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Why does Monfils play like Conchita Martinez

Why doesnt Champion tell him to attack more. He will never make it with this gameplan

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Re: Why does Monfils play like Conchita Martinez

he's putting the even more boring Ljubishit to sleep

as long as he wins thats all that matters
but its horrible to watch
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You are insulting Conchita
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Why doesnt Champion tell him to attack more. He will never make it with this gameplan
I guess attacking tennis doesn't really suit him at the moment. I heard he was actually far more defensive before his coach told him to come to the net at least one time in a game, in a challenger event before RG (I might be wrong here).

That said, although he indeed has a pretty scrappy game he's winning his matches right now so don't expect him to change anything just yet.
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He seems like a modern day Brad Gilbert without the good volleys/net play.

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Monfils with his talent, big serve, big forehand and incredible athletic ability can be a top ten player if his tactics and court positioning were a little less :retard: :retard:

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According to the interview I read in L'Equipe (today's edition) with his coach, he does encourage him to play a more attacking game but Monfils is the one who needs to believe in it and execute it.

Thierry Champion says that Monfils often gets that criticism but he adds that on critical moments, he does take the initiative and play aggressive. "That's the reflex of somebody who can read the game well".

Apparently, recently they worked on his game style.
Gaël said that he wants to play like Blake, within the court and hardhitting.

His coach doesn't think that it's a bad idea as such but he can't play just like Blake by always moving forward and hitting hard. He needs to move back a bit and then move forward with the ball.
Champion says that people need to give Monfils time.)

(at one point, the interviewer says to Thierry Monfils: "La stratégie n'a jamais été la tasse de thé de Monfils"
--->loose translation: Strategie has never been his cup of tea.)
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Monfils is all genetic talent. He lacks proper technique, conditioning, game planning, and foot work. He's mentally tough, he's a great competitor, and a heck of an athlete but he does not have what it takes to become an elite player. He simply isn't committed enough.

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This is beyond ridiculous. Most French players have grace and flair. I’m not too sure just exactly what it is that Monfils has, aside from the muscles which he hardly uses anyway. He is wasting away playing like this.

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If Monfils could corral 10,000 French fans and pay for them to travel around the world to his tournaments, he'd be a champion, albeit one with no money

He always brings them into the matches at the French and it's no surprise that this where he always does his best, even when having a shit year.
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How funny would it be if Gael manages to appear in the SF this year.

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Conchita never did 360 spins after playing a bad dropshot.

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How funny would it be if Gael manages to appear in the SF this year.
He is serving for the match against Lubo. I can't figure out he made it this far - had to have just put all his opponents to sleep and then pops in a big serve once in a while. I think I play more aggressive than he does (except for the serve) and that's not saying much...

EDIT -He just Won - he's in the quarters - WTF
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This is beyond ridiculous. Most French players have grace and flair. I’m not too sure just exactly what it is that Monfils has, aside from the muscles which he hardly uses anyway. He is wasting away playing like this.
Better he win doing his best than being a mug like Gasquet who has all the talent in the world but doesn't know what to do with it.

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