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Old 04-30-2007, 01:35 PM   #181
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He's played in small tournaments with fields like this one in the past 5 years and didn't win
This time he lived up to his potential, so it is a good acomplishment that should not be taken for granted. And a title is a title!

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The important thing was how well he played this week. And let's not forget how Acasuso owned him in their previous 5 meetings, and Montanes isn't exactly a bad claycourter either...So some positive signs from him.
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Just don't get your hopes up too high
Don't worry. I'm back on earth to be a depressing Paulo fan now
My only hope is that we don't have to wait 4 and a half years for another title

Ahhh. Do we have to?
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He's played in small tournaments with fields like this one in the past 5 years and didn't win
This time he lived up to his potential, so it is a good acomplishment that should not be taken for granted. And a title is a title!

The important thing was how well he played this week. And let's not forget how Acasuso owned him in their previous 5 meetings, and Montanes isn't exactly a bad claycourter either...So some positive signs from him.
Have I told you that I envy you so much?
It's so wonderful that at least one of us got to witness "the" moment!
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Have I told you that I envy you so much?
It's so wonderful that at least one of us got to witness "the" moment!
When he wins RG we'll both be able to see it
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I'm very excited about the French Open.....that was the first time (last year) that I saw Paulo on TV and when I became his fan (his match against Nadal) I've only been following tennis since last years Aussie Open, so I'm enjoying my second year of being a tennis fan...it's so much more fun now that I'm more familiar with everything. On the Tennis Channel they are doing a lot of advertising for the French Open since they will be having most of the live TV coverage this year. They have these little commercials where some of the players (and others) are talking about different things that have to do with Roland Garros/The French Open. Paulo has a few words in one of them...he talks about how long the matches can be. All of that gets me even more excited about the French Open.....it's only about a month away
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Article on Tennis Mag from phmathieu.skyblog.com >>


Voici un article paru dans le dernier Tennis Magazine (n°375). Gérard Valentin, ancien entraîneur de Paul-Henri se livre :

Il avait 11 ans quand il est arrivé au Pôle France de Reims. Il avait une année d'avance et une réputation de jeune joueur très doué. Pendant trois ans, avec d'autres, j'ai tenté d'alimenter son rêve qu'il m'avait un jour écrit sur un bout de papier : « je veux être numéro 1 mondial ». En se couchant tous les soirs, Paulo pensait à des champions comme Pete Sampras et Boris Becker à qui il comptait bien succéder sur le central de Roland Garros.
Il était discret, secret, avec un « système de pensée germanique » fait de « je dois » et de « il faut que ». Il avait une vraie rigueur et je n'ai d'ailleurs jamais dû l'engueuler une seule fois (sourire). Il « encaissait ». Un jour, il a été renversé par une voiture. J'ai eu très peur. Lui a dû pleurnicher quelques minutes, c'est tout. Il ne balançait jamais la moindre raquette, il était courtois avec les arbitres, un petit garçon très bien élevé. Son sac était toujours prêt. Il cordait ses raquettes lui-même. Un vrai professionnel, déjà.
Il avait sinon une grande estime de lui, ce qui est une qualité quand on veut devenir champion, mais cet « orgueil » pouvait parfois lui jouer des tours. Je me souviens d'un championnat d'Europe minimes où il avait perdu contre le Bulgare Enev en demi-finales. Il aurait dû affronter Tommy Robredo en finale. Robredo, son grand rival. Et je crois que comme il ne se sentait pas à son meilleur, il n'a pas « voulu » affronter Robredo, l' « ennemi juré ». Il ne s'est pas « couché » mais il s'est incliné contre Enev. J'ai été très maladroit parce que j'ai dû lui dire qu'il s'était déballonné à cette occasion.
C'était un leader dans le sens où il était le meilleur dans sa catégorie d'âge et qu'il bénéficiait de notre « protection rapprochée ». Avec lui, nous avons travaillé deux coups en particulier : son revers, avec qui nous avons eu des résultats puisque c'est devenu une vraie arme dans son jeu, et sa deuxième balle de service qui me laisse beaucoup de regret(sourire). On a beaucoup insisté sur les « premières deuxièmes », sans doute trop dans le sens où on ne lui a pas inculqué l'apprentissage de la première balle qu'on lâche. Il s'est donc réfugié dans cette tendance de la « première deuxième » qui lui a coûté si cher dans son match contre Youzhny à l'occasion de la finale de Coupe Davis France-Russie en 2002. Et qui continue de lui jouer des tours. Il sait lâcher des grosses premières, mais sur les points importants, il optera souvent pour une « première deuxième » plus sécurisante. J'estime avoir une part de responsabilité à ce niveau. Ce match contre Youzhny, je l'ai perdu aussi (sourire). Oui, ce service, on l'a énormément travaillé, avec les cibles disposées sur le court, comme le montre la photo. Et puis Youzhny, c'était un gars de 1982, comme lui. Quand il a gagné les Petits As, Paulo était vraiment le n°1 mondial de ces 1982 parmi lesquels on retrouvait aussi Andy Roddick , Guillermo Coria, Tommy Robredo. Alors être battu par l'un de ceux-là, c'était évidemment plus dur à supporter. Et je ne parle pas du choc qu'a représenté pour lui l'arrivée de Richard Gasquet. Je me souviendrai toute ma vie de la couverture de Tennis Magazine où l'on voyait le tout jeune Richard Gasquet avec cette accroche : « Richard G. 9 ans, les champion que la France attend ? ». Il en a été marqué, marqué, c'était terrible personnellement. Parce que pour lui, l'espoir que tout le tennis français attendait, c'était lui...
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Very very interesting article. Especially the last part.
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From l'équipe after his match against Hernych:

» Quant à Mathieu, il a réussi une perf inhabituelle pour lui : gagner en évoluant loin de son niveau optimal. Tracassé par une douleur à la hanche droite, irrité par les conditions de jeu (courts « grotesques » et innombrables interruptions dues à la pluie), il s’en est sorti grâce à la confiance glanée àCasablanca et à Estoril. « Je ressens surtout une fatigue morale, précise-t-il.Depuis Las Vegas (début mars), je n’ai pas arrêté. Ce ne sont pas les matches qui usent, c’est leur enchaînement. Mais comme j’avais les boules d’avoir raté Monte-Carlo et Rome, je suis heureux de pouvoir me rattraper à Hambourg.»
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Status: On Sunday, the eighth-seeded Mathieu won his third ATP title — his first tournament title in nearly five years — with a 6-1, 6-1, triumph over Spain's Albert Montanes in the Casablanca final. Mathieu captured his first two titles in successive weeks in October of 2002, defeating Sjeng Schalken to win Moscow before beating Gustavo Kuerten to win Lyon. Prior to yesterday's win, Mathieu's last final was in the 2003 Palermo event where he fell to Nicolas Massu. He owns career victories over Pete Sampras, Andy Roddick, Marat Safin,Jiri Novak, Carlos Moya, Tommy Robredo and Kuerten.

Height/Weight: 6-foot-1, 163 pounds.

Born: January 12, 1982 in Strasbourg, France.

Childhood Hero: "Boris Becker."

Nickname: "Paulo."

Hobbies/Interests: "I like to watch DVDs. I used to play golf a little bit. And sleeping [laughs]."

Favorite Movie: "Gladiator."

Musical Tastes: "Coldplay."

First Job: "Tennis, man."

First Car: "Audi. (Color?) Gray."

Early Tennis Memory: "I was sleeping with my racquet when I was young [laughs]."

Favorite Meal: "Pancakes, chocolate."

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: "Mint."

Pre-Match Feeling: "Little bit of stress. But I like the pressure when I step on the court."

Greatest Sports Moment: "I think when I beat Pete Sampras (in three sets in 2002 on Long Island — Mathieu was the last player to defeat the 14-time Grand Slam winner in his ATP career)."

Most Painful Moment: "Davis Cup final (2002 in Paris — lost fifth and deciding rubber in five sets to Russia's Mikhail Youzhny after building a two-set lead)."

Favorite Tournament: "French Open."

Closest Tennis Friends: "Different guys — [Richard] Gasquet, [Arnaud] DiPasquale and [Arnaud] Clement, all different guys."

Funniest Players Encountered: "I don't know. Funniest player...I don't know [laughs]."

Toughest Competitors: "Nadal. I think he puts a lot of pressure on you and he's running everywhere."

Favorite Vacation Spot: "Mauritius."

Funny Tennis Memory: "I laugh all the time on the court. We try to laugh because we enjoy it."

Embarrassing Tennis Moment: "When you play a match and you feel really bad physically. And you know you're not going to win the match. It's tough when you're on the court."

People Quality Most Admired: "Generous."

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"I was sleeping with my racquet when I was young [laughs]."
I've never been this jealous of a racquet in my entire life!!
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Poor Paulo.. I hope he will feel better soon... Really I think he has to cut ŕ little while with tennis.. Maybe going to holidays.. I didn't know how he felt !
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"I was sleeping with my racquet when I was young [laughs]."
I've never been this jealous of a racquet in my entire life!!
Good one Ome , but I must admit I feel the same way
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Funny Tennis Memory: "I laugh all the time on the court. We try to laugh because we enjoy it."

I don't get that part, is he joking or does he really mean it?

(And I don't agree with what he says about the courts in Hamburg, I confirm he was angry ^^, but the conditions were not "grotesque". He played most of the time on the Center Court with the roof, even in training, he also was the first one to finish his match on Saturday, while Massu for example had to wait for hours to play... He can't complain imo.)

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I don't get that part, is he joking or does he really mean it?

(And I don't agree with what he says about the courts in Hamburg, I confirm he was angry ^^, but the conditions were not "grotesque". He played most of the time on the Center Court with the roof, even in training, he also was the first one to finish his match on Saturday, while Massu for example had to wait for hours to play... He can't complain imo.)
That was a very tough question for him actually I think the Casablanca King wanted to say tennis was NOT fun at all!!! But that would sound too bitter so his I-laugh-all-the-time answer was made up

I don't know about the condition and how it affects players. But they have to make the adjustment, that's kind of their job But Paulo can complain... he is a drama king --- just like his fans
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From l'équipe:

Mathieu, la hanche en vrac

PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU est meurtri, frustré et furax. À dix jours du début des Internationaux de France, il doit entamer un compte à rebours qu’il sait ne pas pouvoir mener à terme. Autant que la défaite subie contre Fernando Gonzalez (7-5, 6-4), qu’il avait pourtant facilement cueilli à Estoril (6-2,6-4), c’est le handicap physique qu’il traîne depuis plusieurs semaines qui lui obscurcit la vie. « Une ou deux victoires ici et j’étais tête de série à “Roland”, regrette-t-il. Mais c’est surtout cette foutue hanche qui me fait ch…Aujourd’hui (hier), impossible pour moi de courir normalement : dès qu’il y avait contre-pied, amortie ou bout de course, je ne pouvais pas y aller. Voilà, je suis à 70 %… et je ne passe pas loin de la victoire. Quand je fais le bilan, je réalise que je suis passé à côté des trois Masters Series sur terre :Monte-Carlo à cause d’une gastro; Rome parce que j’étais en demies d’Estoril ; et ici à cause de la hanche. Ça fait cher payé… » Victime d’une inflammation à la hanche droite, PHM pense que son salut passe par quinze jours de repos. Or, Roland-Garros débute le 27 mai… « Je n’ai pas le choix, je suis obligé de prendre quelques jours de repos. »

Inquiétant pour Roland-Garros ?
Oui. Même en prenant le maximum de repos, Mathieu ne sera pas à cent pour cent physiquement à Paris.

Not very encouraging...
Please, be at least 99% for Nadal in R1 of RG, Paulo
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I so sad for him.... 70%....
Today he went to the Lenglen to have a little train with Golovin.. I hope he will be fine with some rest.. Paulo please take care on you !!!
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