Chennai R1: Bjorn Phau def. Richard Lion Heart 1-6 7-6 7-6 [Archive] - MensTennisForums.com

Chennai R1: Bjorn Phau def. Richard Lion Heart 1-6 7-6 7-6

DartMarcus
01-05-2011, 05:02 PM
Circus is in the town.

Smoke944
01-05-2011, 05:03 PM
Amazing choke.

alfonsojose
01-05-2011, 05:04 PM
:lol:

ShotmaKer
01-05-2011, 05:04 PM
Terrible match.

Johnny Groove
01-05-2011, 05:04 PM
Gasquet :o :o :o

Served for the match at least once :o

Certinfy
01-05-2011, 05:05 PM
Best. Match. Ever.

gulzhan
01-05-2011, 05:05 PM
Awful match :sad:

finishingmove
01-05-2011, 05:06 PM
:haha:

amazing...

philosophicalarf
01-05-2011, 05:07 PM
<insert image of crowd falling about with laughter>

Phau even choked hard serving for the match, broken to love, but Gasquet still couldn't take it.


Gasquet = ex-player, just cruising till retirement. Last seen at a decent level in 2007.

illepingis
01-05-2011, 05:08 PM
Gasquet played great during the first 2 sets against murray at french

Sham Kay
01-05-2011, 05:11 PM
Oh gawd Richie. Oh gawd.

ImmzB
01-05-2011, 05:12 PM
:lol: Massive choke! :sad:

TMJordan
01-05-2011, 05:12 PM
he iz baddddddddddd

philosophicalarf
01-05-2011, 05:13 PM
Gasquet played great during the first 2 sets against murray at french

Murray was in a huge slump at that point, sucked utterly that match, yet still won, on his worst surface, in Gasquet's home country.

That says it all about him.

FedererGrandSlam
01-05-2011, 05:13 PM
Retire.

silverwhite
01-05-2011, 05:15 PM
Murray was in a huge slump at that point, sucked utterly that match, yet still won, on his worst surface, in Gasquet's home country.

That says it all about him.

Please. This doesn't support your point. If anything, it gave him more incentive to choke :lol:

oranges
01-05-2011, 05:15 PM
Unbelievable, he lost two games altogether before the 'turnaround' :o

Sapeod
01-05-2011, 05:16 PM
Gasquet seemed worse than he usually is. I didn't think that was possible.

Dini
01-05-2011, 05:17 PM
Some things never change. =[

ApproachShot
01-05-2011, 05:17 PM
Not again, Richard!

Unfortunately I only caught the first set. Gasquet seemed to be cruising, so I assumed the two set win would be a mere formality. I guess I should have known better (although the calls for him to retire are far too premature).

On a serious note, what advice would you give to Gasquet if you were his coach?

ImmzB
01-05-2011, 05:18 PM
On a serious note, what advice would you give to Gasquet if you were his coach?

Stop standing 10 ft behind the baseline when your returning 2nd serves! :mad:

Deathless Mortal
01-05-2011, 05:26 PM
Choke of the year. I don't care that it's only start of the season, I don't believe anybody will beat this choke in 2011. 6-1 *5-2 and still lost the match... what an idiot

Allez
01-05-2011, 05:26 PM
Epic second set FAIL. WTF ? This guy seems allergic to moving to the forecourt. He'll hit a good approach shot and then try to retreat back behind the baseline, but because he is not nearly as quick as he should be he ends up messing that up as well and losing the point. Some lovely backhand exchanges between the two at times. Phau's is a lot flatter though so he can do some damage. I'm at a loss for words :eek: at this rate Gasquet can forget winning a slam any time soon :rolleyes:

Sapeod
01-05-2011, 05:34 PM
Epic second set FAIL. WTF ? This guy seems allergic to moving to the forecourt. He'll hit a good approach shot and then try to retreat back behind the baseline, but because he is not nearly as quick as he should be he ends up messing that up as well and losing the point. Some lovely backhand exchanges between the two at times. Phau's is a lot flatter though so he can do some damage. I'm at a loss for words :eek: at this rate Gasquet can forget winning a slam any time soon :rolleyes:
When did he ever have a hope in hell of doing that anyway?

finishingmove
01-05-2011, 05:34 PM
Gasquet can forget winning a slam

Winning a slam? After this, I wonder how he can live with himself.

He needs to do yoga for 2 years and come back for one last shot at... anything.

Roger the Dodger
01-05-2011, 05:41 PM
Choker defeated Megachoker, and I'm a fan.

Richie played great right up till he served for the match, then walked away for the rest of it. By the third set, Phau lifted his game to another level and made some unbelievable passes and volleys. Then he choked but took it away in the tie-break.

Richie needs to learn how to focus for longer hours. Once he lost his concentration, he was clearly upset and was calling hawkeye for balls that he might have seen clearly otherwise. When he can't see things clearly in his mind, he fails to see them with his eyes as well.

Richie needs to go for the Nadal like 'one-point-at-a-time' training if he has to get better.

philosophicalarf
01-05-2011, 05:42 PM
Last 12 slams: 4xR1, 1xR3, 3xR4
Last 36 masters: 5xR1, 5xR2, 6xR3, 1xR4, 1xQF


Results speak for themselves, and that's three years of pretty much nothing. He's not a flake anymore, nor a "talented youngster". He's just a guy ranked 30 who rarely does anything of note.

harman99
01-05-2011, 05:43 PM
Gasquet :wavey:

Voo de Mar
01-05-2011, 05:52 PM
Epic failure :help:

jrm
01-05-2011, 05:57 PM
Epic failure :help:

took the words out of my mouth

Allez
01-05-2011, 05:58 PM
Winning a slam? After this, I wonder how he can live with himself.

He needs to do yoga for 2 years and come back for one last shot at... anything.

Towards the end of the second set I was thinking this guy needs some serious meditation exercises to exorcise his mental demons at crucial moments in a match. I gave up on PHM a while ago, but I hope Richard can find something from somewhere to strengthen his mental faculties. Two years of yoga sounds just about right. What a frustrating player :speakles:

Roger the Dodger
01-05-2011, 06:01 PM
Towards the end of the second set I was thinking this guy needs some serious meditation exercises to exorcise his mental demons at crucial moments in a match. I gave up on PHM a while ago, but I hope Richard can find something from somewhere to strengthen his mental faculties. Two years of yoga sounds just about right. What a frustrating player :speakles:

Yoga actually has an exercise that teaches you to focus on a point and forget everything else. Nothing else exists but you and the point. Nadal's a natural in that sense.

Allez
01-05-2011, 06:09 PM
Yoga actually has an exercise that teaches you to focus on a point and forget everything else. Nothing else exists but you and the point. Nadal's a natural in that sense.

I wasn't being serious re the yoga thing but you're right with regards to Nadal's ability to stay focused on every point. It's unparalleled. Richard must have all sorts of crazy thoughts running around his mind during a match. His inability to stay focused is hurting him pretty badly.

TMJordan
01-05-2011, 06:11 PM
winning a slam? are you high man?

straitup
01-05-2011, 06:13 PM
Ummmm.... :lol:

Ad Wim
01-05-2011, 06:24 PM
This must be the worst loss in Gasquet's career. I cannot think of a worse one.
Not only was he leasing 6-1 5-2, but it was against fucking Phau!

philosophicalarf
01-05-2011, 06:33 PM
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_dYeSX1oTvJY/TGW3Cyyq8gI/AAAAAAAAD_8/MQ98JAdmEDQ/s400/batman_dark_tomorrow_pow.jpg

Horatio Caine
01-05-2011, 08:24 PM
Good grief.

I'm with 'arf on this one...I have pretty much given up on Gasquet, which is sad really.

Phau can be a tough cookie, so let's give him his due there. However, he should NEVER have lost from THAT position in the 2nd set. A better player would have regrouped by the tiebreak, and finished the match there and there (if not at the second attempt to serve out :silly: ). He also failed to do that, despite having a further advantage. Furthermore, a better player would have put Phau in his place immediately at the start of the third...he failed to do that, and committed a major sin in actually gifting the German a break lead instead. Finally, a better player would have thanked Phau for gifting him a new lease of life at 5-5 in the 3rd set and promptly send him on a flight to his next challenger. Gasquet failed to do that as well...

Richard clearly needs to improve the mental side of his game somewhat, otherwise top 35 is the best he is going to be for the remainder of his career. He has a lot of talent, and it is sad to see it going to waste. Reverting back to his current coaching set-up was not a good move, and it is disappointing to hear that he is still standing way too far back on the court.

A big chance missed for solid points this week. He should have been in at least the SF, which would have enabled him to defend most of last year's points from Brisbane.

GlennMirnyi
01-05-2011, 08:25 PM
:lol:

misty1
01-05-2011, 08:25 PM
what a pathetic loss on gasquet's part

congrats to bjorn though

Allez
01-05-2011, 08:40 PM
Why did he get back with his coach ? It should have been abundantly clear by now that this partnership is a one way ticket to tennis hell. He needs a real coah not a father figure :rolleyes:

vn01
01-05-2011, 08:43 PM
OMG! Losing to Phau :lol:

GlennMirnyi
01-05-2011, 08:44 PM
Why did he get back with his coach ? It should have been abundantly clear by now that this partnership is a one way ticket to tennis hell. He needs a real coah not a father figure :rolleyes:

Gasquet needs a new job.

Horatio Caine
01-05-2011, 08:53 PM
Why did he get back with his coach ? It should have been abundantly clear by now that this partnership is a one way ticket to tennis hell. He needs a real coah not a father figure :rolleyes:

I don't know enough about the decision to be able to comment. His fanbase would probably know...

However, I was under the impression that he was at his most unhappy, psychologically, under this coaching arrangement? Didn't newspapers comment that he felt people within that arrangement were making decisions for him, that he wasn't enjoying his tennis etc etc?

In which case, why go back? The only reason could be that it was this coaching arrangement that earned him the breakthrough, those 4+ years ago. But times have changed now...he is an older man, the game has evolved further, and he needs to move forwards (also up the court :o) and not back.

delboy
01-05-2011, 09:09 PM
was he serving for the match at 5-2 and got broke twice?

Allez
01-05-2011, 09:12 PM
...and he needs to move forwards (also up the court :o) and not back.
That little gem right there sums up everything he needs to do very nicely indeed.;)

puppy555
01-05-2011, 10:08 PM
Silly me, saw the score at 6-1 4-1 and assumed it was over :rolleyes: gasquet never fails to deliver

Henry Chinaski
01-05-2011, 10:38 PM
Why did he get back with his coach ? It should have been abundantly clear by now that this partnership is a one way ticket to tennis hell. He needs a real coah not a father figure :rolleyes:

Doesn't have the balls to escape the incestuous circle of French tennis.

His only hope is to make a complete break with his past.

Amazing result.

Cloudygirl
01-05-2011, 10:52 PM
2011 no different than any other year then.

Richard :(

asmazif
01-05-2011, 10:57 PM
tbh, nid

Jimnik
01-05-2011, 11:10 PM
Poor Richie. It's in his blood.

fran70
01-05-2011, 11:25 PM
Agree with Jimnik. This is sad to see Gasquet so down. And the years go by...

Clay Death
01-05-2011, 11:49 PM
gasquet is better than that.

let go gasquet. show them something at Oz.

fran70
01-05-2011, 11:52 PM
gasquet is better than that.

let go gasquet. show them something at Oz.

I agree with you. This is really a shame to see him falling so down :(

abraxas21
01-06-2011, 12:16 AM
i don't know who's the bigger choker

gasquet or Paul Henri Mathieu

MilosSs
01-06-2011, 12:22 AM
i don't know who's the bigger choker

gasquet or Paul Henri Mathieu

just imagine those two playing doubles :D

hahaha that would be epic... two of the biggest chokers in modern tennis by all means...

The Magician
01-06-2011, 12:41 AM
Only saw the 1st set and assumed Phau, who is like GasCoke but without weapons, would get routined. Never underestimate the power of GasCoke to GasChoke :o Someone give this mug a lobotomy.

Johnny_Bravo
01-06-2011, 03:21 AM
i don't know who's the bigger choker

gasquet or Paul Henri Mathieu

just imagine those two playing doubles :D

hahaha that would be epic... two of the biggest chokers in modern tennis by all means...

both of you need to get a room and exchange your thougths there :lol: :p

just kills me when i see so much potential being wasted.

cutesteve22
01-06-2011, 04:06 AM
what's wrong with Richie

DanaKz
01-06-2011, 04:25 AM
OMG, lost from 6-1 5-2??? Really? :eek:

straitup
01-06-2011, 04:53 AM
Even though he's never going to be the mentally strongest, it would show a lot of mental fortitude to come back strong from the past year or so that he's had. I wish him the best.

canbera
01-06-2011, 07:26 AM
I hope this match finds its way online. Was it played on center court?