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what does Gasquet lack to become a real threat in Grand Slams??

richie21
09-05-2006, 11:06 AM
let's discuss about that :)

scoobs
09-05-2006, 11:07 AM
stamina, clearly.

he took too long to gain the consistency and tactics to trouble Hewitt and then didn't have the legs to work that until the end.

He really needed to snatch one of those first two sets, IMO

Action Jackson
09-05-2006, 11:07 AM
You as his coach richie21 since you seem to like criticising Deblicker.

richie21
09-05-2006, 11:15 AM
You as his coach richie21 since you seem to like criticising Deblicker.

oups i forgot to add it :o

yep Deblicker could be one of the reasons :o

njorker
09-05-2006, 11:16 AM
I'm impressed that he made it all the way to a 5th set, but his body should be able to hold up physically even when he's playing for 3 hours or more. Poor Richie! :(

Jaap
09-05-2006, 11:17 AM
A heart.

oz_boz
09-05-2006, 11:17 AM
Experience?

Action Jackson
09-05-2006, 11:18 AM
None of the above.

disturb3d
09-05-2006, 11:24 AM
Nothing really. He's a good player. One of the best in the world.
If Fed and Nadal weren't around, he would be a top 5 pick for every slam.

delsa
09-05-2006, 11:25 AM
Experience, maybe? ;)

sampaio
09-05-2006, 11:42 AM
Experience, maybe? ;)


He plays with the pro since 2001....5 years now .

JBdV
09-05-2006, 11:45 AM
He needs to start important matches like these better. He could have avoided having to go to a 5th set

delsa
09-05-2006, 11:50 AM
He plays with the pro since 2001....5 years now .
You should know by now that he's the slowest learner ever. Very immature. ;)

Deivid23
09-05-2006, 11:55 AM
Gatorade

supersexynadal
09-05-2006, 11:55 AM
he nees to mature, just like vaidisova, ivanovich and sometimes monfils. When your in the top 20 theres nothig ou can improve tennis wise besides tactics and working on some weak points

stebs
09-05-2006, 11:55 AM
A little bit of luck. Look at his draws this year in the slams.

AO - He goes out first round despite being seeded, this would be surprising but it was against an on fire Haas who would go on to take Federer to five sets in the fourth round.

RG - Out in the second round to Nalbandian, he takes a set but eventually Nalby was just too good. It was a tournament where Nalbandian was playing well, making the semis before going out with an injury.

Wimbledon - Draws Federer in the first round. Along with Nadal on clay, Federer on grass is just a match-up other ATP players can't dream of winning. No shame for Gasquet there.

US Open - Makes a good run but loses to Hewitt in a tight five-setter in the fourth round. A tough draw again but Gasquet gave a good show. Not a fantastic performance yesterday, too long to get going but Hewitt was the better player in the end.

richie21
09-05-2006, 12:05 PM
A little bit of luck. Look at his draws this year in the slams.

US Open - Makes a good run but loses to Hewitt in a tight five-setter in the fourth round. A tough draw again but Gasquet gave a good show. Not a fantastic performance yesterday, too long to get going but Hewitt was the better player in the end.

to be fair,you can t say he lacked luck in the USOPEN,considering the draw he had until Hewitt.....not to mention that Hewitt is not Federer or even Roddick so you can t even say that playing Hewitt was the toughest draw possible

vincayou
09-05-2006, 12:10 PM
He needs to be more agressive. First, stop playing 10 yards behind the baseline. He's a shotmaker. He must advance in the court during the rallies, not step back after each shot.

Take more risk, use the backhand dtl more often.

Still no QF in a slam that's a waste.

vincayou
09-05-2006, 12:12 PM
to be fair,you can t say he lacked luck in the USOPEN,considering the draw he had until Hewitt.....not to mention that Hewitt is not Federer or even Roddick so you can t even say that playing Hewitt was the toughest draw possible

Healthy, Hewitt is probably more dangerous than Roddick at USO.

Nacho
09-05-2006, 12:14 PM
as some other people stated, stamina is the answer

JBdV
09-05-2006, 12:17 PM
to be fair,you can t say he lacked luck in the USOPEN,considering the draw he had until Hewitt.....not to mention that Hewitt is not Federer or even Roddick so you can t even say that playing Hewitt was the toughest draw possible
Look at Hewitt's record at the USO...If Richie had beaten him yesterday it would have been the biggest win of his career so far IMO.

richie21
09-05-2006, 12:28 PM
Look at Hewitt's record at the USO...If Richie had beaten him yesterday it would have been the biggest win of his career so far IMO.

not sure about that but well.....

Pea
09-05-2006, 01:04 PM
Mental toughness for sure, but that goes with more experience. he reminds me alot of Rogi's first couple of years before he broke through in slams. I think it'lll come in time.

JBdV
09-05-2006, 01:11 PM
not sure about that but well.....
Well it would have been his Grand Slam breakthrough, beating a past champion in a best of 5 set match to reach his first GS quarter-final, quite an acheivement I think, but sadly it wasn't to be :sad: . Of course the Fed win was huge, but now he needs a big win in a GS...

gillian
09-05-2006, 01:17 PM
Going by last night's match, mental toughness and conditioning. I was really impressed with the way he played in Toronto, but he played way too tentatively in the first two sets against Hewitt last night. I was actually disgusted with him, until he got himself back into the match, but, even then, I feared - rightly as it turned out - that it was too late.

I think with more big-match experience, he'll improve.

stebs
09-05-2006, 01:20 PM
to be fair,you can t say he lacked luck in the USOPEN,considering the draw he had until Hewitt.....not to mention that Hewitt is not Federer or even Roddick so you can t even say that playing Hewitt was the toughest draw possible
Hewitt is far more accomplished at the US Open than Roddick and I personally would give Richie a far better chance of beating Roddick than of beating Hewitt on this surface. Of course Hewitt is not unbeatable or anything but is still a tough draw.

richie21
09-05-2006, 01:27 PM
Going by last night's match, mental toughness and conditioning
.

well he was 2 sets down against one of the best fighters on the tour and still he came back......and even when he had cramps in the last set,he still continued to fight (what a passing shot in this MP,i still can t believe it!! :eek: ).......so if we only go by last night's match ,i wouldn t say he lacked mental toughness,quite the contrary.
this said,i regret he didn t play more agressively in the first 2 sets.....that's probably the main reason he lost yesterday

Egag
09-05-2006, 01:37 PM
belief my friends, that is the answer

Liverpool4ever
09-05-2006, 02:01 PM
I think he lacked that bit of luck needed and I suppose a little physical conditioning. Playing Hewitt is far harder than Roddick and if you watch Hewitt's matches he makes his opponents do an awful lot of running. Gasquet should have won in straight sets yesterday to have given him a better chance, but he has shown he will a threat on every surface.

zimzim
09-05-2006, 02:32 PM
Physical conditioning......mentally, he's gotten so much better. He still believed he could win the match against Hewitt even when his body couldn't do it.

Duncan
09-05-2006, 02:38 PM
Bottle =/

NeverSayDie
09-05-2006, 04:38 PM
I think he needs to build on his physical fitness a bit and gain more experience. He definitely has the talent

TFan1156
09-05-2006, 04:53 PM
Not a lot, consistency, maturity, he, Nadal, Murray, and Berdych are the future, though Nadal is already there on clay.

Fumus
09-05-2006, 04:59 PM
The biggest things going against him is fitness and hype.

neenah
09-05-2006, 05:45 PM
Not a lot, consistency, maturity, he, Nadal, Murray, and Berdych are the future, though Nadal is already there on clay.

I agree, Nadal, Murray, Berdych and Gasquet :)

As for what Gasquet needs, I'd say mainly time. With time he can work on what needs work. Also experience, even though he has been playing for a few years experience isn't always measured in time but often in what has happened during the time.

I am very impressed by Gasquet and I think it won't be too long until he is an even bigger threat!

DrJules
09-05-2006, 06:54 PM
He needs to be more agressive. First, stop playing 10 yards behind the baseline. He's a shotmaker. He must advance in the court during the rallies, not step back after each shot.

Take more risk, use the backhand dtl more often.

Still no QF in a slam that's a waste.

It would certainly help considering fitness appears to be the main Gasquet problem.

TheBoiledEgg
09-05-2006, 07:04 PM
wait will next yr and if he's stays healthy he'll be top come RG time if not earlier.

higher seeding = better chance to go far.

rofe
09-05-2006, 07:28 PM
Better fitness or the ability to close out matches in 3 sets.

Pfloyd
09-05-2006, 08:26 PM
How do you improve talent?

delsa
09-05-2006, 08:35 PM
How do you improve talent?
By working because talent many players have it even some that aren't ranked high and that's not saying much to say one players has it but work can make champions. As the saying goes "practice makes perfect". ;)

If you're trying to say Gasquet has no talent. You're just either lying, blind or ignorant in tennis.

richie21
09-05-2006, 08:41 PM
How do you improve talent?

the poll title is "what does he lack to become a real threat in GSs??" ;)

World Beater
09-05-2006, 08:47 PM
he needs some luck...a good draw, so he can make a slam breakthrough, and his confidence will rise.

if he could have nadal's draw at any of this years grand slams, that would be nice.

tennisgal_001
09-05-2006, 08:53 PM
He needs time. He knows he's talented, VERY VERY VERY talented. He knows he's got great technique. But he needs more experience at Slams. Just like Federer at his age, he got all the shots, but he didn't know how to assemble them all together into one astonishing package. When he starts making the second weeks at Slams more often, and more AMS QF/SF/F, he'll learn how to deal with the big points better. Look at Lleyton yesterday. He wasn't the better player, but he just knew what do when, and that made all the difference in the world. Once he's in better physical conditioning, he'll be consistent enough to be seeded at all Slams/AMS events.

wally1
09-05-2006, 09:07 PM
He needs to be more agressive. First, stop playing 10 yards behind the baseline. He's a shotmaker. He must advance in the court during the rallies, not step back after each shot.

Take more risk, use the backhand dtl more often.

Still no QF in a slam that's a waste.Agreed, I couldn't believe how far behind the baseline he was playing.

delsa
09-05-2006, 09:25 PM
Gatorade
Is that some kind of slang for doping?

:)

sammy2
09-05-2006, 10:56 PM
Fitness - that was the biggest difference. Hewitt grew up with professional athletes as parents - mother Phys Ed teacher, father and uncle professional footballers, (even his grandfather Hewitt was a top footballer), so in his case physical fitness has been part of his life. That is another reason he does so well in 5 set matches. Gasquet looks a little soft, so maybe he needs to learn more about his body. He has mental toughness - just look at the fifth set - and ability, but for the last 5 years his body has let him down.

Allure
09-05-2006, 11:26 PM
Gasquet has got all the skills/shotmaking in the world but he is still lacking in mental toughness and physical conditioning. But he's VERY talented.

~*BGT*~
09-05-2006, 11:41 PM
Both mental toughness and fitness. He wasn't cramping like this when he lost to Safin and Tursunov in DC this year.

Daniel
09-05-2006, 11:44 PM
physical condition

Allure
09-05-2006, 11:51 PM
Also I was disappointed he was standing so far from the baseline last night.

NYCtennisfan
09-06-2006, 12:28 AM
What he needs more than anything is that first big win in a slam that gets him into the quarters or semis. Then he will have the belief that he should be there. A few results like that and he will be a higher seed menaing he will have an easier time getting the results that will let him stay in the top 10.

Having been at last night's match, Gasquet displayed brilliant shotmaking from both sides where he made Hewitt look like a challenger type player. But then he would lose patience and try a crazy shot early in the rally when he didn't have to. I'm not sure if he believed at any time that he was going to win. I think he thought he was the better player or the player with more ability, but he didn't have the same belief that Hewitt had. Until he gets some big wins, that lingering doubt will always be there and of course it mays till be there even after a few big wins. Nobody knows.

Some physical training and a little work on the serve won't hurt either.