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Old 05-07-2013, 11:05 AM   #1096
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Well i really don't mind the shared events even though I'm not a fan of women's tennis. I think some players, Gilles included, put too much emphasis on it and this debate was always going nowhere. More critical, when us he starting to work with the new coach?

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Old 05-07-2013, 12:52 PM   #1097
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i don't know why i put myself through this suffering of following Gilles on the scoreboard he broke Chardy at 3/1 and got immediately broken the next game 3 all now
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:08 PM   #1098
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Gilles won first set 6/4 !!!
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:47 PM   #1099
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Gilles got broken serving for the match...go figure
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Gilles won! He almost blew it there for a second, but he came through in the tiebreak. Way to go Gilles!
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Gillou won!!!! 6/4 7/6
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Old 05-07-2013, 02:12 PM   #1102
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Great win Gilles! Great to see him win against other French players. Now just try your best against Murray.
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He should win on clay!
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Old 05-07-2013, 04:28 PM   #1104
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Great win for Gilles , he defends his 2012 points with two quality wins IMO, bcoz they were vs Frenchies, against whom Gilles usually struggles and in tight matches, which should be great for his confidence.

Now vs Andy or Flo Mayer ( 76 in the 1st for the Scott, it looks like it will be him) here was the last time he took a set off Andy, and if he plays agressive, and changing the pace he may have a chance, IMO this is the best place for him to beat Andy, but Andy should definitely be the favourite.


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Old 05-07-2013, 05:06 PM   #1105
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Good Win! Good luck next round. Allez.

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Well i really don't mind the shared events even though I'm not a fan of women's tennis. I think some players, Gilles included, put too much emphasis on it and this debate was always going nowhere. More critical, when us he starting to work with the new coach?
Well, to be fair, Gilles only just said his peace in one tournament last year (Wimby) and that's the end of it for him. It's not like he talks about it all the time. He can't stop other ppl from keep bring it up or keep comparing him to Sharapova . I'm gonna stop right here.

He already started working with his new coach, I believe the moment he announced it. I have L'Equipe's post match article after he beat Benny. It's more about Benny than Gilles and it's only part of it, it seems the beginning is missing. But here it is. He said he got some advice for his BH from his new coach and the BH 50 times better already.

...de ses trois balles de break non converties à 6- 2, 5-5, Julien Benneteau peut se dire qu’il lui a encore manqué un petit truc. Ou penser que Gilles Simon a parfaitement négocié ces trois points avec une belle anticipation pour tirer un passing, une remise incroyable en bout de course et un ace. Mais les défaites s’enchaînent et pèsent. « Je dois retrouver de la fraîcheur physique et mentale. C’est mieux que la semaine dernière. J’ai donc envie de me dire : ça monte, c’est bien, constatait le 33e mondial, sans jus à la fin du match. Il ne faut pas dramatiser, parce que le niveau de jeu est là. » Son jeu va et vient au gré de sa confiance et de son physique… La tournée américaine et la Coupe Davis n’ont pas arrangé ses affaires. « Cinq semaines, c’est pesant et long. En plus, il y a eu la déception de la Coupe Davis. Le retour est difficile à digérer, avouait Julien Benneteau. J’ai peut-être puisé là-bas et je le paie aujourd’hui. » Dans les moments importants, son cerveau lui a rappelé que sa dernière victoire en simple remontait à février (Lucas Pouille à Marseille). Son bras s’est alors un peu tendu, son agressivité a décliné et ses jambes ne l’ont plus propulsé au service.

Simon a retrouvé son revers !
Face à un matcheur de la qualité de Gilles Simon, ça n’a pas pardonné. « Julien a besoin d’être frais. Quand il est à 100 %, il joue très bien. S’il ne l’est pas, il n’a pas d’énormes coups qui vont très vite, ça devient plus difficile. Il a beaucoup enchaîné, expliquait son entraîneur, Loïc Courteau. C’est normal d’avoir des périodes où tu es un peu moins bien, à trente et un ans. Mais il ne faut pas tomber dans la psychose. » Gilles Simon, ce n’est pas Hitchcock, mais c’est un sacré poison ! Et son nouveau coach allemand Jan De Witt en connaît un rayon pour perturber Julien Benneteau. Son autre élève, Jarkko Nieminen, mène 6-0 face à Bennet’ ! Le 17e mondial a donc bien appliqué les consignes et surtout profité d’un revers retrouvé. « En revers, il m’a donné un conseil et c’est revenu tout de suite, se réjouissait Simon, également satisfait de son attitude sur le court. Mon match en revers est cinquante fois au-dessus de ce que j’ai pu produire ces derniers temps. »
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:27 PM   #1106
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He probably played his best match Vs Murray 2 or 3 years ago here, i remember watching this match and he played very well in the first 2 sets with patience and aggressive play, even in the third set (but a lot of missed volleys in this set) which he lost 6-0 anyway lol.
Murray will win but i don't think the score will be too harsh.

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Old 05-07-2013, 11:50 PM   #1107
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He probably played his best match Vs Murray 2 or 3 years ago here, i remember watching this match and he played very well in the first 2 sets with patience and aggressive play, even in the third set (but a lot of missed volleys in this set) which he lost 6-0 anyway lol.
Murray will win but i don't think the score will be too harsh.
As a Murray fan I really hope the score isn't too harsh. I like Gilles and he his results this week have been promising. I would hate to see him get a beating here as it could undo any mental gains that he has made.
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:41 AM   #1108
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As a Murray fan I really hope the score isn't too harsh. I like Gilles and he his results this week have been promising. I would hate to see him get a beating here as it could undo any mental gains that he has made.
Yeah, indeed.


Otherwise, he said in his press conference in particular that "John Tomic can be very funny and nice"
http://www.rmcsport.fr/editorial/377...re-tres-drole/

About his match Vs Chardy:
http://fr.reuters.com/article/sports...94607920130507

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Old 05-08-2013, 02:17 AM   #1109
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Since Gilles is not employed or coached by John Tomic, nor had he been beaten up by Tomic Sr., it is entirely possible that Tomic Sr. has been funny and nice to Gilles before. Its not like he was defending John Tomic's behavior in that incident, so....
But it's sad that they only report what Gilles thought about John Tomic, nothing on what Gilles thought about his own performance in matches . It would have been more interesting to me to know what his state of mind is before the match against Murray.

I also hope for decent score, Murray is for sure Gilles' Kryptonite, so there's no point of hoping he'll win. But I'm hopeful for him winning a set. Maybe De Witt can offer some new ideas for Gilles to play against Andy, since Gilles already ran out of his own ideas on this match-up.
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So here's the paper, some childhood friend talked about Gilles? I found it a bit hard to understand, maybe I'll get more when I'm not sleepy. I did notice "bowl cut" was mentioned

On l’appelait Gilles Melon !

Les deux petits gars de Fontenay-sous-Bois n’imaginaient pas se retrouver à Madrid. Vingt-trois ans après leurs tests d’entrée à l’école de tennis, Gilles Simon et Kerei Abakar ont partagé une nouvelle aventure. Le dix-septième mondial abattu 6-4,7-6 (5) l’élève de son copain d’enfance, Jérémy Chardy. « Je lui avais dit : “Tu ne peux pas être contre moi”, racontait l’ancien cinquième mondial. Il venait à la maison, ma mère l’amenait en tournoi. Je le connais depuis toujours, ça ne pouvait pas mal se passer. Je l’adore et j’adore “Jerem” (Chardy). » En effet, ça s’est bien passé pour Gilles Simon, heureux d’avoir retrouvé son niveau de jeu malgré des difficultés pour conclure. Avec un regard bienveillant et amusé, son ami entraîneur (ancien– 4/6), adversaire d’un jour, est revenu sur le petit Gilou, devenu grand. « ON S’EST RENCONTRÉS pour la première fois aux tests d’entrée à l’école de tennis à cinq ou six ans. C’était sur le court no 2 de l’US Fontenay. Il avait son horrible coupe au bol et un tee-shirt rouge, ridicule aussi (rires). L’enseignant envoyait une balle et il fallait la rattraper à la main. Il ne ratait pas une balle. Je m’en souviendrai toute ma vie. C’était incroyable ! Il était déjà très véloce. C’était une crevette et il l’est resté. Mais il avait confiance en lui. Tout jeune, il était déjà très conscient de ses qualités. Il était limite arrogant (sourires). Je l’ai toujours trouvé très fort. Il n’était pas très grand, pas très puissant et on lui disait qu’il n’y arriverait jamais parce qu’il servait à deux à l’heure et qu’il ne faisait que des ronds. Mais il a toujours su optimiser ses forces. Chapeau ! Il joue avec ses qualités de vitesse, de contre et son oeil incroyable. Petit, il faisait déjà ça. Je n’ai pas le souvenir d’avoir beaucoup gagné contre lui car il me rendait fou ! En match par équipes, on l’appelait Gilles « Melon » parce qu’il avait quand même un sacré boulard (rires). C’était le plus petit de notre équipe, il jouait en numéro 1 et il mettait des branlées à tout le monde. Il s’en foutait de nos matches, il restait au clubhouse à jouer à la Game Boy. Évidemment si on perdait, on prenait une sanction en termes de vannes. Il a joué longtemps avec nous, c’était sympa parce qu’il avait un niveau qui lui permettait de gagner de l’argent ailleurs. Quand on a vu qu’il jouait contre Jérémy ici, on s’est forcément un peu chambrés. Aujourd’hui ( hier), pendant le match, il a fait du Gilles Simon. Il a été très solide et n’a pas donné beaucoup de points. Il aime bien amener son adversaire dans le combat et dans sa filière avec beaucoup de rallyes. Il bougeait très bien et défendait parfaitement. En plus, il a bien servi. Quand il sert bien, il peut être dangereux. J’étais un peu surpris qu’il trouve un entraîneur si rapidement parce qu’il se connaît très bien. Il avait peut-être besoin d’un regard extérieur. Comme il est très intelligent, c’est que ça va forcément lui apporter quelque chose. Plus tard, je lui poserai des questions sur ce match, il ne me dira pas tout, mais j’aime bien savoir ce qu’il pense et il a souvent un avis intéressant. Mais la discussion peut être longue ( rires). » – S. D.
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