Based on the reports I read, Arno played a terrible match, his attitude was poor, his game was very weak, his serve wasn't there and he got dominated.
Dancevic vs. Clement - The only match I watched start to finish. Frank played very well. He was on top of Clement from the start - was holding easy and had deuce on Arnaud's first three service games. Had 6 break points in those games where on the first five he missed five backhand returns in a row without putting the ball in play. Was starting to get frustrated. Then Arnaud gave him a gift, double faulting on the 6th but Frank played a loose service game to get back to 3-3. That game was the turning point of the match. Frank had already been screwed over by the umpire the game before, and it happened again at 30-15 to Clement. Clement hit a ball literally two feet out but the umpire gave the point to Arnaud. The next point, Frank ripped a frustration forehand that hit the line. After that, his level rose considerably. He broke Arnaud twice in a row to win the set 6-3, and then held very easily in the 2nd set while breaking Clement with several fantastic passing shots and forehand winners. At 5-3 serving, he went up 40-0 with some good play again, and then... well Frank historical inability to close came back almost. He double faulted twice to get back to 40-30 then missed an easy backhand for deuce. Fortunately for him, after a couple more misses Clement missed badly on a weak second serve, and then Frank closed in out with a great rally. Overall, Frank will be very happy with this performance, needs to improve the return game against Wolmarans though. Clement on the other hand should be ashamed - his first serve was non-existent, his attitude on the court was poor, and he was pushing like a Spanish clay courter.
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I'm sure he'll got a lot of WC's in these French events coming up. What's most important is he's physically and mentally fresh and capable of winning.
Don't forget his age
. I'm pretty sure is indeed tired mentally and physically
. He was at the top in his early 20' play most of his carreer in the top 100
and has never been long time injured so for sure he's burn out mentally not by this year but by the years
. He loves tennis but competition began to be too much tough for him. Even when he played well this year vs Berrer or Baggy he lost to them because of that. Then his game is based on his fitness not a shot and his body is just painful
He really needs at least one good event to build some self-belief, right now he's in a cycle of losses that are devastating him. He needs to see and know there is a light at the end of the tunnel for his results to start to pick up again.
He needs a good week to enjoy tennis on tour and because he deserves it
That's why we will use
in the next tournaments despite we are