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fight arnaud! serving for set

lol jie zheng is serving faster than him on the scoreboard
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omg 9-7 in tiebreak! 5th set

nolwenn must have fallen off her chair by now
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omg 9-7 in tiebreak! 5th set

nolwenn must have fallen off her chair by now
Probably true, maybe Voici is there to take THE picture
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6 all, duece on Arnaud's serve in the fifth set...probably the most tense moment to have a steady rain delay

Simon, Mannarino, Chardy,
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If he hold his serve with this interruption at 40-40, he's strong but Schuettler gets a better position to win at this moment
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Lost 6-8 in the last set ! It's was too tough to hold his serve in this conditions. I hope that losing this match whereas he got a match ball and got the break at the begining of the set won't be too difficult and that he'll stay in the positive feelings of first rounds
We all know that he would have lost against Nadal but reach the semi-final was the "little dream"
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Lost 6-8 in the last set ! It's was too tough to hold his serve in this conditions. I hope that losing this match whereas he got a match ball and got the break at the begining of the set won't be too difficult and that he'll stay in the positive feelings of first rounds
We all know that he would have lost against Nadal but reach the semi-final was the "little dream"
plus, it would have at least been a better looking semi

a great tournament nonetheless

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Arnaud made a beautiful tournament, he can largely be to trust of him and like G Forget said if he continues thus he can return in the 30e better

thanks arnaud for this Wimbledon and good holidays now
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Re: Grass season 2008

He was just interviewed on Canal + ! He looked quite tired

He thinks that's it was 10 days very good " le meilleur tournoi depuis 100 ans " lol even if tenniscally it was not always fantastic but he was good mentally even if today he didn't really well negociate the match ball but for him Schuettler had well played the point

He thinks this tournament and this match will help him for the end of the season ( we hope also )


This is the end of the grass season 2008

Interview from the official website :

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A. Clement Interview - 3 July

Thursday, 3 July 2008

R. SCHUETTLER bt A. Clément 6-3, 5-7, 7-6, 6-7, 8-6

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Arnaud Clément.

Q. Tough match for you, but you must have appreciated the experience: five hours plus, pretty good crowd support.

ARNAUD CLÉMENT: Interesting question. It was a fantastic match today. But when you are so close to win the match, quarterfinal in a Grand Slam, you have a match point, you have a chance on this match point, and you finally lost the match, when you're just out of the court 15 minutes, it's tough to say.

Yeah, it's a fantastic moment today. It's just a little bit hard for the moment.

Q. What were you feeling as you walked off, waved to the crowd?

ARNAUD CLÉMENT: I don't know. I just think I have just nothing in my head for few minutes.

Q. Tell me about what happened when the rain started falling for the final time.

ARNAUD CLÉMENT: When the rain start, they put the plastic on the court, and we went to the locker room (smiling).

No, nothing special. It wasn't Wimbledon for the 10 first days. We didn't have rain delay, so we had two today. You know, it's a little bit special when it's 6-All, 40-All. It's okay, nothing special about that.

Q. Rainer seemed to think you played two points too long.

ARNAUD CLÉMENT: I don't think so. Maybe; maybe not. It's very tough to say exactly when we have to stop.

Q. Did you ever have an experience like saving six set points consecutively in the tiebreak?

ARNAUD CLÉMENT: And made a double-fault at 6-All. Never (smiling).

Q. Do you think Rainer has much of a chance against Rafael Nadal tomorrow?

ARNAUD CLÉMENT: I really, really don't care now about the chance of Rainer tomorrow. It's a good guy. It's a very good player. He played a very good match today against me.

But I don't know if he have one chance or if he have a lot. I just lost. About the match of tomorrow, I really, really don't care.

Q. You guys normally exchange pleasantries at the net after every game. After a game like that, is there a special word between you because you played such a long match?

ARNAUD CLÉMENT: I think we have a lot of - there is a lot of respect between us. I just said, Very good match, Rainer, and good luck.

But it's not about the words. It's just in the eyes, the respect. You can see it in the eyes. In a few words, it's tough. Maybe we can talk about this in a few weeks. But just after the match, we cannot stay 15 minutes on the court, Yeah, good first set.

No, we have a lot of respect. Honestly, I'm happy for him, because it's a very good guy. And that's it.

Q. If you could change one thing, take one thing back, turn it out differently, besides the match point?

ARNAUD CLÉMENT: Just the match point. I had the chance to hit the ball a little bit quickly, a little bit faster, and I didn't. I didn't. He took his chance and he did a winner, so just the second shot on this point.

Q. In the final rain break, did what happen to you against Santoro come into your mind?

ARNAUD CLÉMENT: No. It was completely different. It was at 5-All. It was because of the night. It's just 45 minutes or one hour. It's completely different when you have all night to think about. No.

Q. Do you just feel completely drained and emotionally gone at the moment?

ARNAUD CLÉMENT: No, no, not really. Not really. Physically it was tough today. Mentally, too. But, no, I'm not.

Q. Have you got a special plan for the semifinal, special plan in your approach?

ARNAUD CLÉMENT: No. I was just focused on my match today. Maybe if I did this match point I can think about the match of tomorrow. But I'm not playing tomorrow, so it's not really interesting.

Q. Do you always wear your glasses?

ARNAUD CLÉMENT: No. I have a little prescription, so I'm playing with when I can during the match. No, I'm not practicing with it.

Q. On a day like today, there were a lot of people taking their glasses on and off, getting cloud and sun. Is that ever troubling for you with the glasses?

ARNAUD CLÉMENT: No, not really. I think it's just better for me to play with my prescriptions is all.

Q. Why those instead of contacts?

ARNAUD CLÉMENT: I never tried so I don't know.

Q. Pretty close to being the longest Wimbledon match ever. Do you think that will mean something to you in time to come?

ARNAUD CLÉMENT: No, I never - no. It was the longest match against Santoro in Paris. I lost it, more than six hours. When you lost a match like this, you really don't care about, Yeah, it's the longest match ever.

It's not an interesting record. The record of Federer is a little bit more interesting.

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Re: Grass season 2008

On l'equipe website in french
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Arnaud CLEMENT (battu par Rainer Schüttler) : «Si c'était à refaire, je frapperais peut-être un peu plus vite la balle de match, un peu plus fort, sur le deuxième échange. Il fait un coup droit boisé, qui retombe au milieu du court. C'est un coup difficile à jouer parce qu'il est inattendu. Sur cette balle-là, j'aurais pu faire autre chose. Je n'ai sans doute pas joué la bonne zone. J'ai joué le pire des coups, milieu de court, juste pour qu'il puisse se décaler à la bonne vitesse. Mais n'est-ce pas normal à ce moment-là d'être un peu tendu? C'est mon regret... A ce niveau-là, à l'idée d'entrer en demi-finale d'un Grand Chelem, aucun adversaire ne t'offre rien. Au troisième set, même à 6-0 contre moi au tie-break, je n'ai jamais pensé que le set était perdu. Ce qui est extrêmement dommage, c'est cette double faute. Je veux lui trouver le revers et je la sors. En quart de Grand Chelem, tu n'as pas le droit de lâcher dans la tête, ne serait-ce un micro-instant. J'ai eu le mérite de m'accrocher. C'est le seul truc sur lequel je n'ai aucun regret. Il y a eu des moments tendus, avec des sets qui se sont joués à un ou deux points, et ce score qui se tenait tout le temps. On a rarement fait nos jeux de service facilement. Aujourd'hui, c'est la déception qui l'emporte. Demain, est-ce que ce ne sera pas différent ? Sincèrement, je n'en sais rien. Il y a des défaites qui m'ont fait plus mal que celle là.»
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I always thought Arno was wearing contacts during practice Didn't know his prescription was that low he can play well without the glasses.
If I don't wear contacts or glasses I would probably see the ball at the moment when it hit my face
Maybe that's a little exaggerated, I have -3,25

Thanks everyone for the interviews and reports I was at work today, so I only saw livescores. I found that tiebreak in the 3rd very impressive!

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The video of the interview to hear Arnaud in English

http://mfile.akamai.com/25457/wmv/wi...072008_500.wmv
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I wasn't at home to watch the match but followed by sms.
It was a drama match, maybe it was better I didn't see, I would have been more disapointed a front of my tv, I would have not survived to his missed match point.

I listened to his audio itw, he was very disapointed cos he was so close from a semi final.

Anyway, yesterday, there was a great french colony in the stands to support him: Bruno, Nolwenn and 3 french golfers who are in london for the british open. All supported him loudly ! lol

"A la base, nous les Français, sommes les champions du monde des râleurs. J'ai l'impression qu'être français, c'est un peu un handicap pour être le meilleur dans ton sport.
Pour faire du sport de haut niveau, d'autres mentalités sont plus propices".

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I have never tried contacts either Arnaud so yay for the glasses-wearing crowd

It was a really entertaining match and I'm disappointed that he didn't win- especially with matchpoint but nevermind, he was the best looking

(Have wandered over from the Gasquet forum lol)
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