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post #826 of 848 (permalink) Old 05-28-2014, 12:33 PM
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Ben lost to RBA, 6-4, 7-6, 6-2.

Not an unexpected result - a bad match-up and months of injury messing up Ben's preparation and fitness.
But despite this, Ben actually played some really good stuff in this match. He was very aggressive and went
for lots of winners - probably knowing his fitness wouldn't last long rallies. His downfall were his unforced
errors - really lacking in consistency from point to point. But he's hardly played for months, so not surprising
he struggled with his rhythm.

He hung in there in the 1st set, until serving, 4-5 down, when he just got a bit too aggressive and loose,
going for too much on his shots. It was a shame to lose the set like that, when he'd been playing well.

At the change of ends, RBA waited until Carlos Bernardes was about to call "time" before deciding to go for a
toilet break which really annoyed and fired up Ben. He broke straight away and went 2-0 up. He saved 4 BP's in his
next 2 service games before RBA broke for 4-4. To his credit, Ben came out and broke straight back, hitting some
great winners. But serving for the set was a disaster - a double fault and errors - and it was back to 5-5. It went
to a TB, with Ben playing a mix of great winners and UE's. He was 5-2 down, then won both points on RBA's serve
playing really aggressively and hitting winners. Then he made UE's on both his own service points and the set was gone.

He'd already looked tired during the 2nd set, and he fell away a bit in the 3rd. But the positives were that the knee
didn't break down during the match, he didn't look affected by it or in pain, and he hit plenty of cracking winners,
on both his forehand and backhand. His 1st serve % was low (46%) and his W:UE ratio wasn't good... 47:67. He also kept
going for drop shots at bad moments, but RBA is just too quick for that. But with more matches and better fitness, I
think Ben will start to find his rhythm again.

Really at this point, it's just great to see him play a match without hobbling or having to retire. Really hoping that
he's turned a corner with this injury now. Allez!

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Thanks for the report.

Fingers crossed that he becomes completely comfortable with his knee so he can stop worrying about it.

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Thanks for the report.

Fingers crossed that he becomes completely comfortable with his knee so he can stop worrying about it.
You're welcome.

A short video from inside the locker room, with a few shots of Ben and many others...

http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/me...j8guj0fzm.html

And a pic in his hoodie...


Web source: https://twitter.com/adel1609/status/...805376/photo/1 (Twitter: @adel1609 - Tennis Trotteur)

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Match piccies ... from http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/ne...291289722.html




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Benny boy .

He really needs to stop running into RBA. The same player I saw Ben lose to live in Auckland. He's becoming a real annoyance .

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UPDATE ON BEN'S FORUM REQUEST...

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Paire is currently under discussion. It's a good call, but will most likely be seriously considered in the next request period.
Hi everybody.

As you can see from Sham Kay's message, the mods still aren't sure about giving Ben a forum. So if you want one ... now is the time to speak up and post a message!!!

It can be anything at all... photo's, match highlights, quotes, video interviews... anything you like about Ben. Even just post to say "hi" and introduce yourself.
And it can be in any language - English, French, whatever... we all have google translate!!!

Ben has over 44,000 followers on twitter, I know some of you are out there!!!!

So please post some more messages here and help convince the mods that Ben deserves his own forum...


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So it's official he has his own forum ?

Good to see he get one
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So it's official he has his own forum ?

Good to see he get one
Yes, it is great news - well done, everybody.

I started a couple of threads so that there are some places to post, but obviously anybody can go ahead and start more threads.

Maybe a chat thread, or whatever else people feel like posting?

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Good news. It's good even just in principle, but truthfully most player forums are dead. Even say Berdych and Wawrinka, they're both TOP players, and like nobody posts in their player forums. But yeah it's good just in principle.

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Well, hopefully it will be more than in principle.

Ben and Lionel are already practising on grass, which is great news!


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Ben and Lionel are already practising on grass, which is great news!

Oh, I missed this. Was there any more news about his knee? I hope that means he does not need surgery and isn't experiencing pain anymore. DBR, you know how much Gasquet has been bothered by a nagging back injury, and this knee injury is very much the same case.

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great, his own forum

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I started a thread for fan intros where we can discuss our first experiences of Ben fandom or a bit about ourselves and whatever .

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Was there any more news about his knee? I hope that means he does not need surgery and isn't experiencing pain anymore. DBR, you know how much Gasquet has been bothered by a nagging back injury, and this knee injury is very much the same case.
The news seems better. He posted this on twitter a few days ago...

@benoitpaire
Super happy to be able to play tennis again without pain ... Thanks for your support after some difficult months ... #ALLEZ #merci

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Super content de pouvoir rejouer au tennis sans douleur... Merci pour votre soutien après des mois difficiles... #ALLEZ #merci

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Great idea. Thanks!

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Ben retired from his doubles match at the AON Challenger... His knee is hurting again, feeling so bad
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