Wimbledon Richard Gasquet: I had to fight for semi-final place

Having come through a five-set epic with Stan Wawrinka, Richard Gasquet was delighted with his fighting spirit on court one.

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Richard Gasquet: I had to fight for semi-final place

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Richard Gasquet felt he showcased an improved fighting spirit during Wednesday's thrilling quarter-final victory over French Open champion Stan Wawrinka.

The Frenchman came through 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-4 11-9 to reach his first Wimbledon semi-final since 2007 - having fought back from two-sets-to-one down to move within two points of victory in the ninth game of the fifth set.

Despite dropping serve to allow Wawrinka back into the match, Gasquet held firm in a tense finale to set up a semi-final meeting with defending champion Novak Djokovic.

Having previously had the mental side of his game questioned, the world number 20 was delighted to show his toughness.

"He was leading me two-sets-to-one, then I tried to tell myself to fight better. I didn't want to lose in the fourth by doing nothing," Gasquet told reporters.

"Of course, I had to fight because Stan is one of the best players in the world.

"It was tough for me to lose that [ninth] game because I could have reached the semi-final after that. It was very difficult for me to lose that serve at 5-3 in the fifth.

"Then I kept fighting. That made the difference because I was able to fight.

"Then I played a very good game at 10-9 to finish the match. I had a lot of emotion, a lot of feeling in that match because it's Stan, he won in Paris. You know, I'm French. I know what it means to win that tournament.

"I fight. I fight a lot. To win that match, it's very important to me."

Gasquet was beaten by then top seed Federer in his other Wimbledon semi eight years ago and will hope to avoid that fate against world number one Djokovic on Friday.

Asked about the difference from 2007, he added: "I'm older, for sure. Eight years more. I'm 29 now, I was 21. I have more experience. I know what it means to be in the semis, it's a long time that I didn't do it.

"Of course, I'm proud because there are big players in the semis. I'm the worst when you see Federer, Djokovic and [Andy] Murray and me but I want to enjoy it."

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