Wimbledon day 9: gasquet wins battle of

R ichard Gasquet sent French Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka flying out of Wimbledon on Wednesday, winning the battle of the slingshot backhands, to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals for the second time. Wawrinka, bidding for a rare French Open and Wimbledon double, looked out of sorts from the first set, spraying his groundstrokes uncharacteristically long and wide on a breezy Court One and failing to tame the stinging backhand of the 21st-seeded Gasquet.

The Frenchman served two double faults to gift year-old Wawrinka the second set after which the powerful Swiss rediscovered some range and began spraying winners off both sides of the court.

He broke Gasquet's serve in the fourth game of the third set, found his own booming serving rhythm and fearsome backhand bullet and wrapped up the set with a forehand winner.

Tennis-Gasquet downs Wawrinka in battle of booming backhands

But Gasquet, no slouch on grass after reaching the semi-finals here in and twice winning Nottingham, hung on with consistent shot-making and waited for more errors. They came at on Wawrinka's serve and the Swiss produced his first double fault to send the match into a fifth set. They were the first sets Wawrinka had dropped in the tournament so far and it was a battle of wills and scintillating tennis that took the pair deep to an minute fifth set. Gasquet served for the set at only for Wawrinka to find all his powerful punch-hitting and break straight back then win his own serve to level the score.

Gasquet had the advantage of serving first and said the result was partly down to mental strength. The Frenchman helped calm his nerves by constantly changing the grip tape on his racket handle throughout the match.

wimbledon day 9: gasquet wins battle of

It took until the 20th game for Wawrinka to falter again and though he saved two match points on his serve, he sent his famed backhand long on the third to bow out. Get Rediff News in your Inbox: email. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Reuters content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters. Reuters shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

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Leeds crowned champions as Brentford lose at Stoke. Markram, De Villiers shine in three-team slogathon. More like this Wawrinka marches forth in bid to be in Federer's league.Home Tennis News Roger Federer. Shocked by a qualifier Mario Ancic in the first round inRoger Federer made sure not to repeat the same mistake at Wimbledon, winning the first Major crown at the All England Club a year later.

It all started in Halle a few weeks earlier where the Swiss grabbed the first ATP title on the fastest surface, gathering boost ahead of Wimbledon, lifting the trophy to establish himself as the player to beat on grass.

Roger would stay undefeated on the green surface until Wimbledon final, dominating in both Halle and Wimbledon between for the longest winning streak on grass in the Open era.

Federer grabbed the 36th consecutive victory in the final at Wimbledonmoving closer to Bjorn Borg's ultimate record and preparing to attack it in Rafael Nadal toppled Roger in his first Roland Garros final that season, with the Swiss bouncing back on grass to clinch the fourth straight trophy in Halle thanks to a hard-fought win over Tomas Berdych in the final.

Leaving the pressure and records in the locker room, Federer toppled Gasquet, in 74 minutes, racing into the second round and becoming the first player in the Open era with 42 straight wins on grass! The defending champion dropped 15 points in 13 service games, offering Richard one break chance and erasing it to keep the initial shot intact and mount the pressure on the other side of the net. Staying below ten winners and spraying more than 50 errors, Richard was never a contender against the man on the mission, with Roger hitting more winners than unforced errors and having a clear advantage in the shortest and more extended exchanges.

Federer held at love in the first game and secured a break a few minutes later, moving in front with a hold at love to settle in a great rhythm.

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Both players served well in the rest of the set and Federer closed it with an ace atmoving two sets away from the record streak. Gasquet delivered two great holds at the beginning of the second set, creating a break chance in the fourth game and losing ground once he squandered it, allowing Roger Federer to clinch a break at 15 in game five and move up. The Swiss grabbed another break atwrapping up the set with a comfortable hold and repeating breaks in games five and seven in set number three to advance into the next round and add a massive record to his already impressive tally.

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ATP Live Scores.The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. This article was published more than 5 years ago. Some information in it may no longer be current. Gasquet will face defending champion Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. Djokovic defeated U. Open champion Marin Cilic in straight sets Wednesday. Canadian Vasek Pospisil lost to Andy Murray in three sets of their quarter-final match on a wet Wednesday, with the Vancouver native going out, after an exhausting 10 days of grass-court tennis.

Pospisil, stretched to five sets in three of his five singles matches, began feeling his legs against Murray. The Centre Court contest against third seed Murray began with the roof open but after a second rain interruption, concluded after two hours 11 minutes with the translucent structure closed. Pospisil was also frustrated by a time violation in the third set, for which he was penalized a first serve.

Players have 30 seconds to serve after the previous point. If he would have waited one second longer, I would have served. Novak Djokovic won the battle of grand slam champions by downing Marin Cilic, on Centre Court to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals on Wednesday. Top seed Djokovic had not lost a match to the Croat in 12 previous meetings and his unbeaten record never looked in danger against the U. Djokovic broke in the third game of the first set, the ninth game of the second and the seventh game of the final set to wrap up victory inside two hours on a cool London evening.

Djokovic fired his way to a sixth straight Wimbledon semi-final — only Roger Federer has reached more in a row — with relative ease. Despite losing serve for the first time all tournament, Federer overwhelmed Gilles Simon, on Wednesday to advance to the semifinals at the All England Club for the 10th time, and to the final four of a Grand Slam tournament for the 37th time.

Federer has never lost in the Wimbledon semifinals, holding a career record. He has a career edge over Murray, but the Briton beat him on Centre Court in the final of the Olympic tournament — a few weeks after Federer defeated Murray in the Wimbledon final for his seventh title.

Richard Gasquet outlasted French Open champion Stan Wawrinka in an minute fifth set Wednesday to complete the semifinal lineup at Wimbledon. Gasquet, who failed to serve out the match at in the fifth set, reached the semifinals at the All England Club for the first time since He will next face defending champion Novak Djokovic, who swept Marin Cilic, to reach the final four for the sixth straight year.

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The schedule includes Grigor Dimitrov vs. Stan Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet vs. Gael Monfils. Ricky : From strictly a name recognition standpoint, this is by far the biggest match of the entire first round. Neither one, though, is in peak form right now. Wawrinka, of course, is struggling the most. He is just in his comeback from a knee injury and got clobbered by Andy Murray in the Eastbourne first round.

Dimitrov is a modest in and must make a move if he wants a chance of defending his Nitto ATP Finals title, but the Bulgarian should have more than enough to take care of a rusty and reeling opponent. Dimitrov in 3:, Dimitrov is the world No. And indeed, Dimitrov has won their last 4 meetings; but Wawrinka is a three-time Grand Slam champion.

If Wawrinka can re-find his form in London, this could be a good match—otherwise Dimitrov will run away with it. Dimitrov in 4:, Ricky : Gasquet should probably win this in less than five. But both of these guys will probably find a way to make this go five.

Wimbledon Day 9 picks, including Wawrinka vs. Gasquet and Federer vs. Simon

Monfils has been ousted from Wimbledon by a Frenchman the last three years, and in five sets every time. Moreover, the last three non-retirement meetings between Monfils and Gasquet have all required deciding sets, including a74 victory for Monfils last summer on the Eastbourne grass. Gasquet in 5:, Cheryl : Much unlike Coric vs. It has the potential to be one hell of an entertaining match…or not; it depends on which Monfils shows up.

Monfils holds the slight head-to-head edge atbut I think this one goes to Gasquet. Gasquet in 4:, Ricky : This has letdown match written all over it for Coric. The red-hot Croat recently captured the biggest title of his career in Halle, where he stunned Roger Federer in the final.He got a code violation for swearing. He hugged a ball boy. He rowed with the umpire over whether he was taking too long to change his socks. He hurled his racket 10ft into the air. But having blazed through this tournament like a petulant if supernaturally gifted toddler Nick Kyrgios took his leave on No2 Court, defeated by Richard Gasquet following a ding-dong battle full of tension and tantrums.

The Frenchman, slaying his own demons after failing to convert nine match points against Kyrgios in the second round last year, in the main preferred to let his tennis do the talking and prevailed, Furious with the umpire James Keothavong he spent the next game sulking, barely tapping serves back into the net and jabbing his finger at the umpire.

His latest show of petulance drew boos from a crowd largely sympathetic to his antics up to that point. Not that he is likely to care. During a later changeover, things took a surreal turn as he rowed with Keothavong over his socks. You want me to ask him? Frustrated as he was with the umpire, Kyrgios could not live with Gasquet in those first two sets, the Frenchman benefiting from his own voluble support.

Again, it was not to last and he mishit a volley before putting an easy smash into the net to hand Gasquet a break back. It was hugely entertaining fare, if not always of the highest quality.

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For every drop shot that was loose, lazy and tossed away a point, there was another that smacked of insouciant brilliance. But Gasquet dug deep during a fourth set that headed inexorably towards another tie-break. Aptly enough, Kyrgios banged down aces to earn himself a set point before double-faulting.

Gasquet, seizing an opportunity he had already squandered 11 times in two matches, blew out his cheeks as his opponent blew his chances by sending down another double fault. Facebook Twitter Pinterest. Topics Nick Kyrgios. Wimbledon Wimbledon Tennis Australia sport match reports. Reuse this content. Order by newest oldest recommendations. Show 25 25 50 All.

Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.After four weeks of play, the UTS semifinals have finally been set. He narrowly lost to Tsitsipas in sudden death and was a mere point from winning it. The Hammer was the story of the first three weeks as he wentracing to the top spot in the process. He looked unbeatable but faltered at the tail end of that third week, losing to Thiem and Tsitsipas back-to-back. Questions swirled about his chances against the top dogs.

Luckily for him, those questions only lasted a week as he dominated Alexei Popyrin on the last day of the group stage to secure his spot in the semis. The question is still in the air: Will he get back to his top form from the first few weeks and have a legitimate shot to dethrone Tsitsipas? That is certainly a shot as of now, given the newfound strength of his opponent.

Looking at Goffin, he was consistently one of the better players in the event throughout the last four weeks, just not up to par with the three above him. His only loss came to Thiem. He fought off his fellow players on the ropes through the last four matches, most notably Lopez and Popyrin who finished 6th and 7th. Here are the likely scenarios:. If Gasquet wins and Tsitsipas loses, Gasquet will take over the 1 spot, moving Tsitsipas down to 2. He was ripping through his opponent in the short time he took part in the tournament, collecting wins over Tsitsipas, Berrettini, and Goffin.

He looked to be a huge threat to the players at the top; fans were thrilled to see another top player join the field and possibly shake up the event.

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Adds quotes and detail. By Clare Lovell. Wawrinka, bidding for a rare French Open and Wimbledon double, looked out of sorts from the first set, spraying his groundstrokes uncharacteristically long and wide on a breezy Court One and failing to tame the stinging backhand of the 21st-seeded Gasquet.

wimbledon day 9: gasquet wins battle of

I really wanted to win. The Frenchman served two double faults to gift year-old Wawrinka the second set after which the powerful Swiss rediscovered some range and began spraying winners off both sides of the court. He broke Gasquet's serve in the fourth game of the third set, found his own booming serving rhythm and fearsome backhand bullet and wrapped up the set with a forehand winner.

But Gasquet, no slouch on grass after reaching the semi-finals here in and twice winning Nottingham, hung on with consistent shot-making and waited for more errors. They came at on Wawrinka's serve and the Swiss produced his first double fault to send the match into a fifth set. They were the first sets Wawrinka had dropped in the tournament so far and it was a battle of wills and scintillating tennis that took the pair deep to an minute fifth set.

Gasquet served for the set at only for Wawrinka to find all his powerful punch-hitting and break straight back then win his own serve to level the score. Gasquet had the advantage of serving first and said the result was partly down to mental strength.

The Frenchman helped calm his nerves by constantly changing the grip tape on his racket handle throughout the match. It took until the 20th game for Wawrinka to falter again and though he saved two match points on his serve, he sent his famed backhand long on the third to bow out.

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