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silverwhite
03-22-2007, 07:28 PM
1) Monte-Carlo

1st Round - def Fernando Verdasco 7-5 6-7(12) 7-6(3)
2nd Round - def Dominik Hrbaty 6-3 6-2
3rd Round - def Ivan Ljubicic 6-3 6-7(5) 7-5
Quarterfinal - lost to Juan Carlos Ferrero 7-5 5-7 2-6

2) Estoril
1st Round - def Max Mirnyi 6-3 6-4
2nd Round - def Frederico Gil 6-1 6-2
Quarterfinal - def Vince Spadea 6-3 6-4
Semifinal - def Paul-Henri Mathieu 3-1 ret.
Final - lost to Novak Djokovic 6-7(7) 6-0 1-6

3) Rome
1st Round - def Fernando Verdasco 6-1 7-5
2nd Round - lost to Filippo Volandri 4-6 7-6(5) 4-6

4) Hamburg
1st Round - def Gaston Gaudio 6-1 6-4
2nd Round - lost to Jurgen Melzer 3-6 4-6

5) Roland Garros
1st Round - def Nicolas Mahut 6-3 6-2 6-2
2nd Round - lost to Kristof Vliegen 6-7(4) 3-6 1-6

6) Gstaad

7) Stuttgart

Ayane
03-22-2007, 11:39 PM
ESTORIL ?????? :eek: Are you sure about that ??? OMG, it's so awsome ... Richard in estoril, in "my country" !! I will go to the tournament every day :woohoo: :cool: ! Doesn't matter if i don't to the university for one week LOOOOOL !!

my0118
03-23-2007, 02:44 AM
ESTORIL ?????? :eek: Are you sure about that ??? OMG, it's so awsome ... Richard in estoril, in "my country" !! I will go to the tournament every day :woohoo: :cool: ! Doesn't matter if i don't to the university for one week LOOOOOL !!

are you form Portugal? :scratch: I thought you're french.
anyway I saw his name on the entry list of Estoril as well so quite sure about that unless he pulls out because of fatigue.:) good news for you!

Ayane
03-23-2007, 09:56 AM
are you form Portugal? :scratch: I thought you're french.
anyway I saw his name on the entry list of Estoril as well so quite sure about that unless he pulls out because of fatigue.:) good news for you!

Yes i'm french, but I study pharmacy in Portugal !That's what i'm saying that. Yeah it's good news for me :D for sure ! I will see him in Estoril and in Roland Garros, That's incredible ... ! Don't worry I will tell you my days in Estoril ;) !

my0118
03-23-2007, 11:51 AM
Yes i'm french, but I study pharmacy in Portugal !That's what i'm saying that. Yeah it's good news for me :D for sure ! I will see him in Estoril and in Roland Garros, That's incredible ... ! Don't worry I will tell you my days in Estoril ;) !

It's really awesome!! I wish I had lived abroad to study because I think it could make myself widen my mental vision. I'm just stuck here where I am :angel:
Anyway, really looking forward to hearing your days during Estoril open, hopefully you really enjoy a lot there!!

Sophie-d
03-23-2007, 12:08 PM
Yes i'm french, but I study pharmacy in Portugal !That's what i'm saying that. Yeah it's good news for me :D for sure ! I will see him in Estoril and in Roland Garros, That's incredible ... ! Don't worry I will tell you my days in Estoril ;) !

Lucky girl :p !!! I'll be looking forward to hearing from you then ;) !!! Details!

Ginevra83
04-14-2007, 12:20 PM
The MonteCarlo Main Draw is out!!
IMO Richard has a good draw (finally!!!;) ).He can and he
MUST reachs 1/8 agaist Ljubicic,I think,then probablyGonzales 1/4,and in semi Roger (why not!!!:p )
Good luck Richard
Have a nice day everyone!!:wavey:
Au revoir

JBdV
04-14-2007, 12:27 PM
Richard's quarter in Monte-Carlo:

[4] GONZALEZ, Fernando CHI vs BYE
ANDREEV, Igor RUS vs ACASUSO, Jose ARG
MASSU, Nicolas CHI vs VOLANDRI, Filippo ITA
HENMAN, Tim GBR vs [16]FERRERO, Juan Carlos ESP

[11] GASQUET, Richard FRA vs VERDASCO, Fernando ESP
QUALIFIER vs HRBATY, Dominik SVK
MONFILS, Gael FRA vs STEPANEK, Radek CZE
BYE vs [7] LJUBICIC, Ivan CRO

JBdV
04-14-2007, 12:28 PM
The MonteCarlo Main Draw is out!!
IMO Richard has a good draw (finally!!!;) ).He can and he
MUST reachs 1/8 agaist Ljubicic,I think,then probablyGonzales 1/4,and in semi Roger (why not!!!:p )
Good luck Richard
Have a nice day everyone!!:wavey:
Au revoir

It will be against Monfils ;) (I hope)

silverwhite
04-14-2007, 01:48 PM
Good draw. If he loses early again, we can't blame the draw this time...

lisaplenske
04-14-2007, 02:01 PM
silver dont be pessimistic:p

verdasco first.Good test.Allez richard there is a really good thing to do here.So fonce!:drive:

tennis lover
04-14-2007, 02:32 PM
for a Masters Series that is not too bad at all! :D Allez! :bounce:

silverwhite
04-14-2007, 09:50 PM
Doubles draw is out. He's playing doubles with Julien again. :D
http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=http://www.atptennis.com/1/posting/2007/410/mdd.pdf

Vialator
04-14-2007, 09:52 PM
Good single draw. Is Richard's foot getting better or was it a diplomatic injury during Davis Cup?

tennis lover
04-14-2007, 09:57 PM
:banana: I like it when he plays doubles! :D

richie21
04-14-2007, 11:48 PM
I'm not expecting huge results from Richard on clay (i'm more awaiting the grass season) but frankly ,considering his draw,if he can t at least make the 1/4 final in MC,then it's really really worrying

*Sweet4Richard*
04-15-2007, 12:13 AM
Tough opening round, but not a horrible draw. Could have been much worse. Allez Richard :)

Good Luck with Julien :yeah:

InfiniteSadness
04-15-2007, 12:44 AM
Not a bad draw at all! :D
I hope he won't waste it like the other times...

He should at least reach the quarters. But I don't know why, I feel he won't do it... :rolleyes

But good luck Richie!!!

Allure
04-15-2007, 01:58 AM
I think Gonzales will take him out.:o

linus
04-15-2007, 06:22 AM
Richie, play some good enough matches :)

Ome
04-15-2007, 08:16 AM
Good draw. If he loses early again, we can't blame the draw this time...

The draw looks pretty good indeed :) I'm kind of thinking that the 1st round match will be quite a tricky one.

Agree that the draw can't really be blamed, but we can still blame the fact that he is French :p

Richard :rocker2:

lisaplenske
04-15-2007, 08:18 AM
yes he is french but MC is "his" tournament.:devil:

Perhaps it will be the start of a real story there...:angel:

Vialator
04-16-2007, 05:18 PM
Richard and Benet have won their doubles match.

he plays is single match tomorrow :


COURT CENTRAL
start 10:00 am
[12]D Ferrer (ESP) vs G Simon (FRA)
[11]R Gasquet (FRA) vs F Verdasco (ESP)
[1]R Federer (SUI) vs [Q]A Seppi (ITA)
[8]A Murray (GBR) vs M Gicquel (FRA)

Allez, the nap is over...

silverwhite
04-16-2007, 09:04 PM
:scared:

It's almost like this match is worth 2 rounds. If he wins, I'm pretty sure he can get past Hrbaty/Portas :unsure:

Allure
04-16-2007, 10:37 PM
I don't know why he's playing doubles. I'm scared he will tire himself out.:o

tennis lover
04-16-2007, 11:15 PM
I don't know why he's playing doubles. I'm scared he will tire himself out.:o
he has done it plenty of times before! :p It's good practice and I'm sure he will make sure it doesn't affect his singles too much. :) He doesn't get tired at every tournament you know, just sometimes! ;)

:yeah: for the doubles! and good luck for tomorrow! :bounce:

zimzim
04-17-2007, 02:50 PM
Richie won his match!

*julie*
04-17-2007, 04:05 PM
OMG! I am so relieved.

When I started to follow the match, Verdasco was serving for the 1st set and Richard managed to win it. Then he broke back in the second and I was like "Great to see he will win it in 2 sets. Just in time for me to go back to work"... :tape: But what an horrible TB it was... And I went back to work convinced he would have lost the match.

So Congrats Richard. :)

Vialator
04-17-2007, 04:07 PM
R. GASQUET/F. Verdasco

7-5, 6-7, 7-6
Interview de: RICHARD GASQUET

Q. Peux-tu tirer des enseignements de ce match?
R. Je ne sais pas si je peux tirer des enseignements. Je peux simplement dire que cela aurait été vraiment dur de perdre. A la Coupe Davis, j’ai déjà perdu 8/6, donc là, cela n’aurait pas été facile à digérer. Mais il tapait si fort qu’avec mon revers à une main, c’était difficile, j’étais derrière. Il a un des meilleurs coups droits du monde. Le match était dur, je suis content de m’être battu jusqu’au bout. C’est ce que je peux retenir. Mentalement et physiquement, c’était dur.

Q. Comment es-tu physiquement justement?
R. Je n’ai repris que vendredi, samedi (j’ai eu mal à l’orteil après la Coupe Davis). Je n’étais pas préparé pour ce tournoi. Je ne m’attendais pas à jouer trois heures aujourd’hui. J’espère pouvoir récupérer.

Q. Il a mené 2/0, 40/0, qu’as-tu pensé?
R. Il peut vraiment s’en vouloir sur ce jeu. Je n’étais pas bien, il fallait qu’il m’enfonce à ce moment là.

Q. Sur les balles de matches, tu n’aurais pas pu prendre plus d’initiatives?
R. Je n’ai pas raté, c’est lui qui jouait sur les lignes. Il peut vraiment regretter ce jeu à 2/0. C’était bien pour moi.

Q. Mais quand tu vois qu’il fait un, puis deux, puis trois coups impossibles, tu ne penses pas à tenter davantage?
R. Je ne m’attendais pas à ces coups droits dans tous les sens. Bravo à lui. Je peux tenter, mais j’ai joué long, j’ai attendu la balle courte… C’est lui qui jouait bien. Je n’attendais pas de tels coups droits. Par contre, j’ai très mal servi. C’est un très mauvais match au service. J’avais perdu le rythme. En plus, il est gaucher, les zones sont différentes. Je ne peux me reprocher que le service, pas le reste.

Q. Tu as souvent des matches longs, contre Youzni et là?
R. Oui, cinq heures, et trois heures !

Q. Tu ne peux pas prendre plus d’initiatives, tu préfères rester comme maintenant, jouer la sécurité?
R. J’essaie de jouer long et de frapper la balle plus tôt. Mais il a un coup droit exceptionnel. C’est difficile de frapper la balle au sommet du rebond.

Q. Tu as beaucoup de mal à jouer contre des joueurs blessés, apparemment? Youzni, et maintenant lui qui a mal aux abdominaux ?
R. C’est infernal !! Ils sont euphoriques !! Et ils sortent des coups impossibles !! Mais je n’avais pas le choix aujourd’hui, il fallait se battre. Il a sorti des coups exceptionnels, ce n’était pas facile.

http://montecarlo.masters-series.com/2/fr/players/interviews/stories/07_gasquet3.asp

lisaplenske
04-17-2007, 04:24 PM
yes the serve was horrible:bolt:

if he served well he would avoid so many difficult situations

*julie*
04-17-2007, 04:32 PM
Je peux simplement dire que cela aurait été vraiment dur de perdre. A la Coupe Davis, j’ai déjà perdu 8/6, donc là, cela n’aurait pas été facile à digérer. ]
I just can't imagine how it would have been...


Je n’étais pas préparé pour ce tournoi. Je ne m’attendais pas à jouer trois heures aujourd’hui. J’espère pouvoir récupérer.
Come on.. No choices.. This is Monte Carlo and the next round will be easier, so be fit Richard!

Allez Richard! And I expect better serves in the next match! :fiery:

Btw, thanks for the interview Ronan. ;)

delsa
04-18-2007, 12:17 PM
The good thing is he almost reached rock bottom in his way of playing and confidence currently so he can only go up from here... :)

Just get better match after match if possible!

C'mon Richard!

lisaplenske
04-18-2007, 12:43 PM
totally agree with you girls;)

he just can play better from now.Its a tournament that mean a lot for him,he has to still fight.

Allez richard!!you can do it!:bounce:

Truc
04-18-2007, 03:16 PM
I think it is way too dramatic to say he's almost "hitting the rock bottom".
I don't think it's true in tennis anyway, I've seen a lot of free falls on the contrary, when you start feeling lost out there, it is very difficult to come back.
Now it isn't at all Richie's situation. He's had two tough matches, that's it.

Here’s the match report in L’Équipe today:
Gasquet le marathonien
Il a fallu 3 h 20’ au Français pour venir à bout de Verdasco au terme d’un match haletant et laborieux. Inquiétant pour la suite ?

AVEC DE LA TERRE plein les bottes, le Gasquet combatif et laborieux a inauguré sa saison « extérieure » sur terre battue sous le soleil. Il lui aurait coûté, à tous points de vue, de perdre le deuxième marathon de sa quinzaine, après les quatre heures quarante-huit minutes à courir, en vain, derrière un Youzhny alternatif pour le compte de la Coupe Davis. Heureusement pour lui, le Biterrois a, cette fois-ci, fini par dompter un Espagnol cyclothymique, tout à la fois capable de passer trois jeux à déborder l’adversaire dans les grandes largeurs et de cumuler les bourdes les plus épatantes. Hier, « el Loco » (le fou) a parfaitement récité sa partition. Merci « Nando » ! Lors des deux premières manches, Fernando Verdasco (38e) a servi à chaque fois à 5-4 pour le gain du set en s’effritant piteusement. Dans le troisième set, il a mené 2-0, 40-0 avant de relancer le Français en toute beauté. « Là, il peut s’en vouloir, confessera Gasquet. Il doit m’enfoncer, je n’étais pas bien du tout… » Mais, dans le mélodrame poussiéreux et très inégal de ce premier tour, il était écrit que l’irrationnel vaincrait. Que la prime ne sourirait pas au plus audacieux. Et que le réalisme du Français finirait par renverser le cours du match.
Jeu stérile ou héroïque ? Le débat reste entier autour du cas du leader français, qui pourrait regretter cette victoire à la Pyrrhus, mangeuse d’énergie. Irrémédiablement trop loin de sa ligne de fond, à court d’idées offensives, il a su contrer, faute de mieux, un joueur n’ayant gagné qu’un match depuis Indian Wells. « Mais j’ai joué assez long, se défendra-t-il. Je peux seulement m’en vouloir au service, où je n’étais pas dans le rythme. Verdasco a l’un des meilleurs coups droits du monde et ce n’est vraiment pas facile de prendre la balle au sommet du rebond… » Soit. Ceux qui espéraient retrouver la flamboyance du numéro 1 français depuis la campagne timorée de Moscou n’auront entrevu qu’un zeste de volupté à la fin de la première manche. De quelques revers à la Zorro et de coups droits enfin hardis, le Français avait alors usé de son génie pour renverser la tendance.
Mais, rapidement délaissé par ses facilités, il sut surtout utiliser sa science de la bravoure pour s’éreinter victorieusement à la besogne. Finir, après deux cents minutes d’une harassante joute terrienne, plus léger qu’un Espagnol bodybuildé, n’est-ce pas déjà l’assurance d’un physique tranquillisant ? Il n’était pas si aisé de se remettre dans le coup après avoir laissé échapper – une fois grossièrement sur une double faute – cinq balles de matches dans le tie-break du deuxième set. Il n’était pas plus simple pour lui d’oublier les errements du bourbier russe. D’ailleurs, même Youzhny a eu du mal s’en remettre, battu hier par Lee Hyung-taik. « La Coupe Davis lui a tout pompé », précisait hier l’entraîneur Boris Sopkin après la défaite de son poulain. Rien d’illogique à ce que Gasquet, ankylosé par les soucis post-défaite, souffre des mêmes maux après une semaine difficile à vivre.
L’orteil douloureux – il a joué ici en double avec des chaussures non sponsorisées mais plus confortables – ne lui a pas permis de reprendre l’entraînement avant vendredi dernier. Mentalement, il a apparemment souffert des critiques à son encontre et des interventions du pompier Guy Forget revendiquant son envie de venir seconder son leader en panne d’inspiration : « Beaucoup de choses déplaisantes ont été dites. Ça m’a fait du mal. Je n’ai pas mérité d’être traité comme le bouc émissaire après une défaite de cinq heures de jeu en Coupe Davis… » Entamé physiquement et moralement, Gasquet estimait même « à 50% » ses chances de venir en Principauté.
Plus qu’une victoire incertaine au niveau du contenu, il préférait donc voir dans ce succès arraché « un bonus » intéressant avant de tester le jeu à plat de Dominik Hrbaty en fin de programme aujourd’hui. « Je dis que c’est bien de gagner un match quand on ne joue pas bien, synthétisait son entraîneur Éric Deblicker. Tout ce qui s’est passé la semaine dernière a été dur à encaisser. Il était crispé, pas relâché, et il a su se bagarrer avec humilité. Je lui tire mon chapeau de gagner dans ces conditions… » Refusant de se lancer dans le débat autour d’un artiste frustrant qui perd une énergie folle à déjouer, le coach préférait calmer les impatiences de tous bords. Le coup droit timoré ? « Une question de jeu de jambes, tout simplement. Quand il se contracte, Richard ne bouge plus et ne joue qu’avec le bras. Mais, aujourd’hui, j’en ai vu des beaux ! » La panne de brillance depuis le début de la saison ? « Tennistiquement, mentalement, physiquement, Richard est capable pour l’instant d’enchaîner quatre semaines par an où rien ne semble pouvoir lui arriver. Pour l’instant, c’est vrai, il n’y a pas encore eu de super semaine. Mais ça viendra ! »
FRANCK RAMELLA

my0118
04-18-2007, 03:21 PM
he won!! yay!!
it was really great performance from him (except last 3 games in the first) which I haven't seen a while with his victory. :yeah:
who's next? :lol:

delsa
04-18-2007, 03:26 PM
He almost choked at the end of the 1st set... It went from 5-0, Hrbaty serving to prevent a bagel to 5-3 and 6 BPs for Hrbaty... :tape:

And he made 5 DFs and his serve in parts of both sets was... :o

But apart from that it was much better than yesterday! Despite still staying quite far from the baseline he attacked much more, passed Hrbaty on numerous occasions and made a few beautiful lobs... ;)

But let's not forget Hrbaty's game suits him...

After he'll face either Sexy Radek or Ljubo "the true top 3"... They are playing right now...

Puschkin
04-18-2007, 03:26 PM
:yeah: solid performance from Richard and obviously much better than yesterday. He got a right arm/shoulder treatment between the first and second set. I hope this was nothing serious.

Serving still could be better, but the FH was quite consistent, versatility was good and the body language was strong throughout. Well done!

delsa
04-18-2007, 03:27 PM
So 6-3, 6-2 in 1h27 is ok after yesterday's match... But there's still the doubles with Bennet' who lost today...

Oh yeah i forgot to mention this medical time-out... It could explain the DFs and the bad serve... I hope it was just sore muscles...

my0118
04-18-2007, 03:31 PM
He almost choked at the end of the 1st set... It went from 5-0, Hrbaty serving to prevent a bagel to 5-3 and 6 BPs for Hrbaty... :tape:

And he made 5 DFs and his serve in parts of both sets was... :o

But apart from that it was much better than yesterday! Despite still staying quite far from the baseline he attacked much more, passed Hrbaty on numerous occasions and made a few beautiful lobs... ;)

But let's not forget Hrbaty's game suits him...

After he'll face either Sexy Radek or Ljubo "the true top 3"... They are playing right now...

:haha:
I'd like to say 'it' boy Radek and 'bright' head Ljubo as well.

Vialator
04-18-2007, 03:31 PM
Thanks again Françoise:D


L’orteil douloureux – il a joué ici en double avec des chaussures non sponsorisées mais plus confortables – ne lui a pas permis de reprendre l’entraînement avant vendredi dernier.

That explains his new shoes. (I know it's fascinating...)

delsa
04-18-2007, 03:33 PM
What does his shoes sponsor think about it?...:o

Or has he used a "medical excuse"?...

silverwhite
04-18-2007, 03:46 PM
So 6-3, 6-2 in 1h27 is ok after yesterday's match... But there's still the doubles with Bennet' who lost today...

Oh yeah i forgot to mention this medical time-out... It could explain the DFs and the bad serve... I hope it was just sore muscles...

It won't matter, since I'm quite sure he'll lose to Ljubo or Sexy. :o

silverwhite
04-18-2007, 03:47 PM
What does his shoes sponsor think about it?...:o

Or has he used a "medical excuse"?...

He should tell them that their (Lacoste?) shoes suck and that's why he wants to wear Adidas shoes. I think it's really silly of him to wear uncomfortable shoes just because he feels obliged to. It might end up worsening his injury. :o

silverwhite
04-18-2007, 03:49 PM
BTW, interestingly enough, Doug Adler (one of the commentators) feels that it is his serve which is holding him back from reaching the Top 10 because he doesn't win enough free points off it. I think he has a point. :scratch:

I still wonder why he can't serve like he did in mid-2005. A pity, really...

delsa
04-18-2007, 03:51 PM
I think his shoes sponsor is Asics (no? Lacoste shoes :tape:...) but i completely agree with you. Players should wear confortable clothes all the time... ;)

Puschkin
04-18-2007, 03:52 PM
I still wonder why he can't serve like he did in mid-2005. A pity, really...

The percentage was low, but the speed was not so bad today, I glanced like 196k/mh more than once...

silverwhite
04-18-2007, 03:54 PM
I think his shoes sponsor is Asics (no? Lacoste shoes :tape:...) but i completely agree with you. Players should wear confortable clothes all the time... ;)

I've no idea, but you get my point :p :lol:

delsa
04-18-2007, 03:54 PM
BTW, interestingly enough, Doug Adler (one of the commentators) feels that it is his serve which is holding him back from reaching the Top 10 because he doesn't win enough free points off it. I think he has a point. :scratch:

Is he the same guy who said today that his game is usually in tune with his serve? And that when his serve was off, everything went wrong for him and that his opponents knew it or something like that... But that when he serves well, then he manages to be far more agressive... I agreed with that too. When his serve is off everything seems to go downright from there for him and when it's on, his game tends to be more offensive...

I explain very badly but i hope you'll get my point too... :p

silverwhite
04-18-2007, 03:55 PM
The percentage was low, but the speed was not so bad today, I glanced like 196k/mh more than once...

His average first serve speed used to be more than 200 km/h, I think. :scratch: Stupid elbow. :mad:

silverwhite
04-18-2007, 03:56 PM
Is he the same guy who said today that his game is usually in tune with his serve? And that when his serve was off, everything went wrong for him and that his opponents knew it or something like that... But that when he serves well, then he manages to be far more agressive... I agreed with that too. When his serve is off everything seems to go downright from there for him and when it's on, his game tends to be more offensive...

I explain very badly but i hope you'll get my point too... :p

Yup, it's that guy. ;)

However, he also said that Richard returns serve pretty well. :tape:

delsa
04-18-2007, 03:56 PM
Yep the tennis elbow changed many things it seems... :fiery:

delsa
04-18-2007, 03:59 PM
However, he also said that Richard returns serve pretty well. :tape:

It used to be true. Hopefully it will be the case on clay... :angel:

silverwhite
04-18-2007, 03:59 PM
BTW, I'm pretty certain he'll pull out of Estoril, considering how he has little injuries here and there. :o

delsa
04-18-2007, 04:01 PM
BTW, I'm pretty certain he'll pull out of Estoril, considering how he has little injuries here and there. :o

Poor Ayane, if so... :awww:

Puschkin
04-18-2007, 05:10 PM
But that when he serves well, then he manages to be far more agressive... I agreed with that too. When his serve is off everything seems to go downright from there for him and when it's on, his game tends to be more offensive...

I explain very badly but i hope you'll get my point too... :p

oh yes, that is easy to understand, it even works for a humble tennis idiot like me. ;)

JBdV
04-18-2007, 05:52 PM
Ljubicic tomorrow...I think it's about time he claimed another top 10 scalp :cool:

Allure
04-18-2007, 06:01 PM
I have a good feeling against Ljubicic since it's on clay and not indoor hardcourt.:)

Flibbertigibbet
04-18-2007, 11:26 PM
Well, two wins already gets him some points, I think, but it'd be nice if he could beat a top 10 player here. It'll be tough, though, the shoulder/serve is a critical factor.

tennis lover
04-19-2007, 12:12 AM
:yeah: It's nice to see him winning in straight sets and relatively quickly for a change! :lol: Hopefully he can do some damage against Ljubicic tomorrow! :bounce:

Schu
04-19-2007, 12:44 AM
I would LOVE to see him beat Ljubicic - this is his chance, on the clay. But somehow all my favorites are having a tough time this year, maybe I should stop cheering for him.

lisaplenske
04-19-2007, 08:03 AM
He has a good shot to make a top10win.Allez richard!:bounce:

Ayane
04-19-2007, 09:52 AM
Poor Ayane, if so... :awww:

:sad: yeah ... he could pull out of estoril because of his injuries or to be more prepare for the MS of Rome and Hambourg ... It's a risk :sobbing:

lisaplenske
04-19-2007, 11:41 AM
Ayane stay optimistic,nothing has been said or now.:smooch:

lisaplenske
04-19-2007, 03:00 PM
richard won another big battle today by defeating ljubicic 6-3 6-7 7-5 after 3h00 of play!!!:eek:

great victory!!he must be really relieved!It was hard to follow this matchlol but so much joy at the end.:worship: :) :) :)

JBdV
04-19-2007, 03:03 PM
Another good win and a great fight :yeah:

Puschkin
04-19-2007, 03:04 PM
:) :) :) Give me champagne!!!

eck
04-19-2007, 03:04 PM
The bad thing: He kinda choked the second set and 3rd
The good thing to take away from this match: 3/21 top 10 win, and also he didn't choke finally when it mattered.

tufani
04-19-2007, 03:06 PM
Oh, just fantastic match! :worship:

Vialator
04-19-2007, 03:09 PM
His serve and forehand are still suspect on decisive points, but great victory :bounce:

linus
04-19-2007, 03:14 PM
watching this match made me kinda tired :lol:

take care and get ready !!

my0118
04-19-2007, 03:16 PM
The bad thing: He kinda choked the second set and 3rd
The good thing to take away from this match: 3/21 top 10 win, and also he didn't choke finally when it mattered.

yeah apparently there were a bunch of choking from gasquet.
well, but I'd count the second set broken was the only choking.
I don't think lots of break points he didn't take were not from his fault, but simply ljubo knew how to hold for saving them.
anyway, even after losing the second set, he seemed he wasn't irratated by it, which would be a positive sign in the future, I guess. :yeah:

silverwhite
04-19-2007, 03:18 PM
He played really well. Only thing that was horrid was his serve. What's with the DF craze? So many players with decent/good serves are catching on. First, Sharapova. Then, Venus. And now, Richard. :o

JBdV
04-19-2007, 03:20 PM
anyway, even after losing the second set, he seemed he wasn't irratated by it, which would be a positive sign in the future, I guess. :yeah:

And even after the frustration of being broken back in the 3rd he kept fighting, and did all he could to break Ljubo's serve :yeah:

Puschkin
04-19-2007, 03:23 PM
He played really well. Only thing that was horrid was his serve. What's with the DF craze?

I have not seen the match, but could not it be that he is trying more on the 2nd, instead of just bringing the ball into play?

silverwhite
04-19-2007, 03:28 PM
I have not seen the match, but could not it be that he is trying more on the 2nd, instead of just bringing the ball into play?

The thing is that he's doing it quite often on big points (eg. On one or two BPs + MP#1 against Verdasco and then again when he was serving for the match against Ljubo). :shrug:

*julie*
04-19-2007, 03:55 PM
He played really well. Only thing that was horrid was his serve. What's with the DF craze? So many players with decent/good serves are catching on. First, Sharapova. Then, Venus. And now, Richard. :o

You saying this... is something. I didn't see the match but as you don't often say such good compliment, he might have played very very well. :worship:

Well done Richard! It's good for the confidence.

silverwhite
04-19-2007, 04:01 PM
You saying this... is something. I didn't see the match but as you don't often say such good compliment, he might have played very very well. :worship:

Well done Richard! It's good for the confidence.

I actually only watched parts of the match but the reason I said that is because he came to the net a lot, which I really like. :lol: The stats were also very good. I think he had 44 winners to 33 UEs and won 30+ out of almost 50 points at the net. :yeah:

That serve and the FH on some of the important points though... :help: :banghead: :tape:

zimzim
04-19-2007, 04:23 PM
I actually only watched parts of the match but the reason I said that is because he came to the net a lot, which I really like. :lol: The stats were also very good. I think he had 44 winners to 33 UEs and won 30+ out of almost 50 points at the net. :yeah:

That serve and the FH on some of the important points though... :help: :banghead: :tape:I watched the whole match, and what Richie needed so desperately was first serves. He had too many doubles:o , and he needs to play the big points better. But mentally, he never stopped believing and that was nice to see. I think he kept telling himself there was no way he was going to lose the match. His shot selection has also improved, and I think as he gets more confident, he'll improve more. Am just happy he won a very close encounter, cos it'll help him in his career:)

lisaplenske
04-19-2007, 04:25 PM
oh actually,I found his fh quite well on this match,his p fh passing was just:worship:

*julie*
04-19-2007, 04:29 PM
I actually only watched parts of the match but the reason I said that is because he came to the net a lot, which I really like. :lol: The stats were also very good. I think he had 44 winners to 33 UEs and won 30+ out of almost 50 points at the net. :yeah:

Good stats indeed. :) In the end of the first set against Verdasco he also came to the net and it reminded me of the Richie from MC 2005.

I think that's the sign he enjoys himself and gets more confidence.
The other very good improvement is his fitness. I was worried after his first round when he said that he hoped he would be ok for the next match but he proved he is solid now.
As you said, he really should improve his serve though.. It would give him free points and shorter matches.

Btw, did he call the trainer today?

I think as he gets more confident, he'll improve more.
:)

silverwhite
04-19-2007, 04:31 PM
Good stats indeed. :) In the end of the first set against Verdasco he also came to the net and it reminded me of the Richie from MC 2005.

I think that's the sign he enjoys himself and gets more confidence.
The other very good improvement is his fitness. I was worried after his first round when he said that he hoped he would be ok for the next match but he proved he is solid now.
As you said, he really should improve his serve though.. It would give him free points and shorter matches.

Btw, did he call the trainer today?


:)

I don't think he called the trainer.

Yes, his fitness has improved a lot. Still not sure he has enough left to beat Ferrero though. :shrug:

silverwhite
04-19-2007, 04:33 PM
Anyway, Eric's son was at the match, apparently. :eek: :lol:

JBdV
04-19-2007, 05:13 PM
Anyway, Eric's son was at the match, apparently. :eek: :lol:

Ah so that's who that was sitting next to Fab, I was wondering about that...

Allure
04-19-2007, 05:49 PM
I am so happy that Richard beat a top 10 player (albeit on clay). He's one step closer to facing Federer.:angel:

silverwhite
04-19-2007, 06:11 PM
They actually won their doubles match 4-6 6-3 15-13. :spit:

Exciting stuff in the final set TB. They wasted 3 (non-consecutive) MPs, then saved 2, and then converted their fourth. Erlich/Ram DFed twice though, once to give B/G MP#1 and once on their own MP#2. :o

Sophie-d
04-19-2007, 06:11 PM
OMG! What a wonderful turnout!!! :dance:!!!

Puschkin
04-19-2007, 06:14 PM
They actually won their doubles match 4-6 6-3 15-13. :spit:

He seems to get addicted to winning. :p But what the hell did he want to prove by playing these doubles? That he is Marathon man? ;)

dani-fan Belgium
04-19-2007, 06:34 PM
hope he isn't too tired for his quarters against Ferrero

to bad it came to a 3th set , he could have finish it in two
by moments he played brilliant passingshots again :worship:

lisaplenske
04-19-2007, 07:25 PM
He seems to get addicted to winning. :p But what the hell did he want to prove by playing these doubles? That he is Marathon man? ;)

yes he s a new man now:D still be tough tomorrow though.

delsa
04-19-2007, 08:46 PM
I only saw the two first sets (and i left :fiery: and :scared: but since all ended well...). He seems to play better but still a bit too defensively, on crucial points especially. He won't be able to do that against Ferrero.

And i think it was really a bad choice from him to play doubles 1 hour after when he has 3 semi-marathon matches in the legs... But well, he knows better...

I also hope he didn't feel he had to play because of Benneteau... :tape:

Good luck tomorrow Richard!

JBdV
04-19-2007, 09:18 PM
By the way if he wins tomorrow it would be his 100th career win :yeah:

my0118
04-19-2007, 11:07 PM
I don't think he called the trainer.

Yes, his fitness has improved a lot. Still not sure he has enough left to beat Ferrero though. :shrug:

Indeed. But his lots of double faults make me wonder if his shoulder is okay. I don't think it's a big problem, but there's something uncomfortable when he's serving.
However, the victory against ljubicic surely would boost his confidence. of course we have to see how he reacts when he plays first, but I think his current confidence has over his fitness.

tennis lover
04-20-2007, 12:01 AM
:banana: I'm so happy he won! :D I looked at the scoreboard when he was up a set and a break and I (stupidly! :o ) assumed he would win it in straight sets, it looked like he had the better of Ljubicic! But I'm glad he pulled through in 3 sets and kept on fighting! :yeah: Hopefully he will come out tomorrow full of confidence. JC is very good on clay obviously but he hasn't been consistent recently, I think Richard has a good chance if he can play well. :dance:

silverwhite
04-20-2007, 01:23 AM
I'm watching the repeat and the commentators are :cuckoo:

Jason Goodall: Gasquet has one of the best returns of serve in the business.
Robbie Koenig: Gasquet lacks a consistent weapon

And it's only been one game :tape:

Allure
04-20-2007, 03:03 AM
I'm watching the match right now too. I can't believe Richie blew his one game lead and then lost in the tiebreak. Thank god he redeemed himself in the third set.:o

linus
04-20-2007, 08:33 AM
:cool: a match of much time, no :aplot:

I watched the whole one too last night, honestly, kinda better than I expected :p I have to ask myself to forget things of Richie' previous years on MC etc... he looked not heavy at all even when meeting troubles which is good to see. but still needs to gain more things to overcome the nerve on big balls.

Allez Richie for today. wish nothing to stop you :angel:

my0118
04-20-2007, 12:27 PM
okay let gasquet meet federer, ferrero!!
again 2005!!

eck
04-20-2007, 01:01 PM
What a stupid way to lose the first game on his serve :o

eck
04-20-2007, 01:04 PM
So many errors.
I think his fatigue-ness is setting in.

Puschkin
04-20-2007, 01:17 PM
RG serv % is 26. Ferrero's 40 in the middle of the first set

eck
04-20-2007, 01:24 PM
Well, it's working. He's playing much better.

my0118
04-20-2007, 01:24 PM
ferrero starts to make errors.. ;)

eck
04-20-2007, 01:27 PM
Lucky shot by Ferrero

eck
04-20-2007, 01:44 PM
Does fantastic to put that overhead away to win the first set

eck
04-20-2007, 01:45 PM
Ferrero Winner/UE 12/10
Gasquet Winner/UE 20/12

Puschkin
04-20-2007, 01:46 PM
Gasquet Winner/UE 20/12

:worship: apart from serving he plays extremely well.

eck
04-20-2007, 01:56 PM
Ferrero got real lucky on his game.

eck
04-20-2007, 02:00 PM
Fantastic recovery from Richie.

eck
04-20-2007, 02:00 PM
I think the trainer is coming for Richie

my0118
04-20-2007, 02:01 PM
I think the trainer is coming for Richie

for what? :scratch:

eck
04-20-2007, 02:05 PM
Not really sure what the problem was.


I think he took a pill. And that was it.

DONADANG
04-20-2007, 02:07 PM
I've been impressed by his fighting spirit in MC so far.

How he recovers when he loses the 2nd set or a break etc.

More importantly, I didn't believe he would have the stamina to keep this all up.

eck
04-20-2007, 02:08 PM
Richie breaks

Allure
04-20-2007, 02:09 PM
Is Roger watching Richie's match???:eek:

my0118
04-20-2007, 02:13 PM
I think yesterday's win really made him boosting of not only his spirit but the level of his game.

eck
04-20-2007, 02:16 PM
Thought he had some mental lapse there, but did well to recover

eck
04-20-2007, 02:16 PM
Is Roger watching Richie's match???:eek:

Not sure about Fed, but the last two matches Richie's played, Roche's been there.

my0118
04-20-2007, 02:17 PM
Is Roger watching Richie's match???:eek:

Roche too. :D
anyway mirka's fashion sense :help:
what a dorky hairband.

Allure
04-20-2007, 02:17 PM
Not sure about Fed, but the last two matches Richie's played, Roche's been there.

They showed Roger sitting with his gf. Wow, he supports Richie too.:angel:

Or could be checking out the competition.

Puschkin
04-20-2007, 02:17 PM
Not sure about Fed, but the last two matches Richie's played, Roche's been there.

I saw Roger, too.

eck
04-20-2007, 02:20 PM
Ferrero holds

eck
04-20-2007, 02:22 PM
Fantastic play from both players....though Richie could have done more with the overhead.

eck
04-20-2007, 02:26 PM
Fererro breaks.
Not really sure that trying to serve and volley on second serve is truly the best idea ever.

my0118
04-20-2007, 02:27 PM
starting to shake :help:

Allure
04-20-2007, 02:27 PM
Ayy...why can't he ever make it easy???:o

eck
04-20-2007, 02:29 PM
The easiest game from Ferrero to win.

eck
04-20-2007, 02:30 PM
Another second serve and volley... and 0-15

eck
04-20-2007, 02:31 PM
And another second serve and volley.....15-30.....

eck
04-20-2007, 02:32 PM
Another another 2nd serve and volley 30-30

tennis lover
04-20-2007, 02:32 PM
come on Richie! :bounce:

eck
04-20-2007, 02:33 PM
He holds

Allure
04-20-2007, 02:34 PM
Thank god he held.:o

DONADANG
04-20-2007, 02:35 PM
I saw Roger, too.

I didn't...damn. Should have recorded this match LOL.

eck
04-20-2007, 02:37 PM
Ferrero holds

tennis lover
04-20-2007, 02:39 PM
take it before it gets to a tie-break please! :scared:

eck
04-20-2007, 02:40 PM
His tactics are getting easier and easier to read.

eck
04-20-2007, 02:41 PM
Ferrero breaks.

eck
04-20-2007, 02:42 PM
If we go into a third set, I really can't see how Richie can win. I'm hoping to god he proves me wrong.

Allure
04-20-2007, 02:42 PM
OMG. If it does go to a third set, I'm hoping for a miracle.:o

tennis lover
04-20-2007, 02:44 PM
damn, i jinxed him! :o :sobbing:

eck
04-20-2007, 02:44 PM
Into the 3rd set we go.
To me, I felt like he gave away that entire game. Just like he did when he got broken earlier.

eck
04-20-2007, 02:45 PM
Trainer is out.

my0118
04-20-2007, 02:46 PM
ferrero levels up 10%, while gasquet goes down 10%.
that makes a big difference.
I hope he fights like yesterday.

Allure
04-20-2007, 02:47 PM
From 4-1 up to losing the set. *shakes head*:rolleyes:

delsa
04-20-2007, 02:48 PM
Why o why did he play this stupid doubles match yesterday? :fiery:

He's losing despite playing well and even overall better than Ferrero (who's returning to his best level) because he's running out of steam and because he's losing his lucidity because of that... And Ferrero is playing very well tactically too. All on Richard's FH right now... Making him run and all... :sad:

It will be very hard now...

delsa
04-20-2007, 02:49 PM
Nonetheless ALLEZ!

eck
04-20-2007, 02:49 PM
Whoever told him to come into the net after a second serve?

eck
04-20-2007, 02:50 PM
Richie holds

my0118
04-20-2007, 02:51 PM
the thing I'm worried is I can't see his fighting spirit like yesterday, maybe it's because of his physical problem. :sad:

delsa
04-20-2007, 02:52 PM
Whoever told him to come into the net after a second serve?

He has to shorten the points and he's losing his lucidity as well... :o

And if only he could serve better too!

JBdV
04-20-2007, 02:53 PM
Whatever happens, it's been a good tournament. Before he ran out of steam he played very well, best I've seen him play in a long long time. I just hope he stays fit and keeps playing like this during the rest of the claycourt season :yeah:

eck
04-20-2007, 02:53 PM
That was a very stupid overhead. And it probably cost him his legs.

my0118
04-20-2007, 02:55 PM
he's cramping? :help:

eck
04-20-2007, 02:55 PM
He has to shorten the points and he's losing his lucidity as well... :o

And if only he could serve better too!

Then he could slow down the pace, and serve a first serve. I just few like it's just costing him so many points.
We all know he's probably one of the best shot makers out there, but his consistency is always a question.

eck
04-20-2007, 02:56 PM
he's cramping? :help:

Just tried to stretch his legs a little after the lousy overhead.

delsa
04-20-2007, 02:56 PM
Whatever happens, it's been a good tournament. Before he ran out of steam he played very well, best I've seen him play in a long long time. I just hope he stays fit and keeps playing like this during the rest of the claycourt season :yeah:

Good spirit! :)

eck
04-20-2007, 02:59 PM
Was he even trying at BP for Ferrero? He stopped play........ thinking the ball was going out and when it was way in.

eck
04-20-2007, 03:03 PM
This match is getting extremely frustrating for me... :o

I'm not sure how Richard will recover from this loss should he lose. He had 2 points to go up 5-2 and he played two extremely tight points.

tennis lover
04-20-2007, 03:04 PM
:awww: keep fighting Richard!

Puschkin
04-20-2007, 03:06 PM
Good spirit! :)

I join in. Up to 7-5 4-2 40-15 he was great, that break might have cost him the match. When he is on, as for large parts of the match, it is just pure "tennistic" joy.

I'm not sure how Richard will recover from this loss should he lose. He had 2 points to go up 5-2 and he played two extremely tight points.

Of course he will get over this one. (Rethinking his doubles :o) But hej, they are still playing!

eck
04-20-2007, 03:06 PM
Is that a kid umpiring :o

my0118
04-20-2007, 03:07 PM
yes keep fighting!!
maybe one sloppy game from ferrero could let him break back!!

eck
04-20-2007, 03:08 PM
Was a tight struggle. Maybe a little lucky to hold too. But a hold nonetheless

silverwhite
04-20-2007, 03:10 PM
Those 2 GPs at 7-5 4-2... :sad:

I'm happy to see that he's not giving up. Big improvement from those 6-0 final sets we're used to seeing from him. :o

eck
04-20-2007, 03:10 PM
More errors creeping into Richie's game

eck
04-20-2007, 03:12 PM
Ferrero is letting Richie tango in this game

Puschkin
04-20-2007, 03:13 PM
Bp!!

eck
04-20-2007, 03:14 PM
Sadly, Richie's game is becoming readable. Took too much time to hit the volley and Ferrero was there.

eck
04-20-2007, 03:15 PM
Ferrero holds. It was such a golden opportunity moment...

eck
04-20-2007, 03:17 PM
Richie Winners/UE 50-31
Ferrero Winner/UE 40-21

19 of the UEs from Richie was from the second and third set.

eck
04-20-2007, 03:18 PM
2nd time he got broken, and almost the same scenario.
....Fatigue is totally kicking in at the moment.

Puschkin
04-20-2007, 03:20 PM
Richie Winners/UE 50-31
Normally one wins with this kind of stats. :o

eck
04-20-2007, 03:22 PM
The problem is that most of it came from the first set and most of the early second set.

Ferrero wins...
I'm not really sure if he deserved it...

DONADANG
04-20-2007, 03:22 PM
Normally one wins with this kind of stats. :o

Go easy on him.

I've really enjoyed his matches thus far and for once I'm actually grateful.

MP...................*sigh*

DONADANG
04-20-2007, 03:24 PM
Ferrero wins...
I'm not really sure if he deserved it...

He deserved it.

eck
04-20-2007, 03:24 PM
Total points won: Ferrero 109 Richie 96.




Not really much to take out of this match. Despite the fact that he was sensational for the 1st set and 1/2. It was like Montreal all over again in the first set there until like 1-1 or 2-1 or something in the final. If anything, it'll be a bigger emotional scar than DC. :o

my0118
04-20-2007, 03:24 PM
god :devil: this year will gasquet never meet federer??

eck
04-20-2007, 03:25 PM
He deserved it.

Let's be honest. Ferrero won fair and square because he hung in tough. But Richie also gave him something to cheer about.

Ome
04-20-2007, 03:25 PM
Those 2 GPs at 7-5 4-2... :sad:

I'm happy to see that he's not giving up. Big improvement from those 6-0 final sets we're used to seeing from him. :o

Yeah. That's pretty much one can ask for from a player really... :hug:

And I think I saw Richard taking at least 2 doses of glucose or something probably for fatigue :awww: He's in a fighting mood and I don't believe for a moment that he's going to give up. But he's just tired. I think it's simple as that.

Tough loss today but there are way too many great things he can take away from this tournament :)

JBdV
04-20-2007, 03:27 PM
As long as he keeps playing like this in Rome and the rest of the clay season, we have nothing to be disappointed about today.

tennis lover
04-20-2007, 03:27 PM
:sad: i guess he just ran out of gas after all of his long matches (and doubles! :o ) Good start to the clay season in my opinion. :)

eck
04-20-2007, 03:30 PM
Still upset that he lost after 4-2... Reminds me of Justine :o
But anyways, it was awesome to see Richard playing his best tennis in the tourney early in the 1st set. Everything was working. But I guess he could have lost after that horrendous match against Verdasco. So it's all good.

linus
04-20-2007, 03:30 PM
Richie should get praise for today :angel:

I think he must have thought about whether to continue this match before starting :aplot: what beautiful games till the bad bad problems :(

no more words... Richie :hug: take care, take care !!

silverwhite
04-20-2007, 03:32 PM
The problem is that most of it came from the first set and most of the early second set.

Ferrero wins...
I'm not really sure if he deserved it...

I can't help feeling that way too. If he had won because he upped his game, it would have been easier to take, but... :sad:

Oh well. I guess Richard only has himself to blame. He really should have finished off Verdasco and Ljubo in straight sets. That together with his decision to play doubles did him in...

Puschkin
04-20-2007, 03:32 PM
As long as he keeps playing like this in Rome and the rest of the clay season, we have nothing to be disappointed about today.:worship: :worship: :worship: I totally agree!

linus
04-20-2007, 03:34 PM
I will have to rewatch the first parts of this match or download them in some way :drool:

btw... should JCF finger up to be no.1 himself :devil: :lol:

my0118
04-20-2007, 03:36 PM
I'm disappointed a bit because he had a chance, however, ferrero fought really well so there's no excuses.I think he just ran out of gas.
Two tough matches and doubles, but he probably learned now he could do better than he'd believed. It has been a good tournament for him, indeed.
Anyway I think the fantastic play from both players and going to ferrero's point was a turning point.

eck
04-20-2007, 03:39 PM
I can't help feeling that way too. If he had won because he upped his game, it would have been easier to take, but... :sad:

Oh well. I guess Richard only has himself to blame. He really should have finished off Verdasco and Ljubo in straight sets. That together with his decision to play doubles did him in...

True, I agree. I was a little eh at Ferrero win, he started playing better, read Gasquet's play better, upped his game little by little. I'm not sure if playing doubles should ever be in his agenda anymore.
Although, I mean after that TB choke in 1st round could have seen him out of the tourney early, as well in the 3rd round. But he held his nerve. He probably could have in the end, but fatigue just set in today, and that was it.


Although the one critism I had on Ferrero's play was that, I mean everyone knew that Richie was the marathon man this year, and yet Ferrero didn't drop shot too much letting Richie hang around, instead it was Richie who drop shot more than Ferrero.

But there really isn't anything to be upset about. And there's no point to think what could have been. It could have been so much worse.



When is Hamburg?

RogiFan88
04-20-2007, 03:40 PM
Pauvre Richou... he must get fitter! But he's showing what he can do on a clay court, which is considerable, and I know his talent only too well, being a Rogi fan. He can start peaking when he's in the bottom half of the draw! :haha:

Puschkin
04-20-2007, 03:41 PM
I'm disappointed a bit because he had a chance, however, ferrero fought really well so there's no excuses.I think he just ran out of gas.

I am not that disappointed, but Ferrero had little to do with the outcome of the match. And I like Ferrero. Richie paid the price for his on-court time, which is not the same as lacking fitness.

silverwhite
04-20-2007, 03:44 PM
As long as he keeps playing like this in Rome and the rest of the clay season, we have nothing to be disappointed about today.

Yes. Some really positive signs from him. He showed a lot of variety, was great at the net and fought hard. I really really hope he is able to look at things from that perspective and forget the missed chances to reach the semis...

my0118
04-20-2007, 03:45 PM
When is Hamburg?

before Hamburg, there's Estroil and Rome ahead of it.;)

eck
04-20-2007, 03:46 PM
Hope Richie rests up!
Doesnt he have doubles later too :o
:hug: Good luck there!

Puschkin
04-20-2007, 03:46 PM
I really really hope he is able to look at things from that perspective and forget the missed chances to reach the semis...

I think he'll do that. If he was able to come back after the Youzhny defeat to produce the tennis and the spirit of this week, then he can do even better in the upcoming tourneys.

eck
04-20-2007, 03:47 PM
before Hamburg, there's Estroil and Rome ahead of it.;)

Oh OK thanks.
I hardly really pay that much attention to ATP :p
Richard, Fab, Federer, Djoko, T-Berd are the only players that I really pay attention to here :p

my0118
04-20-2007, 03:56 PM
I am not that disappointed, but Ferrero had little to do with the outcome of the match. And I like Ferrero. Richie paid the price for his on-court time, which is not the same as lacking fitness.

I've been thinking that you're the most optimist fan here, while silverwhite is the most pessimist. ;)
anyway, I like ferrero too. but I'm a more of gasquet's fan.
I'm surprised by the fact that he handled 2 tight matches physically and mentally. but today, simply he looks totally different in the third set unlike yesterday.

DONADANG
04-20-2007, 03:57 PM
I think he'll do that. If he was able to come back after the Youzhny defeat to produce the tennis and the spirit of this week, then he can do even better in the upcoming tourneys.

His tennis this week has been exquisite.

Do you think it's wise for him to show up for his double's match?

I'm sure Max and Jonas wouldn't mind a W/O.

*julie*
04-20-2007, 04:04 PM
I didn't see much of the tournament and I am really frustrated. But it seems Richard will be back on track.

For those who regret that he played his double match, I think the main thing to blame on all this tournament is his serve. But I am sure he will fix it soon and be back stronger in the next tournament. ;)

my0118
04-20-2007, 04:11 PM
I didn't see much of the tournament and I am really frustrated. But it seems Richard will be back on track.

For those who regret that he played his double match, I think the main thing to blame on all this tournament is his serve. But I am sure he will fix it soon and be back stronger in the next tournament. ;)

totally agree. this problem led him to go to tough matches and eventually lose today.

Puschkin
04-20-2007, 04:12 PM
I've been thinking that you're the most optimist fan here, while silverwhite is the most pessimist. ;)

:haha: While we often disagree on predictions, we are quite often in agreement with analysis. ;)

Do you think it's wise for him to show up for his double's match?

I would say no, but I expected Richard to know his body. And maybe the doubles was just the tip of the iceberg, while the 3 hours something against Verdasco are to blame. However, I think that this one was a very very important win for him, as it gave him confidence which on the mid-term is probably more important than today's defeat. That's exactly why I am not so disappointed with today's loss, besides, for large parts of the match his tennis was breathtaking. I can't get my eyes of the BH. ;)

Puschkin
04-20-2007, 04:26 PM
Richard/Julien on SB for doubles. I think I dream. :devil:

silverwhite
04-20-2007, 04:28 PM
I see it too. :help: :help: :help:

JBdV
04-20-2007, 04:28 PM
:haha: He's actually going to play doubles??

DONADANG
04-20-2007, 04:29 PM
However, I think that this one was a very very important win for him, as it gave him confidence which on the mid-term is probably more important than today's defeat.

I like to see him carry this confidence to the next tournament. Slightly worried about his shoulder though which is hampering his serve.


That's exactly why I am not so disappointed with today's loss, besides, for large parts of the match his tennis was breathtaking. I can't get my eyes of the BH. ;)

I've never been disappointed with any of his losses because up until now I've been very indifferent towards him :) No expectations just a spectator.

DONADANG
04-20-2007, 04:30 PM
:haha: He's actually going to play doubles??

The crowd will appreciate him for showing up.

silverwhite
04-20-2007, 04:33 PM
Richard :cuckoo:

*julie*
04-20-2007, 04:34 PM
Richard/Julien on SB for doubles. I think I dream. :devil:

Don't call me crazy but in comparison with a 3hour long match, a double is not really exhausting.
I am sure he plays it very relaxed.

JBdV
04-20-2007, 04:39 PM
The crowd will appreciate him for showing up.

I'm not sure they'll appreciate seeing him and Julien get double-bagelled by a world class doubles team though :o

DONADANG
04-20-2007, 04:46 PM
I'm not sure they'll appreciate seeing him and Julien get double-bagelled by a world class doubles team though :o

3 bagels served today, what's another 2.

Ha Ha...the boys have broken back as I'm typing this.

May still get a breadstick though.

Puschkin
04-20-2007, 04:48 PM
Don't call me crazy but in comparison with a 3hour long match, a double is not really exhausting.
I am sure he plays it very relaxed.

Sometimes I have difficulties understanding the French. :wavey:

dani-fan Belgium
04-20-2007, 04:54 PM
he lost it at the 7th game of the second set :(

Ferrero won some great rally's in that game and since then he had the mental adventage on him ...

But still a great week, like JBdv said if he keeps playing like this, we will see some great things of him

lisaplenske
04-20-2007, 04:56 PM
I m proud of richard this week,he never gave up ,he fought ,he was ahead ferrero in this match,could be 5-2 in the second set but no matter,he prooved so much on this tournament,he get his confidence back and when he will fix his serve he will do even better.

During this match,he was really dominant until he let ferrero to come back at 4-2.We can be happy because the real richard is back.:)

silverwhite
04-20-2007, 04:58 PM
Oh yes. How long did Roger stay to watch the match? I wonder how his thought processes developped as it went on. :rolls: :o

*julie*
04-20-2007, 04:59 PM
Sometimes I have difficulties understanding the French. :wavey:

What I meant is I don't get the big deal about the double. Playing doubles is not something very tiring... And it makes me sad to read the critics about him playing the double...
He enjoys Monte Carlo and plays the double there...

Once again, I would be sad if he had lost today's quarter because of a double match... The problem is not this but everyone mentions it like the main reason.

Actually, Richard had troubles to close his matches out and didn't serve well. These are more valid reasons for me.

Puschkin
04-20-2007, 05:05 PM
Once again, I would be sad if he had lost today's quarter because of a double match... The problem is not this but everyone mentions it like the main reason.

You are right of course. My comment mainly referred to playing "a relaxed doubles". I doubt if he is really relaxed right now. ;)

But on the other hand all his little troubles (toe, shoulder, etc) can't be that bad if he is on court again. And yes, with a good serve added to today's game, it will get very exciting.

After losing the first set 1-6, they won the 2nd 6-3. From now on I will shut my mouth on doubles. :tape:

silverwhite
04-20-2007, 05:27 PM
They actually took a set off Bjorkman/Mirnyi :eek:

Match TB now :bolt:

*julie*
04-20-2007, 05:32 PM
That's because Richard plays relaxed ;)

Allez guys! Fight!

silverwhite
04-20-2007, 05:33 PM
That's because Richard plays relaxed ;)

Allez guys! Fight!

Maybe Bennet is playing great :p

Sophie-d
04-20-2007, 05:34 PM
OMG...I'm impressed! Where does Richie find the power :worship: ?!

*julie*
04-20-2007, 05:38 PM
Maybe Bennet is playing great :p

I am sure he does. But he is not alone on the court. :p

Puschkin
04-20-2007, 05:38 PM
That's because Richard plays relaxed ;)


ok. ok. :worship: 10-5

silverwhite
04-20-2007, 05:39 PM
:haha: :haha: :haha:

Unbelievable :rolls:

*julie*
04-20-2007, 05:42 PM
Well done Juju and Rich! :worship:
A good consolation.

tufani
04-20-2007, 05:45 PM
Richard! It's really unbelievable! :eek: :worship: :)

silverwhite
04-20-2007, 05:45 PM
Well done Juju and Rich! :worship:
A good consolation.

You shouldn't call him that. Reminds me of Henin. :bigcry: :scared: :help:

lisaplenske
04-20-2007, 05:46 PM
cool,they won:)

*julie*
04-20-2007, 06:04 PM
You shouldn't call him that. Reminds me of Henin. :bigcry: :scared: :help:

Sorry that's his nickname too... I could have called him "bennet" but it means "someone simple-minded" in french. :p

Sophie-d
04-20-2007, 06:07 PM
Sorry that's his nickname too... I could have called him "bennet" but it means "someone simple-minded" in french. :p

In that case I defo think "juju" is better suited for him :yeah:!!!

Vialator
04-20-2007, 06:14 PM
Richard and Bennet :eek: :cuckoo: :woohoo:

Truc
04-20-2007, 06:21 PM
He answers the question about the doubles match on the French Eurosport website:
A propos du double joué jeudi soir avec Benneteau
"Je ne regrette pas du tout. Je ne pouvais pas faire ça à Julien. C'est vrai que ça m'a peut-être pompé un peu de jus, mais la question n'est pas là, ça aurait été difficile de toute façon."
(He doesn't regret at all. He couldn't do that to Julien. Maybe it cost him some 'energy' indeed - it's not really "energy", but I don't know the right word, we say "juice" in French -, but it is not the point, today's match would have been tough anyway.)

He talks about the rest too, but nothing special - he was too tired today, that's it.
http://www.eurosport.fr/tennis/sport_sto1156173.shtml

Schu
04-20-2007, 06:45 PM
:woohoo: Richard and Bennet

I checked the tournament website to see if Richard withdrew from doubles and I couldn't believe what I saw - Take the doubles!

zimzim
04-20-2007, 07:51 PM
:woohoo: Richard and Bennet

I checked the tournament website to see if Richard withdrew from doubles and I couldn't believe what I saw - Take the doubles! Allez in doubles Richie!:woohoo:

zimzim
04-20-2007, 07:53 PM
I m proud of richard this week,he never gave up ,he fought ,he was ahead ferrero in this match,could be 5-2 in the second set but no matter,he prooved so much on this tournament,he get his confidence back and when he will fix his serve he will do even better.

During this match,he was really dominant until he let ferrero to come back at 4-2.We can be happy because the real richard is back.:) I really liked what I saw of Richie in this tournament. Hopefully he'll get back his rythm on serve and go on to greater things...am really proud of him:)

tennis lover
04-20-2007, 08:47 PM
:eek: excellent doubles win for the guys! :yeah: Richard just keeps on fighting in this tournament! :dance:

Rgask
04-20-2007, 09:39 PM
This is the first time when riri boy has lost, after being so close to victory, AND i m NOT mad at himmm. I think we have found the riri, we want...Lets all support him. He needs few adjustments, and thats itt..At the moment i want him to win the doubles title. :worship: :worship:

Yea, i 'd like to ask where does riri go next??,,,,(I hope estoril)..

GO riri......Terminator mode again....:devil: :devil: :devil: :devil: :devil:

my0118
04-21-2007, 02:55 AM
MC tourney bodes well for him.
I think May is the month he should step up.

Puschkin
04-21-2007, 07:50 AM
This is the first time when riri boy has lost, after being so close to victory, AND i m NOT mad at himmm. I think we have found the riri, we want...Lets all support him.

:yeah:

JBdV
04-21-2007, 03:39 PM
Richie the doubles specialist! :rocker2: Allez!

JBdV
04-21-2007, 04:00 PM
1st set Gasqueteau 6-1 :rocker2:
The Bryans ------------> :scared: :scared:

Sophie-d
04-21-2007, 04:37 PM
WOW!!!!! :worship: !!! Richie and Julien are in the final!!!!

JBdV
04-21-2007, 04:38 PM
GSM 6-1 6-4 :woohoo:
Could be interesting for future DC ties...

silverwhite
04-21-2007, 04:41 PM
:woohoo:

Rgask
04-21-2007, 04:42 PM
Go riri/bennet....Amazing job, guys.. Now go for the title...Beat the b.brothers..:p :devil: :devil: :devil: :worship:

silverwhite
04-21-2007, 04:43 PM
1st set Gasqueteau 6-1 :rocker2:
The Bryans ------------> :scared: :scared:

Gasqueteau? :spit: I think Gasqueau sounds better :p

The Brayns are in a different league. :o

silverwhite
04-21-2007, 04:47 PM
I have really bad thoughts in my head now regarding Benneteau and Mahut :help: :o

Flibbertigibbet
04-21-2007, 04:47 PM
If they beat the Bryans, I'd laugh so incredibly hard. But they've already beaten three top ten teams in a row, so it's a good effort win or lose. :D

silverwhite
04-21-2007, 04:50 PM
If they beat the Bryans, I'd laugh so incredibly hard. But they've already beaten three top ten teams in a row, so it's a good effort win or lose. :D

They're well into the Top 20 of the doubles race now, I think. Could have been higher because they had a few MPs to reach the IW SFs. :o

*julie*
04-21-2007, 04:58 PM
Well done :woohoo:
Great result. Forget might wonder about his next double team now. :devil:

I hope the final will be shown. Maybe on the streaming of tennis channel. :)

JBdV
04-21-2007, 05:00 PM
Yes hopefully we'll be able to watch it. Doubles has never been this interesting before :D

silverwhite
04-21-2007, 05:01 PM
Well done :woohoo:
Great result. Forget might wonder about his next double team now. :devil:

I hope the final will be shown. Maybe on the streaming of tennis channel. :)

Forget has rejected Santoro in favour of Clement? He probably would do the same to Bennet. :mad:

Anyway, he did mention during DC that in two or three years time, he expects Richard to play all three days. :help: