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Old 01-03-2013, 08:43 PM   #16
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I hope he can win too because the draw has really opened up for him now since the high seed in his section Raonic was knocked out and if he can get past Baggy, he has an 4-0 record against Dimitrov and a 4-2 record against Meltzer of which he has won the last three of their encounters so he has a real opportunity to at least make the finals.

Problem is, Murray or Dolgo will probably be waiting for him and we all know his record against them. Still, a final is better than stopping at the semifinals and will give him some points to start the season off.
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Old 01-04-2013, 02:05 AM   #17
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Well, so much for Gilles possibly reaching the final. He decided to play like complete garbage today against Baggy. No strategy whatsoever. Just hitting the ball from way behind the baseline right back to the center of the court for Baggy to unload on. He's also starting to double fault more i've noticed as well which just means more free points for his opponents in addition to the points they already get from the easy unforced errors he makes during the rallies.

So, a mediocre start to the new year and not very encouraging based on these first two matches.
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Well, he lost 6-3, 6-4. Baghdatis was really tough today. Hopefully he can keep improving and be in top form for the Australian.
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Well, so much for Gilles possibly reaching the final. He decided to play like complete garbage today against Baggy. No strategy whatsoever. Just hitting the ball from way behind the baseline right back to the center of the court for Baggy to unload on. So, a mediocre start to the new year and not very encouraging based on these first two matches.
I think he expected Baghdatis to make more errors than he did but yeah there really wasn't any strategy.
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So...he lost.

It's still new year so I'm feeling positive, hence I'm going to offer some positives, there's not many but his first serve is pretty big when it's not fault, 190ish means his shoulder is feeling good. While still working his way in, at least the intensity is a little higher than last match. So he's getting there, I hope...He's never someone that jumps out of the gate, so gives him more time to get better. Although I like these Aussie Series very much, the big goal is to peak at Aussie Open, just hoping that he'll manage that this year. Good luck in Sydney.
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Sad for his loss, but somehow expected after seeing how well Baggy had played vs Mayer. It's good that he's also playing Sydney, that will give him more match practice.


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Old 01-04-2013, 08:50 PM   #22
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Rumors said Tsonga, Gasquet both pulled out of Sydney, and Isner possibly will follow too, if that's the case, Gilles will be #1 seed in Sydney. Not sure if that's good thing or not, I was counting on him not having to play the weekend in Sydney (don't think he can beat Tsonga/Gasquet ). I want him fresh for AO. But I also do not want him to being no good and loses to some lower ranks. So if he suddenly becomes #1 seed, then there's a dilemmma here. haha I think too much.

Anyway, the draw this evening, we'll see who's still playing. My hope for him is still to peak at AO, whatever needs to happen in Sydney for him to get there, I hope it will happen. Allez Gilles.
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Draw is out, Gilles is #2 seed.

Granollers - Ebden
Dimitrov - Fognini
Robredo - Millman
Seppi - Bye

F. Mayer - Q
Tomic - Matosevic
Nieminen - Q
Simon - Bye

Complete draw: http://www.apiainternational.com.au/...13/01/MDS1.pdf

Well, like I said, whatever happens in Sydney, just hope it will work out just fine towards Melbourne. Allez Gilles


BTW, he's in the double draw too, teamed with Roger-Vasselin, unfortunately, their first round is against 2nd seed Paes/Stepanek. Oh well, good luck anyway.

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He can win Sydney if he plays well but I'm not confident in his form right now. Hopefully he gets some more matches and rounds into form.
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Gilles and ERV just lost their double match, 10-5 in the Super TB. Oh well, it's not bad against the 2nd seeded team.
Meanwhile, his next single opponent Nieminen just won his match by a score of 6-0 6-1, in 41 mins. Ummm, I'm worry. Hopefully, Gilles can win. Allez Gilles.
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Nieminen is the defending champion, so Gillles better watch out tomorrow.


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Meanwhile, his next single opponent Nieminen just won his match by a score of 6-0 6-1, in 41 mins. Ummm, I'm worry. Hopefully, Gilles can win. Allez Gilles.
Yeah, but let's be honest, that was against a qualifier. Gilles is the 2nd seed here and far from a qualifier. I'd like to think he will put up a little bit more of a fight than Bjorn Phau was able to.
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Of course I'm not comparing Gilles to Bjorn, so I wasn't worried that Gilles will get bagel&sticked, I worry that he won't win. Jarkko is no mug, he can be quite great when he's on. The last time I watched these 2 played, was unfortunately that year when Gilles played Jarkko in Hamburg in 2010. He was up 2 breaks in 3rd set and still lost that match (and that's against a choker). Gilles did beat Jarkko the next year in Hamburg but unfortunately i didn't get to see that, so that previous disaster still stuck in my mind. That along is enough to make me worry. Head to Head is 2-2. Jarkko is probably in good form, Gilles hasn't shown that he is in any form. Not trying to sell Gillou short, but he's hardly too much of a favorite in my eyes in this match up.
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