Well, it was worse for me, cos I have decided that I won't bother to wake up, but then I woke up somehow and couldn't sleep, so I checked score, it was at TB, he was down 1-5 and proceeded to lose the TB. And then 2nd set, he was on serve, and then he served the 2nd time at 1-1, up 40-15 and gone on to lose that serve game. The scoreboard stuck when he was down 6-7, 1-3. I was too mad to go back to sleep... about 30 mins later, the score finally jumped to 6-7, 6-3, 1-0. Well, at least I got to watch a little bit of other's matches when I was waiting for the scoreboard to move.
Okay, that wasn't a smooth start, he better plays better from now on. The draw is so kind, he's 10-0 against his first 3 opponents in the H2H, he better don't waste it.
Oh the things we put ourselves through for Gilles Simon and he has no idea. But alas, he is so worth it!
This is a rough translation of what Gilles said in his press conference:
After his victory over Italian Fabio Fognini (6-7 6-3 6-3), on Tuesday in the first round of the Masters 1000 Madrid, Gilles Simon did not mince words about blue clay courts of the Spanish capital. "I do not notice any difference compared to last year, said Gilles Simon. These are the worst courts in the clay court season. I do not feel good about it. I almost give me a sprain in training. There are other priorities than make it blue. He just needed to make it better! "
Gilles not holding back as usual
It really sucks though because his game is so dependent on movement and he must be very concerned about rolling an ankle.
Yeah, Novak was sliding all over the place (and not by choice) in his match against Traver and looking down at the court in anger several times. I'm hearing that a lot of the players, including Nadal, are not too happy with this new clay surface. I must admit from a fan's perspective it is pretty, but that is neither here nor there and what's really important is how it feels and plays to the players.
Gilles will be last up on stadium 2 tomorrow thank goodness! He has a 2-0 H2H record over Lopez. One win came on hard (most recent) and the other on clay, but that was back in 2007 so it will be really a new experience for both players now. Hope he will be able to soldier on despite his feelings for the new surface.