AO 3 round Monfils Def. Almagro 6/4 - 6/3 - 7/5

01-24-2009, 01:31 AM
Completely stupid behaviour from Almagro at *5-6 in 3rd. Supervisor was called to the court because umpire refused letting Almagro to challenge the call after Nicolas previously asked his coach if the ball was in or out.

Fun match to watch btw.

01-24-2009, 01:32 AM
What is up with grumpy Norm Chryst ? So the player can't make a CH. that was nuts man. Lucky that Almagro is a nice guy. If it was another hot head..

Well played by monfils, Almagro played well the third until this BS point. That got him ratled.

01-24-2009, 01:32 AM
Almagro is his pigeon, after all.

01-24-2009, 01:34 AM
Norm said he had to challenge immeditally,not look at his box to see to challenge or not.

Many players do this, Almagro just didn't get away with it.

01-24-2009, 01:37 AM
Yeah, Almagro was pissed off. That probably cost him the set.

The Freak
01-24-2009, 01:37 AM
Great stuff Gael :cool:

Next round vs. Simon/Ancic should be a good one.

01-24-2009, 01:38 AM
Norm said he had to challenge immeditally,not look at his box to see to challenge or not.

Many players do this, Almagro just didn't get away with it.

Not only look at his box, but ask loudly and get a loud reply :)

If Norm Chryst was a scumbag he should give Almagro a warning for coaching :devil:

Henry Chinaski
01-24-2009, 01:38 AM
Monfils is a clown in the best and and worst sense of the word.

Some of the passes were so good Almagro could only laugh. he even hit 2 passes with a one handed backhand and the fh squash shot one was crazy. The "OOOOOOOHHHHHHH" celebration noises were just...baffling and amusing.

I wonder would Norm have made the same call against some one like Nadal that he did against Almagro near the end.

the graduate
01-24-2009, 01:38 AM
The umpire was right, in that final set Almagro was just being obnoxious,Monfils and the lineswoman were laughing at him when he was arguing .I am impressed with Gael he is maturing and he is quietly in the 4th rd.

01-24-2009, 01:40 AM
Monfils is a clown in the best and and worst sense of the word.

Agree :)

When I am watching him I feel like I am in the circus. In the best and worst sense of the word.

01-24-2009, 01:41 AM
Good match from Monfils.

Norm should have let Almagro get his challenge. Stupid neatpicking.

L James
01-24-2009, 01:42 AM
I don't disagree with the principle of not being allowed to ask your coach whether a ball is in or out, but the fact is Almagro was doing it the whole match and was allowed to challenge previously and then at 5-6 in the 3rd, serving to stay in the match Chryst changes the rules on him? Tool.

01-24-2009, 01:45 AM
Monf is impressing me. :)

01-24-2009, 01:47 AM
Great match to watch. Some of Monfils passes were :eek: Very impressive, you're always going to get some strange with him.

Norm Chryst is a moron, you can't just make up rules as you go. While, i agree they shouldn't be looking up at the coach to see if it's in or out, everyone has been doing that since hawkeye has been introduced. You can't change that in a middle of the match. Almagro had every right to complain about that.

01-24-2009, 01:51 AM
Almagro seemed to be frustrated throughout; and that really peaked when Chryst wouldn't let him challenge.

There was some good play in this match, though. I'm glad for Monfils that he got through.

01-24-2009, 01:52 AM
Mugro is crazy :lol:

01-24-2009, 01:56 AM
Was that Monfils who was whooping likt a toucan when he hit a great shot?

01-24-2009, 02:01 AM
Nico :o

Voo de Mar
01-24-2009, 02:05 AM
Two clowns, the wiser one prevailed :o

01-24-2009, 02:18 AM
was fun seeing mugro schooled :lol:

01-24-2009, 02:31 AM
That was so stupid of Nico to make that big ass deal, lose rhythm, then the match

the graduate
01-24-2009, 03:31 AM
Norm is hardnosed I like that,he wont take bs from any player.Monfils has a chance for a qtr final encounter with Nadull

01-24-2009, 05:03 AM
Great to see Monfils taking ever increasing steps to fulfil his potential :D

01-24-2009, 05:53 AM
Monfils' sliding serve down the tee is ridiculously good.

Chryst is and always has been a hopeless umpire.

Kudos to channel seven for broadcasting this, I was afraid they would show Serena Williams.

01-24-2009, 06:34 AM

01-24-2009, 09:13 AM
Monfils' sliding serve down the tee is ridiculously good.

That's what I was thinking as well when I watched parts of the match. He gets a lot of sidespin on it, I don't think there are many others who can hit this serve as well as him.

01-24-2009, 09:38 AM
Sad thing is that Almagro never comes to the net, even if he builds a point and can finish it much much earlier.
He should really hire some coach that will teach him that coming to the net pays off

01-24-2009, 11:03 AM
It took 8 seconds from the ball landed until Almagro raised his hand to challenge. He had his back to the camera so I can't say if he talked to his box or not, but it didn't look that way. When the replay didn't come he raised his hand again and then the argument started. Seems to me that Norm didn't see him raise his hand the first time, so Almagro had good reason to get upset. It was by no means a late challenge.

01-24-2009, 11:26 AM
Funny match. Almagro has the tools to dismantle Monfils´ schemes but lacks of the footwork, the movement and the brains, he has no chance at beating a top player on hard atm and he will probably never will have it.

PD: Norm Christ is a fucking retard and showed it once again today

01-24-2009, 06:12 PM
In the Eurosport interview before the match Wilander ("the expert") picked Almagro to win.