Gilles Simon (beaten by Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-4 in the second round at ‘s-Hertogenbosch) “I came here with only one day of training. I was very lucky on Saturday in the first qualifying round where I faced an opponent who had just returned from a three-week holiday (Goncalo Oliveira). I managed to pass. Afterwards, the week was laborious. With the rain, we played a little, we trained a little, we hit a little, we resumed… Against Julian Lenz, it was not bad (second qualifying round). But this Thursday morning, for the resumption of the first round against Duckworth, it was really very bad. I was very tense, managing to wrap it up just hoping he missed. But it really freed me to win.
I went against Daniil thinking to myself: ”Come on, you still have the chance to play against opponents like him…’‘I started well, but unfortunately I took a hit of stress when it was not necessary, when he saved his set points on attacking forehands that he had never done before in the match. .. On the pitch, at first I’m cool, but then you obviously want to win. That’s not going away. On the second set, on the other hand, it is released, it is let go, it plays much better. There were a lot of good exchanges, a lot of big rallies, but unfortunately I was not opportunistic.
“I’m going to play the qualifiers for the Ilkley Challenger, because I forgot to register”
Now I’m going to play the Ilkley Challenger qualifiers, because I forgot to sign up. Registration was on Monday just before my first match at Roland-Garros (against Pablo Carreno-Busta) and I was very tense! Then it will be the qualifiers for Wimbledon. I wanted to play one last time on grass (before his retirement at the end of the year), I like. When it’s going well, I’m having fun, and I’ve had some playing time. It’s cool, it’s a good week! »