Former world No. 7 Richard Gasquet is looking forward to facing Roger Federer at Wimbledon. Gasquet, now ranked at No. 56 in the world, is set to meet Federer in the Wimbledon second round. "I’m playing for this. When I was in the first round, I saw the draw.
I knew I could play Roger in the second round,” Gasquet told ATPTour.com. “Of course it’s wonderful for me, because I will play on Centre Court. It’s Roger Federer. I’ve played him many times. I’m practising for this."
The level of respect Gasquet posseses for Federer is enormous. “He’s the best player of course. His technique is amazing. Sometimes we are talking a lot about the best player in history or something like that [and wonder] who will win the most Grand Slams,” Gasquet said.
“But of course there are other things. There is technique, the beauty of the game, the motion. He’s a classic player, he’s an incredible player, the best player to watch. There is only one Roger Federer”.
Gasquet aims to stun Federer
The head-to-head record stands on Federer's side as the Swiss leads their head-to-head 18-2. “[I had] some injuries the past two years, so of course I’m just trying to be healthy, to do my best.
I’m still focusing on the game, I really love it. That’s why I’m still playing,” Gasquet said. “I’m trying my best and it’s crazy for me to play against... Roger Federer. It’s a big chance for me to go there and try my best to play the best match and win”.
Adrian Mannarino slipped on the grass midway through the fourth set against Federer and retired the match after losing the fourth set. "It’s awful," said Federer, in an on-court interview. "It shows that one shot can change the outcome of a match, a season, a career.
I wish him all the best and I hope he recovers quickly so we see him back on the courts. He could have won the match at the end. Obviously he was the better player, so I definitely got a bit lucky. "You don’t get many walkovers throughout a career and you try also not to have it happen to yourself.
It’s a reminder how quickly it goes. But of course, I’m obviously happy I can get another chance for another match here. I worked very hard and at the end I enjoyed myself out here today. It was great fun until the end, obviously."