Former world No. 7 Richard Gasquet has revealed that he would like to be from a younger generation. Gasquet, 35, was once one of the most promising and talented players on the Tour but he never lived up to the expectations.
The expectation for Gasquet was that he would become a Grand Slam champion and world No. 1. With the Big Three around -- Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer -- Gasquet never managed to win a Grand Slam title. "I would really like to be like the young people, like Matteo Berrettini, guys of this type who have never had the Big 3 in front of them for the entire course of their career," Gasquet admitted.
"Yet, when I was there, they were never missing."
Gasquet paid tribute to Gael Monfils
On Wednesday, Gasquet's fellow compatriot Monfils recorded a 500th match win on the ATP Tour. “His athleticism is special because he’s so fast.
He can do track, he can do everything. For sure he’s the fastest player on Tour,” Gasquet said. “It’s very spectacular to see him play, especially when you play against him… He’s one of the best players I like to watch”.
Monfils beat Australian Alex de Minaur 6-3 7-5 in the Cincinnati Masters second round. "I feel great. Obviously I'm happy to get the 500th win under my belt. It's a great achievement and I'm very proud," Monfils said. "It's a blessing and I'm very happy about it." Monfils was a bit surprised after achieving the milestone.
"It's been a while I've been playing. To be honest just before coming here, I didn't really know that I was that close and now 500, if I think about it, it's a big number," Monfils said. "It's been a lot of wins over the years. I never thought that when I started I would be at that amount of wins."