QATAR CLASSIC 2015 - 4 Nov. - Quarters

QATAR CLASSIC 2015 - 4 Nov. - Quarters

Published on Friday, November 6, 2015

QATAR CLASSIC 2015 - 4 Nov. - Quarters

4 Nov. - Quarters

Grégory Gaultier bt Karim Abdel Gawad

 7/11, 6/11, 11/4, 11/7, 11/6 (63m)

 


Well, tonight Karim really surprised me, I was a bit flat to begin with, I didn’t expect to go 2/0 down against him, I had always had 3/0 wins against him, I managed to control him rather well, apart from the first time we played, I think it was 3/1 [it was actually in the 2010 Qatar Classic]. Today, he really played out of his skin, I just couldn’t read his game at all, and he was taking the ball very early.
 
 At 2/0, Camille came and spoke to me with the right words, she told me “Pride”. And something just clicked in my head. It sort of woke me up and I pushed myself, started to be patient again, and worked, and worked and worked, to tire him and force him to keep in the rallies. Of course, it was burning inside, but I thought, if it’s burning for me, it’s burning for him too! So I just had to stay strong and patient. 
 
 Once I took the 3rd, I was more confident, I started to take the lead and forced him to pick up one more shot…
 
 Tomorrow, I’m playing another Egyptian, I’ll have to be alert from the word go. What I need is a good night sleep, I just couldn’t sleep at all last night, I was the last one on court, so by the time to go back to the hotel, you eat too fast, and you pass your bedtime. 
 
 I took some Melatonine to sleep, normally it’s fine, if you manage to sleep. But if you don’t, it makes you very flat. And that’s what happened to me. But tomorrow, a good night sleep, and I’ll be perfectly fine…
 
 There are days like this, you’ve got to deal with it, and I’m happy with the fighting spirit I found in myself today.

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