Gael lost and it was a little match from him.
In the first set, he was far too passive to have any chance against fed and he made too many UEs in the second.
What I found truly sad is that I never really had the feeling that Gael played that match to win it. I mean it seems to me that he was just moonballing a nice challenger match with Fed to please the crowd before coming back to the real busness next time. He really lacked the killer instinct he showed sometimes during the two previous match.
Well, maybe he will be more agressive and less "respectueux" next time he'll play Fed.
But that's truly sad cause he would have had his chances by being more serious.
If every french player is so nice with Fed when they play him, I understand why Fed likes to play the frenchies
And yeah Truc, I agree with you. I think that he has the athleticism to be dangerous everywhere on the court, even ten meters behind his baseline. So he can play efficiently the defensive style against the big servers to have more time to return.
But sometimes he need to be more agressive, more glued to his baseline to make prevail his power and he should have done it several time during his match against Fed.
Basicaly what I am trying to say is that it's not a rule for him to be always glued to his baseline like the average player. He has the athleticism to make the best tactical choice for each opponent, unlike, for instance, Richard who have all the reason in the world to play on his baseline.