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Richard's Winter Season / US Trip 2012- Miami

ImmzB
01-30-2012, 07:05 PM
30/01/2012 - Week 5: Montpellier- ATP 250 (Indoor Hard)
06/02/2012 - Week 6:
13/02/2012 - Week 7: Rotterdam- ATP 500 (Indoor Hard)
20/02/2012 - Week 8: Marseille- ATP 250 (Indoor Hard)
27/02/2012 - Week 9: Dubai- ATP 500 (Hard)
05/03/2012 - Week 10: Indian Wells- Masters 1000 (Hard)
12/03/2012 - Week 11: Indian Wells- Masters 1000 (Hard)
19/03/2012 - Week 12: Miami- Masters 1000 (Hard)
26/03/2012 - Week 13: Miami- Masters 1000 (Hard)

Puschkin
02-01-2012, 06:52 AM
Richard on the doubles entry list for Rotterdam with Ljubicic.

Source: http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=196313

I like this combination, I have seen them together in Monte Carlo last year, even if they might have no chance against a really experienced doubles, they look good together.

ImmzB
02-01-2012, 03:08 PM
That red shirt is back. :lol:

Vlad1980
02-01-2012, 03:13 PM
I feel like this match is more in Nikolai's control. Last time they played, Davydenko played one of the worst matches of his life.

Richard needs to play aggressive and attack weakness of Davydenko which is his serve.

Vlad1980
02-01-2012, 03:20 PM
First two games and it is all defense from Richard.

ImmzB
02-01-2012, 03:28 PM
Nice FH winner from Richard!

ImmzB
02-01-2012, 03:40 PM
Davydenko holds after saving a BP.

Gasquet *3-3

Vlad1980
02-01-2012, 03:40 PM
3-3. Terrible stuff from both so far. Richard is playing so far back, Davydenko misses easiest shots by a mile.

ImmzB
02-01-2012, 03:51 PM
Gasquet takes the 1st set 6/3 :)

Richard has won 16/18 points on 1st serve and has hit 6 aces! :yeah:

Vlad1980
02-01-2012, 03:51 PM
Couple nice serves from Richard, couple nice passing shots in this set, but mostly it was terrible play by Davydenko. Richard takes first set 6-3.

Gasquetno.1
02-01-2012, 04:06 PM
In earlier rounds Richard usually relies on the mistakes of the others to win, then when he plays better opponents he gets thrashed. He really needs to improve!

Gasquetno.1
02-01-2012, 04:09 PM
Much better game to break :)

ImmzB
02-01-2012, 04:09 PM
Richard gets the break and leads 3-2 in the 2nd.

ImmzB
02-01-2012, 04:11 PM
Nice to see Richard's father here! :yeah:

Puschkin
02-01-2012, 04:56 PM
Richard gets the break and leads 3-2 in the 2nd.
How can he get a break back, if he was never broken? I only saw the last two games, but according to the stats, Davydenko did not have a single breakpoint.

Schu
02-01-2012, 05:24 PM
How in the world does Richard even hit a single winner from where he stands! I only saw 2 games in the first set and the last two games of the match but could Richard play any more defensively - he's lucky Davy was missing cuz Richard was back to his play from outer space mode and Davydenko could have killed him if his shots were working.

Well a win is a win, even if disappointly defensive (unless those 4 games I saw were atypical of the match, which I doubt). Maybe he'll get more confidence to play a bit more aggressive with another match or two. He actually did play more aggressive at 3-5 when trying to break for the match but when he only does it a game or two during the match it's hard to make it work.

*julie*
02-01-2012, 05:38 PM
In the post match interview he said he's working on being more agressive especially with the return. In that department it was not so convincing seeing how weak was the 2nd serve of Davydenko. Well, at least he's trying to improve it.
And it was his first match indoor. So...
Good luck next round!

silverwhite
02-01-2012, 06:38 PM
:secret: Hopman Cup was indoors

ImmzB
02-02-2012, 10:14 AM
How can he get a break back, if he was never broken? I only saw the last two games, but according to the stats, Davydenko did not have a single breakpoint.

He didn't, Richard broke when it was 2-2......

ImmzB
02-02-2012, 10:15 AM
Allez! :cool:

In the QF where he faces P.Kohlschreiber, Kohlschreiber has been in good form lately so it will be a tough match!! All the best! :yeah:

ImmzB
02-03-2012, 07:00 PM
Gasquet 2-6 3-2* Kohlschreiber

Kohlschreiber has been excellent on serve, hitting 9 aces. Richard needs to try to get into Kohli's service games. Kohli has also been playing good overall.

Richard holds from 0-30 down, important hold!

ImmzB
02-03-2012, 07:06 PM
Richard breaks with a passing FH winner, he hit 3 great FH in that game!!

Gasquet 2-6 *4-2 Kohlschreiber

ImmzB
02-03-2012, 07:11 PM
Richard saves a BP with a great BH DTL. He was 40-15 up but Kohli brought it to Deuce with some good shots.

Gasquet 2-6 5-2* Kohlschreiber

ImmzB
02-03-2012, 07:16 PM
3 miss hits in that game from Richard and he was 0-30 up!! Serve it out Richard!! Allez!!

Gasquet 2-6 *5-3 Kohlschreiber

ImmzB
02-03-2012, 07:19 PM
Richard serves out to 15 and takes the 2nd set!! Allez!! Richard has got into the match more after that 2-2 game where he held from 0-30!! 3rd set to decide it!!

Gasquet 2-6 6-3 0-0* Kohlschreiber

ImmzB
02-03-2012, 07:30 PM
Gasquet 2-6 6-3 0-2* Kohlschreiber

Richard broken early on.

ImmzB
02-03-2012, 07:39 PM
Gasquet 2-6 6-3 *1-4 Kohlschreiber

ImmzB
02-03-2012, 07:45 PM
Gasquet 2-6 6-3 2-4* Kohlschreiber

Gasquet saves a BP!! Kohli is playing very well!!

ImmzB
02-03-2012, 07:48 PM
Gasquet 2-6 6-3 *2-5 Kohlschreiber

Another solid service game from Kohli, holds to 15. Richard to serve to stay in the match!

ImmzB
02-03-2012, 07:51 PM
Gasquet 2-6 6-3 3-5* Kohlschreiber

Here we go, last chance for Richard!! He needs the break!!

ImmzB
02-03-2012, 07:56 PM
Richard looses 2/6 6/3 3/6 :sad:

Kohli played very well and served great/massive hitting 18 ACES!!! :yeah:

*julie*
02-03-2012, 07:57 PM
Obviously... I have tickets for the semis and he loses in the quarters. La poisse...

Vlad1980
02-03-2012, 08:01 PM
For Richard, it is getting more and more difficult to beat somebody decent who is on. His game is just not dynamic enough, not enough variety, not enough control of the points.

nadejda
02-03-2012, 08:02 PM
Richie :sad:

kohli was just too good today

Schu
02-03-2012, 08:07 PM
The better, more aggressive player won. Richard was that player for the second set but unfortunately it takes at least 2 sets to win a match. Kohli played well and served very well but that's no excuse for Richard loosing his serve so many times.

Same story - flashes of brilliant aggressive play that can't be sustained for an entire match. Maybe someday....

ImmzB
02-03-2012, 09:23 PM
Richard knows he has to be aggressive from point 1 and not starting from the 2nd set. I'm expect him to take the game to his opponents and not wait for the other guy to make the errors. Sometimes it will work against the lower ranked players but not against the top players. But like I said Richard knows this therefore I'm expecting him to improve this very soon.

Anyway onto Rotterdam which is 1 of the quickest courts in the ATP calender so Richard will need to play well and not stand 10 feet behind the baseline!!
Also some points to be picked up as he didn't play it last year due to injury so it can relax his points from Dubai which he's defending SF place. Marseille can also help for the same reason as he didn't play it last year.
So I'm hopeful he can move up in the rankings by doing well in those 2 tournaments especially. He's currently at No. 16 in the world, with Soderling injured and Lopez not much points in front of him, I'm hopeful he can reach the No. 14 ranking.

Always onwards and upwards, even after a defeat!! :) :)

Schu
02-03-2012, 10:05 PM
Richard knows he has to be aggressive from point 1 and not starting from the 2nd set. But like I said Richard knows this therefore I'm expecting him to improve this very soon.

Always onwards and upwards, even after a defeat!! :) :)

This has been an issue for years (Eric even talked about needing to do this) so I'm not so sure about the imporvement "very soon" but LOVE your optimistic view.

At this stage of his career it's going to be very hard to fundamentally change. His stroke technique makes it harder for him to play an aggressive baseline game on a consistent basis, especially on a quick court, and it's just not something that seems to be in his nature. He's shown that he can do it but when things get close he reverts to his "comfort zone" maybe because that's what is more natural for him or maybe because in pressure situations it is too hard to execute the aggressive game with his technique (or maybe a bit of both) :shrug:

Anyway as you say onward and upward - I'm just not expecting much until clay/grass which seem to suit him and his game a little better.

ImmzB
02-03-2012, 10:17 PM
This has been an issue for years (Eric even talked about needing to do this) so I'm not so sure about the imporvement "very soon" but LOVE your optimistic view.

At this stage of his career it's going to be very hard to fundamentally change. His stroke technique makes it harder for him to play an aggressive baseline game on a consistent basis, especially on a quick court, and it's just not something that seems to be in his nature. He's shown that he can do it but when things get close he reverts to his "comfort zone" maybe because that's what is more natural for him or maybe because in pressure situations it is too hard to execute the aggressive game with his technique (or maybe a bit of both) :shrug:

Anyway as you say onward and upward - I'm just not expecting much until clay/grass which seem to suit him and his game a little better.

Yeah, actually he might not improve that right away. It's just because he talks about being more aggressive and he's working on that part of the game. I would just like him to move his opponents around with his backhand instead of hitting high top spin backhands.

All the best Richard! :yeah:

Certinfy
02-07-2012, 07:05 PM
Just came here to wish you guys and girls all the best for the rest of the year with your man Gasquet. :) I really hope he can have a good year and to be totally honest I do want him to reach another GS QF so I hope he does achieve that.

Jason

ImmzB
02-07-2012, 07:15 PM
Just came here to wish you guys and girls all the best for the rest of the year with your man Gasquet. :) I really hope he can have a good year and to be totally honest I do want him to reach another GS QF so I hope he does achieve that.

Jason

:wavey: Good to see you here, Mr Jason!

Yes, it would be great if Gasquet can reach another Grand Slam QF. We all knew you were a "little" Gasquet fan. Yes, it would be great if he can play the full season and have a good year overall! :yeah:

Gagsquet
02-11-2012, 11:08 AM
Just came here to wish you guys and girls all the best for the rest of the year with your man Gasquet. :) I really hope he can have a good year and to be totally honest I do want him to reach another GS QF so I hope he does achieve that.

Jason

:worship:

GasquetFan
02-13-2012, 01:24 PM
Lost second set to Cipolla 1-6 :o

ImmzB
02-13-2012, 01:41 PM
Richard has started the 3rd better than the 2nd, he leads 2-1 on serve!

ImmzB
02-13-2012, 01:49 PM
Richard breaks and leads *3/1. Hold now Richard!!

GasquetFan
02-13-2012, 02:06 PM
Wins 3rd set 6-1, good job

GasquetFan
02-13-2012, 02:09 PM
Gasquet def. Cipolla 6-3 1-6 6-1

A win is a win. :shrug: Plays winner of Stakovsky/Bogomolov Jr in the next round. Allez.

ImmzB
02-13-2012, 02:13 PM
Got the win in the end, looking at the stats it doesn't look like it was a good performance from Richard but like I said he got the WIN! :)

Puschkin
02-13-2012, 02:24 PM
Looking into the stats, it seems as if Richard played without a first serve during the first two sets, only 58% points on first serve in the first set and 55 % in the second, however 92% in the third and this made all the difference.

Gagsquet
02-13-2012, 02:58 PM
:rolleyes:

silverwhite
02-13-2012, 04:54 PM
:lol:

Schu
02-13-2012, 05:39 PM
Glad that one wasn't streamed. Well at least he got it together in the 3rd set.

PHM beat Lopez - but why am I even thinging that far ahead.

GasquetFan
02-16-2012, 01:03 PM
Gasquet def Bogomolov Jr 6-3 6-2 :wavey:

Davydenko up next in the quarterfinals.

*julie*
02-16-2012, 01:07 PM
I only saw the second set but it was an entertaining match with great rallies. A much better level of play from Richard than in Montpellier.
I have no idea why Bogomolov didn't shake the umpire's hand at the end though.

Puschkin
02-16-2012, 02:33 PM
I could not watch, so hopefully there will be some highlights somwehere soon.

Edit: Rotterdam, 2round, win against Bogomolov jr.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bU8NjPs8FxY&feature=plcp&context=C3459940UDOEgsToPDskLGuk8zLmdujC5-wwTD0f7x

ImmzB
02-16-2012, 02:48 PM
Good match from Gasquet and hit some great shots! :yeah:

Davydenko next!

"I served well and hit good shots on my backhand," said Gasquet. "I am happy to be in the quarter-finals. I am playing good and I am happy the way I am playing at the start of the season."

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2012/02/7/Rotterdam-Thursday-Berdych-Gasquet-Into-QFs.aspx

Vlad1980
02-17-2012, 08:46 PM
Passive start so far. First two games, he is just putting balls in play with a lot of topspin and Davydenko was missing everything, then next service game, Davydenko was making shots and broke back. Richard is just being there.. giving all initiative to Davydenko to win it or lose it.

Terrible volley and he is broken back.

Vlad1980
02-17-2012, 08:57 PM
Richard leads 3-2. On serve. Decent hold of serve. Very first game, he has been more or less aggressive.

Vlad1980
02-17-2012, 09:02 PM
Davydenko breaks again (himself)

Richard up 4-2

Schu
02-17-2012, 09:03 PM
AS the announcer said - it could have been (probably should have been 4-0 Gasquet) but Richard's failure to take control when Davy was missing, let Davydenko back in and now he's in a fight - with Davydenko starting to push Richard around, Richard getting farther and farther back and running more and more. Although Richard's slice is causing Davy some problems...

Gasquet played a pretty aggressive (for RIchard) game last match but what a difference when his opponent can actually put the pressure on him.

And is Richard going to blow 3 more break point chances this game??? NO - thanks to Davy's error. Come onRichard step up and put some pressure on him!

Puschkin
02-17-2012, 09:11 PM
Too passive for my taste at the moment, serve could be better as well. That would free him.

silverwhite
02-17-2012, 09:20 PM
:facepalm:

Puschkin
02-17-2012, 09:21 PM
no first serve in that game. Youhave to serve better, Rich, then it will be much easier.

Schu
02-17-2012, 09:24 PM
Well Richard is chasing down balls well but counting on Davy to miss the putaway shot is not the way to win.I'm tired just watching him.

And it wouldn't be a Gasquet match without him getting broken at least once when serving for a set.
It is amazing that I continue to watch his matches, somehow hoping for the hopeless - but I'm a lover of hopeless causes.

silverwhite
02-17-2012, 09:29 PM
:haha:

Puschkin
02-17-2012, 09:30 PM
the ace was fine, but S/V on bp for the first time in the match. Ig he lose shis set, it is his own fault, but I m optimistic, he MUST change his game.

Schu
02-17-2012, 09:30 PM
:haha:

It's not funny any more. But guess the onlything you can do is laugh or :facepalm:

Schu
02-17-2012, 09:32 PM
he MUST change his game.

He'll change it when he's down a set and 2 breaks.

silverwhite
02-17-2012, 09:35 PM
It's not funny any more. But guess the onlything you can do is laugh or :facepalm:

So hopeless. I hope you've stopped watching :lol:

Vlad1980
02-17-2012, 09:36 PM
Richard is completely irrelevant in this match. He might as well not be there. When Davydenko playing bad, Richard is up, but when Kolya makes his shots, Richard is just willing to let it happen.

His must realize that this static, passive and predictable game is simply NOT good enough to make any sort of good result ever again.

Puschkin
02-17-2012, 09:45 PM
The first two games in the 2nd set were much better, though. Keep faith!

Gagsquet
02-17-2012, 10:02 PM
:lol: worst top 10 ever.

Puschkin
02-17-2012, 10:02 PM
A much better 2nd set from Richard, but now Davydenko is on fire, two brilliant points to get the break.

Gagsquet
02-17-2012, 10:02 PM
Jokesquet

Vlad1980
02-17-2012, 10:08 PM
I really think one of Richard's biggest problem is his inability to accept that other players can start making great shots. When he sees that, he is pretty much ready to give up. Almost no other decent player EVER showing that.

I have always said that last couple wins over Davydenko were nothing but a fluke and horrible play on Kolya's part. Richard barely played any part in those. This match is showing exactly that.

Gagsquet
02-17-2012, 10:11 PM
name change in coming

Vlad1980
02-17-2012, 10:11 PM
Davydenko so deserved this win.

Puschkin
02-17-2012, 10:14 PM
I really think one of Richard's biggest problem is his inability to accept that other players can start making great shots. When he sees that, he is pretty much ready to give up. Almost no other decent player EVER showing that.

That was not his problem today. He served poorly in the first set, only 49 % first serves in, still he did not make use of Davydenko's weaknesses and was too passive throughout, in the second set he played better, but Davydenko played much better and in the end, Davydenko was even able to remind everyone at the player he once was.

ImmzB
02-17-2012, 11:19 PM
:sad: :sad: I didn't watch the whole match but what I saw of it (5-6 games) was Gasquet being passive with a few attacking shots. He had his chance in the 1st set, being a break up twice and serving for the 1st set!

When Richard was 3-2 up in the 2nd set and had that BP didn't Davydenko go long or wide because it defiantly looked like it so I thought he broke and then when I came back to check, the score was 3-3, 30-30 :confused:

Looking at the comments on the GM thread, Davydenko played excellent tennis and was the better player overall.

Also had the chance to climb to number 13 in the rankings with a win here but that is achievable next week where he plays Marseille. Richard will be seeded number 5 there and won't have a BYE in R1. Anyway onto Marseille, Alllez! :)

ImmzB
02-18-2012, 12:12 PM
Marseille 2012

[1] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. BYE
Nicolas Mahut vs. [WC] Arnaud Clement
Jarkko Nieminen vs. Edouard Roger-Vasselin
Flavio Cipolla vs. [8] Andreas Seppi

[4] Juan Martin Del Potro vs. BYE
Nikolay Davydenko vs. Andreas Beck
Igor Kunitsyn vs. Qualifier
Go Soeda vs. [5] Richard Gasquet

[7] Ivan Ljubicic vs. [WC] Florent Serra
[WC] Paul-Henri Mathieu vs. Karol Beck
Adrian Mannarino vs. Qualifier
BYE vs. [3] Janko Tipsarevic

[6] Alexandr Dolgopolov vs. Lukas Rosol
Qualifier vs. Michael Llodra
Matthias Bachinger vs. Qualifier
BYE vs. [2] Mardy Fish

Not a bad draw for the first 2 rounds but then it could get tough having Del Potro and Davydenko in your quarter. But to reach there he will have to get past Soeda who is 1st up though, all the best! Allez! :)

Puschkin
02-21-2012, 07:05 PM
Quick win against Soeda who played without a first serve, 19 winners versus 13 UEs from Richard, some good ones among them.

ImmzB
02-21-2012, 09:35 PM
Nice start to Marseille. :) Richard was 6/0 3/0 up, I was hoping for the double bagel :p Next is Kunitsyn on Thursday.

ImmzB
02-24-2012, 06:39 PM
Gasquet is in the QF after beating Kunitsyn 6/3 6/2 and faces Del Potro.

ImmzB
02-24-2012, 06:41 PM
Gasquet got broken in the 1st game but got the break straight back and then played some great tennis, he then had BP (3) to serve for the 1st set but didn't take them and had 2 set points in Del Potro's next service game but couldn't convert them. Del Potro broke in the next game and served out the set to take it 7-5.

Gasquet 5-7 1-0*

Gasquet maniac
02-24-2012, 07:02 PM
I dunno what to say about Gasquet anymore......Just going to enjoy his wins and loses.........

ImmzB
02-24-2012, 07:44 PM
Del Potro beats Gasquet 7/5 7/6 (7/5)

Gasquet played a good match but just couldn't convert his chances where he had set points in both sets. Del Potro also served great throughout the match. Getting broken straight after when you had set points, mentally Gasquet switched off.

Also to mention, Gasquet defended really well when Del Potro was on top in the points and Gasquet was more offensive from early on in the match and hit some GREAT winners!! Even though he lost, I'm happy with this performance from Richard! :yeah:

Puschkin
02-24-2012, 07:52 PM
Even though he lost, I'm happy with this performance from Richard! :yeah:

So am I. His best match of the year, if he builds on that, I am not worried.

Those who say, he always played too far behind just did not watch. Del Potro came up with huge serves at crucial moments and this made the difference. I am not all frustrated.

ImmzB
02-24-2012, 08:02 PM
So am I. His best match of the year, if he builds on that, I am not worried.

Those who say, he always played too far behind just did not watch. Del Potro came up with huge serves at crucial moments and this made the difference. I am not all frustrated.

We will find out in Dubai where he plays next if he can continue this form!!

Regarding Dubai, Richard will NOT be seeded unless 1 of the top 8 seeds withdraw therefore this means Djokovic, Federer or Murray are all possible in R1. :o

Allez Richard!!!

tami
02-25-2012, 02:01 PM
draw for dubai:

http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2012/495/mds.pdf

fish and fed's section....then delpo/jo-wi after that
but before all of that....youzhny

if anything, it will be a continued exercise in trying to stay consistently competitive and push for the wins. all the best, ritchie!

ImmzB
02-25-2012, 03:39 PM
Could of been much worse but Youzhny is in form after winning Zagreb but had to withdraw from his R2 match vs Federer in Rotterdam due to a foot injury.

Looking forward to this! Allez! :)

Schu
02-25-2012, 06:12 PM
So am I. His best match of the year, if he builds on that, I am not worried.

Those who say, he always played too far behind just did not watch. Del Potro came up with huge serves at crucial moments and this made the difference. I am not all frustrated.

Unfortunately that is often the case in Richard matches; his opponents find a way to play the critical points well and Richard does not. And that is frustrating to me and hope it is to Richard as well - yes it's me raining on the optimism again...

BUT having said the above - it ONLY applies to the first set where he seemed too defensive and had another one of those horrible service games at a critical time. In the second set I felt he was more appressive, closed off points at the net, court position was actually not bad and he did NOT fold when the going got tough, Del Potro just played the last 2 points better...

IF he plays ALL year like the second set, it could be a very good year. But that is a HUGE (and unlikely) if. Good luck in Dubai, pretty tough draw but you never know what he'll do.

Puschkin
02-28-2012, 12:01 PM
Richard retired after having lost the first set against Youzhny 3-6 in Dubai. There is no information around yet what happened, but following the SB, it looked weird from the beginning. The Russian losing only 1 point on first serve and hitting 8 aces.

ImmzB
02-28-2012, 12:22 PM
Hopefully this isn't too serious, playing some good tennis and this comes up! :facepalm: But we don't know what happened and I'm sure Piatti will tweet something soon to inform us.

Puschkin
02-28-2012, 03:33 PM
Hopefully this isn't too serious, playing some good tennis and this comes up! :facepalm: But we don't know what happened.

French sources are divided: Some speak about Flu/fever and another about ankle problems.

ImmzB
02-28-2012, 07:31 PM
French sources are divided: Some speak about Flu/fever and another about ankle problems.

ATP: Illness/Flu

http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2012/495/mds.pdf

Hopefully he recovers for Indian Wells which starts in 10 days.

Puschkin
03-05-2012, 01:38 PM
He is still alive, foto from 4 March 2012:

http://www.purepeople.com/article/patrick-bruel-soucieux-richard-gasquet-heureux-pour-le-retour-au-sommet-du-psg_a97010/1/m2#scrolldown

ImmzB
03-08-2012, 12:33 AM
Indian Wells

Richard either plays A.Ramos or Levine in the 2nd round. Could play Djokovic in R4.

Richard is also playing doubles, he teams up with Hanley and they take on S.Gonzalez & Kas in R1.

Puschkin
03-08-2012, 06:56 AM
Seems as if this forum developes into a dialogue between the two of us. ;)

Richard is also playing doubles, he teams up with Hanley and they take on S.Gonzalez & Kas in R1.

Thanks for that information. Interesting, I did not expect him to enter the doubles after Ljubicic withdrew, Richard was supposed to play with him.

:topic: The ATP site says that Ljubicic will retire next month, thus Piatti has 100 % of his time for Richard.

silverwhite
03-08-2012, 08:48 AM
Seems as if this forum developes into a dialogue between the two of us. ;)

You want me to post my thoughts? Sure ;)

R4 - Nole. We'll see if he gets there in the first place :haha:

scmom
03-08-2012, 04:28 PM
will be headed out to Indian Wells later today - will keep you all posted on
Richard's matches and what else I see around the grounds

I usually run into him around the grounds .

MightyM
03-08-2012, 06:22 PM
According to the twitterfeeds Richard practised with Federer today (and apparently he won) + he's seen in the ATP video of the annual photo shoot (around 1.40 min) http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2012/03/10/Indian-Wells-ATP-Player-Photo-And-Video-Shoot.aspx

MightyM
03-09-2012, 10:17 AM
Richard also practised with Djokovic (he's seen in the background) http://instagr.am/p/H7okqysRT3/

Gagsquet
03-09-2012, 11:51 AM
This would be painful

MightyM
03-09-2012, 10:06 PM
Richard trained today again with Federer (via Twitter).

Puschkin
03-09-2012, 10:57 PM
Richard trained today again with Federer (via Twitter).
Again? like yesterday? ;);):p
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b199/krist1124/IW12/Thu_0308/kristIW12_0308_P25.jpg
Foto taken by krist from rf.com

MightyM
03-09-2012, 11:05 PM
Nah, that was the day before yesterday (time difference). Yesterday was with Novak.

Puschkin
03-09-2012, 11:20 PM
Nah, that was the day before yesterday (time difference). Yesterday was with Novak.
Not according to the person who took the pic.

MightyM
03-09-2012, 11:38 PM
Ok, maybe I'm wrong, I'm only getting the news from hearsay, twitterfeeds & stuff like that. If so, sorry for the information.

Schu
03-10-2012, 06:25 AM
he's seen in the ATP video of the annual photo shoot (around 1.40 min) http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2012/03/10/Indian-Wells-ATP-Player-Photo-And-Video-Shoot.aspx

Even the photographer at the photo shoot knows Richard's weakness - "a little bit more intensity" :D

Pretty good chance for a quarter final. Although I'd rather he not have a R1 bye; he does better when he can work his way into a tournament. Good luck Richard!

scmom
03-10-2012, 07:48 AM
Richard is first up on court 3 tomorrow and I will be there . Saw him briefly today as we passed in the halls at the hotel
He was returning from the courts and we nearly collided.
Hope he plays well !
Will let you know

silverwhite
03-10-2012, 09:55 AM
Even the photographer at the photo shoot knows Richard's weakness - "a little bit more intensity" :D

Pretty good chance for a quarter final. Although I'd rather he not have a R1 bye; he does better when he can work his way into a tournament. Good luck Richard!

:unsure:

Puschkin
03-10-2012, 10:06 AM
Ok, maybe I'm wrong, I'm only getting the news from hearsay, twitterfeeds & stuff like that. If so, sorry for the information.

For yesterday your information was confirmed, a little bit of Richard among lots of Roger, unfortunately my pc shuts down after opening. Source is the same as the day before, krist from rf.com.

http://s19.photobucket.com/albums/b199/krist1124/IW12/Fri_0309/?start=all

silverwhite
03-10-2012, 08:42 PM
Got broken serving for the match :lol:

silverwhite
03-10-2012, 08:55 PM
6-3 5-7 :help:

He had MP too

Schu
03-10-2012, 09:07 PM
:unsure:

see your point...He's gone from up match point and then serving for match the next game to loose 6 games in a row. O dear Richard...

Make that 7 games in a row.:o

silverwhite
03-10-2012, 09:16 PM
http://www.afterld.com/forum/images/smilies/barfy.gif

silverwhite
03-10-2012, 09:16 PM
see your point...He's gone from up match point to loose 6 games in a row. O dear Richard...

Make that 7 games in a row.:o and not looking like he's ready to fight for this one.

Actually, what I meant was that he was supposed to play Djokovic in R4...

Even I didn't expect this :help:

ImmzB
03-10-2012, 09:23 PM
F*CK this!! Unbelievable!

:mad: :mad: :mad:

silverwhite
03-10-2012, 09:26 PM
F*CK this!! Unbelievable!

:mad: :mad: :mad:

You're rarely so mad :eek:

But this match deserves such a reaction indeed

Schu
03-10-2012, 09:26 PM
Actually, what I meant was that he was supposed to play Djokovic in R4...

Even I didn't expect this :help:

Thought Djoke WAS the quarter final but certainly doesn't matter now.

Wow that was a new level of collapse, even for Richard.

ImmzB
03-10-2012, 09:27 PM
You're rarely so mad :eek:

But this match deserves such a reaction indeed

Yeah, I'm really pissed off. He should of won this in 2.

:mad: :mad:

silverwhite
03-10-2012, 09:29 PM
Allow me to share my thoughts

http://www.afterld.com/forum/images/smilies/barfy.gif http://www.afterld.com/forum/images/smilies/barfy.gif http://www.afterld.com/forum/images/smilies/barfy.gif http://www.afterld.com/forum/images/smilies/barfy.gif http://www.afterld.com/forum/images/smilies/barfy.gif

silverwhite
03-10-2012, 09:29 PM
Yeah, I'm really pissed off. He should of won this in 2.

:mad: :mad:

Let's look on the bright side. This match wasn't as bad as the Phau match :tape:

Schu
03-10-2012, 09:30 PM
F*CK this!! Unbelievable!

:mad: :mad: :mad:

O.K. Richard now you've REALLY done it... Look what you did to Immz!:eek::eek:

Beginning to see the painful reality of Gasquet tennis???

silverwhite
03-10-2012, 09:36 PM
O.K. Richard now you've REALLY done it... Look what you did to Immz!:eek::eek:

Beginning to see the painful reality of Gasquet tennis???

A few more years and he'll become like me :cheerleader:

Schu
03-10-2012, 09:37 PM
I say pack it up Richard and get your game and your head ready for clay courts cuz it's not like he'll do anything in Miami.

Schu
03-10-2012, 09:38 PM
A few more years and he'll become like me :cheerleader:

Just what this place needs...

silverwhite
03-10-2012, 09:39 PM
Just what this place needs...

Laughter is the best medicine :cheerleader:

Puschkin
03-10-2012, 09:43 PM
This was outright frustrating. How can one lose the plot in such a way?

Schu
03-10-2012, 09:44 PM
Laughter is the best medicine :cheerleader:

I do like your :cheerleader: even if we can't use it for the "proper" purpose.

Now I'll watch some real tennis - all might not be lost today, Roddick lost the first set.

ImmzB
03-10-2012, 09:45 PM
Let's look on the bright side. This match wasn't as bad as the Phau match :tape:

Against Phau, twice served for the match and couldn't convert! :lol:

Bright side, he has the doubles and then look forward to Miami!!

O.K. Richard now you've REALLY done it... Look what you did to Immz!:eek::eek:

Beginning to see the painful reality of Gasquet tennis???

:lol: :lol: Only one thing to do when Gasquet produces these kind of results, move on! MIAMI!

silverwhite
03-10-2012, 09:55 PM
Simon 2 games away from a similar fate :lol:

ImmzB
03-10-2012, 09:57 PM
Simon 2 games away from a similar fate :lol:

Was Simon a double break up in the 2nd?

silverwhite
03-10-2012, 09:57 PM
Scoreboard error or challenge, so 2-3 instead of 1-4 :lol:

silverwhite
03-10-2012, 09:58 PM
Was Simon a double break up in the 2nd?

No idea. I think I saw 5-3 :scratch:

ImmzB
03-10-2012, 10:03 PM
No idea. I think I saw 5-3 :scratch:

Oh OK.

silverwhite
03-10-2012, 10:04 PM
Gilles is obviously a much better fighter though :lol:

ImmzB
03-10-2012, 10:07 PM
Maybe but Gasquet is a better player! :p

silverwhite
03-10-2012, 10:11 PM
What's the point if he cannot beat Ramos? :lol:

ImmzB
03-10-2012, 10:21 PM
What about Berlocq, Simon lost to him twice in a row but anyway there both good players! I wonder how Richard is feeling right now?

ImmzB
03-10-2012, 10:34 PM
Hopefully Richard can win a couple matches in the doubles to boost his confidence even after a disappointing victory like today.

Allez!! :)

GasquetFan
03-11-2012, 01:24 AM
Disapointing..... onto the next tournament

ImmzB
03-11-2012, 01:26 AM
Dissapointing..... onto the next tournament

Not yet, he's playing doubles.

5th on court 8 on Sunday.

Gagsquet
03-11-2012, 03:02 AM
We need a new word now because disappointment is way too low for this guy.

scmom
03-11-2012, 07:03 AM
As awful as that must have been via stream , it was worse in person. He just went away. Even the first set that he won, he played way too passively. It was horrifying to watch.

I saw him tonight at dinner , so at least it appears he will play dubs and try to get some match play. I feared he may just get on the next flight out of town and withdraw from dubs. So we shall see.

*julie*
03-11-2012, 09:25 AM
Why Rich? :mad:

silverwhite
03-11-2012, 09:43 AM
As awful as that must have been via stream , it was worse in person. He just went away. Even the first set that he won, he played way too passively. It was horrifying to watch.

I saw him tonight at dinner , so at least it appears he will play dubs and try to get some match play. I feared he may just get on the next flight out of town and withdraw from dubs. So we shall see.

I feel for you :hug:

ImmzB
03-11-2012, 12:06 PM
As awful as that must have been via stream , it was worse in person. He just went away. Even the first set that he won, he played way too passively. It was horrifying to watch.

I saw him tonight at dinner , so at least it appears he will play dubs and try to get some match play. I feared he may just get on the next flight out of town and withdraw from dubs. So we shall see. Will you be watching his doubles match today?

ImmzB
03-12-2012, 12:59 AM
After his defeat yesterday, Gasquet went to watch Mahut play.

Source: Twitter

Now at Monaco-Mahut. Fellow French Gasquet and Benneteau are here watching Mahut. Mahut broken on a bad volley. They leave.

scmom
03-12-2012, 07:19 AM
So doubles today . And I wish Piatti/Seb could convince him to play singles with the aggression he displayed in doubles. The first set , Richard & partner played well but one loose game did them in that first set. At one point,Hanley fell . They stopped play and I feared they would withdraw, but it was just the opposite. After a brief pause in play while he fixed his shoe (or maybe get a bandaid) they came back fired up. They totally dominated the second set. Good serves, passing shots , superb crisp volleys. Where was this play against Ramos? They won handily . Sadly tomorrow is my last day of tennis & he is not on the schedule .

I saw the post that he was at Mahuts match. I was there for The end of the first start of second and did not see him there. Must have been there after I left.

Puschkin
03-12-2012, 12:47 PM
The first set , Richard & partner played well but one loose game did them in that first set. At one point,Hanley fell . They stopped play and I feared they would withdraw, but it was just the opposite. After a brief pause in play while he fixed his shoe (or maybe get a bandaid) they came back fired up. They totally dominated the second set. Good serves, passing shots , superb crisp volleys. Where was this play against Ramos? They won handily . Sadly tomorrow is my last day of tennis & he is not on the schedule.
Thanks for this encouraging news.

scmom
03-12-2012, 03:46 PM
Encouraging indeed. The game that made us fans is still there somewhere. Now if he would just use it
The doubles match had an almost Davis Cup feel. One of the opponents (Santiago) is from Mexico and there was a large flag waving crowd of chanting supporters for him and his partner. It seemed to fire up the whole court , including Richard.

He was also hanging out last night in the lobby bar with Julien and Seb. Many of the French players sit down there and play cards. But he did not stay very long. They really do have a great team spirit and collegial attitude among them

Llodra, who has really behaved like a horse's ass here, was no where to be seen

Puschkin
03-12-2012, 03:52 PM
The doubles match had an almost Davis Cup feel. One of the opponents (Santiago) is from Mexico and there was a large flag waving crowd of chanting supporters for him and his partner. It seemed to fire up the whole court, including Richard.
That is something I noticed a while ago, he does seem to appreciate courts with crowds, even if it might be an athmosphere against him, but empty stands clearly do not motivate him, he simply plays better with people watching. Quite surprising given his otherwise rather shy nature.

scmom
03-14-2012, 12:05 AM
so far, knock on wood, Richard has managed to avoid the horrible stomach illness that is going through the city of Indian Wells like a plague. He was spotted this morning having a healthy breakfast and off to the practice courts with Seb in a bright red Lacoste tee :)
Sadly , for me , one of my travelling companions has the illness , and we had to cut short our day and head home before we could see him play today.( We had changed our plans and bought tix for today based on the OOP to see Rafa , JWT and Richard all in one day - oh well ) Hope she is all right - that he plays like he did in his first doubles match and that he - and everybody else in the event - stays healthy
As sad as I was to go , I am kind of glad to be out the Indian UN wells for now . Just hope I did not bring the mess home with me - I don't have time to be sick , right now
And I cannot find a stream for his doubles match which should be up soon - anyone found one ?

ImmzB
03-14-2012, 04:43 AM
Richard has started his doubles match, he and Hanley lead 5-2* :)

ImmzB
03-14-2012, 06:00 AM
Gasquet & Hanley beat 8th seeds, Marach & Peya 6/3 6/7 (7/9) 11-9

Onto the QF, where they will play Isner & Querrey! :cool:

silverwhite
03-14-2012, 08:10 AM
Doubles specialist :cheerleader:

Puschkin
03-14-2012, 08:18 AM
Richie is not on the entry list for Barcelona, in fact almost all Frenchies seem to be on "boycott", only ERV is in the list.

ImmzB
03-14-2012, 12:58 PM
Richie is not on the entry list for Barcelona, in fact almost all Frenchies seem to be on "boycott", only ERV is in the list.

Surprising, now most likely Gasquet will play either Estoril, Belgrade or Munich.

Bucharest, which is also being played on the same week as Barcelona, the entry list for that hasn't been released yet. Slight chance for Gasquet to be on there? Long shot though.

Puschkin
03-14-2012, 04:09 PM
Surprising, now most likely Gasquet will play either Estoril, Belgrade or Munich.
if he plays this week , it will probably Estoril out of these three, though Munich would make me thinking. :D

Long shot though.
I don't think so.

ImmzB
03-15-2012, 12:51 AM
Gasquet & Hanley take the 1st set 7/6 (7/5) :)

silverwhite
03-15-2012, 01:02 AM
But a break down in the second. Funny how Challenger doubles have streams but IW doubles doesn't :o

ImmzB
03-15-2012, 01:20 AM
Isner and Querrey took the 2nd set 6/1.

3/3 in the MTB.... Come on Richard & Hanley!! :rocker2:

Was 1/3* down.

ImmzB
03-15-2012, 01:24 AM
It's 6/6 now. Come on Richard & Hanley!!

silverwhite
03-15-2012, 01:28 AM
To Miami then :lol:

ImmzB
03-15-2012, 01:28 AM
Isner & Quereey beat Gasquet & Hanley 6/7 6-1 10-6

Would of been great if they reached the SF but it's been a good tournament for them! :) Miami next.

scmom
03-15-2012, 02:36 AM
sorry they lost today - they really did play good doubles
any word if Richard is gonna play dubs in Miami ?
The tv feed just showed Richard involved in a shirts vs skins soccer match on the field outside the practice courts
Most of the french guys and a few others - looks like they were having fun
Richard was on the "skins " team

ImmzB
03-21-2012, 04:05 PM
Miami

Richard plays Stebe or Cipolla in R2. Djokovic possible in R4.

All the best, Richard! :yeah:

scmom
03-24-2012, 01:30 AM
According to the schedule for tomorrow, Richard plays Stebe first up on Court ! tomorrow.
He always seems to be first up in these US hard court tournaments. Wonder if he requests that early time slot ?

ImmzB
03-24-2012, 07:03 PM
Gasquet beats Stebe - 6/3 6/7 (6/8) 6/2

Good win for Richard, considering what happened 2 weeks ago in Indian Wells!! :yeah:

Richard wasn't at 100& in the 3rd set due to a leg problem but he got the job done!!

Ramos or F.Lopez next!!

silverwhite
03-24-2012, 07:17 PM
Ramos, please :tape:

scmom
03-25-2012, 02:06 AM
any word on the injury ? I did not get to see the final set

Puschkin
03-25-2012, 07:42 PM
any word on the injury ?
Richard speaks about the need to recover from cramps and the heat.
http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/Actualites/Federer-et-les-bleus-passent/272595

scmom
03-26-2012, 05:14 AM
thanks for the information , Puschkin
glad it was nothing more than cramps - not that they don't hurt , but it's not like they are an injury , per se
Hydrate , Richard ! it's hot and humid out there !
looks like he is first up again tomorrow against Ramos
Hope he plays more aggressively against Ramos than he did in IW
it would be nice to get a little revenge

ImmzB
03-26-2012, 05:58 PM
Ramos takes the 2nd set 7/5 after Richard won the 1st 6/2.

3rd set to decide it.

silverwhite
03-26-2012, 06:00 PM
He broke back at 4-5* only to get broken again. I can't :lol:

Schu
03-26-2012, 06:22 PM
He broke back at 4-5* only to get broken again. I can't :lol:

Well he is predictable. Good thing I couldn't find a link that worked for that!

Not sure why i'm asking (cuz I realy don't want to see him do what he did in sceond set) but does anyone have a link that works now for court 1?

EDIT - never mind- found one - he's up 4-1, he can't possibly let this one go :tape:

juvvi
03-26-2012, 06:30 PM
Well he is predictable. Good thing I couldn't find a link that worked for that!

Not sure why i'm asking (cuz I realy don't want to see him do what he did in sceond set) but does anyone have a link that works now for court 1?

EDIT - never mind- found one - he's up 4-1, he can't possibly let this one go :tape:

Can you share the link, pls?

juvvi
03-26-2012, 06:34 PM
Well he is predictable. Good thing I couldn't find a link that worked for that!

Not sure why i'm asking (cuz I realy don't want to see him do what he did in sceond set) but does anyone have a link that works now for court 1?

EDIT - never mind- found one - he's up 4-1, he can't possibly let this one go :tape:

I found one too. :)

ImmzB
03-26-2012, 07:00 PM
Allez!! "Sweet Revenge" in Barry Mills words!!

Good to get the victory here after what happened in Indian Wells!!

Puschkin
03-26-2012, 07:01 PM
Good win after what happened in IW. I was confident throughout, even afte the loss of the second set. He looked fresher and calmer than Ramos and it showed in the end.

Jozie
03-26-2012, 07:16 PM
Good to see Richie in the last 16, given his history at this tournament :D

silverwhite
03-26-2012, 07:39 PM
Next up: last match before the claycourt season :cheerleader:

Schu
03-26-2012, 08:19 PM
Good win after what happened in IW. I was confident throughout, even afte the loss of the second set. He looked fresher and calmer than Ramos and it showed in the end.

Wish I had your confidence. He did look fresher and calmer BUT it is never over till it's over with RIchard. His calm and confidence can disappear in a nanosecond. However it didn't today (at least not in the third set, don't know how scoring went in the second and didn't see what happened).

It was great to see him close it out holding serve and hitting a blistering forehand on match point. He looked very glad to win that won - a bit of a revenge and relief that he didn't let another one slip away. Also he didn't look dead tired at the end of that one, he still had a bounce in his step an some zip on his shots; think his fitness is finally not an issue (except against players like Nadal/Djoke). Good job Richie!

And yes Silverwhite, looking forward to clay court season :cheerleader: But after he gives Nole a good match...

ImmzB
03-27-2012, 10:18 PM
Djokovic beats Gasquet 7/5 6/3.

Gasquet played a good 1st set, he lead 3/1 and then at 4/5 down, he held from 0-30 down. At 5/5, Gasquet missed 4 BP which was crucial. Djokovic broke in the next game where Richard did have a game point.

2nd set, Gasquet did fade a bit and Novak stepped up his game. Novak broke for a 3/1 lead. Richard did save 2 MP in the 8th game, making Novak serve it out and which he did to 30.

End of the Hard court season for the time being and now Richard moves onto the Clay court season. Richard has not been included in the Davis Cup tie against the USA. So he starts in Monte Carlo! :)

Puschkin
03-27-2012, 10:38 PM
I was travelling and when I came home, there were only two games left for me to see, but even GM is appreciative of Richard. Who would have thought he'd be capable of challenging Nole after the performance against Stebe?

But no surpise, big court, huge crowds, afternoo nmatch, good opponent - the ideal set up for a good performance, too bad he lost to much force in the two long previous matches, plus the Miami-factor did not help either.

I am sincerely happy that he is spared the DC stress. Go back home Rich, take a short break and then on to Monte Carlo where we'll meet again, I am counting the days already. :)

ImmzB
03-27-2012, 10:41 PM
@FFTennis Are you serious #Gasquet not in the team??????

Ljubicic surprised that Richard isn't in the team. :lol:
I actually wanted Richard to be in the team but that team is good. Maybe Richard will go and watch the tie.

scmom
03-27-2012, 11:03 PM
the first set was some really good tennis by both men , and a very good tactical approach by Gasquet. He kept Nole guessing. Too bad he could not have managed to win that one - but it was not to be . The match might very well have turned out differently
I hope he can take some confidence from this match - he played well
and yes, considering his unpleasant history in Miami , a round of 16 showing is a good one for him there
on to the clay - hope he enjoys his time closer to home.
Kind of glad that none of the Davis cup pressure has been put on him - gives him a chance to rest , work on his game and prepare for the clay

silverwhite
03-27-2012, 11:50 PM
Is Ljubo a fan? :spit:

silverwhite
03-27-2012, 11:51 PM
Anyway, he played well but lost, unsurprisingly. It's been a pattern throughout his career. Just not clutch enough most of the time to capitalise on his opportunities :lol:

ImmzB
03-28-2012, 12:10 AM
Is Ljubo a fan? :spit:

It looks like it or he's just stating the facts. :lol:

Schu
03-28-2012, 12:30 AM
Richard played a very good first set but not surprising that at the critical point of that set the #1 ranked player would up his game just eonough and the #17 ranked would slip just enough to make the outcome never in doubt. Perhaps if Richard played the way he played the first set all the time, he would have been more comfortable and confident and the outcome would have been in doubt.

I'm ready for clay court season :cheerleader: and while I seriously question Tsonga for DC on clay :scratch: I'm really glad Richard doesn't have that to deal with. I think the U.S. team's win over Swiss was a HUGE fluke and France should take it (even with Jo on clay)