Re: Five Matches That Defined Your Favourite Player's 2012 Season
1. Gasquet def Tipsarevic, Australian Open 3rd Round 6-3 6-3 6-1. He didn't just beat Janko. He demolished a top ten player.
2 (tie). Gasquet def Haas, French Open 3rd Round 6-7 6-3 6-0 6-0
Murray def Gasquet, French Open 4th Round 1-6 6-4 6-1 6-2
First of all, your eyes are not deceiving you. In a span of three consecutive sets, Gasquet lost one game including a double bagel. However it's inevitable that a streak like this would involve Andy Murray crashing it, as they're so intertwined at the majors. Richard actually did beat Andy in Rome this year but he was at 4-all in the second set and next thing you know, he's lost the second and third set. If he'd actually won that second set... well, he's blown two-sets-to-none leads to Murray twice before.
3. Benneteau/Gasquet def Lopez/Ferrer, Olympics bronze medal match 7-6 6-1. If you saw this match, you witnessed the rare sighting of Richard Gasquet having fun on the court as he bounced around and got to absolutely everything, starting from an insane set point shot. The confidence from winning a medal directly led to his run at Toronto.
4. Gasquet def Isner Toronto SFs 7-6 6-3. You know how when Isner plays, he's usually the one controlling the match with his serve? In this match, Gasquet was the one controlling the match with a three-quarter pace serve that he just was not missing.
5. Gasquet def Simon 6-2 6-1 Bangkok final. There were two different matches earlier in the week in which Gasquet's opponent served for the match and choked it away (Dimitrov, Nieminen) so it was tough to say how his form was going into the final. Well, there's something about Simon's game that Gasquet feasts upon. An easy and stress-free final. First title in two years. The push (along with a run in Basel) to finally return to the Top 10.
Andy Murray: 2012 Olympic gold and silver medalist. US Open Champ. Wimbledon champ. Never been prouder of him.
The Brian Baker Story. Proof that truth is stranger than fiction... until Hollywood buys the rights and proceeds to keep screwing the script up.