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Old 10-24-2007, 09:27 PM   #151
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Well done to Richie. From what I understand was not pretty in first set. According to statistics, Richie served 23 Aces in the match. With A-Rod out (thanks to the Magician), the draw looks attractive. Good luck Richie. Please go all the way ... please.
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I betted $1000 on Roddick but I am happy he is out. But I did wish to see a rematch between Richie and Andy.
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Not the most impressive opening round, but hopefully he can find form as the week goes on. Tomorrow's match against Tsonga won't be easy though, good luck Richard!
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Old 10-25-2007, 02:35 AM   #154
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Nice, solid win against Rochus today!
Tsonga is going to be tough, but I do hope Richard can win
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Tsonga won by 6-4 6-4
Long time I haven't watch Richard, and well he hasn't changed at, always the same fighting spirit...
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Yeah actually Gasquet not played that bad.
Net play from Tsonga really let him down.
Well but it's true, I don't think there's fighting spirit in his mind.
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Maybe Richard is saving his energy for Paris.
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2nd set serving 4-4 and gets down 0-40. RICHIE you can do better than that!

The #1 in France isn't even going to be #1 in France much longer at this rate. Guess he is just saving it up for Paris

Not thinking about Shanghia any more but his ranking for AO could slip below 16 and then seeding is a problem...

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2nd set serving 4-4 and gets down 0-40. RICHIE you can do better than that!

The #1 in France isn't even going to be #1 in France much longer at this rate. Guess he is just saving it up for Paris

Not thinking about Shanghia any more but his ranking for AO could slip below 16 and then seeding is a problem...

Turn it on for Paris!!!
Well if he keeps losing like that, seeding won't matter.
Actually I'm not disappointed by today's play of his because Tsonga played really well. I've never seen Tsonga keep his levels up until the match was finished.
And Richard didn't play far behind the baseline. Well his forehand was also good. What's wrong with that then? Well.. he should've fought more than he used to or changed the tactics (really he couldn't do anything about Tsonga's playing at the net) even though Tsonga was rock solid.
And that attitude, he said in interview that he wouldn't have won in the next round and he should've got into the SF to qualify for Shanghai.

I don't know.. I'm just frustrated by his result yet again. I guess my hope for Gasquet should be set up like towards Nalbandian's.
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It seems Richard really stimulates the other french players lately.

I only saw the end of first set and the second. It was a very good match with great winners. Richard didn't play badly. Tsonga was just better today. Deserved win.

I am not disappointed cos I don't care about Shangai. All I want to see is Richard doing well and going far at Bercy... at least further than the previous years.. (ie the quarters) But he will never do it with the weight of this qualification in his mind. So lets forget about it and hopefully without the pressure, Richard will take pleasure in playing. Lets hope he will have a good draw too.

As for the ranking, I may be too positive at times, but despite this loss and last weeks, I really can't see any other french players better ranked than him. Richard is the less inconsistent of them all.
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Thanks for the reports, I'm still a little disappointed with the result.
I truly hope he'll do better in Paris. *trying to stay positive*
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I didn't see any of the match and only saw the last 3 games on a messed up scoreboard. How did he play? If it was agressive and not that defensive mess, then at least he was trying to do what he has to do.

And what was he talking about in the interview - not winning the next round - was his knee too bad??

I think I'll have to drop my expectations (as my0118 says) and approach his matches as I do my other favorite, Nalbandian -- don't ever expect anything, even after good match or two or even a good tournament and anything will be a pleasant surprise.


Don't have much hope for Richie to make Shanghai but it will REALLY REALLY KILL ME if Murray makes it to Shanghai.

Just hope his nagging injuries get beter and he remembers how to play his game with the joy and fearlessness that he once had.
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Old 10-26-2007, 01:42 AM   #163
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I didn't see any of the match and only saw the last 3 games on a messed up scoreboard. How did he play? If it was agressive and not that defensive mess, then at least he was trying to do what he has to do.

And what was he talking about in the interview - not winning the next round - was his knee too bad??

I think I'll have to drop my expectations (as my0118 says) and approach his matches as I do my other favorite, Nalbandian -- don't ever expect anything, even after good match or two or even a good tournament and anything will be a pleasant surprise.

Don't have much hope for Richie to make Shanghai but it will REALLY REALLY KILL ME if Murray makes it to Shanghai.

Just hope his nagging injuries get beter and he remembers how to play his game with the joy and fearlessness that he once had.
Firstly he didn't play bad at all. Just one break in the first set punished him. And in the second, I guess the pressure let him down and get broken. Aside from those, from what I saw, he held his serves quite well. But the problem was he couldn't do much anything on Tsonga's serves. He didn't even get a single break point. Tsonga played really well especially doing volleys.

And I read what he had said during interview on GM. He said his elbows bothered him (but I don't know.. I thought his served quite well) and it looked like he's not totally unsatisfied with the result because he also said he could've lost in the next round even if he had won against Tsonga. And I think he thought he must work hard to qualify for Shanghai...

I don't think Murray will qualify imho. Berdych will be more capable of making it. However, for me, I'm disappointed not because I do so much care about Shanghai (of course it would be great if he made it and winning is not totally unrelated to qualifying for TMC), but because I'm worried that he will have no progress next year as well.. like this year. It seems he doesn't believe in himself. I'm usually annoyed by players consistency without big weapons, but Richard is too vulnerable.

Yeah I should not expect too much from him. I'll have to be satisfied with one or two big wins or a small title, accepting the fact that he is no fighter.
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Old 10-26-2007, 01:54 AM   #164
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The problem with Richard imo is that although his best>>>everyone else's best (bar Federer) his worst is worser than many else's worst. Another way to put it: When he plays great he can beat almost anyone, but he seems to have trouble beating people when he is playing poorly. Djokovic and Nadal can beat people playing on their average level. That's why they are champions.
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I think he could even push Federer when he's on fire... He's one of the rare players who can outhit Federer imo. I think the reason he can't beat someone when he's playing poorly or his opponent is on fire is he doesn't fight enough to beat.
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