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my0118
03-29-2008, 02:13 PM
Time to ready for Clay Season.

Anyhow, he must play.. doesn't he?

April 21th - April 27th Monte Carlo (AMS)
April 28th - May 4th Munich
May 5th - May 11th Rome (AMS)
May 12th - May 18th Hamburg (AMS)
May 26th - June 8th Roland Garros (GS)
July 7th - July 13th Stuttgart

4 weeks in a row.. I'm not sure that he could handle this..

Ginevra83
04-18-2008, 10:38 AM
Back to tennis!!(Finally!!)
Roddick, Black and Berdych are out of Monte Carlo so Richard will be 7° s. in the draw
First roud bye, so more days to practice!!!
Main draw tomorrow at noon
Allez Richie!!

:wavey:

Allure
04-18-2008, 11:07 AM
4 tournaments in a row. :eek:

richie21
04-18-2008, 12:11 PM
Clay season = tennis will be the loser

Vlad1980
04-18-2008, 04:24 PM
Time to ready for Clay Season.

Anyhow, he must play.. doesn't he?

April 21th - April 27th Monte Carlo (AMS)
April 28th - May 4th Munich
May 5th - May 11th Rome (AMS)
May 12th - May 18th Hamburg (AMS)
May 26th - June 8th Roland Garros (GS)

4 weeks in a row.. I'm not sure that he could handle this..


It's possible... say he wins Monte Carlo, then rests in Munich, wins Rome, rests in Hamburg, then wins Roland Garros... :D

~*BGT*~
04-18-2008, 04:26 PM
I like your thinking Vlad. ;) :p

tennis lover
04-18-2008, 04:36 PM
Hopefully he will get some confidence back and start playing well. Allez Richie! :bounce:

Schu
04-18-2008, 07:00 PM
It's possible... say he wins Monte Carlo, then rests in Munich, wins Rome, rests in Hamburg, then wins Roland Garros... :D

That's the attitude! :yeah:Vlad! Take note Richie.

With no Roddick, Blake or Berdych he still gets a Top 8 seed - Think 2005, RIchie...

Getta
04-18-2008, 09:17 PM
Back to tennis!!(Finally!!)
Roddick, Black and Berdych are out of Monte Carlo so Richard will be 7° s. in the draw
First roud bye, so more days to practice!!!
Main draw tomorrow at noon
Allez Richie!!


It's not always a good thing to be handed a bye in the 1st round.

Good luck to Richie. :rocker2:

Ginevra83
04-19-2008, 12:15 PM
Monte Carlo MAIN DRAW

Federer vs BYE
Q vs Simon
Monfils vs Verdasco
Grosjean vs Karlovic
Robredo vs Wawrinka
Stepanek vs Soderling
Haas vs Q
Bye vs Nalbandian

Djokovic vs Bye
Keurten vs Ljubicic
Mahut vs Volandri
Lopez vs Murray
Moya vs Querrey
Calleri vs Seppi
Santoro vs Q
Bye vs Gasquet

Youzhny vs Bye
Andreev vs Tursunov
Almagro vs Lisnard
Lee vs Monaco
Kohlschreiber vs Acasuso
Cilic vs Kiefer
Chela vs Q
Bye vs Davydenko

Ferrer vs Bye
Safin vs Malisse
Q vs Starace
Tipsarevic vs Mathieu
Ferrero vs LLodra
Niemenen vs Q
Q vs Ancic
Bye vs Nadal


:wavey:

Getta
04-19-2008, 12:35 PM
Richie was lucky enough to be in the 2nd quarter. It's the 1st quarter of the draw where the players will slaughter each other...

Richie will most probably play Santoro in the second round.

Tommy fan
04-19-2008, 01:58 PM
Though quater, but on second thought, all the quaters are.
Good luck Richard, just play your game :dance:

silverwhite
04-19-2008, 02:58 PM
Defending QF points here and he won't cut it with his 2008 form...

my0118
04-19-2008, 03:08 PM
It's a new clay season.
Make a fresh start.
Allez Richard!!!

Vlad1980
04-19-2008, 05:57 PM
Defending QF points here and he won't cut it with his 2008 form...

I'll take it match at a time and then we'll see... his first opponent is ok which is either Fabrice, who RIchard plays well against or qualifier.

silverwhite
04-19-2008, 06:01 PM
He's playing doubles with Tipsy. :eek: :spit:

PinkFeatherBoa
04-19-2008, 07:05 PM
:lol: Would like to see that doubles...

Well, lets see how clay season goes...I personally just hope that he will go out there in positive mind and hopefully the better results will start to come. Allez Richard!

Vacant
04-19-2008, 07:17 PM
He's playing doubles with Tipsy. :eek: :spit:

Really? LOL.

Santoro will be tough, but I hope he at least makes the QF.

Schu
04-19-2008, 08:26 PM
Defending QF points here and he won't cut it with his 2008 form...

Hi SW :wavey: We've been missing your optimisim...

One match at a time. Good draw or bad draw - it just depends on Richie.

Getta
04-19-2008, 08:33 PM
Hi SW :wavey: We've been missing your optimisim...

One match at at time. Good draw or bad draw - ir just depends on Richie.

:haha: :haha: :haha:

JBdV
04-20-2008, 07:39 AM
Looks like he will have to beat two veterans, Santoro and Moya (both would be good wins given his 2008 form), to defend his points and earn a meeting against Djokovic in the quarters. If he reaches Djokovic, I will be more than happy. Good luck Richie!

Tommy fan
04-20-2008, 08:31 AM
He's playing doubles with Tipsy. :eek: :spit:

:eek: :lol:
Weird combo but GL anyway

Jozie
04-20-2008, 01:48 PM
You will :bounce: back Richie. Just know it. Lots of positive thoughts and energy coming your way from down South.

Renaud
04-20-2008, 01:54 PM
Someone on RG.Net saw Richard praticing with Llodra in Paris on friday. He was in great shape very cool and did not look bothered by his knee and blisters.
The guy says he often see professional players practicing, but he was never so impressed.
For those who understand french here is the quote:

La surprise qui fait monstrueusement zizir:

Comme tous les vendredis, hier, je me dirigeais avec mon prof de tennis vers l'un des courts du club Jean-Bouin de Paris.
(jusque là, vous vous en foutez).

Au moment de passer devant le court central du club, je vois un type sur le court qui, de loin, ressemble étrangement à Eric Deblicker.
(Et maintenant, vous vous dites: tiens, finalement, je vais lire encore 2 lignes de ce post...)

J'étais encore loin du court mais on sentait comme une petite effervescence autour du central, des joueurs qui crient fort en tapant la balle... ça sentait super bon, pour tout vous dire...

Parce que un des 2 joueurs était tout en blanc et balançait comme un malade des torpilles dans tous les coins du court. Et quand ce type de joueur, qu'on reconnaît à peine de loin, se trouve sur le même court qu'un type qui ressemble à Deblicker, ça sent carrément super bon !

Arrivé au bord du court, je me pose à coté de Patrice Hagelauer. Le type en blanc, il s'appelle Richard Gasquet et le type en face de lui, c'est Michael Llodra... Et moi, je me dis que j'aurais un peu de retard à mon cours...

Je vous précise que j'ai déjà vu jouer Gasquet en live à Bercy (notamment contre Blake, pas très impressionnant...). Mais là, au bord du court, j'ai pris une claque monstrueuse. Pendant un quart d'heure, j'ai vu un niveau de jeux au delà de ce que je croyais possible. Le tennis pratiqué par Llodra et surtout Richard était inouï: des vitesses de balles supersonic et surtout une longueur de balle hallucinante pour Richard... Je matte tous les matchs de tennis possible à longueur d'année mais ce que j'ai vu, hier, m'a scotché.

Richie n'avait pas l'air d'avoir le moindre bobo. Il courait comme une dératé sur toutes les balles, frappait comme un sourd et n'a pas regardé une seule fois la paume de ses mains (je suppose que c'est bon signe pour son ampoule). Il balançait fusées sur fusées. A maltraiter la terre battue qui aurait pu aisément porter plainte. C'était juste du bonheur...

En face, Llodra déconnait dès qu'il pouvait. Après avoir fait un coup lifté "à la Nadal", il a demandé à tout le monde de l'appeler Miguel (avec l'accent espagnol), le Nadal Français. Il gagne le point d'après. Il hurle "Ouais ! Ca c'est du Miguel !". Le coup d'après, il sort la balle... et Richie balance: "Ça, c'est du Michael...". Fendart...!

Putain, les gars, j'aurais aimé que vous voyez ça... 8) [/b]

Getta
04-20-2008, 03:31 PM
Nice to hear that Richie is in great shape. Llodra: le Nadal Francais, aka Miguel. :lol:

Thanks, Renaud. :)

Renaud
04-20-2008, 04:49 PM
Richard will play against Santoro or... Vliegen. :p

Souvenir, souvenir..... ;)

Tommy fan
04-21-2008, 07:00 PM
It's Vligen again :o
(Beat Fabrice 7:6 6:1)

jitterbug
04-22-2008, 01:54 PM
He and Tipsy are on today's OOP but they were replaced by Kas/Nieminen. What's up? :shrug:

Renaud
04-22-2008, 03:13 PM
He and Tipsy are on today's OOP but they were replaced by Kas/Nieminen. What's up? :shrug:
I thought it was because of tipsy ankle, but commentators on sport+ told it's because of Richie... i don't know more though... :scared:

jitterbug
04-22-2008, 03:17 PM
I thought it was because of tipsy ankle, but commentators on sport+ told it's because of Richie... i don't know more though... :scared:

Merci :wavey:

Hope it's nothing too dodgy :unsure:

Schu
04-22-2008, 04:08 PM
I thought it was because of tipsy ankle, but commentators on sport+ told it's because of Richie... i don't know more though... :scared:

:scared: HUMM - Vliegen, on clay, French crowd - just the right ingredients for another blister. OR maybe the French DC Team mugged him.

Seriously, Hope it's nothing and he plays great, putting all the press behind him. Hey last year at this tourney didn't he have the "gay story" to distract him and he did pretty well. From the photos posted he LOOKS GREAT - just hope he plays as well as he looks.

Renaud
04-22-2008, 04:44 PM
:scared: HUMM - Vliegen, on clay, French crowd - just the right ingredients for another blister. OR maybe the French DC Team mugged him.

Seriously, Hope it's nothing and he plays great, putting all the press behind him. Hey last year at this tourney didn't he have the "gay story" to distract him and he did pretty well. From the photos posted he LOOKS GREAT - just hope he plays as well as he looks.

Mag (Infinitesadness on MTF) heard it was his back. He hurt it this morning...
I did not have heard that by myself but she is a reliable source.

my0118
04-22-2008, 04:56 PM
COURT CENTRAL start 10:00 am

[Q] S Bolelli (ITA) vs [4] N Davydenko (RUS)
[1] R Federer (SUI) vs [Q] R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP)
[WC] M Ancic (CRO) vs [2] R Nadal (ESP)
[Q] K Vliegen (BEL) vs [7] R Gasquet (FRA)
[4] M Bhupathi (IND) / M Knowles (BAH) vs M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA)

~*BGT*~
04-22-2008, 04:58 PM
I thought it was because of tipsy ankle, but commentators on sport+ told it's because of Richie... i don't know more though... :scared:

On the MC website, it says his back.

Vlad1980
04-22-2008, 05:31 PM
On the MC website, it says his back.

OMG. I really hope it is nothing serious. :(

Renaud
04-22-2008, 05:37 PM
On the MC website, it says his back.
That's what i told in my previous post. :)

Puschkin
04-22-2008, 07:29 PM
Report from Monte Carlo:

Sunday 20 April 2008: I arrived too late at the Country Club to see some matches: Rain and cold, together with some Swiss friends, we decided to have a snack in a hotel nearby. When one of them returned from the restrooms, he reported to have seen Wawrinka alone at one of the tables. So when I went to the restrooms, I looked out for Wawrinka - and there he was, but not Wawrinka: Richard had dinner with two people I did not know; I was just :eek: After some careful soul-searching I decided to remain discrete and not to disturb him during dinner. He looked relaxed and later Deblicker was also at the table.

Monday 21 April 2008/ Richard training around lunch time with Andreas Seppi for almost two hours. He was on the most unaccesible court in Monte Carlo, surrounded by a large fence and with very limited view. It was a competitive training, but due to the restrained view I could not see who was winning. After practise he signed a lot for the (mostly Italian) kids around, but he did look tense and not very pleased with himself; His dad and Deblicker were also there.

Tuesday 22 April 2008: When Richard did not show up for doubles today, I was sure it was due to Tipsarevic who had a medical timeout yesterday. I only learned now that Richard had backproblems today. I really hope to see him tomorrow in action.

Tommy fan
04-22-2008, 07:44 PM
I hope it's not sirious and he just doesn't want to make it worse..

Good luck tommorow Richard!

Getta
04-22-2008, 11:08 PM
Thanks for the report, Puschkin. :)

Allure
04-23-2008, 02:00 AM
Richard has a back problem? Not good news. I'm expecting the worse. :sad:

Truc
04-23-2008, 07:57 AM
Thanks for the reports, Puschkin - are you staying for the whole week?
There are 60% chances he plays today according to the tournament doc. It happened on Monday and he's been getting treatment since then. It's the first time in his career it happens.

JBdV
04-23-2008, 08:17 AM
I am sick of all this bad luck with injuries. This comes at a particularly bad time too, he always plays well here. This should have been a chance to maybe get some confidence back with a few wins, now everything is uncertain again :(

Allure
04-23-2008, 08:18 AM
Next tournament...:)

Renaud
04-23-2008, 10:10 AM
Apparently Richard looks better today. :p
Commentators told he was laughing with them and nothing shows he would not play today.

I keep my fingers crossed...

Vlad1980
04-23-2008, 10:54 AM
Apparently Richard looks better today. :p
Commentators told he was laughing with them and nothing shows he would not play today.

I keep my fingers crossed...


I really hope that is the case. Win or lose, I just want to see him healthy.

Renaud
04-23-2008, 11:25 AM
Ok Richard practiced this morning. He was a little bit afraid to serve his max but he should play today.
Source : Julie from Monte-Carlo

my0118
04-23-2008, 12:04 PM
Who's that in you avatar?

Renaud
04-23-2008, 12:05 PM
Who's that in you avarta?

It's mighty JR Lisnard de Monaco. :worship:

my0118
04-23-2008, 12:05 PM
Are you a fan of his?

Renaud
04-23-2008, 12:19 PM
Are you a fan of his?

Absolutely not. He is one of the biggest jerk around. But at least he helps me having an uncommon avatar. ;)

Renaud
04-23-2008, 03:26 PM
Ok Richard came on the court, and carried his bag by himself !
Good start Richard !

~*BGT*~
04-23-2008, 03:31 PM
Renaud :haha: I guess it's a good start in a professional match that he can at least carry his bags.

Richie is showing off a new Lacoste polo. He was an dreamsicle in Australia, now he's melon. RichieMelon. :drool: :lick:

my0118
04-23-2008, 03:33 PM
Actually this is the match I can get to watch live since AO.
Good luck Richard!!

Renaud
04-23-2008, 03:34 PM
Renaud :haha: I guess it's a good start in a professional match that he can at least carry his bags.

Richie is showing off a new Lacoste polo. He was an dreamsicle in Australia, now he's melon. RichieMelon. :drool: :lick:

Well... he looked really bothered when he served during the warming..../
I hope it's ok though...

my0118
04-23-2008, 03:50 PM
Vligen is not Gasquet's contestant unless he beats himself. :shrug:

Vacant
04-23-2008, 04:04 PM
Very, very easy so far....:)

Renaud
04-23-2008, 04:04 PM
Vligen is not Gasquet's comtestant unless he beats himself. :shrug:

Vliegen plays tragically bad and richard looks confident and very focused.
Although you can see he is not at 100% on serve, he put a lot of variety on both first and second serve. You people can't imagine how relieved i am so far... :devil:

my0118
04-23-2008, 04:10 PM
Vliegen plays tragically bad and richard looks confident and very focused.
Although you can see he is not at 100% on serve, he put a lot of variety on both first and second serve. You people can't imagine how relieved i am so far... :devil:

Methinks he's still unreliable in the mental aspect. He's just too talented to be down by someone like Vliegen.

Renaud
04-23-2008, 04:29 PM
Very, very easy so far....:)

There wre no reason to bad rep me; i just told what i thought :ras:

Edit: Convincing win for someone who could barely walk yesterday !
Keep it on Richard :rocker:

j'adore_richie
04-23-2008, 04:36 PM
Well done Richie 6-1 6-2! He was pretty aggressive and was hitting the ball quite sweetly. And he looked utterly delicious in red!

PinkFeatherBoa
04-23-2008, 04:44 PM
:yeah: Well done Richard, hope the back problem doesn't affect him too much.

Vacant
04-23-2008, 05:31 PM
There wre no reason to bad rep me; i just told what i thought :ras:

Edit: Convincing win for someone who could barely walk yesterday !
Keep it on Richard :rocker:

:o

I didn't mean to bad rep, it was supposed to be good. Sorry!

Good scoreline, though it seems had more to do with the opponents play.

Renaud
04-23-2008, 05:48 PM
Richard on "court des princes" (court 1 ) tomorrow. :confused:
4th match again.
Why he doesn't play on center court, where we know he always plays great. :o

Jozie
04-23-2008, 05:52 PM
Good confident start... :yeah: Sometimes still too far behind the baseline, however, some excellent shot making (BH & drop shots). Mixed it up well. Keep it up. Best of luck against Querrey. Probably won't get to watch, :awww: as its not on Court Central.

Schu
04-23-2008, 06:17 PM
:yeah: Good start - I had a bad feeling about this one and I'm SO glad I was wrong. I only got to see about 2 games - damn work getting in the way. Sounds like his opponent didn't really push him but that's what he needed - a quick first match. And hey RIchie has been known to drop easy matches so it's good he remained focused and closed it out quickly. Think I'll try to catch the reply on Tennis Channel when I get home from work.

Glad I bought the MAsters TV stream so I can see him on the 2nd TV court. Wonder why he doesn't get Center Court? :scratch: The FFT mad at him after DC? Maybe he wanted to play late and Djoke-Murray were scheduled on Center Court late.

Normally I'd say, Ouerry - no problem, but he's beaten 2 clay court guys and this is a strange year. Hope Richard's back is better, he plays well and he takes out Querry easily. ALLEZ RICHIE!

JBdV
04-23-2008, 07:35 PM
Pleasantly surprised to see him win by such a scoreline after the reports I read this morning :eek:
Now please don't lose to Querrey on clay :o

Tommy fan
04-23-2008, 08:08 PM
Well done Richard! Nice result :yeah: Good luck tommorow!

Puschkin
04-24-2008, 08:38 AM
Why he doesn't play on center court, where we know he always plays great. :o

I am mad at the organisers, they put BOLELLI on centre court twice.:o


Report from Monte Carlo 23 April 2008:

L'Equipe had written that there was a 60-40 chance that Richard would play. I spent the early morning heading around the pratice courts to see if he was there, finally discovered him around 11.30 with Eric and a player I don't know, but a friend identified as the Monegasse Balleret.

Practice was at reduced speed and power, but I had the feeling he was hitting the ball well; pain when serving was obvious, though. Richard looked a bit worried, but Deblicker seemed reassuring. The session lasted about three quarters of an hour. I was still doubting whether he would play, but when I saw him watching parts of Roger's match on the terrasse of the restaurant, I felt reassured.

It was so much easier than expected against Vliegen who committed many unforced errors, Richard was in total control from beginning to the end and it was his serving which surprised me the most, not the percentage; but the speed, there was one at 225 km/h, :eek: unfortunately out. :D

Today the organisers put him on the smaller court :mad:, but I got a ticket. :D

wurthluc91
04-24-2008, 11:40 AM
If you want to be able to watch online, bet365.com offered numerous court coverage. You do have to register but only basic details. Good quality and not too much buffering...

tennis lover
04-24-2008, 01:34 PM
:yeah: solid win from Richard. If his match isn't on too late I might be able to watch some! :dance:

Schu
04-24-2008, 02:58 PM
Thanks for the report Puschkin. Now cheer him on to many victories this week.

Well the good thing about him being on the smaller court, at least for us who see it on tennis channel or AMS feed - no stupid commentators.

Wow right now Djoke is killing Murray (or Murray is killing himself). 6-0 for Djoke. I wanted these 2 to play a 4 hour match and be dead tomorrow for Richie.

Got to get to work now. Hopefully I can watch RIchie on my computer at work unless a little thing like work gets in the way which it did yesterday. Maybe I'll lock my office door and not answer any phone calls ...

my0118
04-24-2008, 03:56 PM
Allez Richard!!!!
You should meet Djokovic to avenge Murray's defeat for me. :lol: :o

tennis lover
04-24-2008, 04:19 PM
seems to be going well so far...:yeah:

Vacant
04-24-2008, 04:51 PM
And he just lost the second...:o

tennis lover
04-24-2008, 04:55 PM
spoke too soon! :(

Schu
04-24-2008, 05:08 PM
:banghead: The minute Querrey started to play, he feel apart.

COME ONNNN step it up!!!!!

higherlaw
04-24-2008, 05:25 PM
Was he being booed when it was over??:eek:

Bobble
04-24-2008, 05:27 PM
Was he being booed when it was over??:eek:

that's what I was wondering. ugh, what a match:mad:

my0118
04-24-2008, 05:28 PM
Typical phew

j'adore_richie
04-24-2008, 05:37 PM
I'm beyond annoyed right now. He blew it big time. Those break points in the second on Querrey's serve were wasted, just when i thought he had it in the bag...He smashed a racquet after that game too, which he VERY RARELY does (come to think of it, don't think I've ever seen him do it before). Richie needs to grow up and start fighting for matches like a man, he's 23 in June! He's not baby Richie anymore...

I'm scared to go on GM to read what they're saying about Richard

Schu
04-24-2008, 05:43 PM
Oh that was PAINFUL!!!!! but unfortunately all too typical.

Richie, get your head together (ie. major work with a shrink) and get ready for Wimbledon. It's gonna be tough to walk out on a court anywhere in France for a LONG Time. I can't imagine how he's not going to completely crack (even more than today)at Roland Garros.

:hug: Richie.

Allure
04-24-2008, 05:56 PM
I'm beyond annoyed right now. He blew it big time. Those break points in the second on Querrey's serve were wasted, just when i thought he had it in the bag...He smashed a racquet after that game too, which he VERY RARELY does (come to think of it, don't think I've ever seen him do it before). Richie needs to grow up and start fighting for matches like a man, he's 23 in June! He's not baby Richie anymore...

I'm scared to go on GM to read what they're saying about Richard

22 :p

Luckily I didn't see the match :o

Schu
04-24-2008, 05:56 PM
I'm beyond annoyed right now. He blew it big time. Those break points in the second on Querrey's serve were wasted, just when i thought he had it in the bag...He smashed a racquet after that game too, which he VERY RARELY does (come to think of it, don't think I've ever seen him do it before). Richie needs to grow up and start fighting for matches like a man, he's 23 in June! He's not baby Richie anymore...

I'm scared to go on GM to read what they're saying about Richard

Actually he's 22 in June but he could just as well be 10 in June. I don't think it's a question of growing up. It's an innate mental issue that he just has not been able to conquer. It is clearly as frustrating to him as it is to his fans. I really feel for him and can't be mad just :banghead: I've seen him smash a racket before - he should have smashed more than that. Is he becoming another Coria?

And no way will I check out GM. Richard better do the same - not pick up a paper, turn on a TV or check out ANY website for days. In fact hiding out in Siberia might be best...

Allure
04-24-2008, 06:48 PM
Actually he's 22 in June but he could just as well be 10 in June. I don't think it's a question of growing up. It's an innate mental issue that he just has not been able to conquer. It is clearly as frustrating to him as it is to his fans. I really feel for him and can't be mad just :banghead: I've seen him smash a racket before - he should have smashed more than that. Is he becoming another Coria?

And no way will I check out GM. Richard better do the same - not pick up a paper, turn on a TV or check out ANY website for days. In fact hiding out in Siberia might be best...

Well if he's so bothered by what people say then he should start winning. :rolleyes:

Vlad1980
04-24-2008, 07:16 PM
Richard is not himself. He is a walking and talking disaster. :mad:

He got mentally crushed by a younger, less experienced player with no clay court history...

and that happened in his favorite tournament. There are no words to describe this loss. :sad:

richie21
04-24-2008, 08:13 PM
Richard is not himself. He is a walking and talking disaster. :mad:

He got mentally crushed by a younger, less experienced player with no clay court history...

and that happened in his favorite tournament. There are no words to describe this loss. :sad:

It's been like that for at least 1 year.

Tommy fan
04-24-2008, 08:17 PM
Wow.. :sad:
I didn't see it so I don't know what happened there, but as long as he was healthy and Querrey was on the other side of the net, on clay, he should have wan it and easily..
Things just don't go for him this year and he loses to players he shouldn't lose to..
And I can't see it getting better because the Roland Garros is getting closer and he always chokes there..

Puschkin
04-24-2008, 09:45 PM
Report from Monte Carlo 24 April 2008:

Practice for only 30 minutes, very low key, no returns hit at all. I was already slightly worried. After a great first set and all the missed BPs at 3 all, second set, I was even more worried, and unfortunately all concerns were justified. While it is true that Querrey saved most BPs by clean aces, it was just so painful to watch to see Querrey taking the set. In the third, a hight fight to hold for 1 all, but then it was over, he just spread the balls all over the court, FH, BH serves all meters long and wide.

Richard can not complain about lacking support by the crowd. Believe me, I was not alone cheering him on. In comparison, the athmosphere in the Monfils-match was a funeral. Yep, there were some whistles in the end, but it was not ugly. I was more sad than mad, it was so sad to see him collapse so brutally. Hard to say how much the bad back contributed to it: My guess is more than anyone would admit.

Of course I saw him again later in the hotel like on Sunday, but he was just passing by at a distance, so I could not really get an impression how he looked. Having seen Forget, Llodra and Mahut, too, I guess the famous DC-discussion was scheduled also that evening.

PinkFeatherBoa
04-24-2008, 10:04 PM
Thanks for the reports, Puschkin.

I only saw the match from 4 all 2nd set, not the best time to have joined it I guess! So Richard was playing well at the start?

I don't know really know what to make from this match, he just seemed completely lost mentally in the bit I saw- I don't feel mad or sad at this result, just frustrated for him. Poor Richard, he just looks so shot mentally, I hope he can get it together somehow.

ChrisDoesDallas
04-24-2008, 11:47 PM
I am very sad and frustrated from this result. I don't post here much, but I'm always keeping an eye out on what Richie is doing per week...I agree with richie21, something is just not working with him for much of the past year.

W (1) - Mumbai
F (2) - Estoril, Tokyo
SF (3) - Sydney, Wimbledon, Paris [i]
QF (5) - Adelaide, Marseilles, Monte Carlo, Nottingham, Gstaad
4R (2) - Melbourne, Indian Wells

That's 13/24 events where he at least did solidly in 2007, but of course notice only two slams there and three Masters events in there. Plus five top ten wins were good, if not great.

2008?
4R - Melbourne, Indian Wells
3R - Monte Carlo
2R - Sydney, Marseilles, Dubai, Miami

And the worst part is he's blown two matches to James Blake this year, and after having seen their first two matches, Gasquet should be whipping him every time they play. :sobbing:

Clay is probably Richie's best surface, to me at least, so seeing him blow it to Querrey (who is a good player of course!) is just destroying. I'm sure it's even more so to Richie. And the crazy thing is, up to 62 33 he was looking really good on both wings, serve was good, defense good, good shot placement, plus he played pretty well against Vliegen...I thought this could be his tournament, perhaps, if he could keep it up, but once those break points were blown in the second set, I just kind of knew it was over. Such is the case with such a mentally fragile player. Sigh.

Have a good run in the upcoming clay events.

Vlad1980
04-25-2008, 01:21 AM
I guess no Munich for Richard.

http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=49127

Puschkin
04-25-2008, 10:35 AM
I guess no Munich for Richard.

Right decision.

I know that the overall feeling about yesterday's defeat is "ah, yeah, another mental lapse, etc....." I stick to my view, that Richard was not 100% physically, against Vliegen it did not matter, because Vliegen played crap, but yesterday he was just not strong enough physically, and he knew it. He almost made it, and that was why he was so annoyed with himself.

I saw many players practising in Monte Carlo and compared to them, Richie's half an hour hittings with Balleret were modest, not that he played poorly, but there was no power, no speed, like in slow-motion....I am rather sure that without the preceeding DC-mess he would have retired from Monte after Monday.

Renaud
04-25-2008, 12:12 PM
I am rather sure that without the preceeding DC-mess he would have retired from Monte after Monday.

Or maybe he wouldn't have hurt his back because of all this stress...
Good to Roger today by the way, i hope you enjoy the rest of the tounament. :)

Tommy fan
04-25-2008, 02:00 PM
Report from Monte Carlo 24 April 2008:

Practice for only 30 minutes, very low key, no returns hit at all. I was already slightly worried. After a great first set and all the missed BPs at 3 all, second set, I was even more worried, and unfortunately all concerns were justified. While it is true that Querrey saved most BPs by clean aces, it was just so painful to watch to see Querrey taking the set. In the third, a hight fight to hold for 1 all, but then it was over, he just spread the balls all over the court, FH, BH serves all meters long and wide.

Richard can not complain about lacking support by the crowd. Believe me, I was not alone cheering him on. In comparison, the athmosphere in the Monfils-match was a funeral. Yep, there were some whistles in the end, but it was not ugly. I was more sad than mad, it was so sad to see him collapse so brutally. Hard to say how much the bad back contributed to it: My guess is more than anyone would admit.

Of course I saw him again later in the hotel like on Sunday, but he was just passing by at a distance, so I could not really get an impression how he looked. Having seen Forget, Llodra and Mahut, too, I guess the famous DC-discussion was scheduled also that evening.

I guess no Munich for Richard.

http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=49127
Thanks for your reports. That's good (well not so good...) to know..
I hope he'll use his time wisely until he's next tourny.. (Rome?)

Vlad1980
04-25-2008, 03:44 PM
Right decision.

I know that the overall feeling about yesterday's defeat is "ah, yeah, another mental lapse, etc....." I stick to my view, that Richard was not 100% physically, against Vliegen it did not matter, because Vliegen played crap, but yesterday he was just not strong enough physically, and he knew it. He almost made it, and that was why he was so annoyed with himself.

I saw many players practising in Monte Carlo and compared to them, Richie's half an hour hittings with Balleret were modest, not that he played poorly, but there was no power, no speed, like in slow-motion....I am rather sure that without the preceeding DC-mess he would have retired from Monte after Monday.


Look, I didn't expect him to reach very far in the first place, but I am saying that with that match against Sam, he should win that match, no matter what... at the very least, he should MAKE Sam win that match, not just collapse the way he did at the end of second set AND once again at the end of third set. There are no excuses to lose this way and it is not acceptable for a player of his quality. He played like a top 60, mentally and physically fragile player yesterday. It was hard and sad to watch. :sad:

my0118
04-25-2008, 03:51 PM
Right decision.

I know that the overall feeling about yesterday's defeat is "ah, yeah, another mental lapse, etc....." I stick to my view, that Richard was not 100% physically, against Vliegen it did not matter, because Vliegen played crap, but yesterday he was just not strong enough physically, and he knew it. He almost made it, and that was why he was so annoyed with himself.

I saw many players practising in Monte Carlo and compared to them, Richie's half an hour hittings with Balleret were modest, not that he played poorly, but there was no power, no speed, like in slow-motion....I am rather sure that without the preceeding DC-mess he would have retired from Monte after Monday.

He was not 50% either. It was a total mental problem.
You're too defensive everytime. I know you love him, but I hope you get the idea more objectively.

Look, I didn't expect him to reach very far in the first place, but I am saying that with that match against Sam, he should win that match, no matter what... at the very least, he should MAKE Sam win that match, not just collapse the way he did at the end of second set AND once again at the end of third set. There are no excuses to lose this way and it is not acceptable for a player of his quality. He played like a top 60, mentally and physically fragile player yesterday. It was hard and sad to watch. :sad:

Agreed everything you said.

Schu
04-25-2008, 05:13 PM
Look, I didn't expect him to reach very far in the first place, but I am saying that with that match against Sam, he should win that match, no matter what... at the very least, he should MAKE Sam win that match, not just collapse the way he did at the end of second set AND once again at the end of third set. There are no excuses to lose this way and it is not acceptable for a player of his quality. He played like a top 60, mentally and physically fragile player yesterday. It was hard and sad to watch. :sad:

Totally agree with you. I love Richie to death and will always support him but that was just a TOTAL mental breakdown.

He may have been hurting but the point is that he got to within sight of the victory even at well less than 100% physically and he collapsed when things got close.

richie21
04-25-2008, 07:05 PM
Let's already bring on the Grass season......that's all i have to say.

Allure
04-25-2008, 07:49 PM
I hope he stills play Rome even though I don't have high hopes. :sad:

Jozie
04-25-2008, 07:49 PM
Me thinks Gasquet has more fans than we think, since there are so many comments over on GM (bad - mostly). Since they even bother to even comment they must be feeling something.....

Bring on Rome, Hamburg an RG, is all I say. Even if he doesn't get past bye or 2nd round... I still love him. Even watching Richie lose badly is better than watching 2 Russians and 2 Spaniards play each other in 1/4 finals. of MC Masters.

Vlad1980
04-25-2008, 07:54 PM
Let's already bring on the Grass season......that's all i have to say.


Not here.. I love to watch him play on clay and grass and I think he is capable of winning on clay just as on grass... hardcourt is his less favorite surface.

That is why this is so frustrating to see him mentally collapse against a player of Sam Querrey level.

Puschkin
04-25-2008, 08:26 PM
He was not 50% either. It was a total mental problem.
You're too defensive everytime.

I am sick of this repetitive crap about his mentality all the time. Not every defeat is a mental breakdown.

Is it really so hard to understand that you can't be mentally strong when you are in a bad physical state?

I have been there and I saw him practising and I saw other players practising. The difference was obvious. But of course this would imply that for once you would have to accept a fact from someone else, much easier to go on lamenting about his mentality. :rolleyes:

richie21
04-25-2008, 09:11 PM
Me thinks Gasquet has more fans than we think, since there are so many comments over on GM (bad - mostly). Since they even bother to even comment they must be feeling something.....


You're totally right.
As i said it before,if i was not a fan of Richard anymore,i wouldn't lose time in posting about him in this board anymore.
Somehow,i still have that small belief(it's getting smaller every year though) that he'll finally work himself together and improve his game like he should have done from 2006.
There is a part in me which tells me that there is no way that the player i saw playing in MC 2005 and in some parts during 2006 will not finally wake up and play to the level he SHOULD play.

Jozie
04-25-2008, 09:14 PM
I am sick of this repetitive crap about his mentality all the time. Not every defeat is a mental breakdown.

Is it really so hard to understand that you can't be mentally strong when you are in a bad physical state?

I have been there and I saw him practising and I saw other players practising. The difference was obvious. But of course this would imply that for once you would have to accept a fact from someone else, much easier to go on lamenting about his mentality. :rolleyes:

In the eyes of most, one needs to display mental, physical and emotional strength to be a winner/champion. Obviously with a physical injury, and in a mentally and emotionally depletive state soon after DC, Richard is not going to be at his best.

At least he did not retire, in either 2nd or 3rd round. He played, and I really believe he did do the best he could, given the circumstances.

I am pleased he is giving Munich a skip. Only Richard knows what is good for Richard, so I look forward to the next few weeks of Clay Season. Hopefully then he will silence some critics.

my0118
04-26-2008, 01:30 AM
I am sick of this repetitive crap about his mentality all the time. Not every defeat is a mental breakdown.

Is it really so hard to understand that you can't be mentally strong when you are in a bad physical state?

I have been there and I saw him practising and I saw other players practising. The difference was obvious. But of course this would imply that for once you would have to accept a fact from someone else, much easier to go on lamenting about his mentality. :rolleyes:

Yeah, sick of it, but it's true. And NOT EVERY Defeat, but more than a half of his defeats are.
And I don't think he's actually much in a bad shape enough to retire or something judgying by his two matches. I'm quite sure that he's not in-form at the moment but that doesn't change the fact that he mentally broke down. Is it really so hard for you to watch his match objectively?
As a matter of fact, hearing from you is not that quite convincing because I know you're the one who always on the defensive side. Anyway thank you for your report though.
I'm not lamenting. But I feel sad for him because his career seems to go in the wrong direction.

Schu
04-26-2008, 02:00 AM
But I feel sad for him because his career seems to go in the wrong direction.

Many players have had dips in their career to come back strong. Look at Andre Agasse (Richie's childhood idol) who had to go back to playing challengers before winning the French Open, and Roddick had fallen from his top perch to out of the Top 10 and then there's my man Nalbo. And some didn't make it to the Top 10 until they were 25-26 (Blake, Ferrer) and most NEVER will. So all is not lost as long as Richard BELIEVES that too.

my0118
04-26-2008, 02:33 AM
Yeah I know. But Richard can't be compared to somebody like Roddick, Blake or Ferrer. Richard is much, much, much more talented than those guys. Maybe he's in the same group of Berdych, Baghdatis and Nalbandian.
I'm usually more harsh on Gasquet than Nalbandian although Nalby is also an example of who can't keep being consistent with an amazing talent, because he mostly somehow tries to find his way to win when he's on. (I know he sometimes chokes but sometimes he also fights back) But on the other hand Richard is so up and down and he shows his worst and best performance in one match. I'm not saying he should be Nadal or Djokovic, but I hope he learns how to fight more effectively. In fact, if he can't sort this out, I don't see him coming back strong.

Vlad1980
04-26-2008, 04:03 AM
Yeah I know. But Richard can't be compared to somebody like Roddick, Blake or Ferrer. Richard is much, much, much more talented than those guys. Maybe he's in the same group of Berdych, Baghdatis and Nalbandian.
I'm usually more harsh on Gasquet than Nalbandian although Nalby is also an example of who can't keep being consistent with an amazing talent, because he mostly somehow tries to find his way to win when he's on. (I know he sometimes chokes but sometimes he also fights back) But on the other hand Richard is so up and down and he shows his worst and best performance in one match. I'm not saying he should be Nadal or Djokovic, but I hope he learns how to fight more effectively. In fact, if he can't sort this out, I don't see him coming back strong.


Richard is more talented than Berdych and Baghdatis... I think Richie is on par with Roger and David Nalbandian in terms of natural ability... maybe I would also put Novak in there (Marat belongs on the top too in overall ability even though he is more of the decline)


This loss stings just as much as his loss to Vliegen at RG last year... I can't imagine how crappy he is feeling at the moment.

Vlad1980
04-26-2008, 06:01 AM
I am sick of this repetitive crap about his mentality all the time. Not every defeat is a mental breakdown.

Is it really so hard to understand that you can't be mentally strong when you are in a bad physical state?

I have been there and I saw him practising and I saw other players practising. The difference was obvious. But of course this would imply that for once you would have to accept a fact from someone else, much easier to go on lamenting about his mentality. :rolleyes:


Puschkin, I really appreciate your reports and inside info given you are in there. I go every year to US Open and often have different perspective from what people see on TV. I can tell you, I understand where you are coming from in terms if Richard's back and his lack of practice... but on TV it just looked like he had mental collapse after blowing those 7 breakpoints. Therefore, you should understand our negative remarks because what we saw in that match was very painful to watch.

I think in the end truth is somewhere in the middle.. I am sure all that happened to him in Davis Cup week and in addition this pain in the back has affected him in negative way. On the other hand, we would like to see Richard as warrior and find a way to win against a player like Querrey no matter what, especially given he played on his favorite surface and on his home court. Monte Carlo is where he became a player.. I am pretty sure that place has very special place in his heart.

Puschkin
04-26-2008, 10:22 AM
Therefore, you should understand our negative remarks because what we saw in that match was very painful to watch.....I think in the end truth is somewhere in the middle.. I am sure all that happened to him in Davis Cup week and in addition this pain in the back has affected him in negative way.

It was painful to watch it on court, too. Hej, I am not saying, that mentality had no part in this defeat. My point was just that it is hard to be mentally strong, if you are physically weak.

Monte Carlo is where he became a player. I am pretty sure that place has very special place in his heart.

For sure.;) He was pissed with himself, threw his racket and the frustration was plain to see. And paradoxically, that attitude made it a little easier for me. I am sure Monte Carlo hurt and rightly so.

On the other hand, we would like to see Richard as warrior.......;

I think nothing will make a permanent warrior out of Richard, or at least not one like Nadal, Djokovic, etc. He is too much a "feel-player" for that.

richie21
04-26-2008, 02:42 PM
Many players have had dips in their career to come back strong. Look at Andre Agasse (Richie's childhood idol) who had to go back to playing challengers before winning the French Open, and Roddick had fallen from his top perch to out of the Top 10 and then there's my man Nalbo. And some didn't make it to the Top 10 until they were 25-26 (Blake, Ferrer) and most NEVER will. So all is not lost as long as Richard BELIEVES that too.

All the players you mentionned have AT LEAST won a big title(a GS for Agassi and Roddick and a TMC for Nalbandian) before having their slumps and then waking up again.
Richard has yet to win a big title despite in my opinion being at least as talented as those guys(especially if you compare him to Roddick!)
BIG BIG difference.
Even when they had bad periods,guys like Roddick ,Agassi and Nalbandian at least knew deep themselves that they could win big tournament beating some of the best players in the world,simply because they had already achieved that.
Richard has still yet to experiment this feeling and the more the years will pass ,the more it will destroy his confidence.(c est un cercle vicieux,like we say in french)
He URGENTLY needs to perform and to deliver NOW and stop with those bullshites "in 2 years,i'll challenge for the GSs and i'll beat Federer".

tennis lover
05-01-2008, 11:07 PM
any news on the injuries and everything? is he going to be ok for Rome? :) Hope so!

*julie*
05-02-2008, 10:50 AM
any news on the injuries and everything? is he going to be ok for Rome? :) Hope so!

I think so. Someone from rg.net saw him practicing at roland garros with Santoro yesterday. :)

tennis lover
05-02-2008, 11:49 PM
:D good good! :yeah:

my0118
05-03-2008, 02:43 PM
Rome Draw

(1) FEDERER, Roger vs Bye
CANAS, Guillermo vs NASO, Gianluca
STARACE, Potito vs CILIC, Marin
KARLOVIC, Ivo vs MATHIEU, Paul-Henri(15)

(9)GASQUET, Richard vs QUALIFIER
TURSUNOV, Dmitry vs ACASUSO, Jose
STEPANEK, Radek vs NIEMINEN, Jarkko
(5)FERRER, David vs Bye

(3)DJOKOVIC, Novak vs Bye
DARCIS, Steve vs LJUBICIC, Ivan
LEE, Hyung-Taik vs ANDREEV, Igor
QUALIFIER vs MONACO, Juan (13)

GONZALEZ, Fernando vs TIPSAREVIC, Janko
QUALIFIER vs SODERLING, Robin
ALMAGRO, Nicolas vs CIPOLLA, Flavio
(7) NALBANDIAN, David vs Bye

(6)RODDICK, Andy vs Bye
LLODRA, Michael vs FISH, Mardy
BOLELLI, Simone vs QUALIFIER
SIMON, Gilles vs TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried (10

(14)ROBREDO, Tommy vs CHELA, Juan Ignacio
MAHUT, Nicolas vs QUALIFIER
ANCIC, Mario vs LOPEZ, Feliciano
(4)DAVYDENKO, Nikolay vs Bye

(8)BLAKE, James vs Bye
SEPPI, Andreas vs SANTORO, Fabrice
VOLANDRI, Filippo vs QUALIFIER
VERDASCO, Fernando vs MOYA, Carlos (11)

MURRAY, Andy vs QUALIFIER
SAFIN, Marat vs WAWRINKA, Stanislas
FERRERO, Juan Carlos vs KIEFER, Nicolas
Bye vs NADAl, Rafael (2)

Schu
05-03-2008, 05:19 PM
(9)GASQUET, Richard vs QUALIFIER
TURSUNOV, Dmitry vs ACASUSO, Jose
STEPANEK, Radek vs NIEMINEN, Jarkko
(5)FERRER, David vs Bye

NOOOOOO not AGAIN - nothing like a mental test from the start. Won't look any further than this but if we did - there's Ferrer...

Well actually he has to get past a Qualifier and depending on who it is that could be tough - they could be a clay court specialist coming in with several matches under their belt. Glad he does NOT have a 1st round Bye, he needs matches.

Vlad1980
05-03-2008, 06:50 PM
Qualifier could be tough one as they get to win 2 matches prior. Can't look past that. Richard better be 100% focused from the start.

PinkFeatherBoa
05-03-2008, 07:05 PM
Nice draw...

I wish him well with that! :o

Vacant
05-03-2008, 07:23 PM
Tursunov again? :o

Well, I'm not even confident about R1 right now so we'll see....

~*BGT*~
05-04-2008, 03:02 AM
He's playing doubles with Santoro. :D

Getta
05-04-2008, 03:20 AM
Best of luck to Richie this week.

Allure
05-04-2008, 05:23 AM
Tough draw. Not expecting much. :)

lisaplenske
05-04-2008, 04:16 PM
hopefully he will get some good matchs there even if he has a tough draw,he needs confidence before RG

*julie*
05-04-2008, 05:35 PM
Richard will play tomorrow on center court against Horna (Q)

STADIO PIETRANGELI start 13:00

[9] R Gasquet (FRA) vs [Q] L Horna (PER)

Good luck Richard. :)

Cin
05-05-2008, 12:30 AM
Honra played very good these days, Richard should be 100%. com'on

Vlad1980
05-05-2008, 01:26 AM
Good luck Richard.

Rogieva
05-05-2008, 01:05 PM
:sad:

Richard is 46 14* down :sad:

After holding his first 3 service games to love with 6 aces, it has all gone down hill. Horna has played solid and Richard has made too many errors

Rogieva
05-05-2008, 01:11 PM
loses 46 16 :o

DF set up 2MPS and fh error gave the match :o

Rogieva
05-05-2008, 01:11 PM
15 winner

27 ue

Vlad1980
05-05-2008, 01:13 PM
Richard should head to challenger circuit.

1. He is clueless on the court

2. He has no fight or desire to win Whatsoever.

PinkFeatherBoa
05-05-2008, 01:21 PM
Oh gosh that was awful. :sad:

Ome
05-05-2008, 01:24 PM
Richard should head to challenger circuit.

1. He is clueless on the court

2. He has no fight or desire to win Whatsoever.

That was unnecessary :rolleyes:

He didn't move his feet. Only from left to right, not back and forth that was not good to see. But still, challenger?

Vlad1980
05-05-2008, 01:31 PM
That was unnecessary :rolleyes:

He didn't move his feet. Only from left to right, not back and forth that was not good to see. But still, challenger?


Well, he just got absolutely demolished by a challenger player at best.

Make your own conclusions.


He can do that or stay and play these Masters event and lose in first or second round.. what's better?

Schu
05-05-2008, 01:32 PM
Didn't think it could get more painful than Monte Carlo - I was wrong.

I missed most of the first set but from what the commentators said, sounded like he fell apart after loosing his serve in the first set. Speaking of commentators, they were absolutely trashing his effort and attitude. Yes the second set was HORRIBLE but I don't think it was because he didn't care or was not trying. From what I saw he just couldn't get the ball in the court, another REALLY bad day at the office and looked to me like another PANIC attack once he lost his serve, not a conscious effort to give up, just paralyzed once again by fear of loosing.

Richard - bag the rest of the clay court season, find someone to help you get your head on straight and get ready for the grass. No point trying to play a match when he is in this state, it just compounds the problem.

Ome
05-05-2008, 01:39 PM
Well, he just got absolutely demolished by a challenger player at best.

Make your own conclusions.


He can do that or stay and play these Masters event and lose in first or second round.. what's better?

Horna is known as a clay courter. Many Top 50 players could have a tough time against him. Horna was a qualifier so he had some matches prior to this one and that should be taken into account. Richard was no where near his best, that's for sure. Things do go wrong.

What's better? Wow. Priceless.
I don't know why I bother to come here... Worst decision I made in a while. I'm very sorry.

Vlad1980
05-05-2008, 01:45 PM
Horna is known as a clay courter. Many Top 50 players could have a tough time against him. Horna was a qualifier so he had some matches prior to this one and that should be taken into account. Richard was no where near his best, that's for sure. Things do go wrong.

What's better? Wow. Priceless.
I don't know why I bother to come here... Worst decision I made in a while. I'm very sorry.



He played 8 tournaments this year and has not made a single quarterfinal. Just because he is top 10 in rankings doesn't mean anything... he is playing like a top 50 player at BEST right.

I say forget about Hamburg, head to some local challenger and reach semis or finals at least. That would be more beneficial. He needs to win few good matches in a row.. and I am sorry but he is not capable of doing that right now on main tour.

JBdV
05-05-2008, 01:45 PM
Horna is much better than a "challenger player at best", but yeah this was a pretty bad loss mainly in terms of fight/desire/effort, whatever you want to call it. There is clearly something wrong with him right now and he is so low on confidence, maybe as Schu says it would be best if he takes a break.

Puschkin
05-05-2008, 02:22 PM
He played 8 tournaments this year and has not made a single quarterfinal. Just because he is top 10 in rankings doesn't mean anything... he is playing like a top 50 player at BEST right.

True, though I have not seen today's match, but bashing him on MTF won't change anything. Obviously he is lacking confidence, unfortunately confidence takes its time to build and can not be restored by a mouse-click.

It is in tough times when loyalty shows. And that is what I expect from his so-called fans. Allez Richard.

Vlad1980
05-05-2008, 02:33 PM
True, though I have not seen today's match, but bashing him on MTF won't change anything. Obviously he is lacking confidence, unfortunately confidence takes its time to build and can not be restored by a mouse-click.

It is in tough times when loyalty shows. And that is what I expect from his so-called fans. Allez Richard.



He is getting bashed not because he is playing badly (everyone does at some time or another) but because he is showing no fight at all and is giving up. Today he did gave up and nothing what he is going to say in his presser will convince me otherwise. He got whistled off the court for second match in a row now.

lisaplenske
05-05-2008, 02:37 PM
debliker is not the man of the situation anymore, richard needs someone different,someone who will teach him never to give up and fight more than that.
It was awful to see him like that.:(
I m worried about him cause he doesnt seem to be angry enough about the situation,not having the willness to change all this "SHIT"
he needs a new coach,need a change or it will be worse. WAKE UP!TIME TO ACT.:armed:

Puschkin
05-05-2008, 02:41 PM
He got whistled off the court for second match in a row now.

Ok, if you want to reopen the Monte Carlo discussion again. Yep, there were some whistles, but for everyone not totally blind it was obvious that he was not 100 % there.

I don't deny that Richard is in a slump and in a confidence crisis, but I just don't believe in simple recipes like "get out of it", "fight", do you really think he WANTS to perform like that?

And Horna has already some history of famous victims on clay in his injury-troubled career. Richard is not the first one.

debliker is not the man of the situation anymore, richard needs someone different,someone who will teach him never to give up and fight more than that.
It was awful to see him like that.:(

Lisaplenske, I appreciate you, but this exactly the "simple" recipe-talk I don't like. A new coach and everything will be fine. :rolleyes: Do you really think Eric is not aware of all this? And while I agree with you that a coach-change might be good on a mid-term, it is NOT Deblicker who plays poor tennis.

PinkFeatherBoa
05-05-2008, 02:46 PM
Of course I understand where some of you are coming from regarding his effort today but personally I'm finding it hard to criticise him today because he's just completely not himself.
Maybe I'm too soft on him but all that performance did was make me want to give him a hug, he just seems so sad lately.
I agree though that he shouldn't be out there playing while he's like this.

Bobble
05-05-2008, 02:56 PM
True, though I have not seen today's match, but bashing him on MTF won't change anything. Obviously he is lacking confidence, unfortunately confidence takes its time to build and can not be restored by a mouse-click.

It is in tough times when loyalty shows. And that is what I expect from his so-called fans. Allez Richard.

True true, too many fair-weather fans. He is obviously in a complicated place mentally, one of which none of us can fully understand. All i can say of his match would be that he hit way too many short balls with his forehand and horna was keeping everything deep. Tough match, im keeping faith.

Vlad1980
05-05-2008, 03:05 PM
Ok, if you want to reopen the Monte Carlo discussion again. Yep, there were some whistles, but for everyone not totally blind it was obvious that he was not 100 % there.

I don't deny that Richard is in a slump and in a confidence crisis, but I just don't believe in simple recipes like "get out of it", "fight", do you really think he WANTS to perform like that?

And Horna has already some history of famous victims on clay in his injury-troubled career. Richard is not the first one.



Lisaplenske, I appreciate you, but this exactly the "simple" recipe-talk I don't like. A new coach and everything will be fine. :rolleyes: Do you really think Eric is not aware of all this? And while I agree with you that a coach-change might be good on a mid-term, it is NOT Deblicker who plays poor tennis.




All I want to see him is fight in times like this and even all commentators are saying that.. When he lost to Tursunov in Miami in very close match when he fought back to push 3rd set tiebreak after being a set and a break down many times, not too many people were saying bad things... he probably did what he could given he was not playing his best..

If he is still injured, then why is he playing? If he lacks practice, then he should go and practice for as long as it takes... I have seen players like Olie Rochus practice for 5-6 hours straight! at US Open. He was hitting forehand after forehand and changed 3! opponents in a row, because he felt something wasn't right in his game.. Is Richard doing that?

You know, things been easy for Richard with his talent in his junior career and he is just not prepared to mentally be there 100% in every match. When his game is not working, he is not able to go to plan B or grind to win matches. If he doesn't learn how to deal with that, he won't ever reach anything he is capable of.

He needs to man up and stop taking anything for granted.

lisaplenske
05-05-2008, 03:13 PM
Lisaplenske, I appreciate you, but this exactly the "simple" recipe-talk I don't like. A new coach and everything will be fine. :rolleyes: Do you really think Eric is not aware of all this? And while I agree with you that a coach-change might be good on a mid-term, it is NOT Deblicker who plays poor tennis.

Pushkin I know that this talk about changing coach had been discussed many times in the forum, I was among thoe who thought that changing coach is not necessary the solution, richard needs a real change cause apparently,it doesnt work right now with the actual coach.
He'is in confidence crisis and dont think debliker is the man who can help him.Its worse and worse,its even worse than last year.
I think richard needs to act and take decisions,that's not mean that he doesnt respect debliker anymore.Time to act.

Puschkin
05-05-2008, 03:15 PM
I have seen players like Olie Rochus practice for 5-6 hours straight! at US Open. He was hitting forehand after forehand and changed 3! opponents in a row, because he felt something wasn't right in his game.. Is Richard doing that?

Do you know that he does not? :p

You know, things been easy for Richard with his talent in his junior career and he is just not prepared to mentally be there 100% in every match. When his game is not working, he is not able to go to plan B or grind to win matches

I agree on the hard transition from precocious junior to a full pro. But expecting Richard to win matches by "grinding" it out, is an illusion, I have long given up. If this is what you crave, join the Nadal/Ferrer camp. What I wish for ís that he starts enjoying to play his game again, then the results will come, though never ever in every match.

Schu
05-05-2008, 03:27 PM
True true, too many fair-weather fans. He is obviously in a complicated place mentally, one of which none of us can fully understand. All i can say of his match would be that he hit way too many short balls with his forehand and horna was keeping everything deep. Tough match, im keeping faith.

Me Too. Yes he was awful but it is obvious he has been having a huge mental struggle all year. He doesn't want to play like THAT nor does he want to compete like THAT! but it is well beyond just telling him to "man up" and fight, fix his forehand or get a new coach.

In his press conference he said - he was very low right now and not enjoying being on the court (I wouldn't either if i were him now). I so hope he can find the answers.

And Pink Feather Boa - I too wanted to just give him a big :hug:

Vlad1980
05-05-2008, 03:36 PM
Do you know that he does not? :p



I agree on the hard transition from precocious junior to a full pro. But expecting Richard to win matches by "grinding" it out, is an illusion, I have long given up. If this is what you crave, join the Nadal/Ferrer camp. What I wish for ís that he starts enjoying to play his game again, then the results will come, though never ever in every match.



I have seen Richard practice few times and he stayed on court for about 2 hours during a day, which included a lot of walking around, tossing his racquet ( I like the technique how he does the flips in the air) and then some hitting... he also likes to look around the courts. It certainly wasn't anything like I've seen from some lesser players, who are really hard working.


As far as grinding out wins... I am afraid, he won't be able to win many big titles if he can't learn to fight through bad patches the way top players can. I am not saying he should be Nadal or Ferrer, because no one else can do that. It would unrealistic to ask Richard to replicate that... BUT he should still be able to fight through bad patches and win some really ugly matches.. but so far he can only win when he is playing pretty tennis. When he is not playing well, he is getting down on himself and basically self desctructs, like he did today... and no matter how much credit people will give to Horna, but it was Richard who simply went away in this one.

~*BGT*~
05-05-2008, 03:39 PM
This match reminded me a lot of the Blake match in IW. Got broken and it was downhill from there. Except in this match, Richard was totally into it. After those 2 double faults that have Horna the first break, I was HOPING it wouldn't affect him too much. He even got to 30-30 on Horna's next service game.

It was like witnessing the total collapse of a player's game. I think I witnessed like 3 winners after he was first broken. His shots reminded me of the loopy junk balls he was hitting against Ferrer at the TMC. It's hard to know what the remedy will be to his situation: new coach, sports psychologist, time off.... but whatever he needs, I hope he takes care of it soon. I shudder to think what the reaction would be if he puts up that kind of performance at Roland Garros. :tape:

Puschkin
05-05-2008, 03:39 PM
BUT he should still be able to fight through bad patches and win some really ugly matches.. but so far he can only win when he is playing pretty tennis.

I am afraid that won't change. That's how he seems to be and how he seems to see tennis. He will always play it, never work it.

As for fighting: I think he does fight right now against the temptation of withdrawing or even quitting.

Tommy fan
05-05-2008, 03:43 PM
Oh my :sad:
It's just going from bad to worse to the worst..
Just when I thought that the loss in MC was the worse..
According to what I've heard he had no willing to fight and did nothing on court.. It's such a shmae.. I hope he'll find his fighting spirit and the passion for the game soon! :sad:

~*BGT*~
05-05-2008, 03:48 PM
What I don't understand is how he can have such great results in doubles (beat Bryans in final, semis [?] in IW...) but suck so much this year in singles. :sad:

Vlad1980
05-05-2008, 03:58 PM
I am afraid that won't change. That's how he seems to be and how he seems to see tennis. He will always play it, never work it.

As for fighting: I think he does fight right now against the temptation of withdrawing or even quitting.


I have seen him play not so good and still win... like couple matches in 07 Monte Carlo.

But if you think that Richard won't change and will have matches like this on consistent basis, then I believe top 10 is perhaps the ceiling on his abilities. He is talented but he is not THAT talented to only play well when he feels the ball well on his racquet and reach top 5.

If you look at top 10, everyone is big fighter in there except for Richard and Tomas and therefore they are at 9 and 10. People think of Federer and think of creativity but the thing is he is big fighter as well, just think of his match against Ramirez Hidalgo when he came back from 1-5 down in third set.

Vlad1980
05-05-2008, 04:21 PM
This match reminded me a lot of the Blake match in IW. Got broken and it was downhill from there. Except in this match, Richard was totally into it. After those 2 double faults that have Horna the first break, I was HOPING it wouldn't affect him too much. He even got to 30-30 on Horna's next service game.

It was like witnessing the total collapse of a player's game. I think I witnessed like 3 winners after he was first broken. His shots reminded me of the loopy junk balls he was hitting against Ferrer at the TMC. It's hard to know what the remedy will be to his situation: new coach, sports psychologist, time off.... but whatever he needs, I hope he takes care of it soon. I shudder to think what the reaction would be if he puts up that kind of performance at Roland Garros. :tape:



Blake played amazing in that match, but today Horna was really nothing special... Richard could not put 2 balls in the court.




"After losing the first set, I lost all my confidence," Gasquet said. "I played my worst match of the year."

I'm either way high or way low, and now I'm very low," Gasquet said, adding that he is not enjoying the sport right now.

"It's really difficult on the court. I need to win some matches and have fun."

"I knew he was capable, just today anyone could have beaten me," Gasquet said.


http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/05/05/sports/EU-SPT-TEN-Rome-Masters.php

:sad:

Gul
05-05-2008, 04:38 PM
Don't judge him so quik, we don't know what happen his life now.......Pls

Allure
05-05-2008, 04:56 PM
I'm worried for Richard. This year has not been good for him and he is not enjoying tennis anymore. :sad:

*julie*
05-05-2008, 05:47 PM
I've just seen the match I had taped while I was at work :sad:



"After losing the first set, I lost all my confidence," Gasquet said. "I played my worst match of the year."

I'm either way high or way low, and now I'm very low," Gasquet said, adding that he is not enjoying the sport right now.

"It's really difficult on the court. I need to win some matches and have fun."

"I knew he was capable, just today anyone could have beaten me," Gasquet said.


http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/05/05/sports/EU-SPT-TEN-Rome-Masters.php

:sad:

All is said here. People and especially his fans shouldn't be so harsh in these hard times. What he needs right now is a break I think. It's obvious he is feeling really down. The commentators reported his press conference where he said "I am at the rock bottom".
So the posts about the need of a new coach... about being a fighter on court... about working harder... are too easy and useless.
I guess Richard played this tournament to find back some confidence on the court but it seems it is too early.
Richard struggles with some inner demons and the priority for him is to recover from this crisis.
Once again, there is no use to bash him, his attitude, his coach or his tennis in these tough times.

Btw, it is new to me that a top 10 player can play a challenger. :confused:

RFK
05-05-2008, 06:00 PM
Hello everyone..I'm new here.
Just thought i'd say i saw a bit of the match agaisnt Horna on the TV today, and i noticed more today than before that he just seemed to have given up.
Lots of people are saying it is his mental state, which i think is probably true. And at a guess, i would think it is due to pressure to achieve quite a lot at quite a young age. And negativity from the media probably isn't helping either.
I think he should maybe take a break, just a couple of weeks off or something, to train a bit more etc, then maybe he can make a big comeback!! He has a great natural talent, and i'd hate to see him throw it away.
Allez Richard!!

Allure
05-05-2008, 06:29 PM
He should take a couple of months off before Wimbledon just to relax and take his mind off of tennis. Maybe even skip Wimbledon (yes he will lose a lot of points but ranking doesn't matter right now)if he needs to.

Gul
05-05-2008, 07:21 PM
He needs our help! We'll give him everything we can........:worship:Pls.
We're work for our:angel:

:)YES WE CAN:)

Vlad1980
05-05-2008, 08:19 PM
He should take a couple of months off before Wimbledon just to relax and take his mind off of tennis. Maybe even skip Wimbledon (yes he will lose a lot of points but ranking doesn't matter right now)if he needs to.


He should skip Hamburg... but he can't do that at Slams because you only get so many chances to play them... especially at Wimbledon which he really likes and plays his best tennis at.

Still, imo what he needs is to win matches! That's why if he can he would be better off entering some low level event (maybe challenger or Austria event right before RG).

Puschkin
05-05-2008, 08:50 PM
He is talented but he is not THAT talented to only play well when he feels the ball well on his racquet and reach top 5.

Does not that ring a bell to you? :p Did not Marat suffer from the same syndrom for quite some time?


People think of Federer and think of creativity but the thing is he is big fighter as well. Believe me, I never ever doubted Roger's fighting spirit.

Vlad1980
05-05-2008, 11:23 PM
Does not that ring a bell to you? :p Did not Marat suffer from the same syndrom for quite some time?


Believe me, I never ever doubted Roger's fighting spirit.




But deep down Marat is a fighter... he was always very very inconsistent but his 5 set record in Grand Slams is great. His Davis Cup record is really good in important matches. A lot of people remember how easily he beat Sampras in 2000 US Open final, but not many remember how much he struggled against Grosjean early on and how their match was delayed at 4-5 in tiebreak 5th set due to rain... He also played bad against Pozzi in second round... he had to fight through all those moments because he didn't play his best all the time.

I want to see similar fight from Richard even if he is not playing well.. instead of just completely collapsing like it happened so many times lately, he should just find another gear, change tactics and fight. His game allows to do a lot of things, but he freezes once his plan A stops working.

Puschkin
05-05-2008, 11:34 PM
But deep down Marat is a fighter... he was always very very inconsistent but his 5 set record in Grand Slams is great. His Davis Cup record is really good in important matches.

But Marat also struggled with the fact that he could not play any match like the one against Sampras in the US Open Final 2000.


I want to see similar fight from Richard even if he is not playing well.. instead of just completely collapsing like it happened so many times lately, he should just find another gear, change tactics and fight. His game allows to do a lot of things, but he freezes once his plan A stops working.

I agree on the plan B, changing up the game, that is absolutely necessary and that's exactly the dimension Deblicker was working on, even if most people would say without success. :o Most fans dream of his 2005 MC performances and that is the Gasquet they want to see. But that won't work on a regular basis, that was surfing the wave and that does not happen day in day out.

Richard himself has been saying more than once that he needs the right balance between being aggressive and solid. Right now none of it works and that is exactly what makes him so vulnerable, I feel and I think he feels it, too. He's got to find that balance, but I stay with my view: he will never be a continous fighter grinding out victories by sheer fighting spirit: occasionally yes, but not on a regular basis.

What I say now is pure speculation: But I think he does not dream of being nr1 and defending it over years, he yearns to give the French their long cherished Roland Garros title and that would be mission accomplished for him.

gasguet#1
05-06-2008, 12:53 AM
I haven't posted any messages for a while, after watching Richies match last night... Don't know what to think anymore
I went out & got pay TV so I could get to watch some of the matches, as I hadn't had my Richie fix since the Aust Open
It's true that he is so low & down on confidence, I think all the media pressure & all the fall out from the Davis Cup is effecting Richie
I just keep hoping all he needs is a good tournement with a few good wins & then his confidence will be back & he can turn around the bad start to the 2008 season. I know all players react in different ways, but all this media hype about Richie & his mental state, He must feel like such a pressure cooker every time he steps onto the court, & his game is suffering because of all the reports & speculations. I know the only way to silence the critics is by results, the pressure on him isn't doing him any favours at all.
I still think we are not going to see the best from Richie till his mid 20's, lets all hope he can turn things around soon & have a few wins & get his confidence back & play the type of tennis that we know he can play.
A Interesting stat in his match with Horna, How many of the trademark backhand winners did we see him make? I'm pretty sure I only saw one classic backhand winner for the match
Dont give up on him, he needs all our support to turn things around or we risk losing him from the game!, then we will all be the losers big time!
I just hope the Media will give him some space & especially with the French Open in a few weeks, Don't envy Richie at all with all this going on, No wonder his results are going the way they are & his game & mental state are under fire from everyone

Bren

Schu
05-07-2008, 04:14 PM
Bet he's killing himself now - Ferrer just lost!

Good luck Richie and Fab in doubles against the home crowd favorites.

soulage
05-07-2008, 08:57 PM
Bet he's killing himself now - Ferrer just lost!

Good luck Richie and Fab in doubles against the home crowd favorites.
Richard and his "older brother" won in 2 sets and will play tomorrow against Aspelin / Knowle

PinkFeatherBoa
05-07-2008, 10:37 PM
:yeah: Richard & Fab, keep it up!

tennis lover
05-07-2008, 11:59 PM
I know I'm really late but :hug: to Richard for the match the other day. Results like this make me sad. :awww:
I'm either way high or way low, and now I'm very low," Gasquet said, adding that he is not enjoying the sport right now.
:sad: The poor guy, he's obviously finding it tough right now. A break is definitely needed, that or a good result to get his confidence up a bit. Hopefully playing the doubles will help him to enjoy playing a little bit more and get some practice at the same time. :)

~*BGT*~
05-08-2008, 02:52 AM
Nice win in dubs Ree-shard!! :D

soulage
05-08-2008, 04:13 PM
Very impressive victory in doubles today 6-3 / 6-0 :clap2:

Allure
05-08-2008, 04:14 PM
Yay :worship:

lenemie
05-08-2008, 04:21 PM
Didn't those guy's win last years US open? :devil:
Let's hope he can pull this through to his singles matches! ;)

Vlad1980
05-08-2008, 04:28 PM
Nice to see that he is getting matches in even in doubles.

Keep it up Richard.

Puschkin
05-08-2008, 05:08 PM
Very impressive victory in doubles today 6-3 / 6-0 :clap2:

62% first serves in
100% of the points made on first serve
100 % breakpoints made.

Richie, do this in singles and nobody can stop you. :D

Schu
05-08-2008, 05:47 PM
:bigclap: Good Job guys - that was a good doubles team.

Can we just put Fab on the side of the court when Richie plays singles?

~*BGT*~
05-08-2008, 06:06 PM
Didn't those guy's win last years US open? :devil:
Let's hope he can pull this through to his singles matches! ;)

Yes they did. :D

Good win Richie!! :banana:

PinkFeatherBoa
05-08-2008, 08:32 PM
Ooh great doubles win! :worship:

soulage
05-08-2008, 09:40 PM
Tomorrow their match against Lopez / Verdasco is the second on court 1. Around 15 hours

~*BGT*~
05-09-2008, 12:31 AM
Totally winnable. Allez!! :rocker2:

richie21
05-09-2008, 01:31 PM
62% first serves in
100% of the points made on first serve
100 % breakpoints made.

Richie, do this in singles and nobody can stop you. :D

:haha::haha:
The Bryan brothers will dominate singles at this rate

soulage
05-09-2008, 03:44 PM
They won 6-3 / 6-4 :worship:

Vlad1980
05-09-2008, 03:56 PM
So, they move into semis?

I would like to see them win the whole thing :D

Puschkin
05-09-2008, 03:58 PM
So, they move into semis?

They must love Rome, ;) But the weather is not so bad in Hamburg either.

Vlad1980
05-09-2008, 04:07 PM
They must love Rome, ;) But the weather is not so bad in Hamburg either.


Perhaps. Interesting that all of Richie's highlights of this year have been in doubles only...

Maybe he should play more of it and try to play slams too? He is clearly able to pick up any player and reach far in these big events.

~*BGT*~
05-09-2008, 05:03 PM
This Gasquet is good... in doubles. :banana:

Schu
05-09-2008, 05:10 PM
Perhaps. Interesting that all of Richie's highlights of this year have been in doubles only...

Maybe he should play more of it and try to play slams too? He is clearly able to pick up any player and reach far in these big events.

Maybe doubles is his thing -- less pressure, he seems to enjoy the camaraderie and doubles forces him to play aggressive which is what he does best.

Take the whole thing Richie and Fab!

PinkFeatherBoa
05-09-2008, 10:31 PM
Who cares about singles?
Richard true doubles specialist. ;)

I hope they can win the title!

~*BGT*~
05-10-2008, 01:33 AM
Guess who is the only match not on Stadio Pietrangeli. :rolleyes: Doesn't matter, do it Richie and Fabrice. :rocker2:

Schu
05-10-2008, 02:34 AM
Guess who is the only match not on Stadio Pietrangeli. :rolleyes: Doesn't matter, do it Richie and Fabrice. :rocker2:

Guess they will just have to make it to the finals to get on Stadio Pietrangeli. Maybe Richie was banned from that court after his singles ;) or maybe he doesn't want the bad vibes...

I just read that Fabrice won Rome doubles last year with Zimonjic and with Llodra in '05 so now its time to win it with Richie.
Come ONNNN Frenchies!!

soulage
05-10-2008, 04:30 PM
It's was very close mais they lost : 3-6 / 6-3 / 8-10

~*BGT*~
05-10-2008, 07:26 PM
Too bad. :awww: Good fight boys. :hug: On to Hamburg. :rocker2:

Allure
05-11-2008, 01:00 AM
It is unfortunate that his doubles results is better than his singles results. Anyways good for him to make SFs. :)

richie21
05-11-2008, 02:44 PM
Who cares about doubles??:rolleyes:

I would widely prefer for Richard to be at Wawrinka's place at the moment.
Another youngster who is on the verge to surpass Richard if he wins his first MS today :rolleyes:
At this rate ,even youngsters like Monfils or Del Potro will surpass him :sad:

*julie*
05-11-2008, 05:13 PM
Who cares about doubles??:rolleyes:



You are always complaining about him not being agressive enough and playing doubles is a good way to improve in this department.
As for Wawrinka being in the final, it's good for him. And I mean it... I wanted him to beat Djoko though... even if it would have made Richard drop to #10.
I have a simple question Richie: Why do you follow tennis? It's like you only watch the matches to compare the other players to Richard. Too bad for you if you can not appreciate tennis as a game.

*julie*
05-11-2008, 05:17 PM
Hambourg's draw:

(1) FEDERER, Roger SUI/BYE
NIEMINEN, Jarkko FIN v (WC) SCHUETTLER, Rainer GER
ANDREEV, Igor RUS v SODERLING, Robin SWE
MAHUT, Nicolas FRA v (14) TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried FRA
(10) YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUS v VERDASCO, Fernando ESP
CANAS, Guillermo ARG v LLODRA, Michael FRA
LOPEZ, Feliciano ESP v Q/LL
BYE/(5) FERRER, David ESP

(4) DAVYDENKO, Nikolay RUS/BYE
DARCIS, Steve BEL v LJUBICIC, Ivan CRO
WAWRINKA, Stanislas SUI v Q/LL
KIEFER, Nicolas GER v (16) MATHIEU, Paul-Henri FRA
(12) MONACO, Juan ARG v VOLANDRI, Filippo ITA
BOLELLI, Simone ITA v Q/LL
(WC) BERRER, Michael GER v SEPPI, Andreas ITA
BYE/(8) GASQUET, Richard FRA

(7) BLAKE, James/BYE
TIPSAREVIC, Janko v (WC) BECK, Andreas
MONTANES, Albert v FISH, Mardy
ACASUSO, Jose v (17) ALMAGRO, Nicolas ESP [Almagro replaces Berdych]
(13) ROBREDO, Tommy v KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp
(WC) ZVEREV, Mischa v KARLOVIC, IVO
CHELA, Juan Ignacio v Q/LL
BYE/(3) DJOKOVIC, Novak

(9) BERDYCH, Tomas/BYE [Berdych replaces (6) RODDICK, Andy]
CILIC, Marin v Q/LL
Q/LL v STEPANEK, Radek
Q/LL v (11) MOYA, Carlos
(15) MURRAY, Andy v TURSUNOV, Dmitry
MALISSE, Xavier v SIMON, Gilles
Q/LL v STARACE, Potito
BYE/(2) NADAL, Rafael

Good luck Richard. :worship:

Schu
05-11-2008, 06:02 PM
Who cares about doubles??:rolleyes:

I would widely prefer for Richard to be at Wawrinka's place at the moment.
Another youngster who is on the verge to surpass Richard if he wins his first MS today :rolleyes:
At this rate ,even youngsters like Monfils or Del Potro will surpass him :sad:

I'm sure so would Richard -- but he's not. At least Richard hasn't crawed into a dark hole and given up; it probably took some guts to walk back on Center Court after being booed just a few days earlier and play that semi-final. He is TRYING to deal with his "demons" and doubles will give him practice BEING AGGRESSIVE.

Richie21 when will you learn that comparing Richard to others is pointless. Richard will achieve whatever he will acheive on his own timetable. In the meantime I agree with Julie - sit back and enjoy tennis, the success of others who can push the "Big 3" and hopefully some successes from Richard along the way as well.

As for Hamburg - under "normal" situations, I'd say not a bad draw, a few clay court specialists but not impossible for the "old" Richie. Just hope he walks on the court free of all the chains that have been dragging him down and good things will happen. If not, well it's on to the next tournament. BON CHANCE RICHIE!

richie21
05-11-2008, 08:16 PM
You are always complaining about him not being agressive enough and playing doubles is a good way to improve in this department.
As for Wawrinka being in the final, it's good for him. And I mean it... I wanted him to beat Djoko though... even if it would have made Richard drop to #10.
I have a simple question Richie: Why do you follow tennis? It's like you only watch the matches to compare the other players to Richard. Too bad for you if you can not appreciate tennis as a game.

I want him to be agressive FROM THE BASELINE.
That doesn't necessarly mean to go more often to the net.
Of course ,playing doubles can improve his net play but i don't think that it's his main problem.
For example,he went a lot of time to the net against Tsonga in the last AO but that didn't work.
Why? because his approach shots lacked strenght and pace and so,Tsonga could pass him with ease.
To answer to your question,i used to follow tennis only to see quality play irrespective of the nationality of the players.....but now,i also want to see a french player finally win a Grand Slam.
It's been too fucking long!

Getta
05-12-2008, 12:08 AM
Who cares about doubles??:rolleyes:


What are you implying?

To deny Richie one of his sources of pleasure? Are you kidding me? Especially when this source DOES relate to tennis?


To answer to your question,i used to follow tennis only to see quality play irrespective of the nationality of the players.....but now,i also want to see a french player finally win a Grand Slam.
It's been too fucking long!


:lol: Sorry, but I don't subscribe to your way of thinking.

Getta
05-12-2008, 12:10 AM
Richie's opening match in Hamburg is against Andreas Seppi.

Their only encounter was in Hamburg three years ago. Richie won 6-1 6-2.
Yes, but the conditions are different now...

~*BGT*~
05-12-2008, 03:51 AM
Georgia, Seppi has to get by Berrer first but I think he will.

Allure
05-12-2008, 05:09 AM
Good luck to Richie. :D

lenemie
05-12-2008, 07:39 AM
The draw in Hamburg doesn't seem to be impossible...

Puschkin
05-12-2008, 12:44 PM
At least Richard hasn't crawed into a dark hole and given up; it probably took some guts to walk back on Center Court after being booed just a few days earlier and play that semi-final. He is TRYING to deal with his "demons" and doubles will give him practice BEING AGGRESSIVE.

I could not agree more. There is nothing wrong playing doubles with a guy he obviuosly gets along with very well and having some succes. In my humble view, Richard can only profit from Fabrice tennis-wise.

*julie*
05-12-2008, 01:11 PM
I want him to be agressive FROM THE BASELINE.
That doesn't necessarly mean to go more often to the net.
Of course ,playing doubles can improve his net play but i don't think that it's his main problem.
For example,he went a lot of time to the net against Tsonga in the last AO but that didn't work.
Why? because his approach shots lacked strenght and pace and so,Tsonga could pass him with ease.
To answer to your question,i used to follow tennis only to see quality play irrespective of the nationality of the players.....but now,i also want to see a french player finally win a Grand Slam.
It's been too fucking long!

Where did I say that being aggressive means automatically going to the net? :scratch:
Playing doubles don't only make improve the net play but serves, returns and groundstrokes.(and I think Richard doesn't really need to improve his volley actually:p)

About your obsession to see a french player winning a GS... I am like Getta. I can't believe it's the reason why you watch tennis. :rolleyes: Don't you regret the time when you were watching tennis just for the fun of it?
I guess the last AO final might have been devastating for you, right?
You know there are many other french tennis players you can criticise because they don't fulfill your expectation. Feel free to bash them in their forum. It will be hard for us to do without your systematic negative comments but we will make it, I am sure. :wavey:

Puschkin
05-12-2008, 01:43 PM
I guess the last AO final might have been devastating for you, right?


For me it was, but it had nothing to do with Tsonga's nationality. :p

lenemie
05-12-2008, 03:46 PM
Apparently Richie applied for a WC at Poertschach next week :confused:
http://www.atppoertschach.at/english/index.html
Looks like he wants to play some matches before Roland Garros...

Puschkin
05-12-2008, 03:48 PM
Apparently Richie applied for a WC at Poertschach next week :confused:
http://www.atppoertschach.at/english/index.html
Looks like he wants to play some matches before Roland Garros...

:woohoo: That brings me into considerable stress making arrangements for going there.

*julie*
05-12-2008, 03:49 PM
I don't want to ruin your enthusiasm Puschkin but he applied for a WC in Casablanca too. So lets wait and see where he will play next week. ;)

lenemie
05-12-2008, 03:49 PM
:woohoo: That brings me into considerable stress making arrangements for going there.

Not sure he will get it though, Ferrero is also in the running :rolleyes:

Puschkin
05-12-2008, 03:57 PM
I don't want to ruin your enthusiasm Puschkin but he applied for a WC in Casablanca too. So lets wait and see where he will play next week. ;)

Yep, Richie is multiplying himself. :haha:

Still, I have to keep an eye on the developments. I can't miss him, if he plays in Austria.

tennis lover
05-12-2008, 04:24 PM
I guess he might play next week if this week is a disaster. If he wins a few matches this week it would probably be better to go to Paris and train for the week.

Allez Richie, it's time to start believing in yourself again! :dance:

Puschkin
05-12-2008, 04:29 PM
I guess he might play next week if this week is a disaster. If he wins a few matches this week it would probably be better to go to Paris and train for the week.
Not sure about that with the French media around. :unsure:

timafi
05-12-2008, 05:07 PM
new here so :bigwave:
Richard can take Seppi down,I mean Seppi went out to Blake on red clay last week so...:rolleyes:
Berrer is the dangerous one because he's a lefty:scared: and it will Richie's first match since a few days in singles:scared: but if Richard can find his 1st serves and hit good forehands and stay focus from start to finish;he is more than capable of beating either Seppi or Berrer:yeah:both guys are dirtabllers but Richard has got more game than both combined:yeah:

richie21
05-12-2008, 06:18 PM
Where did I say that being aggressive means automatically going to the net? :scratch:
Playing doubles don't only make improve the net play but serves, returns and groundstrokes.(and I think Richard doesn't really need to improve his volley actually:p)



I'd really love to know how playing doubles can improve your groundstokes.

Vlad1980
05-12-2008, 06:43 PM
I'd really love to know how playing doubles can improve your groundstokes.


Unless you and your opponents serve and volley all the time, there will be some rallying.. and actually it does improve accuracy because you have to hit the ball into specific area all the time, otherwise point is over. But doubles is mostly good training for serves and returns. He DOES need help with both of those areas, especially returns where he must stay closer to baseline and return a lot more aggressive in doubles.

Vlad1980
05-12-2008, 06:45 PM
new here so :bigwave:
Richard can take Seppi down,I mean Seppi went out to Blake on red clay last week so...:rolleyes:
Berrer is the dangerous one because he's a lefty:scared: and it will Richie's first match since a few days in singles:scared: but if Richard can find his 1st serves and hit good forehands and stay focus from start to finish;he is more than capable of beating either Seppi or Berrer:yeah:both guys are dirtabllers but Richard has got more game than both combined:yeah:


Seppi is beating Berrer easily now, so it is most likely him. IN any case, that match will be on Richard's racquet if he plays well.. but since he is not it could be a struggle.

Puschkin
05-12-2008, 07:02 PM
Seppi is beating Berrer easily now, so it is most likely him. IN any case, that match will be on Richard's racquet if he plays well.. but since he is not it could be a struggle.

Difficult to judge Seppi, as Berrer was really poor, but quite some UEs from Seppi, too. I am confident for Richard.

*julie*
05-12-2008, 07:40 PM
I'd really love to know how playing doubles can improve your groundstokes.
Tell me what you do when you've just served and your opponent hits a deep return? Do you rush to the net?
Obviously, doubles are more about serves, returns and volley but in doubles both players don't spend the whole match at the net. You have to return long, play and move faster, hit crossed or dtl passing shots etc... that's what I meant about groundstrokes. :p

Unless you and your opponents serve and volley all the time, there will be some rallying.. and actually it does improve accuracy because you have to hit the ball into specific area all the time, otherwise point is over. But doubles is mostly good training for serves and returns. He DOES need help with both of those areas, especially returns where he must stay closer to baseline and return a lot more aggressive in doubles.
Couldn't have explained it better. Thanks. ;)

Schu
05-12-2008, 09:01 PM
His match with Seppi is 5th match on Center Court tomorrow (Tuesday). Hope it's worth watching. ALLEZ RIchie!

lisaplenske
05-12-2008, 10:26 PM
yes please richard,we want to see a good match!its been a loong time:o

Vlad1980
05-12-2008, 11:31 PM
Go ahead and enjoy the match Richard. We will always be supportive of you. :)

Vlad1980
05-12-2008, 11:43 PM
Difficult to judge Seppi, as Berrer was really poor, but quite some UEs from Seppi, too. I am confident for Richard.


Seppi doesn't have huge serve and huge weapons that's why I say it is really up to Richard whatever he wants on the court.. in this match, he play any style offensive or defensive and still will have good chances to win. I just want to see him happier on court and get some confidence going.

my0118
05-13-2008, 12:02 AM
Centre Court 11.00 am

Janko Tipsarevic vs Andreas Beck
followed by
Nikolay Davydenko vs Ivan Ljubicic
followed by
Tommy Robredo vs Philipp Kohlschreiber
followed by
Jarkko Nieminen vs Rainer Schuettler
followed by
Andreas Seppi vs Richard Gasquet

Truc
05-13-2008, 01:11 AM
He trained only once while I was there, on Monday evening, a full practice session with Nadal (= quite intense, you know Nadal) and Deblicker made him train like crazy again after Nadal left. It looked much harder to me than the practice sessions of the other players! On the other hand, it was his only one during the time I was there.
I'm wondering if he has a blister again because he mentioned at one time that his hand was hurting and was grimacing. But Deblicker made him work so hard, I don't think the blister is that bad - if he has any.
Maman Gasquet is there, she seems very nice.

Sorry I can't tell much more since he practiced for the first time when I was about to leave Hamburg. I was very impressed by the intensity of the practice session with Deblicker though. Immediately after having trained with Nadal, it seemed quite crazy, Richie was really looking exhausted!

Allure
05-13-2008, 01:22 AM
Nice to hear that he worked hard and wasn't slacking off. We'll see if his practice session pays off tomorrow. :p

~*BGT*~
05-13-2008, 03:13 AM
He trained only once while I was there, on Monday evening, a full practice session with Nadal (= quite intense, you know Nadal) and Deblicker made him train like crazy again after Nadal left. It looked much harder to me than the practice sessions of the other players! On the other hand, it was his only one during the time I was there.
I'm wondering if he has a blister again because he mentioned at one time that his hand was hurting and was grimacing. But Deblicker made him work so hard, I don't think the blister is that bad - if he has any.
Maman Gasquet is there, she seems very nice.

Sorry I can't tell much more since he practiced for the first time when I was about to leave Hamburg. I was very impressed by the intensity of the practice session with Deblicker though. Immediately after having trained with Nadal, it seemed quite crazy, Richie was really looking exhausted!

Wish there were pics of this. :p:p

Vlad1980
05-13-2008, 04:20 AM
He trained only once while I was there, on Monday evening, a full practice session with Nadal (= quite intense, you know Nadal) and Deblicker made him train like crazy again after Nadal left. It looked much harder to me than the practice sessions of the other players! On the other hand, it was his only one during the time I was there.
I'm wondering if he has a blister again because he mentioned at one time that his hand was hurting and was grimacing. But Deblicker made him work so hard, I don't think the blister is that bad - if he has any.
Maman Gasquet is there, she seems very nice.

Sorry I can't tell much more since he practiced for the first time when I was about to leave Hamburg. I was very impressed by the intensity of the practice session with Deblicker though. Immediately after having trained with Nadal, it seemed quite crazy, Richie was really looking exhausted!


Please don't mention blisters... we need some good news here, it's been such a long time.

But nice to hear he is working his ass off on practice courts.

Allure
05-13-2008, 04:56 AM
It sucks that he might meet Federer though. :sad:

Vlad1980
05-13-2008, 06:06 AM
It sucks that he might meet Federer though. :sad:


You are WAY ahead of the schedule. ;)

Schu
05-13-2008, 06:29 AM
It sucks that he might meet Federer though. :sad:

Long way to go before he gets to Federer. If he made it that far, it would be a very good tournament for him.

Jozie
05-13-2008, 06:41 AM
Good luck Richard. You can do it!!! :D

Puschkin
05-13-2008, 07:02 AM
He trained only once while I was there, on Monday evening, a full practice session with Nadal (= quite intense, you know Nadal) and Deblicker made him train like crazy again after Nadal left. ..........I was very impressed by the intensity of the practice session with Deblicker though. Immediately after having trained with Nadal, it seemed quite crazy, Richie was really looking exhausted!

Thanks for the report. :wavey: That is a total contrast to Monte Carlo, where practise lasted only 30 minutes and was rather low key.

I am sure Deblicker knows, when one has to relax and when one has to push. In fact, I would have loved to have witnessed that, Deblicker pushing Ricahrd to the limits is something one does not see that often. ;)

How did he hit the ball?

Allure
05-13-2008, 07:39 AM
Thanks for the report. :wavey: That is a total contrast to Monte Carlo, where practise lasted only 30 minutes and was rather low key.

I am sure Deblicker knows, when one has to relax and when one has to push. In fact, I would have loved to have witnessed that, Deblicker pushing Ricahrd to the limits is something one does not see that often. ;)

How did he hit the ball?

Maybe someone can put it on Youtube? ;)

~*BGT*~
05-13-2008, 08:04 AM
I love that his match is last on court. ;) I usually snooze through the first 3 matches of the day but I'm wide awake by the last match. :banana:

Truc
05-13-2008, 08:28 AM
Thanks for the report. :wavey: That is a total contrast to Monte Carlo, where practise lasted only 30 minutes and was rather low key.

I am sure Deblicker knows, when one has to relax and when one has to push. In fact, I would have loved to have witnessed that, Deblicker pushing Ricahrd to the limits is something one does not see that often. ;)

How did he hit the ball?It looked good to me! But Deblicker was always pushing him even more, saying "Non! Non! Non!" and I was like "Hey, he's doing great, give him a break!" :fiery: Poor guy!
He was practicing his FH mostly.
But I'm sorry, I have no pics of it, BGT. It was through a wire fence and all my pics on these training courts were completely useless, so I didn't take pictures.

Puschkin
05-13-2008, 09:42 AM
It looked good to me! But Deblicker was always pushing him even more, saying "Non! Non! Non!" and I was like "Hey, he's doing great, give him a break!"

I never doubted that Deblicker hides some steel beind his "grand-pa"-appearence. ;)

He was practicing his FH mostly.
richie21 will be elated. Finally his (her) ramblings have been taken into account. ;)

lisaplenske
05-13-2008, 02:00 PM
Hpefully the training sessions will finally pay off on court today.

Wrking on his forehand like this is necessary, if he improve this shot,can rely on it,his confidence will increase and his game better.

Thank you for the report:)

Fired Up!
05-13-2008, 04:46 PM
Good luck Richie, hopefully I get to see him on TV. :yeah:

dulkogi
05-13-2008, 05:35 PM
Good luck love!

RFK
05-13-2008, 06:28 PM
Started a few minutes ago on english TV.
Looking rather nice in his red shirt :lol:
Really hope he does well today!

Vlad1980
05-13-2008, 06:37 PM
Richard is playing incredibly passive so far. Seppi is bullying him around the court.

and Seppi breaks and leads 4-3... he is outplaying Richard completely so far.

~*BGT*~
05-13-2008, 06:42 PM
Richard is playing incredibly passive so far. Seppi is bullying him around the court.

and Seppi breaks and leads 4-3... he is outplaying Richard completely so far.

I agree Vlad. Richie really needs to step it up. He needs to flatten his shots a bit but put just enough spin on them for safety.

Vlad1980
05-13-2008, 06:51 PM
I agree Vlad. Richie really needs to step it up. He needs to flatten his shots a bit but put just enough spin on them for safety.

This is not even close so far.... :sad:

I think the question right is if Richard will keep trying or will go away completely like he did against Horna.

~*BGT*~
05-13-2008, 06:51 PM
And the set is gone 6-3. :(

Schu
05-13-2008, 06:56 PM
He really looks afraid to hit the ball. DAMN Richie just start going for - it can't get any worse... or maybe it can. HIT THE BALL!!

He was a bit unlucky in the first game he got broken - didn't a ball jump off the line past his racket and another one dripple over the net, and he broke a string on the point before set point? Not that ANY of that is an excuse but just bad karma.

COME ONNNNNN

~*BGT*~
05-13-2008, 06:57 PM
Seppi breaks first game. It's over. :sad:

Schu
05-13-2008, 06:59 PM
Oh this is gong downhill FAST. ARGH!!!!!!!!

It looks like he's injured he's moving so badly but I'm pretty sure it's just his head - he has NO fight.

He hit a WINNER - 1st one???

Vlad1980
05-13-2008, 07:00 PM
Richard is giving up.

Gul
05-13-2008, 07:02 PM
Something wrong!