THANK GOD. Richie played terrible last week, and when he was 1-4 down in the first set I thought he had kept the same mind-frame. Fortunately Tsonga played a pretty bad game with tons of errors and Gasquet grew in confidence.
Still, even with Tsonga's errors and Richie's pathetic return game, it was a fun match to watch. There were two points in particular that were "shot of the week" worthy, one for each player.
Congrats to Richard. It would be neat if he made it to Shanghai by actually gutting it out at this tournament. Who is his next opponent?
Nice stuff at the net- it seems like the French players really have a good relationship with each other. I do enjoy Tsonga and hope that he becomes more stable in his game as he stays injury-free. I hope he has a good 2008.
I don't think the quality of play was good. There were tons of errors from Tsonga. I guess that's how he plays his game. Richard didn't show any of his magic today, except for a couple of shots. I kept going back to the game against Berdych in Tokyo today. I guess we could compare Richie's performance today to that match.
I hope the next match doesn't turn out the way it did in Tokyo!!
I still love richie and hope he wins the Paris Masters and the TMC this year.
Gasquet wasn't at his magical best but made a few wonderful shots when he needed and most impressive was that he didn't cave in when down 4-1 in the first set. Good Luck Richard - would love to see your magic return in this tournament!