Not a much better option for the reasons you stated but still a better option because I feel the outcome is less a matter of technics and physical condition than one of spirit and attitude. Llodra appears more reliable in that regard. Gilles arrived in Belgrade after 10 ten days of specific preparation to play Nole.. and went AWOL after a few games! something we sadly start to get accustomed to, no matter the opponent or the surface.
I agreed, sort of! But then again, sometimes he played badly but he fought like a dog and wouldn't go out (like he got those wins against Nalby, Kolya and Golubev). What I am saying is that sometimes that fighter in him does turn up. So all in all, he's unpredictable is all I'm saying
. Although, admittedly, he's hardly confident atm, so the chance of the not-so-good Simon turns up is probably higher
I don't know who is a better choice for both team tbh. If Gael can just win it, then there'll be no headache for both teams
. But if there's a 5th deciding rubber, no one remaining is convincing enough to win it. Troicki is tired and too much a choker and I won't count on him. Tipsy is as miserable in his first match, if not worse than Gilles. Gilles, don't know what's his problem for turning out such a performance in his match. I'll be scared shitless for him if he has to play the 5th rubber, but then I also would love to see he gets a chance to redeem himself and to see how he will react to that opportunity. Mika to me is a safer choice, depends on how tired he is after today of course. I'm going to guess that it will be Tipsy vs Mika. But I won't be too surprised by whoever gets pick tomorrow for the 5th.
Anyway, as long as France wins
Allez Les Bleu!