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Old 11-02-2012, 03:08 PM   #1456
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Gilles Another semi in a masters!
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Old 11-02-2012, 03:14 PM   #1457
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what an amazing way to end his year! he's got a fantastic shot at the final here with janowicz/tipsarevic in the semi and if he made the final..who knows?

im so happy for him, great job today
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Great stuff from Gilles. Especially the composure he showed at 0-40 down serving for the match. I haven't been that nervous during a tennis match in quite some time. I can only imagine how Gilles felt. I'm so happy that he has been able to come good from the openings in the draw for him and do himself proud in front of his crowd. He and we deserve this moment. It's been a rough season and especially rough past few months, but what a great moment this was. I hope more is still to come. Give him and us something positive to end the season on.
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Congrats Gillou !
Everybody of the french tennis family was here together in the box, so funny: Captain Arnaud, Dip, Seb Grosjean, Nico Escudé, Thierry Tulasne, Gachassin etc...
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I thought I would watch the Tipsy Jerzy match to scout this new kid and see what he's about and what Gilles might be up against if he were to win and it's looking pretty scary if Gilles were to have to face him. It's looking like Tipsy is going to lose. I am actually pulling for Tipsy in this match because Gilles has the winning record over him and knows what to expect with his game and how to prepare for him, but this Janowicz guy is new and very dangerous at the moment. Powerful serve and powerful ground strokes. He's a beast.

Gilles will be under so much pressure with this guy and no previous match up to draw from. He'll be eating Gilles' 2nd serves, and maybe even his 1st serves for breakfast. It might be destiny for this guy to win this title. Who knows, but i'm worried. I hope if he does win, which it looks like, that the bubble bursts when he faces Gilles.

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Whelp, Jerzy it will be. I hope Gilles can do it. This kid is powerful.
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Whelp, Jerzy it will be. I hope Gilles can do it. This kid is powerful.
Agreed, I'm really nervous about this. I much preferred Tipsy as well. Does anyone know the ranking situation right now for Gilles if he loses in SF, F, or wins the title? I'm too lazy to figure it out right now.
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Congrats Gillou !
Everybody of the french tennis family was here together in the box, so funny: Captain Arnaud, Dip, Seb Grosjean, Nico Escudé, Thierry Tulasne, Gachassin etc...
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I thought I would watch the Tipsy Jerzy match to scout this new kid and see what he's about and what Gilles might be up against if he were to win and it's looking pretty scary if Gilles were to have to face him. It's looking like Tipsy is going to lose. I am actually pulling for Tipsy in this match because Gilles has the winning record over him and knows what to expect with his game and how to prepare for him, but this Janowicz guy is new and very dangerous at the moment. Powerful serve and powerful ground strokes. He's a beast.

Gilles will be under so much pressure with this guy and no previous match up to draw from. He'll be eating Gilles' 2nd serves, and maybe even his 1st serves for breakfast. It might be destiny for this guy to win this title. Who knows, but i'm worried. I hope if he does win, which it looks like, that the bubble bursts when he faces Gilles.
I was cheering for Tipsy too, he is a much easier opponent than a complete unknown up&comer for Gilles. Not to mention he beat Murray who plays a similar way as Gilles, just better and a bigger serve. This kid has all the momentum and no fear, lethal combination for the opponent. Oh well, maybe this isn't Gilles' week, it's Janowitz's week. Good luck anyway, Gilles. Do your best.
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Agreed, I'm really nervous about this. I much preferred Tipsy as well. Does anyone know the ranking situation right now for Gilles if he loses in SF, F, or wins the title? I'm too lazy to figure it out right now.
Gilles will be #16 if he loses in the SF, #13 if he loses in the final and #10 if he wins the title.
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I am confident in Gillou against anyone left in this tournament. He played very well today and he has the crowd's support. Love watching Gilles play in France!
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I think Gillou has exactly the right kind of game to beat Janowicz rather handily. Just hope he's feeling fresh and ready.

Starting to just think about him lifting that title on Sunday. Let's hope that materialises.
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I think Gillou has exactly the right kind of game to beat Janowicz rather handily. Just hope he's feeling fresh and ready.

Starting to just think about him lifting that title on Sunday. Let's hope that materialises.

I hope you guys are right, but I don't know man. Maybe it's just the pessimist and worry wart in me when it comes to Gilles, but did you guys see this Jerzy guy play this week? He is a beast. Huge serve and huge ground strokes, especially off of the forehand side. He was just bossing Tipsy around all over the place and eating up his serve like it was nothing and Tipsy serves way bigger than Gilles does. He looked untouchable.

And like lalaland said, Murray and Gilles play very similar games and Jerzy bossed Murray around too. He's young, powerful and has no fear because he's just starting and already knows he has nothing to lose here so he's just swinging for the fences and going all out which is a dangerous combination.

I want Gilles to win very badly, but I know just how much at risk he will be against this guy tomorrow. On paper it would seem and look like the ideal match up for any Simon fan to want for a semifinal of a masters 1000, but if you saw any of this Jerzy guy play this week, you know it will easily end up being the toughest match up Gilles will face all week. I hope i'm wrong, but I just got a bad feeling based on what I saw of Jerzy today and the roll he's been on all week. It may be destiny for him this week.
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Tactiquement parfait, Gilles Simon a encore rendu maboule Tomas Berdych (6-4, 6-4). Après Monte-Carlo,

c’est sa seconde demi-finale en Masters 1000 cette saison.

ÇA Y EST, c’est prouvé : on peut cravater Berdych en servant les trois quarts du match comme une jeune fille. On ne saurait dire si c’est trop flatteur pour la jeune fille ou si c’est à se taper la tête contre les murs pour ce pauvre Berdych, mais hier Simon a servi à 172 km/h de moyenne en première balle et à 129 km/h en seconde. Le radar afficha même plusieurs fois des vitesses folles à 111 km/h, 114 km/h… On sait bien que Simon n’est pas le sosie officiel de John Isner, mais de là à… On le voyait raide comme un piquet, faire des moulinets pour essayer de détendre un peu ses cervicales. Toujours ce vieux problème qu’il trimbale avec lui depuis des années. Il y a des matins où ça va, d’autres où c’est insupportable. Mais il se soigne. « C’est aussi pour ça que je n’ai plus de coach. En ce moment, j’ai moins besoin de Thierry (Tulasne, remercié en septembre) que d’un kiné. Je passe trois fois plus de temps à l’infirmerie que sur le terrain. Mais ça s’améliore. Je ne me sens pas mal. »

Il aurait même le droit de se sentir carrément bien. Ce n’est pas tous les jours qu’on entend Bercy crier « Gilou ! Gilou ! » Gilles Simon est en demi-finales à Bercy et il n’est plus question de parler trèfle à quatre feuilles. La chance n’a rien à voir avec ce qui s’est passé hier. Tout en timing, à coups de balles molles et de contres sournois, Simon a amené le sixième mondial pile là où il déteste aller. Petit à petit, il lui a grignoté un par un tous ses neurones disponibles. Si bien que Berdych arrosa gaiement. À la fin, il sera à la tête d’une magnifique collection de 41 fautes directes, dont 25 en revers, son coup le plus fiable.

« Berdych n’a pas de solutions tactiques contre Gilles, expliquait Thierry Tulasne, l’ancien coach, qui n’a pas loupé une miette de Simon cette semaine. Gilles le retourne beaucoup. Il lit parfaitement son service. Berdych ne le déborde pas (d’où ses cinq défaites en sept matches contre le Français), Gilles croise, croise encore et l’autre part à la faute. »

Berdych a vu E.T.

« Berdych adore quand ça joue en rythme et qu’il peut frapper au-dessus de la hanche, décryptait Arnaud Clément. La balle de Gilles l’en empêche. Elle reste basse, elle fuse et Berdych force. » « Tomas frappe très fort des deux côtés, mais il a du mal à me faire un point gagnant, disait le 20e mondial. J’arrive à bien m’appuyer sur sa balle pour le faire beaucoup travailler du fond. Parfois, j’aurais aimé engager plus. Mais ce n’était pas ce qu’il fallait faire. Je ne vais pas gagner contre Berdych en frappant plus fort que lui... »

Pour résumer, on dira que c’est la victoire d’un maître tacticien qui a des jambes de Kényan en cette fin de saison. « C’est vrai que cette année je finis très frais, confirma-t-il. Et j’ai très envie. J’ai toujours été mauvais à Bercy et ça m’embêtait parce que j’ai grandi à côté. C’est en venant à ce tournoi, quand j’étais petit, que j’ai découvert le haut niveau. »

Et le match dans tout ça ? Simon breaka à 2-2 au premier set, écarta deux balles de 4-4 grâce à un service soudain plus mordant (on vous dit qu’il est malin le bougre !) et ne fut pas perturbé plus que ça d’avoir manqué trois balles de set à 5-3. Ensuite, Berdych se fâcha. Il mena 3-0 puis disposa de trois balles de double break. Simon résista, continua sa petite cuisine et le Tchèque partit en vrille alors qu’il servait pour mener 5-2.

Une maladie du coup droit venait d’être diagnostiquée. Elle était incurable. « Le jeu de Gilles est ce qu’il est. On s’en fiche de son style, préférait sourire Berdych. Il a trop bon pour moi. Ça fait très longtemps que je ne l’avais pas vu jouer si bien. J’ai peut-être trop forcé, mais quand le gars en face ne fait jamais une faute, quand il bouge aussi vite, ça peut arriver. À 5-4 au second set, je mène 0-40 et là, il me sort trois premiers services super bien placés, presque des aces. Simon venait d’une autre planète aujourd’hui. »

En parlant de Martien, Simon va être servi tout à l’heure avec l’impayable Jerzy Janowicz, qu’il n’a vu qu’à la télé. « Je veux aller en finale, répétait hier le Niçois. Et ce sera quand même plus ouvert que contre Rafa à Monte-Carlo. » Normalement, oui.

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