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Old 04-27-2013, 10:06 AM   #1021
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Let's not get bagelled, Gillou.
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:08 AM   #1022
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Rosol won 7 games in a roll, Gilles finally won a game to prevent a bagel.
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:10 AM   #1023
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Well, 6-2, 4-1, won't be long.
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:21 AM   #1024
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The paper said Troicki's coach offered an advise to play Rosol, slice to his backhand and makes him bend the knee. Except, Gilles doens't slice, so it's not very useful. That's kinda funny. Oh well.
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Rosol is on FIRRRREEEEE. Shaky at the end but good job for controlling it.

Gilles, get yourself a good coach.
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:31 AM   #1026
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Well, that's it. Oh well, at least he won 2 matches. He could build from here. Baby step.
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Well, that's it. Oh well, at least he won 2 matches. He could build from here. Baby step.
That was Wimbledon-Rosol!!!! he was unplayable. Unfortunately (or luckily!) I couldn't see the last games of the match but i followed the livescore. You're right, baby steps and next stop is Madrid. Allez!!!
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I wasn't expecting this , but well, after 4 losses in a row we couldn't expect much. On to Madrid, let's hope the baby steps continue there. I hope he annlounces his coach in Rome or Nice.
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He seemed tight on the court today, he played bad tactically, he sends flat balls on Rosol's strike zone without (or rarely) changing the pace of the ball and had a poor first serve percentage (he played almost exactly the same way against Haas in Miami).
It's clearly not easy to counter Rosol's fast tennis but he can't play like that against a confident powerful player who has more time to hit the ball so on clay...
At his peak, i think he would have played slightly different tennis, serving better and moving more these players around the court to force errors but he was lacking confidence to do so today.
Otherwise, i think his coach will be someone from FFT like Olivier Delaitre or something like that

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Otherwise, i think his coach will be someone from FFT like Olivier Delaitre or something like that
Did u hear sth or it's just a random guess? Well, I don't know who that is, so it doesn't matter. I know he needs a coach desperately and now, but I'm glad he doesn't rush himself into one. Knowing Gilles, how stubborn he is, for him to find a coach that he'll listen is very important. We just have to endure 3-4 more weeks of this up-and-down, mostly down tennis. TBH, I thought he won't pass Niemenen, so to get to SF is quite exceeded my expectation (expectation understandably very low these days). Today's match was bad, but I think that has a lot to do with Rosol playing great. He was more flat than bad, I think, not that it was any better one way or the other. And I can't say I was surprised he lost.
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I guess I finally feel up to commenting on Gilles' loss today. Some days I can let it all out as i'm watching it on here, but other days, like today I just get so disgusted with his look of complete helplessness on the court that I just feel like throwing my hands up and saying the hell with it.

Anyway, It's harder to take losses like this when just the day before he was playing some of his best tennis since of the whole year so far since his Delpo match in Marseille. He's just so damn inconsistent and up and down that you never know what or who he's going to win or lose to. He can go out one day and destroy a quality dangerous ranked and respected player and then go out the next day and lose to a low ranked nobody traveling journeyman.

I really want to see Gilles get back to playing more consistently more than anything. If he had been playing like crap all tournament it would've been easier to deal with the loss today but since he was playing well yesterday, there's always a part of me that gets my hopes up thinking that he will carry that form over to the next day/match. I should know better by now so it's my fault more than anything.

Of course after all this I'm sure Rosal will go on and lose easily to Lopez tomorrow too just to make the loss by Gilles today sting that much more. Gilles really had a chance to win this tournament for a 4th time. I don't think Gilles is going to win a title at all this year now unfortunately. This was his best chance.

I think he really needs to take a couple months off when he gets his new coach and just designate that time to reconstructing his entire game from top to bottom. Serve, volleys, everything and then come back a new player ready to ascend back to the top 10 because where things stand right now it's just brutal for him and for us to have to endure it week in and week out.
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Of course after all this I'm sure Rosal will go on and lose easily to Lopez tomorrow
I hope so, I'm so cheering for GGL, I like him. He's Juanqui BFF before the term BFF exists, trained at Juanqui's academic in his early days, he's like JC's little brother in those days . Helps too that I think GGL is rather handsome .
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Old 04-27-2013, 08:05 PM   #1033
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Oh, and this is the itw before the Rosol match, on L'Equipe


Simon et le boucher

Sans briller, le Niçois est en demi-finales, où l’attend aujourd’hui le cogneur Lukas Rosol.

ON PEUT TOUT FAIRE à Gilles Simon à Bucarest : passer outre son peu d’appétence pour jouer à 11 heures du matin, lui proposer unmarathonien finlandais qu’il faut enterrer cinq fois pour qu’il craque enfin (Nieminen) ou un grand Allemand plutôt fan des séquences courtes (Brands)... Le Français survit ici à tous les pièges. Même celui, sûrement le plus compliqué, d’arriver en méforme dans la place. « J’étais si sûr de perdre en arrivant ici que ça m’a fait du bien de gagner face à Nieminen, expliquait-il hier. Dès le troisième point sur un long rallye que j’ai dû conclure par un coup droit miraculeux, je m’étais dit que, s’il fallait faire ça tout le temps, j’étais foutu… » Mais, à force de volonté, Simon avait prolongé de 2 h 40’ son improbable histoire d’amour avec ce tournoi qu’il a gagné trois fois. Et hier il a ajouté une seizième victoire d’affilée dans le berceau de Ion Tiriac en disposant de Daniel Brands en 1 h 18’ (6-1, 7-5). Comme quoi il peut même parfois faire (assez) court. Idéalement rentré dans le match par une succession de passings impitoyables, efficace au service après les conseils légués en début de semaine par Nicolas Mahut (6 aces), le Français a juste péché par excès de timidité au début du second set, le temps de se faire breaker. En reprenant le fil d’un match où il lui fallait coincer l’adversaire sur son revers (pour éviter les parpaings en coup droit), faire bouger la grande carcasse et densifier le rythme des échanges, l’affaire finit par se dénouer sans tension excessive. Du coup, le roi de Bucarest, arrivé sur la pointe des pieds, se pose désormais en favori potentiel. Car, après les forfait (Fognini), retrait (Monfils), ou défaite (Seppi) des supposés vassaux les plus dangereux pour l’invasion de son royaume, c’était au tour de Tipsarevic (face à Garcia Lopez) de tomber après un dernier jeu catastrophique à 5-4 au troisième set. Vrai-faux top 10, le Serbe n’a gagné que trois matches depuis l’Open d’Australie. « Ce n’est pas que je me sente en méforme, disait-il hier, c’est que je prends les mauvaises décisions au mauvais moment… » Tout l’inverse de l’adversaire de Simon en demi-finales, qui, selon les mauvaises langues, ne peut pas prendre de décision, puisqu’il ne réfléchit pas sur un court. Vous pensez à Lukas Rosol ? Tout juste. C’est lui qui tape et tape encore. « Un boucher » , résumait Simon. Depuis qu’il a éliminé Nadal à Wimbledon l’un de ses (rares) jours où tout rentrait, le Tchèque n’a aucune victoire réellement significative. Mais il est invaincu sur terre en 2013, puisqu’il a apporté deux points pour les Tchèques en Coupe Davis au Kazakhstan et qu’il a battu ici Muller, Seppi et Troicki pour se qualifier pour la première demi-finale de sa carrière sur le grand circuit. Après la défaite de son poulain, Jack Reader, l’entraîneur de Troicki, conseillait à Simon de slicer en revers croisé pour faire plier les jambes du drôle de phénomène. Mais ça, Simon ne sait pas faire. Même à Bucarest. – F. Ra.


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I guess some are upset at the loss today. I'm not taking it as hard, I can only see this week as one of the better week in the past 4 weeks, or maybe even in the past 2 months. I don't think just because this is Bucharest that he'll need to win the title. He actually played 2 good matches this week, more good matches than he has played in IM/Mia/DC/MC. I think it's good enough that Bucharest helped him to progress a little, bit by bit. Having lost 4 in a roll, it would've been hard for him to go to a tournament like Madrid to feel any confident at all to win, there's no easy match in ATP1000 (well, as we know now after seeing him losing to BA in MC), even worse now that he won't be seeded in Madrid and Rome unless a seed w/d. But here in Bucharest, a place he feels comfortable and more confident compared to any other places, he played and won against a very tough opponent, this at least stop his psyche from continuing in the wrong direction. I'm sure he's not gonna get too upset about his loss to Rosol, given how Rosol played today. Gilles always knows he's more vulnerable against big hitters like Rosol when they are on, and Rosol is on today. It's matches like this that he has not much say that bothers him the least. It probably bothers us fans more seeing such a lopsided match. This tournament is a positive for Gilles regardless of today's match, I think so anyway.

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Rosol won after all with a peremptory 6/3 6/2! It was his week
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Did u hear sth or it's just a random guess? Well, I don't know who that is, so it doesn't matter. I know he needs a coach desperately and now, but I'm glad he doesn't rush himself into one. Knowing Gilles, how stubborn he is, for him to find a coach that he'll listen is very important. We just have to endure 3-4 more weeks of this up-and-down, mostly down tennis. TBH, I thought he won't pass Niemenen, so to get to SF is quite exceeded my expectation (expectation understandably very low these days). Today's match was bad, but I think that has a lot to do with Rosol playing great. He was more flat than bad, I think, not that it was any better one way or the other. And I can't say I was surprised he lost.
It's just a random guess for Delaitre as his future coach but i really think his new coach will be someone from FFT.
Otherwise, i watched a french TV show about tennis on Canal+Sport and Guy Forget was invited to discuss about Davis Cup and the loss in Argentina.
He didn't say anything wrong in my opinion: for him, Gilles was too shy and played too defensive (i think more on important points) on the court against Berlocq and that he should have shown who is the patron because of the difference of ranking, as was the case when he saved match points lol...
So, he also said it's sad to see him play like that because he can play good tennis and that he had a good idea to research a coach to redefine his tactics on the court.

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