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Old 03-08-2012, 06:54 PM   #69
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About Gil, for those who care (if any, at least Filo V.). I've seen him playing quite a few times now, sometimes live at Estoril Open (every year, for some years now). He has a decent game in him, not sure if he can reach Top-50 anytime, surely not stay there long.
Week serve, problems with backhand, although I've seeen some decent shots at random matches (at least he has a backhand, not like Chardy, for instance).
He really doesn´t have a huge shot, but is going more for the forehand winners, and is much faster around the court this year. Surely, not just a pusher. At perfect conditions, can do great (like against Monfils at Monte Carlo last year).
But his impact in portuguese tennis is huge. It's been more that ten years since we had so many news about tennis. Than, Rui Machado followed his steps in Top-100, which solidified the presence of our sport in the news. Conditions for professionals have improved dramatically recently, so the should take advantage of it soon.
We have a potential Top-50 or even better on the rise, Frederico Ferreira da Silva (Junior Top-10), but Gil set the path these last years(Estoril Final, Monte Carlo QF, for instance).
He will always be remembered by portugueses tennis fans, when his career finishes, which is something.
Go Gil!
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