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AO Day Two: Epic

Posted by gauloises1 on January 19, 2010

You just knew that Gasquet vs Youzhny was going to be a cracker (or a clusterfuck, depending on whether you see depth or a lottery) and it didn’t disappoint.

Forget Ernie; Richard is the real king of beautiful losses. Today came courtesy of Mikhail Youzhny, 67(9) 46 76(2) 76(4) 64, and I personally wanted to take it to bed with me. Youzhny lost two tight sets, was cramping and failed to serve out the third, only to take advantage of an error-strewn tiebreak from Gasquet. As his cramps grew worse, he came back from 0-3 down, saved two match points and then somehow recovered a break in the fifth to receive it out. 

The whole thing was terribly manly (well, except for Richard), gave the officials a chance to try out the new cramping rules, and all in all was fun for all concerned.

Except Richard.

16 Responses to “AO Day Two: Epic”

  1. Budour said

    So, Richard led with a break in the fourth set. He had two match points. Despite this, or BECAUSE of this, he lost. When I came back home and saw the result, I wasn’t surprised. I knew he would blow it away when he was broken in the third. I was just frustrated. But now reading this and seeing the pictures…I guess I need to go have a little cry.

    • linz said

      How come the only time Richard ever won a 5 setter it was against Roddick? HOW COME?? It’s just not fair.

      • monique said

        Yes, poor Andy, was leading 2 sets and 1/2 and lost to him. heartbreaking but Andy beat him since so revenge is sweet. Andy is playing today.

  2. naughtyT said

    Love that Reeshy trying out for Popeye facial expression. Perhaps he just needs spinach

  3. Crys said

    I actually laughed out loud at that pic at the end. Oh Richie :’) Awesome tennis, awesome match: more please.

    • gauloises1 said

      It was amazing. I was watching surreptitiously at work (well, not very surreptitiously as the whole room can see my screen, so …) and I nearly yelled so many times. Brilliant stuff.

      • monique said

        Can you tell me if we can post a thread about tennis or if it is only you who can?????? Thanks.

        • gauloises1 said

          It’s only me – this is a blog, not a forum. If you’re looking for somewhere you can do that, you could try,, or there are some really good tennis communities on if you have an account there.

  4. irefusetotellyou said

    I only managed to catch (or, at least, my DVR did) the last two sets, but it was really quite fantastic.

    Although the crowd was a tad bit obnoxious, there were truly some amazing shots by both Youzhny and Reeeeshard … wish I had seen the whole thing.

  5. sophienz said

    Oh man that looked like a fun match! Damn NZ and our coverage – we only get Rod Laver. Are you watching this online? Could you possibly tell me the site?
    Thank you for the pics G – I can’t get over how different Richard looks without his cap. He looks like an actual adult now. Are there any pics of the Pico-Ernie match?

  6. monique said

    You have also fromsport and channelsurfing.

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