180 Facts About Richard Gasquet

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Richard Gabriel Cyr Gasquet is a French professional tennis player.

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

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

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

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In March 2021, Richard Gasquet became only the sixth active player on the ATP tour to win 550 matches.

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Richard Gasquet is currently No 4 on the list of active players with over 580 wins.

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Richard Gasquet was born on June 18,1986 in Beziers, France where he was raised.

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When he was 9 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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Richard Gasquet played his first junior match in April 1999 at the age of 12 at a grade 3 tournament in France.

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

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

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

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In 2004, Richard Gasquet reached his first ATP Tour singles final in Metz, losing to his countryman Jerome Haehnel in straight sets.

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Richard Gasquet won the mixed doubles title at the French Open that year, partnering Tatiana Golovin.

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

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Richard Gasquet had to miss the last two months of the season because of an elbow injury.

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Richard Gasquet finished the year as French number one for the first time.

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

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Richard Gasquet later avenged this defeat in the Davis Cup first-round tie against Germany, where he beat Haas in five sets.

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Richard Gasquet's form continued to improve heading towards the US Open, as he reached the final of the Masters Series event in Toronto, again being halted by Federer in three sets.

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Richard Gasquet reached the fourth round of the US Open for the second year in a row, where he lost to Lleyton Hewitt in five sets.

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Richard Gasquet's season ended when he withdrew from his third round singles match against Marat Safin at the Paris Masters due to illness.

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Richard Gasquet's 2007 started with a quarterfinal showing in Adelaide, followed by a semifinal appearance in Sydney.

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

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Richard Gasquet reached his first final of the season two weeks later at Estoril, but the up-and-coming Serbian player Novak Djokovic got the better of him in three sets.

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

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Richard Gasquet then made his first Grand Slam semifinal at Wimbledon.

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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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In one of the great Wimbledon quarterfinals, Richard Gasquet recovered from a sluggish start and a deficit of two sets and a break in the third, to upset the two-time finalist by a scoreline in five sets.

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Richard Gasquet managed to score an amazing 93 winners, many of which were with his trademark backhand down the line.

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Richard Gasquet made his top-10 debut at No 7 as a result, his highest ranking to date.

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Richard Gasquet returned to action in Mumbai, India winning his fifth career ATP title by beating Olivier Rochus in the final.

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Richard Gasquet followed this up by reaching the final of the Tokyo ATP tournament, losing to David Ferrer in straight sets.

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Richard Gasquet took a few weeks break and then played in Lyon where he was defending champion.

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Richard Gasquet lost to Tsonga in the third round in straight sets.

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

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

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Richard Gasquet then defeated Novak Djokovic, but lost to David Ferrer.

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Richard Gasquet failed to qualify for the semifinals, placing third in his group.

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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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Richard Gasquet played with Tsonga in the doubles final of the Sydney Medibank International, scoring a major upset over world No 1 duo Bob and Mike Bryan.

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At the ATP Masters Series tournament in Indian Wells, Richard Gasquet lost in straight sets in the fourth round to James Blake.

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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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Richard Gasquet, later announced his decision to not take part in the upcoming Beijing Olympics, preferring instead to prepare for the US Open.

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Richard Gasquet joined fellow top-ten players Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish and former top-10 player Tommy Haas, a silver medalist in 2000 at the Sydney Olympic Games to opt out of that year's Olympic Games.

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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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At Wimbledon, Richard Gasquet was the eighth seed and defeated American Mardy Fish in the first round.

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At the new tennis rankings posted on 7 July 2008, Richard Gasquet fell five places from No 10 to 15, the first time in nine months that Richard Gasquet's ranking fell outside the top 10, the lowest he had been ranked since April 2007.

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At the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, Germany, Richard Gasquet was the second seed and reached his first ATP tour semifinal and final of the year, defeating Spaniard Albert Montanes in the quarterfinals and sixth-seeded Argentine Agustin Calleri in the semifinals.

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Favourite to win the tournament, Richard Gasquet suffered a surprise defeat in the finals to Argentine teenager Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets.

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

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

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Richard Gasquet came back from a set down to defeat Marc Gicquel in the first round.

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Richard Gasquet then had a straight-set win over American Taylor Dent in the second round and defeated second seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals.

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Richard Gasquet then traveled to Sydney, Australia for the Medibank International.

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Richard Gasquet then defeated countryman Jeremy Chardy, before losing to David Nalbandian in the semifinals.

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Richard Gasquet held a match point in the third-set tiebreak, but was unable to convert it.

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

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Richard Gasquet then defeated Simone Bolelli and received a walkover into the semifinals following Andy Murray's withdrawal because of illness, where he was then defeated by David Ferrer.

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Richard Gasquet then participated in the Davis Cup with Gilles Simon, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and Gael Monfils against the Czech Republic in the first round.

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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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Richard Gasquet received a bye in the first round, and then defeated compatriot Michael Llodra, before losing to Fernando Verdasco in the third round.

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

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Richard Gasquet suggested that the cocaine entered his system after he French-kissed a stripper, known only by her first name "Pamela", in a Miami nightclub.

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The tribunal stated that the quantity of cocaine detected in Richard Gasquet's sample was "very small, about the size of a grain of salt".

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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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Richard Gasquet defeated Jarkko Nieminen and Australian qualifier Matthew Ebden, but he lost to Andy Roddick in the quarterfinals.

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Richard Gasquet then defeated Potito Starace in the quarterfinals and Julien Benneteau in the semifinals.

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At the Australian Open, Richard Gasquet lost to Mikhail Youzhny in five sets in the first round, despite having several match points in the third and fourth sets.

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Richard Gasquet withdrew from both the Movistar Open and the Brasil Open because of a recurring injury, but returned at the Copa Telmex, where he lost in the first round to Juan Ignacio Chela.

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Richard Gasquet lost in the first round of both the BNP Paribas Open to Simon Greul, and the Sony Ericsson Open to Olivier Rochus.

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Richard Gasquet lost to Fernando Verdasco in the second round of Barcelona, after defeating Igor Andreev in the first round.

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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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Richard Gasquet then played in a Challenger event in Bordeaux, where he defeated Thierry Ascione, Alex Bogdanovic, Olivier Rochus, and Florent Serra in straight sets, before defeating Michael Llodra in the final.

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

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

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Richard Gasquet then played in the Aegon Championships in preparation for Wimbledon, and won against Kei Nishikori and Rajeev Ram, but withdrew in the third round due to a back injury.

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

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Richard Gasquet made the Davis Cup team for France in the final against Serbia.

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

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Richard Gasquet then headed to Australia to play in the Medibank International Sydney, losing to Viktor Troicki.

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Richard Gasquet then competed at the Zagreb Indoors, where he reached the quarterfinals after a bye and the withdrawal of Arnaud Clement.

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At the BNP Paribas Open, Richard Gasquet defeated top-10 players Jurgen Melzer and Andy Roddick back to back.

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Richard Gasquet lost to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals.

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Richard Gasquet then played in the Monte-Carlo Masters, where he had a tough first-round victory over Denis Istomin.

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Richard Gasquet then breezed through his second-round match against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, before falling to Rafael Nadal in the third round.

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At the Mutua Madrid Open, Richard Gasquet was defeated in the first round by the Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver.

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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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Richard Gasquet lost in the quarterfinals in Sydney to Denis Istomin.

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Richard Gasquet competed in the Australian Open shortly afterward, defeating Andreas Seppi, Andrey Golubev, and ninth seed Janko Tipsarevic en route to the fourth round.

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

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Richard Gasquet reached the final in Estoril, where he lost to Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets.

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In Madrid, Richard Gasquet beat Thomaz Bellucci and Victor Troicki, before succumbing to Roger Federer.

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

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

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Richard Gasquet had more success in the doubles as he and Julien Benneteau defeated Spaniards David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez in the third-place playoff to win the bronze medals.

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Richard Gasquet started his 2013 season by capturing the title in Doha.

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Richard Gasquet recorded his 300th match win defeating Grega Zemlja in the second round.

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Richard Gasquet followed that win by reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open, where he met and lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets.

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Richard Gasquet won his second title of the year defeating fellow Frenchman Benoit Paire in the 2013 Open Sud de France final.

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

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

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Nevertheless, Richard Gasquet's run strengthened his grip on a top-10 position, and he went on to reach the World Tour Finals for the second time in his career, being eliminated in the group stage after defeats by Juan Martin del Potro and Roger Federer.

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

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Richard Gasquet returned to Montpellier to defend his title at the Open Sud de France, but was defeated by Monfils in the final.

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At the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, Richard Gasquet was defeated in the second round by Philipp Kohlschreiber.

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

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

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Richard Gasquet reach the third round, before being defeated by Fernando Verdasco.

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Richard Gasquet suffered further misery in the second round at Wimbledon, when he relinquished a two-set lead, this time to wild-card Nick Kyrgios, losing a joint Grand Slam record nine match points in the process.

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

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Toward the end of the season, Richard Gasquet struggled with injury and slipped down in the rankings to No 27.

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Richard Gasquet's last match of the year was a very one-sided loss against Roger Federer in the decisive rubber of the Davis Cup final.

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

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Richard Gasquet returned to Montpellier to win his 11th ATP Tour singles title at the Open Sud de France, after his victory in the final over the injured Jerzy Janowicz.

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

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

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Richard Gasquet was ousted by the defending and eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the semifinals in straight sets.

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Richard Gasquet lost in the quarterfinals of the US Open to Roger Federer and in the semifinals in Stockholm and Basel before losing to Andy Murray in the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters.

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Shortly before the new year, Richard Gasquet withdrew from the Australian Open due to a back injury.

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Richard Gasquet then competed at Open Sud de France in Montpellier where he was the No 1 seed and where he received a bye into the second round.

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

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At the French Open, Richard Gasquet, seeded ninth, ousted fifth seed Kei Nishikori in four sets in the fourth round to reach his first French Open singles quarterfinal, where he lost to second seed Andy Murray in four sets.

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Richard Gasquet withdrew from the 2016 Olympics tennis tournament because of his back injury.

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Richard Gasquet stated that it was his goal to return to the top ten of the ATP singles rankings in 2017.

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

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Richard Gasquet started the year at the Hopman Cup, where he won both his singles and doubles matches, securing a victory for France over their opponents Germany.

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In France's next match, Richard Gasquet delivered winning both his matches to ensure France's defeat of Great Britain.

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However, that meant Richard Gasquet would have to play Roger Federer of Switzerland, whom he had lost to on numerous occasions in the past.

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Richard Gasquet then played at the Australian Open where he lost in the third round to Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets.

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Richard Gasquet was forced to miss the first three ATP Masters 1000 tournaments of the year, following appendicitis surgery.

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

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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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Richard Gasquet squandered three match points to the eventual singles champion Alexander Zverev in the second round of the ATP Masters 1000 Montreal tournament.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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At the German Open in the following week, Richard Gasquet defeated Benoit Paire in the first round before he was forced to withdraw from his second round match against Nicolas Jarry because of injury to his abductors.

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In Tokyo, No 8 seed Richard Gasquet defeated No 2 seed Kevin Anderson in the quarterfinals before losing to No 3 seed Kei Nishikori in the semifinals.

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Richard Gasquet played his first tournament of the year on the international circuit at the Madrid Open, where he defeated the Spanish wild card Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in his first match before losing his second round match against the No 4 seed Roger Federer.

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Richard Gasquet lost in the first round of the US Open to eventual semifinalist Matteo Berrettini in 4 sets.

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Richard Gasquet began his season by playing in the 2020 Open Sud de France in Montpellier.

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Richard Gasquet reached the quarterfinals, but retired in the second set against Canadian Vasek Pospisil.

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Richard Gasquet reached the second round after beating Ivo Karlovic, but losing to Alex De Minaur.

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At the US Open, Richard Gasquet had to follow stricter COVID-19 protocols, due to being in close contact with a player who tested positive.

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Richard Gasquet began his season with a first round loss at the Murray River Open against Mackenzie McDonald.

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Richard Gasquet got his first win at the Qatar Open against Blaz Rola in straight sets to play world No 8 Andrey Rublev in the next round but withdrew due to injury.

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At the 2022 Geneva Open Richard Gasquet defeated top seed and World No 2 Daniil Medvedev in the second round in straight sets.

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At Roland Garros Richard Gasquet won the first round by beating Lloyd Harris in straight sets, before losing in the second round to the 27th seed Sebastian Korda.

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Richard Gasquet made the the third round of Wimbledon defeating Joao Sousa in five sets and Mackenzie McDonald.

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Richard Gasquet made the third round at the US Open where he recorded his 68th participation at a Major, tied with Novak Djokovic and Philipp Kohlschreiber.

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Richard Gasquet is an all-court player, known for his complete and elegant game as well as his single-handed backhand, which is considered to be one of the best ever.

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Richard Gasquet's forehand is his weaker wing, and is generally less consistent and slower.

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Richard Gasquet's backhand is known for its consistency, speed and accuracy, and has been acclaimed by many past players and commentators such as Robbie Koenig, John McEnroe and Brad Gilbert.

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Richard Gasquet has shown versatility in returning difficult shots to his backhand with various methods, whether by slice, topspin angles, or heavy power.

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Richard Gasquet is capable of hitting flat returns on high top-spin shots directed to that wing, a shot most single-handed backhand players struggle with.

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Richard Gasquet has been praised for his variety and all-court play, and is solid at all parts of the court.

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Richard Gasquet's volleys are consistent and he very actively seeks to end points at the net, which complements his baseline ability to push players to the back of the court, buying him time to come up.

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

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Richard Gasquet plays well on all surfaces, his baseline game and long, winding groundstrokes allow him to do well on clay while his more aggressive, serve-and-volley style gives him an edge on grass courts and the combination of both work well on hard courts.

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Richard Gasquet generally plays far behind the baseline, which supports the slow buildup on his ground-strokes, but leaves him susceptible to drop-shots and angled shots.

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Richard Gasquet's serve is not especially strong, being known more for spin rather than speed.

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Richard Gasquet's racquet is strung with Luxilon Big Banger Original 16 String.

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

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

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Richard Gasquet has stated in an interview that if he were not a tennis player he would probably be a rugby player.

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Richard Gasquet is a fan of football and supports his local team Montpellier, as well as Paris St-Germain.

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

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