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Name: Richard Gasquet                                                                       
Nickname(s) Richie, Richou, Baby Federer                                                     
Born: 18 June 1986 Beziers, France                                                           
Richard Gasquet (born 18 June 1986) is a French tennis player. He has reached a             
career high of World Number 7 in the world on July, 2007 after making it to the             
semi-finals of Wimbledon 2007, defeating Roddick in 5 sets, 4-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6,             
8-6. Later this year, Gasquet qualified for the 2007 Tennis Masters Cup.                     
Gasquet was born in Beziers in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. He began playing             
tennis at the age of 4 under the guidance of his father, Francis, who ran a                 
tennis club, the TC Serignan, along with his mother Maryse. He appeared on the               
cover of French Tennis Magazine aged only 9, and was touted as an extremely                 
promising prospect even at such an early age. He was coached by his father                   
during his junior career, and by Tarik Benhabilas for a short period. Since 2004,           
he has been coached by ex-professional tennis player Éric Deblicker.                       
He made his debut on the ATP tour in April, 2002, at the Tennis Masters Series               
tournament at Monte Carlo where he received a wildcard into qualifying and                   
became the youngest player ever to qualify for a Tennis Masters event. At the               
age of 15 years, 10 months, he defeated Argentina's Franco Squillari in the                 
first round of that tournament to become the youngest player to win a tour-level             
main draw match since Tommy Ho at Rye Brook in 1988.                                         
Gasquet made his Grand Slam tournament debut at the 2002 French Open at the age             
of 15 years, 11 months, nine days. He was the second-youngest player ever to                 
compete in the main draw there. Despite his lack of experience, he managed to               
take a set off the eventual champion Albert Costa in the first round. Gasquet               
finished 2002 as the no. 1 junior in the world and was named World Junior                   
Champion, having won the junior titles at the French Open and the US Open. He               
was also the youngest player to finish in year-end ATP top 200.                             
Gasquet finished 2003 as the youngest player to finish a year inside the ATP top             
100. In 2004, he reached his first ATP tournament final at Metz, but lost to                 
fellow countryman Jerame Haehnel 7-6, 6-4. He also won the mixed doubles trophy             
at the French Open that year, partnering Tatiana Golovin.                                   
Gasquet missed the first seven weeks of the 2005 season due to chickenpox. Upon             
his recovery he won back to back challenger titles in March. In April, riding               
the momentum of a 10 match winning streak, Gasquet reached the semifinals of the             
Masters Series tournament at Monte Carlo, handing world number one Roger Federer             
a shock 6-7, 6-2, 7-6 defeat in the quarterfinal. He saved 3 match points before             
closing it out in a 10-8 tiebreak. As a result, he became the youngest French               
player ever to defeat a world number one. However, the eventual champion Rafael             
Nadal got the better of him in the semi beating Gasquet 6-7, 6-4, 6-3.                       
Fresh off of his huge win over Federer and having just demolished Paradorn                   
Srichaphan in straight sets, the rising teen lost against Andre Agassi 6-2, 6-3             
at Rome's Masters tennis tournament, possibly due to being overawed at playing               
one of his childhood heroes. A month later, he reached the final of the Hamburg             
Masters, where, this time, he was defeated by Roger Federer in 3 straight sets.             
In May, he won his first ever Grand Slam singles match at Roland Garros. On June             
18, his 19th birthday, he won his first ATP title, defeating Max Mirnyi in the               
final of the grass court tournament at Nottingham, England. He then made his                 
Davis Cup debut against Russia in July where he won his first rubber against                 
Igor Andreev but lost his second against Nikolay Davydenko.                                 
Gasquet had to miss the last 2 months of the season because of an elbow injury.             
He finished the year as French number 1 for the first time.                                 
In 2006, Gasquet had a slow start after a first round defeat to Tommy Haas at               
the Australian Open. He later avenged this defeat in the Davis Cup 1st round tie             
against Germany where he beat Haas in 5 sets. However he lost both his singles               
rubbers in the quarter-final tie versus Russia, and suffered an abdominal injury             
in that tie which left him out of action for a month. Having struggled to find               
any form after his comeback during the clay season, Gasquet went out in the 2nd             
round of the French Open to David Nalbandian, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 6-0.                             
Following on from a disappointing opening half to his season, in the space of 3             
weeks he successfully defended his title at Nottingham, lost in a first round               
meeting with Roger Federer at Wimbledon, and won his 2nd title of the year, on               
clay, in Gstaad. Gasquet's form continued to improve heading towards the US Open,           
as he reached the final of the Masters Seriers event in Toronto, again being                 
halted by Federer, in 3 sets 2-6, 6-3, 6-2. He reached the fourth round of the               
US Open for the 2nd year in a row where he lost to Lleyton Hewitt in 5 sets.                 
In October he won his 3rd title of the year, this time on indoor carpet, in Lyon,           
completing his achievement of reaching finals on all four surfaces during the               
year. His season ended when he withdrew in the third round of the Paris Masters             
due to illness. He ended the year as French number 1 for the second straight                 
Gasquet's 2007 started with a quarterfinal in Adelaide, followed by a semifinal             
in Sydney. He went on to reach the fourth round of the 2007 Australian Open,                 
losing to Tommy Robredo in 4 sets. At the Monte Carlo Masters Series tournament,             
he notched up his first win over a top 10 opponent of the year, winning his 3rd             
round match over Ivan Ljubičić, ranked 8 at the time. However he then lost his             
quarter-final to twice former Monte Carlo champion Juan Carlos Ferrero. Gasquet             
reached his first final of the season two weeks later, at Estoril, but the up               
and coming Serbian player Novak rokovian got the better of him in 3 sets.                   
He reached the doubles final of the 2007 Monte Carlo Masters with Nicolas Mahut,             
where the French team lost to Bob and Mike Bryan. Despite losing in round 2 of               
the 2007 French Open to Kristof Vliegen, he rose two spots to a career high #11.             
Gasquet then made his first grand slam semi-final at Wimbledon. He beat fellow               
Frenchmen Nicolas Mahut and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on his way to a quarter-final                 
showdown with Andy Roddick. In a tremendous contest, Gasquet recovered from a               
sluggish start and a deficit of two sets and a break in the third, to upset the             
two-time finalist by a scoreline of 4-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 8-6. Gasquet managed to             
score an amazing 93 winners, most of which were with his almost 'trademark'                 
backhand down the line.                                                                     
He lost in the semifinals to Roger Federer (who beat him in the first round of               
the same event the previous year), 7-5, 6-3, 6-4. He made his top 10 debut, at #7,           
as a result. The following week in Gstaad, as defending champion, he defeated               
Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo and avenged his Roland Garros loss to Kristof Vliegen, but             
lost in the quarters to Igor Andreev 7-5 6-2. He bowed out at the 2007 U.S Open             
because of a virus. Gasquet returned to action in Mumbai, India winning his 5th             
career ATP title beating Olivier Rochus in the final. He followed this up by                 
reaching the final of the Tokyo ATP tournament, losing to David Ferrer in                   
straight sets.                                                                               
He then took a few weeks break and then went to play in 2007 Grand Prix de                   
Tennis de Lyon where he was defending champion. He lost to fellow frenchman Jo-Wilfried     
Tsonga (who he beat at Wimbledon) in the 3rd round in straight sets.                         
At the 2007 Paris Masters, Gasquet defeated Tsonga after his loss at Lyon in the             
second round and sixth seed James Blake in the third round 6-4, 6-4. He beat                 
Andy Murray in the quarterfinals, 6-3, 0-6, 6-4 to reach the semifinals, where               
he was stopped by David Nalbandian in straight sets. With his performance in                 
Paris, Gasquet qualified for the Tennis Masters Cup, clinching 8th place.                   
Gasquet had some bad luck at the Tennis Masters Cup and was defeated by Rafael               
Nadal 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, in his first round-robin match. He then beat Novak rokovian           
6-4, 6-2, but lost to David Ferrer, 6-1, 6-1. Gasquet didn't qualify for the                 
semifinals, coming in at third place.                                                       
Gasquet played with compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the doubles final of the               
Sydney Medibank International, scoring a major upset over world number one duo               
Bob and Mike Bryan (4-6, 6-4, 11-9). The French combination came back from two               
match points down to win the championship and deny the Bryan brothers ever                   
winning the tournament.                                                                     
The Australian Open, 14-27 January 2008.                                                     
Gasquet's first round match in the Australian Open was against Australian Nick               
Lindahl. He won 6-0 6-1 3-6 6-2.                                                             
Gasquet's second round match in the Australian Open was against Spaniard                     
Feliciano Lopez. He is through to the fourth round after defeating 31st seed                 
Igor Andreev in four sets (6-3,6-2, 4-6,6-4).                                               
In the round of 16 at the Australian Open, Gasquet lost in 4 sets to compatriot             
and friend Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (6-4, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3). Gasquet is currently No.7 in             
the world.