London: Richard Gasquet summed up his shock appearance in the Wimbledon semi-finals alongside Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray by admitting: “I’m the worst”.
Richard Gasquet during his quarter-final clash against Stan Wawrinka on Wednesday. Pic/AFP
The 29-year-old Frenchman reached his second All England Club semi-final — eight years after his first — with a 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 11-9 victory over fourth seed Stan Wawrinka on Wednesday.
While he was spending three hours on court, defending champion Djokovic, who is his semi-final opponent today, seven-time winner Federer and 2013 champion Murray hardly broke sweat as they took their expected places in Friday’s last-four line-up.
“I’m proud because there are big players in the semis. But I’m the worst when you see Federer, Djokovic and Murray and me,” said Gasquet.
The 21st seed lost to Federer in the 2007 semi-finals at Wimbledon while, in his only other last-four run at a major, he was beaten by Rafael Nadal at the 2013 US Open.
Adding to his inferiority complex, Gasquet has only beaten Djokovic once in 12 meetings. His only win came at the 2007 Masters Cup while he was crushed by the World No 1 in the fourth round of the French Open last month, winning just six games in a straight sets rout. “I want to enjoy it, to play a better match than I did in Paris,” said Gasquet.