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Old 08-11-2008, 12:34 PM   #61
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Only 4 (?) more steps to take for the all French semis!
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Old 08-11-2008, 12:34 PM   #62
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"Le tennis français à l'assaut des JO"
http://www.dailymotion.com/group/auc...-a-lassa_sport
Nothing new, it's just a summary of their interviews at the "Club France" on the 1st day (= Gaël, PHM and Alizé again)
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Next:
Simon-Cañas
Mathieu-Davydenko (but Davydenko is depressed, so he's beatable)
Monfils-Hanescu
Llodra-Andreev
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Old 08-11-2008, 01:35 PM   #64
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On the FFT website, reviews of the matches and interviews http://www.fft.fr/filinfos/default.asp?ID=3958
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The "c'est Simon!" pun is getting a bit old.

So it wasn't a medical time-out but a rainshower when it took Almagro almost half an hour to win his service game in the 3rd set at 5-2.

I don't think Paulo has a bad draw. Of course he's not seeded anymore, but I would rather play Davydenko than some unseeded players (Andreev scares me more, for example) and as he says, if he wins that match, he will have the draw Davydenko was supposed to have as 4th seed.
He has the best chance to go far imo.
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congrats! i'm shocked!

the doubles (clement/llodra) hasn't started yet? i'm not waiting any longer
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They haven't started yet? But what time is it in Beijing?

Not very interesting, but here's a little interview of Gaël and Paulo commenting on the 4x100 m in swimming (to watch with a French pr.o.xy again):
http://jo2008.canalplus.fr/video_int...px?PlayVideo=2
They watched the race with everybody and say it was very motivating for the whole tennis team too to see the guys they've been staying with in the Village do so well.
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It's about 11 PM in Beijing

I have no idea how this pro.x.y thing works I was screaming like a crazy person when watching that race Everyone else was cheering for Phelps
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In l'Equipe today (France is the only country with 4 players in the 2nd round!):
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Les Français ont la flamme
Simon, Mathieu, Monfils, Llodra et Cornet ont franchi brillamment le premier tour.

C’EST GILLES SIMON qui a ouvert la voie hier, en dominant le grand antipathique du circuit, Robin Söderling. Le Suédois restait sur une victoire facile (6-2, 6-1) acquise à Rotterdam. Mais depuis, le Français a changé de catégorie. Il pointe au 14e rang ATP, il a remporté deux titres cette année et une victoire épatante sur Federer à Toronto. Ce doit être très énervant de jouer contre un garçon aiguisé comme le fil d’une lame, qui joue juste. Juste là où il faut, juste quand il faut, juste comme il faut, avec un timing et un relâchement qui lui sont plus utiles que de gros biscotos : « Je suis bien, pas tendu. Je n’arrive pas à mesurer la portée de l’événement. Je joue mon meilleur tennis, estime Simon. Et on sent que plus on va avancer dans la compétition, plus on aura du soutien. » Il l’avait prouvé en s’arrêtant, tout trempé de sueur, pour voir la fin du choc Cornet- Vaidisova. Jamais on ne verra ça dans un tournoi « ordinaire ». Cédric Pioline compte sur « la magie des Jeux » pour booster les Frenchies. Comme il a raison ! Peu de temps après, Paul-Henri Mathieu, qui restait sur trois défaites au premier tour, se débarrassait d’un encombrant fantôme, l’Équatorien Nicolas Lapentti (32 ans) qui s’était annoncé en atteignant les quarts de finale de Cincinnati, fin juillet. Le gain du premier set facilita la réussite du deuxième : « L’ambiance des JO me motive, confiait PHM soutenu par une horde de (cinq) supportrices chinoises. Quand je suis sorti du tunnel (vendredi soir lors de la cérémonie d’ouverture), mon coeur a commencé à monter, j’ai fait le tour du Stade olympique, c’était fabuleux…»
Gaël Monfils ne pouvait pas imaginer rester planté là, même s’il affrontait un gros client, le ronchonnant Nicolas Almagro. On se souvient de l’Espagnol lors de son huitième de finale à Roland-Garros contre Jérémy Chardy car ce jour-là, il avait été royal, mais le 22 juillet dernier, le 12e mondial s’est fait opérer d’un tendon de la main droite, et depuis son jeu de fond marche moins bien (52 fautes directes, trois de plus que Monfils).
« Des frères et soeurs olympiques »
Le Français puise lui son énergie dans l’événement, tout en veillant à ne pas trop s’enflammer : « Il faut éviter le piège des Jeux. On a envie de tout faire mais on peut pas se cramer. Il faut essayer de concilier les deux. » Pas évident à en croire Alizé Cornet, victorieuse de Nicole Vaidisova 6-4 au troisième set : « Juste avant d’entrer sur le court, on a regardé la finale de natation du relais 4 × 100 messieurs. On les a encouragé de toutes nos forces, même s’ils ne nous entendaient pas. À la fin, on était tous défaits ! » Et d’ajouter : « Rentrer dans le stade (lors de l’ouverture) fut le meilleur moment de ma vie. On était tous ensemble. Maintenant on est des frères et des soeurs olympiques. »
Malgré la défaite honorable de Pauline Parmentier, le feu d’artifice n’était pas terminé. Michaël Llodra avait assez de munitions pour passer du simple au double – convoité par toutes les stars du tennis – , en dominant d’abord Stepanek 4-6, 7-6, 11-9, puis avec Arnaud Clément, ceux qui les avaient battus en finale du dernier Open d’Australie Erlich-Ram. Malheureusement, sur les coups de 1 heure du matin, ils furent interrompus par des trombes d’eau à 6-4, 5-4, break en leur faveur. Une dizaine de minutes plus tôt, Virginie Razzano avait rejoint le clan des vainqueurs. Tous les Français rejouent aujourd’hui.
Chez les femmes, comme on pouvait s’en douter, la première surprise est chinoise. Li Na a éliminé Kuznetsova, tête de série no3. « Jouer une Chinoise en Chine ? Je vais souffrir », prévoit Alizé Cornet, opposée à Peng Shuai au deuxième tour… Enfin, moulée dans une belle robe rouge tressée par ses soins de « lauriers olympiques » à l’occasion de son premier match officiel dans la peau de numéro 1 mondiale, Jelena Jankovic s’est qualifiée aisément pour le deuxième tour. Chez les hommes, deux membres du top 10, David Ferrer (4e) et Andy Murray (6e), sont tombés.
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Gilles marked out the way and took his revenge for his bad loss to Söderling in Rotterdam, playing the right shots at the right time and showing that being relaxed is more useful than having big muscles. "I'm feeling well, not tensed. I'm not realizing the importance of the event yet. I'm playing my best tennis. And we feel that we'll have a lot of support if we go far here."
He proved it himself when he went to watch the end of Alizé's match immediately after his match, still dripping with sweat. You would never see a player do that on the regular tour (especially for a women's match, I agree!)
Pioline was relying on the "magic of the Games" to boost the Frenchies. And he was right.
PHM also put an end to a bad streak of 3 first round defeats and beat Lapentti who made the quarters in Cincinnati. "The atmosphere of the Games is motivating me. When I came out of the tunnel (he means the opening ceremony on Friday), my heart was pounding. I walked around the Olympic stadium, it was fabulous..."
Gaël just couldn't imagine to lose in the 1st round, even though he had a tough opponent. But Almagro has been operated on his right hand after RG and his groundgame isn't as efficient as it was a few months ago (52 UE). Gaël is taking energy from the Olympic atmosphere, but takes care not to get overexcited because he knows it can be tricky: "We feel like seeing everything here, but we also must be aware not to 'burn out'. We have to reconcile both."
Alizé says they all watched the 4x100 m together, shouting like crazy and were all so disappointed at the end. She means that entering the stadium at the opening ceremony was the biggest moment in her life. "We were all together. Now we're Olympic brothers and sisters."
And the firework was not over yet since Mika and Razzano also won - and Mika-Arnaud almost too.

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Only 3 in 1/8 ! We lost Micka ( with a 1-6 in the last set, maybe again a physical problem ?) but Gael, Gilles and Paulo continue

Gael and Gilles lost against the indians in doubles.
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Only 3 in 1/8 ! We lost Micka ( with a 1-6 in the last set, maybe again a physical problem ?) but Gael, Gilles and Paulo continue

Gael and Gilles lost against the indians in doubles.
Not too bad, anyway we need Mika for the doubles! Notice that on a global point of view, France has now 7 silver medals and still no gold
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Well, the choker tag's not ready to go off yet...

But well done to the tennis team!
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And Mika-Arnaud won their last game in doubles.

"Not too bad" is an understatement, Manu!
Paulo has a real medal chance imo and it also looks much better for Arnaud-Mika now that Mika can focus on doubles. The FFT website doesn't mention any injury, so I guess his arm is OK.

At least nobody has been a disappointment, whatever happens now, the whole team did well.
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And Mika-Arnaud won their last game in doubles.

"Not too bad" is an understatement, Manu!
Paulo has a real medal chance imo and it also looks much better for Arnaud-Mika now that Mika can focus on doubles. The FFT website doesn't mention any injury, so I guess his arm is OK.

At least nobody has been a disappointment, whatever happens now, the whole team did well.
I know, it's been very positive during this tournament. However during the Olympics only a medal is worth something for the media.
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