The summary of the Eurosport interviews ("La joie de jouer"
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) - it sounds like he was really, really down during the time when he was injured and we had no news at all!
His sensations during the match were OK, nothing exceptional, but OK. He most of all was extremely concentrated.
He wasn't stressed at all when he saw he was playing Verdasco. He never pays much attention to his draw. He used to in the past, but now he's rather focussing on himself.
The time when he was injured was tough. He was thinking hard. And he also had some personal issues. Thierry Champion helped him a lot then. When he came back, he was still a little bit in pain. It's a downward spiral, you feel like everything goes the wrong way. He had a hard time of it. Now he has recovered his happiness and his desire to practice, so he's feeling much better.
His goals for the season: first, not get injured and play an entire season (he says that all the time, poor boy!) And the long-term goal is to come back into the top 20 or top 30. But he's taking every match and every tournament one at a time, really.
He doesn't set limits to himself. He still doesn't know what he's really able of at his best, but he hopes he'll find out very soon.
They're working more on his weak points in training - the knees, the thighs - they changed his preparation a little bit in that regard.
The journalist asks him about Jo since they're both very injury prone: they don't talk much about that. But they support each other because they know it's tough. Apparently, Jo's injury isn't that bad and Gaël is sure he will come back even stronger.
As for his schedule for the rest of the clay season, he'll play Munich next week, but he doesn't know after that.
About the fact that people are not paying so much attention to him anymore: apparently, he hasn't met some expectations, he's been injured, Jo and Richard were doing a great job, so people completely forgot about him, which was cool! He has no pressure. As soon as he'll start playing very well again, he knows that will come back too. He has plenty of time to resurface.
As for the controversy about Richard in Davis Cup, the media should have kept quiet. He doesn't know exactly what happened, there were some little problems, but the media are messing everything up, the guys should have gotten that settled by themselves. However, he's all the way with Richard who is a friend, they talk a lot and like each other a lot.
The rest isn't new.