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Monfils def Gicquel 6-4 6-1

Am I the only one to notice Monfils? He is totally overlooked on this site. IMO he will be a force in the top ten pretty soon. Incidentally,aside from the tennis, the match vs Gicquel was very interesting in another sense. The initials of both players were reversed, thus, Gael Monfils (GM) bt Marc Gicquel (MG). I wonder, if other matches had this coincidence.

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Re: Monfils def Gicquel 6-4 6-1

There's been made notice of Gael on this site, but, like his results, it has faded a bit during the year. But check the threads made about him this time last year...



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Am I the only one to notice Monfils? He is totally overlooked on this site. IMO he will be a force in the top ten pretty soon. Incidentally,aside from the tennis, the match vs Gicquel was very interesting in another sense. The initials of both players were reversed, thus, Gael Monfils (GM) bt Marc Gicquel (MG). I wonder, if other matches had this coincidence.

I will have any money in the world he will not be top ten. He is decent, but nothing more. No dis respect to Monfils, but he is lacking for me anyway that extra bit of class like a Gasquet or Nadal, he will probably be a player around 15-25.
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My apologies let me re phrase that, Monfils might one day in his career make the top ten, for a week maybe a month maybe a few months, but i honestly beleive he will not be a reqular top ten player, like a Hewitt-Roddick-Agassi or Safin, he is just lacking that extra ingredient, for me anyway.
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Mark my words: Gael Monfils will be Top 30 soon. That's all I can predict. But I'm very confident about his future. For about a year people in this forum or in French forum were saying: "Well he's not bad, maybe he can make Top 50" .. Since he is in the Top 50, people have changed their opinion and said: "Not bad he can be Top 30 one day" .. And now they say: "Yes he can be Top 10 for a few weeks".. Soon they will say "Not bad, he can be number 1 for a few months maybe"
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Mark my words: Gael Monfils will be Top 30 soon. That's all I can predict. But I'm very confident about his future. For about a year people in this forum or in French forum were saying: "Well he's not bad, maybe he can make Top 50" .. Since he is in the Top 50, people have changed their opinion and said: "Not bad he can be Top 30 one day" .. And now they say: "Yes he can be Top 10 for a few weeks".. Soon they will say "Not bad, he can be number 1 for a few months maybe"
I doubt that very much, He is all power, not much tactically for me, i have watched him dozens of times, he is obviously a good tennis player, but he will not be one the best in the game, i know he is only young but for me there is a few guys around the same age who for me will go further, and then theres the old guard your Hewitts-Safins-Roddick-Nlabandian etc etc.
I honestly feel his niche will be around 20 in the world.
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Re: Monfils def Gicquel 6-4 6-1

I totally disagree with you,skel1983. I think he is improving constantly. If you saw his match with Gicquel today, you could see he was using his tactical brain. He was a break down in the first set and came back. I think he will give Gasquet a hard time for the position of French number one. No one can predict the future, and who would have this year thought that Nadal will be such a force in tennis.

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He might peak in the top 10 as Ljubo will...but he won't be consistent. He is top 20/30 IMO
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he plays like a coward. i mean it not bad. but why 3 meter behind the baseline against gaudio indoors??? he has such big power. i wanna see him bomb everyone off the court!!

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I'd like to see Gael work on his game a bit more and become a much more athletic version of Marat Safin, honestly, if he had the strategy coupled with the power he has right now he'd be a force to be reckoned with ... I can picture him in the Top 5 ... it's all hope right now though ... sadly ...

Keep playing Gael, just keep playing. That's all you can really do. Success will come eventually, it's pathetic that there are so many people on this site that are completely down on him. I don't know if it's because of his race or what the problem seems to be.

Gasquet isn't superior to Monfils, actually, Monfils has progressed at a much faster pace than Gasquet ever did ... remember .. Richard has been on Tour for quite some time now ... who can really consider him a newcomer ? He has a beautiful game though, but remember, Roddick isn't that much of a player either, with low-level athleticism and look where it's landed him. Wake up ...
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roddick is sooooo good. and gasquet is soooo talented. monfils is a hard hitter. he can be a sort ivan in the future...

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I think Gael would benefit a lot from better coaching. He may be all power now but he can add some variety to his game. He moves well already but he needs more stamina and precision, not to mention stategy. I think he has a lot of potential considering this is only his first complete year on the men's tour.

From his arrival as a pro he has had some good wins over established players. He is young and young in his pro career. I really think he needs a better coach and I hope he realizes sooner than later. He has done well so far and I am very proud of him but he needs to develop his game if he wants to contend with the real top players in the game.
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Re: Monfils def Gicquel 6-4 6-1

Gael is only 19, for heaven's sake! Not everyone is Nadal, look how long it took Federer to develop. IMO at his age he plays better than Roddick did at that age.

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I think Gael would benefit a lot from better coaching. He may be all power now but he can add some variety to his game. He moves well already but he needs more stamina and precision, not to mention stategy. I think he has a lot of potential considering this is only his first complete year on the men's tour.

From his arrival as a pro he has had some good wins over established players. He is young and young in his pro career. I really think he needs a better coach and I hope he realizes sooner than later. He has done well so far and I am very proud of him but he needs to develop his game if he wants to contend with the real top players in the game.
What? He has some good coaches at the moment and doesn't need to change them now, this is first full season he has won a title and will be in the top 50 and that's not good enough for you.

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What? He has some good coaches at the moment and doesn't need to change them now, this is first full season he has won a title and will be in the top 50 and that's not good enough for you.
Well said!! I couldn't put it better. I hope this shuts up all the negative cynicism, but sigh... I doubt it will.

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