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Spring hardcourt season 2008

Truc
03-01-2008, 01:04 PM
The Dubai draw is out, he probably won't last long, but never mind, it's just good to see his name in a draw again:

David Ferrer (4) v Tommy Haas
Jarkko Nieminen v Olivier Rochus
Janko Tipsarevic v Feliciano Lopez
Gael Monfils v Tomas Berdych (8)

amdany
03-01-2008, 03:27 PM
good luck Gael:hug:

The Freak
03-02-2008, 01:33 AM
Allez Gael :rocker2:

Truc
03-04-2008, 10:06 AM
I can't watch too closely, but apparently he's not doing well, big UE from the baseline everytime I watch...
He should have played the qualies imo, it's really too hard to start against a guy like Berdych.

Truc
03-04-2008, 10:11 AM
Already over, with another ugly UE to end the match.

I don't get why he didn't enter Sunrise between IW and Miami because he really, really needs match practice.

amdany
03-04-2008, 02:10 PM
:sad:, well like you said Truc, Berdych was too strong for Gael today. There were som good shots from time to time but all in all, he made too many UEs.

Truc
03-05-2008, 06:07 AM
In l'Equipe today:
Dans la tête de Monfils
Après six mois d’absence, le Français a souffert face à Tomas Berdych, facile vainqueur 6-3, 6-2. Décryptage des soucis d’un revenant. DUBAÏ – de notre envoyé spécial
GAËL MONFILS a un point commun avec Roger Federer. Il est « rouillé », expression choisie lundi par le numéro 1 mondial pour illustrer ses tracas du moment. La comparaison s’arrêtera là : après six mois hors circuit pour cause des blessures diverses et variées (poignet, genou), le Français est largement plus corrodé que le Suisse. Trop, en tout cas, pour honorer dignement son retour face à l’impétueux 10e mondial, Tomas Berdych. La mission présumée très ardue se révéla franchement impossible tant le virevoltant puncheur tchèque – trois points perdus sur son service au premier set – fut injouable pour le Parisien convalescent.
À l’exception de quelques petits crissements de chaussures et de quelques paires de services explosifs (dont l’un à 234 km/h), Monfils n’avait plus grand-chose du « Sliderman » rugissant. Capable sur quelques engagements de tenir en début de set, il n’avait pas encore les idées assez claires pour riposter plus longtemps face à un cador parfaitement délié. Implacablement normal. Mettons-nous dans la tête du revenant.
« Être numéro 1 »
Depuis trois semaines, il délivre de très bonnes séances à l’entraînement sur les courts indoor de Paris, sans trop forcer pour ne pas tirer sur un corps fragilisé. Mais le débarquement sous le soleil des Émirats, de nouveau au milieu des collègues, ravive les tensions précédant les matches.
Soudainement, la balle se fait moins mordante à l ’approche de l’échéance, exacerbant l’angoisse du retour. Contrariété supplémentaire, voilà que le coude, turbinant à nouveau à plein régime, commence à le faire un peu souffrir. Et cette vie sur le circuit qu’il faut dompter à nouveau… « Gaël était dans un cycle, à Paris, où il faisait ce qu’il voulait après les entraînements, précise son entraîneur, Thierry Champion. Là, on a dû changer d’hôtel, ça gonfle. De nouveau, deux heures d’attente dans sa chambre lui paraissent longues. C’est tout cela qu’il faut supporter pour réapprendre à vivre en tournoi. » Pour conclure, l’ombre inquiétante de Berdych se profile pour l’étalonnage. « C’est cette rencontre qui allait situer son niveau de match, poursuivait Champion. Par rapport à ce qu’il est capable de faire à l’entraînement, il a eu du mal à délivrer ses coups. Gaël était en retrait sur ses frappes. Avec l’appréhension qu’il avait, il n’osait pas, il n’avait pas d’appui, il était vachement aérien. Le petit jeu de jambes lui manquait. En revers, il a simplement caressé la balle. Il va falloir qu’il reprenne un fil conducteur, car il s’est montré perdu sur le terrain dès qu’il a été breaké. »
Loin d’être un réquisitoire, les paroles du coach montraient surtout combien la sortie du frigidaire des artistes diminués peut être malaisée tant les paramètres s’accumulent . « Dans cette optique, ce sont les jours qui viennent qui vont être importants selon son degré d’envie et d’implication, concluait Champion. Pour une reprise, il faut se donner du temps, mais c’est justement pour cela qu’il ne faut pas louper ses journées… » Sous l’oeil d’Arnaud Lagardère, ne ratant aucune occasion de soutenir les membres de son team, le joueur avait conscience de l’immensité de la tâche et des chausse-trapes en tout genre. « Évidemment, je prends ce qu’on peut appeler une branlée et ça va faire parler, ruminait Monfils au terme de sa première sortie (de route). Mais je n’avais pas de repères. Pas facile quand on manque de réglage et de confiance… D’autant qu’avec mon coude je n’avais pas pu servir depuis deux jours. Et je me suis déjà vu mieux servir en match ! Contre Berdych, j’en ai lâché quelques-uns pour voir si ça tenait, mais la deuxième balle n’était pas rapide. Il faut essayer de chauffer plus la machine à l’entraînement, tenir quelques petites charges à l’entraînement, mais dès que je pousse, je me casse… Au moins, j’ai eu la chance d’être sur un terrain de tennis pour voir le niveau et j’ai pu me souvenir de ce qu’est la tension des matches. »Mais aussi long que sera le chemin vers la lumière, Monfils avait hier la certitude d’en voir le bout. « Mon but, c’est toujours d’être numéro 1. Et si tu veux être le meilleur, il ne faut jamais abandonner. » Foi de la « Monf» . FRANCK RAMELLA
The pic is terrible once again - I've never noticed that "XV" necklace before, has it a special meaning?

Truc
03-05-2008, 06:21 AM
Champion stresses he was doing much better in training in Paris - he couldn't force because his body is still "vulnerable", but he was playing at a decent level. Yesterday was crap. He obviously couldn't deal with the new conditions in Dubai after having trained indoors and with the anxiety of the comeback. He wasn't going for his shots compared to what he was doing in training, he had no footwork, he wasn't hitting at all his BH, he was looking lost out there as soon as he was broken, etc. etc.
Gaël: Of course I got a spanking and people are going to comment on it. But I had no marks/ I was disorientated. It's not easy when you're lacking adjustment and confidence... All the more since I couldn't serve during 2 days because of my elbow. I can serve better than that. Against Berdych I tried to hit a few serves to see if my elbow was fine, but the 2nd serve wasn't fast. I need more intense training sessions, I need to test myself more in training, but as soon as I push a little bit further, I get injured... At least I had the chance to be back on a tennis court to check my level and remember how the pressure feels in competition.
And to conclude a typical "La Monf" statement:
"My goal still is to become the number 1. And if you want to be the best, you should never give up."

Truc
03-12-2008, 07:47 AM
When will he get a break? :ras: Bad draw for Gaëlou again in Indian Wells:

[12] GONZALEZ, Fernando (CHI) vs BYE
[WC] ANCIC, Mario (CRO) vs MONFILS, Gael (FRA)
JOHANSSON, Thomas (SWE) vs QUALIFIER
BYE vs FERRERO, Juan Carlos (ESP) [22]

amdany
03-12-2008, 07:59 AM
When will he get a break? :ras: Bad draw for Gaëlou again in Indian Wells:

[12] GONZALEZ, Fernando (CHI) vs BYE
[WC] ANCIC, Mario (CRO) vs MONFILS, Gael (FRA)
JOHANSSON, Thomas (SWE) vs QUALIFIER
BYE vs FERRERO, Juan Carlos (ESP) [22]

pfff...:sad:, bad draw again and Mario is one of my faves too:mad:

Truc
03-15-2008, 07:49 AM
Another expected spanking, poor boy.

I hope he'll play Sunrise, I have no idea why he didn't enter it, but he can probably get a WC as title holder (Ancic won't use his).
But actually, I even wish he would play the Sunrise qualies to get more matches under his belt...

The Freak
03-15-2008, 03:19 PM
Another expected spanking, poor boy.

I hope he'll play Sunrise, I have no idea why he didn't enter it, but he can probably get a WC as title holder (Ancic won't use his).
But actually, I even wish he would play the Sunrise qualies to get more matches under his belt...

I agree, Sunrise would be a good idea, he just needs some matches under his belt. Plus he's got points to defend.

Truc
03-16-2008, 06:59 AM
A few lines in L’Equipe, it doesn’t sound that bad at all (somebody who saw the match also said in GM it was actually closer than the scoreline suggests):
Le redressement de Monfils
DISPUTÉE dans des conditions exécrables (vent de folie, froid de canard), la partie exigea des miracles de la part des deux joueurs. Laisser la balle dans les limites du court tenait déjà de l’exploit. Un brin chanceux pour breaker au premier set (deux lets, un retour boisé), Ancic imposa son surplus de confiance au deuxième. Mais Monfils ne baissa jamais les bras. Le Français semble revenu aux affaires. « Je trouve le score sévère et quelques décisions d’arbitrage m’ont pénalisé dans le deuxième set. Mais j’essaye de bien m’entraîner en me donnant à fond. Il faut continuer dans cette voie-là. La chance finira bien par tourner. »
The journalist means the conditions were terrible and keeping the ball inside the court was a feat. Ancic was a tad lucky to get the break in the first set (two netcords and a return hit with the frame of the racquet) and his confidence made all the difference in the 2nd set. But Gaël never gave up and seems to be back in the mix.
Gaël finds the scoreline harsh and means there also were some bad calls against him in the 2nd set. But he keeps giving his best in training. If he keeps up the good work, his luck will change eventually.

And it looks like he’s going to play Sunrise. :yeah:

Truc
03-17-2008, 07:35 AM
Hmmm, he isn't in the qualifying draw of Sunrise and isn't mentioned in the articles about the players who have asked for a WC either...
I don't know, they didn't give any further explanation yesterday, just wrote "Next tournament: Sunrise Challenger".

Truc
03-17-2008, 06:32 PM
It looks like Nieminen, Nishikori, Hrbaty and Gonzo got the Sunrise WC, I wonder why he didn't enter the qualifying draw.

The Freak
03-18-2008, 02:48 AM
No Monfils in the Sunrise draw...

Truc
03-18-2008, 07:01 AM
Yep, they say in L'Equipe today he changed his mind and decided to "practice twice as hard" for Miami. :shrug:
Alors que son intention première était de disputer le tournoi Challenger de Sunrise, qui se déroule cette semaine, Gaël MONFILS a finalement décidé de mettre les bouchées doubles à l’entraînement avant de s’aligner à Miami…

The Freak
03-18-2008, 02:43 PM
Yep, they say in L'Equipe today he changed his mind and decided to "practice twice as hard" for Miami. :shrug:
Alors que son intention première était de disputer le tournoi Challenger de Sunrise, qui se déroule cette semaine, Gaël MONFILS a finalement décidé de mettre les bouchées doubles à l’entraînement avant de s’aligner à Miami…

Oh well, hopefully he does, and gets a good draw in Miami.

Truc
03-19-2008, 12:15 PM
They were showing Champion all the time yesterday during Mahut's match, so maybe Champion is working with Mahut too at the moment and that's the reason why they decided to stay in IW longer? :shrug:
I don't get what they're doing in the Team Lagardère, they're playing musical chairs again, Mahut's coach is in Indian Wells since he was watching PHM...

2moretogo
03-20-2008, 06:34 PM
Hey everyone!! Its been a while, but I wanted to check on the news. I agree with both of you, Gael should have at least qualified for Sunrise, but I guess if didn't get a WC then he wasn't going to chance the opportunity to get hurt. Oh well, hopefully Miami draw will be a bit kinder.

Truc
03-24-2008, 07:29 PM
Well, we're improving slowly, this time he might win *one* match:

Federer
Bye
Monfils
Isner

amdany
03-24-2008, 08:37 PM
let's hope so:), good luck Gael

The Freak
03-24-2008, 11:25 PM
I would love to see the Monfils-Federer match happen

Truc
03-25-2008, 12:07 PM
I hope so too, at least we would see him on TV!

I was taking a look at the pics posted on TT and I saw that:
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=187806
Somebody says he was looking disinterested in training in Indian Wells and not paying attention to what Champion tells him, while he says the opposite in interviews...

amdany
03-26-2008, 09:04 PM
Gael will play the last match tomorrow at approximatively 21h Miami time, good luck !!!

The Freak
03-28-2008, 02:51 AM
Yay Gael won 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 over Isner! :worship:
Good fighting that's what I like to see.

Puschkin
03-28-2008, 07:18 AM
The next one will be a real test. I remember well their encounter in Doha 2006, Roger won in two, but the match was much closer than the result.

Truc
03-28-2008, 07:44 AM
The next one will be a real test.Good one, Puschkin. :lol:

What a fight, Gaëlou! :worship: So so happy for him.
Are the colored lenses back? He looks great. :cool:
http://d.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/p3/20080328/01/1672509574.jpg

Bobble
03-28-2008, 02:06 PM
I hope so too, at least we would see him on TV!

I was taking a look at the pics posted on TT and I saw that:
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=187806
Somebody says he was looking disinterested in training in Indian Wells and not paying attention to what Champion tells him, while he says the opposite in interviews...

Hey Truc, that was my post over at Tennis Warehouse. This was a huge win for Gael! What I saw was only one practice session. Obviously he was off that night, his match against Ancic was not impressive but all credit should be given to Ancic for his recent return to form. Hopefully he is getting much more out of Champion than I saw, which I think may be the case for now.

Truc
03-28-2008, 03:01 PM
Oh, I hope you don't mind I posted that here, I found the thread interesting. He keeps stressing in interviews he's practicing soooo hard atm, but apparently he's still his usual self!
I also could totally imagine Champion telling him "Gaël... Gaël... Gaël..." when I read your post. I'm still not too sure about his choice to come back to Champion, I much preferred how he was playing with Benhabiles, but I have to say I was amazed by Champion's patience when I saw him in Hamburg and I guess that's essential to coach Gaël Monfils.

As for the "pumped attitude", it looks like it was back yesterday, judging by the few pics of the match!

Truc
03-28-2008, 03:08 PM
I took a look at the thread again, you're way more spot on on Tennis Warehouse than on MTF! I liked the talk about his aggressivity while MTF is praising Cañas for being much more aggressive than Gaël, lol.

Bobble
03-28-2008, 03:51 PM
I saw those pics as well. My fingers will remain crossed for lamonf, I'm just happy that I will be able to see his bid against Federer. Hopefully it will be Doha quality but more towards French favor;). Also not sure about how I feel about Chamion's move back to Gael...I personally thought that him and PHM were working well, color me uninformed.

Bobble
03-28-2008, 03:54 PM
I took a look at the thread again, you're way more spot on on Tennis Warehouse than on MTF! I liked the talk about his aggressivity while MTF is praising Cañas for being much more aggressive than Gaël, lol.

I really dont see canas as aggresive in the ways that Gael...Maybe that is because I associate aggressiveness with intensity.

Truc
03-28-2008, 06:35 PM
Well, I took the remark out of context, the poster just meant their respective "retrieving game" and I can see his point then - but it ended up with him saying that Cañas' game is much more aggressive, which I found quite funny.
Gaël can be horribly passive at times, but he can also smack big serves and hit spectacular winners, which I have never seen Cañas do.

Truc
03-29-2008, 07:44 AM
In L'Equipe today:Monfils sur la route des géants
Le Français a enfin regagné un match, contre le grand Isner, pour conquérir le droit de défier Federer.

LE « TEAM LA MONF » affichait complet jeudi soir dans les coursives désertées du central de Key Biscayne. L’ambiance très pétillante entre les membres du groupe indiquait que le début de soirée avait été bon, en attendant mieux. Sûr, les trois potes de Gaël avaient « kiffé » le spectacle, et Monfils n’avait rien raté non plus de l’exhibition de sa garde rapprochée dans les gradins. Couvant d’un regard malicieux la bande effrontée, Thierry Champion, coach garde-chiourme, savait qu’il n’y aurait pas que le débriefing technique à assumer en quittant le stade. « J’ai du boulot ce soir… » Clin d’oeil pour signaler un avis de léger danger d’« enflammage ».
Pour sa première victoire depuis septembre dernier, son poulain venait de terrasser un géant dégingandé pour retrouver un géant prétendument désarçonné. Federer après Isner. Quoi de mieux pour fêter le retour sous les spots ? Concernant Isner, le Français savourait son intelligence mentale déployée pour dérouter la carcasse aux pieds d’airain qui lui faisait face.
« J’ai vite compris qu’il fallait faire un match triste. Plus on s’enflamme contre lui, mieux il sert. J’avais vu Fabrice (Santoro) le découper en jouant comme ça. Alors tout connement, j’ai fait le mort… » Englué dans un non-rythme, l’Américain sans toucher de balle accumula ainsi 54 fautes directes et 8 doubles fautes dans un match triste, en effet. Jamais abattu malgré trois vaines balles de set dans le tie-break du premier, Monfils sauva vaguement le scénario en offrant un sidérant bilan de balles de break sauvées (11 sur 13). Mais l’essentiel n’était plus là : l’ombre de Federer planait déjà. « Oh ! là, là, souriait Monfils. On a beau me dire qu’il n’est pas au top, je l’ai vu torcher des mecs à Indian Wells. Et il perd contre Fish qui jouait l’acier… Je ne l’ai pas vu perdre contre des Bibi Fricotin ! »
« Le chemin peut être très long. Ou rapide »
Dans le New Deal qui semble animer le circuit depuis l’avènement Djokovic et les pannes du Suisse « mononucléosé », il y aurait donc toujours du respect et de l’appréhension à croiser la route du numéro 1 mondial. Monfils, comme les autres, refusant de croire à la fin du règne de l’élégant maître empêtré dans des soucis de santé. Mais la récente fréquence des échecs n’aurait-elle pas altéré sa confiance, ce si subtil ingrédient dans la panoplie d’un joueur de tennis ?
Interrogé à Miami, Federer répondait fermement par la négative. Interloqué par la dureté de certains titres dans la presse tabloïd de son pays (« Fin de carrière ? », se demandait le Sonntag Blick après l’effet Fish), le Suisse affichait sa moue de champion meurtri. « Pour être honnête, je suis plutôt surpris de lire les unes des journaux me concernant en ce moment. Parfois, la presse en fait un peu trop. Il n’y a aucune raison de paniquer. Pour moi, c’est juste une question de retrouver le chemin de la victoire. Il y a toujours un peu de doute. Mais la confiance est définitivement revenue. Je me suis senti mieux après la première victoire à Indian Wells. Le match contre Fish ? On l’analyse et après on l’oublie… »
Et Monfils, dans toutes ces tribulations ? Toujours en phase de reprise depuis ses pépins musculaires en tout genre, le Français a le malheur d’hériter d’un leader agacé qui n’a vraiment plus intérêt à faire « pschitt » s’il ne veut pas relancer encore plus vivement les débats sur sa succession. Lors d’un pic furtif de sa carrière déjà tumultueuse, Monfils avait tenu la cadence face à un Suisse au sommet de son art en finale à Doha en janvier 2006 (battu 6-3, 7-6). Depuis, au gré de grosses performances éparses, le Français use des coaches et des kinés, perdant pied pour mieux se reprendre en sidérant jusqu’à ses plus proches accompagnateurs. « Je me construis, résumait Monfils. Le chemin peut être très long. Ou rapide. En tennis, on a la chance que tout puisse se passer très vite et qu’on puisse changer de standing en quelques matches. » Depuis son retour sur les courts voilà trois semaines à Dubaï, il n’est déjà plus le poussif revenant éreinté par Berdych. S’il souffre encore de quelques pannes de concentration à l’entraînement, il est redevenu un pion crédible du circuit, craint pour son génie à ne jamais faire tout à fait les choses comme les autres.
Jeudi soir, le cri venait du coeur alors qu’il évoquait le plus beau des étalonnages face à Federer. « Eh, on sait jamais ! » À ses côtés, Thierry Champion oscillait entre raison et passion. « Attention au danger de surjouer parce que c’est Federer en face et que Gaël attend depuis tellement longtemps ces moments chauds. Mais avec lui, il y a toujours plein de surprises… » FRANCK RAMELLA

Truc
03-29-2008, 08:45 AM
A sort of summary:
He's in Miami with the "Team La Monf" (these 3 friends he sometimes talks about in interviews, I guess) and they're apparently a bit crazy, Champion is looking like a school supervisor trying to calm them down - especially after the Isner match.
Concerning the match, Gaël says he's happy about his tactics: "I realized pretty soon I needed to play a dull match. The more fired you are when you play against him, the better he serves. I saw Fabrice (Santoro) take him apart by playing like that. So I just 'played the dead man'". Isner was caught in a match without any rhythm which was indeed quite dull/sad to watch and ended up making 54 ue and 8 df. Never looking downcast, even after having wasted 3 setpoints in the first set, Monfils kind of saved the entertainment value of the match with a spectacular ratio of 11 from 13 breakpoints saved.
Asked about the next round against Fed, he smiles: "Oh là là! People keep telling me he's not at his best, but I saw him destroy the guys in Indian Wells. And Fish was playing big... It's not like he lost to 'Bibi Fricotin'!" [an old French cartoon figure]
Fed sounded pretty annoyed in Miami about the overreactions of the media saying he's done and it's not good for Gaël because he will be eager to put an end to these discussions. When they played in Doha, Gaël resisted well, but he was at a fleeting peak of his very turbulent career. Since then, he has worn out several coaches and physical trainers, always going down and bouncing back in a way which leaves even his closest friends dumbfounded.
"I'm developing/building myself, he says. It can be a very long way. Or it can be a short one. We're lucky things happen very fast in tennis, one can change his 'standing' with a few matches only."
It's been only 3 weeks since his comeback in Dubai and he already looks very different indeed from the 'wheezy' guy shattered by Berdych. He's still having lapses of concentration in training, but has recovered his credibility on the tour where he's feared for his genius for always doing things a bit differently.
On Thursday evening, his answer sounded like a "cri du coeur" when he was asked about the Federer match: "Hey, you never know!" Next to him, Champion was oscillating between reason and passion: "He'll have to be careful not to 'overdo' it because it's Federer on the other side of the net and Gaël has been waiting for these big matches for so long now. Then again, he's always been one for surprises."

Truc
03-29-2008, 08:58 AM
I guess playing the night session is good news for him - not so much for a sleepyhead like me, but I'll try to make an effort:

Stadium: 8:00 PM Start
1. Men's Singles: 2nd Round
Roger Federer (SUI) [1] vs. Gael Monfils (FRA)

scotthongkong
03-29-2008, 01:29 PM
Go and win it Gael.

amdany
03-29-2008, 02:26 PM
I guess playing the night session is good news for him - not so much for a sleepyhead like me, but I'll try to make an effort:

Stadium: 8:00 PM Start
1. Men's Singles: 2nd Round
Roger Federer (SUI) [1] vs. Gael Monfils (FRA)

:mad:it's late;)

The Freak
03-30-2008, 02:11 AM
Well, Gael lost 3-6, 4-6, but I was encouraged by his play. He had a good attitude throughout and fought in the 2nd set having 7 break point chances but couldn't take them, that was really the only negative.
Best of luck on the clay Gael. :rocker2:
It looks like he is playing in Valencia in a couple weeks.

scotthongkong
03-30-2008, 05:57 AM
He looked like he had all the joy de vivre back! Please excuse me if my high school French is unintelligible! I watched it and I reckon he played very well. A few lost opportunities here and there but overall good work! Allez Gael!

Truc
03-30-2008, 06:45 AM
I fell asleep just before the match started... It doesn't sound bad indeed, articles say it was entertaining, I was a bit afraid it might turn into a "Mahutlike story", to be honest!
I've just watched the highlights so far, his BH is looking like a liability, but it's hard to say with just a dozen of points.

"I tried to play an aggressive way," Federer said. "I couldn't really chip and charge what I was trying to do, because I think he's really improved his second serve. But he gives you always a chance from the baseline if you play aggressive enough to come in. I played well on the big points. He missed his first serve twice on my break points."

IAMlegend
03-30-2008, 10:53 AM
Guys like Monfils and James Blake will never beat Federer. Not enough variety to their games.

Truc
03-31-2008, 07:49 AM
Here's his reaction after the match, but he doesn’t say anything special:
« Avec Roger, ça peut aller très vite. Tu cogites un instant et tu te prends huit points d’affilée. Sur toutes les balles de break, il y en a sur lesquelles je ne pouvais rien faire, et deux ou trois sur lesquelles je me suis autocompliqué la tâche en tentant des passings à la Tarzan. Mais c’est bien pour moi d’enchaîner enfin les matches, de sentir les courbatures. Je suis totalement prêt. Là, je n’étais pas vraiment loin de Federer, mais pas forcément près non plus. Dans les moments importants, il fait toujours le petit truc en plus. Roger, quoi… »
Things can go very fast with Roger. You start thinking about it for a moment and you take 8 points in a row. From all the break points I had, there were some where I couldn’t do anything and there were two or three where I made life difficult for myself by trying passingshots "à la Tarzan". But it’s a good thing for me to finally string two matches together, to feel my body aching. I’m fully ready. I wasn’t very far today, but I wasn’t really close either. In the important moments, he always does the little thing which makes the difference. It’s Roger...

I watched the second set and I agree with you, he played quite well considering what he's been through in the last 6 months, he was looking like his old self. Actually, he was even more consistent than he often is (no lapses of concentration, no shocking UE from the baseline like he's prone to...)
Too bad the HC season is already over when his has just started.

Bobble
03-31-2008, 02:14 PM
Even though he got the loss, you could obviously tell that it built a little confidence, and the second set was a very fun encounter to watch. Definitely makes me hopeful for the rest of Gael's season.