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11-17-2008 05:11 PM
Re: Indoor season 2008

tuslane was good imo, gilles could have put a little bit more against djokovic but let him dictate the points.
He couldnt win like that.Plus his serve could be better.Tsonga beat him cause of his big serve and agress him with his forehand.
Now gilles knows what to do and what not to do.
11-17-2008 10:23 AM
Re: Indoor season 2008

Originally Posted by Scotso View Post
Hopefully #2 soon.

Nole is definitely an amazing player, but I agree that he's much more up and down, and that a consistant player with decent weapons has a good chance. Nole is rather easily flustered.

I can't remember a time when two of my favorite players were in the top 10. And it's not even that far from them both being top 5.
I hope so (come on Nole!)

Looking forward to watching Gilles's matches again on tv next year .
11-17-2008 06:54 AM
Re: Indoor season 2008

He has also qualified for the Masters France at the end of December in Toulouse, I guess he will play there, he doesn't mention it.
(I explained yesterday in the Mannarino forum what it is: Just an exho anyway, but he probably has to play it as one of the FFT guys.)
11-17-2008 06:53 AM
Re: Indoor season 2008

He won't have much time to bulk up until the AO! I find all the talk about the things he needs to work on during the winter (the serve, the netgame...) a bit weird as he will hardly have time to do anything in just one month.

In l'Equipe today he gives his schedule for the next weeks: 2 weeks holidays now (1 week in Mauritius, 1 week in Switzerland). Then he will immediately resume with the physical training course of the FFT in Saint-Cyprien, like last year. He will focus on the upper body workout to improve his BH volley and his serve. He’ll leave for Australia on the 1st of January and will play the Hopman Cup with Alizé and Sydney before Melbourne.
11-17-2008 01:55 AM
Re: Indoor season 2008

I love the way he analyses the way he plays so well. He definatly is the Hingis of the ATP.

Offseason now. Hope Gilles can recharge is batteries, have fun, and bulk up a bit so that when the AO comes round, he will be challenging for the Quarters, Semis, Finals, Champion... Who knows? He's surprised us so much in such a short space of time this year. God knows what he can accomplish next year! I just hope that he cuts down massively on the amount of tournaments he plays and uses the time in between to bulk up even more, and just continue on his way up to the top 5! I would love to see him win a MS and go deep in the slams - and I don't think that is beyond him at all. Not after the summer/fall he's had!

11-16-2008 06:27 PM
Re: Indoor season 2008

The transcript of his post-match interview, but it's the same as the video posted in the other thread:

November 15, 2008
4-6, 6-3, 7-5

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Before Novak called the injury time-out, did you realize he had some injury problem? How serious did you think it was?
GILLES SIMON: Well, I saw he touch his left leg at the end of the point. I only knew that he could play, so I was just waiting. But I knew it's gonna be very hard.
We saw that he was running everywhere until the end, so I think it was not a big injury.

Q. Was it difficult to prepare for this match, given that you, I guess, got back to the hotel and found out very late that you were into the semifinals?
GILLES SIMON: Yeah, that was not easy to watch the match. But finally I had a chance to play, and now after it was easy to prepare the match.
Like usual, when you play these kind of player, you have to play your best tennis. So it's really easy to think about what you're gonna do on the court. I just did my best during three sets, but finally I lost. And, yeah, it's tough.

Q. How would you rate your performance today, especially in the first set with your play being particularly high?
GILLES SIMON: Well, I think today I played a good match, but I just played my safe tennis. I was, from the beginning until the end, just three meters behind my baseline, running everywhere, and I was not very aggressive.
That's what I wanted to do today, because we saw in the first set that he was doing many unforced errors, and I hoped it's going to be like this for two sets (smiling).
But finally this match was so long, so there is so many things to say. But the only thing is he was very aggressive - more than me. He was a little bit lucky sometimes, touching many lines, and finally he won the match.
But when you play three hours like this, of course you have so many opportunities to win. So that's why it's very hard to lose.

Q. You did much better than Novak when he was in his first Masters Cup. What are your best memories here in Shanghai? Based on Novak's performance today, do you think he has a better chance to win this Masters Cup?
GILLES SIMON: Well, for the second question, of course. He play the final, so there is only one more match to win. He's No. 3 in the world and No. 1 in the competition. Yeah, of course he can win the match of tomorrow.
Best memories? I think it was the victory against Federer because it was not easy for me to come as the No. 9. When I get into the court, I really wanted to do something great. The first match against Federer, I managed to win this one, and it was really important for me.

Q. Your country always has so many talented players. Before this year not so many people talked about you. Now you're the French No. 1.
GILLES SIMON: No (laughter).

Q. Maybe before the Australian Open. Before this year did you think you could go this far? Compared to other top French players, what is your biggest talent, do you think?
GILLES SIMON: Too many questions again (laughter).
Well, I didn't think I would be No. 7 at the end of the year. I was in the top 30 in January, and I really wanted to be in the top 15. But there is a big difference being 15 or 7 at the end of the year. That's good for me. It's okay.
But I think that people were waiting for other players, like you said, like Jo Tsonga and Richard Gasquet. They didn't focus on my tennis, but I showed to everybody that I was a good player - even here in the Masters Cup. I defeated the No. 2. I played three sets in three hours against the No. 3. So it give me confidence for next year. And, yeah, I wait 2009 right now.
The most talented player? I don't know. Everybody (laughter).

Q. So how you're gonna celebrate this great, great tournament for you after you finish the Masters Cup, and how are you going to prepare for next year?
GILLES SIMON: For next year my goals, yeah, is to stay in the top 10 and to play better in the slams, because I lost every time in the third round this year. I really want to play some semifinals, finals, because every time I play on the center court, like this, I play my best tennis.
It's easier for me because it's what I wanted to do when I was kid. I hope to play great match next year.

Q. Could you tell me what you think about the Davis Cup final next week in Argentina.
GILLES SIMON: Well, the last time we asked me this I said Spain because Nadal was playing, but right now I think Argentina (laughter).

Q. It seems you were injured during the match. What happened at that time?
GILLES SIMON: No, I just felt something in the neck. It was 5-4 on my serve, 30-All. I gave everything on the serve, and then I just felt pain right here (pointing to his neck). But it disappear right after, so it wasn't important.
11-16-2008 05:55 PM
Re: Indoor season 2008

Wonderful year for Gilles, he's matured like fine wine all year long I am confident he'll make further progress in 2009
11-16-2008 12:26 PM
Re: Indoor season 2008

Hopefully #2 soon.

Nole is definitely an amazing player, but I agree that he's much more up and down, and that a consistant player with decent weapons has a good chance. Nole is rather easily flustered.

I can't remember a time when two of my favorite players were in the top 10. And it's not even that far from them both being top 5.
11-16-2008 09:35 AM
Re: Indoor season 2008

What a strange thing to say! He's not no3 in the world for nothing!!!!!
Gilles doesn't strike me as someone who gives less than 100% either, he just wasn't aggressive enough yesterday.
11-16-2008 09:19 AM
Re: Indoor season 2008

Here is another reaction of Tulasne too:
« Contre Djokovic, Gilles sent que son jeu de base de contreur peut suffire pour gagner. Du coup, il joue à 85 % de ce qu’il peut faire. Il est moins libéré, donc moins audacieux et, sur les points importants, il se contente de pas assez. Alors que, face à Nadal ou Federer, il sait qu’il faut y aller à la moindre balle courte, faire service-volée de temps en temps. »
Against Djokovic, Gilles feels like his counterpuncher game might be enough to win. So he plays at 85% of his abilities. He doesn't let his shots go, he is less bold and he is too passive on big points. Against Nadal or Federer, on the contrary, he knows he has to attack as soon as he is given a chance and he has to play serve&volley from time to time.

I wonder if he doesn't underestimate Nole a little bit for some reason - which would be embarrassing. It's strange.
11-16-2008 09:07 AM
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He really keeps saying in his interviews that Nole was quite lucky too, did you guys have this impression? Sometimes I do, but not yesterday, Nole was just better when he needed to.

I'm not sure he's very fond of Nole, in Marseille already (Julie posted a radio interview after the match where he was kind of making fun of Nole's medical timeouts) and yesterday again, so maybe that's why he's being a bit borderline in his reaction.
11-15-2008 06:33 PM
Re: Indoor season 2008

As a fan, couldn't ask for more than a player like Gilles. When he's through playing he should go into sports psychology, teach the rest how to be so emotionally healthy and how to "let it all out" after tough matches like he did but still learn what he needs to learn from losses
11-15-2008 06:24 PM
Re: Indoor season 2008

I will miss Gilles

If it weren't my fave who was his opponent today I would have rooted for him.

Again more for Gilles' amazing season.
11-15-2008 06:13 PM
Re: Indoor season 2008

Unlucky Gilles, quality year
Please let Kolya beat the faker
11-15-2008 05:14 PM
Re: Indoor season 2008

Originally Posted by Truc View Post
His post-match interview (the other thing was the knee-jerk reaction just after the match):

He will keep on working during the winter because he still has so many things to improve in his game. It's very encouraging to be able to annoy the top players knowing he can still improve.
The most important thing for him is that he was able to play his best tennis in the big matches lately.
Thanks Fran Waiting for 2009 Gilles !
By the way I am sorry for Muzza he didn't have any energy left today
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