Originally Posted by MonfilsFanatic
He will. You're not objective enough as a fan to make reasonable predictions about Monfils, or most Frenchmen.
Your the one that is not objective always picking against Monfils. Monaco has no weapons whatsoever does he have wins over Nadal and Federer? Dont think so has he ever been in the Top 10 or made four GS QFs like Gael or been in 2 MS Finals. Idiot.[/QUOTE]
I'm on flyboy's side here. This is Monfils' first tournament back since Montpellier I think which was in the 1st week of February. He will be rusty for sure and Monaco isn't an easy guy to play, he's a bit of a poor man's Ferrer and will make Monfils work for every point especially if the surface is as slow as last year (although there are some rumours about it being faster you know).
Monfils could also lose to Gulbis if he beats Bubka first and has one of his days where he actually cares about winning.
And no, I'm certainly NOT a Monfils hater, I like him at least when he's playing offensively (like against Fed @Bercy in 2010 and Nadal @Doha this year) and doesn't clown around all the time. I'm just realistic, nothing more. You just can't take anything for granted when you play your first tournament after a 7 week or sth like that break.