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Marine 10-01-2003 08:23 PM

Open de moselle
Found somewhere on the web

METZ (Reuters) - the Frenchman Arnaud Clément began his season indoor well by going through the first round of the Moselle Open after having dominated over his compatriot Michaël Llodra 7-5 6-1 on Wednesday in Metz. The Inhabitant of Aix spent time taking the upperhand against Llodra, 154th in the world. "I was tense in the beginning. I took 3-0 but it totaled 3-3 and I had to save some break points. I have experience of these French matches. I conditioned myself better to be mean", underlined Clément. Head of series n°4, the Frenchman hopes to make a big impact in Lorraine. "This season, I played a lot to make up for my two months of absence from the circuit. That wore me out mentally. I did not have enough moments which made me shake", he noted. "I am expecting big things. I want to give everything in this final straight. I cannot forget that I only have one title (Lyon in 2000, editor's note)." Clément will play the Italian Davide Sanguinetti in the second round on Thursday.

Lindsayfan 10-01-2003 09:42 PM

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allez arnaud,go and win ur second title! :yeah:

Richie lost! :sad:

Esther: should i restart my "french musketeers cheering thread" in each tournament forum?it brought lots of good luck,if you remember! ;)

lizabeth..* 10-01-2003 11:38 PM

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Richie :sad:
*scampers off*

esther 10-02-2003 01:20 AM

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Originally Posted by Lindsayfan
allez arnaud,go and win ur second title! :yeah:

lol yeah...will be extremely happy if that ever happens...


Originally Posted by Lindsayfan

Esther: should i restart my "french musketeers cheering thread" in each tournament forum?it brought lots of good luck,if you remember! ;)

no i dont think so coz that's what liz's site is for- KEEP POSTING THERE WOMAN!!!

lizabeth..* 10-02-2003 06:05 AM

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its ok....the site has died in the ass ne way :sad:

esther 10-02-2003 12:26 PM

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i dont want it to die :sad:

esther 10-02-2003 03:51 PM

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into quarrrrtersss!! will play winner of acisione or petchzer of whoever they are lol

cmon have to get to semis now!!

esther 10-02-2003 04:08 PM

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Marine 10-02-2003 06:27 PM

Very quickly:

Richard =) He is very tired, because he played lots of matches these last 3 weeks, Mutis played better than him, so he is not disapointed.

Arnaud =) He was very motived because he likes this atmosphere (wednesday is kids day in france), he wants to go far, he feels good, in good form, he is satisfied by his game against llodra, because he played in attack and it has paid, hso he will continue in this way...

esther 10-04-2003 12:05 AM

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ARNAUD WON ARNAUD WON ARNAUD WON!! ooh is this a fantastic week or what...both arnaud and seb in semis!! :D :D

WILL PLAY santoro at 2pm for a place in the final...

stephB 10-04-2003 01:46 PM

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cross the fingers for arnaud :)

Marine 10-04-2003 02:23 PM

AND HE WON , EASILY !! 6/2 6/1 (fab has played bladly...)
And I sew the match ! :p

lizabeth..* 10-04-2003 02:26 PM

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Marine come on MSN if u can

Lindsayfan 10-04-2003 02:34 PM

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wow congrats Arnaud! :bigclap: :yeah:

Marine 10-04-2003 09:59 PM

I don't know from where it comes, but I put it here, cos in english:

*Chile's Fernando Gonzalez and France's Arnaud Clement will meet in the final of the inaugural Open de Moselle in Metz with the same goal. Both will be looking to win their first ATP title of 2003.

Gonzalez, who led Chile to a memorable ATP World Team Cup victory in Duesseldorf in May, hammered Romanian Andrei Pavel, 6-3, 6-4. The Chilean is playing his first indoor event of 2003 and first event since losing in the first round of the Brasil Open three weeks ago. After that loss he practiced hard in Buenos Aires with coach Horacio de la Pena, who's here with him this week.

Clement needed just 67 minutes to beat fellow Frenchman Fabrice Santoro, 6-2, 6-1, for the first time in three career meetings. Clement, who saved three crucial breakpoints at 2-2, 0-40, in the first set against Santoro, is through to his second ATP final of 2003 after losing to Sjeng Schalken at 's-Hertogenbosch in June.

The Frenchman is looking to win his second career ATP title after Lyon in 2000. Clement has had a solid season in 2003 despite a right wrist injury that kept him out of the circuit until March. He could not play tennis with his right hand so he kept in shape by playing left-handed and even entered a national tournament in France playing with his left hand!

Clement is here with his coach Remi Barbarin, father Henri, and girlfriend Camille Pin, a WTA player.


Arnaud Clement: "The goal is not to reach the final but to win it. The most important match is the final. I've won only one title in my career and lost four finals so I'm very hungry. Lyon 2000 feels like a long time ago..."

"(Fernando) is very unpredictable. He can hit the first serve at 110 kmh and the second at 220...He's one of the hardest hitters on the circuit."

About the semifinal: "It was a strange match, Fabrice was probably tired from his matches this week and I played solid tennis right from the beginning. I did not give him any chances. I'm really happy because I've played four different kinds of players this week and adapted well to all styles."

About the French success in Tokyo, Moscow and Metz this week: "There's a lot of talent in France, a lot of very good players that can have great results. The season had not been very good but now we're picking up again."

Fernando Gonzalez: "I got here on Friday before the tournament so I had time to get used to the court. It's hard indoors and slow so I like it. It's my first indoor event of the year and this gives me a lot of confidence for the rest of the season. I'm lucky that I play well on all surfaces, maybe only grass I have to work on..."

About Clement: "We've played everywhere! He's very fast, has a great return of serve and his backhand is very dangerous. But I feel confident if we play from the baseline."

About his game: "My serve is getting better and better and so are my ground strokes, especially my backhand is improving a lot."

"It's better if my opponents do not know what I do next on court...I surprise them all the time. And, hey, I like my game!"

Fabrice Santoro: "It was close at the beginning but then he was better than me. I was relatively fresh after all my matches this week but I was rushing too much at the end, I should have been more patient. It's been an excellent week though, semifinals in singles and now I play the doubles final."

For the first time in the Open era, four French players will contest the doubles final of an ATP event. Top-seeded Michael Llodra and Fabrice Santoro take on wild cards and childhood friends Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut. Llodra/Santoro have qualified for the year-end Tennis Masters Cup in Houston as one of the Top 8 doubles teams. They won the Australian Open in January and were finalists at the Tennis Masters Series events in Monte Carlo and Rome. Benneteau/Mahut, both coached by Alain Solves, upset the second-seeded team of Gaston Etlis and Martin Rodriguez in the first round on the way to their first ATP final. They won four challenger titles in their career including their last two events in 2003.

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