Isabelle, I did not know that all the spanish davis cup wanted to play Gillou in Madrid and beat him. Definitely, I would love to have the same than last years, a semi between him and Nadal (with of course the same result).
From historic point of view, I am fan of matches on clay, but this year looks to be special. There are lot of good players and for some of them we dont know how they will play on clay. I am thinking to Verdasco, to Murray for instance and what will be the reaction of Federer, how will deal Gilles on clay, his confidence looks to be back and his status changed from last year. Will Monfils play as good as last year? All these questions get a nice introduction to the clay season and give also more interested than last years. I am not sure the final of RG will be again Nadal-Federer this year. I am doubting about Federer, for Nadal, almost no doubt, even without a knie, he will be able to win.
Anyway to beat Nadal on clay will be an exploit, specially if it happens in Monte Carlo, Madrid or RG.
all the Armada wants revenge against Gilles in all the clay events after what happened to boss Nadal in Madrid last year. Simon is among the three enemies of the armada, the others are Del Potro and Djokovic.
Imho the final of RG could be Djokovic vs Nadal, and the match in Hamburg last season was very close, but RG is best of 5 sets.
Murray was schooled by Almagro at RG, he needs all the help of Corretja to try to win a lot on clay.
Monfils is interesting, he seems he handle well the pressure last year but I watched him in Acapulco and he din not play well.
Tsonga, in the worst scheduling decision of the season got injured in Casablanca and did not play the european slams, I belive he can be next gs champion if he is on his A game but sometimes he is not focused and lacks consistency.
Verdasco like Lopez is more a harcourt player than a clay court specialist but he is dangerous floater.
Federer will only play in Rome and Madrid and Nadal will play too much before RG, Montecarlo, Roma, Barcelona, Madrid, he can be tired at RG.
Gilles, I always keep my expectations low with him to not feel depressed if he loses early but I have good feelings, I think it's all about if he manages to handle the pressure in the key moments of the matches. What do you expect of our Gilles?