Re: Grass Season 2008
And a few other things in his audio interview from the FFT website:
It's his 3rd participation in Wimbledon. First time: 1st round, 2nd time: 2nd round, but he hopes he will do better than 3rd round this time.
It was not easy to settle down his game because it was very windy and there were no rallies.
He had a very good feeling during the first round (the conditions were also easier, less windy). But he means he played well too against Calleri. He was returning his first serve very well. He didn't play his best tennis yesterday, but it was OK. His bad start is the only reservation.
He doesn't like to start thinking about the next round right after a win, otherwise he'd be already exhausted at the start of the next match. He'll start thinking about the Gasquet match tomorrow. For now, he just knows he'll have to take a better start.
When he's asked about Ritchie, he answers he hasn't seen him play for 4 months. He doesn't watch a lot of tennis, he already knows most of the players by now. And it's not always a good thing to study the game of your next opponent too much (for example if you mean to have noticed he's missing a lot on his BH side and he starts the match hitting tons of BH winners, it's irritating).
Gasquet was really much stronger than him in 2006. There were hardly any rallies on Ritchie's service games in their previous matches as he was hitting tons of aces, so Gilles doesn't have many points of reference.
Last edited by Truc; 06-27-2008 at 09:39 AM.