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Old 07-22-2008, 07:27 AM   #106
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Andy fangirl here too. He's the only "top player" I actively cheer for.

I was hoping all the time Gilles would get Young! I've never watched a whole match of Young, I finally will.
The OOP is perfect too (11:00 on GrandStand), I was afraid he would play in the middle of the night.
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Old 07-22-2008, 01:47 PM   #107
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It's a good time for me as well (08:00). Can catch most of the match before my work day starts.

Allez Gilles. If Gillou isn't tired this shouldn't be too much of a struggle. He's beaten Donald before and on grass!

P.S. I like Andy too. I think he has a great sense of humour but a lot of people don't see that.

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First set 6-1!

My stupid IE browser froze on set point :retard:
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Thank you Donald for all these mistakes !
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Broken when serving for the match at 5*-2 but BROKE RIGHT BACK! He wins 6-1 6-3 in 59 minutes.
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Great win Gilles.

Now take out Federer.
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Boy, that was a borefest, Gilles looked half asleep during the whole match! What an ugly performance from Young.
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wow, I surely didn't expect such a severe score
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All hail poussin the top 20 player
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Another article in L’Equipe today, but it’s boring – L’Equipe always gets so excited when a Frenchie gets to play Fed and they all lose in straight sets:
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Le Français affronte aujourd’hui Federer, pour la première fois. Il est impatient de subir le test absolu.
ET SI GILLES SIMON réussissait là où tous les Français ont échoué depuis Monte-Carlo 2005 et la victoire de Richard Gasquet sur Roger Federer ? Le numéro 3 français est sur une série de six victoires, le record de sa carrière pro sur le circuit principal. Après avoir décroché son quatrième titre dimanche dernier à Indianapolis, sa confiance est au zénith : « Je préfère le prendre maintenant que je carbure, dans un premier tour et après une longue coupure pour lui…»
Il va s’attaquer au numéro 1 mondial pour la première fois. « Je suis ravi. Du top 10 actuel, il ne me manquera plus que Blake. » Qu’il n’espère pas trop prendre Federer par surprise. Le coach du Suisse, Jose Higueras, n’a pas manqué une minute de son match contre un Donald Young qui porte bien son nom vu le gâchis important dans son jeu. On allait oublier que Simon a joué un match hier pour obtenir le droit d’affronter celui qui reste le maître du classement ATP. Mais cette rencontre fut tant à sens unique que le souvenir s’en est estompé aussitôt. « Je voulais finir vite », raconte Simon. » La pluie menaçait en effet et à part un débreak quand il servit pour le match à 5-2, il tint son plan de vol conclu 6-1, 6-3 en 59 minutes.
« J’ai mis juste un peu de temps au début parce que mes jambes sont quand même un peu raides après cette accumulation de matches, mais après ça a été du solide. » Il était temps de passer aux choses sérieuses. « Gilles devra être opportuniste sur chaque ouverture que lui offrira Federer, estime son coach Thierry Tulasne. Il devra changer de rythme aussi souvent que possible. » Le plan anti-Federer, Simon n’y croit pas trop : « J’en ai tellement vus essayer de faire des choses extraordinaires contre lui, de surjouer que je ne vais pas commettre cette erreur. Pour l’instant ma tactique est simple : jouer le jeu que je sais faire, du fond du court, en faisant du droite-gauche et en m’arrachant. Sûr qu’il faudra que je sois à mon top dans ce registre. Si je vois sur le court que ça ne mène nulle part, alors, j’envisagerai d’autres options. Mais pour l’instant l’idée est de ne surtout pas s’inventer un jeu parce que c’est Federer. » Voilà c’est dit.
Sinon, Simon ne promet rien. Pas de propos bravaches dont il régalait les auditoires au début de sa carrière. Pas de « qu’on me l’amène ce Federer!». Au jeu des dix chances, il ne veut pas savoir combien il s’en donne. « Je n’annonce rien, sinon que je me réjouis de le rencontrer et que des gars de mon classement (22e) qu’il n’a jamais joués, il ne doit pas y en avoir des tonnes. Je suis en confiance, j’ai plutôt bien digéré l’accumulation d’efforts, alors pourquoi ne pas envisager de le surprendre? » Trois ans qu’on attend ça dans l’Hexagone.
And if Gilles Simon did what all the Frenchies have been unable to do since MC 2005 and Gasquet's win over Federer? He's on a streak of 6 wins, the longest one of his career, his confidence is at its top: "I prefer to play him now when I'm doing great, in a first round and after a long break for him..."
He should not rely too much on the surprise effect, though, because Higueras watched his whole match against Young yesterday. The match was totally one-sided, Young's name suits him well. Gilles wanted to finish it quickly because of the rain forecast. "I just needed some time at the beginning because my legs are a little bit stiff after so many matches, but I was solid after that."
Tulasne says Gilles will need to be opportunistic and to vary the pace as often as possible. Gilles doesn't really believe in an anti-Federer gameplan: "I've seen so many players try out extraordinary things against him and overdo it that I'm not going to make the same mistake. My tactic is simple: play the way I play, from the baseline, running left-right-left and giving everything on the court. Of course I will need to be at my best in that style of game. If I see on the court that it isn't bringing me anywhere, then I'll consider other options. But right now, the idea is not to make up a new game because it's Federer."
No swaggering statements anymore like at the beginning of his career. No "Bring on Federer!". He refuses to assess his chances. "I'm not announcing anything, just saying that I'm happy to play against him and that there probably aren't many guys with my ranking who have never met him. I'm confident, I have 'digested' rather well all my efforts, so maybe I can surprise him, why not?"
We've been waiting for that for 3 years in France.

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Old 07-24-2008, 02:02 AM   #116
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Well, Gilles isn't losing in straight sets!

He just took the second set 7-5 from Federer. Deserved too, because he was up a break earlier in the set.

Is anyone seeing this match? I'm stuck at work.

From the live scoring it looks like Gilles, true to form, started out intimidated -- he was down 4-0 in the first.

But now it appears he's found his game.
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Old 07-24-2008, 02:14 AM   #117
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I'm watching! And I'm glad I stayed awake. He was looking so nervous when he stepped on court, it was horrible to see, so I was ready for a very, very, very rough start. ^^ Fed was pretty good too, very aggressive, it was quite terrible.

But he was playing very well in the 2nd set imo. Most people will probably only say that Fed sucked, and it's true he completely handed him the last game, but Gilles was extremely solid too (only 5 UE for the whole set and 10 winners - Fed had 11 and tons of UE), he showed some exciting shots, was returning better...
Fed just got the rebreak because of a stupidly missed volley in the middle of the 2nd set, but the set was well-deserved for Gilles.

It's getting tougher now, his level has dropped down a little bit...
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Old 07-24-2008, 02:15 AM   #118
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You can watch it on Channelsurfing.net

Gilles is starting to play badly again.. Fed is by no means raising his play..

He's probably just a bit tired...

I hope he can fight though... It's by no means over with Federer in this form..
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Old 07-24-2008, 02:20 AM   #119
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He gets nice support from the crowd, I can hear quite a lot of "Allez Simon!" calls.
The AMS.tv announcer also started the coverage telling us over and over again that he is a big fan of Gilles.

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He's starting to play well again.. Allez Gilles!!
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