Gasquet Video clip Rating: 5 / 5
Richard Gasquet’s campaign in the BNP Paribas Open has come to an end. He suffered a comprehensive defeat against Fernando Verdasco in the round of 16 yesterday. The score line of the match was 6-7(5), 1-6 against the Frenchman.
Gasquet didn’t play as badly as the above numbers suggest though. He was very competitive in the opening set which he eventually lost in the tie breaker and then, in the following set, his game fell apart a little bit.
He just didn’t seem to be there 100% mentally in the second set. He looked exhausted and ended up playing lose shots to just gift his opponent the points.
It was the 15th time that these two players were going head to head against each other. Out of the last 14 encounters, both had won 7 each. So, this win gave Verdasco a lead of 8-7.
It’s not that Gasquet didn’t get opportunities during the match. He actually got plenty of them, but, he managed to capitalize on just a few and thus, deservedly ended up on the losing side.
The no. of break points that Gasquet got in total was 8 and he missed out every time.
Verdasco on the other hand pounced on a couple of break points and that helped him in winning the second set by such a big margin.
The match went on for about one and half hours, 95 minutes to be precise.
Now, in the quarter final round, Verdasco will be locking horns with the local boy John Isner who is in very good form at the moment. He banged in 13 aces in his last match against the Taiwanese player Yen-Hsun Lu and beat him with complete dominance in just more than one hour.
Gasquet Movie Score: / five
Gasquet Online video Score: five / five
There were not many people who had the belief that Richard Gasquet would be one of the top 10 male tennis players in the world at the end of the 2013 season, but, that happened. The Frenchman was at the ninth position in the world rankings when the season finished.
There was never any doubt about the potential that Gasquet possesses. He has always been considered as one of the most naturally gifted players on the tour, but, the negative thing about him was his inconsistency. He just didn’t seem to keep his good form going for a long period of time, but, in the last season, he did that to some extent. He produced goods on a consistent basis and managed to silence his critics.
Gasquet played a total of 73 matches during the 2013 season out of which he won 50. The no. of singles title won by him in the season was 3 which was a couple more than what he had won in 2012.
However, one thing that Gasquet couldn’t do during the last season was that he couldn’t get better of the big players regularly and that’s something that he will have to do if he has to be called great. He will have to put up quality performances at big stages.
Nevertheless Gasquet’s consistency was a big positive for him during the last season and he needs to continue that in the upcoming season too. He has certainly got the ability to make it to the top of the world rankings. He has got one of the most effective backhands in the circuit.
The 27 years old French player has recently appointed a new coach and he would be looking to flourish under him in 2014.