I think that's somewhat harsh on Gasquet. He defended well and a lot of Berdych's errors were from frustration.
I sometimes think when one player is making a lot of errors, the opposing player doesn't get enough credit. Something that is probably the case for Andy. Just having some variety, causing them problems, making them uncomfortable and getting them frustrated can lead to a lot of errors, and it just goes down as, 'well so and so played awful, other guy wasn't that special'.
Very true. Almost all of Andy's victories over Fed are excused along those lines.
I didn't see last night's match between Gasquet and Berdych, so tried to get a handle on how it went down by reading various reports, and everyone has a different interpretation. Some say Gasquet was on fire, others saying Berdych was plain poor. Some saying both! I imagine that it was a bit of both, and Berdych might have played better, or at least rallied to put up a better fight if Gasquet had made a few more mistakes, and Gasquet might have found himself a bit more human if Berdych had put a few more away. I think a lot of people will see what they want to see too. From our point of view, it's better, if a little unsporting, to think Berdych played badly.
Berdych did seem quite battered and bruised by the experience, and implied he'd been playing too much lately and needed a break. In fact, he's withdrawn from doing Davis Cup. I think he hasn't managed his schedule well, doing the opposite of Andy, playing a couple of optional tournaments between Australia and Indian Wells. Then again, I do think that not playing as well as you think you can is exhausting.