The 26 yr old Frenchman, his last name pronounced, Gas-Kay, is surprisingly achieving a Renaissance to his lackluster career. Known as a rather gutless underachiever, best known for once beating Roger Federer in Monte Carlo, but also being called a choker by his Davis Cup teammate, Gaels Monfils, and suspended from the tour for testing positive for cocaine, Gasquet, who was pegged for stardom early in childhood, is actually starting to make good on his goldmine of potential.
He beat Davydenko to win Doha and then lost in the Rd. of 16 to Tsonga at the Australian Open. But Gasquet in Montpeiller this week, has taken down both Monfils and Benneteau in three-set matches, 6-3 to Monfils and 6-1 to Benneteau. Richard has not shown he can slay the big boys of the tour in a while, but maybe, just maybe, he’s sneaking in a charge to the top. He’s re-tooled his serve and forehand to complement his tremendous backhand and it’ll be interesting to watch if Gasquet, the most misunderstood player on tour, can actually overcome all the knocks on his game and once-fragile psyche and give the big boys a run for their money.