Post-Match Analysis: Hewitt vs Gasquet

09-05-2006, 11:29 AM
Here's another one of post-match analysis' that I usually post from :)

Anyway, can I just say that I'm so proud of Richard for (1) giving the match his best effort, coming from a 2-set deficit to go to a 5th set is incredible, and (2) having his match on AA, just means that his talent/popularity is getting more recognized, which he really really deserves. Hail Gasquet! :worship:

What Happened?

In one of the more entertaining and gutsy matches from the entire tournament, No. 15 seed Lleyton Hewitt squandered a 2-0 set advantage before coming back to take the fifth set and the match. The Aussie seemed to have lost control of the match midway through before he got his second wind and began grinding down Gasquet with a series of stellar drop-shots and backhands.

Richard Gasquet, the 25th seed, fell behind early in the match and appeared to be struggling to recover from his tough four-set victory from the day before. But a run of five straight game victories over the third and fourth sets put Gasquet in position to turn the tide of the match. Unfortunately for the Frechman, his body did not hold up physically, as he began cramping in the deciding set. Still, Gasquet, who was hobbling toward the end of the match, was courageous in defeat, pushing Hewitt until the end..

Turning Point

After Gasquet managed to even the match at two sets apiece, Hewitt responded by squashing the Frenchman’s momentum at the onset of the fifth and deciding set. Hewitt held serve to start out, converted a break of serve, then held again for a 3-0 edge. By the end of the third game, the marathon match had caused Gasquet to wear down.

Gasquet, riding the wave of his initial set win, raced out to a 3-0 advantage in the fourth set, breaking Hewitt in the second game. But Hewitt responded by winning the next three games to even up the set and ensure a longer set than the tiring Gasquet would have preferred. Although the 25th seed went on to win the set, 6-3, by the time the fifth set rolled around Gasquet wasn’t able to hold together physically.

Stat of the Match

In a match that featured 13 combined break-point conversions, Hewitt cashed in on seven of his 14 for 50-percent tally. An astonishing three of those breaks of serve came in the first set alone, when Gasquet collected two of his own.

Gasquet converted 6-of-15 break point conversions to help extend his grueling match with Hewitt to five games. However, he committed 48 unforced errors – by far his highest total of the tournament.

View from the crowd

Hewitt had his usual contingent of Aussie fans cheering him on, although for most of the match they were drowned out by those pulling for Gasquet. But for the most part the raucous fans showed respect for the equally valiant performance turned in by Hewitt, who came through with some impressive shots late in the match to befuddle Gasquet.

As the match wore on, the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd began backing the underdog Gasquet in hopes of willing a more competitive battle. Then when it was apparent Gasquet was suffering from cramping, his refusal to let the match get out of hand only caused the majority of those in attendance to show more support. The love for the Frenchman reached its crest on the first match point chance by Hewitt when a hobbling Gasquet snuck in an amazing forehand winner.