Richard Gasquet ( born June 18, 1986 in Béziers ) is a French tennis player. He is a Knight of the French National Order of Merit and has his domicile in Neuchâtel in the French speaking part of Switzerland.
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Richard Gasquet began playing tennis at the age of four years at TC Sérignan near his native city of Beziers in southern France.
In 2002, Gasquet was the most successful player in junior tennis. Among other things, he won the junior competition of the French Open and the U.S. Open. He was also the age of 16 the youngest player in the Top 200, he finished the year at position 166 in the world rankings.
Until January 2004 Gasquet was trained by Tarik Benhabiles. In that year he reached the semi-finals in Buenos Aires, which he won with 6:7, 1:6 against Guillermo Coria, and the final in Metz, where he lost to Jerome Haehnel with 6:7 and 4:6.
The year 2005 was extremely successful for Gasquet. At the Monte Carlo Masters, he defeated in the quarterfinals to world number one Roger Federer in the semifinals he was defeated, however, the time taken at position 17 in the world rankings Rafael Nadal. At the Masters tournament in Hamburg Gasquet reached the final, where he met again to Federer, who won this time. At the French Open Gasquet moved into the third round where he retired again against Nadal. In June he won his first ATP tournament in Nottingham on grass. He also reached the second round at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
2006, there was initially less well. At the Australian Open Gasquet lost in the first round against Tommy Haas at the French Open in the second round against David Nalbandian. In March, he was beaten Federer once again in the second round of the Indian Wells Masters. In June Gasquet was able to defend his title in Nottingham. Nevertheless, he was not set for Wimbledon and met in the first round again to the world number one and three times Wimbledon champion Federer, Gasquet defeated smooth in three sets. In July he won the clay court tournament in Gstaad. In August, he reached the finals of the ATP Masters Toronto, where he again defeated Federer. At the U.S. Open, he lost in the second round against Lleyton Hewitt. At the end of the season Gasquet won the tournament by Lyon with a clear playoff victory over Marc Gicquel ( 6:3, 6:1).
At the beginning of 2007 he reached the semi-finals of Sydney and the second round of the Australian Open, where he was beaten Tommy Robredo. At the ATP Masters in Monte Carlo, he reached the quarter-finals and was eliminated there against Juan Carlos Ferrero. When ATP tournament in Estoril, there Gasquet played up to the final, which he lost to Novak Djokovic with 6:7, 6:0 and 1:6. At the French Open he failed to surprise his fans already in round two at the Belgian Kristof Vliegen. At Wimbledon Gasquet reached the quarterfinals, where he could beat Andy Roddick 4:6, 4:6, 7:6, 7:6 and 8:6. In the semifinals, he lost to defending champion Roger Federer with 5:7, 3:6 and 4:6. At the U.S. Open, he had to fit because of angina already in the second round. A month later he won the tournament of Mumbai ( final victory against Olivier Rochus ). The following week, he reached the finals of Tokyo, had to be there but David Ferrer with 1:6 and 2:6 beaten. At the Paris Masters, he reached after victories among others about James Blake and Andy Murray semi-final, where he lost to David Nalbandian in straight sets. He qualified for the first time for the Masters Cup, but could only win one of three group matches there.
Gasquet reached in 2008 at the Australian Open and Wimbledon and in the Masters Series in Indian Wells, Monte Carlo and Madrid respectively the knockout stages. In Canada Masters, he lost the quarter-final against Nadal. When Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, he played himself into the finals and lost to Juan Martín del Potro with 4:6 and 5:7. At the tournament in Tokyo, he reached the semi-finals only this time, he lost again against del Potro.
The year 2009 began with Halbfinaleinzügen in Brisbane, Sydney and Dubai. At a doping test in March of cocaine was found in his urine, but a hair sample contained no traces of the drug. He himself always protested his innocence and he was able to explain to understand that at a party, at which he had participated, apparently cocaine had been in circulation. The sentence was eventually shortened from one year to two months and 15 days, Gasquet was eligible to play again in mid-July.
In 2010 he moved into the final of the ATP tournament in Sydney, where he lost to Marcos Baghdatis 4:6 and 6:72. At the Australian Open he lost to Mikhail Youzhny already in round one with just 7:69, 6:4, 6:72, 6:74, 4:6. In May, he could again win a tournament after two and a half years. When ATP tournament in Nice he beat in the final set to the number 2 Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 5:7, 7:65. In the first round of the French Open against Andy Murray, he moved against it by 4:04 hours playing time with 6:4, 7:6, 4:6, 2:6, 1:6 the short straw.
At the 2012 Olympic Games in London Gasquet went to in singles and in doubles. After his opening victory over Robin Haase he lost in the second round against Baghdatis 4:6 and 4:6. In doubles, it was better for him, Julien Benneteau with he won the bronze medal together. They first defeated the Britons Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins, at position seven Indians Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan set Bopanna and Janko Tipsarevic set of 3 Serbs and Nenad Zimonjic. In the semifinals, they then had to Bob and Mike Bryan defeated from the U.S. before they defeated the Spaniards Feliciano Lopez and David Ferrer in straight sets in the match for bronze. During the U.S. Open Series Gasquet succeeded for the first time in six years, the finals of a Masters Tournament; in the final he lost to Novak Djokovic of Toronto, however, clearly divided into two sets. In Bangkok Gasquet managed to the end of September his seventh career singles titles - his first in over two years. In the final he beat his compatriot Gilles Simon in two straight sets. Also in the ranking he improved steadily and was at the end of the season for the first time since 2008 in the top 10
Gasquet secured in 2013 at the start of the ATP tournament in Doha, the first title of the season. In the final he defeated Nikolay Davydenko close in three sets. In Montpellier, he won his next title by defeating his compatriot Benoît Paire in straight sets in the final. At the Sony Open 2013 in Miami, he reached the semifinals, where he was beaten Andy Murray 7-6, 1:6 and 2:6 is. In the tournaments in Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome Gasquet not make it past the quarter-finals. At the French Open, he was eliminated in five sets in the second round against Stanislas Wawrinka. After wins over Jurgen Melzer and Florian Mayer he lost the semi-final in Halle / Westfalen against Mikhail Youzhny. Two weeks later, he failed in Wimbeldon in the third round surprising to Bernard Tomic. After a weak preparation Gasquet succeeded then the semi-finals of the U.S. Open by defeating among others Dimitri Tursunov, Milos Raonic and David Ferrer. It was not until the later tournament champion Rafael Nadal could stop him. In the tournaments in Bangkok and Beijing, he played in each case to the semifinals before against Michael Kukushkin won his third season title in the tournament in Moscow. At the World Tour Finals in London, he retired after three defeats in the group stage.
The year 2014 began with a defeat Gasquet in the second round in Doha against his compatriot Gaël Monfils. At the Australian Open, he failed in the third round to Tommy Robredo 6-2, 5:7, 4:6 and 6:7. In the Davis Cup, he defeated the young Australians Nick Kyrgios. In Montpellier failed to defend his title in the final game to Gaël Monfils - for the second time this year.
Statistics ( Single)
Legend: S = tournament victory; F, HF, VF, AF = finals / semifinals / quarterfinals / knockout stages; 1R, 2R, 3R = eliminated in the first / second / third main round; RR = Round Robin ( Group Stage )
1 tournament result in brackets means that the player has not finished the tournament; it displays its current tournament status. After the player has finished the tournament, the clamp is removed. 2 prior to 2009 Tennis Masters Cup. 3 The Masters tournament in Madrid was held before 2002 in Stuttgart, Essen and Stockholm. In 2009 took place a pad change from hard court to sand. 4 The tournament Hamburg Masters is no longer part of the series since 2009. 5 PO = Playoff ( promotion and relegation round of the Davis Cup World Group ). 6 In contrast to the ATP rankings are here (as well as runners-up and won titles in the number ) counted only tournaments on the ATP World Tour and the four Grand Slam tournaments and the ATP World Tour Finals, ie no Challenger or Futures tournaments or team events ( Davis Cup and World Team Cup). However, the latter count in the win / loss statistics. 7 Since the 2009 season, no ATP tournaments are more played on carpet. 8 Stand: December 30, 2013