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ImmzB
01-02-2012, 05:27 PM
Time for a new thread, the Australian season. :)
Richard made a great start to the 2012 season by beating Di 6/1 6/3 and also helping France claim a 2-1 victory over China.

Australian Season Schedule

31/12/2011 - Week 1: Hopman Cup (Indoor Hard)
09/01/2012 - Week 2: Sydney- ATP 250 (Hard)
16/01/2012 - Week 3: Australian Open- Grand Slam (Hard)
23/01/2012 - Week 4: Australian Open- Grand Slam (Hard)

case
01-02-2012, 09:25 PM
Time for a new thread, the Australian season. :)
Richard made a great start to the 2012 season by beating Di 6/1 6/3 and also helping France claim a 2-1 victory over China.

Australian Season Schedule

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23/01/2012 - Week 4: Australian Open- Grand Slam (Hard)[/B]

i like that you have him playing in the second week!

ImmzB
01-03-2012, 11:35 AM
Richard breaks back! :)

6/2 *1/1

ImmzB
01-03-2012, 11:39 AM
Great BH DTL for the game! :)

6/2 2/1*

Gagsquet
01-03-2012, 11:41 AM
backhand is on :rocker2:

ImmzB
01-03-2012, 11:59 AM
Hewitt breaks and will serve for the 2nd set!

6/2 4-5*

ImmzB
01-03-2012, 12:03 PM
Great BH to get the break right back! :)

6/2 *5-5

GasquetFan
01-03-2012, 12:07 PM
3 double faults in one game.... :o

ImmzB
01-03-2012, 12:08 PM
Broken again! :mad:

6/2 5-6*

Puschkin
01-03-2012, 12:15 PM
What's the level of play from both?

Gasquet maniac
01-03-2012, 12:23 PM
struggling with serve.......

Gasquet maniac
01-03-2012, 12:24 PM
6 double faults!!!!!!

ImmzB
01-03-2012, 12:43 PM
Great BH DTL :yeah: Richard breaks again and will serve for the match!!!

6/2 5/7 *5/1

Gasquet maniac
01-03-2012, 12:46 PM
Come on, Gasquet......

ImmzB
01-03-2012, 12:54 PM
Gasquet 6/2 5-7 6/1 Hewitt
France 2-0 Australia.

Good win for Gasquet against a tricky player but he will have to step it up against Verdasco on Thursday.

Puschkin
01-03-2012, 01:08 PM
So Richard found back his serve as mysteriously as he had lost it before? :aplot:

silverwhite
01-03-2012, 02:42 PM
Could have been serving for the match in mixed but he made a few mistakes :o

silverwhite
01-03-2012, 02:43 PM
So many FH volley errors :o

silverwhite
01-03-2012, 03:29 PM
Wow. Both of them were woeful in the third set (singles) :facepalm:

silverwhite
01-03-2012, 03:42 PM
I don't think I've ever seen Hewitt make so many errors :o

Aside a few shots, Richard was pushing as usual :zzz:

Gagsquet
01-03-2012, 03:48 PM
Silverwhite maybe you're a little bit harsh :lol: That was not that bad from Richie.

silverwhite
01-03-2012, 03:51 PM
I only watched the third set so I'm only commenting based on that :shrug:

ImmzB
01-03-2012, 03:55 PM
Good win in the Mixed doubles. I watched some of it, Richard didn't try 100% but they got the win.

silverwhite
01-03-2012, 04:00 PM
I watched the last few games. Richard made a lot of loose shots. He kept serving and volleying and missed half of the first volleys :o

alexito
01-04-2012, 10:14 PM
today: gasquet vs verdasco?

silverwhite
01-04-2012, 10:17 PM
Yeah :scared:

GasquetFan
01-05-2012, 07:23 AM
Just about to start, Allez! :)

bleu_cheese
01-05-2012, 07:58 AM
What a ridiculous forehand to break! The net clearance on their shots is crazy as well...

ImmzB
01-05-2012, 08:01 AM
Gasquet takes the 1st set 6/2

Allez! :)

Gagsquet
01-05-2012, 08:04 AM
He is playing well?

bleu_cheese
01-05-2012, 08:13 AM
Gasquet nearly running into the linespeople, he's so far back. It's a good thing Verdasco is pretty hopeless right now.

bleu_cheese
01-05-2012, 08:14 AM
But, I would say that he's playing well enough. He's winning, after all.

GasquetFan
01-05-2012, 08:41 AM
Serving for the match now. Verdasco is not playing well.. :help:

Gagsquet
01-05-2012, 08:47 AM
Verdasco was awful and gifted the match?

bleu_cheese
01-05-2012, 08:49 AM
Positives: Serve, watching Verdasco make errors on easy putaway shots.
Negatives: Court position, shot depth.

However, not a bad match from Gasquet. Both were hitting with a lot of topspin, so it was difficult to attack off of the balls with so much action. Unless of course they were both just in a passive mindset. Either way, I'm happy, he's still undefeated.

Vlad1980
01-05-2012, 08:52 AM
Good match from Richard. I think better than against Hewitt, more solid, much better serving. Verdasco was fairly miserable, but still Richard stayed the course, did not lose focus, hit his forehand pretty decent actually.

Allez

silverwhite
01-05-2012, 08:58 AM
Verdasco was awful and gifted the match?

You said it. Not me :angel:

Puschkin
01-05-2012, 08:59 AM
did not lose focus, hit his forehand pretty decent actually.
It can't have been bad, according to this comment.

I only saw the first three games, when Richard was solid and Verdasco's UEs outnumbered his winners.

tami
01-05-2012, 10:05 AM
it's early in the season, and for sure it was important to win, but at least he was given the opportunity to play three matches where he could use to determine what needs to be tweaked in the lead-up to the Open.

...plus, i quite liked it how he was in good humour, even cracking a joke with the umpire about a really bad hawk-eye challenge on his part, it was quite funny :P you need to have a little bit of that every now and then, as long as you regroup enough to put in the necessary effort for the win.

on to the final...woohoo!!!

Puschkin
01-05-2012, 11:32 AM
Did they play the doubles in the end?

tami
01-05-2012, 12:06 PM
nope, cos france had already won the tie, no mixed doubles needed. plus it would've been on a separate court, not centre court, so we would've only been able to follow the livescore.

but yay, go team france :P

Vlad1980
01-05-2012, 06:23 PM
It can't have been bad, according to this comment.

I only saw the first three games, when Richard was solid and Verdasco's UEs outnumbered his winners.

Even against Hewitt, he hit his forehand decent, especially in second and third sets.. although in second set he served horrible that's why he lost it.

It is a very good win against even horrible Verdasco.. Richard just struggled with him so much on hardcourts last few times.

Cloudygirl
01-05-2012, 08:15 PM
I watched about 10 mins before I went to work and watched him hit an epically hopeless volley.

It's a really good score line though because he doesn't do well these days against Verdasco.

Mae
01-06-2012, 10:20 AM
I like Richie's play, but I just wish his physical size was taller and stronger. It is harder for him to compete again the larger guys IMHO.

tami
01-06-2012, 10:55 AM
bartoli and gasquet were interviewed by one HD between the czech rep's singles matches today - those guys at lacoste did good with that khaki-hoodie cardigan with the tricolor edging at the pockets!

the interviewer asked bartoli about how she battled from one set and a break down in the wimbledon semis to win the match, and how she said to the press later that it was due to the fact that she knew her hollywood idol pierce brosnan was in the audience, watching her match. she said she is just a fan of james bond, and just wanted to keep playing no matter how long it took, just so that she could win in his presence. then bartoli said, "but i have my own james bond this week", grabbing onto gasquet's arm at the same time...
..to which gasquet smiled and said, "of course, yeah, for sure!"

it was actually quite comedic, and nice to see that gasquet is feeling comfortable enough now to have a bit of a joke around and in english as well, my my richard, we ARE growing up! keep it coming!!!!

ImmzB
01-07-2012, 01:31 AM
Sydney

Richard who has a BYE into R2 will either face Fognini or Qualifier.
Richard has Mayer, Stepanek & Isner as the other seeds in his half.

GasquetFan
01-07-2012, 09:37 AM
Sydney

Richard who has a BYE into R2 will either face Fognini or Qualifier.
Richard has Mayer, Stepanek & Isner as the other seeds in his half.

Good draw, thanks for that.

He's playing well so far against Berdych hope he can keep this level, it's 2-2 in the first set. Allez! :D

bleu_cheese
01-07-2012, 09:38 AM
Hitting his forehand well. Berdych is in good form right now, so any result will be fine with me.

bleu_cheese
01-07-2012, 09:43 AM
Wow! Backhand winners galore.

silverwhite
01-07-2012, 09:47 AM
He's playing well, but when Berdych has time to punish his shots, he can't do much

GasquetFan
01-07-2012, 09:47 AM
Saves a break point, and holds serve, 3-3

Gagsquet
01-07-2012, 09:48 AM
Some brilliant shots but too passive again.

Gagsquet
01-07-2012, 09:52 AM
Serve is on today fortunately ...

silverwhite
01-07-2012, 09:56 AM
So is Berdych's :o

silverwhite
01-07-2012, 09:59 AM
And Berdych has a better return

bleu_cheese
01-07-2012, 10:00 AM
Better lucky than good. Or both.

Puschkin
01-07-2012, 10:00 AM
What a BH!

silverwhite
01-07-2012, 10:00 AM
But what a point :speakles:

silverwhite
01-07-2012, 10:01 AM
Berdych punishing the FH as he should :o

silverwhite
01-07-2012, 10:03 AM
Dropshot attempt :stupid:

Gagsquet
01-07-2012, 10:04 AM
what a pointttt

bleu_cheese
01-07-2012, 10:05 AM
Oh man! Lady luck is on Gasquet's side for sure.

silverwhite
01-07-2012, 10:05 AM
Again :speakles:

Puschkin
01-07-2012, 10:05 AM
Brilliant gamefor 5 all! But the Berdych serve is flawless, I'd like to see his serve stats.

silverwhite
01-07-2012, 10:06 AM
Oh man! Lady luck is on Gasquet's side for sure.

True, but still, spectacular defence on both points to get the winner!

Gagsquet
01-07-2012, 10:06 AM
return at last

silverwhite
01-07-2012, 10:07 AM
But still cannot break :haha:

5-7 coming up

Gagsquet
01-07-2012, 10:08 AM
Gasquet is playing too far away from the baseline, that costs him a lot of points.

bleu_cheese
01-07-2012, 10:09 AM
But still cannot break :haha:

5-7 coming up

Even if it does get to a tiebreak, Berdych serve should prove too much. Hope for some second serves.

silverwhite
01-07-2012, 10:09 AM
Gasquet is playing too far away from the baseline, that costs him a lot of points.

In this match, I don't think he has a choice. Not many players can overpower Berdy :lol:

silverwhite
01-07-2012, 10:13 AM
This is depressing. He's playing great tennis but will probably lose. Just goes to show how much his returning needs work :o

Puschkin
01-07-2012, 10:13 AM
Gasquet is playing too far away from the baseline, that costs him a lot of points.

That is really not the point today, Berdych serves great and hardly makes an error, he is really playing well, and Ricahrd did well to get to the breaker. Allez!

bleu_cheese
01-07-2012, 10:19 AM
Ouch. Well, I don't think the tiebreaker would have gone the other way regardless. Berdych can still lose focus, who knows?

Puschkin
01-07-2012, 10:20 AM
Not much to say, a loss of concentration at the start of the breaker, and Berdych run away with it. Will he tank or make an effort?

Fleck
01-07-2012, 10:22 AM
Gasquet put too much spin in his forehand, Berdych can attack half of these balls.

silverwhite
01-07-2012, 10:23 AM
Given Richard's returning, Berdych would have to lose his serve to give us any hope :lol:

GasquetFan
01-07-2012, 10:26 AM
TV Commentator just said 82% of Gasquet's returns are falling short...

silverwhite
01-07-2012, 10:27 AM
TV Commentator just said 82% of Gasquet's returns are falling short...

No sh*t :lol: Story of his career :tape:

silverwhite
01-07-2012, 10:28 AM
I'm going to say something nice though. He'll have a good season if he continues this sort of form

silverwhite
01-07-2012, 10:30 AM
Bye bye :bigwave:

Gagsquet
01-07-2012, 10:31 AM
Berdych is damn good, too good for Richie.

silverwhite
01-07-2012, 10:35 AM
WTF :o

silverwhite
01-07-2012, 10:36 AM
:zzz:

Going to close the live stream now :yawn:

Gagsquet
01-07-2012, 10:40 AM
Berdych is not a good match-up for Richie anyway.

silverwhite
01-07-2012, 10:43 AM
Anyone who can overpower him (95% of top players) isn't a god match-up for him :lol:

Gagsquet
01-07-2012, 10:49 AM
return of his life

GasquetFan
01-07-2012, 10:49 AM
Breaks :lol: What a return!

ImmzB
01-07-2012, 10:50 AM
Great return, 1 break back.

Hold your serve!

silverwhite
01-07-2012, 10:50 AM
0-15 :lol:

silverwhite
01-07-2012, 10:51 AM
Berdych's returns :sobbing:

Gagsquet
01-07-2012, 10:52 AM
tennis champagne

silverwhite
01-07-2012, 10:54 AM
7-6 6-4 instead of 7-6 6-2 or 7-6 6-3 then :lol:

ImmzB
01-07-2012, 10:54 AM
Great hold from Gasquet where he was 0-40 down! :)

Gagsquet
01-07-2012, 10:55 AM
7-6 6-4 instead of 7-6 6-2 or 7-6 6-3 then :lol:

you are mean :p

silverwhite
01-07-2012, 10:56 AM
I'm not. I speak the truth

silverwhite
01-07-2012, 10:58 AM
See? ;)

GasquetFan
01-07-2012, 10:59 AM
Entertaining match :worship:

Gagsquet
01-07-2012, 11:02 AM
Berdych is top 5 material, Gasquet is not but he played around top 10 today (considering the monster in front of him) I think

silverwhite
01-07-2012, 11:05 AM
Berdych is top 5 material, Gasquet is not but he played around top 10 today (considering the monster in front of him) I think

For quite awhile, the top 10 has contained a couple of clowns anyway

ImmzB
01-07-2012, 11:26 AM
Congrats to the Czech Republic for winning the 2012 Hopman Cup!! :yeah:

Good week for Gasquet, winning 3/4 single matches!! Hopefully he takes this form into Sydney & Melbourne and play even more aggressive tennis!!

Allez! :)

Puschkin
01-07-2012, 01:12 PM
7-6 6-4 instead of 7-6 6-2 or 7-6 6-3 then :lol:
In my view, morally it does make a difference, though. Richard could break the Berdych serve, which was outstanding today, unfortunately I missed that game.

Cloudygirl
01-07-2012, 01:45 PM
For quite awhile, the top 10 has contained a couple of clowns anyway


heehee I do love you.

:worship:

Vlad1980
01-07-2012, 03:19 PM
That was some impressive hitting from Richard when he was down and almost out in second set. I only watched from 1-4 down. I wish he could implement the aggressive forehand and aggressive returning in general to his overall game, not only when he has no pressure. Overall, lots of positives from Hopman Cup.

Schu
01-07-2012, 09:16 PM
SOme good stuff from Richard against an opponent who was very stong. The major difference between Berdych (a top 10 player) and Richard (struggling to stay top 20) today was consistency and focus. Richard played well and went head to head with Berdych who served almost flawlessly but he was unable to keep that level up when crunch time came and then he faded away for about 5 more games after the tiebreak disaster. He got it together and started to put the pressure on but it was too late to dig out of his huge hole.

Even with Richard's passive court position and return (which was actually a LITTLE better today) he was able to hang in with Berdych until he lost focus. When and if Richard can play an ENTIRE match and more importantly an entire tournament at a consistently high aggressive level, top 10 is a real possibility but until that time Richard will always be close but not quite there. Berdych seemed to have found the focus/intensity last year, maybe 2012 is Richard's time.

GasquetFan
01-10-2012, 06:22 AM
Gasquet will play Fognini tomorrow

Puschkin
01-11-2012, 03:21 AM
6-2 6-1. Richard mastered the strong wind much better than Fognini. Otherwise not much to say, few winners, but the conditions apparently did not allow better. I read the same comment on a stream for the del Potro match.

GasquetFan
01-11-2012, 04:04 AM
Good scoreline, wish I could have seen the match. Onto the quarterfinals :wavey: Istomin next! Don't want to get ahead of myself (especially when it's Richard) but the draw has opened up for him now Isner is out, has a good chance to make the final here.

MightyM
01-11-2012, 08:27 AM
Richard on twitter: http://twitter.com/richardgasquet1 (via RPiatti)

Puschkin
01-11-2012, 10:50 AM
Richard on twitter: http://twitter.com/richardgasquet1 (via RPiatti)

Thanks, seems authentic to me. I wonder how long he will keep it public.

silverwhite
01-11-2012, 11:03 AM
I can't believe it :spit: :haha:

Gagsquet
01-11-2012, 11:30 AM
mug lost 3 games

Gagsquet
01-11-2012, 11:39 AM
What the hell is he doing flirting with this Israeli model. She didn't even reply :haha:

silverwhite
01-11-2012, 11:41 AM
He's so awkward :lol:

Gagsquet
01-11-2012, 11:41 AM
what a fail :superlol: :help:

Puschkin
01-11-2012, 11:51 AM
She didn't even reply :haha:Who knows? There are other means to communicate than twitter. ;)

reggie1
01-11-2012, 02:33 PM
Hi folks,:wavey: I've not posted for a while but always lurk! Richard and Twitter?????!!!!!!!!!!! I really never thought I'd see the day! Didn't even realise he was back on Facebook? :lol:

Nena
01-11-2012, 08:15 PM
He is beyond funny on twitter. But I guess that's the way he is. :lol:

Cloudygirl
01-12-2012, 12:03 AM
Who knows? There are other means to communicate than twitter. ;)


plus there is direct messaging on twitter of course... (but she's prob just ignoring him lol)

I've got really bad insomnia at the moment so if he isn't playing tennis hopefully I'll have his awkward tweets to keep me entertained.

Is Richard on facebook Vicky?

GasquetFan
01-12-2012, 01:59 AM
Gasquet serving first.

silverwhite
01-12-2012, 02:17 AM
Not dealing with the wind well. Looks like it might be a long day at the office

Puschkin
01-12-2012, 02:34 AM
Three wrong linecalls already and they were not even close. :rolleyes:

silverwhite
01-12-2012, 02:42 AM
New year. Same passive play :lol:

ImmzB
01-12-2012, 02:46 AM
Bad volley from Richad!

silverwhite
01-12-2012, 02:46 AM
I can't believe it :facepalm:

Puschkin
01-12-2012, 02:47 AM
He was passive on his own bp, Istomin is not giving him much, a few errors and break against him. I wonder if he really wants to win this, he was much more alive in Perth.

ImmzB
01-12-2012, 02:49 AM
Long rally but Richard comes out on top! :lol:

silverwhite
01-12-2012, 02:53 AM
This is exasperating. He deserves to lose!

Vlad1980
01-12-2012, 02:54 AM
Richard is just not willing to take any sort of initiative in rallies and on return. If Istomin continues this level, he will win this match. Richard is getting some mid courts balls and fairly good looks on second serve return, but he is just willing to put the ball back in the middle of the court with little pace. I am not sure what he is thinking out there today.

GasquetFan
01-12-2012, 02:55 AM
:facepalm:

PinkFeatherBoa
01-12-2012, 02:55 AM
Oh Richard. :lol: Very irritable tonight.

I did wonder his intentions playing Sydney but seems he likes to play every week these days, according to his schedule for this year. Maybe some nice women there or something. ;)

ImmzB
01-12-2012, 02:56 AM
Richard to comeback like he did in Monte Carlo! :)

silverwhite
01-12-2012, 02:57 AM
Istomin is just mediocre, not even playing above his level :shrug:

I still can't believe that volley on BP :facepalm:

ImmzB
01-12-2012, 02:59 AM
Good hold after saving a BP!! :)

Puschkin
01-12-2012, 03:04 AM
I am not sure what he is thinking out there today.
We'll see soon, if he tries to up his level. If he continues like that, I'd call it a tank.

ImmzB
01-12-2012, 03:12 AM
"Allez" from Gasquet after holding for a 3-2* lead.

I missed the BP, how did Istomin save it?

PinkFeatherBoa
01-12-2012, 03:14 AM
He seems too frustrated to be tanking imo. Not seen him toss his racquet like that for a while. Oh well, at least he's holding serve better now.

Hope he puts the frustration into some nice aggressive tennis please. :p

PinkFeatherBoa
01-12-2012, 03:15 AM
Has such a great smash! :)

Puschkin
01-12-2012, 03:19 AM
Breakpoints in both games and Istomin comes up with an ace. Richard frustrated, if he only could channel that frustration, but he is playing better now.

silverwhite
01-12-2012, 03:20 AM
His problem is that it's just not in his nature to be aggressive, even though he does it well. Once again, the commentators have picked up on this, saying he has the skills but the wrong attitude...

silverwhite
01-12-2012, 03:32 AM
OMG :facepalm:

ImmzB
01-12-2012, 03:32 AM
Broken from 30-0 up! :( Istomin to serve for the match!

GasquetFan
01-12-2012, 03:34 AM
:o :facepalm:

silverwhite
01-12-2012, 03:35 AM
His play today reminds me of the Phau match. Only consolation is that he didn't choke away a lead

Schu
01-12-2012, 03:37 AM
Where did that come from. Now would be a good time to hit an agressive return and break

Or now...

Vlad1980
01-12-2012, 03:38 AM
We'll see soon, if he tries to up his level. If he continues like that, I'd call it a tank.

I think its disrespectful to suggest it would be a tank, they are both trying hard. Istomin is just a little bit better at the moment. Istomin is playing at much higher level than most of Richard's opponents last week.

Gasquet maniac
01-12-2012, 03:39 AM
break!!!!!

Schu
01-12-2012, 03:40 AM
What;a the chance he holds serve.... 0-30 ARGH!!

silverwhite
01-12-2012, 03:42 AM
:facepalm:

Gasquet maniac
01-12-2012, 03:43 AM
broken....argh

GasquetFan
01-12-2012, 03:43 AM
:lol: Richard :worship:

Puschkin
01-12-2012, 03:45 AM
that return winner, why not at other stages of the match?

Puschkin
01-12-2012, 03:47 AM
Lucky Istomin!

silverwhite
01-12-2012, 03:47 AM
that return winner, why not at other stages of the match?

A leopard never changes its spots

Puschkin
01-12-2012, 03:47 AM
and another return winner!

Gasquet maniac
01-12-2012, 03:48 AM
TB time!!!!!!

Schu
01-12-2012, 03:49 AM
WOW! NOW Richard take charge after what has to be a really pissed Istomin...

GasquetFan
01-12-2012, 03:49 AM
Tie break...... :angel:

ImmzB
01-12-2012, 03:58 AM
Richard! :( :(

Most of the match Richard was just too passive!

Vlad1980
01-12-2012, 03:58 AM
Good fight from Richard in second set, played more aggressive, but still not good enough to beat today's Istomin. Richard needs to realize he can't start the match by pushing and expect everyone will pull Verdasco of last week and miss every other shot.

silverwhite
01-12-2012, 03:58 AM
His first service game was already really telling :lol:

Gasquet maniac
01-12-2012, 04:00 AM
I think Hopman Cup was a mistake.....too passive in the first set.....

silverwhite
01-12-2012, 04:01 AM
I think Hopman Cup was a mistake.....too passive in the first set.....

Don't blame Hopman Cup. Blame him

Schu
01-12-2012, 04:01 AM
The better player won. Richard was just a frustrated, agitated mess most of the match. He came up with some nice aggressive points but not often enough and Istomin took advantage of every short ball(and there were many of those).

When I saw the draw I was worried and when Isner lost i was REALLY worried - the more the draw opens up and gives Richard a chance, the worse Richard usually plays.

Well at least he won't be worn out for AO.

ImmzB
01-12-2012, 04:02 AM
Onto Melbourne then, the draw will be on Friday that will be interesting! :D

PinkFeatherBoa
01-12-2012, 04:03 AM
A much better second set indeed but even with Istomin tight as a drum towards the closing stages, he couldn't pull out that set, although it was of a lot better quality.

Istomin certainly did play better than anyone Richard beat at Hopman Cup last week and yesterday's match with Fognini didn't exactly prepare him well for today either. Wish he'd employ a more aggressive strategy from the start of his matches, but I know it's hard for him to break out of his comfort zone.

Onwards to Melbourne, hopefully he leaves the negative attitude behind.

Gasquet maniac
01-12-2012, 04:04 AM
What are u guys targeting at the AO?

ImmzB
01-12-2012, 04:06 AM
What are u guys targeting at the AO?

I'm taking 1 match at a time but I hope he can atleast reach R3 and then we go from there.

GasquetFan
01-12-2012, 04:06 AM
Hope he will make the fourth round in Melbourne. Looking forward to seeing the draw.

PinkFeatherBoa
01-12-2012, 04:08 AM
I can't make any target before seeing the draw really but 4th round would be nice...

silverwhite
01-12-2012, 04:12 AM
Yeah, depends on the draw

Puschkin
01-12-2012, 04:21 AM
When I saw the draw I was worried and when Isner lost i was REALLY worried - the more the draw opens up and gives Richard a chance, the worse Richard usually plays.
My thoughts exactly. I think it is a combination of being under pressure and hoping for the opponent to make errors when he plays a lower ranked guy.

One could see that he was tight from the start ( "A must win match"), he rarely discusses with umpires, today he did, more than once. He started passively, the first set was an outright disappointment. When he had understood that he would not get away with it, his level was better, but Istomin served well up to 5-4 in the 2nd set, on 2 or 3 of Richard's bps he came up with aces. The 12th game tells everything, two right out return winners to reach the breaker, in which he did 3 direct BH errors. Positive point: Overall he served well, but not on the breaker.


Istomin was too good, to beat him with an average performance. But still I feel he was beaten by his own attitude, too passive at the start and too much agitation throughout.

Gasquet maniac
01-12-2012, 04:53 AM
But he served pretty good today and he needs to cut down those errors particularly from the backhand.....Be aggressive from the start.....

Gagsquet
01-12-2012, 09:53 AM
good job Richie :yeah: your goal of staying injury free is still safe :yeah:
I advocate that you tank the AO to stay fresh for the Indoors European season.

Jozie
01-12-2012, 04:11 PM
Interesting that Del Potro lost by the same scoreline. :sadface: I wonder if Richard's head was in Sydney or halfway to Melbourne already. :unsure: Hope the draw is a good one for Richard, and his fans of course :D

Cloudygirl
01-12-2012, 09:01 PM
i'm so glad that I actually managed to break the insomnia and fall asleep about 1/2 an hour before the match started.

:)

silverwhite
01-12-2012, 09:09 PM
i'm so glad that I actually managed to break the insomnia and fall asleep about 1/2 an hour before the match started.

:)

Not all of us were so lucky :o

Cloudygirl
01-12-2012, 09:37 PM
makes me even more glad I missed it then. lol

silverwhite
01-12-2012, 09:38 PM
I only stayed up because I wanted to watch Li vs Kvitova which was straight after. If not for that match, I wouldn't have bothered with his

Puschkin
01-12-2012, 09:45 PM
I only stayed up because I wanted to watch Li vs Kvitova which was straight after. If not for that match, I wouldn't have bothered with his

:haha: :spit: You can't fool me. You are too experienced not to have a rough estimate how long matches last to calculate when you have to get up. You were here at 3.17. No way, that the Li-match would have started by then.

silverwhite
01-12-2012, 09:52 PM
:haha: :spit: You can't fool me. You are too experienced not to have a rough estimate how long matches last to calculate when you have to get up. You were here at 3.17. No way, that the Li-match would have started by then.

But I usually sleep at 2 am so I thought there was no point just going to bed for 2 hours plus :o

Puschkin
01-12-2012, 09:54 PM
But I usually sleep at 2 am so I thought there was no point just going to bed for 2 hours plus :o
Of course. You just happened to watch Richard. :lol:

Cloudygirl
01-12-2012, 10:10 PM
I'll stay up for slam matches or even masters but I'm not bothered enough about 250s to stay up. I'm very glad for tennis when I have stupid insomnia though.

Last night was the first night in the last fortnight when Ive slept more than 4 hours a night. Richie's backhand is very handy then.

silverwhite
01-12-2012, 10:17 PM
Of course. You just happened to watch Richard. :lol:

Why are you laughing? I'm serious :o

Think about it:

Scenario 1: Gasquet vs Istomin at 3 am => not worth staying up

Scenario 2: Gasquet vs Istomin at 3 am, Li vs Kvitova at 4.30 am => might as well stay up and watch both


;)

Gagsquet
01-12-2012, 10:33 PM
SW is Gasquet addict but he denies the obvious :lol:

silverwhite
01-12-2012, 11:16 PM
What? :help:

Explain why I didn't bother to watch his first match then ;)

simplet
01-12-2012, 11:28 PM
uh oh

silverwhite
01-12-2012, 11:28 PM
Draw: Seppi, Youzhny, Tipsarevic

Gagsquet
01-12-2012, 11:35 PM
this second round :facepalm:
What for potential fourth round?

silverwhite
01-12-2012, 11:37 PM
No use looking further than that :lol:

ImmzB
01-12-2012, 11:42 PM
What for potential fourth round?

Ferrer

Gagsquet
01-12-2012, 11:43 PM
IMO
Good first round
Terrible second round
good third and fourth round

simplet
01-12-2012, 11:45 PM
IMO
Good first round
Terrible second round
good third and fourth round

no

Terrible draw all the way, and if he gets through by some miracle, his reward is Djokovic. Draw fom hell.

silverwhite
01-12-2012, 11:47 PM
IMO
Good first round
Terrible second round
good third and fourth round

:spit:

If he can lose to Istomin, he certainly can lose to Seppi :tape:

And even if he's in good form and somehow beats Seppi + Youzhny + Tipsarevic, Ferrer is a terrible match-up for him :rolls:

GasquetFan
01-12-2012, 11:49 PM
Second round bringing back memories of 2010 AO first round :o

Hope he atleast gets past Seppi.......

Gagsquet
01-12-2012, 11:50 PM
It's not a draw from hell. Average draw for a 17-24 seed.

silverwhite
01-12-2012, 11:53 PM
It's not a draw from hell. Average draw for a 17-24 seed.

Definitely not "good" :lol:

simplet
01-12-2012, 11:56 PM
Frankly the only way it could have been really worse is if he had drawn Del Potro instead of Tipsarevic. Maybe a freak draw like Baghdatis in the 1st round would have been worse too but he already got Youzhny in R2.

GasquetFan
01-12-2012, 11:58 PM
Frankly the only way it could have been really worse is if he had drawn Del Potro instead of Tipsarevic. Maybe a freak draw like Baghdatis in the 1st round would have been worse too but he already got Youzhny in R2.

Or if he got Tomic first round ?

Cloudygirl
01-12-2012, 11:59 PM
hehe

He always mugs out when he has an easy draw anyway so makes no odds.

He can't get to 3rd round ok I think 4th round is a poss

Gagsquet
01-12-2012, 11:59 PM
Tipsa is definitely a good third round and Ferrer is better than a top 4. Some 17-24 seeds got top 4 in fourth round.
The problem is the R2 actually.

ImmzB
01-12-2012, 11:59 PM
Tough draw for Richard but hopefully he steps it up!!

Seppi 1st up, all the best Richard!! :yeah:

Gasquet maniac
01-13-2012, 12:23 AM
A slightly good draw......If he really wants to be in the top 10 this year,he definitely can make it through the quarterfinal....But if he is going to start any match in the AO playing passively, then he can kiss top 10 good bye and a good result here at Melbourne....

Ferrer is in the semis at Auckland and he has to play his match today against Verdasco again for a place in the finals...So fatigue might be an issue there.....

Hopefully he will not take this GS lightly as a lot is at stake here....And fatigue will not be a problem for him if he indeed play Youzhny in R2 be it 4 or 5 sets....

PinkFeatherBoa
01-13-2012, 01:04 AM
The draw is tough but it's the type of players he should really be beating if he wants to go higher and improve.

Rather see him testing his true metal against good quality players than having a soft couple of rounds anyway. If he is truly ready, then it's time to step up and show it.

We'll see- good luck Richard!

Vlad1980
01-13-2012, 05:00 AM
Good draw. 4th round is very much possible and then we'll see. If he plays right, he can beat Ferrer too, but that is obviously very very difficult.

case
01-13-2012, 05:13 AM
dont know about the draw but if he works at it? ferrer not good.
rd 2- he could fight it out if he wanted to.
that istomin match gasquet only looked like he cared when he got behind. not a good way to play tennis. maybe a slam will get him motivated more. or maybe he was saving up for the slam- at least I hope

Puschkin
01-13-2012, 07:22 AM
Frankly the only way it could have been really worse is if he had drawn Del Potro instead of Tipsarevic.
Del Potro is currently largely overestimeated. I am happy that he avoided Raonic or Tomic, both have momentum right now. And he avoided other huge servers like Karlovic, Anderson, Isner, who all can just frustrate you with your serve on a given day, + Dolgopolov who is one of the most unpredictable guys on tour. And I think it also fine not to meet a qualifier to begin with, some of them can be quite tough in the first round.

Youzhny is certainly a serious opponent, but Richard played him often enough to know what to expect, same for Seppi. And as I said yesterday, I am suspicious about so-called easy draws. Better to be up there right from the start.

Schu
01-13-2012, 05:16 PM
Del Potro is currently largely overestimeated. I am happy that he avoided Raonic or Tomic, both have momentum right now. And he avoided other huge servers like Karlovic, Anderson, Isner, who all can just frustrate you with your serve on a given day, + Dolgopolov who is one of the most unpredictable guys on tour. And I think it also fine not to meet a qualifier to begin with, some of them can be quite tough in the first round.

Youzhny is certainly a serious opponent, but Richard played him often enough to know what to expect, same for Seppi. And as I said yesterday, I am suspicious about so-called easy draws. Better to be up there right from the start.

Exactly - agree with everything - Delpo is not in great form now, Dolgo can be a nightmare to play if hot. Youzhny is tough but has he even played a warm up tournament? if so he hadn't done very well and he has the potential to really stick it up on the court occassionally.

We've all seen good draw/bad draw makes little difference to Richard, if he plays well he can beat many players and if he doesn't he could loose to ANYONE, it's up to RIchard.

Time to step it up and play like a top 10 player if he hopes to be one.

Puschkin
01-14-2012, 05:06 PM
Maybe it was a good thing that Richard did not reach the Sydeny final. Nieminen has to play the rain-delayed final tomorrow and Nalbandian on Monday. :eek:

GasquetFan
01-15-2012, 01:14 AM
Maybe it was a good thing that Richard did not reach the Sydeny final. Nieminen has to play the rain-delayed final tomorrow and Nalbandian on Monday. :eek:

And he has to play in the doubles final straight after the singles final. :lol:

silverwhite
01-15-2012, 11:29 AM
I haven't been able to find any quotes about his match against Istomin :unsure:

GasquetFan
01-16-2012, 06:34 AM
He is first up tomorrow on Show Court 2 at 11am.

silverwhite
01-17-2012, 12:14 AM
Broken already :facepalm:

silverwhite
01-17-2012, 12:18 AM
Really really really bad

Schu
01-17-2012, 12:23 AM
I see he managed to start the match with the all too familar loose his opening service game:o.

Won't be able to see his match but hopefully that GREAT blue shirt will be his lucky charm. I've been waiting about 4 years to see him in a blue shirt:) or maybe it will be that damn hat.... And there you go he breaks back.

Allez Richard - better see a "W" when I check back later this evening.

He does look pissy on the court already.

GasquetFan
01-17-2012, 12:23 AM
Oh dear :facepalm:

silverwhite
01-17-2012, 12:26 AM
Acting out on the court again :facepalm:

ImmzB
01-17-2012, 12:32 AM
Finally he changes his shirt colour! :lol:

ImmzB
01-17-2012, 12:48 AM
Gasquet takes the 1st set 6/3 :)

hollabee
01-17-2012, 01:17 AM
What's with the bad attitude today, Richard? :/ Ugh.

GasquetFan
01-17-2012, 01:34 AM
Loses the second set 3-6 :banghead:

Now holds 1-0 in the third....

GasquetFan
01-17-2012, 01:58 AM
From 40-0 up to deuce.... :o

Gasquet maniac
01-17-2012, 02:01 AM
His serve has been pretty good so far....

Gasquet maniac
01-17-2012, 02:08 AM
MTO for Gasquet.....

GasquetFan
01-17-2012, 02:15 AM
Just got treatment on his thigh :scared: Hope it isn't serious.

ImmzB
01-17-2012, 02:16 AM
He looks alright and gets the break ealry in the 4th.

simplet
01-17-2012, 02:31 AM
Lol he should always play in 36 degrees weather.

He just wants to get out of there and back to his hotel room, he doesn't even care any more he's just ripping a winner on every other shot

Vlad1980
01-17-2012, 02:51 AM
I thought he played more aggressive than usual. More attacking with forehand, more slice returns of serve instead of going backwards. Given its a first match and really hot out there, i think the match was decent.

GasquetFan
01-17-2012, 02:51 AM
Youhzny/Golubev match been going for almost three hours now (in this heat) and they're still only early in the third set :devil:

Puschkin
01-17-2012, 03:02 AM
Richard's serve made all the difference half through the match. Even if he lost the second set, I was always confident until that medical time-out, But strangely enough, he played his best tennis thereafter. Hot and very windy weather. Good to be through rather quickly.

GasquetFan
01-17-2012, 05:13 AM
So Richard will play Andrey Golubev in the second round, they've played once in 2010 on clay, Richard won 6-1 6-1.

Golubev is coming off a 5 set match that lasted almost 5 hours....

ImmzB
01-17-2012, 12:27 PM
Allez! :)

scmom
01-17-2012, 04:37 PM
I thought this was a good opening win. Liked the new shirt . I was concerned about the MTO but he seemed to move well afterwards, so hopefully it was not something serious.
I was particularly pleased to see him move forward on the second serve return instead of retreating into the linespeople .
All in all , some positives to take from this - good luck in the next round .

mukado
01-17-2012, 05:39 PM
I haven't been able to find any quotes about his match against Istomin :unsure:

Now we know his thigh was injured that day. :confused:

case
01-17-2012, 09:58 PM
Sometimes i dread coming here. I just know there will be injury talk or withdrw talk

So is the thigh an issue? he hasnt withdrawn- has he? I saw the Seppi match and he looked fine after the time out. well I thought he looked fine before the time out too.

silverwhite
01-17-2012, 10:26 PM
Now we know his thigh was injured that day. :confused:

I just saw that. Then why didn't he play more aggressively? LOL :o

GasquetFan
01-18-2012, 05:41 AM
Golubev v Gasquet is 3rd on Show Court 3 tomorrow. Allez!

icecastle
01-18-2012, 05:03 PM
Sometimes i dread coming here. I just know there will be injury talk or withdrw talk

So is the thigh an issue? he hasnt withdrawn- has he? I saw the Seppi match and he looked fine after the time out. well I thought he looked fine before the time out too.

:lol: same thing with me

GasquetFan
01-19-2012, 06:26 AM
4-4, after leading 4-1 :facepalm:

GasquetFan
01-19-2012, 06:33 AM
First set 6-4 :bounce:

bleu_cheese
01-19-2012, 07:39 AM
He won after Golubev retired. Not much to go off of here, Golubev was bad.

ImmzB
01-19-2012, 07:51 AM
Nice to be in the 3rd round!!! Tipsarevic next who is playing very well recently, Richard will need to be at his best!! Allez! :)

Stronga23
01-19-2012, 07:55 AM
Nice to be in the 3rd round!!! Tipsarevic next who is playing very well recently, Richard will need to play at his best!! Allez! :)

:hug::hug: Allez Richie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

GasquetFan
01-19-2012, 08:40 AM
Richard was talking to Bartoli just before her match tonight. :angel:

Schu
01-19-2012, 02:44 PM
Golubev was SOOO eratic - couldn't tell much about Richard's play - tough for him to get in any type of groove. However Richard's breakpoint conversion was HORRIBLE. He will really need to step that up next round.

Golubev was so bad I actually stopped watching the match in the middle of the second set. Glad to know Richard didn't completely loose his focus (which is always possible) and somehow let an injured? Golubev back into the match.

Need to really bring it next round Richie and stop looking so "pissy" on the court. He was mumbling away again and looked annoyed.

case
01-19-2012, 07:41 PM
Richard was talking to Bartoli just before her match tonight. :angel:

I thought they were a cute couple!

GasquetFan
01-20-2012, 06:41 AM
Match against Tipsarevic is after Zvonereva/Makorva on Margaret Court Arena tomorrow. Good luck, will be a tough match.

Gasquet maniac
01-20-2012, 11:39 AM
I won't be able to follow it tomorrow though as I would be on my way to India.....Good luck, Richie and remember give your all out...:D

Vlad1980
01-21-2012, 04:04 AM
Big match for Richard. He doesn't have that many top 10 wins in GS. He is overall better than Yanko, although ranked lower and I hope he will show that today.

silverwhite
01-21-2012, 04:20 AM
Lucky on SP :spit:

Vlad1980
01-21-2012, 04:28 AM
Lucky on SP :spit:

Yea, but very solid first set overall. Yanko did not play that well, but Richard was never threatened.

A break in the second!