But why? what makes him think he doesn't belong?
I'm sure he thinks he belongs there and anyway, he got his ranking solely because of his results, there's no room for arguing there. But he may be too aware that people in general don't see him as a legitimate top-tener.
You really think so? I have troubles to believe it, how would he and many others find the strength to work hard regularly, if there was a subconscious feeling of inadequacy?
Not so much a subconcious feeling actually; the emphasis he put on his new offensive orientation in interviews (already during the inter-season) sounded more like a communication or marketing plan to sell a new Simon image, more appropriate to his new status. And as a matter of fact, I didn't see that much change in his game on court; he has shown in the past that when inspired, he could create his own pace and play offensive tennis, that's nothing new.
I feel Gilles' current troubles are more due to the "defending" effect. I have always said it is harder to stay in the top ten than to get there. The pressure simply mounts as with a ranking as high as that, everyone expects clear wins against those ranked below, it is considered "business as usual" and you wouldn't get credit for it. And that is very different from being the underdog and having nothing to lose.
This is true for all players and of course for Gilles too. But I still think there's more than that. The most striking evidence is the pattern of some of his matches, the "all or nothing" attitude i.e good game and good attitude but as soon a few things go amiss, he seems to not care anymore; typically the match against Tsonga in Florida in which he stopped trying after missing two sitters in a row in the middle of the second set, despite being one set up. As if it would be easier to deal with defeat because of his not-trying attitude than defeat because of the limitations of his shots; well, that's what I was thinking at that time
done , i will never set any HOPE
I'm writing a novel about gillou while actually, it was just all your fault!
Especially since Roddick withdrew leaving a bunch of no names, it probably would've been a perfect opportunity to pick up some points..
Argh. Looking at it in hindsight makes this defeat even more painful than it already is. >_<