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AO R2: Gasquet d. Istomin 6-3 6-4 6-4

Caio_Brasil
01-22-2009, 01:15 AM
Good one Richard, much easier than the first round :yeah:

lalit
01-22-2009, 01:17 AM
that was dire tennis

richie21
01-22-2009, 01:19 AM
Gasquet's FH was HORRIBLE again (even more so than usual which is not a small feet).:help::help:
The rest of his game was better though comparing to his first round.

Ad Wim
01-22-2009, 01:20 AM
Good win and this time with pretty good tennis. Only the first few games were already better than the whole mathc against Junquiera. But now the tournaments really starts. But Gonzo is doable imo.

dam0dred
01-22-2009, 01:21 AM
I only saw the first 10 games or so but Gasquet was not looking sharp to me. Should be interesting against Gonzo (presumably).

seljanin
01-22-2009, 01:21 AM
Watched it all the way. Apart from an absolutely disgusting FH, which was mostly landing before (!!!) the service line :help:, the rest of Gasquet's game was pretty OK. Still don't understand why Istomin played so much on Gasquet's BH. Why not to exploit his FH more? The more skilled players will do that, and then Gasquet might find himself in big trouble.

The BH was a work of art as usually though.

EternalxJourney
01-22-2009, 01:22 AM
Gasquet's FH was HORRIBLE again (even more so than usual which is not a small feet).:help::help:
The rest of his game was better though comparing to his first round.

Well...you know what they say about people who have small feet...:D

Good job, Richard.

my0118
01-22-2009, 01:23 AM
Gasquet's FH was HORRIBLE again (even more so than usual which is not a small feet).:help::help:
The rest of his game was better though comparing to his first round.

Hello Richie21 :bigwave:
It's been four years you say this.

Andi-M
01-22-2009, 01:23 AM
If his FH is like this next round Gonzo will eat him for breakfast.

richie21
01-22-2009, 01:23 AM
agreed. he just kept looping it, when he hit it flatter, he won the point easily.

What is the most disgusting is that he couldn't even correctly hit a FH on short balls.

Nathaliia
01-22-2009, 01:25 AM
Gonzalez will beat the shit out of him (sorry, Richard :( )

Caio, your siggy, lol.

richie21
01-22-2009, 01:25 AM
Hello Richie21 :bigwave:
It's been four years you say this.

But i never thought it would even get worse year by year.
I mean,two or three years ago,it was still his weakness but it was a much more decent shot than it is now.
I have for example his match against Federer in Halle in 2006 still in my HD and his FH was decent if not good back then(including the FH in transition play).
Now it completely sucks.

Jozie
01-22-2009, 01:26 AM
What is the most disgusting is that he couldn't even correctly hit a FH on short balls.

:zzz:

Winnipeg
01-22-2009, 01:26 AM
nice try Denis!

Byrd
01-22-2009, 01:27 AM
What an ugly forehand, reminds me of watching Glenn McGrath bat for Australia....

Ad Wim
01-22-2009, 01:32 AM
I think you're overexaggerating on the forehand. Don't forget the conditions were pretty bad again; lots of wind and very hot. It wasn't terrific but compared to Junquiera 3 levels higher quality. And finished in 3 sets, very important in this heat.

richie21
01-22-2009, 01:33 AM
I think you're overexaggerating on the forehand.

Not really,unfortunately.
It was that bad.
I really don't know why he doesn't try to change (or at least do some modifications)the technique of his rally FH(especially as he is still very young): it would certainly not be worse than it already is,would it?

lalit
01-22-2009, 01:40 AM
I think you're overexaggerating on the forehand. Don't forget the conditions were pretty bad again; lots of wind and very hot. It wasn't terrific but compared to Junquiera 3 levels higher quality. And finished in 3 sets, very important in this heat.
Nope no exaggeration
If it wasn't for his backhand
no one would be talking about him with a forehand like that

Andi-M
01-22-2009, 01:40 AM
Gasquet's FH not top 50, BH makes up for it to some degree.

Ad Wim
01-22-2009, 01:42 AM
Not really,unfortunately.
It was that bad.
I really don't know why he doesn't try to change (or at least do some modifications)the technique of his rally FH(especially as he is still very young): it would certainly not be worse than it already is,would it?

Now, ur definitely overexaggerating. The guy made it to 2 SFs already this season and I'm not even talking about a couple of years back. He just lacks some confidence but he is getting there with every match.

Angle Queen
01-22-2009, 01:43 AM
agreed. he just kept looping it, when he hit it flatter, he won the point easily.Commentators here (in the US) are saying that "flat" is winning the points on the (relatively) "new" surface. Be interesting to see if (a) that's true and (b) which players can adjust.

Ad Wim
01-22-2009, 01:43 AM
Nope no exaggeration
If it wasn't for his backhand
no one would be talking about him with a forehand like that

I have watched the whole match and it were also the conditions. I guess you don't understand how it is playing with that much wind.

And as I said, he just lacks some confidence. If that gets back, the forehand will also get back.

richie21
01-22-2009, 01:44 AM
Now, ur definitely overexaggerating. The guy made it to 2 SFs already this season and I'm not even talking about a couple of years back. He just lacks some confidence but he is getting there with every match.


Yeah,DESPITE his FH.
Just highlight again how good his BH in particular is.

seljanin
01-22-2009, 01:48 AM
I have watched the whole match and it were also the conditions. I guess you don't understand how it is playing with that much wind.

And as I said, he just lacks some confidence. If that gets back, the forehand will also get back.

It's not about the wind, it's about the technique on the shot. Have a look at its execution. He doesn't even transfer his weight into the shot. Technique is the problem, not conditions.

simplet
01-22-2009, 01:52 AM
Gasquet's FH was HORRIBLE again (even more so than usual which is not a small feet).:help::help:

"Gasquet au petit pied". It's got a nice ring to it.

Schu
01-22-2009, 01:59 AM
Yes his FH was about as bad as it gets but (and this is not an excuse) just a comment - it was really windy and trying to go for a shot in which you have very little confidence in extremely windy conditions is pretty difficult to do. Although when he did flatten it out he actually did win a few points.

He was clearly uncomfortable out there today and last year he would likely have lost this match in the annoyed state he seemed to be in today.

ANd if he doesn't change Gonzo will eat him alive. but I have hope he'll just go for broke as that is his best chance.

Schu
01-22-2009, 02:05 AM
It's not about the wind, it's about the technique on the shot. Have a look at its execution. He doesn't even transfer his weight into the shot. Technique is the problem, not conditions.

True and once in a while he actually does hit it "right" but when you have bad technique the wind compounds the problem,and you get psyched out and REALLY can't hit the shot in which you have no confidence in and then technique gets worse...

gasguet#1
01-22-2009, 03:11 AM
Gasquet's FH was HORRIBLE again (even more so than usual which is not a small feet).:help::help:
The rest of his game was better though comparing to his first round.

Richie21..... Oneday you might actually shock us Richie fans, & finally have something good to say about his game,
He has had 2 Top Ten Wins in the first two weeks of the new season, Made 2 Semifinals..... Sure Richie could be playing better,
Not even his fighting to scrape out a win can please you Richie21.....

Grandslams are all about working your way through the draw & not peaking too early, I just hope you end up with Pie on your face Richie21...... This constant gribe at Richard's form, game in general, is wearing thin......
It's DULL & BORING & HOW MANY TIMES DO WE NEED TO LISTEN TO YOUR CONSTANT WHINGING
If your got nothing good to say..... say nothing at all

Or do us a favour & stop taking your Bitter Pills & you might actually find something good to say for once!

Vlad1980
01-22-2009, 04:09 AM
Not really,unfortunately.
It was that bad.
I really don't know why he doesn't try to change (or at least do some modifications)the technique of his rally FH(especially as he is still very young): it would certainly not be worse than it already is,would it?

But he did hit 4 or 5 clean forehand return of serve winners (he used to not do that before)... so he is working on some elements of his game.

marcRD
01-22-2009, 04:40 AM
Gasquet's FH not top 50, BH makes up for it to some degree.

Gasquets forehand is not top 500, I have seen amateurs with a better forehand than him.

He (and Santoro) is the only player who truly has a better backhand than forehand, usually when I say someone has a bad forehand and great backhand his forehand is still a better weapon than his backhand but is bad in compare against other players. No, in Gasquets case his backhand is truly better than his forehand.

Tommy fan
01-22-2009, 09:58 AM
Yay Allez Richard! Couldn't watch the match, but I hope he played well, good luck against Gonzalez!!

reggie1
01-22-2009, 10:05 AM
Yay Allez Richard! Couldn't watch the match, but I hope he played well, good luck against Gonzalez!!
Me neither, British Eurosport didn't cover :( nice win so let's hope he beats Gonzo now. ;)

groundstroke
01-22-2009, 02:29 PM
Gasquet didn't look very sharp but a couple of breaks is all is needed to win.. Let's hope he can reach the QF's here..