April 16, 2013 - Seventh seed Richard Gasquet pulled through an all-French clash with Benoit Paire 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 on Tuesday to reach the third round of the Monte-Carlo Masters. The 26-year-old Gasquet converted five of his six break point chances to claim victory in 87 minutes.
"I tried to be more aggressive (in the third set), said Gasquet. "For sure he played better than me in the second set. I lost five games in a row. So it was difficult. Thanks to my experience, I was able to raise my level of tennis in the third set and I ended up winning."
Hopefully this will work. Two pictures to cheer people up. 1st one from live@wimbledon + @AdamHuntSport (twitter), the second from @ericsalliot (twitter)when Richard meets Prince Charles's wife, Camilla, and Julien gets the giggles.
I read a little bit about his meeting with Camilla Parker Bowles ( where your picture came from ) Seems she asked to meet him - and while he wanted to go warm up for his match , he was not given much choice in the matter. Security told him not to speak first but to wait to be spoken to by the Duchess. ( i think she is a Duchess , anyway ) He told them "not to worry " Clearly , the security folk there had not idea how quiet /shy Richard is
Then following his loss on Saturday , he was asked jokingly if he thought the English women would want to meet him now ? His response - "to the victor goes the spoils "
At least he still had his sense of humor and could take a little good natured teasing
judging from the photo of Benneteau - he was going to take some teasing from his sometimes doubles partner
I heard she wanted to meet him too, but I’m a little sceptical about it. I think maybe the organisers said that to pressure him into doing it. Richard was the only current player there and had Tom Gullikson on one side and Vijay Amritraj on the other, which is a really odd line-up. Virginia Wade, John McEnroe and Tim Henman were doing a live TV interview nearby and also tagged themselves onto the line to meet her, but these were the only people there who weren’t ball boys & girls or Wimbledon officials. It looked more like all the other top players had run away and Richard was the one who got caught!
Really bad timing though – this was less than 2 hours before the Soeda match, and Richard was left waiting around for a good 20 minutes before Camilla arrived. (You could see him in the background of the TV interview.) He hadn’t even been to the practice courts yet. Serena was first on Court 1 before him, so you knew that wasn’t going to last long. He was very polite but he must have been desperate to get away and get on with his match preparation. Nice that he could still smile about it all after losing to Tomic though.