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Old 09-02-2012, 04:47 AM   #1186
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He's really hurting now, he's not even bother to run for balls.
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Old 09-02-2012, 04:56 AM   #1187
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Srsly, I want the match to end right now. I don't want him getting more hurt. He needs to think about the rest of the season.
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Old 09-02-2012, 05:02 AM   #1188
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It's ok Simon. You have nothing to feel bad about. I would say his desire to stay stateside and play the US Open was a rousing success given the circumstance. He deserved this moment and he still made this a decent match on the grand stage of tennis late night in NYC. Bravo Gilles!
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Old 09-02-2012, 05:11 AM   #1189
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Thank you Gilles, for toughing it out in this tournament. You are amazing.
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Old 09-02-2012, 05:14 AM   #1190
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Here here. Gilles you are the man! Sexy, gutsy, humble and a whole lot more. The NYC crowd gave him a pretty good pop when he left. Good for them.
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Old 09-02-2012, 05:44 AM   #1191
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Btw, Happy birthday Timothee. Hope you have a great year; celebrates the birthday like crazy with your fantastic daddy (and lovely mommy).
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Old 09-02-2012, 07:31 AM   #1192
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Poor Gilles! I thought I would have the match recorded but Sky let me down - reading your comments though it sounded painful. Hope he rests up now and has some quality time with Carine and Timothee
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What a great fight from Gilles . He deserves to enjoy Timothee's birtthday now.
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to bad gilles but great effort, now rest up

probably best that he didnt run into federer in this condition anyway
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I know right? How ignorant do these guys have to be to think that Gilles always serves and plays like this. Like he could be ranked as high as 6 in the world and currently 17 by serving 90mph first serves and 80mph second serves. C'mon guys
Exactly! They did finally figure it out, but not before another thing was said that, if true, would trouble me if I were Mardy Fish. One of them claimed (in the 3rd or 4th set) that Mardy would have no way of knowing this was the type of serving he would face, though another said that by this point in the match he should have been able to adjust his game accordingly. But why wouldn't Mark Knowles, his coach, or someone else on his team have scouted Gilles' prior matches or at LEAST looked at the match statistics? Gilles was injured before entering this tournament, and it has affected his serving in all of the prior rounds. Scouting is an important part of the job.
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to bad gilles but great effort, now rest up

probably best that he didnt run into federer in this condition anyway
Totally agree. I hope he didn't do any long term damage and can now enjoy some time off.
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:01 PM   #1197
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Exactly! They did finally figure it out, but not before another thing was said that, if true, would trouble me if I were Mardy Fish. One of them claimed (in the 3rd or 4th set) that Mardy would have no way of knowing this was the type of serving he would face, though another said that by this point in the match he should have been able to adjust his game accordingly. But why wouldn't Mark Knowles, his coach, or someone else on his team have scouted Gilles' prior matches or at LEAST looked at the match statistics? Gilles was injured before entering this tournament, and it has affected his serving in all of the prior rounds. Scouting is an important part of the job.
It's really shocking that in this modern day sports, they don't bother to scout their opponent. I mean, they don't even need to go to his match, just read the stat page before the match and they would have find out Gilles' been serving subpar. Besides, Mardy has no excuse either, how many sets does he need to finally realize that he can take advantage of Gilles' serve? Then again, Gilles' serves were slow, but maybe they aren't that attackable? I don't know, I'm just a bit shocked that he played all these 13 sets serving at 90m/h and no one seems to have a clue that they should attack his serve, so while I think his 3 opponents should get the credit of being clueless, Gilles should also get the credit for making his serves not attackable, however he did that.

These 3 matches were really painful to watch. But at the end of the day, not only that I'm really proud of Gilles' fight, I'm also once again amazed by his resourcefulness. Half of his means got taken away and he still finds a way to win. I just hope after this he realizes that he is really special and that he can take confidence in his ability. And when he's healthy again, he can finally feel good about himself and play to his full potential.
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From L'Equipe:

Simon au bout de lui-même
Mardy Fish a fini par arracher la victoire dans ce troisième tour face à un Gilles Simon qui a tout donné malgré les douleurs (6-1, 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-3).


Gilles Simon a dépassé toutes les attentes face à Mardy Fish, mais ça n'a pas suffi. Blessé à l'épaule en arrivant sur le tournoi, vainqueur de deux premiers tours aux airs de marathon, le Français avait peur de prendre «une grosse rouste» lors de ce troisième tour. Il a finalement lutté, et perdu, en quatre manches (6-1, 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-3 et 3h03' de jeu). «Au début il n'y avait pas de match, a constaté Simon. Cela partait mal et puis finalement il y a eu combat, c'est déjà ça. Il s'est énervé et a mis du temps à retrouver une belle attitude et ça a failli tourner même si le chemin était encore long, mais il est parvenu à se reprendre dans le jeu décisif. J'ai tout donné.»

75. Mardy Fish a en effet terminé cette rencontre en vainqueur avec 75 fautes directes (pour 67 coups gagnants). Et il est quasiment impossible d'expliquer comment son niveau de jeu a pu sombrer à ce point à partir de 6-1, 2-0 pour lui. Quand Simon a arraché le deuxième set, il a fallu se pincer. Quand il s'est retrouvé en tête dans le jeu décisif du troisième (3-1) en retrouvant du jus et en tirant des passings en bout de course de folie, on était au bord de l'exploit. Mais un coup droit dans le filet a donné deux balles de set à l'Américain, qui a fini par retrouver le calme envolé depuis si longtemps pour poser une volée libératrice.
Fish au bord de la rupture
L'affaire était bouclée. Epuisé pour de bon cette fois, Simon a fini par craquer en lâchant son service à 4-3. Un service aux moyennes terriblement basses (150 km/h de moyenne) mais que Fish a pourtant eu toutes les peines du monde à retourner. Les fusibles au bord de la rupture, le physique qui a aussi commencé à coincer et, surtout, un sens tactique absent contre un joueur qui ne pouvait quasiment rien lui opposer et qui passait son temps à étirer des jambes à l'agonie : Fish a failli se battre tout seul.

Mais la vaillance de Gilles Simon est à saluer tant beaucoup d'autres auraient baissé les bras en se sentant si diminués. Lui a tout donné, jusqu'à la dernière goutte de sueur, sous les yeux notamment d'Arnaud Clément son capitaine de Coupe Davis. «Je me sentais mieux dans le troisième, a expliqué le Français, mais ensuite je n'avais plus rien. J'étais bien rentré dans son cerveau pourtant et je le tenais tactiquement. En plus à la fin du match il me dit qu'il ne savait pas que j'étais blessé à l'épaule (rires). Mais bon j'ai fait ce que j'ai pu, c'était juste trop dur.» A Fish désormais d'enchaîner sur Roger Federer pour une place en quarts. Ce match terminé peu après 1h du matin et au bord des crampes a bien fait les affaires du n°1 mondial.


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Simon, plein le dos

Malgré un service de moineau, le numéro 3 français a failli surprendre un Fish valide, lui, mais obtus (6-1, 5-7, 7-6, 6-3).

CETTE RENCONTRE s’est jouée à l’heure du laitier, dimanche en France. Que les lève-tôt dominicaux branchés sur ce match se rassurent. S’ils n’ont pas bien compris le scénario, nous non plus, et pas plus Gilles Simon. Le natif de Nice fut tout surpris de se retrouver à 4-3 dans le tie-break du troisième set, avec le hold-up de la semaine en point de mire. Il avait commencé par perdre cinq de ses sept premiers jeux de service, avant de tenir d’une façon incompréhensible les douze suivants. Laissons-lui la parole : « Fish s’est embourbé tout seul. Incroyable, il n’avait même pas remarqué que je n’arrivais pas à servir. Personne ne lui avait racontémes deux matches précédents. Je n’en reviens pas. Il ne m’a mis aucune pression en retour de service. Alors, dans le troisième, ç’a bien failli tourner en ma faveur. » Incroyable en effet de voir Fish, excellent volleyeur et encore top 10 en mai dernier, incapable de résoudre une équation avec une inconnue bien connue. Il resta dans une filière de fond de court qui était la seule à convenirau Français. Ce dernier galopa dans tous les sens pour amener l’Américain à la faute : 75 fautes directes au total. À 4-3 dans le tie-break, Fish eut un éclair de lucidité et réussit un service-volée. Il enchaîna par un ace puis Simon commit une faute directe de coup droit fatale. Le mirage venait de se dissiper d’un coup : pas de hold-up. Les rares spectateurs noyés en cette heure fort tardive, « around midnight », dans l’immense arène du court Arthur-Ashe, purent saluer le soulagement de leur compatriote. À deux sets à un, Simon n’avait plus les moyens de batailler encore pendant deux manches pour compenser sa première balle indigente (150 km/h de moyenne). Malgré cette épaule douloureuse, l’empêchant de bien lever le bras au service, il avait survécu face aux limites du vétéran Russell au premier tour, puis devant l’inexpérience du qualifié formosan Wang. Mais c’était un peu trop face à un Fish, même aussi peu clairvoyant. C’est à se demander si son entraîneur, Mark Knowles, l’ancien numéro 1 de double, a trop fait les soldes du Labor Day avant de lui donner cette tactique attentiste aberrante. Pour le Français, il n’est plus question de tactique, ni de technique. Il faut guérir cette douleur à l’épaule. « Je vais recevoir une infiltration et, a priori, avec du repos, je pourrai à nouveau jouer sans problème au tournoi de Bangkok ( dans trois semaines). » Il était plus que temps de mettre un terme à cette tournée nord américaine marquée par une élimination d’emblée à Toronto, un forfait à Cincinnati et ces trois matches de bras cassé à New York. – P. Co.

...will have the infiltration, and then rest, can play without problems in Bangkok...
(Let's hope so).

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Old 09-03-2012, 07:39 PM   #1199
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Well, it looks like even though Simon lost, he was able to get his licks in and do some damage to Fish as well because he's had to withdraw today from his match against Federer sighting fatigue and health concerns so Federer gets a walkover.

Nothing against Fish, but good for Simon for fighting his heart out injured and taking the other guy down with him.
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Unfortunately I had to miss the match but it sounds like he gave an admirable effort. Congrats on a great effort this tournament Gilles, rest up, and hopefully come back stronger in the fall.
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