Isabelle you were really lucky to have free access to tournament and such nice view.
About Nadal, I need to admit at the beginning he was annoying me with all this vamos at each point, now it is better to watch him, and I prefer him than Federer, specially for this fighting spirit.
For us, the first one who will win a slam will be a hero, it is too long time we are waiting now
When I was young in France, Roland Garros and Davis Cup were the only tournaments showing on tv. My parents did not cable so it was my only chances to watch tennis. I had a off period of watching tennis, during 3 years more or less and I began to watch it again due to Gillou
I skip all the part when Federer was the king, and now I think it is more interesting. The top 5 is exceptional but the 5 or even 10 players that follow are also good and can beat the top 5 on a match.
To come back to Gillou, I like your list but you forgot something, the analyze capabilities of Gilles. He is intelligent and as he is not the strongest player, he has still this possibility to pertub the game of the oponent. This capabilities of analyzes are not only for the interview but it helps him also to change things, to have an evolution in his game. Things that Federer does not have. Gillou is a good defender and you can see that Federer has problems with this kind of players, he is not able to win against them since the us open final in fact. He lost after against Gilles, Murray and Nadal.
By the way, is someone know if Gilles is the only player than Federer never beat? (of course, when they played more than one match).
It could be definitely interesting to see a match Federer-Simon on clay.
Apart that, my favourite shoot of Gilles is the backhand along the line
when he is doing so well, I will give largely a 10