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Re: ALLEZ!! The Richard Gasquet Appreciation thread
« Reply #20 on: June 28, 2008, 02:05:26 PM »
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Re: ALLEZ!! The Richard Gasquet Appreciation thread
« Reply #21 on: June 28, 2008, 08:30:10 PM »
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Re: ALLEZ!! The Richard Gasquet Appreciation thread
« Reply #22 on: June 28, 2008, 08:37:06 PM »
WOw, I totally just noticed this: Gasquet's bow-legged. ;P
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Re: ALLEZ!! The Richard Gasquet Appreciation thread
« Reply #23 on: June 28, 2008, 08:46:59 PM »
I saved these for last because I love seeing him like this. :)


















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Re: ALLEZ!! The Richard Gasquet Appreciation thread
« Reply #24 on: June 28, 2008, 08:47:47 PM »
WOw, I totally just noticed this: Gasquet's bow-legged. ;P

Yeah, i noticed that a while.



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Re: ALLEZ!! The Richard Gasquet Appreciation thread
« Reply #25 on: June 30, 2008, 04:50:30 PM »
Short interview:

R. Gasquet Interview - 30 June
   
Monday, 30 June 2008

Andy Murray def. Richard Gasquet 5-7, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2, 6-4

Q. It's getting darker and darker on the court. The crowd is howling for Murray. What were your feelings?

RICHARD GASQUET: Yeah, I was winning two sets to love and 5 4, so I had to win. But he fight a lot. And after, when I lost the third, my confidence was down. He played better. He served better. He returned better. The crowd was for him. It was natural. But it help a lot Andy, for sure.

Q. What were you doing out there so late? Were you asking yourself, Why are we out here? It's so dark.

RICHARD GASQUET: Yeah, yeah. When I was a child at eight years old I could play when I was in south of France, I could play with the dark, to finish a match in the club. But in Wimbledon, it's strange. But that's for both. That's the same for Andy, so is no excuse. But it was a bit difficult with the dark, for sure.

Q. Do you think they should have called off the match, suspended play earlier because of the light?

RICHARD GASQUET: I understand they want to finish the match because it's better for Wimbledon, but maybe, yes. But that's not on excuse. He won the match. He played well. He fight a lot. I'm sure he fight more because he was in Wimbledon, so it was maybe the key. He played with the crowd. It was difficult for me when I lost the third. But in the fourth and the fifth he returned better than me. It was maybe the key. He served and returned better than me.

Q. Have you ever played in a situation like that before, where you know if you could win one more game, probably it will be suspended at 5 5? Was that a pressure?

RICHARD GASQUET: Yeah, yeah, for sure. But it was positive for him. He was leading 5 4 with the crowd, with everything. It was difficult for me to return with the dark. But, no, he played well. I'm sad because I didn't do 6 4 in the third. I had to win this game.

Q. You played big Davis Cup matches before. What was the effect of the Centre Court crowd so intensely for Andy?

RICHARD GASQUET: Yeah, it was difficult for me because in the fourth and the five (sic), the crowd were, you know what I mean, pushing him a lot for sure, and it was not easy. But that's natural. He is in England. It was maybe a Davis Cup match. I am sure if I am leading 5 4 in another Grand Slam I would win this match, for sure.

Q. Did you feel very alone out there on Centre Court?

RICHARD GASQUET: Yeah, but I hope to play against him in Roland Garros for sure. I won't be alone this time (smiling). So I'm waiting him.


Q. How far do you think he can go in the tournament?

RICHARD GASQUET: I really don't know. He has to play against Nadal. For sure Nadal is the favorite. It will be hard for him because, yeah, sometimes you know, I practice sometime as lot with Fabrice Santoro. He's the same. He's doing a lot of dropshot, a lot, a lot. With Nadal, you have to play more to the net, more aggressive, more powerful. But he's a good player on grass court. With Rafael it will be very hard, but for sure he's really talented. He feels a lot the game. He's really clever. Andy is really clever on the court. If he serves well, you never know. In three set, Nadal is the favorite, for sure.

Q. In the fourth set, on set point, I think it was a backhand volley. It went far to the outer court. What were you thinking before Andy retrieved it and made that incredible shot? Did you think you had the point?

RICHARD GASQUET: In the tiebreak?

Q. Yes.

RICHARD GASQUET: Yeah, the crowd were pushing him. He was really happy because he won the tiebreak. I knew it could be really difficult for me, the fourth, because he was really positive. Me, I wasn't. I lost the serve. But that's tennis. That's the tennis. I played good in the three first set, and I tried my best to fight in the fifth. It was difficult, but that's tennis. He played well.



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Re: ALLEZ!! The Richard Gasquet Appreciation thread
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Re: ALLEZ!! The Richard Gasquet Appreciation thread
« Reply #27 on: June 30, 2008, 10:13:18 PM »
I really feel bad for Gasquet. He should have and deserved to win this in straight sets. However he really dropped the quality of his forehand (and to  acertain extent his backhand) after the 4th :(

I really hope he can keep up this form though for the rest of the year, he'll be a sure shot for another TMC showing if he can keep this level of play, he's a danger for everyone!! :)


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Re: ALLEZ!! The Richard Gasquet Appreciation thread
« Reply #28 on: June 30, 2008, 10:16:33 PM »
I really feel bad for Gasquet. He should have and deserved to win this in straight sets. However he really dropped the quality of his forehand (and to  acertain extent his backhand) after the 4th :(

I really hope he can keep up this form though for the rest of the year, he'll be a sure shot for another TMC showing if he can keep this level of play, he's a danger for everyone!! :)

Same here.  I was hoping that he would win but atleast I think he's getting back on track.  I hope to see him do well the rest of the year. 
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Re: ALLEZ!! The Richard Gasquet Appreciation thread
« Reply #29 on: July 01, 2008, 01:13:13 AM »
How an earth does Gasquet plan on playing against Murray at Roland Garros? That would have to be a 4th round match or later and he's shown that he's at his worst in front of the French crowd and can't deal with expectation and pressure(even the Davis Cup was a joke with him this year) and if he did play Murray in a huge match at RG he'd probably buckle under the huge expectation there and lose it. He showed last evening that even the ploite and fair British crowd got to him and the light aspect at 8:45 was a joke. Instead of finding a way to win the 4th and 5th sets he complained for most of them and hurt himself badly in the head.
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Re: ALLEZ!! The Richard Gasquet Appreciation thread
« Reply #30 on: July 01, 2008, 05:19:48 AM »
How an earth does Gasquet plan on playing against Murray at Roland Garros? That would have to be a 4th round match or later and he's shown that he's at his worst in front of the French crowd and can't deal with expectation and pressure(even the Davis Cup was a joke with him this year) and if he did play Murray in a huge match at RG he'd probably buckle under the huge expectation there and lose it. He showed last evening that even the ploite and fair British crowd got to him and the light aspect at 8:45 was a joke. Instead of finding a way to win the 4th and 5th sets he complained for most of them and hurt himself badly in the head.

 :rofl_2:
Did you actually see the match? THe public was really bad once Murray managed to make his comeback.

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Re: ALLEZ!! The Richard Gasquet Appreciation thread
« Reply #31 on: July 01, 2008, 06:48:19 AM »
How an earth does Gasquet plan on playing against Murray at Roland Garros? That would have to be a 4th round match or later and he's shown that he's at his worst in front of the French crowd and can't deal with expectation and pressure(even the Davis Cup was a joke with him this year) and if he did play Murray in a huge match at RG he'd probably buckle under the huge expectation there and lose it. He showed last evening that even the ploite and fair British crowd got to him and the light aspect at 8:45 was a joke. Instead of finding a way to win the 4th and 5th sets he complained for most of them and hurt himself badly in the head.

 :rofl_2:
Did you actually see the match? THe public was really bad once Murray managed to make his comeback.
i agree......it was crowd v gasquet yesterday......not murray v gasquet.......one thing was really silly and immature from gasquet........he was serving for the match at 5-4 in the third set.......what was the need to rush through the points? he could have taken his own time........hardly 40 secs into the game, he was 0-40 down!!! he really panicked there.......
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Re: ALLEZ!! The Richard Gasquet Appreciation thread
« Reply #32 on: July 01, 2008, 07:18:56 AM »
It was crowd vs Gasquet only after Gasquet choked, he'd have most likely lost even without the crowd after such a bad choke - I'm sure that's what Chris means...

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Re: ALLEZ!! The Richard Gasquet Appreciation thread
« Reply #33 on: July 01, 2008, 10:31:53 AM »
How an earth does Gasquet plan on playing against Murray at Roland Garros? That would have to be a 4th round match or later and he's shown that he's at his worst in front of the French crowd and can't deal with expectation and pressure(even the Davis Cup was a joke with him this year) and if he did play Murray in a huge match at RG he'd probably buckle under the huge expectation there and lose it. He showed last evening that even the ploite and fair British crowd got to him and the light aspect at 8:45 was a joke. Instead of finding a way to win the 4th and 5th sets he complained for most of them and hurt himself badly in the head.

 :rofl_2:
Did you actually see the match? THe public was really bad once Murray managed to make his comeback.
i agree......it was crowd v gasquet yesterday......not murray v gasquet.......one thing was really silly and immature from gasquet........he was serving for the match at 5-4 in the third set.......what was the need to rush through the points? he could have taken his own time........hardly 40 secs into the game, he was 0-40 down!!! he really panicked there.......
Yep, that's Gasquet, unfortunately.

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Re: ALLEZ!! The Richard Gasquet Appreciation thread
« Reply #34 on: July 01, 2008, 02:27:34 PM »
How an earth does Gasquet plan on playing against Murray at Roland Garros? That would have to be a 4th round match or later and he's shown that he's at his worst in front of the French crowd and can't deal with expectation and pressure(even the Davis Cup was a joke with him this year) and if he did play Murray in a huge match at RG he'd probably buckle under the huge expectation there and lose it. He showed last evening that even the ploite and fair British crowd got to him and the light aspect at 8:45 was a joke. Instead of finding a way to win the 4th and 5th sets he complained for most of them and hurt himself badly in the head.

 :rofl_2:
Did you actually see the match? THe public was really bad once Murray managed to make his comeback.

Have you actually ever looked at comparing a British tennis crowd to a French or American crowd? Put it this way if that match was played in Paris the crowd would have been twice a factor in terms of how it was last evening. If Gasquet can't handle that and deal with it then no wonder he's known for his mental weakness and being a bottler when it comes to big Davis Cup rubbers in America. I've been in those British crowds a few times and experienced me being one of the only ones to do any real shouting for a player. I've also been in the Philippe Chatrier crowd for a Monfils Quarter Final and trust me there's no comparison for one second.
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Re: ALLEZ!! The Richard Gasquet Appreciation thread
« Reply #35 on: July 02, 2008, 12:25:36 PM »
Gasquet will give his all

The Frenchman will make an extra effort to forget his remarkable defeat against Murray.

In the future, partly due to Richard Gasquet, implacable before being brought back to earth by Andy “Brave-Heart” Murray, the Scotsman who showed his biceps has found a new nickname printed in bold in the tabloids: Unbelievable Hulk. One does not talk anymore about Henman Hill, the little hill in the stadium with a big screen, but about Murray Mount. An exceptional match, an exceptional spectacle, incredible viewers’ rates (…). And unusual behaviour, too. As –after leaving the court after this incredible night thriller – Gasquet, far from broken, was finally also in the mood of becoming a hulk. In the locker room, just after the match, Richard looked at his physical trainer and asked “Can we go jogging tomorrow?” told his coach Guillaume Peyre. I had to intervene and say no, so that he gets his two days off.

Well, maybe the proof of a new approach, in any case a sign that the Frenchman had digested his defeat which questioned his killer instinct. “When he served at 5-4, he got timid. It went fast. He lost his game quickly. And I, I regret having been on the other side of the court, because I could not tell him to take his time”, continued Peyre. “But after he had lost the third set, I really believed that Richard would win in four as he was on top of the game. But he panicked in the forth set. And even if he has refound his combativtiy in difficult circumstances with a whistling crowd, he could not get out [of troubles] opposite a very good Murray.

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“But it was the first time of the year, he played in such conditions. When he will be stable on such a level, he will multiply experiences like that. What is good is that he is hyper-motivated to play again soon. It has been a long time since he has felt his strokes like against Murray. He has desire. After the two days of an imposed break, the programme will continue next week with the clay tourney in Stuttgart and then the North American tour with Toronto and Cincinnati. And because he is eager, he won’t be disappointed. Now the objective is to reinforce the physique. We have started a month ago and he has never worked so much [before]. But we are still far from the tasks I want to impose on him.” Burdened with a low level of play which he showed in spring, revitalised on grass as usual, Gasquet has not lost everything in this Wimbledon which was frustrating in its conclusion. If he loses his points from last year and falls out of the Top Ten, he remains nevertheless the French no. 1 (around 16 generally) just in front of Tsonga and Mathieu. With a clear goal to follow: never worse than a quarter final in the tourneys he participates in. This is in any case the limit required by his coach.

Source: L’Equipe 2 July 2008
Translated by Puschkin



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« Reply #37 on: July 12, 2008, 11:15:46 PM »
These are old pics but does anyone recognize this huge kid? :rofl_2:





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