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Old 10-07-2008, 09:14 PM   #61
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As for him talking a lot when things go badly, I've noticed it sometimes - but it's always so hard for me to understand what he says because I only get to see him with crappy livestreams. But when he does it, it's not a good sign! He complains about being tired ("j'ai plus de jambes, lŕ"), about the fact that a ball touched the line ("elle prend tout le temps la ligne, sa balle!"), that he's unlucky...

His former coach Potier said during the AO 2006 (his "break through") that Gilles, most of all, had cut down the whining and that he's much better when he stops telling his whole life story on the court.
But he sometimes has little relapses.

Any discovery otherwise? A player you've become a fan of after having seen him in person?
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Old 10-07-2008, 09:20 PM   #62
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"C'est moule" looks like "C'est mou, là" to me (which would fit with your impression that he was tired). But I don't know what the other sentence could be then.
It may also have been "je trouve pas la moule", it was weird, I could not make sense of it.

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Thanks a lot for sitting through all this long match since you're not a Simontarde - without you he wouldn't have had anybody cheering for him, so we're very grateful! Was Tulasne there at least?
Well, I am not a Simontard, but I have quite some sympathy for the guy, as long as he knows his place in the ranking. . No seriously, I appreciate what he achieved this year, compared to the overhyped Tsonga, but that is another story. Nope, we won't elaborate that. In addition, at the same time, Giraldo was slaughtering Koubek, not an attractive alternative.

I don't know Tulasne. But I assume he was there, as I saw Gilles muttering to someone, but he sat in the same row as I did, to the very right of me, so I could not identify the person.


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Any discovery otherwise? A player you've become a fan of after having seen him in person?
He looks much taller than his 1,80, probably becasue he is so slim. As for becoming a fan: I feel my favourite french player is very solid in his position.
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Old 10-07-2008, 09:43 PM   #63
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The last question was not about Gilles, I was talking about other players you might have "discovered" today!

I have more questions:
1. So it's not like he should have won it in 2 sets? I wasn't following the match all the time, but it seemed to me he was having a lot of occasions to close it in 2 sets. But you didn't have that feeling of a very unnecessary 3rd set by watching the match, it looked completely even all the time?
2. He won only 3 of 13 BP, was Schwank awesome on BP or was Gilles wasting his chances?
3. Was he coming to the net at least on BP against him? You seem to say it really was just a baseline battle all the time.
4. Was he still wearing the yellow shirt? :-/
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The last question was not about Gilles, I was talking about other players you might have "discovered" today!
Gulbis, definitely the most convincing performance I saw today. He reminds me at Marat Safin.

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I have more questions:
1. So it's not like he should have won it in 2 sets? I wasn't following the match all the time, but it seemed to me he was having a lot of occasions to close it in 2 sets. But you didn't have that feeling of a very unnecessary 3rd set by watching the match, it looked completely even all the time?
2. He won only 3 of 13 BP, was Schwank awesome on BP or was Gilles wasting his chances?
3. Was he coming to the net at least on BP against him? You seem to say it really was just a baseline battle all the time.
4. Was he still wearing the yellow shirt? :-/
It was a classic pattern, in the first set, Schwank had bps, could not convert and was broken himself in the next game. In the second set, the pattern repeated itself, with Schwank taking the set.

Schwank was not awesome, but Gilles did not choke either, it was just damned close. Many games went to deuce.

Forrays to the net were rare, from both, but Schwank more aggresive than Gilles, his serve improved towards the end of the third set. And that made the tiny difference.

Yes. yellow-black shirt. Suits him well.
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Fran, why the question about the yellow shit?? Is it relevant to you ? or was it just out of mere curiosity ?
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Thank you so much! I'm impressed by your patience.

"C'est moule" looks like "C'est mou, lŕ" to me (which would fit with your impression that he was tired). But I don't know what the other sentence could be then.
I agree. It also could've been "t'es mou, lŕ" which would totally sound like something he would say.
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Old 10-08-2008, 08:14 AM   #67
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I asked the question about the shirt to know if there is any chance to get rid of that "thing". But I see I shouldn't get my hopes up.
He had reached a serious level of hotness this summer, he was looking quite stunning in Indianapolis, Toronto... Now he looks either sick or at best like a bee!

Nothing in L'Equipe today, they just say it doesn't jeopardize his chances for the Masters Cup - I'm so bored with the TMC talk. I like the fact he's been steadily improving year after year, I don't see the point in suddenly overachieving for him, he still has so many things to improve in his game.

I just hope he won't arrive in Bercy burnt-out and in a confidence slump because I want him to finally do decently well in Paris...
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Just a very last question, Puschkin :
What happened when he served for the match in the 3rd? He really didn't choke then, Schwank won the points with winners?
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Just a very last question, Puschkin :
What happened when he served for the match in the 3rd? He really didn't choke then, Schwank won the points with winners?
I hope to recall it correctly, some 2nd serves by Gilles, allowing Schwank to get into the ralleys, maybe not all winners from Schwank, but good enough play to force Gilles into errors, it was not that he just collapsed. And the final point of that game was definitely a winner by Schwank.
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well losing to shwank in first round of vienna is a little as the argentin is more a claycourt specialist and never won any indoor tournament.
Good luck to gilles in Madrid, I hope him not play a french in first round
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The Madrid draw is out, Andreev and then Blake again if he wins.
http://www.mutuamad-mastersmadrid.co...s/2008/MDS.pdf

If he wins, it's a nice draw for me as I can't stand Andreev and Blake. If he loses, it will be painful.
They aren't in good form, but neither is Gilles...
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He misses a seeding by one spot only again, Richard and Jo are seeded and have a bye and not Gilles, it happens to him all the time this year, in the American AMS at the beginning of the year, in Roland-Garros... Let's hope he will do better this time, it brought him rather bad luck in the other events.
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And if he overturn Andreev and Blake, then Safin or Davydenko............. could be more bad draw than that?

but that's a masters series so..... "nothing comes cheap".....
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I don't find it bad, it's full of players who are not in best form. His draw could be worse than that since he's not seeded.
It's just that I don't want him to lose to Blake for the 3rd time in a row.
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It's just that I don't want him to lose to Blake for the 3rd time in a row.
me to...it's time to take a win over Blake...... 3-rd loss will be to much
/but i have worries about Andreev...i'm not sure how much he is in form or not but he's definitely tough one...../
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