34-year-old Richard Gasquet is certainly among the best players France has produced in recent years, alongside Gael Monfils, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gilles Simon. World number 7 in 2007, the player from Béziers played in the semifinals at Wimbledon and at the US Open, as well as a quarter-final in Paris and two participations to be able to boast in the Finals.
He also captured 15 major Tour titles – curiously, all ATP 250s.
Gasquet: “For me, Federer is tennis”
Recently interviewed by the We Love Tennis website, Richard commented on the endless GOAT issue: “Personally, I find the subject quite interesting.
The problem is, it’s a never-ending debate. It obviously depends on the criteria we rely on. In my eyes, the greatest ever is not the most successful. Besides, if I have to make a choice, it is not to devalue one of the three.
They are incredible champions. However, for me, tennis is Roger Federer ”. Gasquet explained why he didn’t mention Djokovic, who has been breaking some important Swiss records in recent months: “I have nothing against Novak, he’s incredible, he’s always been very correct with me.
I repeat, I don’t want to speak badly of Djoko or Rafa, but if I had to name a name it would be Federer, his technique, his gestures, his elegance on the pitch ”. The transalpine also expressed his opinion on Nadal: “He is one of the best sportsmen in the world, in all disciplines.
It is true that our careers have often crossed. Also, I have a real regret for our match in Monte Carlo in 2005: it was the first at this level, I was leading a set to zero and controlling the game well.
It’s easy to say today, but if I had beaten him that day, perhaps his balance would not have been the same ”. Finally, Gasquet revealed when it will be easier to make a decision on the GOAT issue: “I would say that in two or three years we should see each other more clearly”. Photo Credit: DNA India