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post #68 of (permalink) Old 03-08-2012, 05:31 PM
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Re: Frederico Gil

I saw your PM Gil&Becker. If Fred is smart he'll take a WC into Casablanca, especially if he loses early in Miami and if Fred only has to play one match for Portugal in Davis Cup, but I can understand if/why he wouldn't. It's an event he has a lot of fans and it's a weak draw. Plus he's defending R2 points there. Without the Casablanca points there is zero chance of he making the French. I hope he reconsiders but if he doesn't, it makes winning today and winning some matches in Dallas and Miami even more critical. Unfortunately, Olympics will not happen but that could be a blessing in disguise, because he'll be forced to play more challengers, and hopefully do better than he did last year in them.

He has been playing significantly better on HC this season than he did the past few seasons. When he first came on tour he did it by winning on hard court. Winning matches on hard will make things a lot easier for him on clay, because he won't need to do as much as consistently on that one surface.

I agree that it's all about self-belief with Fred. Hopefully he believes in himself and his game and is able to achieve the results we know are possible for him.
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