An interesting semifinal that has fallen into place this year at Wimbledon is the Gasquet vs. Djokovic coming up for Friday. Serbian, Novak Djokovic outed his Croat opponent Marin Cilic, and Richard Gasquet knocked out French Open winner Stanislav Wawrinka.
This unlikely matchup in the 2015 Wimbledon men’s semifinals does not have much precedence and so that means it should be fun to bet on, and even more intriguing to watch. Since Wimbledon’s draw was first made public, all the attention has been on Grand Slam regulars; Djokovic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Wawrinka, the newly crowned French Open champion, has also gotten some attention too until he got beat by Gasquet.
Very few in the local and international media though weres talking about the often looked-over and possibly even underachiever, Richard Gasquet. But, after a great comeback win over Wawrinka today, Gasquet may be arriving on the scene and at his first Wimbledon semifinal, with something unexpected as no one expected him to get this far.
He’s been called many things but “Baby Federer” is the infamous title he was given before Grigor Dimitrov came on the scene and took that title away. Gasquet has the same strokes and elegant one-handed backhand as Federer. However, he lacks the execution and match-point mindset that has made Federer a legend, who carries 17 Grand Slam titles.
Gasquet, 29, has not been much in the limelight, instead he has watched as Nadal, Djokovic and Murray dominated the ATP World Tour, creating the Big Four alongside Federer. Gasquet, many have thought got left behind as someone who “coulda, woulda, shoulda”-been an excellent player. In the meantime, Djokovic, who’s 28, is creating his own legend. A win at Wimbledon would give him his ninth Grand Slam and would soften the blow of losing at the French Open last month.
His devastating loss at Roland Garros, many critics and experts have wondered if Djokovic could recover in time to make a serious play at Wimbledon. He’s been resourceful thus far and has not let the shadow of Roland Garros haunt him. The Serb seems to have sprung back into his infamous form.
This matchup will feature a dominating and favourite Djokovic, trying to defend his Wimbledon championship, against 21st-seeded Gasquet, who is a darkhorse bet, getting only to his third Grand Slam semifinal, ever.
The reason this match up is exciting is that either it could be boring and business as usual for Djokovic or it could turn into one of the most shocking upsets in recent Wimbledon history. Which one is for you to decide.