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Add fuel to the fire aka Clay Season

soulage
03-30-2010, 08:11 PM
The part of the season that makes Arno worst than he's already is coming :lol:

His schedule should be something like Casablanca, MC Qualies, Free Week, Rome Qualies, Estoril, Bordeaux, Nice, RG

Marine
03-30-2010, 08:15 PM
Free Week

No kidding :eek:

Via
03-31-2010, 12:10 AM
what a funny title! :lol:

these days the tourney schedules are so different, i feel so behind. somehow i don't remember having a 7 weeks run up to RG, what a long miserable time we're going to have :devil:

soulage
04-05-2010, 07:53 PM
With Flo they had a huge loss today :lol:
Arno surely started his practice on clay few days ago and I think Casablanca will be a training session :lol: as he plays a qualifier Ivan Pastor Navarro who has already played 3 matches here and who was playing the challengers on clay in the past weeks. I think that winning a set would be already good :devil:He will play on center court so we should have pics :)

soulage
04-06-2010, 06:51 PM
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Navarro's game really suits to Arno :) his serve and volleys make arno plays some brilliant shots. Arno plays better along the match with not too many UE,the forehand was quite nice today and was lucky as he had a tons of good net calls and line calls :lol: Navarro was not great and not playing a typical clay court game has help Arno. Well, a win on clay :)Next is Kubot who loves the clay.

Instead of Rome qualies Arno will make Tunis Challenger anf for Nice he's far from the cut sohe could have another free week before RG.

He plays again tomorrow but on court 2 :rolleyes: no livestream

Marine
04-06-2010, 09:30 PM
One win ! I had predicted ANY win on clay this year, eheheheh I've be mistaken. lol

Kezzi
04-06-2010, 09:34 PM
Yay! :woohoo:
Maybe it boosts his confidence a little on clay. :D

Via
04-07-2010, 01:32 AM
first match is a win :eek: :eek: :eek: (i guess there was no pressure at all)

soulage you really are a true fan :worship: watching live stream of clement v navarro, on the day after easter. i don't think any one else on this forum could be bothered! lol

Marine
04-07-2010, 08:53 PM
No fuel enough in casablanca...he lost 6/4 6/1.
Good news: he has time to go back home to relax before the next tournament ? (which one ?)

soulage
04-07-2010, 09:00 PM
Indeed he has only two days since the qualies of MC starts saturday :lol: Just reading this about the match No.4 seed Lukasz Kubot of Poland claimed a 6-4 6-1 victory after Arnaud Clement's serve began to misfire. French veteran Clement had raced into a 3-1 lead in the first set, but he would go on to lose seven consecutive service games on his way to defeat.

And looking at the stats he had 38% of first serve during first set :eek: not easy to hold with that but on returns he seems that he was not too bad helped by some DF of Kubot apparently. Some serves session maybe to come :devil: cos losing 7 services games in a row is not great :lol:

soulage
04-09-2010, 09:40 PM
He gets Smirnov, the young guys who is always in MC qualies even if nobody knows him :confused: Kubot lost 1-6/0-6 to Starace today :eek: Arno must have played incredible tennis wednesday :lol: Smirnov plays only on clay and Arno could offer him his best win on tour tomorrow :devil:

Via
04-10-2010, 02:05 AM
yes the loss to kubot sounds bad, even though i don't know where kubot's ranked these days

at least no one pays attention to qualies :lol:

soulage
04-10-2010, 07:31 PM
57/75/62 in 2 hours and 45 min :eek: It was surely une purge :lol: According the stats he saved 10/13 BP surely many deuce games. Well at least he fight :angel: For tomorrow he will be tired vs Golubev and it should be less longer. No doubles.

Via
04-11-2010, 01:16 AM
57/75/62 in 2 hours and 45 min :eek: It was surely une purge :lol: According the stats he saved 10/13 BP surely many deuce games. Well at least he fight :angel: For tomorrow he will be tired vs Golubev and it should be less longer. No doubles.

long matches are a sign of a clay courter :lol:

let's hope that he can at least make it to the main draw :shrug:

soulage
04-11-2010, 03:34 PM
Short today :devil: under 1 hour, winning only 3 games :lol: He will surely stay some days in MC as he's the first players in case of LL spot after it will be the longest break of the year, two weeks without tournaments sounds amazing :eek:

Some reactions about this two matches. Yesterday after his win vs Smirnov he was joking again about himself saying that it has been tough but as he doesn't win a lot of matches it was nice :lol:

« Ce n’était pas facile, a confié l’Aixois. C’est souvent compliqué de jouer contre quelqu’un qu’on ne connaît pas. Je ne savais pas du tout s’il allait être capable de pouvoir tenir la distance. Je suis content parce que je me suis bien battu. » Avant d’ajouter dans un sourire : « En ce moment, des matches, je n’en gagne pas beaucoup… Alors ça fait plaisir ! »

Today his reaction was less funny of course but he said he made a match de m** :lol: There was a lot of wind he even swallow sand. He said that for a player like him without confidence it stresses the defects making a lot of UE and hitting the ball with the frame. Well he was not happy.

Pas sûr qu'Arnaud Clément ait pris une quelconque once de plaisir sur le court central du Monte-Carlo Country-club. Pas sûr non plus qu'il puise un quelconque enseignement après ces cinquante-six minutes ratées face au Kazakh Andrey Golubev (88e), balayé en deux petits sets 6/1 6/2. Cinquante-six minutes de galère, passées sous des bourrasques de vent à avaler du sable, à accumuler les bois et les fautes directes. En clair, les conditions de jeu étaient injouables, mais il fallait faire avec : "C'était pareil pour tous les deux, commenta l'Aixois après la douche, pas très enclin à commenter sa triste performance du jour; Je n'ai pas grand-chose à dire. J'ai juste besoin de me reposer. J'ai fait un match de m...". En fait, seule la pluie, menaçante, aurait pu le sauver de la tempête, mais les premières gouttes ont fait leur apparition dix minutes trop tard. Elles furent cependant insuffisantes pour interrompre la partie de Benjamin Balleret au même moment, sur le court des Princes. Finaliste en début de saison à Auckland (battu 7/6 au 3e par Isneer après avoir obtenu une balle de match), Arnaud Clément est depuis à la recherche d'un résultat. D'un déclic. Et de sensations. L'obstacle Golubev ne semblait pas insurmontable, mais l'ancien numéro 10 mondial, qui a ôté ses fameuses lunettes au bout de quelques jeux, n'a jamais trouvé le bon tempo : "Pour en revenir au vent, c'est vrai que ce n'est pas le meilleur moyen d'aider un joueur en manque de confiance comme moi, car ça accentue les défauts". Très déçu, le finaliste de l'open d'Australie (2001), âgé de 32 ans, s'alignera au challenger de Tunis, dans un peu moins de quinze jours. A.B.


The reports of John John about qualies http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=160213 Poor matches and a bit injured maybe his tendinitis :confused:

Via
04-12-2010, 01:34 AM
don't you hate it when your predictions are so spot on? lol

Marine
04-14-2010, 09:38 PM
Arnaud has never seen as much matches as the last past months I think.
He saw gasquet yesterday, and serra today. Well... we can't say he was lucky (too) as a supporter. lol

Marine
04-20-2010, 01:50 PM
CLÉMENT TOUJOURS MOTIVÉ

Au repos chez lui à Aix-en-Provence après son élimination au dernier tour des qualifications à Monte-Carlo, Arnaud Clément a repris un TGV nocturne dimanche pour une semaine d'entraînement à Roland-Garros. Le Français, 32 ans, est inscrit la semaine prochaine au gros Challenger de Tunis. Il sera accompagné par plusieurs compatriotes: Thierry Ascione, Josselin Ouanna, Laurent Recouderc, Florent Serra et Edouard Roger-Vasselin. Richard Gasquet, initialement engagé, s'est retiré pour une raison inconnue.


After taking a break at home in Aix after Monte Carlo, he's training this week in Roland Garros. He plays Tunis challenger the next week with many other frenchies.
I wonder WHEN and HOW MANY days he spends in geneva in a year ...lol

soulage
04-20-2010, 05:36 PM
I wonder WHEN and HOW MANY days he spends in geneva in a year ...lol
I though there was a number of days he has to live in Geneva but Arno is often in Aix when he's not training in Paris or on tour :confused: and incredible he was taking some rest :eek: :lol: even if only some days :devil:. A week of train and then find a plane to reach Tunis not easy those days maybe things will be better at the end of the week otherwise another week without tournaments :lol:

Marine
04-20-2010, 06:34 PM
ohhh noo please !!!!!! I don't care if arnaud can't reach tunis but I have a plane to take on monday, I hope it will be better very soon ! :mad: (I saw many planes in the sky today, I was so excited... after nothing since friday ! lol)

soulage
04-20-2010, 06:45 PM
I read that it was supposed to be better at the end of the week but with nature we never know then it depends where you takes your plane and where you go. I Hope you won't have problems.

For Arno i just see that he didn't enter Bordeaux :confused: He loves the breaks now :lol: and considering the fact clay is not for him :devil: he made a ligt schedule :confused: His clay season could be only Casablanca, MC, Tunis, Estoril, RG. Only 5 tournaments in 8 weeks are not in his current standards :lol: Or maybe he needs to spend some days in Geneva.

Marine
04-20-2010, 07:53 PM
His clay season could be only Casablanca, MC, Tunis, Estoril, RG.

Estoril ??? :eek: I didn't remember the tournament is in 2 may and I didn't know arnaud was going to play it... what a pity , a week later cos I'll be in Lisbon the next week...LOL

Marine
04-25-2010, 07:39 PM
In Tunis, arnaud plays a qualifier at first round (Torebko) and plays with Ascione in double.

It seems he will play with Lindstedt in Estoril. (You know, the guy who USES internet ...lol)

(Men med tanke på att jag ska spela Estoril om en dryg vecka så kände jag inte för att riskera inställda flyg just dit. Tycker det är rätt långt att köra bil Båstad-Estoril. Det är en av anledningarna till varför jag åkte till södra Frankrike och vilar ut mig i några dagar. Förhoppningsvis funkar flyget då, för jag vill även inte åka bil härifrån. Jag spelar för övrigt med Arnaud Clement igen nere i Estoril.) =) Thanks google lol

soulage
04-26-2010, 09:59 AM
Peter Torebko :lol: I'm sure he can lose this after his poor win in MC against the unknown guy :devil: Anyway the second round would be tough :o An interview here http://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0BxqnT3Tt7ywhYjIyY2ZlYmQtZDM0Yy00MzA5LTk1Y TEtOWEwZDVjODE0NmYx&sort=name&layout=list&pid=0BxqnT3Tt7ywhZDdmYmQzMTctM2U1NS00MDc4LTg0OTUtN zI2N2IwMWVmZWZk&cindex=1 I don't feel him very motivated a bit asleep :lol: At one moment he says he would like to finish the year in the top 50 :eek: and he says that now he steps back with the clay :lol:

soulage
04-26-2010, 04:36 PM
Well for the top 50 he can dream :devil: I predicted it he did it :lol: 6-7/3-6

The loss of the year and one of his poor, the level was so down from what i saw :o I follow on a poor stream the end of first set from 4-4 and he had some SP before the tie-break that he didn't converted cos he was playing too bad. The tie-break started badly 1-4 down then at 4-5* for the german the ball of Arno seemed really to touch the line but called out Arno asked the umpire to check but he showed a wrong mark :rolleyes: and the judge line also :rolleyes:. Arno was not happy and stayed at least 10 minutes :eek: at the net to discuss about that but they don't replay the point and he lost the set on an ace. He was indeed stolen of the point i think but he should have close this set before with all the opportunities he had and start this tie-break better. He was not able to read the strange serve of that guy who was hitting big serve or double faults and with a strange game awful to watch actually and Arno not able to break that makes him crazy and playing more and more poorly that at one moment it was looking like a qualifying future :devil: match cos the of course his opponent was also really poor. I stopped the poor livestream of that poor match after arno missed BP on first game of second set on again UE. I understood that he was not able to play tennis today and that he was feeling everything against him wrong calls, stupid opponent and amazing UE on BP. It was a bad bad day :sad:

He looks totally out of confidence that's impressive and we can't see something shinning away. In those days he could be beaten by a WTA player :lol: I think he should have choose to play the challenger on hard court cos on clay he's ridiculous. He knows that he plays badly and i think that after this match he near the gap. I would not be surprised if he withdraw from doubles cos the post match will be tough for him and he could want to come back in France. Estoril should be his last tournament before RG but at this level of game and of confidence i'm wondering what he can do on a tennis court. The match vs Kubot was awful, the qualies of MC also and here the same. Clay makes him so bad but as he lost confidence on himself he won't arrive very well on grass.

The veteran guy must find the pleasure somewhere :angel: otherwise no need to go on court and suffers being so bad. You're not on court at 32 to suffer but finf some enjoyement.

Via
04-27-2010, 02:44 AM
gollies this sounds real painful :o must be the worst match of the year

at least he's lucky in love (only positive i can find around him lol)

Kezzi
04-27-2010, 03:13 PM
I get an error when I try to play the interview on Google. :scratch:

Just looked at the Tunis website and it says Bopanna/Qureshi got a walk over. Hope nobody's injured at the French team, because there's no reason mentioned at the website. :awww:

soulage
04-27-2010, 07:33 PM
I get an error when I try to play the interview on Google. :scratch:

Just looked at the Tunis website and it says Bopanna/Qureshi got a walk over. Hope nobody's injured at the French team, because there's no reason mentioned at the website. :awww:
I've no problems with the audio :confused: For the WO it's written that's it's Arno right elbow but tough to know if he has really a problem or if it's a way to leave early Tunis. He made the same in Rennes last year. His tendinitis is maybe painful :confused: The elbow protection is maybe not enough now.

In the bulletin of the tournament http://www.tct.org.tn/bulletins/Bulletin-J2.pdf a pic of arno and they stress that it was electrical on court even a little argue with the German.

Kezzi
04-27-2010, 08:03 PM
I've no problems with the audio :confused: For the WO it's written that's it's Arno right elbow but tough to know if he has really a problem or if it's a way to leave early Tunis. He made the same in Rennes last year. His tendinitis is maybe painful :confused: The elbow protection is maybe not enough now.

In the bulletin of the tournament http://www.tct.org.tn/bulletins/Bulletin-J2.pdf a pic of arno and they stress that it was electrical on court even a little argue with the German.
I guess to retire with an injury he needs to visit the tournament doctor, so I hope there's nothing seriously wrong. :awww:

soulage
05-02-2010, 06:45 PM
he didn't withdraw from Estoril so we'll say that the elbow injury doesn't prevent him to play :confused: He plays Kunitsyn tomorrow both are in a bad period with poor results but the russian leads 3-0 in H2H and looks better on clay than arno anyway and I'm sure arno can be worst :lol: A bit of fight would be already nice even if a win looks far away currently :sad:

Marine
05-02-2010, 08:13 PM
I really don't know how he can be motived to travel so much, to spend so many time in the airports, planes, taxis... just to lose at first round almost every week. Ok I know, there is worse jobs (much less paid of course...) but I mean, he could stop or play less...

Kezzi
05-02-2010, 08:33 PM
Don't know if I can say this, but it sounds like you actually want him to quit... :o :tape:

Marine
05-02-2010, 08:58 PM
ohhh kezzi :eek: Nonnnnnnnnn !!!

Kezzi
05-02-2010, 09:38 PM
Then I don't understand why you say he could stop or play less :shrug: Everytime I see him in a tournament I'm happy he still plays, no matter how bad the results are. He is at the age where he could decide to quit any second, so I'm proud of him to find the motivation to keep playing despite the results over the past weeks. Of course we all wish for better results, but at this point I'm happy with what's there, cause it can be far worse than this...

soulage
05-02-2010, 09:58 PM
It could be worse but the loss vs Torebbko was a very big one and for sure tough :sad: if we add the close win vs the unknown guy in MC he's really bad currently :o and clay make him looking worst than a challenger player. I remember his great start vs Baghdatis in IW and i think that he has surely a problem with his game but also with his confidence, all the tie-break he lost since Januray that's amazing. All the close loss and close set put him down mentally. We'll see what will be his calendar post clay to see chat he wants to do resting or playing.

Marine
05-02-2010, 10:05 PM
Maybe I didn't find the good terms to express my feelings (can I do it in french ? :help:)
My english is very "approximative".

I mean, I wouldn't be able to find all this motivation if I was Arnaud. I mean, he's couragious to still travel so much while he loses very early most of time. Actually, not easy to think "ok, I'm going to Tunisia, I'm going to Portugal... maybe just for one day" (And I know it's worse for aussie players of course !)
I mean too, I could understand he doesn't want to play so many tournaments, weeks after weeks.
Of course I'm proud of his courage to soldier on playing. He's right. The last year, he insisted on playing on Fall, we were starting to think he's crazy (he is ! lol) and finally his work paid, he found again his tennis in stockholm.

One thing is sure: I would have never been a professional tennis player. lol

Via
05-03-2010, 02:48 AM
ahh marine... he's used to travelling, i don't think it affects his planning much. it's probably like getting up and taking the local bus/train for him lol but don't worry, i know what you're saying ;)

losing is perhaps much harder to get used to... but at this moment, maybe he's in shock at his poor level of play and hasn't figured anything out. if he's still this bad on grass and then on u.s. hard, then he needs to consider his options seriously. of course a plummeting ranking would also force him to think.

when he decides to quit, we'll surely be mourning here for a while :sad:

soulage
05-03-2010, 05:08 PM
Between 2 out of form players it has been a close match as we could expect. 75/46/64 :)

I didn't follow the beginning this but when i come back home the match was not finished while i though it would be. He was a break down in the third set then broke back and serve for the match at 5-3 but he needs of 2 MP on the russian's serve at 5-4 to conclude that nearly 3 hours match. I didn't see the match but the fight to come back from a break down in the third is good even if Igor was surely nor playing great :lol: A win is a win when it's tough to have one and it's his 299 wins on ATP Tour level :D One more and he would reach the 300 wins on main tour. Falla is next and as he beats chela he must be in form. He has also the doubles with his new swedish pal.

Marine
05-03-2010, 06:33 PM
Yes, a win is a win. I think arnaud can be happy after winning this marathon match. If only it could give him more confidence...


Clément s'est arraché

Arnaud Clément a mené un duel au long cours comme il en a tellement l'habitude pour passer le premier tour à Estoril lundi : opposé au Russe Igor Kunytsin, l'Aixois a bataillé pendant 2h52 avant de s'imposer en trois manches (7-5, 4-6, 6-4). Déjà battu sur moquette et sur herbe par son adversaire, Clément a difficilement trouvé la clé pour venir à bout du joueur de Vladivostok. Mené 3-1 dans la dernière manche, le Français a réussi à refaire son break de retard avant de remporter son deuxième match de l'année sur terre battue. Il retrouvera au prochain tour le Colombien Alejandro Falla, tombeur de Juan Ignacio Chela (6-4, 7-6 [4]).


http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2010/20100503_174911_clement-s-est-arrache.html



Clément s'en sort bien

Arnaud Clément a passé dans la douleur lundi le 1er tour du tournoi d'Estoril.
Le Français a dû batailler ferme pour écarter de sa route le Russe Igor Kunitsyn en trois sets 7-5, 4-6, 6-4. Au prochain tour, le Français sera opposé au Colombien Alejandro Falla, qui a créé la première surprise du tournoi en sortant l'Argentin Ignacio Chela, tête de série N.7, en deux manches 6-4, 7-6.

http://sport.france2.fr/tennis/atp-wta/clement-s-en-sort-bien-62863129.html

Kezzi
05-03-2010, 08:08 PM
Maybe I didn't find the good terms to express my feelings (can I do it in french ? :help:)
My english is very "approximative".

I mean, I wouldn't be able to find all this motivation if I was Arnaud. I mean, he's couragious to still travel so much while he loses very early most of time. Actually, not easy to think "ok, I'm going to Tunisia, I'm going to Portugal... maybe just for one day" (And I know it's worse for aussie players of course !)
I mean too, I could understand he doesn't want to play so many tournaments, weeks after weeks.
Of course I'm proud of his courage to soldier on playing. He's right. The last year, he insisted on playing on Fall, we were starting to think he's crazy (he is ! lol) and finally his work paid, he found again his tennis in stockholm.

One thing is sure: I would have never been a professional tennis player. lol
It's clearer now. :) Just found it a sort of shocking statement before.

But great news about winning now. :D

Via
05-04-2010, 01:54 AM
the last time he had a marathon win, he was crushed by his next opponent, right? :tape:

sorry :lol:

i actually checked his score on the phone just before nodding off last night, it was 3-3 in the 3rd, already a shocking positive but it goes to show that soulage knows igor's level very well :)

soulage
05-04-2010, 12:52 PM
Robert was watching the match and for him it was a great match http://answermyquestionjerk.se/robert/estoril-2/. He's a big fan of Arno :lol: They didn't train after the match cos Arno was too tired. Google made this from swedish
As I said, ill wind today. How difficult has played at any time. So I have to mention I watched the match between Clement / Kunitsyn. Incredibly high quality, with very few unforced errors. And those unforced errors that came clearly depended on the wind and felstudsar. But what struck me the most was that the Court nearly three hours so it was said hardly a negative comment. I was very impressed. Had it been me I had of course guaranteed a rack helicopters after game two and made up my mind that it is completely impossible to play today ...
They play doubles tomorrow surely after the single match of Arno.

Kezzi
05-04-2010, 01:15 PM
Thanks for posting! Great post. :D

soulage
05-04-2010, 03:04 PM
It's funny because in his blog Robert make the promotion of Estoril saying everytime it's a fantastic place and how great is the hotel and just see that in the preview tournament video we can see Arno talking about the great club it is there and that he found also the hotel great with a nice view on the ocean :lol: It's at 1.26 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdGHavrt1PM

Marine
05-04-2010, 06:26 PM
They are so polite these tennismen... the same speech at every tournament "I like the tournament, it's a great place, the organisation is very good...blablabla..." lol

Via
05-05-2010, 01:36 AM
well it's the official atp video, what else can he say? :lol: though it's usually the case, the tennis pros are incredibly pampered, it's not easy to find fault with the way they're treated

this Robert Lindstedt must be very keen to keep arno as a doubles partner :lol: and we are very honoured to have a translated version of his words here on arno's forum :worship:

Marine
05-05-2010, 08:12 AM
This Robert explains one of the reasons he plays with Arnaud.

Arnaud ball into the morning and had planned to play more in the afternoon. But the wind did not really desire that turned up. Plus, he almost played for three hours, so there was no craving. I like to play with single guys in doubles, but one of the drawbacks is you can not always train together. And as dual players is not easy to find training if not another two guys playing with a singles player. When the trains are always together. So I had written to me looking up, but no one had signed up. Then it was easy to decide that it was all for tennis today. Did Ivo Karlovic been here so I had of course been training with him. It is a bit informal joke that if you write looking next to your name on the training schedule so there will Karlovic and signup. Just because he does not find someone to train with because you do not get any rhythm on him.


He doesn't like only arnaud...lol

Sat next to a reporter from L'Equipe and Arnaud's girlfriend throughout the game. Arnaud's girlfriend is also a popular singer and songwriter from France. She was discovered when she won a TV show called Star Academy, she's called Nolwenn Leroy. Difficult to get lullabies from such a voice ...

soulage
05-05-2010, 04:27 PM
300 wins on ATP Tour level :clap2: 64/63 From what i saw very solid tennis, lovely winners, aggressiv game and fighting spirit :) Estoril was a good choice very sunny today while almost snowing in Munich :lol:

Marine
05-05-2010, 05:48 PM
I saw the second set, yes arnaud played a good tennis, he made many winning points and was concentrated, good to see !
Just a pity the tounament was not the last week, I would have seen him !

soulage
05-05-2010, 08:13 PM
They won 76/76 and it's more long than against Falla :lol: I just read that it's the first time Arno reach the quarter of an ATP event on clay since Casablanca 2005 :haha: Now taking pleasure against Federer on friday and quarter of doubles tomorrow.

Marine
05-05-2010, 08:57 PM
I can't see the quarter :(
I'm sure arnaud is happy to play against Federer. It's almost a honnor to play against great champions, even if he doesn't have many chances to win lol
I just hope he won't be too much nervous and angry. Just hope he'll play his best tennis, no matter the result...

Cool, they won in double, we'll have some news thanks to our new "pal" Robert :lol:

soulage
05-05-2010, 09:46 PM
Today there were rallies sometimes quite long against Federer it will be faster winners or UE, let's hope he will have fun but he did his job reaching this quarter :)

According the facebook of Bordeaux challenger Arno reveived a WC for next week http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bordeaux-France/Tournoi-Challenger-BNP-Paribas-Primrose-Bordeaux-2010/322087599416 As he could have entered the draw directly and many french players need one i don't find this great but maybe he forget to enter the list or changed his mind :confused: If he plays Bordeaux he could skip Nice where he needs also a WC :confused:

Marine
05-05-2010, 09:51 PM
In miami chat he said he will be in Nice.
Between Nice and Bordeaux, logically (geographically lol) his preference goes to Nice ??! lol

soulage
05-05-2010, 10:01 PM
In miami chat he said he will be in Nice.
Between Nice and Bordeaux, logically (geographically lol) his preference goes to Nice ??! lol
Yes but he didn't make the cut in Nice and for the WC it's more tough to have one there even if he can play qualies. Well,he already goes in Bordeaux where there is a great draw with many frenchies to follow :)

Via
05-06-2010, 02:04 AM
another win :eek: :eek: :eek: is falla in a slump too?

:worship: :worship: :worship:

no such luck now. from federer's point of view... what a weak draw! :lol:

soulage
05-06-2010, 12:56 PM
The draw is more weak in the second half of the draw. Today some words of Arno in l'equipe and he was in a very good mood yesterday and quite funny. He says that Fed is better than Falla and Kunitsyn together and that he didn't beat him since he's twelve but Fed didn't beat him since he's 30 :lol: . He was very happy of his match, the arm was relax and he played agressive.

HIER APRÈS-MIDI, Arnaud Clément rayonnait. Vainqueur autoritaire du Colombien Falla (6-4, 6-3), il venait de se qualifier pour les quarts de finale, égalant ainsi son meilleur résultat sur terre battue depuis des lustres. Cerises sur le gâteau : un niveau de jeu très intéressant et la perspective d’affronter demain après-midi maître Federer sur le central d’Estoril. « Aujourd’hui (hier), j’ai pris beaucoup de plaisir sur le court, dit-il. Mon bras était super relâché et j’ai joué juste du début à la fin. J’ai gardé la même intensité, je suis resté agressif… Grosse, grosse satisfaction. Un vrai bon match. »

Federer ? « Ben… il est meilleur que Kunitsyn et Falla réunis. Tout dépendra de son niveau de jeu. S’il est bien, il y a de grandes chances qu’il me domine… Je ne l’ai pas battu depuis qu’il a douze ans mais lui ne m’a pas battu depuis que j’ai trente ans ! Ça s’équilibre, non ? Sérieusement, il faudra surtout que je ne m’enflamme pas et que je ne joue pas faux. Mais c’est un match sympa et excitant à jouer. Pas question de faire de la figuration. »

Vainqueur de l’Allemand Phau sur un score parallèle (6-3, 6-4), Federer fait du Federer : il se méfie sans se méfier. « Au début, j’avais du mal contre Arnaud. Il me sidérait par sa capacité à passer instantanément de la défense à l’attaque. Après, je suis devenu trop fort pour lui. Mais il a gardé les mêmes qualités de rapidité et de lecture du jeu. Son lift n’est pas puissant mais c’est un formidable contre-attaquant. » Le Suisse mène 6-3 dans leurs confrontations (0-0 sur terre battue). Leur dernier affrontement remonte à Miami 2006. Federer l’avait emporté en trois sets. – V. C.

Filo V.
05-07-2010, 01:50 AM
Just wanted to sneak in and give my hopes that Arnaud plays a good match against Roger and gives him a tough match tomorrow, and well wishes to his next couple of events leading into and including the French Open!

Kezzi
05-07-2010, 03:31 PM
Arnaud just passed Roger with a great shot. :worship:
Hope he does it again, so he'll get a tb now. :D

edit: tiebreak. :bounce:
Seems that he broke Roger back, cause when I looked at the scores on my phone he was a break behind. Now I'm watching a stream. Allez Arnaud! :bounce:

Kezzi
05-07-2010, 03:49 PM
He lost the tiebreak, 9-7. :awww:

Kezzi
05-07-2010, 04:17 PM
Lost the second set 6-2, but I think he had a good fight against Roger. He smiled at the net during the handshake. :)

soulage
05-07-2010, 05:28 PM
I stayed longer at work to see all the match :lol: The second set was useless actually but first set lasted more than 1 hour and ended of course with a tie-break lost by Arno :devil:. Fed started really poorly with 30% of first serve, Arno was 2-0 up then Fed started to improve slowly and Arno resisted with nice shots sometimes but this set point missed at 6-5* on a backand errors closed the battle.

The shots selection if first set was quite nice with some lovely volleys and a solid backhand and good returns on second serve of Roger. In second set Fed was serving very well and Arno already gives up but honestly that first set was not too bad from Arno especially on clay.

Kezzi
05-07-2010, 05:58 PM
I don't agree with Arnaud giving up in the second set. :shrug:

Marine
05-07-2010, 05:59 PM
Well played Arnaud ! :) To reach the tie break is good -ok, Roger won't win RG this year...lol)

I hope this match will give him confidence for RG !!!

Catchie
05-07-2010, 06:06 PM
I don't agree with Arnaud giving up in the second set. :shrug:
He didn't give up imo

Well played Arnaud ! :) To reach the tie break is good -ok, Roger won't win RG this year...lol)

I hope this match will give him confidence for RG !!!
I hope so too, he seemed more confident that in previous matches I've seen :)

soulage
05-07-2010, 06:51 PM
In first set Arno was very concentrated believing in the win then in the second he was less concentrated more tired mentally after that long first set he didn't give up if you want girls :angel: but he was less believing in a win and Fed was playing and serving really better that gives a very different second set with less battle.

Kezzi
05-07-2010, 07:48 PM
For me giving up is when he doesn't try to get to the 'harder' balls and just doesn't seem to care. I didn't notice that in the 2nd set. It was harder for him in the 2nd, but he still tried. And against Roger, he could've started the match thinking it was hopeless and he didn't. :D

Marine
05-07-2010, 07:48 PM
I like this article ! (thanks leslie)

ATP - Estoril > Federer en progrès
Par Vincent Esse, vendredi 07 mai 2010 à 17:24

Roger Federer a disposé d'un Arnaud Clément audacieux mais trop court physiquement en deux sets 7-6 6-2. S'il a connu un début de match difficile, le n°1 mondial a petit à petit épuré son jeu et trouvé ses marques sur le court. La voie vers le titre semble toute tracée.

Roger Federer a montré de nets progrès dans son jeu, surtout au second set, par rapport à son premier tour face à Phau. Pourtant Arnaud Clément a tenu la dragée haute au Suisse, breakant le service du n°1 d'entrée. Mais Federer s'est ensuite bien repris pour enlever la première manche dans un tie-break accroché, où Arnaud Clément est revenu d'un mini-break, s'offrant même une balle de set avant de lâcher prise. Federer a fait le métier, mais on a encore pu voir pas mal de déchets dans son jeu avec 25 fautes pour 13 points gagnants

Dommage pour le Français, qui ne se remettra jamais de la perte de ce tie-break, car Federer accélère dès l'entame du second set pour breaker d'emblée le service de l'Aixois. Au fur et à mesure du match, Clément a semblé se fatiguer, Federer a joué plus relâché, variant grosse cadence de fond de court et quelques belles amorties que son adversaire à bout ne pouvait plus remettre. Le Suisse a aussi grandement épuré son jeu, commettant seulement 6 fautes, un ratio digne de son rival sur ocre Nadal.

Un match plaisant, entre deux joueurs loin de se contenter de batailles en fond de court, on a vu du jeu offensif et varié des deux côtés. Il faut d'ailleurs saluer la belle prestation de Clément, qui a certes plié sur la fin, mais a offert du beau spectacle, notamment au filet. :eek::):worship:Federer a joué en patron dans la deuxième manche, et s'il maintient ce niveau demain contre Montanes, devrait logiquement s'offrir une première finale sur terre cette saison.


Lovely match...arnaud was spectacular at the net !!!! omg lol

Via
05-08-2010, 02:39 AM
the scoreline was a lot stronger than i expected. he has lost recently to guys like garcia-lopez with a much more lopsided score lol (so garcia-lopez will win RG? lol)

for other bad losses, we only need to go back a few pages in this thread. i think he should be pretty happy now... until he loses badly again to some challenger opponent :p

Filo V.
05-08-2010, 05:50 AM
If Arnaud can play like he did in the first set he could do well at the French! He played well and put the pressure on Roger in the first set, and the second set he got deflated a bit from losing the first when he had chances and his level dropped. But he definitely tried the entire match, and you can see his form starting to come back for him. Hopefully this tournament is a sign for better things to come in the distance.

Truc
05-08-2010, 07:48 AM
The match report in L'Equipe, it's way harsher than the other article. I can't judge, I didn't see the match.
Arnaud was sick, he has a gastric flu, hopes to be fit again for Bordeaux. The article stresses that the level was not good, and both players agree, Fed says it really wasn't pretty. Arnaud is very frustrated because he was so looking forward to playing Fed and then he couldn't enjoy it at all because he was not in shape to play and was dead after one set:
Clément sans ressort
Malade, le Français n’a tenu qu’un set contre Federer (7-6, 6-2).

LES SPECTATEURS qui avaient bravé le ciel chargé et le vent frisquet qui soufflait hier sur Estoril n’ont pas touché leur récompense. Ils ont en effet assisté à un tout petit quart de finale entre Roger Federer et Arnaud Clément. Si la logique a été respectée, la copie rendue par les deux aspirants à la demie est restée bien en dessous des normes du circuit. À cela, deux raisons : une piteuse entame de match du Suisse, rapidement mené 2-0 pour avoir enfilé les bourdes ; et l’état de santé du Français, aussi tonique qu’une limace sous anesthésie générale. Clément obtint pourtant une balle de set à 6-5 dans le tie-break (qu’il gâcha d’un revers hors limites) mais son autonomie ne lui permettait pas de voir plus loin. « Même si j’avais gagné le premier, cela n’aurait rien changé au résultat, estimait-il. J’ai chopé une gastro et j’ai dormi deux heures la nuit dernière (de jeudi à vendredi). Dès le début du deuxième set, j’ai fait plouf ! Dès qu’il y avait un échange de plus de quatre coups, j’étais à la rue physiquement. Voilà, je sors de ce match super frustré. Je me faisais une fête de jouer Roger, je n’en ai même pas profité… » Clément espère être rétabli à temps pour pouvoir disputer le Challenger de Bordeaux, la semaine prochaine.
Federer lui-même n’avait pas pris son pied. « Le vent n’était pas trop fort sur le terrain, j’ai cependant complètement raté mon début de match, dit-il. Alors, j’ai juste joué la sécurité… Je n’aime pas trop ça, ce n’était vraiment pas du beau tennis mais il fallait absolument gagner le premier set. Après, ça allait mieux. Mais je ne peux pas me permettre de réaliser des entames comme ça. » Y compris aujourd’hui face au tenant du titre, l’Espagnol Montanes, qu’il a pourtant battu trois fois sur trois. – V. C.

soulage
05-08-2010, 09:31 AM
Yes there was something wrong in the second set that's why i wrote he gave up and indeed he almost says it :p In the first set he made some good things especially at the net and try to make the right choices but true that Fed started ton play tennis only in second set. Gael pulled out cos stomach problems the same for Martin who retired against GGL and now Arno a gastro was surely there. We'll see for Bordeaux but a gastro can put you out 3 days and you lost of course energy if he starts only tuesday it still possible :confused:

soulage
05-09-2010, 07:08 PM
He draws Przysiezny who has really good results on challenger tour since the start of the year and seems to be a quite good clay challenger player. No doubles and no match tomorrow for Arno.

Via
05-10-2010, 02:40 AM
thanks francoise for the insight (poor arnaud wasting a golden chance as roger wasn't playing well either)

and kudos to soulage for spotting something wrong!

Filo V.
05-10-2010, 03:38 AM
Hopefully Arnaud is recovered for Bordeaux and takes the title!

soulage
05-11-2010, 01:57 PM
Just saw a bit of the match, the end of first set where it seems that Arno had a lot of problems to return the polish serve who is indeed quite good. I missed the second set that he won quite easily and come back when he was a break down in the third so good fight from Arno to win that. The polish'serve was less good than at the start of the match and he made a lot of UE with his backhand, Arno was not doing a lot of winners just trying to avoid the UE but it looks like it has been more a battle than great tennis and it's good to win that matches for the head. Next is ERV who beats Acasuso and always close match between both.

Marine
05-11-2010, 09:53 PM
You forgot to say he won ! LOL
thanks for all the info. My pc is dead i can't follow that much unfortunatly.

Kezzi
05-11-2010, 10:16 PM
He's winning again. :D
Good luck Arnaud! :bounce:

soulage
05-12-2010, 01:39 PM
In the local newpaper, he was happy of his match vs the polish.
Tennis : Arnaud Clément ne lâche rien

Son nom est aussi difficile à prononcer que celui du volcan islandais redevenu d'actualité. Micha Przysiezny, 83e mondial, a failli réduire en cendres les espoirs d'Arnaud Clément, hier au premier tour du Challenger. Mais le Français ne s'est jamais affolé pour renverser la tendance face à un surprenant Polonais (4-6, 6-3, 7-5), au terme d'un superbe match. « C'était pas mal, oui ! Et c'est vrai, je ne connaissais pas ce gars-là. Mais je trouvais qu'il jouait vraiment bien » confirmait Clément, (76e), qui affrontera aujourd'hui Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

« Rien n'est impossible »

Mené 4-2 dans le dernier set, l'homme au bandana a même effacé une balle de match à 4-5 d'un ace magistral. « J'ai bien joué aussi et je suis très content de m'en être sorti. Ce sont des matches qui sont bons pour la confiance. » L'ancien numéro 10 mondial en a pourtant engrangé ces derniers temps. Finaliste à Auckland, il a été stoppé, la semaine dernière, en quart de finale à Estoril par Roger Federer et une… gastro. « Tout va bien maintenant, c'était juste une journée où je n'étais pas bien… »

À 32 ans, voyager sur le circuit ne lui donne pourtant pas mal au ventre… « Je m'éclate. Physiquement, je me sens plus fort que beaucoup de jeunes. Tant que j'aurais l'envie et le physique, je ne me fixe pas de date limite. Je suis encore heureux de partir sur les tournois, je ne vais pas me priver de ça. »

Cette envie lui permet aujourd'hui de retrouver parfois le sommet de son jeu, atteint en 2001, en finale de l'Open d'Australie. « Peut-être que je le retrouve de temps en temps sur certaines semaines. Mais sur la répétition de l'effort, j'ai des baisses de régime, je récupère moins bien qu'avant. Le niveau moyen des joueurs est plus fort qu'avant. Il y a moins de matches gratuits. » La preuve encore hier.

Gagner dans un Grand prix ou dans un Challenger a finalement la même valeur pour l'Aixois. « L'Open d'Australie, c'était dans une autre vie. C'est du passé. J'adore jouer au tennis. Alors oui, j'ai eu des émotions extra que je ne revivrais sûrement plus. Mais il y a encore deux ans, j'ai fait un quart à Wimbledon. Alors pourquoi pas un gros résultat en Grand Chelem. Rien n'est impossible. Être ici n'est pas un problème. »

Currently just lost first set 2-6 vs ERV, i just saw the last three games and he plays badly with many UE and ERV is quite good.

soulage
05-12-2010, 04:26 PM
26/76/36
On the match ERV deserve the win :)even if he choked in the second set where he had tons of BP and was **4-1 up in the tie-break. I don't know how Arno won that tie-break since i was not watching at that time :confused: Arno missed 3 BP in a row at 1-1 then he was looking less convinced and more tired and ERV win the match. Arno was not playing really well but not as poor as he could :lol: there was some things postives in his games but also some errors while ERV was playing nice with postive mind, fighting spirit.
Arno has been awful with the crowd along the match :rolleyes: waiting a long times between the points and he left the court without signing for the kids :sad:. It's a fixed stream but he was looking not in a great mood arguing a lot with the movement and the noise in the crowd and not especially happy with his game. I don't know what he will do next week cos it's maybe a bit long until RG :confused:

Marine
05-12-2010, 10:12 PM
Arnaud, it's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
On the court, (especially today) not difficult to guess who he's... :o

Via
05-13-2010, 02:43 AM
he's playing better but still not good enough for a challenger event. guess that's more disheartening than losing in the aus open :devil:

roll on the french (open) now, i suppose!

soulage
05-13-2010, 04:34 PM
Arnaud, it's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
On the court, (especially today) not difficult to guess who he's... :o
Yes yesterday it was bad arno :devil: as often in France when he lost. It was the kids day yesterday and there were also many people in the crowd who was noisy and he was always discussing and surely not with nice words :rolleyes:. It doesn't give image from himself to the homecrowd.

Kezzi
05-13-2010, 06:10 PM
Well, if it was kids day, I don't find that strange at all. :shrug: I see it in Rotterdam a lot, players trying to avoid the kids. Even Nestor yelling to the crowd a few years ago "Kid!!!! SIT DOWN!!!" In the next break the mother was so ashamed of her kid that she left as fast as she could. :lol: But I think you all know how I feel about kids day. ;) Anyway, I do think it's a good thing Arnaud doesn't pretend to be different for his homecrowd. :)

Marine
05-14-2010, 08:28 AM
Arnaud is "worse" when he plays at home, it can be paradoxal but he wants to do well so he's more frustrated when it doesn't work.
It's not an excuse for me. In so many tournaments his réputation is terrible. It's his fault.
The kids make noise on wednesday, they're boring but they support the players, especially the frenchies, it's a nice intention. And Arnaud says he likes the kids day... So why to be so mean ?? LOL

soulage
05-14-2010, 04:37 PM
Marine are you reporter at France 3 Aquitaine because they made a report on Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde aka Arno :lol: Perlant even said that every year some people siad to him that Clement is a petit con :devil: but he stresses that Arno off court is nice and very kind even if on court he can be awful. Apprently he signed a bit to the kids after the loss to ERV but no smile. You can see the report here :) http://www.kewego.fr/video/iLyROoafvygO.html We can see some images of his matches.

Via
05-15-2010, 02:54 AM
i'm sure he has won on kids' day over the years, and when he's winning, the kids didn't seem to bother him all that much.:devil:

Marine
05-15-2010, 03:15 AM
Marine are you reporter at France 3 Aquitaine because they made a report on Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde aka Arno :lol:.

LOL i'm not. Funny thé coïncidence.
Yes, ptit con really are the words for his behaviour.

soulage
05-15-2010, 12:19 PM
He plays Nice with a WC and faces Greul first round. Clay is surely the best surface of Greul and he did pretty good since the start of the year it will depend of the level of play the day of the match for both.

Marine
05-16-2010, 06:24 PM
Well, chair empire Pascal Maria talks about arnaud 's attitude. lol
(merci leslie des mordus...)

Citation:
Le joueur le plus sympa: « J'ai une certaine éthique à respecter, c'est difficile de parler des
joueurs. Mais un "Mika" Llodra est un amour. Sur le terrain, il est vif, il demande beaucoup, on est sur des charbons ardents avec lui, mais il est juste et très nature. Arnaud Clément est un peu dur avec les ramasseurs mais il les adore. Il décharge sa frustration comme ça.
Ce sont des joueurs qui ont un charisme énorme. »

The nicest player: "I have to respect the ethic, it's difficult to talk about the players. But Mika is just "un amour" lol (= very nice guy). On th court he's nervous, not easy with him, but he's fair play and very "nature". Arnaud Clement is a bit rude with the ballkids but he loves them (:lol:). Just a way to unburden his frustration. Both are very charismatic players".

Via
05-17-2010, 02:18 AM
thanks marine and leslie. pascal maria is a top umpire... and he thinks unleashing frustration towards ballkids is charismatic? lol other umpires may not agree with him. or maybe this is a french thing? :devil:

anyway this lucky guy gets a wildcard at a 'home' tournament. i'm sure he's charming off court!

not hard for me to learn to say 'petit con'... who else can i say that to? :p

soulage
05-17-2010, 01:59 PM
Arnaud must really love the ballkids in Nice as he's currently very rude to them :tape:d He plays badly and it's not an nice arno on the court. Bad mood bad game at the moment.

soulage
05-17-2010, 03:18 PM
36/46 and a match to forget again :o The first set was really bad, a little bit better in the second but also because Greul was making more errors. It was tough to see two good shots and two good games in a row and while Greul was a bit choking at the end Arno broke back two times to lost just after his services games each time in a very bad way. What he showed in Estoril and Bordeaux was far better. I don't know if it's because RG is soon but he's really nervous :o He can go back in Paris to train ad wait for the draw and try to find a better mood :angel:

soulage
05-17-2010, 05:10 PM
What he was saying before the match, it's not his best surface he needs matches before RG and he come sin Nice because he knows teh director and loves play in france cos the feeling with the public is important :rolls: He said that he's a solid player and that would be a test.
Finaliste à Auckland en début d’année, le Clément 2010 a le même objectif que les autres années, à savoir trouver la recette sur terre... « Ce n’est ma meilleure surface, j’ai besoin de faire des matches avant Roland-Garros », confie le partenaire préféré de Mickaël Llodra... « Je suis venu à Nice parce que je connais bien l’organisateur (Jean-François Caujolle) et parce que j’aime jouer en France. Le feeling avec le public, c’est important ».

Revenu dans le top 100 fin 2009, « La Clé » a encore l’envie d’enfoncer des portes. Il pointe aujourd’hui à la 76e place. Simon Greul, 60e. Les deux joueurs ne sont jamais rencontrés. « C’est un adversaire solide, ce sera un bon test », souligne le Français.

His face during the handshake

http://www.opennicecotedazur.com/upload/actus-interviews-videos/m-clement-a-l-eau-34.jpg

Marine
05-17-2010, 08:08 PM
:lol: the feeling... LOL he does't notice he's just horrible with the crowd sometimes. After his worse marches he's still able to say the crowd supported him. He's a special way to show he loves playing in France.

Via
05-18-2010, 02:37 AM
Arnaud must really love the ballkids in Nice as he's currently very rude to them :tape:d He plays badly and it's not an nice arno on the court. Bad mood bad game at the moment.

:haha:
:o

What he was saying before the match, it's not his best surface he needs matches before RG and he come sin Nice because he knows teh director and loves play in france cos the feeling with the public is important :rolls: He said that he's a solid player and that would be a test.


His face during the handshake

http://www.opennicecotedazur.com/upload/actus-interviews-videos/m-clement-a-l-eau-34.jpg

:lol: you can't say greul didn't pay him a bit of respect... or maybe he's tentative towards an angry man lol

ps. i'm sorry to add that he probably enjoys less and less playing in australia, cos the feeling with the public is... :tape:

soulage
05-18-2010, 10:32 AM
ps. i'm sorry to add that he probably enjoys less and less playing in australia, cos the feeling with the public is... :tape:
I'm sure he loves australia as he loves france but his frustration on court makes him behave like a :tape: In the local newpapers he said that he had some problems with his backhand and his serve while it was quite good past weeks. He says that it's not his best surface so he's irregular but he was expecting more and he's deceived. It remains one week to work for RG.
I totally agree with that he was good on serve last week i was impressed by his stats but yesterday his was poor on serve and lost it 6 times, the same for the backhand who was making winners past weeks and nothing yesterday.

http://www.nicematin.com/media_nicematin/imagecache/article-taille-normale-nm/clement_0.jpg

Y aurait-il du Harald Schumacher (souvenez-vous de Battiston en 1982 à Séville et des Bleus passés à la trappe en prolongation) chez ce Simon Greul ?
Allez savoir... En tout cas, l’Allemand a continué hier à Nice – en toute sportivité contrairement au gardien de la Mannschaft – d’endosser le costume de bourreau des Français.
Il y a quelques semaines à Indian Wells (Masters 1000), il avait déjà écarté de sa route sans ménagement Gaël Monfils et Richard Gasquet.
Hier donc, Arnaud Clément est tombé à son tour.
« Je savais que ce serait un match disputé, difficile, car c’est toujours le cas contre Clément. Mais j’ai très bien servi, ce qui m’a permis de remporter le premier set et surtout de breaker dans le second. Ensuite, j’ai eu un peu de chance pour conclure », se félicitait le N° 61 ATP, tandis que Clément saluait le public en quittant le Central.
Du mal à se régler
A la peine en revers et desservi par un service parfois défaillant, le Français s’inclinait logiquement 6-3 dans la première manche. A 1-1 dans la deuxième, bien décidé à refaire son retard et poussé par le public, « La Clé » n’était pas loin de breaker mais Greul parvenait à sauver par trois fois les “ avantages ” en faveur du Français ! Dans la foulée de ce jeu marathon, l’Allemand assurait des premières balles radicales et s’offrait un break à 4-1.
L’épilogue paraissait inéluctable et rapide.
Mais c’était oublier les qualités de combattant de Clément. Mené 40-0 sur le service de Greul, il revenait du diable Vauvert et débreakait à son tour (4-3). Insuffisant malgré tout pour pousser l’Allemand à un troisième set. A 5-4 et 15-40 sur le service du Français, Greul transformait en victoire sa 2e balle de match.
« J’ai eu du mal à régler mon jeu, notamment au service et en revers alors que ce n’était pas si mal que ça les dernières semaines. Là, c’est une surface qui ne m’est pas vraiment naturelle, donc je suis beaucoup moins régulier... C’est vrai que je m’attendais quand même à mieux et que je suis un peu déçu car j’aurais voulu rester un peu plus longtemps ici, où le tournoi me paraît très sympa, avec du beau temps et une excellente organisation. Maintenant, il me reste une semaine pour travailler en vue de Roland-Garros ».
Le rendez-vous d’Auteuil approche à grand pas et les Français savent qu’on les y observe à la loupe...
Hier, les actions tricolores n’avaient pas la cote.
Dans le sillage de Clément, Mannarino, Guez et Mina ont bouclé, eux aussi, leurs valises !
Normalement, Richard Gasquet, qui entre en piste aujourd’hui à 18 heures face au Slovène Lacko, devrait poursuivre son séjour.

Kezzi
05-18-2010, 07:37 PM
Does anyone know where I can find a schedule for the children of roland garros day? I'm in Paris Saturday and would like to go if Arnaud is playing an exho. :)

Marine
05-19-2010, 12:19 PM
There is no schedule for benny berthet, unfortunatly we can't see in advance who play. Arnaud plays almost every year, it depends. Anyway , even if Arnaud does't play, go there if you have the possibility, you see lots of players at training etc...

Kezzi
05-19-2010, 06:54 PM
Thanks. :) I think I will just go then when it starts and ask for info there. Then we can decide for how long we want to stay. We only have 1 day, so we don't want to spend it only at the tennis. I already arranged a meeting with one of my French friends, so I couldn't go the whole day even if I wanted. We'll see enough tennis the weeks after during the grass season. :p
Oh and the name changed from benny berthet to the children of rg. :)

Marine
05-19-2010, 07:27 PM
I know but I don't like the changes, I'm a girl from the past :lol:
I can understand you don't want to spend ur whole day in RG if you stay only 48 hours in paris (it's too short !!! lol)
I would have liked to go to RG this WE, it's not possible, I hope to go on wednesday, not sure at all :awww:

Kezzi
05-19-2010, 08:00 PM
:awww: Too bad you can't go! Otherwise we could meet. :D
Yes, 48 hours is too short, we didn't think of the fact that we have Monday off too, but it was too expensive to change the bus ticket. Other tournaments are a few weeks after, so we also need money for that. :lol:

soulage
05-20-2010, 02:44 PM
As his best friend annonces his retirement at the end of the year Arno continues to hit hard the ball. He's training in RG today.

Via
05-21-2010, 02:19 AM
As his best friend annonces his retirement at the end of the year Arno continues to hit hard the ball. He's training in RG today.

it's sad to hear seb's retiring. i did get to see him this year in melbourne, so that's kind of a farewell... but if i were a big fan, i'd rather the player gave one year's notice lol so i could farewell him properly! though i guess it's not a choice when he's injured.

in arno's case, i hope he'll give notice so that i'll :shout: to him one last time. no, just kidding :haha:

soulage
05-21-2010, 12:37 PM
in arno's case, i hope he'll give notice so that i'll :shout: to him one last time. no, just kidding :haha:
:lol:

In RG he draws Dolgopolov Jr who is one of the revelation of the year especially on clay. He has some talented in his hand hitting winners in every positions, tough to explain his way of play when even Nadal doesn't understand his game last week in Madrid :lol: On clay he's far better than arno no doubt about that but it's a GS, 3 sets to win and he's not very consistent yet. Anyway it will be tough for Arno but good luck to him :)

Marine
05-21-2010, 07:09 PM
:lol:

but it's a GS, 3 sets to win and he's not very consistent yet.

J'apprécie l'effort pour la petite note optimiste :lol:

I don't know this player, I've never heard about him before (I've not followed tennis for 2/3 weeks). Well...I just HOPE arnaud will be in a good mood. I remember 2 years ago, I was at his match against Gael, it was awful to see. I was sad.

I don't when he's scheduled, I hope to see him on wednesday.

Allezzzzz Arnaud !!!! Have fun on the court, you're in paris, c'est la fête !!! :bounce:

Marine
05-22-2010, 09:50 PM
Arnaud doesn't play tomorrow (sunday), it's a good thing. I don't like the opening on sunday.

soulage
05-23-2010, 12:47 PM
He's in the quarter of Nadal and will play tuesday normally. the double draw is tomorrow i think let's see how long will last this 13 RG :eek:

soulage
05-23-2010, 06:43 PM
Well i was totally wrong he plays tomorrow afternoon on court 7 where there is a stream and the doubles draw is already out they draw seeds 10 Knowle and Ram, tough.

Marine
05-23-2010, 06:49 PM
I don't remember, Ram is his "former" partner or it's Erlich (I mix them ! lol)

Well, good, if he plays tomorrow (and wins... LOL) he'll play wednesday.
But's:
1/ It's not sure he'll won
2/ Nor sure he'll play wednesday
3/ wednesday it will rain (d'après meteo france)

ugh... do you think I have some chance to see him ?

soulage
05-23-2010, 08:14 PM
Maybe he will play in doubles wednesday :confused: I don't know if the our twin sisters saw him but he was playing a exhibition set saturday i found some pics and i think it was vs Roger Vasselin. http://www.flickr.com/photos/50452205@N04/sets/72157623993949935/ Ram is the former partner of mika at the beggining of the year they stop playing together at the start of clay season. Erlich was the partner of arno in AO.

Via
05-24-2010, 02:27 AM
if he's in nadal's quarter, when it reverts back to two halves on wed/thurs, he should be playing thursday :confused:

the RG schedule page is very comprehensive http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/about/schedule.html

if the doubles is scheduled for wed, it might just be a better match to watch! lol

Kezzi
05-24-2010, 10:04 AM
We did see the set on the tv screens inside RG. We had to wait in line for tickets and when we were inside, the set already started, so we couldn't get on the court anymore. We didn't see him after the match. We walked around a little and left again, cause we had a meeting with a friend. :) It was nice to have seen RG in real life, it looks great, even if it was really really busy Saturday.

Marine
05-24-2010, 03:57 PM
The match on streaming... http://roland-garros.sports.orange.fr/direct/court7.html

He won the first set 6/3 :p

Via
05-24-2010, 04:01 PM
The match on streaming... http://roland-garros.sports.orange.fr/direct/court7.html

He won the first set 6/3 :p

no video for me on that page :sad:

bonjour :wavey:

Via
05-24-2010, 04:03 PM
We did see the set on the tv screens inside RG. We had to wait in line for tickets and when we were inside, the set already started, so we couldn't get on the court anymore. We didn't see him after the match. We walked around a little and left again, cause we had a meeting with a friend. :) It was nice to have seen RG in real life, it looks great, even if it was really really busy Saturday.

that sounds nice. i also found melbourne park quite enjoyable before the real crowds arrived.

Marine
05-24-2010, 04:27 PM
ohh it doesn't work out of france I guess, a pity !
What's time for you Via ? lol

soulage
05-24-2010, 04:51 PM
He lost again a tie-break while he was up **5-4 :help: he was also 2-0 up at the start of that set. Maybe he missed his chance for the match by losing ths set. It's not great tennis but Dolgo improves and plays better and better.

Marine
05-24-2010, 04:57 PM
I'm not that negative. He was down 4/1 in this tie break then went back to 5/4, but ...
I have to admit I watch richard/murray at the same time (great matc ! wow richard makes me happy !) so I'm not concentrated in the match of arnaud, and it's not great quality on streaming of course.

Bruno is not there, I would have wished him to be in RG at least !

soulage
05-24-2010, 06:12 PM
A fifth set both are tired but for the moment Dolgopolov seems better and the game of arno is more physic. The number of dropshots of the ukrainian make running and running old arno :lol:

soulage
05-24-2010, 07:08 PM
Dolgo played his best tennis in the two last sets while Arno was making more faults. At the end Arno was totally exhausted but fight with his heart cos he could have been a bagel. Arno would need to close that in three cos the ukrainian was tensed at the start of the match and he would need also a better serve otherwise and he went often at the net by choice or to run after this dropshots :lol: For sure he's deceived by this first round exit but his level was not enough good even if the desire and the heart were here

Watching the stats Dolgo hitted 82 winners against 32 for arno

Marine
05-24-2010, 08:54 PM
I'm sad.
Bas day for the frenchies. 4h30 on tv and web, 2 5 sets and 2 losses.
Nothing to add.

soulage
05-24-2010, 09:20 PM
Arnaud has some regrets about the fourth set where he made stupid errors at 30A or 40A while Dolgo breaks whith two fohehand who touched the lines. True that at the beginning of the fourth he had his chance on the long games on Dolgo's serve. Arno still doesn't want to speak about retirement even at the end of the year :angel:

Clément s'incline au finish
A 32 ans, Arnaud Clément a encore livré un match marathon à Roland-Garros, perdu en cinq sets et 3h52 face à l'Ukrainien Olexandr Dolgopolov Jr (3-6, 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-3, 6-3). Mais l'Aixois, qui a «pris du plaisir dans ce combat», ne veut pas entendre parler de retraite.

Arnaud Clément a bataillé durant cinq sets à Roland-Garros pour la septième fois de sa carrière, pour une sixième défaite. Son bourreau est un Ukrainien de 21 ans, 56e mondial essentiellement grâce à ses bons résultats en Challenger, et qu'il «ne connaissait pas avant. On m'avait juste dit qu'il était très talentueux, qu'il pouvait avoir des hauts et des bas.» L'Aixois, qui a tenté de résister aux nombreux coups gagnants balancés du fond du court par son adversaire, regrette des occasions manquées au quatrième set : «Au deuxième, j'ai le break (d'entrée), le tie-break est très serré mais je ne m'en veux pas vraiment. Il a réussi une très belle fin de tie-break. Et je peux me faire breaker à un moment donné sur terre... En revanche, je m'en veux vraiment au quatrième. Il est un peu moins bien, agacé, a une petite baisse physique. J'ai raté 2-3 points sur des balles neutres, à 30A, 40A, et ça coûte cher. Lui fait le break sur deux coups droits qui prennent les lignes.»

Après le match, en tout petit comité, Clément rejette avec humour les questions concernant une éventuelle retraite : «Mon dernier match à Roland ? Oui, ça peut être le dernier match de ma vie, aussi. On ne sait jamais, si je me blesse demain et que je ne peux plus jouer... Mais je n'envisage pas ma fin de carrière en fin de saison. Donc j'espère encore jouer Roland l'année prochaine, puis l'année d'après, et encore l'année d'après.» Le vétéran se justifie par le plaisir qu'il continue de prendre : «Il y avait une ambiance très sympa, les gens m'ont soutenu, je suis d'ailleurs très déçu pour moi, mais aussi pour eux. Et physiquement, je suis très bien, ce n'est pas là-dessus que je perds le match. Mais j'aimerais bien gagner des matches quand physiquement je suis meilleur que le mec en face !»

Commes la plupart des autres Français éliminés au premier tour, Arnaud Clément va se consacrer au double, avec Nicolas Mahut, avant de s'attaquer au gazon. «Je suis inscrit sur un Challenger sur gazon, à Nottingham, la deuxième semaine de Roland, mais ça dépendra du double. Puis je jouerai le Queen's.»

Marine
05-24-2010, 09:29 PM
Thanks for the article.
The end makes me feel better. He does't want to retire, not this year, not the next year...

Via
05-25-2010, 02:35 AM
it was a good fight (i hope he concentrated on the tennis and not fighting other people)

i hope he takes heart from it. to be drop-shot by a youngster... so cruel! lol

(i went to bed soon after i posted, marine... it was one am here)

soulage
05-25-2010, 10:31 AM
Always the same analysis of the match who seems quite good and he doesn't seem to much deceived and in a quite good mood.

http://free0.hiboox.com/images/2110/af5ffb1bfdf3b6a2ce77b947969db2bc.jpg (http://www.hiboox.fr/go/images/sport/equipe1ertour,af5ffb1bfdf3b6a2ce77b947969db2bc.jpg .html)

http://free0.hiboox.com/images/2110/5383d50fe5250edaf1df1dfa21dc4fe9.jpg (http://www.hiboox.fr/go/images/sport/fireshot-capture-574-roland-garros-2010-france-t-visions-roland-garros-sport-francetv-fr,5383d50fe5250edaf1df1dfa21dc4fe9.jpg.html)

soulage
05-25-2010, 12:13 PM
I didn't see it but you have also the video of his conference on the RG website http://www.rolandgarros.com/fr_FR/multimedia/index.html

soulage
05-25-2010, 01:09 PM
Another video where he speaks about his start in tennis. Nothing new but the video is very close from his face :lol: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xdfm4t_les-debuts-d-arnaud-clement_sport

Kezzi
05-25-2010, 07:54 PM
Thanks for posting Soulage!

I love the title of the second article, even I can read that. :worship:

soulage
05-26-2010, 07:03 PM
We can conclude this clay thread with no wins in RG this year and it's 3 years now he didn't win a double matches here:rolleyes:. Nico was unbeatable in doubles lately but with arno and no tournaments of preparation together they didn't push out the tenth seeds.

Now it will be Nottingham and the grass :tennis:

Marine
05-26-2010, 09:42 PM
Well, you forget to say the score. 7/5 7/6 just a pity they played a so good pair.
That's a bit sad, he leaves Roland Garros so early !
(But the tournament is
not really over for him, Nolwenn will play "le tournoi des personnalités" for the first time this year, she needs her coach ! Lol)
At least he didn't lose his time this week, some fans saw him at Lady Gaga show in Bercy last sunday and he attented to the concert of Muse on monday ! :singer::music:

Via
05-28-2010, 03:49 AM
pity too that arno seems more like a celeb around tourneys rather than player :shrug:

did you see the doubles marine?

ps. why didn't he play with seb in the doubles, does anyone know? surely that would give one last match for seb lol was it because their combined ranking would not be high enough? damn

Kezzi
05-28-2010, 09:04 PM
pity too that arno seems more like a celeb around tourneys rather than player :shrug:

did you see the doubles marine?

ps. why didn't he play with seb in the doubles, does anyone know? surely that would give one last match for seb lol was it because their combined ranking would not be high enough? damn
It's always better than to not see him at all. :lol:

In our newspaper today they wrote that Seb retires immediately, because of injury. So I guess he already knew he couldn't play at RG and just waited to give the official statement at RG? :scratch:

Marine
05-29-2010, 03:09 PM
Off Topic

Everybody here knows Camille Pin. She just has annonced she stops her career after her last match in
double. :sad:
It was tough for her for 1/2 years, she had some injuries and personal problems (I think her mother is very sick) and was absent on the courts since january. She played estoril and RG that's all.
Camille was one if the nicest girls of the tour.
I feel sad, all a generation is retiring, after santoro and mauresmo the last year, Seb, Camille this year, 4 very nice and smart players. :sad:

Kezzi
05-29-2010, 08:44 PM
I read that yesterday. :sad: Camille is the only woman I've seen a match from voluntarily. Not like "Oh, I want to see the men after this and am not giving up my seat." :lol:

Marine
05-29-2010, 09:46 PM
:lol: Kezzi
I like Camille but I must admit her game is annoying and not spectacular.

Kezzi
05-29-2010, 10:22 PM
It's not that I watched more of her after that. :p We just didn't have any match we wanted to see especially that day in 's-Herto and we saw Camille on the oop. ;)
Somehow I'm not interested in women's tennis at all, not even if they are very nice like Camille. :shrug:

Marine
05-29-2010, 10:55 PM
I don't follow women either but I saw the match rezai/petrova friday (they finished today, aravane finally lost) and I loved, it was very good tennis , that's rare. Some players are interesting (Mauresmo, Henin ) but most of them are annoying. When I go to RG, that's boring to have to see women matches before men...

Via
05-30-2010, 02:54 AM
oh no, i certainly hadn't heard, thanks for the news :sad:

again i saw her too in melbourne this year, so that's another farewell.

i don't find women's tennis annoying, it's often a different style, as long as there's good competition then i watch. when some men serves and moves onto the next point, that's annoying :p

Marine
05-30-2010, 09:29 PM
When does nottingham begin ? It seems arnaud attented to federer/wawrinka today (waiting for watching Jo after).
It's like he doesn't want to leave Roland Garros this year...