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Time to go back to news...unfortunatly with bad news.
Seb lost at first round in Las Vegas vs Sam Querrey, he did still worse than in Marseille !
41 % of first serve, and 0 ace ! Awful performance.

"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.
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Time to go back to news...unfortunatly with bad news.
Seb lost at first round in Las Vegas vs Sam Querrey, he did still worse than in Marseille !
41 % of first serve, and 0 ace ! Awful performance.
Yeah, I noticed those stats...

Maybe we should look on the bright side since, even with that performance, he still managed to save quite a few match points and even had one of his own!

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He was out because of a shoulder injury, he already was injured in Marseille, so it's not suprising he's struggling in that department. But he said indeed he sometimes feels like he doesn't know anymore how to serve, according to L'Equipe today:

« J’ai parfois l’impression de ne plus savoir servir du tout », regrettait Sébastien GROSJEAN après sa défaite in extremis au premier tour, lundi, contre le grand serveur américain Sam Querrey (6-2, 4-6, 7-6). Malgré un engagement faiblard (35 % de premières balles au premier set, par exemple), le Français a obtenu une balle de match au tie-break du troisième set avant de replier bagages et de rentrer à son domicile floridien en attendant Indian Wells…
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Two photos from the match vs Querry. You'll have to scroll through to find them.
http://www.tennischannelopen.com/pho...llery2008.aspx
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Re: American tour

Two pics vs Soderling.
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A short article in l’Equipe today, he was very downcast after his defeat, apparently, talks about these shoulder issues again, he had to change the tension of his racquet because of that and has no control anymore. He says again he feels like he doesn’t know how to serve anymore.
The rest is more about Söderling-Gasquet, he means Richard should win though, even if Söderling is hitting like crazy.

DÉFAIT D’ENTRÉE par Robin Söderling (6-3, 6-3), Sébastien Grosjean était très abattu après son troisième échec au premier tour d’affilée (après Marseille et Las Vegas). Moins par la défaite que par ses origines. « Je souffre de l’épaule et j’ai subi une infiltration il y a un mois, explique-t-il. Du coup, j’ai dû baisser ma tension de 3 kilos (21/20 au lieu de 24/23) et je n’ai plus aucune sensation. Dès que je veux frapper, je n’ai plus de contrôle… C’est terrible, j’ai l’impression de ne plus savoir servir. » Ce n’est pas le cas de Söderling. « Il frappe tellement fort qu’on dirait qu’il n’a pas vraiment de deuxième balle », souligne Grosjean. Tenu éloigné du circuit pendant plus de six mois à cause d’une grave blessure au poignet droit, le Suédois effectue un retour fracassant. En trois tournois, il vient d’enchaîner un quart (Marseille) et deux finales (Rotterdam, Memphis), assortis de succès sur Roddick et Gasquet… son adversaire au deuxième tour. Les deux joueurs se sont affrontés six fois (dont deux en Challengers) ; Söderling mène 4 victoires à 2. Un mystère pour Grosjean : « Il est en confiance, il tape vraiment très fort, il temporise plus qu’avant, mais je ne vois vraiment pas ce qui pourrait empêcher Richard de s’imposer, estime le Marseillais. D’abord, parce que Söderling reste un joueur irrégulier ; mais surtout parce que Richard possède les armes pour le dominer. Il sait tout faire, il varie très bien, il peut alterner les formes de jeu. Il adore “gratter” la balle de loin. Ça devrait énormément gêner Söderling. Sur dix matches, je donnerais Richard vainqueur sept fois. » Ce sera leur premier affrontement sur dur extérieur. Un élément qui pourrait avantager le Français. – V. C.
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As always, thanks for the article!

Seb didn't withdraw from Sunrise and even won his opening match there against Luczak 6-3 6-4. But the second round is against the winner of Massu-Nishikori, going to be tough in any case. Hopefully Sebastien feels better, he needs more victories so badly.

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Nishikori ??? who ? lol
But whatever the name of the player, it's always tough for seb

irina, thanks for keeping posting here, it's the desert ! 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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Now funny that it's indeed going to be Kei Nishikori. The boy is a Japanese-born player, who lives and practises in the States and who has recently taken his first ATP title.
Though, for instance, Llodra also won a few tournaments last months and still keeps losing in first rounds So let's hope for the best. The match is scheduled for this afternoon, US time.

Yes, a pity it's a desert here, but I guess it's because there is nothing sensationally new about Seb. No big victories.. no articles in Voici, no topless or model pictures, no new haircuts or style changes or whatsoever Just good old Seb we love

"Those who are skilful and really the best ones don't have a bad luck [reasons of their falls are in themselves only]." - Ole Einar Bjørndalen, who is not just best of the best; he can do everything.

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So true

"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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Seb beat Nishikori

(I haven't posted anything here lately as the only coverage of Seb over the past couple of months has been blinking numbers on a scoreboard...)

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And this Challenger's coverage is even worse than that as there is even no real scoreboard

Match Seb vs Starace should be starting at this moment. Bonne chance!
UPD. Grosjean def Starace 6-1 3-6 6-3. Well done, but he was broken quite a few times during the match. Next is Melzer.

There is a couple of pictures from yesterday's match and also one called "Kids". Don't they look like Seb's kids?

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Don't they look like Seb's kids?
They sure do...

Sebastien Grosjean (FRA) d. Potito Starace (ITA) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
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OMG, Lola's changed a lot since the last time I saw her ! (a big girl now). Tom too.
They seem a bit bored, the poor kids...lol

MERCI Irina !!!!!!

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Good choice for Grosjean to play this challenger. He got much needed victories before Miami and has a good shot at the title now and the 80ATP points that come with it.
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