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Old 10-04-2008, 04:42 PM   #46
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So glad he managed to finish that one off in straights. Certainly needs to be more consistent tomorrow against Tursunow though.

Pleased he made his 1st final of the year, now to go claim that title!
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Here is today's article in L'Equipe, I can't translate it, sorry, I'll let the French-speaking Paulo fans make a summary. Hagel talks a little bit about the coaching issue too and the possibility of working with Courteau:
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Paul-Henri Mathieu dispute aujourd’hui face à Tursunov sa première finale de l’année, grâce à sa victoire sur Mannarino (7-6, 7-6).
DE TEMPS EN TEMPS, Paul-Henri Mathieu jetait un regard en coin à son coach Patrice Hagelauer, avec une sorte de demi-sourire qui en disait long sur sa frustration dans cette demi-finale crispante, face à un adversaire, Adrian Mannarino (181e mondial), qui le faisait tourner en bourrique avec sa petite patte de gaucher. « Ce n’est pas évident d’affronter un joueur pour la première fois, expliqua le vainqueur après coup. D’autant qu’il a un jeu assez atypique. Il n’avait rien à perdre. Il a joué des super coups, avec un niveau de relâchement très élevé. » Sauf sur la balle de premier set obtenue par la révélation du tournoi, qui a fini dans le bas du filet. À part cette erreur de jeunesse, le jeune perdant (20 ans) n’avait rien à se reprocher. Il a défendu crânement sa chance pendant 2 h 23’, exception faite du deuxième tiebreak où il était cuit. « C’est l’expérience qui a fait la différence, estimait PHM, intransigeant au tie-break (7-1). Mais il m’a rappelé un peu mon insouciance, quand j’avais vingt ans (il en aura 27 en janvier prochain). » Un autre souvenir, moins agréable celui-là, lui est également revenu à l’esprit : sa demi-finale perdue (deux tie-breaks à un) ici même en 2004 face à un autre joueur issu des qualifications, Jérôme Haehnel, qui allait remporter le tournoi. « Mais aujourd’hui, (hier) je savais que je pouvais tenir. » Voilà donc Paul-Henri Mathieu engagé dans sa première finale de l’année, face à Tursunov : « Un très bon joueur en indoor ; très bon du fond de court, très bon serveur. » Ne pas demander à PHM s’il en éprouve une sorte de soulagement : « Ce sera un soulagement si je gagne ! » Une mise en perspective de la saison de Paul- Henri Mathieu, 12e mondial le 12 avril 2008 (le meilleur classement de sa carrière), 24e aujourd’hui, s’impose à la veille d’une échéance très importante pour le Strasbourgeois.
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Membre du Team Lagardère, il a appris en novembre dernier que son coach, Thierry Champion, le quittait pour retrouver Gaël Monfils. Marqué par cet événement, le Français s’est tourné vers son « vieil » entraîneur, celui qui le connaît le mieux, Patrice Hagelauer. S’est joint à eux Mats Wilander, mais pas à temps plein, seulement sur quelques objectifs fixés à l’avance. Avec cet attelage, le Français a atteint deux huitièmes de finale en Grand Chelem (battu par Nadal et Djokovic en Australie et à Roland-Garros), les quarts de finale des JO et deux demi-finales sur le circuit (Marseille et Munich). Avec 29 victoires pour 23 défaites, le bilan n’est pas catastrophique pour ce joueur qui compte six finales dans sa carrière dont quatre titres (comme Tursunov), mais le fait d’avoir cédé trois fois de suite face à Cilic, de s’être blessé au pied à Gstaad où il était tenant du titre avec un gros paquet de points à défendre, d’avoir participé au fiasco de Winston-Salem en Coupe Davis, et d’avoir vu la médaille olympique s’envoler de peu, a déstabilisé ce jeune homme hyper sensible. Après l’US Open, « Paulo » a expliqué à Hagelauer qu’il souhaitait avoir un seul coach, à temps plein, pour une relation durable, voire jusqu’au bout de sa carrière. « J’ai adoré les semaines avec Mats, et ce que j’ai appris de lui va me servir à passer un cap. Mais c’est une question d’affectif. J’ai envie d’avoir quelqu’un à qui je peux me confier », dit Mathieu. Hagelauer (qui ne peut ni ne souhaite être celui-là) explique : « Paulo veut démarrer quelque chose. Pour l’heure nous avons la piste Loïc (Courteau). Mais rien n’est fait. Alors j’ai dit à Paul- Henri : “ Écoute, on va faire toute la tournée indoor ensemble. On va occulter tout le reste. On ne va pas chercher quelqu’un dans la précipitation.On va juste se concentrer sur ce qui se présente. ” » Du coup, Paul-Henri Mathieu aborde la série « Metz, Moscou, Madrid, Lyon, Bercy » comme un « mini-circuit » dans le circuit « où chaque étape serait elle-même isolée et où chaque match représente une petite finale », précise le joueur. Cette « vraie » finale arrive donc à point nommé : « Oui, c’est vrai, confirme le Français. Une finale, surtout en France, c’est toujours une chance. Je ne joue pas ma vie dessus – cela ne sert à rien de se rajouter de la pression – mais je suis un gagneur, et demain (aujourd’hui) je jouerai à fond pour gagner. » Histoire de tourner la page sur un des chapitres les plus chaotiques de sa carrière.
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Old 10-05-2008, 05:04 PM   #50
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Metz Final: D.Tursunov def. P-H.Mathieu 7-6(6) 1-6 6-4

A few SP missed in the first set... that's pretty much the one downer of this match. He seems to be playing well this week. Lots of close matches won, good sign!

Plus, the winner trophy is ugly anyway



Congrats Paulo! Keep up the good work Stay healthy and be a tiny bit more lucky next time
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I saw the match, arghhhhh.... he played great, but couldn't finish, as often.

The commentators made me laugh, when they said they met paulo's mother just before the match, with a very surprising dog... "a very little dog, in her bag ... and the bag was small lol" They were perplex ! lol
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From the article on the ATP website:

Words from Tursunov:

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"In the second set he had a lot of chances to attack my second serve and he was successful in doing that," said Tursunov. "As I was two breaks down, Paul-Henri was playing with a lot of confidence. Today there wasn't a big difference. I can't say that I was better than him. He could have broken me as well in the third set."

"It was a good week for me. I started playing better and better with every match. The final was the most difficult match by far."
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"I couldn't do much in the final set," said Mathieu. "He broke me and I couldn't break him which cost me the match. It's tough to lose a match like that. I think that I have to improve two or three things. It's still a good week for me. I hope that I'll win a tournament soon."
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Disappointing that he didn't win, but still a good week and he is playing better tennis than he has for quite a while so that is a big positive.
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I saw the match, arghhhhh.... he played great, but couldn't finish, as often.

The commentators made me laugh, when they said they met paulo's mother just before the match, with a very surprising dog... "a very little dog, in her bag ... and the bag was small lol" They were perplex ! lol
I saw a total of ONE game!

Poor little dog
Another living thing that has to suffer through Paulo's match

I remember the Mathieu family used to have a siberian husky, didn't they? This is a big (small?) change

Rarely see the family and the gf's presence at the same match... not get along too well Kidding, Quiterie
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Kind words from Tursunov

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"I couldn't do much in the final set," said Mathieu. "He broke me and I couldn't break him which cost me the match. It's tough to lose a match like that. I think that I have to improve two or three things. It's still a good week for me. I hope that I'll win a tournament soon."
That's the logic to EVERY MATCH! Finally, he'll learn to NOT get borken and win the match

Now this is the change! Paulo talking about actually "winning" a tournament! Confidence booster! Why can't all tourneys played in France?
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Now this is the change! Paulo talking about actually "winning" a tournament! Confidence booster! Why can't all tourneys played in France?
OMG, no!
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OMG, no!
Someone doesn't like playing there?

I just love how tense Paulo is when playing in front of the French crowd
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I just love how tense Paulo is when playing in front of the French crowd
You seem to be a masochist, I am not.
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You seem to be a masochist, I am not.
You know me too well

But it's only fair considering what they've been doing to us over the years
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6-3 6-2
next round against Dudi Sela..
don't know what happens to his foot..:'( hope it won't bother him too much

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