Splendid match from gael
He was really serious and focused, and that all along the match.
It's a great step for his game that he has passed today. I think he proved that he is able to be a great defender and a great attacker at the right time.
I am impressed in particular by the quality of his returns, wherever he were on the court, even if that was already obvious after the match against Lyubicic. But today, he was often able to back it up with some agressive shots wich earned him quite some points. The first set was a really good flash of what game he can produce at his best.
The second set was more the moonballing Gael. It was dangerous because his serve let him go two times. But it's not as bad as some "expert" seems to think. I reckon that it's a good tactic to employ at certain moments to wear down the opponent, to make him lose his mind and his confidence. He has the stamina for it.
Then, he can terminate the "beast" with some solid forehands in the contre-pied (truc, if you know the right word, you are welcome) and beautiful returns from his backhand
The match against Federer is going to be something
. I am quite sure that Gael is looking for the run of Jo at the AO. So now, like him against Nadal, he needs to make his miracle against Federer
(before losing in the final
Anyway, it's a great year for the frenchies in the slams so far and I am betting my money on Richard to make the final at wimbledon to complete the explosion of the trio
(before the victory of Chardy at the US Open, soyons fou