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US Open Series 2009

Truc
08-07-2009, 07:50 AM
He's already in Montreal, so it looks like he's really back this time.

His schedule: Montreal and Cincy + USO

Some news in L'Equipe today:
http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2009/20090807_093315_monfils-de-retour.html
He's been training 5-6 hours a day lately. The article mentions the wrist and the knee again, but Chamagne (his condition trainer) says that he should be fine judging by how he's been hitting the ball in the past few days.

real_995
08-07-2009, 08:08 AM
finally gael play again good luck and thank you Truc for good news

Truc
08-07-2009, 03:50 PM
A short video of a practice session here:
http://communities.canada.com/montrealgazette/blogs/opencourt/archive/2009/08/07/on-the-practice-courts-aug-6-video.aspx

Rasheed is there too, it's been one year now since they started working together, it must be a record for Gaël! :worship:

Keijan
08-07-2009, 04:04 PM
Thanks ! I like the description "flashy Frenchman" :lol: a nice way to say that he's got no clue when it comes to colours. Orange and blue, Gael ? :rolleyes:
Ils se sont bien trouvés en effet. Ca me plait ;)

krn81
08-07-2009, 08:24 PM
He will play Safin in Montreal for first match :eek: remake of Miami...

Truc
08-08-2009, 08:58 AM
Quite heavy for a comeback, but I love his draw, only exciting match-ups!

(1) FEDERER, Roger SUI - BYE
KUNITSYN, Igor RUS – (WC) NIEMEYER, Frederic CAN
WAWRINKA, Stanislas SUI - KIEFER, Nicolas GER
Q/SE – (16) STEPANEK, Radek CZE

(9) SIMON, Gilles FRA – (WC) DANCEVIC, Frank CAN
SELA, Dudi ISR - Q/SE
SCHUETTLER, Rainer GER - SERRA, Florent FRA
BYE – (7) TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried FRA

(3) MURRAY, Andy GBR - BYE BYE
LU, Yen-Hsun TPE - CHARDY, Jeremy FRA
HEWITT, Lleyton AUS - Q/SE
SAFIN, Marat RUS – (13) MONFILS, Gael FRA

(11) GONZALEZ, Fernando CHI - BERDYCH, Tomas CZE
HAAS, Tommy GER - KARLOVIC, Ivo CRO
GARCIA-LOPEZ, Guillermo ESP - MATHIEU, Paul-Henri FRA
BYE – (8) DAVYDENKO, Nikolay RUS

Tess Gray
08-08-2009, 09:46 AM
Against Marat?I'm excited to see that one! Hopefully Marat won't surprise us with that hairdo again:tape::lol:


Allez Gael:bounce:

amdany
08-08-2009, 04:40 PM
Against Marat?I'm excited to see that one! Hopefully Marat won't surprise us with that hairdo again:tape::lol:

Allez Gael:bounce:

:lol: hopefully :help: good luck to both of them!!!

Naina
08-09-2009, 07:04 AM
Difficult Draw :(. Well at least I would be happy with either winner :o

Truc
08-09-2009, 07:35 PM
First match of the night session tomorrow (7pm, that's 1am in France).

Tess Gray
08-10-2009, 10:31 AM
1am? :( I might stay up for that... If I have nothing else to do, like sleeping:) Is anyone else here going to watch, because I'm not going to watch by myself, that's boring:p

amdany
08-10-2009, 03:31 PM
trust me, I 'd loooooooove to stay up with you but I've to get up a 5 am to go to work :(, I'm so gutted

Puschkin
08-10-2009, 11:41 PM
:eek: Nobody around?

Truc
08-10-2009, 11:54 PM
I'm watching, but I'm also watching Petzsche + working, so posting at the same time would really be too much asked.

Marat decided to play with handicap and to give Gaël a 4-0 lead in the 1st set.

Tess Gray
08-11-2009, 12:03 AM
I'm also watching!:) I didnt actually expect anybody to be here so I didn't even check.

Puschkin
08-11-2009, 12:03 AM
Marat decided to play with handicap and to give Gaël a 4-0 lead in the 1st set.
:wavey: Marat needed me watching. :p My alarm was a bit late. Commentators say that he was dreadful in the beginning, but things have changed a little. But a lot may happen still.

Tess Gray
08-11-2009, 12:08 AM
Amazing shot!

Puschkin
08-11-2009, 12:13 AM
Gael, what a defender!

Tess Gray
08-11-2009, 12:22 AM
Dammit 3rd set!:( Please don't make us sweat like last time:o:lol:

Puschkin
08-11-2009, 12:30 AM
Dammit 3rd set!:( Please don't make us sweat like last time:o:lol:
:eek: Where did that break come from? But you don't have to worry yet, Marat might lose the advantage immediately. :wavey:

Tess Gray
08-11-2009, 12:35 AM
No suck luck!:( At least hold serve here, please!

EDIT: Oh, nice easy hold. Wasn't expecting that:lol:

Puschkin
08-11-2009, 12:42 AM
No suck luck!
Didn't I tell you? ;)

Tess Gray
08-11-2009, 12:42 AM
Yay break back!:D Loved the yell, I missed a bit of energy in this match tbh.

Tess Gray
08-11-2009, 12:43 AM
Didn't I tell you? ;)

Yes :lol:

And a solid service game to back it up!:)

Puschkin
08-11-2009, 12:48 AM
And a solid service game to back it up!:)
I dare to predict a break for Gael!

Tess Gray
08-11-2009, 12:49 AM
You're right again!:eek:

Puschkin
08-11-2009, 12:54 AM
You're right again!:eek:
Well, it is not that hard, I have been following Marat for many years. ;) And quite a lot this year as it will be his last one. His feet are slow and his heart is not there anymore.

Tess Gray
08-11-2009, 12:59 AM
:bounce: Good win Gael!

Now back to bed;) Night!:wavey:

Will you be hanging around for Gilles?

Puschkin
08-11-2009, 01:01 AM
Will you be hanging around for Gilles?
At least for one set, I hope. Well done Gael, good return after that long injury break.

Tess Gray
08-11-2009, 01:03 AM
At least for one set, I hope. Well done Gael, good return after that long injury break.

Alright, well have fun then;) :wavey:

Ciarán.
08-11-2009, 01:04 AM
He's back :D

krn81
08-11-2009, 02:09 AM
Good return :worship:

I could not see the match, I could not get up, so happy i could see next round ;)

PinkFeatherBoa
08-11-2009, 04:04 AM
Good to see Gael back again.

Truc
08-11-2009, 11:35 AM
Marco's match report in the tournament sub:
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=8942563&postcount=53

Truc
08-11-2009, 07:47 PM
His knee is quite worrying again. Articles says he was putting ice on his knee after the match and he says he wasn't sure to play Montreal. But it had been such a long break already, he really wanted to come back.
He says a surgery would really help, but since he can play with it if he follows all the required treatements, it doesn't sound like he considers the surgery option right now.

I didn't notice he was hampered in his movement yesterday. He looked quite rusty to me, but I thought that he was at least moving well.

Ferrero now, they've never played before.

Truc
08-12-2009, 07:08 AM
G. MONFILS/M. Safin
6-2, 3-6, 6-2

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Your first match in quite a while. How did you feel out there?
GAËL MONFILS: It was -- I mean, I was pretty excited because it was the first match in two months. I feel great.
I mean, I didn't really expect to play that good today. I mean, I served pretty good, high percentage. I have a good return. Physically I feel comfortable on the court, so I was pretty happy with my performance today.

Q. How is the knee?
GAËL MONFILS: It's been good. It's been good. I received a lot of treatment since two months, and now I get used to play with, and now I know likewise my limit and where I can push it, so it's okay.

Q. You do a lot of the splits and things on court. Of course, it's fun to watch, but do you get told that maybe if you didn't do that so much you'd be injured less often?
GAËL MONFILS: But if I didn't do that, I will not win the point. I mean, it's part of me. It's my nature to play like that, to slide and -- I mean, when I saw the ball, I mean, I don't even think, oh, yeah, shit, I'm going to make the slide and it's going to be fun. I just do it, because I know it's the way I can reach the ball. It's part of me.
So if you take out this, I think I will be not the same player what I am.

Q. You had a couple of good matches with Marat this year. Is he still fun to play and playing at a good level?
GAËL MONFILS: Yeah. I mean, I really like to play against him. I mean, first of all, I have great respect for this player. He had a great career.
Now he's got old, so maybe it's tough for him not to play like his best level every week, but, yeah, I mean, he's dangerous. I mean, he was up a set and break, so we never know. In one match he can play very, very strong. I mean, I'm very happy to win tonight.

Q. What about as a person? Did you look up to him when you were younger?
GAËL MONFILS: Yeah, yeah. I mean, I used to, with my friends, to watch him when he was young. He have a very good personality. I think he don't enjoy it on the court even sometime. He can be loony, smash his racquet and speak a lot.
But I mean, he had great tennis, and I mean, he have a lot of talent. Of course when I was younger I did like to watch him.

http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=58341

Truc
08-12-2009, 07:09 AM
He's patient, I would be much more sarcastic if I was asked for the 1453th time: "do you get told that maybe if you didn't do that so much you'd be injured less often?" People really treat him as an idiot.

Not before 13:00 today (19:00 for us).

Puschkin
08-12-2009, 07:28 AM
Ferrero now, they've never played before.
Should be interesting. I saw Ferrero against Hewitt, and he was good. So I think a sterner test than Marat is awaiting Gael, and after that we'll know where he stands. Defending won't be good enough, Ferrero can go on endlessly in ralllies waiting patiently for the short ball to strike.

Truc
08-12-2009, 10:50 AM
He is the underdog for the bookies, he has odds over 2.2 on Betfair.

lisaplenske
08-12-2009, 12:19 PM
good luck gael!

Tess Gray
08-12-2009, 06:02 PM
Gael 5-2 down so far. :help: JCF is playing very well.

Puschkin
08-12-2009, 06:07 PM
:wavey: I am staying away from here today.I am in the other camp.

Tess Gray
08-12-2009, 06:10 PM
:wavey: I am staying away from here today.I am in the other camp.

:o that's so mean! Well, you're winning so far:sad:

Puschkin
08-12-2009, 06:48 PM
great point for Gael to 15-30 at 5-4 second set, the rally was endless. How many shots? 40+?

amdany
08-12-2009, 06:56 PM
they are both playing well right now

simplet
08-12-2009, 07:00 PM
Shame he had a brain cramp on the set point, he deserved to take that at least. Man those dropshots were awful. He's fighting really well though.

edit : why is Ferrerro dressed like a ballboy?

simplet
08-12-2009, 07:16 PM
nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

amdany
08-12-2009, 07:17 PM
:sad: for Gael but Juanqui was awesome, fully deserved win!

Truc
08-13-2009, 07:02 AM
His reaction in L'Equipe, he says he's lacking match practice. He's also aware he should attack his BH more.
http://img2.pict.com/43/38/4f/1456153/0/jemanquedematches.jpg

Truc
08-13-2009, 07:15 AM
The journalist tells him he won the most spectacular points of the match, but unfortunately not the last one.
"Who cares about beautiful points? Only the win counts." He's lacking match practice, took a poor start, JCF was very good too. He tried to adjust, but too late. He saw that JCF was missing a lot of volleys yesterday, so he was trying to make him come to the net, but he persisted too much in doing that. And he needs to get his bearings, his movement is too purely "lateral" on his backhand side while he needs to go more into the ball (I don't know how to say all those technical things in English, sorry). He knows that his shots will have more weight if he does so.
It has nothing to do with his movement being hampered by the knee, it's just a mental thing.
He's disappointed by the way he handled the tie-break too, his lack of match practice showed again then.
But he thinks he is in the right frame of mind and is glad to have another chance to do it better nex week already.

Truc
08-13-2009, 07:31 AM
Marco's match report and pics:
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=8952023&postcount=77

lisaplenske
08-13-2009, 02:23 PM
at least he knows exactly what was wrong in this match, hope for a better showing at cincinatti

merci Fran for the article

Truc
08-13-2009, 10:04 PM
krystlel's take on the match, always a good read:
http://www.tennis-brain.com/2009/08/juan-carlos-ferreros-mini-resurgence.html

Truc
08-14-2009, 10:40 PM
Karlovic in the 1st round of Cincy. :fiery:

Naina
08-15-2009, 04:38 AM
Karlovic in the 1st round of Cincy. :fiery:

Horrible Draw.:(

Truc
08-17-2009, 07:03 AM
2nd match of the day on Center Court, at least it's at a decent time for the Europeans.

4th match between them, Karlovic retired in Sunrise, then Gaël beat him in that Monte-Carlo match where Karlovic didn't hit an ace, but I don't know if Karlovic was completely fit, and he took his revenge in Nottingham but this time Gaël clearly had a problem with his shoulder.

I remember Karlovic made a stupid statement after their last match in Nottingham, poking fun at Gaël for being always injured, so please shut him up, Gaël.

Tess Gray
08-17-2009, 12:24 PM
Allez Gael:yeah: Please shut Karlovic up:o He's annoying:p

Tess Gray
08-17-2009, 04:42 PM
Gael Just walked on to court:):yeah:

Allez :bounce:

Naina
08-17-2009, 04:45 PM
Good Luck :bounce:

Tess Gray
08-17-2009, 05:01 PM
Karlovic just broke :(

Truc
08-17-2009, 05:02 PM
Yeah, from 40-15 on Karlovic's serve to one break down.
And the cameras are showing only Karlovic, it's getting annoying, we spent the whole changeover admiring Karlovic sitting on his chair. Very exciting.

Puschkin
08-17-2009, 05:15 PM
And the cameras are showing only Karlovic, it's getting annoying, we spent the whole changeover admiring Karlovic sitting on his chair. Very exciting.
Like his tennis! :rolleyes: I tried to watch, but I can't, I am on PHM/Zverev.

simplet
08-17-2009, 05:26 PM
Honestly Gael still has a lot of work to do mentally. He just dodged a bullet here, but it's not as if he was pumping himself up and trying to really get back into it. He started the match nonchalantly, didn't take his chances, got broken, then went directly from nonchalant to blasé.

Tess Gray
08-17-2009, 05:27 PM
I didn't think PHM was going to win this match after the first set, but he is doing very well in the third!

Tess Gray
08-17-2009, 05:28 PM
Dammit Gael:sad:

Truc
08-17-2009, 06:08 PM
TB :scared: He's improving, but still.
It can't be his last preparation match before the US Open already, it seems he just came back on the tour!

Phew, awesome get at 1-2, allez.

Truc
08-17-2009, 06:12 PM
Karlovic *5-4. :(

5-5 with a lob. :lol: :worship:

simplet
08-17-2009, 06:13 PM
Wow what a way to end a tie-break

Truc
08-17-2009, 06:13 PM
Did he pump himself up enough for your liking on that passing-shot at 5-5? :p

What a finish in the tiebreak!

simplet
08-17-2009, 06:33 PM
My god, when did Karlovic become the volley master? His volleys are incredible.

Did he just play a dropshot winner (almost)?

Truc
08-17-2009, 06:43 PM
Gaël is volleying pretty well too for his standards.

4-4, allez.

simplet
08-17-2009, 06:44 PM
Gaël is volleying pretty well too for his standards.

true. Nice pick-up just there.

Truc
08-17-2009, 06:52 PM
Now watch him lose because of that missed BH volley at 40-30. :p

Phew, nicely done, 5-5.
I liked his "sneak attack", too bad he wasn't rewarded for it, he definitely tries to mix up his game more today.

Truc
08-17-2009, 07:03 PM
:( :(

Gaël always is so nice in defeat, I find it amazing - j'aurais envie de tout casser si j'étais lui.

simplet
08-17-2009, 07:08 PM
:( :(

Gaël always is such a nice loser, I find it amazing - j'aurais envie de tout casser si j'étais lui.

What a disgusting tie-break. 5 full aces? Gael didn't even get to touch the ball on Karlovic serve. That's not tennis.

Truc
08-18-2009, 06:40 AM
The article in L'Equipe today:
Monfils dans l’inconnu
Le Français a besoin de compétition, mais Karlovic l’a stoppé net. Les repères font défaut.

GAËL MONFILS avait déjà croisé la route d’Ivo Karlovic une première fois. C’était en 2008, à Monte-Carlo, et le Français avait battu le géant Croate (2,08 m) sans encaisser – fait rarissime ! – le moindre ace de toute la rencontre. Le Français n’en a gardé aucun souvenir. Deux mois plus tard, Gaël Monfils avait croisé une deuxième fois la route d’Ivo Karlovic. C’était à Nottingham, sur gazon, où le Croate avait alors fait parler la poudre et imposé toute sa puissance de feu (11 aces). Le Français n’en a gardé aucun souvenir. Hier, à Cincinnati, Gaël Monfils a croisé la route d’Ivo Karlovic pour la troisième fois. Et il y a fort à parier que le Français,une fois de plus, n’en gardera pas le moindre souvenir. « Et puis, d’ailleurs, se souvenir de quoi ? rigolait-il après sa défaite en trois sets (6-4, 6-7, 7-6). Qu’il a de mieux en mieux servi pendant le match, qu’il m’a balancé vingt et un aces dont cinq sur les sept points du dernier tie-break ? Quand on a dit ça, on a tout dit. » Tout est dit et rien n’est vraiment dit à la fois. Car Gaël Monfils, venu à Montréal puis à Cincinnati pour engranger un maximum de matches avant l’US Open, ne peut que se retrouver des plus frustrés. Et des plus perplexes quant aux choix à effectuer à deux semaines de l’ouverture de l’US Open.

« Le peu que j’ai pu faire, j’ai bien aimé »
« Là, à chaud, je serais bien en peine de vous dire ce que je vais faire dans les quinze prochains jours, avoue-t-il. Quand je suis arrivé à Montréal, j’avais six jours de tennis derrière moi. Là, j’en ai beaucoup plus et je me sens super bien à l’entraînement. Est-ce que ça vaut le coup d’hypothéquer tous ces progrès en allant m’inscrire dans un tournoi de plus (New Haven) où je risque de connaître une frustration semblable à celle que j’ai éprouvée aujourd’hui contre Karlovic ? D’un autre côté, quinze jours à attendre pour NewYork, c’est un peu long. Faut voir…» Pour Paul-Henri Mathieu, le choix le plus judicieux serait de ne pas se risquer à un enchaînement de tournois qui pourrait tout remettre en question. « À partir de mon expérience, je sais qu’il vaut mieux s’abstenir d’enchaîner tous les tournois avant l’US Open, rappelait-il. Il y a deux ans, j’avais voulu tout faire, j’étais arrivé en demi-finales à New Haven et j’avais explosé au premier tour à Flushing. J’étais arrivé là-bas complètement cramé. Et je me suis dit : plus jamais ça ! » Reste que, pour Gaël Monfils, privé cet été pendant deux mois de compétition à cause d’une entorse au poignet, la perspective de se voir privé de repères avant d’affronter le grand juge de paix new-yorkais risque aussi d’être fatale. « J’ai conscience du danger. D’autant qu’avec Roger (Rasheed, son coach) on était d’accord pour dire dans les vestiaires après le match que, en dépit des circonstances, je m’étais tout de même pas mal débrouillé. Physiquement, je suis bien, je n’ai mal nulle part et, quand on a pu faire un peu de jeu, j’étais plutôt bien sur la balle. C’était bien parti au Canada (une victoire contre Safin avant de perdre contre Ferrero) et c’est dommage que le fait de rencontrer d’entrée un joueur comme Karlovic ne m’ait pas permis de poursuivre sur ma lancée. Mais le peu que j’ai pu faire, j’ai bien aimé. » Alors, la route de New York passera-t- elle par un nouveau long tunnel d’entraînement ou par New Haven ? Une chose est sûre : Ivo Karlovic et ses vingt et un aces ne l’auront guère aidé, hier, dans sa réflexion.
MARC BEAUPÈRE

Truc
08-18-2009, 06:53 AM
He might play New Haven. Here's a simplified translation of the last part (the first part is about the match, he says there's not much to say except that Karlovic was serving better and better and served 5 aces in the TB - "that's the story of the match"):
"Right now, I really can't say what I'm going to do in the next 2 weeks. I arrived in Montreal with only 6 days of training under my belt. But I've practiced a lot in the meantime and I'm feeling really well now in training. Should I take the risk of entering one more tournament and maybe ruining this good feeling again if I have another frustrating experience like against Karlovic today? On the other hand, to wait 2 more weeks before NY is a bit much. I'll have to think about it..."
PHM says that playing New Haven never is a good idea. He did it 2 years ago, made it to the SF in New Haven and was dead for his 1st round in NY. He will never do that again.
But Gaël's situation is special as he was out for 2 months already this summer because of his wrist. "I'm aware of the danger. With Roger, we agreed in the locker rooms after the match that I did pretty well under the circumstances. I'm feeling well physically, nothing hurts (!!!!) and when we were playing a little bit, I was moving and hitting the ball quite well. I had got off to a good start in Canada and it's too bad I had to play a player like Karlovic here which didn't allow me to keep going. But I liked the bit of tennis I could play."

JMG
08-18-2009, 01:16 PM
Sick winner at 1-2 in the tb. :worship:

You could hear that the crowd wanted Gael to win, Karlovic got hardly any applause. When he aced it was almost silent. I can understand them.

I hope he plays Roddick in New York, this would be entertainment, as their RG match was the funniest of the season so far imo. (and I enjoyed Gael's behaviour there :tape: ) :D

Truc
08-26-2009, 07:11 AM
Rasheed says again in L'Equipe today that Gaël is feeling perfectly fine atm and has no physical problems.
He's in NY and working, he trained with Sela yesterday, with Jo the day before (Wino, Jo's coach: "it was... let's say... spectacular! At least they had fun. They teased each other a lot, but in a good spirit. They played a couple of games which turned into a sliding contest.")

The usual Gaël stuff, quoi. Wasting precious training time (Ouanna's coach explains in the same article that it's quite tough for non-seeded players to practice properly as they're only allowed 45 minutes on a court with 4 players), but at least he's having fun.

soulage
08-27-2009, 04:13 PM
He takes Jeremy Chardy first round :sad: Why ?

krn81
08-27-2009, 04:58 PM
:sad: Nooo
And Richard against Rafa and Tsonga also in this quarter :sad:

Naina
08-28-2009, 03:38 PM
BAD BAD draw :fiery:
Please beat jeremy :D I am not going to think beyond that right now :angel:

Truc
09-01-2009, 09:51 PM
1st match on Grandstand tomorrow, let's hope he won't celebrate his birthday too late tonight.
He isn't a morning person, I hope Jèrémy isn't either?

Truc
09-02-2009, 07:01 PM
Jérémy was woeful, but Gaël did a good job too, only 12 UE, solid serve, moving well.

The audio interviews:
http://www.fft.fr/usopen/2009/?id=5252
The little boxing celebration was a hint at M. Ali because he had watched a movie about him this morning. It sounds like it's his new passion, he says he has used the time when he couldn't play to discover a few things and other sportsmen.

Beck now, it will be their first match.

nab_94
09-02-2009, 07:31 PM
Good Job Gael even if i cant see the match :mad:
And next is Andreas Beck, allez Gael :angel:

Truc
09-03-2009, 06:52 AM
The match report from the tournament site:
Happy Birthday (Plus 1) for Gael Monfils
By Vince Pisano - Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Rising star Gael Monfils celebrated his September 1 birthday in great style Wednesday, dominating his countryman Jeremy Chardy in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3. Perhaps turning 23 was not the reason for his complete mastery of 22-year-old Chardy, but on a perfect day in the Grandstand, he could do nothing wrong while Chardy could hardly do anything right.

Prior to today’s match, Monfils’ fourth US Open, he was ranked 13th in the world and his career has been on a major upswing. In 2008, Gael advanced to the round of 16 at the US Open, where he lost to Mardy Fish, after having reached the semifinals at the French Open, losing to Roger Federer. This year he has continued to advance, reaching the round of 16 at the Australian Open and the quarterfinals at Roland Garros. Jeremy Chardy has not done poorly himself and was expected to give Monfils a tough match. Chandry’s big 2009 included reaching the last 16 in the French Open as a wild card and doing well in the US Open Series events, again reaching the round of 16 in Cincinnati. Chardy is now ranked 34th in the world, one spot from his first seeding in a major.

History aside, however, today belonged to Monfils. His court coverage was spectacular, sliding around for wide and short shots as if he were on clay. Sore knees or not, he vowed to continue his “sliderman” approach through the tournament. Monfils’ strong forehand and defensive backhand seemed to always find the court while Chardy struggled to get anything inside the lines. Unforced errors reflected the true nature of this match, with Chardy hitting 40 to Monfils’ 12.

One of Monfils’ few mistakes took place on the first point of the match. Chardy hit his first serve and watched the return without moving, thinking it was long. It was called good. He challenged. The shot turned out to be in by a millimeter and both he and the umpire burst out laughing at what may well have been the earliest use of a challenge since it was first instituted at the US Open. When Gael turned back to tennis, however, he turned it on. His first service break of the match, in only the second game, was greatly helped by two double faults by Chardy and a Chardy backhand into the net. The key to the set, and possibly the match, came in the fifth game, with Monfils serving and Chardy getting his first break point. There followed the longest rally of the match, with Monfils mixing looping forehands, defensive cross court backhands and laser-like forehands, with Chardy hitting his flat forehand with some accuracy. Finally looking for a way to end the point, Chardy hit a soft drop shot, bringing on Monfils’ first mad dash and slide, reaching the ball and hitting a cross court winner. He then served out the game and ultimately the set in a 25 minute highlight reel.

The second set looked like it could be a turning point for Chardy as he began to turn up the heat on his serve and sent Monfils tumbling for one of his sharply angled forehands. At 4-4, however, with Chardy serving, the wheels came off for good. A weak volley led to a Monfils’ passing shot, and two short service returns by Monfils were hit into the net, a pattern that continued to the end of the match. Monfils broke and served out the set.

By the third set, the only question mark was how many times Chardy’s flat forehand would hit the middle of the net, especially on short shots by Monfils. Game one of the third set, with Chardy serving, consisted of an ace, a mishit, an attempted drop shot that hit the net, another mishit and a forehand into the net - and a 1-0 lead for Monfils. Monfils did try to make it interesting by coming to the net, actually – halfway to the net – several times at 2-1 and gifting Chardy two break points, but an ace and an unforced error by Chardy took care of those and two aces closed out the game. Game 4 is one I’m sure Mr. Chardy will never watch on tape. With the score 3-1, he fought off a breakpoint, and had game point five times. With five chances to possibly get back into the match, he hit a short shot by Monfils into the net four times and double faulted once. Despite losing his serve in the next game, Monfils was clearly ready to finish the match and fittingly, with a triple break point at 5-3, slid into a drop volley by Chardy and hit a clean cross court passing shot winner. Nothing to do after that but a little shadow boxing dance and a big smile.

Gael Monfils is clearly on a roll and is a fan favorite. He said his parents brought him up to always be happy on the court and he showed it. It helps to have a straight set win. If he can use his backhand as a weapon a little more often, he may have a bright 2009 US Open.
http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/match_reports/2009-09-02/200909021251933985890.html

http://www.usopen.org/images/pics/large/b_004_monfils.jpg

Truc
09-03-2009, 06:55 AM
And the post-match interview:
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You've had a number of injury issues. Are you completely healthy coming into this tournament?

GÄEL MONFILS: Completely much better, but I think I still have a little problem with my knee and I have to make sure. My wrist is getting better, so I'm quite good. But 100%? Not really.

Q. Do you have to tone down your game, play not as aggressively as you used to because of the injury?

GÄEL MONFILS: No, I just be myself. Why I would change my game? Because I was born like that. I mean, I was gifted like that, so I'm not gonna change my game about my injury. I used to go like that and I have knee problems, so I just have to make sure I am again vigorous, and I just try to be me and play aggressive style, whatever.

Q. How do you feel about your chances coming into the US Open?

GÄEL MONFILS: Pretty good. Pretty good. I feel great. I feel great the ball. I think I had a good match today. I have a day off tomorrow, so yeah, I feel good. Hope to be very fine.

Q. What was working well for you today out there?

GÄEL MONFILS: Actually, I think like my best thing about today was I tried to play inside the court, tried to be more aggressive, and not going too far off my baseline. So this was good. Not too good the serve. It was okay, 57, I think, percent. But 12 aces, none double faults, so actually the rest was quite correct. So I'm happy.

Q. Can you talk about your style of play a little bit? Some fans give you the nickname Slider Man, and they enjoy seeing you on the court, how colorful you are and happy you seem to be. Talk about that a little bit.

GÄEL MONFILS: I'm pretty natural on the court. I mean, the slide is like a gift, because when I see the ball and I don't know how to reach it, I just slide. Actually, I can slide on the hardcourt also, so it's a gift, I think.I'm happy on the court because my parents always learn me to be happy on the court. They told me always it's somewhere you can express yourself, you can be you. So I just keep doing it. Every time I'm on the court I just enjoy.I'm lucky to be on the tennis court, so just be myself and just leave my expectations out.

Q. Last year after some matches that you won, you did a Soulja Boy dance. Will there be anything explosive like that this year?

GÄEL MONFILS: Depends. I mean, depends, depends, because it change a little bit, dance, since Soulja Boy. So now, I don't know. Depends on my elation. Maybe. Why not?
http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/interviews/2009-09-02/200909021251918867656.html

His serve looked fine to me, I hadn't paid attention to the stats.
L'Equipe writes it's Rasheed who makes him watch the Muhammad Ali stuff before his matches.

Keijan
09-03-2009, 07:56 AM
Thanks! What does elation mean ?
I like what he's saying about Ali. I obviously wanted Gaël to win, but Jim was so out of it it was painful to watch, and I felt bad for him !

The review of the match is funny too, but I don't get the story about the first point (which I didn't see). Jérémy lost his challenge for an inch, so how is that a mistake from Gaël ? I would have liked to see them laugh though.

Truc
09-03-2009, 09:27 AM
Same here, I wanted to rewatch the beginning again because I don't remember either what happened exactly on the first point, but his match isn't in the Eurosport archive yet.
(I've heard you can rewatch the matches on the Tennis Channel website too, but it doesn't seem to work for me and since I have this subscription to the Eurosport archive anyway, I haven't looked for other videos.)

(Je pense qu'il veut dire avec "elation" que la danse varie selon son état d'allégresse à la fin du match!)

He seems to be in a terrific mood, all the articles describe him laughing and having fun:
(...) Outside, Gael Monfils was sitting with about six friends, laughing and talking in French. He put some unidentifiable music on his iPhone and everyone started chair dancing. He must be happy that he cleaned Jeremy Chardy's clock today!
http://www.observer.com/2009/sam-querrey-eats-yogurt-gael-monfils-dances
In the last Mousquetaires video too, it's great to see him like that again.

Keijan
09-04-2009, 08:15 AM
(désolée, je n'avais pas vu ta réponse, ça plante pour moi aussi les alertes pour dernier post !)

I think maybe the article got it wrong, because it seems to me that at some point in the set, Jérémy still had all his challenges while Gaël had only one left. So maybe Gaël challenged that call and missed it, and that's why he was laughing :shrug:


Gaël is playing third on court 11 today, after Cilic and Gillou. Please let it be a televised court ! Let's hope he'll be as happy as yesterday when he finishes the match ;)

shadows
09-04-2009, 08:15 PM
Court 11 is usually televised, there's a stream for Gillou at the moment at any rate so I'm assuming there'll be no problems. Looking forward to it, I'd like to think Gael can go at least to R16

Keijan
09-04-2009, 08:37 PM
It's televised :woohoo:
My commentators (on atdhe) are completely in love with Gaël. They couldn't stop talking about him, his showmaness and his wonderful athleticism and how they can't wait to see him move the crowd, and that all during Tsonga's and Simon's matches. I was like will you shut up and pay a little attention to the actual tennis ? :lol:
Anyway it has begun :bounce:

amdany
09-05-2009, 08:48 AM
and he won :bounce:

Pixie
09-06-2009, 11:01 PM
When Gaël plays aggressive tennis and mix it with defense like in this first set vs Acasuso, it's a joy to watch.

Truc
09-07-2009, 08:02 AM
:worship:

I was listening to his press conference, and what does he answer when he's asked about the next step? They laugh, but I don't understand what he says:
http://www.usopen.org/en_US/interactive/video/index.html?promo=topnav&category=press#content
His wide-eyed face during the question about the women's draw is quite priceless.

Truc
09-07-2009, 08:15 AM
In his French interviews he says he isn't afraid of Nadal physically (because the journalist says a lot of players are). But mentally. It still takes a big effort for him to stay close to his baseline, to not move back when things are getting tough. In Montreal he still had to repeat to himself after each point that he needed to be more aggressive. It's getting better here, but it's a fight with himself and it costs a lot of energy.
He sounds incredibly excited about the Nadal match in his audio interview.

http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2009/20090907_015054_monfils-par-abandon.html
http://www.fft.fr/usopen/2009/?ID=5289

soulage
09-07-2009, 09:24 AM
I saw a bit of Nadal vs Amalgro and i don't know how gael could lose :confused: For the moment the draw has been really with him. The quarter vs Gonzo or Jo could he first clash for him. This USO sounds good :)

simplet
09-07-2009, 10:10 AM
It's funny how everytime he stops playing for a while he comes back playing really aggressively and looking so impressive. Then after a while he goes back to is old style. I really hope this time he sticks to it, he would be such a force.

Keijan
09-07-2009, 12:01 PM
what does he answer when he's asked about the next step? They laugh, but I don't understand what he says:


He says "zero, zero errors, and maybe more winners" je pense.
The NBA comment :rolls:

amdany
09-07-2009, 05:37 PM
He says "zero, zero errors, and maybe more winners" je pense.
The NBA comment :rolls:

priceless :lol:



I'm sure I'm gonna miss the match :mad: stupid jet lag:mad:

Pixie
09-09-2009, 01:30 AM
Great beginning of match for Gaël up 5-2*.

Je vais m'endormir sur le clavier par contre.

Pixie
09-09-2009, 01:40 AM
well 5-4*. Too bad Gaël can't volley because he tries too much and ends big rallies with some UEs there...

Pixie
09-09-2009, 01:59 AM
First set Gaël ! An unusual mistake at 3-2* by Nadal and a good stop volley at 4*-3 to clinch it.

Pixie
09-09-2009, 02:19 AM
Very tight beginning of 2nd set and the fact Nadal was able to deal with some massive FHs of Gaël doesn't smell good at all. Not sure he could last long playing like this. 2-1* Nadal.

BTW that's very interesting to talk alone.

Especially when you're worn out.

Pixie
09-09-2009, 02:41 AM
Be quiet I'm here too ! That's so cool to share this match with you Pixie !

:o

Monfils breaks backs ! He's rock solid right now and his CC BH is very good. The rallies are amazing. Ouch another BP.

Pixie
09-09-2009, 02:54 AM
Ok break Rafa and set 6-3. Gaël managed to save 3 SP with 3 great BHs but that wasn't enough. This is a great match right now but kjyufuygbkytkuytigyutt fuck my he_d fell down on the keybo_rd _nd there's _ possibility the A letter st_yed encrusted in my forehe_d.

Better get to sleep then :)

Bye...euh Pixie

Truc
09-09-2009, 11:28 AM
Sorry. :lol:
You were well advised to go to bed after the 2nd set.