Poor Margareta, their match looks so freaking SLOW on the scoreboard, I'm not sure she will have sat through this.
I did. And I definitely was the only one cheering for him in a respectful way, before his service games started "allez, Gilles", not more not less. Not that many people cheered for Eduardo, either, it is just this wait and see attitude on court B in Vienna, hard to get motivated for a player.
It was a baseline battle, as such it was not bad at all. Court B is low in athmosphere, but that is compensated by being very close to the players.
You probably know it, I didn't, but he talks to himself a lot, in particular when things go badly. More than once he said something like " c'est moule" or " je n'ai pas de moule". Does it make sense to someone?
The match itself was as close as hell, decided on two or three points. Both relied a lot on defence, Gille slightly more than Eduardo. And even if Gilles fought to the end, I felt he was tired, but he certainly did NOT tank. As he lost, I refrained from waiting for him at the exit. He left the court quickly and definitely was not too happy.