– The son of Christophe Roger-Vasselin, former Roland Garros semifinalist beating Connors is perhaps the best active player without an ATP SF. Despite being a pretty complete player ( he doesn’t have a real weakness in his game), having a good ranking (#74) and having beaten players like Del Potro, Melzer, Stepanek, Chela or Roddick his first ATP SF is still to come.
The main reasons are his weak mentality ( he has choked many matches in the past, especially vs top players) and the fact that he crumbles when the draw opens up for him ( he had chances in 3 of the 4 ATP QF’s he played). Let’s view the results:
1- ATP s’Hertogenbosch: In 2012, he had beated Bogomolov and Cipolla, but lost 6/4 7/6(6) to Petzschner. A big chance wasted, as Petzschner was outside Top-100 and “Doud” had been playing great recently.
2- ATP Marseille: In 2012, after beating Nieminen and Cipolla he lost to 1st seed Tsonga 6/4 7/5. He played a great match, and had many chances, but Tsonga was more experienced at that stage.
3- ATP Newport: In 2011, he had a really good draw, as he beated Bloomfield and Wang, and faced #96 ranked Kamke, but lost 3/6 6/1 6/3. Perhaps his biggest chance.
4- ATP Tokyo: In 2009, it was his first QF, he qualified and beated #5 Juan Martin del Potro in straights, and then beated Jurgen Melzer. His great run ended vs Hewitt, losing 6/4 6/0. There was no regrets, as he had zero experience in that stage, and had already beaten great players.
He hasn’t performed bad in Grand Slams either, as he has a R3 showing in both Roland Garros and Wimbledon ( in 2007). Also he has pushed great players like Simon and Del Potro to the edge in Grand Slams. His track record also contains 3 Challenger titles ( Granby and San Remy in 2011, and Sarajevo in 2010). In my opinion he will get an ATP SF soon, he truly deserves it. He has a good chance in Bastad, as he will be seeded for the first time on ATP tournament. Allez Edouard!