• Gasquet, Janowicz clash at Rome Masters

    5/16/13 4:41 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Gasquet, Janowicz clash at Rome Masters An enticing third-round encounter in Rome pits Richard Gasquet against Jerzy Janowicz on Thursday. A potential showdown with Roger Federer looms in the quarterfinals.

    Richard Gasquet and Jerzy Janowicz will be going head-to-head for the second time in their careers and for the second time this season when they meet in in round three of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia on Thursday. Their only previous encounter came two months ago in Indian Wells, where Gasquet cruised 6-1, 6-4.

    Janowicz, however, appears to be heating up after a slow start to the year. The 24th-ranked Pole opened in Rome with a straight-set win over Santiago Giraldo before upsetting Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 7-6(5) on Wednesday. Janowicz, who fared decently last week in Madrid (beat Sam Querrey then lost to Tomas Berdych in three sets), is now 12-9 for his 2013 campaign.

    This Frenchman--Gasquet--may be even more formidable than Tsonga at the moment. Gasquet is 25-7 for the season and he has firmly entrenched himself inside the Top 10 at No. 9 in the world. Rome's ninth seed just missed out on a first-round bye, but he did not lose a set in victories over Querrey and Grigor Dimitrov.

    A much-improved Janowicz will almost certainly win more than five games this time around, but clay does not help his chances. While this should be competitive based on the 22-year-old's form in the two previous rounds, Gasquet can dictate from the baseline on a slower surface with his one-handed backhand. Gasquet in three sets is the pick.

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Standby for another shirt episode from Janowicz.

nadline , 5/16/13 9:28 PM

Jeez, is this guy hungry for success or what?

ed251137 , 5/16/13 10:23 PM

Am so looking forward to Jerzy/Fed tomorrow!

rafaisthebest , 5/16/13 10:31 PM

I like Gasquet...but let's hear it for the Pole!

....and I'm not just saying that because I've a fair number of Polish ancestors either.....

cherylmurray , 5/16/13 11:50 PM

Jerzy reminds me so much of Goran Ivanisevic. The same volatile, emotional nature, deadly but occasionally erractic serve, and bludgeoning style of play.

He has changed a lot since he first burst onto the scene in Paris as the humble, likeable guy who made a surprise run to a Master's final: not always for the better IMO. He is in danger of becoming overbearing and needs guidance on keeping his emotions more under control if he is to harness his formidable talent and win the big prizes. For the moment he remains work in progress but with the ability to provide highly entertaining tennis.

Tomorrow will be verrrry interrrresting.

ed251137 , 5/16/13 11:50 PM

Jerzy showed some shocking gamesmanship in this match. Gasquet hit a clean winner and broke his serve .It was 2-1 in the second set.(Gasquet had just broken) Now,Jerzy knew the ball was on the line but he used his racket to circle a different spot and fooled the umpire.The umpire then overruled the ball out. Gasquet then didn't have the break, and subsequently lost the match. Awful behaviour. I hope Federer crushes him tomorrow.

tj600 , 5/17/13 4:00 AM


I saw that! The commentators on the tennis channel were saying the same thing. They were appalled at what happened. That's the same as cheating as far as I am concerned. But shame on the umpire who should have been aware enough to check out the correct mark. They even showed on a replay that Gasquet's shot was clearly good.

However, I am not going to say that this is what cost Gasquet the match. It was a big mistake but I don't think the match was decided on that point. As far as Jerzy, I haven't seen him play much so I wanted to watch this match and check him out. He is far too volatile and temperamental for me. That is his one big weakness right now and if he isn't careful it could derail him. I did see him argue vehemently about a time warning from the umpire. In fact, once the game was over and he went to the sidelines, he continued arguing with the umpire.

Jerzy certainly has the shots and the game to do well in this sport. But for now I am not impressed with his on court behavior.

Nativenewyorker , 5/17/13 6:55 AM

Agree with you, nny. I really like Jerzy and am rooting for him in every match but his on court drama is beginning to wear on me. I only began to feel exhausted watching him last night, not a nice feeling at all. Reeshad, otoh, was even tempered even after the bad calls against him. That's what tennis is about, the game, not some pathetic drama....

rafaisthebest , 5/17/13 7:14 AM

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