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3 Weeks In Asia (Asian Season 2012) - Shanghai

09-17-2012, 01:51 AM
4/09/2012 - Week 39: Bangkok- ATP 250 (Indoor Hard)
01/10/2012 - Week 40: Beijing- ATP 500 (Hard)
08/10/2012 - Week 41: Shanghai- Masters 1000 (Hard)

09-17-2012, 01:54 AM
Richard plays 3 back 2 back tournaments in Asia. Starting next week in Bangkok. Allez Richard! :)

Richard still has a chance to qualify for the World Tour Finals with being at #13 and Rafa also being a doubt for the season end Championship, Richard should go all out!!

09-20-2012, 08:41 PM
Richard playing doubles with Benneteau in Beijing.


09-21-2012, 10:00 AM
Good luck to them! They haven't had a win since the Olympics :o

09-22-2012, 09:08 AM

main draw for thailand open

09-22-2012, 11:30 AM
Tough draw :lol:

Ben D.
09-22-2012, 03:53 PM

main draw for thailand open

thanks. worst possible draw :( he has non chance at all. Richie could lose to Tomic in QF, and wont pass the SF anyway, Raonic is nearly invincible on these kind of surfaces.
quick prediction: Simon or Raonic to win the title. probably Simon who has really a cakewalk to SF. Tipsy has a remote chance.

09-22-2012, 10:29 PM
Ben D looks like Blackbriar. Is it you Blacky ?

Let's win this event !

09-24-2012, 02:07 PM
All the best Richard!!

Race for the World Tour Finals is on! :armed:

5 tournaments left for Richard, he's not playing the week of Stockholm, Moscow and Vienna but if he does well in Asia and he knows he's close to the players in front of him, he may ask for a WC. On the other hand, he may rest that week and go all out in Basel and Paris!! Allez!

09-27-2012, 04:47 PM
I am really proud of him after today`s match :)

09-27-2012, 06:09 PM
I am really proud of him after today`s match :)

So am I. :wavey:

I started watching when he was 5-7 2-4* down and Dimitrov's first serve was at 82% at that point, but he kept fighting and took control of the match, he played well and with good variation. What I liked most was his composure and calm, really good.

09-27-2012, 06:54 PM
Allez! :)

Dimitrov played very well until Richard broke back in the 2nd. Richard kept at it and stayed mentally strong! Good win for him!

Tomic next!

09-28-2012, 09:48 AM
Piatti is sick and don't come in Bangkok. Richard is alone for the first time since ages. He plays tennis only since 5 days as he had a sprain on his ankle like before clay season.

09-28-2012, 02:17 PM
Thanks for posting!

Apparently, travelling alone has its advantages ;). Well done against Tomic, I was on SB only and it looked tight.

09-28-2012, 05:02 PM
Very good match from Richard. He was agrresive and calm. Great match to watch. Nieminen next :)

Ben D.
09-28-2012, 07:05 PM
prove me wrong richie please...

09-29-2012, 10:30 AM
He did it blackbriar. Really happy for us Richie fan ( no fake one like Puschkin of course).

09-29-2012, 10:31 AM
What a choke from Jarkko though :tape:

09-29-2012, 11:10 AM
[1]Novak Djokovic (SRB) v Qualifier
Marinko Matosevic (AUS) v Carlos Berlocq (ARG)
Jurgen Melzer (AUT) v Pablo Andujar (ESP)
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) v [6]Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)

[4]Marin Cilic (CRO) v (wc)Marius Copil (ROU)
Florian Mayer (GER) v Fabio Fognini (ITA)
(wc)Ze Zhang (CHN) v (wc)Di Wu (CHN)
Qualifier v [5]Richard Gasquet (FRA)

First two rounds :spit:

Only dangerous Q is Baker, IMO :unsure:

09-29-2012, 11:12 AM
What a fantastic comeback from Richard. I like his new version. Good luck in the final.
Not a bad draw in Beijing :)

09-29-2012, 02:12 PM
Allez Gasquet!! Great comeback today against Nieminen!! :woohoo: :woohoo:

Now take the title please, Richard!!

09-29-2012, 03:43 PM
Regarding the Beijing Draw,

Good draw but I will talk about that after the Bangkok Final!

09-29-2012, 04:23 PM
Richard is showing a lot of heart in this tournament and came back twice from the brink of elimination. One more to go to get the first title in very long time.

09-29-2012, 04:34 PM
What a choke from Jarkko though :tape:

But it wasn't Richard who choked! Many times in the past Richard would have found a way to loose this in the third despite his opponent - so give Richard some credit. Twice this week Richard dug out of huge holes to win so maybe just maybe Richard is learning how to play a match till the very last point and not give up or choke.

And his forehand and court position is looking good - still needs to be more aggresive on return but moving in the right direction - keep it up Richard (which is another problem-maintaining his momentum).

09-29-2012, 05:15 PM
Of course I give him credit for fighting :yeah:

I heard Jarkko hit 2 DFs and 2 ugly errors when he was serving for the match though :hysteric:

09-29-2012, 05:30 PM
I just came back from my vacation, where I didn't follow tennis at all, to find out that Richard is in final and against a frenchman. What a pleasant surprise.

Allez !! Good luck in the final.

09-30-2012, 09:35 AM
And a great end to a great week, well done, Richard, congratulations for the title. :D

09-30-2012, 09:42 AM
Great week indeed ;)

09-30-2012, 09:43 AM
Alllez Gasquet!!

Twice near from exit but he fought through those matches and when it comes to the final, he steps up his game and delivers!! Great match and a great week for him!! Congrats Richard for the title and thank you for winning and making your fans very happy!!

Sweeeeeeeeeet! :)

09-30-2012, 09:56 AM
Congratulations :)

09-30-2012, 09:57 AM
Yes!! So happy for the title.

He really played a great match as well.

Keep it up.

09-30-2012, 09:58 AM
And he saved the best for last. Smart, aggressive, consistent and confident tennis to win a title. Some good stuff from Richie this week - keep it up and stay healthy.


09-30-2012, 10:13 AM
Great tournament and today he absolutely destroyed Simon. His forehand was a major weapon. :)
Congrats on the title!

09-30-2012, 12:11 PM
For Richard's chances to qualify for the WTF, he did a great job by winning Bangkok whereas Monaco who started the same week as having the same amount of points as Richard, ended the week having the same amount of points because he also won a title this week in Kuala Lumpur. Both players have 2325 points but Richard is #11 and Monaco #12.

Gasquet will play Ebden in the 1st round in Beijing. Should be a Wednesday start for Richard.
Monaco is playing in Tokyo where he faces Dimitrov who gave Gasquet a tough match and Tipsarevic who is at #10 plays Simon in Tokyo.

09-30-2012, 02:46 PM
Great week :bigclap:

10-01-2012, 01:48 AM
and great week of play! Two times he had to come back from a set and a break down. And then he won the event convincingly
So happy for Richard !

10-01-2012, 08:26 AM
First title in over two years, fantastic result ! :)

10-01-2012, 10:28 AM
Richard back playing tomorrow in Beijing where he faces Qualifier, Ebden.

I'm sure he would have asked for a Wednesday start so I'm guessing the organisers didn't agree.

He's on 4th on court 1.

10-01-2012, 02:52 PM
Bad news - he will play on Tuesday
Good news - Cilic is out :)

10-01-2012, 04:05 PM
Richard attended the players party in Beijing today.

10-02-2012, 01:36 PM
Gasquet def. Ebden 6/2 6/4

Solid match from Gasquet, always in control until he was 6/2 *4/3 up in the 2nd where he got broken but broken again in the next game after Ebden was 30-0 up on his service, he had to break on his 4th BP. :)

Through to the 2nd round where he will face Ze Zhang on Thursday. Rest day for Richard tomorrow, today's victory took 81 minutes! :)

10-02-2012, 06:02 PM
Very good that he won in 2 sets. I did not see the match, but the result is optimistic :)

10-04-2012, 09:42 AM
Zhang def. Gasquet 6/4 3/6 6/4

Richard! :sad:

Zhang was good in the 1st set, hitting some great shots, esp from the BH. Gasquet upped his level in the 2nd playing more offensive whereas Zhang's dipped. Gasquet started the 3rd well, by taking a 2-0 lead but got broken in the 4th game where he had a 40-15 game. Richard also lost a 40-0 lead on serve when serving to stay in it where Zhang hit 3 great winners in the last game.

Zhang played well but Richard should of won this match, he had his chances in the 3rd and getting broken when he had game points. Credit to Zhang, playing in front of his home crowd, he really did lift his game.

Few days to rest for Richard and then it's Shanghai! ) The draw takes place on Saturday!

10-04-2012, 10:05 AM
fucking hopeless person. Sick of your endless clownerie.

10-04-2012, 10:17 AM
fucking hopeless person. Sick of your endless clownerie.

:lol: Don't worry, he's going to do something big in Shanghai!

I felt if he was still playing come the weekend, makes the SF, his chances doing well in Shanghai would of decreased a bit, considering he won in Bangkok the week before and he would have had to play on Monday but most likely Tuesday.

But yeah, he should of won this match. Mayer would of been next, defiantly winnable. Winning this match would of put him ahead of Monaco in the rankings. :sad: Chance missed for Richard!

10-04-2012, 11:15 AM

"I had chances to win this match and I made bad mistakes," admitted Gasquet, who led 2-0 in the final set. "He's talented. He plays aggressive and fast, and at the end he played better than me. I didn't play my best match, but it happens and it's because he's talented. He deserves this victory."

10-04-2012, 02:06 PM
Unfortunately I was up Very late working and half watching this match. I pretty much expected this, Richard often plays poorly the week after going far in a tournament (hard to get to top 10 that way...).

We'll see which Richard shows up next week, the aggressive fighter of last week or the passive, moonballer of today but it is almost as if Richard does not want to be top 10. He had a chance to move up if he won a few rounds but instead he looked as if he really did not want to win. He stepped up his game in the second set after a sad first set but then as if to say oh no I might win, reverted back to his passive game and let Zhang walk all over him which he did quite well.

Zhang came in fired up and ready to play in front of his home crowd; Richard came in just wanting to get the match over. Was nice comment from Richard after match, not focusing on how out if it he was that match but rather on Zhang's good play.

And wasn't that Perye, Richard's old coach, now coaching Zhang - that probably messed with Richard's head too.

REst up Richard and come back fired up to play next week!

10-04-2012, 06:12 PM
Missed chance this week to go deep... :(

But, I think he actually played well. For example, better than most of his matches on outdoor hard courts this year. Better than all matches at US Open. He was actually varying his returns, hit forehand deep most of the time and came to net at times. The guy he was playing had hit unreal shots, especially bh down the line. Now, Richard should get back indoors and hopefully remember his form last week. Strangely, I don't feel bad about this loss at all, it's not about the result but the way he is playing. Last couple weeks, there are clear signs that he is working on his forehand a lot and trying to make it more effective shot.


10-04-2012, 09:58 PM
Missed chance this week to go deep... :(

But, I think he actually played well. For example, better than most of his matches on outdoor hard courts this year. Better than all matches at US Open. He was actually varying his returns, hit forehand deep most of the time and came to net at times. The guy he was playing had hit unreal shots, especially bh down the line. Now, Richard should get back indoors and hopefully remember his form last week. Strangely, I don't feel bad about this loss at all, it's not about the result but the way he is playing. Last couple weeks, there are clear signs that he is working on his forehand a lot and trying to make it more effective shot.


I share the same thought. When Zhang won the match, I was upset because Richard had a great chance of making the later rounds and also leading in the 3rd set but I am looking forward to Shanghai. Richard deserves some much needed rest after winning in Bangkok.

Race for London!! :armed:

10-05-2012, 07:10 AM
fucking hopeless person. Sick of your endless clownerie.

If you don`t have anything smart to write, please log out from Richard`s forum and don`t come back.
You are not a fan of Richard as I see.

10-05-2012, 06:25 PM
Big week coming up in Shanghai!! Considering he is in the race for the World Tour Finals. He will be the 11th seed as it stands. Hopefully he get's a good draw and that takes place tomorrow! Allez! :)

10-06-2012, 09:28 AM
Shanghai's draw is out. Richard will face a qualifier then the winner of Hewitt/Stepaneck. He is in the same part than Isner who's not that good in indoors despite his serve. Then a potential QF vs Murray!

The potential R16 of his direct concurrent in the race :
Milos vs Tsonga.
Tipsy vs Almagro.
Monaco vs Cilic.

Come on Richard. :armed:

10-06-2012, 01:41 PM
All the best Richard!! :yeah:


10-07-2012, 02:18 PM
So Richie will meet Brian Baker.

I think those two have never played each other since the final of "Les petits as"...

10-08-2012, 07:10 PM
Gasquet def. Baker 6/2 6/3

Good solid win for Richard!! Plays either Stepanek or Hewitt in R2.

Almagro lost to Haas today, who is in front of Richard in the race for the World Tour Finals.

Allez! :)

10-09-2012, 09:56 PM

this interview is a bit cringe. Also is it the lighting or does he have a bit of a bad tan going on?

10-10-2012, 12:39 PM
Stepanek def. Gasquet 6/4 6/4

Disappointing loss for Gasquet!! Stepanek played well in the 1st set, Radek's level did dip in the 2nd and Gasquet was able to get the break at 3-3 after saving BP and getting out of difficult service games. Gasquet lost the last 3 games of the match, including 2 service games.

This doesn't help his bid to reach London, he stands at #11 in the Race! It would of been great if he could of passed Almagro.

10-10-2012, 12:42 PM
Richard should really consider asking for a Wild Card into Vienna, Stockholm or Moscow.

Come on Richard!! It's important that he plays next week!

10-10-2012, 07:57 PM
I don`t see any good explanation for this two defeats after having great week in Bangkok :(
Maybe he should really play without coach.
I was thinking about booking flight to London, but now...

10-10-2012, 11:12 PM

Richard on his way back already from Shanghai. Does he have to be somewhere like Vienna, Stockholm or Moscow? :scratch: :shrug:

10-11-2012, 11:09 AM

ATP - Shanghai > Gasquet : "Là, je peux plus !"

Battu hier à Shanghai, Richard Gasquet a immédiatement pris l'avion direction la France, afin de se reposer avant les tout derniers tournois de la saison. Le Français se dit effectivement très fatigué dans L'Equipe du jour et réclame un peu de repos.

"J’ai puisé ces dernières semaines et je savais que ce serait difficile d’aller loin dans les tournois. J’ai eu du mal à Bangkok sans entraînement, je me suis remis d’une entorse, l’enchaînement a été dur… Et franchement, rajouter encore un tournoi pour tenter de remonter à la Race (Ndlr, en vue du Masters), là, je peux plus ! C’est trop difficile physiquement. Si je jouais la semaine prochaine, je ne pourrais plus jouer à Bercy. J’ai juste envie de faire deux bons derniers tournois. [...] C’est la première fois que je fais une saison pleine sans m’être blessé. C’est pour ça que je suis un peu fatigué."

It looks certain that Richard won't be asking for a Wild Card next week. He's also recovering from a sprained ankle. He feels if he plays next week, he won't be able to play Paris and he just wants to play 2 good tournaments.

10-12-2012, 08:49 AM
Some thoughts on Richard's loss to Radek:

I think his opponent was just better in all department.. I think especially the return of serve and the movement. Stepanek got so many good shots that Richard hit off his forehand (he is hitting his forehand well for third straight tournament!!!). IN the end, Richard fell apart mentally after getting a break in second set, but first set he played well, it's just Radek was better. It may look like a disappointing result, but on any fast surface, Richard would struggle with player like Stepanek, because he rushes Richard on every shot, moves great, serves good, returns good and volleys at higher level.

I hope he won't get discouraged and will continue playing aggressive with his forehand and if he does, then I am sure we will see Richard in top 8 next year. I have no doubt if he continues to play this way, good things will happen.

As I am writing this, Stepanek just won first set against Murray 6-4 playing just as well if not better as against Richard.

10-12-2012, 04:16 PM
Richard 5 wins away from reaching 300 wins on the ATP tour. Can he achieve this before the season ends?

Hopefully he can! Allez! :)