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September 5, 2010

Gilles Simon


R. NADAL/G. Simon
6-4, 6-4, 6-2

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Nadal said on the court you had a baby.

Q. Two days ago?
GILLES SIMON: Yeah. That's why I'm going to be short. (Laughter.)

Q. Boy or girl?

Q. Name?
GILLES SIMON: Timothy. Like Timothy in English.

Q. When is your flight home, and how eager are you to get home?
GILLES SIMON: As soon as possible. I don't know yet. But I had a great match to play this afternoon. I knew that if I lose, I will be home right after.
So my coach is doing the booking. (Smiling.)

Q. Were you distracted at all by these thoughts on the court?
GILLES SIMON: A little bit. It's hard to focus for me the last three days.
But I think I was playing good. The two first sets were nice. I had some problem with my return today. I missed a lot of return.
And then the third set, I have to say that I was already in the plane. (Laughter.)

Q. Did Rafa say something to you at the net? I saw he gave a thumbs up.
GILLES SIMON: He knows I'm impatient to see my baby. He knows that I'm not really sad today, even if I lost.

Q. When did you first hear from your wife that she had the baby and what was your reaction?
GILLES SIMON: Two days ago.

Q. Thursday morning?
GILLES SIMON: No. The night it was okay. When I woke up the morning, she told me, Baby is coming. So it was strange feeling. I mean, I was alone in my room. I definitely didn't want to be there, but I couldn't do anything.
I expecting him to arrive four weeks later, so it's just bad luck.

Q. First baby?

Q. You were in Manhattan in your hotel?

Q. Were you planning to not play anything after the Open?

Q. So you thought it was all going to work great?
GILLES SIMON: I was hoping to have more time, but...

Q. This is your first baby?
GILLES SIMON: Yeah. Already asked.

Q. It seems like the French are doing really well this year. Overall I think there are six or seven players in the round of 32. I guess this means bigger, better things to come for the following year. Would you agree with that?
GILLES SIMON: Well, we did better than the last year. I don't know why we had, you know, bad results here the years before, 'cause we likes when -- we like to play when it's fast. I mean, this is the fastest hard court.
Maybe we are tired at the end of the season. I don't know. But I think there is no reason. I don't think that it's an exception this year. I think it should be like this every year.

Q. Did you ever change a diaper?
GILLES SIMON: Yeah. Was my cousins, because I'm the older one.

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