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Q. Even though you lost, you got to take some positive out of that to push a player of that quality, especially after injuries and so on you've had over the last couple years.

GILES SIMON: Well, of course it's good to play this kind of match. At the Australian Open it's almost better. The problem is I lost second round, and tomorrow you will forget it and I will have to work for the next tournament. It will be different.

I'm just sad that I had to play Roger this soon in the tournament. I was feeling good. I was hoping to play a very good tournament, but the draw was tough. Even with a very good match from me, it was not enough.

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What does Simon want? He isn't one of the big 5, but wants Roger later in the draw? He's lucky to get the matchup in the first place.

Totally agree that he was lucky to get the match. Everyone who watched was as well.  He won Sydney and was playing really good tennis over the stretch of a few weeks and used to be 6 in the world.  So the obvious answer is he wanted to play more tennis at this tournament. But he's also one of my favorite players and so I kind of wanted to watch.


Getting back to this...the 5 on the list of course is an amazing player.  It has been said many times but his aversion to aggression is a weak point in his game.  Wozniaki is in the same general group.  I think the counter punching baseline style will win against people below or at your level...or maybe a bit above with luck. If this is your game great get better at, it's a good style that creates lots of options, but at some point you need to use them - the counter puncher needs to know when to punch. Simon knows when...well I guess sometimes he does.
I guess he just wants a little more career prize money for entering the later rounds ? ;-)) Talented guy. Has a nice future.


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