Originally Posted by GilleSimonAddict
Well i'm just worried because I know that Gilles even operating at less than 100% can beat the guys he faced this week, but that's not a regular occurrence. The draw rarely ever opens up that well for someone. Especially at a 500 tier tournament. When he's in these bigger events and 1000 tier tournies etc. he's not going to get that kind of draw and the Gilles I see right now isn't going to beat anybody inside the top 15 and he's going to have to if he wants to make any deep runs. This event was the exception to the rule not the norm so I'm thinking big picture. I don't want Gilles to get lucky and just get by and convince myself to be satisfied with that, I want him to be able to make his own luck and win his matches and get by on his own confident healthy self so I can't really take a lot of comfort away from this week. I'll need to see how he continues to develop and address is current issues with his game as the weeks go on.
But you are giving too much credit to some guys in Top 15
. He can certainly beat Monaco who's been awful due to injury, and he can beat Tipsy in most occasions, I would also bet that he can take out Berdych again in whatever situation
. And to be honest, if he isn't hurt and lost today, I'm quite sure ppl thinks he has at least a 40% chance of beating Del Po (probably higher chance than Benny has). The thing about Gilles is, he plays to his opponent's level. I mean, he could suck the last match against a Top 100, but when he comes to face a top guy, he gets extra motivation and calmness and can really put up a strong performance out of nowhere. Of course we all want him to make his own luck. And I'm quite sure Gilles is the kind who is not satisfied with a SF showing in 500 tournaments. He takes his pride on showing strong against the heavy weights. He has high standard on himself, eventhough he hasn't been able to perform to standard. That I'm sure of that.
As for us fans, I am only happy about the week bcos of the way things have been going for him, a little positive helps maintain my sanity
. I welcome good draws and his taking advantage of it. I hope he'll get to SF next week in Marseille and get a chance to face DelPo again. Him getting to his ranking round is not always a given.
My mistake, Gilles is seeded 6 in Marseille, will be meeting DelPo in QF, that is if Gilles makes it that far to QF. With Gilles you just never know. But best of luck anyway. And I agree, I look more forward to the 2 US Master tourneys, he always seem to pick up his game there.