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~*BGT*~
01-31-2011, 03:42 PM
OK, Sorry for forgetting to make this thread. The last week of the AO went by very fast. :lol: Anyways, this is the movie inspiration for this season.

http://www.shockya.com/news/wp-content/uploads/valentines_day_poster.jpg

You may be wondering why I chose this movie. :lol: Well, Valentine's Day comes during this season, and in the movie, everyone has a happy ending. So hopefully, our man will have a happy season. :dance: Let's get it started! :rocker2:

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Jan. 31
PBZ Zagreb Open
Zagreb, Croatia
2010 result: DNP
2011: QF

Feb 7
ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2010 result: DNP
2011: Withdrew

Feb 21
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
Dubai, U.A.E.
2010 result: 2nd round loss to Almagro (Acapulco)
2011 result: SF loss to Federer

Mar 4
Davis Cup 1st Round
Vienna, Austria
2010 result: finals

Mar 10
BNP Parisbas Open
Indian Wells, CA
2010 result: 1st round loss to Greul

Mar 23
Sony Ericcson Open
Miami, FL
2010 result: 1st round loss to Rochus

Good luck this spring, Richard!

~*BGT*~
01-31-2011, 03:45 PM
Richard can really pick up a lot of points since he's defending basically nothing. :lol: He's seeded 4th in Zagreb and had a first round bye. He should make at least the semis, IMO.

Schu
01-31-2011, 04:37 PM
Richard can really pick up a lot of points since he's defending basically nothing. :lol: He's seeded 4th in Zagreb and had a first round bye. He should make at least the semis, IMO.

No such thing as "should" when it comes to RIchie. The draw is pretty weak but rather he did well in bigger tourneys so hope he doesn't wear himself out here...

I never like when RIchie has a first round bye cuz he needs to work himself into a tourney and build confidence - starting off cold against someone who has won a match and had time to get used to the playing conditions is always :scared:, especially indoors which is his worst surface.

Thanks for opening this thread and yes let's hope he does have many happy endings this spring.

Puschkin
01-31-2011, 04:40 PM
Richard apparently plays his first match only on Thursday, as his opponent's match is not scheduled for tomorrrow.

~*BGT*~
01-31-2011, 04:51 PM
No such thing as "should" when it comes to RIchie. The draw is pretty weak but rather he did well in bigger tourneys so hope he doesn't wear himself out here...

I never like when RIchie has a first round bye cuz he needs to work himself into a tourney and build confidence - starting off cold against someone who has won a match and had time to get used to the playing conditions is always :scared:, especially indoors which is his worst surface.

Thanks for opening this thread and yes let's hope he does have many happy endings this spring.

If I meet him in Zagreb, I'll make sure that happens. :devil: Sorry, dirty mind today. :lol:

silverwhite
01-31-2011, 05:15 PM
That's exactly what I thought when you mentioned "happy ending" but luckily, you said "happy season" in the OP :o

ImmzB
01-31-2011, 07:33 PM
Nice, all the best to Richard in Zagreb!! :bounce:

Allez!! :yeah:

reeshiesangel
01-31-2011, 09:00 PM
I hope he does well, I can finally watch his smaller tournaments now, i bought the live pass from ATP :D now I will never miss his matches and feel bad about it, even though sometimes I think that i jinx him when i watch his matches haha

Davodus
02-01-2011, 01:46 AM
Good chance to pick up some points :yeah:

Gretchen.
02-01-2011, 02:25 AM
You may be wondering why I chose this movie. :lol: Well, Valentine's Day comes during this season, and in the movie, everyone has a happy ending.


Patrick Dempsey doesn't have a very happy ending. :o :lol:


Hopefully he does better in the bigger ones.

~*BGT*~
02-01-2011, 04:35 AM
Patrick Dempsey doesn't have a very happy ending. :o :lol:


Hopefully he does better in the bigger ones.

Well, Patrick Dempsey was a two-timing cheating douche who deserved it. :p

ImmzB
02-02-2011, 05:02 PM
Gasquet is 2nd on the Centre Court on Thursday, not before 13.50 Local time (12.50 BST) for his 2nd round match against A.Clement.

~*BGT*~
02-03-2011, 03:12 AM
Allez! :bounce:

miekoatp
02-03-2011, 01:44 PM
What happen to Richie's game????? No live stream at ATP....

Puschkin
02-03-2011, 01:46 PM
What happen to Richie's game????? No live stream at ATP....

The match is announced on Sb, but no result, it must have started 45 minutes ago.

tami
02-03-2011, 01:50 PM
hmmm, it is a little bit bizarre - the livestreaming has just shown richie practising under the tutelage of deblick for around 45 mins from 14:00local time, now the court is empty......maybe the match is scheduled for a bit later?

keep me posted, guys....i need to sleep now...... :(

nole_no1
02-03-2011, 01:50 PM
Clement retired

Gasquet maniac
02-03-2011, 01:50 PM
Gasquet advanced to the quaterfinals to meet Berrer when Clement pulled out because of a shoulder injury....Source:ATP...

miekoatp
02-03-2011, 01:51 PM
The match is announced on Sb, but no result, it must have started 45 minutes ago.


Means no live stream?

Puschkin
02-03-2011, 02:04 PM
apparently Clément retired, see GM,

Schu
02-03-2011, 02:10 PM
Richie into quarters without playing a match. nice to get a few points but not too good for his chances of winning next round.

I was all set to watch a bit on tennistv.com before going to work and all I saw was a long distance shot of richie hitting with someone for a long time with Eric pacing back and forth on the side.

Wondered what happened, went to GM cuz nothing was here - IMMZB you are slacking up on your reporting :) and saw thread that said Gasquet withdrew but that was incorrect, phew! - Clement withdrew, must have been sudden.

Davodus
02-03-2011, 02:12 PM
Hope Clement is ok. Making a QF without playing a match :lol:

miekoatp
02-03-2011, 02:14 PM
Well, then, I must sleep now. Thanks for all the information!

Gasquet maniac
02-03-2011, 02:15 PM
I think he can beat Berrer tomorrow .....He has a good chance....

silverwhite
02-03-2011, 02:20 PM
I wonder if it really matters how far he makes it in this tournament. It's a MM tournament and he already has quite a lot of MM points no? :shrug:

Puschkin
02-03-2011, 02:37 PM
I wonder if it really matters how far he makes it in this tournament. It's a MM tournament and he already has quite a lot of MM points no? :shrug:
he is a commitment player this year. Many MM points will fall off. Going far here would help a lot with planning the schedule for the rest of the year. But more important woul be to have a good result next week in Rotterdam. :)

He will probably do well in Zagreb as I won't be able to watch anything from tomorrow onwards. ;)

ImmzB
02-03-2011, 02:47 PM
IMMZB you are slacking up on your reporting :)

:lol:

ImmzB
02-03-2011, 02:55 PM
Berrer tommorow, Richard should take it with no problem!!

Berrer looked good in his 2nd round match but Richard should be too good for him.

scmom
02-03-2011, 04:18 PM
Just checked all scoreboards , etc at the usual sights and found nothing
and I feared the worst -
sorry that Clement is injured - hope it is not serious

so , Richard moves forward without playing a match - well good luck tomorrow , Richard

Blackbriar
02-03-2011, 05:25 PM
wow Ritchie hasn't dropped a game so far :eek:

ImmzB
02-03-2011, 07:01 PM
Richard is 1st on the Centre Court on Friday, not before 13.50 local time (12.50 BST)

Blackbriar
02-03-2011, 08:13 PM
Richard plays earlier to be fresh for friday. It's tactical.

silverwhite
02-03-2011, 09:21 PM
he is a commitment player this year. Many MM points will fall off. Going far here would help a lot with planning the schedule for the rest of the year. But more important woul be to have a good result next week in Rotterdam. :)

He will probably do well in Zagreb as I won't be able to watch anything from tomorrow onwards. ;)

True. If he does well in a few MM tournaments, maybe he'll consider lightening his schedule for the remainder of the year, which might help his play in bigger events :lol:

icecastle
02-04-2011, 07:41 AM
Allez Richard!!! :bounce:

Puschkin
02-04-2011, 08:25 AM
Allez Richard!!! :bounce:

:yeah:

:topic: Hopefully the two months are over quickly. It is so irritating to see the heart for Berdych. ;)

Gasquet maniac
02-04-2011, 01:28 PM
2-4 Berrer......Wake up, Gasquet....:(

silverwhite
02-04-2011, 01:28 PM
OMG. A break down already :tape:

Gasquet maniac
02-04-2011, 01:32 PM
In three then.....2-5....

Vlad1980
02-04-2011, 01:33 PM
Richard doesn't seem like he can serve normally... arming serves. injured?
He can't seem to hit the ball from baseline either.. at least not yet.

Vlad1980
02-04-2011, 01:33 PM
Retired.

Get well Richard. Something was wrong with him.

silverwhite
02-04-2011, 01:33 PM
2-5 ret. :o

Gasquet maniac
02-04-2011, 01:34 PM
Retired..........

Puschkin
02-04-2011, 01:35 PM
Sb says Richard retired. :sad: not good. He hit three aces in the first game. What happened?

miekoatp
02-04-2011, 01:37 PM
Richard retired.... Terrible game... But he looked so cute with longer hair!

marina36
02-04-2011, 01:40 PM
Sb says Richard retired. :sad: not good. He hit three aces in the first game. What happened?

I think it's his arm or his shoulder no?

:sad:

nalbyfan
02-04-2011, 01:42 PM
Will he play Rotterdam ?

Davodus
02-04-2011, 01:47 PM
Bugger :(

Schu
02-04-2011, 01:47 PM
I saw the last 3 games. Looked like he grabbed his shoulder/bicep after hittting a backhand return in the previous return game. But The announcers were saying it looked like he was having trouble breathing - huffing and puffing a lot.

And yes miekoatp, I thought he did look especially nice today but he did look like something was hurting him, lots of pained espressions, thought it was just his reaction to his play which wasn't great. and when he walked up to the net to retire he looked over to I guess Eric and just shook his head.

Hope he is O.K. for next week

Blackbriar
02-04-2011, 02:02 PM
I have never seen a guy so dedicated to sabotage his career. He is a total mug now.

Puschkin
02-04-2011, 02:05 PM
I have never seen a guy so dedicated to sabotage his career. He is a total mug now.

I have never seen a guy posting as intelligently as you. :rolleyes:

Schu
02-04-2011, 02:09 PM
I have never seen a guy so dedicated to sabotage his career. He is a total mug now.

Do you really think he WANTED to retire? Why do you even watch his matches or post on his FAN forum?

ImmzB
02-04-2011, 03:21 PM
I saw Richard touching his shoulder in the 6th game but I thought he would be ok.

If it serious skip Rotterdam and be ready for Dubai.

The Rotterdam draw is today.

ImmzB
02-04-2011, 03:24 PM
This is the 2nd time, where he could of had a great chance to claim a title when something's happened to him. The 1st in Metz last year, when he had to pull out in the SF because he wasn't well and today he had to retire with a shoulder injury. :sad:

ImmzB
02-04-2011, 03:40 PM
A poster has said on the Rotterdam thread that Gasquet is OUT of Rotterdam. :(

http://www.tennisteen.it/notizie/entry-list/10864-atp-entry-list-7-13-febbraio-2011.html They also have Gasquet OUT of Rotterdam aswell.

ImmzB
02-04-2011, 03:51 PM
He's made the right choice to skip Rotterdam and rest for 2 weeks and try to recover and be 100% for Dubai. He made the wrong choice playing in Washington last year after getting injured in the Gstaad final and I don't think he was 100% in Toronto aswell.

GasquetFan
02-04-2011, 04:06 PM
The torture never ends..... :o I had a feeling something like this would happen after having such an easy ride to the QFs, typical :rolleyes:

scmom
02-04-2011, 04:30 PM
so sorry to see that Richard had to retire
and I hope it is not a serious injury
smart to withdraw from next week's event and get proper rest and treatment

Schu
02-04-2011, 04:44 PM
Just as well, indoors is probably Richard's worst surface.

I just don't understand how he is injured AGAIN - not like he's been playing a lot (any) matches recently. Nadal has many injuries but at least he plays a lot of matches. And Tsonga gets a lot of injures but his body is really built more like an american football player than a tennis player and is prone to injuries.

Richard doesn't look THAT fragile but apparently his body just isn't made for playing tennis. His haters immediately say it is because he doesn't work hard enough - is that why Rafa is injured so often too? no one knows how hard he trains so that really bugs me when I see that.

icecastle
02-04-2011, 06:55 PM
:bigcry:

I hope he gets well soon.

Cloudygirl
02-04-2011, 07:27 PM
I have never seen a guy so dedicated to sabotage his career. He is a total mug now.


welcome to my ignore list along with Richie21

Roger the Dodger
02-04-2011, 07:27 PM
Do you really think he WANTED to retire? Why do you even watch his matches or post on his FAN forum?

Go easy on Blackbriar.
Its not like its very easy to be Richie's fan. Everytime you think he's got a chance, he finds another gear to hit a new low. With Richie, its always 'expect the unexpected' but the unexpected is always expected. WO to QF, then injury and retirement....

Vlad1980
02-04-2011, 07:41 PM
Just as well, indoors is probably Richard's worst surface.

I just don't understand how he is injured AGAIN - not like he's been playing a lot (any) matches recently. Nadal has many injuries but at least he plays a lot of matches. And Tsonga gets a lot of injures but his body is really built more like an american football player than a tennis player and is prone to injuries.

Richard doesn't look THAT fragile but apparently his body just isn't made for playing tennis. His haters immediately say it is because he doesn't work hard enough - is that why Rafa is injured so often too? no one knows how hard he trains so that really bugs me when I see that.


I think his shoulder injures are recurring. If you look at his shoulders, they are physically smaller than almost all other players, yet he is at times serving as hard as players who are stronger built. He needs to develop more muscle so maybe he needs to constantly work on strength training. I just hope it is not serious and he can return within couple weeks.

Gasquet maniac
02-05-2011, 08:08 AM
Hopefully he will recover ASAP.....Will be heart breaking not watching him play for 2 weeks.....Guys, would he request for a wildcard in Marseille if he gets better soon? 10 days to go for the event.....:)

ImmzB
02-05-2011, 10:07 AM
Guys, would he request for a wildcard in Marseille if he gets better soon? 10 days to go for the event.....:)

That's what I was thinking..... If he has recovered fully then he could ask for 1, if he hasn't better to rest.

silverwhite
02-06-2011, 09:10 AM
welcome to my ignore list along with Richie21

Whatever happened to our beloved richie21 ( :hearts: )? I'd love to see him, yuri277 (or something) and Blackbriar have a conversation :worship:

Cloudygirl
02-06-2011, 09:28 AM
I think there is a possibility they are all the same person ;)

well certainly Richie21 and Yuri.

Blackbriar
02-06-2011, 07:50 PM
I'm unique.
Back to topic, missing Rotterdam is not a bad thing. The draw is choke-full of top players. Facing a top 10 player on first round is wasted time IMO. He needs to play few matches before facing a top guy. Marseille maybe ?

ImmzB
02-06-2011, 08:07 PM
Any news on how his shoulder is?

He could ask for a WC into Marseille only if he is 100% fit.

Cloudygirl
02-06-2011, 08:18 PM
dunno but I think he must be going to Rotterdam this week so maybe there will be an interview or something. Surely he has to do publicity stuff for pulling out of a 500 or else he'll get a 0 pointer.

Puschkin
02-08-2011, 06:58 AM
From the Rotterdam site: http://www.abnamrowtt.nl/main.cfm?lang=0&c_id=91&site_id=2&main_id=91&pers_id=285

Dat spelers zich niet zomaar afmelden voor een groot evenement zoals het ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament bewees Richard Gasquet. De Fransman moest zich terugtrekken voor deelname in Ahoy wegens een blessure, maar kwam toch naar Rotterdam om de organisatie zijn goede intenties te tonen. Gasquet begaf zich in het Sports Plaza voor een handtekeningensessie met het publiek en liet zich ook zien op de catwalk tijdens een modeshow, een gebaar dat zeer gewaardeerd werd.

The English version of the site has the text not translated, but the pic can be seen there as well. Rough translation: Richard Gasquet proved that players don't just retire from tournaments. He showed up for an autograph session and during a fashion show which was very appreciated.

No news about his injury.

ImmzB
02-08-2011, 11:33 AM
Thanks for that. I hope he is feeling better.

Boomer23
02-08-2011, 11:43 AM
I found this on eurosport, not reassuring news, he was so in pain he coudn't do a back hand and he suffers from a double tendinitis on his shoulder, one in the front, one in the back


Gasquet pourra-t-il aller à Dubaï ?

Richard Gasquet souffre d'une double tendinite à l'épaule droite. Après son abandon à Zagreb et son forfait à Rotterdam, il espère jouer à Dubaï après Marseille, où il n'était pas inscrit.

"J'ai passé une IRM il y a deux jours, qui a montré que je souffrais d'une double tendinite à l'épaule droite, une devant, une derrière. En fait, ju'avais mal avant Zagreb. C'est tellement douloureux que je ne peux pas frapper un revers", a précisé le joueur à L'Equipe mardi.

Source : http://www.eurosport.fr/tennis/balles-bleues/2004/gasquet-cible-dubai_sto2656028/story.shtml

Puschkin
02-08-2011, 12:19 PM
I found this on eurosport, not reassuring news, he was so in pain he coudn't do a back hand and he suffers from a double tendinitis on his shoulder, one in the front, one in the back
We can only hope that he exaggerated a bit for the journalists in Rotterdam. :unsure:

Schu
02-08-2011, 03:11 PM
Tendonitis is painful and obviously somewhat chronic with him (isn't that why he retired from Miami? and several other tournaments, or was that his elbow) but it is a lot less serious than a problem with a joint.

He really does need to figure out a way to prevent this shoulder problem, I think the way he hits his backhand puts a lot of stress on the shoudler but he certainly can't change THAT stroke...

Schu
02-08-2011, 03:50 PM
Richard Gasquet proved that players don't just retire from tournaments. He showed up for an autograph session and during a fashion show which was very appreciated.

Thanks for the link (and Boomer 23 too). From the pic, he obviously wasn't IN the fashion show - now that would have been impressive.:)

Rotterdam must be a pretty fast court if Llodra beat Davy, so probably just as well Richard couldn't play.

ImmzB
02-08-2011, 04:45 PM
I found this on eurosport, not reassuring news, he was so in pain he coudn't do a back hand and he suffers from a double tendinitis on his shoulder, one in the front, one in the back


Gasquet pourra-t-il aller à Dubaï ?

Richard Gasquet souffre d'une double tendinite à l'épaule droite. Après son abandon à Zagreb et son forfait à Rotterdam, il espère jouer à Dubaï après Marseille, où il n'était pas inscrit.

"J'ai passé une IRM il y a deux jours, qui a montré que je souffrais d'une double tendinite à l'épaule droite, une devant, une derrière. En fait, ju'avais mal avant Zagreb. C'est tellement douloureux que je ne peux pas frapper un revers", a précisé le joueur à L'Equipe mardi.

Source : http://www.eurosport.fr/tennis/balles-bleues/2004/gasquet-cible-dubai_sto2656028/story.shtml

Thanks for the news. I hope he is better for Dubai. :)

ImmzB
02-08-2011, 06:30 PM
I hope he get's to play Dubai, it would be nice and important for him to be seeded for Indian Wells & Miami. :)

He's at number 30 atm, some players could overtake him in the rankings and it could mean for him to drop out of the top 32 and miss a seeding for those 2 Masters 1000 in the States.

If he does play the DC, he could earn some points from there aswell.

Schu
02-08-2011, 06:59 PM
Thanks for the link (and Boomer 23 too). From the pic, he obviously wasn't IN the fashion show - now that would have been impressive.:)

I'm WRONG - according to the you tube video Marina posted on the video thread (thanks) he WAS IN it with Frerrer. Looks like he was just wearing his same old warm up pants and heavy jacket and quite a stylish scarf ;).

Hate to say it but the video sort of reminds me of a certain video with cheerleaders at a certian tournament he also had to withdraw from with I think a shoulder injury? :eek:

marina36
02-08-2011, 07:08 PM
Hate to say it but the video sort of reminds me of a certain video with cheerleaders at a certian tournament he also had to withdraw from with I think a shoulder injury? :eek:

I had exactly the same feeling! :( Not really a good memories.

By the way, I hope he'll recover soon. I'm a bit worried about it. This tendinitis is recurring at him. Maybe he didn't take enough time to treat it? And I'm afraid it will be the same thing this time...

ImmzB
02-08-2011, 10:04 PM
http://img4.hostingpics.net/pics/327537rotterdam.jpg

ImmzB
02-08-2011, 10:06 PM
I see it says as correctly he is not entered for Marseille, but I translated a bit and it says he hopes to play next week, I guess they are talking about Dubai right??

Please correct me if I am wrong.

scmom
02-08-2011, 11:14 PM
sad that he has tendonitis , but it could be so much worse . At least tendonitis does not require surgery
so let's be grateful for that
with rest , ice and advil he will hopefully be up and playing again soon

Seems he was in the fashion show after all
At least he was smiling

Boomer23
02-09-2011, 12:02 AM
I see it says as correctly he is not entered for Marseille, but I translated a bit and it says he hopes to play next week, I guess they are talking about Dubai right??

Please correct me if I am wrong.

Translation by me (sorry if I make mistakes) :


Gasquet hopes for Dubaï :

Initially registered for Rotterdam, but injured and so withdrawn, Richard Gasquet went anyway in the Netherlands to do some promotion opérations for the tournament. He gave some news "I've done an MRI a couple of days ago, which shown that I suffer from a double tendonitis on the right shouder, one in the front, one in the back. Actually, I had pain before Zagreb (where he had to withdraw last week in QF facing Berrer). It's so painful I can't hit a back hand. I wasn't registered in Marseille. I hope to be able to hit the ball next week. It should be ok for Dubaï." Meanwhile, the french men will go rest a few day in the south (of France).

ImmzB
02-09-2011, 07:34 AM
Translation by me (sorry if I make mistakes) :


Gasquet hopes for Dubaï :

Initially registered for Rotterdam, but injured and so withdrawn, Richard Gasquet went anyway in the Netherlands to do some promotion opérations for the tournament. He gave some news "I've done an MRI a couple of days ago, which shown that I suffer from a double tendonitis on the right shouder, one in the front, one in the back. Actually, I had pain before Zagreb (where he had to withdraw last week in QF facing Berrer). It's so painful I can't hit a back hand. I wasn't registered in Marseille. I hope to be able to hit the ball next week. It should be ok for Dubaï." Meanwhile, the french men will go rest a few day in the south (of France).

Thanks.

Rest for this week and then he will start hitting next week.

Gasquet maniac
02-09-2011, 10:09 AM
Very glad and relieved to hear that news.....There are still 12 days left for the Dubai tournament and any rest in between will do good for him......Just hope that his opponent there will not retire ;)....BTW, south of France what a beautiful place to rest and recharge himself....Take care, Gasquet........:)

ImmzB
02-12-2011, 12:47 PM
Richard at a sporting event:

http://www.midilibre.com/articles/2011/02/11/SPORT-HERAULT-Du-beau-monde-1535218.php5

ImmzB
02-12-2011, 03:15 PM
Just some news regarding the Davis Cup tie v Austria,

Monfils is OUT due to a wrist injury and he is out for 6 weeks. :sad:

I guess now if Richard has recovered from his shoulder injury, he should be the 2nd player behind Tsonga.....

marina36
02-13-2011, 06:28 PM
Just some news regarding the Davis Cup tie v Austria,

Monfils is OUT due to a wrist injury and he is out for 6 weeks. :sad:

I guess now if Richard has recovered from his shoulder injury, he should be the 2nd player behind Tsonga.....

Yes, and Simon in "l'Equipe" said that he doesn't feel ready to play on clay.

ImmzB
02-13-2011, 06:47 PM
Yes, and Simon in "l'Equipe" said that he doesn't feel ready to play on clay.

So if Gasquet is fit, he should defiantly play. :)

Gasquet maniac
02-13-2011, 10:06 PM
Who is the possible second player for Austria other than Melzer?:confused:

Puschkin
02-13-2011, 10:13 PM
Who is the possible second player for Austria other than Melzer?:confused:
Haider-Maurer or Fischer, both outside the Top 100.

mukado
02-14-2011, 05:57 PM
It's not careful to play so soon after a double tendonitis even if he feels better. Morever if he looses in the first round.

Roger the Dodger
02-15-2011, 07:37 PM
Richie to enjoy the Arab revolution like Mubarak did :rocker2:

nalbyfan
02-16-2011, 09:47 AM
Richard will work with Ricardo Piatti and Ivan Ljubicic. They "share" Ricardo as coach. New tourney : Dubai with Ric and Ivan. Hope this new association will be good for Richard

silverwhite
02-16-2011, 10:20 AM
:spit:

Random much? :o Hopefully this Piatti won't turn him into a boring mug like Ljubo

Puschkin
02-16-2011, 10:25 AM
I admit frankly, I know nothing about Piatti. :o Whom did he coach before?

Blackbriar
02-16-2011, 10:31 AM
Deblicker out! This is great news, and Piatti coached Djokovic too!
full story (french) here:
http://www.eurosport.fr/tennis/balles-bleues/2004/gasquet-avec-piatti_sto2668234/story.shtml

Honestly, i'm super happy, with a real coach, he will do great things, i tell you :yeah:

silverwhite
02-16-2011, 11:07 AM
Deblicker out! This is great news, and Piatti coached Djokovic too!
full story (french) here:
http://www.eurosport.fr/tennis/balles-bleues/2004/gasquet-avec-piatti_sto2668234/story.shtml

Honestly, i'm super happy, with a real coach, he will do great things, i tell you :yeah:

I'll have fun watching you take back your words a few months from now :lol:

*julie*
02-16-2011, 12:44 PM
Funny to imagine Ljubo and Richie training together. I remember Ljubo calling Rich something like a "spoiled child" after a defeat at the USO. I am not sure they are really friends since then. :lol:

I had heard about the rumours about Markus back and would have prefered it... but let see how it works with this new coach.

(Btw, for the spanish speakers some words about Rich in Markus blog here http://www.gabrielmarkus.blogspot.com/ )

Schu
02-16-2011, 02:24 PM
Glad to see this change - guess it didnt work out with Markus. Time will tell if this works out. A coach, ANY coach, can only do so much and while I think it was time for Eric to go, I don't think Eric was the reason Richard has not progressed as expected.

Sounds like he has all the pieces in place with Grosjean as "advisor". Hanging around Lubo might be good too - I used to think he was boring but the past few years as I watched his game I see he really has a fairly complete game and he may well have been right about the spoiled child but hopefully Richard can prove he has grown up.

Looking for a fresh, healthy start for Richie!

case
02-16-2011, 03:00 PM
i have been away from tennis news, all news really for two weeks
now i am back with a new computer ( with a huge screen - i am so excited) and a new internet provider, but still the same news about gasquet.


--------injury, new coach, eric gone, havent a clue about the tournament(s) pulled out of - THIS IS NOT NEW FOR GASQUET! therefore , sadly no news from gasquet. i feel like i am watching a soap opera or caught in some star trek time loop and things are just repeated . when gaquet hires a klingon for a coach i will know both gasquet and i have lost it...

still i hope eric is gone for good this time.

ImmzB
02-16-2011, 03:06 PM
Great news he has a new coach! :bounce:

It was the right time for Eric to leave maybe he stayed a bit too long but that's sorted now.

I hope this new start will give Richard even more confidence and hunger for success.

So is he defiantly playing Dubai then?

Puschkin
02-16-2011, 05:03 PM
marina posted this on rgnet: http://www.hostingpics.net/viewer.php?id=553926piatti2.jpg

Apparently Richard already practising and working with Grosjean.

Jozie
02-16-2011, 05:20 PM
marina posted this on rgnet: http://www.hostingpics.net/viewer.php?id=553926piatti2.jpg

Apparently Richard already practising and working with Grosjean.

Thanks for the article Puschkin & Marina. :wavey:

Well, this is a good sign that he is over his tendonitis. :p
He looks happy & having lots of fun. :D

Very excited to see how the new coach works out for Richie. I always thought Ljubicic was such a boring player to watch, but must say I am so impressed with how well he is playing as he has matured. :yeah:

Allez Richard!

marina36
02-16-2011, 06:09 PM
Very good news!

"« Je veux lui tendre la main, apprendre à le connaître et à réussir à l'aider. Faire du bon boulot, c'est le faire gagner! Je sais que ce n'est pas facile car le niveau a progressé. Ma première phase: connaître sa personnalité. Deuxième phase: connaître son jeu. Troisième phase : faire en sorte de développer son jeu de manière optimale afin qu'il gagne des matches importants. Le travail mental dépend surtout de la confiance en soi. S'il est arrivé 7e mondial, c'est que la tête va bien. Ceux qui sont en haut du classement ont la tête bien solide. On va commencer notre collaboration la semaine précédant Monte-Carlo. Mais dès Indian Wells, je serai avec Ivan et lui avec Sébastien Grosjean. Je vais me rapprocher d'eux pour mieux les connaître. Afin qu'on soit sur la même ligne » a déclaré Piatti."

I like how he talks about this relation. I have a good feeling ;)

ImmzB
02-16-2011, 06:16 PM
marina posted this on rgnet: http://www.hostingpics.net/viewer.php?id=553926piatti2.jpg

Apparently Richard already practising and working with Grosjean.

Thanks for that, I saw this on the RG.net and I'm going to honest I didn't even recognise Seb untill you posted now. :lol:

More good news from today! :)

ImmzB
02-16-2011, 06:26 PM
Piatti said they will start the cooperation the week before Monte Carlo and Seb will help him from Indian Wells to Mimai. So will Piatti help him in Dubai as Ljubicic is there aswell?

ImmzB
02-16-2011, 07:30 PM
From RG.net

Coupe Davis > Gasquet partant

Par Pauline Dahlem, mercredi 16 février 2011 à 12:56
Dans L'Equipe du jour, Richard Gasquet évoque le 1er tour de Coupe Davis face à l'Autriche les 4, 5 et 6 mars prochains. S'il postule pour une place en simple, voire en double, le 31e joueur mondial devra d'abord s'assurer que sa double tendinite à l'épaule est résorbée.

"J'ai vu le docteur et la guérison suit son cours. Je ne peux pas encore servir à 200 km/h mais d'ici quelques jours ça devrait s'arranger. Concernant le Coupe Davis, bien sûr que j'ai envie d'y être ! L'an dernier, je l'ai eue un peu mauvais d'être 5e homme à Lyon mais je n'ai pas envie de ressasser ça ni d'ajouter de l'égo à de l'égo."

Davis Cup> Gasquet leaving

By Pauline Dahlem, Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 12:56

The Team in the day, Richard Gasquet evokes the first round of Davis Cup against Austria on 4, 5 and 6 March. If applying for a place in singles or in doubles, the 31st player in the world should first ensure that his double shoulder injury is resolved.

"I saw the doctor and the healing continues. I still can not be used to 200 km / h but within days it should get better. Concerning the Davis Cup, of course I want to be there! Last year I had a little bad to be 5th man in Lyon but I do not want to dwell on it or add the ego to the ego. "

Cloudygirl
02-16-2011, 07:41 PM
got to love google translate ;)

Bets on how many weeks the new coaching regime will last before Eric is somehow back in the mix??!

Puschkin
02-16-2011, 10:16 PM
Concernant le Coupe Davis, bien sûr que j'ai envie d'y être !

Concerning DC - of course I want to be there. Well, Richard, you better be there as I will definitely be there. :banana:

http://www.rmc.fr/editorial/148440/piatti-tendre-la-main-a-gasquet/
describes Piatti's approach: 1. getting to know the guy, 2. getting to know his game, 3. develop his game to make him win matches. That seems more sophisticated to me than Markus, who simply advocated: play, play play as much as you can. Don't get me wrong, Markus was the right guy last year when Richard lacked matches and making him win Nice was a huge achievement. But the price was a missed grass season and a decline in his volleying capacities which cost him the match against Monfils at the US Open.

I know that I am probably alone with the view that Richard's FH is not the (only) reason for his stagnation, but that it is more due to a loss of his creativity on the court. When Richard is in full fly he can hit all the shots of the game. S/V, stops, lobs, everything. That is the Richard I fell in love with years ago - a shotmaker in the classical sense. He has lost that ability a bit - apart from the occasional BH-stunner. So I think it is more than appropriate if a coach returns to his strength (variation) and does not limit himself to his weakness (FH).

As for Dubai, we'll see who will be there with him. But the fact that Grosjean is already now working with him makes me believe that Erich is really gone.

~*BGT*~
02-17-2011, 02:31 AM
Guille-YUM, Gabriel and now this guy... Richie's had so many coaches in the past few years, I can't keep track. :lol:

silverwhite
02-17-2011, 08:01 AM
Guille-YUM, Gabriel and now this guy... Richie's had so many coaches in the past few years, I can't keep track. :lol:

:spit:

Schu
02-17-2011, 04:44 PM
I know that I am probably alone with the view that Richard's FH is not the (only) reason for his stagnation, but that it is more due to a loss of his creativity on the court. When Richard is in full fly he can hit all the shots of the game. S/V, stops, lobs, everything. That is the Richard I fell in love with years ago - a shotmaker in the classical sense. He has lost that ability a bit - apart from the occasional BH-stunner. So I think it is more than appropriate if a coach returns to his strength (variation) and does not limit himself to his weakness (FH).

Exactly! I think for too long his coaches tired to make him more consistent and rein him in, stifling his creativity on the court. He isn't ever going to be a grinder so I say let him loose - he'll have some great days when he's on and some awful days when he's not but at least he'll be interesting to watch and he probably enjoys the game more as well when he can do his thing.

Glad to see he's working with Seb already.

mukado
02-17-2011, 05:40 PM
got to love google translate ;)

Bets on how many weeks the new coaching regime will last before Eric is somehow back in the mix??!

It doesn't look like a promotion for Eric but a manipulation by Arnaud Lagardère to fire him without Ritchie's approbation. Maybe he has been asked for it by Ritchie's close.

Puschkin
02-17-2011, 08:11 PM
It doesn't look like a promotion for Eric but a manipulation by Arnaud Lagardère to fire him without Ritchie's approbation. Maybe he has been asked for it by Ritchie's close.
Pure speculation. Sometimes I really feel that Richard and his entourage never can do something right. If it is true what many of you complain that Richard was so dependant on Eric and could never do without him, do you really think that all this was decided without Richard and Eric agreeing?

ImmzB
02-17-2011, 08:34 PM
Any confirmation that Richard will play Dubai?

tami
02-20-2011, 12:52 PM
so he's been in dubai since thursday, and he's drawn to play grigor dimitrov in the first rnd, with ljubicic as a potential second rnd opponent.

one match at a time, richard, let's get into the groove of bringing your passion on the court!!!

ImmzB
02-20-2011, 12:54 PM
Challenging 1st round match for Richard!! All the best to him! :yeah:

tami
02-20-2011, 02:20 PM
he's second on centre court tomorrow, with matches starting at 14:00 local time.

i hope they do have some online livestreaming, cos the sports channels on pay tv here are not broadcasting matches until later this week... :S

ImmzB
02-20-2011, 02:23 PM
he's second on centre court tomorrow, with matches starting at 14:00 local time.

i hope they do have some online livestreaming, cos the sports channels on pay tv here are not broadcasting matches until later this week... :S

They should defiantly have Live Streams tommorow. :)

Allez Richard for tommorow!!!

Schu
02-20-2011, 04:37 PM
Tough draw for Richie. I'm not too optimistic -with him not having played a match in several weeks his confidence/groove isn't going to be there and we know what he's like when that happens but maybe with this coaching merry - go -round settled for at least now, he'll surprise.

Roger the Dodger
02-20-2011, 08:01 PM
Come on Richie!

Gasquet maniac
02-20-2011, 08:42 PM
Allez Richie!!!!!:cool:

Puschkin
02-21-2011, 12:34 PM
anyone watching? On SB it looks impressive, 5-2 and Dimitrov has not won a point on Richard's serve yet. :D

Jozie
02-21-2011, 12:37 PM
Wow, 100% first and second serves in 1st set :worship:

Puschkin
02-21-2011, 01:22 PM
I have not seen anything, but good to start with a win after the injury.

tami
02-21-2011, 01:22 PM
he won :) the second set was a little tougher as dimitrov focused a little bit more, but at the end of the day, perhaps the occasion and the lack of experience led to a few errors.

not taking anything away from richard's victory though - i think for him it was important to get back into the feel of playing a tourney match after being injured, and understandably, he'll be a little bit hesitant and nervous about it too, cos it's unsure whether his shoulder will definitely hold out. i think that is why he was completely playing from row1 at the back of the court, but towards the end of the match, he got a bit closer to the baseline, so it was better.

the next round will be tougher i think, if indeed ljubo is his opponent. but it is good to see that despite the erratic play from his opponent, richard continued to remain patient, stuck through the slightly trickier situations when he was facing break points. it is a difficult transition time for him, especially when he may not be 100% physically confident, but i'm eagerly awaiting how he goes :) i hope this match will not be entirely reflective of his abilities this year, i'm really looking forward to the day richie gets his groove/flair back ;)

ImmzB
02-21-2011, 01:48 PM
Good 1st victory for Richard coming from injury.

Dimitrov was bad in the 1st set, making UE, he improved in the 2nd set, created chances to break Richard but didn't do so.

Richard served very well in the 1st, without dropping a point! :rocker2:
He played a good consistent match which was good too see! :)

All the best in the 2nd round! :bounce:

Allez Gasquet! :yeah:

Schu
02-21-2011, 02:10 PM
anyone watching? On SB it looks impressive, 5-2 and Dimitrov has not won a point on Richard's serve yet. :D

It was A LOT more impressive on the scoreboard. Richie was basically gifted the match by tons of unforced errors. HOWEVER this was still a good match for Richard because as Tami pointed out, Richard did not loose focus as he can so often do when ahead and Dimitrov did clean it up a bit in in the second but Richard stayed with him until Dimitrov cracked at 4-4 with a pitiful service game and Richard served it out on the first shot with 2 aces on the last two points.

This was a bit of a difficult situation for Richard being the favorite over another young "future Fed", first match back from injury and probably a bit hesitant to hit out. So overall solid stuff from Richard, nothing spectacular but a solid win with none of his famous "walk abouts". Next round will be a bigger test.

Puschkin
02-21-2011, 02:33 PM
It was A LOT more impressive on the scoreboard. Richie was basically gifted the match by tons of unforced errors. HOWEVER this was still a good match for Richard because as Tami pointed out, Richard did not loose focus as he can so often do when ahead and Dimitrov did clean it up a bit in in the second but Richard stayed with him until Dimitrov cracked at 4-4 with a pitiful service game and Richard served it out on the first shot with 2 aces on the last two points.

Thanks. I am perfectly happy with that, I did not expect him to come out firing after the injury. He served 9 aces, 6 of them in the second set, so the shoulder seems ok. I doubt he'll play his heart out in Dubai anyway, he'll have to play DC as Tsonga pulled out with an injury he already felt at the AO, only to rediscover it now. :rolleyes: The guy is such a jerk.

Schu
02-21-2011, 03:21 PM
he'll have to play DC as Tsonga pulled out with an injury he already felt at the AO, only to rediscover it now. :rolleyes: The guy is such a jerk.

Are you kidding ME!!!How convenient of Tsonga.

ImmzB
02-21-2011, 04:05 PM
http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2011/02/8/Dubai-Monday-Gulbis-Gasquet-Win-Openers.aspx

Gasquet said afterwards he was happy to get through the match in straight sets, “I know he can miss some easy shots. That's what he did at 4-4 in the second set. He missed four easy forehands. He's very talented, but he can miss sometimes. So that's why I'm happy, too, because he didn't break me in the second set. I had to serve well. It was very important.”

silverwhite
02-21-2011, 06:04 PM
He will face... Bubka :o

Roger the Dodger
02-21-2011, 07:31 PM
Lionhearted performance from Richie! Holding serve having 2 matchpoints while 5-4 up! :eek:

Cloudygirl
02-21-2011, 09:14 PM
http://www.iol.co.za/sport/tennis/gasquet-wins-with-help-from-mum-1.1029859

his mum is there then?

case
02-21-2011, 11:51 PM
http://www.iol.co.za/sport/tennis/gasquet-wins-with-help-from-mum-1.1029859

his mum is there then?
thanks for the link.

i like his mum better than his dad. ;)not that it matters!

tami
02-22-2011, 04:08 AM
totally - his mum seems to be so much more serene and settled whenever they show her on tv......i hope she will be able to instill that tranquility into richard so he may be able to stay clear-headed through his matches.

go maryse, gasquet mummy ;)

Davodus
02-22-2011, 10:01 AM
He must've been serving well in that first set :eek:

ImmzB
02-22-2011, 03:19 PM
Richard has been included in the French team to play Austria in the Davis Cup tie.

Good news! :) :yeah:

ImmzB
02-22-2011, 04:13 PM
Richard is 1st on the centre court on Wednesday for his 2nd round match against Bubka.
Match will start at 14.00 local time & 10.00 BST.

Schu
02-22-2011, 05:02 PM
Richard has been included in the French team to play Austria in the Davis Cup tie.

Good news! :) :yeah:

I'd much rather see RIchard gettig ready for IW in the U.S. than playing this tie. SO while expected news - to me not so good. Unless Simon does very well in Dubai or Llodra is selected for singles :eek:, Richard will be the #1 singles player which means poor Simon has to face Meltzer on clay the first day.

If things go poorly and there is a very good chance they could - just more criticism to heap on Gasquet. But on the other hand this is an opportunity for RIchard to step up and be a "hero".

silverwhite
02-22-2011, 09:13 PM
I'd much rather see RIchard gettig ready for IW in the U.S. than playing this tie. SO while expected news - to me not so good. Unless Simon does very well in Dubai or Llodra is selected for singles :eek:, Richard will be the #1 singles player which means poor Simon has to face Meltzer on clay the first day.

If things go poorly and there is a very good chance they could - just more criticism to heap on Gasquet. But on the other hand this is an opportunity for RIchard to step up and be a "hero".

:spit:

Puschkin
02-23-2011, 10:37 AM
Nobody watching? Comments would be welcomed.

minh
02-23-2011, 10:42 AM
Richie is overwhelming his rival, 5-2 up

Gasquet maniac
02-23-2011, 10:49 AM
He changed his shirt!!!!:)

Gasquet maniac
02-23-2011, 10:50 AM
What an erratic forehand....

Gasquet maniac
02-23-2011, 11:13 AM
Wake up Richie!!!!!!

Gasquet maniac
02-23-2011, 11:28 AM
Please hold, Richie.....

Gasquet maniac
02-23-2011, 11:32 AM
Finally!!!!!!

ImmzB
02-23-2011, 11:41 AM
Gasquet fought back from 2-5 down in the 2nd set and then won 5 games in a row.
Richard hit some good shots in the match! :)

Happy to be through to the QF where he will either face Simon or Rosol.

Allez Gasquet! :rocker2:

tami
02-23-2011, 11:43 AM
a bit scary, bubka was definitely more aggressive and less erratic than dimitrov in the first round. it was a good exercise in getting richard to regroup mentally after going walkabouts again, irritated by some line calls/foot faults (he's been getting quite a few of those this year :P), and in the end, he did get through. and it was positive to see he knew he needed to step up - mentally and literally (to the baseline) - in order to get himself through.

it wasn't a brilliant match, and i think it will be a bit more time until we will see that in richard what with his coaching and fitness issues lately. but i think at least he is showing he is ready to compete on the court, and he is trying to stay focused enough to tough out a match when he's trailing.

i think the opposition will only get stiffer, and while he may not progress heaps far into this tournament, i think as long as he keeps on showing some fight and determination not to be mopped all over the court by his opponent, all is not lost.

i hope this means mama gasquet is a positive influence in his supporter's corner ;)

Davodus
02-23-2011, 12:15 PM
:yeah: win is a win

ImmzB
02-23-2011, 02:30 PM
Richard will play G.Simon in the QF tommorow.

Schu
02-23-2011, 05:19 PM
a bit scary, bubka was definitely more aggressive and less erratic than dimitrov in the first round. it was a good exercise in getting richard to regroup mentally after going walkabouts again, irritated by some line calls/foot faults (he's been getting quite a few of those this year :P), and in the end, he did get through. and it was positive to see he knew he needed to step up - mentally and literally (to the baseline) - in order to get himself through.

i hope this means mama gasquet is a positive influence in his supporter's corner ;)

Who needs a coach - just have mama Gasquet with him. Actually I think she is a good influence on him. In both matches the potential to loose focus was huge but he lost none the first match and in this match looked like a walkabout was starting when he lost his opening serve in the second set after getting irritated by his second foot fault call but he got right back on track and that was good to see.

But As you say even better to see was how he did step it up - both mentally and physically. They showed the difference in his rally hit point between the first 5 games of the second set (when he was down 4-1) to the last 5 games and it was SIGNIFICANTLY more aggressive in the last.

He was touching his shoulder a bit in the second set and "stretching" it - hope all is O.K. because next match is going to be really tough - no way he could out push Simon so he'll have to be very aggressive and not make errors - something I haven't seen him doing much of lately.

mukado
02-23-2011, 05:52 PM
OK he will be 25th on Monday, but how many weeks and points will he loose now, because his shoulder is injured again by this silly decision to play in Dubai ?

Roger the Dodger
02-23-2011, 07:50 PM
Richard will play G.Simon in the QF tommorow.

He's going to have to come to the net very often. Or else NOT.

ImmzB
02-23-2011, 09:53 PM
OK he will be 25th on Monday, but how many weeks and points will he loose now, because his shoulder is injured again by this silly decision to play in Dubai ?

He said in an interview that he does not have any pain in the shoulder......

ImmzB
02-23-2011, 09:58 PM
Richard is 4th on the centre court, 2nd in the night session on Thursday.

case
02-23-2011, 10:15 PM
Richard is 4th on the centre court, 2nd in the night session on Thursday.

well that is good news. i keep missing the matches.

Blackbriar
02-24-2011, 09:40 AM
:yeah: good luck Ritchie!

Puschkin
02-24-2011, 12:52 PM
He said in an interview that he does not have any pain in the shoulder......
I doubt he would tell the press if he had. I only saw the highlights, but I felt he struggled more with the heat than with the shoulder.

marina36
02-24-2011, 01:18 PM
R. GASQUET/S. Bubka
6-2, 7-5

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Gave you a bit of a challenge in that second set, didn't he?
RICHARD GASQUET: Yeah, he played well in the start of the second set. I got more pressure. He played with a lot of big shots. And, me, I played maybe too slow. I played a bad game at 1-Love for him in the second.
I tried to focus and to stay in the match, and he did maybe a bad game at 5-3. But I finish the match. It's pretty difficult. You never know what could happen in the third set, so it's good to finish the match.

Q. How were you able to turn it around so well from 5-2? He gave you opening, as you say.
RICHARD GASQUET: Yeah, I tried to go to 5-3, and I knew it could be maybe tense, because he had to serve to win the set. It's not easy for him. He did two or three bad choice, and that's why I came back at 5-4.
No, I have maybe more experience than him at the end the second set.

Q. You don't know who your next opponent will be, but it could be an all-French quarterfinal.
RICHARD GASQUET: Yeah.

Q. Talk about the possibility of that.
RICHARD GASQUET: Yeah, I know I think he will win the match today, so it's good to play a quarterfinal against Gilles. He's a good guy. He's a very good player, so for sure it will be really difficult for me to win against him tomorrow. But I will try to do my best.
Yeah, we are not seeded, so we can play everybody. It's better I think to play Gilles, even it's very difficult, than Federer or Djokovic. I could play them in the first round. It's good to be in quarterfinal.

Q. Are you pleased with the way your game is improving now?
RICHARD GASQUET: Yeah, I'm happy because I won two matches. I know physically I have to be better. I stop some weeks with the shoulder. Sometimes I feel a little pain. It's never easy. But it's doing better and better.
Who knows? I'm happy to play more matches in Dubai, yes.

Q. You say your match against Gilles could be difficult. I believe you've got a 4-0 record against him, although Gilles beat you in Sunrise, I believe.
RICHARD GASQUET: Yeah, he won me last I'm in challenger.

Q. You obviously are perhaps...
RICHARD GASQUET: Everybody can win the match. I think he can win me; I can win against him tomorrow. It's a tough match for both. It's very difficult. We were 6 in the world or 7, and we try to come back in the...

Q. You said you were 7th in the world, and now you're 28th. Moving up the rankings now compared to maybe a couple years ago, is it as easy as it was before? Is it much more difficult? What's the challenge?
RICHARD GASQUET: I have more confidence maybe. I won some matches in 2006, 2007, I went up, up. You know, you take confidence every week. So that's what I'm trying to do that again.
In 2009 I stopped; last year I had some injuries. It's very difficult to come back in the top. Maybe at this time last year I was 100 or something. So, you know, to come back, you need time. I'm trying my best to do it.
But it's always difficult to get through in the ranking. In the top 10, it's very hard, yeah.

Q. Even in the top 5, is there any chance with the way the top 5 is now...
RICHARD GASQUET: That top 5 are better? Yeah, for sure they are better. But top 10 -- I am sure I can go top 5. I think, yes, it's very difficult. We can stay some years with the same top 5, yeah.

Q. How would you describe the top 5 now? Is it the best it's been? What's the gap between top 5 and, say, 6, 7, 8? Is it a very big gap?
RICHARD GASQUET: We have four very big player, Murray, Djokovic, Federer, Nadal. Yeah, they are the best in the world, I think. More than three or four years ago they were big on the tour, so, yeah, now maybe it's the best top 5 we had in tennis.

Q. You were saying yesterday that your coaching setup has changed. Is there anything different which perhaps Ricardo or Sebastien - Sebastien will be with you in Indian Wells - but is there anything different they're trying to get you to do compared to Eric Deblicker?
RICHARD GASQUET: No, I'm trying. I'm trying to play more aggressive, to serve better, to feel better. I'm happy to -- I try my best to come back in the best player in the world. I stopped a lot in 2009. I played a big year last year.
Yeah, to come back, it's very hard. I need time. I'm working a lot to do it, but, yeah, I need maybe to play more deep. That's what I am trying to do.

http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=69194


Good luck Richard! ;)

Puschkin
02-24-2011, 01:24 PM
I love you, Rich, but your interviews are hopeless. ;)

marina36
02-24-2011, 01:39 PM
I love you, Rich, but your interviews are hopeless. ;)

"He's a very good player, so for sure it will be really difficult for me to win against him tomorrow. But I will try to do my best."
TYPICAL. :lol:

scmom
02-24-2011, 04:08 PM
yes, his interviews are all kind of the same
but hey - they keep asking him the same questions -over and over
what else can he say ?
if we did the interviews - we might get to the bottom of some of our biggest mysteries :)

looking forward to seeing him play today - I have an off morning - so I am settling in with the Tennis Channel and a cup of coffee
Hope it is a good match

i do think it is kind of endearing how he says "win him " instead of " beat him " , but I see he tried to correct himself with "win against him "
His english is improving !

Gasquet maniac
02-24-2011, 05:14 PM
What a way to be broken!!!:mad:

Gasquet maniac
02-24-2011, 05:38 PM
What a first set....

Schu
02-24-2011, 05:44 PM
Saw about 5 games of the first set - unfortunaltey 2 were games Richie lost - and what passive/chooke/brain cramp game to loose the first set.

Going as I expected - Simon's "patient" (HUMM-pusher game) is requireing Gasquet to be aggressive but whenever he tries to pull the trigger he just misses. Got to go back to work but hope Richard can kick it up and show SImon how tennis is really played.

Puschkin
02-24-2011, 05:54 PM
But now Richard is turning it on 3-1*. Totally different play from him.

Schu
02-24-2011, 05:55 PM
I lied - couldn't go back to work yet - Like the slam dunk backhand overhead and the break of Simon. keep it up Richie, NOW i DO have to get back to work...

Puschkin
02-24-2011, 06:04 PM
totally different set, Richard was more aggressive and Gilles loses patience!

icecastle
02-24-2011, 06:14 PM
He seems to have a lot of supporters in there! I could hear them screaming. :D

silverwhite
02-24-2011, 06:18 PM
What on earth was that from 30-15*? Erratic pushing :help:

Gasquet maniac
02-24-2011, 06:21 PM
Richie must star taking his chances on Simon serve......He was 15-30 up just now......

silverwhite
02-24-2011, 06:25 PM
BH DTL winner. He must be feeling confident :lol:

Puschkin
02-24-2011, 06:26 PM
and a winning lob!

silverwhite
02-24-2011, 06:31 PM
and a winning lob!

Still lost the game. Story of his career :worship:

Gasquet maniac
02-24-2011, 06:31 PM
0-30 up.......

Gasquet maniac
02-24-2011, 06:32 PM
15-30......

Gasquet maniac
02-24-2011, 06:32 PM
15-40....one more, Richou!!!!

Gasquet maniac
02-24-2011, 06:33 PM
Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

silverwhite
02-24-2011, 06:33 PM
That was the best BH DTL I've seen from him in ages :speakles:

Puschkin
02-24-2011, 06:33 PM
and a break up!

icecastle
02-24-2011, 06:33 PM
Richard breaks!!! :D

silverwhite
02-24-2011, 06:34 PM
But I still need to add, WHY did he run around his BH on the first BP to hit a FH DTL instead of hitting a BH DTL? :help:

Gasquet maniac
02-24-2011, 06:37 PM
Aces, Richie.....Fast and no dramas......

Gasquet maniac
02-24-2011, 06:38 PM
40-30....One more :)

Gasquet maniac
02-24-2011, 06:40 PM
YAY!!!!Either break him or serve it out, Richie!!!!!

P/s Sorry guys if I have been posting a lot.....Cannot help myself :)

silverwhite
02-24-2011, 06:41 PM
Time to brace ourselves. Worst part of the match coming up :help:

icecastle
02-24-2011, 06:42 PM
Please dont choke now.. please..

Gasquet maniac
02-24-2011, 06:43 PM
Richie remember just goddamn 4 points....Ok!!

Gasquet maniac
02-24-2011, 06:45 PM
15-30.......

Gasquet maniac
02-24-2011, 06:47 PM
Deuce!!!

Gasquet maniac
02-24-2011, 06:48 PM
Mp!!!!

icecastle
02-24-2011, 06:50 PM
Richie won! :woohoo:

Gasquet maniac
02-24-2011, 06:50 PM
YES!!!!From 15-40 down, he won 4 straight points........He is certainly doing something right!!!!!!!!!!!

Schu
02-24-2011, 06:56 PM
Time to brace ourselves. Worst part of the match coming up :help:

OH, ye of little faith :)

I was one who didn't think he could do it -- :bigclap: SOOOO happy i have to eat my words

And to top it off - the announcer at the end of the match says "Gasquet proves to be the mentally tougher player". SImon looked pissed at the handshake.

But for that HORRIBLE game at end of first set from what I saw he actually played pretty well and actually was "mentally tough". Good job RICHIE!!!!

Now time to gloat on GM for a minute before REALLY gettingto work...

silverwhite
02-24-2011, 06:59 PM
OH, ye of little faith :)

I was one who didn't think he could do it -- :bigclap: SOOOO happy i have to eat my words

And to top it off - the announcer at the end of the match says "Gasquet proves to be the mentally tougher player". SImon looked pissed at the handshake.

But for that HORRIBLE game at end of first set from what I saw he actually played pretty well and actually was "mentally tough". Good job RICHIE!!!!

He did go 15-40 down and would probably have lost the game if not for his serve :tape:

mukado
02-24-2011, 07:00 PM
So happily surprised :clap2:
He should take his mum with him everytime now.

I was so afraid about his shoulder yesterday.:o

ImmzB
02-24-2011, 07:00 PM
Allez Gasquet!! :bounce: :rocker2:

Really glad he came through this match, he was the better player in the 2nd and 3rd, he attacked more in 2nd than the 1st, he kept on changing his tactics in the 1st set which could of paid off but didn't but in the 2nd he looked good, attacked more, went for his shots and that what was needed! :)
He survied 2 BP when serving for it, kept it together, his serve got him out of it!

All the best to him against Federer, it's going to be tough but if he can play well, anything can happen.... :D

Puschkin
02-24-2011, 07:01 PM
I was one who didn't think he could do it -- :bigclap: SOOOO happy i have to eat my words
I was one of the few who thought the could win that, I told you so in pm, matter of French pride.

Richard started to play better in the second set, but the third was by far the best!

He did go 15-40 down and would probably have lost the game if not for his serve :tape:
But the serve is part of the game, isn't it? :p And to come up with good serves at critical moment is usually a sign of the best players.

Schu
02-24-2011, 07:43 PM
He did go 15-40 down and would probably have lost the game if not for his serve :tape:

Many players would loose the game if not for their serve. The point is that he DID come up with the serves to win it - he could just as well have hit 2 DF (as we well know).

And yes perhaps mama Gasquet is the best coach for him :D

ImmzB
02-24-2011, 08:04 PM
http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2011/02/8/Dubai-Thursday-Federer-Marches-On.aspx

“I know I have to play my game, not to try to play too good,” said Gasquet. “When I played him in Bercy last year, I wanted to play very good, to play all the lines, and I made a lot of mistakes. So I just have to try to play my game. For sure he's the favourite for the match.”

silverwhite
02-24-2011, 08:08 PM
I was one of the few who thought the could win that, I told you so in pm, matter of French pride.

But the serve is part of the game, isn't it? :p And to come up with good serves at critical moment is usually a sign of the best players.

It's true that with another Frenchie across the net, there's always reason to hope :tape:

Better players would have served like that right at the beginning of the game and not gotten into such a situation in the first place ;)

Puschkin
02-24-2011, 08:08 PM
http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2011/02/8/Dubai-Thursday-Federer-Marches-On.aspx

That's a strange comment. I have seen his match against Roger in Bercy and he struggled heavily returning Roger's serve on that fast surface. His own service games were not so bad.

silverwhite
02-24-2011, 08:45 PM
That's a strange comment. I have seen his match against Roger in Bercy and he struggled heavily returning Roger's serve on that fast surface. His own service games were not so bad.

You're right. I was at the match :help:

Blackbriar
02-24-2011, 10:57 PM
I like to read these boards after his matches, because of all the tension and mixed feelings. It's like being in the Panic Room of Tennis. Supporting Richard can be an agony when he's losing to utter mugs, so a good win sometimes against a top player is warming.

Cloudygirl
02-24-2011, 10:59 PM
any match highlights?

Schu
02-25-2011, 01:30 AM
A few, very few, highlights at the end of this video but it is missing the best highlight - Richard's backhand slam dunk overhead.

http://www.tennistv.com/page/Video/0,,11444~1735488,00.html

silverwhite
02-25-2011, 02:27 AM
I like to read these boards after his matches, because of all the tension and mixed feelings. It's like being in the Panic Room of Tennis. Supporting Richard can be an agony when he's losing to utter mugs, so a good win sometimes against a top player is warming.

It's a good win but come on, let's not get carried away :lol:

silverwhite
02-25-2011, 12:04 PM
Classless comments from Simon as usual in L'Équipe :rolleyes:

Puschkin
02-25-2011, 12:18 PM
from: http://www.richardgasquet.net/V3/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=1905&start=2280

Je ne pense pas que Richard a fait un bon match. On a fait un très, très mauvais match. Moi plus que lui, c’est tout. Devant sa télé, Guy (Forget) a dû nous insulter et il aurait eu raison de le faire. Ça jouait tout doucement, dans le carré de service, c’était nul. Si “Ritchie” joue comme ça contre Federer en demi-finales, il va prendre une dérouillée

"I don't think that Richard made a good match. We made a very, very bad match. Me more than him, this is all. Forget behind his television, must have insulted us and he is right. It was all soft, in the forecourt. If "Ritchie" plays like that against Federer in the semis, he will be routed."

:haha: the grapes are too sour Gilles, aren't they? It tells it all about the bitterness of this defeat.

silverwhite
02-25-2011, 12:30 PM
Oops! I was late in posting the exact same quote in the other thread :lol:

Simon has always had a big mouth. A few years ago, before their match at the USO, I remember him boasting that it would be a beautiful match because both of them were very talented. This was before Simon made any sort of noise on tour. He ended up getting routed in straight sets :haha:

~*BGT*~
02-25-2011, 03:09 PM
Anyone here? Richard serving first.

Puschkin
02-25-2011, 03:09 PM
well, end with the past, let's enjoy today's match! Allez, Richou!

silverwhite
02-25-2011, 03:16 PM
Getting outclassed already :lol:

~*BGT*~
02-25-2011, 03:16 PM
Broke. Maybe I don't need to follow this match. :o

silverwhite
02-25-2011, 03:22 PM
He's not playing horribly but this is a perfect illustration of why his FH just does not cut it :lol:

silverwhite
02-25-2011, 03:25 PM
Some of his returns :eek: Nothing that Roger can't deal with though

silverwhite
02-25-2011, 03:28 PM
His length has been woeful at times, and that has been the difference in the match

Great tactic by Roger to S&V on second serve, knowing that Richard will be camping behind the baseline :lol:

~*BGT*~
02-25-2011, 03:31 PM
Where are you watching this?

Puschkin
02-25-2011, 03:33 PM
Richard is serving well, though and he hangs in!

silverwhite
02-25-2011, 03:35 PM
Where are you watching this?

www.livescorehunter.com

silverwhite
02-25-2011, 03:38 PM
:help:

silverwhite
02-25-2011, 03:41 PM
2-6

Scoreline is severe, IMO :lol:

Puschkin
02-25-2011, 03:42 PM
tell me who would look good when Roger is serving at 79 %?

silverwhite
02-25-2011, 03:45 PM
tell me who would look good when Roger is serving at 79 %?

Anyone who can hold serve ;)

silverwhite
02-25-2011, 04:10 PM
Gifts from Roger :speakles:

Now watch him get broken :banana:

Puschkin
02-25-2011, 04:10 PM
serve it out, Rich!

silverwhite
02-25-2011, 04:11 PM
DF :spit:

silverwhite
02-25-2011, 04:12 PM
Where was the BH DTL? :help:

silverwhite
02-25-2011, 04:15 PM
:banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

Puschkin
02-25-2011, 04:16 PM
Linecall was unlucky,it was aclean winner and would have been 30 all.

silverwhite
02-25-2011, 04:19 PM
Significant drop in quality from both :o

silverwhite
02-25-2011, 04:19 PM
Linecall was unlucky.

Cannot blame the line call when he DFed on the first point and wrapped up a gift on BP :o

silverwhite
02-25-2011, 04:23 PM
That was disgusting

silverwhite
02-25-2011, 04:27 PM
If we disregard those disgusting last 4 games, I think this is the best tournament he has played in a while. At least this is the first time in a long time I've enjoyed watching him play :)

Puschkin
02-25-2011, 04:27 PM
Well, a first set in which he could not do much, Roger too good. He hung in bravely, served for the set, could not find a first serve and all was gone. I hope his future coach will have watched that, so he knows where to start working.

ImmzB
02-25-2011, 04:29 PM
Not the best peroformance from Richard, he had his chance to serve for the 2nd set but couldn't serve it out! :(
He should of took his chance in the 2nd set because he was serving good and keeping it consistent and then Federer made a few UE in the 8th game.

It's been a good week for him, making the SF coming from injury but it's about winning these kind of matches and reaching the Final.

Next the DC tie v Austria, hopefully 2 wins there would be good for him and take his country to the next round.

ImmzB
02-25-2011, 04:43 PM
Richard could be world number 21 on monday, if the other players near him in the rankings win, he could be at either number 22 or 23.

Schu
02-25-2011, 04:51 PM
Well, a first set in which he could not do much, Roger too good. He hung in bravely, served for the set, could not find a first serve and all was gone. I hope his future coach will have watched that, so he knows where to start working.

More like a first set where he gave Roger high midcourt balls that Roger just crammed down Richard's throat. Once agian the light bulb went off in his head that he can't play that way, he moved out of his comfort zone to a bit more aggressive position and tennis started in the second set. Why does he not realize that if he wants to play with the big boys he can't waste a set with passive, loopy balls hit from 5 miles behind the baseline? Did anyone see the graphic at the beginning of the second set comparing his rally hit point against Fed in 2005 Monte Carlo vs Dubi today? A DRAMATIC difference.

O.K. enough of my usual court position rant. Overall good tournament for him and see a ray of hope for a more aggressive game and stronger mentality. HIs stokes both FH and BH require a lot of time to set up and he is never going to be totally comfortable routinely hitting from inside the baseline but he has quick hands and has shown he can play from a more aggressive position and it is beautiful to see,

On to DC - at least he isn't the one who has to play Meltzer the first day - maybe that's why he fought so hard against Simon.

Had to laugh at Fed when he had the ball kids wiping up the sweat Gasquet left on the court...the guy does sweat a lot.

Jozie
02-25-2011, 05:09 PM
There's more than a glimmer of hope.... :)
I loved the commentator's comment - something to the effect of 'he's returning to Dubai again', I mean the Dubai on the court.:o
Looking forward to the collaboration with Piatti & Grosjean. :yeah:
Allez Richard, good luck for DC!

Blackbriar
02-25-2011, 05:23 PM
Richard made a half-good match. Federer was untouchable in first set, a bit lazy in second. Richard tried his best but he lacks confidence too much to rival the top 3.

Super tournament for Ritchie! First sign of hope of the season! Now Ritchie is nearing top 20, he could even enter next week if he wins both rubbers! And he has so few point to defend afterward, i think top 20 is not a dream anymore, my friends!

Blackbriar
02-25-2011, 05:39 PM
On to DC - at least he isn't the one who has to play Meltzer the first day - maybe that's why he fought so hard against Simon.


i was thinking the same thing exactly, he escapes Melzer and will play a "first round" match friday against Koubek. I think he should make it, and be able to challenge Melzer sunday.

ImmzB
02-25-2011, 06:32 PM
On to DC - at least he isn't the one who has to play Melzer the first day - maybe that's why he fought so hard against Simon.

Yeah, that would help, to start against the number 2 who is outside the top 100. :)

I reckon he will have the weekend off and start practising from Monday or Tuesday.

Allez Gasquet! :)

Roger the Dodger
02-25-2011, 07:24 PM
For some reason, I am not really hurt by Gasquet's loss this time. :shrug:

Blackbriar
02-25-2011, 07:53 PM
For some reason, I am not really hurt by Gasquet's loss this time. :shrug:

:) I think Roger was not too cruel with Richard today, he realized he is not on the same league as him. He just tried to play long rallies in second set to "outplay" Richard on his own game, he likes to do that. He will be playing another tennis tomorrow.

Puschkin
02-25-2011, 10:32 PM
On to DC - at least he isn't the one who has to play Meltzer the first day - maybe that's why he fought so hard against Simon.
Simon would have had to beat Roger to surpass Richard in the ranking.

GasquetFan
02-25-2011, 11:50 PM
Good on him for making the semi-final :) And new #21 wow :D:D

yuri27
02-26-2011, 01:03 AM
Richard made a half-good match. Federer was untouchable in first set, a bit lazy in second. Richard tried his best but he lacks confidence too much to rival the top 3.

Super tournament for Ritchie! First sign of hope of the season! Now Ritchie is nearing top 20, he could even enter next week if he wins both rubbers! And he has so few point to defend afterward, i think top 20 is not a dream anymore, my friends!

He never really rivalled the top 3 even when he was confident anyway.
The truth is that his game requires a lot of improvements(fitness,FH,shot selection) but we NEVER saw any improvement in those three crucial areas since his win against Federer 6 years ago(man,how fast the time goes.....).