Alexis Lebrun, after qualifying for the doubles final in Ljubljana, with Simon Gauzy: “We have a great time at the table”

Alexis Lebrun, after qualifying for the doubles final in Ljubljana, with Simon Gauzy: “We have a great time at the table”
Alexis Lebrun, after qualifying for the doubles final in Ljubljana, with Simon Gauzy: “We have a great time at the table”

Two finals in two tournaments is unusual…
Alexis Lebrun:
“It was already pretty crazy last week (victory in Zagreb) ! Even though we had trained for two weeks together, we remain a fairly new pair, we thought we would come to these two tournaments to gain experience and see what it gives and to have new avenues of work in view of the Games. It’s more than encouraging… We’re enjoying ourselves at the table, it’s great.

You once again dismiss (in the quarter-finals) the Japanese Togami-Shinozuka, seeded n°1, and in three sets (3-2 in Zagreb). Do you have the keys to beat them, or were they a little weaker this Friday?
Simon Gauzy:
I think they played a little worse. The last time there was incredible intensity, I was a little tense. I hope it will continue like this but the way we play is quite natural, we begin to understand each other’s intentions, we give each other advice and at the same time, we allow ourselves freedom, so as not to lock ourselves into a straightjacket.

Alexis, we felt a certain fatigue during your match against Tomokazu Harimoto (eliminated in the round of 16), how did you manage to re-mobilize for the two doubles matches? Did Simon carry you?
AL:
It’s my fourth week in a row in competition, it’s starting to get a little long, but what’s good about playing with Simon is that there’s a lot of good humor. Even if we are super focused, we also have fun during the matches and that gives me energy, the desire to do well. It’s that balance between focus and enjoyment.

SG: Yesterday (THURSDAY) I was catastrophic, less good in terms of motivation, Alex helped me a lot, and today (Friday) I think I had two very good matches. Despite losing to Harimoto, I think he’s proud of his last three weeks. And even if we lose in the final, we will have had a more than encouraging two weeks.

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