Gasquet

BeHappy

Hall of Fame
What a disappointment his career has been. Anyone who saw him dismantle Federer in Monte Carlo in 2005 thought they were looking at a multiple grand slam champion. He's basically a high tier journeyman these days. His game has deteriorated massively since he was a teenager, particularly his forehand.
 

Clarky21

Banned
Yeah,he's definitely got the talent and ability,but lacks the mental fortitude to be a top contender. Prettiest one handed bh on tour,though that's for sure.
 

JorgeLobo

New User
Recall he was banned for cocaine. Wonder if that was more than recreational. It sadly has screwed up many lives and maybe held him fback from his potential.
 

Bjorn99

Hall of Fame
I actually would love to coach him still. His serve and forehand need a semi overhaul. But he is very nimble on his feet and works hard on the court. All I need. Nadal has done more with LESS.
 

Feña14

G.O.A.T.
His game has become so topspin orientated these days, he seems to of lost the ability to hit flat. It happens I suppose, but it is a shame.
 

djokovic2008

Hall of Fame
He was fearless when he was younger now he tries go play percentages which he hasn't got toughness or movement for to camp 3 yards behind the baseline he is a shotmaker. He actually at one stage was so impressed by Nadals game he tried to play bit like him with the reverse forehand which he never had in the early days plus staying back but it has backfired.
 

vive le beau jeu !

Talk Tennis Guru
What a disappointment his career has been. Anyone who saw him dismantle Federer in Monte Carlo in 2005 thought they were looking at a multiple grand slam champion. He's basically a high tier journeyman these days. His game has deteriorated massively since he was a teenager, particularly his forehand.
it's sad... :neutral:
 

Murrayfan31

Hall of Fame
He was fearless when he was younger now he tries go play percentages which he hasn't got toughness or movement for to camp 3 yards behind the baseline he is a shotmaker. He actually at one stage was so impressed by Nadals game he tried to play bit like him with the reverse forehand which he never had in the early days plus staying back but it has backfired.
Yep what a bad influence Nadal was to his game. He needs to hit flat. That is the only way for him to succeed.
 

The Bawss

Banned
Gasquet had so many break points in the first set today vs Del Potro, even 2 set points in a row. Gasquet went on to get straight-setted. The story of his life.
 

Juan Ma Del Pony

Professional
Gasquet had so many break points in the first set today vs Del Potro, even 2 set points in a row. Gasquet went on to get straight-setted. The story of his life.

Gasquet had 2 more set points on DelPo's serve in the 2nd set as well. After clawing his way back from 2-4 down in the second set, to having 2 set points on DelPo's serve at either 4-5 or 5-6 (can't remember which), to losing in straight sets in the tiebreaker.

Just shows that DelPo is more clutch than Gasquet, but Gasquet is equally (if not more) talented. He really exploited and abused DelPo's backhand today with his own magnificent one-hander but then when the set points/break pionts came he made a ton of errors off of BOTH BH AND FH wings. Story of his life.
 

Seth

Legend
He's been my favorite since he came on tour, and I grew up watching him (we're about the same age). I still hold out hope that something in his head will click and we'll see some magic.
 

Mustard

Bionic Poster
What a disappointment his career has been. Anyone who saw him dismantle Federer in Monte Carlo in 2005 thought they were looking at a multiple grand slam champion. He's basically a high tier journeyman these days. His game has deteriorated massively since he was a teenager, particularly his forehand.

He didn't dismantle Federer in that 2005 Monte Carlo quarter final, it went right down to the wire with Gasquet just getting the win, and it was a tremendous performance. He then pushed Nadal hard in the semi final, but Nadal won a tight match by 6-3 in the final set. Gasquet then got to the final of 2005 Hamburg, where Federer got his revenge in the final. Then Gasquet met Nadal at the 2005 French Open, in the third round, in what was a highly anticipated match, but Nadal won comfortably in straight sets and it looked like Nadal was well and truly ahead of Gasquet as a player.

Gasquet still had some great moments after this, particularly that amazing 2007 Wimbledon quarter final win over Roddick from 2 sets and a break down. However, Gasquet found out the following year how Roddick felt as he blew a 2 sets and a break lead against Murray in the R16 at 2008 Wimbledon, and I don't think Gasquet has been the same since, although he's certainly recovered some good form after the controversy of testing positive for cocaine.
 

Bjorn99

Hall of Fame
He was distraught apparently at having to use steroids, so he succumbed to cocaine. He is one of the good guys.

If he had done what others had done, HE would be the new Djokovic. READ INTO THAT, what you will.
 

gsharma

Professional
He was distraught apparently at having to use steroids, so he succumbed to cocaine. He is one of the good guys.

If he had done what others had done, HE would be the new Djokovic. READ INTO THAT, what you will.

Don't you just love posting whatever you read on conspiracy theory websites? Back it up with proof, once in a while.

Gasquet is not fast enough and strong enough. His forehand sucks and he needs a serve other than the slice. A guy who plays so far behind the baseline (for his backhand) will have difficulty dominating, unless he's as fast as Nadal.
 

Laszlo

New User
I saw him play recently against Bogomolov in Rotterdam and he flattened out quite a few forehands, which was pretty impressive.
The issue with Gasquet is that tactically he's terrible. Considering the similarities in talent, it's a real wonder how Gasquet hasn't more leaves out of Federer's book and moved closer to the baseline. Gasquet's game is built around his backhand, which is awesome, no doubt, but it doesn't allow him to move in closer because the wind up is so big and this impinges on his forehand and his ability to mix it up, i.e. come up to the net mid point.
He's still in his mid-twenties, full of talent and with no real reason why he can't play tactically better tennis. I doubt he'll ever get close to a slam, but he's a true top ten player and I'd love to see him playing well and moving into the court, using all of that damn technique for results and not just highlights.
 

Evan77

Banned
oh, Gasquet. I don't even know want to start with this. love him so much. I still feel that he simply wasted his talent... Richie is mentally too weak. It breaks my heart :(.
 

Paul Murphy

Hall of Fame
Love the backhand, who doesn't?
But he's too passive. I saw him play Ferrer at the AO and he gave himself no chance by standing so far back.
He's a stylist that's for sure.
But he could have gone further I feel.
Having said that he's still one of the most interesting guys to watch.
 

Netzroller

Semi-Pro
Come on, just because he happens to have a pretty 1HBH you guys really think he should have won multiple slams and is better than Nadal...!?:)
His forehand isn't great, his serve isn't great, his footwork isn't great, his court positioning isn't great and he doesn't have the mindset of a top player.
 

The Bawss

Banned
Come on, just because he happens to have a pretty 1HBH you guys really think he should have won multiple slams and is better than Nadal...!?:)
His forehand isn't great, his serve isn't great, his footwork isn't great, his court positioning isn't great and he doesn't have the mindset of a top player.

This is all true but it still hurts to hear it for us closet Gasquet fans. :(
 

tacou

G.O.A.T.
I love Richard but dismantled Fed?? He won in a 3rd set TB, similar to his most recent victory over the Maestro.

He does indeed make very pretty shots and put together some stunning results, but we can now look at Richard's career as almost complete, and it's been pretty much the same throughout, very pretty but very mediocre. I guess it's disappointing, as a fan, but he's never reached the heights some streaky players like Safin or even Nalby.
 

BeHappy

Hall of Fame
I love Richard but dismantled Fed?? He won in a 3rd set TB, similar to his most recent victory over the Maestro.

He does indeed make very pretty shots and put together some stunning results, but we can now look at Richard's career as almost complete, and it's been pretty much the same throughout, very pretty but very mediocre. I guess it's disappointing, as a fan, but he's never reached the heights some streaky players like Safin or even Nalby.

He dismantled him, sometimes the scoreline doesn't tell the whole story.
 

above bored

Semi-Pro
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaVDfJVIQIc&feature=related

Good to see he can still hit the big backhand when he wants to.

Why doesn't he do it on slower surfaces? It's such a safe, consistent shot for him.
Gasquet's backhand is solid, but it's not one of the games great shots. Very overrated on these boards. It doesn't hurt Davydenko at all in this match or open up the court. It's hit at a very comfortable pace and trajectory for most players.
 

dcdoorknob

Hall of Fame
To me Gasquet's biggest problem is his court positioning. He can win alot of matches from 5-10 feet behind the baseline, but against the best players he's just giving up too much to hope to be able to win very often.

A good example is when he plays David Ferrer. Ferrer dominates him. It's not because Ferrer has bigger weapons than Gasquet, but because Ferrer stands his ground close to the baseline if at all possible, and Gasquet spends the whole match 10 feet behind the baseline. When they play, it's always Ferrer running Gasquet side to side and controlling most points, and its because Gasquet lets it happen far too easily imo.
 

firepanda

Professional
Oi, don't be mean. He's playing the best of his life at the moment, by playing a percentage game. It's a shame he doesn't have Piatti anymore though.
 

tacou

G.O.A.T.
It would have been great to see Richie get to the QF as he certainly had the draw to do it. Wasn't a terrible match vs. Tommy though he blew the 3rd set big time.

I was very happy with his USO run and 2013 in general, but I doubt Richie will do more than a couple fourth round major performances this year
 

heninfan99

Talk Tennis Guru
He's my favorite currently active player. He's been fighting harder and staying more positive over the last year and half. Working with Piatti was going so well. If he can continue with the things they worked on and move forward he'll be alright. I mean he never used to really fist pump that much, I think maybe out of respect to his opponent, he's nice but it's great to see him fist pump and encourage himself.

He can and has moved forward on returns. He can and has served big. I think with his hands he can really snatch key points from Nadal and Djokovic, he just can't be passive. He has to take it. We all know this but it's not easy.

I know during the US Open many of the French players go out and drink and party. I don't think Djoker and Nadal do this for those two weeks but maybe he's happier & healthier this way. The French paradox. :)

He's not going to overhaul his forehand, it would be crazy at this point. It is what it is, with its almost continental grip but he does rip it deep sometimes esp. on returns.

OP: His game has not dismantled and high tier journey men don't exist --did you mean anyone that doesn't have a slam and is in the top 20? No journey man is beating Fe more than once or Ferrer back to back times or making the WTF twice.

It would be so great to see him get a slam. I think it's possible. An ideal draw can fall into place and he just has to go for it like when he beat Birdman on hard court last year, he stayed on the baseline on most returns and many points then against Ferrer he adjusted his game to extend the rallies and wait for his chances --both worked brilliantly. He can play both first strike tennis and a patient game.
 
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tennis_hack

Banned
He's my favorite currently active player. He's been fighting harder and staying more positive over the last year and half. Working with Piatti was going so well. If he can continue with the things they worked on and move forward he'll be alright. I mean he never used to really fist pump that much, I think maybe out of respect to his opponent, he's nice but it's great to see him fist pump and encourage himself.

He can and has moved forward on returns. He can and has served big. I think with his hands he can really snatch key points from Nadal and Djokovic, he just can't be passive. He has to take it. We all know this but it's not easy.

I know during the US Open many of the French players go out and drink and party. I don't think Djoker and Nadal do this for those two weeks but maybe he's happier & healthier this way. The French paradox. :)

He's not going to overhaul his forehand, it would be crazy at this point. It is what it is, with its almost continental grip but he does rip it deep sometimes esp. on returns.

OP: His game has not dismantled and high tier journey men don't exist --did you mean anyone that doesn't have a slam and is in the top 20? No journey man is beating Fed ever or Ferrer back to back times or making the WTF twice.

It would be so great to see him get a slam. I think it's possible.

Like you, I am a fan of the 1hbh, so a fan of Gasquet by default, but I am starting to believe thas Gasquet's backhand has serious weaknesses. He is not as prepared to take it on the rise as much as Wawrinka, and he is not as strong as Almagro in handling the high ball. Even Kohlschreiber can do these two things better than Gasquet.

This means he must back up to let the ball drop and hit from way behind the baseline, and he is not fast enough to play this style effectively against the very best who he'd need to beat in order to win a Slam.

Although Gasquet seems to put more spin on the ball than Almagro and Wawrinka on the backhand side, he will never outlast Nadal in a forehand to backhand spin-a-thon, and Djokovic is capable of taking heavy spin on the rise anyway. This is why he matches up so poorly against Nadal and Djokovic, yet can do OK against Federer and Murray - as their backhands aren't so effective at taking topspin.

Almagro and Wawrinka, with their different methods can actually put some pressure on the Djokovic backhand and Nadal forehand by flattening out their backhands and putting more pace on them.

Gasquet will have to hope to somehow avoid both Nadal and Djokovic if he is ever to win a Slam. Such a scenario is unlikely.

The sad thing is that Gasquet can hit some sick winners on the rise when he steps in - he just very rarely does so.
 

Lukhas

Legend
I don't think he has the body to do so. He likes very slow rallies with low intensity where he can set up his game. His FH is not good enough IMO. The other guys exploit that, make him run more and faster to wear him down. It was kind of obvious against Federer at the WTF: left, right, left, right, don't let him set up.
Plus he was injured this AO (intercostal injury), which most likely impaired his preparation. You don't get past a marathon-man like Robredo if your physical prep isn't top notch.

Hope for him he's able to heal himself and prepare correctly for the rest of the year.
 
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