesture, on-court styling...who says gasquet is not into looking good??!! :P

MariaV
01-09-2008, 12:32 PM
Thanks for the report Tami! No need to panic yet. :) Just pleeease no more injury touble. :angel:
Best of luck at the AO Richard! Allez! :banana: :bigclap: :yippee:

lisaplenske
01-09-2008, 01:27 PM
not good to stop there at sydney,would be better if he could have the possibilty to play couple of other matches before AO but thats not dramatic.
Tursunov is a good player who can,in a given day,beat every top player.The most important for richard is to get used to the new courts,play in the australian summer conditions to be ready at AO.

Still alive indouble with tsonga,hopefully he will work on his game,returs,serve,attaquing game.He has to be more agressive for AO.

when willthe AO draw be released?

Puschkin
01-09-2008, 01:32 PM
want an honest answer? YES.
Even if he isn't exhausted, i don't see him going very far in the AO anyway so "quitte a choisir",i would have preferred him to win Sydney ,even if it meant to be a bit exhausted for the AO(he would have had time to rest anyway ,especially if his AO first rounds matches weren't very hard).

1. We don't know the draw yet. The first rounds can be very challenging.

2. Richard has never done well with high temperatures over a long period. And this is not an excuse, but a fact. Like it or not.

3. Richard is not the player to do well, when he is exhausted. He is normally not a guy to grind out matches day in day-out. His career so far just does not point in this drection. And I don't think he will ever be a second coming of Nadal, Ferrer, etc. If you expect him to be like that, you are craving disappointment. Take him for what he is, and life as a fan will be a lot easier.



Well,last year at least,he made the 1/2 final at Sydney (and Adelaide).

QF of Adelaide , if I remember correctly.

Besides,it means he has already lost some precious points in the atp rankings.

This picking on a small number of points is ridiculous. He has to do better on the big occasions, that should be his goal for 2008. A MM title more or less won't do.

my0118
01-09-2008, 01:46 PM
hmmm, after watching today's singles match, i was a little disappointed that gasquet couldn't get deep into the tournament. it seemed as though he let a few things that he couldn't really change get to him, and his body language told that story as well. i was hoping that he could stay a bit more positive like he did against andreev, but i think there were too many negative things going on in his head today that he couldn't shrug off. he was really annoyed, you could tell.

and i agree, he did tend to shy away from the baseline again, particularly towards the end of the match, when he wasn't really able to get a grasp on tursonov's big serves.

i don't know whether the physio and other exercises in conjunction with hitting practice can help, but he seemed to be having some trouble with the right pec mm area, he was massaging it a bit during the singles and doubles match. perhaps the balls were a little bit more heavy, and his shoulder girdle muscles need to adjust. as long as it is conditioned strengthening, then it's ok.

he was more positive in the doubles, maybe because tsonga was there. and without cap, he looked more mature. but the moments when he smiled, especially after a spectacular point in the tie-break, it was really fantastic to see....it made me feel relieved that he was enjoying himself on the court. he seemed tentative during his singles match.

i hope he will continue to stay positive for this first grand slam of the year, what with the heat, the sun, and weapons from his opponents - things he cannot really change - i hope he will stay firm and confident in his abilities....cos when they're on....woo, it's a highlights reel!

ooh, and just to make this entry the longest i have ever written, i think i may know why gasquet prefers to have a cap on when playing....he tends to pull at his hair along the midline, to make it stand up kinda like a previous beckham hairstyle. the rate he went at it during the match, it's not just the receding hairline he needs to worry about. sorry gasquet!! but it was really cute a gesture, on-court styling...who says gasquet is not into looking good??!! :P

Thank you for all your report :worship:

when willthe AO draw be released?

On Friday. ;)

lisaplenske
01-09-2008, 01:50 PM
thanks:wavey:

Kurata
01-09-2008, 02:16 PM
http://video.eurosport.fr/tennis/atp-sydney/2008/video_vid61131.shtml

Schu
01-09-2008, 02:34 PM
13. Richard is not the player to do well, when he is exhausted. He is normally not a guy to grind out matches day in day-out. His career so far just does not point in this drection. And I don't think he will ever be a second coming of Nadal, Ferrer, etc. If you expect him to be like that, you are craving disappointment. Take him for what he is, and life as a fan will be a lot easier.

SO true. Richard is what he is and his at times explosive style always has potential to implode. We have to just celebrate the wonderful victories and shrug off the sad defeats. He may never be ranked higher than he is now or he may surprise us all. He has the talent but as we all know talent alone is not enough to reach the very Top.

No matter what, Richard is a very classy guy who can make watching tennis an absolute joy (and a major frustration). The season is young and so is he. The fun has just begun....

Puschkin
01-09-2008, 02:41 PM
SO true. Richard is what he is and his at times explosive style always has potential to implode. We have to just celebrate the wonderful victories and shrug off the sad defeats.
So true. ;) And off all the defeats we had to shrug off, this one was by far not the sadest one. :wavey:

my0118
01-09-2008, 02:47 PM
So true. ;) And off all the defeats we had to shrug off, this one was by far not the sadest one. :wavey:

Aren't you an optimistic fan? :aplot:
Well I don't expect too much at AO, but at least hopefully he does well to keep his rankings. Gonzalez and Roddick have lots points to defend, so hopefully it wouldn't be that much hard if he defends his points of last year.

richie21
01-09-2008, 06:23 PM
not good to stop there at sydney,would be better if he could have the possibilty to play couple of other matches before AO but thats not dramatic.
Tursunov is a good player who can,in a given day,beat every top player.The most important for richard is to get used to the new courts,play in the australian summer conditions to be ready at AO.

Still alive indouble with tsonga,hopefully he will work on his game,returs,serve,attaquing game.He has to be more agressive for AO.

when willthe AO draw be released?



I don't remember Tursunov beating guys like Federer,Nadal or Djokovic.....
Tursunov is a good player but let's be honest,a "normal" Richard should never have problem to beat him.

Puschkin
01-09-2008, 06:39 PM
Aren't you an optimistic fan? :aplot:

No worries. ;)I remain optimistic, but that does not mean that I expect Richard to win every match, even if i believe he CAN win most of them. This is not the same.

I don't remember Tursunov beating guys like Federer,Nadal or Djokovic.....
Tursunov is a good player but let's be honest,a "normal" Richard should never have problem to beat him.

You can't remember Tursunov beating Nadal or Djokovis as he never played them. :p His record against Roger is 0-2, he took a set of him in Montreal 2006.

richie21
01-09-2008, 07:46 PM
3. Richard is not the player to do well, when he is exhausted. He is normally not a guy to grind out matches day in day-out. His career so far just does not point in this drection. And I don't think he will ever be a second coming of Nadal, Ferrer, etc. If you expect him to be like that, you are craving disappointment. Take him for what he is, and life as a fan will be a lot easier.


Yeah but even coming at the AO exhausted,he could have rested during the tournament and regained some energy during the first week as he probably(depends on the draw) wouldn't have had very hard matches in the first rounds.
Even an exhausted Richard can beat players who are not in the top 40......obviously he would have more problems against better players.

http://video.eurosport.fr/tennis/atp...vid61131.shtml

Well ,judging by this video,Richard is as defensive as he has ever been......and his forehand is still as weird as before.

Allure
01-09-2008, 11:30 PM
I know but what i was saying is that he is still not to the point where he can use smaller tournaments like Sydney as a preparation for the GSs (guys like Federer,Nadal,Roddick,Hewitt who have already won GSs or even Djokovic who have won MSs have the credibility to do that but not Gasquet) .......he is still (to my regret) at a stage where he needs to prove he can win those tournaments.(i mean,he has yet to even win a tier 1 tournament,let alone a MS or a GS)
As i said,Sydney was probably a bigger tournament than any of the tournament he has won so far in his career so if he only used it as a preparation for the AO,that's very disappointing.
For a number 8 in the world who just made the TMC ,to only win 1 match in his first tournament is not very good for the confidence ,you can't deny it.
Yeah i know he had some troubles during his preparation but apparently,in the last 2 weeks,everything was oki so.....

Before winning the GSs, you perhaps don't need to win all the tournaments leading up to it but you certainly need to win some "intermediary" tournaments like tier 1 tournaments and the Master Series..........and Gasquet has yet to win a tier 1 or a MS.
You'll very rarely see players winning GSs before winning at least one tier 1 title or a MS.

Well he reached the SF of Wimbledon last year without defending his Nottingham title earlier.

jitterbug
01-10-2008, 01:55 AM
I really enjoyed Richie's doubles match with Jo against Damm/Vizner - he looked more relaxed :lol:

Renaud
01-10-2008, 02:03 AM
... but you certainly need to win some "intermediary" tournaments like tier 1 tournaments and the Master Series..........and Gasquet has yet to win a tier 1 or a MS.

You mean he should play WTA ?? ;)

my0118
01-10-2008, 08:19 AM
The draw ceremony will take place on Friday (11/1/2008, tomorrow) and we can hear it on radio live.

AO 2008 official draw live on AO Radio
Thursday, 10 January, 2008
By Charlotte James

Listen to the Australian Open 2008 official draw live on AO Radio served up by Mastercard on Friday, January 11 at 10am AEDST.

Tune into the official tournament draw to find out who your favourite tennis players meet in the first round of the Grand Slam of Asia/Pacific.

Join hosts Brett Phillips, Bruce Eva, and Torrey Dorsey as they guide you through the draw ceremony and highlight some of the key first round match-ups at Australian Open 2008 and speak to top Aussie players Peter Luczak and Casey Dellacqua about their prospects in the first Grand Slam of 2008.

You can listen live here at australianopen.com by clicking http://www.australianopen.com./en_AU/interactive/radio/index.html or, if you’re within a 2km radius of Melbourne Park, tune in to FM99.7.

tami
01-10-2008, 11:27 AM
no matches with gasquet on today, but saw him out at practice court with tsonga. he was there for a good hour, so that was pretty much as intense and focused a practice session i have seen him do all week. he was a little frustrated every now and then through it, chucking his racquet once, and yelling out a little bit. but overall he was quite relaxed by the end, smiling and joking with the other frenchies on the court. it was really nice to see, i wish it would happen more.

and gasquet was practising his secret weapon for the AO......the double-handed backhand!!!!

well, he was trying it out, because tsonga does it. he didn't seem to like it much, not really understanding how it could be done so smoothly, as he indicated to tsonga. but it was funny to see him give it a try, shows he was in good humour - and he can be quite hilarious!!

sorry, i didn't take any photos of it, it's hard to watch all this stuff going on and take pics at the same time....or maybe i'm just bad at mutlitasking.

Puschkin
01-10-2008, 12:06 PM
.....and gasquet was practising his secret weapon for the AO......the double-handed backhand!!!!

:eek: Quelle horreur! :bolt:

Thanks Tami.:wavey:

GonzoFan
01-10-2008, 09:35 PM
Good Luck to Richie in the Aussie Open!!! :rocker2:

Renaud
01-11-2008, 12:06 AM
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/draws/ms/r1s3.html

I like this draw very much ! :)

I'm a little bit worried by Lopez after what Richie said about the balls, but it's because i'm always anxious right after i see a draw. :p
Andreev for the third round would be interesting, and Murray in 1/8 would be very fun to watch !
I'm looking forward to the beginning of the tournament ! :bounce:

Allure
01-11-2008, 12:24 AM
I have to admit his draw isn't too bad.

Mariana_lcf
01-11-2008, 12:51 AM
yea good draw! im glad i can finally see gasquet play after a loooong break :)

j'adore_richie
01-11-2008, 01:12 AM
Wow he can meet Murray in the 4th round? The 8th seed vs the 9th seed...Murray's in pretty good shape so Richie better be prepared. Or am I getting too ahead of myself? To use that old dreaded cliche: take it one round at a time.

PinkFeatherBoa
01-11-2008, 01:48 AM
Pretty good draw for the first rounds...
Looking forward to seeing Richard play again! :bounce:

I shall worry about the Murray match if we come to it.

Renaud
01-11-2008, 01:56 AM
Lindahl won't be a problem, but i hope the qualifier who will play against Lopez will be a good one. A good moonballer or a big server would be enough.

Jozie
01-11-2008, 01:59 AM
Wow he can meet Murray in the 4th round? The 8th seed vs the 9th seed...Murray's in pretty good shape so Richie better be prepared. Or am I getting too ahead of myself? To use that old dreaded cliche: take it one round at a time.

Tsonga may do Richard a favour in the first round. I like the draw a lot. :)

gulzhan
01-11-2008, 02:42 AM
Having Murray in 4th round is not great (although it would be even greater if Richard beats him, again :p), but I worried about Lalo for the moment :unsure:

Anybody knows if the AO surface is good for his serve? Lopez played well at the last USO, he usually is much better at GSs, upsets top players in the first rounds :scared:

Renaud
01-11-2008, 02:55 AM
Lopez played well at the last USO, he usually is much better at GSs, upsets top players in the first rounds :scared:

But he is also very good to lose in the first rounds against qualifers... Don't forget he should have played against Richie in the second ound of USO 2006 bu lost to Chiudinelli .

~*BGT*~
01-11-2008, 03:40 AM
Tsonga may do Richard a favour in the first round. I like the draw a lot. :)

Having Murray in 4th round is not great (although it would be even greater if Richard beats him, again :p), but I worried about Lalo for the moment :unsure:



Tsonga will take him out. :p If not, Richie will do it.

Is anyone else excited that Richie and Jo are in the doubles final :banana: ...... against the Bryans?? :awww:

Renaud
01-11-2008, 04:02 AM
Tsonga will take him out. :p If not, Richie will do it.

Is anyone else excited that Richie and Jo are in the doubles final :banana: ...... against the Bryans?? :awww:


I'm not so happy he takes a plane so late before a Grand Slam. ;)
But I am glad he plays well with Jo in view of Davis Cup. :)

~*BGT*~
01-11-2008, 04:47 AM
I'm not so happy he takes a plane so late before a Grand Slam. ;)
But I am glad he plays well with Jo in view of Davis Cup. :)

How far is Sydney from Melbourne? It wouldn't be a long flight.. unlike the two days it took him to get from Europe to Australia. :rolls:

Renaud
01-11-2008, 04:53 AM
How far is Sydney from Melbourne? It wouldn't be a long flight.. unlike the two days it took him to get from Europe to Australia. :rolls:


Well... It's about 1000 KM only... :)
but he feel sick quite easily... so...
But you are right, it's not very important, and very much less than for coming to Sydney. ;)

~*BGT*~
01-11-2008, 05:06 AM
Well... It's about 1000 KM only... :)
but he feel sick quite easily... so...
But you are right, it's not very important, and very much less than for coming to Sydney. ;)

True, but he seems very relaxed and at ease with his friend on the court, and I think he needs the relaxation before having all of France's hopes on his shoulders. He'll definitely be expected to live up to his top 8 seeding here.

Puschkin
01-11-2008, 07:39 AM
I worried about Lalo for the moment :unsure:


Richard is 3-0 in H/H to Lopez, so no reason to panic.

I'm not so happy he takes a plane so late before a Grand Slam. ;)

I wonder. If the climate and the conditions are not too different it doesn't matter. In fact, it can be even an advantage to enjoy doubles and practising with Jo, instead of being in the middle of a pre-GS-hussle. Richard and Jo could have tanked one of their doubles matches easily, if they had preferred to go to Melbourne. The fact that they did put efforts in to win (3 tie-breaks) shows to me that they wanted to go on.

lisaplenske
01-11-2008, 08:11 AM
well it could have been worse and no!:D

he should rise his level,match after match.Lopez is a good player bt richard knows how to play him.Heisnot the "typical spanish".
Murray won doha but it was not the AO surface no?
richard still in sydney,hope that he enjoy his double week and come in melbourne ready to give the best of him.:angel:
Allez richard,perhaps something to do there.

Allure
01-11-2008, 08:20 AM
Hopefully Richard can handle the ''heavy balls'' in Melbourne. ;)

bittertea
01-11-2008, 11:37 AM
Good draw. Richard better take full advantage of it.

tennis lover
01-11-2008, 12:48 PM
Is anyone else excited that Richie and Jo are in the doubles final :banana: ...... against the Bryans?? :awww:
I am! :D but I love the Bryan's so it's tough for me! :awww:

The draw isn't too bad, allez Richie! :bounce:

Renaud
01-11-2008, 01:24 PM
Federer and Nalbandian asked for playing on tuesday, and usually all is made for Hewitt to play on first saturday so Richard should play on monday. :)

Puschkin
01-11-2008, 01:27 PM
Federer and Nalbandian asked for playing on tuesday, and usually all is made for Hewitt to play on first saturday so Richard should play on monday. :)

:topic: I would not mind Hewitt/Safin on Saturday :D and confirmation for renaud's considerations:

http://www.theage.com.au/news/tennis/federer-finds-time-to-heal/2008/01/11/1199988590218.html

Jozie
01-11-2008, 03:02 PM
Am I correct in assuming that because Richard is seeded 8th, he should be playing either Centre Court (Rod Laver Arena) or Vodafone Arena, and not on one of the show courts, which means that his matches should be televised live? Can anyone advise?

Renaud
01-11-2008, 03:08 PM
Am I correct in assuming that because Richard is seeded 8th, he should be playing either Centre Court (Rod Laver Arena) or Vodafone Arena, and not on one of the show courts, which means that his matches should be televised live? Can anyone advise?

As he plays against a young Australian his first match will surely be broadcast. :)
I think there are at least 6 courts with cameras, so if you suscribe to a multiplex streaming you won't miss anything. ;)

Jozie
01-11-2008, 03:15 PM
As he plays against a young Australian his first match will surely be broadcast. :)
I think there are at least 6 courts with cameras, so if you suscribe to a multiplex streaming you won't miss anything. ;)

Many thanks Renaud. I thought this may be the case. We should be guaranteed televised viewing without subscribing to multiplex streaming. :D

*julie*
01-11-2008, 04:36 PM
This draw is nice :)
And good luck Rich and Jo for the final. I hope Forget witnessed their matches. I would so like to see them in DC. :worship:

silverwhite
01-11-2008, 05:07 PM
Sydney:
No comment regarding the singles tournament. Great that he got some matchplay in doubles.

AO:
Not a bad draw, TBH. Just hope he doesn't screw it up.

Schu
01-11-2008, 05:38 PM
Sydney:
No comment regarding the singles tournament. Great that he got some matchplay in doubles.

AO:
Not a bad draw, TBH. Just hope he doesn't screw it up.

Missed ya SW!

Good luck Richie and Jo in the final. Hope all the practice he got palying aggressively in doubles will spill over to his singles.

About AO draw - I stopped trying to figure out if it's a good draw or a bad draw because with Richie the best draw can turn out to be a nightmare and a bad draw can end up a dream. Do hope he can have ANOTHER successful showdown with Murray (unless Tsonga takes out Murray which I doubt will happen), but that is way too far ahead, one step at a time...

~*BGT*~
01-11-2008, 07:45 PM
This draw is nice :)
And good luck Rich and Jo for the final. I hope Forget witnessed their matches. I would so like to see them in DC. :worship:

Me too!! But as I am American and hoping for a France/USA quarterfinal, I'll be hopelessly split as I'd already have to pull for Andy and James over Richard. :bigcry: :hysteric: :sobbing:

EternalxJourney
01-11-2008, 11:12 PM
Me too!! But as I am American and hoping for a France/USA quarterfinal, I'll be hopelessly split as I'd already have to pull for Andy and James over Richard. :bigcry: :hysteric: :sobbing:

Andy and James already won the Cup once. So you have to root for Richie, no? :aplot:

Schu
01-11-2008, 11:38 PM
Andy and James already won the Cup once. So you have to root for Richie, no? :aplot:

Call me a traitor but for me it would be Richie, all the way. As you say James and Andy already won it - only fair ;) Hard to separate the country from the player.

Ome
01-12-2008, 02:30 AM
I was at two matches of Nick Lindahl last year. This guy is really good when he's in the zone. Playing the first match might be tricky so good luck, Richard :yeah:

~*BGT*~
01-12-2008, 05:45 AM
Andy and James already won the Cup once. So you have to root for Richie, no? :aplot:

Call me a traitor but for me it would be Richie, all the way. As you say James and Andy already won it - only fair ;) Hard to separate the country from the player.

Technically, that make sense. I have a lot of favorites and I always have to compromise when they play each other. Like, when Nalby played Safin at the USO in 0, I pulled for Safin because he was lower ranked. Bu the next time they played, I pulled for David because he lost the last time.

With James and Richard, I think I pull for James simply because he has never beaten Richie. Regarding Andy: he's my number one favorite by a long shot, not just one of my favorites. ;) I have never pulled against him, and I don't plan on ever doing it. :p

Jozie
01-12-2008, 05:55 AM
Well well well.... Gasquet/Tsonga defeat the Bryan brothers AND THEY WERE 3 MATCH POINTS DOWN. AWESOME!!!!!!

WELL DONE RICHARD & JW. LOVE YA BOTH.

GOOD LUCK FOR AO

Schu
01-12-2008, 07:42 AM
Great Job Richie and Jo and wonderful fight against the best!

Would LOVE to have seen that match!:bounce::bounce:

lisaplenske
01-12-2008, 08:36 AM
order of play for monday:

Vodafone Arena

11:00 AM Start
1 Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Jelena Jankovic (SRB)[3]
v. Tamira Paszek (AUT)

followed by
2 Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Andy Roddick (USA)[6]
v. Lukas Dlouhy (CZE)


3 Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Jelena Kostanic Tosic (CRO)
v. Maria Sharapova (RUS)[5]


4 Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Richard Gasquet (FRA)[8]
v. Nick Lindahl (AUS)

Getta
01-12-2008, 08:55 AM
I don't believe Gasquet/Tsonga defeated the Bryans. :D
Time for Richie to defeat the best in singles is approaching. ;)


Good luck Richie against Lindahl.



Not a bad draw for him at AO. Hope he takes full advantage of it.

Getta
01-12-2008, 08:57 AM
Thanks for the OoP, lisaplenske.

Ginevra83
01-12-2008, 09:23 AM
GREAT WIN Richard & Jo!!! I'm really impress

Ginevra83
01-12-2008, 09:30 AM
Bonne chance for the first AO' match...I hope we can watch it, although there will be Nadal's match on centre court at the same time!!!:rolleyes:

bye bye

Renaud
01-12-2008, 11:17 AM
WOW ! Impressive win guys ! :worship:

I think Jo Wif won a point for Davis Cup. Considering Clement current from i would not be surprised if Forget select this team : Gasquet/Tsonga/LLodra, Australian Open chosing one of Grosjean and PHM.

___________________________________________

To come back to Australian Open, i found few informations about Lindahl.

he is 19 and was finalist there in junior in 2006 (lost to Sidorenko)
He won 2 futures (in Australia and Indonesia ) and reached 3 finals in 2007, and had a pretty decent end of year with two 1/4 final in challenger. But his highlights are a victory against Young in Yuba city (CHAL) and Querrey in Bangkok (ATP).
Let's be frank, nothing impressive and the one who is worried must have spent his New Year 2000 in a bunker.

Concerning his game, I don't know much, only what i found in his dedicated thread.

saw him play Wimbledon qualies in 07. He has a decent serve and plays single-handedly off both wings (edit : ??? picture). His forehand is definitely stronger and his backhand could be a bit of a weakness. He's also not the biggest guy and will get hit off the court by the top guys right now. He didn't volley much on the grass either. He does have top 100 potential though, if he works hard and develops some weapons.

Good luck to him at the AO, but I fear Gasquet will crush him

http://i31.servimg.com/u/f31/10/07/77/31/lindah10.jpg (http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=101&u=10077731)

silverwhite
01-12-2008, 11:37 AM
"Plays single-handedly off both wings"? He's hitting a double-handed BH in the picture. :o

Renaud
01-12-2008, 11:42 AM
"Plays single-handedly off both wings"? He's hitting a double-handed BH in the picture. :o
:p
I was about editing my post ...

Vlad1980
01-12-2008, 11:58 AM
Allez Richard and Jo!! :worship:


What a great result in doubles, beating best team in the world by coming back from 6-9 down in Super Tiebreak! :D


I hope they will play more in the future together.

Does anyone have a video of this match?

Schu
01-12-2008, 05:16 PM
order of play for monday:

Vodafone Arena

11:00 AM Start
1 Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Jelena Jankovic (SRB)[3]
v. Tamira Paszek (AUT)

followed by
2 Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Andy Roddick (USA)[6]
v. Lukas Dlouhy (CZE)


3 Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Jelena Kostanic Tosic (CRO)
v. Maria Sharapova (RUS)[5]


4 Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Richard Gasquet (FRA)[8]
v. Nick Lindahl (AUS)


Thanks for the OOP :wavey:
Hope Richie and Jo didn't party too much after their victory - just a day to recover.

Not that I can see it - that will start for me about 1 am, if I'm figuring out the time difference correctly. But doesn't really matter if I wanted to stay awake and watch it I couldn't cuz the only coverage I will be able to get in US is ESPN2 and I'm SURE that Richie's match will not be shown - maybe if he made it to the semis, ESPN2 would show it. Probably not then either, they would likely show an "enlightening" interview with Maria Sharpovia's dress designer or something equally as interesting :rolleyes:

Does anyone knows a live stream available in the US (and not ESPN 306 which my internet provider doesn't have)?

Allure
01-12-2008, 08:42 PM
Thanks for the OOP :wavey:
Hope Richie and Jo didn't party too much after their victory - just a day to recover.

Not that I can see it - that will start for me about 1 am, if I'm figuring out the time difference correctly. But doesn't really matter if I wanted to stay awake and watch it I couldn't cuz the only coverage I will be able to get in US is ESPN2 and I'm SURE that Richie's match will not be shown - maybe if he made it to the semis, ESPN2 would show it. Probably not then either, they would likely show an "enlightening" interview with Maria Sharpovia's dress designer or something equally as interesting :rolleyes:

Does anyone knows a live stream available in the US (and not ESPN 306 which my internet provider doesn't have)?

ESPN2 will probably not show Richie's first match so I think I will buy a daily pass on the AO site. I think they will show his matches from 4R forward though.

silverwhite
01-12-2008, 10:08 PM
ESPN2 will probably not show Richie's first match so I think I will buy a daily pass on the AO site. I think they will show his matches from 4R forward though.

IF he makes it to R16...

Schu
01-13-2008, 06:58 AM
ESPN2 will probably not show Richie's first match so I think I will buy a daily pass on the AO site. I think they will show his matches from 4R forward though.

Thought the AO site is not available in the US - at least that what is says?

my0118
01-13-2008, 07:07 AM
I wanna ask one though, ESPN 306 is only available in the US?

Allure
01-13-2008, 07:13 AM
I wanna ask one though, ESPN 306 is only available in the US?

I think so. Though I can't watch it because of my ISP. :rolleyes:

my0118
01-13-2008, 07:23 AM
What is ISP? :scratch:

Allure
01-13-2008, 07:56 AM
Internet service provider

my0118
01-13-2008, 08:03 AM
Anyways it's just such a shame. ESPN360 will probably televise them on WMP which I prefer. I subscribed the coverage on the AO site, but it's likey they will televise them on FLV, which sucks!

Allure
01-13-2008, 08:36 AM
Anyways it's just such a shame. ESPN360 will probably televise them on WMP which I prefer. I subscribed the coverage on the AO site, but it's likey they will televise them on FLV, which sucks!

At least you have the AO site. I'm stuck with ESPN. :rolleyes:

my0118
01-13-2008, 08:56 AM
At least you have the AO site. I'm stuck with ESPN. :rolleyes:

:hug:
But it's not likely I would have a good video. :rolleyes:

Schu
01-13-2008, 06:06 PM
At least you have the AO site. I'm stuck with ESPN. :rolleyes:

I feel your pain - no AO site and no ESPN 360. We can hope all the Americans loose early (which they probably will, except Roddick) and then ESPN might show so decent matches.

tennis lover
01-13-2008, 06:42 PM
I have no tv and no internet in my room at the moment and there is no way I am going to sit outside in the freezing cold at 3am to attempt to find a livestream so I have nothing! :sobbing: so all of you with some coverage just be grateful! ;)

EternalxJourney
01-13-2008, 06:51 PM
Aww Jo, that sucks. But I sometimes think it's a curse to have access because it is all-consuming and I end up not doing my homework.

tennis lover
01-13-2008, 06:58 PM
I don't really mind it, I'm nocturnal anyway so staying up late doesn't affect me much plus my classes only start on weds so I won't have much work anyway! :sobbing: I'm just praying that my internet works again, don't think I've got a chance though! :awww: I hope you all get to see the match though!

allez! I expect a good result in the morning!

EternalxJourney
01-13-2008, 07:00 PM
I have ESPN360 but like someone else said earlier, they're not showing Richard's first match so I've got no way to watch him anyhow.

~*BGT*~
01-13-2008, 09:22 PM
I feel your pain - no AO site and no ESPN 360. We can hope all the Americans loose early (which they probably will, except Roddick) and then ESPN might show so decent matches.

Some people like the Americans :sobbing: But with me getting TTC, I should get a lot of tennis during the next two weeks. :banana:

Vlad1980
01-14-2008, 06:35 AM
Richard's match is on. You can watch it on SopCast, Star Sports channel 6029

Allure
01-14-2008, 07:49 AM
He was two sets up. :rolleyes: :o

Puschkin
01-14-2008, 08:19 AM
Richard's match is on. You can watch it on SopCast, Star Sports channel 6029

I could not watch it. Stats are looking good, but please give us an idea how it went. A lapse in the third set?

juvvi
01-14-2008, 08:23 AM
He won. Just 6 more to go for the championship.

Allure
01-14-2008, 08:27 AM
I could not watch it. Stats are looking good, but please give us an idea how it went. A lapse in the third set?

In the first two sets Richard was very good. He hit some bh winners and one incredible cross court volley. Then in the third he flailed some shots and his opponent started hitting more winners. After the third set Star Sports stopped showing the match so I don't know what happened after.

tennis lover
01-14-2008, 08:49 AM
:yeah: at least he won, I'm not happy about the 3rd set though, it looks like it was a lapse of concentration considering how easily he won the other sets! but I'm happy he's through, 1st rounds are never easy. :dance:

Getta
01-14-2008, 09:51 AM
Happy for Richie. :banana: :banana: :banana:

Opening rounds are always tricky for him.

my0118
01-14-2008, 10:17 AM
Yeah at least a win is a win.
I'm going to watch that I missed. :yeah:

my0118
01-14-2008, 10:25 AM
But his possible opponents until 4th round.. I gotta say I don't like it. :o

-------------------------
Richard Gasquet FRA (8)
v
Feliciano Lopez ESP
--------------------------
Kristof Vliegen BEL
v
Igor Andreev RUS (31)
--------------------------
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez ESP
v
Alejandro Falla COL
--------------------------
Sam Warburg USA
v
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga FRA
---------------------------

lisaplenske
01-14-2008, 10:35 AM
I watched all the match and its quite a good match.
Great first 2 sets,many winners,managed to do everything he wanted,seemed like a demonstration.
Then the australian won his first game in the third,since that he started to play more free,better serve,handle the crosscourt battle,less UES and richard became more defensive,hit more UES and lost his serve at 2-3 in the third.
Then in the fourth(the first game was a little bit hesitant)but was more solid,did the job,to break him at 2-1(opponent DF though)
well its a first match,never easy,even against a much lower player,not really powerful.
Lopez will be more tough,he will have to be really agressive and serve as well than i this first round with many aces(14 no?)
Allez richard and congrats.

PS: great win for jo,so happy for him:D hahahaha when I think about GM quarter finale pronostics,they put for 90% ,Murray:lol:
jo you rock:yeah:

Puschkin
01-14-2008, 10:37 AM
I watched all the match and its quite a good match.

Thanks for the report.

great win for jo,so happy for him:D hahahaha when I think about GM quarter finale pronostics,they put for 90% ,Murray:lol:
:topic: But :yeah: I enjoyed that very much, too.

bittertea
01-14-2008, 11:41 AM
Well done Richard... is about all I can think to say. My sides are still splitting from Murray's loss*. :rolls:

(*I do feel bad for him. The bandwagoning British press who hyped him to the nth will be having a field day at his expense. :rolleyes:)

my0118
01-14-2008, 11:58 AM
Well done Richard... is about all I can think to say. My sides are still splitting from Murray's loss*. :rolls:

(*I do feel bad for him. The bandwagoning British press who hyped him to the nth will be having a field day at his expense. :rolleyes:)

:hug:

I did root for Murray as well. But from what I watched him, he was really defensive, which reminded me of Gasquet's defensive play. :o
I think Gasquet and Murray have in common (both talent and mentality), but definitely Murray has been more hyped thesesdays.

richie21
01-14-2008, 01:53 PM
:hug:

I did root for Murray as well. But from what I watched him, he was really defensive, which reminded me of Gasquet's defensive play. :o
I think Gasquet and Murray have in common (both talent and mentality), but definitely Murray has been more hyped thesesdays.


I agree,they share a lot of things in common (you could also add their fitness problems......both still seem to be like little boys physically sometimes).
My personnal opinion(and dream to be fair) is that those 2 will dominate the tour when Federer will have declined........they are the 2 most talented youngsters in my opinion.

Puschkin
01-14-2008, 02:02 PM
I agree,they share a lot of things in common (you could also add their fitness problems......both still seem to be like little boys physically sometimes).

:topic: Murray today did not lose due to his fitness or lack of it. Jo-Wilfried just stormed over him.

richie21
01-14-2008, 02:04 PM
:topic: Murray today did not lose due to his fitness or lack of it. Jo-Wilfried just stormed over him.

Yeah but still,when i look at Murray,i have the feeling he is still not a true athlete.

Puschkin
01-14-2008, 02:10 PM
Yeah but still,when i look at Murray,i have the feeling he is still not a true athlete.

That may be true, but frankly: I could not care less. :shrug:

richie21
01-14-2008, 02:12 PM
That may be true, but frankly: I could not care less. :shrug:

Well, i was only pointing another thing both Gasquet and Murray had in common

my0118
01-14-2008, 02:49 PM
I agree,they share a lot of things in common (you could also add their fitness problems......both still seem to be like little boys physically sometimes).
My personnal opinion(and dream to be fair) is that those 2 will dominate the tour when Federer will have declined........they are the 2 most talented youngsters in my opinion.

I hope so too. Better not Djokovic. :o

:topic: Murray today did not lose due to his fitness or lack of it. Jo-Wilfried just stormed over him.

But I think Murray had no luck. If Gasquet had faced Tsonga, I guess we would've expected the same result Murray had. Tsonga is a really dangerous player.

Vlad1980
01-14-2008, 03:01 PM
I could not watch it. Stats are looking good, but please give us an idea how it went. A lapse in the third set?


Yeah, first two sets he played really well.. tons of forehand and backhand winners, he did everything he wanted on the court. The only game he lost at 6-0, 5-0 was when he had 0-30 but then for some reason just hit 4 really bad mis hit returns... almsot looked he was sorry and did not want to win 6-0 another set. In third set, he played loose almost like on practice court, came in on couple bad shots and made couple errors and got broken. Then Aussie got the crowd going and started serving very well and Richie could not break him back until beginning of 4th set and then he just played his solid game to win it.


I think he should play like did in second set all of his matches.. he stayed ON the baseline (not behind it) and was crushing big forehands (I think it was 10 winners to 1 in favor of Richard (forehand winners) at the end of second set) and some nice backhands down the line too.

JBdV
01-14-2008, 03:21 PM
Good luck in the next round Richie, it's gonna be a whole other class of opponent.

Schu
01-14-2008, 04:23 PM
First rounds like this are tricky. So good job, Richie. I only saw the set he lost and it looked like his head was totally turned off, coming in on horrible shots and spraying balls. But it also looked like he could take control again if he just tuned in, and he did. The crowd was getting really pumped when RIchie lost the 3rd and he had this look on his face like "better shut these people up now" which he did.

Next round is a whole different story - time to see the Richie of Paris.

And how happy was I to see JO win!!! Just hope he fizzles out before he and Richie meet up - positive vibes here that RIchie will make it that far (and beyond).

*julie*
01-14-2008, 04:59 PM
Well done Richard! But was the third set really necessary?
Anyway, good luck for the next round. Hopefully, I'll be able to watch it. :)

Btw, thanks all for the reports ;)

Getta
01-14-2008, 07:02 PM
But was the third set really necessary?




Things like that happen quite often. Do I have to remind you the bagel Richie fed Novak in Estoril? Well, we all know who was the winner of Estoril final. :shrug:

Back to his second round match. Richie should beat normally Feliciano Lopez. It would be a shame if he fell to LaLo. :o

Getta
01-14-2008, 07:04 PM
Btw, thanks all for the reports


I second that. :yeah:

*Sweet4Richard*
01-14-2008, 09:24 PM
Yes, thanks for the reports. Greatly, greatly appreciated!

EternalxJourney
01-15-2008, 04:26 AM
I'm watching Richard's 1st round match right now and after the 3rd set changover, Richard got up to go to one end of the court but I caught the umpire saying to him, "Richard, you're on the other side." This brings me to my question and I apologize in advance for my ignorance. How often do the players change ends? And who decides which end they start off with?

16681
01-15-2008, 04:28 AM
I'm a little late getting in here, but Congrats to Richie on his win :)

Schu
01-15-2008, 04:50 AM
I'm watching Richard's 1st round match right now and after the 3rd set changover, Richard got up to go to one end of the court but I caught the umpire saying to him, "Richard, you're on the other side." This brings me to my question and I apologize in advance for my ignorance. How often do the players change ends? And who decides which end they start off with?

:lol: Knew he lost focus in the 3rd but WOW he was more in space than he looked.

To answer your question, players change after every odd game. Before the match, players flip a coin/spin a racket and whoever wins the toss decides if they want to pick the serve order or the side to start.

Puschkin
01-15-2008, 05:28 AM
OOP, Wednesday, MCA:

Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Sam Warburg (USA) v. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
followed by
3 Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.

Not Before 7:30 PM
Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Richard Gasquet (FRA)[8] v. Feliciano Lopez (ESP)

Allure
01-15-2008, 05:33 AM
ESPN will show Richard's match. :bounce:

EternalxJourney
01-15-2008, 05:34 AM
Thanks, Schu. And yes, he definitely lost his concentration but to be honest, he always looks a bit dazed whenever I watch him play.

juvvi
01-15-2008, 07:50 AM
I am sure tomorrow's match will be televised, for sure. i am going to watch it for sure and Richard's going to win for sure.

my0118
01-15-2008, 08:30 AM
I think Davenport and Sharapova match will be televised. :shrug:

Puschkin
01-15-2008, 08:31 AM
I think Davenport and Sharapova match will be televised. :shrug:

I am afraid so too, but I can't watch anyway tomorrow. :devil:

my0118
01-15-2008, 09:00 AM
I am afraid so too, but I can't watch anyway tomorrow. :devil:

Then just hear the victory news tomorrow. :p ;)

Allure
01-15-2008, 09:02 AM
Then just hear the victory new tomorrow. :p ;)

Mia don't be too sure. Anyway all the people I placed money on lost (Gulbis, Stepanek) so I'm hoping the same for Lopez. ;)

Puschkin
01-15-2008, 09:16 AM
Then just hear the victory news tomorrow. :p ;)
:yeah:

tennis lover
01-15-2008, 10:11 AM
OOP, Wednesday, MCA:

Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Sam Warburg (USA) v. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
followed by
3 Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.

Not Before 7:30 PM
Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Richard Gasquet (FRA)[8] v. Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
:banana: I've told my brother he has to go and cheer on Richie for me before he goes to cheer on Andy for me! :lol: :bounce: an I can follow night matches on live score (although no livestream for me :awww: )

juvvi
01-15-2008, 10:33 AM
I think Davenport and Sharapova match will be televised. :shrug:

I am sure that I can watch the match because there are only two courts staging night matches and there are two channels showing tennis at 7:30pm. I will describe the match here to the best of my ability, for sure.

Gul
01-15-2008, 11:23 AM
I am sure tomorrow's match will be televised, for sure. i am going to watch it for sure and Richard's going to win for sure.

Thanks. Be + always. #1 Tennis Player Richard Gasquet
our :angel:

lisaplenske
01-15-2008, 12:45 PM
lol I like your "positiveness" juvvi:D

allez richard,win that match,you'll play at night session:)

Renaud
01-15-2008, 12:56 PM
lol I like your "positiveness" juvvi:D

allez richard,win that match,you'll play at night session:)


This is a very good news ! For him and for us. :p

Vlad1980
01-15-2008, 02:15 PM
I am sure tomorrow's match will be televised, for sure. i am going to watch it for sure and Richard's going to win for sure.


for sure. :D

Schu
01-15-2008, 02:21 PM
ESPN will show Richard's match. :bounce:

Did ESPN say that on TV or somewhere else? I'd be surprised if they did because it's the same time as sharapova /Davenport and then Roddick play. If they really are I might try to stay awake (or go to sleep and wake up) it would 2:30 am for me - HUMM not sure even Richie is worth that when I have to go to work the next morning.

Puschkin
01-15-2008, 02:33 PM
HUMM not sure even Richie is worth that when I have to go to work the next morning.

Of course he is. :) The ultimate fan experience, however, is not to watch a match at 2.30 and go to work the day after. The real test is to stare at the flicking number of a scoreboard at 2.30 am, to be in the chat with fellow-Gasqsuetaires on his site and have the scoreboard collasping for ten minutes, preferably at the start of a TB. Do this for three consecutive nights, then going to work on each day. This is the real deal. :D

Schu
01-15-2008, 04:00 PM
Of course he is. :) The ultimate fan experience, however, is not to watch a match at 2.30 and go to work the day after. The real test is to stare at the flicking number of a scoreboard at 2.30 am, to be in the chat with fellow-Gasqsuetaires on his site and have the scoreboard collasping for ten minutes, preferably at the start of a TB. Do this for three consecutive nights, then going to work on each day. This is the real deal. :D

Don't forget the cursing at the computer and screaming at the flickering numbers...Glad to know I'm not the only crazy person to have done that... And if it's a Richie or Nalbandian match you can multiply the torture by 10 with their roller coaster matches.

~*BGT*~
01-15-2008, 04:20 PM
Of course he is. :) The ultimate fan experience, however, is not to watch a match at 2.30 and go to work the day after. The real test is to stare at the flicking number of a scoreboard at 2.30 am, to be in the chat with fellow-Gasqsuetaires on his site and have the scoreboard collasping for ten minutes, preferably at the start of a TB. Do this for three consecutive nights, then going to work on each day. This is the real deal. :D

It's better this year now that I have class at 11:30 and not 7:30. :)

*julie*
01-15-2008, 04:52 PM
Hopefully, I will find a stream. I am not sure I will stand to follow the SB at 5:30 am.

Good luck Rich!

EternalxJourney
01-15-2008, 06:20 PM
Dang. This means I have to get up at 4 in the morning to watch him play live. He'd better win.

GonzoFan
01-15-2008, 06:41 PM
Good Luck to Richie in his match against Lopez!!! :yeah:

Allure
01-15-2008, 10:56 PM
Did ESPN say that on TV or somewhere else? I'd be surprised if they did because it's the same time as sharapova /Davenport and then Roddick play. If they really are I might try to stay awake (or go to sleep and wake up) it would 2:30 am for me - HUMM not sure even Richie is worth that when I have to go to work the next morning.

I don't think they will show Richard's match now because of the Davenport/Sharapova match. :sad: And it sucks because I don't have ESPN360 and I can't watch on the AO site. :bigcry:

my0118
01-16-2008, 12:04 AM
Even though I have a stream, I won't be able to watch because of the class. :haha:

juvvi
01-16-2008, 05:39 AM
I don't think they will show Richard's match now because of the Davenport/Sharapova match. :sad: And it sucks because I don't have ESPN360 and I can't watch on the AO site. :bigcry:

I am sure they will show Richard's match today. I will write some description as the match progresses. As much as I can. May be between games.

juvvi
01-16-2008, 07:52 AM
Richard's backhand is on fire. Forehand though, hmm...

Vlad1980
01-16-2008, 08:02 AM
Richard's backhand is on fire. Forehand though, hmm...

Don't be picky... it's pretty good so far.. :)

Allure
01-16-2008, 08:06 AM
Richard's backhand is on fire. Forehand though, hmm...

I wish I can see some shots. :sad: