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Richy's gonna play DC!

girL_
07-03-2005, 05:19 PM
Seb refused to participate, because he's overtired (both physically&mentally) after Wimbledon. So Richy'll get his place in the french team.
here's what I found in one russian sports site (the source in reliable):
"...so it became clear that French team will perform at Davis Cup consisting of Richard Gasquet (they put him first!), Paul-Henri Mathieu, Arnaud Clement, Michael Llodra."

:cool:

linus
07-03-2005, 05:30 PM
yea, girl, good news, though i like the two teams both, and richard need to play daviscup, i think. it is good to him

i am very interested in the matches by richard and paulo, and now eager to know russians for the match too, whether involves marat?

silverwhite
07-03-2005, 05:40 PM
Marat has withdrawn due to injury.

There are rumours that Richard's shoulder is still hurting, after he pulled out of the Mallorca exhibition, but nothing's confirmed. :sad:

girL_
07-03-2005, 05:43 PM
we can never be sure about Marat:lol: since he can change his mind every second, but to date he's not playing:( it's gonna be tough without him, since Davydenko is also uncertain (he's got an injury...). Andreev&Yuzhny will play for sure. Shamil Tarpishev (the Russian team captain) will announce the squad supposingly on monday.

linus
07-03-2005, 05:52 PM
There are rumours that Richard's shoulder is still hurting, after he pulled out of the Mallorca exhibition, but nothing's confirmed. :sad:

right, gals, we always need to worry about something when our guys off court :( :eek: :confused: ;)

so i am always miss richard so much when no see him playing, cant wait to the 15th july, and now i can just watch his videos and that with his buttock show made me so happy :haha: :haha: he is just a young guy, you know, yea ;)

Suzi
07-03-2005, 06:45 PM
I heard that his shoulder was still hurting as well :tears: but on an article over here said that he be leading the french team so i dunno!!, hes still get over a week to recover so lets hope hes fit and healthy and recover in his own time :hug:

marifline
07-03-2005, 07:34 PM
LONDRES (AFP) - Sébastien Grosjean ne participera pas au quart de finale de la Coupe Davis de tennis contre la Russie, du 15 au 17 juillet à Moscou, en raison de sa fatigue, rapporte le quotidien l'Equipe, samedi.

Quart de finaliste à Wimbledon, battu par l'Américain Andy Roddick, Grosjean dit avoir pris sa décision au soir de sa défaite en cinq sets face à l'Américain, mercredi, et l'a annoncée le lendemain à Guy Forget, capitaine de l'équipe de Coupe Davis.

"J'ai été blessé. J'ai fait beaucoup d'efforts pour revenir. Physiquement et mentalement, je suis fatigué", explique Grosjean dont la dernière apparition en Coupe Davis avait été calamiteuse.

En mars contre la Suède, le Français avait en effet coûté deux points à son équipe, sauvée notamment par les deux victoires de Paul-Henri Mathieu.

Forget, qui s'est dit "surpris et déçu", pourra normalement compter à Moscou sur Mathieu, Arnaud Clément, Mickaël Llodra et surtout Richard Gasquet, le nouveau N.1 français.

press release about DC... too tired to translate it :lol:

tennisgirl19
07-03-2005, 08:16 PM
I heard about Richard's shoulder hurting and that's why he withdrew from Mallorca. However, I also think it could be fatigure and/or pain from the other wisdom tooth being removed. I think its quite smart that he decided not to play Mallorca.

Good Luck Richard in Davis Cup :woohoo:

delsa
07-04-2005, 11:54 AM
Now it's official (from L'Equipe):

Tennis-Coupe Davis : Marat Safin confirmé

Le Russe Marat Safin jouera le quart de finale de coupe Davis face à la France du 15 au 17 juillet prochain à Moscou.

Malgré une blessure au genou gauche, le récent vainqueur de l'Open d'Australie a sa place dans l'équipe. Pour l'accompagner, le capitaine russe Shamil Tarpishchev a nommé le demi-finaliste de Roland-Garros, Nikolaï Davydenko, Mikhaïl Youzhny, héro de la coupe Davis 2002, Igor Andreev et Teimuraz Gabashvili, 207ème joueur mondial.

Côté Français, Guy Forget a sélectionné le numéro un français Richard Gasquet, Paul-Henri Mathieu, Arnaud Clément et Michaël Llodra après le forfait de Sébastien Grosjean pour fatigue.

Les deux équipes ne se sont pas rencontrées depuis que la Russie avait battu la France lors de la finale de 2002.

Looking at the players' selections, it seems it will be very very hard for France to win this tie... :rolleyes: :awww: :help: especially without Grosjean...
They're lead by an unexperienced 19 year old teenager (no DC experience, no five sets match won and only one played, the pressure of being the team number one player on his shoulders for his first selection etc...), without their second best player, an out of form (but always hypermotivated, nobody can take that away from him... ;) ) Clément who recently lost in the first round of a Challenger is selected, it's in Russia, PHM will always be PHM and we all know what it implies (even if he's always at his best in the DC)...etc...etc... :bolt:
But they dealt successfully with other tougher situations before so who knows? But it will sure be very hard for them and they're definitely the underdogs now more than ever...

*julie*
07-04-2005, 12:19 PM
I've just post this article in PHM MB. Terrible news :scared: :scared: :scared:
But we should be positive...
- Richard beat Davydenko on clay in MonteCarlo (ok it was in 2 sets but...)
- Paulo is a great DC player (remember the match in Spain last year where he beat Moya in an incredible match)
- we should also trust Llodra-Clément for the double

Davydenko is playing in Gstaad on clay this week. Davydenko is 1st seed. Let see what he is going to do there.

Suzi
07-04-2005, 01:35 PM
well all we can do is hope for the best!! so lets see, anything can happen ;)

Daniela_CABJ
07-04-2005, 02:20 PM
Looking at the players' selections, it seems it will be very very hard for France to win this tie... :rolleyes: :awww: :help: especially without Grosjean...
They're lead by an unexperienced 19 year old teenager

yes, but the unexperienced 19 year old teenager won against Federer, when he was still 18 ;)
it's gonna be hard, but they have a lot of chances :)

Congratulations for being on the DC team Richard! :D

delsa
07-04-2005, 03:44 PM
And who will be France's fifth player? Does sombody know? :confused:

And Richard's "injury" doesn't seem too serious. He just withdrew from the Mallorca and the Maison Laffite exhibitions tournaments in which he was supposed to participate to rest i think as Deblicker said he would (actually it seemed unlikely that he'd do exhibition tournaments when his coach litteraly said that he was going to "lay down" his racquet for a few days to rest...So it was not even planed that he'd play tennis...). In today's L'Equipe, they say that he was in Nevers Magny-Cours for the Formula One French Grand Prix and that he and Tony Parker who was there too made a few laps on board of a F1 biplace drived by the French Indycar racer Sébastien Bourdais... I guess he saw the race too...;) So he's just resting, breathing a little, having fun before getting back to training tomorrow (remember that Deblicker said they were getting back to training on Tuesday...).
I think he's OK. But the next weeks will be stressful times for him. I hope that they'll be full of (good) emotions too, lot of experiences, fun with his teammates etc... :D

tennisgirl19
07-04-2005, 04:13 PM
Good Luck Richard in Davis Cup!!!

This is going to be a great moment for him and hopefully France can come out the winner :woohoo:

Glad to hear he's having fun on his time off.

Suzi
07-04-2005, 04:20 PM
well as long as we know hes not stuck behind a playstation in his free time :lol: and i luv F1, one more thing we have in common ;)

and i heard the 5th member could be Santoro

delsa
07-05-2005, 11:59 AM
It's been announced that the fifth player will be Gaël Monfils because Santoro is still injured... It's great! So Richard won't be the only young player in the team, they're friends too and moreover Gaël has already had a little DC experience against Sweden... :bounce:

linus
07-05-2005, 01:04 PM
yea? delsa? right, i think gael need to play DC too, you are right, they both go, will not feel lonely, o, i cant wait to see

but kolya has quit his match today, even if he won so easily, and i think his injury is so bad now :sad: and the russians maybe need to adjust their plan, omg :(

Éowyn
07-05-2005, 02:36 PM
ooh gael a scary player!
player who can hit an 88mph ace followed by a 135mph ace the next ball :scared:

tennisgirl19
07-05-2005, 04:36 PM
OoO things are getting interested

Tired Grosjean out of France team


Sebastien Grosjean has dropped out of France's squad to face Russia in the Davis Cup later this month.
The world number 35 has asked captain Guy Forget not to consider him for the quarter-final clash because of fatigue.

Richard Gasquet, Arnaud Clement, Mickael Llodra, Paul-Henri Mathieu and reserve Gael Monfils make up the squad.

Russia will be led by Marat Safin, but there are doubts over Nikolay Davydenko, who pulled out of the Gstaad event this week with a wrist injury.

delsa
07-05-2005, 05:21 PM
ooh gael a scary player!
player who can hit an 88mph ace followed by a 135mph ace the next ball :scared:
Gaël is like that, a bit restless, inconsistent, passionate too... He needs to learn to play with more brain and less heart and less power...I think he will...But he'll never be a finesse player like Gasquet for exemple, it seems looking at him today. You gotta love diversity in tennis styles! ;)

From Richard's official site:

Coupe Davis : Avec Gasquet et Mathieu

Guy Forget, le capitaine de l'équipe de France de Coupe Davis, a dévoilé sa sélection pour affronter la Russie en quarts de finale, du 15 au 17 juillet à Moscou. Richard Gasquet, le jeune N°1 français, a été sélectionné pour la première fois suite à une année pleine de promesses. Il rejoint ainsi Arnaud Clément, Mickaël Llodra et Paul-Henri Mathieu. Fabrice Santoro, pilier du double et partenaire sur le circuit de Llodra, n'a pas été appelé.
«Sa sélection est indiscutable», a commenté Guy Forget en parlant de Gasquet. «Il a explosé d'un coup comme un bouchon de champagne. Aujourd'hui, c'est probablement le ou l'un des deux meilleurs joueurs français en simple» a-t-il ajouté, laissant entendre que le Biterrois allait disputer les simples aux côtés sans doute de Paul-Henri Mathieu (23 ans, 56e mondial), décisif contre la Suède avec deux victoires au premier tour. Arnaud Clément (117e), «loin derrière les autres en simple mais capable de se transcender sur une rencontre comme celle-là» selon Forget, et le spécialiste Mickaël Llodra devraient disputer le double.

A 27 ans, Clément est le doyen de cette «nouvelle équipe jeune et ambitieuse». Gaël Monfils (18 ans, 67e mondial), l'autre grand espoir du tennis tricolore, sera quant à lui remplaçant. «Au même titre que Richard (Gasquet, 19 ans), il représente l'avenir et la jeunesse», a souligné Forget.

Sébastien Grosjean, le récent numéro 2 français, avait décidé de décliner la sélection après le tournoi de Wimbledon où il avait été éliminé en quart de finale par l'Américain Andy Roddick en cinq sets (3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3). Il avait alors évoqué la fatigue. «C'est un coup dur mais même si notre équipe va être un peu moins forte sur le papier, la victoire est toujours possible» ajoute Forget qui évalue à «35%» les chances tricolores. Face à Safin et Davydenko (4e et 7e joueurs mondiaux), «on sait que la barre est placée très haut, mais c'est à nous de nous transcender pour la passer», a-t-il conclu.

Source : L'Equipe.fr

"Translation" :o :rolleyes: :

Davis Cup: With Gasquet and Mathieu

Guy Forget, captain of the French Davis Cup team revealed his selection of players to face Russia in the quarter finals which will take place in Moscow from July 15th to 17th. Richard Gasquet, the young French number one was selected for the first time following a year full of promises. That way he join Arnaud Clément, Mickaël Llodra and Paul-Henri Mathieu. Fabrice Santoro, pilar of the doubles and Llodra's partner on the tour wasn't called.

"His selection is unquestionable", Guy Forget commented speaking of Gasquet. "He made a sudden breakthrough exploding like a champagne cork. (< :lol: at Guy and his figures of speech...) Today he's probably the best or one of the two best French players in single." (< that says a lot about the state of the French team... :tape: :help: ) he added, understanding that the "Bitterois" (< guy from Beziers) was going to play the singles next to Paul-Henri Mathieu (23 years old, ranked 56th ), decisive against Sweden with two victories in the first round tie. Arnaud Clément (ranked 117th), "far behind in the single but able to transcend himself (i'm sure it's not proper english but well... :rolleyes: ) for an encounter like this one" according to Forget, and the doubles specialist Mickaël Llodra should play the doubles.

At 27 years old, Clément is the oldest member of "this new young and ambitious team". As for Gaël Monfils (18 years old, ranked 67th), the other big hope of the "tricolore" tennis, he will be a reserve player. "Like Richard (Gasquet, 19 years old), he represents future and youth." Forget underlined.

Sébastien Grosjean, the recent French number two, decided to decline the selection after Wimbledon where he was eliminated in the quarter finals by the American Andy roddick in five sets (3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3). He put forward his tiredness. "It is a blow for us, but even if our team is a little less strong on paper now, victory is still possible for us." added Forget who estimates the "tricolores"'chances at "35%". Against Safin and Davydenko (ranked 4th and 7th), "we know that the level is put really high but it's up to us to transcend ourselves (again, i know it doesn't mean anything in English... :o ) and reach it." he concluded.

Source: L'Equipe.fr

And the FFT site says Richard and PHM have begun training with Patrice Hageleuer today. ;)

delsa
07-05-2005, 06:58 PM
I should have posted those from the start. It would have been easier... :mad: :fiery: :rolleyes:

Gasquet leads French Davis Cup challenge against Russia
Tuesday July 5, 08:45 PM

PARIS, July 5 (Reuters) - Richard Gasquet will spearhead France in their Davis Cup quarter-final against Russia later this month in Moscow.
The 19-year-old overtook Sebastien Grosjean as the French number one after winning his first ATP title in Nottingham last month before reaching the fourth round of Wimbledon.

"He is undisputable in the team," said captain Guy Forget. "He has all it takes to become a great Davis Cup player."

The world number 17 has been picked alongside Arnaud Clement, doubles specialist Michael Llodra and Paul-Henri Mathieu.

With exhausted Grosjean out of the team after his Wimbledon quarter-final exit against eventual runner-up Andy Roddick, Gael Monfils has been named as a replacement.

The tie to be played indoors on clay on July 15-17 is a repeat of the 2002 final that was won by Russia. France were last champions in 2001.

From Sporting Life:

GASQUET HANDED DAVIS CUP CALL

France Davis Cup captain Guy Forget has called up promising youngster Richard Gasquet for Les Bleus' quarter-final against Russia in Moscow.

The 19-year-old talent joins Arnaud Clement, Michael Llodra and Paul-Henri Mathieu in the team while other French prodigy Gael Monfils will be the reserve for the second consecutive time.

Gasquet, who became French number one ahead of Sebastien Grosjean in June, is expected to play the singles alongside Mathieu, while Clement and Llodra will take care of the doubles.

Grosjean, meanwhile, turned down the opportunity to compete in the competition, choosing instead to concentrate on Wimbledon, where he was beaten in the quarter-finals by Andy Roddick.

The last time both teams met in the Davis Cup was in the final of the 2002 event in Paris' Bercy arena where France lost 3-2.

Weary Grosjean out of France Davis Cup team
Tue Jul 5, 7:24 AM ET

PARIS (AFP) - France must face Marat Safin's Russia in their Davis Cup quarter-final on July 15-17 in Moscow without Sebastien Grosjean.

The Wimbledon quarter-finalist asked captain Guy Forget not to call him up because of fatigue.

New French No 1 Richard Gasquet, 19, who lost to Argentina's David Nalbandian in the Wimbledon quarter-finals after winning Nottingham, leads the team with Arnaud Clement, Mickael Llodra, Paul-Henri Mathieu and, as travelling reserve, Gael Monfils, another 19-year-old.

Fabrice Santoro, Llodra's doubles partner on the ATP circuit, is again overlooked.

Gasquet lost to eventual champion Rafael Nadal of Spain on the Roland Garros clay in May.

"His selection was unquestionable," said Forget.

"Gasquet and Monfils represent the future of French tennis."

Australian Open champion Safin will lead Russia despite a knee injury.

French Open semi-finalist Nikolay Davydenko, 2002 Davis Cup hero Mikhail Youzhny, Igor Andreev and newcomer Teimuraz Gabashvili are also in the tie on clay at Moscow's Olympic arena.

Safin has been troubled by his left knee for the last two months and even considered surgery before deciding to carry on.

A wrist injury forced Davydenko to default from his Wimbledon second round match against Jonas Bjorkman.

The Moscow tie will be the first meeting between the two nations since Russia edged France 3-2 to clinch their first Davis Cup in Paris in 2002 when Youzhny came from two sets down to beat Mathieu in the deciding fifth rubber

tennisgirl19
07-05-2005, 07:36 PM
Thanks Delsa :hug:

You're an awesome translator!

detheo
07-05-2005, 09:26 PM
Yeah, thanks a lot for the articles ! :)
Without Seb and Fabrice, it's a bit weird but it's really good for Richard though. I'm sure he'll blow us away for his first participation (and with the Russian players injured, it'll be easier :lol: ). And Guy Forget is totally right when saying "Gasquet and Monfils represent the future of French tennis". Especially Richard. :devil:

linus
07-06-2005, 03:59 AM
:worship: :worship:

hope to see :) ;) now marat has out russian teams surely, i think france will win now

girL_
07-06-2005, 05:34 AM
damn, this whole DC thing is becoming a true mess... personally, even after these 'hot discussions' and 'breaking news' I'm not sure about the Russian team. In the morning they announce Safin's in, in the evening he's not, the next day Davydenko quits tournament because of an injury, and everything's lifted in the air again. :(

tennisgirl19
07-06-2005, 04:07 PM
This is becoming like a soap opera. Who will be the next to go?

:haha:

delsa
07-06-2005, 08:28 PM
Yeah. All this is puzzling... :scratch: :cuckoo: ...

From the FFT site's DC page:

http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/5247/gasquettraininghardwithpatrice.png http://img245.imageshack.us/img245/6239/sanstitre0mc.png

And the caption: ©FFT/CS
Ce mardi matin, Richard Gasquet a débuté le premier stage de sa carrière en équipe de France de Coupe Davis en tapant la balle avec Paul-Henri Mathieu sous le regard de Patrice Hagelauer.

This Tuesday morning (it was yesterday...) , Richard Gasquet started the first "stage" of his carreer in the French DC team "hiting the ball" with PHM under the look of Patrice Hagelauer...

Richard looks focused and commited (and already tired...:tape: )...
And Guy Forget already has to bear journalists sticking to him like leeches... :rolleyes: Poor him...

Marine
07-06-2005, 08:48 PM
Thanks delsa. I know a certain girl who'll be :drool: to see his boys practising together... ;)

tennisgirl19
07-06-2005, 11:32 PM
The photos come out as X's for me :sad:
I'll check our the site later

Thanks Delsa!

skeiji
07-07-2005, 09:38 AM
From:FFT,
http://www.fft.fr/cd2005/Russie-France/default.asp?ID=687

Gasquet : ''Un rêve qui se réalise''

(07/07) - A 19 ans, le nouveau numéro 1 français va effectuer ses premiers pas en Coupe Davis à l’occasion du quart de finale contre la Russie à Moscou. Des débuts très attendus pour le jeune prodige, métamorphosé depuis le début de l’année, qui croit fermement en les chances de l’équipe de France.


Quelle différence y a-t-il entre le Richard Gasquet de cette année et celui de l’an dernier ?
J’ai un an de plus, tout simplement ! J’ai remis en question tout ce que j’ai pu faire l’an dernier, même si j’avais réalisé une belle saison en 2004, avec une demi-finale et une finale sur le circuit principal (NDLR : demi-finale à Buenos Aires et finale à Metz). Cette année, je me suis beaucoup, beaucoup entraîné. En fait, la varicelle que j’ai contractée en début de saison m’a permis de me poser les bonnes questions et de revenir avec énormément d’envie. Après, tout s’est enchaîné et s’est super bien passé. Mais je ne peux pas mettre le doigt sur un truc précis qui expliquerait mes bons résultats.

Mais quand même, cette varicelle n’est-elle pas arrivée au plus mauvais moment ?
Il est certain que si je n’avais pas attrapé la varicelle, mes bons résultats seraient arrivés plus tôt, car je jouais déjà très bien en décembre dernier. Cette varicelle, ce n’était vraiment pas de chance. Elle m’a coûté trois mois d’absence.

"J'ai pris consience de certaines choses"

Comment expliquez-vous votre éclosion ?
Je savais que j’avais le niveau tennistique, mais j’ai pris conscience de certaines choses…

Lesquelles ?
L’envie de gagner, de se battre, de se donner à fond à tous les entraînements. Je me suis préparé avec beaucoup d’application. Et comme je joue bien au tennis, les deux ingrédients réunis ont fait que les résultats ont suivi. Mon attitude en match a également beaucoup évolué.

Mais y a-t-il eu un déclic précis ?
Non, c’est plus une continuité. Après le match contre Federer à Monte-Carlo (NDLR : en quarts de finale, Gasquet avait battu Federer 6-7 6-2 7-6), j’ai compris pas mal de choses et notamment que je pouvais battre énormément de joueurs. Mais ça n’a pas été vraiment un déclic. Je me remets en question tous les jours.

"J'ai un capital confiance que je n'avais pas"

Quelle différence existe-t-il lorsque vous entrez sur un court aujourd’hui par rapport à la saison dernière ?
Simplement, quel que soit le joueur qui se trouve en face, j’entre sur le court pour gagner. L’année dernière, je pouvais être confronté à des grands joueurs sans penser pouvoir gagner. Aujourd’hui, ce n’est plus le cas. J’ai un capital confiance que je n’avais pas dans le passé.

Que vous apporte Eric Deblicker par rapport aux différents entraîneurs que vous avez connus dans le passé ?
Il m’apporte beaucoup de calme et d’expérience. C’est quelqu’un qui a entraîné de nombreux joueurs et qui les a fait gagner. On parle aussi beaucoup de ce que je dois faire sur le court.

Avez-vous la sensation d’avoir mûri ?
Oui, c’est sûr, j’ai beaucoup appris ces deux dernières années. Et aujourd’hui, je sais ce que je dois faire sur le court, quelle que soit la situation dans laquelle je me trouve. A 19 ans, je commence à avoir pas mal d’expérience, ce qui est très important.

"La relation avec les autres Français est au beau fixe"

Le recul pris par votre père, qui était jusqu’à il y a quelques mois très présent à vos côtés, a-t-il changé quelque chose ?
Non. C’est vrai que mon père ne voyage plus du tout avec moi. C’est une décision que nous avons prise avec Eric, mais c’est venu de manière assez naturelle.

Quelles relations entretenez-vous avec les joueurs français ?
Ce sont tous de bons copains. C’est sympa, car depuis que j’évolue sur le circuit principal, soit un an et demi maintenant, la relation avec les autres Français est au beau fixe. Et je n’ai pas davantage de copains depuis que je gagne !

De quel joueur vous sentez-vous le plus proche ?
Je m’entends bien avec les joueurs de mon club, le Paris Jean-Bouin, comme « Paulo » (Paul-Henri Mathieu) ou Gaël (Monfils).

"Je n'imaginais pas être 17e mondial"

Espériez-vous une sélection en équipe de France après votre début d’année difficile ?
Oui, j’espérais participer à une rencontre de Coupe Davis. Par contre, je n’imaginais pas être 17e joueur mondial.

Est-ce un rêve d’enfant qui se réalise ?
Complètement ! C’est une compétition que l’on a envie de gagner un jour.

A vos yeux, que représente la Coupe Davis exactement ?
Pour moi, la Coupe Davis, c’est 1991 (NDLR : la victoire de la France face aux Etats-Unis à Lyon) et 1996 (NDLR : la victoire de la France face à la Suède à Malmö). C’est l’esprit d’équipe, c’est partager des moments uniques avec les copains, avec le public. Jouer une rencontre de Coupe Davis, c’est fabuleux et j’espère que je la gagnerai un jour.

"Je me doutais de ma sélection"

Quelle relation entretenez-vous avec Guy Forget ?
Ma relation avec Guy est très bonne. On ne se connaît pas très bien, mais suffisamment pour dire que tout se passera bien.

Guy Forget vous avait-il parlé de la Coupe Davis auparavant ?
Non, jamais.

Comment avez-vous appris votre convocation ?
J’ai reçu un coup de fil de Guy en fin de semaine dernière. Mais je n’étais pas très surpris car je me doutais de ma sélection.

"Le souvenir ? La finale 2002"

Appréciez-vous d’avoir quelqu’un sur la chaise lorsque vous jouez ?
Oui, ça ne me dérange pas du tout.

Disputer votre première rencontre en Bleu à l’extérieur vous enlève-t-il de la pression ?
Je suis surtout content d’être dans l’équipe. Jouer à l’extérieur ou à la maison ne change rien pour moi.

Quel est pour vous LE souvenir de Coupe Davis qui vous revient à l’esprit ?
Ce sont surtout les rencontres auxquelles j’ai pu assister, comme la finale à Bercy en 2002 ou la demi-finale cette même année à Roland-Garros. Sinon, j’ai le souvenir d’avoir regardé la finale de 1999. Avant, j’étais trop jeune.

"Toutes les surfaces me conviennent"

La Coupe Davis faisait-elle partie de vos objectifs en début de saison ?
Je ne me suis pas fixé d’objectif en début de saison, mais je suis bien sûr content d’y être.

Le choix de la terre battue doit vous faire plaisir…
Non, pas spécialement car je peux bien jouer sur toutes les surfaces. Je m’en fous complètement car toutes les surfaces me conviennent.

Quelles seront les clefs du succès à Moscou ?
Il faudra tout simplement très bien jouer et avoir une grosse envie. Mais à ce sujet, je n’ai pas de doute.

(Propos recueillis par Eli Weinstein)

http://www.tennis.com.cn/bbs/uploadFiles/2005-07/7_1110770_1.jpg

*julie*
07-07-2005, 09:40 AM
Thanks Skeji. I was about to post this interview ;)

Great interview. I am glad to see he has a good relationship with the others especially with Paulo. It's good for the team if there's a good atmosphere between them.
It seems he is well motivated for his first selection. :)

linus
07-07-2005, 10:44 AM
esp for richard and paulo, i need their wins, Allez! my guys

girL_
07-07-2005, 11:44 AM
:confused: could anyone please translate the article? it makes no sense to me since it's in french :rolleyes:

delsa
07-07-2005, 12:52 PM
The now usual delsa's bad translation... ;)

Gasquet:"A dream come true"

(07/07) At 19, the new French number one will make his first steps in the Davis Cup for the quarter final against Russia in Moscow. Very awaited debuts for the young hope, transformed since the beginning of the year, who believes strongly in France's chances.

What is the difference between this year's Richard Gasquet and the one of last year?
I'm simply one year older, that's all! I questioned everything i had done last year even if i had a correct/not too bad season in 2004 with a final and a semi-final on the main circuit. (SF in Buenos Aires and F in Metz) This year, i trained a lot (more...understood). In fact my illness at the beginning of the year gave me the opportunity to ask myself the good questions about what i had to change and to come back with a lot of will to do well. Then, everything followed and went very well. But i can't put my finger on one thing in particular that could explain the good results...

Still, this chicken-pox stroke you at the worst moment, didn't it?
It's sure that if i haven't had catched this chicken-pox, the good results would have come earlier, i think, because i was finally beginning to play well last december when that happened. Bad luck, really. It costed me three months of abscence.

"I became aware of some things"

How do you explain your breakthrough?
I knew i could have the tennistic level required but i became aware of some things...

Which things?
That i needed to will to win, to fight, to give my best in trainings/practises. For the first time you could say, I prepared myself with a lot of application. And because i managed not too bad in the tennis department, the combination of the two made that the work paid off and the results followed.
I changed my attitude during matches too.

But, was there a precise thing that triggered it?
No. It was more in the continuity (of my work, of what i had decided to change before, in 2004). After my win over Federer, i understood a lot of things, notably that i could beat a lot of players if i give myself the means to do it. But nothing precise triggered it. I put myself in question everyday anyway.

"I have a "capital" of confidence that i hadn't before"

What are the differences between the way you used to enter a court last season and now?
Simply that now, no matter the player in front of me, i always enter the court to win. Last year, i could face great players without thinking i could win. Today, it's not the case any more. I have a "capital" (an amount :confused: ) of confidence i had not in the past.

What does Eric Deblicker bring you comparing to the other coaches you had the opportunity to know in the past?
He brings me a lot of calm and experience. He's someone who coached a lot of players and made them win. We also speak a lot about what i must do on the court.

Do you feel you have grown up?
Yes, of course. I have learned a lot over these last two years. And because of that, today i know what i have to do on the court in whatever situation i can find myself in. At 19, i begin to have a little experience, which is really important/really matters.

"I have a good relationship with the other French players"

Did the fact that your father, who, until a few months, was very present at your side, has left you more alone, change something?
No. It's true that he doesn't travel with me at all anymore. That's a decision we took together with Eric. But it just came pretty naturally.

What kind of relationship do you keep with the other French players?
They're all good friends of mine. It's nice that since the time i began to play on the main circuit, for a year and a half now, our relationship is good. And i don't have more friends since i began to win more!
(Good! It means your friends are true friends and nobody's telling you bullshit attracted by your new little success... ;) )

Which player do you feel closer to?
I get on well with the players of my club, the PJB (Paris Jean Bouin), like "Paulo" (Paul-Henri Mathieu) and Gaël (Monfils).

"I would never have imagined being 17th in the ranking"

Did you hope for a selection in the Davis Cup team although you had a very difficult beginning of the year?
Yes i hoped to participate in a Davis Cup tie. But i would never have imagined doing it as a 17th ranked player.

Is it the fulfillment of a childhood dream for you?
Absolutely! It's a competition you want to win one day.

What does the Davis Cup really represents for you?
For me, the Davis Cup it's the memories of 1991 (victory of the French team over the USA's team in Lyon) and 1996 (victory of the French team over the Swedish team in Malmö). (He forgot the 2001 victory of his team! :p Shame on him! ;) ) It's the team spirit, the sharing of unique moments with good friends, with the crowd. Playing a Davis Cup tie is fabulous and i really hope i'll win it one day.
(Gosh! This adjective again! Will he learn to say something else? :lol: With him,everything is always "fabulous"... )

"I was kind of expecting to be selected"

What kind of relationship do you have with Guy Forget?
A very good one. We don't know each other very well but enough to say everything will go really fine between us.

Did Guy Forget talk to you about the Davis Cup before?
No, never.

How did you learn about your selection?
Guy phoned me at the end of last week. But i wasn't very surprised because i was kind of expecting to be selected.

"A memory? The 2002 final."

Do you appreciate having someone on the chair when you play? (in short, the coaching that is allowed in the DC... :rolleyes: Why do they always make things complicated?...)
Yes. It doesn't bother me at all. / I don't mind at all.

Does it relieve you of some pressure that your first tie "in blue"/as a "Bleu" takes place in Russia and not at home?
I'm especially happy to be in the team. To play abroad or at home doesn't change anything for me in terms of pressure.

What is for you, THE Davis Cup memory that comes first to your mind?
It will especially be the encounters that i could attend, like the 2002 final in Bercy or the semi-final the same year in Roland-Garros. I also remember watching the 1999 final. Before, i was too young. (He forgot the 2001 final again! :p ...)

"Every surface suits me"

Was the Davis Cup a part of your objectives/goals at the beginning of the season?
I had no precise goal at the beginning of the season, so no. But i'm happy to play it now.

The choice of the clay to play this tie must please you...
No, not particularly because i think i can play well on every surface. I don't give a damn because every surface suits me. (Wow! He seems to be really pissed off that even them assume that he's a "clay-court specialist"... :rolleyes: :mad: He's getting rebellious! ;) )

What are the keys for a success in Moscow?
We will simply have to play very well and to really have a huge will to win. But i have no doubt in that department. (...that we'll have a huge will to win...if you think it wasn't clear... ;) )

Suzi
07-07-2005, 01:17 PM
Thanks for the translation (loving ur inputs in it as well :lol: )

tennisgirl19
07-07-2005, 06:27 PM
Delsa you are amazing. :hug:
Words can't describe how thankful I am for you for this amazing translation!!!

girL_
07-08-2005, 05:18 AM
thanks a lot, delsa! :kiss: :hug:
what would I do without you?:shrug:

linus
07-08-2005, 09:38 AM
too great :kiss: :worship:

delsa
07-08-2005, 09:38 AM
You're welcome, every one! ;) One question: is it understandable for the English-speakers? :unsure:

Suzi
07-08-2005, 10:17 AM
yup

delsa
07-08-2005, 11:20 AM
yup
Ok. Thank you! ;)

tennisgirl19
07-08-2005, 07:00 PM
Completely understandable. :yeah:

girL_
07-14-2005, 06:47 AM
A piece of article about Davis Cup preparations from Russian newspaper:

"...Both teams train at the Olympic Stadium twice a day.
Yesterday at 9 o'clock the guestst began their training. At half past ten arrived our guys [Russians ;)].
Mikhail Yuzhny is warming up right on the grey carpet floor of the hall between the courts. Mikhail's jogging around when suddenly forelocky [haha!:haha: the adjective's so cute and funny!] Richard Gasquet, a 19-year-old leader of the French team, appears right in front of him. The rackets are beneath his armpit. He has trained already. Looks amused.
-Privet, Mikhail!/Hello, Mikhail!/ Kak dela? /how're you?/ - wonders Richard in our player's mother language. And bursts out laughing. {awwwww sweet!!!!}
To tell the truth, that was a real surprise. Even in English, the official ATP-tour language, Gasquet is unable to tie together a couple of phrases [an idiomatic expression in Russian, means he hardly builds up sentences] [hmmmm... my objections! It's an exaggeration. Richy's made big progress in English ;)] And here - he speaks Russian. Yuzhny is so shocked that he can't find what to reply"
{lol! amazing Richy! never stop surprising - seems to be his life credo!}

The article also says that Gabashvili (the Russian team newbie) wants to play against Gasquet.

"-I want to prove that I can beat him. We met many times in childhod, but I always lost, though in a tough fight.
-In what ways is he stronger than you?
-He's a very sensible player. He moves around the court quickly. He's strong on all surfaces.
-And you?
-I'm a universal player."

Richard was also asked how it feels to be the youngest in the team and it's leader at the same time.
"Actually I'm not a leader. It's just a formality. Our team is equal and united"

Awww I can't put the silly smile off my face since I read the bit about Richy's forelocks and Russian :haha:
That's the sweetest part of the article, imo!
Russian newspapers have always loved French sportsmen;) I wish I could get to those trainings...

btw do you think we can get any pics from pre-Davis Cup press conferences and trainings? the ones we have are too few! :D

girL_
07-14-2005, 06:50 AM
yay!!! I love our newspapers these days ;)
an interview with Richy! they say he's the most dangerous opponent for Russians of all French team:yeah:
I'll try to translate the interview later, here's the pic from press conference!
http://sport-express.ru/im/1881_500.jpg

also a link to that article for those who speak russian: http://www.sport-express.ru/art.shtml?106415

girL_
07-14-2005, 07:20 AM
Richy said he liked Moscow and the stadium and is looking forward to the matches. :banana: He's sure they're going to be very interesting, and probably the decisive match will be the 5th again, like 3 years ago.

lizabeth..*
07-14-2005, 08:31 AM
Ohh, thats very cute! I want more pics dammit!

delsa
07-14-2005, 10:08 AM
Thank you very much GirL! ;) I wish i could read Russian now...

*julie*
07-14-2005, 10:30 AM
Thanks for the reports girL ;) I like the little anecdote about Richie speaking russian. That must be very funny with his strong accent :lol:

Richy said he liked Moscow and the stadium and is looking forward to the matches. :banana: He's sure they're going to be very interesting, and probably the decisive match will be the 5th again, like 3 years ago.

OMG! I have the feeling that I will be nervous the entire week-end! :scared:

skeiji
07-14-2005, 10:55 AM
a video from www.rtr-sport.ru

http://www.rtr-sport.ru/video.html?vid=21894

http://www.tennis.com.cn/bbs/uploadFiles/2005-07/14_1145231_1.jpg

http://www.tennis.com.cn/bbs/uploadFiles/2005-07/14_1145231_2.jpg

:hearts:

delsa
07-14-2005, 10:55 AM
OMG! I have the feeling that I will be nervous the entire week-end! :scared:
Yeah! We're all gonna end up with a weak heart following these kind of matches... It's not good for the nervous health...;)
So now Richard's going to outbreak the hostilities against Andreev! :scared: Hope he won't be too nervous... :tape:
From the FFT site:
LA PHRASE
"Un peu d'appréhension"
De Richard Gasquet qui répondait à un journaliste russe lui demandant s'il ne ressentait pas trop de pression pour ses débuts en Coupe Davis.

("A little bit of apprehension" from Gasquet answering a russian journalist who asked him if he didn't feel too much pressure for his DC debut)

*julie*
07-14-2005, 10:59 AM
The video doesn't work for me! :(

skeiji
07-14-2005, 11:25 AM
Gasquet set for Davis Cup debut

www.daviscup.com/news/newsarticle.asp?id=13290

Ten years after appearing on the cover of France's leading tennis magazine as the nine-year-old hope of French tennis, 19-year-old Richard Gasquet is finally set to make his Davis Cup debut. Gasquet opens against Russia's Igor Andreev in a Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinal for which the draw reads:

Igor Andreev (RUS) v Richard Gasquet (FRA)
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) v Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)
Igor Andreev/Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) v Arnaud Clement/Michael Llodra (FRA)
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) v Richard Gasquet (FRA)
Igor Andreev (RUS) v Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)

For many, Gasquet's first appearance in tennis's premier team competition was an inevitability, but Gasquet has come through a rough couple of years since announcing his presence as a 16-year-old at the 2002 Monte Carlo Masters, where he thrilled local fans with a three-sets win over Franco Squillari, then ranked 51.

This year he has been one of only three players to have beaten Roger Federer, that also coming at Monte Carlo, where his win from match point down announced that he had put behind him a troublesome period which saw a series of injuries, two changes of coach, chicken pox, and a few classic teenage problems of graduating from childhood to adulthood.

With Andreev's name first out of the pot at Thursday's draw in Moscow's Olympic Stadium, Gasquet is well set to give France a winning start, if he can justify his ranking of 17, compared to Andreev's of 46. Their one previous match, won by Andreev on the grass of London's Queen's Club last year, is of little consequence given the strides Gasquet has made this year.

The only surprise in the draw was that Andreev was nominated in place of the higher-ranked Mikhail Youzhny (27th), but the feeling among the several dozen journalists attending the tie in Moscow is that Russia's captain Shamil Tarpischev may well be holding Youzhny back for a possible fifth rubber against Paul-Henri Mathieu, the man he beat from two sets down to give Russia its first and so far only Davis Cup title in a dramatic final in Paris three years ago.

But for that to happen, Nikolay Davydenko will have to play both his singles, and his presence on the opening day is something of a gamble by Tarpischev. Davydenko may be the world No 7, and his Champions Race position of 5th testifies to the fact that 2005 is the best year of his career. But the French Open semifinalist has retired from his last two matches - in Wimbledon and Gstaad - with an inflammation to his right wrist. "I may have some pain," he said after the draw, "but I'm sure I can get through one match. Then we'll see."

Davydenko, playing his first Davis Cup tie as Russian No. 1 due to the absence through injury of Marat Safin, tests his wrist in the second of the opening day's singles against Paul-Henri Mathieu, the Frenchman who despite being ranked just 57th has won his last three Davis Cup matches , defeating Carlos Moya, Joachim Johansson and Thomas Johansson.

If Davydenko can't play on Sunday, then Youzhny will be needed against Gasquet, unless Tarpischev brings in the Davis Cup rookie Teimuraz Gabashvili, a 20-year-old with a ranking of 211.

France's captain Guy Forget continues to say Russia is a slight favourite, though it's hard to believe him looking at the draw. Forget has the one clear advantage in the presence of the experienced Clément and Llodra in the doubles, as Youzhny and Andreev have never played together. But Forget believes Davydenko and Andreev - a regular pairing on the tour - will face the French on Saturday, assuming Davydenko's wrist comes through Friday's test.

It could be that the destination of this quarterfinal rests with how a few tendons in Davydenko's right arm behave over the next three days.

*julie*
07-14-2005, 12:23 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v610/lili979/01.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v610/lili979/02.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v610/lili979/03.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v610/lili979/04.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v610/lili979/05.jpg

delsa
07-14-2005, 12:26 PM
Thank you Skeiji! :hug: Here's the new audio interview of Richard to go with the article you posted ;)
http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/audio/mp3/DC_4175_mp3.MP3
And thank you for the pics Julie! :hug: At last some pics!

girL_
07-14-2005, 12:43 PM
:Dyou're welcome, everyone :wavey:


ohhh... the draw's really tough...
thanx for the video, skeiji!!!

ohhh I'm soo busy these days.... sorry I won't be able to post the translation of the whole interview...
just the major points.
the name of the article reads "The victory over Federer opened the doors into tennis elite for me".
the beginning of the article is dedicated to the great difference between Richard 11 months ago and now. the authour is speaking about "two different players". briefly he analyzes his way to the top of ATP rating. (including victory over Federer in MC quarterfinals)
Guy Forget is having big hopes connected with Richard's perfomance. Richard is especially dangerous because of his unpredictable manner of play. English newspaper Observer compares Richard with Mozart: "Gasquet is a master of improvisation, he easily moves from one playing theme to another, changing the tactics depending on the opponent, weather, surface or even his mood".

Though Gasquet says he feels comfortable on any surface, clay is the best for him. There he combines traditional elegance of french tennis with power and pressure typical for tennis schools of different countries. His one-hand backhand is gradually starting to remind the threatening backhand of Pete Sampras. In his ability of moving around the court and "gliding" on the clay he can compete with the best representatives of spanish-argentenian tennis.

Then, the interview itself.
Grosjean said earlier to that correspondent that he doesn't feel anything like revengeous feelings (for the DC Final in 2002) before that match. Richard agrees with that and supposes that maybe only Paulo has such feelings.
Richy watched that final and says he was very disappointed, but the life "wasn't over for him". His team had wonderful chances to win and wasted them.
He doesn't feel himself as a leader of the team since it's his debut under the French flag in Davis Cup.
[a nice moment] Richy says that in their team there's a musketeers' motto: "the one for all and all for the one". This unity helps their team to be successful in team tournaments like DC.
the next question is about Safin's absence. Richy says it's a big loss for Russian team, and he won't be original to say that the French have much more chances against Russians without Safin. The matches will obviously be very tense and 5th match might become the decisive one again. Any detail can affect the outcome: the quality of the surface, the players' physical condition, the support of the crowd...
When Richy hears that there will be about 12 thousand Rusian fans, he says that's a serious support for Russians, but he hopes to amaze the spectators with his game and then some of them might appaud to him as well [:D ahh Richy! you (shy?:angel: not more! :lol: ) self-confident sweetie! :aplot:]

the final question: "Only 3 men in the world were able to beat Roger Federer earlier this year: Safin, Nadal and you. What did that victory give you?

-I've answered this question so many times that there are no emotions left (smiling).
This victory opened to me the doors to the highest tennis community. Before that match I played a few weeks on a very good level, won two challengers in Italy. However only after the match against the swiss I finally believed in my power. Now I know that I can overcome anyone."

lizabeth..*
07-14-2005, 12:51 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v610/lili979/01.jpg

*thud*

What I would give to be in the middle of that stare.....

PICTURES! JOY!

girL_
07-14-2005, 01:08 PM
*thud*

What I would give to be in the middle of that stare.....

PICTURES! JOY!

oh yes.. you read my thoughts.... *dreams* *drools* *faints*

skeiji
07-14-2005, 02:47 PM
i cant see the pics,they're red Xs for me :bigcry::bigcry:
why:confused:

delsa
07-14-2005, 03:14 PM
i cant see the pics,they're red Xs for me :bigcry::bigcry:
why:confused:
Don't know why but if you want to see them, just go to the photos section of the fft DC site... ;)

skeiji
07-14-2005, 03:39 PM
Don't know why but if you want to see them, just go to the photos section of the fft DC site... ;)
thanks delsa :hug:

Daniela_CABJ
07-14-2005, 07:42 PM
thanks for the info!

tennisgirl19
07-14-2005, 09:07 PM
Thanks for everything :hug:

There is just so much information to process and read. I can't wait for tomorrow!!

Allez France :bounce:

Suzi
07-15-2005, 09:35 AM
Thanks for all the info!

Allez Richard and the French team!

skeiji
07-15-2005, 09:49 AM
richard 1-0 igor

Aleksa's Laydee
07-15-2005, 09:54 AM
Richie :banana:

Aleksa's Laydee
07-15-2005, 09:54 AM
apparently...'the russian is rattled' :lol:

girL_
07-15-2005, 10:01 AM
:banghead: arghhhhhhhhh I'm close to killing myself :tears:
I still don't know who to cheer for!!!!!!!!! I'm sorry Igor lost 1st set, but I'm incredibly happy for Richy, he managed to overcome his nervousity.....

*I still haven't!!! :hysteric:

girL_
07-15-2005, 10:04 AM
:hysteric: aaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwww Igor don't lose 2nd game on your serve pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Suzi
07-15-2005, 10:05 AM
Im like that girL my 2 fave players are playing each other :tears: but im rooting kinda for richie coz its his first DC and that!

Aleksa's Laydee
07-15-2005, 10:12 AM
i like them both too...richie for me though

Suzi
07-15-2005, 10:35 AM
well 2-0 now :yeah:

Aleksa's Laydee
07-15-2005, 11:04 AM
he got injured :sad:

LilyRoseAva
07-15-2005, 11:31 AM
yesss richard wins 6/4 6/3 7/6 !!

NINA_BCN
07-15-2005, 11:34 AM
Poor girls!!!! :p Well done Richard!!! :yeah:

*julie*
07-15-2005, 11:35 AM
Great win Richie!!! :banana:
It's great that he won the 3rd cos he seemed very tired at the end. :worship:
I hope Paulo will do the same ;)

Suzi
07-15-2005, 12:19 PM
:woohoo: great win and his first of many in the Davis Cup! http://www.clicksmilies.com/s0105/grinser/grinning-smiley-043.gif

deflori
07-15-2005, 02:20 PM
Congratz Richy!!!!!!!!
Great Win:)

Aleksa's Laydee
07-15-2005, 02:50 PM
:D:D:D Well Done Richard :D:D:D

tennisgirl19
07-15-2005, 03:10 PM
:woohoo: Richard
Great win. I had a dream last night that it went to 4 sets with Richard winning. Glad I was wrong.

I hope his wrist is okay. Its level at 1 all now so Richard is going to play on Sunday against Davydenko. Come on Richard!

:bounce: Allez France

whosnext
07-15-2005, 05:10 PM
Go Richard!

delsa
07-15-2005, 05:30 PM
WD Richard! :worship: It was almost a perfect match for your debut! His wrist and his tigh are ok. He said he had "stress cramps" because he wanted to win so badly so he was very nervous... ;)

girL_
07-15-2005, 07:01 PM
in fact I was rooting for Richy as a player and Andreev as a compatriot ;)
I'm happy Richard won, but sorry he got that painful "stress cramps"... seems that they started bothering him from the beginning of 3rd set, the commentator here said he was moving on "straight legs", and at first he thought that was a kind of showing off. (like, he began to underestimate igor, thinking he could easily beat him). But then it turned out Richy was overcoming pain and that's why he couldn't move around the court properly...
anyway, congratulations, the young and powerful Richy ;) ! :D great debut under French flags! welcome to the musketeer team! (lol the commentator also never stopped admiring Richy's game during 1st set and claimed his movements were reminding him more of musketeer's than of tennis player's :lol: )

tennisgirl19
07-15-2005, 11:18 PM
Thanks girl_ for the little match report.
I need things like this because all I end up doing is reading about the match.

:hug:

RogiFan88
07-16-2005, 02:26 AM
Bon debut, Richard!

ALLEZ!!!

Daniela_CABJ
07-16-2005, 05:44 AM
:yeah: Great Debut Richard
Congratulations :worship:

tennisgirl19
07-16-2005, 04:48 PM
Richard can win the tie for France tomorrow. :eek:
I'm going to be so nervous for him.

Allez Richard :worship:

girL_
07-16-2005, 06:08 PM
omg :scared: that's getting too tough.......... igor and misha played crappy today....... oh the team is really lacking Marat... I think even Tursunov would've better on clay than andreev :(

Suzi
07-16-2005, 06:41 PM
under pressure dun de de dun dun as Queen would say :lol: well davydenko is a tricky one dunno if hes gonna play good or play bad a tricky one there! well Allez Richard and the whole team tommorow! :yeah:

Aleksa's Laydee
07-16-2005, 08:30 PM
Richard can win the tie for France tomorrow. :eek:
I'm going to be so nervous for him.

Allez Richard :worship:

:awww: What a debut if he does :D :worship:

tennisgirl19
07-16-2005, 08:58 PM
Suzi, you have that song stuck in my head now. ;)


Pressure pushing down on me
Pressing down on you no man ask for
Under pressure - that burns a building
Down
Splits a family in two
Puts people on streets
It’s the terror of knowing
What this world is about
Watching some good friends
Screaming let me out
Pray tomorrow - gets me higher
Pressure on people - people on streets
It’s the terror of knowing
What this world is about
Watching some good friends
Screaming let me out
Pray tomorrow - gets me higher
Pressure on people - people on streets
Turned away from it all like a blind man
Sat on a fence but it don’t work
Keep coming up with love but it’s so slashed
And torn
Why - why - why
Love
Insanity laughs under pressure we’re
Cracking
Can’t we give ourselves one more chance
Why can’t we give love that one more
Chance
Why can’t we give love
Cause love’s such an old fashioned word
And love dares you to care for
The people on the edge of the night
And love dares you to change our way of
Caring about ourselves
This is our last dance
This is our last dance
This is ourselves
Under pressure
Under pressure
Pressure


That can be like Richard's theme song if he comes through tomorrow. I have a suddent urge to blast the song now on full volume. :lol: *sings*

Suzi
07-16-2005, 09:01 PM
omg dont tempt me :lol: i bet during his match against andreev when he was cramping up he had 'I want to break free" running through his head :p

tennisgirl19
07-16-2005, 11:37 PM
:lol: The whole Davis Cup experience will be summed up by Queen songs :haha:

This one line might not have any place in DC though, hehe

"You’re so self satisfied I don’t need you"

Cindy19
07-17-2005, 04:33 AM
For me that's really a difficult choice...i think Andreev is nice too..
but no question...Richie is my whole life

Daniela_CABJ
07-17-2005, 05:15 AM
Argentine commentators said Richard was going to win his match tomorrow and lead France to victory (they love him)

:yeah: Allez Richard!!!

Cindy19
07-17-2005, 05:21 AM
That‘s no question, our Richie is the best!!!!!

deflori
07-17-2005, 10:22 AM
2:6 3:4 against Davydenko

tired? or too strong? When i remember right,he beat him last time,but tough match in monte carlo,or?

Allez Richy,fight till the end maan!

Aleksa's Laydee
07-17-2005, 10:23 AM
he breaks back!!!

deflori
07-17-2005, 10:25 AM
Yes now the rebreak,4all,second set...

deflori
07-17-2005, 10:25 AM
^^ :)

deflori
07-17-2005, 10:29 AM
Set for Richy!!!!!!!!!
6-4
Bravo,Bravo:)

deflori
07-17-2005, 11:03 AM
2-6 the third
Hope he come back again...

Aleksa's Laydee
07-17-2005, 11:07 AM
Richie :sobbing:

deflori
07-17-2005, 11:12 AM
0-2 ohohohhhh

LilyRoseAva
07-17-2005, 11:14 AM
it's very difficult for richard

Aleksa's Laydee
07-17-2005, 11:17 AM
break back points ALLEZ!!!

Aleksa's Laydee
07-17-2005, 11:18 AM
blown :mad:

Aleksa's Laydee
07-17-2005, 11:22 AM
1-4* :sad:

tennisgirl19
07-17-2005, 03:09 PM
:bigcry: Richard and France :bigcry:

France lost 2-3 to Russia. Paul-Henri got blown away

:sad: I feel really depressed

Suzi
07-17-2005, 03:22 PM
:bigcry: awwwwwww at least it werent in straight sets! heh I actually cant believe Russia won but like i always say theres always next yr!

delsa
07-17-2005, 03:39 PM
but like i always say theres always next yr!
:lol: An habit taken because of Tim Henman? :aplot:

Suzi
07-17-2005, 04:04 PM
nah i dont support GB maybe i should but ive never taken an interest in it :p u see normally i would say it bout Andreev :tape:

delsa
07-17-2005, 04:06 PM
u see normally i would say it bout Andreev :tape:
Haha! Touché! :awww: ;)

girL_
07-17-2005, 04:33 PM
Richy :sad: so sorry...

but................ RUSSIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :banana: I'm over the moon!!!!

yeah, that "hard weekend" finally ended for me... those complicated emotions, happiness and tears...
for Richy that was just a debut. And a good one :yeah: A way to go, and the road has just opened for him. I'm sure he'll become the French team star, Sorry for Paulo... I'm afraid Russians will become his tennis phobia... if they haven't yet :rolleyes: .... hmmm...
still French team's got talented players, plus growing-up Monfils, plus experienced Grosjean... yes, I will quote Tim Henman:lol:, but still - there's always next year! And I hope to see a Russia-France DC final in it ;)

tennisgirl19
07-17-2005, 09:18 PM
Congats Marie. I am sure your glad this is all over with. Go out and celebrate tonight. :)

Well done to Russia, well done.

Aleksa's Laydee
07-17-2005, 09:35 PM
Richie :sobbing: :hug: awww

Daniela_CABJ
07-18-2005, 02:12 AM
Richard :bigcry:

Cindy19
07-23-2005, 07:42 AM
Tomorrow is a new day。。。

*julie*
02-06-2006, 08:21 PM
The DC is coming so it's time to bump this thread. ;)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v610/lili979/RichSeb.jpg

RICHARD GASQUET

DAVIS CUP APPEARANCES
Total
Won 1
Lost 1

2005 RUS d. FRA 3-2 in RUS World Group - Quarterfinal
Olympic Stadium, Moscow, Russia Clay (I) 15 Jul - 17 Jul 2005

R1 - W Igor ANDREEV 6-4 6-3 7-6(1)
R4 - L Nikolay DAVYDENKO 2-6 6-4 2-6 1-6

Head to head with german players

Gasquet-Haas : 0-1
2006 OPEN D’AUSTRALIE (Rebound ace, 1er tour) Haas 6-2 7-5 6-2

Gasquet-Kiefer : 0-0

Gasquet-Mayer : 0-1
2004 OPEN D’AUSTRALIE (Rebound ace, 1er tour) Mayer 7-5 6-4 6-3

Gasquet-Schüttler : 0-0

Gasquet-Waske : 0-0


Retrouver le rythme (article from fft.fr)
Vainqueur l’an passé à Nottingham du premier titre de sa jeune carrière, finaliste à Hambourg, demi-finaliste à Monte-Carlo ou encore huitième de finaliste à Wimbledon et l’US Open, Richard Gasquet s’est, à 19 ans, enfin montré à la hauteur de la flatteuse réputation qui avait précédé son arrivée sur le circuit en 2002. Sa brillante saison 2005 lui a non seulement permis de ravir à Sébastien Grosjean le statut de numéro 1 français, mais également de flirter avec le Top 10 du classement ATP (il pointa au 12e rang mondial en septembre dernier).

Entre temps, en juillet, le protégé d’Eric Deblicker a logiquement fait ses classes en équipe de France lors du quart de finale Russie-France. A Moscou, "Ritchie" a remporté un simple sur deux disputés, ne permettant toutefois pas à la France d’éviter une courte défaite (3/2). Aussi impressionnante soit-elle, son année 2005 a aussi été marquée par une vilaine blessure au coude droit qui l’a privé, en toute fin de saison, des ATP Masters Series de Madrid et Paris, ainsi que d’une éventuelle place parmi les huit "Maîtres" de Shanghai.

Après un repos forcé de trois mois, le Biterrois a eu du mal, en ce début d’année 2006, à retrouver le rythme de la compétition, enregistrant une seule victoire en quatre tournois disputés. Richard a notamment chuté au premier tour de l'Open d'Australie face à un certain… Tommy Haas. Mais son désir de revanche peut lui faire soulever des montagnes.


:scared: It's gonna be tough but we have to keep the faith.
:worship: Good luck Richard :worship:

Daniela_CABJ
02-06-2006, 08:40 PM
Good Luck to Richard and the whole French team!!!
I hope Seb can kick Kiefer's ass! ;)
Seb looks so funny on that pic!
Thanks for the article Julie!

Sweet4Richard
02-06-2006, 09:21 PM
Thanks Julie :hug:


Allez France :banana:

OddJob
02-07-2006, 02:00 AM
Viva La France!!!!!!! :bounce: The germans are going to be tough to beat (It's on Rebound Ace!). As we all know Richie & Seb have already lost to Tommy & Nic. I still have hope tho. :) I'm sure Richie & Seb are looking for some revenge esp Seb. :devil:

silverwhite
02-07-2006, 02:51 AM
Julie :worship:

Is that from L'Equipe and is the pic a recent one from their trainings? :p

*julie*
02-07-2006, 03:46 AM
Retrouver le rythme (article from fft.fr)


:p

It was on the davis cup section and the pic too. But I have no idea whether it was taken at the AO this year or last summer during the hardcourt season. :shrug:
For sure, it doesn't come from a recent training. :secret: it's very cold right now in Europe.

silverwhite
02-07-2006, 12:39 PM
Apparently, my channel's not showing Friday's matches (Saturday and Sunday's matches are listed though). It'd BETTER be a mistake. :armed:

slap03_gasquet
02-07-2006, 01:41 PM
VIVE LA FRANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ils vont battre les Allemands j'en suis sure :worship:

*julie*
02-09-2006, 11:48 PM
Apparently, my channel's not showing Friday's matches (Saturday and Sunday's matches are listed though). It'd BETTER be a mistake. :armed:

Here are the international broadcasters for Germany-France

Belgium : BeTV
UK & Ireland : BskyB
Fri 10th Feb from 13h00 LIVE
Sat 11th Feb from 13h45 LIVE
Sun 12th Feb from 12h00 LIVE

Comment : All times are given in GMT
China : CCTV
Middle East : Dubai Sports Channel
France : France TV
Fri 10th Feb from 13h00 LIVE
Sat 11th Feb from 13h45 LIVE
Sun 12th Feb from 12h00 LIVE

Comment : All times are given in GMT
France : Sport +
Fri 10th Feb from 17h00 LIVE
Sat 11th Feb from 14h45 LIVE
Sun 12th Feb from 13h00 LIVE

Mon 13th Feb Highlights Program

Comment : Local Times
India : Zee TV
Russia : NTV Plus

Mon 13th of Feb Highlights Program
Singapore : SCV Starhub
USA : The Tennis Channel
Fri 10th Feb from 08h00 LIVE
from 17h00 SAME DAY DELAYED
Sat 11th Feb from 09h00 LIVE
Sun 12th Feb from 07h00 LIVE

Mon 13th Feb Highlights Program

Comment : All times are given in EST
Bulgaria : Ring TV
Worldwide : Reuters
Worldwide : EVS
Worldwide : SNTV
Philippines : Solar Entertainment

Mon 13th of Feb Highlights Program

;)

*julie*
02-10-2006, 12:10 AM
Audio interview of Richie in french here: http://www.fft.fr/cd2006/Allemagne-france/?id=1400

Basically, he feels fit. He played a lot and it will be a little revenge. He thinks he can win it even if he is not the favorite. He is happy to play the 2nd match cos he doesn't like playing on the morning. He gets on well with the whole team and he knows they can win the DC. He doesn't know if it will be this year or later but he is sure one day they will win it.
:lol: at the last quote.

And here, in english: http://www.daviscup.com/news/newsarticle.asp?id=13594

Sweet4Richard
02-10-2006, 01:17 AM
Great interview :yeah:

I listened to the English one in school this morning. I loved his comment how he doesn't like playing in the morning :lol:

Allez Richard :banana:

silverwhite
02-10-2006, 01:50 AM
Thanks, Julie! :yeah:

Hmm.. My TV station's schedule still doesn't have it on Friday (just Saturday and Sunday). :confused: I'll believe it when I see it. :p

*julie*
02-10-2006, 02:10 AM
Thanks, Julie! :yeah:

Hmm.. My TV station's schedule still doesn't have it on Friday (just Saturday and Sunday). :confused: I'll believe it when I see it. :p

Do you think there is a chance for seeing the matches on the net? With CCTV?
This is my only hope to watch it.

silverwhite
02-10-2006, 02:13 AM
I think so. :p

Suzi
02-10-2006, 04:27 PM
hmmm i fear its gonna be a bad day

richard gasquet
02-10-2006, 07:33 PM
you should believe more in him for sure because he won!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

and in 5 sets 1-6 6-4 6-4 6-7 6-3 :worship: :worship:

who said that his physique sucks?? :o

yeah!the fact that sebastien grosjean beat kiefer the match before gave him less pressure and he could play his tennis freely.Great win over a player who is in great shape these last weeks whereas richard was not in that case;

tHIS win will give him the confidence that he needed to play his real tennis.

So happy now! :angel:

Marine
02-10-2006, 07:40 PM
I must admit I didn't believe in him at all. But he played very well. Good mental, good physic, big motivation, excellent attitude on the court, he was a fighter todat. We can be proud of him. :)

RogiFan88
02-10-2006, 07:41 PM
What a fantastic win for Richard! Wow, over an in-form Haas who's playing at home! Well done, Richard!!

Now for the doubles demain!! ALLEZ, LA FRANCE!!!!!!!!!

Suzi
02-10-2006, 07:41 PM
:eek: http://www.anikaos.com/0028-pucca_love_emoticons/pucca_love_emoticons_15.gifomg omg slaps wrists ahhhhhhhhhhh COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL Im gonna stick my head in a bucket of ice now

http://www.arthurcourt.com/zjag/10-2104%20Jaguar%20Ice%20Bucket.jpg

zimzim
02-10-2006, 07:45 PM
Am so proud of Richard..he was fantastic

*julie*
02-10-2006, 07:57 PM
:bounce: Congrats Richard!!!
What a great win! Haas, the big favorite in his home country... and in DC.
I hope he is back for good now!

Let's hope they will win the double tomorrow.

williaer
02-10-2006, 08:03 PM
goooooooooooooooooo richy!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i have to admit, i was quite suprised with the win, but im so proud of richard for playing so well!! :D :D

tennis lover
02-10-2006, 08:04 PM
:bounce: Richie won!!! He was amazing, played some really good tennis!!! :worship: After the first set, I was really worried that it was going to be an easy match for Haas but richard found some form and played brilliantly, it was a really exciting match!!! If he plays like this all year, he'll do amazingly well this year! Well done Richard, what a great win!!!:clap2:

LilyRoseAva
02-10-2006, 08:10 PM
i'm so happy for richard!!!!!!!! i saw the match, it was great!

linus
02-10-2006, 08:33 PM
he did win :D

good Richard, he made us calm to bed :lol:

Daniela_CABJ
02-10-2006, 10:12 PM
Congratulations Richard!!! :yippee:
it's a great result for him, his confidence and the french team.
and Congratulations to Seb too!!!
(Kiefer... :nerner: )

InfiniteSadness
02-10-2006, 10:32 PM
What a great match!!!

I saw it and Richard played so well after the 1st set! Like you, I didn't believe in him at all, especially after he lost the 1st set...
He served quite well today (good news lol): 65% of 1st serve.

The ambiance was completely crazy, I'm so proud he kept focused whereas the audience clapped when he made 1st serve faults or double faults. Great attitude!

If you wanna read a report, here's one. I think it describes the match very well. ;) (sorry it's in French :o )
http://www.fft.fr/cd2006/Allemagne-france/?id=1454

Conita
02-10-2006, 10:43 PM
WHAT A COME BACK!!
xD
well done Richie! he played amazing!! and he deserved the win! :)
i was so happy coz i was able to watch him live! and ive hadnt seen him for ages!!!
and it made even more happy to see him enjoying himself and playing his best! its been a long time since i last saw him smiling on court its was trully amazing!
keep it up Richard!!!

ALLEZ RICHARD!! AND WELL DONE!!! =)

Sweet4Richard
02-11-2006, 01:25 AM
:eek: I am jumping off of my seat right now. I couldn't see the match, but I've read about it and omg it must have been really exciting. This is such a great win for Richard-something that he really needed :bounce: I'm so happy!

Allez France :banana:

silverwhite
02-11-2006, 02:37 AM
Look at my sig! :rolls:

Daniela_CABJ
02-11-2006, 03:15 AM
Look at my sig! :rolls:
:lol: Silver!!!

OddJob
02-11-2006, 03:49 AM
:woohoo: What a great win from Richie!!!! :worship: He hung tough and beat an in form Tommy. Richie dealt well with the hostle crowd. (I thought there was going to be a riot at one point) The German captin was sooooo annoying! Every other point he was bullying the ump. I think he's been hanging around Kiwi way too much.

georgekuo1017
02-11-2006, 04:08 AM
Great win!

yomike
02-11-2006, 06:14 AM
I wasn't so optimistic but I'm so happy that he's won. This hopefully is the start of another great season.:banana:


Good Luck in Davis Cup

Richard
Ivan
David

silverwhite
02-11-2006, 09:59 AM
The people in the RG.net forum said they thought Richard was having "PHM syndrome" when he got broken at 5-1 in the fifth. So mean to Paulo! :speakles:

Sweet4Richard
02-11-2006, 03:19 PM
Look at my sig! :rolls:

:yeah: :lol:

Daniela_CABJ
02-11-2006, 06:45 PM
The people in the RG.net forum said they thought Richard was having "PHM syndrome" when he got broken at 5-1 in the fifth. So mean to Paulo! :speakles:
you're registered in RG.net forums??? go to the english forum! but behave 'cause I'm a real bitch as a moderator! (but I'm a good person :angel: ).

:yippee: A. Clement/M. Llodra (FRA) d T. Haas/A. Waske (GER) 67(6) 63 64 61

Congratulations to the french team!

If Richard plays tomorrow, it's going to be good 'cause he's not gonna be under pressure and it's a good chance for him :)

delsa
02-11-2006, 07:57 PM
The people in the RG.net forum said they thought Richard was having "PHM syndrome" when he got broken at 5-1 in the fifth. So mean to Paulo! :speakles:
They're often kind to Paulo and they like him there but they're just being lucid, no? :o

;)

Well done to the French team!

OddJob
02-11-2006, 08:21 PM
Congrats to Richie and the rest of the French squad!

richard gasquet
02-11-2006, 09:09 PM
Olé!!!!!!!!! :worship: :p

bravo to the team and of course richard! :worship:

dont think he will play,perhaps paulo will IMO.Richard said after his match against Haas that he doesnt want to hold a racket till the week end lol so much emotions for him and he has to be ready for open13 in Marseille next week :angel:

Suzi
02-11-2006, 09:26 PM
:yeah:

chicky841
02-11-2006, 10:35 PM
yay richard! i kinda hope paulo plays. I think he can win, plus he wnt have so much pressure

simpletennis
02-11-2006, 11:21 PM
woot woot goooooooo FRANCE!! he beat haas, and haas beat him at AO, so it was kinda like revenge. haha

linus
02-12-2006, 04:13 AM
wonderful Richard and good French team :yeah:

didnt dare to expect his win over Haas though so eager for it :aplot:

silverwhite
02-12-2006, 04:54 AM
you're registered in RG.net forums??? go to the english forum! but behave 'cause I'm a real bitch as a moderator! (but I'm a good person :angel: ).

:yippee: A. Clement/M. Llodra (FRA) d T. Haas/A. Waske (GER) 67(6) 63 64 61

Congratulations to the french team!

If Richard plays tomorrow, it's going to be good 'cause he's not gonna be under pressure and it's a good chance for him :)

I am registered but somehow, my password doesn't work so I only lurk. :o

Germany might play Schuettler or Waske, so... :o

silverwhite
02-12-2006, 04:56 AM
They're often kind to Paulo and they like him there but they're just being lucid, no? :o


I think so. Just like the way some of us like to make fun of Paulo too. :o

Sweet4Richard
02-12-2006, 09:44 PM
Congrats to France :bounce: Russia is up next!!

case
01-31-2007, 08:55 PM
:lol: funny how the last post here was Russia is up next!
We all know what happened there.
But that was then and this is now. Im disappointed in the french lineup.
Once again non monfils.

http://www.daviscup.com/news/newsarticle.asp?id=13997

delsa
02-01-2007, 08:29 PM
Well, you can't really blame Forget for that. I'm much more surpised by his insisting on selecting Grosjean for exemple...

Puschkin
02-02-2007, 05:40 AM
Well, you can't really blame Forget for that. I'm much more surpised by his insisting on selecting Grosjean for exemple...

we discussed this elsewhere, I don't quite understand not picking Monfils, a missed chance to get him integrated in a team, in a tie, that France is very likely to win anyway, but he 's the boss.;)

delsa
02-03-2007, 10:07 AM
There are some half-veiled accusations of a "clanic cicle" made on RG.Net... :tape:

Most are not understanding the non-selection of Monfils either and saying that, had Richard not been unquestionable, maybe it would have been harder for him to get selected not being a member of the "club"... And also that he should step up in the future so that such "politics" doesn't happen anymore...:help:

Huge debate there...

*julie*
02-03-2007, 02:27 PM
Forget is a good captain but I am tired to see these usual controversies. He should be more diplomatic... that's part of his job. But unfortunately, I have the feeling that he can't help creating controversies. I guess he has a big ego... So, he can't stand people who have strong personnalities like him.

It's a pity...

Puschkin
02-04-2007, 07:45 AM
There are some half-veiled accusations of a "clanic cicle" made on RG.Net... :tape:.....Most are not understanding the non-selection of Monfils either and saying that, had Richard not been unquestionable, maybe it would have been harder for him to get selected not being a member of the "club"......
:confused: which club? I always thought Forget is quite supportive to Richard, all comments I am aware of a very favourable....But as you say: prove your worth by results, then you are unquestionable.

Ginevra83
02-09-2007, 11:01 AM
ALLEZ RICHARD!!!!!!!!!!!!
:wavey: everyone

zimzim
02-09-2007, 01:01 PM
Richie won 75 62 62 without facing a break point:)

tennis lover
02-09-2007, 02:20 PM
:woohoo: well done Richie! :yeah:

delsa
02-09-2007, 04:36 PM
After a very nervous first set, a very solid performance from Richard. All the repertoire : aces, volleys, drop shots, winners on both FH and BH and nice rallies... Let's hope he keeps going like that... ;)

ufokart
02-09-2007, 06:31 PM
Expected win for Richie :yeah:

*Sweet4Richard*
02-11-2007, 02:10 AM
:bounce: Richard!!!

tennis lover
02-11-2007, 03:22 PM
:banana:

*julie*
02-11-2007, 05:27 PM
Well done Richard. :yeah:

He served better than at the AO. Very solid match.

Puschkin
02-12-2007, 07:49 AM
Well done Richard. :yeah:

He served better than at the AO. Very solid match.

I still have to watch the match against Pavel, but after the Hanescu-match, I thought the same. :wavey:

delsa
03-26-2007, 10:04 PM
Do something in Davis Cup now Richard!!!!

Allure
03-26-2007, 11:03 PM
If he plays Davis Cup he will leave early in Monte Carlo because of ''fatigue.'' Sometimes I wish Richard would be selfish and think of himself more.:rolleyes:

Puschkin
03-26-2007, 11:18 PM
If he plays Davis Cup he will leave early in Monte Carlo because of ''fatigue.'' Sometimes I wish Richard would be selfish and think of himself more.:rolleyes:
He does think of himself. For him DC is the most important tournament of the year. And I am convinced he would trade (theoretical wins) against Roddick and Canas without the slightest hesitation for two wins in DC against Russia. Not that I agree on this, though. :p

Puschkin
04-05-2007, 09:59 AM
Draw is out: RG 2nd match against Youzhny, following Mathieu/Davydenko:

http://www.daviscup.com/news/newsarticle.asp?id=14156

silverwhite
04-05-2007, 05:09 PM
I'm really nervous about the Youzhny match. Youzhny has been really inconsistent. He played like a Top 5 player in Rotterdam and Dubai and then played like a player ranked outside the Top 20 at IW and Miami. The match will depend a lot on how Youzhny plays, IMO :scared:

tennis lover
04-05-2007, 11:29 PM
I agree SW. His form has been a bit iffy in the last few weeks but this is DC and anything can happen. :scared: Should be interesting! :D

*Sweet4Richard*
04-06-2007, 01:21 AM
good luck Richard :yeah:

Allure
04-06-2007, 03:07 AM
I think Richard will do well.:)

my0118
04-06-2007, 04:30 AM
Is there any livestream? should I just follow livescores? :scratch:

Allure
04-06-2007, 04:31 AM
Is there any livestream? should I just follow livescores? :scratch:

I don't there is any livestream. But last time, someone posted his matches on megaupload.

silverwhite
04-06-2007, 04:33 AM
Yes. There will be live scoring. Go to the Davis Cup website for the link. :)

Allure
04-06-2007, 05:44 AM
SW, are you going to bet against Richard like you do in all his matches?:p

JBdV
04-06-2007, 08:36 AM
Fingers crossed for a livestream...

silverwhite
04-06-2007, 08:36 AM
SW, are you going to bet against Richard like you do in all his matches?:p

No, but I bet 10k on Russia.

JBdV
04-06-2007, 08:54 AM
I went all in on Russia :rocker2:

Puschkin
04-06-2007, 09:07 AM
I went all in on Russia :rocker2:

You'll repent it :p and SW, too, but he seemed more cautious.

silverwhite
04-06-2007, 09:13 AM
In case all 4 Russians injure themselves, you know? ;)

JBdV
04-06-2007, 10:02 AM
You'll repent it :p and SW, too, but he seemed more cautious.

I would be more than happy if they made me v-bankrupt ;)

linus
04-06-2007, 06:35 PM
'd better go to bed right now not saying anything before Richie gives his excuse for such a match :tears:

Vamos Rafa#1
04-06-2007, 06:37 PM
:sad: :sad: :sad:

NeverSayDie
04-06-2007, 06:47 PM
richie!!!!!!!!! :fiery: :mad: :sad:

*julie*
04-06-2007, 09:44 PM
As much as it costs me, Youzny really deserved this point.
Richard played really poorly. His serves and returns were hopeless.. He was lucky (or not in fact... seeing Youzhny won it in 5 anyway) that Misha choked in the third set.

I was looking forward to the clay season, but if Richard doesn't get offensive, it's gonna be a nightmare.

Fortunately, Paulo's win made my day.

my0118
04-07-2007, 12:46 AM
As much as it costs me, Youzny really deserved this point.
Richard played really poorly. His serves and returns were hopeless.. He was lucky (or not in fact... seeing Youzhny won it in 5 anyway) that Misha choked in the third set.

I was looking forward to the clay season, but if Richard doesn't get offensive, it's gonna be a nightmare.

Fortunately, Paulo's win made my day.

Since I didn't watch the match, all I can do is to hear from those who saw the match. however, It's really sad to hear that gasquet played poorly.
BTW, Paulo saved France. I hope france will win the double's.

Truc
04-07-2007, 07:13 AM
Here's the rest of the articles in L'Équipe about Richard's match, nothing really new, it just confirms what everybody says about the match, but maybe it's interesting for the French speakers:
... Malheureusement, l’élan ne fut pas prolongé par un Richard Gasquet beaucoup trop timide, dominé en agressivité et en talent pur par Mikhaïl Youzhny. Son mérite fut de retarder sa perte de 2 heures 30. Obstiné à défaut d’être inspiré, il joua en effet des prolongations, profitant des coupables faiblesses du Russe sur ses deux premières balles de match à 6-2, 6-3, 6-5, et sur les deux qui suivirent dans le tie-break, puis exploitant les crampes qui torturèrent son adversaire pendant le quatrième set. Mais, incapable de faire peser la moindre menace sur le service adverse au cinquième set, le Français ne put transformer l’essai marqué par son coéquipier.

Youzhny éblouissant
Le paradoxe eût été que Gasquet, abonné aux crampes dans sa jeunesse, gagnât à force de volonté un match dans lequel son talent pâtissait de la comparaison avec celui de son adversaire. Pendant les deux premiers sets et demi, en effet, des sets d’un très haut niveau, le Russe, éblouissant, avait dominé dans tous les domaines, particulièrement dans celui du dialogue service-retour. Il servait mieux et retournait bien mieux que ce Gasquet qui prenait trois à quatre mètres de recul pour relancer, souvent mal, même sur deuxième balle.

Difficile dès lors, à partir d’une position si éloignée, de prendre l’offensive le premier. Difficile de ramener les amorties que multipliait Youzhny. Difficile aussi, au vu de ce spectacle, de croire que le Français ait progressé ces derniers mois dans d’autres domaines que le physique et l’attitude.

Son application et sa robustesse faillirent cependant lui rapporter une de ces victoires dont on dit qu’elles comptent double, quand il eut finalement arraché le troisième set au tie-break. Plus tôt dans le set, à 3-2, après une cabriole en bout de course, Youzhny, toujours au sol, avait eu recours à un massage de sa cuisse gauche, probablement dû à une crampe. Les spasmes revinrent au quatrième set, dans l’autre cuisse cette fois, alors que le Russe venait pourtant de réaliser un break à 2-1 au profit de deux doubles fautes de Gasquet. Traînant la patte, il laissa échapper cette avance et bientôt le set.

Massé à chaque changement de côté par le bon Chamil, Youzhny retrouva néanmoins assez de tonus pour tenir ses services tout au long du cinquième. De plus en plus facilement même, au fil des minutes, alors que les balles de break se multipliaient sur celui du Français. À 6-6, la septième du set fut la mauvaise pour Gasquet, cloué par un nouveau retour profond. Gardant son attitude impeccable jusqu’au bout, il sauva bien deux nouvelles balles de match, mais sur la septième, un énième retour de revers échoua dans le filet.

Truc
04-07-2007, 07:14 AM
And the article about Richie's and Youzhny's press conferences:
Un thriller bien ficelé
Durant près de cinq heures, Richard Gasquet et Mikhaïl Youzhny sont passés, tour à tour, par toutes les émotions.

LORSQU’IL PÉNÉTRA dans la minuscule salle réservée aux interviews stade Loujniki, Richard Gasquet croisa Mikhaïl Youzhny, qui en sortait. Les deux hommes ne prolongèrent pas le dialogue qu’ils avaient entretenu sur le court durant quatre heures et quarante-huit minutes, mais leurs physionomies indiquaient clairement qui avait eu le dernier mot. Les traits tirés mais souriant, le Russe faisait son âge, vingt-quatre ans. Le Français en faisait facilement dix de plus.

Et les questions parfois saugrenues de la presse locale ne lui arrachèrent pas le moindre sourire. La fatigue pèse décidément bien lourd quand la défaite est au rendez-vous. A fortiori après cinq heures de jeu.

« En Coupe Davis, on a souvent droit à des matches bizarres, entama Gasquet. Mais, là, ça l’était vraiment… J’ai sûrement disputé l’un des matches les plus durs de ma carrière. » « C’est l’épreuve qui veut ça, appuya Youzhny. Je ne sais pas si on peut comparer ce match à la finale de Bercy 2002 (où il avait remonté deux sets face à Mathieu pour arracher le cinquième match décisif), mais j’ai eu l’impression de passer par plein de hauts et de bas. Surtout avec cette histoire de crampes. »

Juge de paix de la partie, le physique hésita longtemps à choisir son camp. « Dans les deux premiers sets, je jouais bien et je dominais nettement, expliqua Youzhny. Et puis, je me suis mis à cramper. C’est pour ça que je suis tombé et que je me suis un peu tordu le genou. Après, j’en avais partout, au bras, aux jambes, à la main… C’était très dur. Mais je me suis accroché et refait progressivement une santé. En tout cas, je n’ai jamais pensé abandonner. C’était tout simplement hors de question. »

« C’est affreux »
Sonné par le début de match étincelant de son rival, qui croqua par exemple seize des dix-huit premiers points, Gasquet imagina sa chance venir lorsque le Russe commença à chanceler. « Je me suis mis à y croire parce qu’au début il était injouable, dit-il. Il tentait tout, réussissait énormément, son revers long de ligne allait à dix mille… J’étais un peu K.-O. et loin derrière au niveau du jeu. Il possède vraiment un fantastique revers. Et ça me rend la tâche plus difficile, notamment quand on engage l’échange dans la diagonale. Au troisième set, il a crampé, mais c’est toujours délicat à négocier quand on se trouve de l’autre côté du filet. J’ai essayé de ne pas faire de fautes, mais il s’est requinqué au cinquième set. Et là, franchement, il m’a surpris. Sur la fin, je l’ai trouvé très costaud. Moi, j’étais moins bien, j’avais du mal à servir, je commençais à cramper à la main et à la cuisse… Sur les derniers points, ça se joue à pas grand-chose, mais, physiquement, il était plus fort que moi. »

Le match n’aurait jamais dû aller jusqu’aux prolongations. S’il s’était montré moins nerveux et plus opportuniste, Youzhny l’aurait bouclé en 2 h 18’, soit deux heures et demie avant l’hallali. « Je sais très bien que j’aurais dû gagner en trois sets, reconnut-il spontanément. Mais je me suis précipité et j’ai voulu finir trop vite. Après, c’est devenu plus difficile parce qu’avec les crampes j’ai perdu de ma concentration. À la fin, on était tous les deux très nerveux, mais les encouragements du public m’ont aidé à forcer la décision. Sans eux, je n’y serais sans doute pas arrivé. » Remplacera-t-il Igor Andreev, aujourd’hui, pour un double qui s’annonce décisif ? Rien n’est moins sûr. « On va voir dans quel état je me réveillerai demain matin. Mais je ne suis pas inquiet : notre équipe est très forte et j’ai confiance en Igor et Marat pour nous rapporter un deuxième point. »

Gasquet n’en sera pas l’un des acteurs. Mais il n’évoqua même pas la question, tant la défaite lui taraudait les neurones. « J’ai tout donné, je me suis battu jusqu’au bout, mais c’est affreux de perdre 8-6 au cinquième, souffla-t-il. Cela dit, on est à un partout le premier soir et c’est vraiment pas mal. Cette rencontre, on peut la gagner. » Ou la perdre. Hier soir, le suspense avait toujours la cote dans les rues de Moscou.
VINCENT COGNETRoughly:
He was pretty devastated, of course, he says at the end it's awful to lose 8-6 in the 5th set. The journalist means he looked ten years older. One of the hardest matches of his career. Youzhny says his whole body was cramping, the legs, the arm, the hand, he almost twisted his knee when he fell down because of the cramps... But he never thought of retiring.
Richie means he was kind of K.O. at the beginning of the match because Youzhny was playing so well, his fantastic backhand was really a problem for him, especially when he wanted to play cross in the rallies. And then it wasn't easy to play against an opponent who isn't fit. He was trying not to make errors when Youzhny was cramping, but Youzhny finally recovered from his cramps and stunned Richie in the 5th. He means Youzhny was really strong again at the end whilst he wasn't feeling so well, he started cramping in the hand and in the leg. It was close in the 5th, but Youzhny was physically stronger.
Youzhny says he should have won in 3 sets, but rushed too much when he had to close out the match. And when he started cramping, it was tough because he couldn't concentrate anymore. He means they both were very nervous at the end, but the crowd helped him. Without the crowd, he probably wouldn't have won.

JBdV
04-07-2007, 07:17 AM
I hope he gets a chance to make up for the Youzhny loss tomorrow, as long as France win the doubles today anything is still possible...If they do, and Richard wins on Sunday he will soon have forgotten this loss.

my0118
04-07-2007, 08:07 AM
I hope he gets a chance to make up for the Youzhny loss tomorrow, as long as France win the doubles today anything is still possible...If they do, and Richard wins on Sunday he will soon have forgotten this loss.

yes, exactly. today's match is really important not only for France team but gasquet. if they win, gasquet would be motivated by it and then play well unlike yesterday.

linus
04-07-2007, 11:12 AM
now seems here comes a delicate situation for both teams :devil:

each has chance to win or lose :aplot: either Richie or Paulo should do his own shoulder :cool:

Andreev is more dangerous than Safin maybe ;)

delsa
04-07-2007, 11:50 AM
This is scary what's reported on RG.Net.

- In his post-match interview he was actually lucid about the fact that he had been very passive, waiting for his opponent to make the mistake etc...!
- And apparently Forget kept telling him to go forward and attack to which he responded "I can't" (same confidence crisis as against Andreev in DC in 2005 the difference is that at this time, Forget told him to "shut up" and he won...).
- So they're debating about this. Is it a mental block or is it because of his technique that he should change because it prevents him from taking the ball early etc... :eek:
- Forget also said that he would have learn a lot of things from this match ( i guess : "see it's possible to win when cramping, others do...", "you must attack an you know it", "you've progressed physically"...).

What is your problem Richard? :awww:

JBdV
04-07-2007, 11:58 AM
Sounds like he has a mental block, like a fear of attacking :sad: I can't believe he said "I can't" to Forget, why can't he? :confused:

delsa
04-07-2007, 12:43 PM
He already said that to him in his match against Andreev in 2005 despite leading 2 sets to none... "I can't play anymore, i can't play anymore"... He was starting to cramp and Forget said first, well at least get it to a tie-reak (after Andreev rebroke) and then was fed up and said to him "Shut up! You're going to win! Shut the f*ck up!"... And Deblicker was happy about that afterward...

JBdV
04-07-2007, 12:57 PM
But that was more because of physical problems (cramp), yesterday was more mental it seems...That is worrying.

my0118
04-07-2007, 01:02 PM
He already said that to him in his match against Andreev in 2005 despite leading 2 sets to none... "I can't play anymore, i can't play anymore"... He was starting to cramp and Forget said first, well at least get it to a tie-reak (after Andreev rebroke) and then was fed up and said to him "Shut up! You're going to win! Shut the f*ck up!"... And Deblicker was happy about that afterward...

omg, he did really say like that?
he's too tender and weak-willed.
he's the one who needs spartan training. :devil:

Seriouly, I think he really needs self-confidence. maybe the reason he keeps losing 5 sets or 3 sets is because he doesn't believe in himself, which is the problem and reflects all his recent results.
If I once more hear what he said like that, I would be really disappointed with him. :sad:

Truc
04-07-2007, 02:59 PM
Forget was interviewed at the end of the doubles and he apparently considers picking Seb instead of Richard tomorrow... He said the way Richard started his match was not acceptable and they have to talk about it before he takes a decision.

linus
04-07-2007, 03:06 PM
Gros doesnt pay the belief either. of course, Richie is showing his childish factors :o loss is not the key while such losses are really painful, so french a style ... :tape:

maybe Paulo doesnt need to fight for DC :tears: of course cheering up for them is still going on :)

Truc
04-08-2007, 09:19 AM
He isn't playing today, it's Grosjean-Andreev.

"Tennis - Coupe Davis - Grosjean remplace Gasquet
La nouvelle était dans l'air depuis la première journée décevante de Richard Gasquet, elle vient d'être confirmée: c'est Sébastien Grosjean qui disputera le match décisif ce dimanche pour redonner de l'espoir à l'équipe de France dans son quart de finale face à la Russie (les Russes mènent 2-1).
Grosjean n'affrontera pas Nikolay Davydenko, mais Igor Andreev, Chamil Tarpitchev ayant lui aussi décidé de modifier son équipe et de laisser au repos son meilleur joueur, battu par Paul-Henri Mathieu vendredi."
http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2007/20070408_111217Dev.html

JBdV
04-08-2007, 09:20 AM
Richard :sad:

Rgask
04-08-2007, 09:29 AM
Cant he play the 5th rubber ?

JBdV
04-08-2007, 09:33 AM
Cant he play the 5th rubber ?

If he hasn't been selected for the 4th rubber, even less chance he will be for a 5th if it gets to that point :sad:

linus
04-08-2007, 09:33 AM
obviously Richie cant hold the pressure now :sobbing: poor Frenchies, what does the hell they need? :o

Gros should play his best at present to gain some chance :rolleyes:

Truc
04-08-2007, 09:35 AM
No, he can't play the 5th rubber anyway, he is out of the tie.
You can't switch the number 1 and the number 2 (otherwise, if both captains do so, you have a remake of the Friday match!) He had to play as the French number 1 again - or not play at all.

linus
04-08-2007, 09:37 AM
sometimes really difficult to express clearly the different feeling brought between the loss of this time and the loss of that time but this time it hurted indeed.

Richie, could you recover soon? :hug:

Vialator
04-08-2007, 09:59 AM
Damn :(

my0118
04-08-2007, 10:25 AM
oooh, he doesn't play. :(

Rgask
04-08-2007, 11:14 AM
hmm...sad..no DC game for him now....:(
But hopefully he starts thinkin about himself ---->for Monte Carlo...:devil:

Truc
04-10-2007, 07:38 AM
I posted the summary from L'Équipe here: http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=5167320&postcount=216 , there is a little part about Richie's "case" (the journalist uses the words "troublant" and "malaise" about Richie's situation during this tie – disturbing, feeling of uneasiness? I don't know how to say that in English).
The story of the "painful toe" doesn't seem to convince anybody. Forget said his general condition was "affected". He wanted to feel a rebellion coming from Richie and realized "very soon" on Saturday evening he couldn't rely on him. "There was a huge question mark". He doesn't want to comment the fact it is worrying he feels so worn out after one tough match. "I can't answer this question", Forget says.
Richie doesn't want to comment it further either: "I wasn't in the right 'mood'/the best conditions (but it's not the right word either, sorry...). At one time, you had to be realistic and honest. I could see Seb was feeling well. It ended up being the right choice. I have nothing to reproach myself with for this week-end. What I see is that I lost 6-8 in the 5th set. Maybe I needed some more audacity, a better serve, a better return, but one day it will work..."
And about the fact that the French team didn't have a leader: he doesn't want to enter this polemic. "Look at the Russians. They had no leader. Davydenko, world number 4, lost in singles too. But the 4 players won the tie..."

Truc
04-10-2007, 07:39 AM
Here's the French version, it will be better than my :o summary.
POURQUOI GASQUET N’A PAS JOUÉ ?
Le joueur invoquait hier « une douleur à l’orteil » qui s’était réveillée lors du match de vendredi face à Youzhny. Mais si Guy Forget voulait bien accorder une certaine réalité à ce bobo, le capitaine français préférait parler d’un « état général touché ». Lui qui voulait entendre un discours de révolte avant de sélectionner son leader s’était « très vite » rendu compte samedi soir qu’il ne pourrait pas compter sur lui. « Il y avait un énorme point d’interrogation », synthétisait le capitaine, refusant de s’épancher sur l’inquiétude que pouvait susciter un organisme aussi marqué par un seul match difficile. « Je ne peux pas répondre à cette question », temporisait Forget pour ne pas en dire plus sur le cas assez troublant du numéro 1 français. Gasquet refusait lui aussi de s’étendre sur le malaise provoqué par son mauvais week-end moscovite. « Je n’étais pas dans de bonnes dispositions et à un moment, il fallait être réaliste et honnête. Je voyais que Sébastien était bien. Et, au final, ça s’est révélé être un choix judicieux. Sur ce week-end, je n’ai rien à me reprocher. Je vois que j’ai perdu 8-6 au cinquième set. Il m’a peut-être manqué de l’audace, un meilleur service, un meilleur retour, mais ça passera un jour… »
Sur la question du leader qui a fait défaut à son équipe, Gasquet, là non plus, ne se laissera pas entraîner sur une piste polémique. « Regardez chez les Russes. Il n’y a pas de leader. Davydenko, numéro 4 mondial, a perdu lui aussi en simple. Et ils ont gagné la rencontre à quatre… »

Puschkin
04-10-2007, 07:53 AM
I posted the summary from L'Équipe here: http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=5167320&postcount=216 , there is a little part about Richie's "case" (the journalist uses the words "troublant" and "malaise" about Richie's situation during this tie – disturbing, feeling of uneasiness? I don't know how to say that in English).
The story of the "painful toe" doesn't seem to convince anybody. Forget said his general condition was "affected". He wanted to feel a rebellion coming from Richie and realized "very soon" on Saturday evening he couldn't rely on him. "There was a huge question mark". He doesn't want to comment the fact it is worrying he feels so worn out after one tough match. "I can't answer this question", Forget says.
Richie doesn't want to comment it further either: "I wasn't in the right 'mood'. At one time, you had to be realistic and honest.

Ah, be "honest and realistic": who of you would have made a rebellion after having lost a 5 hours five-setter not playing well and knowing it?

It was not so much a question of being worn out physically, but Richard in his (undoubted) honesty knew that he had failed to deliver, not necessarily result-wise (there is no shame in losing to Youzhny), but how this defeat came about. He seemed to have been very aware about his bad performance and team player that he is (for good or bad) he "withdrew". One can blame him for that, coming up with all that mentality stuff, lacking toughness, limited confidence, etc. etc. or accept his loyality to the team, that he would never fight for his personal objectives in DC, in particular against his friends Grosjean or Monfils in the future.