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How do you say "montée à contre-temps" in English?
Counter-time charge ?

well i don't think so

English can be very frustrating, especially when you try to explain technically a match. It eventually goes with "he played better and better etc"

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I also like the "mobylette" stories.
(When he has to run a lot all over the court, he calls that "to ride his moped" - not sure it makes much sense in English, but it cracks me up in French. )
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Gael will play mixed doubles with .... Caroline Wozniacki

Double Mixte - 1er Tour.
Lisa Raymond (USA)[1]/ Bob Bryan (USA)[1]
contre Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)/ Gael Monfils (FRA)
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I watched the last set of the Chela match yesterday evening, he was looking really great, very safe from the baseline too, like in Pörtschach - but boy, after 10 minutes I was already sick of them showing Tarik after every single point and sometimes even during the points!
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Yesterday's article in L'Équipe was about the 3 factors which explain his good run: Tarik / Paris / the fun.
Tarik says the rain break helped Gael because he was doing something wrong in his defending game. After the break he was much more imaginative and charged the net more than ever.
Gael's father: Gael wanted to work with Tarik for 4 years now and you can see on the court how happy he is about this collaboration.
Gael likes the fact that Tarik is so 'lively' and reacts so much during the matches. It was good because he was "slackening off" at some time. And the journalist explains that Tarik said exactly the same thing a few minutes before, using exactly the same words, although he hadn't spoken with Gael yet.
The question is why he is now listening to Tarik and playing in a more offensive way, whilst everybody has been telling him to do so for so long now. Gael just answers he likes the way Tarik talks to him. For example, Tarik asks him to hit as hard as possible and has a good laugh when some of his shots are landing outside of the court. That's the kind of things Gael loves of course, lol.
Tarik means Gael can hold up very long physically. Journalists remind him of the cramps against Rochus, but Tarik answers it was just because of the emotions.
Gael himself is surprised he feels so well physically. That means he has been working well in the past few months. He means he's at 80% of his abilities. Will 80% be enough against the world number 18? He has only one wish: no cramps.
As for the pressure, as soon as he does his best and has fun, there is no pressure anymore.
But he admits he can improve the way he starts his matches. His father means it's typical for Black people, they are like a "diesel" motor, they need a long "warming-up".

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And another article today about the way Tarik works with him:
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GRISÉ PAR SES RÉCENTS résultats, à des années lumière de son début de saison calamiteux, Gaël Monfils se présente aujourd’hui face à l’Argentin Nalbandian, demi-finaliste ici l’an dernier, avec deux mots en tête : audace et plaisir. Mais sans trop s’enflammer non plus. « Ce n’est pas “la fête”, dit-il sagement. C’est un troisième tour à Roland- Garros. C’est important. Ça va être un grand combat. Un marathon. Mais je suis prêt… J’arrive très tranquille, c’est un avantage psychologique. Je ne suis pas là, à me dire : “Ça y est, c’est le retour de Gaël Monfils !” Ça fait des mois que je ferme ma gueule, que j’envoie, j’envoie ; je commence à beaucoup mieux sentir certaines choses, à oser davantage. » « Oser. » Tarik Benhabilès l’y encourage sans modération : « Je lui répète tout le temps : “Je trouve que tu ne tapes pas assez fort !” Ça le fait rigoler, mais, ce gars-là, il ne faut pas le brider. C’est un gosse qui est heureux de jouer au tennis et qui transmet ce bonheur aux autres, il faut le laisser jouer comme ça lui plaît, sans faire n’importe quoi. Hier (mercredi), il était tellement heureux sur le court, qu’il m’a fai t une esqu is se de “move”, comme quand il danse dans les vestiaires ! Il me rappelle un peu Andy (Roddick, que Benhabilès a découvert et amené au plus haut niveau). Quand il tape très fort, il se rend bien compte que l’autre est à la ramasse, alors il n’a plus peur, et il se dit : “Tiens, peut-être que je pourrais monter là-dessus !” Et j’ajoute : “Vas-y, vieux, il n’y a plus qu’à tendre le bras !” Et ç’est ça qui lui plaît ! Il n’y a pas de recettes miracles pour le faire venir au filet : il faut trouver la manière et que ce soit ludique pour lui, c’est tout ! »
Il est 4 heures de l’aprèsmidi, hier, Benhabilès avale ses pâtes en attendant Monfils, qu’il n’a pas encore vu de la journée : « Je lui ai dit de se reposer. » Ils vont taper la balle sur les courts annexes de Jean-Bouin, à quelques foulées de Roland- Garros. L’occasion pour le coach d’affiner la tactique à adopter. Pour l’heure, « Ben » s’en tient aux généralités : « Il joue contre un poids lourd. Il n’a rien à perdre et tout à gagner. » Va-t-il monter au filet autant que face à Chela, qu’il a battu mercredi ? « Attention, prévient l’entraîneur, Nalbandian, ce n’est pas Chela ; c’est l’un des meilleurs défenseurs de la planète et un très bon passeur. C’est sûr que Gaël ne va pouvoir s’y aventurer comme ça ! »
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Une des solutions va consister à tenter de repousser l’Argentin derrière sa ligne pour venir l’agresser… « Mais ce n’est pas la seule, ajoute ce vieux roublard des courts, ex-joueur lui-même, huitième-finaliste ici il y a vingt ans (battu par Wilander). Il faut que Gaël monte, mais d’une certaine manière… que je ne peux dévoiler. Pour deux raisons. La première : si Nalbandian ouvre le journal, il saura ce que va faire Gaël… Et l’autre : cela va dépendre de sa condition physique… Mais une chose est sûre, il va falloir utiliser la force, sinon, il ne pourra pas gagner ! » Alléchant sur le papier, mais que se passera-t-il si les balles du Français atteignent plus souvent les bâches que l’intérieur du terrain ? « Cela ne me dérange pas, réplique Benhabilès. De toute façon, je souhaite qu’il devienne beaucoup plus agressif. Et il faut du temps. Là, il a redressé la barre. Il a évité les points perdus, la sortie du top 100, la galère des qualifs. Ça se passe très bien pour lui, et il doit savoir en profiter en se faisant plaisir sur le court. Et puis, il ne faut pas dramatiser ! Qu’est-ce que c’est que de rater un coup droit ? Une volée ? Ce n’est rien du tout ! » Quant à la « pression », la peur de mal faire, celle de décevoir, ce mélange de sentiments contradictoires qui fait jouer petit bras quand il faudrait les déployer sur toute la largeur du court, Benhabilès en rit d’avance : « Je pense que plus il a de pression, plus l’enjeu est important et meilleur il est. Il est comme Andy (Roddick). Le challenge, il adore ça. Ça le transcende. »
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Gael keeps cool, he doesn't feel like "Yes, Gael Monfils is back!" He's been very quiet and just working for months now and he finally starts feeling better on the court, he dares take more risks now.
Take more risks, that's what Tarik keeps telling him: "You're not hitting as hard as you could!" It makes Gael laugh, but that's what he needs. He's a kid who enjoys playing tennis and sharing his enthusiasm with the people, so you have to let him play the way he likes it. He reminds Tarik of Roddick (hitting very hard + the way he deals with the pressure and the challenges). Tarik just asks him to be much more offensive and he doesn't mind when the ball is landing more often in the canvas cover than in the court. It will take time to adjust. For now, Gael has managed to avoid being out of the top 100, having to play qualies, etc. and that's important.
But Nalbo's passing shots are much better than Chela's and Gael will have to be much more careful. Tarik has some plans for this match, but can't say more about it because it's secret and it will also depend on Gael's condition, if he'll be able to do it.
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Re: Clay Court Season 2007

Gael has a real chance versus Nalbandian who doesn't play his best tennis for several weeks.
I'm sure he can do it !
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I'm still thinking of the English word for "montée à contre-temps", maybe "sneak attack"? Like "une attaque surprise"? I'm not sure it means exactly the same.
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I think that Gael can take out Nalby today. I hope that he will.
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I'm still thinking of the English word for "montée à contre-temps", maybe "sneak attack"? Like "une attaque surprise"? I'm not sure it means exactly the same.
counter attack????

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It's definitely not the children day at RG anymore. The atmosphere on the Chatrier sucks! Why are those NAPs so uptight? Don't they know Gaël works with energy? He needs his crowd behind him!

Bring back the children!
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It's definitely not the children day at RG anymore. The atmosphere on the Chatrier sucks! Why are those NAPs so uptight?
What is a NAP?

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What is a NAP?
Monfils def Hewitt 6-4 7-5 to make Pörtschach final

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Aha, thanks. One never stops learning. The problem is that NAPs have low seats and that is what you see on TV. I noticed it too, when Roger finished his match on Tuesday, that down there it was totally empty, while the higher up you got, the more people were there.

and yep, Paris overall is not the best part of France, I totally agree.

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