Gasquet's Solitude

Richard Gasquet "never felt more alone'' on a tennis court than during his loss to Kristof Vliegen.

The 11th-seeded Frenchman, who had hopes of making the second week, fell to his Belgian opponent 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-1 in the second round.

"I WASN'T RELAXED AT ALL,'' Gasquet said. "Nothing could have been worse than this match.'' Gasquet put himself under so much strain that it started to affect his mind.

"The court appeared too big. I could see everyone expecting too much,'' he said. "I was just not with it.''

Starting as underdog suits Gasquet much better _ he beat top-ranked Roger Federer on clay in the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters in 2005.

"I had nothing to lose (then),'' Gasquet said. "This time I had everything to lose.''