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Fresh start in 2007 - Rebound Ace season

Truc
12-30-2006, 05:07 PM
New start, new coach, new haircut and a great-looking body - Gaël is ready to kick ass in 2007. :rocker2:
He's got a lot of points to defend in Doha, but since he didn't do much after that last year, he'll have plenty of time to improve.

The draw is not too bad since he's not seeded:
(5)Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) vs Daniele Bracciali (ITA)
Andreas Seppi (ITA) vs Gael Monfils (FRA)
Thomas Johansson (SWE) vs Younes El Ayanoui (MAR)
(2)Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) vs Q

LilyRoseAva
12-30-2006, 06:25 PM
Good first round :D Allez Gael :)

2moretogo
12-30-2006, 07:20 PM
Good Luck Gael!! Everything is brighter in 2007!

Truc
12-31-2006, 08:42 AM
He also plays doubles with Seb:

T. Johansson & Ljubicic [SWE/CRO] vs. Grosjean & Monfils [FRA]

2moretogo
12-31-2006, 04:49 PM
He also plays doubles with Seb:

T. Johansson & Ljubicic [SWE/CRO] vs. Grosjean & Monfils [FRA]

Don't know why, but this made me laugh out loud. Should be interesting.

Truc
01-01-2007, 04:44 PM
:yippee: Easy win!
Seppi pretty much sucked, but never mind, 6-3 6-4 is a nice win.
They all played pretty poorly today anyway, Baggy and Murray too, Gael really wasn't so bad in comparison.

Plus: he looked so cute with his short hair!
I was :scared: when he fell and almost hurt his ankle again. He said in the interview he will tape his ankles well from now on, but I couldn't see anything.

LilyRoseAva
01-01-2007, 04:52 PM
what interview ? :confused:

i'm very happy with this result .
6/3 6/4
next round against Youzhny, a little bit more complicated :D

ALLEZ GAELLL

Truc
01-01-2007, 05:00 PM
what interview ? :confused: The interview for "Tennis Magazine", I'm translating it in the other thread:
"Donc - et c'est le cas de le dire - vous ne comptez pas lever le pied concernant ces glissades acrobatiques?
G.M. : Là, pour le moment, je ne peux pas trop le faire. Mais c'est effectivement ma façon de jouer, je ne peux pas changer comme ça, du jour au lendemain. Ce que je vais faire de nouveau, en revanche, c'est jouer avec les chevilles bien bandées."

2moretogo
01-01-2007, 06:38 PM
Good job Monfils! Is Doha streaming online?

Truc
01-01-2007, 07:42 PM
You can watch the matches with the Eurosport livestream:
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=92692
They'll have a good coverage during the whole week.

delsa
01-02-2007, 01:41 AM
Well done Gaël! Best Wishes for 2007! :kiss:

Truc
01-03-2007, 09:27 PM
Fini Doha, after his loss 6-4 6-2 against Youzhny, they also lost in doubles 6-3 6-0, but they surely just wanted to leave. The tournament was a borefest anyway, no crowd, freezing temperatures...

Why doesn't he play next week? :( He needs match practice. Or did I miss his name on an entry list?

Truc
01-04-2007, 02:26 PM
I just saw he will replace Philippoussis in Auckland with a WC. :yeah:
("Mark Philippoussis' exit has led to Gael Monfils' entry into next week's Heineken Open in Auckland. The 46th-ranked Frenchman has accepted a wild card into the Jan. 8-13 event, replacing Mark Philippoussis, who was forced to withdraw after injuring his right knee during Wednesday's Hopman Cup match." http://www.sportsmediainc.com/tennisweek/index.cfm?func=showarticle&newsid=16373&bannerregion=)

LilyRoseAva
01-04-2007, 02:39 PM
It's coool !!! :D

delsa
01-04-2007, 04:12 PM
Gaël the WCs accumulator! :rolleyes:

Use it well! :p

Truc
01-06-2007, 08:24 AM
Good draw in Auckland:

ROBREDO, Tommy ESP v RAMIREZ HIDALGO, Ruben ESP
MONFILS, Gael FRA v MARTIN, Alberto ESP
KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp GER v HORNA, Luis PER
QUALIFIER v HRBATY, Dominik SVK

2moretogo
01-07-2007, 05:55 PM
Good Luck to Gael..

LilyRoseAva
01-08-2007, 02:13 AM
Gael is now #59 . (-13) :sad: :sad:

2moretogo
01-08-2007, 04:47 AM
And unless there is a miracle, he is going to lose again today. Damnit Monfils!

Truc
01-08-2007, 07:13 AM
Oh boy, Gael, that one is not pretty! :( Outplayed by Beto on hard court...
The articles I've found only talk about his "errant power". 6 df also are a tad too much, the commentators already mentioned that point in his doubles match in Doha.

JBdV
01-08-2007, 09:49 AM
Not a good start to the new season :( Hope he will surprise us at the AO with a good run...

linus
01-08-2007, 09:55 AM
whats the matter with Gael indeed :confused:

such bad things have lasted for long time :( I do wish Gael to keep in good health and improve himself more while if something risky does exist, pls do hard to eliminate those :angel:

Allez!!

2moretogo
01-08-2007, 08:44 PM
I really like Gael and want to see him do well. He is so physical and is obviously very talented. His problem seems to be focus. Like, he's already famous in Europe, has a great life, apartment, is providing for his family, etc.. that he doesn't think that he needs to put in the effort on-court.

I am still holding out for a good solid run in AO. Come on Monfils!

Truc
01-12-2007, 02:41 PM
Not a bad draw for the first round (but I said that in Auckland too):
G. MONFILS (FRA) - D. BRACCIALI (ITA)
The second round is of course horrible (Baghdatis), but we'll focus on the first round for the time being...
Allez! :rocker2:

linus
01-13-2007, 05:14 PM
I am worried, to be frank :o

Truc
01-14-2007, 08:38 AM
:explode:
He just split with his coach again according to L'Équipe!!

"Trois jours avant le début du tournoi, ils s'entraînaient pourtant ensemble sur les courts de Melbourne Park. Mais la nouvelle s'est confirmée dimanche : la collaboration entre Gaël Monfils et Pier Gauthier, entamée à la fin septembre 2006, a fait long feu."
"Three days before the start of the tournament, they were still training together in Melbourne. But the news has been confirmed on Sunday: Gaël Monfils and Pier Gauthier put an end to their collaboration started in September 2006."
http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/20070114_093207_01.html

LilyRoseAva
01-15-2007, 05:57 AM
Gael won his first match in 4 sets :D

7-6 (2) 6/7 (9) 6/4 7/6 (5)

next round vs baghdatis :)

linus
01-15-2007, 06:43 AM
even when reading the score, worried I was :p

Gael :hug:

Truc
01-15-2007, 06:55 AM
even when reading the score, worried I was :p:lol: Never mind, I'll take any win right now! :yippee:
At least his serve was apparently working fine, 25 aces, 1 df.

Did you get more informations about the story with the coach on Eurosport France? I've read Gauthier already left Melbourne after a clash and Gael is alone for the tournament.

Truc
01-15-2007, 08:38 AM
I just found some news from L'Équipe concerning the coach story:
http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/20070115_095254Dev.html
"Gaël Monfils se laisse précisément jusqu'à la fin de l'Open d'Australie pour se décider sur le nom de son nouvel entraîneur et reste donc seul pour la durée du tournoi. Mais, a-t-il indiqué lundi, «avant le match (contre Daniele Bracciali), il y a quelqu'un de secret qui m'a parlé.» Qui devrait également lui parler avant son prochain match contre Marcos Baghdatis, et qui a pour le moment sa préférence, parmi les cinq possibilités de coaches qui s'offrent à lui : l'une aux Etats-Unis, l'autre via l'académie de Nick Bolletieri, une autre en Espagne et enfin deux entraîneurs français."

He'll wait until the end of the AO to take a decision for his coach. He's got 5 options at the moment: a coach in the US, 1 from the Bolletieri Academy, 1 from Spain and 2 from France. One of these 5 guys is there in Melbourne and talks with him before his matches, so he isn't completely alone. But he doesn't want to say anything else for the time being.

Truc
01-15-2007, 08:48 AM
And his audio interview on http://www.fft.fr/open-australie/2007/?id=2313:
He says he played with his heart today. He didn't play great, but well enough to win and to enjoy it. He sounds really happy.
He talks about Gauthier, says it isn't easy to be alone for a GS, but he wanted to go back to his basic game, to stop trying all the time to stay closer to the line because he didn't enjoy it anymore in the end (he didn't try it out long enough to say that imo!) So what he is doing now is trying to play like he used to do, without being "overoffensive".

Quel bins, Gael, franchement! :rolleyes:

Truc
01-15-2007, 10:59 AM
http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/AUS_07_1501_H.html
« Ce n'était pas facile de jouer sans coach, je n'avais pas de repères. Je suis revenu aux bases, à ce que j'aime faire. J'en ai chié, j'ai fait des glissades, j'ai niqué trois chaussures. J'étais content, cela faisait longtemps que je n'avais pas niqué de chaussures ! Et cela faisait longtemps que je n'avais pas fait de points de pur rat, comme ça. Avant le match je me suis dit que j'étais tout seul et que je devais essayer de jouer avec mon coeur.»

"It wasn't easy to play without a coach, I didn't have any marks. I found back to the basics, to what I enjoy. It was tough, I had to slide a lot, I destroyed 3 pairs of shoes. I'm happy, it's been a while since I've destroyed my shoes in a match! And it's been a while too since I've played points like that ("de pur rat", I don't know myself what it means??) Before the match, I said to myself that I was alone and that I had to play with all my heart."

2moretogo
01-15-2007, 01:45 PM
http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/AUS_07_1501_H.html

"It wasn't easy to play without a coach, I didn't have any marks. I found back to the basics, to what I enjoy. It was tough, I had to slide a lot, I destroyed 3 pairs of shoes. I'm happy, it's been a while since I've destroyed my shoes in a match! And it's been a while too since I've played points like that ("de pur rat", I don't know myself what it means??) Before the match, I said to myself that I was alone and that I had to play with all my heart."

:banghead: :banghead: :banghead: Oh my! Next round should be interesting. Thinking about taking the over/under on UEs.

Godiva
01-15-2007, 04:09 PM
It's a shame Gael and Baggy had to meet this early, but its an easy choice for me. I'm rooting for La Monf. Their last match was close. I hope I am not disappointed this time around.

JBdV
01-15-2007, 05:06 PM
I think Gael will probably need Marcos to self-destruct with a lot of UE's to have a chance of winning...Good luck Gael!

delsa
01-15-2007, 06:31 PM
I quite like his reaction. Except the "not being "overoffensive" part" of course (NOT AT ALL :fiery: )! Especially the "play with all my heart" and the part where he says he's trying to enjoy himself on the court...

Good luck Gaël!

MissMoJo
01-16-2007, 05:32 PM
:explode:
He just split with his coach again according to L'Équipe!!

"Trois jours avant le début du tournoi, ils s'entraînaient pourtant ensemble sur les courts de Melbourne Park. Mais la nouvelle s'est confirmée dimanche : la collaboration entre Gaël Monfils et Pier Gauthier, entamée à la fin septembre 2006, a fait long feu."
"Three days before the start of the tournament, they were still training together in Melbourne. But the news has been confirmed on Sunday: Gaël Monfils and Pier Gauthier put an end to their collaboration started in September 2006."
http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/20070114_093207_01.html
Oh dear.
Well, Marcos was pretty erratic in his 1st rd match, and if Gael can get out of his comfort zone and be aggressive, who knows? At the very least i hope there's less clay court, defensive, ankle breaking , sliding crap. Good luck Gael!:)

Truc
01-17-2007, 11:55 AM
Well, his ankles are taped and overtaped this time, he's got an armour around the ankle. :eek:
I'm so scared when I watch him play now.

He really is doing a great job, he's so cute out there, smiling and sliding all over the place and getting overexcited when he wins a point. :lol:
Of course Baggy is seriously crap today, that helps.

Ome
01-17-2007, 01:05 PM
Well, his ankles are taped and overtaped this time, he's got an armour around the ankle. :eek:
I'm so scared when I watch him play now.

He really is doing a great job, he's so cute out there, smiling and sliding all over the place and getting overexcited when he wins a point. :lol:
Of course Baggy is seriously crap today, that helps.

:lol:

Allez Gael! :bounce:

delsa
01-17-2007, 01:07 PM
Well done Gaël!!! :yeah:

I hope the match against Richard will be a beautiful match. :)

The new Noah/Leconte friendship/rivalry of this epoch!

Good luck to both! Good luck to Gaël! :bounce:

delsa
01-17-2007, 01:09 PM
He really is doing a great job, he's so cute out there, smiling and sliding all over the place and getting overexcited when he wins a point. :lol:
Of course Baggy is seriously crap today, that helps.

Oooh.... I can totally imagine the scenes and i'm scared now... :scared:

Be careful Gaël!

Truc
01-17-2007, 01:32 PM
Oh, you didn't see the match? That's too bad, it was very exciting!
I'm just a bit disappointed Marcos didn't play better - because when they were both playing at a decent level in the 1st set, it was really, really fun!
Gael was kind of crazy :lol: (don't worry about the sour grapes in GM, people out there seemed to really enjoy the show). He cracked me up today. When he made that ace with his 2nd serve on a very important point of the 1st set, I was laughing out loud in front of my TV.

Truc
01-17-2007, 01:33 PM
Open has a new cult hero
By Guy Hand

AS cult hero Marcos Baghdatis exited the Australian Open last night, a new one was born in Frenchman Gael Monfils.

Last year's men's singles finalist Baghdatis was brought undone by unseeded Frenchman Gael Monfils, the Cypriot having no answer to the 20-year-old's combination of raw enthusiasm and athleticism in a 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 2-6 6-0 second round triumph.

Looking like Jimi Hendrix's love child and boasting a cross-court slide the late, great James Brown would have been proud of, Monfils - ranked 46 in the world - turned instant rock star at Rod Laver Arena.

This was a performance as much circus act as high-quality tennis.

Contortionist skills, unorthodox trick shots and a level of derring-do managed to swing a crowd Baghdatis had called his own on his irresistible run to last year's final.

A junior Australian Open winner in 2004, Monfils broke Baghdatis in just the third game to set the tone for a series of unbelievable shots to follow, wiping the floor with his higher-ranked rival in the opening two sets.

Forehands and backhands of 190km/h with splayed legs and cross-court slides on virtually every second point were followed by a display of youthful bravado which paid off big-time - a second serve ace at 5-5 in the tie-break.

Monfils grew in confidence throughout the second set, powering to an early 3-0 lead and sealing the set with a trademark scorching forehand.

Baghdatis fought back to win the third set, lifting his game out of the doldrums as Monfils appeared to be hampered by a foot strapping problem which saw him virtually gift the final points of the set to his rival.

But the game swung back Monfils' way once he called the trainer out at the end of the set to deal with his troublesome feet.

The Cypriot's game inexplicably appeared to fall apart entirely, as Monfils toyed with Baghdatis in the fourth set to win it to love.
http://townsvillebulletin.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,7034,21077881%255E23216,00.html

Truc
01-17-2007, 01:38 PM
Gael Monfils outs Bagdatis - Scott Gullan

EXCITEMENT machine Gael Monfils last night rocked the Australian Open by sending Melbourne's adopted favourite son Marcos Baghdatis packing.

Baghdatis, the smiling Cypriot who captured the hearts of everyone last year during his dream run to the Open final, was blown off the court by the young Frenchman, who produced some of the most amazing tennis seen at Rod Laver Arena for some time.

Monfils showed why he is regarded as the next big thing by dismantling the 11th seed in spectacular fashion, winning 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 2-6 6-0.

"I want to thank the crowd because this is like the best moment of my life," Monfils said.

It was a match that had everything, particularly in the third set when Monfils went from bouncing around like a gazelle to looking like a cripple who was ready to retire.

After having his service broken for the second time in the set, the Frenchman was suddenly finding it hard to walk on what looked like a left ankle injury.

He basically did not try in the final two games of the set to hand Baghdatis his ticket back into the match and then called an injury time-out.

After the trainer took strapping off the ankle, Monfils returned to the court a different man and immediately returned to the dominant force of the opening two sets.

It was obvious from the beginning that Baghdatis was feeling the pressure of his return to Melbourne Park, something that he hinted at after his less-than-impressive first-round victory.

The flamboyance of the 20-year-old Monfils soon won over the crowd, who last year had worshipped Baghdatis's every move.

They were left in awe in the fourth game of the match when Monfils produced a 190km/h forehand rocket that commentator and former champion Jim Courier described as the hardest forehand he had ever seen.
But that was just one of his many tricks, with a 220km serve following soon after as Monfils swarmed all over an unusually subdued Baghdatis.

The second set was even worse, with last year's runner-up – he lost in four sets to Roger Federer – piling on the unforced errors that just helped feed the energy of the French young gun.

What happened in the fourth set summed up Baghdatis' disturbed state. Instead of jumping on Monfils' injury scare, he failed to move him around the court and instead once again handed games on a platter to his opponent.

As disappointing as Baghdatis was, the excitement of Monfils, who draws obvious comparisons with his hero Yannick Noah, will now be the talk of the Open.

A former junior champion at Melbourne Park, Monfils failed to progress from the first round here last year and struggled with ankle injuries for most of 2006, with his ranking slipping to 46.

It won't stay that low for much longer if he can do more damage in the next week, although he has a tough third-round match-up with countryman Richard Gasquet.http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,21077976-11088,00.html

delsa
01-17-2007, 01:59 PM
I love how Guy Forget in his audio interview on the FFT's Aussie Open page says "He's extraordinary. But unique... So don't try to copy him guys, you'd hurt yourself!" :rolls: :lol:

No. I couldn't watch this match sadly... :awww: I'll try to download it...

linus
01-17-2007, 02:58 PM
good Gael for the past rounds :yeah:

good luck I can just say no more :angel:

Truc
01-17-2007, 03:08 PM
The interview of Forget is great indeed. A good description of the match.
I'd love him to give Gael his chance in Davis Cup, but that's a long shot, I guess.
(And I'm glad I'm not the only one to have problems with the meaning of "jouer comme un rat", apparently! :lol: )

Confident Monfils on the move
by Jennifer Witham

Rising French star Gael Monfils described Day Three of Australian Open 2007 as the "best time of my life" directly after ending the winning run of 2006 finalist Marcos Baghdatis on Rod Laver Arena.

In a tough four-setter, which involved an injury time-out for Monfils after his movements were restricted by tape on his left foot, the 20-year-old from Paris prevailed over No.11 seed Baghdatis, 7-6(5) 6-2 2-6 6-0.

And, it seemed Melbourne found itself another cult figure with Monfils lifting the crowd with his fist-pumping antics, consistent desire to slide across the Rebound Ace as if it were clay, and collection of impossible shots.

"It's something magic. First when I get on the court I was a little bit scared because the stadium was full," the young Frenchman said after the win. "And before the match, I knew it was a big match against Marcos, so to win was magic. That's the word, magic."

Monfils, who has now made it through to the third round of the Melbourne Grand Slam for the first time and will meet compatriot and good friend Richard Gasquet next up, is taking the sensible approach to proceedings and isn't getting too far ahead of himself.

"It feels very good, very good, but I think I have to step through the tournament," he said.

"Like one match, maybe it's a big win, but still a long tournament, so after the tournament I would maybe say second round was good, but I have to see more now."

Baghdatis wasn't without his own crew of local support with Rod Laver Arena dotted with loud fans decked out in blue and white, and was full of praise for his younger opponent despite his disappointment over his inability to halt the Monfils train once it gathered momentum.

"Gael just played a great match today. He was very aggressive. He was hitting the ball very aggressive," Baghdatis said.

"He wasn't being very aggressive, but he was playing deep all the time. I just couldn't find a solution."

While today's rankings separate the two by 48 places and Baghdatis is just over 15 months older than Monfils, distinct comparisons between the two can be made.

Both were junior Australian Open champions, Baghdatis in 2003 and Monfils in 2004, both have claimed one career title and they turned professional within a year of each other.

And, both have staged consistent rises up the rankings since joining the Tour with Baghdatis moving from world No.179 in 2003 to No.12 today, and Monfils rising from No.231 in 2004 to No.46.

Before Wednesday night, the Cypriot held a 1-0 head-to-head advantage, having beaten Monfils at the ATP Masters Series in Cincinnati last year in a tough three-setter in the round of 32.

Since that August meeting, Baghdatis believes a rise in confidence and a change in coach to former ATP pro Pier Gauthier in October 2006, for the lanky French star has led to his sudden rise from obscurity.

"I think (in August) he had problems with coaches so he wasn't feeling so good. I couldn't say. I mean, every day is different. One day we play good, one day we play bad. One day you're good at important points, one day you're not," he said.

"He improved. Today, I think he stuck with his coach before this tournament. He's playing with nothing to lose, and you saw how confident he came on the court and how he's hitting his forehands and how he's running everywhere. He's very confident, and that's a lot.

"The tennis he has since two years, he doesn't improve anything amazing in tennis. It's just the confidence. It's just the experience.

"I think it's good that he found his way, he stuck with his coach and he's feeling very confident now. That's the difference, I guess."

And, Monfils agreed Baghdatis's win in Cincinnati came with completely different circumstances with the Cypriot clearly suffering from tightness in their most recent encounter in Melbourne.

"Today the conditions were very different because we were out there with the roof. I learned a little bit," he said.

"I know how to play, and when you're going to make a mistake … and I think today Marcos was very tight so it was easy to defend. A good way to play against him."
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2007-01-17/200701171168958687203.html

Truc
01-17-2007, 03:18 PM
Gaël Monfils : « C'était une bonne guerre ! C'était vraiment bon. Quand je suis rentré sur le terrain, j'ai vu que le stade était rempli, je me suis dit : ça va être chaud ! Je suis content d'avoir tenu dans ma tête, plus que par mon tennis. Ça m'a appris des choses, peut-être même que cela m'a donné un peu de confiance, mais ça, à chaud, je ne le sais pas encore. Je me rappelle que quand j'étais plus jeune, je voyais des joueurs en night session et rien que le non "night session", ça faisait rêver. Alors, gagner contre le finaliste de l'année dernière en night session, c'est magique. Je me rendais compte qu'il était tendu, mais Marcos, je l'ai déjà vu être tendu et s'en sortir. Mais là, il m'a redonné l'envie de gagner, mais grave, quand après le troisième set, il se tapait sur la poitrine en disant à son clan : «C'est pas fini, c'est pas fini !». Moi, je me disais : «Mais t'es fou, c'est fini, gars !» :rolls: Le prochain match, contre "Rich'" (Richard Gasquet, ndlr), ça va être un match tranquille... On va voir comment ça va se passer, mais j'espère qu'on va se tirer une bonne bourre. Je pense qu'il sera plus frais que moi, tennistiquement en ce moment il est en confiance, alors je pense que cela va se jouer au physique et au mental. »
http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/20070117_153156Dev.html

He doesn't give more explanations about his problem with the foot/the ankle in the 3rd set, neither here nor on the FFT website. :shrug:

MissMoJo
01-17-2007, 03:40 PM
"Gael just played a great match today. He was very aggressive. He was hitting the ball very aggressive," Baghdatis said.

"He wasn't being very aggressive, but he was playing deep all the time. I just couldn't find a solution."
So which was it? :confused:

Truc
01-17-2007, 06:37 PM
His interview in French:
http://www.eurosport.fr/tennis/open-d-australie/2007/sport_sto1057941.shtml
He says it was a problem with the ankle strapping compressing his foot at the end of the 3rd set (the journalist asks him if he was acting, apparently Courier said something like that).

As for his life without coach, he is proud because he handles it pretty well, the training, the food, the preparation before the matches. But it's a bit hard to plan everything and to find hitting partners, for example.

His plan for the match was to stay very far behind the baseline (that's really what he says :o), but during the match he realized Marcos was staying back too and not moving well, so he started playing a lot of dropshots which made the point most of the time.

And he points out once again how important that ace on a second serve at 5-5 in the TB of the 1st set was. He was lucky the ball was in because it really hurt Marcos mentally.

Truc
01-18-2007, 08:17 AM
Sorry for spamming the board with stuff in French, but since I just bought L'Équipe, here's the article about the match, it's not bad (I like the part about the fact that he had a "warrior outfit" yesterday).
A héros, héros et demi
LES PSYCHOLOGUES DU SPORT auraient dû tenir congrès hier à Melbourne. Ils auraient trouvé dans la victoire de Gaël Monfils sur Marcos Baghdatis au deuxième tour de l’Open d’Australie matière à thèses en tout genre. Divorcé de son coach à trois jours de l’ouverture du tournoi, le Français était supposé patauger dans les eaux troubles de la déprime. Finaliste à Melbourne l’an dernier, porté par une famille nombreuse et par une chorale nourrie de supporters grecs, le Chypriote était censé se sentir survolté sur le court de ses premiers exploits. Erreur : c’est bel et bien le scénario inverse qui se concrétisa au deuxième tour du tournoi dans la Rod Laver Arena dont le toit avait été fermé, cette fois non pas à cause de la chaleur, mais par la faute de quelques averses. Terminée douze minutes après minuit, la rencontre consacra Monfils dans le rôle de showman et de chouchou de Melbourne tenu l’an passé par un Baghdatis paralysé par le poids des regards. Toute joie de jouer évaporée, écrasé sous les responsabilités, le Chypriote ne parvint que par très brèves saccades à développer le tennis qui l’a mené l’an dernier dans le top 10. Ses cinquante fautes directes en quatre sets, les trois quarts en coup droit, furent autant de cris de douleur morale.
La panoplie du guerrier
À l’inverse,Monfils, l’esprit libéré de tout compte à rendre, de tout chaperon, de tout juge, s’en donna à coeur joie. Surjouant parfois sa partition, comme sur ces services explosifs du début de match claqués entre 215 et 220 km/h, qui donnaient le frisson au public australien ébahi, ou sur ces multiples tambourinements de poitrine et autres cris de guerre, le Français réussit une entrée en scène tonitruante dans l’un de ses costumes préférés. Dans son sac de sport, il traînait depuis longtemps une série de panoplies qu’il revêtait selon l’humeur : celles d’apprenti champion, de clown, de break-dancer, de mec à la coule, d’enfant sage, etc. Hier, il avait endossé la tenue du guerrier. Il ne la quitta que brièvement vers la fin du troisième set, dont il lâcha 20 des 25 derniers points en claudiquant comme un unijambiste, pour la reprendre en gambadant dès le début du quatrième, une fois débarrassé d’un strapping qui étranglait la circulation sanguine de son pied. Et pour ajouter au plaisir des spectateurs ahuris par ce duel auquel sa trame décousue donna souvent des airs de défi de juniors montés en graine, il épiça les débats par des plongeons, des glissades et quelques inspirations futées comme cette série d’enchaînements servicea-mortie ou encore cet ace sur seconde balle à 207 km/h à 5-5 au tie-break du premier set. Du temps de Goran Ivanisevic, on appelait le procédé la « roulette croate ». Réussi, il se transforme en coup de génie. Raté, c’est une double faute stupide. Le tente souvent celui qui se sent sujet à une tension trop forte pour supporter le stress d’un échange. Hier, Monfils passa tout près du bonnet d’âne : il dut faire entériner son exploit par le Hawk- Eye. Sur le point suivant, un des multiples coups droits ratés de Baghdatis lui donna le set. Il avait fait la plus grosse part du chemin. Le deuxième fila tout seul. Éprouvé par ses galopades, il céda le troisième. Mais sa résurrection au quatrième suffit pour dégonfler définitivement le moral d’un adversaire si engoncé dans sa déprime qu’il ne gagna plus le moindre jeu.

Truc
01-18-2007, 08:18 AM
Gael also says in L'Équipe he is in contact with Olivier Delaître, that seems to be a real option for his new coach.

Wilander says Gael is fun and he would even watch him washing his teeth because he makes him laugh: :lol:
And his ex-physical trainer Barbarin says winning a match like that when Gael is totally on his own should be excellent for his confidence. Like everybody else (Forget, etc.), he thinks Richie will win though because Gael isn't playing his best tennis yet.
- Mats WILANDER : « Baghdatis a complètement trouillé. Mentalement, il a craqué. Peut-être qu’il a été d’autant plus émotif que Gaël l’est lui-même. Or, Marcos a l’habitude d’être celui qui se sert des émotions. Monfils, je viendrais même le voir se laver les dents. Il me fait rire. Monfils, c’est le meilleur! »
- Rémy BARBARIN (coach de Monfils jusqu’à l’US Open) : « Ça, c’est du Gaël ! Baghdatis l’a bien aidé, mais il fallait gagner. Je suis content parce qu’il traversait une passe difficile. Et je crois qu’il n’y a rien de mieux pour un joueur que de gagner des matches tout seul. C’est excellent pour la confiance. Mais je pense qu’il partira outsider contre Richard, car il ne joue pas encore son meilleur tennis. »

delsa
01-18-2007, 11:55 AM
Gael also says in L'Équipe he is in contact with Olivier Delaître, that seems to be a real option for his new coach.

So... No move to Florida?

Wilander says Gael is fun and he would watch him washing his teeth because he makes him laugh. :lol:
I think many feel quite the same about him. He's some kind of mascot! :rolls:

Very unacademic but lots of heart... Btw, i completely agree about who they see as the favorite...

JBdV
01-18-2007, 10:57 PM
Great win for Gael! :worship: I wasn't expecting him to play so well, his serve was very effective, he seemed really focussed and determined to win, and I'm sure he also won a lot of new fans in Australia with his personality :yeah:

delsa
01-19-2007, 10:32 AM
Logic result againt Richard but a lot of good things to bring back from his adventures in Melbourne... :)

I love how they were both so gracious to each other in their post-match interviews...

MissMoJo
01-19-2007, 08:21 PM
Gael :hug: of course it was going to tough to get past Richie, but props to him for rallying to win the 2nd and fighting in the 3rd, after that awful 1st set. Hopefully, there'll be more improvements, no injuries and a great coach (who he'll get along with and listen to! :p ) in store for 2007.

JBdV
01-19-2007, 09:30 PM
Hopefully, there'll be more improvements, no injuries and a great coach (who he'll get along with and listen to! :p ) in store for 2007.
:yeah: I hope so too.

Truc
01-20-2007, 03:24 PM
He should play Marseille next and then Memphis Rotterdam (sorry :o) and Las Vegas.

Plus there is a question mark for the DC now, Forget might consider Gael for the tie against Romania if Seb and Paulo are injured? But many other guys already said they'd love to play too, like Julien for example, we'll see.
Gael doesn't have much time to find a new coach anyway, so it won't be a drama if he doesn't play the DC.

Truc
02-02-2007, 02:36 PM
Benhabilès said to L'Équipe that he won't coach Gael since he's not available until 2008.
Gael still is without a coach... He has apparently also contacted the Mouratoglou Academy.

L'Equipe a confirmé ce matin que Gaël Monfils avait contacté l'Académie Mouratoglou (celle de Patrick Mouratoglou, qui a lancé Marcos Baghdatis sur le circuit). Le Parisien, qui est toujours à la recherche d'un nouvel entraîneur, est assuré de ne pas travailler avec Tarik Benhabiles. Ce dernier a déclaré : "Ce n'est pas possible, je suis booké jusqu'en 2008 !". A suivre.
http://ace2007.blogs.eurosport.fr/

delsa
02-03-2007, 10:10 AM
Gaël won the exhibition match in Tarbes 6/4 6/7 20/18 ! :lol: