• Red-hot Fognini battles Gasquet for semifinal berth

    4/19/13 3:49 AM | Cheryl Murray
    Red-hot Fognini battles Gasquet for semifinal berth In-form Italian Fabio Fognini will take on Frenchman Richard Gasquet with a spot in Saturday's semifinals up for grabs.

    The geography of Monte-Carlo will add a little extra flavor to this quarterfinal. The principality lies between France and Italy and has a strong contingent of fans from each country.

    Both men are in excellent form. Gasquet has quietly gone about the business of amassing a 21-5 record this year and has two titles to his name already.

    Fognini is on the hottest streak of his career. The Italian took out Davis Cup teammate Andreas Seppi, and more impressive still, he dispatched No. 4 seed Tomas Berdych in the third round.

    Gasquet has a 2-0 record over Fognini, both comprehensive wins. But those matches were played on Gasquet's preferred hard courts. Fognini is much better on clay than he is on hards.

    Prediction - Fognini has a chance here to earn a semifinal at a Masters event, but Gasquet has been more consistent this season. The Frenchman in three sets.

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I really like Gasquet and his game, but for some reason, I find myself hoping Fognini puts in a good showing.

No service holds yet though. Match is a bit of a mess so far.

cherylmurray , 4/19/13 3:57 PM

Poor gasquet and Fognini. Nobody cares...:)

fantastic shot from the Fog-ster.

cherylmurray , 4/19/13 4:57 PM

Please miss, I do. Besides Foggy is seriously good looking.

ed251137 , 4/19/13 5:04 PM

ed251137, the Fog good looking! He looks like a wax work!

Anyway, that's my 2 cents on the match. Off to do my nails so I am in good shape for Rafa's match tomorrow.....

rafaisthebest , 4/19/13 5:07 PM

There is a certain...vitality to Fognini that makes him attractive.

And there's the match for the Italian. Gasquet was suitably awful though.

cherylmurray , 4/19/13 5:11 PM

Could Fognini be the dark horse at MC?

Commies to Gasquet and his fans!!!

Monalysa , 4/19/13 5:13 PM

I wouldn't say Gasquet was that bad...he was just blitzed by Fognini since the beginning of the first set TB. There wasn't much he could do.

ts38 , 4/19/13 5:15 PM

nice pick Cheryl!

RickyDimon , 4/19/13 7:05 PM

For those who are attracted to Fognini.

He can be seen from 0:12 to 0:14, and at 0:19 in this video:

Oooops... Behind the scenes with Rafael Nadal!


Augustina08 , 4/19/13 8:00 PM

Shut up, Ricky. :D

cherylmurray , 4/19/13 10:30 PM

Cheryl & Ricky, I thought you were now sticking up for each other. Lol

nadline , 4/19/13 10:49 PM

Who is the mole in the locker room?

nadline , 4/19/13 10:57 PM

nadline - not against each other....that would ruin half the fun.

cherylmurray , 4/19/13 11:40 PM

Comms were calling Foggy dew the "Errol Flynn" of the tennis world. Ooo er Mrs ;)
Can see what they mean, he looks like a gorgeous buccaneer to me....retreats to lie down on sofa, avoiding RITB's slap......;)

deuce , 4/20/13 7:40 AM

^^Oh no, not you too, missy! The Fog has got y'all wrapped in fog.......must be all that man-foundation he slaps on. Must admit he has a FINE tush (judging by that video where he gets a tidy Rafa slap) but c'mon....................

rafaisthebest , 4/20/13 8:18 AM


deuce , 4/20/13 8:28 AM

He doesn't compete with Rafa in that department but he is easy on the eye, no?

I have a treasured photo taken at RG when I was sitting immediately behind the service line with the best view of Rafa's assets you could wish for.

I am manning a stand at our local flower show this weekend so will not be able to watch today's match. :-((

Will try to follow scores on my i-phone.

ed251137 , 4/20/13 8:33 AM

Just because you've got your favourite sweetie (pie) doesn't mean u can't check out the candy store.....

deuce , 4/20/13 10:18 AM

Good luck at the flower show, ed251137! You can count on our blow by blow comments on what's going on in the match.

Vamos TT!

rafaisthebest , 4/20/13 12:18 PM

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