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Yeah, a bit worried when I saw that he lost the first set. So glad he righted the ship and got it done. Glad to see that Champion is happy. I rewatched the FO semi and he looked very stressed. lol.
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How do you know so much about this matches, are they on TV ?
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well done Gael!!!
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How do you know so much about this matches, are they on TV ?
No, I was just following it on the scoreboard (it's a complete waste of time, I know).
Tomorrow there will be a livestream on bet365 and Betfair:
Live streams, TV's and satellite feeds for 's-Hertogenbosch and Notthingam

I don't think there is any TV coverage of Nottingham in France, but I don't live in France.
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Thank you, and you're right ther is no TV coverage of Nottingham in France, they prefer put 's- Hertogenbosch, ouf, not easy to write this !!!
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Thank you, and you're right ther is no TV coverage of Nottingham in France, they prefer put 's- Hertogenbosch, ouf, not easy to write this !!!
on which channel? or maybe you're talking about WTA?
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Eurosport 2 is showing one match of 's Hertogenbosch every day in Germany. I saw Ancic-Darcis, today Ljubo-Troicki...

2nd match of the day tomorrow.
Losing to Spadea is a big no-go, Gaël! Interdit!
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In France, it's Eurosport, i don't remember if it is eurosport 2 or eurosport but i know they show the tournament the afternoon.
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In L'Equipe today:
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Deux garçons dans le vent
Malgré des conditions météo exécrables, Gaël Monfils et Gilles Simon ont rallié le cap des quarts de finale.
NOTTINGHAM est un tournoi de préparation à Wimbledon. Dans tous les sens du terme. On n’y vient pas seulement résoudre les mystères du jeu sur herbe, on y apprend aussi l’infinie patience que requiert un mois de juin made in England. Ici, le vent, la pluie et le froid ne font pas partie du décor ; ils sont le décor dans toute sa largeur. Hier, déjà retardée de deux heures par une drizzle (bruine) omniprésente, la journée mit à rude épreuve les coups et les nerfs des joueurs. Pas question de jouer le tennis de sa vie. Il fallait gagner, point barre. Gilles Simon et Gaël Monfils s’y sont employés avec pugnacité : l’un et l’autre disputeront aujourd’hui les quarts de finale, respectivement face à Fernando Verdasco et à Vince Spadea.
Monfils mit ainsi plus d’un set à trouver la bonne carburation face à Julien Benneteau. Pour ne pas avoir trouvé d’entrée la distance de frappe idéale, il laissa le Bressan mener le jeu à sa guise. Régulier, très juste dans ses choix, « Bennet’ » avait le vent en poupe. Mais Monfils a fait de Nottingham un objectif prioritaire. Il resserra à temps les boulons au service, appuya enfin ses frappes et entreprit de défendre pied à pied son terrain. Une fois le deuxième set en poche, il prit nettement le dessus dans la troisième manche. « Gaël s’est mis à très bien servir et c’est devenu de plus en plus difficile pour moi », reconnut Benneteau.
Pour avoir évolué deux fois dans un vent tourbillonnant et dans un froid de novembre, Monfils peine encore à évaluer son réel niveau de jeu sur la surface. Mais il se satisfait d’enchaîner les succès. « Je pense que je joue bien parce que je gagne, dit-il. Mais je suis surtout fier de m’adapter aussi bien aux conditions. Aujourd’hui (hier), sur la fin, je tapais vraiment fort dans la balle. C’est une victoire importante pour moi et je tiens à la dédier à Margot. » Dominika Cibulkova, sa copine des heures glorieuses de Roland, appartient désormais au passé… (…) VINCENT COGNET
Terrible weather in Nottingham yesterday, no way the guys were going to show their best tennis, the point was to cope with the conditions and be tough and Gaël did his job.
Bennet was dominating the first part of the match, was very regular, playing the right shots, it was looking good for him. But Gaël wants to do well in Nottingham. So he finally stepped up his serve, went a bit more for his shots and defended better to take the 2nd set. The 3rd set was easy then. Bennet: "Gaël started serving better and it became tougher and tougher for me."
Gaël has played his 2 matches in very windy conditions, it feels more like November than June in Nottingham atm, and he can't really evaluate his level on grass yet. He's just happy to string 2 wins together. "I guess I'm playing well since I'm winning. But I'm especially taking pride in being able to adjust so well to the conditions. Today, I was hitting the ball really hard at the end. It's an important win for me and I'd like to dedicate it to Margot." (No idea who this Margot is - the journalist adds Cibulkova is now over, but I don't know if he really means it or if it's just a joke about this mysterious Margot.)
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It's live on www.bet365.com
He's so sloooooow, everybody keeps waiting for him, the opponent, the umpire - it would drive me nuts if I were Spadea. He needs 15 minutes to get ready, then takes a break after each game, calls the trainer for a toe, waits for the end of the break to start fixing his grip and drink a little bit and...
He just broke, but it's not easy for Spadea to keep his rhythm either, frankly!
I don't think it's gamesmanship though, he probably just has "his own sense of time", as this friend of his said in the article last time.
*3-2

He really plays like crap. ^^ Rebreak, 4-4.

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First nice point of the match at 6-5. But it was close for Gaël again, 0-30 on his serve at 6-5 Spadea!
It's very windy, I hope that's the reason why they're playing so poorly.

Tiebreak, time to show us your new mental strength, Gaël.

The Betfair commentator is liking it, "Fantastic tennis".
Spadea is helping nicely, makes so many UE when Gaël's shots are too short.

Well, he just got the job done in the TB again, I hope his warming-up phase is over now and he will step up his game a little bit, I need to work now.

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7-6 6-2, I only watched the last game again and I'll cut them some slack for the level of game, it was SO windy, this event really must be a pain to play. I admire them for keeping their composure.

He was cute during the post-match interview, said the toe is no problem, it was just a blister.
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Well I am glad that he won. Thanks for the info Truc.
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So am I! Imagine him losing to Vinny Ice... But he admitted in the interview he was a bit lucky to have won the 1st set.
His serve was solid when he needed it, hard to say anything about the rest of his game, he wasn't volleying much while I was watching. But I like how he's keeping his focus when things get close lately.
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Re: Grass season 2008

The ranking climb continues.

Tim Henman--Gael Monfils--James Blake--Donald Young--Rafael Nadal--Jo-Wilfried Tsonga--John Isner--Janko Tipsarevic--Richard Gasquet.

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