ATP Year in Review #30-#34 including Richard Gasquet

Richard Gasquet

Now it’s the turn of players who just missed out on breaking into the top-30, who get the year in review treatment. This incorporates players from #30-#34. It includes the Frenchman and former world No.7, Richard Gasquet.
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#34; Filip Krajinovic

The 25 year old compatriot of Novak Djokovic just did not want last season to end. He marched to the Rolex Paris Masters final and gave the in form Jack Sock a heck of a game, only just losing out in a compelling three set encounter. Before that he defeated Next Gen’ ace Andrey Rublev on his way to the last-16 at the Kremlin Cup.

Shoulder and wrist injuries have thwarted any real progress from this former junior star, but he seems to be enjoying a run of fitness. It would be wise to follow the Serb early on next year. Should he continue from where he left of last season, then a great year could be in store for him.
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#33: Mischa Zverev

He outperformed his younger brother at the Australian Open. Mischa Zverev beat Andy Murray and reached the quarterfinals before being thwarted by eventual champion, Roger Federer. This represented an eye-opening start to the season. Four first round defeats on the run after that, underlined how frustrating a player Zverev can be.

A run to the final in Geneva and a John Isner defeating journey to last 16 of the US Open – were the other performances of note. That said, a 30-32 win/loss record summed up this 30 year old’s season, really.
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#32: Pablo Cuevas

The 31 year old Argentinian born Uruguayan has had a mixed bag of a season. Perhaps he is most famous for a particular shot – that cheeky between the legs tweener  that stunned Rafael Nadal at the Paris Masters. Pablo Cuevas still lost the match in three sets, but showed he’ll have a great career on the exhibition circuit. He saved his best until last, winning the Uruguayan Open in his final tournament of the season, but generally flattered to deceive this year.
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#31: Richard Gasquet

The former world No.7 renewed an old rivalry with fellow countryman Gael Monfils. They met four times and the honours were even on the year, but 9-11 in Monfils’ favour overall. Richard Gasquet’s loss to Monfils at the Aegon International at the semi-finals stage represented a missed opportunity. Monfils was only at around 50% fitness and was clearly struggling with injury, but Gasquet found a way to lose the match and miss out on a needed final appearance.

He did beat Florian Mayer in the final of the Sczcecin Open, in September. It was all too little too late really for Richard Gasquet him to salvage anything like a decent season for a player of his prowess.
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#30: Damir Dzumhur

The clean, defensive style of the 25-year-old Bosnian may not be to everyone’s liking, but it was effective last season. He captured two titles including the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, where he defeated Ricardas Berankis in the final. Drawing inspiration from his model girlfriend, Dejana Zivkovic, the Bosnian caught the eye for his consistency last season. He contested four finals and the fact that his current ranking is his highest one, suggests that he is still on the up.

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