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.
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.
Q. Do matches like that have a psychological effect on players,
or do you have to find a way of putting memories to one side?
RICHARD GASQUET: No, I always played well against him. I always won the first two
sets in Roland Garros, so I hope not to win the first two sets this time. (Smiling.)
Maybe the sky will fall?