Re: Indoor season 2008
Here is another reaction of Tulasne too:
« Contre Djokovic, Gilles sent que son jeu de base de contreur peut suffire pour gagner. Du coup, il joue à 85 % de ce qu’il peut faire. Il est moins libéré, donc moins audacieux et, sur les points importants, il se contente de pas assez. Alors que, face à Nadal ou Federer, il sait qu’il faut y aller à la moindre balle courte, faire service-volée de temps en temps. »
Against Djokovic, Gilles feels like his counterpuncher game might be enough to win. So he plays at 85% of his abilities. He doesn't let his shots go, he is less bold and he is too passive on big points. Against Nadal or Federer, on the contrary, he knows he has to attack as soon as he is given a chance and he has to play serve&volley from time to time.
I wonder if he doesn't underestimate Nole a little bit for some reason - which would be embarrassing. It's strange.