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Re: Clay season 2012, "Take Two" most definitely

Nice was merely a practice anyway, wasn't it? :]

I guess that's a good draw. tricky "minor" opponents but only Tsonga as the top seed. not too bad at all. who knows, maybe we get super lucky this year :]
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hope Gilles could take the chance in RG with the decent draw
still gotta say it might be worst match of 2012, the only highlight is this
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Re: Clay season 2012, "Take Two" most definitely

OMG a shirt change!!!
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Re: Clay season 2012, "Take Two" most definitely

He fell and has clay on his shirt, not that he needs a reason to change shirt .

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I'm hoping that was a tank because otherwise I'd be really worried about his form going into RG
On L'Equipe, he just said Almagro was too strong, hit very hard and pushed him off to far back. Well, the only good thing is that this match only last a little over an hour, he hardly get a chance to sweat . I'm trying to not worry about this one match cos I may go crazy just thinking about how bad it was .

I've been watching Brian Baker this week, like everyone else I jumped on to his wagon, cos he really is good. I won't underestimate him if Gilles meets him in the 2nd.

Oh, and upper half starts first, so no luck. Hopefully they at least gives him Monday start then.
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He fell and has clay on his shirt, not that he needs a reason to change shirt .



On L'Equipe, he just said Almagro was too strong, hit very hard and pushed him off to far back. Well, the only good thing is that this match only last a little over an hour, he hardly get a chance to sweat . I'm trying to not worry about this one match cos I may go crazy just thinking about how bad it was .

I've been watching Brian Baker this week, like everyone else I jumped on to his wagon, cos he really is good. I won't underestimate him if Gilles meets him in the 2nd.

Oh, and upper half starts first, so no luck. Hopefully they at least gives him Monday start then.
See this is why I think playing Nice was a good idea for Gilles and could've been even better for him had he won today against Almagro, because Baker just now beat Davydenko and he would've had the chance to A) Have a real good chance to win the Nice title in his hometown on his first appearance in the tournament and B) Gotten a chance to experience Baker's game first hand and see his strengths and weaknesses which he could in turn use as valuable information to take with him into their possible 2nd round match on the much bigger stage of Roland Garros.

The consequences of losing to Baker in the Nice final, while it definitely would've been sucky, wouldn't be as bad as potentially losing to him 2nd round of a major. Now he won't get that valuable first hand experience and should he face him 2nd round, he will be having to learn on the fly how to go about playing him.

Now that Baker is in the Nice final, i'm definitely cheering and rooting for him. Not just for revenge for Gilles against Almagro or the American connection, but because it really is one of the better comeback stories in recent tennis (seriously this guys past injuries list is crazy). Truly amazing what he has been able to do this week.
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See this is why I think playing Nice was a good idea for Gilles and could've been even better for him had he won today against Almagro, because Baker just now beat Davydenko and he would've had the chance to A) Have a real good chance to win the Nice title in his hometown on his first appearance in the tournament and B) Gotten a chance to experience Baker's game first hand and see his strengths and weaknesses which he could in turn use as valuable information to take with him into their possible 2nd round match on the much bigger stage of Roland Garros.
Sorry, I still disagree. I'm not too unhappy that he lost today (although the way he lost kind of suck). Seeing that how much he fought today in the match, I bet he's not too upset either, he's already in RG time. And now we know he's most likely going to play Monday, he only has 2 days to get himself settle in RG. I think he needs that every bit of the 2 days to get use to the condition there. Yes, it's a pity that he didn't get those pts to get to Top 10. But then again, there's always other small tournaments to win, and there's only 1 RG in the next 12 months to get a chance to perform there.

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The consequences of losing to Baker in the Nice final, while it definitely would've been sucky, wouldn't be as bad as potentially losing to him 2nd round of a major. Now he won't get that valuable first hand experience and should he face him 2nd round, he will be having to learn on the fly how to go about playing him.
As for playing Baker, the man has to be tired by now, he has 1 more match to play tomorrow and he's also going to play on Monday. And he has never played Gilles either so it works both way that they will both need to get used to each other. The 5 setters will give him time to figure out Baker, I hope. All I was saying is to not underestimate Baker, but I'm still fairly confident that Gilles will deal with him regardless (and now that I say it out loud, I potential jinx him . Yes, I'm quite a superstitious sports fan).

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Now that Baker is in the Nice final, i'm definitely cheering and rooting for him. Not just for revenge for Gilles against Almagro or the American connection, but because it really is one of the better comeback stories in recent tennis (seriously this guys past injuries list is crazy). Truly amazing what he has been able to do this week.
I'm cheering for him too. It's unbelievable how he came all the way back to the top level in such short time. So all the best to him. But I don't mind Almagro either, and since Gilles beat him in a way bigger match last time in Hamburg, I'm not too upset he got Gilles this time.
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Re: Clay season 2012, "Take Two" most definitely

I doubt baker would make it past the first round of RG, best of 5 after playing like zillion matches in a row now when he is not used to it. still, Gilou will have to win first :] and he hasn't been impressive since MC. let's hope he will shock the world for a change~~~
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I don't think Gilles will have a problem with Baker's game (hopefully I'm not jinxing him here). Baker has a good return and backhand but he's not going to blow Gilles off the court and he's not going to outsteady him either, especially because he's going to be exhausted.

That being said, I'm so happy for Brian. I remember following him back in his junior days, as I usually do for all good American juniors and it's good to see him finally having some success on the pro tour. I hope he wins the title.

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Re: Clay season 2012, "Take Two" most definitely

Gilles' match against Harrison is scheduled the 4th match on Chatrier tomorrow. Allez Gilles.
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Re: Clay season 2012, "Take Two" most definitely

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Re: Clay season 2012, "Take Two" most definitely

Well, it's been a pretty good day at the FO for the Americans, both men and women, believe it or not, but hopefully it won't be for all of them. (hint hint)
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Re: Clay season 2012, "Take Two" most definitely

Gilles lost 1st set 3-6 , only 4 W and 13 UE's, also only 43% 1st serve in.

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Re: Clay season 2012, "Take Two" most definitely

Gosh, he's pretty awful, tight as a kite. I think we've jinxed him, talked about his R2 opponent, taken R1 for granted. Damn, what a crash it will be to go out in R1.
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Phew. Only when he's back at the wall then he starts really hitting the ball to fight off those set points. Now, please please please hold.
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Re: Clay season 2012, "Take Two" most definitely

just when eurosport started showing his game he plays great. can't understand how he was down a set and 2 set points... it's like Dr Gilles and Mister Simon i reckon...
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