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What is said about Richard...

*julie*
02-15-2006, 06:03 AM
I thought we could have a special thread with comments from players, coaches etc...on Richard. :)

I will start with Guy Forget's comments about Richard at the end of this DC week-end. It's from L'équipe:


GUY FORGET: « RICHARD, ÇA VA ÊTRE DU BEURRE EN COUPE DAVIS »

« Jean-Claude Massias (ex-DTN) m’avait déjà dit à l’époque : “Ce gars est fabuleux en rassemblement en équipes de jeunes. Il se régale.” Les mecs l’appelaient “le don du ciel” ou “le don de Dieu”, parce qu’ils se rendaient déjà compte que Richard était un Martien ! Tous les joueurs des Interclubs m’ont dit :“Il se défonce. Celui-là, quand il va arriver en Coupe Davis, ça va être du beurre.” Quand il est au fond du trou face à Haas, il joue décousu. Il est perdu parce qu’il veut en faire beaucoup trop face à un adversaire dont il se fait une montagne. Et il ne fait que des fautes. À la fin du set, je lui dis : “Richard, j’ai deux solutions à te proposer.” Et lui, tout de suite : “Quoi, quoi ?” “La première, tu ne donnes plus un point. D’accord, tu peux le faire ? Et entre les points, tu souffles et tu prends ton temps.” Il m’a dit “OK, OK”, et il est reparti. Après, seulement, j’ai demandé : “Pourquoi tu ne fais plus service-volée alors que tu fais neuf points sur dix ?” Lui : “T’as raison, faut que j’y aille.” Comme il a une technique fabuleuse, il arrive à faire tout, tout de suite. En tant que capitaine, c’est un truc génial ! En dehors du court, les gars l’adorent. Il est apprécié pour sa simplicité. Il n’a pas du tout la grosse tête. Il se fait chambrer, il rigole. »

Translation:

GUY FORGET: " WITH RICHARD, IT'S GONNA BE A PIECE OF CAKE."
"Jean Claude Massias (ex coach from the DTN, direction technique nationale) had already told me :" this guy is fabulous in the juniors'team meetings. He enjoyes himself." Guys were calling him "the godsend" because they were already aware that he was a Martian! All the players from the Interclubs told me: "He knocks himself out! When he will come in Davis Cup, it's gonna be a piece of cake." When he was in real troubles against Haas, he was playing disorganized/scattered. He was lost because he wanted to do too much against someone whom he was making a moutain out of. And he kept on making lots of faults. At the endof the first set, I said: "Richard, I have two solutions to propose you." and he immediately asked "What? What?". "The first one, you don't give him anymore points. Alright? Can you do it? And then, between the points, you breathe and take your time." He told me "OK. OK." And then, after that, I asked him "Why don't you do serve and volley while you make 9 points out of 10 with this?" Him: "You are right. I have to do this." Thanks to his great technique, he can achieve everything and do it immediately. As a captain, this is great! Off court, people love him. He is very appreciated for his simplicity. He is not big-headed. When the guys tease him, he laughs."


;)

silverwhite
02-15-2006, 08:04 AM
Good idea, Julie! :yeah:

silverwhite
02-15-2006, 08:06 AM
I thought we could have a special thread with comments from players, coaches etc...on Richard. :)

I will start with Guy Forget's comments about Richard at the end of this DC week-end. It's from L'équipe:


GUY FORGET: « RICHARD, ÇA VA ÊTRE DU BEURRE EN COUPE DAVIS »

« Jean-Claude Massias (ex-DTN) m’avait déjà dit à l’époque : “Ce gars est fabuleux en rassemblement en équipes de jeunes. Il se régale.” Les mecs l’appelaient “le don du ciel” ou “le don de Dieu”, parce qu’ils se rendaient déjà compte que Richard était un Martien ! Tous les joueurs des Interclubs m’ont dit :“Il se défonce. Celui-là, quand il va arriver en Coupe Davis, ça va être du beurre.” Quand il est au fond du trou face à Haas, il joue décousu. Il est perdu parce qu’il veut en faire beaucoup trop face à un adversaire dont il se fait une montagne. Et il ne fait que des fautes. À la fin du set, je lui dis : “Richard, j’ai deux solutions à te proposer.” Et lui, tout de suite : “Quoi, quoi ?” “La première, tu ne donnes plus un point. D’accord, tu peux le faire ? Et entre les points, tu souffles et tu prends ton temps.” Il m’a dit “OK, OK”, et il est reparti. Après, seulement, j’ai demandé : “Pourquoi tu ne fais plus service-volée alors que tu fais neuf points sur dix ?” Lui : “T’as raison, faut que j’y aille.” Comme il a une technique fabuleuse, il arrive à faire tout, tout de suite. En tant que capitaine, c’est un truc génial ! En dehors du court, les gars l’adorent. Il est apprécié pour sa simplicité. Il n’a pas du tout la grosse tête. Il se fait chambrer, il rigole. »


He's a very obedient boy. :rolls:

parissima
02-15-2006, 08:58 AM
Well that's why Forget likes him so much :p

linus
02-15-2006, 10:24 AM
OMG, what a lovely Guy :lol: i love his comments :)

linus
02-15-2006, 10:37 AM
add a little from Marat Safin in 2005 when interviewed by French 'Tennis' magazine:

TM: A new generation is joining the men’s circuit, especially players born in 1986: Nadal, Gasquet, Monfils... what do you think about them?

MS: Nadal I know him, the others too. They are very good players. I think gasquet has had too much pressure on him. Everyone was waiting for him and observing. All those players have very different styles. But that’s not what matters. It’s the number of titles. Gasquet for instance, he has the game, but now he needs the results.

summer09
02-15-2006, 12:11 PM
HALLE, Germany, Feb 10 (Reuters) - French Davis Cup captain Guy Forget predicted a dazzling future for Richard Gasquet after the 19-year-old rallied from a set down to beat in-form Tommy Haas on the German's own turf on Friday.
"To come back and win that match proves to me that he can be the best French player we've had in 50 years," Forget told reporters after his team seized a commanding 2-0 lead over Germany in their World Group first-round match.
"I've known for a long time how well Richard can play and to see him beat Tommy in five sets, and in Germany, I'm really happy and really proud of him."

...The stocky French teenager with the booming forehand is ranked 16th in the world. A former junior world number one and a keen rugby fan, his parents are tennis coaches.
Experts enthuse about Gasquet's talent but several have questioned whether he has the mental toughness to challenge the best.
It was the steadying influence of Forget that seemed to make the difference on Friday as he helped Gasquet close his ears to the baying home support.
"I could feel he was fragile at some stages and I was trying to make sure he stayed mentally positive, that's my role," Forget said.
"But it won't be long and he will not need anybody to be able to produce that kind of tennis."

stebs
02-15-2006, 12:14 PM
...The stocky French teenager with the booming forehand is ranked 16th in the world.


Booming forehand?? :confused: :rolleyes:

silverwhite
02-15-2006, 04:52 PM
Booming forehand?? :confused: :rolleyes:

I'm not surprised about this misconception if the DC match was one of the only Richard matches the journalist watched. Like I was saying in another thread, Richard's FH was setting up most of the points in that match. His BH produced a few winners but wasn't as dominant as it usually is. :)

gogo_guga
02-15-2006, 08:04 PM
stocky?!

Sweet4Richard
02-15-2006, 10:15 PM
Great idea for a thread :yeah:
And some of this quotes/articles are great :)

From my old signature:
"I was trying to learn how to tie my shoes at 15." -Andy Roddick on Richard Gasquet

And, after beat Franco Squllari at Monte Carlo at age 15, Tim Henman said "I was telling Paul Haarhuis that he[Squallari] is old enough to be his dad."

*julie*
02-28-2006, 05:23 AM
Thanks for all your contributions to this thread. :)

Here are some other ones:

Marat Safin again:

? “ Q. Most people seem to be tipping Nadal, but you've seen Gasquet at Monte?Carlo. What can you see in his game that's so special?

MARAT SAFIN: He's typical French player. He has beautiful technique, good serve. He can do everything. He can volley. He can play on the baseline.
And Nadal is little bit ?? he's incredible player from the baseline. Doesn't miss one ball. He fights every single point. He doesn't have any huge weapons, but he is there all the time, he is consistent, he is fighting and he gonna be there forever.

*julie*
02-28-2006, 05:24 AM
Richard Gasquet
By Angelique Winogradsky (from Deuce Magazine)
(Angelique Winogradsly, wife of gasquet's former coach Eric Winogtadsly, talks up the 18-year-old, who in 2002 won his first atp match at 15 years,10 months.)

I know Richard because my husband was his coach for nearly two years. He's kind, very shy ,but when you know him, he's funny.he likes to joke around. He's got so much talent, he's a genius on the tennis court.

It's sure that he's had a lot of pressure from a very young age and it's always been a distraction. But he has never become pretentious; He's always remained reserved and taken success with a lot of humility. From that point of view, he's remarkable.

He dose feel the expectations, though, and it's not always easy for him when you go on the court with that in the back of your mind. He's got so much talent that one day soon he'll make his mark on the atp circuit. It's a question of maturity. Maybe he's not quite ready yet. We must remember that he's still only 18 and is already ranked in the top 150.

*julie*
02-28-2006, 05:24 AM
Ljubicic :mad: after his loss against Gasquet at the USO 2005

"He's a little weird," Ljubicic, seeded 18th, said after his 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-2 loss. "He can play great or he can play horrible. He's spoiled. I think he'll grow as a person, but right now, he's a kid and he's acting as a kid."

*julie*
02-28-2006, 05:38 AM
Interview of Ljubicic again from Tennis Magazine (november 2005)

TM: Le tennis français a la chance d'avoir deux jeunes champions en devenir que vous avez récemment affrontés: Richard Gasquet et Gaël Monfils. Lequel vous impressionne le plus?
IL: Sur le plan du tennis, RIchard est le plus talentueux. Mais d'un point de vue professionnel, je dirais que Gaël est plus mûr, plus dans son sujet. On voit clairement que Richard a encore besoin de trouver un équilibre, ce qui est normal à un si jeune âge. Une chose est sûre: tous les deux seront bientôt parmi les tout meilleurs.

TM: Vous aviez été très sévère au sujet de Richard après votre défaite contre lui à l'US Open en déclarant notamment qu'il s'était comporté sur le court, je vous cite, "comme un enfant gâté"...
IL: Au début du match, il pleurait pratiquement sur le court parce que son coude avait l'air de lui faire si mal. Il s'est comporté comme l'enfant qu'il demeure. Il a besoin de grandir. Je ne conteste pas le fait qu'il était vraiment blessé, mais j'ai toujours considéré que ce qui compte le plus sur le court, c'est le respect que vous montrez envers votre adversaire. C'est un sport de gentlemen. Et beaucoup de jeunes joueurs semblent parfois l'oublier.

Translation (credit to Silverwhite)
TM: French tennis is fortunate to have 2 young champions in the making whom you have recently played against: Richard Gasquet and Gael Monfils. Which one impressed you more?
IL: Tennis-wise, Richard is more talented, but from a professional standpoint, I would say that Gael is more mature, more in his element. It is clear that Richard still has to find an equilibrium, which is normal for one so young. One thing is sure: both of them will soon be among the very best.

TM: You were very severe on the subject of Richard after your defeat against him at the US Open, declaring notably that he behaved on the court, I quote you, "like a spoilt child"...
IL: At the start of the match, he was almost crying on court because his elbow seemed to be be bothering him. He behaved like the child that he is. He needs to grow up. I do not doubt that he was really injured, but I still think that the most important thing is to show respect to your opponent on court. We are a sport of gentlemen, and a lot of young players seem to forget this sometimes.

:o

Surgza
02-28-2006, 06:42 AM
TM: You were very severe on the subject of Richard after your defeat against him at the US Open, declaring notably that he behaved on the court, I quote you, "like a spoilt child"...
IL: At the start of the match, he was almost crying on court because his elbow seemed to be be bothering him. He behaved like the child that he is. He needs to grow up. I do not doubt that he was really injured, but I still think that the most important thing is to show respect to your opponent on court. We are a sport of gentlemen, and a lot of young players seem to forget this sometimes.

:o

:fiery:

Ivan Ljubicic better live in fear... :armed:

gogo_guga
02-28-2006, 08:57 PM
Ivan is a dirty asswipe!!!!

InfiniteSadness
02-28-2006, 10:25 PM
Ivan Ljubicic: but I still think that the most important thing is to show respect to your opponent on court. We are a sport of gentlemen, and a lot of young players seem to forget this sometimes.

Yeah, and maybe you're perfect, Ivan? :mad:

Sore loser :o

zimzim
02-28-2006, 10:35 PM
Ivan has always been a sore loser

chicky841
03-01-2006, 12:24 AM
:ras: ivan doesnt know when to keep his mouth shut. or maybe he duz and just doesnt care.

oskyldig
03-05-2006, 09:19 PM
Hmmm.. Well, prolly is too much pressure put on him. Certian places do that to people, and golly he's so young, it's even hard for university students to deal with the stress of themselves, think of how it is for a whole country or world having expectations!

The fact that he can at least keep his head on straight and not become really up in the clouds is very impressive, but I can see it back-firing really soon.. Possibly in the same way that Jelena Dokic has, since she was always in the spotlight for whatever reason. But maybe he can rise above!! :worship:

kt4gasquet
04-12-2006, 08:51 PM
i have always hated ljubicic don't know why but now i really really hate him and i have a reason!! :mad:

Vialator
04-13-2006, 06:59 PM
Patrice Dominguez, Directeur Technique National de la FFT
http://lequipe.fr/Tennis/20060413_175134Dev.html

Comment analysez vous la défaite des Français à Pau ?
(...)
Et puis, nous pouvons avoir des regrets par rapport au premier set fourni par Richard Gasquet contre Tursunov dimanche. Il n'a pas tout donné pendant cette première manche, alors que c'est un match qu'il aurait pu gagner s'il s'était donné à fond dès le départ.

Pensez-vous qu'il s'agisse d'un manque de confiance, voire d'expérience ?
Il semble surtout s'agir d'un manque de confiance de ses capacités physiques. Richard n'a pas forcément conscience de celles qu'il possède. Après son match en cinq sets contre Safin, il ne pensait pas qu'il serait capable de fournir un nouveau match d'une telle intensité en si peu de temps. D'ailleurs, si on prend l'exemple du Russe, il joue sans se poser de questions, et si ça casse, tant pis. Richard, lui, se pose d'abord la question de savoir si son corps va tenir. Avec son entraîneur Eric Deblicker, nous considérons qu'il a deux ans d'avance sur les autres. Mais il n'a jamais été dans une structure fédérale durant sa formation, et il a manqué de confrontations avec les meilleurs pendant son évolution. Il semblerait que ce soit ce manque d'expérience face aux «cadors» qui le prive aujourd'hui de cette confiance en son physique, bien que ses tests médicaux démontrent qu'il est un athlète de très haut niveau. Nous lui donnons un à deux ans pour arriver à pleine maturité, et travaillons en ce sens ... mais c'est un combat de tous les jours.


Someone to translate ?

williaer
04-14-2006, 02:20 PM
Roger Federer talking about Richard (from the AO program this year) - sorry if there are typo's but I'm doing a type up...

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When Richard beat me (in the quarter-finals of last year's Monte Carlo Masters), it shouldn't have been a big surprise. I already saw him play extraordinary shots before. I know I was supposed to be the favourite, but not as much as people thought. I know he said before that match that I was his idol, but that didn't change anything for me. I approached that match like any other match. I saw during that match that he was able to remain for a long time at the same high level.

I couldn't quite understand the way he was playing. In the beginning he was pushing the ball, then in the second (set), he was just hitting clean winners all the time. You just don't face opponents like that these days. He really played into this zone where you had the feeling there was no more you could do.

Maybe people expected too much too soon from Gasquet. It was similar with me, so I know exactly what he was going through. I hope for him that he's had good times off the court also. Maybe now it's all tennis business for him. He's showed how well he can play and that he wants to get to the top. That is a good sign for him.

He stands very far back, which works on clay but might not work on hardcourts, and he's got a great backhand, a fantastic backhand. He can really hit is extremely hard, you know, both ways - up the line and crosscourt - and he returns well, especially off the second serve. That's the way he plays. He commits to take a chance. It's always tough to tell who's got the best shots, especially backhand, because we've got one-handed players, we've got two-handed players. But when it comes to one-handed backhands, his is definitely one of the best I've ever seen.

He's a very dangerous player. He's definitely got the tools, you know. It's a matter of consistency. With him and Rafael Nadal coming through, it's an interesting time for tennis.

Lina
04-14-2006, 02:24 PM
That's awfully nice for Roger. XD I mean. Yes. Totally agreeing with what roger's saying. Richard's..backhand is love. <333. He just keeps on improving I think Richard is a great threat ! bwabahahaa...;;

Richa®d^Fan
04-14-2006, 04:42 PM
LOL :eek: Roger told so great things for Richie and that's wonderful! I don't expect good words from Federer about some player, but now i see that he isn't evil :lol Yes, i'm totally agree with his thinging cause Richard played very well then :) Now too, but it was really big surprise

richard gasquet
05-01-2006, 04:50 PM
what rafael said about his peers and especially richard


It's not easy to come back," he said. "Gasquet was injured and he's one of the best in the world - I like Gasquet a lot - but he hasn't played very well. For a lot of young players the season is long, but I was thinking that he would be playing better in the first part of the year, maybe top 10.

yes we all expected more from the first part of the year but that s ok.He will do a better second part.

He seems to have lot of respect for our richard,rafa :hug:

parissima
05-01-2006, 06:19 PM
Ahhh Rafa, Roger... :hug: :hearts:

Sweet4Richard
05-01-2006, 10:00 PM
Awww, Rafa!! :hug:

"I like Gasquet a lot" :inlove:

parissima
05-01-2006, 10:39 PM
"I like Gasquet a lot" :inlove:

You actually got me laugh out loud at this ^^

simpletennis
05-02-2006, 03:34 AM
nice idea

InfiniteSadness
06-25-2006, 01:18 AM
Here's a part of Björman's interview after the final:

Runner up Jonas Bjorkman said after the match: "Richard has a good game. He mixes his serves and has a great forehand (:confused: didn't he mean a great backhand?) which is difficult to read. I think this will be a nice step for him. It was hard out there because I haven't played him before – I didn't get hold of his serve as I had hoped. I never got into the situation where I could dictate. Maybe if I could of got hold of it in the first set at 4-3 it would have been a different match but after he got in control of the match it was very difficult. On grass you can't afford to make mistakes – he's definitely a tough player. I think we already know he has a big future."

:)

silverwhite
06-25-2006, 02:21 AM
Richard's FH is pretty good too :p

InfiniteSadness
06-25-2006, 02:32 AM
Richard's FH is pretty good too :p

Yes but his backhand is better, maybe exceptional. :p

Vialator
08-15-2006, 02:57 PM
2006 ROGERS MASTERS, TORONTO

Q. How far do you think a player like Gasquet is from catching up to you? You seem to have an amazing mental advantage over him and other guys. How far are these guys?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, you got to talk not about the No. 1, you have to talk first top 10 and then top five. I think he hasn't been able to do yet. You got to keep it in perspective.
I think he's got the potential to go very high up in the rankings. It's his second Masters Series final already at a young age, to me in Hamburg and then to me here. I think if he keeps playing so well every week, he'll eventually win one of these big tournaments.
Yeah, I saw him already one year ago actually as a top 10 player. It shows how tough it is, especially for young guys. It's good, they're all very dangerous on the day, in the end the difference makes the guy who can back it up day in, day out. I think that's what he's starting to do. I think that's why we'll see much, much more from him in the future.

Q. Did he play well enough to beat you in the first set or did you beat yourself in the first set?

ROGER FEDERER: I think he was playing really well. I think he was consistent, playing aggressive, hitting his shots when he had to, serving solid. He was the best returner I think for the whole entire tournament. I knew that coming in it's going to be tougher to hold my serve and everything.
I definitely had to get used to his game a bit because I didn't know if he was going to stand far back or go in because he's got the option to do both. That kept me a little off guard. That's the strength in his game. He's not so predictable. That's what made me struggle today.

Vialator
04-13-2007, 09:36 PM
A little up for this tread, with some words by Boris Becker I have already notified last week.
(...)
Quels sont les principaux concurrents de Federer et Nadal ?
(il cherche des yeux) Où sont-ils ? Je ne me rappelle pas qu'il a déjà été si facile d'être dans les dix premiers mondiaux qu'aujourd'hui. J'ai grandi à une époque où le top 10, c'était des types comme Connors, McEnroe, Wilander, Lendl, Edberg, Sampras, Agassi, etc. Il y avait une vraie compétition, c'est qui me manque. Nadal gagne sur terre, Federer partout ailleurs et les autres regardent. C'est pourtant ouvert pour ceux qui sont capables d'aligner six bons mois, pas seulement une semaine de temps en temps...

> Richard Gasquet vous semble-t-il capable d'atteindre ce très haut niveau ?
Il y a deux ans au Masters Series de Hambourg, dont je m'occupais à l'époque, j'avais découvert un des tout meilleurs jeunes joueurs que j'ai jamais vus. Il avait perdu en finale contre Federer (6-3, 7-5, 7-6) mais il avait réussi un super tournoi en sortant des qualifications. Aujourd'hui, ce n'est plus le même. Il est peut-être capable de battre n'importe qui pendant une semaine, puis on ne le voit pas pendant trois mois. J'ai du mal à le comprendre. Quand tu affiches un tel niveau de jeu sur un tournoi, tu dois logiquement le montrer plus régulièrement. Ce n'est pas normal.

> Comment l'expliquez-vous ?
Certains jeunes ne sont pas prêts mentalement à répéter des performances élevées parce que cela exige du courage et de la détermination. Le talent ne suffit pas. La régularité est une question d'attitude. Il faut se poser la question : « Pourquoi je joue au tennis ? Pour être content de passer deux ou trois tours, ou pour vouloir être le meilleur ? » Tu dois détester perdre. Quel que soit ton adversaire, même si c'est le numéro un mondial. C'est une affaire de caractère.

http://www.lejdd.fr/cmc/sport/200714/boris-becker-j-ai-du-mal-a-comprendre-gasquet_6568.html


Becker said Richard isn't the same since his Hamburg final in 2005, he can have a great week for 1 week and be off for 3 months. So he doesn't understand Richard, why he can't maintain this level of play more often.
When he was asked how to explain this situation, he said that some young players aren't ready to perform regularly because they need courage and determination, talent isn't enough. It's an attitude question. They must ask "why I'm playing tennis, to pass 2 or 3 rounds, or to be the best ?" You must hate losing, whatever the opponent, even if it's the world number one. it's about character.


And also little word form Bjorn Borg.

¿Qué jugadores le llaman más la atención de la nueva generación?

Richard Gasquet es exquisito técnicamente, pero no muy fuerte de cabeza. Djokovic es el hombre a quien hay que mirar en el futuro. Pero insisto en que no hay ninguno como Nadal, ninguno tiene esa determinación y esa fortaleza mental.

http://elmundodeporte.elmundo.es/elmundodeporte/2007/04/13/tenis/1176447003.html

About the new generation, Borg said Richard is technically exquisite but isn't mentally very strong. Djokovic is the one to watch in the future. But he specifies no one is like Nadal : no one has the same determination and mental strength.

Puschkin
04-15-2007, 08:52 AM
When he was asked how to explain this situation, he said that some young players aren't ready to perform regularly because they need courage and determination, talent isn't enough. It's an attitude question. They must ask "why I'm playing tennis, to pass 2 or 3 rounds, or to be the best ?" You must hate losing, whatever the opponent, even if it's the world number one. it's about character.

And Mr. Becker knows all about Richard to speak like that. :rolleyes:

About the new generation, Borg said Richard is technically exquisite but isn't mentally very strong. Djokovic is the one to watch in the future. But he specifies no one is like Nadal : no one has the same determination and mental strength.

Interesting to know WHEN he said that about Djokovic, before or after the Miami title????? As for Nadal, this is stating the obvious, the results speak for themselves. I don't need Borg in his wisdom to tell me that Roger Federer has been the best for the last three years. :p

lisaplenske
04-15-2007, 09:02 AM
I bet if richard win Monte Carlo he would say that he is amazing,the best on clay bla bla bla:rolleyes: :lol: :smash:

*julie*
04-15-2007, 05:58 PM
There was Federer interviewed live in stade2 and they asked him what he thinks about Richard not being in the top 10.

He said something like he is disappointed cos he thinks Richard is one of the best european players. In the past, he had said Gasquet was better than Djokovic and Murray and now he kinds of struggle to enter the top 10... So this situation might be difficult for Richard.

I hope the video will be on line cos I don't remember properly but once again Roger showed how nice he is.

lisaplenske
04-15-2007, 06:26 PM
salut julie!!c moi amira:wavey:

merci de nous raconter,j'ai pas vu quand rodgeur a parlé:sad:

*julie*
04-15-2007, 06:38 PM
salut julie!!c moi amira:wavey:

merci de nous raconter,j'ai pas vu quand rodgeur a parlé:sad:

Salut Amira, I am happy to see you back here :)

Here the link to the interview: http://sport.france2.fr/stade2/index-fr.php?date=2007/04/15&id_article=719

Well, for the non french speakers, Fed also says that he prefers Richard's game to Murray's or Djokovic's so he hopes Richard will do well, and especially in GS.

Ayane
04-15-2007, 07:45 PM
Salut Amira, I am happy to see you back here :)

Here the link to the interview: http://sport.france2.fr/stade2/index-fr.php?date=2007/04/15&id_article=719

Well, for the non french speakers, Fed also says that he prefers Richard's game to Murray's or Djokovic's so he hopes Richard will do well, and especially in GS.

The link doesn't work .... :sad: it said : "Site en travaux

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Truc
04-15-2007, 07:53 PM
It worked a few minutes ago, I watched it, they're probably fixing it.
Anyway, Julie already said everything, he says very clearly he prefers Richard's game over Djokovic's and Murray's and it's kind of disappointing for him (= for Roger) that the other two have been doing better lately. He assumes it's a bit frustrating for Richard too and hopes he can catch up in a GS.

As for "Mr. Becker", we see him a lot here in Germany and I wouldn't give much credit to his opinion. :p

silverwhite
04-15-2007, 10:26 PM
No surprise. Roger has always said he likes Richard's game and has always expressed disappointment that he hasn't done as well as he should. :help:

tennis2tennis
04-16-2007, 07:20 AM
but some Djokovic fans were a little irritated by rogers preference of Richard's game

my0118
04-16-2007, 08:20 AM
but some Djokovic fans were a little irritated by rogers preference of Richard's game

I don't get that. roger is a person. people have their preference. I think they are just jealous because nole doesn't have a win against fed unlike murray or gasquet even though his status is now more ahead of them.

lisaplenske
04-16-2007, 08:33 AM
I hope richard to know about what roger said about him and make a rebellion at MC:armed:

Im really expecting something great from him.Im a big fan of him,always support him and now I want him to act.:(

Puschkin
04-16-2007, 08:36 AM
but some Djokovic fans were a little irritated by rogers preference of Richard's game

:shrug:

BTW: The appreciation is reciprocal. Richard always speaks with great admiration about Roger's tennis.

Allure
04-16-2007, 09:17 AM
but some Djokovic fans were a little irritated by rogers preference of Richard's game

That annoys me. There is this one particular Djokovic fan who always bashes Richard calling him talentless, overrated, etc.:rolleyes: I think they are jealous that Roger praises Richard more than thier favorite.:rolleyes:

JBdV
04-16-2007, 09:27 AM
Roger has good taste :cool:

Sophie-d
04-16-2007, 10:45 AM
Roger has good taste :cool:

Yes, an excellent eye to spot good tennis :)

silverwhite
07-07-2007, 04:16 PM
Q. How conscious were you of Gasquet's foot problems? How much did you try to work him out?

ROGER FEDERER: I didn't feel it too much, to be honest. I knew he had to be tired, no doubt. You see him warming up, just walking around in the dressing room and he's hurting to tie his shoes.
Once the body gets warm sometimes you don't feel those problems. I knew the danger. I think he played actually pretty good under the circumstances.
Now, maybe he let his head hang a little bit, which is maybe also a bit normal, being physically in a tough position playing against me, being down a set and a break. It's not an easy situation for him.

I think he played a phenomenal match yesterday. I enjoyed it so much, to see him play that way. He had over 80 winners. That is just incredible tennis. You saw some shots again today.

I really hope he's going to be at the very top of the rankings soon.

Roger really likes him :lol:

Rafas_grl
07-12-2007, 04:48 PM
awwwRog is such a nice guy and knows a talented player when he sees one!;)

Allure
07-12-2007, 05:45 PM
I noticed that Roger noticed other players matches a lot. In one of the wimbledon interviews he talks about all of Nadal's opponents and exactly what shot was hit at match point, etc.

kt4gasquet
07-12-2007, 08:12 PM
Well he had so much time off cos of the rain he probably didn't have anything else to do but watch loads of tennis!

Puschkin
07-16-2007, 11:50 AM
Roger on His favourite match in Wimbledon
The last sets of the Roddick and Gasquet match that was fantastic, he was very tired by the time he had to play me the next day. But he opened a window of the kind of tennis he is capable of and it was art.

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=106174

silverwhite
07-16-2007, 12:07 PM
He thinks so highly of Richard. I hope Richard doesn't disappoint him. :tape:

DONADANG
07-16-2007, 12:29 PM
He thinks so highly of Richard. I hope Richard doesn't disappoint him. :tape:

I guess Richard is his favourite baby ball :)

tennis2tennis
07-16-2007, 03:46 PM
he always singles out richard for praise, honestly i think richard reminds him of his younger days..because like him he would blow hot and cold on court

Puschkin
07-16-2007, 03:51 PM
he always singles out richard for praise, honestly i think richard reminds him of his younger days..because like him he would blow hot and cold on court

He should be careful, then, if the comparison starts to materialize. ;) Though I do not consider it likely.

Rafas_grl
07-16-2007, 04:31 PM
wow... great quote by Roger! thats what i like about him!

and Rich's game that day was trully art!!

Allure
07-16-2007, 05:01 PM
That's what I like about Roger. He always has faith in Richard and appreciates his talent and not fawn at the other new balls who are ahead of Richie (Djokovic, Nadal, Murray, etc). I think it's because Richard reminds him of himself (game wise and mentally). How everyone put pressure on them to do well and they were late bloomers.

Allure
07-16-2007, 06:21 PM
He should be careful, then, if the comparison starts to materialize. ;) Though I do not consider it likely.

Once Richard gets his head on straight, he could surpass Roger.:p ;)

richie21
07-17-2007, 12:32 AM
That's what I like about Roger. He always has faith in Richard and appreciates his talent and not fawn at the other new balls who are ahead of Richie (Djokovic, Nadal, Murray, etc). I think it's because Richard reminds him of himself (game wise and mentally). How everyone put pressure on them to do well and they were late bloomers.

Murray ahead of Gasquet??? :confused: :confused:

Allure
07-17-2007, 01:12 AM
Well maybe I should put the word was.;)

fed4ever
08-26-2007, 03:18 AM
Q. What do you think about coming up the next generation, for example, Djokovic, Murray?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I think the new generations now have announced themselves since a year basically. One year ago they were still very young, not just young. But they're all very good, you know. You could definitely tell one of them was going to definitely make the breakthrough soon. It was Djokovic that did it first, even though it looked like Murray was going to do it ahead of him. He had problems with his injuries. Who knows what he could have done at the French Open and Wimbledon, he was injured. Gasquet has been able to make a breakthrough as well making semis at Wimbledon. You always got Berdych, Baghdatis, all these other guys who can make the big breakthrough as well.
I think it's definitely now the young guys that are pushing through. I think slowly but surely they're also getting ready to win maybe big tournaments, like Djokovic has been able to win a couple of Masters Series this year. It's going to be interesting to see how well they can do at the Grand Slams.

Q. Who do you think of that group will wind up being the best?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, I don't know honestly. I think they got similar chances, to be honest. At the moment you would have to probably say Djokovic and Murray. At the same time I like Gasquet's game better than those. It's my opinion. Berdych's got a huge game. Baghdatis has announced himself already a couple years ago with the finals at the Australian Open. Then there's other guys like maybe Del Potro who is going to come through. I think there's going to be a few very soon, a lot of them in the top 10.

silverwhite
08-26-2007, 06:42 AM
Nothing we didn't know already. :p

Allure
08-26-2007, 08:45 AM
Federer favors Richie. :angel:

BTW, link?

*julie*
11-12-2007, 07:36 PM
This thread needs some updates. :)

Some comments from the top3 players just after Richard's qualification in Shangaï (source: Le Parisien)

Federer
« Il est jeune, ne l’oubliez pas, lance le numéro un mondial, Roger Federer. Je suis content pour lui. Il est arrivé tôt sur le circuit et cela lui a pris un peu plus de temps pour être ici. Heureusement qu’il n’a pas vite commencé à gagner des Grands Chelems ! Il mérite sa place, surtout après sa victoire sur Roddick à Wimbledon. Il fallait aussi qu’il soit fort pour résister à la pression à Bercy, la semaine dernière, dans son match décisif face à Murray ».

"He's young, don't forget it. I am happy for him. He arrived pretty early on the tour and it took him longer to be here. Fortunately, he hasn't started to win slams! He deserves his place, particularly after his win over Roddick in Wimbeldon. He also had to be strong last week in his decisive match against Murray."


Nadal
« On a souvent essayé de le comparer à moi et cela n’a pas dû être facile pour lui, souffle le Majorquin. Pourtant, c’est ridicule. Chacun suit sa progression. Peu importe la vitesse, l’essentiel c’est d’arriver à ses objectifs. J’ai du respect pour Richard parce qu’on se voit depuis très longtemps. Et sincèrement - et à condition qu’il ne me fasse pas trop de misères – je suis heureux pour lui ».

"He has often been compared to me and it might not have been easy for him. It is ridiculous though. Each one has his own progression. No matter how long it takes, the main thing is to reach the objectives. I have respect for Richard because we've been knowing each other for a long time. And sincerely, provided that he doesn't trouble me too much (well... he didn't :o ) I am happy for him."

Djokovic
« Il a eu des hauts et des bas et n’a peut-être pas été servi par les blessures dans des moments clés, juge-t-il. J’ai sûrement été plus chanceux de ce côté là, ce qui peut expliquer une ascension plus rapide. Mais il a fallu qu’il soit fort pour faire face. Je suis sûr qu’il va entrer très vite dans les cinq ou trois premiers. Il est complet, solide physiquement, il a des coups fabuleux derrière sa ligne et, en plus, il sent si bien le jeu… ».

"He had ups and downs and might have not been spared by injuries in the key moments. I certainly have been luckier with this, which can explain a faster ascencion. But he had to be strong to face all this. I am sure he will reach the top 5 or 3 very soon. He is complete, strong physically, he can produce amazing shots from the baseline and he feels the game very well..."


I am really surprised by Djokovic especially his "top 5/3" comment. I don't know if he really means what he said... he seemed to be such a competitive person...
...or maybe something has been lost in the translation. :o

EternalxJourney
11-13-2007, 05:31 AM
This thread needs some updates. :)

Some comments from the top3 players just after Richard's qualification in Shangaï (source: Le Parisien)

Djokovic
« Il a eu des hauts et des bas et n’a peut-être pas été servi par les blessures dans des moments clés, juge-t-il. J’ai sûrement été plus chanceux de ce côté là, ce qui peut expliquer une ascension plus rapide. Mais il a fallu qu’il soit fort pour faire face. Je suis sûr qu’il va entrer très vite dans les cinq ou trois premiers. Il est complet, solide physiquement, il a des coups fabuleux derrière sa ligne et, en plus, il sent si bien le jeu… ».

"He had ups and downs and might have not been spared by injuries in the key moments. I certainly have been luckier with this, which can explain a faster ascencion. But he had to be strong to face all this. I am sure he will reach the top 5 or 3 very soon. He is complete, strong physically, he can produce amazing shots from the baseline and he feels the game very well..."


I am really surprised by Djokovic especially his "top 5/3" comment. I don't know if he really means what he said... he seemed to be such a competitive person...
...or maybe something has been lost in the translation. :o

maybe nole meant that richard will be top 5/3 when he's number 1. :rolleyes:

silverwhite
11-13-2007, 11:05 AM
It's nice to hear those comments but I can't help but think that it must be quite annoying for the other players to repeatedly get asked questions about Richard. :help:

*julie*
11-13-2007, 11:20 AM
It's nice to hear those comments but I can't help but think that it must be quite annoying for the other players to repeatedly get asked questions about Richard. :help:

I am pretty sure Richard is also asked this kind of questions from serbian and british journalists. :p (I doubt spanish and swiss journalist really care though :lol: )
And these questions weren't out of a context... Richard had just qualified for the masters.. so it deserved some thoughts from the other players.

As for I, what I can't help to think is Djokovic was not very sincere in his answer. But I may be wrong.

silverwhite
11-13-2007, 11:25 AM
I'm sure he does, but most likely quite rarely. I mean, I get the impression that the French media is more aggressive with this sort of thing. :o

I think he was sincere. The two of them seem to get along well. At the end of the match today, apparently Richard told Nole to rest and that he had played 100 matches this year. :lol:

*julie*
11-13-2007, 11:40 AM
They have always been.. especially with him. :mad:
This time, though, they really didn't give him any pressure, congratulating him for his qualification and his "not that" bad loss against Nadal.

Glad to hear this. Now you say this, I remember some pics of them together and they seemed to get along pretty well. I kind of mixed him up with Berdych. :lol:

tennis lover
11-13-2007, 01:15 PM
It's nice to hear those comments but I can't help but think that it must be quite annoying for the other players to repeatedly get asked questions about Richard. :help:
that's what I always think when Wimbledon comes around and every player gets asked about Murray (and Henman in the past) in every single interview. Even once he's lost they get asked "where do you think Murray can go from here?...", it's a nightmare! :o

bittertea
11-13-2007, 01:17 PM
"...And sincerely, provided that he doesn't trouble me too much I am happy for him."

:rolleyes:

Always looking out for the real no.1, huh Rafa? :p

*julie*
12-12-2007, 12:24 PM
As there is not much tennis talk, here an interview of Sergi Bruguera who mentions Richard http://www.grandchelem.net/mon_weblog/2007/12/sergi-bruguera.html

Est-ce que c’est lié au fait que l’Espagne est un pays jeune qui a beaucoup à montrer, arrive dans l’Europe, qui a faim ? Est-ce que c’est une question de société ?

C’est difficile d’aller jusqu’à parler d’un problème de société. Ce que je sais, c’est qu’en Espagne, si tu arrives jusqu’en quart ou demi-finales, la presse ne te donnera pas beaucoup de notoriété. Alors que le Français qui fait deux tours à Roland-Garros, il est en première page de l’Equipe. En Espagne, tu fais deux tours, personne n’entendra parler de toi. Gasquet n’a encore rien fait d’important à Paris, mais il y a un moment où on va tout le temps parler de lui.

The journalist asks questions about spanish players' successes. And Bruguera replied that a spanish player has to reach the quarter or semi final to get attention from the medias while when french players gets through 2 rounds they are on l'équipe's frontpage. "Gasquet hasn't done anything in Paris yet but every time they talk about him in the medias.

I thought he was exagerating so I checked and here is what I found: http://www.lequipe.fr/Quotidien/une/une30052007_bd.jpg
(Roland Garros had not even started yet :tape: )

Puschkin
12-12-2007, 12:46 PM
Gasquet n’a encore rien fait d’important à Paris, mais il y a un moment où on va tout le temps parler de lui.

"Gasquet hasn't done anything in Paris yet but every time they talk about him in the medias.

I am wondering if this is the correct translation?

:topic: Even if Richard has not won Roland Garros, there is good reason that people talk about him more than about your dull tennis, Senor Bruguera.

*julie*
12-12-2007, 01:00 PM
I am wondering if this is the correct translation?

:topic: Even if Richard has not won Roland Garros, there is good reason that people talk about him more than about your dull tennis, Senor Bruguera.

Well my english is not good enough to translate better.
Maybe... Gasquet hasn't done anything important in Paris but at a given moment, they always talk about him.


Btw, the interview took place in september before Paris MS.

Puschkin
12-12-2007, 01:10 PM
Well my english is not good enough to translate better.
Maybe... Gasquet hasn't done anything important in Paris but at a given moment, they always talk about him.

I should shut up, because neither English nor French are my mother tongues, :o, but I give it a try:

Gasquet hasn't done anything important in Paris but there is a moment when one will talk about him all the time.

This is adds a totally different message, but I am probably wrong, the context does not indicate this twist. ;)

*julie*
12-12-2007, 02:07 PM
Well I didn't see any differences but you are far better in english than I am. ;)

Puschkin
12-12-2007, 03:12 PM
Well I didn't see any differences but you are far better in english than I am. ;)

I am not sure about this, but your french is certainly far beyond my level. :p

Well, you say: At a given moment, they talk about him all the time.

I say: At a given moment they WILL talk about him all the time (i.e after he has won Roland Garros, become nr 1, etc.....) implying that Bruguera thinks Richard can achieve this.

But as said: I am probably reading too much into this dull Spaniard's utterings. :D

What levels of discussion we can reach in these terrible times without tennis? ;)

Truc
12-12-2007, 07:10 PM
I understand it the same way as Julie. He means people always end up talking about Richie.

Schu
12-12-2007, 07:42 PM
I understand it the same way as Julie. He means people always end up talking about Richie.

Hey Sergi, ever thought that it's cuz he's more fun to watch on the court than many (not all) of those boring/one dimensional Spanish players. Sometimes I'm sure Richie would prefer no press than the kind he gets.

Puschkin
12-13-2007, 07:03 AM
I understand it the same way as Julie. He means people always end up talking about Richie.

Thanks for the ultimate judgement. I bow down to the native speakers. :worship: But you have to admit that my attempt for a more positive message was a worthy one. ;)

Hey Sergi, ever thought that it's cuz he's more fun to watch on the court than many (not all) of those boring/one dimensional Spanish players.

:topic: Exactly, Bruguera was the most boring of all.

lisaplenske
12-14-2007, 01:04 PM
I think brugera is right and in the same time wrong in that commentary

right--> that'must be true that spanish medias are different and dont aprehend roland garros the same way as the french one.
They interest in players only if they go far there, not before,they put less pressure.Yes ok.Its perhaps the case.

wrong--> when he talk and compare this statement with richard cause I think its quite "logical" that french medias are interested and talk about him.Its been 24 years since a french player won roland garros,its been a long time and if you see its the same every year.They are expecting much from richard but its because he's the french n°1 and the biggest hope(with phm ) to win this home slam.
I think its a part of a tennisman job to deal with that.Try to protect from that,thing that richard didnt do this year with the sad issue that we all know in 2rd against vliegen.:sad:

Hopefully this wont happen again and that he will learn from that for the next years.But the fact is that "this media attention"" will last till anther french player win roland.In every "slam country",medias are usually expecting much from their home players.The French are hard but I think that the others are as exigent as them,especially the British.Ask Tim Henman, and now its Murray who has to deal with a whole Nation hopes on his only shoulders.
I find bruguera comment quite "easy" to make, this kind of comparaison,difference about the medias to explain richard "bad trip" this year.:o
For me,its more about how a player can do to prepare good enough for a home slam and to protect himself from medias,
there is only one solution in the richard case IMO: to gain much more experience,confidence by winning tough matches against more and more top players.Improve his game as much as he can and win big tournaments. Then he wont be affected by what the medias write about him and how big the expectations are before the tournament.If I have one advice for him:
Just forget and dont read what could be said about you. Try to do your best and be YOU.

PS: oh! thats true that Bruguera was boring to watch,never could finish one of his match cause I got:zzz:

*julie*
02-10-2008, 06:18 PM
Some words about Richard from a Larri Passos interview(Guga's current coach):

Avez-vous déjà envisagé de collaborer avec un autre professionnel sur le circuit ?
Pour l’instant, c’est hors de question. Je ne peux pas travailler, ou envisager de travailler, avec quelqu’un d’autre que Guga. C’est seulement après Roland-Garros 2008 que je pourrais étudier la question. Ce que je peux vous dire, c’est que Gasquet me voulait en 2005. Il est revenu à la charge il y a quelques mois aussi, mais ce n’était pas possible. En tout cas, je l’aime bien ce garçon…

- Have you ever considered working with another pro on the tour?
For the moment, it's out of question. I can't work or consider working with anybody else than Guga. I will only consider it after Roland Garros 2008. What I can tell you is that Gasquet wanted to work with me back in 2005 (A huge surprise to me :eek: ) He asked me again some months ago but it was not possible. Anyway, I kind of like this kid...

This should make some people happy. :)

~*BGT*~
02-10-2008, 08:19 PM
Monsieur Deblicker :sad:

Allure
02-10-2008, 08:31 PM
Some words about Richard from a Larri Passos interview(Guga's current coach):

Avez-vous déjà envisagé de collaborer avec un autre professionnel sur le circuit ?
Pour l’instant, c’est hors de question. Je ne peux pas travailler, ou envisager de travailler, avec quelqu’un d’autre que Guga. C’est seulement après Roland-Garros 2008 que je pourrais étudier la question. Ce que je peux vous dire, c’est que Gasquet me voulait en 2005. Il est revenu à la charge il y a quelques mois aussi, mais ce n’était pas possible. En tout cas, je l’aime bien ce garçon…

- Have you ever considered working with another pro on the tour?
For the moment, it's out of question. I can't work or consider working with anybody else than Guga. I will only consider it after Roland Garros 2008. What I can tell you is that Gasquet wanted to work with me back in 2005 (A huge surprise to me :eek: ) He asked me again some months ago but it was not possible. Anyway, I kind of like this kid...

This should make some people happy. :)

So Gasquet is thinking of getting another coach. :eek: