77 Facts About Richard Gasquet

1. Richard Gasquet has described basketball player Tony Parker, who plays in the NBA, as a very good and genuine friend.

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2. Richard Gasquet is a big rugby fan, supporting his hometown team Beziers.

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3. Richard Gasquet wore Lacoste clothing for many years, before switching to Le Coq Sportif in 2014.

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4. Richard Gasquet is very crafty, often using drop-shots and fakes to misdirect opponents.

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5. Richard Gasquet lost in the singles first round in Halle and at Wimbledon.

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6. Richard Gasquet won only one singles match in his next three tournaments—Budapest, Madrid and Rome.

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7. Richard Gasquet was defeated by Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals, despite winning the first set.

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8. Richard Gasquet became the first Frenchman in the Open Era and only the eighth active player to achieve that milestone.

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9. At the Monte-Carlo Masters, Richard Gasquet recorded his 500th ATP World Tour career main draw singles victory with a third-round win over Mischa Zverev.

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10. Richard Gasquet ended his run of four consecutive singles defeats at the Grand Prix Hassan II, where he was beaten in the semifinals by Kyle Edmund.

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11. Richard Gasquet lost his opening singles matches in his next three tournaments—Rotterdam, Dubai and Miami.

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12. Richard Gasquet lost in the singles third round of the Australian Open to Roger Federer in straight sets, his 9th consecutive loss to Federer.

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13. Richard Gasquet played his first tournament of the year in Doha.

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14. Richard Gasquet helped France win the 2017 Davis Cup by winning the doubles match in the final against Belgium.

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15. Richard Gasquet started the second half of the year badly, losing in the singles first round at Wimbledon and the US Open, and the singles second round in Montreal and Cincinnati.

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16. Richard Gasquet missed the next two ATP Masters 1000 tournaments due to back injury.

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17. Richard Gasquet lost in the third round to Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets.

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18. Richard Gasquet stated he wanted to achieve greater success at the bigger tournaments, which he defined as the Grand Slams and the Davis Cup.

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19. Richard Gasquet started his campaign with straight sets victories over Ernests Gulbis and Marcos Baghdatis respectively before defeating Dustin Brown in the semi-finals in three sets and Paul-Henri Mathieu in the final in straight sets to retain his singles title and win his fourth Open Sud de France singles title.

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20. Richard Gasquet was ousted by defending and eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals in straight sets.

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21. At the French Open, Richard Gasquet reached the fourth round, where he lost to Novak Djokovic in straight sets.

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22. Richard Gasquet won his 12th title at the 2015 Estoril Open beating Nick Kyrgios who reached the final of an ATP tournament for the first time in his career.

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23. Richard Gasquet started his 2015 season in the Qatar ExxonMobil Open.

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24. Richard Gasquet defeated Denis Istomin and Paolo Lorenzi to reach the third round of the 2014 US Open.

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25. Richard Gasquet open his grass-court season with a loss to Robin Haase at the 2014 Gerry Weber Open.

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26. Richard Gasquet made his return from back injury at the French Open.

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27. Richard Gasquet reached the third round of the 2014 Indian Wells Masters.

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28. Richard Gasquet lost to Gael Monfils in the second round.

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29. Richard Gasquet started his 2014 season in the Qatar Exxon Mobil Open in Doha, where he was the defending champion.

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30. Richard Gasquet was beaten by eventual champion Rafael Nadal in straight sets.

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31. At the US Open, Richard Gasquet made it to the semifinals, his best run at a Grand Slam event since Wimbledon 2007.

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32. Richard Gasquet won his second title of the year defeating fellow Frenchman Benoit Paire in the Open Sud de France final.

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33. Richard Gasquet started his 2013 season by capturing the Qatar Exxon Mobil Open in Doha.

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34. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Richard Gasquet played in both the singles and doubles competitions.

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35. Richard Gasquet reached the fourth round of the French Open, before losing to Andy Murray.

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36. Richard Gasquet defeated Andy Murray in the third round of the Rome Masters, but lost to David Ferrer in the quarterfinals.

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37. Richard Gasquet reached the fourth round in Miami, but was defeated by eventual champion Novak Djokovic.

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38. At the French Open, Richard Gasquet cruised through his first two rounds before impressively defeating Thomaz Bellucci in four sets in front of an animated Parisian crowd.

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39. Richard Gasquet began 2011 at the 2011 Aircel Chennai Open, losing to Bjorn Phau.

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40. Richard Gasquet reached the quarterfinals in Basel before falling to Victor Troicki in a lacklustre display.

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41. At the 2010 Shanghai Rolex Masters 1000, Richard Gasquet advanced to the third round, defeating Ernests Gulbis and Monfils, before losing to Novak Djokovic.

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42. Richard Gasquet lost in the fourth round to Gael Monfils in straight sets, despite having held set points in both the second and third sets.

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43. Richard Gasquet lost his first-round match of the 2010 French Open against fourth seed Andy Murray in five sets.

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44. Richard Gasquet faced second seed Fernando Verdasco in the final and prevailed in three sets, breaking a five-match losing streak against Verdasco.

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45. Richard Gasquet defeated Olivier Rochus and Andreas Seppi in the Serbian Open, but lost to John Isner despite being two points away from victory and a break up in the final set.

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46. At the 2010 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, Richard Gasquet advanced to the second round after a three-set win over Spain's Daniel Gimeno-Traver, but was defeated by Tomas Berdych.

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47. Richard Gasquet made his return to the tour at the Pilot Pen championship in New Haven to qualify for the main draw, but lost in the second round of qualifying.

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48. In May 2009, Richard Gasquet was provisionally suspended after testing positive for cocaine.

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49. Richard Gasquet teamed up with Michael Llodra to play the doubles rubber on day two, but they lost in four sets against Radek Stepanek and Tomas Berdych.

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50. Richard Gasquet had to pull out of the tournament in Marseille because of a right-shoulder injury.

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51. Richard Gasquet began his 2009 tour season at the Brisbane International.

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52. Richard Gasquet made a first-round exit from the US Open, losing against Tommy Haas in five sets.

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53. Richard Gasquet began the grass-court season at Queen's Club, where he defeated Mario Ancic of Croatia in the second round, and Italian Simone Bolelli in the third round.

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54. Richard Gasquet changed coaches immediately ahead of the French Open and pulled out of his first-round match against Florent Serra, citing a knee injury.

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55. Richard Gasquet started out the year as the top seed of the Sydney Medibank International, but made an early second-round exit to eventual champion Dmitry Tursunov.

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56. Richard Gasquet failed to qualify for the semifinals, finishing in third place in his group.

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57. At the Tennis Masters Cup, Richard Gasquet was defeated by Rafael Nadal in his first round-robin match.

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58. Richard Gasquet beat Andy Murray in the quarterfinals to reach the semifinals, where he was stopped by David Nalbandian in straight sets.

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59. At the 2007 Paris Masters, Richard Gasquet defeated Tsonga in the second round and sixth seed James Blake in the third round.

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60. Richard Gasquet lost to fellow Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the third round in straight sets.

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61. Richard Gasquet bowed out at the 2007 US Open because of a virus.

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62. Richard Gasquet beat fellow Frenchmen Nicolas Mahut and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on his way to a quarterfinal showdown with Andy Roddick.

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63. Richard Gasquet reached the doubles final of the 2007 Monte Carlo Masters with Julien Benneteau, where the French team lost to Bob and Mike Bryan.

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64. Richard Gasquet went on to reach the fourth round of the 2007 Australian Open, losing to Tommy Robredo in four sets.

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65. In 2006, Richard Gasquet had a slow start after a first-round defeat by Tommy Haas at the Australian Open.

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66. Richard Gasquet missed the first seven weeks of the 2005 season because of chickenpox.

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67. Richard Gasquet was the youngest player to finish in the year-end ATP top 200.

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68. Richard Gasquet finished 2002 as the No 1 junior in the world and was named World Junior Champion, having won the junior titles at the French Open and the US Open.

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69. Richard Gasquet was the second-youngest player ever to compete in the main draw there.

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70. Richard Gasquet made his Grand Slam tournament debut at the 2002 French Open at the age of 15 years, 11 months and nine days.

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71. Richard Gasquet made his debut on the ATP tour in April 2002, at the Tennis Masters Series tournament in Monte Carlo where he received a wildcard into qualifying and became the youngest player ever to qualify for a Tennis Masters Series event.

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72. Richard Gasquet had a career-high juniors singles ranking of world No 1, attained on 9 September 2002.

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73. When he was nine years old, Richard Gasquet was touted as a future champion on the cover of the February 1996 issue of French Tennis Magazine.

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74. Richard Gasquet is best known for his long groundstrokes and his one-handed backhand.

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75. Richard Gasquet won the men's doubles Olympic bronze medal in 2012 with his doubles partner Julien Benneteau.

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76. Richard Gasquet won the mixed doubles Grand Slam title at the 2004 French Open, partnering Tatiana Golovin.

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77. Richard Gasquet has won a total of 15 singles titles on the ATP World Tour.

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