Richard Gasquet Brings Parisians to Feet with Kei Nishikori Upset at French Open; Novak Djokovic Monday
by Staff | May 29th, 2016, 7:11 pm

Who is this Richard Gasquet and what’s he done with the old one?
The French wunderkind who never panned out as an adult bloomed late — specifically on Sunday at Roland Garros — advancing to his first French Open quarterfinals in 13 tries after a 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 upset over No. 5 seed Kei Nishikori.

Gasquet said he benefited from a rain delay in the first set and subsequent change of tactics and mindset.

“I think it was a very important time for me to stop because I was playing not good, I was playing far from the baseline and very slow…I knew that if I wanted to beat this guy, I needed to play very, very deep and very fast, because he’s playing with big rhythm. If I’m playing short like I did in Rome and Madrid, I have no chance to win.”

Gasquet’s coach, former Roland Garros champ Sergi Bruguera, pumped-up his charge in the dressing room, and the Frenchman stormed to the first set and an eventual quarterfinal berth.

The Frenchman will next meet No. 2 seed Andy Murray, who handled the big serving of No. 15 seed John Isner 7-6(9), 6-4, 6-3.

Gasquet is 0-4 against Murray in Grand Slam play.

“You never get a free point,” Gasquet said of Murray. “He has a very powerful mind.”

Also lining up a quarterfinal meeting was No. 3 Stan Wawrinka and unseeded Spaniard Albert Ramos. Ramos upset No. 8 Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-4, 6-4, and Wawrinka topped No. 22 Viktor Troicki 7-6(5), 6-7(7), 6-3, 6-2.

“I know that I may be able to tighten a few nuts and bolts here and there, to improve even more,” said Wawrinka, likely not sad to be facing Ramos rather than Raonic.

On court Monday at Roland Garros will be (12) David Goffin vs. Ernests Gulbis, (1) Novak Djokovic vs. (14) Roberto Bautista Agut, Marcel Granollers vs. (13) Dominic Thiem, and (11) David Ferrer vs. (7) Tomas Berdych.

Philippe-Chatrier Court 11:00 AM Start
David Goffin (BEL)[12] vs. Ernests Gulbis (LAT)
Novak Djokovic (SRB)[1] vs. Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)[14]
Serena Williams (USA)[1] vs. Elina Svitolina (UKR)[18]
Venus Williams (USA)[9] vs. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)[8]

Suzanne-Lenglen Court 11:00 AM Start
Marcel Granollers (ESP) vs. Dominic Thiem (AUT)[13]
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)[2] vs. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) To Finish 6-2 3-0
David Ferrer (ESP)[11] vs. Tomas Berdych (CZE)[7]
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)[12] vs. Yulia Putintseva (KAZ)
Kiki Bertens (NED) vs. Madison Keys (USA)[15]

Court 1 11:00 AM Start
Simona Halep (ROU)[6] vs. Samantha Stosur (AUS)[21] To Finish 5-3

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8 Comments for Richard Gasquet Brings Parisians to Feet with Kei Nishikori Upset at French Open; Novak Djokovic Monday

jane Says:

this new-old gasquet also had a beautiful run last season at wimbledon. does no one remember he beat kyrgios and then took out stan in a classic, not to mention pushing novak to 4 sets in the semi at SW19. richie can bring it when he is dialed in.

as i said on the other thread (before his interview confirmed it) what struck me today was the depth he was getting on some of his shots due, in part, to better court positioning. he stood closer to the baseline; he also defended well and served good. if he puts another match like that together i think he and murray could play a classic. but you never know with richard.

here’s hoping tomorrow isn’t a washout, and that all these guys get their matches in to keep things flowing.

mat4 Says:

Gasquet improved his serve, it was the first thing I noticed a few days ago.

He put a lot of spin in his FH, the ball was rebounding very high, and it didn’t make things easier for Nishi.

Anyway, he played a great match.

Wog Boy Says:


That is excatly how you beat Nishikori and Gasquet did it six times before. He is short guy who hugs base line, you give him flat ball without bounce and he is picking it up very early and sending it back with interest, you are doomed. You give him deep high ball, lot of spin with vertical bounce (Rafa style) and he has to steo back and wait for ball to fall on his racquet since he can’t pick it up early, plus if you are having good serving day Nishikori can’t touch you.
If only Gasquet can stay on the base line and not to move too far back, as he tends to do, Andy will have to produce his best to best him. But Gasquet is Gasquet, unpredictable or maybe too predictable..

Wog Boy Says:

^^ “he is short guy ” meaning Nishikori, not Gasquet.

Daniel Says:

This is Gasquet first RG QF, which is quite surprising, thought he was here before.

More motive to think Murray as favorite. Indeed Gasquet serve seems better, but I just don’t trust him in tough situations. Too much at stake for Murray also and I think he will deliver in beat Gasquet no more than 4 sets.

I am very interested in how Wawa will beat Ramos-Violas, he still has some lapses and way too much errors, now is the time for him to be cleaning his game.

Michael Says:

I thought Nishikori played too badly at crucial moments to lose more than to be consumed by Gasquet’s splendid play. Against a resurgent Andy, I think Gasquet might come a cropper even with the entire French crowd behind him. There is a very minute chance that he can cause an upset.

Ramos Vinolas also was helped by Raonic’s passive play from the back of the court where the later was impatient to finish the rally and took risks to outhit the opponent. But simply the shots couldn’t find the range and most landed ouside the playing area benefiting his opponent. Raonic’s style of play is just not suited for Clay courts and he is just not devouring the high bounce on these Courts which makes his task difficult hitting through the line. But Ramos will have his hands full against Wawarinka who is an exponent on these Courts and has the power, speed and precision to thwart his advance.

Margot Says:

Good that Richie has learnt to embrace that fickle French crowd.
And a lovely compliment for Andy.
Their matches are always close, but expecting Andy to come out ready and focused. He’s been playing himself into this slam and is looking good.

gonzalowski Says:

Albert Ramos is the next Michael Chang, you heard here first

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