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AO R4 Simon def Monfils 6-4 2-6 6-1 ret

MsTree
01-26-2009, 02:16 AM
:zzz::zzz::zzz:
Interesting moments -
The 26 gun salute for Australia Day stopped play in the first set
Gael retired due to a problem with his hand :sad:
That is all :sad:

MurrayFan1
01-26-2009, 02:18 AM
What a shame. :(

Langers
01-26-2009, 02:20 AM
Yeah, what a shame....

What a joke more like it. Monfils- spud.

ORGASMATRON
01-26-2009, 02:20 AM
I think he retired with a problem to his fore arm. Its a shame cos this one would have been interesting. Im starting to like Simon.

Henry Chinaski
01-26-2009, 02:22 AM
Ugly, ugly match.

Simon seemed genuinely gutted for his friend. Looked and sounded like he was close to tears in the post-match interview.

Thanos
01-26-2009, 02:22 AM
:zzz::zzz::zzz:
Interesting moments -
The 26 gun salute for Australia Day stopped play in the first set
Gael retired due to a problem with his hand :sad:
That is all :sad:

agreed plus the jets flying 30 minutes into it. the actual match was appalling.

federernadalfan
01-26-2009, 02:22 AM
:hatoff: to both. some long rallies in this match :lol:
simon's next match will be interesting

Deivid23
01-26-2009, 02:23 AM
Fantastic match :worship:

vincayou
01-26-2009, 02:25 AM
Monfils retired because of a problem in his right arm, maybe the wrist.

He probably had it from the start because his serve were less powerful that usual. And maybe the reason why he unleashed so few forehands. But we won't know for sure before his post match interview.

God this match was borrrrrring.

MsTree
01-26-2009, 02:26 AM
I think he finds it easier to play someone who isn't French ;)
Anyhow, Gilles makes the QF of a Slam for the first time but I think he would have preferred to have got there by winning rather than by default.
Hope Gael recovers soon!

cocrcici
01-26-2009, 02:30 AM
Fantastic match :worship:


... to avoid :D

BaselineSmash
01-26-2009, 02:32 AM
If I want to watch a match with zero competitive spark and many "novelty" intervals, I'll go see Rafter and Masur play doubles against Cash and Arthurs. Taking into account the quality of the players, the tournament, and the round, this is one of the worst contests I've seen in ten years. Monfils wasn't impeded early on and the match never rose above the appalling standard set in the early phases. Simon had already decided to give away the second set before the first ball was struck in it.

Gilles was fighting back the tears when he left the court, thus compounding his status as one of the most adorable players in the ATP. Unlike Del Potro, he doesn't just cry for himself.

aussie_fan
01-26-2009, 02:32 AM
This match was interesting only because you didn't have a clue what Gael would do next. Some of those slice bachands :lol: Simon couldn't do much with them either. Does look like it in the end that the injury might of made Gael play this way though. Disappointing way to end a match.

Schu
01-26-2009, 02:35 AM
Too bad for Gael. Hope that injury is why he played that way, if not, OMG.

Wow that was an amazing match. Never thought I'd be anxious for a WTA match to get on the court...

habibko
01-26-2009, 02:35 AM
I think he finds it easier to play someone who isn't French ;)
Anyhow, Gilles makes the QF of a Slam for the first time but I think he would have preferred to have got there by winning rather than by default.
Hope Gael recovers soon!

it's actually much better for Simon to go to the potential QF with Nadal fresh and healthy, this increases his chances.

haven't seen this one, and sounds like I did the right thing.

sammy01
01-26-2009, 02:37 AM
firstly im really happy for simon, he deserves this and he has nothing to lose in his first slam qtr final. he was so sweet looking and sounding so upset that monfils was injured and had to retire, he is a sweetie and it makes me love him more.

monfils im not a fan but its sad you couldn't finish the match.

the actual match was forgettable, but there was just no intensity between them.

why,marat,why?
01-26-2009, 02:41 AM
Who said that Simon was just a flash in the pan and had a fluke season last year? Keep it going, Gilles.

EternalxJourney
01-26-2009, 02:56 AM
I was rather indifferent to Simon before this match. But it was endearing to see him holding back tears after Gael's unfortunate retirement. Best of luck on the next round, Gilles! I'll be cheering for you.

Xristos
01-26-2009, 03:02 AM
What a bore of a match.

finishingmove
01-26-2009, 03:08 AM
what is wrong with monfils, and how bad is it?

roberthenman
01-26-2009, 03:39 AM
simon :yeah:

MsTree
01-26-2009, 03:52 AM
what is wrong with monfils, and how bad is it?
He had the trainer out twice and got strapping on his wrist. Don't know anymore just yet!
http://www.smh.com.au/news/sport/tennis/simon-through-after-monfils-injury/2009/01/26/1232818311316.html

The Freak
01-26-2009, 03:57 AM
That's a shame. Get well soon Gael. :sad:

These French guys always seem to have bizarre, ugly matches against each other..or at least Gael. :rolleyes:

Lee
01-26-2009, 04:19 AM
A good match to watch if you desperate for some sleep

Spes
01-26-2009, 04:28 AM
Boring match, neither wanted to embarass the other by hitting a winner it seemed.

Monfils must have been hanging around with Azarenka too much this week.

MsTree
01-26-2009, 04:37 AM
Gael's interview
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2009-01-26/200901261232940453750.html
Q. What is your injury? What happened?

GAEL MONFILS: I mean, exactly I don't know, but like I think I twist my wrist. I don't make like an exam, but my wrist is not very good, so...

Q. Could it be related to the new racquets?

GAEL MONFILS: No, I don't think so.

Q. Was that the first time it actually hurt?

GAEL MONFILS: The wrist?

Q. Yes.

GAEL MONFILS: I had a problem on the left one last year. I think it's pretty similar, but I'm not sure a hundred percent. But it was the left one.

Q. Do you know how it happened?

GAEL MONFILS: Happen during the game slowly. Then like when I really feel it was at 3‑1 for Gilles. I mean, it was maybe 3‑0 I serve, that service game, then I start to feel it like very heavy.

Then I asked the physio. I was thinking maybe it was on my head. Then I say, I feel it. I ask the physio and finish.

Q. In the first set you were playing pretty cagey, not big shots. Was that not because of your wrist but a tactical decision?

GAEL MONFILS: I tried to do something else, but actually was shit.

Q. Why did you switch racquets? Did you have any problems adjusting to Prince?

GAEL MONFILS: Because I think the racquet Prince made was maybe a little better than the Head by the past. I feel like I'm more comfortable on it.

To step in was a little better, I was thinking. I use less power maybe, not to hit too hard. Was little bit more flexible, so that's why.

Q. Were you able to make the change quickly with no problems?

GAEL MONFILS: Yeah, yeah.

Q. You think it gives you more power or what exactly?

GAEL MONFILS: Yeah, I feel maybe a little more power on some shots, and then more control on some one else. Like my forehand return I think is more better because I don't have to hit too, too hard to get back the ball, and more simple because the racquet help me a little bit.

I think I have more power from my backhand, so that's why.

Q. This is the first time you played Gilles. You're obviously close friends. Did you say much to each other as you were walking out?

GAEL MONFILS: No, we talk like normal. I mean, it's okay.

Q. You were 10 meters in front of him. Was it normal to have that big gap and Gilles to catch up?

GAEL MONFILS: At least when we were on court we try to forget it. But still, we know like it's for so long, so it's okay.

It's the first time we play on a tournament, but I hope the next time will be maybe in the semis or quarters. So it's okay. It's the first time, but not the last time I hope.

"GAEL MONFILS: I tried to do something else, but actually was shit." :lol:

orangehat
01-26-2009, 04:39 AM
Hopefully monfils is fine. Though i'm not a big fan of either of them. Anyway, it was a total practice match really. I would have rather been watching a WTA match.

Fuego Frío
01-26-2009, 04:52 AM
Was it me or did they kiss on the cheeck at the end ?

MsTree
01-26-2009, 04:58 AM
http://img2.menstennisforums.com/500/aor49.jpg
Awwwww! :hearts:

TankingTheSet
01-26-2009, 05:01 AM
One thing is for sure, Gilles Simon will be home to the top-10 for some time to come, he could even make the top-5. He could lose first rounds for 6 months straight from now on and still be in the top-10.

Fuego Frío
01-26-2009, 05:02 AM
http://img2.menstennisforums.com/500/aor49.jpg
Awwwww! :hearts:

:)

Dont the Spaniards do it sometimes ?

MsTree
01-26-2009, 05:06 AM
:devil: Doesn't everyone do it sometimes? :devil:

sammy01
01-26-2009, 05:10 AM
:devil: Doesn't everyone do it sometimes? :devil:

i even enjoy it :o:devil:

gillian
01-26-2009, 05:11 AM
Poor Gilles looked as upset as Monfils.

martinatreue
01-26-2009, 05:19 AM
It's part of the French culture to kiss on the cheek. Gilles is a sweetie. I am not a Monfils fan because he seems very passive-aggressive, but I hope gets better.

martinatreue
01-26-2009, 05:20 AM
Monfils said in the press conference "Maybe the injury is in my head" :rolleyes:

MsTree
01-26-2009, 05:22 AM
One thing is for sure, Gilles Simon will be home to the top-10 for some time to come, he could even make the top-5. He could lose first rounds for 6 months straight from now on and still be in the top-10.

He has very few points to defend from the first part of last season so anything he picks up now is a bonus :)

xargon
01-26-2009, 05:35 AM
Cahill said his injury is suspect and he has a habit of retiring in one of every 27 matches.

habibko
01-26-2009, 06:19 AM
Q. In the first set you were playing pretty cagey, not big shots. Was that not because of your wrist but a tactical decision?

GAEL MONFILS: "I tried to do something else, but actually was shit."

:worship: :o

Nathaliia
01-26-2009, 06:32 AM
Gael at the press conf = :worship:

Gael on the court = :awww: how unlucky!

hehe that French kiss, sexy one :devil:

Langers
01-26-2009, 07:29 AM
Cahill said his injury is suspect and he has a habit of retiring in one of every 27 matches.
Finally someone else sees through this phony. :)

Simon, you're a gun but harden up, you need to realise your mate is a tool.

Bilbo
01-26-2009, 07:31 AM
expected one

HeretiC
01-26-2009, 07:41 AM
it's actually much better for Simon to go to the potential QF with Nadal fresh and healthy, this increases his chances.

haven't seen this one, and sounds like I did the right thing.

But you missed a 45 point rally, with Gael hitting something like 21 BH CC slices and ending a point with BH DTL slice winner. It was the most boring tennis point I have seen - ever.

Forehander
01-26-2009, 07:45 AM
This is funny. People talk about the arrogant self-obsessed brat's extreme talents, but do you guys see his forehand? That's possibly one of the wrist-iest forehand I've seen on a professional player. He's got great flexibility, mobility and explosive power with the drive sure. But with his techniques and style he'll have a wrist problem if he continues to crack those 170-190kph forehand of his very very soon. He'll never make it.

flexeter
01-26-2009, 08:42 AM
This was just soooo boring. But happy for Gilles, now roast the piggy!

Truc
01-26-2009, 10:04 AM
Cahill said his injury is suspect and he has a habit of retiring in one of every 27 matches.I find it unbelievable to say something like that on TV. Absolutely nothing made that injury suspect. He had been serving poorly since the beginning of the match and it obviously got worse on a serve. Simon was playing like shit. Why would Monfils retire in a Slam?
Is Cahill often talking out of his arse?

reggie1
01-26-2009, 10:53 AM
I find it unbelievable to say something like that on TV. Absolutely nothing made that injury suspect. He had been serving poorly since the beginning of the match and it obviously got worse on a serve. Simon was playing like shit. Why would Monfils retire in a Slam?
Is Cahill often talking out of his arse?
I think he does but then Roger Rasheed did it the other day with that Aussie female player. I think the commentators just want to generate headlines for themselves.
Bad luck for Gael but happy for Gilles. The french players all seem like such good friends, they always have strange subdued matches against each other.

Truc
01-26-2009, 11:00 AM
I think he does but then Roger Rasheed did it the other day with that Aussie female player. I think the commentators just want to generate headlines for themselves.You mean Rasheed's comments on Dellacqua when he said he's baffled that girls in tennis can actually "carry excess baggage"? It's different.

Bernard Black
01-26-2009, 11:28 AM
This was such a boring match. Long rallies + zero point construction = zzzzz

Simon will be tough to beat though, I have to say, he's rock solid from the baseline

gjr
01-26-2009, 12:16 PM
I was there and thank the Lord they stopped it.

What a mess of a match. I nodded off at one stage and when i woke up I thought they where still knocking up.

Best part of the match? When i left just before the end. 2 passive players = shit as Gael would say.

Sebby
01-26-2009, 12:54 PM
Monfils and Tsonga are big and tough but they're two physical midgets.

Beforehand
01-26-2009, 01:32 PM
But you missed a 45 point rally, with Gael hitting something like 21 BH CC slices and ending a point with BH DTL slice winner. It was the most boring tennis point I have seen - ever.

That was the most hilarious point in the history of tennis. I remember thinking "Poor Gilles Simon is the only player ranked this highly who could possibly lose such a ridiculous point on such a ridiculous shot." I mean, they're sitting there, pushing backhands at each other, and then Gilles pushes a shot three feet into the court, and follows it in, and Gael floats a slice down the line right past the dude?

Simon is a very smart guy, but :retard: that point.

richie21
01-26-2009, 01:34 PM
Too simple.

Truc
01-26-2009, 01:50 PM
That was the most hilarious point in the history of tennis. I remember thinking "Poor Gilles Simon is the only player ranked this highly who could possibly lose such a ridiculous point on such a ridiculous shot." I mean, they're sitting there, pushing backhands at each other, and then Gilles pushes a shot three feet into the court, and follows it in, and Gael floats a slice down the line right past the dude?

Simon is a very smart guy, but :retard: that point.He said in his post-match interview in French that he felt forced to do something because he could hear the people laughing and poking fun at them in the stands, so he ventured to the net when he obviously shouldn't have. :lol:
The whole match was such a surreal joke.

Beforehand
01-26-2009, 01:52 PM
Simon's interview was really endearing, too. Lots of "I know it sucked, sorry, but I wanted to win." and other fun stuff.

EDIT: Someone asked him about playing Nadal like that, and he was kind of "I'm going to play faster against Nadal. :retard:" I'm glad he thought the interviewer was as stupid as I did.

Fedexex
01-26-2009, 02:36 PM
Simon:woohoo::hearts:

Langers
01-26-2009, 02:49 PM
Quite possibly the strangest match ever. I'm still recovering.

Arkulari
01-26-2009, 02:55 PM
Gilles was so shocked at the end, in the interview he said it wasn't the way he wanted to win and that Gael and him are very good friends :hug:

Minerva
01-26-2009, 03:31 PM
What a sorry excuse of a 4th round match in a grand slam, between a top 10 player and a top 10 wannabe.

Just awful! :zzz:

Waterfox
01-26-2009, 04:16 PM
is it me or did
Gilles
have an erection during the match??

Waterfox
01-26-2009, 04:30 PM
had Simone not been qute...
i wouldnt have been watching this match

Montego
01-26-2009, 06:33 PM
I felt asleep in the middle of the first set. When I woke up and saw the score - I already knew that falling asleep was a good choice.

wally1
01-26-2009, 09:13 PM
One of the most sorry excuses for a professional tennis match I've ever seen (or at least the first set was before I gave up).

Guy Haines
01-26-2009, 09:52 PM
:devil: Doesn't everyone do it sometimes? :devil:

:lol:

:devil:

Oh yeah, the match itself...:unsure::bolt:...Navratilova said they were trying to play cat and mouse, but both were mice.

Gilles in the quarters! :D I knew he'd break the 3rd-round barrier this year. And he's going to keep breaking it.

Certinfy
01-26-2009, 10:04 PM
Anyone link me to any highlights?

Surely match couldn't of been rly bad.

MacTheKnife
01-26-2009, 10:11 PM
That was the most boring tennis match I've ever tried to watch. I was just wondering who'd get bored into retirement first.

Boarder35m
01-26-2009, 10:20 PM
Anyone link me to any highlights?

Surely match couldn't of been rly bad.


Well in fact the higlight was really when they din´t continue because of the noise :eek:, the rest of the match was terrible to watch.

I watched it on Eurosport and the commentators were begging for a womens match.


But I guess it must be really hard to play someone you know so well and like so much :angel:

Certinfy
01-26-2009, 10:30 PM
Well in fact the higlight was really when they din´t continue because of the noise :eek:, the rest of the match was terrible to watch.

I watched it on Eurosport and the commentators were begging for a womens match.


But I guess it must be really hard to play someone you know so well and like so much :angel:Lol, haha thx.

Glad i didn't watch this. lol, and a women's match o_O

Haha yh i guess it would be.

rocketassist
11-11-2009, 06:27 PM
Best match ever.