Sorry gillesaddict, I never see Gilles’ brother before, don’t know what he looks like. But this is a handsome guy, so he could be the brother. Ha.
Carine doesn’t seem to sit with his family often though, I think she likes to sit next to the exit so she can leave quickly and quietly, but that’s just a feeling (and I do saw her a couple of time positioning herself for a quick exit in various matches.)
Yesterday's paper….(sorry, forgot to save the original French version and don't bother to look again):
In the old days, at the beginning of his career free of injury, he was guilty of not being a fan of recovery, very difficult to get him to the massage table. But yesterday, he did whatever the physio told him to before the DP match, but wasted. He felt it at 4-1 against DP, after a violent movement. But the muscle was hot enough so he managed to finish the match without much trouble. It’s a different story today (in SF). The pain wasn’t insurmountable, just enough to lose a bit of mobility and get into his head. So under these circumstances, he has no chance against Jo. So Simon paid for his youthful mistake. Now he knows what he has to do. Seeing Jo has a fragile body a long time ago and managed to get out of it, that shows him the way. Jo said his fragile body has helped him to become a real pro in preparation, diet and recovery, he learnt to work with his body. Now is Simon's turn, just a little delay.
I hope it’s not too late for Gilles. Jo’s fragile body in early of his career is a blessing in disguise then. Gilles is now 28, a lot of damage already done to the body. Still it’s never too late if this can prolong his career some what, or just to not have physical issue every 4th match is probably already quite good. Although the could-haves are useless, I can’t stop myself from thinking how many opportunities misses for him in these 2 years. Many times that he ranked 11 and just a win or 2 away from getting back to Top 10 but his body failed him. Like after winning Hamburg, he was 5 pts away and has no point to defend in Toronto, only to get yet another back injury and lost there in R1. Anyways, what can you do. Hopefully, Gilles doesn’t dwell on those lost opportunities like I do for him.
And Jo must be Gilles' idol. It's always Jo this Jo that. Jo managed without a coach for a year and a half... Jo's learnt to take care of his body...
. And I always suspect that he has a bit of an inferior complex when he plays against Jo, on hard court at least. Yesterday, he probably went to the court thinking he has no chance at all, it showed seeing how fast he gave up on the match. (as compared to that Bercy match against Berdych, which he also had a bit of back problem going in - he said he could of pulled out of the previous match if Nishikori didn't beat him to it). But he managed against Berdych no problem bcos he's facing Berdych.