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Old 07-13-2005, 11:40 PM   #46
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did anyone hear that audio interview of richard on the dc site? his english is pretty cool these days! great improvement as in his tennis!
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I 've found this on fft.fr

"Je crois que Youzhny va jouer"
De Guy Forget à propos de la composition de l'équipe russe. Le n°1 de la Russie, Nikolay Davydenko, devrait être présent. Quant au n°2, Mikhail Youzhny semble tenir la corde. Le capitaine français racontait que le héros de la finale 2002 avait assisté à pratiquement tous les entraînements de Richard Gasquet.


So, Youznhy spies Richard He should practice instead
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The program has been done:


14/07/2005
Tennis - Coupe Davis : Russie - France


Le numéro un français débutera les quarts de final contre la Russie. Richard Gasquet jouera contre Igor Andreev. Le deuxième match oppposera Davydenko à Mathieu.

Le programme des matches:

Vendredi
Igor Andreev - Richard Gasquet
Nikolay Davydenko - Paul-Henri Mathieu

Samedi:
Andreev/Mikhail Youzny - Arnaud Clément/Michael Llodra

Dimanche:
Davydenko - Gasquet
Andreev - Mathieu

So Davydenko will play the singles. No revenge against Youzhny for Paulo
I don't know if Davydenko has totally recovered from his injury though.
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"I like it because I like the feel of the hair grease on my hands," Clement joked at a news conference on Tuesday.
LOOOL *dies laughing*
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paulo vs davydenko will be very interesting
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From Libération.fr. i'll try to translate it later...

Coupe Davis: Richard Gasquet prêt pour le grand frisson

jeudi 14 juillet 2005 (Reuters - 15:16)
par Eric Salliot

MOSCOU - A 19 ans, Richard Gasquet s'apprête à plonger dans le grand bain de la Coupe Davis avec une légitime appréhension.

Le numéro un français a été désigné par le sort pour ouvrir vendredi le quart de finale Russie-France à Moscou, face au numéro deux russe Igor Andreev, 46e mondial.

Pour sa première sélection, l'Héraultais ne cache pas un stress qui va encore augmenter.

"C'est clair que c'est très particulier", a-t-il dit.

"J'ai déjà disputé une finale d'un Masters Series (NDLR : à Hambourg) mais cela n'aura rien à voir", poursuit le Français, qui est passé en quatre mois du 155e au 17e rang mondial.

"Je m'attends à quelque chose de dur. La Coupe Davis représente beaucoup pour les Français et pour moi en particulier. Je suis très fier d'être ici mais je le serai encore plus demain si je gagne".

La plupart des grands noms du tennis français ont eu un baptême du feu délicat avec cette épreuve.

Ainsi Yannick Noah a-t-il perdu son premier match en 1978 face à l'Anglais Buster Mottram. Sébastien Grosjean a également connu une immense déception en s'inclinant 9-7 au cinquième set face au Brésilien Gustavo Kuerten, en 2001 à Pau.

Quant à Henri Leconte et Paul-Henri Mathieu, ils ont eu la malchance d'effectuer leurs débuts lors d'une finale.

Leconte avait cédé le deuxième simple face à l'Américain Gene Mayer en 1982 à Grenoble alors que Paul-Henri Mathieu s'était incliné en cinq sets dans le cinquième match décisif face au Russe Mikhail Youzhny en 2002 à Bercy.

GRANDE CONFIANCE

Guy Forget a conscience de ces douloureuses statistiques mais semble accorder une grande confiance au nouveau leader du tennis français.

"Richard a des yeux émerveillés et je crois que c'est un rêve de gosse qui se réalise pour lui", a expliqué le capitaine français.

"En plus, il rentre par la grande porte, c'est le joueur français le mieux classé à l'ATP, il est numéro un de notre équipe.

"On sent qu'il a une envie d'aller jouer ces matches et c'est chouette à voir. Il ne faut pas qu'il se dise : 'Je n'ai pas le droit de perdre'.

"Il faut qu'il parvienne à oublier l'enjeu. Si Richard joue le tennis qu'on l'a vu jouer à Monte-Carlo, Hambourg ou Wimbledon, il peut battre les deux joueurs russes. Je l'aiderai à oublier l'aspect théâtral de cette rencontre".

Guy Forget a vraiment conscience d'avoir sous sa coupe un phénomène.

"S'il y a un garçon qui peut rentrer de manière concluante sur un match de Coupe Davis, c'est bien Richard", a-t-il assuré.

"Il fallait bien le lancer un jour ou l'autre. Sa sélection est indiscutable à tous points de vue. Ce qui me rassure, c'est que c'est le joueur techniquement et tactiquement le plus abouti qu'on n'ait jamais eu en Coupe Davis à son âge sur les trente dernières années".

Un compliment qui n'empêchera pas un stress énorme, comme le confirme Michaël Llodra.

"Il aura cette petite boule au ventre en débutant son premier match", a-t-il dit.

"Mais c'est bien de vivre des émotions comme ça.
A Pau, en 2002, face aux Tchèques, je sens les jambes qui flageolent. Mais c'est aussi pour cela qu'on joue au tennis".

And Happy Bastille Day to all the French on this forum!

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Hey from Moscow! =)

That's my first day there, the weather is so hot!.. Poor people who live there... But they said tomorrow it's raining and some storm maybe.

Yeah, I also congratulate al frenchies with Bastille Day. I've heard French players've told a lot today about that fest..

And, by the way, I've bought today tickets to DC matches, so I'll be there! But I'm not sure that my places is good enough to support French team although close to court. Will see.

Alllllllllez les gaaaaars! (I'm training myself =).

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Thank you Irina! Have a nice time in Moscow! Support the Russian team too!
First attempt of a translation of Guy Forget's interview from fft.fr (i hope you will make corrections if it's needed...i'm sure it's needed so... ):

Forget: « Forget what's at stake and give our best. »

Logically, Guy Forget choose Richard Gasquet and Paul-Henri Mathieu in the singles with Arnaud Clément and Michaël Llodra in the doubles to play this quarterfinal. Objective: to take revenge from the 2002 defeat in the Bercy final. (< )

In what state of mind is this French group seriously rejuvenated with new blood?
Everything goes very, very well. The atmosphere within the team is very good. To have young players who arrive among us with big amazed eyes in front of everything, is a breath of fresh air for us all especially for the oldest more experienced players, and even for the staff. For them - and I think at first of Richard, here- it is just a little kid's dream which comes true. Moreover, he enters the Davis Cup in the limelight. He is the higher-ranked French player today, he's our team number one and we feel that he can't wait to go and play these matches. And it is great to see. The group is very united, the team is young and ambitious and I hope that during the matches, they are going to show the same face as in the trainings and in the previous encounter in Strasbourg.

" On a playing field, you can always lose "

Richard Gasquet told us he felt a little apprehension before his first Davis Cup match, which is very normal. How to put him in the best frame of mind before and during this encounter?
The opposite would be concerning (if he wasn't a bit nervous). I will simply have to tell him that he just has above all to play a good match.The big force of Richard is that he is a very complete player physically, technically and even mentally. He made a lot of progress in this domain in the last eight, ten months. He should not say to himself: " I have no right to lose ". In sport, when you enter on a playing field, in general, you can always lose. On the other hand, what is needed, is to manage to forget the stake and to manage to give your best. And if Richard plays the tennis which we saw him play in Wimbledon, in Monte Carlo or in Hamburg, or even in Roland-Garros, I believe that he can beat the two best Russian players in singles. My role, is going to be to help him on the court to forget a little about the stake, the kind of theatrical aspect of the encounter in order to focus only on himself and his opponent. An opponent - I think- that he can beat.

Looking at the statistics, we notice that a first selection in the Davis Cup, is often an unsuccessful and tough experience. You know/experienced it…
Yes, it's true. Now, if there is a boy (in French tennis) today who can enter in a conquering manner (??? in a successful manner...) for his first Davis Cup match, it is definitely Richard. Anyway, we had to "launch" him one day. His selection is indisputable in any points of view. But what reassures me, is that he is probably the young player who technically and tactically is the the most accomplished that we ever had to debute in the Davis Cup for us at this age over the last thirty years. Statistics are not always respected and I think that he can show very nice things here in Moscow.

" Richard has all the weapons to counter wetherYouzhny or Andreev "

What do you think of the conditions of play: to have to play on clay indoors in the middle of July? Were you surprised?
I would prefer playing in the Southwest of France or in the Southeast, as in Aix-en-Provence in the sun (allusion to the France vs. Spain Fed Cup semifinal a few days before that where his friend Georges Goven captained the French team...). And then between matches to go sunbathing one hour with a book next to a swimming pool! But unfortunately it is not case. We are in Moscow indoors. On the other hand, the stadium is splendid as is the city. I hope that there will have big crowds. It is a great encounter facing adversaries who are superb players. We are so happy to be in this quarterfinal. I hope that we are going to experience big moments of Davis Cup as we know them. This will make us forget a little bit the summer vacation time in France...

You have marvellous memories in this stadium.
Good and less good too. Because even if we already won here ( editor's note: Fed Cup in 2003), we also lost. We are going to try to take our revenge for the defeat in Bercy in 2002.

Igor Andreev was chosen as the number two Russian player. Is it a surprise for you?
Yes and no. Coming here, we didn't know who we were going to have to confront as a second player. In terms of level of play, it is more or less identical, knowing that Youzhny and Andreev play completely different tennis though. Richard thought that he would play against Youzhny because he had attended all his trainings. Installed in the lodge, he watched him play permanently. Eventually it is Andreev. What is interesting, is to note that Richard has all the weapons to counter wether Andreev or Youzhny. He is able to change his game in the course of the match. If plan A does not work, he switch to plan B. And if plan B does not work, he can have a plan C. It is rare today to have a player able of changing so easily his style of play in the course of a match in order to face up problems set by an adversary. And he can do that.

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Atempt of a translation of the Arnaud Clément interview from fft.fr (there again please feel free to correct the mistakes...):

Clément: « I feel very confident. »
Oldest member of the French team at 27, Arnaud Clément talks about his joy to be part of the team and about the first selection of Richard Gasquet.

Arnaud, you are, as in Strasbourg in the first round, the veteran of the team…
Roles change, the young players arrive. It is good for French tennis. We have young guys who play very well, with Richard (Gasquet), Gaël (Monfils) and "Paulo" (Mathieu) who is constant, a sure value in Davis Cup today for us. Anyway, I am always very, very happy to be part of the French team. I hope that it will last as longer as possible, and that i will return perhaps one day in the singles. I am very happy to be there, i feel very confident about this encounter. Everybody plays well and we are all waiting impatiently for the matches to begin.

" The Russians are tremendously wary of Richard and they are right to be! "

In the doubles, you live a nice love story with Michaël Llodra! (< )
We get on very well together. When he doesn't play with Fabrice Santoro, we try to play together on the circuit. We begin to have played quite a lot of matches together. We get on well on the court, but especially very, very well off-court. What is great, is to share this also in the Davis Cup.

This quarterfinal is marked by the debuts of Richard Gasquet. A first selection is inevitably a particular occasion. What can you say about it?
That's true that it is particular. We are going to see how he is going to manage. Anyway, I am very, very confident. All that he made these last weeks, these last months is definitely going to be of great use for him. Today, I think that the Russian players are tremendously wary of him and they are right to be.

"In apnea during one and a half set "

Do you remember your first selection in the Davis Cup ?
I remember that Guillaume Raoux said to me: " Think especially of breathing well, blowing well ". This small advice was very simple, something of what we don't think necessarely at first. I completely understood why he told me that , once on the court. I did not breathe! I almost played in apnea during one and a half set! It was not easy. But then, I succeeded in relaxing. It is an absolutely different atmosphere and it is necessary to get used to it, to adapt. I think that Richard, who is a rather cool guy, will make it very easily.

Is playing the Davis Cup really so much of a different emotion?

It has got nothing to do with playing on the circuit, it is incomparable. Sometimes they ask us what we would prefer, what is the biggest moment, if it is this or that Davis Cup match or this moment in our individual career. We can't compare. They are so different things, bringing so different emotions! We're talking about an individual sport in one case and about a team sport in the other. It is something else, it is almost another sport.

When there is a good atmosphere in the group, it must, on top of that, help the players to transcend themselves?
Yes, it is one of our strenghts. We get on very well, we are happy to train together, to gather together again before each Davis Cup tie. It is what makes everything goes well. Therefore we are led to make the best possible preparation, in the best possible conditions, and then, inevitably, to give our best during matches.


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As I said on the Aussies v Argentina one...good luck to both teams and I hope the matches are very enjoyable.
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Great post Tennis_Mad!
Here's a "translation" of the Libération.fr article just for you to understand roughly what it says :

Davis Cup: Gasquet ready for the "big shudder"
Thursday, July 14th, 2005 (Reuters - 15:16)
by Eric Salliot

MOSCOW - At the age of 19, Richard Gasquet gets ready to dive into the deep end of the Davis Cup with a legitimate apprehension.

The French number one was indicated by fate to open on Friday the Russia-France quarterfinal in Moscow, facing the Russian number two Igor Andreev, ranked 46th .

For his first selection, the "Héraultais" does not hide a stress which is going to increase as the hour of the match draws nearer.

" It is clear that it is very particular ", he said.

" I have already played a final in a Masters Series (editor's note: in Hamburg) but it will have got nothing to do with it", said the Frenchman, who has gone up in four months from the 155th to the 17th spot in the rankings.

"I expect something tough to deal with. The Davis Cup represents something very big for all the players and a lot for me in particular. I am very proud to be here but I will be even more tomorrow if I win. "

Most of the big names of French tennis had a delicate "baptism of fire" (French expression...Is there a direct translation of it in English?) with this test.

So Yannick Noah lost his first match in 1978 faced with the Englishman Buster Mottram. Sébastien Grosjean also knew a huge disappointment by bowing 9-7 in the fifth set against the Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten, in 2001 in Pau.

As for Henry Leconte and Paul-Henri Mathieu, they had the bad luck to make their debuts during a final.

Leconte had given up the second singles against the American Gene Mayer in 1982 in Grenoble while Paul-Henri Mathieu had bowed in five sets in the fifth decisive match against the Russian Mikhail Youzhny in 2002 in Bercy.

BIG TRUST

Guy Forget is aware of this painful statistics but seems to trust the new leader of French tennis a lot.

" Richard has these amazed eyes and I think that it is a childhood dream which comes true for him ", the French captain explained .

" On top of that, he enters this competition by the big door: he is the higher-ranked French player in the ATP rankings, he is the number one of our team."

" We have a feeling that he really wants to go to play these matches and it is great to see. It is not necessary that he says to himself: ' I do not have the right to lose '."

" It is necessary that he manages to forget what's at stake. If Richard plays the tennis which we saw him playing in Monte Carlo, Hamburg or Wimbledon, he can beat the two Russian players he'll face. I will be there to help him to disregard the kind of theatrical aspect there is to this encounter"

Guy Forget is really conscious to have under his cup a little phenomenon.

" If there is a boy who can enter in a succesful way on his first Davis Cup match, it is definitely Richard ", he assured

" It was necessary to launch him one day anyway. His selection is indisputable in any points of view. What reassures me, is that he is the most accomplished player of his age technically and tactically that we ever had to debute in the Davis Cup for us over the last thirty years."

" He will have this small ball of nerves in the stomach at the beginning of his first match as i did", he said. (French expression again...but you get what he mean, don't you?)

" But it is great to go through feelings like that.
In Pau, in 2002, against the Czechs, I felt my legs sagging at the knees. But it is as well for this kind of emotions that we play tennis ". said Llodra his team partner.

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Article from Sporting Life which makes me see how it's done by pros. That's good translation... not the crap i do...But i go faster...

FORGET HAPPY WITH GASQUET
Gasquet - able to handle pressure
France captain Guy Forget is confident Richard Gasquet will cope with the pressure when he makes his Davis Cup debut in the quarter-final tie with Russia this weekend.

The 19-year-old, who became French number one in June, will play the first rubber against Igor Andreev on Friday afternoon.

Gasquet will be followed by Paul-Henri Mathieu against Nikolay Davydenko while Arnaud Clement and Mickael Llodra will take on Andreev and Mikhail Youzhny in the doubles on Saturday.

"Everything is going fine, the atmosphere within the team is excellent," Forget told www.fft.fr.

"It's great to see young and fresh players coming into the team. For Richard this is like a kid's dream coming true.

"And he will make his debut in the limelight as he is the best-ranked Frenchman in the ATP rankings and he is the French number one.

"We feel he is very motivated to go out there and play his match. It's great to see that.

"The team is united, young and ambitious and I am confident they will play as well as they did during training this week.

"The most important thing is to forget about the stakes and give our best."

The last time France met Russia in the Davis Cup was in the final of the 2002 event at Paris' Bercy Arena where the Russians claimed a dramatic 3-2 victory.

Despite leading two sets to love and breaking his opponent in the third in the final rubber, Mathieu's game fell apart and he eventually lost 3-6 2-6 6-3 7-5 6-4 to Youzhny.

Mathieu insisted on Wednesday that he has recovered from that shattering disappointment.

"For me that defeat belongs to the past, I don't have the same perception as most people," he said.

"Of course I lost but after giving my best. It's not as if I had lost 6-2 6-3 6-2.

"I had given my maximum and I was very close to winning."
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Based on the L'Equipe article that Marine posted.

MATHIEU TARGETS YOUZHNY WIN
Mathieu - seeking revenge

Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu is eager to take revenge on Russia's Mikhail Youzhny in this weekend's Davis Cup quarter-final clash in Moscow.

The last time the pair clashed in the Davis Cup was in the deciding rubber of the 2002 final when France lost to Russia on home soil.

Despite leading two sets to love and breaking his opponent in the third, Mathieu's game fell apart and he eventually lost 3-6 2-6 6-3 7-5 6-4.

"I don't know if I will have to face him (Youzhny) but if this is the case I will prepare for that match like any other," Mathieu told L'Equipe.

"For me that defeat belongs to the past, I don't have the same perception as most people.

"Of course I lost but after giving my best. It's not as if I had lost 6-2 6-3 6-2.

"I had given my maximum and I was very close to winning.

"Now if I could beat him on his home ground, in a five-setter in the final match, then it would definitely suit me.

"It would actually be an ideal scenario for me."
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great pics, great reports, great translations, great everything.....

trouble is i don't have much time these few days... i'll definitely catch up with the thread later... (not before it all finishes i hope)

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Can't post pictures right now because no time and unusual notebook I use...
Well, the day was just perfect! Maybe 2 first Paulo's sets were not very interesting. I'll try to tell the story with all the details tomorrow. No some facts only: I talked in French and English yesterday more than Russian (that's a nice story why I did it); I met and talked to many French fans; out of court I met Youzhny, Davydenko, Tarpishev, our previous president Yeltsin, Forget and all the French players; talked to Arnaud, he recognised me and asked for some quetions... I was sssssso surprised and can't tell him something clever... He's in a good form and absolutely ready for his match (from his words)... his haircut in real looks little bit different than on TV or pictures...

Alllllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeeezzz les gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrs! (rrrrrrrrr - I prepare myself for the next day =)
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