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Old 02-20-2007, 07:26 AM   #226
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Oh thanks for the pics. Also Mr Thierry in them

Flo lost yday (again !!!) to Novak Djokovic in the 1st round of Rotterdam.
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Marco, Younès and Florent in Dubaï "enjoying an Arabian night"

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So cute.
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So cute.
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btw Sandra, is that Gael Garcia Bernal in your avatar? i love him
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His autoportrait on Tennis Zoom:
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La Serre.

Ton plus grand rêve de tennis
Gagner Roland Garros et la coupe Davis.

Ton plus grand souvenir de tennis
Ma victoire à Bucarest.

Si tu n’avais pas été joueur
Journaliste sportif ou kiné.

Ce que tu préfères dans ta carrière de joueur (voyages…)
Découvrir d'autres pays.

Ce que tu détestes
L'attente dans les aéroports, le décalage horaire.

Ta plus grande qualité
Il y en a beaucoup (rires) ! L'humilité.

La qualité que tu admires chez les autres
La franchise.

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J'en ai beaucoup aussi !

Le défaut que tu détestes chez les autres
L'hypocrisie.

Ton meilleur coup tennistique
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Le chope de revers.

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Le magret de canard.

Ta boisson préférée
Le vin rouge, c'est la base !

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Louis de Funès.

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Bordeaux.

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thanks Truc...it's interesting to read stuff like that about players!
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Old 03-22-2007, 03:45 PM   #232
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Florent won his 1st round at Miami against Chris Guccione 6-7 (6) 7-6 (8) 6-4 (saving 2 match points in the 2nd set TB) to set up a rematch against James Blake, who beat him at the same stage at Indian Wells. Good luck Flo!
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so unfair he has to play Blake in the 2nd round again well, if Ju could beat him, maybe Flo can too!
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Flo won 7-6 2-6 6-3
I really didn't expect him to defeat Blake again. Well done!
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Blake is going to hate the Frenchies right now!

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He won another 10-8 tiebreak! Nice fighting spirit
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woohoo!! he did it
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Florent Serra

KEY BISCAYNE, FLORIDA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Do you remember your last win over a Top 10 player?
FLORENT SERRA: Oh, it was a long time ago. No, against a Top 10 player? No, I don't remember. I think it was Monte-Carlo. I beat last year Robredo, Blake on clay court in Monaco, and Berdych, but everything was in May. I beat Robredo on grass court, and that's all.

Q. Did you change your game after the last time you played James?
FLORENT SERRA: I don't think I changed on my game, but I tried to be concentrate, focus on my first serve. It was a good percentage. Last week in Indian Wells it was not so good, and it was a tough match, also.
But I think that I played very good today. My return is better, also, and when I have a good return I can concentrate on my game on the baseline and try to sit stronger on the ball.
I try to go to the net more, to the backhand of James, and I think it's a good match for me. Also mistakes and it's better, of course.

Q. Was it difficult to finish? Here you've got a matchpoint, he serves an ace, then you have to sit down for ten minutes.
FLORENT SERRA: Yeah, for three minutes -- I don't know what's happened with his wrist, but maybe cramp. Yeah, it was on his serve, you know, matchpoint, and the opening serve is not easy. Ace in the T, so...
On my serve I was tight, but he give me two forehand, and everything okay.

Q. You mentioned James' backhand. Did you sense he was struggling a little bit hitting aggressive shots with it?
FLORENT SERRA: On his backhand you mean?

Q. Yes.
FLORENT SERRA: Yeah, because his forehand is very strong. When he turns around his backhand and hit strong in the ball it's very difficult for me. I have to be very down on my legs and to be quick.
But I try to put some spin to play high on his backhand, and he gave me some balls short and then tried to go to the net.
On my serve I tried to serve, also, and keep his backhand, and I think it helped me a little bit.

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And in L'Équipe today:
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Le Girondin a dégommé hier James Blake à la régulière et a mis fin à des semaines de disette.

ROULEMENTS DE TAMBOUR… On ouvre la petite porte de la grande salle d’interviews et là, subito, Florent Serra ralentit et se pose des questions. « Attendez, il va y avoir qui, là-dedans ? Il y a du monde ? Ah ouais, ça veut dire que je vais devoir aussi parler anglais. » Et comment, mon cher ! Hier, c’était votre quart d’heure de célébrité comme l’avait un jour décrit Andy Warhol. Tout le monde voulait un mot de vous, un son, et même une poignée de main. C’est ainsi que Serra secoua la pogne de quelques pontes de la presse spécialisée américaine, dont Bud Collins, l’homme aux pantalons aux couleurs qui font mal aux yeux, en tête. Il s’en sortit fort bien dans la langue de Sampras et la presse locale lui trouva une « bonne tête ». Auparavant, elle lui avait trouvé un très joli bras et de très bonnes jambes. Non mais, il n’aurait plus manqué que ça ! Le gars Serra venait tout de même de causer hier la première grosse secousse dans le tableau, éjectant proprement James Blake, numéro 8 mondial (7-6, 2-6, 6-3 en deux heures pile). Ça a fait du barouf ici. D’abord, parce que Blake est américain et que sa bobine trône sur pas mal d’affiches dans toute la ville. Ensuite, parce qu’à Indian Wells, voilà quinze jours, c’était déjà un de ces garnements de Frenchies, Julien Benneteau, qui avait poussé le chouchou dans le fossé dès le troisième tour. Dans le rôle du « faire-valoir », Blake se pose là, en ce moment. Ces dernières semaines, l’Américain peine à retrouver le niveau qui l’avait hissé en finale du dernier Masters et la mention de cette coïncidence (Benneteau-Serra) ne lui arracha hier qu’un vague rictus, mi-poli mi-fulminant. Mais il ne traîna pas des pieds pour reconnaître que « Serra méritait de gagner » et qu’il l’avait trouvé « très solide nerveusement dans chacun des moments clés du match ». Adressée à Serra, la remarque n’est pas anodine.
Les petits papiers
Depuis toujours, le Girondin, vingt six ans et 64e mondial, mène un combat intérieur contre des nerfs qui parfois le mettent en boule et en péril. Sa façon de ne pas nier cette plaie et, surtout, de gagner mois après mois du terrain sur cette fragilité donne une idée de l’esprit du garçon. Dur au mal et vrai gentil, Serra avait déjà prouvé sa tendance « je-ne-lâche-jamais » au premier tour en se tirant indemne du tir aux pigeons mené par le géant australien Chris Guccione. Il avait reçu un paquet d’aces et de services de mammouth, n’avait pas bronché et avait sauvé deux balles de match et sa peau. Exemplaire. Hier, il rivalisa à la frappe, les yeux dans les yeux, avec la sulfateuse Blake. Ce n’est déjà pas mince. Mais, surtout, il fut impeccable au service (73 % de premières balles) et très habile dans son plan. « J’avais perdu contre lui à Indian Wells ce mois-ci (6-3, 7-6) pour ne pas avoir assez bien servi ni bien retourné. Là, en plus, je l’ai énormément gêné en jouant bombé sur son revers. » Avec juste ce qu’il faut d’agressivité, de la vitesse à revendre, et hop ! le tour était joué. Enfin… Il y eut quand même un passage délicat au deuxième set. « Je m’en veux parce que j’attaque trop cool cette manche. J’ai gagné le tie-break, O.K., mais je ne dois pas me ramollir pour autant. Parce que là, ça chiffre vite. Faut que je fasse attention. » Il y eut enfin ce finish bizarre : Blake qui effaça une balle de match sur un ace, se fit mal au poignet droit (« une crampe », dira l’Américain) sur ce coup et réclama le kiné pour dix minutes. On en a connu qui auraient cogité face à ce contretemps à l’instant crucial. On en connaît qui auraient pu sentir la moutarde monter à leurs naseaux. Pas Serra, pas hier. « Non, là, il ne s’est rien passé dans ma tête, assura-t-il. Je n’ai pas pensé à une quelconque embrouille de sa part, j’étais serein, je crois. » Il faut croire, oui.
Le héros du jour, qui affrontera au prochain tour le vainqueur du match Safin-Lopez, voulait surtout voir dans sa belle histoire floridienne (balles de match écartées, Blake épinglé…) la preuve qu’une roue finit toujours par tourner. Car, jusque-là, la saison de Serra n’avait pas encore décollé. Il n’avait plus dépassé le mur du deuxième tour depuis le tournoi de Metz, en octobre dernier, et il était temps que ça cesse. « Cette année, j’avais eu des balles de set contre Baghdatis (Zagreb) ou Djokovic (Rotterdam) mais ça coinçait. L’an passé, j’avais battu des top 10 (Blake, déjà, et Robredo), on me disait d’être patient, que ça reviendrait. Mais bon… c’est dur. » Pour ne pas se laisser entraîner vers le fond, Serra a donc consulté ses fameuses petites fiches mémo qu’il tient avec son coach, Rodolphe Gilbert, depuis quelques mois. Dessus, il note des bonnes choses à refaire, des mauvaises à éviter. « C’est tout simple, des phrases clés quim’aident à me recadrer. Je les lis parfois pendant les matches mais pas aujourd’hui (hier). » Sur son pense-bête, il pourra ajouter que, oui, les roues tournent.
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