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April 15, 2012

Gilles Simon


G. SIMON/B. Balleret
6‑3, 6‑2

THE MODERATOR:テつ Questions for Gilles in French.

Q.テつ In the first set you had a point for a double break against you.テつ How can you explain that?
GILLES SIMON:テつ Well, I was ready to play here.テつ I had played a good match against Harrison in Davis Cup, although it was a dead rubber.テつ But in the beginning of that match, I made three unforced errors with my forehand.テつ That's why it was not a very good start.
But I really was eager to play.テつ I was feeling in good shape after my last matches here.テつ The conditions today were a lot tougher because it was cold and physically it took me some time before I could get started.
In the end, I believe this was a good match.

Q.テつ It was a better match than when you played him as a junior?
GILLES SIMON:テつ Yes.テつ We both have progressed since that time.テつ He has a solid game and he has a very good first serve, so I knew I would have to be careful.テつ Maybe I tried to do too much in the beginning.テつ After that, I was playing better.
As I said, it was cold and it took me some time before I could find my rhythm.

Q.テつ What did you do after Davis Cup here?
GILLES SIMON:テつ I spent three days in Nice and then I came over here to practice.テつ I really felt I was ready, although yesterday we couldn't play because of the rain.

Q.テつ Was Davis Cup a good preparation for this tournament in spite of the disappointment?
GILLES SIMON:テつ Well, after Davis Cup I usually play well.テつ It helps me.テつ Like I played well in Stuttgart after Hamburg.テつ I also won the tournament in Metz after playing Davis Cup in Lyon.テつ It's because when we play Davis Cup, we have a full 10 days of practice.テつ It's always a good thing to start the clay court season because we're always struggling to be ready on time.

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