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Posted on: June 06, 2012, 03:12 PM
Posted by: Sabine
Richard Gasquet is a player who can challenge Andy but it would be difficult to actually beat him...he was lucky that Murray had a slow start and got the first set...Andy has got to be aggressive against Ferrer and cant afford to have a slow start against him too....ALL THE BEST ANDY!!!YOU CAN DO IT!!!
Posted on: June 05, 2012, 12:10 PM
Posted by: Ruthie
Yes, mental strength is linked to physical, and Gasquet spends the off-season in nightclubs while Murray and co are running on the beach. He's basically the archetypal playboy who wastes his talent. He was famously on the cover of Tennis magazine when he was nine and I think it's left him with a sort of everything-will-come-easy, showbiz feel about it all.
Interesting.  Yes I guess he thought he could succeed on sheer talent and it's clear you can't these days at least not at the very top of the game. 
Posted on: June 05, 2012, 11:37 AM
Posted by: Alis
For me, the biggest unanswered question from today is why the stadium was half-full (half-empty?) for a top 20 French player playing in the last 16 of the French Open. I know they tend to saunter in slowly around lunchtime, but this was the height of the evening schedule.

You used to have to be a registered tennis player to watch at Roland Garros. There was never an empty seat in the house.

They might have 11 players in the top 100, but something's sadly amiss with French tennis.

Seemingly, Gasquet is the least popular of the French players with the French public.  He was made much of when he was a junior - 'They called me a genius at 11,' said Gasquet - and I suppose they feel he hasn't lived up to his hype.  When you add to that his ban for illegal substances - although he was ultimately cleared - the French crowd are very unforgiving!
Posted on: June 05, 2012, 09:56 AM
Posted by: Grabcopy
And the mental/physical strength seem to be linked to some extent anyway. 

Yes, mental strength is linked to physical, and Gasquet spends the off-season in nightclubs while Murray and co are running on the beach. He's basically the archetypal playboy who wastes his talent. He was famously on the cover of Tennis magazine when he was nine and I think it's left him with a sort of everything-will-come-easy, showbiz feel about it all.
Posted on: June 05, 2012, 09:37 AM
Posted by: Ruthie
Enjoyed that bbh.  I hadn't realised that at the end the crowd were booing Gasquet and cheering Andy; difficult to tell when you're not there.  Apparently Andy attributed the poor first set to nerves rather than racquet tension.  According to I think Frew Macmillan who I heard commentating when I watched again on eurotrash match of the day, Henri Laconte [who I've never liked] did a Virginia Creeper in L'Equipe so perhaps many of the crowd were convinced Andy was faking, when he clutched his back, which he said had been stiff which is not surprising in those weather conditions.   I too was surprised that there were so many empty seats.  Perhaps the Parisians didn't want to watch their guy baguetted  by Andy yet again.
Thinking about Gasquet - he's clearly an incredibly talented player and apparently at the outset was the most talented of that cohort ie Andy, Nole, Rafa.  I wonder whether his failure to stay up in the top 10 is not just due to his mental frailty but because he's not done the hard graft physical work that the others have done - or at least it looks like it to me.  And the mental/physical strength seem to be linked to some extent anyway.  
Oh and one last thought about Andy.  Yesterday's conditions were the kind he has tended to come unstuck in in the past - cold and damp. And yet he played some scintillating tennis.  I think that shows a real step forwards.  Very exciting.  And perhaps the Lendl effect really is showing now esp in those fh winners.
Posted on: June 05, 2012, 09:09 AM
Posted by: Caz
  lmao   A great read BBH......Brilliant! Thanks.
Posted on: June 05, 2012, 08:16 AM
Posted by: blueberryhill
If you love the most poetic  journalist around read this:
http://blogs.tennis.com/thewrap/2012/06/pictures-from-a-cold-island.html
Posted on: June 05, 2012, 07:56 AM
Posted by: Caz
 roflmao Excellent report Nigel.........You had be falling down laughing.........or was that the wine! confused  nah Just kidding!
Posted on: June 05, 2012, 06:28 AM
Posted by: blueberryhill
Forged in the fire of Davis Cup, our man turns to steel. Smile
Posted on: June 05, 2012, 04:10 AM
Posted by: Bevc
"He obviously started the match well but I started to use the energy from the crowd in a positive way and obviously turned it around and played very well the last few sets," added Murray.

"It's the most fun I've had on the court in a while, so I wasn't shying away from the fact that the crowd wanted me to lose.

"I've played Davis Cup a few times away from home but that was probably one of the most hostile atmospheres that I've played in."

cmon yeah
Posted on: June 05, 2012, 12:29 AM
Posted by: Grabcopy
To be honest, I think that report is unduly harsh on Gasquet. He played pretty well - Murray was simple too strong in the third and fourth sets. Hard to do much when your opponent is crashing winners from all parts of the court, as Murray fans know all too well...

Murray dug in at the start of the 2nd set, Gasquet wilted and from there Andy had free rein to show off his skills. He knew he'd broken Reechard's weak heart.
Posted on: June 05, 2012, 12:27 AM
Posted by: Grabcopy
For me, the biggest unanswered question from today is why the stadium was half-full (half-empty?) for a top 20 French player playing in the last 16 of the French Open. I know they tend to saunter in slowly around lunchtime, but this was the height of the evening schedule.

You used to have to be a registered tennis player to watch at Roland Garros. There was never an empty seat in the house.

They might have 11 players in the top 100, but something's sadly amiss with French tennis.
Posted on: June 05, 2012, 12:09 AM
Posted by: IonaRed
I saw this on twitter.

As Murray left the court the FFT official said, "Sorry about the booing from the crowd, it's wrong and I hate it".  Murray responded, "no problem".
Posted on: June 04, 2012, 11:42 PM
Posted by: janetx
blueberryhill - that french crowd is nasty!!

Great win by Andy today, so focused and aggressive especially in the last two sets. Nice variety too - some great drop shots and lobs, offence and defence, it was all on display.

Tough one coming versus Daveed, but maybe Andy can get his first clay win since it's over 5 sets this time? Hope so!
Posted on: June 04, 2012, 11:34 PM
Posted by: Elena
To be honest, I think that report is unduly harsh on Gasquet. He played pretty well - Murray was simple too strong in the third and fourth sets. Hard to do much when your opponent is crashing winners from all parts of the court, as Murray fans know all too well...
Unduly harsh? Pot, kettle etc
It's just not going to happen today. Story of every slam he's played in. Boogers at 5.43
Posted on: June 04, 2012, 11:29 PM
Posted by: boogers
To be honest, I think that report is unduly harsh on Gasquet. He played pretty well - Murray was simple too strong in the third and fourth sets. Hard to do much when your opponent is crashing winners from all parts of the court, as Murray fans know all too well...
Posted on: June 04, 2012, 11:28 PM
Posted by: adb..OH
Thanks Nigel.  I knew this match would be a great one to watch.  Unfortunately I was not able to.  Well done, Andy   yay
Posted on: June 04, 2012, 11:25 PM
Posted by: Elena
Thanks Nigel for the report, and thanks Andy for the win - all the sweeter for the dodgy first set. I thought the booing was hilarious, as was Gasquet (and AK) getting bothered that Andy sometimes rubbed his back! At least the crowd (what there was of it) cared, and Andy clearly enjoyed it.
“It was almost like playing a football match. And I like football. Today was the most fun I’ve had on the court in a while, so I wasn’t shying away from the fact that the crowd wanted me to lose.”
Posted on: June 04, 2012, 11:19 PM
Posted by: michelle
Really enjoyed the report and loved watching Andy's skillful game. The French crowd really put the fire in Andy's belly. I think he will win against Ferrer...just have this feeling since before this tournament that there would be an unexpected result.
Posted on: June 04, 2012, 10:53 PM
Posted by: lashurst
I am genuinely absolutely plastered on Pimms and Bishop's Finger.

It was a cool match.
You have a great talent with the pen and paper Nigel. Amazing report!
Pimms eh? Are you in training for Wimbeldon?