Richard Gasquet has long been the flagbearer of French tennis on the ATP Tour. The Frenchman turned Pro back in 2002 and is still an active player on the tour.
Gasquet recently competed at the 2021 Wimbledon where he was knocked out in the 2nd round by old foe Roger Federer for the 19th time in their 21st meeting. Gasquet last recorded his over Federer at the 2011 Rome Masters which was also the last time Richard won a set against the Swiss Maestro.
While Federer was eventually defeated in the quarter-finals of the Championships and Novak Djokovic went on to win his 20th Grand Slam title and also his 6th Wimbledon title which was also his 3rd consecutive title at the All-England Club. Despite this result and Djokovic getting a lot of admiration for his efforts, Richard was firm in his decision of calling Federer the greatest.
“I like Djokovic, but for me, it’s not about the Grand Slam titles. I see the aesthetics. Federer is unimaginable and irreplaceable, he is the GOAT,” said Richard justifying why he prefers Federer as the greatest and not Djokovic who is currently on a roll at the Grand Slams having won all 3 Grand Slams of the 2021 season so far.
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Richard Gasquet reached his career-high ranking of No. 7 back in 2007 when he made it to the 4th round of the 2007 Australian Open and then reached the semi-finals of the 2007 Wimbledon (another Federer victory against Richard) with some more good runs at other tournaments. Gasquet however has been struggling with injuries and consistency for a while now that has seen his rank drop to World No. 54.
Federer himself has been having fitness issues lately which eventually saw him have surgery on his knee after the 2020 Australian Open which along with the Pandemic, saw Federer miss nearly 15 months of action on the tour. Federer did play at the 2021 French Open but after his 3rd round win pulled out to maintain his fitness for the Grass season.
Roger was successful in reaching to the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon 2021 before being stopped in his tracks by Polish youngster Hubert Hurkacz who defeated him in straight-sets. Federer recently announced his decision to skip the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after having been drafted in the Swiss tennis team due to a knee issue he picked at the All-England Club.
With yet another injury scare, it will be interesting to see how Roger goes about the remainder of the season as he continues his hunt for his first title of the season. As for Gasquet, he faced a first-round defeat at the 2021 Bastad Open in Sweden.