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lalaland
07-16-2012, 03:03 PM
Goodness, thank God. Won a TB.
Now please Gilles, don't torture us, win this match, pleeeeeeeassssssse.

misty1
07-16-2012, 03:04 PM
he got the set!

and he won a tiebreaker

GilleSimonAddict
07-16-2012, 03:04 PM
:bounce::dance::cheerleader:

Gillouthe best
07-16-2012, 03:04 PM
And he wins the set with a great down the line backhad to conterpunch, and then an easy forehand well executed. I'm so happy he won a TB, keep fighting Gilles.

misty1
07-16-2012, 03:10 PM
he was great in 3rd setes last year here

GilleSimonAddict
07-16-2012, 03:11 PM
Now that's the way to start a third set!

misty1
07-16-2012, 03:11 PM
great way to start the set!

Gillouthe best
07-16-2012, 03:11 PM
And gets the break with a superb BH down the line after some good points.

lalaland
07-16-2012, 03:12 PM
That's like the first BH DTL shot he made today, finally. And he breaks to open too. Please just hold your serve.

GilleSimonAddict
07-16-2012, 03:15 PM
Big serve to give him a 2-0 lead in the final set!

Gillouthe best
07-16-2012, 03:16 PM
He holds :yeah:, Allez!

GilleSimonAddict
07-16-2012, 03:16 PM
I sense the confidence in Gilles building.

misty1
07-16-2012, 03:16 PM
id like for him to try and get a double break here..just for some insurance if he gets to a point where he's serving for the match

Gillouthe best
07-16-2012, 03:17 PM
Good chance here, Berlocq is making more mistakes, 0-30

lalaland
07-16-2012, 03:17 PM
I don't have problem him running around to hit the FH, his BHDTL is not working and BH cross court can't finish the point. But he better be careful to not give any short ball when he left the court wide open for Berlocq's drop shot.

So far so good though, consolidate the break, for now. C'mon Gilles, keep the momentum going.

Gillouthe best
07-16-2012, 03:18 PM
Great FH to get two BP's, keep it up Gilles!

GilleSimonAddict
07-16-2012, 03:18 PM
2 chances to break and really open up a lead. *fingers crossed*

Gillouthe best
07-16-2012, 03:19 PM
Bad miss at 15-40, and good point from Berlocq, Deuce.

Gillouthe best
07-16-2012, 03:20 PM
Great point again, really constructing the point, I missed that in many parts of the match.

misty1
07-16-2012, 03:20 PM
here's a 3rd chance for the double break

GilleSimonAddict
07-16-2012, 03:21 PM
excellent return of serve by Gilles gives him the double break!

Gillouthe best
07-16-2012, 03:26 PM
Great point from Gilles, I'm liking his BH DTL and wrongfooting FH winner combo, up 4/0.

Gillouthe best
07-16-2012, 03:29 PM
A shame this two points, now 40/30.

lalaland
07-16-2012, 03:31 PM
I'm so late for work, Gilles please finish this quick. Allez.

Gillouthe best
07-16-2012, 03:33 PM
Great passing shot, 40/15.

GilleSimonAddict
07-16-2012, 03:33 PM
Anybody got any butter, because Gilles is on a roll! :lol: Bad joke I know :o. 5-1 up now.

Gillouthe best
07-16-2012, 03:33 PM
And he holds, 5-1 up, his BH has really got great on the 3rd set.

misty1
07-16-2012, 03:35 PM
triple match point

misty1
07-16-2012, 03:36 PM
he did it!

4-6, 7-6, 6-1

great 3rd set from gillou

lalaland
07-16-2012, 03:37 PM
Won. Yay!
Defending champion avoided a first round crash out disaster.

Great tennis in the end though, in fact, great in 2nd set too. I would love to see the net point stat. Don't think I've seen him in the net so often, and probably S/V more than he did in Wimby. Maybe Hamburg is a good preparation for Wimby :p.

GilleSimonAddict
07-16-2012, 03:37 PM
Congratulations Gilles! He fought back hard and won. I'm glad my feeling was wrong and i'm proud of the effort he gave and the heart he showed out there today. :bowdown::bowdown::clap2:

Gillouthe best
07-16-2012, 03:39 PM
And he wins :bowdown:, 4/6 7/6(5) 6/1, i didn't believed in himself at the beginning of the match , so glad he won, such a good way to avenge his losses to Charly earlier this year. If he plays like at the end, he should win his next match. It was Carine I think who was up in the crowd, nice to see him winning in front of her. Also, he has now 5 straight three sets wins on Hamburg.

mike s.
07-16-2012, 04:31 PM
Gilles :worship:

I'm sad I missed the last two sets but great fight!

MsTree
07-16-2012, 08:04 PM
:cheerleader: :cheerleader: :cheerleader:

lalaland
07-17-2012, 06:21 PM
Wed OOP:

Center Court, not before 2:30 pm
2nd match: Simon Vs Haas

M1, starts time 12:00 pm
1st: double match
2nd: double match
3rd: double match
Not before 4:00 pm
4th: Simon/Chardy Vs Troicki/Kas

Simon Vs Haas H-to-H, 1-2
Haas won 2 in 2006 (Cincy, Halle)
Gilles won 1 in 2008 (Indianapolis)


Double allez for Gilles for his 2 matches tomorrow.

Gillouthe best
07-17-2012, 06:36 PM
Allez Gillou vs Haas!The german played a great match today, he won 6/2 6/1, so Gilles should be focused, hope he wins.And also hope he wins on doubles, Jeremy is becoming a great dubs player himself, it's time for Gilles.

ThierryH
07-17-2012, 07:40 PM
I watched a bit of Simon's practice this afternoon. I think his partner was a German youngster, but I am not really sure.

Anyway, what I found interesting is that Carine and Thimothée were sitting together in a corner of the court, sometimes Gilles came to get small things to eat from her.
Some time later, Carine and Thimothée went on another court and played some "tennis" (he had a small racket) which was quite cute, her encouragements were really nice too.

lalaland
07-17-2012, 07:48 PM
Anyway, what I found interesting is that Carine and Thimothée were sitting together in a corner of the court, sometimes Gilles came to get small things to eat from her.
Some time later, Carine and Thimothée went on another court and played some "tennis" (he had a small racket) which was quite cute, her encouragements were really nice too.

:awww:
I would love to watch them play. Is little Tim's hair kinda long? I ask because before my stream cut off yesterday at end of Gilles' match, the camera shot at the woman in that glass box with her back turning at the camera (I take that she's Carine), and a little kid was behind her climbing the rails, that's probably Thimothee? He's an active little kid, just like a boy should be :D.

ThierryH
07-17-2012, 08:29 PM
:awww:
I would love to watch them play. Is little Tim's hair kinda long? I ask because before my stream cut off yesterday at end of Gilles' match, the camera shot at the woman in that glass box with her back turning at the camera (I take that she's Carine), and a little kid was behind her climbing the rails, that's probably Thimothee? He's an active little kid, just like a boy should be :D.

Hmm, hard to say what long is but I would certainly not call his hair short, so it was probably him.

misty1
07-17-2012, 08:46 PM
I watched a bit of Simon's practice this afternoon. I think his partner was a German youngster, but I am not really sure.

Anyway, what I found interesting is that Carine and Thimothée were sitting together in a corner of the court, sometimes Gilles came to get small things to eat from her.
Some time later, Carine and Thimothée went on another court and played some "tennis" (he had a small racket) which was quite cute, her encouragements were really nice too.

cute:)

ThierryH
07-17-2012, 09:02 PM
By the way, there is a 4-min interview with Simon on the tournament site: http://bet-at-home-open.com/rothenbaum-tv/

lalaland
07-17-2012, 09:28 PM
By the way, there is a 4-min interview with Simon on the tournament site: http://bet-at-home-open.com/rothenbaum-tv/

Nice itw. Love that Stich asked him interesting questions.
What did he eat? was it a chocolate bar or sth? Can't see and Stich forgot to give him the mic when he was trying to explain himself.


And talking about that long match, I think it's good that it probably ran him into form. Normally, he plays Stuttgart to get himself into form (after Wimby). So it's not a bad thing that his first match took 3 hrs, as long as he's not tired by it.

lalaland
07-17-2012, 09:33 PM
I got a question for you ThierryH. Is this tournament supposed to be indoor, or is the roof closed only bcos of rain? I do check the weather forecast and it seems Hamburg is very rainy this week.

mike s.
07-17-2012, 09:40 PM
Hopefully Timothee brings him luck again this year ;)

Haas will be very tough. I was looking at his recent results and other than the loss to Cervanek, he's played top 30 level tennis. Gilles will have to be at his best to win this one.

mike s.
07-17-2012, 09:46 PM
Nice itw. Love that Stich asked him interesting questions.
What did he eat? was it a chocolate bar or sth? Can't see and Stich forgot to give him the mic when he was trying to explain himself.


And talking about that long match, I think it's good that it probably ran him into form. Normally, he plays Stuttgart to get himself into form (after Wimby). So it's not a bad thing that his first match took 3 hrs, as long as he's not tired by it.

I don't think Gilles is ever tired so he should be ok. :lol: I agree with you that a long match was a good thing and from what I saw he had the right intentions during the match, just didn't always execute correctly. I think that's a good sign going forward.

ThierryH
07-17-2012, 09:53 PM
I got a question for you ThierryH. Is this tournament supposed to be indoor, or is the roof closed only bcos of rain? I do check the weather forecast and it seems Hamburg is very rainy this week.

It is supposed to be an outdoor tournament, so the roof was only closed because of rain.

Gilloulou
07-18-2012, 01:09 PM
blistering start, just keep it up and there shouldn't be any problem! off to the gym with a smile :]

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 01:17 PM
He has started really well, some great exchanges and winners. Up 3-1

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 01:25 PM
Tight hold, Haas has upped a bit his level. Up 4/2.

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 01:35 PM
Haas is killing Gilles with the dropshot, and Gilles can't win a point on return in the last two games. Now it's the time to serve it out!

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 01:39 PM
And he serves out the set with an ace :woohoo:, 6/4.

GilleSimonAddict
07-18-2012, 01:40 PM
Not a very good first set of tennis but at least Gilles pulled it out. Both guys were playing pretty crappy, it's just that Haas was the one playing a little bit more crappy.

My hope is that Haas will continue to play crappy and Simon will find better form in the second set and win it in straights.

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 01:46 PM
Disappointng game, he could have done more at Deuce, 1/0 Haas.

GilleSimonAddict
07-18-2012, 01:50 PM
That's what happens when you insist on playing 10 feet behind the baseline Gilles.

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 01:51 PM
And another BP for Haas :mad:

GilleSimonAddict
07-18-2012, 01:52 PM
ridiculous

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 01:52 PM
And Haas breaks, he's uncomfortable on rallies now.

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 02:00 PM
He breaks back :yeah:

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 02:04 PM
30-40 after Tommy saved two BP's

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 02:05 PM
And Tommy makes a DF to gift the break. Gilles up *3-2 :) Allez!

GilleSimonAddict
07-18-2012, 02:07 PM
Thank god Haas is playing like crap is all I can say because Gilles sure as heck isn't playing like he was Monday against Berlocq. Aggressive and confident and really asserting his game. He just seems content to stand ten feet behind the baseline and rally with Haas.

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 02:08 PM
Haas breaks back :mad:

GilleSimonAddict
07-18-2012, 02:10 PM
Oh Gilles :facepalm:

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 02:11 PM
He can't even defend now, 40/30.

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 02:12 PM
And what a smash miss :rolleyes:

GilleSimonAddict
07-18-2012, 02:12 PM
Utter crapfest from Gilles right now. I just don't get it.

GilleSimonAddict
07-18-2012, 02:13 PM
Haas isn't even playing that well so why does Gilles insist on playing so far back behind the baseline and so defensive? He's allowing himself to be angled and dropshot to death.

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 02:15 PM
He can't make a 1st serve.

GilleSimonAddict
07-18-2012, 02:16 PM
:facepalm: No words. Just complete crap.

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 02:16 PM
And a DF :mad:, from *3-2 to 3-*5

GilleSimonAddict
07-18-2012, 02:18 PM
I'm begging Gilles to start being aggressive and bang the ball. All he'd have to do is play half as good as he did against Berlocq and it'd be enough. I mean Haas isn't even playing that well.

GilleSimonAddict
07-18-2012, 02:20 PM
So much for Gilles winning it in straights and he has no one to blame but himself. He may not even win the match at all if he keeps playing like this crap.

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 02:20 PM
We are going to the third, Gilles please stop being passive.

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 02:21 PM
Right now I would even say Haas is the favourite. He serves and attacks better.

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 02:26 PM
He was lucky, Haas ball was on the line and it was a BP.

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 02:27 PM
And now he does two good FH's, a bit late Gilles.

GilleSimonAddict
07-18-2012, 02:27 PM
Perfect example right there of what happens when Gilles gets aggressive. Boom Boom just like that he goes from deuce to 1-0.

lalaland
07-18-2012, 02:27 PM
FFS Gilles :rolleyes:, you are so much better than this. Show up!

GilleSimonAddict
07-18-2012, 02:29 PM
If he doesn't get aggressive than he's more than likely going to lose this match. Right now he's leaving it up to Haas instead of imposing his own game the way he did to Berlocq and I for one just don't get it.

GilleSimonAddict
07-18-2012, 02:31 PM
Another missed opportunity from Gilles.

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 02:32 PM
Allez Gilles! 1-1

GilleSimonAddict
07-18-2012, 02:32 PM
Haas is just eating his second serve for lunch. Gilles has to have the worst second serve of anybody in the top 20.

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 02:33 PM
Another return Haas gets over, but a lucky netcord :angel:

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 02:33 PM
And another netcord :lol:

lalaland
07-18-2012, 02:34 PM
He's crap. Useless first serve and weak 2nd serve where Tommy stands 2 feet inside the baseline to eat it up every time. Embarrassing.

GilleSimonAddict
07-18-2012, 02:35 PM
This is ridiculous. 12 in the world and this.

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 02:35 PM
Deserved break for Haas, he could have been agressive but he didn't dared to. He can't win a point even on exchanges.

GilleSimonAddict
07-18-2012, 02:35 PM
This is the worst I can remember seeing him play so far this year.

lalaland
07-18-2012, 02:35 PM
Well, kiss Hamburg goodbye.

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 02:37 PM
This is the worst I can remember seeing him play so far this year.

Well, we avoided the SA drama.

GilleSimonAddict
07-18-2012, 02:37 PM
All he had to do was put Haas under pressure and he'd crack. The guy is notorious for double faulting on break/set points, but Gilles totally decided to go into push mode and leave it all in the hands of Haas, willing to except whatever errors Haas made but not daring to create any sort of winners for himself. Just don't get it.

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 02:38 PM
Error after error

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 02:40 PM
Finally two great points,

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 02:44 PM
His second serve has always been useless, but his 1st serve used to be good. Well, at least he holds, it won't be a humilliation.

GilleSimonAddict
07-18-2012, 02:44 PM
If the switch doesn't go off in simon's head to start putting Haas under pressure and be aggressive and play closer to the baseline he's done. He's not going to break Haas continuing to play like he is right now.

lalaland
07-18-2012, 02:45 PM
He just look clueless out there. Losing the match from a set and a break up, the haters gonna have a field day.

Gilles, please at least give a fight.

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 02:46 PM
He can't return now, it's embarrasing.

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 02:47 PM
He needs more depth on his shots, and then he will be able to attack.

GilleSimonAddict
07-18-2012, 02:48 PM
He just look clueless out there. Losing the match from a set and a break up, the haters gonna have a field day.

Gilles, please at least give a fight.

Well let's be clear, the haters are gonna hate regardless but this just gives them more fuel for the fire.

But Gilles is totally made a clusterf#*k out of this match for sure.

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 02:49 PM
And now he's playing agressive on his service games, when he's gonna lose.

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 02:50 PM
What a frustration miss :mad:

lalaland
07-18-2012, 02:51 PM
Well let's be clear, the haters are gonna hate regardless but this just gives them more fuel for the fire.


Well, the haters didn't even enter the thread of him beating Berlocq, so we know at least a win can fend them off a day or maybe half. But no luck, he's in a self-destruct mode anyway, the end is not far.

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 02:52 PM
Well, he's making the struggle longer, 4/3 down.

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 02:55 PM
He can't win a point on Haas serve.

Gilloulou
07-18-2012, 02:55 PM
arghh, what a collapse, i'll go about my business again... oh gilles, back to the drawing board.

lalaland
07-18-2012, 02:57 PM
There's not much more to hope for, just hope he at least make Tommy serve for it. Although I doubt that Tommy will choke, he's having such an easy time now he can hardly feel any pressure.

GilleSimonAddict
07-18-2012, 02:59 PM
I don't believe what I just saw.

lalaland
07-18-2012, 02:59 PM
Yes, Gilles. Please please please prove me wrong.

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 02:59 PM
Out of nowhere he breaks, being 40/0 down.

lalaland
07-18-2012, 03:00 PM
Hold your serve like your life depends on it, please.

GilleSimonAddict
07-18-2012, 03:00 PM
If Gilles can just get to 5-4 and put pressure on Haas he will break under the pressure.

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 03:01 PM
Again Haas plays freely, and he's again in trouble.

GilleSimonAddict
07-18-2012, 03:02 PM
Find your 1st serves dang it Gilles :fiery:

GilleSimonAddict
07-18-2012, 03:03 PM
:facepalm:

lalaland
07-18-2012, 03:04 PM
FFS.
Why do I bother!:banghead::banghead::banghead:

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 03:04 PM
All this for everything, he can't find good shots or serves on tight games.

GilleSimonAddict
07-18-2012, 03:05 PM
See ya Gilles.

lalaland
07-18-2012, 03:07 PM
Bye Gilles, you really suck today. I'm so mad I better don't say nothing no more.

GilleSimonAddict
07-18-2012, 03:07 PM
What a crap match from Gilles. I can't believe how badly he played and that he couldn't even make that gift of a break count against Haas. This doesn't give me much hope for his Olympic run either.

mike s.
07-18-2012, 03:09 PM
Gilles was so horrible today, Tommy wasn't even that good :mad:

He can't play well when he has to switch surfaces so I'm not expecting much for the rest of the summer :rolleyes:

mike s.
07-18-2012, 03:11 PM
450 points down the drain too, there goes basically any chance at the top 10 for a long time now.

GilleSimonAddict
07-18-2012, 03:12 PM
Really don't know what else to say other than Gilles played one of the, if not the, worst match i've seen from him all year. I really hope he just woke up on the wrong side of the bed today and that he will be in better form come the Olympics, but in all honesty, I really don't know what to think right now. I just know he has left me quite angry and shaken from his performance today.

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 03:15 PM
I will be just happy if he finishes the year top-20, since the RG choke vs Wawa he cant play well, today it was just a complete disaster, coming back to 4-4 just to mug it out on his service game. I'm not expecting much from the Olympics, I'll be happy if he proves me wrong.

mike s.
07-18-2012, 03:33 PM
I will be just happy if he finishes the year top-20, since the RG choke vs Wawa he cant play well, today it was just a complete disaster, coming back to 4-4 just to mug it out on his service game. I'm not expecting much from the Olympics, I'll be happy if he proves me wrong.

I agree, it was just strange how passive he was today. Even though it was a tight one against Berlocq, I thought he was trying to do the right things. Here, he just let Haas back into the match even though Haas was hitting so many errors. Others have said this before but I guess we have to come to the realization that his level is 10-20 now and he's not going to get back to the top 10 unless he changes things.

GilleSimonAddict
07-18-2012, 03:35 PM
Let's just stay strong guys and hope for the best for him. Group hug. :hug:

misty1
07-18-2012, 04:00 PM
i was afraid of this but it doesnt make it suck any less

The Prince
07-18-2012, 05:01 PM
Gillou has lost his game. Hopefully the hard-courts bring it back.

lalaland
07-18-2012, 05:32 PM
I expect him to be at least Top 15 by end of year, unless some disaster happens which I have no reason to expect that as of now. He's 13 in the Race, the players behind him are Raonic, Verdasco, Kohli, Gasquet, Cilic, Youznhy, Wawa, Seppi and Nishikori. None except Cilic is in particularly good form atm, just like him. He had some very disheartening loss in the past 4 tournaments and he was just 4-4. But it's not that we haven't seen before. The HC is still to come, and it's still his best surface as far as I'm concerned. Surely some will do well on HC too, like Raonic and Nishikori. But Gilles can hold his own. So despite today or last 4 tournaments, I still think he will make enough pts for Top 15.

Not hoping much for the Olympics, not his surface, even if we learn to expect the unexpected for Olympics, still don't think anything will happen for him. And for what he's been getting in the draw, he'll probably get Malisse in first round :p. But it's okay. I only want him to go cos he earned his spot and he should be there. But it won't be a disaster if he gets to Toronto to acclimatize sooner rather than later. With top players expected to be tied up at the Olympics, I think Toronto will be a little bit more of an open field, and he really needs to take advantage of.

He can certainly play a very offensive match, he hasn't been able to keep the same mindset to do it match in and match out. Berlocq's match he has no choice since Berlocq just rally with him all day long. He has to end the points, and it's easier to be offensive when the opponent is letting him. But against Tommy, he's the Berlocq in the match. I think tonite when he got back to the hotel, he should realize that he really has no choice but to force himself to do it regardless of what the other guy is doing on the other side of the net. Well, that's what I hope anyway. It's still a learning curve for him, give him time and he should be able to learn. I mean, I do believe he will.

lalaland
07-18-2012, 05:46 PM
Ooops, Malisse is not in the Olympics draw, well well, lucky Gilles :p.
Now he'll probably get Dr. Ivo or some grass monster...



_____________________

P.S.
Okay, I really should read the Olympics thread before making my prediction of the draw. Dr. Ivo is likely to w/d according to some educated guess. :lol:. Who's the next one I can think to jinx :p

Gilloulou
07-18-2012, 06:03 PM
I will be just happy if he finishes the year top-20

i don't care that much about his year end. he is 13 in the race this year but seriously, i have no idea how. he's playing like a top 30 player, not top 15. which is ok i guess, just depressing cause you know he can do better.

what i really hope is good results, to be someone like Ferrer. why can't he be Ferrer??? a lot of the haters here hate because they say he can play much better and much more exciting than Ferrer, yet he plays like crap, more tedious and gets poor results. god Gilles, learnn something from him, he's even shorter than you are!

Gillouthe best
07-18-2012, 08:10 PM
At least he won in doubles, defeating kas/troicki 6/1 5/7 10/4.

MsTree
07-19-2012, 05:07 PM
Group hug :hug:

Gillouthe best
07-20-2012, 03:19 PM
He is on doubles SF :eek: :bowdown:, he and Jim won 5/7 6/3 10/7 over Bhupathi/Boppana, who are on doubles Top-10. This must be Gilles biggest result on doubles :lol:, great win for them,Jeremy has became such a good doubles player, and it's having effect on Gilles.

GilleSimonAddict
07-20-2012, 03:26 PM
Yeah, I was watching on the live scoreboard tracker off and on hoping for the best for him. Beating the #1 seeded doubles team at the event is an impressive feet for sure for Gilles considering how miserable he usually is in doubles. I wish I could've been watching it instead of just the scoreboard. There's been so little of Gilles over the past month due to his lack of results.

lalaland
08-01-2012, 05:16 PM
I'm recycling the clay season thread to finish up for the rest of the season on hardcourt. This thread started on a high note, with IW and Mia that stopped his downward spiral after South America. And then it rolled onto the high in Monte Carlo. Things haven't been so good after, the rest of the clay season was so so and the grass season is short :o. Now, let's hope he had hit the valley and it's time to bounce upward again.

Hardcourt, best time of the season, where Gilles really needs to perform well.

Next week, ATP 1000 Canada. He plays single and double with Jeremy. Last year he lost in R1 to Picasso (while having some back problem). So it will be an opportunity to pick up some pts next week to help out those pts he needs to defend in Cincy.

Allez Gilles.

mike s.
08-02-2012, 08:26 PM
I'm recycling the clay season thread to finish up for the rest of the season on hardcourt. This thread started on a high note, with IW and Mia that stopped his downward spiral after South America. And then it rolled onto the high in Monte Carlo. Things haven't been so good after, the rest of the clay season was so so and the grass season is short :o. Now, let's hope he had hit the valley and it's time to bounce upward again.

Hardcourt, best time of the season, where Gilles really needs to perform well.

Next week, ATP 1000 Canada. He plays single and double with Jeremy. Last year he lost in R1 to Picasso (while having some back problem). So it will be an opportunity to pick up some pts next week to help out those pts he needs to defend in Cincy.

Allez Gilles.

Allez Gilles, the draw will be somewhat depleted as well. Nadal, Monfils, Verdasco, and Ferrer already withdrew and I'm sure others will soon too. It's a big opportunity for him to gain some points.

lalaland
08-02-2012, 08:59 PM
He's ranked 13 for seeding but will be seeded 11th as of now, 3 more withdrawals at the top and he'll be seeded 8th :p. If there's ever a good chance to win a ATP1000, next week will be it. And with this grand opportunity glaring at him, I think he'll probably get a shitty draw and has to face a big server like Raonic on his opening match or sth. Sorry, I can't quite help but to think of the worse case scenario.

misty1
08-02-2012, 09:05 PM
just cross your fingers and hope for the best.

lalaland
08-02-2012, 09:16 PM
just cross your fingers and hope for the best.

I do, every single tournament before the draw :).

Btw, I assume you are in Canada based on your flag. Are you from the Toronto area? Will u be going to watch the tournament? Just curious.

misty1
08-03-2012, 11:59 PM
I do, every single tournament before the draw :).

Btw, I assume you are in Canada based on your flag. Are you from the Toronto area? Will u be going to watch the tournament? Just curious.

no, I live in Winnipeg. I would like to go at some point but i dont really have alot of extra money to spend.

lalaland
08-04-2012, 03:58 AM
Well, DelPo also w/d, I heard. So Gilles will be seeded 8th. Raonic also seeded, if they ever meet, will be in R16.
Toronto is getting more and more wide open every hour, I hope Gilles is well-prepared, he better be.

lalaland
08-04-2012, 05:59 PM
:lol: @ the draw, I forgot to cross my fingers :(

DelPo didn't w/d, so Gilles is seeded 9th.

Djokovic/bye
Q/Tomic
Querrey/Melzer
Bye/Nishikori

Simon/bye
Haas/Nalbandian
Stepanek/Dolgopolov
Bye/Del Potro

There is some tired bodies in his little section, but the reason they are tired is because they are so in form. It's time for Gilles to step it up. If he doesn't adjust to the surface fast enough, he could be out in his first match :scared:. Allez Gilles.

Cloudygirl
08-04-2012, 06:46 PM
hopefully he will do well

Gillouthe best
08-04-2012, 06:47 PM
Bar the Olympics he's getting so bad draws lately :rolleyes:

misty1
08-05-2012, 12:02 AM
so of course he gets one of the hardest draws possible:rolleyes:

mike s.
08-05-2012, 05:24 PM
Oh no, he has the hardest draw in the entire tournament. Haas, Delpo, Djokovic is brutal. I'm not sure he'll win a match here. Hopefully the U.S. Open draw is better.

It's so frustrating because all the people around him in the rankings have such easy draws here and will get so many points. The Monaco-Fish section for example is so easy.

Gillouthe best
08-05-2012, 05:30 PM
Yes, his luck with draws lately has been brutal, since Madrid he hasn't got an overly easy draw, most of the time getting difficult ones, while Monaco, Tipsy, Almagro, Fish and Isner are getting nearly always better draws, specially at big tournaments, having draws like that is going to make very difficult to be back in Top-10.

MsTree
08-06-2012, 05:38 PM
ALLEZ GILLES!!! :cheerleader:

Gilloulou
08-06-2012, 10:20 PM
lol, what a draw! not that i think it matters much when he's playing but even I giggle (with sorrow) at this draw. hope is a hard hitting weapon though!

lalaland
08-07-2012, 12:31 AM
I get mad just looking at the draw :o. Oh well, what can you do.


He plays his double match tomorrow:

Court 4 1:00 p.m.
[WC] Philip BESTER (CAN) Adil SHAMASDIN (CAN) vs
Jeremy CHARDY (FRA) Gilles SIMON (FRA)

Hope the dreamy team will have a winning start. Allez Gilles and Jim!

Gillouthe best
08-07-2012, 08:00 AM
Allez for the doubles :), he's having a great year by his standards, winning matches with Jeremy.

lalaland
08-07-2012, 06:52 PM
They won the double 13-11 in the super TB, phew, that was tight.
Next is against the 7th seed Qureshi/Rojer. Allez Gilles/Jeremy.

Gillouthe best
08-07-2012, 06:58 PM
Great win :yeah:, good luck on R2.

lalaland
08-07-2012, 09:42 PM
Wed OOP:

Grandstand starts at 11am
Youzhny Vs Tipsarevic
Odesnik/Benneteau Vs Berdych
Simon Vs Haas

Allez Gilles, please win.

mike s.
08-07-2012, 10:16 PM
At least I have zero expectations for this tournament so I can't be too disappointed. Try your best tomorrow.

Gillouthe best
08-08-2012, 07:40 AM
Allez Gilles vs Haas! I think he doesn't have a bad chance, Haas must he tired because of his Washington run and the three setter he played yesterday, and the last meeting, even though Gilles was playing so bad it was so tight. Also, his only win over Haas was on HC. I think that if he serves well he should take it, if not, he will struggle a lot.

GilleSimonAddict
08-08-2012, 06:51 PM
Well, Gilles' draw is not as hard as it was when the draw first came out as two big guns in his section in Del Potro and Tsonga have gone out in their opening matches. Will Djokovic follow suit? For that matter, will Gilles himself follow suit. Hopefully so to the former and hopefully not for the latter. We'll see.

Nagyovafan
08-08-2012, 08:33 PM
Allez Gillou!

I was a ballboy for his 2006 match against Tommy Haas in Cincinnati. I did two of the sets I think (he lost in three) and it was really sad, but even in 2006 he was able to keep up with Haas. He can definitely win today. Allez!

Gillouthe best
08-08-2012, 08:48 PM
Tommy breaks, Gilles serving at 23% :rolleyes:

lalaland
08-08-2012, 08:51 PM
Terrible start. No 1st serve, FH can't find the court. Not good.

lalaland
08-08-2012, 09:02 PM
Blame it on the change of surface, the heat, the opponent, whatever, but he's playing about 40% capacity, he even look slow to me.

lalaland
08-08-2012, 09:04 PM
Gosh, horrible 3 UEs at the net to give away BPs. I can't stand watching this crap, I want to give up already.

GilleSimonAddict
08-08-2012, 09:10 PM
Pretty abysmal stuff from Gilles. What can I say. Figures that his draw would open up considerably too.

Puschkin
08-08-2012, 09:22 PM
Important hold for 1-0, second set.

Gillouthe best
08-08-2012, 09:22 PM
Great hold here, saving 3 BP's. Please Gilles, Allez!

lalaland
08-08-2012, 09:41 PM
:lol: just when I said I gave up, my internet gave up on me too, lost connection for the past half hr. Now I got it back, maybe I can consider this Take Two.

Allez Gilles, c'mon, you do it!

GilleSimonAddict
08-08-2012, 09:48 PM
Well, it looks like Gilles' time has about run out yet again.

Gilloulou
08-08-2012, 09:48 PM
he's just not the player he used to be. sad

lalaland
08-08-2012, 09:56 PM
Utterly crap, shameful performance. I'm mad at you, Gilles. Go to a corner and think about what you've done :p.

Srsly, he is slumping. I mean, Tommy is playing in a good level and he's in great confident. But Gilles could have done better, he's just no where near his normal level.

mike s.
08-08-2012, 10:04 PM
I only got to see the last game. Maybe it's a good thing I had to work during the match :rolleyes:

I pretty much knew he would lose to Haas, he's always terrible in his first match on a new surface so I'm not that upset except for the fact that everyone's losing so there's a huge opportunity here.

GilleSimonAddict
08-08-2012, 10:07 PM
I think it's time to start worrying about Gilles. These "off days" are starting to become more and more regular and he's just not looking like someone who is playing with any sort of belief that he belongs or can make it back into the top 10. If this level of performance keeps up, he'll be lucky if he's still in the top 20. I don't know, but it's just really looking like Gilles is starting to become like Roddick.

lalaland
08-08-2012, 10:09 PM
I'm mad bcos of the way he lost, someone in GM said he looked like he didn't want to be there and I agreed. I just don't understand why. He played a week ago so it's not like he's tired or anything. Toronto is wide open so he should be motivated to do sth. Yet, he looked slow and impatient. Perhaps he'll still lose no matter giving that Tommy's be playing so well, but he could have at least put up a better performance than this. This, is really disappointing, and worrisome.

lalaland
08-08-2012, 10:10 PM
I think it's time to start worrying about Gilles. These "off days" are starting to become more and more regular and he's just not looking like someone who is playing with any sort of believe that he belongs or can make it back into the top 10. If this level of performance keeps up, he'll be lucky if he's still in the top 20. I don't know, but it's just really looking like Gilles is starting to become like Roddick.

I completely agree with you, well, except the Roddick part. Gilles still has his beautiful hair ;).

GilleSimonAddict
08-08-2012, 10:18 PM
This bothers me greatly because Gilles is 27 and who knows how much longer he's going to want to play, but more importantly, who knows how much longer he will be relevant to the sport and be able to be good enough to get on tv courts where we can see him. I was already dreading the fact that Gilles is starting to enter that age where retirement starts to become a question, but now, the way he is playing, even when his ranking was good and he was at his best, he was somewhat overlooked, but if his ranking drops significantly, he will be mainly on outside courts and barely featured on tv and it will be like he's already gone. It worries the hell out of me guys.

lalaland
08-08-2012, 10:33 PM
27 is not that old, but of course it all depends on the individual. Physically, he looks in great form and I don't see he will decline in at least a couple of years. I think being super light-weight has it's advantage. Mentally though, I'm not sure. He's been around the top 15 level and not able to move up. I think this kind of stale could wear on one's motivation. The mind's what matters and if his fire still burns, that he still aiming to go higher, then he should be at least able to maintain the ranking for a while. Well, that's me being optimistic. I'm normally very pessimistic on everything, except when it comes to Gilles' motivation, I'm quite positive that he still believes. So far, I don't see any sign that tells me otherwise. But who knows, if this slump goes on, he could lose all confident and desire to do well, things can change fast. Let's hope not.

lalaland
08-08-2012, 10:47 PM
Another tournament that he goes farther in doubles than singles. That's not good.
Having said that, allez Gilles and Jim. Tomorrow OOP:

Court 4
Not before 4:00 p.m.
Jeremy CHARDY (FRA) Gilles SIMON (FRA) vs
Aisam-Ul-Haq QURESHI (PAK) Jean-Julien ROJER (NED) [7]

mike s.
08-09-2012, 02:06 PM
Every player is different but I'm not too worried about his age. He was a relatively late bloomer so he hasn't been on the tour for very long and I think he feels like he missed a big part of his prime with the knee injury so I think the motivation is still there. If you see the results here I think it was difficult for all of the players to get motivated coming off of the Olympics. Toronto probably seems like a let-down even though it's worth more points. Either way, he lost in the first round of Canada last year and then had pretty good runs at Cincy and the U.S. Open so let's hope he does the same this year.

lalaland
08-10-2012, 01:16 AM
I'm starting to expect wins from his doubles :o, so I am a little disappointed that they lost, 5-10 in the super TB. Oh well, onward to Cincy it is. And no doubles with Jeremy there, I guess it's because Jeremy is not in the MD of the singles (yet). Looking like he's gonna be seeded 12th with 2 w/d on top so far. Not that it matters, he was 9th seed in TO and look what kind of draw he got there :rolleyes:. Can only hope the bad luck and bad form will go away as soon as possible. Allez Gilles.

mike s.
08-10-2012, 03:29 AM
I'm glad that he's not getting a bye here. I think he needs matches and to work his way into the tournament. Plus, in a 48 draw you're guaranteed to play someone who's already won a match so maybe he gets lucky here and gets Donald Young or something.

lalaland
08-10-2012, 04:57 AM
I agreed. I never like bye, the opponent has already gotten a win under the belt; esp those qualifier who's already on a winning streak.

Okay, I could be seeing things, but I went back to watch the match cos I want to see the Haas match up again. I've only watched the first 10 mins so far including the warmup. During the warm-up, there's one time he served and immediately holding his upper right arm after, with a painful expression on his face. I wonder if maybe he's having some trouble with his shoulder again. Didn't he say something about having some shoulder issue before the first match of the Olympics? I hope I'm wrong. He's been able to stay healthy for awhile, this is not a good time to not feel good, the beginning of the HC season, his best surface. But the way he served in the first set, hardly able to put a 1st serve in, maybe he had trouble when the shoulder wasn't warm enough at the beginning of the match. During the Olympics, his serve was really on. I mean, the only thing that the surface change shouldn't affect is the serve. So....Anyway, he did play the doubles today, so if there's a problem, it's not big enough to prevent play, but small pain here and there probably will affect performance.

soulage
08-10-2012, 04:26 PM
In an article on Haas L'equipe speaks about Gilles's injuries. Now it's the shoulder. If he's not 100% that's clear that his game is affected. He said it was a mistake to play a match he was not able to play.

Interesting article I think Gilles should take a physio with him all time

GilleSimonAddict
08-10-2012, 06:52 PM
So Gilles doesn't take his physio with him at all tournaments? I always thought he did. I thought he always took at least Thierry and his physio with him everywhere he played.

So I guess this shoulder injury explains the results at Toronto. That doesn't really give me much comfort though seeing as how I want him to be 100% and we've been through this injury stuff with him already and it lasted too long. I sure hope he doesn't start becoming injury prone now. That's the last thing he needs to have happen to him at this stage in his career.

It's a shame too because he was serving so well at the Olympics. The best I had seen him serve in quite some time. Hard, flat and with a lot of precision. I sure hope that's not what led to the injury. He needs to be able to serve hard to get as many free points as he can. I wonder if Cincinnati is out for him now?

Get better Gilles.

lalaland
08-10-2012, 07:01 PM
Thanks Soulage. That confirmed my suspicious, dammit.

When he talks, he makes so much sense, yet, he doesn't do the sensible thing. He played eventhough he knew he shouldn't :(. Well, I understand, a wide open draw, he wants to give it a try and take his chance.

I thought he travels with a physio already, he talked about it back then when he was dealing with the back. If he hasn't find one, he should hurry up. But based on the warm up routine now that L'equipe described, it sounds like he's doing what he should be doing. He's getting old, so it's understandable that he can't overcome those problems as much as he had when younger.

He's full of respect for Tommy for his multiple comebacks. He should get some advice from Tommy to learn how to deal with those little nagging physical problems and how to stay mentally strong when dealing with physical problems, Tommy did a good job these days.

lalaland
08-10-2012, 09:01 PM
Reading the article again, he did say he saw his physio for an hr before he starts his warmup. I guess Soulage meant he should have one at all tournaments, not just the big ones. I think FFT has a team physio for all their players at big tournament. When he talked about having a physio last time, I thought he meant a personal one. I don't know if he got that one going yet or I mistaken him. He needs a physio 24/7 even during off week. He's injury prone already, if it's not the knee, it's the back, the neck and now the shoulder. The longevity of his career depends on how well he manages his body from now on.

soulage
08-10-2012, 09:32 PM
Yes as far I know his physio is one of the FFT and they are in big tournaments but for exemple I'm pretty sure FFT physio was not in south america earlier this year. I mean if his body is a problem I think he should get an exclusive physio as an investissement for his career. Knee; back, shoulder that's huge

lalaland
08-11-2012, 01:10 AM
Well, I know there's no easy draw in this ATP 1000 tournament, but his draw is just ridiculous. Donald Young is not available, he's on the other side of the draw, that lucky qualifier :p

Cincy next week:

Simon Vs Baghdatis
Gasquet Vs Raonic
Qualifier Vs Kubot
Bye Vs Berdych

The first match is really tough, and if he gets past that, he's 0-5 against Gasquet and lost on clay to Raonic the big server before. And with the sore shoulder, well, maybe he needs a WC to Salem to get some matches in before USO.

Berdych is probably the comparatively easiest opponent in this section for him, he loves Tomas' power and has 4-2 HtoH. But Gilles probably won't get that far to meet Tomas.

Btw, it's not too long ago that I boldly predicted that he won't fall out of Top 15, and sure enough, I jinxed him, he just fell out of Top 15 in the Race :o. I've been so good at not saying anything bold for a long time (but it's not even bold :() but I slipped up :rolleyes:. Well, if only it's that easy to manipulate fate :p. Oh well. I can't win, I know.

And talk about unlucky, poor Nalby, Tommy "the Nalby nemesis" Haas again for him, he obviously is the worse luck player ever.

Gillouthe best
08-11-2012, 07:47 AM
Another very tough draw for Gilles :mad:, Baggy has regained some form lately, and he can't stand playing Gasquet or Raonic. Also, he has to defend 180 pts., so it's gonna be bad for his ranking if he loses early.

Gilloulou
08-11-2012, 08:46 AM
it's not the draw that is the problem...

lalaland
08-13-2012, 01:26 AM
Not scheduled for Monday, so one more day to rest his shoulder. Hopefully he can defend some of his 180 pts. With those pts dropped, his base point left him at 16 in ranking. So he's a bit in danger of losing a very important seeding for USO.

Allez Gilles, hope he's back in full force for Cincy.

GilleSimonAddict
08-13-2012, 02:28 AM
With this being a mixed event and Gilles' performance as of late, we'll be lucky if we even get a chance to see him play this week, because I'll be surprised if he's scheduled on a televised/streamed court. There's no way he'll be put on the center court so our best and only chance is Grandstand, but more than likely, he'll be featured on one of the four outer courts. We'll see, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

GilleSimonAddict
08-14-2012, 12:09 AM
Whelp, I pretty much called it.

OOP tomorrow: Gilles Simon fourth up on Court 9.

Won't be seeing that match streamed, and if he loses to Baggy, which is a high probability, it'll be like he wasn't even in Cincinnati to begin with because we won't have seen him at all. :tears:

This is precisely why I said I was worried about his recent poor performances and his falling ranking. We're not going to be seeing much of him unless he starts winning again and gets that ranking moving back up into the right direction. Gilles is not a brand name in tennis and he is only given premium court coverage based solely on his performance and ranking. When that goes, so goes the coverage and our opportunity to see him.

lalaland
08-14-2012, 12:22 AM
Allez Gilles. Best of luck tomorrow, hope his shoulder is good to go.

mike s.
08-14-2012, 01:11 AM
I don't know, if his shoulder is fine I think he'll beat Baghdatis. I'm as pessimistic as anyone but while Baghdatis is playing a little bit better I don't think he's playing that well that a healthy Gilles shouldn't handle him. I do think he'll lose in the second round though unfortunately.

lalaland
08-14-2012, 02:15 AM
When he's not healthy, he got crushed like last week. When he's healthy, he chokes a lot these days, so I don't know. Anyway, I'm hoping for 1 win, it will get him up 1 spot in the ranking, give him a small cushion for the Top 16 USO seeding. I'll feel better if he wins tomorrow. But I dare not to have any expectation :scared:.

Nagyovafan
08-14-2012, 05:17 PM
I just spoke with Gilles after his practice session with Almagro and he told me he's going to withdraw. It's his shoulder :( I asked him if it was "grave" and he said "Je crois que oui." so...

lalaland
08-14-2012, 05:48 PM
Oh Shit. :sad: bad timing for a bad injury. :sad:

Thanks for the info, Nagyovafan.

GilleSimonAddict
08-14-2012, 05:55 PM
Oh God! Can it get any worse? I hope it doesn't need surgery. I really wonder if it happened at the Olympics. It looked like he was making a concerted effort to serve a lot harder and he was serving unbelievable for his usual standards and getting a lot of easy games and free points, but maybe that all came at a price. I guess maybe Gilles just isn't built to withstand serious shoulder tork that comes with serving big. This royally sucks! :scared::bigcry:

lalaland
08-14-2012, 07:03 PM
Well, confirmed he pulled out.
http://cincinnati.com/blogs/tennis/2012/08/14/simon-no-11-on-mens-side-pulls-out/

I wish he had pulled out last week too. Just make me mad that he never does the sensible thing until things get really worse, just like his knee, now the shoulder.

Having said that, I'm more sad than mad at him. Poor Gilles :hug:
I hope he can still play USO, and by still play, I mean 100%, not playing at 50% like he always seem to do.

mike s.
08-14-2012, 07:16 PM
Even if it didn't make a difference, he really shouldn't have played doubles at Toronto if his shoulder was bothering him. Shoulder injuries are really bad, even worse than the knee in my opinion. I really hope this isn't career threatening or anything. So many players have never been the same if they have to get shoulder surgery. :scared:

I'm hopeful that it's just soreness and not something worse.

lalaland
08-14-2012, 07:22 PM
Well, I don't think it's just soreness, I mean, knowing Gilles, he always pushes thing to the very edge of the limit. If past history tells, he plays until he really can't play. Then again, maybe he becomes wiser since the knee. Let's hope so.

Off topic, it's weird that he practiced with Almagro, who also pulled out of Cincy due to a shoulder injury (not in Toronto either). Why is he in Cincy at all, I wonder. But nevermind, just wondering out loud.

mike s.
08-14-2012, 07:32 PM
Well, I don't think it's just soreness, I mean, knowing Gilles, he always pushes thing to the very edge of the limit. If past history tells, he plays until he really can't play. Then again, maybe he becomes wiser since the knee. Let's hope so.

Off topic, it's weird that he practiced with Almagro, who also pulled out of Cincy due to a shoulder injury (not in Toronto either). Why is he in Cincy at all, I wonder. But nevermind, just wondering out loud.

Didn't know that, that is really strange about Almagro but I guess maybe the ATP and Spanish tennis trainers that are traveling to these tournaments might be the best people to get treatment from so he decided to stay around them.

I know the odds are that it's not just soreness but I don't want to believe he'll miss the U.S. Open. I go every year and after the great moment of watching him beat Delpo live last year it will just be depressing if he's not there.

lalaland
08-14-2012, 07:59 PM
Oh God! Can it get any worse? I hope it doesn't need surgery. I really wonder if it happened at the Olympics. It looked like he was making a concerted effort to serve a lot harder and he was serving unbelievable for his usual standards and getting a lot of easy games and free points, but maybe that all came at a price. I guess maybe Gilles just isn't built to withstand serious shoulder tork that comes with serving big. This royally sucks! :scared::bigcry:

Even at the Olympics, he talked about his sore shoulder after the first match (he said he was happy that the shoulder was better that allowed him to play and win the first match). So it's a problem even before Olympics. He was serving exceptionally well in Olympics though, maybe just because he's extra motivated by the tournament. Although can't rule out the fact that those great serving stat came in a high price.

GilleSimonAddict
08-14-2012, 08:07 PM
Well I guess an MRI will be in order to see the extent of the damage, if any. I sure hope there isn't anything long-term serious wrong. I hope it's just maybe a stress fracture or maybe a sore fatigued muscle that just needs some extended rest and rehab. Anything that will just involve some time off. Even if it is a month or so and that means missing the USO. That's better than having to go under the knife.http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee170/snowmoon_01/Smiley/pray.gif

Gillouthe best
08-14-2012, 08:16 PM
Gilles :hug: , hope he recovers for USO, and if not come back strong for the indoor end of the season or for 2013.

It's just sad that when his favourite part of the season arrives he gets injured :mad:, he didn't have such a bad injury since 2009/2010 with the knee.

Puschkin
08-14-2012, 08:31 PM
I just spoke with Gilles after his practice session with Almagro ..

:eek: Almagro is in CIncy, but not playing the tournament.

Gilles seems confident for the US Open, though.

http://www.rmcsport.fr/editorial/290170/simon-confiant-pour-l-us-open/

GilleSimonAddict
08-14-2012, 08:36 PM
:eek: Almagro is in CIncy, but not playing the tournament.

Gilles seems confident for the US Open, though.

http://www.rmcsport.fr/editorial/290170/simon-confiant-pour-l-us-open/

Whew! Ok, I feel a little bit better about things now. It sounds like it is indeed just a overly fatigued and sore muscle that just needs a little R&R.

lalaland
08-14-2012, 08:46 PM
I always take what Gilles said about his injury with a grain of salt, he always play it down, like he can play on a knee that has a torn tendon for 6 mths, no problem.

But anyway, I hope it's not a big problem like he said. I'm hopeful for USO. I mean, the thought of him missing any big tournament is painful, let alone it's the USO. I take vacation just to sit home to watch USO days and nights every year :o.

MsTree
08-14-2012, 11:35 PM
Oh poor Gilles! That totally sucks :o

Nagyovafan
08-15-2012, 05:36 AM
:eek: Almagro is in CIncy, but not playing the tournament.

Gilles seems confident for the US Open, though.

http://www.rmcsport.fr/editorial/290170/simon-confiant-pour-l-us-open/

Errrr it might not have been Almagro. Actually it definitely wasn't Almagro. I thought that's what I read on the Practice Schedule. Wasn't really paying attention to the other side of the court, tbh.

lalaland
08-15-2012, 07:43 PM
A little piece on L'Equipe:

Simon baisse le bras

APRÈS LE GENOU de Monfils et celui de Tsonga, c’est, cette fois, l’épaule de Simon qui a enrichi la panoplie des forfaits français. Pas une véritable surprise, tant le numéro 3 tricolore était douteux depuis sa défaite rapide la semaine passée contre Haas à Toronto. Diminué par une douleur tenace à l’épaule droite apparue au tournoi de Hambourg début juillet, Simon s’était bien promis de ne pas retourner sur le terrain en victime désignée. Hier matin, un dernier entraînement confirma que seul le forfait pouvait éviter la répétition de ce scénario. « Ça va, j’en ai marre de tenter ma chance sans être à 100 %», Simon a une inflammation des muscles fixateurs de l’épaule. Gênant, mais a priori pas grave. « Le doc ( de la FFT) m’a dit que j’avais le temps d’être au point à l’US Open avec des soins et du repos. » « Il reprendra la raquette lundi » , confirmait son entraîneur Thierry Tulasne. – P. Co.

Google translation:

AFTER KNEE to that of Monfils and Tsonga is, this time, Simon's shoulder, which has enriched the range of packages French. Not a real surprise, as the number 3 tricolor was doubtful since his defeat last week against Haas Toronto. Decreased by a persistent pain in his right shoulder appeared in the Hamburg tournament in early July, although Simon had promised not to return to the field in designated victim. Yesterday morning, a last training confirmed that only the package could prevent the repetition of this scenario. "Okay, I'm tired of trying my luck without being 100%", Simon has an inflammation of fixator muscles of the shoulder. Annoying but not serious a priori. "The doc (the FFT) told me that I had time to be developed at the U.S. Open with care and rest. "" He will pick up the racket again Monday, "confirmed his coach Thierry Tulasne. - P. Co.

mike s.
08-16-2012, 12:57 AM
Well, at least that sounds promising to me. It was a good decision to rest the shoulder for the U.S. Open. Even without preparation, I've always felt like this should be his best major. Hopefully he can get a good draw and at least make the R16.

mike s.
08-23-2012, 04:23 PM
I'm watching the draw ceremony live and of course Gilles gets Karlovic r2, Fish, r3, and Federer r4. I give up :rolleyes:

At least he'll probably win his first match against Russell.

lalaland
08-23-2012, 04:48 PM
:facepalm: I gave up too.

Well, at least he didn't get Murray at R4, that's more a sure thing than Fed, not saying that he will even get that far.

Gillouthe best
08-23-2012, 04:56 PM
Karlovic and Fish :facepalm:, Ivo is so poor nowadays, but he is a really bad match-up for Gillou :sad:, and Fish is regaining form easily. He never has easy draws, poor guy. All the players around him in the rankings get many times easy draws, but Gilles only got favourable draws in IW, Monte-Carlo and The Olympics of the bigger events this season.

Gilloulou
08-23-2012, 08:25 PM
let's be optimistic. he doesn't need a good draw, he needs to be a good player and what an opportunity better than this! all hard opponents but all beatable and has been beaten in the past. if he wants to redeem this dreadful season, he has a great chance now. if not, it's a shitty year for him and us anyway, so what difference would a good draw make anyway.

allez gilou, against all haters, statistics, common sense, home crowd, atp officials and sponsors, women tennis players, history and the gods of tennis themselves - show them the wrath of the mighty mediterranean chick!

mike s.
08-23-2012, 08:41 PM
let's be optimistic. he doesn't need a good draw, he needs to be a good player and what an opportunity better than this! all hard opponents but all beatable and has been beaten in the past. if he wants to redeem this dreadful season, he has a great chance now. if not, it's a shitty year for him and us anyway, so what difference would a good draw make anyway.

allez gilou, against all haters, statistics, common sense, home crowd, atp officials and sponsors, women tennis players, history and the gods of tennis themselves - show them the wrath of the mighty mediterranean chick!

I like your emotion! I guess the draw isn't that awful on second look. He may not even have to play Karlovic because based on form Karlovic could easily lose to the qualifier and I think Gilles matches up well with Fish in R3 despite Fish's good form right now. After R4, it's all gravy. Fed's very tough but we know that Gilles doesn't mind playing him. Anyway, I'm going to try to be positive for once and hope for the best :p

lalaland
08-23-2012, 09:25 PM
he doesn't need a good draw

I said that to myself every time when I saw his draw every week :lol:

He just hasn't been able to be a good player and beat the ppl he should beat, maybe USO is a good starting point. He beat DelPo last year, and DelPo is harder to beat in USO than Fish, IMO. So, yes, let's be optimistic about his chance. Allez Gilles.

Anyone knows which half go first? Do you have a common practice that Seed 1 go first or second? Maybe not.

GilleSimonAddict
08-24-2012, 10:56 AM
Hmmm, I don't know. I don't really see this as too bad of a draw actually for Gilles. I guess there are a lot of variables in terms of how his shoulder feels and if it holds up should he win his 1st round etc. but just based on analyzing his first 3 rounds I would say that he should have Russell licked easily and for my money between him and Fish when they are both playing their absolute best, Gilles takes the cake every time. His game just matches up well to Fish's style and I don't see him actually having much of a problem with him.

For me, the big wild card will be against Karlovic and how well or not well he is serving. The rest of his game is complete garbage anymore. From his movement to his ground game. That's why he's fallen so far down the rankings. But if he starts finding his service rhythm and Gilles gets tight (as he's been being prone to doing as of late) and loses serve just once each set, that might be all she wrote. So the big question mark for me will be that match. If he can get past Karlovic, I can see him making it to the 4th round encounter with Federer where in all likelihood his run would come to and end, but I would be ok with that because for Gilles, especially right now, the 4th round would be good enough and where he is at least supposed to at least get to. We'll see I guess.

mike s.
08-25-2012, 11:24 PM
Gilles up last on Grandstand on Monday. Allez!

soulage
08-26-2012, 03:46 PM
His injury can't be worst by playing with it but it's still painful.

Gillouthe best
08-26-2012, 07:14 PM
He was near to withdraw :eek:, hope he can do his best.

lalaland
08-26-2012, 07:34 PM
Thanks for the article, Soulage.

*Sigh*. I just adjusted my expectation accordingly, now hopefully he wins a match.
If I'm not mistaken, it's a fissure at the infraspinatus muscle or sth? It can't get worse? really? he's sure? :p. I'm skeptical, as you can tell. Oh well, it's USO, I suppose he should try his luck anyway. Hopefully he can come thru.

mike s.
08-26-2012, 07:38 PM
Well now we have an excuse if he loses :p It's such a shame he has these shoulder problems because he was serving really well at the Olympics. Hopefully, he's right and it can't get worse. Russell should be beatable even without a serve but we'll see.

lalaland
08-26-2012, 07:56 PM
Based on the match in Toronto, it didn't only affect the serve, he also has problem controlling the FH. Can he win without a serve and a FH? Let's hope so. Tons of anti-inflammatory, I guess.

Okay, maybe it's not so bad. To think on the bright side, if he loses early, maybe he can finally go home to celebrate Timothee's birthday, it will be his first time.

misty1
08-26-2012, 08:02 PM
well this depresses me

i guess all i can do is wish him luck and hope he can win a match

MsTree
08-27-2012, 06:54 PM
Aw feck! Gilles :( Well I'll stay up to watch him since it might be a rare sight this USO :bigcry:

lalaland
08-27-2012, 11:34 PM
Gilles match starts now. He's in new outfit, green T-shirt. Hopefully, we get to see that outfit more than once this week.

Iron Mike has never won a match in USO :eek:. Will be :o to be the first one to lose to him, even with a shot shoulder. So I hope Gilles can win. Allez Gillou.

Silver.
08-27-2012, 11:36 PM
Coverage of US Open in the UK is top notch. Staying up to watch Gillou :)

Love the outfit. Love the haircut. Just let me love the result please Gilles.

ALLEZ

Silver.
08-27-2012, 11:38 PM
Oh crap just read the previous messages. :sadface: Poor Gilles.

MsTree
08-27-2012, 11:39 PM
Nice shirt! ALLEZ!!!

Silver.
08-27-2012, 11:45 PM
WTF! That is not okay right!?

lalaland
08-27-2012, 11:46 PM
Just as expected, his serves very soft, about 95 m/h. So he's not missing many. Probably the right way, to start the ball rolling.

Unfortunately, he got broken the first serve game.

Silver.
08-27-2012, 11:47 PM
There was no call for Gilles shot, Russell returns and it's called out. Then Russell challenges the previous shot. It's out. He gets the point. And umpire tells Gilles he has two challenged remaining. DID I MISS SOMETHING.

lalaland
08-28-2012, 12:02 AM
There was no call for Gilles shot, Russell returns and it's called out. Then Russell challenges the previous shot. It's out. He gets the point. And umpire tells Gilles he has two challenged remaining. DID I MISS SOMETHING.

Russell was challenging Gilles' shot on his baseline, except he didn't really stop play, he played the ball back but missed it, and then he challenged Gilles' shot, and the Umpire let him. That's why Gilles was mad.

misty1
08-28-2012, 12:13 AM
okay that was weird

scoreboard said gilles got a break but he went down 0-30 on his serve but now its 4-4 but he's serving

misty1
08-28-2012, 12:17 AM
wtf iswrong with this damn scoreboard

now its 4-3 russell and gilles is serving

Silver.
08-28-2012, 12:25 AM
It's deuce, 5 all Russell serving. Gilles just had two break points but both wasted with bad UEs.

Adv. Gilles now

Silver.
08-28-2012, 12:25 AM
Gilles breaks! :D

lalaland
08-28-2012, 12:26 AM
Scoreboard was messed up. But it's correct now. He's leading 6-5. Now he can serve the set out. Please Gilles, do serve it out.

misty1
08-28-2012, 12:29 AM
down 15-40:mad:

lalaland
08-28-2012, 12:30 AM
Shit. Broken. TB. Damnit.

misty1
08-28-2012, 12:30 AM
and now he's broken

Silver.
08-28-2012, 12:32 AM
FS Gilles.

misty1
08-28-2012, 12:32 AM
mb to start then loses his 2 serve points:rolleyes:

im really not sensing good things here

misty1
08-28-2012, 12:38 AM
chance to serve it out

lalaland
08-28-2012, 12:40 AM
Phew. He won a TB.

Silver.
08-28-2012, 12:40 AM
Outstanding defence there. Takes the set. Thank god, ALLEZ!

misty1
08-28-2012, 12:40 AM
gets the set

7-6(7-4):)

lalaland
08-28-2012, 12:49 AM
First game serving in Set 2, broken. His first serve getting slower, under 90 m/h now, which is okay since Russell is not really eating up his slow serve, just that it's concerning that maybe a sign of things getting worse.

lalaland
08-28-2012, 12:52 AM
I'm actually surprised that Russell is hitting to his BH mostly. I think if he gets at Gilles' FH, will probably draw more errors, since I think Gilles' most certainly not quite able to put much on the FH, and when he's trying to thru, he mostly misses.