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Old 05-22-2008, 06:12 PM   #181
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But Gilles still seemed in pain at the end of the match.

Yes, TV5 isn't showing tennis right now, they showed one match this afternoon and will cover both matches tomorrow (and on Saturday).

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I didnt really feel the love between the two at the end of the match. either way, solid match for gilles
Marc was just mad at himself imo, that was a terrible performance from him, I don't think it was directed at Gilles.

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Old 05-22-2008, 06:17 PM   #182
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But Gilles still seemed in pain at the end of the match.
He's probably going to be stiff tomorrow.

I wish he didn't have to play Tsonga.
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Old 05-22-2008, 06:22 PM   #183
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Yep, he should be 2nd seed of the event, they should meet in the final.
On the other hand, there's no shame in losing to Jo, whatever the idiots on GM might say, so he has no pressure anymore now, that's not a bad thing.
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He gave a little interview in French at the end! He said it wasn't a big deal to play the qualies because he didn't waste too much energy.
But today his leg really was hurting a lot. The trainer told him it wouldn't get worse, so he "forced". But he hopes he'll be at 100% tomorrow, he definitely sounded a bit worried.
He came to Casa mostly to get ready for RG and whatever happens now, the preparation has been successful for him anyway.

And then the journalist told him it's fascinating because it looks so easy when he plays, he looks like he's just walking on the court, which lulls the opponent to sleep and then he can crack a winner out of the blue.
They always tell him that and as usual, he answered he doesn't have that feeling at all, he feels like he's running all over the court, on the contrary (but today, you really were just walking, Gillou!) and it's funny he looks so relaxed for other people because he often feels so tense on the contrary. It's just an impression he gives. And if the opponent feels that way too, that's perfect, it makes up for his lack of power in the legs.

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Old 05-22-2008, 06:59 PM   #185
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Old 05-22-2008, 08:48 PM   #186
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He'll be back to #33 at worst in the rankings, he's so unlucky with the seedings this year - missed it by one spot in both IW and Miami because there wasn't one single withdrawal in the top 32, now he would be seeded if they took this week's ranking, but they take last week's ranking... I'll be mad if he draws a dangerous seed tomorrow.
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watched just a small part of the first set (very busy day for me) but Gillu won and this is always

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Old 05-22-2008, 09:13 PM   #189
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Nice win. I had a feeling it was time for another title.
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Old 05-23-2008, 06:35 AM   #190
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You were right, Bobble, Marc is completely mad at Gilles! I hadn’t paid attention to the handshake itself, just at Marc’s rants during the match and I thought he was mad about his awful performance. But he was actually angry at Gilles for acting like he was injured and then playing normally in his opinion.
(I don't get it, he really makes it sound like obvious gamesmanship, it was his fault if he couldn't deal with the situation, Gilles looked as impassive as usual.)

Anyway, Gilles’ injury is just a bruise, so I hope he will be OK today. I’m sure he can beat Jo on clay, but he needs to be able to run like a hare for that, otherwise he won't stand a chance the way Jo is playing now.

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Old 05-23-2008, 06:36 AM   #191
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Here’s what they say in L’Equipe:
“Victime d’un gros hématome à la fesse droite pour avoir chuté lourdement dès le premier jeu, il fit immédiatement intervenir le kiné pendant trois minutes. Puis géra la rencontre en usant de son cerveau et en vrillant les nerfs de Gicquel. Après la poignée de main, simplement glaciale, le Breton ne décolérait pas. « Quand je le vois prendre des appuis ancrés et frapper comme une mule, j’ai du mal à comprendre, lâcha-t-il.Un coup il jouait, un coup il ne jouait pas…Je me suis pris la tête avec ça et il m’a fait disjoncter. » « J’imagine que Marco doit me traiter de tous les noms, répliqua Simon. Mais je n’ai pas à m’excuser d’avoir gagné ce match. C’était aussi une bataille psychologique. » “
Gilles had a big bruise after falling right in the first game of the match, needed to call the trainer and managed the rest of the match by using his brain and boring into Gicquel’s nerves. After the handshake, which was simply icy, Gicquel didn't calm down and says he doesn’t understand how Gilles was able to play like that and hit the ball like crazy if he was injured. “He played one point normally and then he stopped playing the next one… It was annoying me and he made me lose it”. Gilles: “I guess Marco is calling me all the names under the sun. But I have no reason to apologize for having won this match. It also was a psychological battle.”

And then about the next match against Jo:
“« Ç’avait été un beau combat mais rien à voir avec “Casa”, dit-il. Cette semaine, j’ai vraiment retrouvé mes coups et mon jeu de jambes sur la surface. Quoi qu’il arrive, ma préparation pour Roland est réussie. Maintenant, il y a quand même une coupe au bout. Sûr qu’il y aura un enjeu… » Ne reste plus qu’à prier pour que le jeu n’en pâtisse pas.“
“It was a nice fight in Rome, but nothing to compare with Casa. This week I’ve really recovered my game and my footwork on this surface. Whatever happens now, my preparation for RG has been a success. Now, there is a title to win here. There will be something at stake for sure…”

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Old 05-23-2008, 10:40 AM   #192
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Stepanek in the 1st round of RG.
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Old 05-23-2008, 12:46 PM   #193
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Stepanek in the 1st round of RG.

not a good draw better the first fake draw where he had to beat Nieminen


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Sorry my mistake.

Gilles is in final, you know it now.
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Old 05-23-2008, 02:06 PM   #195
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Sorry my mistake.

Gilles is in final, you know it now.
Thanks MacArthur. It's too bad for Jojo.

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Another final for Gilles. Hope he can capitalize on this opportunity.
Edit: Gilles will play Benneteau in the Finals.

Here's Gilles section of the French Open draw.
Gicquel /Mahut/Santoro in his section plus Robredo and Ferrer.

Btw he has never played Stepanek before.

[12] Robredo vs Coria
Troicki vs Gicquel
Q vs Vanek
Simon vs [21] Stepanek
[25] Hewitt vs Mahut
Calleri vs Fish
Santoro vs Mayer
Darcis vs [5] Ferrer

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