Gasquet now showing more fire, passion and fist pumps?

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  1. Gonzalito17

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    Didn't see but heard from a crony that Gasquet showed unusual fire passion and fistpumps in Brisbane and sure enough he won the title. Typically Gasquet was an android type player, remarkable talent but does not capitalize on emotional adrenaline which if used properly and at the right moments CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE. Could it be that Gasquet is now learned from experience and is ready to show and use emotional adrenaline as a new advantage to take him to the next level - and to his first major title in 2013???
     
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  2. Kilco

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    I think he will do well this year, but he wont win a slam. It really is a tragedy. Why the hell did he not change his damn forehand when he realised it was a shot that was limited!
     
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  3. norbac

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    Yup, noticed this too. He was really pumped in the big moments. Showed some great fight and great reactions. Also his fitness seems to have improved, he held up well in a very physical match against Davydenko.
     
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    Doha not Brisbane
     
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    Doha is the biggest title of his career to date.
     
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    To pump himself up - This was what everyone had been saying for the past half decade, no? A bit too late now, no?
     
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    I noticed this towards the end of last year. I always respect guys like Gasquet who could come back from 5-2 down and not show any emotion, but he specifically was in need of some fire and it is definitely starting to come out. Great to see.
     
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    Exactly. Unfortunately for Richie this is not golf, his career is over soon. Should have done this after beating Fed in Monte Carlo (2005) and maybe things would have been different.
     
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    I think he can win a slam in his career, maybe US Open which is currently fastest surfaces and lightest tennis balls used.

    He could have been multiple slam potentials in any era in the past....
     
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  10. 90's Clay

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    ROFL.. Stop. Gasquet won't do anything this year. The same as he does every other year. Nothing
     
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  11. Gonzalito17

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    Perhaps Gasquet is following the advices of Monfils? Be the leader, the commander of the court...

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    Did Monfils Expose Gasquet’s Achilles Heel?.6 Comments · Posted by Scoop Malinowski in Articles, Scoop · Edit
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    Two years ago at the U.S. Open Gael Monfils defeated Richard Gasquet and gave an unusually blunt critique of his countryman’s competitive shortcomings.

    Question: Last time you spoke you said you felt Richard was a stronger player than you were and that you were most likely going to face difficulty today. What kind of mentality did you go into the match with?

    Monfils, who defeated Gasquet 64 75 75, responded candidly with an admission that he played some mind games: “I tried to be very tough and very hard with him, showing him that I’m the man and I’m the leader. So I think I try also to get him in the head, to show him like I will be strong and he might hit a good shot but it’s okay. For me it’s like nothing.”

    Moments later Monfils added, “And also, Richard, he doesn’t really like pressure. He love, like, good play, not play. He don’t like a lot of crowd around, the crowd involved. He don’t like (to) see the opponent like show emotions. Just play with that, play a bit with his mind, and that was it.”

    Monfils, one of the most popular showmen on the ATP Tour, went on to say he loves interactions with audience and he uses that option to summon his finest play. “They helped me for sure in the second set. After I saved the set point I think I ask a bit the crowd to get involved and they did. Then it was great. That’s why, you know, I broke him straightaway because I had like positive energy. I love when it’s intense. I love it. It makes me feel like I’m stronger again. So for sure, when the crowd gets involved I play my best tennis.”
     
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    He is gonna break through. I called it at the end of last year so get off the bandwagon people IT'S MINE!
     
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    Thanks for giving me something to quote when Gasquet wins Rome this year.
     
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  14. heninfan99

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    He won multiple titles last year and re-entered the top 10. WTF?

     
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    It would be nice to see him win something, but unfortunately, I think he will be out of the top 10 within a couple of weeks and won't win another title.
     
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    Gasquet must have saw Dimitrov's performance at Brisbane. :)
     
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    Would love it if these 2 guys finally broke through this year! Let's hope for the best!
     
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    Gasquet won only 1 title last year, Bangkok.
     
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    Love Gasquet. I'm hoping for a big year.
     
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    Remember Todd Martin played pacifist tennis like Gasquet but then down two sets to love vs. Moya at US Open, Martin, suddenly started playing and acting like a wildman, yelling, fists, bulging eyes, hi fiving fans. Complete transformation. And he won the match. Imagine if Martin played his whole career like a madman like that? He would have won a minimum of 5 majors. Perhaps Gasquet is coming out of his shell like Martin, and hopefully for his sake it won't only be for one match.
     
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    Gasquet won an atp250 tournaments after facing a very easy draw until the final. There, he was clearly dominated by Davydenko until he broke physically. It is not that Gasquet was super strong physically, it was that Davydenko was not, and we know that for a long time now. The Doha title is nice but he wasn't really tested there, and it means nothing for the following season to come.
     
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  22. heninfan99

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    Gasquet has now won 3 tourneys in the last few months. True not huge tourneys but winning from behind can become a habit when the confidence is there.

    These wins mean a lot. These wins put him in in the top 10. He could even make it to the WTF again. With Nadal's knee health in doubt things could fall into place. Can he beat Delpo & Djoker back to back? That would be tough but with the right draw, a top player loses...who knows.

    As a Gasquet fan I fear Delpo the most but he's also had some tough loses to Murray that were winnable.

     
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  23. Flash O'Groove

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    Last year, Gasquet wins against top 15 were:

    - Berdych, Fish, Isner in Canada.
    - Almagro in Wimbledon.
    - Murray in Rome.
    - Tipsarevic in AO.

    He also defeated Simon (19) to win Bangkok.

    Somehow I'm only midly impressed...
     
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    Doha was an incredibly weak draw this year.
     
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  25. heninfan99

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    Well, you don't get into the top 10 by accident.

     
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    All the fire in the world won't chance his court positioning/

    He depended on a trademark Davy choke to win Doha, and, in fact his court positioning looked as bad as I've ever seen it. Since he won't fix this, I predict his game will take a (literal) step backwards, and he'll decline from his 2012 results.

    It's all too fashionable to hype up this guy.
     
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  27. heninfan99

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    He has wins of Fed, Djoker, Murray and holds a winning record over Berdych.
    I don't think it's hype to think he can get to #8 or #7 in the world and make the WTF. He's done it before.

     
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  28. I Heart Thomas Muster

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    I'm not too familiar with Davydenko's career but the announcers mentioned out of 28 career finals he's won 21 implying he was pretty clutch. Where did he get the choker reputation?

    Gasquet is my favorite current player but even I thought the match was over after he lost the first set. Sure it was a weak field but there was definitely something different going on inside of Gasquet beginning in the second set. Still needs to work on getting closer to the baseline because when he does his game is really something to enjoy.
     
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  29. norbac

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    Gasquet covered a lot of ground in that match, especially since he was standing so far back. He did more work than Davydenko in the rallies as far as running down shots.
     
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    He can't beat Novak Djokovic, let alone Nadal or Federer. He might have a chance against Murray but it's very small. He has to beat AT LEAST 2 of them to win a Slam. Therefore he has about as much of a chance of winning a Slam as I do. NONE! :)
     
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    These days it's easier to beat Nadal or Federer than Novak Djokovic. If Gasquet faces Federer at Roland Garros, he may pull the unthinkable, because his heavy topspin backhand works much the same way as Nadal's lefty forehand to unsettle Federer in backhand-to-backhand crosscourt exchanges.

    Federer vs Gasquet at the French Open would be the match I would most like to see all year.
     
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    Well, he's gonna need the draw to fall in place for sure but with Nadal possibly sketchy and maybe Birdman will take out one of the other big four. Who knows what can happen.

    He's beaten them all just not back to back. Only really fear Delpo.


     
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    I say Gasquet has a good run at both the French and Wimbledon this year, maybe getting to the QFs at the French and the SFs and Wimbledon. Ending the year somewhere in the top 8.
     
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    That's right record-wise. Some people, including I, just see the potential of his game that can beat these guys.
     
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    Great to see talented Gasquet make his way back into top 20.
     
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    Looks like for the first time in years he is showing up in Australia fit and ready to play......in the past he would use the AO tune up events to get in shape and fit. New coaching and maybe just maybe some fire in the belly is starting to develop.
     
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    don't be so selfish... i've crashed into so many trees, bridges, wild boars, muzzettes and ferrers while traveling onboard the transgasquet interchoke express for several years... i think i deserve a place onboard the new version ! at least a 3rd class one... ;)
     
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  38. Relinquis

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    It's not just his mental aggressiveness that is the factor, he has to play more attacking tennis on hardcourts (and grass).

    he's actually quite good at the net and during his final at Doha he was coming forward much more often after Davydenko showed some weakness in the 2nd set. If this becomes more of a habit/tactic it will really trouble his opponents.
     
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