BARTOLI vs GASQUET

Marion Bartoli’s countryman, Richard Gasquet, will take on the former World no. 1 Roger Federer in the pre quarter final round of the ongoing Sony Open tennis tournament.

Both the players are in red hot form which has made this match a really interesting prospect.

There are 13 matches played between Gasquet and Federer on the tour so far out of which the former has won only two and neither of those two wins has come on quick surfaces. Both of them have come on slow, clay courts.

But, one must admit that the time has changed now. Federer is no longer unbeatable which he used to be 3 years back. Yes, he has been back in form this season, but, he is still some distance away from his best which means he can be brought under pressure.

Off course, the past record plays a little bit in the minds of the players, but, that’s not everything. The current form is what matters the most.

Speaking in the pre match press conference, Federer also admitted that the match was going to be pretty difficult for him.

The Swiss maestro who is the 5th ranked player in the world at this point of time said, “Richard is a class act and he always seems to have that extra time while playing the shots. He doesn’t have too many weaknesses.”

“I don’t think that the surface over here is that quick and that’s something which he would like. The wind will also be there. So, overall, I would say it’s a tough challenge for me. But, hopefully, all go well.”

Federer’s performance on his serve in his last match was just outstanding. It was after a while that he served with such dominance. Gasquet was not too behind either though. He had also banged in a good number of aces against Kevin Anderson in the Round of 32. So, the stage is set for an exciting contest.

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CHANCE OF A COMEBACK?

If you are a Marion Bartoli fan and you are thinking that your favourite player would come out of retirement and start playing professional tennis again, there is some bad news for you. The Frenchwoman has made it clear that she is very happy with her post retirement life and she has no plans to be back playing.

Bartoli had stunned the entire tennis world by announcing her retirement just a few weeks after lifting the Wimbledon singles trophy. She participated in a couple of tournaments after her Wimbledon glory and then, called it a day all of a sudden saying that her body couldn’t take the pressure of playing the game at this level any more. However, a few days after that, she had hinted that she might think of making a comeback at some point of time in future, but, the statements that she has given in her most recent interview suggests that her fans would not be able to see her playing again.

Talking to the reporters yesterday, Bartoli said, “I was struggling with so many things towards the end of my career, but, I never let the people know about them.”

“Now, after retiring, I think there is much more calmness in my life. I am a very happy person at the moment.”

Everybody knows that Bartoli has always been very close to her father. He is the man whom she credits the most for whatever she has managed to achieve in her career so far. But, the Frenchwoman wasn’t that close to her mother during her childhood days.

According to Bartoli, her mother used to pay more attention to her brother than her when she was a kid.

When asked about her mother, the current Wimbledon champion said, “She couldn’t give me that much time when I was growing up, but, my father has always been there for me.”

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