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Old 04-27-2012, 08:33 PM   #331
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He doesn't sound like he's feeling great, hopefully he can survive two more matches and then get some rest for the more important part of the clay season. When he's not feeling well, he never plays well because he doesn't move freely. Hopefully he's just tired and there's no injury.
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Old 04-28-2012, 12:07 AM   #332
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Default Re: Clay season 2012, "Take Two" most definitely

Nothing new to add, but I just thought I'll also post the L'Equipe website article.

It said during the game, he complained about everything, like he can't hit his forehand...well, just Gilles being Gilles.

Simon se fait violence
Gilles Simon s'est qualifié vendredi pour les demi-finales aux dépens du Polonais Lukasz Kubot. Le Français a souffert mais a fini par l'emporter (3-6, 6-1, 6-3) en 2h13'. Il affrontera Matthias Bachinger pour une place en finale.

Gilles Simon a râlé, souffert, maudit le court, le bruit des photographes, son adversaire ou encore son propre coup droit et lui-même en général. On l'a entendu hurler des «J'arrive pas à un faire un coup droit !! » avant de réussir quelques très bons coups droits justement en bout de course quelques jeux plus tard. Dans un jour moyen, le Français s'est beaucoup parlé et a fini par se remettre dans le droit chemin. Une victoire difficile qui ne fait sans doute pas plus de bien que ça à son jeu mais qui lui permet de poursuivre sa route.

Rien n'a été facile pour le 12e joueur mondial face à un 51e qui prend la balle tôt et a une assez bonne main quand il s'agit de balancer des grandes frappes à plat tout en timing croisées ou décroisées. Seulement Kubot, s'il est 51e, c'est qu'il n'est pas assez régulièrement capable de tenir cette cadence tout un match. Et que lorsque la machine se dérègle, son compteur de fautes et de mauvais choix part à la hausse. Pour être parvenu à le sortir de sa cadence et à mieux défendre son terrain, Simon a capitalisé jusqu'à la délivrance.

Kubot, la double-faute qui fait mal
Que retenir de ce quart de finale alors ? La volonté farouche de Simon de ne pas lâcher. Et la double mésaventure du jour de Kubot qui a servi une terrible double-faute pour perdre son service dans le premier jeu de la dernière manche - pour être précise, il a servi dans SON carré - avant de doubler la mise sur la balle de match en poussant la balle dans le bas du filet. Mortifié, Kubot. Des absences à répétition qui ont bien fait les affaires de Simon, jamais serein sur cette rencontre à l'image du break concédé à 5-2 en servant pour le match. Mais il s'en est sorti et c'était bien là le principal vendredi.
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Old 04-28-2012, 10:59 AM   #333
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well, i lost my match on a 3rd set tiebreak, but Gilou won, that what's important :]
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Old 04-28-2012, 11:00 AM   #334
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Default Re: Clay season 2012, "Take Two" most definitely

Back to normal energy level today, what a relief.

He won in 2 sets, well done. Grumpy as ever , oh well.

Win the title now, please. Good luck tomorrow in final.
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Old 04-28-2012, 11:03 AM   #335
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Default Re: Clay season 2012, "Take Two" most definitely

Much better today than yesterday, congrats Gilles! Now don't lose the final, whoever it is it will be a very winnable match.
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Old 04-28-2012, 11:03 AM   #336
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Default Re: Clay season 2012, "Take Two" most definitely

He played quite well today at moments, tough his BP conversion was bad (5/17), I found that sometimes he had reasons to be grumpy, line calls were sometimes very bad for him.
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Default Re: Clay season 2012, "Take Two" most definitely

I'd say he had a rite to be grumpy after those two atrocious calls against him in the second set all in the same game no less. I was so mad I was about ready to put my foot through the wall. Luckily justice prevailed and Simon won the game for the third time only it finally counted . It also seemed to fire Simon up in a positive way because he was pretty aggressive on and against serve from there on out. A good solid performance. On to the finals we go Gilles!
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Congrats Gilles and best of luck for tomorrow's final!! Win your 10th title!
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Default Re: Clay season 2012, "Take Two" most definitely

right one more match simon, win it and have a rest. good luck tomorrow
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Old 04-28-2012, 06:46 PM   #340
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Allez Gilles for tonorrow vs Fognini, who is a great player when on, but this is his first ATP final !
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I know capture are not easy to translate but i posted it articel about simonescu

He loves the balls tehre Dunlop the same that in Hamburg. Ha was tired after MC but for him it's important to win this tournament
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6-4, 6-3

congrats gilles on title number 10!
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Congrats Gilles, keeping his title streak going. Well done.

Now take a good rest next week, you deserve it.
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Gilles , 10th ATP title for him, keeps having at least a title per season since 2007. He has 3 Bucharest titles, and it's nice to see that he has stringed some good tournaments in a row . He deserves to rest this week, and give all in Madrid.
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Congrats Gilles, hopefully he keeps this level through the next stretch of the claycourt season.

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