First Delaître's comments after the match, he says Gael started the match exactly like he tells him to do in training, "loopy" shots, well placed, without forcing. You could see Blake hated that. And then, at 4-1 15-30 on Blake's serve, Gael tried a huge FH return. "Why? I'm wondering too." It put Blake back in the match. Like against Monaco last week in Estoril... (Gael lost 9 points in a row after that).
Gael: "I'm working and I'm not winning. But I'm used to lose in the first round now." "Even though I sometimes play at a good level, I have less confidence. I'm losing all the time, I'm in a mess. I really have to think about it. I can't expect to make a big thing in Paris. If I have a joker, I should play it before the French Open." A joker? Like a new coach? "No no, everything is fine with Olivier... More like a new racket... The same sponsor, of course! But another model..."
But the journalist says it doesn't sound very convincing since a guy of Renaissance Tennis was spotted again in Rome (that's the structure who wants him to train in the US with Benhabiles and always offers him huge amounts of money for that, the story has been going on for a while now).
When people tell him it's not possible to switch over night from the level zero to the top level, he protests: "I don't think so. Maybe for the others; but not for me. Look, last year, I was in a slump before Rome and I made it to the semi-final. This year I was slumping badly before the AO and I played the best match of my career against Baghdatis".
I can't translate the comparisons at the end, but the idea is he doesn't seem to notice that after those little "highlights", like the Baggy match, he always falls even deeper.
It's really not very encouraging... I wasn't feeling too bad about his defeat because I thought he was "in safe hands", but it looks like it's a complete mess one more time.