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Monday, May 24, 2010

PHOTO OP: Turn to the left and cough

"Wonder Twin powers: ACTIVATE!"

Richard Gasquet needed more legs and an oxygen tank than balls today during his 4-6, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-2, 6-1 first round defeat to Andy Murray at Roland Garros today.

The Frenchie had just won his first tourney in almost 3 years at Nice this past weekend and that effort seemed to take his energy from under him. Although he requested a Tuesday start to recover a bit from his tourney win RG officials weren't in the giving mood and denied him the later start. Pretty rough if you ask me...and him.

I was in the camp that believed we would be served an Upset Special on our viewing plates today but it wasn't meant to be. Reeshard was was playing really well and could've won the match in three sets until his energy began to wane and the errors crept in. As for Muzz, he hung in there and made the Frenchie grind, something the one-hander - who was looking all sorts of aggressive today, was not looking to do under the circumstances.

Let's hope we get a rematch at Wimbledon in a months time.

Next up for Muzz? Juan Ignacio Chela.

[Photo(s): Reuters]

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  1. Le sigh. Not even the sight of Richard's left hand doing what I've been wanting to do for years can assuage my heartbreak.

    I agree that it's pretty harsh to not give the guy a Tuesday start. I genuinely thought he'd make it until he lost the third set and I realized I was in for another maddening, heart-wrenching, five set loss. I can, however, find solace in the fact that the loss seemed physical and not mental and he has had a pretty good last few weeks so...silver lining.

  2. Yes, Yes, and Yes Sara. So disappointing they wouldn't give their boy one day more to rest, knowing what he did in Nice.

    Like you said, it was def more physical than mental and he played lights out for about two and half sets before fatigue crept in. Muzz didn't do much but hang around until Richie's legs gave out.

    Had he been a bit more rested, the Upset Special would've been served. TRUTH.

  3. I just CAN'T give up on Reeshard no matter how hard he tries to prove it's not worth a hassle. His game is so beautiful when he's on.


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