The now usual delsa's bad translation...
Gasquet:"A dream come true"
(07/07) At 19, the new French number one will make his first steps in the Davis Cup for the quarter final against Russia in Moscow. Very awaited debuts for the young hope, transformed since the beginning of the year, who believes strongly in France's chances.
What is the difference between this year's Richard Gasquet and the one of last year?
I'm simply one year older, that's all! I questioned everything i had done last year even if i had a correct/not too bad season in 2004 with a final and a semi-final on the main circuit. (SF in Buenos Aires and F in Metz) This year, i trained a lot (more...understood). In fact my illness at the beginning of the year gave me the opportunity to ask myself the good questions about what i had to change and to come back with a lot of will to do well. Then, everything followed and went very well. But i can't put my finger on one thing in particular that could explain the good results...
Still, this chicken-pox stroke you at the worst moment, didn't it?
It's sure that if i haven't had catched this chicken-pox, the good results would have come earlier, i think, because i was finally beginning to play well last december when that happened. Bad luck, really. It costed me three months of abscence.
"I became aware of some things"
How do you explain your breakthrough?
I knew i could have the tennistic level required but i became aware of some things...
That i needed to will to win, to fight, to give my best in trainings/practises. For the first time you could say, I prepared myself with a lot of application. And because i managed not too bad in the tennis department, the combination of the two made that the work paid off and the results followed.
I changed my attitude during matches too.
But, was there a precise thing that triggered it?
No. It was more in the continuity (of my work, of what i had decided to change before, in 2004). After my win over Federer, i understood a lot of things, notably that i could beat a lot of players if i give myself the means to do it. But nothing precise triggered it. I put myself in question everyday anyway.
"I have a "capital" of confidence that i hadn't before"
What are the differences between the way you used to enter a court last season and now?
Simply that now, no matter the player in front of me, i always enter the court to win. Last year, i could face great players without thinking i could win. Today, it's not the case any more. I have a "capital" (an amount
) of confidence i had not in the past.
What does Eric Deblicker bring you comparing to the other coaches you had the opportunity to know in the past?
He brings me a lot of calm and experience. He's someone who coached a lot of players and made them win. We also speak a lot about what i must do on the court.
Do you feel you have grown up?
Yes, of course. I have learned a lot over these last two years. And because of that, today i know what i have to do on the court in whatever situation i can find myself in. At 19, i begin to have a little experience, which is really important/really matters.
"I have a good relationship with the other French players"
Did the fact that your father, who, until a few months, was very present at your side, has left you more alone, change something?
No. It's true that he doesn't travel with me at all anymore. That's a decision we took together with Eric. But it just came pretty naturally.
What kind of relationship do you keep with the other French players?
They're all good friends of mine. It's nice that since the time i began to play on the main circuit, for a year and a half now, our relationship is good. And i don't have more friends since i began to win more!
(Good! It means your friends are true friends and nobody's telling you bullshit attracted by your new little success...
Which player do you feel closer to?
I get on well with the players of my club, the PJB (Paris Jean Bouin), like "Paulo" (Paul-Henri Mathieu) and Gaël (Monfils).
"I would never have imagined being 17th in the ranking"
Did you hope for a selection in the Davis Cup team although you had a very difficult beginning of the year?
Yes i hoped to participate in a Davis Cup tie. But i would never have imagined doing it as a 17th ranked player.
Is it the fulfillment of a childhood dream for you?
Absolutely! It's a competition you want to win one day.
What does the Davis Cup really represents for you?
For me, the Davis Cup it's the memories of 1991 (victory of the French team over the USA's team in Lyon) and 1996 (victory of the French team over the Swedish team in Malmö). (He forgot the 2001 victory of his team!
Shame on him!
) It's the team spirit, the sharing of unique moments with good friends, with the crowd. Playing a Davis Cup tie is fabulous and i really hope i'll win it one day.
(Gosh! This adjective again! Will he learn to say something else?
With him,everything is always "fabulous"... )
"I was kind of expecting to be selected"
What kind of relationship do you have with Guy Forget?
A very good one. We don't know each other very well but enough to say everything will go really fine between us.
Did Guy Forget talk to you about the Davis Cup before?
How did you learn about your selection?
Guy phoned me at the end of last week. But i wasn't very surprised because i was kind of expecting to be selected.
"A memory? The 2002 final."
Do you appreciate having someone on the chair when you play?
(in short, the coaching that is allowed in the DC...
Why do they always make things complicated?...)
Yes. It doesn't bother me at all. / I don't mind at all.
Does it relieve you of some pressure that your first tie "in blue"/as a "Bleu" takes place in Russia and not at home?
I'm especially happy to be in the team. To play abroad or at home doesn't change anything for me in terms of pressure.
What is for you, THE Davis Cup memory that comes first to your mind?
It will especially be the encounters that i could attend, like the 2002 final in Bercy or the semi-final the same year in Roland-Garros. I also remember watching the 1999 final. Before, i was too young. (He forgot the 2001 final again!
"Every surface suits me"
Was the Davis Cup a part of your objectives/goals at the beginning of the season?
I had no precise goal at the beginning of the season, so no. But i'm happy to play it now.
The choice of the clay to play this tie must please you...
No, not particularly because i think i can play well on every surface. I don't give a damn because every surface suits me. (Wow! He seems to be really pissed off that even them assume that he's a "clay-court specialist"...
He's getting rebellious!
What are the keys for a success in Moscow?
We will simply have to play very well and to really have a huge will to win. But i have no doubt in that department. (...that we'll have a huge will to win...if you think it wasn't clear...