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Truc
04-19-2008, 01:52 PM
Estoril doesn't count, it was a false start, Gilles' clay season is starting now.

Here is his schedule for the clay season:
21.4: MS Monte-Carlo
28.4: Munich
5.5: MS Rome
12.5: MS Hamburg
-
26.5: French Open
9.6: Warsaw

I've seen on Facebook you're going to Rome, Raffaele? Ayane will cover the French Open for us :p and I'll go to either Munich or Hamburg, I haven't decided yet. Is anyone else going to a tournament?

Truc
04-19-2008, 01:56 PM
His draw in Monte-Carlo:

Federer [1] bye
Q - Simon
Monfils - Verdasco
Grosjean - Karlović

Robredo [12] - Wawrinka
Stepanek - Soderling
Haas - Q
Nalbandian [6] bye

Brego
04-19-2008, 01:59 PM
I'm excited about Gilles possibly meeting Fed. Will Gilles get blown off the court? or will he give Roger trouble or will Gilles even make it past the 1st round?

I wonder how his back is doing.

Edit: Hey this is my 500th post!

Acer
04-20-2008, 03:24 AM
I'd well pleased to see Gilles give Federer some trouble, though I can't see him getting past him.

gambit84
04-20-2008, 07:48 AM
Estoril doesn't count, it was a false start, Gilles' clay season is starting now. :angel:

Here is his schedule for the clay season:
21.4: AMS Monte-Carlo
28.4: Munich
5.5: AMS Rome
12.5: AMS Hamburg
-
26.5: French Open

I've seen on Facebook you're going to Rome, Raffaele? Ayane will cover the French Open for us :p and I'll go to either Munich or Hamburg, I haven't decided yet. Is anyone else going to a tournament?

yes, I'm going to Rome but only for one day this year :sad: last years I used to stay there 3-4 days but now I've a very busy time and I can't :sad: Hope to see a Gillu's match btw :)

Truc
04-20-2008, 09:28 AM
Not that I don't trust Gillou's abilities on clay, but I recommend a first round day, we never know.

I don't dare to think of the Fed match yet, I don't like qualifiers in the first round. I'm hoping he plays Cipolla again and beats him, I'm not completely over Estoril yet...

Truc
04-20-2008, 03:07 PM
He'll play Ramirez-Hidalgo in the 1st round.

1-1 in the h2h so far:
2007 Casablanca R.RAMIREZ-HIDALGO 6-4 6-4
2007 Amersfoort G.SIMON 2-6 4-6

Renaud
04-20-2008, 03:09 PM
Not an easy match but RRH is not in great form lately.
Good luck Gilles.

Scotso
04-21-2008, 12:23 AM
Allez Gilles! :worship:

If he can get past RRH, he'll be in the third round easily. ;)

Truc
04-21-2008, 06:25 AM
Some news of his back in L'Equipe today, he's fine (I was wondering if he had asked for a late start because of his back when I saw he wasn't playing today):SIMON A BON DOS. – Mené 6-2, 5-3, donc très mal embarqué contre l’Italien Cipolla au deuxième tour à Estoril la semaine dernière, Gilles Simon avait alors abandonné à cause d’une soudaine et violente douleur dorsale. Croisé hier à Monte-Carlo, le numéro 4 français avait des nouvelles rassurantes. « Mon dos va mieux. C’était un lumbago et après quelques visites chez l’ostéopathe et quelques séances de kiné,ça a disparu. D’où ça m’est venu ? Aucune idée. Je crois que je suis trop stressé (rires). » Opposé à l’Espagnol Ramirez-Hidalgo au premier tour, Simon, s’il passe cet obstacle, pourra stresser ou non à l’idée de retrouver Roger Federer au deuxième tour. "My back is feeling better. It was a lumbago and it went away with a few sessions with the osteopath and the physio. How did it happen? No idea. I guess I’m too stressed (he laughes)."

Kezzi
04-21-2008, 10:29 AM
Good luck Gilles! I would love to see him play against Federer :D
And I do see him get past Roger :bounce:
But I have to say, I always see my fav's win untill they loose. Even if I could've expected a loss :p

Does anyone know if Gilles will be in Düsseldorf when France confirms their entry in the WTC for sure? That would be great :D

gambit84
04-21-2008, 10:46 AM
Gillu will beat Federer easly :D

Truc
04-21-2008, 07:12 PM
Does anyone know if Gilles will be in Düsseldorf when France confirms their entry in the WTC for sure? That would be great :DHe said in Estoril he'll take the week before Roland-Garros off (I doubt there will be a French team in Düsseldorf anyway.)

He isn't on a televised court tomorrow, so he better win that first round match:

COURT 2 start 10:00 am
M Mirnyi (BLR) / J Murray (GBR) vs M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL)
[12] T Robredo (ESP) vs S Wawrinka (SUI)
[Q] R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) vs G Simon (FRA)

Kezzi
04-21-2008, 08:01 PM
He said in Estoril he'll take the week before Roland-Garros off (I doubt there will be a French team in Düsseldorf anyway.)

He isn't on a televised court tomorrow, so he better win that first round match:

COURT 2 start 10:00 am
M Mirnyi (BLR) / J Murray (GBR) vs M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL)
[12] T Robredo (ESP) vs S Wawrinka (SUI)
[Q] R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) vs G Simon (FRA)
I also don't have too high hopes to see the Frenchies in Düsseldorf, but a girl can dream, right? ;)
Düsseldorf is always fun, but just a little more with the Frenchies there :p

Hopefully I can see it too, don't know if Eurosport will show something here. I don't think so, they're usually big fans of WTA.

Brego
04-21-2008, 09:53 PM
Allez Gilles against RRH. :clap2:

jitterbug
04-22-2008, 11:50 AM
Allez allez allez, oi oi oi :dance:

He had a bajillion breakpoints in that first game on RRH's serve, let's hope that's a good sign :D

jitterbug
04-22-2008, 11:50 AM
NO, broken :sad:

Truc
04-22-2008, 11:57 AM
Rough start. :help:
I won't take a bagel, Gillou, wake up!

He won a game. :worship:Hopefully I can see it too, don't know if Eurosport will show something here. I don't think so, they're usually big fans of WTA.No, they never show Masters Series events on Eurosport.

Truc
04-22-2008, 12:07 PM
OMG, talk about a collapse after the never-ending first game where he had loads of BP. He's hardly winning a point at the moment apart from DF of RRH.

jitterbug
04-22-2008, 12:08 PM
:wazzup: Gilles

Truc
04-22-2008, 12:19 PM
Broken again in the 2nd set, it feels like the Cipolla one - even a bit worse.

We need a MAJOR choke job of RRH.

6-1 5-1 - at least it went over deuce for a change!

jitterbug
04-22-2008, 12:30 PM
:o :o :o

Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo def. Gilles Simon 6-1 6-1

Truc
04-22-2008, 12:30 PM
He was almost broken to love in the last game.
Poor him, he's alreay had some bad collapses - but not against the likes of RRH!

gambit84
04-22-2008, 12:39 PM
:help: :help: :help:

what's happened? :sad:

I was at lunch and I didn't watch the scoreboard :sad:

Truc
04-22-2008, 01:03 PM
You're lucky! It was even worse than the scoreline suggests. Not even one hour for the whole match and about 15 minutes only for the first game.

We'll see if he mentions back problems again, I didn't notice any medical time-out by following the SB.

gambit84
04-22-2008, 01:06 PM
hard times :help:

Truc
04-22-2008, 01:11 PM
I'm so shocked by his performance, I almost forgot I had a new interview of him to post!
http://www.nice-premium.com/article/gilles-simon-%AB-j-ai-envie-d-affronter-federer-%BB.3129.html
The title: "I'm eager to play against Federer" ^^
I'll make a summary later.

Renaud
04-22-2008, 01:13 PM
The title: "I'm eager to play against Federer" ^^


I don't want to read it.... :o

Truc
04-22-2008, 01:16 PM
It's not that bad, really. ;) He's honest about his poor start in 2008.

I hadn't paid attention first, btw, but he says in that interview that his back problems reappeared on Sunday during a training session with Marat.

gambit84
04-22-2008, 01:35 PM
It's not that bad, really. ;) He's honest about his poor start in 2008.

I hadn't paid attention first, btw, but he says in that interview that his back problems reappeared on Sunday during a training session with Marat.

Marat infects with his misfortune :tape: I remember David also was injured in at the beginning of the year after a training with Marat :help:


stupid overrated russian guy :mad:

Grenouille
04-22-2008, 01:35 PM
omg
how is it possible ?

Brego
04-22-2008, 02:08 PM
I'm so shocked by his performance, I almost forgot I had a new interview of him to post!
http://www.nice-premium.com/article/gilles-simon-%AB-j-ai-envie-d-affronter-federer-%BB.3129.html
The title: "I'm eager to play against Federer" ^^
I'll make a summary later (look forward to it).

I think he'll never get to play Federer.

The French have been dropping like flies in Monte Carlo. In fact I think only Gael and Richard are left and they are just getting into the second round.

Poor Gilles :sad: I hope his back injury gets better soon.

jitterbug
04-22-2008, 02:39 PM
Richard :shrug: he's supposed to play doubles with Tipsy today but they were replaced by another team, goodness knows what happened..

Truc
04-22-2008, 03:19 PM
It's his back again (a compressed disc). He explains he only played because the ATP forces them to be there, otherwise they get fined. So since he had to stay in Monte-Carlo anyway, he played, but he knew he had 1% chance to win today.
:(
Gilles Simon (n°33 ATP), lui, a été expédié 6-1 6-1 par le qualifié espagnol Ruben Ramirez-Hidalgo, 137e mondial. Le Français n'a pu défendre ses chances en raison d'une blessure récoltée la semaine dernière au Portugal.
"Je me suis bloqué le dos à Estoril", a expliqué Simon. "Après un peu de repos, ça allait mieux mais je me suis rebloqué le dos il y a deux jours lors d'un entraînement avec Marat Safin.
"Il s'agit d'un disque compressé. Puisque l'ATP nous oblige à venir sur les sites, sous peine d'une amende, autant jouer. J'ai tenté le coup même s'il y avait une chance sur cent."
http://fr.sports.yahoo.com/080422/26/sjt1.html

jitterbug
04-22-2008, 03:30 PM
Gilles :hug: :awww:

Scotso
04-22-2008, 04:08 PM
I'm glad he was still hurt, otherwise I'd be very, very mad at him about this result. :p

Hopefully he recovers quickly. I hate seeing him lose like this.

Scotso
04-22-2008, 04:09 PM
omg
how is it possible ?

:wavey: where have you been?

Scotso
04-22-2008, 04:10 PM
I'm kind of shocked by the Gilles-hate going on in GM. I didn't realize that we was well known enough to have so many haters.

I don't understand why anyone would hate him, anyway. I'm sure those people doing it probably know nothing about him, and most likely haven't even seen him play.

Kezzi
04-22-2008, 06:55 PM
Rough start. :help:
I won't take a bagel, Gillou, wake up!

He won a game. :worship:No, they never show Masters Series events on Eurosport.
And Eurosport is my only hope to see some tennis :(
The national channel didn't even broadcast the Davis Cup, not that I'm a fan of the Dutch team, but any tennis is better than nothing :p

Kezzi
04-22-2008, 07:03 PM
I'm kind of shocked by the Gilles-hate going on in GM. I didn't realize that we was well known enough to have so many haters.

I don't understand why anyone would hate him, anyway. I'm sure those people doing it probably know nothing about him, and most likely haven't even seen him play.
It's a good thing I never read in GM :p
I can't understand why someone would hate him too, he's one of the sweetest and cutest players I've met :)

Hopefully he'll get better soon, poor Gillou :hug: :awww:

Acer
04-22-2008, 10:05 PM
Awww, poor Gilles. Didn't get to see the match, hope he can get his act together of the rest of the clay season.

Truc
04-23-2008, 06:52 AM
In L'Equipe today - nothing new, but it sounds so bad that it's funny:SIMON, LA RECHUTE
À quoi bon s’infliger une désagréable torture contre un pur spécialiste de la terre battue (l’Espagnol Ramirez Hidalgo), quand on ne peut pas se défendre soi-même ? « Je me suis bloqué à nouveau le dos il y a deux jours, au cours d’un entraînement avec Marat Safin ici, soupirait Gilles Simon, battu 6-1, 6-1. J’ai demandé au toubib si je courrais un risque d’aggraver le mal en jouant. Il m’a dit non, j’étais sur place, donc j’ai joué. » C’est un grand mot. Hormis un premier jeu à n’en plus finir où Simon frôla quatre fois le break, hormis quelques coups isolés qui devaient tout à ce fameux bras caoutchouc, de match, il n’y eut pas. Contraint à l’abandon il y a une semaine à Estoril à cause de ce dos déjà réfractaire, Gilles Simon a subi ce match comme un supplice sadomaso. Incapable de servir normalement (« plus par précaution parce que j’avais peur d’avoir mal en retombant »), courant sur des oeufs (« j’avais mal dès que je devais démarrer »), il a fait ce qu’il a pu. Mais était-ce bien raisonnable, de tenter le diable ? « Certains diront que j’ai fait un match pourri mais j’ai tenté ma chance. J’en avais une sur mille mais pourquoi pas ? Sans confiance, en ayant peur d’oser parce qu’on a peur d’avoir mal, voilà ce que ça donne. Maintenant, je dois attendre que ce lumbago passe, parce qu’il finira par passer. Je jouerai peut-être à Munich la semaine prochaine. » Peut-être pas. What is the point of inflicting an unpleasant torture on oneself against a claycourt specialist when one can’t defend oneself? "I reinjured my back 2 days ago in training against Marat Safin in Monte-Carlo", Gilles Simon sighed. "I asked the doc if there was any risk to make it worse if I played. He said no. I was here, so I played." "Play" is a big word. Apart from a never-ending first game where Simon came close to a break and from a couple of shots hit with his famouse rubber arm only, there wasn’t any match. Forced to retire in Estoril one week ago because of his back, Gilles Simon endured the match like a sado-maso torture. Unable to serve normally ("I was afraid the landing would hurt"), unable to move normally ("I was in pain everytime I had to run"), he did what he could. Was it sensible to play? "Some people will say I played a crappy match, but I gave it a try. I had one chance per thousand, but why not? That’s how it looks in the end when you don’t have any confidence and are afraid to do anything because it might hurt. Now I have to wait until this lumbago goes away, because it will at one point. Maybe I’ll play Munich next week." Or maybe not.

Grenouille
04-23-2008, 07:45 AM
:wavey: where have you been?

I've been studying much lately... and I'm trying to prepare a trip :)

Acer
04-23-2008, 10:51 AM
For the moment, I reckon it would be wise to skip Munich.

Scotso
04-24-2008, 09:47 PM
I've been studying much lately... and I'm trying to prepare a trip :)

Well, I'm glad you're back :D It's nice not to be the only male perv here.

Truc
04-25-2008, 07:08 AM
He has pulled out of Munich.

gambit84
04-25-2008, 09:28 AM
He has pulled out of Munich.


http://members.forumgratis.com/html/emoticons/65.gif

:mad::sad::mad::sad::sad::sad::sad::sad::sad::sad:

Scotso
04-25-2008, 07:57 PM
He has pulled out of Munich.

:yeah:

gambit84
04-25-2008, 08:03 PM
:yeah:

obviously the decision to withdraw from Munich is right due to his injury but I'm sad because this isn't a lucky year for Gillu :sad:

hope in a good tournament in Rome :)

Scotso
04-25-2008, 08:20 PM
I'm happy because I want him to get better. ;)

gambit84
04-25-2008, 08:23 PM
:yeah:


btw fundamental is that he'll be in Rome because I'll be there also :p

Truc
04-29-2008, 06:31 AM
In L'Equipe today:Gilles SIMON. – Toujours en délicatesse avec son dos, il n’est pas sûr de pouvoir jouer à Rome. Passé hier à Munich pour remplir ses obligations, il expliquait : « Je dois revoir le docteur mardi et reprendrai peut-être mercredi. » His back is still bothering him and he isn’t sure to play in Rome. :( He was in Munich yesterday and said he will see the doctor today and *maybe* start practicing again on Wednesday then.

Grenouille
04-29-2008, 10:19 AM
Allez Poulet !

Acer
04-29-2008, 12:46 PM
Awww I don't want him to miss Rome, but definitely not on the expense of his fitness :(

gambit84
04-29-2008, 12:48 PM
In L'Equipe today:His back is still bothering him and he isn’t sure to play in Rome.



:banghead::banghead::banghead:

tedlesurfeur
04-29-2008, 12:57 PM
:yeah:


btw fundamental is that he'll be in Rome because I'll be there also :p

oh yeah ? What rounds will you be watching ?? that's nice.. :)

___

I'm like Scotso !! I prefer Gillou withdrawing and getting better, instead of cumulating first round exits.. :wavey:

Truc
04-29-2008, 06:01 PM
He has also entered Warsaw on clay after the French Open, I had totally forgotten about this event.
It will be a nice change to the usual first-round exit in Halle!

gambit84
05-02-2008, 10:12 PM
oh yeah ? What rounds will you be watching ?? that's nice.. :)



only tuesday this year :sad:

gambit84
05-02-2008, 10:33 PM
Rome MS

link: http://www.internazionalibnlditalia.it/1/default.asp

Tomorrow the draw will be out at 12 a.m. (11 GMT)

Gillu you know is not a seeded player and it means he should be against of them in the first round also (:o) Fortunately the first eight seeded players have a bye and so he'll avoid surely them. On the other hand Rome is the only MS on clay that American tennis players (who hate and are very bad on red clay ) use to play and so there's a possibility thanks to a lucky draw to take a good spot.
Obviously these thoughts shoul be useless if Gill didn't fell better but Tulasne, according to me, is not a stupid coach and I'm confident he has chosen the right thing for Gillu

Btw a friend of mine tomorrow will be there and I asked to him to assist to a Gilles training session. probably tomorrow night (that's morning for someone of you :o ) I can say somothing more about that :yeah:

this year not started in a right way but I hope will change soon

faith...and good luck to Gillu :yeah:

gambit84
05-03-2008, 10:26 AM
Today Gillu was training in the early morning with a full beard on his face :o
Unfortunately he was on court at inconvenient time because now are training players more famous :o like Nole, Moya (:(), Kolya (:()...
I hope he'll do another training session in the evening :dance:

gambit84
05-03-2008, 10:28 AM
Is someone here? :o

gambit84
05-03-2008, 11:22 AM
the draw is out http://www.atptennis.com/1/posting/2008/416/mds.pdf

very easy spot for Gillu is he was in good form

He has Tsonga (first tournament after injury stop) like first match and then probably Bolelli who's still playing in Munich. He's in the R3 where are all american boys who are not good player on clay

:yeah:

Acer
05-03-2008, 11:44 AM
Allez Gilles! Let's hope he can take out Tsonga first, the rest should be a bit easier.

Truc
05-03-2008, 11:59 AM
Thanks for all the news, Raffaele - he better shave until his first match!!
(Since Tulasne joked in an interview last year about the fact that Gilles hasn't much facial hair yet and will probably peak in a few years, Gilles really tries very hard to prove him wrong...)

"Very easy" might be pushing it a little. :p But it could have been worse.
I actually like his draw because he will maybe play on a showcourt if the Tsongamania hasn't died out yet.

jitterbug
05-03-2008, 12:08 PM
Beard-Gilles isn't too bad :hearts:

Good luck!

Brego
05-03-2008, 08:06 PM
Here's Gilles section of the draw:

6)RODDICK, Andy vs Bye
LLODRA, Michael vs FISH, Mardy
BOLELLI, Simone vs QUALIFIER
SIMON, Gilles vs TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried (10)

(14)ROBREDO, Tommy vs CHELA, Juan Ignacio
MAHUT, Nicolas vs QUALIFIER
ANCIC, Mario vs LOPEZ, Feliciano
(4)DAVYDENKO, Nikolay vs Bye


Thanks gambit84 for the insider info.

I hope Gilles is fully recovered and can do well here.

Kezzi
05-03-2008, 09:31 PM
Thanks for all the news, Raffaele - he better shave until his first match!!
(Since Tulasne joked in an interview last year about the fact that Gilles hasn't much facial hair yet and will probably peak in a few years, Gilles really tries very hard to prove him wrong...)

"Very easy" might be pushing it a little. :p But it could have been worse.
I actually like his draw because he will maybe play on a showcourt if the Tsongamania hasn't died out yet.
Maybe Tulasne has to say something about it now, I also prefer Gilles shaved :p But I like him as he is, so if that's with a beard, so be it :)
Sounds like they have lots of fun together :D

Let's hope so for the showcourt! Allez Gillou! :bounce:

Scotso
05-04-2008, 06:28 AM
I'll take him any way I can get him.

Truc
05-05-2008, 05:07 PM
I'm scared for tomorrow.
The articles say Gilles started practicing again 3 days ago only - like Jo.

(I haven't looked up, but I have the feeling his record against other Frenchies is horrible, isn't it? I can hardly remember a good win over a French player lately - Gicquel in Hamburg last year, but that's not really a feat...)

gambit84
05-05-2008, 05:54 PM
me too :scared:

like the last year I'll be with him in any case and against the great part of the crowd :angel:

btw in my opinion Gillu has a tennis more essential, intuitive then Jo. He should recover the top form more easly :):)

Truc
05-05-2008, 07:33 PM
Yes, you'll have to cheer VERY loudly to drown out the Tsonga supporters tomorrow, Raffaele! :lol:
People were even cheering for Cañas against Gilles last year? Tsss...

He plays on "Campo 1" tomorrow -> livestream! :banana: Never been so happy about the Tsongamania. I haven't seen Gilles play since Rotterdam.

Brego
05-05-2008, 10:24 PM
Campo 1 1.00 pm

Juan Carlos FERRERO vs Nicolas KIEFER
followed by
Fernando GONZALEZ vs Janko TIPSAREVIC
followed by
Fernando VERDASCO vs Carlos MOYA
followed by
Gilles SIMON vs Jo-Wilfried TSONGA

I think Gilles will have his chances against Tsonga but it will be tough.

Rotterdam was the last time I saw him play too.

I hope it doesn't run late (ie. rain delays) or I won't be able to watch it.

Allez Gilles!

jitterbug
05-05-2008, 11:38 PM
I can't watch this match, I have an 8am class tomorrow morning :(

Allez Gilles! :rocker2:

Grenouille
05-06-2008, 11:53 AM
Allez Poussin this is your day :D

Acer
05-06-2008, 10:46 PM
Poussin!!

Truc
05-07-2008, 06:45 AM
It's all about Jo in the French media, of course. He just means his back feels fine and it was tough, but a great fight for him, coming back from an injury.
"C'était dur, d'autant qu'avec Jo, on sortait tous les deux de pépins physiques. Le match s'est joué à rien, c'était un beau combat, a commenté le vainqueur. Mais je me suis rassuré sur mon dos, c'est bien pour la suite."
http://www.laprovence.com/articles/2008/05/06/431559-Sports-Tennis-a-Rome-Simon-elimine-Tsonga.php

Not as much "pusher" BS as usual in General Messages, I'll take it as a sign some people noticed he was hitting the ball pretty well yesterday. :p

I have the video of the 3rd set, if anybody missed the match and wants me to upload it.

Truc
05-07-2008, 06:50 AM
And all the articles about Superbol are VERY laudatory, it will be tough today!
I didn't watch his match, but Patience means Bolelli was so overwhelming that he just wanted to get out of the court and was really wondering how he was going to win at least one game. ^^

Truc
05-08-2008, 06:25 AM
In l’Equipe today:
Il a mené 2-0 au deuxième set mais a laissé Simone Bolelli revenir trop vite au score. Gilles SIMON, battu 6-4, 6-4 par l’Italien qui monte, ne disputera donc pas les huitièmes de finale à Rome pour la deuxième année de suite :« Je ressens pas mal de frustration car, à aucun moment, je ne l’ai senti plus fort que moi. Mais entre sa confiance actuelle et mon manque de jus du jour (il avait fini à minuit la veille son match en trois sets contre Tsonga), ça a fait la différence. Je suis déçu parce qu’il y avait un bon match à jouer contre Roddick au tour suivant... »

He was leading 2-0 in the 2nd set, but let Bolelli come back to quickly: “This is pretty frustrating because I never had the feeling he was stronger than me. But his actual confidence level and my lack of energy (the match against Tsonga ended at midnight) made the difference. I’m disappointed because there was an interesting match to play against Roddick in the next round…”

Truc
05-08-2008, 06:30 AM
Exactly how I feel. I’d be perfectly fine with that loss if Superbol had played out of his mind, like many people were predicting before the match, but there clearly was room for more for Gilles yesterday.

Anyway, still glad about his tournament because his win over Jo is one of the most exciting matches I’ve seen of him, and even if it was Jo’s first match on clay, I’m sure it means a lot to him to beat one of his better-ranked fellow Frenchies.
Nobody knows when he won a match after saving MP for the last time?

Brego
05-08-2008, 01:39 PM
Nobody knows when he won a match after saving MP for the last time?

I can't think of a match that he had to save MPs. It may be a first.

When Gilles started the second set against Bolelli I thought he had a good chance of winning it. But then he started struggling physically and that was that. Gilles gifted the match to Simo IMHO.

Truc
05-10-2008, 11:25 AM
His draw in Hamburg:
MURRAY Andy [GBR] (15) vs TURSUNOV Dmitry [RUS]
MALISSE Xavier [BEL] vs SIMON Gilles [FRA]
Q vs STARACE Potito [ITA]
NADAL Rafael [ESP] (2) vs BYE

Brego
05-10-2008, 04:12 PM
Well until the 3rd round (Rafa) it looks promising.

Last year he went out in the 2nd round but took out Davydenko in 3 sets in the 1st round.

Allez Gilles. :clap2:

tedlesurfeur
05-10-2008, 05:04 PM
His draw in Hamburg:
MURRAY Andy [GBR] (15) vs TURSUNOV Dmitry [RUS]
MALISSE Xavier [BEL] vs SIMON Gilles [FRA]
Q vs STARACE Potito [ITA]
NADAL Rafael [ESP] (2) vs BYE


His first round match is sooo manageable, even his second round match. I hope he had time to rest because he will definitely need his whole energy for the second round, especially if it is Murray
Dima is just not a clay court player. Murray seems tougher to beat on that surface, and yet Dima had good results in Barcelona.. he's even ahead of Gilles at the Race.. what do you think ?

Truc
05-10-2008, 06:35 PM
He plays tomorrow already:
Court M1 starting at 11:00 CEST
Julien BENNETEAU (FRA) vs. Boris PASHANSKI (SRB)
followed by
Jaan-Frederik BRUNKEN (GER) vs. Flavio CIPOLLA (ITA)
followed by
Xavier MALISSE (BEL) vs. Gilles SIMON (FRA)

At least I'll be sure to see him, but he better win, I want him to be around a little bit longer!

Scotso
05-10-2008, 07:29 PM
What an easy draw for Gilles, especially the third round.

The title awaits, babycakes :rocker2:

gambit84
05-10-2008, 07:50 PM
I'm sure he'll make Xavier crazy with all his passing shots :angel:

yes, it's true: good draw. Hope in a good form :)

gambit84
05-11-2008, 02:53 PM
good win in two set on Malisse. Glad Fran has seen him won :D

jitterbug
05-11-2008, 04:05 PM
Good win! :clap2:

Brego
05-11-2008, 04:07 PM
:woohoo: Great win for Gilles.

Look forward to your take on the match Fran. :)

Scotso
05-11-2008, 04:53 PM
:rocker2:

Truc
05-11-2008, 07:12 PM
Well, it was encouraging and :o at the same time.
His game is there, he's hitting the ball nicely imo, but he has terrible concentration lapses. He looked totally in control, should have won the first set 6-1, had his usual hiccups by taking his chances and serving it out, but well, it was OK.

But the second set... Malisse started playing better too, but Gilles totally lost the plot, he was mad because it was too loud (it was horribly loud indeed) and played crap. He regrouped just in time and Malisse helped A LOT, Gilles really was lucky to win in 2 sets!

If he keeps his head together, I think he does have a chance against Murray because he was playing well before he went :silly:. Malisse was pretty poor, though.
He seems to still have a cold, keeps blowing his nose like in Rome.

Scotso
05-12-2008, 03:26 AM
Thanks for the report :kiss:

Brego
05-12-2008, 04:44 PM
Thanks for the report Fran.

Acer
05-12-2008, 06:01 PM
Allez Gilles, Murray tomorrow.

gambit84
05-12-2008, 06:05 PM
Allez Gilles, Murray tomorrow.


last year in Rome :worship::worship:

one of his best matches :smoke:

Truc
05-12-2008, 11:08 PM
I'm back already. :-/
I see now my post yesterday didn't sound very enthusiastic, I actually was nicely surprised by his game, I found his shots really clean and pretty fast for a "pusher" :p (first time I saw him play a match live, and I was a bit afraid I might find him a "pusher" myself!) and it definitely was a great effort to come back in the 2nd set - but it was just unnecessary.
It won't be a problem this time since he'll have more than 2 days to recover, but he always loses energy in the first rounds without any reason. It could have been a 6-2 6-3 win.

After having watched Andy today, I have to say Andy looked more impressive to me, though. I was very impressed by him, even if Tursunov made him look good too, I'm aware of that.

(I don't know why I mentioned the cold, btw, he seems fine.)

Truc
05-12-2008, 11:12 PM
I also watched his doubles match, of course. :tape: Adorable team, but I can't remember Gilles holding once during the whole match. His return wasn't impressive either and his volleys looked like warming-up volleys at best (at the net, he's a complete "pusher" indeed), so... I enjoyed it because he looked really hot and it was nice to see him smiling (he was quite grumpy against Malisse), but it was not a highlight.
Waske was screaming "Come on!!!!" everytime they broke, it looked a bit stupid since they got the break everytime Gillou was serving. ^^

Anyway, I was so lucky with the schedule, with Gilles playing on Sunday already, then the 2 other players I wanted to see on Monday + I couldn't believe it when I saw he was playing doubles with Jo!!

Truc
05-13-2008, 08:06 PM
I’m still catching up with the news of the last few days, here’s what he said after his win over Malisse:
SIMON VA MIEUX. – Vainqueur de Xavier Malisse en deux sets (6-4, 7-5), Gilles Simon se retrouve au deuxième tour dès le dimanche soir. Hier, il s’est qualifié mais surtout rassuré. « D’abord sur l’état de mon dos (blessé lors de son deuxième tour à Estoril). Je suis peut-être encore un peu trop vigilant, mais je n’ai plus de douleurs. » Le Français renoue également progressivement avec ses sensations.« J’ai touché un nouveau jeu de raquettes avant Rome et j’ai un meilleur feeling. Mes coups sont là. Je ne suis pas encore au top au niveau du déplacement mais ça revient bien. Rien à voir avec Monte-Carlo ou Rome. » Il affrontera au tour suivant Andy Murray ou Dmitry Tursunov. He means it was reassuring. First for his back: maybe he still is a bit too careful, but at least he isn’t feeling any pain anymore. And also for his game: he got a new set of racquets before Rome and has a better feeling now. His shots are there. He’s not moving at his best yet, but it’s coming back. There's nothing to compare with Monte-Carlo or Rome.

Truc
05-13-2008, 08:07 PM
Labamba says he has applied for a WC in Pörtschach next week, but since he's competing with Gasquet (?), Ferrero and El Aynaoui, I think his chances are pretty low.

Court 1 tomorrow again, I hope he will deal better with the noise from the Center Court this time!
Court M1 starting at 11:00 CEST
Juan MONACO (ARG) vs. Simone BOLELLI (ITA)
followed by
James BLAKE (USA) vs. Janko TIPSAREVIC (SRB)
followed by
Robin SODERLING (SWE) vs. Jo-Wilfried TSONGA (FRA)
followed by
Andy MURRAY (GBR) vs. Gilles SIMON (FRA)

Scotso
05-14-2008, 12:24 AM
allez Gilles :rocker2:

I know he can do it.

Truc
05-15-2008, 07:37 AM
His reaction in L’Equipe:
Gilles SIMON a chuté, 6-3, 6-3, face à un Andy Murray si motivé qu’à un moment il se fit saigner les phalanges en cognant de déception sur son tamis. « Le score est dur, plaidait le Français, trop irrégulier face à l’Écossais, qui ne lâcha rien. J’ai plein de jeu dans la raquette en ce moment, mais je n’arrive pas à le transcrire en match. » Ce sera peut-être la semaine prochaine à Casablanca, où il espère récupérer la wild-card que Gasquet n’utilisera pas…
Murray was very motivated yesterday - after having missed a shot, he even hit his racquet so hard that his fingers were bleeding.
Gilles wasn't consistent enough and Andy never gave him a chance. "The scoreline is harsh", Gilles pleads (I agree!). (The next sentence is a bit strange in French too, I don't know how to say that in English: ) "I have a lot of game in my racquet at the moment, but I don’t manage to translate it in my matches."
Maybe next week in Casablanca where he hopes to get the WC Gasquet won’t need…

Jo is going to play Casa with a WC, maybe he can "blackmail" them a little bit - "I'm playing your event (they don't have one single top 50 player on the entry list atm, it must be big for them to get Jo), please also give a WC to my buddy Gillou"? :angel:

Scotso
05-15-2008, 06:38 PM
And there's a big French influence there, so they should definitely give Poussin one.

Truc
05-16-2008, 10:38 PM
No, they gave it to El Aynaoui (better decision, TBH, there wasn't one single local player in the main draw otherwise!), he has to play the qualies:

(1) SIMON, Gilles FRA/BYE
BELAL, Chemseddine MAR v (WC) BENKIRANE, Saad MAR
CERMAK, Frantisek CZE v KERR, Jordan AUS
BYE/(6) NASO, Gianluca ITA

Scotso
05-17-2008, 04:51 AM
Well he SHOULD make it through. Should.

Grenouille
05-17-2008, 07:52 AM
Never heard of these players. Shouldn't be too hard to qualify and that's good because he will win a couple of easy matches to put his game in the right way :D

Truc
05-17-2008, 08:27 AM
Exactly, I think it's not bad at all he plays the qualies since he most of all needs a few focused, very clean wins.
When I saw him training with Nico Mahut in Hamburg, it didn't look very intense again, compared to other players (like in Zagreb). Playing a couple of real matches is the best training he can get right now imo.

Of course if he doesn't qualify, I advise not to read the result thread in GM.

Scotso
05-17-2008, 04:28 PM
Of course if he doesn't qualify, I advise not to read the result thread in GM.

:lol:

So noted.

gambit84
05-18-2008, 08:42 AM
Gillu won his first quali round against Benkirane 61 61, now he has to beat Naso

Allez Gillu :rocker2:

Truc
05-18-2008, 02:21 PM
There is a livestream for his match, they're warming up:
http://www.tvchannelsfree.com/watch/3082/Arryadia---Maroc.html
or http://channelsurfing.net/watch-atp-morocco.html

Truc
05-18-2008, 03:18 PM
It was quite a pain to watch, especially the 2nd set, but it was not Poussin's fault, he was solid.
6-2 6-3 - I hope he plays Coria now. :p

gambit84
05-18-2008, 03:34 PM
Gillu and Coria :hearts:

jitterbug
05-18-2008, 03:59 PM
I kept thinking this is the Casablanca Challenger. :o that one was a couple of weeks ago, of course. I did wonder why Gilles was playing in a Challenger qualifying.. :tape:

Truc
05-18-2008, 06:53 PM
I don't think there was any Challenger in Casablanca this year. Only Rabat and Marrakech. Maybe you get confused because it's called the "Casachallenger" on MTF?

Grrrr, he drew Serra. And he plays on Court 2 tomorrow (1st match of the day) -> no livestream.
He leads in the h2h, but it doesn't mean much because they haven't played lately and the last match was that joke of a RR match in Adelaide.

gambit84
05-18-2008, 07:20 PM
Florent Serra was in a good form two months ago, now he isn't playing well. Gillu can crush him :rocker2:

jitterbug
05-18-2008, 08:10 PM
Wasn't there a Casablanca Challenger as well? :scratch: I don't know about this year's screwed up calendar, but I kind of remember livescoring for a Challenger in that region around this time of the year.

EDIT: yes, there was a Casablanca Challenger last year. Cilic won it.

Truc
05-19-2008, 07:07 AM
Florent Serra was in a good form two months ago, now he isn't playing well. Gillu can crush him :rocker2:Rather the other way around imo, Flo has been in horrid form this year, but he has shown some improvement in the last 2 months.
They know each other so well with Flo, I would have preferred him to play somebody else. But Gilles should definitely win, of course. After having played the qualies, he must be motivated to win a couple of matches there, and he was looking fine to me yesterday.

Truc
05-19-2008, 07:07 AM
Anyway, even if he loses, it won't be tragic, he'll have more time to get ready for Roland. The conditions in Casa look so different from Paris, much faster, even Gilles was hitting aces yesterday (9!!).

gambit84
05-19-2008, 09:49 AM
Rather the other way around imo, Flo has been in horrid form this year, but he has shown some improvement in the last 2 months.
They know each other so well with Flo, I would have preferred him to play somebody else. But Gilles should definitely win, of course. After having played the qualies, he must be motivated to win a couple of matches there, and he was looking fine to me yesterday.

well fran I'm not as tolerant as you. If Gillu is injuried ok but now he's improving his tennis conditions and so no excuses: his objective is to become a top20 and to play good in slam tournaments and when you have objectives like these beat countryman opponent who's not at your level is essential and fundamental :o :D

gambit84
05-19-2008, 09:58 AM
and so c'mon Gillu :rocker2:

Truc
05-19-2008, 10:59 AM
I don't like them playing each other, but not because I'm more scared of Flo than of the other ones.
I just don't like that match-up - I have a soft spot for Flo since I saw him last year at a tournament and also, I like the idea of Gilles irritating the opponent with his game which is a bit special and it's not the same feeling with Serra. It's not just a countryman, they had the same coach, were training together for a long time, know each other very well.

I would prefer him to play somebody else, but I'm not questioning Gilles Simon's ability to beat Florent Serra!

gambit84
05-19-2008, 11:15 AM
I watched Flo in Naples two months ago and he didn't impress me so much but was playing good, but yes he looks a nice guy and looks like my cousin :lol:

gambit84
05-19-2008, 11:17 AM
well I'm thinking that in my family I have the clone of Murray and the clone of Serra :lol:

Truc
05-19-2008, 11:49 AM
I saw him drive Horna crazy in the Hamburg qualies last year and since I can't stand Horna, I totally enjoyed it. :drool: He seems nice, really. Also a friend of Gillou and of Mathieu Montcourt, I can't cheer against the guy.
How old is your cousin?

6-2 already in about 30 minutes.

Truc
05-19-2008, 11:51 AM
http://img262.imageshack.us/img262/9986/livestreambn9.jpg

Does that mean there is a livestream somewhere for that blockbuster of a match?

gambit84
05-19-2008, 11:55 AM
I saw him drive Horna crazy in the Hamburg qualies last year and since I can't stand Horna, I totally enjoyed it. :drool: He seems nice, really. Also a friend of Gillou and of Mathieu Montcourt, I can't cheer against the guy.
How old is your cousin?

6-2 already in about 30 minutes.

the clone of Flo is 27
the clone of Andy is 22, he's a free time model also :rolls:

Grenouille
05-19-2008, 12:09 PM
post their pics please :)

gambit84
05-19-2008, 12:14 PM
post their pics please :)

they could kill me :tape:

jitterbug
05-19-2008, 12:16 PM
Why do I always think that Serra is German? :rolls: I keep confusing him with Florian Mayer!

Martin Verkerk and Jiri Vanek had 15 aces in Poertschach... EACH :rolls:

jitterbug
05-19-2008, 12:17 PM
they could kill me :tape:

They will never know :angel: :aplot:

Scotso
05-19-2008, 12:22 PM
Of course it rains or something since Gilles is winning easily. :mad:

Scotso
05-19-2008, 12:23 PM
I saw him drive Horna crazy in the Hamburg qualies last year and since I can't stand Horna, I totally enjoyed it. :drool:

I can't stand him either. My god, he's such a poor loser. I saw him play a match in D.C., and he was losing in the final set so he pulled every trick he could. Injury timeouts, etc. He even served underhanded match point down. I wanted to pelt him with my water bottle.

gambit84
05-19-2008, 12:23 PM
in the second he was a break down and so it should be better for him

jitterbug
05-19-2008, 12:25 PM
Cuveas :drool:

gambit84
05-19-2008, 12:54 PM
Florent is serving for the second set :fiery:

gambit84
05-19-2008, 01:02 PM
lost the second 7-5 :fiery:

Truc
05-19-2008, 01:16 PM
And broken in the 3rd now. :silly:

gambit84
05-19-2008, 01:17 PM
And broken in the 3rd now. :silly:

yes :mad::mad::mad:

jitterbug
05-19-2008, 01:18 PM
Oh Gilles :sad:

gambit84
05-19-2008, 01:27 PM
and now 2-2 :dance:
please Gillu holds :rocker2:

Truc
05-19-2008, 01:36 PM
Unbelievable, each game seems to last 15 minutes.
Please, Gilles, win the next 3 games to love, this is painful.

gambit84
05-19-2008, 01:37 PM
now it's a battle :o

Truc
05-19-2008, 01:53 PM
OMG, he's serving for the match :eek:, I missed the break - I was getting a bit sick of the 40-40, 40-A, 40-40, A-40, 40-40...

Allez, put an end to our misery, Gillou! :rocker2:

Oh, and Ernie is :silly:-ing too...

Truc
05-19-2008, 01:55 PM
:worship:
2:20, nice training session.

gambit84
05-19-2008, 01:58 PM
and finally won :rocker2:

Brego
05-19-2008, 02:44 PM
Congrats to Gilles.

Next up: Boris Pashanski

They've played once before (Gilles won) but it was a 3 setter.

Allez Gillou. :bounce:

There are 3 weeks left or after the French Open to qualify for the Olympics. Gilles is France's 4th best player with 900 points but close on his tail is Llodra with 831/Mahut with 761/Monfils at 718.


Off Topic: I'm surprised to see Peter Polansky playing here. He's only be playing Challenger circuit tournaments. He's never won an ATP match but he's in the main draw playing Coria ATM.

Grenouille
05-19-2008, 03:45 PM
they could kill me :tape:

send them to me by PM:angel:

Truc
05-19-2008, 06:42 PM
There are 3 weeks left or after the French Open to qualify for the Olympics. Gilles is France's 4th best player with 900 points but close on his tail is Llodra with 831/Mahut with 761/Monfils at 718.I've been keeping a close eye on that ranking for a while too! But are you sure about the 900 / 831 points? In Labamba's last update, he's 100 points ahead of the next one, which means Mahut, Llodra & Co would need to make it at least to the R16 to overcome him in the Beijing ranking, right?
I hope he will win enough matches by himself to be safe, this is going to make me nervous otherwise in RG. I think it's important to him to be in the French top 4. He always wants so badly to play in DC - at least here it's beyond Forget's control.

Truc
05-19-2008, 06:43 PM
Some articles are funny - "qualifier upsets the No. 7 seed Serra".

Grenouille
05-19-2008, 08:25 PM
It's really four first french guys who will go ? Because I seriously doubt they will not send Llodra with his 2 titles in singles and his great victories in doubles...

Truc
05-19-2008, 09:05 PM
Llodra has already qualified with Clément in doubles, he will be there. But only in doubles so far.
If Gilles still is 4th Frenchie in 3 weeks, he will play in singles at the Olympics.
Or at least that's what I've understood. :shrug:

I think each country is allowed to send 4 singles players and 2 doubles players (and they can have 2 doubles teams, so 2 of the singles players will also play in doubles).
If Llodra also qualifies in singles, one more doubles player spot will be available, for example for Santoro (who wanted to play with Gasquet in Beijing).
But if Gilles defends his spot for the remaining 3 weeks, they're forced to send Gasquet-PHM-Tsonga-Simon in singles and Llodra-Clément in doubles (with probably Gasquet-Tsonga playing doubles too).

But maybe we should ask Renaud, he's good for all this stuff...

Scotso
05-20-2008, 02:07 AM
He better get to play if he's ranked 4th. I'd be pissed.

Brego
05-20-2008, 03:28 AM
I've been keeping a close eye on that ranking for a while too! But are you sure about the 900 / 831 points? In Labamba's last update, he's 100 points ahead of the next one, which means Mahut, Llodra & Co would need to make it at least to the R16 to overcome him in the Beijing ranking, right?
I hope he will win enough matches by himself to be safe, this is going to make me nervous otherwise in RG. I think it's important to him to be in the French top 4. He always wants so badly to play in DC - at least here it's beyond Forget's control.

After a lot of this :retard: and this :scratch: I finally realized that Halle points from 2007 will be dropped off. I was just thinking RG points from last year would be dropped off. Now Labamba's list makes more sense.

Gilles has gained 20 points so far this week that should help. :)

Here's the list (for anyone else who is interested):
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=6698780&postcount=2

Sorry for the confusion.

Truc
05-20-2008, 12:03 PM
Broken 3 times by Pashanski in the 1st set already, nice job, Gilles...
:fiery:
It's a joke, I saw Pashanski lose to Bennet in the qualies in Hamburg just before Gilles' match, no way Gilles should lose to him like that.

jitterbug
05-20-2008, 12:32 PM
Don't lose the break :fiery:

Truc
05-20-2008, 12:52 PM
You almost jinxed him, Zahirah!
He's annoying the hell out of me today. :sobbing: I have no time for this, Gillou!

5-3 (after coming back from 15-40) :worship:

jitterbug
05-20-2008, 12:54 PM
I hope he won't be tired for RG :awww:

Truc
05-20-2008, 12:59 PM
Oh, he must be as fresh as a daisy after that clay season he had.
In his case, I don't mind he plays the week before RG. Gaël should rest imo, for example, but Gilles needs to get his game in gear.
And he needs the points for the Olympics too. :p He can do without the extra pressure of defending his spot in RG.

5-4, now serve it out pleasepleaseplease.

jitterbug
05-20-2008, 01:03 PM
Oh, he must be as fresh as a daisy after that clay season he had.

... or lack thereof? :lol:

SET!

Truc
05-20-2008, 01:05 PM
http://www.cosgan.de/images/smilie/verschiedene/d015.gif
He can't win a game without saving a couple of BP today.
I have to work now, I want to see a breadstick next time I check the SB, Poussinet!

gambit84
05-20-2008, 01:15 PM
ok it's official...Gillu forgot how serving :crying2:

Allez Poussin :rocker2:

jitterbug
05-20-2008, 01:23 PM
Chick :lol:

gambit84
05-20-2008, 02:08 PM
and finally Gillu won :dance:
tomorrow the arriadia channel will show his match live :banana:

Scotso
05-20-2008, 02:17 PM
I found Pashanski to be one of the worst players ever... granted I only ever saw him play on grass.

Still, Gilles should not be losing sets to him :lol:

Scotso
05-20-2008, 02:19 PM
Wait, maybe it was Berlocq I saw. :scratch: My brain doesn't work before noon.

gambit84
05-20-2008, 02:21 PM
fortunately I dont' remember how Boris plays http://www.kolobok.us/smiles/standart/whistle2.gif

Brego
05-20-2008, 02:22 PM
and finally Gillu won :dance:
tomorrow the arriadia channel will show his match live :banana:

He will be playing either Gicquel or Coria. I hope it's Coria because I would love to see him play again.

Allez Gilles.

Acer
05-20-2008, 11:48 PM
Chick :lol:

Teehehe

Truc
05-21-2008, 07:12 AM
SIMON ENCHAÎNE. – Contraint de passer au dernier moment par les qualifications, Gilles Simon a cueilli hier sa quatrième victoire de suite à Casablanca, en dominant Boris Pashanski. Ce fut long (3-6, 6-4, 6-3), douloureux pour les gambettes, mais le Français finit par imposer son calme. Sur des charbons ardents, le Serbe récolta en effet deux points de pénalité (un pour dépassement de temps, l’autre pour verbal abuse) et frisa la disqualification. « Je suis content parce que j’arrive de nouveau à retourner des situations mal engagées, dit Simon. Ça prouve que j’y suis dans la tête. Mais je ne vais pas cracher sur mon jour “off” demain ! (aujourd’hui). » Simon affrontera en quarts de finale Marc Gicquel.It was a hard job and he had to run a lot, but Gilles’ composure finally prevailed. Pashanski went a bit crazy, got 2 penality points (one for taking too much time, one for verbal abuse) and got almost disqualified. Gilles: “I’m happy because I’m eventually able to turn the situation around when things are looking bad. It proves I’m ready mentally. But I won’t mind having a day off tomorrow!” Next: Gicquel.

Marc leads in the h2h, but they played mostly in French futures years ago, it doesn't mean much.
They know each other well too, Marc was part of the little group training with Potier (Gilles/Flo/Marc).

Truc
05-21-2008, 07:15 AM
My post about the Olympics from last time was wrong, btw, I stood corrected.
Of course Llodra qualifying in singles over Gilles doesn't mean they would have to send another doubles player (they can decide to have just 5 Frenchies then - Gasquet/PHM/Tsonga/Llodra in singles and Gasquet/Tsonga + Llodra/Clément in doubles).

Anyway, I know it doesn't change anything for Gilles who just needs to defend his spot in the singles rankings 3 more weeks.
I was only wondering about the consequences if he doesn't and if it would also send Santoro to Beijing then, for example, but that's everything but sure.

Brego
05-22-2008, 01:44 PM
Anyway, I know it doesn't change anything for Gilles who just needs to defend his spot in the singles rankings 3 more weeks.

Gilles has 35 points to defend from last year.

He went out to Paulo in the 2nd round of the French and lost in the
1st round of Halle to Baghdatis. So his chances are looking good to
defend his spot as he is gaining points in Casablanca as well. :)

Truc
05-22-2008, 04:40 PM
He better win today, they will show the rest of the tournament on TV5, I want to see him on my TV instead of these mini-livestreams.

Truc
05-22-2008, 04:49 PM
He fell right in the 1st game and stopped the game to call the trainer, seems quite in pain (his hip)... :scared:

Bobble
05-22-2008, 04:52 PM
yea this doesnt look good

Truc
05-22-2008, 04:58 PM
He seems a bit hampered in his movement. :( I hope he will play more aggressively to shorten the points.
Marc is so nice, he makes him hardly run. Even when Gilles fell, he just played the ball back so they could kept playing the point normally.

Aaargh... he had won the game to love, but gave the last point back to Gicquel - which was only fair since Gicquel had done the same when he fell, but still, he then lost 5 points in a row. :silly: Enough gifting points to the opponent now, please!

Brego
05-22-2008, 05:07 PM
Marc is so nice, he makes him hardly run. Even when Gilles fell, he just played the ball back so they could kept playing the point normally.

That's so sweet. :hearts:

Hope Gilles will be O.K.

Truc
05-22-2008, 05:24 PM
Marc really seems to be a nice guy. I fell in love with him in Hamburg last year, I saw him play with kids and cheer for the other Frenchies, I was all :inlove:.

The trainer keeps coming for Gilles at every change of ends. :-/I hope he will play more aggressively to shorten the points.Not really...
And what's with all these DF out of the blue? Is it because of the hip too?! 5 already at 4-2.

Brego
05-22-2008, 05:31 PM
Finally he gets the game. Gilles leads 5-2.

I get a TV5 channel from France. Maybe I should see if it's an international channel or I can see the match too.

Truc
05-22-2008, 05:49 PM
Yes, probably. I think Ome could also see Casa today on her TV5 program in Thailand, it's all over the world. No idea why they show this event, they never broadcast tennis and then Casachallenger all of a sudden.

1-1, it's a bit of a pain to watch, but we'll cut him some slack because of the hip, his movement definitely doesn't look normal.

Bobble
05-22-2008, 06:06 PM
I didnt really feel the love between the two at the end of the match. either way, solid match for gilles

Brego
05-22-2008, 06:07 PM
Gilles wins the match 6-3 6-2.

I thought he had some good serves and a couple of good shots considering his injury.

Next up: Tsonga (again).

Edit: The TV5 had a talk show now it has a travelling cooking show - Sac a dos?? I'll look tomorrow for the match.

Truc
05-22-2008, 06:12 PM
Marc... :tape:
But Gilles still seemed in pain at the end of the match.

Yes, TV5 isn't showing tennis right now, they showed one match this afternoon and will cover both matches tomorrow (and on Saturday).

I didnt really feel the love between the two at the end of the match. either way, solid match for gillesMarc was just mad at himself imo, that was a terrible performance from him, I don't think it was directed at Gilles.

Brego
05-22-2008, 06:17 PM
But Gilles still seemed in pain at the end of the match. :(

He's probably going to be stiff tomorrow.

I wish he didn't have to play Tsonga. :(

Truc
05-22-2008, 06:22 PM
Yep, he should be 2nd seed of the event, they should meet in the final.
On the other hand, there's no shame in losing to Jo, whatever the idiots on GM might say, so he has no pressure anymore now, that's not a bad thing.

Truc
05-22-2008, 06:24 PM
He gave a little interview in French at the end! He said it wasn't a big deal to play the qualies because he didn't waste too much energy.
But today his leg really was hurting a lot. The trainer told him it wouldn't get worse, so he "forced". But he hopes he'll be at 100% tomorrow, he definitely sounded a bit worried.
He came to Casa mostly to get ready for RG and whatever happens now, the preparation has been successful for him anyway.

And then the journalist told him it's fascinating because it looks so easy when he plays, he looks like he's just walking on the court, which lulls the opponent to sleep and then he can crack a winner out of the blue.
They always tell him that and as usual, he answered he doesn't have that feeling at all, he feels like he's running all over the court, on the contrary (but today, you really were just walking, Gillou!) and it's funny he looks so relaxed for other people because he often feels so tense on the contrary. It's just an impression he gives. And if the opponent feels that way too, that's perfect, it makes up for his lack of power in the legs.

Brego
05-22-2008, 06:59 PM
Thanks for the translation. :)

Truc
05-22-2008, 08:48 PM
He'll be back to #33 at worst in the rankings, he's so unlucky with the seedings this year - missed it by one spot in both IW and Miami because there wasn't one single withdrawal in the top 32, now he would be seeded if they took this week's ranking, but they take last week's ranking... I'll be mad if he draws a dangerous seed tomorrow.

gambit84
05-22-2008, 09:11 PM
watched just a small part of the first set (very busy day for me) but Gillu won and this is always :rocker2:

Allez :D

Acer
05-22-2008, 09:11 PM
SF baby

Scotso
05-22-2008, 09:13 PM
Nice win. :yeah: I had a feeling it was time for another title. :yeah:

Truc
05-23-2008, 06:35 AM
You were right, Bobble, Marc is completely mad at Gilles! I hadn’t paid attention to the handshake itself, just at Marc’s rants during the match and I thought he was mad about his awful performance. But he was actually angry at Gilles for acting like he was injured and then playing normally in his opinion.
(I don't get it, he really makes it sound like obvious gamesmanship, it was his fault if he couldn't deal with the situation, Gilles looked as impassive as usual.)

Anyway, Gilles’ injury is just a bruise, so I hope he will be OK today. I’m sure he can beat Jo on clay, but he needs to be able to run like a hare for that, otherwise he won't stand a chance the way Jo is playing now.

Truc
05-23-2008, 06:36 AM
Here’s what they say in L’Equipe:
“Victime d’un gros hématome à la fesse droite pour avoir chuté lourdement dès le premier jeu, il fit immédiatement intervenir le kiné pendant trois minutes. Puis géra la rencontre en usant de son cerveau et en vrillant les nerfs de Gicquel. Après la poignée de main, simplement glaciale, le Breton ne décolérait pas. « Quand je le vois prendre des appuis ancrés et frapper comme une mule, j’ai du mal à comprendre, lâcha-t-il.Un coup il jouait, un coup il ne jouait pas…Je me suis pris la tête avec ça et il m’a fait disjoncter. » « J’imagine que Marco doit me traiter de tous les noms, répliqua Simon. Mais je n’ai pas à m’excuser d’avoir gagné ce match. C’était aussi une bataille psychologique. » “
Gilles had a big bruise after falling right in the first game of the match, needed to call the trainer and managed the rest of the match by using his brain and boring into Gicquel’s nerves. After the handshake, which was simply icy, Gicquel didn't calm down and says he doesn’t understand how Gilles was able to play like that and hit the ball like crazy if he was injured. “He played one point normally and then he stopped playing the next one… It was annoying me and he made me lose it”. Gilles: “I guess Marco is calling me all the names under the sun. But I have no reason to apologize for having won this match. It also was a psychological battle.”

And then about the next match against Jo:
“« Ç’avait été un beau combat mais rien à voir avec “Casa”, dit-il. Cette semaine, j’ai vraiment retrouvé mes coups et mon jeu de jambes sur la surface. Quoi qu’il arrive, ma préparation pour Roland est réussie. Maintenant, il y a quand même une coupe au bout. Sûr qu’il y aura un enjeu… » Ne reste plus qu’à prier pour que le jeu n’en pâtisse pas.“
“It was a nice fight in Rome, but nothing to compare with Casa. This week I’ve really recovered my game and my footwork on this surface. Whatever happens now, my preparation for RG has been a success. Now, there is a title to win here. There will be something at stake for sure…”

Truc
05-23-2008, 10:40 AM
Stepanek in the 1st round of RG.

gambit84
05-23-2008, 12:46 PM
Stepanek in the 1st round of RG.


not a good draw :tape: better the first fake draw where he had to beat Nieminen


but, you know, we have always faith in Gillu :angel:

little poussin you can :rocker2:

MacArthur
05-23-2008, 01:13 PM
Sorry my mistake.

Gilles is in final, you know it now.

Brego
05-23-2008, 02:06 PM
Sorry my mistake.

Gilles is in final, you know it now.

Thanks MacArthur. It's too bad for Jojo. :sad:

--------------------------------------------------------------------

Another final for Gilles. Hope he can capitalize on this opportunity.
Edit: Gilles will play Benneteau in the Finals.

Here's Gilles section of the French Open draw.
Gicquel :( /Mahut/Santoro in his section plus Robredo and Ferrer. :eek:

Btw he has never played Stepanek before.

[12] Robredo vs Coria
Troicki vs Gicquel
Q vs Vanek
Simon vs [21] Stepanek
[25] Hewitt vs Mahut
Calleri vs Fish
Santoro vs Mayer
Darcis vs [5] Ferrer

Scotso
05-23-2008, 05:22 PM
Great win for Gilles :rocker2: :lol:

I'm sure he's sad, but he'll take it.

His section is tough in RG, but it could be worse I guess.

Acer
05-23-2008, 06:09 PM
PLEASE Poussin would you beat Stepanek for me?

Truc
05-23-2008, 07:15 PM
He better beat Benneteau for me first - I was annoyed enough when he lost to him last time, I won't take 2 defeats in a row!

tedlesurfeur
05-23-2008, 07:16 PM
Great win for Gilles :rocker2: :lol:

I'm sure he's sad, but he'll take it.

His section is tough in RG, but it could be worse I guess.

Well, the question is : Has Stepanek fully recovered ? :p Because if he hasn't.. :p

Truc
05-23-2008, 07:20 PM
Why did he withdraw from Hamburg, btw? Is he injured?

Gilles tends to struggle when he has easy opponents in first rounds of Grand Slams, like Reynolds or Hernandez, maybe Stepanek isn't so bad for him, he's dangerous (so he'll just have to play his best tennis right from the beginning, without thinking too much), but beatable for him on clay.
(C'est un peu de la méthode Coué, mais bon...)

tedlesurfeur
05-23-2008, 07:34 PM
Why did he withdraw from Hamburg, btw? Is he injured?

Gilles tends to struggle when he has easy opponents in first rounds of Grand Slams, like Reynolds or Hernandez, maybe Stepanek isn't so bad for him, he's dangerous (so he'll just have to play his best tennis right from the beginning, without thinking too much), but beatable for him on clay.
(C'est un peu de la méthode Coué, mais bon...)

la méthode seCoué ouais :lol: HE SOOO has to be pushed to the limits, he has !! Many players have this tendency though... Now, with his game, my question is : can he go far in GSs? He drains the energy out of his opponents, ok, but after a couple of matches he himselfs begins to be exhausted. It's ok for minor tournaments.. I soo wish he could go second week this year though.

Brego
05-23-2008, 07:42 PM
Why did he withdraw from Hamburg, btw? Is he injured?

I thought he had a stomach bug or food poisoning.

Stepanek could well be a problem. But lots of players find it hard to play Gillou for the first time.

Tomorrow's OOP:

Court Central

Match starts at 2.00 pm

Gilles Simon vs Julien Benneteau

Grenouille
05-24-2008, 11:09 AM
I'm glad Gilles had a day free yesterday so he could rest his fesse droite ^^

gambit84
05-24-2008, 11:56 AM
Stepanek :o :fiery:

poor Nicole :crying2:

tedlesurfeur
05-24-2008, 12:15 PM
Stepanek :o :fiery:

poor Nicole :crying2:

What's that ? I need a bit of explanation here ? I haven't been notified of a extremely hot news or what ?? :lol:

gambit84
05-24-2008, 12:19 PM
What's that ? I need a bit of explanation here ? I haven't been notified of a extremely hot news or what ?? :lol:

Nicole (sexy Nicole:o) is the gf of Radek the beast :o

I watched them togheter in Rome :eek::sad:

tedlesurfeur
05-24-2008, 12:23 PM
I knew this, I just didn't know why you were talking about it right now :p

Question : does anybody know if Gillou's ranking is going to improve after Casablanca ? thx.

Truc
05-24-2008, 12:41 PM
A Top 30 place for Simon

A reward for him having to qualify this week when he should
not have had toAnd if he wins today, I think he will reach his best ranking ever.
(Judio has already updated the thread for the time after RG, but I remember Gilles had almost as many points as the players #28 and #29 when I checked the thread yesterday, so he should go past them with a win?)

gambit84
05-24-2008, 01:11 PM
I knew this, I just didn't know why you were talking about it right now :p


because Radek will be his next opponent in Paris :mad:
not a good draw for gillu

was better the first draw where gillu had to beat Nieminen

gambit84
05-24-2008, 02:50 PM
Gillu won the first 7-5 :dance:

he played two amazing bhs during the last game :hearts:


guys I can't stand Julien and his tennis :help:

Brego
05-24-2008, 02:50 PM
:woohoo: Gilles takes the 1st set 7-5!

rrfnpump
05-24-2008, 02:51 PM
Gilles just won the first set 7-5 against Bennetau. He was playing very well and made a lot of good winners. The only thing that made it close was Bennetau's serving which was extremely good. Allez Gilles :)

gambit84
05-24-2008, 02:52 PM
I really LOVE his backhand dwt :hearts:

Grenouille
05-24-2008, 03:22 PM
Title for Gillou !!!!!!!!!! number 3rd !!!!!

gambit84
05-24-2008, 03:23 PM
and gillu won his 3th atp title :hearts:

played very well in the second set :hearts:

some amazing dtl shots :hearts:

Truc
05-24-2008, 03:24 PM
:inlove:

The only thing I'm not too fond of was the haircut. The rest was awesome, Gillou. The game, the attitude...

Brego
05-24-2008, 03:32 PM
:yippee:Great win Gilles :yippee:

Truc
05-24-2008, 03:32 PM
GM is so pissed that people don't even start a thread for the result?

But the TV5 commentators said during the trophy ceremony that Tsonga will be operated on Tuesday, that quite spoiled the fun. :(

Grenouille
05-24-2008, 03:33 PM
So JWT is out of French Open ?

jitterbug
05-24-2008, 04:01 PM
Atta boy poussin.

Tutu
05-24-2008, 04:13 PM
Allez Gilles

Acer
05-24-2008, 04:20 PM
Congrats guys :smoke:

Brego
05-24-2008, 04:23 PM
Going into the French Open Gilles will be ranked 27.

His highest ranking ever. :yeah:

Truc
05-24-2008, 05:07 PM
Nobody cares about this event, it's a joke. No website, no pics, even the ATP hasn't updated the website for hours now... He didn't pick the best event to finally get a better media coverage!

Ome
05-24-2008, 05:33 PM
Nobody cares about this event, it's a joke. No website, no pics, even the ATP hasn't updated the website for hours now... He didn't pick the best event to finally get a better media coverage!

Indeed...

Anyway, congrats Gilles! :yeah:

rrfnpump
05-24-2008, 06:35 PM
Gilles :woohoo:
well played and deserved winner!!

gambit84
05-24-2008, 07:12 PM
Gilles :woohoo:
well played and deserved winner!!


:wavey: great photographer :smoke:

don't forget to join the Gillu's Fan Club :smoke:

Ayane
05-24-2008, 07:52 PM
Welcome mon Poussin ... I'm really proud of U ... I hope tell him that in person in Rg in a few days :D

jitterbug
05-24-2008, 11:29 PM
Only one no-game ballpusher remark in GM about Gilles.. They really are getting mellow.

LilyRoseAva
05-24-2008, 11:55 PM
congrats gilles!!!

ca faisait un bout de tps que j'étais pas passée ici je pense car il a maintenant son propre forum ;-)

Truc
05-25-2008, 07:08 AM
The article today in L'Equipe:Simon, force 3
Issu des qualifications, le Français a conquis hier son troisième trophée en dominant Julien Benneteau.

À L’HEURE où la grande majorité des joueurs français se plaint d’un déficit de matches (traduisez : de confiance), Gilles Simon a mis les bouchées doubles à Casablanca. Pour s’être inscrit trop tard, il avait dû passer par les qualifications alors que son classement ATP lui aurait valu le rang de tête de série no 2. Bien lui en a pris : huit jours après son premier tour de qualifs, le Français a conquis hier son troisième titre (après Marseille et Bucarest, l’an dernier) en quatre finales, en dominant Julien Benneteau 7-5, 6-2. En enquillant six succès d’affilée (plus une victoire par forfait sur Tsonga), Simon a fait le plein de sensations et de repères. Après un rapide échange de breaks, le sort du premier set se joua au douzième jeu. Long de seize points, il tomba dans l’escarcelle de Simon sur un superbe passing de revers croisé. Le sort du match était presque jeté. « Gagner le premier set m’a énormément aidé, reconnut-il. Jusque-là, on était tous les deux un peu tendus. Après, j’ai géré la situation : d’expérience, je sais qu’on joue rarement son meilleur tennis en finale. » « Du milieu du premier au milieu du deuxième, Gilles n’a pas dû faire une seule faute directe, souligna Benneteau. Il est vraiment dur à déborder et c’est très difficile de réaccélerer sa balle. Dur de trouver une solution... » Reste désormais aux duettistes à bien gérer le court intermède qui sépare Casablanca de Roland-Garros. Tous deux croisent les doigts pour n’être programmés que mardi. « Ce sera peut-être dur, mais j’ai tellement gagné en relâchement ici que je ne crois pas avoir perdu trop d’énergie, explique Simon. Je venais chercher du combat physique, j’en ai eu ; je venais chercher des repères de jeu, j’en ai eu. Je préfère renverser le problème et me dire que ça me sera très profitable pour Roland. » Encore quelques jours et on connaîtra la réponse. – V. C. The game at 6-5 was deciding. It lasted 16 points and Gilles took the set with a superb BH passing-shot. "It helped a lot to win the first set. We both were a bit tensed up until that point. After the first set, I was able to manage the situation. I know from experience one rarely plays his best tennis in a final."
"Gilles hardly made an unforced error from the middle of the 1st set to the middle of the 2nd set, Julien says. It was really hard to outplay him and his shots make it very difficult to speed up the ball again. Tough to find a solution then..."
The question now for both will be to negotiate the transition well before Roland-Garros. Both were crossing their fingers they would get a late start on Tuesday. "It will be tough, but I’ve gained so much 'relaxation' here that I don’t think I wasted too much energy, Gilles says. I came here to have some 'physical fights', I got them. I came to find my marks, I found them. I prefer to consider the question the other way around and to think it will be very beneficial for Roland." We'll know more in a few days.

tedlesurfeur
05-25-2008, 08:32 AM
I add the beginning, which I like because of what's being said of the other Frenchmen :lol:

When all the other Frenchmen complain about a lack of matches (understand: a lack of condidence) Gilles decided to speed up things. He could have been the No.2 seed, but winning these 6 matches in a row (plus a W/O over Tsonga) made Gilles get a refill (of sensations).

Truc
05-25-2008, 07:37 PM
Just for the drooling factor: he plays doubles with ERV again. First round against Nestor-Zimonjic.

tedlesurfeur
05-25-2008, 08:28 PM
Just for the drooling factor: he plays doubles with ERV again. First round against Nestor-Zimonjic.

I had the chance to be part of a training from one of ERV's best friends, a physical trainer / tennis teacher, who's ERV's sparring partner for some ITFs in France. that's the only 'almost famous' person that I got to know in the tennisworld. Anyway, that's how I learned that the clichés we have of tennis being for wealthier people are just so right : if you're not wealthy, you can't go on with your practises as conveniently as you wish and tennis grants are so tough to get (and they come so late) that's it's like impossible to succeed in tennis without personal financial backups.
Otherwise, I saw pictures of ERV with many of the french players where they were younger, but none of them with Gillou, but I guess it's just a coincidence, they must have known each other for quite some time, obviously.

Truc
05-25-2008, 09:21 PM
Young Poussin never seems to be in the pics with the other players when they were younger... It would be fun to see at least one since everybody says he was so short compared to the others.
They teamed up a few times in 2005 already with ERV, apparently, but I have no idea either if they're close:
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=2190982&postcount=9
They beat Mirnyi-Murray when they played together at the AO. :rocker2:

InfiniteSadness
05-25-2008, 09:22 PM
Congrats Gilles for your title. :)

Good luck in Roland Garros!

Truc
05-26-2008, 06:51 AM
Going into the French Open Gilles will be ranked 27.

His highest ranking ever. :yeah:No, he's #29 today, he only evened his best ranking.
(But at least he's passed Ljubo and Cañas. :angel: )

Brego
05-27-2008, 02:59 AM
Sorry. I should have made it more clear. In Judio's projected rankings he is now No. 27.

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=6368791&postcount=3

But yes with the ATP he is #29. Either way it's all good. :)

Let's hope he get's to play tomorrow. Rain. :mad:

LENGLEN 11:00

1. Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)[4] v. Thomas Johansson (SWE)
2. Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Casey Dellacqua (AUS) v. Marion Bartoli (FRA)[9]
3. Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Gilles Simon (FRA) v. Radek Stepanek (CZE)[21]
4. Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Vera Zvonareva (RUS)[11] v. Stephanie Foretz (FRA)

Scotso
05-27-2008, 05:31 AM
Congrats on the title, Gilles! :yeah:

Good luck tomorrow.

gambit84
05-27-2008, 07:56 AM
No, he's #29 today, he only evened his best ranking.
(But at least he's passed Ljubo and Cañas. :angel: )


:angel: :angel: :angel:

Truc
05-27-2008, 11:49 AM
Nobody cares, but he will also play mixed doubles with Camille Pin.
(He didn't follow James' suggestion to play with Cornetto, she complains today in L'Equipe that none of the French players wanted to play with her, so she'll play with Melo and means she doesn't even know how he looks like!)

He's quite the underdog for the bookies against Sexy today (2.4 / 1.7). Let's hope L'Equipe has more clue, they say 55/45 (for Gilles).

Grenouille
05-27-2008, 03:07 PM
Camille Pin...

Truc
05-27-2008, 03:39 PM
... is a legend. This serve. :worship:
Gilles will feel like Roddick.

Ayane
05-27-2008, 08:20 PM
Sorry. I should have made it more clear. In Judio's projected rankings he is now No. 27.

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=6368791&postcount=3

But yes with the ATP he is #29. Either way it's all good. :)

Let's hope he get's to play tomorrow. Rain. :mad:

LENGLEN 11:00

1. Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)[4] v. Thomas Johansson (SWE)
2. Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Casey Dellacqua (AUS) v. Marion Bartoli (FRA)[9]
3. Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Gilles Simon (FRA) v. Radek Stepanek (CZE)[21]
4. Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Vera Zvonareva (RUS)[11] v. Stephanie Foretz (FRA)

OOOOOOOh the rain is my worst ennemy ... I was there today ... and I waited, and I waited ... I was hopping see Gilles today ... But no ... Because of the rain. He will play tomorrow ( I'll be in Portugal :sad:. I was 5 day in RG, and no sign of Gilles ... :sad: I'm not lucky)

gambit84
05-27-2008, 09:54 PM
OOOOOOOh the rain is my worst ennemy ... I was there today ... and I waited, and I waited ... I was hopping see Gilles today ... But no ... Because of the rain. He will play tomorrow ( I'll be in Portugal :sad:. I was 5 day in RG, and no sign of Gilles ... :sad: I'm not lucky)


:hug:

:sad:

tedlesurfeur
05-27-2008, 11:27 PM
... is a legend. This serve. :worship:
Gilles will feel like Roddick.

Well, I agree.. even if she has wonderful tactics on court... her serve just ruined her career.. take a look at her match against Venus, well Camille WAS tactics embodied. It came so close..

Truc
05-28-2008, 07:42 AM
You were in RG 5 days and you didn't see him at all, Ayane? Not even training?! You're cursed, poor you, you already missed him in Estoril! And I thought of you when Richie pulled out...
(I was hoping you went to this environmental thing because he looks particularly :drool: in the one pic I've found of it - all the other pics are of Bîmes and Borloo ^^).

First match of the day today on the Lenglen.
( :scared: )

Truc
05-28-2008, 09:38 AM
Aaaargh, 1-3 15-40, while he should have broken in the 2nd game, he was a bit better, made silly mistakes.

I'm so scared when he plays in Roland-Garros since I've read his presser after his defeat to Hernandez 2 years ago. It sounded like "Gasquet-Vliegen" to the power of 10, completely desperate!
It isn't looking so bad so far, but he is tensed, keeps missing easy shots. :(

DF, 1-4. :silly:

Truc
05-28-2008, 09:48 AM
He really is unlucky too, that ball at 4-1 GP Steppi looked completely on the line in my crappy livestream. :ras:

He should stop coming to the net, I admire his courage, but it never works!

Truc
05-28-2008, 10:02 AM
6-2 is too harsh, he really isn't that bad.
I'm not desperate yet. :p