• Gasquet turns to new coach in effort to salvage his game

    12/31/08 11:39 AM | Johan Lindahl
    Gasquet turns to new coach in effort to salvage his game Richard Gasquet is ready to turn the corner in his patchy game, heading into the Brisbane International with the French coach who guided Marcos Baghdatis to the Australian open final in a 2006 miracle run.

    The 22-year-old arrived in Queensland with new mentor Guillaume Peyre. "I was four years with my last coach and it was maybe too long. I needed a change. I'd like to play well in this tournament," Gasquet explained.

    Gasquet, who stood seventh on the ATP in early 2008, was plagued by injuries and has slipped to 25th. But his new aim is to challenge the likes of Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic.

    "I've beaten them before in the past and I'm sure I can beat them and come back into the Top 10," he said of the world number three and four players. "I was there last year so that's my goal."

    Gasquet is scheduled to prepare for the January 19 start of the Australian Open in Melbourne by playing Brisbane followed by Sydney.

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