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Why does Monfils play like Conchita Martinez

Frederick16
06-02-2008, 05:44 PM
Why doesnt Champion tell him to attack more. He will never make it with this gameplan :rolleyes:

TheBoiledEgg
06-02-2008, 05:45 PM
he's putting the even more boring Ljubishit to sleep

as long as he wins thats all that matters
but its horrible to watch :zzz:

Alex999
06-02-2008, 05:47 PM
You are insulting Conchita :lol::lol::lol:

Roland9
06-02-2008, 05:51 PM
Why doesnt Champion tell him to attack more. He will never make it with this gameplan :rolleyes:

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.

rocketassist
06-02-2008, 05:51 PM
He seems like a modern day Brad Gilbert without the good volleys/net play.

Johnny Groove
06-02-2008, 05:54 PM
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:

Dead serious

Castafiore
06-02-2008, 06:00 PM
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" :spit:
--->loose translation: Strategie has never been his cup of tea.)

Beat
06-02-2008, 06:01 PM
Ljubishit

i'm surprised that you're not tired of that wordplay yet.

Fumus
06-02-2008, 06:02 PM
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.

Allez
06-02-2008, 06:06 PM
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.

scoobs
06-02-2008, 06:06 PM
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.

rofe
06-02-2008, 06:11 PM
How funny would it be if Gael manages to appear in the SF this year.

JimmyV
06-02-2008, 06:21 PM
Conchita never did 360 spins after playing a bad dropshot.

I assume at least.

Schu
06-02-2008, 06:29 PM
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 :zzz::zzz: 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

Johnny Groove
06-02-2008, 06:35 PM
This is beyond ridiculous. Most French players have grace and flair. Iím 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.

scarecrows
06-02-2008, 06:40 PM
Conchita never did 360 spins after playing a bad dropshot.


haha, that was hilarious
I wonder if Ljubo would have thrown the racket at him had he missed

Allez
06-02-2008, 06:42 PM
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.

The thing is Gael is capable of playing much better than this. This is NOT his best by a long shot. I don't know why he chooses to play like this. Gasquet will pull a Federer. He too didn't know what to do with his talent for a while.

Johnny Groove
06-02-2008, 06:49 PM
The thing is Gael is capable of playing much better than this. This is NOT his best by a long shot. I don't know why he chooses to play like this. Gasquet will pull a Federer. He too didn't know what to do with his talent for a while.

I've been a Monfils fan forever and i know that he is capable of great things, i even said so in this thread.

He can play defense when needed, but he needs to step up and stop being a pussy. But as long as he's winning, hey :shrug:

peterparker
06-02-2008, 07:00 PM
I've been a Monfils fan forever and i know that he is capable of great things, i even said so in this thread.

He can play defense when needed, but he needs to step up and stop being a pussy. But as long as he's winning, hey :shrug:

I think he doesn't pick up the ball that quickly, that's why he hits that dinky forehand all the time. One step closer to federer/monfils.

Parker

ReturnWinner
06-02-2008, 07:02 PM
do u mean Monfils plays like a pussy? :tape:

2moretogo
06-02-2008, 07:15 PM
Well I have watched Monfils for a while ever since he came on atp tour and he just lacks confidence in his shots. When he first come on tour he was all flair and aggression (and his balls were totally erratic- forehands landing 15 feet wide, attempting to hit winners from anywhere on the court). Now he's very comfortable pushing the ball (these last couple of years) but I think a lot has to do with injuries, lack of commitment, and he's just plain old crazy (ie: watch him play any match on a hard court where he slides like it is clay/ or the Andreev (?) match in Paris indoors 2005(?) where he was leading comfortably, decided to put on a show for the home fans and ended up having to retire because he sprained his ankle doing acrobatics). At this point I think he doesn't want to make stupid mistakes, so he makes his life miserable by getting into these atrociously long rallies. And he believes that he is the fastest man on tour, and is strong enough to push the ball in the court from anywhere.

The last time I saw him play within himself (controlled aggression) was vs. Safin last year in Washington, DC. But Monfils always plays Safin tough. I guess it takes one crazy to recognize another crazy and bring it.

And I agree with the poster up thread that said that Monfils has a LOT of heart. Trust me he does, which has been mightly frustrating to his opponents thus far in RG. They dunno what Monfils is likely to do with the ball, and with his speed and flair he can do anything.

Rogiman
06-02-2008, 07:23 PM
Monfils has taken Roddick's 'Serve and Moonball' method way too far :o

Rogiman
06-02-2008, 07:27 PM
I think the term Moonball has never been appropriate for Roddick; he has always been too attacking to describe a moonballer.Not since 2005.

DrJules
06-02-2008, 07:27 PM
Monfils has taken Roddick's 'Serve and Moonball' method way too far :o

I think the term Moonball has never been appropriate for Roddick; he has always been too attacking to describe a moonballer.

ChinoRios4Ever
06-02-2008, 07:27 PM
:haha:

Chocobo
06-02-2008, 08:57 PM
GaŽl 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.)

Yeah I read this interview too...

However
1/ I'm not sure Blake is really the best example to follow for GaŽl...if he really has to mimic a player, he'd better choose Federer
2/ Given today's performance from GaŽl, I wonder if he has ever seen James Blake play :retard: