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Old 04-01-2011, 08:30 PM   #4066
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Gasquet veut bien faire

ça fait un bout de temps qu’un Français n’a pas brillé à Monte-Carlo et il faut même remonter à 2007 pour trouver la trace d’un Tricolore au stade des quarts de finale.

Il s’appelle Richard Gasquet. Cette année-là, le Biterrois avait successivement sorti Verdasco, Hrbaty puis Ljubicic, avant d’être renvoyé à ses études par un Ferrero toujours dur en affaires sur terre (5-7, 7-5, 6-2). « En fait, j’ai souvent bien joué ici, ce qui en fait un tournoi spécial pour moi, expliquait notre homme à la sortie de sa deuxième séance d’entraînement de la journée, hier après-midi. J’ai deux grands souvenirs ici qui ne me quittent pas ».

Des réglages à faire

En 2005, avec une victoire sur Federer qui avait débouché sur une demi-finale disputée mais remportée par Nadal (6-7, 6-4, 6-3). Et bien sûr en 2002, avec ce coup d’éclat au premier tour du tournoi contre le 54e joueur mondial, Franco Squillari. Gasquet avait 15 ans et 10 mois. Et devenait ce jour-là le plus jeune joueur à gagner un match lors d’un Masters 1000. « C’est ce souvenir dont les gens me parlent le plus souvent, souligne Gasquet. Parce que c’est celui qui m’a fait connaître sur le circuit. Tout a démarré à Monte-Carlo. ça fait presque neuf ans et j’ai vraiment envie de bien faire ».

Entouré de Ricardo Piatti -son nouvel entraîneur qui s’occupe également d’Ivan Ljubicic -, Gasquet est arrivé en Principauté mardi, quelques jours après être rentré de la tournée américaine. Bilan, un quart de finale à Indian Wells où il stoppa net contre la machine du moment Djokovic (6-2, 6-4), et une défaite au troisième tour contre Mardy Fish à Miami.

Quelques semaines plus tôt, Gasquet avait atteint le dernier carré à Dubaï, seulement battu par Federer. « Je me sens bien, j’ai pas mal joué dernièrement, ressent-il. Je vais essayer de bien faire et j’ai hâte de voir jusqu’où je peux aller. C’est le premier tournoi sur terre, il y a encore des réglages à faire ».

L’an passé, Gasquet était passé à côté en Principauté. Puis il s’était relancé en s’imposant à Nice, avant de perdre rapidement à Roland- Garros, émoussé, contre Andy Murray, après avoir mené deux sets zéro.

« Richard a un potentiel énorme, expliquait son nouveau mentor il y a peu. Mais je crois surtout qu’il vit un moment clé de sa carrière. Il a 24 ans et les 3-4 années à venir seront décisives ».

Tsonga tout juste séparé de son entraîneur historique Eric Winogradsky, Monfils de retour après près de deux mois d’absence (poignet), Simon rarement performant sur terre... Dans le paysage tricolore actuel, Gasquet semble être le Français le mieux armé pour réussir l’ouverture de la saison sur terre battue.

Source: http://www.nicematin.com/article/ten...eut-bien-faire

Nothing special, the artcicle lists Richard's past achievements in MC, he says that he appreciates this tourney very much and that he wants to do well there.

The artcicle concludes giving Richard the best chances in MC out of all the Frenchies. Positive press for him, remarkable!
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Old 04-08-2011, 01:51 PM   #4068
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Gasquet needs confidence to play well. It's a good thing that he got nice memories in MC because it will be an asset for him to do a good tournament.
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Old 05-01-2011, 06:44 PM   #4069
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http://www.menly.fr/2011/05/les-meil...roland-garros/

Wow, Richard to captain a French team in an Exho warm-up just before RG. Elite, quality players have been invited. Perhaps someone can translate the article.
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You got it right. There will be 12 players divided in 2 teams, 2 single matches per day. It seems Rich will play Verdasco on friday the 20th as mentionned on the website.
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Old 05-12-2011, 08:22 PM   #4072
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I am sure that someone will find an interview from Richard. This is what Roger had to say.

As is usually the way after a defeat – something which a few years ago was a rare event but which is occurring a little more regularity these days – Roger Federer was philosophical, paying tribute to Richard Gasquet, who beat him 4-6, 7-6(2), 7-4(4) and maintaining that he was still on course for a good showing at the forthcoming French Open.

“I had multiple chances,” said the no.3 seed . “In the second set at 4-4, I really thought (I was going to win). Sometimes it’s unfortunate because I was playing well and then it didn’t happen at all any more so it was a disappointing end to the match. It was tough to play, the court was slippery and Richard started to play better as the match went on, in particular his serve. It was tough and I never thought I was going to win the tie-breaks and it was not fun to play that way.”

Whenever Federer – a man who occupied the world no.1 slot for 285 weeks – suffers a loss, people tend to look for the reasons why, but for the Swiss, the explanation is simple. “Look, there is something that you have to understand – Richard is a very good player, so please do not be surprised if he plays good tennis. That is what you are supposed to do. I played him in the semis in Wimbledon, the finals in Hamburg and the finals of Toronto and I think he does not need to prove his point that he can play tennis. It makes it seem as if he has no forehand and this is the first time he has. I don’t think that is how it was and I don’t know if you have been living under a rock or not but I think he has been playing really well for many years. Clay is his surface and he is a good enough player that if you do not play very well, then he beats you. He is very talented and he cuts his errors to the minimum.”

“If I was sitting here an hour ago I would have been very happy because I would have won the match in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3 and everyone would have been more relaxed,” Federer concluded. “It was not a whole lot of fun to play that way but it will not affect my preparation and work for the French Open. I will be fine. I definitely think I should not have lost this match and that is annoying but I am definitely happy to have two, three or four days off to feel physically and mentally fresh for the French Open. I am feeling great now and I’ll practise when I get to Paris and that is the plan. So it is in the same the last few years and that at this time I will get a couple more days of which is not bad.”

Unfortunately for Federer, the players who are good enough to beat him seem to be multiplying as the years wear on, as do the days off between tournament exits.

Source: http://www.internazionalibnlditalia....y-Federer.aspx
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^^ I loved what Roger said. It's matches like this that prove to the world what we fans know him to be capable of. He just needs these matches more often than once every 3 years.
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But Roger you're wrong. Grass is his surface he had so better be showing everyone else what he's capable of at Wimby this year.
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Just a snippet of the article, the rest was what Puschkin had already posted:

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As for Gasquet, he said he wasn’t going to get too carried away by his win, but that it does stand him in good stead ahead of Roland Garros.

“Now I’m going to get knocked out in the first round and everyone will say I’m rubbish,” he joked.

“I’m better equipped to manage this situation now, I try not to ask myself too many questions.

“I’ve had some very, very good times and some very, very difficult ones.

“I was held up as a genius and then treated like a ... I won’t say the word but I try to take it all as it comes.

“But there’s no doubt it’s good to go to Roland Garros having beaten Federer.”
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Front page of l'Equipe. Manue posted this pic and marina all the articles on the French thread of rgnet. I am sorry, I have no time to translate, but Richard does seems relaxed. When asked in what language he speaks with Piatti, he says in European English, the one with mistakes. I will use that from now on for all my errors in French.
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That is too funny
but I do believe I heard a "come on " in today's match from Richard
( and also an audible obscenity in English )
not that I blame him
The shot was deserving of a good swear word
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That is too funny
but I do believe I heard a "come on " in today's match from Richard
( and also an audible obscenity in English )
not that I blame him
The shot was deserving of a good swear word
I didn't see the match but I watched highlights and thought I heard a come on. What was his audible obscenity I'm curious.
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I thought I heard him scream "shit "
when he shanked a return
but I could be wrong -it was clearly not the french version of that word
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No time to translate, but Uncle Toni and Nadal's comments were pretty interesting. Uncle Toni said that they're never surprised when Richard plays well but rather, when he plays badly. Nadal says that he's a good friend, that he has always thought that he plays his best tennis when being aggressive and that his offensive skills are too good for him to stand way behind the baseline
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