patches of this match had gilles back at his best. from *5-6 15-40 he won 16 straight points and 24 of 26 points. that is what gilles does best give away no points at all. his problem this year has been throwing in silly errors and games. his forehand looked a lot better today.
he is still lacking confidence (this week he has failed to serve out a set or match 4 times now
) but his fight takes over and wills him over the line in the end.
i like ryan but he has some serious growing up to do. his defense is clijsters like with the splits and being strong but agile.
all in all i'd have snapped your hand off from simon to make qtrs this week, but now he is there and it is isner not say murray or djokovic in his path cant help but feel like this is a chance at some big points for making a semi final.