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Old 07-27-2008, 02:48 AM   #46
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You're welcome.

I'm still a bit frustrated at his loss, I didn't overcome that yet
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Here's another interview ("I feel like playing at the Olympics"):
http://www.nice-premium.com/spip.php?article3536

When did he feel he had a chance to win that match against Federer? In the 2nd set he started to feel that he was able to win one set, but was still afraid of having to close out the match at that time. But at 5-4 in the 3rd set, everything went so fast that he wasn't even thinking about the fact that he had MP.
Indianapolis had been only a preparation tournament for him. He arrived 2 days before the start of the tournament, wasn't playing well, but had no pressure at all.
It's most of all a mental thing. He hasn't to draw on his physical reserves too much because he's more relaxed on the court.
The Olympics are important to him. One is still alone on the court, but it's not often that one plays for his country in a career, so it's special. He knows the Olympics only from TV and is eager to be part of it.
He's asked about Gasquet's decision to skip Beijing and says it's not for him to judge. Richard doesn't want to make a long trip to China in order to be well-rested for the USO. If he does a huge thing in NY, everybody will say he made the right choice.
The French team will leave for China on the 5th of August (= Tuesday after the Cincy final). If he loses early in Cincy, he will go back home in Switzerland in the meantime to rest.
All this boycott talk around Olympia is too bad in his opinion, sports and politics are two different things. They play other events in China every year and nobody says anything then. But he isn't afraid things will turn badly.
Four years ago, he was 20 years old, but ranked #200 in the world. Everybody tells him he will be able to play the next OG, but he doesn't know where he will be in 4 years, so he wants to enjoy Beijing as much as he can.

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And another article in L’Equipe today:
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Quel horizon pour Simon ?
Battu samedi par Kiefer après un combat de trois heures (6-7, 6-3, 7-6), Gilles Simon, avec ses neuf victoires d’affilée, possède désormais un nouveau standing.

LA PRESSE ANGLOPHONE commence à l’apprécier. Il y a son accent à la Maurice Chevalier, mais surtout cette volonté de raconter, qui est une aubaine. Après son marathon contre Nicolas Kiefer, le nouveau numéro 2 français a tout décortiqué. À commencer par ce dernier coup de reins manqué alors qu’à 5-5 dans le tie-break du troisième set, il n’était plus qu’à deux points de la première grande finale de sa carrière. Il y a aussi son nouveau statut et des ambitions qu’il prend soin de mesurer. Son entraîneur, Thierry Tulasne, prend moins de précautions. L’un et l’autre savent que la démonstration de Toronto ouvre de nouveaux horizons.
A-T-IL FINALEMENT PAYÉ SA DÉBAUCHE D’EFFORTS DE LA QUINZAINE ?
Dix matches en treize jours, c’est beaucoup. Samedi, on le vit s’affaisser sur ses appuis en fin de course. « J’ai pu aller chercher l’amortie sur le dernier point du match, donc j’en avais encore un peu sous le pied, mais ce n’était pas l’idéal d’avoir à jouer un match aussi long (2 heures 59). » C’est pourtant lui qui imposa cette tactique à rallonge. Comme la filière longue ne venait pas à bout de l’Allemand, pimpant malgré ses trente et un ans, il fallait accélérer. Il le fit en fin de match, mais trop tard. « J’ai un petit regret, avouait Thierry Tulasne, c’est qu’il n’ait pas utilisé le plan B, qui consistait à varier le rythme. » « Sur les deux derniers jeux de service de Kiefer, je ne suis pas assez entreprenant », confirmait l’intéressé. Ça s’est joué à trois fois rien, mais pas sur le physique de « marathon man ».
PEUT-IL ENCHAÎNER À CINCINNATI ?
Après avoir réussi la liaison entre son titre à Indianapolis et Toronto, peut-il faire la passe de trois cette semaine et aller encore loin dans le tableau ? « Avant, j’avais tendance à décompresser après une bonne semaine. C’est la première fois que j’enchaîne deux bons tournois. J’espère que ce n’est pas un coup de bol. » Un destin malin a remis Kiefer sur sa route d’entrée à Cincinnati. « C’est à celui qui en aura le plus envie. On va être dans le même “trip”, dans une vague de décompression, sauf que moi, j’aurai la rage. » Dur quand même d’enchaîner une troisième semaine au top.
QUEL CAP A-T-IL FRANCHI ?
« Je ne viens pas de nulle part, corrige-t- il pour ceux qui le découvrent. L’an passé, j’avais gagné deux titres et fini l’année 29e. » Pas facile de se sortir de l’ombre des Gasquet, Tsonga, Monfils et compagnie. Mais les spécialistes connaissaient déjà sa valeur. Lui ne découvre pas son potentiel. « J’avais l’étiquette d’un joueur de petit tournoi. C’est vrai qu’avant d’arriver ici, je n’avais jamais été au-delà d’un troisième tour en Grand Chelem ou en Masters Series. Mais, la plupart du temps, je n’avais pas été éliminé par des truffes. Ce que je retiens de cette quinzaine, c’est que je suis capable de gagner des matches où je suis fatigué. » « C’est sur le plan mental qu’il a franchi un cap, précise son coach. Avant, il avait des absences pendant un match. Maintenant, il joue tous les points. Ses adversaires le savent désormais. »
PEUT-IL RÊVER DU « MASTERS » ?
« Il ne faut pas s’emballer, modère Simon. Je sais que je suis proche de la dixième place à la “Race” et qu’au mois de juillet, ce classement commence à vouloir dire quelque chose. Mais il reste beaucoup de points à distribuer. » « Bien sûr qu’il pense au “Masters”, corrige Tulasne. Il fait gaffe à ne pas faire de déclaration pour éviter que ça lui revienne dans la figure. Mais on en parle. » Attention à ne pas se mettre une pression inutile… « Pas de danger, répond “Tutu”. Il espère y aller, mais ne sera pas déçu s’il échoue. » Une certitude, aujourd’hui, Simon est numéro 1 français à la « Race ». « C’est très motivant pour lui, reprend Tulasne. Il y a une grosse émulation entre lui et ses potes Tsonga, Monfils ou Gasquet. »
À QUAND « LE GRAND KIF » POUR FÊTER SA BELLE QUINZAINE ?
« Pas maintenant, car je suis un pro, répond-il avec un sourire malicieux. Mais dès que je suis éliminé à Cincinnati, direction le “McDo” le plus proche. Ils font un dessert dont je raffole, je peux en manger douze. » Première faute de goût depuis quinze jours. – P. Co.
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The English-speaking journalists are starting to appreciate him - for his Maurice Chevalier accent and because he is always ready to comment on everything.
Did he finally run out of gas in the semi-final?
The journalist means he was collapsing on his legs during the rallies, Gilles answers he was still able to reach the dropshot at the end, so he wasn't 'dead'. But it certainly wasn't a good thing for him to have to play again a 3 hours match. He's the one who made it last so long, though, it was his tactics. Since it was not enough to get rid of Kiwi, he started to speed things up at the end of the match, but too late. Tulasne: "I have a little regret: he didn't use the 'plan B', ie. vary the pace." Gilles agrees: "I wasn't enterprising enough in the last 2 service games of Kiefer."
Going on with Cincinnati
"It's the first time I managed to play two good tournaments in a row. I hope it wasn't just luck". About the fact he plays Kiwi again: "The one who wants the most to win will win. We'll be in the same situation, bouncing back after a good tournament, except that I will have a dogged determination to win that one."
A new step in his career?
He stresses he isn't coming from nowhere and had already won 2 titles last year, even if most people are discovering him now. He had the reputation to do well in small tournaments only, but means he often lost to good players in Masters Series and in Grand Slams. He's learnt from Toronto that he is able to win matches even when he's tired. Tulasne: the main improvement was mental. He used to have lapses of concentration during a match. Now he plays every single point. And his opponents know it.
Can he dream of qualifying for the Masters?
Gilles: "Let's not get carried away." He's not far from the top 10 at the Race, but it's only July. Tulasne: "Of course he's thinking of the Masters. He doesn't make any statement about it to be sure people won't blame him for it if he doesn't make it. But we talk about it." (Why does Tulasne say that to journalists then??) "No pressure, though. He hopes to make it, but he won't be disappointed if he doesn't." One thing is sure: Simon is the French number 1 in the Race atm. Tulasne: "It's very motivating for him. There is a great competitive spirit between him and his friends Tsonga, Monfils and Gasquet."
When will he throw a big party to celebrate his great run?
"Not yet because I'm a pro. But as soon as I lose in Cincy, I'll go to the next McDo. They have a dessert I love there, I can eat 12 of them." First error of taste of the fortnight. (Indeed!)

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Old 07-28-2008, 01:41 PM   #51
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^^^ OMG Gilles not McDonalds.

Thanks for the translation Fran.
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What McDonalds dessert?

I love their softserve
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I felt so bad. I didn’t break a racquet for like one month. They are putting so much effort to make the racquets and an idiot like me goes and breaks them
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His coaches often mention he isn't a "nutritional genius", like Potier said.
In the article "3 days in the life of a player at RG" he seemed to eat quite a lot sweet stuff too, ice cream, chocapics, the author noticed he was adding M&M's to his desserts... When I saw him watching Jo's match in Hamburg, he was also eating ice cream.

Everybody makes fun of Nalby, but Gilles might be worse in that regard!

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At least Gilles is not fat like Nalbandian
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'Not fat' is probably an understatement I'd kill to have that kind of metabolism - to eat a garbage truckload of junk food and still be skinny
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'Not fat' is probably an understatement I'd kill to have that kind of metabolism - to eat a garbage truckload of junk food and still be skinny
Me too. Still getting over the lost to Kiefer, not that I am mad at Gilles, just that you know, I wished he would have been able to make the finals. Just so the announcers on ESPN could stfu, and give Gilles some credit.

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Gilles is on cover of the next Tennis Magazine which is not yet available. But there is some extracts of the interview on their website
http://www.tennismagazine.fr/Extrait...ne-du-mois.asp
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Thanks!
The cover: "Tout sur ce Français que 'personne' ne connaît" ("Everything about the French player nobody knows")
They could have picked a better pic for the cover...
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Gilles Simon: Simon's win over Roger Federer in the second round in Toronto was noteworthy enough. Even though the Swiss had a poor outing -- which is becoming more and more frequent -- the Frenchman hung in there and didn't lose his cool.

Simon -- a popular figure in Toronto due to his humor and honesty, and a resilient baseliner who can change the pace -- went on to reach the semifinals of that tournament to extend his winning streak to nine matches.

A week earlier, he had captured his first hard-court title at the Indianapolis Tennis Championships.

Losing in the second round in Cincinnati to James Blake might have been a blessing in disguise heading into Beijing -- Simon, up to a career-high 13th in the rankings, was running on fumes the final weekend in Toronto.
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I wouldn't mind translating the article, but what's new that we don't know about already ?
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