Gasquet vs. Federer: Match Brief Coverage

04-15-2005, 05:12 PM
The tension of this match was so high! I was so excited watching the match in front of the TV.

First set: High quality from both players. At the tiebreak, Richard didn't play that good, and Roger kept his consistency to win it 7-1.

Second set: Richard was on fire and actually outplayed Roger..... Hitting return winners on both Roger's 1st and 2nd serves, and hitting winners from both wings during the rallies. On the other hand, Roger began to commit more and more unforced errors from his forehand. Richard winning it 6-2.

Third set: What a set! Richard kept the ball rolling and leading 3-0. Then, Richard was serving for the match at 5-3, having his first matchpoint but missed an easy forehand drive volley. Roger kept his calm, and once again showing his champion quality..... broke back and serving at 4-5 to level the match. However, Richard had his 2nd matchpoint at Roger's service game at 5-4... Roger hung in there tough and eventually holding his service game and level the match at 5-5.

Final set went on to decide in a tiebreak. Roger was in the upper hand, having 3 matchpoints at 6-5, 7-6 and 8-7 but unable to convert any of them. He looked nervous, missing his 1st serves and his forehand shots at those matchpoints. Richard then came up with another gear, level the tiebreak at 8-8, and hitting an aggressive off forehand right on the line to have his 3rd matchpoint at 9-8. Roger tried to serve to hold his next point, going to the net after a forehand approach, but this time Richard came up with an amazing backhand down the line passing shot and won the match!

The match was definitely one of the most exciting matches in 2005!

It's a tough loss for Roger, after doing all the hardwork to come back and level the match, and having 3 matchpoints! :sad: But, in a positive perspective, he may feel less pressure now, and work harder on clay to set his eyes on the French Open trophy. :)

Richard Gasquet.... full credits to him to play such an amazing match! :yeah: As a 18yo, he actually handled himself very well on court.... particulary after leading 5-2, and waste 2 matchpoints..... most players at this situation may already broke a few racquets and outbursting all the time!!!!

World Beater
04-16-2005, 02:59 AM
Thank you...its sad nobody gave your due after you took the trouble to write a report on a match many could not see

04-16-2005, 04:21 AM
thanks for the report! :) we didn't get to see it here. :sad:

04-16-2005, 04:27 AM
thank you ruski, good to see your report
i wish i could have seen this match!

comast ALMOST has the tennis channel!!

04-16-2005, 07:49 AM
Thanks for the report:)

04-16-2005, 07:52 AM
I believe you meant Comcast, oh great Federer slice backhand worshipper.

04-16-2005, 10:15 AM
thanks so much for the report, Ruski, I really appreciate it. Reading Roger's interview helped a bit, too. I thought Comcast was a done deal with the Tennis channel but I keep calling and get offered soccer packages and told they haven't hear of it. I rename it comacast, lol....Roger does seem a little off his top level these days, but still very very tough to beat...

04-16-2005, 10:25 AM
I must disagree on your view on first set, none of the players played well. But great job on your summary!

04-17-2005, 02:37 AM
Thanks guys for your appreciation.
I really enjoyed such an exciting match and love to share it with you people. :D