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ImmzB
02-25-2010, 06:38 AM
Gasquet will be playing two Masters 1000 in Indian Wells & Miami.

I hope Gasquet can have really good tournaments there.

08/03/2010 - Week 10: Indian Wells (Hard)
15/03/2010 - Week 11: Indian Wells (Hard)
22/03/2010 - Week 12: Miami (Hard)
29/03/2010 - Week 13: Miami (Hard)

ImmzB
02-25-2010, 06:39 AM
Indian Wells Main Draw will be released on March 9th, 13.00 Local Time & 20.00 BST.

Davodus
02-25-2010, 01:26 PM
I think we can safely say he will be staying inside, in his hotel room, at night in Miami ;)

C-B-R
02-25-2010, 01:45 PM
I think we can safely say he will be staying inside, in his hotel room, at night in Miami ;)

Yeh , dont see him going out and having fun there

reggie1
02-25-2010, 01:52 PM
Yep, it's going to be scrabble, tiddlywinks and then a nice cup of cocoa for you young man! And then lights out.

Davodus
02-25-2010, 03:26 PM
Yep, it's going to be scrabble, tiddlywinks and then a nice cup of cocoa for you young man! And then lights out.

Mother has spoken :lol:

Puschkin
02-25-2010, 03:30 PM
Yep, it's going to be scrabble, tiddlywinks and then a nice cup of cocoa for you young man! And then lights out.
before that some chatting with his fans again? ;)

reggie1
02-25-2010, 04:12 PM
Only at the same time as doing a 20,0000km marathon!

ImmzB
02-25-2010, 05:10 PM
Hope Richie plays his 1st Round on Thursday and if he Wins which he will Inshallah, then play his 2nd Round on Saturday Evening!

ALLEZ GASQUET! THERE'S ONLY 1 RICHARD GASQUET! LOL

icecastle
02-25-2010, 05:16 PM
Hope Richie plays his 1st Round on Thursday and if he Wins which he will Inshallah, then play his 2nd Round on Saturday Evening!

ALLEZ GASQUET! THERE'S ONLY 1 RICHARD GASQUET! LOL

I second you.:D Prayers would not hurt too.;)

ImmzB
02-25-2010, 05:34 PM
I second you.:D Prayers would not hurt too.;)

:) :cool:

Keijan
02-25-2010, 08:28 PM
I don't really know where to post this as there isn't a DC thread, but Forget called Richard as the 5th player in next week-end tie against Germany. I for myself am delighted, as I'll finally get to see him in flesh :woohoo: I might even catch a few practices :D But Forget never ceases to amaze me with his random out of the blue decision :lol:

ImmzB
02-25-2010, 08:34 PM
Great News for Gasquet.

Maybe he could get a Game.

Lemon Custard
02-25-2010, 09:56 PM
Yep, it's going to be scrabble, tiddlywinks and then a nice cup of cocoa for you young man! And then lights out.

:lol: Are Scrabble buddies permitted?

GasquetFan
02-25-2010, 10:39 PM
Yep, it's going to be scrabble, tiddlywinks and then a nice cup of cocoa for you young man! And then lights out.

Hahaha! :haha:


Good luck Richard.. :clap2:

scmom
02-25-2010, 11:10 PM
just heard Richard has been chosen to be on the Davis cup team for this first round
Good luck , Richard !

and then back on the plane to IW / Miami
I was wondering - had he not played DC - if he would have just gone straight from Mexico to California
but looks like a stop in France is in order

fear not , Missie and I will keep a close eye on Richard in IW
not that he can get in nearly as much trouble there as one can in Miami
a bit of golf maybe - and a few good restaurants - but not too much in the way of night life in the Cali Desert
( well , compared to South Beach , anyway )

Gasquet maniac
02-26-2010, 05:31 AM
Well,if the main reason for him losing the third set against Almagro despite holding a 4-0 lead, is fatigue or exhaustion, then he MIGHT have to improve drastically on his physical fitness as the FRENCH OPEN is very demanding in terms of fitness and being pretty lethargic after a 3 setter does not complement well with the fact that most of his GRAND SLAM matches has gone down the wire or even a 5 setter....Or maybe this is just a side effect from his new training regime from coach , Gabriel Markus? We will soon find it out and good luck in DC......GO GASQUET.......

Puschkin
02-26-2010, 05:41 AM
Before IW, Richard will be in FRance for DC. Forget has called him as 5th player:
Source: http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2010/20100225_192238_forget-rappelle-gasquet.html

:fiery::fiery::fiery: Forget obviously out to destroy Ricahrd. Why does he have to call him now??????? Why doesn't he let him do his build-up quietly with Gabriel away from the attention? Instead he forces him to interrupt everything for DC!

I am so :mad: at Forget I can't ell you!

Cloudygirl
02-26-2010, 09:33 AM
just heard Richard has been chosen to be on the Davis cup team for this first round
Good luck , Richard !

and then back on the plane to IW / Miami
I was wondering - had he not played DC - if he would have just gone straight from Mexico to California
but looks like a stop in France is in order

fear not , Missie and I will keep a close eye on Richard in IW
not that he can get in nearly as much trouble there as one can in Miami
a bit of golf maybe - and a few good restaurants - but not too much in the way of night life in the Cali Desert
( well , compared to South Beach , anyway )

So we've got Marion keeping an eye on him for DC, you can keep him from partying at IW ;) who is volunteering for the rest of the year.


I'm thinking Richard must have said he was available for DC, he wouldn't have just called him otherwise.

I think provided he is the number 5 or number 4 and plays nothing more than a dead rubber that it might actually do him good.

Keijan
02-26-2010, 11:00 AM
There is really too much threads speaking about this :lol: If anyone wants, we're discussing this further in the DC thread about all French players :) http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=151786&page=6

ImmzB
02-26-2010, 05:08 PM
Allez Gasquet!!

ImmzB
02-27-2010, 05:11 PM
Win for Gasquet in the Singles if he plays or even a Dead Rubber would be good for his Confidence and good 2 play infront of his Home crowd.

Gasquet will be in France atleast until Sunday & the 1st Round matches start on Thursday & Friday.

ImmzB
02-28-2010, 12:34 PM
I hope Gasquet plays in the Davis Cup!!

Sky Sports will be showing the Tie!
So hope Richie gets a game atleast!!

reggie1
02-28-2010, 03:41 PM
Oh great thanks Immzb. When is it on?

ImmzB
02-28-2010, 04:58 PM
Oh great thanks Immzb. When is it on?

5th March. Sky Sports 4. 12.00
6th March. Sky Sports 3. 14.00
7th March. Sky Sports 3. 12.00

reggie1
02-28-2010, 08:31 PM
You're a love Immzb, thank you very much. I'll just need to wrestle the tv remote control from my husband and kids now as they don't like tennis! :lol: actually, I've just realised I'll be at work, no one had better touch my Sky plus!

Tess Gray
03-01-2010, 05:39 PM
:p

monfilsgael Just finished my practice day...we made matches i lost to gasquet 7/5 7/6... courts are fast here... (about 1 hours ago via Echofon)

Cloudygirl
03-01-2010, 06:02 PM
Meh don't play so well that you get switched into the 4.

ImmzB
03-01-2010, 06:43 PM
You're a love Immzb, thank you very much. I'll just need to wrestle the tv remote control from my husband and kids now as they don't like tennis! :lol: actually, I've just realised I'll be at work, no one had better touch my Sky plus!

It's Kool.

Lool. I doubt Richie will play on Friday but if he does play on Sunday (Dead Rubbers) I will be hogging the TV.

ImmzB
03-01-2010, 06:46 PM
Allez Gasquet!! Victory over Monfils. Practice match but.....

Schu
03-01-2010, 06:53 PM
:p

Originally Posted by Gael on Twitter
monfilsgael Just finished my practice day...we made matches i lost to gasquet 7/5 7/6... courts are fast here... (about 1 hours ago via Echofon)


So NOW he wins a TB..:D

Fast courts, guess JO and Llodra are happy.

icecastle
03-01-2010, 07:58 PM
i hope there's a stream of DC France vs Germany. i checked TC and they're only covering USA vs Serbia..

ImmzB
03-01-2010, 08:11 PM
i hope there's a stream of DC France vs Germany. i checked TC and they're only covering USA vs Serbia..

I think there will be one on ATDHE: http://www.atdhe.net/

ImmzB
03-01-2010, 08:13 PM
I want Indian Wells 2 start now LOL. Next Thursday/Friday got 2 wait for LOL

reggie1
03-01-2010, 08:16 PM
I want it to start now too, it's one of my favourite tournies.

Cloudygirl
03-01-2010, 08:18 PM
I like Indian wells better than Miami but I don't like either of them much. I can't wait until the European clay court season starts. It's all my favourite, monte carlo is fab.

ImmzB
03-01-2010, 08:55 PM
I think Indian Wells is better than Miami!

Clay Season gonna be good!!

Richie playing on P.C Court in Paris (Roland Garros)

Puschkin
03-02-2010, 05:30 AM
Originally Posted by Gael on Twitter
monfilsgael Just finished my practice day...we made matches i lost to gasquet 7/5 7/6... courts are fast here...

Just go on like that, Rich! :devil: Beat them all in practise and you end up playing! :rolleyes:

Jozie
03-02-2010, 10:13 AM
Just go on like that, Rich! :devil: Beat them all in practise and you end up playing! :rolleyes:

:haha:

Good ol Rich, just typical, he beats them in practises. :p

Hope he's looking after his back injury, can't have him worn out for Indian Wells. :o

silverwhite
03-02-2010, 01:28 PM
Just go on like that, Rich! :devil: Beat them all in practise and you end up playing! :rolleyes:

:tape: :tape: :tape:

If Forget hasn't learned from the past... :retard:

Vlad1980
03-02-2010, 04:15 PM
Not easy to go from outdoors clay courts to indoors on very fast surface.. A lot of people say Richard always plays well in practice and beats top players often. Still, encouraging practice result. I kinda hope they would put him for one of the singles matches...

~*BGT*~
03-02-2010, 04:24 PM
Just go on like that, Rich! :devil: Beat them all in practise and you end up playing! :rolleyes:

I want to see Guy call up Richie for a live rubber just to see your reaction, M. You might explode :lol: :hug:

marina36
03-02-2010, 05:30 PM
Just go on like that, Rich! :devil: Beat them all in practise and you end up playing! :rolleyes:

Don't worry, today Tsonga beat him 6/4 7/6.:p

Cloudygirl
03-02-2010, 05:35 PM
that's still way too close ;) Benneteau needs to beat him tomorrow.

Vlad1980
03-02-2010, 05:38 PM
that's still way too close ;) Benneteau needs to beat him tomorrow.

Richard will have to play really bad for that to happen... :)

Puschkin
03-02-2010, 07:00 PM
I want to see Guy call up Richie for a live rubber just to see your reaction, M. You might explode :lol: :hug:
I will, you can be sure of that. ;)

Don't worry, today Tsonga beat him 6/4 7/6.:p
On a very fast surface, Richard coming back from clay, this is close. And it is not Tsonga, I am worried about, but Gael.

Cloudygirl
03-02-2010, 07:18 PM
I'm sure Forget won't play him. Why would you play someone ranked 69 over someone in the top 20. That would just be asking for trouble. Barring injury he is surely safe for the live rubbers. It wouldn't be surprising if he played sunday but if it was a dead rubber then it doesn't matter is just good training for indian wells.

ImmzB
03-02-2010, 08:35 PM
If Monfils or Tsonga can't play on Friday, I would play Gasquet infront of Llodra & Benny.

~*BGT*~
03-04-2010, 04:37 AM
ImmzB, Puszchin would KILL you :lol:

Truc
03-04-2010, 06:42 AM
Here's what he says in L'Equipe, he clearly sees himself as a sparring-partner, trains 4 hours a day with the others and says he's not getting ready for Friday, but for Indian Wells:
Appelé de dernière heure par Guy Forget, pour occuper la stricte fonction de sparring-partner, Richard Gasquet ne ménage pas sa peine depuis samedi dernier. Pourtant, deux jours auparavant, il n’envisageait même pas de faire un détour par Toulon. « J’étais encore à Acapulco quand Guy m’a appelé, raconte-t-il. C’était jeudi, 8 heures du matin, et il m’a réveillé ! Franchement, qu’il me convoque comme cinquième m’a étonné. Je trouvais tout à fait naturel de ne pas être dans les quatre. Mais ça fait plaisir de retrouver le groupe. » Gasquet vit une semaine forcément différente. « Je ne me prépare pas pour jouer vendredi, je me prépare pour Indian Wells ! sourit-il. Ça change tout… Voilà, je joue le sparring de luxe et ça ne plaisante pas. Rien que mardi, j’ai passé quatre heures et demie sur le court. Je suis là pour préparer les gars. Mais c’est normal, de toute façon, une Coupe Davis ne se gagne pas à quatre. J’avais déjà énormément bossé en Amérique du Sud, ce stage est dans la continuité. » Gasquet ne regrette qu’une chose : l’horaire du match de rugby Toulon-Biarritz. « Ça se joue samedi, en plein pendant le double… Dommage, je serais bien allé faire un tour à Mayol ! »

Cloudygirl
03-04-2010, 07:03 AM
good attitude.

Is he saying that he is gutted that he'll miss the rugby on saturday because it's during the doubles?

He's such a sports tard.

Schu
03-04-2010, 04:17 PM
good attitude.

Is he saying that he is gutted that he'll miss the rugby on saturday because it's during the doubles?

He's such a sports tard.

Yup good attitude - and guess training with friends is not a bad way to train. ALthough it is indoors (isn't it) and IW is windy outdoor courts and warmer than in France ...

I'm still gonna miss seeing him in the Team Davis Cup photo with the guys all dressed up in their suits - he'd be a nice addition to that pic. Even though it is probably best for him not to be playing (and better if he wasn't there at all but practicing in IW) I still feel like as long as he is there, he should be part of the 4 since he obviously seems to like being part of DC even after all his "history".

As for the rugby he just BETTER not decide to watch it or follow twitter results or anything on his cell phone during the match!!!!!!!

marina36
03-04-2010, 05:48 PM
Yup good attitude - and guess training with friends is not a bad way to train. ALthough it is indoors (isn't it) and IW is windy outdoor courts and warmer than in France ...

I'm still gonna miss seeing him in the Team Davis Cup photo with the guys all dressed up in their suits - he'd be a nice addition to that pic. Even though it is probably best for him not to be playing (and better if he wasn't there at all but practicing in IW) I still feel like as long as he is there, he should be part of the 4 since he obviously seems to like being part of DC even after all his "history".

As for the rugby he just BETTER not decide to watch it or follow twitter results or anything on his cell phone during the match!!!!!!!

I think the same...
At least, he can practise with friends (and good players). Even if he won't play, he is part of the team.

And yes, for the rugby :lol: , I think he had learnt the lesson...

Puschkin
03-04-2010, 08:31 PM
Here's what he says in L'Equipe, he clearly sees himself as a sparring-partner, trains 4 hours a day with the others and says he's not getting ready for Friday, but for Indian Wells:
What a relief! :D I hope for no last minute changes.

ImmzB
03-06-2010, 09:34 PM
Hope Richie plays tommorow.

Cloudygirl
03-06-2010, 09:37 PM
can he play when he's not officially on the team. I'm never sure of the rules with the dead rubbers of Davis Cup.

Michael.
03-07-2010, 07:40 PM
Good Luck Richie. :D

ImmzB
03-09-2010, 03:10 PM
Indian Wells Main Draw Today.

Getta
03-09-2010, 07:47 PM
hope the draw turns out to be a smooth landing.

marina36
03-09-2010, 09:35 PM
Simon Greul in first round. Monfils in the 2nd...

I'm waiting for a toughest draw, so I'm quite happy! :)

Cloudygirl
03-09-2010, 09:38 PM
monfils in the 2nd is tough enough but potentially Nalby in the 3rd.

Much as I would love to see that we all know that Nalby is pretty much Richard's worst match up. mind you if he can't beat him now maybe he never will.

Getta
03-09-2010, 09:51 PM
Main Draw (http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2010/404/mds.pdf)

Richie's quarter:

Roger FEDERER (SUI)/BYE
Victor Hanescu (ROU) vs. Juan Ignacio CHELA (ARG)
Arnaud CLEMENT (FRA) vs. Peter Luczak (AUS)
BYE/Marcos BAGHDATIS (CYP)

Tommy ROBREDO (ESP)/BYE
Sergiy STAKHOVSKY (UKR) vs. Wayne ODESNIK (USA)
Dudi SELA (ISR) vs. Jesse LEVINE (USA)
BYE/Radek STEPANEK (CZE)

Gael MONFILS (FRA)/BYE
Richard GASQUET (FRA) vs. Simon GREUL (GER)
QUALIFIER vs. David NALBANDIAN (ARG)
BYE/Jurgen MELZER (AUT)

Janko TIPSAREVIC (SRB)/BYE
Thiemo DE BAKKER (NED) vs. Marcos DANIEL (BRA)
QUALIFIER vs. Oscar HERNANDEZ (ESP)
BYE/Andy RODDICK (USA)

C-B-R
03-09-2010, 09:58 PM
Think if he beats Greul , then the monfils match might be a real good one & i think he might reach the 3rd round.

scmom
03-09-2010, 10:04 PM
well, he has got to get by Greul first - one step at a time
but I am really excited by the prospect of a Gasquet / Monfils potential match up

trying to remember - last year he lost to Verdasco in the second round - or third ?
Frankly , I wanted to forget that match completely
but I am trying to figure out - if he wins against Greul , then his point tally should not be hurt
is that correct ?

main thing though - focus on beating Greul
I will be arriving at IW late Thursday afternoon - so hopefully i will not miss his first round match
I have tickets starting Friday morning session

Cloudygirl
03-09-2010, 10:08 PM
3rd round. He had a first round bye last year.

Have a fab time and any pictures you get chance to take will be gratefully received ;)

scmom
03-09-2010, 10:25 PM
thanks for the info
well that is disappointing - but hopefully , he will make it that far again

I will post any action photos I happen to get
and let you know if I see him out and about
does anyone know if he is entered to play doubles there ? I have not seen any entry lists for the doubles
He has played in the past - last year , did quite well - I always enjoy watching him play doubles as well
so hopefully he will do that again

Cloudygirl
03-09-2010, 10:29 PM
No idea about the doubs. He played with Stan last year didn't he?

scmom
03-09-2010, 10:35 PM
yep - with Wawrinka
they took out Nestor and Zimonjic in their first match
but lost to eventual winners - Roddick and Fish - in the semis
They made a good team - but I don't think Wawrinka is even going this year

maybe he could play with one of the other french guys
like maybe some Davis Cup practice - that would be good

Cloudygirl
03-09-2010, 10:42 PM
I'm sure I heard Benneteau is playing doubs with Tsonga. I think Llodra has a reg doubs partner doesn't he?

Simon and Monfils are really bad at doubs. I've watched them play together it was comically bad.

Maybe he could play with Chardy, there must be on site sign up. Only probs with playing doubs though is that it might prevent him playing sunrise and if either of them go out early they will prob want to play that for the singles points. Jeremy in particular has been on a slump recently and has a potential second round v Querrey. I would imagine he's entered Sunrise.

scmom
03-09-2010, 10:57 PM
well - we shall see what happens

and so I will bite - what is Sunrise ?
is that a challenger in the area , somewhere between IW and Miami
afraid I am not familiar with that event

last year the guys who lost out early just kind of hung around to be practice partners
as most of the big names in tennis were still in the desert

and Benneteau worked on his tan by the pool :)

scmom
03-09-2010, 11:02 PM
yep - just checked
both Gasquet and Chardy are all ready entered in Sunrise
as are Melzer , Simon , Youzhny and many others

interesting

Michael.
03-09-2010, 11:03 PM
Monfils could be tough, but I think he could do well against him. :)

Cloudygirl
03-09-2010, 11:03 PM
Yup it's a challenger that starts on the 15th.

Last year Soderling won it.

The entry list is currently


Almagro, Nicolas ESP 27 Lacko, Lukas SVK 60
Beck, Andreas GER 43 Mayer, Florian GER 53
Becker, Benjamin GER 40 Melzer, Jurgen AUT 31
Bellucci, Thomaz BRA 32 Petzschner, Philipp GER 55
Berrer, Michael GER 56 Seppi, Andreas ITA 45
Chardy, Jeremy FRA 41 Serra, Florent FRA 59
Garcia-Lopez, Guillermo ESP 47 Simon, Gilles FRA 18
Gasquet, Richard FRA 54 Starace, Potito ITA 66
Gicquel, Marc FRA 63 Tipsarevic, Janko SRB 39
Greul, Simon GER 62 Youzhny, Mikhail RUS 15
Korolev, Evgeny KAZ 46 Zeballos, Horacio ARG 49

there are normally a ton of withdrawals though depending on IW progress.

scmom
03-09-2010, 11:07 PM
well , we will just have to hope that he wins a few matches at IW and sticks around here

GasquetFan
03-09-2010, 11:20 PM
The draw isn't too bad.... should definately get over Gruel. :) Allez Richie!!

Davodus
03-10-2010, 12:29 AM
Greul is a pretty good first round draw really, can't complain about that and he should beat him. Of course Monfils is tough, but it isn't the worst 2nd round draw he could have got, as he can definitely win that match.

tennisc
03-10-2010, 12:56 PM
I'm really looking forward Indian Wells. We need to be confident, and so does he. It has been about 4 years since he played Greul, winning in straight sets on clay. I really wasn't impressed with Gael's play last weekend. And then he 'injured' his wrist?? on Sunday. I think Richard can 'win' him. I wasn't too happy about Richard going to Toulon, (just shows you how much I know!) but I have seen some things in French newspapers that were really kind to him, which we all know is very unusual! They said he worked harder than the other players and everyone on the team was praising his role as a practice partner. It was good for him to be with them for a week. And I thought he looked happy. Good luck, Richard. It's time you won a big tournament.

ImmzB
03-10-2010, 05:15 PM
ALLEZ GASQUET!!!

I Hope Gasquet plays tommorow and then on Saturday!!!

ImmzB
03-11-2010, 06:47 AM
Gasquet not on the OOP for today, (Thursday) so he will play his 1st Round on Friday.

Cloudygirl
03-12-2010, 12:41 AM
he's second on court 3 tomorrow but there are no streams

tennisc
03-12-2010, 11:02 AM
Looks like we won't get to see Richard play today. Typical for the tournament to put American players on the stadium court, like they did yesterday. They have no clue! But I did notice the doubles between Monfils-Simon (now there's a lovely pairing) and Ferrer-Montanes is scheduled there with a possible court move. This is the thing I hate about American tournaments, usually ignoring the other countries until all the American players lose. And then the terrible commentary...sorry, but I'm so tired of all the same old stories they tell. I can practically predict what they are going to say next. I don't know how the commentary is in other countries, but I would, for once, like to hear the sound of tennis being played without all the unnecssary rambling.
Good luck Richard, hope to see you Sunday!

Puschkin
03-12-2010, 11:17 AM
This is the thing I hate about American tournaments, usually ignoring the other countries until all the American players lose.
It doesn't matter, there are no streams anyway or are there? :confused:

Davodus
03-12-2010, 11:37 AM
Don't think there are streams until Saturday.

tennisc
03-12-2010, 12:06 PM
Thanks for the info. Guess we'll be scoreboard watching. What fun!! Hey, I'm just happy he's playing. We'll get to see him next week, for sure!!!!

Gasquet maniac
03-12-2010, 04:10 PM
Good luck, Richie..

Schu
03-12-2010, 04:22 PM
We'll get to see him next week, for sure!!!!

:yeah: Like the positive attitude. and yes a 2nd round RIchie/Monfils match SHOULD be on a "show" court even if it is a US tourney.

Gasquet maniac
03-12-2010, 07:39 PM
He is currently up 2-1 up...

Gasquet maniac
03-12-2010, 08:30 PM
He lost the first set 7-6........

Puschkin
03-12-2010, 08:32 PM
:banghead: winning all the stats but losing the set, 3 bps wasted. Not a single bp conceded, but a loss in the breaker having had SP. Why do you make it it so hard for yourself and us?

Gasquet maniac
03-12-2010, 08:35 PM
Wake up, Richie..............

Cloudygirl
03-12-2010, 08:36 PM
:banghead: winning all the stats but losing the set, 3 bps wasted. Not a single bp conceded, but a loss in the breaker having had SP. Why do you make it it so hard for yourself and us?

he had set point and double faulted according to my scoreboard :mad::o

Gasquet maniac
03-12-2010, 08:37 PM
WTF, IS he playing?

Gretchen.
03-12-2010, 08:38 PM
about to get broken now :rolleyes:

Gasquet maniac
03-12-2010, 08:40 PM
saved....he better not get tired if this match is to proceed into a 3 setter...

Puschkin
03-12-2010, 08:40 PM
about to get broken now :rolleyes:
3 bps saved, not to go 0-2 down, maybe this is what he needed!

Gretchen.
03-12-2010, 08:41 PM
3 bps saved, not to go 0-2 down, maybe this is what he needed!

hopefully! please pick it up Richard!

Cloudygirl
03-12-2010, 08:42 PM
I won't say what I think he needs. I'm worried that he's started having some sort of mental block about being in a winning position.

Schu
03-12-2010, 08:46 PM
Glad I missed the torture of scoreboard watching the first set. After all that good DC practice he really SHOULD be able to beat this guy. Step it up Richie, what is the word his coach used ? INTENSITY - let's "see" some.

Got to get back to work - I'll be looking for a win this evening.

Cloudygirl
03-12-2010, 08:48 PM
we'll see him next week anyway I think sunrise is televised if he loses here.

Schu
03-12-2010, 08:48 PM
I won't say what I think he needs. I'm worried that he's started having some sort of mental block about being in a winning position.

I've been thinking that for a long time... no other explanation for it.

Gasquet maniac
03-12-2010, 08:50 PM
mental block..God knows hoe to clear the blockage he is having now.....

reggie1
03-12-2010, 08:51 PM
I know I always say that I don't expect too much from
him but I do actually expect him to win this. Fingers crossed for you Richard.

Puschkin
03-12-2010, 08:51 PM
I've been thinking that for a long time... no other explanation for it.
Without knowing what is going on, it is tough to say.

Maybe playing his heart out for the others in DC was not such a good idea after all.

Cloudygirl
03-12-2010, 08:56 PM
Not making excuses but I see this as a transition period for him. If he's suddenly doing a lot more physical training, and it seems that he is 4-5 hours a day at DC, also Forget said he was doing extra gym training now, then he might have a few crappy results before that work pays off while his body gets used to it.

If by summer he is still not showing improvement then I'm really worried.

Gasquet maniac
03-12-2010, 08:56 PM
He even cannot break serve of Greul..PATHETIC...................

Puschkin
03-12-2010, 08:59 PM
Not making excuses but I see this as a transition period for him. If he's suddenly doing a lot more physical training, and it seems that he is 4-5 hours a day at DC, also Forget said he was doing extra gym training now, then he might have a few crappy results before that work pays off while his body gets used to it.

I did not expect much in IW either, but I still don't expect a defeat against Greul. Allez, Rich!

Gasquet maniac
03-12-2010, 09:04 PM
He better improve MASSIVELY if that is the case of him getting adjusted to the training regime and all the physical fitness....I meant, HUGELY.....

Cloudygirl
03-12-2010, 09:07 PM
I was watching vids of him practising last year at Indian Wells and then this year and if anything he looks a lot lighter this year.

Gasquet maniac
03-12-2010, 09:11 PM
He too seem much lighter and more lean to me in 2010..

Vlad1980
03-12-2010, 09:12 PM
Richard's tiebreak play this year is worrying... He was clearly better player acrd. to stats all first set, but then..

Keep fighting!

Gasquet maniac
03-12-2010, 09:15 PM
Now he has the opportunity to redeem himself..Win the TB ,RICHIE....

Puschkin
03-12-2010, 09:15 PM
Richard's tiebreak play this year is worrying... He was clearly better player acrd. to stats all first set, but then..
exactly, he even scored one point more in the first set inspite of the lost breaker, but this doesn't help! He MUST win this TB now!

Gasquet maniac
03-12-2010, 09:18 PM
Bewildering that he cannot break Simon serve....

Vlad1980
03-12-2010, 09:21 PM
I refuse to believe that Greul is serving that well, so Richard can barely win points now on his serve.

Gasquet maniac
03-12-2010, 09:22 PM
Shit..mp...

Gasquet maniac
03-12-2010, 09:23 PM
saved....

Gasquet maniac
03-12-2010, 09:24 PM
Again...lol

Gasquet maniac
03-12-2010, 09:26 PM
Shit...he lost...

Vlad1980
03-12-2010, 09:27 PM
I guess the only positive thing we can say is that he didn't lose his serve once... other than that he needs help. A lot of help.

~*BGT*~
03-12-2010, 09:28 PM
Simon Greul? REALLY?

Puschkin
03-12-2010, 09:28 PM
I am getting despaired, the same number of points, the guy really lacks any luck which might help once in a while.

I admit, I am disappointed, I did not expect him losing to Greul, after his reputedly good play in Toulon. And of course I have found my scapegoat for this performance: DAMNED Davis Cup. :rolleyes:

Gasquet maniac
03-12-2010, 09:29 PM
See I told ya....He is the deepest shit ever as far as his career is concerned....

acd692
03-12-2010, 09:30 PM
wtf?
im sad, i was expecting a lot from him in this tournament, i thought i will see changes in him with the new coach and all the practice

Vlad1980
03-12-2010, 09:32 PM
I am getting despaired, the same number of points, the guy really lacks any luck which might help once in a while.

I admit, I am disappointed, I did not expect him losing to Greul, after his reputedly good play in Toulon. And of course I have found my scapegoat for this performance: DAMNED Davis Cup. :rolleyes:


I tend to think this whole little Spring hard court season is a mistake.. he should have stayed and practiced on clay till European clay court season. To me he has much better shot over in Europe. We all know he won't win a match in Miami because he never does well there.
I say forget about all hardcourt disasters this year, pack your bags and head to clay again.

Keijan
03-12-2010, 09:47 PM
Hey hey guys, no despair please. IW isn't important, when is the last time he (or any Frenchies for that matter) did something good there ? I think there are positive points to look at : Greul may have been playing the match of his life, we don't know, and Richard fought until the end, judging by the score, so he didn't give up.

Of course it is disappointing because we know how much more he can shine, but remember that not so long ago we were struggling with a lot more important matters : whether or not he would be allowed to keep playing. There will be brighter tomorrows :)

acd692
03-12-2010, 09:53 PM
Hey hey guys, no despair please. IW isn't important, when is the last time he (or any Frenchies for that matter) did something good there ? I think there are positive points to look at : Greul may have been playing the match of his life, we don't know, and Richard fought until the end, judging by the score, so he didn't give up.

Of course it is disappointing because we know how much more he can shine, but remember that not so long ago we were struggling with a lot more important matters : whether or not he would be allowed to keep playing. There will be brighter tomorrows :)

true:rolleyes:

Puschkin
03-12-2010, 09:56 PM
I tend to think this whole little Spring hard court season is a mistake.. he should have stayed and practiced on clay till European clay court season. To me he has much better shot over in Europe. We all know he won't win a match in Miami because he never does well there.
I could not agree more. Hopefully Markus reads this forum.;)

Of course it is disappointing because we know how much more he can shine, but remember that not so long ago we were struggling with a lot more important matters : whether or not he would be allowed to keep playing.
True, but still such a close defeat against this opponent needs some time to digest.

im sad, i was expecting a lot from him in this tournament, i thought i will see changes in him with the new coach and all the practice

I think it is too early for that. I have it said elsewhere and I repeat, I would have been suspicious if the collaboration with Markus would have shown immediate results. That would somehow been more of the same: up and down, up and down. If he is really going to change things, it will take longer, but it will be also more sustainable.

See I told ya....He is the deepest shit ever as far as his career is concerned....

:bs: When did you start folowing him? Today? :rolleyes: Richard had to suffer much more than a 1st round defeat in a masters event throughout his carreer and he is still there.

Schu
03-12-2010, 10:05 PM
I am getting despaired, the same number of points, the guy really lacks any luck which might help once in a while.

I admit, I am disappointed, I did not expect him losing to Greul, after his reputedly good play in Toulon. And of course I have found my scapegoat for this performance: DAMNED Davis Cup. :rolleyes:

Luck has nothing to with it. He has got to LEARN HOW TO CLOSE OUT A SET/MATCH, especially against a player like Gruel. Until he gets what I really think has been a mental block straightened out, it doesn't matter how great he plays in practice, how fit he is or how good his new coach is.

Well NEVER EVER thought I'd say this but perhaps Challengers is the thing for him right now - only problem is if he looses first round in Sunrise, might as well kiss any hope of finding some confidence good bye.

Not gonna give up on him but :banghead::banghead::banghead:

Puschkin
03-12-2010, 10:10 PM
Well NEVER EVER thought I'd say this but perhaps Challengers is the thing for him right now -
I heavily disagree and certainly not in Miami.

Richard is a feel player, like it or not, he never did well in IW or Miami, never! Maybe it is the location, the climate or it is just not his time of the year. It would be totally wrong to force things.

GasquetFan
03-12-2010, 10:26 PM
He lost to Simon Greul?!

I have no words. :o

ImmzB
03-12-2010, 11:06 PM
Richie man!!

So dissapointed!!!

Next up Sunrise....GO ND WIN IT!

case
03-13-2010, 12:20 AM
:bs: When did you start folowing him? Today? :rolleyes: Richard had to suffer much more than a 1st round defeat in a masters event throughout his carreer and he is still there.

sorry puschkin- i too think he is in real trouble. you are referring to a different gasquet at a different time

considering whom he lost to and the drug issue , i cant see him coming back.
a person with a stronger personality might have been able to fight back but not gasquet


a challenger isnt going to help because i dont think he will win there either.
besides a guy that was in the top ten three years ago?
what is MAYBE winning a few games there going to do for gasquet? nothing.

btw- i am not giving up on him just have real strong doubts

Davodus
03-13-2010, 12:37 AM
:o bloody hell, 2 tiebreaks. That sucks :ras:

Michael.
03-13-2010, 12:54 AM
OMG. :tape:
Tough loss Richie. :hug:

icecastle
03-13-2010, 01:06 AM
just came home and found the result...:sobbing:

Getta
03-13-2010, 01:53 AM
a challenger isnt going to help because i dont think he will win there either.
besides a guy that was in the top ten three years ago?
what is MAYBE winning a few games there going to do for gasquet? nothing.

btw- i am not giving up on him just have real strong doubts

why so?

Baghdatis, also a guy that was in the top ten three years before, was in even deeper shit last year. things have gotten worse to such an extent that we saw him dropping down to No. 151 last August. it was then when he swallowed his pride and made the humiliating journey to challengers tour. he played three challengers, won them all (Vancouver, St. Remy and Tashkent). Marcos being puffed up, at No. 33 now, wants to exact revenge on his sad fate...

considering whom he lost to and the drug issue , i cant see him coming back.
a person with a stronger personality might have been able to fight back but not gasquet

how do you define a strong personality? do you have a strength map of the tennis players that displays where the players sit in terms of their balls?

GasquetFan
03-13-2010, 02:17 AM
sorry puschkin- i too think he is in real trouble. you are referring to a different gasquet at a different time

considering whom he lost to and the drug issue , i cant see him coming back.
a person with a stronger personality might have been able to fight back but not gasquet



Stronger personality? Wow... thats a big comment to make considering I doubt you know him on a personal level.

It is too early for comments like that.. He is only 23.. has only been back on tour for a few months... has hired a new coach...

I know he's frustrating but give him a chance....

Schu
03-13-2010, 05:27 AM
Richard is a feel player, like it or not, he never did well in IW or Miami, never! Maybe it is the location, the climate or it is just not his time of the year. It would be totally wrong to force things.

It isn't about not feeling it or never doing well at IW or Miami or not his time of year. It's about being up 2 sets at AO this year or against Murray at Wimbly or having Almagro on the ropes and letting victory slip away or winning more points but loosing the match. It's about being able to serve an ace on set/match point instead of a double fault; it's about figuring out how to once again be the free and confident Gasquet that could beat Federer in Monte Carlo or Roddick at Wimbly.

He can fix his forehand and court positioning, get fitter than Federer and have the coach of the decade but without the mentality to win the last point he will not achieve the results I believe he really wants.

I'm still betting that he can find the answer and if not I'll still love watching him "almost win" while I pull my hair out and punch the TV.

Cloudygirl
03-13-2010, 06:32 AM
It isn't about not feeling it or never doing well at IW or Miami or not his time of year. It's about being up 2 sets at AO this year or against Murray at Wimbly or having Almagro on the ropes and letting victory slip away or winning more points but loosing the match. It's about being able to serve an ace on set/match point instead of a double fault; it's about figuring out how to once again be the free and confident Gasquet that could beat Federer in Monte Carlo or Roddick at Wimbly.

He can fix his forehand and court positioning, get fitter than Federer and have the coach of the decade but without the mentality to win the last point he will not achieve the results I believe he really wants.

I'm still betting that he can find the answer and if not I'll still love watching him "almost win" while I pull my hair out and punch the TV.



Yup me too. What is worrying me with the "almost win" thing is that it seems to be getting worse not better for him. Also he is obviously practising a lot better than he is playing in matches right now.

I can be patient. I think the Argie coach idea is a great one for the physical stuff, maybe even improving his mental strength. As long as Markus bears in mind that Richard's game is not that of the typical player and doesn't try to get him to change what he's good at as well. I hate it when Richard pushes it just isn't him at all. So I think 3 months is a reasonable figure for the physical work to pay off. So by the grass season if he's not doing ok, I'm hunting down Markus and having words ;)

So on to Sunrise. Didn't do Soderling any harm last year.


As for Richard's personality. I've never met him but I think that lack of mental strength on a tennis court is different to lack of substance or character. He showed great strength of character imo off court last year during the entire doping saga. He is obviously a reserved person, thats no secret, he doesn't seem the most outgoing but I don't think that has anything to do with what is going on for him on court. I think there is some sort of issue there, the whole being unable to win, when in winning position thing. Plenty of sports people (and other professionals) do have issues like this though and there are tons of good sports psychologists around. I suppose maybe he is already seeing one but if he isn't please could he get one it would benefit him so much. Psychological issues are no different than a recurrent injury really. The choking is Richard's equivalent of Rafa's knees.


Will be interesting to see if he shows up in Miami. I think he will and I think he might win a couple of rounds.

Truc
03-13-2010, 07:27 AM
The article in L'Equipe, but it doesn't say much about the match. He was extremely disappointed after the match and didn't want to speak to anybody. It just says that it was very close, he fought well, he served particularly well, but his coach complains he didn't attack on any of his 7 chances:
Gasquet stoppé d’entrée
POUR SON SIXIÈME TOURNOI de l’année, le premier Masters 1000 depuis celui de Shanghai à l’automne dernier – il n’avait pas participé à celui de Bercy pour mieux se consacrer à sa défense devant le TAS le 10 novembre suite à une suspension pour absorption de cocaïne à la veille du tournoi de Miami, soit bientôt un an jour pour jour – le Biterrois s’est bien battu mais n’a pas pu franchir le cap du premier tour face à l’Allemand Simon Greul, vainqueur 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (9-7) en 1 h 55 à la troisième balle dematch. Très décu, le Français est aussitôt parti à son hôtel sans parler à personne. Sous les yeux de son nouveau coach, l’Argentin Gabriel Markus avec lequel Gasquet a entamé une sorte de « deuxième vie » lors de sa tournée (un peu tronquée) en Amérique du Sud sur terre battue entre la campagne australienne et le stage de Coupe Davis à Toulon, le Français, 69e mondial, a particulièrement bien servi. Mais c’est dans les deux jeux décisifs que l’Allemand, 58e, a fait la différence pour trois fois rien. Les deux sets s’étaient déroulés sans le moindre break, les deux joueurs sauvant chacun trois balles de breaks sur les douze service disputés par chacun d’entre eux. « Richard a eu sept occasions de faire la différence, mais sur aucune d’entre elles, il n’a saisi sa chance en attaquant », a regretté son coach.

Cloudygirl
03-13-2010, 09:06 AM
I always think it's a good sign when he is disappointed or annoyed about a loss.

*julie*
03-13-2010, 09:42 AM
Ouch... painful.
When will he learn from these defeats?

ImmzB
03-13-2010, 10:01 AM
Allez Richie!!!

Hope he still plays Sunrise.

ImmzB
03-13-2010, 10:16 AM
Sunrise has a good list of players, If Richie can have a good tournament, winning it, that would do alot of for him and his confidence.

I always have faith in Gasquet, so im backing him 2 win Sunrise!!!

reggie1
03-13-2010, 11:04 AM
I just don't know what to think about this loss. Is it that he just doesn't know what to do to close out matches from a winning position and needs to learn this skill or that he knows exactly what to do but just can't do it. To a non tennis player, I would think if you are in a winning position you just keep doing the same thing you've been doing until the match is over but is that easy? Are we over complicating things? I just hope he finds HIS answer to it and plays the way we know he can. My main worry is that since late summer of 2008, his results in tournaments were in decline and I often felt his results were buoyed by his ranking , I.e byes and fairly good draws. He no longer has this luxury and we are now down to the real nitty gritty of his tennis and his ability to fight his own way on court because nobody else can do it for him. Although, we are the most patient of fans and I do believe he should have won this, I do think more time is needed for this new coaching arrangement to come to fruition. If we are all still having the same conversation come Queens and Wimbly then I will worry.

ImmzB
03-13-2010, 11:13 AM
Miami starts on Wednesday the 24th in 11 days time, it sounds like not a long time 2 go, with Gasquet playing Sunrise, I hope 2 watch him play as there will be Live Streaming right?

ImmzB
03-13-2010, 11:15 AM
The Sunrise Challenger 1st Round Matches start on Tuesday (16th)

Puschkin
03-13-2010, 11:52 AM
It isn't about not feeling it or never doing well at IW or Miami or not his time of year. It's about being up 2 sets at AO this year or against Murray at Wimbly or having Almagro on the ropes and letting victory slip away or winning more points but loosing the match.

Well, there is a guy on GM claiming that winning more points and losing the match is a speciality of..............Roger Federer. ;)

And I heavily disagree about the feeling thing. I am convinced that he has to feel "it" (and I mean not only the tennis) to do well. In previous years, he just gave up when things did not work out. Meanwhile he has learnt to put up a fight, hence the defeats are getting closer, His approach has changed a lot, just read the L'Equipe summary, he did not speak to anyone. A couple of years ago he would have said "the opponent is a great playeur", well he might still say that, but he is certainly more angry at himself which (to me at least) shows a higher level of motivation and involvement.

Cloudygirl
03-13-2010, 12:10 PM
Well, there is a guy on GM claiming that winning more points and losing the match is a speciality of..............Roger Federer. ;)

And I heavily disagree about the feeling thing. I am convinced that he has to feel "it" (and I mean not only the tennis) to do well. In previous years, he just gave up when things did not work out. Meanwhile he has learnt to put up a fight, hence the defeats are getting closer, His approach has changed a lot, just read the L'Equipe summary, he did not speak to anyone. A couple of years ago he would have said "the opponent is a great playeur", well he might still say that, but he is certainly more angry at himself which (to me at least) shows a higher level of motivation and involvement.


I agree he should be disappointed and annoyed and when he isn't after losing matches, I worry about him.

On to Sunrise where he will follow the Soderling map of greatness and maybe get to the final of Roland ;)

Puschkin
03-13-2010, 12:19 PM
On to Sunrise where he will follow the Soderling map of greatness and maybe get to the final of Roland ;)

And Roger would have to face a totally new experience: a hostile crowd in Roland Garros. ;)

Cloudygirl
03-13-2010, 12:22 PM
And Roger would have to face a totally new experience: a hostile crowd in Roland Garros. ;)

Do you think? I think even with a frenchie in the final he will still be loved to bits. The french like to pretend he's french I think.

I favour a Richard v Nalby final where Richard stuns the world by beating Nalby for the first time. ;)

Puschkin
03-13-2010, 12:24 PM
Do you think? I think even with a frenchie in the final he will still be loved to bits. The french like to pretend he's french I think.
As long as he is playing Swedes or even more so, Spaniards :p, but not playing a real Frenchman.

Cloudygirl
03-13-2010, 12:28 PM
I'm not sure about that. When he played Monfils in the quarters last year. The crowd was at best 50:50. Or that's what I thought.

Puschkin
03-13-2010, 12:31 PM
I'm not sure about that. When he played Monfils in the quarters last year. The crowd was at best 50:50. Or that's what I thought.
It was "only" a QF, though. Besides, Roger had not won RG at the time, meanwhile he has, but anyway, we are moving too far ahead.;)

Cloudygirl
03-13-2010, 12:32 PM
Yeah finals is a bit of a leap. I don't move beyond 1st round these days.

But at least he's doing better than Gilles. I hope he plays ok today, he hasn't won a set since Bercy.

Puschkin
03-13-2010, 12:38 PM
But at least he's doing better than Gilles. I hope he plays ok today, he hasn't won a set since Bercy.

:topic: That's a very different story, Gilles has been injured for a long time. I hope he will win today!

reggie1
03-13-2010, 01:06 PM
Maybe it's also a case of just good old fashioned nerves? Perhaps he gets nervous when he's about to close out a match whatever position he is in. Nerves can make the most skilled and competent person become a wreck. I know we will never know this, but I wonder if during the course of his career, if any coach/his father has ever asked him,"what is the issue here?" and does Richard even know the answer himself? I find it hard to believe that top level atheletes just "choke", it's to glib an answer for me.
I just feel now that any match practice is good for him because losing early on tournaments is doing him no favours at all. He needs to be playing.

ImmzB
03-13-2010, 04:09 PM
What's everyone's Prediction for Gasquet in Sunrise?
How far will he go?

Mine is he WILL WIN IT!!

Cloudygirl
03-13-2010, 04:14 PM
Maybe it's also a case of just good old fashioned nerves? Perhaps he gets nervous when he's about to close out a match whatever position he is in. Nerves can make the most skilled and competent person become a wreck. I know we will never know this, but I wonder if during the course of his career, if any coach/his father has ever asked him,"what is the issue here?" and does Richard even know the answer himself? I find it hard to believe that top level atheletes just "choke", it's to glib an answer for me.
I just feel now that any match practice is good for him because losing early on tournaments is doing him no favours at all. He needs to be playing.

But that's what sports psychologists do and some are very good at their jobs.

As for sunrise it depends on what the field ends up being like.

ImmzB
03-13-2010, 04:25 PM
As Richie has 45 points 2 defend in Indian Wells and they come off on the 22nd but Richie is playing Sunrise, if he does well there and gets more than the 45 points is that still alright, he won't slip down the Rankings?

Cloudygirl
03-13-2010, 05:18 PM
45 points is a lot of points. He would only get 125? (not sure of this) for winning sunrise so I think he will certainly lose some points.

ImmzB
03-13-2010, 05:31 PM
45 points is a lot of points. He would only get 125? (not sure of this) for winning sunrise so I think he will certainly lose some points.

But both Tournaments Drop Date are on the 22nd, So I don't think he will loost points if he wins Sunrise which 125 Points.

Cloudygirl
03-13-2010, 05:37 PM
yes but he has only won one match since January and that was against Moya (who is playing like he's already retired). I think that thinking of him winning even a challenger is extremely optimistic. I'm hoping he wins a couple of matches.

Getta
03-13-2010, 05:46 PM
or as we Greeks say "whenever you hear of many cherries, hold a small basket", so that this fits in well here.

Schu
03-13-2010, 07:22 PM
And I heavily disagree about the feeling thing. I am convinced that he has to feel "it" (and I mean not only the tennis) to do well. In previous years, he just gave up when things did not work out. Meanwhile he has learnt to put up a fight, hence the defeats are getting closer, His approach has changed a lot, just read the L'Equipe summary, he did not speak to anyone. A couple of years ago he would have said "the opponent is a great playeur", well he might still say that, but he is certainly more angry at himself which (to me at least) shows a higher level of motivation and involvement.

I agree that he is a "feel it" player, And yes I do think he is fighting much more than before and is more motivated then ever and THAT is what is most worrying - Even with his improved fight and his "higher level of motivation and involvement" he can't win even one TB set off of a player like Gruel or close out matches when he is in control.

I think his character is very strong in many ways but no matter what excuses we give, the bottom line is that for the past year or two he has lost too many matches he should not have lost. There may be a number of excuses but even with bad knees, or elbow, or drug suspension and its after effects he was still in a position to win many matches and didn't. Doesn't mean he'll never be able to but right now he isn't. And until that fact is dealt with, nothing is going to change. I really feel for him because I know how frustrating that can be to work so hard physically (at least from all reports) and not get the wins. Hang in there Richie!

So I have doubts about how far he'll go, even in Sunrise. I do think once he can break the block, the magic will flow once again. Maybe Sunrise will be the place where the magic returns.

Schu
03-13-2010, 07:57 PM
Yeah finals is a bit of a leap. I don't move beyond 1st round these days.

But at least he's doing better than Gilles. I hope he plays ok today, he hasn't won a set since Bercy.

Richie and Gilles need to see the same psychologist - just saw the last few games of Gilles match, Gilles has lost his "mojo" too - just lost to qualifer.

BUT Benny is up against Ancic next and Benny has just found his "mojo". Guess that's what is so special about tennis, you never know and there is always a chance.

Here's hoping Richie and Gilles find their "mojo" soon and Benny keeps his...

Cloudygirl
03-13-2010, 07:58 PM
I think Gilles's problems are bigger than Richard's right now.

Gasquet maniac
03-13-2010, 08:12 PM
I like Ancic..hope he wins...gilles is so passive om court.....

Puschkin
03-13-2010, 08:16 PM
Richie and Gilles need to see the same psychologist...
I have seen neither Richard's nor Gilles' match, but not every defeat has a psychological reason. The guy on the other side of the net just can be better on a given day and ranking becomes irrelvant.

:topic: I am just watching Gulbis-Davydenko, right now Ernests is huge, his game reminds me so much at Marat Safin.

Cloudygirl
03-13-2010, 08:19 PM
Richard has a track record though. Come on, there are so many matches where he looks like, and is, the better player yet he finds a way to lose the match.

Gilles on the other hand clearly lacks confidence but has a good reason for not being confident, his game was just dreadful. He isn't good enough to choke a match right now.

Schu
03-14-2010, 12:04 AM
I have seen neither Richard's nor Gilles' match, but not every defeat has a psychological reason. The guy on the other side of the net just can be better on a given day and ranking becomes irrelvant.

True in Simon's case (I was just being "funny" with that) It is sort of a chicken/egg thing with Gillis right now-your game is in a slump so you loose confidence and then your game goes down the tube more and you loose more confidence. But in Richie's case there have been just WAY too many "given days" for it not to be the case.

:topic: just turned on Rafa match - what is with his shorts :eek:!! the announcers said it was his "Hurt Locker" look in an attempt to get back some of that intimidation factor he has recently lost. Guess it's not totally off topic, if Richie had just a spec of intimidation factor...

Truc
03-14-2010, 08:51 AM
Today in L'Equipe - this time they managed to talk to him and he says his serve was a big mess, so I don't know why the article said the opposite yesterday. But pretty much everybody agrees that he didn't play the big points well, he says it isn't easy after having lost so many close matches:
Gasquet grince et coince
BATTU PAR L’ALLEMAND Simon Greul vendredi, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (9-7), Gasquet avait quitté le stade comme une fusée. « J’étais très énervé, confia-t-il en revenant. J’ai eu trois balles de break, une balle de set à 6-5 au tie-break du premier set, mais je ne les ai pas faites. J’ai servi de façon dégueulasse et mal retourné. »
Le coach argentin de Gasquet, Gabriel Markus, a fait son constat de son côté : « Richard a eu sept occasions de faire la différence et, chaque fois, il n’a pas frappé la balle. Quand c’est une ou deux fois, ça va encore, mais quand c’est tout le temps, c’est une question d’attitude. Il peut changer, mais doit s’en convaincre. Là, sur les balles importantes, il pense “faux”. »
« Je manque de confiance, avoue le Biterrois. J’ai perdu beaucoup de matches compliqués. Ce n’est pas facile physiquement. » Pour Markus, c’est plus « une question de mental ». « Je sens que je retiens mes coups », admet Gasquet.
À Miami, Éric Deblicker rejoindra Richard et son nouveau coach : « ménage à trois », comme disent les Anglais. « C’est moi qui l’ai souhaité », assure Gasquet, qui est accompagné ici par sa maman.

Cloudygirl
03-14-2010, 09:21 AM
So Eric is back in Miami. Mind you I bet he feels he needs a support team with him for Miami. Wonder if his mum will stick around too.

Lacoste just make horrendously boring clothing it's not normally really ugly too.

Puschkin
03-14-2010, 09:35 AM
À Miami, Éric Deblicker rejoindra Richard et son nouveau coach : « ménage à trois », comme disent les Anglais. « C’est moi qui l’ai souhaité », assure Gasquet.
I am not surprised about this. Returning to Miami won't be easy for him.

Cloudygirl
03-14-2010, 09:45 AM
I think he should be determined and win a couple of matches in Miami show that he is really back. I wonder how he will approach miami. Do you treat it as a normal tournament and go out as normal (for meals and stuff I mean, no clubbing please Richard), or do you keep as low a profile as possible.

Whatever we think of Eric's coaching (although I think I'm in the minority as i quite like him) on the supportive front he is clearly what Richard needs for confidence etc.

tennisc
03-14-2010, 11:14 AM
Does the article say his mother was in IW with him? Maybe she'll go to Florida as well as Eric. He needs all the support he can get. I hope Miami will be a turnaround for him, since it is where his trouble started last year. I agree with Reggie1, I believe his nerves and lack of confidence certainly are the only things that are really holding him back. I am encouraged by the practice sessions I have seen lately. If you compare them with some from last year and '08, he looks much better now. I think a win or two is really all he needs. And as crazy as it sounds, I think he really needs play Sunrise. He must have some match play! I can't believe I am hoping he'll play a challenger, but he really needs to do this.
I am really looking forward to clay court season. It can't happen soon enough for me.
Rafa's clothes are horrendous, I'm glad Lacoste doesn't have anything like this, too.

Cloudygirl
03-14-2010, 11:18 AM
yes it does
assure Gasquet, qui est accompagné ici par sa maman.

I think he might do quite well at Sunrise depending on who else shows up. But I'm taking it one match at a time. The good news is that it looks like it's televised.

reggie1
03-14-2010, 02:29 PM
What, on Sky Tori?! Please please let it be so!

Cloudygirl
03-14-2010, 02:36 PM
No it'll be a stream. But still better than nothing. I didn't think it was even streamed before.

ImmzB
03-14-2010, 04:52 PM
Just to keep up to date with the Entry List in Sunrise,

OUT: Gicquel, Youzhny (2 SE Cleared)
IN: Clement, Russell, L.Mayer, Stakhovsky
NEXT: Falla, Koellerer, de Bakker, Dent

Gasquet maniac
03-14-2010, 07:12 PM
When will the draw be out? Tuesday?

Cloudygirl
03-14-2010, 07:15 PM
Monday evening I would imagine as main draw starts tuesday.

Gasquet maniac
03-15-2010, 12:16 PM
ImmzB, how do you know that Youzhny has withdrawn from Sunrise? Source, please?

ImmzB
03-15-2010, 05:57 PM
R.Gasquet plays G.Simon in the 1st Round in Sunrise.
Simon is the 2nd Seed.

Simon is coming back from Injuiry and hasn't hit top form yet.

Not a bad match for Gasquet IMO.

http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2010/2207/mds.pdf

ImmzB
03-15-2010, 05:57 PM
ImmzB, how do you know that Youzhny has withdrawn from Sunrise? Source, please?

I got it from here, a Updated Entry List.

http://www.tennisteen.it/notizie/entry-list/8796-atp-entry-list-8-21-marzo-2010.html

Puschkin
03-15-2010, 06:01 PM
[B]R.Gasquet plays G.Simon in the 1st Round in Sunrise.
Simon is the 2nd Seed.Not a bad match for Gasquet IMO.
Still, that would be a worthy final.

Keijan
03-15-2010, 09:09 PM
Are you serious ? Simon vs Gasquet ? Oh ffs, there must be a god of draws somewhere having fun with the Frenchies, but give them a break :lol: Not only should this be a final of this tournament, it should be a fourth round in a GS too :o Boys, please get better quickly, both of you, and get back in the top ten, where you belong...

GasquetFan
03-15-2010, 09:21 PM
Oh crap.. two of my favourites have to play each other :rolleyes:

Good luck Richie x

Cloudygirl
03-15-2010, 09:26 PM
If Richard wins this Gilles will be his pigeon. He is +4 right now I think.


Marion totally agree. Hope they both skip up the rankings soon. Winning this would be a start 150 points is better than nothing.

Puschkin
03-15-2010, 09:46 PM
will there be a stream?

Cloudygirl
03-15-2010, 10:15 PM
Possibly there will be one here nearer the time

http://www.myp2p.eu/broadcast.php?matchid=68608&part=sports

Schu
03-15-2010, 10:21 PM
WOW RIchie-GIlles first round match of a challenger - maybe 6 years ago!! My how times change -not even a seed in a challenger :o

Too bad one will have to loose first round - neither one of them need THAT. And yes boys, step it up to get back where you belong.

I do think there is a stream on www.livescorehunter.com - I saw one somewhere. Check www.tennisform.com tomorrow for listing of streams.

Meanwhile - I'll take a peek at Nadal/Ancic. once again it's second round and Rafa (and Monaco who just beat another fav) are my only favs left (and I've probably jinxed Rafa)... Someday I'm gonna get a Richie/ Nably final :rolleyes:

Cloudygirl
03-15-2010, 10:23 PM
well Sunrise isn't a normal challenger the draw is better than most 250s. He would be top seeded in most challengers.

Keijan
03-15-2010, 11:07 PM
Yes, it's weird that it's a challenger given the field. When I first heard Gasquet, Simon etc were going to play a challenger before Miami I went whaaat ? Why isn't it a 250 ? And why are they going there if there is so few points to gain, apart from the fact that it's not too far from Miami ?

Schu
03-15-2010, 11:29 PM
From the Sunrise website:

"In 2010 Frenchmen Gilles Simon, Richard Gasquet, Jeremy Chardy, Florent Serra and Marc Gicquel are all entered into the main draw of the BMW Tennis Championship . Each of them is hoping that this may be his year to make a move up the ATP ranking ladder.

Gilles Simon, once ranked as high as No. 6 in 2009, has fallen back to No. 21 in the world due largely to an aggravated right knee injury that has kept him out of action, plaguing his successful return to the tour.

The Frenchman is known for his superb defensive game and his consistent and accurate backhand. As Simon scaled the heights to No. 6, he added a deceptively deep and powerful forehand to enhance his defensive prowess. A more aggressive offensive posture on court paid big dividends.

Now as he makes his third appearance at the BMW, Simon is hoping that 2010 will bring him much-needed success and will jump start his climb back into the upper echelons of the men’s tour.

Another Frenchman trying to reclaim former glory is Richard Gasquet, once touted as the next Roger Federer. Currently ranked at No. 69, in 2007 Gasquet climbed to the world No. 7 spot due mainly to his semifinal appearance at Wimbledon after defeating Roddick in the quarterfinals during a 5-set thriller. He lost in the semifinals to Federer as the Swiss went on to secure his fifth Wimbledon championship that year.

Gasquet has requested entrance into the 2010 BMW Tennis Championship. Like fellow countryman Simon, Gasquet is in a rebuilding year after suffering an ATP suspension which was later reversed and then an injury.

Gasquet is hoping the American hard courts will improve his ranking and his confidence as the tour heads onto European clay just prior to Wimbledon grass. A good BMW tournament in Sunrise could be just the shot in the arm Gasquet needs to spur him on to greater heights in 2010."

Let's hope Sunrise is the shot in the arm. I was looking for an OOP but not up yet for tomorrow.

silverwhite
03-15-2010, 11:56 PM
This will tell us which of them is in a bigger slump :tape:

GasquetFan
03-16-2010, 03:26 AM
http://www.sunrisetennis.com/

Tuesday OOP is out.. not there, must play Wednesday.

Getta
03-16-2010, 04:21 AM
will there be a stream?

yes, this (http://cdn.laola1.tv/atp/flashplayer.html) should work fine.

Puschkin
03-16-2010, 07:07 AM
yes, this (http://cdn.laola1.tv/atp/flashplayer.html) should work fine.
Thanks, but I tried that yesterday and there was nothing.

Richard also playing doubles with the German Berrer, but none of his matches scheduled today.

And why are they going there if there is so few points to gain, apart from the fact that it's not too far from Miami ?
Apart from match play, it is certainly a way to kill time in a daily routine. The time up to the Miami 1000 is too short to return to Europe, but can get horribly long just hanging around.

ImmzB
03-16-2010, 07:40 AM
Richie will be playing in the morning/afternoon tommorow if he is also playing Doubles tommorow. If yur playing both matches, Singles is always b4 the Doubles.

tennisc
03-16-2010, 10:53 AM
Wow, very interesting first round matchup! I'm glad he's playing doubles also, never can get too much match play! We'll have to check the streams for today and see how they look. I briefly saw some qualifying yesterday and the stream was okay, nothing to brag about, but better than nothing.
Good luck Richard for a successful week and a start of good things!

Getta
03-16-2010, 11:04 AM
Thanks, but I tried that yesterday and there was nothing.

yesterday Gaudio played two rounds of qualies. i was lucky enough to watch his first match, but the stream crashed halfway through the day and since then has refused to open up. hope they fix the issue soon and make it up for the affected tennis fans. :unsure:

~*BGT*~
03-16-2010, 02:38 PM
Who is he playing doubles with?

Gasquet maniac
03-16-2010, 03:40 PM
Who is he playing doubles with?

Michael Berrer...

ImmzB
03-16-2010, 11:00 PM
Richie is 1st on the Night Session tommorow. Match will start at 19.00 Local Time & 00.00 BST.

Richie is not playing Doubles tommorow.

Lemon Custard
03-17-2010, 08:09 AM
So 10am Aussie time tomorrow.. Saweet!

Gasquet maniac
03-17-2010, 07:54 PM
Is it still raining there?

Cloudygirl
03-17-2010, 08:55 PM
I think so the stream is off


actually livescores are going, unless they are playing indoors somewhere the stream must just be down.

Tess Gray
03-17-2010, 09:18 PM
Dammit I can't watch the match :(

This would be a good opportunity to get some confidence back. Allez Rich :)

Puschkin
03-17-2010, 09:20 PM
Dammit I can't watch the match :(
The stream is on, though. Hurry up Serra, I don't want to be awake all night.

Cloudygirl
03-17-2010, 09:28 PM
have you guys seen the revised oop. Still on at 7pm all doubs matches off

Gasquet maniac
03-17-2010, 09:31 PM
have you guys seen the revised oop. Still on at 7pm all doubs matches off

Yeah..Glad that Richie match is on schedule....Good luck, Richie...

Vlad1980
03-17-2010, 09:40 PM
I don't think Richard will start until at least 8:30pm...

ImmzB
03-17-2010, 10:30 PM
Seppi's match which is scheduled on the Center Court has been moved to a different court because his match has already started as it's on the Scoreboard.

Cloudygirl
03-17-2010, 10:32 PM
Seppi's match which is scheduled on the Center Court has been moved to a different court because his match has already started as it's on the Scoreboard.

order of play is revised see my post.

Step's match is next then Richard's after.

Gasquetno.1
03-17-2010, 11:04 PM
Will someone post a stream when Richards match comes on please, I don't know where to find them :)

scmom
03-17-2010, 11:04 PM
I know we have all moved on to the Sunrise event - but thought I would tell you all about my IW experience. I did see Richard a few times - as he was only there shortly - much to my dismay . But I saw the match and I saw him at the hotel.
First off - he looks very fit and tanned . I have some photos that I want to look over , I fear they are pretty blurred - but if they are decent I will post them .
I arrived at the hotel late Thursday afternoon - pulled up to check in and Richard was walking up to the hotel front door - He was with his mom. He was dripping in sweat , clearly having just left the practice courts. At first , when I saw the woman - I had to check her out - wanted to be able to report to you all if Richard had found a girlfriend to travel. But one glance and I realized this was his mom. I had seen her before , but she has changed her hairstyle somewhat , so I was not sure at first. But , rest assured , ladies - this was the maman!
Anyway - I saw them again that evening eating dinner together at the hotel. Richard's match was scheduled for second on the court - so he turned in rather early - I went with my friends to the bar - and we saw no players at all in there :)
Friday , I got to the matches in plenty of time to get a good seat for the Gasquet match . You have all analysed and reanalyzed the match so , I won't go into too much here . But I have to say that losing a match without losing your serve is incredibly disappointing. I felt Richard played quite well in the first set - made some beautiful shots , as always , but he does seem to get distracted quite easily. I have been to many of his matches , and never have I seen him be so affected by the crowd and the goings on in the stadium. Nor have I ever seen him smash a racquet - but he did . He was playing on court 2 that has no Hawkeye system - so both players were annoyed by a few questionable calls. And some foolish woman brought a baby to the court , and the baby's illtimed cry broke Richard's concentration at a key point in the first set - when he had several break points . The umpire called a let - and told the woman to take the baby out of the stadium - but clearly RIchard was rattled by the whole thing. Totally pissed me off .The second set was more of the same - both men serving well - digging out of tight spots - and well, you know the result. At match point , Richard smashed his racquet in frustration with himself . And that was that .

Puschkin
03-17-2010, 11:07 PM
I know we have all moved on to the Sunrise event - but thought I would tell you all about my IW experience.
Thanks for your report.

GasquetFan
03-17-2010, 11:09 PM
Stepanek just took the first set 6-1... should be out on court soon :)

Gretchen.
03-17-2010, 11:14 PM
OOooh a racquet smash. :worship: he is frustrated, this is good!

ImmzB
03-17-2010, 11:22 PM
order of play is revised see my post.

Step's match is next then Richard's after.

Yh. On The Revised OOP it had Seppi on the Center Court.

ImmzB
03-17-2010, 11:22 PM
Live Stream: http://www.atdhe.net/13457/watch-atp-challenger-sunrise

Gasquetno.1
03-17-2010, 11:25 PM
Live Stream: http://www.atdhe.net/13457/watch-atp-challenger-sunrise

Thank you :worship:

icecastle
03-17-2010, 11:26 PM
Will someone post a stream when Richards match comes on please, I don't know where to find them :)

http://cdn.laola1.tv/atp/flashplayer.html

scmom
03-17-2010, 11:27 PM
ok - here is a bit more , all from the non court side of Richard at IW
I have spoken before that my daughter has a crush , and on a few occasions , he has shown a bit of interest in her as well.
So , she was incredibly disappointed that she did not make it to IW in time to see him play. She arrived late Friday , and his match was all ready over .
She and her friend went to dinner in the hotel and once again , he was there with maman. ( I had gone to the very uncomfortable Hit for Haiti but she did not have a ticket for that . )She reported that there was a great deal of eye contact and smiling , but they did not speak directly .
She finally has decided that yes, he is "intrigued " but too shy and uncomfortable with his english to really make a "big move" .So she had hoped that as Sunrise started a bit later this week, that he might stick around and work out on the courts with the others still in the event , or better yet , hang by the pool
Not to be -SAturday am , we went down to breakfast and there he was dressed in jeans, a navy lacoste shirt and tennis shoes. He sat down next to her as we waited for a table - turned to speak but his phone rang . We heard the words "avion " and "aujourdhui " and knew he would be checking out that day . Markus arrived at that point . So his " big move " consisted of saying good bye - see you maybe next year - after eating a very quick breakfast , Richard left with his new coach . And we did not see him again.

We did see many other French guys hanging around the hotel , Jo , Gael , Benneteau, Llodra -
My daughter was quite sad, she was convinced that had he been hanging around the hotel, she might have been able to convince him to hang out by the pool for a bit of socializing that did not involve bars or partying .
Away from maman, who was clearly there to make sure no " cocaine tainted " lips touched her son
cannot say that I blame her though .

Cloudygirl
03-17-2010, 11:33 PM
So does that mean he is booking his own flights this year. ;) Maybe he does read this forum. He's stopped wearing his cap, started showing a bit more emotion on court, might have started doing some gym training ;)

Bless him, I bet he needed some support to come back to the Indian Wells and Miami so good on his maman.

Nice to hear your report btw.

On a slightly offtopic and completely unrelated note, he won't have made the cut of Monte Carlo, and the other clay masters. So will he be begging for wild cards or playing quallies?

I imagine he will get in the draw at nice with no probs (surely he will play there).

case
03-17-2010, 11:42 PM
On a slightly offtopic and completely unrelated note, he won't have made the cut of Monte Carlo, and the other clay masters. So will he be begging for wild cards or playing quallies?

I imagine he will get in the draw at nice with no probs (surely he will play there).

i havent found the courage to look at his ranking in months.
i hope he gets the wild cards, cant imagine him just floundering around:sad:

not many people in the stands to watch stepanek. of course they would have to pay me to see that jerk. maybe they are all waiting for gasquet!

i told my sister that gasquet was playing a challenger and she asked " what is he hoping they dont drug test in challengers?":rolleyes: she thought that was so funny- i wasnt amused

icecastle
03-17-2010, 11:43 PM
too bad your daughter didnt have the chance to get to know Richie well. I hope next year they'll be able to at least hang together. Thanks for the update.

Puschkin
03-17-2010, 11:47 PM
On a slightly offtopic and completely unrelated note, he won't have made the cut of Monte Carlo, and the other clay masters. So will he be begging for wild cards or playing quallies?
He needs about a dozen of withdrawals to get in directly, see the tourney-thread. Qualies list is not out he, but I am rather sure he will ask for a WC, not 100% sure if he'll get ot, if Roger and/or Murray change their mind.

Cloudygirl
03-17-2010, 11:49 PM
Richard, that thing that you are standing 50 metres behind is called a baseline. You are meant to stand near it.

Gasquet maniac
03-17-2010, 11:49 PM
Nice to read all the stories..Woke up just in time after taking a short nap aboutan hour or so...Go Richie........

Cloudygirl
03-17-2010, 11:57 PM
Meh I hope he doesn't have to play queens quallies because i can only get there on the sunday. Get the ranking up before then please!!

icecastle
03-17-2010, 11:57 PM
Allez Richie!:bounce:

silverwhite
03-18-2010, 01:10 AM
GSM Simon 6-4 6-4

case
03-18-2010, 01:11 AM
actually i didnt think gasquet played badly.

so he is on to miami right?

Gasquet maniac
03-18-2010, 01:12 AM
actually i didnt think gasquet played badly.

so he is on to miami right?

No, he is in the doubles draw with Berrer.......

Vlad1980
03-18-2010, 01:13 AM
Well, that was one depressive performance. I would call it very predictable and passive.

I hope he is not gonna play Miami, and heads back to Europe on clay.

Gasquet maniac
03-18-2010, 01:13 AM
I am speechless....Nothing else I can say....

Puschkin
03-18-2010, 01:15 AM
actually i didnt think gasquet played badly.

Are you joking? I am certainly not one of Richard's harshest critics over here, but this was outright dreadful. The worst match I have seen from him this year. Gilles also started poorly, but got better the longer the match lasted and won deservedly.

Get out of Miami, Rich, this place does not do you good. Skip the tourney next week and get ready for European clay.

Cloudygirl
03-18-2010, 01:15 AM
Is that the worst I've seen him play? Probably. Head all over the place today, shot selection dreadful. I hope he watches that back as a lesson in how not to play Gilles or Rafa.

Thing is though, where is he going to play on European clay pre Roland. Main draw Nice I imagine, other than that quallies. I can't see him winning quallies if he plays like that.

icecastle
03-18-2010, 01:17 AM
he looks so tired to me, he isn't even chasing the ball. i hope he just skip miami and work on his fitness instead.

Cloudygirl
03-18-2010, 01:25 AM
His fitness looked fine to me tonight. He wasn't on court long enough to get tired.

He doesn't need a coach, any idiot could tell him where he went wrong tonight and he knows because he's beaten him 4 times before. If you try and engage Gilles in long rallies he will out maneuver you. His strength is tactics and strategies.

Richard let him dictate the rallies, rarely went for winners and didn't even put away smashes. Several times he was on his backhand side had the line open and didn't even go for the winner.

What the heck is going on with him now??!!

I have no idea what Gilles's level is because Richard was so bad.

Puschkin
03-18-2010, 01:26 AM
he looks so tired to me, he isn't even chasing the ball. i hope he just skip miami and work on his fitness instead.
Maybe he is tired because he works too much on his fitness, recently. Anyway, this needs some rethinking from Markus. No use of playing a tourney every week, with all the travelling involved, when results are getting worse and worse.

Schu
03-18-2010, 01:27 AM
I only halfway saw the second set (wasn't he up 3-1 and lost it 6-4?)and the stream was pretty blurry but yes Vlad that was depressing! Passive, miss hitting balls, careless errors, stupid shot selection..

Maybe it was the empty stands and the whole challenger scene but to me it was REALLY SAD. Guess he'll have to get used to the challenger scene cuz he will not be making it into main draws without wild cards.

I don't know what to think anymore...

Puschkin
03-18-2010, 01:30 AM
Maybe it was the empty stands and the whole challenger scene but to me it was REALLY SAD....
That certainly did not help, but it is not that in other tourneys, that the stands are full in early round matches.

Cloudygirl
03-18-2010, 01:30 AM
He needs to sort the fitness though because he is going to need it. If he's playing quallies it will be 2 matches per day. If he's playing challengers the same.

I'm hoping it's just because he's dreading being back in Miami and that he'll get that over with and then it'll be up from there, because otherwise I just don't know what to say. Where was his head tonight?

Fitness is fixable, even technical deficiencies on the forehand but if he can't think, then he's in big trouble. He isn't a player like Monaco etc so why the heck is he trying to play like one. it just doesn't suit his game.

I'm all for him taking the positives from the clay court specialists games, like the fitness and the endurance but I just don't think you can get to his age and successfully change your playing style. he has to work with what he has, and what he has is unique and actually pretty damned good. He was so much better in 2007 :(

GasquetFan
03-18-2010, 01:32 AM
The streams wouldn't load for me on this computer :mad::mad:

Kinda glad that I didn't sit through it though after reading some of these comments.....

Schu
03-18-2010, 01:37 AM
Maybe just being anywhere near Miami has him so freaked out he can't think. Cuz there can be no other explanation for tonight. Markus has a challenge ahead of him! hope he is getting paid big bucks.

I'd love to blame fitness because that can be fixed fairly easily. But the only fitness problem out there tonight (and for a long time as far as I'm concerned)was his brain/head.

Davodus
03-18-2010, 01:38 AM
:( I'm glad I didn't wake up for this now.

Cloudygirl
03-18-2010, 01:41 AM
Maybe just being anywhere near Miami has him so freaked out he can't think. Cuz there can be no other explanation for tonight. Markus has a challenge ahead of him! hope he is getting paid big bucks.

Richard won't be able to afford to pay him big bucks if he carries on like this.
If he's not fixed post Miami he needs a sports psychologist so badly.

:( I'm glad I didn't wake up for this now.

My laptop nearly went out the window, you'd be on a flight to sort him out by now. It really was that bad.