Full Name: Richard Gasquet
Date of Birth: June 18th, 1986
Place of Birth: Beziers
Height: 6ft 1in
Turned Professional: 2002
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Richard Gasquet is one of the leading French players on tour with a career-best world ranking of number seven. He reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon in 2007 but has so far failed to build 2004 French Open with Tatiana Golovin in 2004. He has eight singles titles to his credit, the most recent coming in Qatar in January this year.
Gasquet was one of the most promising youngsters on the junior tour, winning 44 of his 51 matches and reaching number 1 in 2002. He won junior Grand Slam titles at the French and US Opens and was a semi-finalist at the Australian Open. He made his debut on the ATP tour in 2002, becoming the youngest player ever to qualify for a Tennis Masters event. He was just 15 years of age when he made his Grand Slam debut in the French Open that year, winning a set against eventual champion Albert Costa in the first round.
Gasquet was also the youngest player to finish inside the ATP top 100 in 2003 and he reached his first ATP tournament final at Metz the following year, losing to Jérôme Haehnel 7–6, 6–4. He won consecutive Challenger titles in March 2005 and reached the semi-finals of the Masters Series tournament at Monte Carlo. Included in his victims was world number one Roger Federer in the quarter-final. He later reached the final of the Hamburg Masters and gained his first Grand Slam singles match victory at Roland Garros. His first ATP title soon followed, defeating Max Mirnyi in the final at Nottingham, finishing the year as the top rated Frenchman for the first time.
In 2006, he successfully defended his title at Nottingham and won his 2nd title of the year in Gstaad. Gasquet reached the final of the Masters Series event in Toronto and the fourth round of the US Open for the second consecutive year. In October he won in Lyon, meaning that he had reached finals on all four surfaces during the year.
Gasquet reached the fourth round of the 2007 Australian Open and his first final of the season at Estoril, losing to Novak Djokovic in three sets. He made his first Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon, beating his compatriots Nicolas Mahut and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on his way to a quarter-final clash with Andy Roddick. Gasquet showed tremendous character to fight back from two sets and a break down in the third to win 4–6, 4–6, 7–6, 7–6, 8–6. He was beaten in the semi-finals by Roger Federer but still moved into the top ten for the first time in his career. He claimed his fifth career title in Mumbai, beating Olivier Rochus in the final.
Gasquet struggled to find his form in 2008, reaching his first quarter-final at Queen's Club before losing to Nalbandian. His Wimbledon hopes were ended by Andy Murray in a thrilling fourth round clash, losing in five sets having served for the match at 5-4 in the third set. He reached his first semi-final of the year at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, beating Agustín Calleri to advance to the final before losing to Juan Martín del Potro in straight sets, 6–4, 7–5.
Gasquet made a promising start to 2009, reaching the semi-finals in Brisbane and the final in Sydney. Hopes of a good run at the Australian Open were dashed by a third round defeat to Fernando González in a five set match. He later made the semi-final of the Open de Moselle in Metz, losing to Gaël Monfils 4–6, 3–6. He again performed well at the start of 2010 in Sydney, losing in the final to Marcos Baghdatis 4–6, 6–7. His next victory came in the ATP Tour Challenger event in the 2010 BNP Paribas Primrose Bordeaux, defeating Michaël Llodra 4–6, 6–1, 6–4 to lift the trophy.
He then won the Open de Nice Côte d'Azur with a victory over Fernando Verdasco but had to withdraw from Wimbledon with a back injury. After a long period on the sidelines, Gasquet returned to reach the final of the Allianz Suisse Open in Gstaad before losing to Nicolás Almagro 5–7, 1–6. He reached the semi-finals of the Dubai Tennis Championships and the Italian Open as well as losing in the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open. He was beaten by Djokovic in round four at the French Open and was beaten by Murray at the same stage of Wimbledon.
He made a promising start to the 2012 Australian Open before losing to fifth seed David Ferrer in the fourth round. Coincidentally, he was to exit at the same stage of all four Grand Slams that season and again in Melbourne in 2013.