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Old 03-16-2012, 04:05 AM   #76
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The bug really killed his momentum in the first set.

I could be seeing things, but I think his right leg gave way a little when he hit his FH to the net.

And I laugh every time those commentator said Simon rarely shows emotion. Clearly, commentators don't watch him much.

Allez Gilles, there's still hope, Isner playing not much better either.
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Old 03-16-2012, 04:09 AM   #77
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Very strange match so far. But matter not, it's all even at 1-1.
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Momentum purely with Gilles now .
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Damn shame!
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That last game .

I am mad with you Gillou. Very mad .
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Gilles

John was bad today, there was no reason to lose to him. Gilles just wasn't connecting off the ground and in the tight situation he still doesn't have confidence.
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So sad. He's still far from getting his mojo back. But at least he's one step toward the right direction.
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So sad. He's still far from getting his mojo back. But at least he's one step toward the right direction.
Yeah, I'll be fine tomorrow with his week, it was his best since the U.S. Open. I just worry because his frustration with his missed chances last time against Isner sent him into that tailspin and he had chances here again.
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Yeah, I'll be fine tomorrow with his week, it was his best since the U.S. Open. I just worry because his frustration with his missed chances last time against Isner sent him into that tailspin and he had chances here again.

I'm not too worried. Last USO was in such high after beating DelPo, Isner was a lower seed then, I think Gilles had high expectation of that match and it came down hard on him when he lost. But this time, it's been so difficult for him in the past month. After R2 against Sela, I was quite worried that he choked at MPs in 2nd set and thought that could be hurting his psyche. But the next day, paper said Gilles was actually quite happy that he managed to come back from the 2nd set MPs mishap. I take that he's seeing the glass half full (as compare to my glass half empty view). So I think he'll be fine, well, I hope he'll be fine.

He has QF points to defend in Miami, but I guess this QF in IW probably help takes some pressure off defending those pts.
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At least he played better this week, but as mike s. says, the last time he lost tightly to John he lost all his confidence.
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what happened in the 3rd? 38% first serve and took like 5 pts on Isner's serve
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He said he didn't play well and didn't seize the opportunities...but he's fine with the result, sth like that. Well, I really do think he will take some good out of this week despite the loss. But we'll see what happens in Miami. Good luck.

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En dépit d'un faible rendement au service et de nombreuses fautes directes, John Isner (N.11) est parvenu à battre Gilles Simon (N.13) 6-3, 1-6, 7-5, jeudi soir, en 1/4 de finale du Masters 1000 d'Indian Wells.

Simon (N.13), battu 3-6, 6-1, 5-7 par le 11e mondial, était le dernier Français en lice dans le désert californien. Plus tôt, la N.1 tricolore Marion Bartoli, nettement amoindrie par un virus qui sévit depuis le début du tournoi, n'avait pu résister à la Serbe Ana Ivanovic (N.15) en quart de finale. Après avoir cédé la deuxième manche avec des faiblesses inhabituelles au service, Isner a serré la vis dans le troisième set pour ne pas offrir une balle de break à Simon, qui a senti la pression au moment de servir à 5-6.

Un mauvais jeu du Français au mauvais moment, avec trois erreurs de sa part, et le match s'est subitement envolé alors que l'Américain avait offert auparavant quelques "cadeaux" bienvenus. "Je n'ai pas joué à mon meilleur niveau et Gilles non plus, on s'est battu comme on pouvait dans ce match. Mon coach m'a dit que ce n'était pas du Picasso sur le terrain", a indiqué le géant Isner (2,06 m), qui rencontrera samedi pour une place en finale le Serbe Novak Djokovic, N.1 mondial et tenant du titre. "C'était comme à l'US Open (où le Français avait perdu en quatre sets en septembre, ndlr), il y avait la place de gagner mais je n'ai pas été bon dans ces moments-là", a concédé Simon, qui a aussi déploré son "manque de fond de jeu".

"Content d'en être là"

"J'étais arrivé ici avec beaucoup de pépins physiques, et le problème, dans ces cas-là, c'est que tu ne t'entraînes pas. Du coup, je n'avais que ma première balle de service pour lui faire mal. Quand l'échange est lancé, je ne peux pas faire le point, j'attends la faute. Si j'arrive à m'entraîner, il y a des choses qui vont se remettre en place", a-t-il aussi expliqué. Même si le Français a raté une belle occasion d'entrer dans le dernier carré, il a tiré des motifs de satisfaction de son parcours en Californie, où il était arrivé avec le moral à zéro après une catastrophique tournée sud-américaine sur terre battue (un match gagné en trois tournois).

"Mon état de santé est bien meilleur. J'ai fait quatre matches de bonne intensité, je vais essayer de garder ça pour le prochain tournoi (à Miami la semaine prochaine, ndlr). J'ai été surpris de ma résistance, de ma capacité à tenir les matches, car ce n'est pas le fruit des footings..." Simon a notamment livré deux matches de trois heures, face à Dudi Sela au 2e tour et Ryan Harrison en 8e de finale, dans lesquels il n'a pas craqué après avoir pourtant gâché des balles de match en deuxième manche. "Je suis content d'en être là", a assuré le natif de Nice, qui a conforté son actuel statut de N.2 Français au détriment de Gaël Monfils, forfait à cause du virus, et de Richard Gasquet, éliminé au 2e tour malgré une balle de match.
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well the loss sucks but overall it was a good week. Much needed really and hopefully he continues on

I just dont get why he has trouble with isner, to me it seems like that is someone he should be able to out play. He has such a good return and yet among the better returners on tour he's probably got the worst record against big servers
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better returners on tour he's probably got the worst record against big servers
Not true, unless you can provide data to support this statement.

And btw, the key to playing big server is more so the ability to hold your own serves than to break. You get so much pressure on your own serve knowing that if you got broken, it will be hard to get the break back. That's the psychological edge the big server got over the others. Then again, I'm not tennis pro, so what do I know.

Otherwise, we move on to Miami, draw comes out on Monday. He's also playing double with Mahut. He had QF points to defend in Miami, so hope he does well there this year too. Allez.

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yeah he should be drilling Isner like in the 2nd set. he always breaks his serve and gets loads of chances, don't get it why he couldn't close it... well i get it, i don't like it.

and now Isner made it to the final which is even more annoying.

happy thoughts, time for the east cost now.
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