The Clay Court Season- Road To Roland Garros! French Open (22-05-2010) [Archive] - Page 8 - MensTennisForums.com

The Clay Court Season- Road To Roland Garros! French Open (22-05-2010)

Pages : 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 [8] 9 10 11

scmom
05-19-2010, 03:27 PM
I see I got my wish for the draw
way to go Ollie!
and way to go Richard ! sounds like he just took a little mental break in the second , glad that he was able to pull it together and win the match
showed some good fight and concentration on his part
7 in a row - Hope this good streak continues

~*BGT*~
05-19-2010, 04:28 PM
I slept through this match again :lol: Good thing though. Reading you all's commentary, I might have died in the second set. :lol: But hopefully, we'll get another easy match with Rochus tomorrow and Richie's in the SF :D

Gasquetno.1
05-19-2010, 04:39 PM
I wouldn't count on an easy match tomorrow, Rochus is clearly playing well to beat Soderling and judging by the last few games I watched he was pretty good, much better than he has played against Gasquet. He will need to be on top form tomorrow!

ImmzB
05-19-2010, 05:12 PM
Richard says he's starting to get tired, Dolgopolov made too many mistakes which made him lose his concentration but also a lots of winners.

He's talking about RG saying he's anxious to play as he couldn't the past two years, as long as he's not hurt. Always better to start early with the RG withdrawal excuses :rocker2:

Hope he is not that Tierd!

Cloudygirl
05-19-2010, 05:37 PM
Have you guys still not learnt that there is no such thing as a simple Richard victory. Don't count on him beating Ollie tomorrow.

ImmzB
05-19-2010, 06:14 PM
Gasquet is 4th on the Centre Court tommorow (Thursday)
Not before 17.45 Local Time & 16.45 BST.

Vlad1980
05-19-2010, 06:51 PM
I wouldn't count on an easy match tomorrow, Rochus is clearly playing well to beat Soderling and judging by the last few games I watched he was pretty good, much better than he has played against Gasquet. He will need to be on top form tomorrow!

Have you guys still not learnt that there is no such thing as a simple Richard victory. Don't count on him beating Ollie tomorrow.


Agreed. Given how Richard played today, he could have tons of problems with Olie. In a way I kind of wished Richard would face Soderling, because keep beating these average players is good, but I wanted to see a test against top player. Richard has not beaten top 30 player on clay this year yet. On the other hand, getting ranking up is important as well, and hopefully he will keep his concentration tomorrow and make semis.

I really don't like when he plays a match expecting his opponent to miss on almost every shot.. today was the case, and I am sure he can adjust a little to better opponents and start hitting shots himself, I just wish he would do that in every match. That is the reason he gets in trouble when opponent not missing much.. I want to see aggressive Richard against Olie.

Vlad1980
05-19-2010, 07:08 PM
As far as getting tired, I am not sure why he EVER says that in public, because well, it gives his opponent extra motivation to push him harder knowing if match goes long they have chance. And how can he be tired, he played his matches in about an hour on average!

Cloudygirl
05-19-2010, 08:38 PM
I have no idea either. I was wondering if he is already trying to excuse a poor performance at Roland but surely noone expects anything of him now. he isn't even mentioned as a threat. The only expectation on him is that he shows up. I've only caught a couple of his recent matches but he has been positively received in france as far as I've seen so he doesn't have to worry about a hostile crowd but who knows what goes on in Richard's head.

*julie*
05-19-2010, 09:26 PM
I saw it on tv. He said it at the end of the match just to explain why he had troubles to close the match. I don't think it was excuses for his coming matches. He's been playing a lot lately... it's normal that he starts to feel tired. :shrug:

Cloudygirl
05-19-2010, 09:32 PM
He's played 10 matches in 3 weeks most of which haven't lasted much more than an hour.

Compare to the stamina required for a slam where a single 5 set match might last several hours and I find that slightly worrying.

Gretchen.
05-19-2010, 09:35 PM
Good win, but he should definitely not be getting tired, or there will be no Grand Slam wins in his future. :/

Getta
05-20-2010, 12:46 AM
it is my dream to see a Nice richie-marcos final... and to fly over the rainbow.

admittedly the climax lacks ruthless logic. :lol:

Jozie
05-20-2010, 12:47 AM
Richard will be playing doubles alongside Grosjean at FO this year.
Seems Grosjean will be retiring at the end of the season. :sad:

http://www.leaderpost.com/sports/Grosjean+retire+season/3048756/story.html

Getta
05-20-2010, 12:52 AM
Richard will be playing doubles alongside Grosjean at FO this year.
Seems Grosjean will be retiring at the end of the season. :sad:

http://www.leaderpost.com/sports/Grosjean+retire+season/3048756/story.html

just read the L'Equipe cover article (http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2010/20100519_225906_grosjean-arrete-en-fin-de-saison.html).

i'll surely miss Seb.

ImmzB
05-20-2010, 06:52 AM
All the best to S.Grosjean in the Future!

Allez Gasquet for today's match!!

Schu
05-20-2010, 12:43 PM
Richard will be playing doubles alongside Grosjean at FO this year.
Seems Grosjean will be retiring at the end of the season. :sad:

http://www.leaderpost.com/sports/Grosjean+retire+season/3048756/story.html

:sad: Will miss Grosjean but sort of expected it for a long time.

Smart move by richie - will certainly have the French crowd cheering loudly for that team.

ImmzB
05-20-2010, 05:02 PM
O.Rochus 2 Serve 1st.

ImmzB
05-20-2010, 05:06 PM
Live Stream: http://www.fromsport.com/video-253983.html

reggie1
05-20-2010, 05:36 PM
I can't get a picture, only sound. I'm hopeless with streams

Cloudygirl
05-20-2010, 05:37 PM
sexy backhand

Cloudygirl
05-20-2010, 05:38 PM
can't believe he just missed that wtf

Cloudygirl
05-20-2010, 05:40 PM
http://www.freedocast.com/LSHTennis11

try that chick

Richard wtf was that

case
05-20-2010, 05:42 PM
http://www.freedocast.com/LSHTennis11

try that chick

Richard wtf was that

thanks for new feed. my other just froze

Vlad1980
05-20-2010, 05:44 PM
Rochus is playing much better today than in couple previous matches. If he keeps it up, it would be tough for Richard.

First really poor service game from Rochus.

HOld now Richard, Allez!

Vlad1980
05-20-2010, 05:47 PM
Richard just hit 223km/h serve... almost 140 mph?

misty1
05-20-2010, 05:55 PM
30-30 on his serve

40-30

Cloudygirl
05-20-2010, 05:59 PM
I thought I would have to kill him if he'd lost the set after that cheeky shot.

misty1
05-20-2010, 05:59 PM
what did he do?

Cloudygirl
05-20-2010, 06:01 PM
Just that dropper.

Has everyone elses stream gone?

GasquetFan
05-20-2010, 06:02 PM
6-4

finally takes the first set after 50 minutes

misty1
05-20-2010, 06:03 PM
well i leave with richie having 2 break points

Jozie
05-20-2010, 06:05 PM
Ollie playing well, and Richard playing even better. :)
Nice positive body language from Richard. :yeah:

Cloudygirl
05-20-2010, 06:09 PM
Am actually really enjoying this match. Ollie is playing very well tonight.

Cloudygirl
05-20-2010, 06:24 PM
Couple of amazing points from Richard to hold serve!

And what a backhand dtl to get that double break!!

Cloudygirl
05-20-2010, 06:33 PM
match point was fab!!

I love this Richard!

GasquetFan
05-20-2010, 06:39 PM
Through to the semi's :worship:

Potito Starace up next, Rich beat him in Sydney this year in straights sets so hopefully he can get him again this time...

Gul
05-20-2010, 06:55 PM
:worship:
Well Done

Schu
05-20-2010, 06:57 PM
I am loving THIS Richie! I am starting not to cross my fingers and hold my breathe everytime he serves for a set or match.

I only saw the last few games of each set but wht I saw was :yeah: particularily in the mental aspect. But for that one laspe game after he broke in the first set he was yet again pretty focused.

I know it's Richie and the next time he walks on the court it could be a completeley different ballgame but DAMN he has actually closed out on the first try about 6-7 matches in a row :eek: Keep it up baby!

scmom
05-20-2010, 07:23 PM
I got to see the second set on a rather jerky stream from channelsurfing.net
but I was glad to see it
Rochus was playing well , but Richard was better, and glad to see him dig out from a few break points there at the closing part of that second set
and serving it out
way to go , Richard!
I believe the semis are on tv even here in the States - tennis channel maybe ?
got to check my television schedule

Bobble
05-20-2010, 07:55 PM
I got to see the second set on a rather jerky stream from channelsurfing.net
but I was glad to see it
Rochus was playing well , but Richard was better, and glad to see him dig out from a few break points there at the closing part of that second set
and serving it out
way to go , Richard!
I believe the semis are on tv even here in the States - tennis channel maybe ?
got to check my television schedule

Yes, the Semi's and final will be aired on TTC. A Verdasco-Richie final would be nice, but maybe Mayer would be better for Richie...

ImmzB
05-20-2010, 08:26 PM
Gasquet is 2nd on the Centre Court.

Play starts at 14.00 Local Time & 13.00 BST.

ImmzB
05-20-2010, 08:35 PM
Allez Gasquet!

Through to the Semi-Finals!

All the best against Starace!

Inshallah you will reach the Final!

~*BGT*~
05-20-2010, 10:20 PM
I watched the match and Richie played well. Allez! :D

Gasquetno.1
05-20-2010, 10:32 PM
Best match I've seen from Richie in a while, was so impressed as Rochus was clearly playing some really good tennis, pushing Richie but he held on and stepped up even more. Was really impressed but he might be 'tired' now :lol:

Jelena_78
05-21-2010, 01:02 AM
Good luck! :D

Allez! :clap2:

Davodus
05-21-2010, 01:35 AM
Great :cool: Really happy with how he is going, and a great chance for him to make the final now.

Cloudygirl
05-21-2010, 06:36 AM
Is the Roland Garros draw before his match? Not sure when it is.

If it is and he has a really good draw, I'd never thought I'd say this because I hate tanking but I hope he tanks.

If he has a crap draw and draws fed or nadal might as well win Nice then.

ImmzB
05-21-2010, 06:42 AM
Is the Roland Garros draw before his match? Not sure when it is.

If it is and he has a really good draw, I'd never thought I'd say this because I hate tanking but I hope he tanks.

If he has a crap draw and draws fed or nadal might as well win Nice then.

The Draw will be made before Richie's match.
Draw is at 11.30 Local Time & 10.30 BST.

ImmzB
05-21-2010, 06:45 AM
I hope Gasquet is NOT in Nadal's Half.

Wouldn't mind Gasquet playing Isner or F.Lopez in the 1st Round if he had to face a Seed in the 1st Round.

Davodus
05-21-2010, 06:51 AM
Isner is in good form and already beat Richard on clay this year. Even if Richard gifted him the match, the clay at RG is faster than most other places and that, for me, would not be a good first round draw.

All I hope for the draw is that he stays away from one of the top guys in the first round or 2, because he can beat most people in the draw except the likes of Federer and Nadal. I even think he could beat Murray on clay.

Cloudygirl
05-21-2010, 06:54 AM
Isner is in good form and already beat Richard on clay this year. Even if Richard gifted him the match, the clay at RG is faster than most other places and that, for me, would not be a good first round draw.

All I hope for the draw is that he stays away from one of the top guys in the first round or 2, because he can beat most people in the draw except the likes of Federer and Nadal. I even think he could beat Murray on clay.

He could def beat Murray on clay :o


When do they do Wimbledon seedings? Before or after queens?

I've just realised if he wins here, had a decent few rounds at Roland and did decently at queens he'd stand an outside chance of a wimby seeding with there being so many people injured right now.

Davodus
05-21-2010, 08:17 AM
The Wimbledon seedings will be from the week after Queens I'm pretty sure, so that's the last tournament that will count towards them. I really don't expect him to be seeded by Wimbledon :lol: I hope so, but maybe by USO.

Johnny_Bravo
05-21-2010, 08:31 AM
it's better for him to concentrate right now on winning Nice imo,cause if so, he'll be back into top 50 (44th or 45th not quite sure)

Naina
05-21-2010, 09:36 AM
Allez Richie :bounce: He is gonna be on tv :banana:

Davodus
05-21-2010, 10:06 AM
Omfg he drew Murray in round 1 :eek:

krn81
05-21-2010, 10:08 AM
Guys you got right, he will play Murray :eek:
After Nadal last year in us open...:rolleyes:

And it is better is avoiding Isner ;) I have seen him in Madrid and DC and he is starting ot be a good clay player for an american guy...

whattheheck
05-21-2010, 10:18 AM
WTF Murray. At least Andy's not in good form.

ImmzB
05-21-2010, 10:20 AM
Murray 1st Round....

I knw Murray didn't want to Draw Gasquet!!

Revenge time from Wimbledon :)

Gasquetno.1
05-21-2010, 10:23 AM
GREAT! He's going to be too worn out to play Murray on clay... Really want him to beat him but I don't see it happening :/

Jozie
05-21-2010, 10:25 AM
:help:
Here's hoping Richie does to Murray, what Murray did to Richie at Wimbledon 2 years ago. Should be fun. Revenge. :armed:

ImmzB
05-21-2010, 10:32 AM
Gasquet's match v Murray will most likely be on Tuesday.

*julie*
05-21-2010, 10:40 AM
That is bad luck but it's not like we didn't expect such draw for Richard.

nalbyfan
05-21-2010, 11:52 AM
He will face Murray on RG first round....c'mon Ritchie, you can beat him

tami
05-21-2010, 12:44 PM
one match at a time, let's concentrate on nice tournament first, then plan tactics for murray later....go richie!

Gretchen.
05-21-2010, 12:50 PM
Tori, Vickie and all other Murray fans. :hug:

But honestly he has a chance here. :spit:

Remember how he said after that Wimbledon loss that he would be glad to play Murray at HIS home and beat him there with the crowd cheering for him, well this is your chance Richie boy. :D

GasquetFan
05-21-2010, 12:51 PM
He has a decent shot at beating Murray.. he is in pretty bad form lately.. as long as he comes out with a positive attitude he has a chance.. at least he didn't get Rafa!

Gul
05-21-2010, 01:29 PM
:clap2:Pls France tennis fan cheer up for him.
After match Richard !Show your arms to Murray:lol:

case
05-21-2010, 01:35 PM
at first i felt sick about the murray draw. now i am not sure it matters. gasquet has never done really well there anyway and an early loss gives him more time to get ready for Wimbledon where he does much, much better

this draw also might make him more motivated to win in nice since he probably thinks RG will be a first round loss

ImmzB
05-21-2010, 02:02 PM
Verdasco has just Beaten L.Mayer 7-6 7-5 in the SF.

Gasquet's match should start in around 15-20 Minutes!

ImmzB
05-21-2010, 02:23 PM
Gasquet to Serve 1st

ImmzB
05-21-2010, 02:31 PM
R.Gasquet 1-0* P.Starace

ImmzB
05-21-2010, 02:37 PM
R.Gasquet *1-1 P.Starace

Starace Holds From 0-30 Down

ImmzB
05-21-2010, 02:45 PM
R.Gasquet 2-1* P.Starace

Gasquet Holds After Saving 5 BP

Schu
05-21-2010, 02:52 PM
LIke his fight to hold serve.

Is there another stream beside the freedocast stream? Mine freezes after about 2 shots, I haven't seen a single point without it freezing after 2-3 shots. Might be the poor internet connection I have or maybe the gods punishing me for trying to watch this while I sit in a conference for work).

silverwhite
05-21-2010, 02:55 PM
The livestream quality.. :o

Schu
05-21-2010, 02:58 PM
Found one that at least for me doesn't freeze every 5 seconds:
http://www.atdhe.net/7918/watch-atp-nice

silverwhite
05-21-2010, 02:59 PM
Anyway, not sure why people think Murray is in bad form. He had some easy wins and only lost to Ferrer in the last 2 rounds. :shrug:

silverwhite
05-21-2010, 03:01 PM
Found one that at least for me doesn't freeze every 5 seconds:
http://www.atdhe.net/7918/watch-atp-nice

Thanks. Quality seems to be slightly better than the From Sport one :)

Schu
05-21-2010, 03:03 PM
Love that BHDTL to hold. Looking good, Richie (now that I can see an entire point with out a freeze)

Obviously my conference is not very interesting...

Gasquetno.1
05-21-2010, 03:10 PM
He's struggling on his serve and Starace is cruising his service games

silverwhite
05-21-2010, 03:11 PM
He holds for 5-4 but I've run out of words to describe that FH...

Vlad1980
05-21-2010, 03:13 PM
He holds for 5-4 but I've run out of words to describe that FH...

Yeah, its really such a glaring weakness when he is playing a decent clay court opponent. Little pace and short too... right now he is holding because of timely serves + some net attacks.. if he would just stay on baseline, don't think he has much chance. He might as well risk a bit from baseline and go for it..

As far as retiurning, he must be more aggressive than so far against player of Starace calibre. I am not sure what he is thinking in that department.

Gasquetno.1
05-21-2010, 03:15 PM
Really disappointing so far...

silverwhite
05-21-2010, 03:16 PM
The commentator is right. 1) He shouldn't be running around his BH and 2) He's letting Starace dictate

Gasquetno.1
05-21-2010, 03:19 PM
Yes that's it Richie you throw your towel!

silverwhite
05-21-2010, 03:19 PM
Yeah, its really such a glaring weakness when he is playing a decent clay court opponent. Little pace and short too... right now he is holding because of timely serves + some net attacks.. if he would just stay on baseline, don't think he has much chance. He might as well risk a bit from baseline and go for it..

As far as retiurning, he must be more aggressive than so far against player of Starace calibre. I am not sure what he is thinking in that department.

FH in the net to lose serve...

I've lost count of the number of times he has given up a dominant position in a rally with a weak FH. I don't think I've ever seen it so bad. I mean, I think even Serena has a better FH...

silverwhite
05-21-2010, 03:25 PM
FH moonball DTL error on BP :lol:

ImmzB
05-21-2010, 03:25 PM
Gasquet Breaks Back!!

6-6

silverwhite
05-21-2010, 03:26 PM
Thanks for tightening up, Potato :)

Vlad1980
05-21-2010, 03:26 PM
Good thing Starace choked serving for set... Richard played this game a little bit better, but still so many times getting out of position and just hoping.. nice redirection on backhands though.

ImmzB
05-21-2010, 03:28 PM
Gasquet *3-0

ALLLEZ!

silverwhite
05-21-2010, 03:28 PM
*3-0

Surely he can't mess this up?

Gasquetno.1
05-21-2010, 03:29 PM
Amazing, stunning tiebreak so far

silverwhite
05-21-2010, 03:29 PM
Where was this play before the TB??

I guess having a lead relaxed him...

Vlad1980
05-21-2010, 03:29 PM
Richard must must do drills on shoulder high and higher forehands.. that shot is just killing him.,. every time.. no wonder he can't play Nadal. Basically, he needs to tweak his technique on high balls on forehands.. I don't think he can successfully continue on tour and get back to where he was in 07 without making that shot deeper and with more pace.

ImmzB
05-21-2010, 03:30 PM
Gasquet 6-0* Starace

6 SET POINTS!

silverwhite
05-21-2010, 03:30 PM
Amazing, stunning tiebreak so far

Only the 2 points at *3-0, IMO ;)

Vlad1980
05-21-2010, 03:31 PM
Where was this play before the TB??

I guess having a lead relaxed him...


Confidence. That's what winning 8 or so matches in a row does to you.

ImmzB
05-21-2010, 03:31 PM
R.Gasquet 7-6 (7-1) 0-0* P.Starace

Gasquet Takes The 1st Set!

Davodus
05-21-2010, 03:31 PM
What a tiebreak :lol:

silverwhite
05-21-2010, 03:32 PM
Richard must must do drills on shoulder high and higher forehands.. that shot is just killing him.,. every time.. no wonder he can't play Nadal. Basically, he needs to tweak his technique on high balls on forehands..

Not just that. He can't seem to hit an aggressive FH on the round. Everytime he has to stretch for a FH, he either slices or moonballs it back. He even has trouble with short FHs sometimes. It's so frustrating... :o

ImmzB
05-21-2010, 03:33 PM
Alllez Gasquet!!!

From 6-5, 40-30 Down, Gasquet takes the Set!

COME ON!

Gasquetno.1
05-21-2010, 03:33 PM
Only the 2 points at *3-0, IMO ;)

Yeah, sorry, I was just so happy to see him winning a TB for once ;)

silverwhite
05-21-2010, 03:34 PM
Confidence. That's what winning 8 or so matches in a row does to you.

It was the *3-0 lead, IMO. After that, he became more creative. :lol:

Either way, he needs to finish it in 2. He looks exhausted.

ImmzB
05-21-2010, 03:36 PM
R.Gasquet 7-6 (7-1) *0-1 P.Starace

ImmzB
05-21-2010, 03:38 PM
R.Gasquet 7-6 (7-1) 1-1* P.Starace

Vlad1980
05-21-2010, 03:39 PM
Not just that. He can't seem to hit an aggressive FH on the round. Everytime he has to stretch for a FH, he either slices or moonballs it back. He even has trouble with short FHs sometimes. It's so frustrating... :o


I feel like when he has time, he can whack forehands at very good pace, but misses at times and easy ones too. But the high ones and yeah when he is stretched out are the ones he has tons of problems with. The more I see the more I blame Deblicker for not doing anything to improve these areas... he had from 05 to 09 to get better at that.

ImmzB
05-21-2010, 03:42 PM
R.Gasquet 7-6 (7-1) *1-2 P.Starace

silverwhite
05-21-2010, 03:44 PM
I feel like when he has time, he can whack forehands at very good pace, but misses at times and easy ones too. But the high ones and yeah when he is stretched out are the ones he has tons of problems with. The more I see the more I blame Deblicker for not doing anything to improve these areas... he had from 05 to 09 to get better at that.

I feel that due to the technical weaknesses in his FH, he has little margin for error. Thus, he can rack up the winners when he goes for it (see Wimby QF) but it can also produce a lot of errors when he's off-form. That's why I can kind of understand why he's so defensive with the shot. What I cannot understand is why they haven't tweaked it technically and why it has regressed over the past few years. :help:

ImmzB
05-21-2010, 03:46 PM
R.Gasquet 7-6 (7-1) 2-2* P.Starace

silverwhite
05-21-2010, 03:47 PM
His serve has been his saving grace so far in the match, particularly when he was playing horribly

Gasquetno.1
05-21-2010, 03:47 PM
That's what confuses me, why do they keep it the same when it is blatently a massive weakness?

ImmzB
05-21-2010, 03:50 PM
R.Gasquet 7-6 (7-1) *2-3 P.Starace

reggie1
05-21-2010, 03:50 PM
Just seen Murray in the first! I love Andy but Richie comes first with me. Have they played each other since Wimbly 2008? I can't remember it if they have. I hope Richard won't have a block as I feel that "that" Murray match was a decisive moment in his career and not in a good way.
Andy is definitely beatable on clay.

silverwhite
05-21-2010, 03:51 PM
He might regret not finishing off Starace while he was still reeling from the 1st set choke...

Schu
05-21-2010, 03:52 PM
Are we still talking about his forehand - nothing new. BUT I do think his court movement is better, maybe he is just trying harder or more focused and anticipating better but he is getting to balls I don't think will. And thank goodness for his serve which he is popping at times.

Richie finish it in 2 please so you have something left for Verdasco.

I'm loving the fist pumps.

silverwhite
05-21-2010, 03:53 PM
That's what confuses me, why do they keep it the same when it is blatently a massive weakness?

It takes a lot of willpower. Henin did it with her FH and serve. Dementieva had to toil for many years, but the fact that she managed to fix her serve should give hope to all. :lol:

silverwhite
05-21-2010, 03:54 PM
Are we still talking about his forehand - nothing new. BUT I do think his court movement is better, maybe he is just trying harder or more focused and anticipating better but he is getting to balls I don't think will.

Richie finish it in 2 please so you have something left for Verdasco.

I don't like to, but it's hard not to, with all the horrors he's been producing

ImmzB
05-21-2010, 03:55 PM
R.Gasquet 7-6 (7-1) 3-3* P.Starace

Gasquet Holds From 0-30 Down!

ALLEZ!

ImmzB
05-21-2010, 03:56 PM
R.Gasquet 7-6 (7-1) *3-4 P.Starace

Vlad1980
05-21-2010, 03:58 PM
I feel that due to the technical weaknesses in his FH, he has little margin for error. Thus, he can rack up the winners when he goes for it (see Wimby QF) but it can also produce a lot of errors when he's off-form. That's why I can kind of understand why he's so defensive with the shot. What I cannot understand is why they haven't tweaked it technically and why it has regressed over the past few years. :help:


Balls stay lower on grass and actually don't push you back like other surfaces, that's why its his best surface and the one where his forehand does not look as bad. What he can do even without changing anything drastically is to try to hit it deeper when he is trouble... just higher over the net, so it won't be as attackable. But the way he hits it is short and no pace, so Starace has all the time and more important angles to work with.

ImmzB
05-21-2010, 04:01 PM
R.Gasquet 7-6 (7-1) 4-4* P.Starace

silverwhite
05-21-2010, 04:02 PM
Balls stay lower on grass and actually don't push you back like other surfaces, that's why its his best surface and the one where his forehand does not look as bad. What he can do even without changing anything drastically is to try to hit it deeper when he is trouble... just higher over the net, so it won't be as attackable. But the way he hits it is short and no pace, so Starace has all the time and more important angles to work with.

True, though he has hit it well on clay in some matches.

Yeah. No accuracy, pace or depth = lethal combination :o

silverwhite
05-21-2010, 04:05 PM
Should have broken by now, but too many loose errors...

Danger time now

ImmzB
05-21-2010, 04:05 PM
R.Gasquet 7-6 (7-1) *4-5 P.Starace

Gasquet 2 Serve 2 Stay In The 2nd Set!

ImmzB
05-21-2010, 04:10 PM
R.Gasquet 7-6 (7-1) 5-5* P.Starace

silverwhite
05-21-2010, 04:10 PM
Pretty good day at the net, which is a big plus :yeah:

Schu
05-21-2010, 04:12 PM
THere was a forehand!

Schu
05-21-2010, 04:14 PM
EWE and there was another we'd perefer not talk about on break point ARGH!!!!

silverwhite
05-21-2010, 04:14 PM
THere was a forehand!

Set up by which shot? ;)

silverwhite
05-21-2010, 04:16 PM
SMH

Just hope that game won't come back to haunthim

ImmzB
05-21-2010, 04:16 PM
R.Gasquet 7-6 (7-1) *5-6 P.Starace

Starace Saves 2 BP

silverwhite
05-21-2010, 04:19 PM
3 dropshots in a row. Does he think he is MJMS? :sobbing:

Gasquetno.1
05-21-2010, 04:20 PM
What a game :lol:

ImmzB
05-21-2010, 04:20 PM
R.Gasquet 7-6 (7-1) 6-6 (0-0*) P.Starace

2nd Set Tie-Breaker!!!

ImmzB
05-21-2010, 04:22 PM
R.Gasquet 1-2* P.Starace

silverwhite
05-21-2010, 04:22 PM
I KNEW he would get carried away with the dropshot...

ImmzB
05-21-2010, 04:23 PM
R.Gasquet *2-3 P.Starace

ImmzB
05-21-2010, 04:24 PM
R.Gasquet *2-4 P.Starace

ImmzB
05-21-2010, 04:25 PM
R.Gasquet 3-4* P.Starace

Gasquetno.1
05-21-2010, 04:26 PM
WTF is with all the drop shots?!

silverwhite
05-21-2010, 04:26 PM
That return :speakles:

silverwhite
05-21-2010, 04:27 PM
3rd set here we come :)

Gasquetno.1
05-21-2010, 04:27 PM
Fuckfuckfuck

Gasquetno.1
05-21-2010, 04:28 PM
Yesssssssssssss

Gasquetno.1
05-21-2010, 04:29 PM
What a BACKHAND!!!!

silverwhite
05-21-2010, 04:30 PM
Comic relief with the FH exchange and then BH DTL to the rescue!

silverwhite
05-21-2010, 04:31 PM
Have to say, he was very very fortunate that Starace tightened up, especially on SP in the 1st and SP in the 2nd :)

Gasquetno.1
05-21-2010, 04:31 PM
Amazing fight in the tie break, I think that will calm all his fears of tie breaks for a while :)

ImmzB
05-21-2010, 04:31 PM
Semi-Final Result

R.Gasquet 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (8-6) P.Starace

Davodus
05-21-2010, 04:32 PM
wow, he won two tiebreaks in a row :lol: great, another final! And now a chance to test himself against a top player without any pressure. Great two weeks its been for him.

*julie*
05-21-2010, 04:32 PM
:worship: Well done Richard! Good mental in the TBs.

ImmzB
05-21-2010, 04:33 PM
Alllllllllllllllllllllllllllez GASQUET!!!!!!

Schu
05-21-2010, 04:35 PM
Have to say, he was very very fortunate that Starace tightened up, especially on SP in the 1st and SP in the 2nd :)

Been a long time since RIchard was out choked - Tie break King Richard!

Wasn't pretty at times but he came through. AS sucky as his forehand can be his mentality is 100% better.

Allez Richard!!

Vlad1980
05-21-2010, 04:38 PM
Good fight. Thanks to his serve, timely net play, dropshots and of course nice backhands, he was able to somehow get to tiebreaks in both sets, where Starace got tight.

There are negatives, and I hope Richard and his team will rewatch this match, analyze and hopefully make adjustments for the future.

tami
05-21-2010, 04:39 PM
if i had more risk factors, i probably would've had a heart attack from the stress watching that match - but it was a good scramble of a fight for him today. he'll definitely be tired after this one, and i do think the RG draw did play on his mind a little bit, making him seem a little bit rattled in his mood early in the match. but at the end of the day, it was a good opportunity for him to play a match where he needs to get stuck into for the long haul, and try to find a way out when he's being dictated the play initially. plus, to know that he battled through it, AND won, should really give him some confidence. it's important to have this assurance when you are going to face top 10 players - after all, it is their consistency that has created their rankings.

go richie, be comforted and reassured by this win!

Jelena_78
05-21-2010, 04:41 PM
Well done Richard! :clap2:

Bonne chance demain! :)

~*BGT*~
05-21-2010, 04:43 PM
OMG, I literally screamed out loud and teared up. :( Look at my top 3's draws:

Gasquet vs Murray: If he wins, it'll be the sweetest win ever. If he loses, :sad:
Korolev vs Djokovic: :rolleyes: enough said :o
Roddick vs Nieminen: not a good first round match for a player going in to this tournament with 0 wins on clay.

The French Open is gonna suck :o

Tori, Vickie and all other Murray fans. :hug:

But honestly he has a chance here. :spit:

Jenny :rolls:

Remember how he said after that Wimbledon loss that he would be glad to play Murray at HIS home and beat him there with the crowd cheering for him, well this is your chance Richie boy. :D

I'm sure he was hoping in the later rounds, not the first match. :unsure:

Gul
05-21-2010, 04:45 PM
:crying2::crying2::crying2:
:worship:
Well Done

~*BGT*~
05-21-2010, 04:53 PM
I bet Richie is just now finding out who he plays :sad:

~*BGT*~
05-21-2010, 05:05 PM
If he wins tomorrow, he will be #43. :) On his way to being seeded for the USO :D

Naina
05-21-2010, 05:14 PM
I m so happy for him :banana: Though Starace did help him out quite a bit :tape:

Allez Richie for tomorrow. You need this win more than nando :yeah:

Cloudygirl
05-21-2010, 05:43 PM
Crap I'm going to feel rubbish no matter what the outcome of the first round of Roland.

Richard stands a good chance there though. They are a good match up and Andy has had a bit of a rubbish clay season barring Madrid (and they are weird clay courts). Richard will be on a confidence high even if he loses this tournament provided he doesn't get double bagelled by Verdasco.

Cloudygirl
05-21-2010, 05:48 PM
He could def beat Murray on clay :o



why the hell do I post these things I should have known this would guarantee he drew Andy on clay. :o:o:o

~*BGT*~
05-21-2010, 10:46 PM
^^ So it was your fault? :armed:

Cloudygirl
05-21-2010, 10:49 PM
yep my epic jinxing powers don't normally apply to Richard. I think because his own personal jinx is strong enough ;) but I've messed this one up. I think he can pull it off though so it's Andy I've jinxed.

Kournikovaism
05-22-2010, 01:26 AM
Sorry to just interject. Is Eimear O'Mahoney that total bitch troll who spouted shit about Richie here?

Gretchen.
05-22-2010, 01:41 AM
:lol: Tori, you better jinx Murray good. :p

Sorry to just interject. Is Eimear O'Mahoney that total bitch troll who spouted shit about Richie here?

Yes.

Kournikovaism
05-22-2010, 01:44 AM
OK well then.:mad:

I see she supports Fine Gael :rolleyes: Typical/.

Not to mention the lack of intelligence, Institutes of Technology in Ireland are shit, nothing like the US counterparts. If I got half the points I got in my leaving cert I could have got in an IT.

Davodus
05-22-2010, 04:52 AM
Sorry to just interject. Is Eimear O'Mahoney that total bitch troll who spouted shit about Richie here?

:haha:

ImmzB
05-22-2010, 10:51 AM
Allez Gasquet! :)

ImmzB
05-22-2010, 10:53 AM
If he wins tomorrow, he will be #43. :) On his way to being seeded for the USO :D

Maybe even Wimbledon, if he has a good French Open :)

ImmzB
05-22-2010, 12:07 PM
Gasquet to Serve 1st

Puschkin
05-22-2010, 12:08 PM
Allez!

Davodus
05-22-2010, 12:15 PM
Wow, very pushy first 2 rallies from both.

Cloudygirl
05-22-2010, 12:17 PM
I'm scared. Dont care if he tanks as long as he doesn't play 4 gruelling hours and lose.

Davodus
05-22-2010, 12:17 PM
Nice volley and hold to settle the nerves :)

ImmzB
05-22-2010, 12:17 PM
R.Gasquet 1-0* F.Verdasco

Gasquetno.1
05-22-2010, 12:17 PM
Has anyone found a better stream than the FreedoCast one please?

Cloudygirl
05-22-2010, 12:19 PM
http://www.freedocast.com/LSHTennis11

best one I could find

Davodus
05-22-2010, 12:19 PM
I think the umpire has it totally wrong here. You are supposed to replay it if they have a play on the ball, and he hit it. Doesn't matter that it hit the net.

http://atdhe.net/7918/watch-atp-nice I think that one is good btw.

Cloudygirl
05-22-2010, 12:20 PM
oh that call is ridiculous.

*julie*
05-22-2010, 12:27 PM
I'm scared. Dont care if he tanks as long as he doesn't play 4 gruelling hours and lose.

I am sure both players don't want this to happen. The first set will be decisive.

ImmzB
05-22-2010, 12:28 PM
R.Gasquet 2-1* F.Verdasco

Davodus
05-22-2010, 12:33 PM
He is waaaayy too far behind the baseline to return serve.

ImmzB
05-22-2010, 12:34 PM
R.Gasquet *2-2 F.Verdasco

ImmzB
05-22-2010, 12:38 PM
R.Gasquet 3-2* F.Verdasco

Cloudygirl
05-22-2010, 12:39 PM
My commentator basically calling Richard a mummy's boy and repeating old gossip. Lovely :rolleyes:

I will be amazed if Richie wins this but if he stays with him for a bit he will have such a confidence high and Verdasco is twice the player on clay that Murray is. If he wins well the sky is the limit for the next few weeks.

Davodus
05-22-2010, 12:43 PM
Wow he broke :lol: Thanks for the gifts Verdasco...

ImmzB
05-22-2010, 12:43 PM
R.Gasquet *4-2 F.Verdasco

Gasquet Breaks!

ALLLEZ!

Gasquetno.1
05-22-2010, 12:45 PM
I LOVE Gasquet!

Davodus
05-22-2010, 12:45 PM
Oh wow, he has hit a bit of confidence now, 2 fantastic winners in a row.

Cloudygirl
05-22-2010, 12:45 PM
Richie breaks come on!!

To continue with the commentary did anyone else listen to that. The assumption that he's an only child and therefore was pampered and spoiled really pisses me off.

Beautiful from Richard here.

ImmzB
05-22-2010, 12:46 PM
R.Gasquet 5-2* F.Verdasco

ALLLEZ!

Davodus
05-22-2010, 12:47 PM
Richie breaks come on!!

To continue with the commentary did anyone else listen to that. The assumption that he's an only child and therefore was pampered and spoiled really pisses me off.

Beautiful from Richard here.

Yeah I think I heard it too.. It's a British guy? He also called Richard a bad mover with bad defense so :shrug:

GasquetFan
05-22-2010, 12:47 PM
Richie breaks come on!!

To continue with the commentary did anyone else listen to that. The assumption that he's an only child and therefore was pampered and spoiled really pisses me off.

Beautiful from Richard here.

I know.. what the f### would he know? :mad:

Keep it up Richard........

Cloudygirl
05-22-2010, 12:48 PM
can't argue with the movement off the forehand but everything else is pure bollocks.

Davodus
05-22-2010, 12:49 PM
He is on fire now :lol:

Gasquetno.1
05-22-2010, 12:49 PM
Lovely stuff, 0-40 :D:D:D

Davodus
05-22-2010, 12:49 PM
can't argue with the movement off the forehand but everything else is pure bollocks.

He is obviously clueless. He has no idea about tennis, let alone Richard :o How do they find these people?

Davodus
05-22-2010, 12:51 PM
Boo 3 set points wasted :o

Gasquetno.1
05-22-2010, 12:51 PM
Aww wastes all those set points :(

Gasquetno.1
05-22-2010, 12:51 PM
Thanks Verdasco :lol:

Cloudygirl
05-22-2010, 12:53 PM
I'm an only child myself and I def wasn't spoiled so that always annoys the crap out of me.

Davodus
05-22-2010, 12:54 PM
Waste of a game :o He better hold his serve now.

ImmzB
05-22-2010, 12:54 PM
R.Gasquet *5-3 F.Verdasco

Gasquet 2 Serve 4 The 1st Set!

Cloudygirl
05-22-2010, 12:54 PM
Come on RIchie serve it out now please!!

misty1
05-22-2010, 12:54 PM
4 wasted set points

i hope he can hold serve now

15-15 after double fault # 1

Davodus
05-22-2010, 12:55 PM
I'm an only child myself and I def wasn't spoiled so that always annoys the crap out of me.

I wouldn't worry about what this idiot says, he has no idea.

misty1
05-22-2010, 12:56 PM
30-30 now

come on richie just 2 more points

Gasquetno.1
05-22-2010, 12:57 PM
Alleeez

Davodus
05-22-2010, 12:57 PM
first set :yeah:

Cloudygirl
05-22-2010, 12:58 PM
Yeeeeesssssssssssssssssssssssssssss he got a set. To say that he is competitive with the number 3 on clay right now has to be confidence boosting even if he loses!!

case
05-22-2010, 12:58 PM
announcer is a jerk. who says three AND a half years??

ImmzB
05-22-2010, 12:58 PM
R.Gasquet 6-3 0-0* F.Verdasco

Gasquet Takes The 1st Set!

Alllez!

ImmzB
05-22-2010, 12:59 PM
Sounds like the Commentator wants Gasquet 2 win

GasquetFan
05-22-2010, 01:00 PM
YAY :D

Wins a set against one of the better clay courters!!

ImmzB
05-22-2010, 01:03 PM
R.Gasquet 6-3 *0-1 F.Verdasco

Cloudygirl
05-22-2010, 01:03 PM
Keep in the pressure and hold please!!

Cloudygirl
05-22-2010, 01:04 PM
Richard do not brain fart!!

ImmzB
05-22-2010, 01:06 PM
R.Gasquet 6-3 1-1* F.Verdasco

Gasquet Holds From 0-30 Down

Cloudygirl
05-22-2010, 01:08 PM
wow nando just hit a fabulous shot.

Davodus
05-22-2010, 01:11 PM
Lovely pass!

ImmzB
05-22-2010, 01:12 PM
R.Gasquet 6-3 *1-2 F.Verdasco

Puschkin
05-22-2010, 01:12 PM
Level of tennis was great in that 3rd game, Richie got to deuce twice !

Cloudygirl
05-22-2010, 01:14 PM
Don't mess up :unsure:

Cloudygirl
05-22-2010, 01:18 PM
Grrrrrrr don't fuck this up

Davodus
05-22-2010, 01:19 PM
Waste of a game :o

ImmzB
05-22-2010, 01:19 PM
R.Gasquet 6-3 1-3* F.Verdasco

Gasquet Broken

Cloudygirl
05-22-2010, 01:19 PM
Oh crap!

ImmzB
05-22-2010, 01:21 PM
0-30...Chance

Davodus
05-22-2010, 01:23 PM
Break back! Perfect :)

Cloudygirl
05-22-2010, 01:23 PM
Break back come on Richie!!!

C-B-R
05-22-2010, 01:23 PM
break back :D

ImmzB
05-22-2010, 01:23 PM
R.Gasquet 6-3 *2-3 F.Verdasco

Gasquet Breaks Back :)

Davodus
05-22-2010, 01:26 PM
And a love hold. Got momentum right back.

ImmzB
05-22-2010, 01:26 PM
R.Gasquet 6-3 3-3* F.Verdasco

Gasquet Holds To Love :)

ImmzB
05-22-2010, 01:28 PM
R.Gasquet 6-3 *3-4 F.Verdasco

ImmzB
05-22-2010, 01:32 PM
R.Gasquet 6-3 4-4* F.Verdasco

Cloudygirl
05-22-2010, 01:33 PM
it's anyone's match right now. Am so impressed with his attitude and fight so far. Also think how much better Verdasco is than Murray on clay if he can hang in here...

Davodus
05-22-2010, 01:34 PM
What a shot!

misty1
05-22-2010, 01:35 PM
15-40!!

come on richie!

30-40

break! 5-4 richie

Davodus
05-22-2010, 01:35 PM
Lucky :lol: but he breaks! Serve for the match!

ImmzB
05-22-2010, 01:36 PM
R.Gasquet 6-3 *5-4 F.Verdasco

Gasquet 2 Sevre 4 The Match!!

Cloudygirl
05-22-2010, 01:36 PM
serving for the match omg don't fuck this up, don't fuck this up, don't fuck this up!!!!!!!!

GasquetFan
05-22-2010, 01:37 PM
serving for the match omg don't fuck this up, don't fuck this up, don't fuck this up!!!!!!!!

this

misty1
05-22-2010, 01:38 PM
0-40

damn it

Davodus
05-22-2010, 01:38 PM
0-30 :o

Cloudygirl
05-22-2010, 01:39 PM
Oh shit he's nervous!!! Hold in there