Here's a really good brief article with Gilles talking about where his game has been and how bad things were for him, to now feeling better mentally since partnering with De Witt and how he is feeling better physically these days with fewer aches and pains which is good. He says he took a lot of confidence from his near defeating of Andy Murray and knows why he lost to Federer so badly.
Also, he says he really wants to win here in Nice and I so what him to so badly as well. He really needs this. It would be such a boost going into Roland Garros and help really push him that much further in the right direction on the road back to his top form. His family including his grandparents whom he said never gets to see him play but here will be there and he wants to do good for them and all his family.
Here's the full translation:
Gilles Simon "wants to win" the Nice Open tennis
Gilles Simon is at home here. Well, almost. He was born in Nice, where his grandparents live, there has not really grown. Just spent summer vacation child. With, obviously, a lot of memories in mind. So he really wanted to do well on the courts of the Lawn Tennis Club.
"I really want to win the tournament," he launched yesterday afternoon by taking a look at the table of the 2013 edition: "I had already studied before! Well, he misses his friend Tomas (Berdych), which is a shame for the tournament. "
With his family
Even though he grew up in Paris, he is very attached to Nice, where he wants to take the opportunity to give a little time with his family: "She never sees me anywhere but here, it gives them pleasure, too . This is a week that I did not want to miss. I'll even see my man p'tit (Timothy, 2 years and 8 months)! I do not know one person who said, "We'll see you enough! "Except perhaps my former coach, Thierry (Tulasne)! But I can not split myself. And being here helps me not to think about Roland Garros ... "
Semi-finalist last year for his first participation, the 17th player in the world addresses the Nice event with label favorite. "Favorite On paper, yes ... But the paper is one thing. Last year, I played well until half before suffering a severe defeat against Almagro. "
It was after Roland Garros things were spoiled. "I had a very big hole, and a few injuries too. "And then came the end of its working - since 2007 - with Tulasne, his coach.
"I feel much better"
After seven months in solo, Simon opted for a new collaboration with Germany's Jan De Witt, after the tournament in Monte Carlo last month.
Like magic, the results came back with two 1/8es the final Masters 1000 Madrid and Rome (beaten by Murray and Federer). "I feel that it costs much, I'm much better. I managed to regain confidence in my game, and that's what I want to continue to do in Nice. Damage to be missed my match against Federer in Rome and I started timidly against such a player, I can not afford it. I always have trouble getting into my matches. Against Youzhny, I was led 4-1, but I had time to put my game up. Not against Federer, where it turned to run. Fortunately, in Nice, I do not have an opponent at the height of Switzerland. "
Seven months without coach allowed him to point out what was wrong and what to improve: "I got on some points, not on others, with Jan (De Witt) was right subsequently agree on what I had to do on where we wanted to go and how to get there. My game was in poor condition before Madrid, since it is much better. I prefer a string of matches. Against Murray (Loss 6/4 to 3), I played very well. "
Simon then landed in Nice shape. Physically. "Do not hurt me was one of my goals. "Mentally. "I did my work on myself." And tennistiquement?
Well, having said all that, tomorrow is the day it all begins. Gilles is fourth up tomorrow on Center court not before 6:00PM local time against a local French qualifier. Good luck Gilou. You can do this.