I'm very happy with this week. Although ppl will argue that the field is a bit weak, but it's not his fault that the other 7 seeds didn't make it. And if you compare the seedings of this tournament to next week's, Bucharest is not particularly weak.
Estoril Seedings Munich Seedings Bucharest Seedings
1 Del Potro, Juan Martin ARG 10 1 Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried FRA 5 1 Simon, Gilles FRA 15
2 Gasquet, Richard FRA 18 2 Lopez, Feliciano ESP 16 2 Mayer, Florian GER 20
3 Wawrinka, Stanislas SUI 22 3 Cilic, Marin CRO 23 3 Troicki, Viktor SRB 30
4 Ramos, Albert ESP 43 4 Kohlschreiber, Philipp GER 33 4 Baghdatis, Marcos CYP 40
5 Istomin, Denis UZB 44 5 Tomic, Bernard AUS 35 5 Seppi, Andreas ITA 44
6 Haase, Robin NED 45 6 Youzhny, Mikhail RUS 36 6 Kubot, Lukasz POL 51
7 Montanes, Albert ESP 69 7 Davydenko, Nikolay RUS 41 7 Dodig, Ivan CRO 57
8 Cipolla, Flavio ITA 70 8 Baghdatis, Marcos CYP 42 8 Chardy, Jeremy FRA 59
The top seed doesn't always win, especially when it comes to Gilles, he often plays down to his opponents level against lower level opponents. And this week, he's fighting with himself, and fatique is very obviously in his matches. He's grumpy the whole week, even in the final where he's usually very calm and collect, today is the least tranquil final I've seen him play.
So in a way, I'm really thinking that he's accomplished something different this tournament. Not just winning the title but willing himself to perform according to the expectation of him in this tournament.
He'll be ranked 11 comes monday, but I think DelPo will past him after Estoril, which is no biggie. I hope the one week of resting is enough. If he manages good weeks in Madrid and Rome, I hope he has the good sense to take a breather before RG. But anyhow, it's been a good March and April for Gilles, really happy for him.