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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.

Marion Bartoli Looking to Emulate Idol

Marion Bartoli, the number 9 women’ tennis player in the world believes that she has successful managed to model her play on that of her childhood idol, former Yugoslavia and United States of America tennis player Monica Seles and now she wants to emulate her successes as well by winning the Hyundai Hopman Cup that kicks off on the 31st of December, at the Burswood Dome. Seles and her Yugoslav partner were successful in beating the US pair in the third edition of the Hopman Cup in 1991 and the Frenchwoman Bartoli is looking forward to the mixed team event of the ITF with prize money of $ 1 million, in which her partner is Richard Gasquet, the number 19 men’s tennis player.

France have not been able to win the prestigious title in 17 previous attempts and seeded 2nd, Gasquet and Marion Bartoli are being seen as the most potent threats in this year’s competition and are being touted to bring the title home for the first time. Bartoli has been training very hard for the tournament, working on her fitness as well as speed in order to keep pace with the pacy Richard Gasquet and has been sweating for hours at the State Tennis Centre.

Bartoli is also working on her two handed style of play that she picked up when she saw Seles beat favorite Steffi Graf in the French Open final of 1992. Having grown up with posters of the enigmatic Seles all over her room, Bartoli is desperate to emulate her success in the tournament and bring home the Hopman Cup for the first time. Marion Bartoli is also hoping that this tournament will hold her in good stead ahead of the Australian Open as well, which she also aims to win like her idol.