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Gael Monfils interview

RickDaStick
04-11-2005, 09:16 PM
R. NADAL /G. Monfils

6‑3, 6‑2

An interview with:



GAEL MONFILS

(Through Translation)

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. What happened today seemed logical to you?

GAEL MONFILS: I still believe the score is a bit tough on me. I had my chances, but I didn't convert them.

Q. For example, the breakpoint at 3‑All?

GAEL MONFILS: I had two, but mainly during the rallies I was getting too excited. My dropshots were not very good.

However, I played good tennis. He played the important points better than I did. I was not far behind.

Q. Precisely, didn't you spend too much energy during the first six games?

GAEL MONFILS: No, usually I start off pretty bad. So if I'm able to attack from the start, it's even better. But what happened is I was too excited, I rushed too much, my dropshots were just average.

Q. Were you impressed by his topspin and by the way he moves?

GAEL MONFILS: He does good topspins, he runs well, but I wasn't impressed.

Q. Is it better to play him on clay or on other surfaces?

GAEL MONFILS: It's everywhere the same.

Q. Do you believe you had the right shots to bother him?

GAEL MONFILS: Yes, I even could have won.

Q. Can you draw some lessons from this match for the French Open ?

GAEL MONFILS: Yes. For a first round, I played a solid match. I hadn't played on clay for one year. To tell you the truth, before the season, I was a bit afraid because I got injured last year.

Q. Were you bothered by the light?

GAEL MONFILS: I wasn't seeing very well. That's why I asked them to put the lights on.

Q. When did you start playing again on clay?

GAEL MONFILS: About a week ago.

Q. During that match, did you learn that against a player like Nadal you can enjoy yourself?

GAEL MONFILS: Yes, but in better conditions.

Q. At the end it started raining. Did you believe that you would have a chance to recuperate?

GAEL MONFILS: Only rats think that.

Q. What is your program going to be from now on?

GAEL MONFILS: I have to discuss it. I'm going to Barcelona to play the quallies.

Q. You're not going to do physical training?

GAEL MONFILS: I have to discuss it. I'm playing well. Maybe I should play qualifications. Everything will depend on what is going to happen this week and in doubles.

FastScripts by ASAP Sports...

ae wowww
04-11-2005, 09:30 PM
I get the impression he is kind of trying to take something away from Nadal's win. I love Monfils as a player, but he comes across cocky in this interview to me. It could be lost in translation though, who knows :)

MariaV
04-11-2005, 09:36 PM
The kid must've been so disappointed. And it's not like he had no chance. I wouldn't take the tone of this interview too seriously.

jole
04-11-2005, 09:46 PM
lol. It's nice to see someone not being so politically correct and crap, but it sounds pretty arrogant as well.

martinatreue
04-11-2005, 09:47 PM
Monfils is an arrogant prick. :(

Sjengster
04-11-2005, 10:01 PM
To me he certainly didn't look like he had the shots to win the match, but the conditions probably played their part. The serving difference aside, from the baseline they essentially had the same style but Nadal did it better. And I think the "not impressed" line is just professional speak, he knows enough about the quality of Nadal and his game that he wasn't surprised by what he saw. Mind you, I could be wrong and there's some prodigy envy going on, who can say? I found the "Only rats think that" quote far funnier; if players who pray for rain delays are rats, then some of the greatest players in the history of the game have rodent-like qualities...

NATAS81
04-11-2005, 10:01 PM
OK look. Why was that part highlighted?

The kid has many intersting things to say.

I wouldn't be surprised if he broke the top 50 by year's end.

The upside is tremendous. Can we get off his back for a minute?

Slandering his potential is liable to harm his focus on the game.

Do not put label on a kid so young, and so promising.

He has a ton of time to correct his shortcomings, and blossom into a powerhouse.

With a frame he has, and his agressive passion for the game, I am looking forward to seeing this kid bring great energy to tennis that is lacking with the Federer's as he bullies his way up the charts!!!

ALLEZ GAEL!!! HENRY THE IX!!! KING OF FRANCE!

Sjengster
04-11-2005, 10:07 PM
Personally I think there's more than enough energy in the game right now, Nadal has enough of it to power the entire tour. We need more players like Mayer, emotional zombies who play varied and unorthodox tennis. I know that the heavy clay in this match wasn't conducive to entertaining tennis, but there's only so many times you can watch someone throw themselves bodily into shots that will probably do them physical harm in the long-term and end up coming back with interest 9 times out of 10.

NATAS81
04-11-2005, 10:09 PM
This is a new breed to superstars for sure. Nadal and Monfils are both going to make hay for years to come on the ATP!

VAMOS RAFAEL!! THE FRANCHISE!!!

ALLEZ GAEL!! KING OF FRANCE AND CROSSCOURTANTS! (Cross court passing shots!!!)

Sjengster
04-11-2005, 10:11 PM
I'm looking forward to it already.

*but will avoid sounding too bitter, given a) Federer's current success on tour, and b) the less than varied playing style of the man in my avatar*

vincayou
04-11-2005, 10:16 PM
I found the rats line funny. I think that he doesn't like to lose at all and he's not trying to be politically correct. We know that Nadal's topspin are great, we don't need to read that in every player's interview.

garylanders
04-11-2005, 10:25 PM
[QUOTE=NATAS81]

The kid has many intersting things to say.

QUOTE]


Like what ?

Neumann
04-11-2005, 10:27 PM
I agree with vincayou. He was frank and I wasn't particularly impressed with Nadal's game (although he did nice). And the rats comment is hilarious ha, ha!

BTW Gael played very, very well. Good serve (low percentage), huge FH and pretty fine BH while he wasn't tired (ok, I'll have to mention his AWFUL volleys, but he WILL improve that. He has to :D ). His fitness and excitement didn't do him a favor though, but he'll fix that too. So, all in all, Go Gael and finish, let's say, top 40 this year!!!

PS Vamos Rafa, get Top10 SOON ;) !!!

JustmeUK
04-11-2005, 10:29 PM
I think it's accurate enough from Monfils. I don't think he's trying to be arrogant when he says he's not impressed. He wasn't blown on the court by Nadal and he had some chances for sure. What it did show was gulf in experience there is in coping with key points between the two but that's to be expected given that Nadal has been playing on the ATP tour for longer and has already won 3 ATP events and pushed Federer. You'd expect him to be better on the big points. Gael has shown that he's got a huge forehand but also how raw he is today. Give him time. I think he'll come good.

mangoes
04-11-2005, 10:38 PM
Well, I think he has a lot of potential as a player. I hope he has a good coach. I watched him play against Nadal. Nadal was by far better, and when he broke Nadal, I'd say, Nadal handed the point to him via errors.

However, Monfils lacked structure to his game. His serve was the best part of his game. So I hope he has a good coach, because he still has a very long way to go. As for this interview.........rack it up to immaturity.

NATAS81
04-11-2005, 10:53 PM
[QUOTE=NATAS81]

The kid has many intersting things to say.

QUOTE]


Like what ?
Like he's improving his game and whatnot.

What is your purpose in this thread?

Like some athletes, Monfils does not need performance enhancing drugs to boost his career.

NATAS81
04-11-2005, 10:56 PM
His fitness and excitement didn't do him a favor though, but he'll fix that too.
His fitness isn't the issue here. It's his ability to put it all together and win the points he must win. And no mental lapses allowing his opponents to creep back into a match.

NATAS81
04-11-2005, 10:57 PM
He wasn't blown on the court by Nadal and he had some chances for sure.
The fact that he lost to Nadal in straight sets says nothing about Monfils' play. Nadal is the hottest commodity on tour next to Federer.

WyveN
04-12-2005, 12:11 AM
Why is such a big deal made over every harmless little comment?
Its no wonder 95% of the interviews are a waste of time that offer absolutely no insight into players thoughts or feelings. This "tennis gentleman" image is boring.

NATAS81
04-12-2005, 12:12 AM
Finally somebody with a pioneer's vision! :rocker2:

NYCtennisfan
04-12-2005, 12:38 AM
He does sound a bit cocky but that might just be because English is not his first language. In any case, he sounds like he has an interesting personality. If he does turn out to be a prick then all the better. People like it when there is someone to hate:)

Chloe le Bopper
04-12-2005, 02:44 AM
Good. He shouldn't be impressed. I'm impressed, but Nadal isn't my opponent ;)

That "attitude" will get him far, so rag on it while you still can :devil:

tennischick
04-12-2005, 03:01 AM
Sweetie-pie has attitude to burn. i love it :inlove:

Chloe le Bopper
04-12-2005, 03:23 AM
Here is Rafa's incase anybody wanted to see what he had to say about Monfils.

INTERVIEW Rafael Nadal


R. NADAL /G. Monfils

6‑3, 6‑2

An interview with:

RAFAEL NADAL (Through Translation)

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. What do you think about the match today?

RAFAEL NADAL: It was not easy for me. He's a player of my age. He plays well. He beat Gaudio in Australia , and he played well in Miami . He's confident. It is his first year. In this case, everything that happens is a good thing, everything is positive. If you lose, it doesn't matter. I know that because I went through it myself. It's easier the first year. After one or two years, it becomes more difficult. When you lose, it's not the same anymore.

This match was difficult for me, so I'm happy that I won.

Q. Since you are winning more matches, aren't you afraid of getting tired? Is it a problem to get organized differently?

RAFAEL NADAL: It's not easy. The beginning of the year was impressive. I played a lot and I got tired afterwards. Last week I had a bit of rest. It's difficult to have the same routine every morning, to get up in the morning.

In Miami I played well against Federer , but this tournament here is very important for me. I came here with a lot of pleasure, and I can say it's the most important tournament of the year for me.

Q. Coria said that, with Gaudio , you were the favorites on clay.

RAFAEL NADAL: It's nice of him to think of me as a favorite, but it's not the way I feel. This year is the first year I'm playing with a certain guarantee. Two years ago I was 16, I only played to win one match. This year every match is important; every win counts.

For me, the favorites are Coria , Gaudio , Moya , Ferrero , Federer . I'm not playing sufficiently well.

Q. Do you believe the victory today gives you an important psychological advantage for your future fights with Gael ?

RAFAEL NADAL: It's only a matter of hope. For me, a future duel seems very far away. Today I played well, but I am not at the level where I can think about a duel. I still need to improve my ranking a lot; therefore, I'm not thinking about that.

Also, there are many other good players. Earlier I was compared with Gasquet , so it could be him or Monfils or me or another player who's going to turn up next year.

Q. Against Federer in Valencia , you were very close to winning. Do you believe that on clay you have weapons against him?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. I'm thinking about my next match against Malisse . I'm not thinking about a duel against Federer ; Malisse first.

It's true that I was two points away from victory against Federer , but I wasn't able to succeed. I'm not thinking about my future rivals, but rather to improve my game. I feel good physically, I am fast, I have good shots, but what I need is more wins.

Q. Key Biscayne is a fast surface. Do you believe you're stronger on clay?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't believe I'm stronger, but on clay there are more players. I lost more often on fast surfaces.

In Australia I almost won against Hewitt , who is one of the best players on the surface, and there also was Miami and Indian Wells . I don't believe there's a real difference.

But simply on clay I feel more relaxed. Many more things can happen during a match.

Q. What made the difference against Gael ‑ the physical condition or the experience?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. He's a player who plays inconsistently. Sometimes he's defending; sometimes he's attacking. His game is not well‑defined. It can be positive, he can be deceptive for the opponent; but it can also be negative because he can make mistakes.

It was a very difficult match, very tight. I was more solid than him. The long points were important. I felt good physically.

In the second set I felt he was getting a little bit tired. He was losing faith and during the long points, the long rallies, I made the difference.

FastScripts by ASAP Sports...

tennischick
04-12-2005, 03:33 AM
RAFAEL NADAL: It was not easy for me. He's a player of my age. He plays well. He beat Gaudio in Australia , and he played well in Miami . He's confident. It is his first year. In this case, everything that happens is a good thing, everything is positive. If you lose, it doesn't matter. I know that because I went through it myself. It's easier the first year. After one or two years, it becomes more difficult. When you lose, it's not the same anymore.

This match was difficult for me, so I'm happy that I won.


well said Nadal. truth!

by the way for those who have the tennis channel, this match is about to start again :wavey:

jacobhiggins
04-12-2005, 04:06 AM
Monfils sounds like he hates losing. Not every player is going to be humble and say good things about players. I think Mofils is going to create a lot of excitment, he's just a kid but he's already showing what kind of player he is shaping into. The Future Bad Boy of Tennis? maybe? He is extremley talented and is very big. It seems like a new batch of younger players are replacing the original young ballers, Roddick, Federer, Fish. It's sort of weird to think about? Now i'm not saying these young guys are going to be as good or as successful as some of the players I mentioned, but with Roddick just 22, he already seems out of times with the young up and coming players that can hit every shot in the book.

jmp
04-12-2005, 04:30 AM
Thanks for posting these interviews, Ivan and Recca. :) :) I like reading what the up and comers have to say. They are both very objective and matter-of-fact. I like that better than fluff and unrealistic expectations.

As I was reading everyone's responses to the "not impressed" response from Gael, I started thinking this might have been a mistake in translation. It could have been a question about Gael being intimidated by Rafa's game. Then the response of not being intimidated would make more sense much like when they asked Rafa in Miami if he was intimidated by Roger's game. I think all players are capable of respecting their opponents' games without being intimidated. Just a thought...

tennischick
04-12-2005, 04:37 AM
Thanks for posting these interviews, Ivan and Recca. :) :) I like reading what the up and comers have to say. They are both very objective and matter-of-fact. I like that better than fluff and unrealistic expectations.

As I was reading everyone's responses to the "not impressed" response from Gael, I started thinking this might have been a mistake in translation. It could have been a question about Gael being intimidated by Rafa's game. Then the response of not being intimidated would make more sense much like when they asked Rafa in Miami if he was intimidated by Roger's game. I think all players are capable of respecting their opponents' games without being intimidated. Just a thought...
his rat response makes it clear that some stuff was lost in translation. but i still like his confident attitude. :)

the more important question is, whose grunt did you prefer, Rafa's "Oh!!!" or Sweetie-Pie's "Ah-huh-haaaaaaaa..." ;)

Chloe le Bopper
04-12-2005, 04:54 AM
Rafa's! I was able to spot him practicing at the USO from two courts over thanks to that grunt.

Scotso
04-12-2005, 05:04 AM
Gael has had pretty much everything handed to him on the tour, whereas Rafa had to earn it.

If he's arrogant, that's probably why.

MissMoJo
04-12-2005, 05:08 AM
I like Gael. He was pretty open and funny in his interview which i find more interesting than the usual. The journalist asked a leading question, he could've easily asked' what do you think of his game?' instead and probably would've elicited a similar response minus the 'not impressed' that some people took issue with. It's not unlike for them to try to goad the players into praising their opponents (Rogi and Agassi), and if you don't go along, sometimes you come off as 'arrogant.' Anyway, kudos to Gael for being himself...and of course to Rafa for being his cute, diplomatic self.

tennischick
04-12-2005, 05:56 AM
Gael has had pretty much everything handed to him on the tour, whereas Rafa had to earn it.

If he's arrogant, that's probably why.
are you saying that someone handed Gael his 4 Slams on every surface? :shrug: as far as i could tell, he worked for them. and damn hard too. and it is his incredible success in the juniors that opened the doors to wildcards that he richly deserves. in my opinion.

Action Jackson
04-12-2005, 06:02 AM
Monfils answered the question honestly, and whether that means he is arrogant, then he must be arrogant.

Experimentee
04-12-2005, 06:06 AM
I didnt quite get the rats comment, but it sounds funny anyway :lol:

Its stupid how people read interviews and try to pick apart every little comment, trying to see where they can be called arrogant. It is good for players to have some personality on the tour, instead of giving the same stock answers.

I think the question about whether he was impressed was taken to mean something like 'were you in awe of him' or 'were you intimidated'. He couldnt have possibly meant that Nadal was not good at running or topspin, because he said in the same sentence that he was.

vincayou
04-12-2005, 06:31 PM
I read the original interview in French (in L'equipe) and a lot of stuff is lost in the translation. In fact, when he says that he's not impressed, he says that it's because "he knows him since the juniors". And he adds that maybe people who just discover him must be impressed.
That's really strange, its not even the same amount of questions. But it must be the same interview because there is the rats comment.

Chloe le Bopper
04-12-2005, 06:43 PM
Several of you have brought up good points about things being "lost in translation". Same thing was said several times in my Coria thread.

That's why it's probably best not to overanalyse ;)

Raquel
04-12-2005, 06:54 PM
Whether it was lost in translation or not I don't know, but while Gael might not be impressed, I definitely was. I only saw the first set but there were times where you could just see Monfils almost cracking up after a point where he hit another 5 great shots and saw them come back deeper and deeper until Nadal got the control of the point again. Nadal was just relentless. There was a game Monfils led 40-0 and ended up in a game that went to about 4 deuces and lasted about 15 minutes and you could almost see the draining effect it was having on him.

Chloe le Bopper
04-12-2005, 07:06 PM
Here is a picture of their handshake. Let's analyse it :D

http://vamosrafael.smugmug.com/photos/19516645-L.jpg

Look how far Monfils made Nadal bend to reach out! He's a HATA.

;)

mangoes
04-12-2005, 07:10 PM
Ok, I saw the handshake after the match, and it was of two old friends.

MissMoJo
04-12-2005, 07:10 PM
Gael wore the same shirt.....he's trying to look cuter than Rafa :mad:

Truc
04-12-2005, 07:17 PM
I read the original interview in French (in L'equipe) and a lot of stuff is lost in the translation. In fact, when he says that he's not impressed, he says that it's because "he knows him since the juniors". And he adds that maybe people who just discover him must be impressed.
Yes, I read the interview in "L'Équipe" too and it sounds quite different. He's very self-confident, as he always is, but by far not so arrogant.
"(...)
– Que pensez-vous de l’Espagnol, qui prend une dimension importante sur le circuit ?
– Il court bien. Nadal, je le connais depuis que je suis tout petit. Alors, il m’impressionne moins qu’il n’impressionne les autres. Ses balles sont normales. J’espère qu’on rejouera de gros matches ensemble, mais dans des meilleures conditions. Parce qu’en début de match, avec la luminosité qu’il y avait, je ne voyais vraiment pas bien.
– Avec la pluie qui s’est mise à tomber à la fin de votre match, vous n’avez pas été tenté de faire durer en espérant une interruption ?
– Ce sont les rats qui pensent ça !
– Pas trop déçu, donc...
– Non. Je ne pensais pas arriver à l’aise si vite sur terre battue. Ça faisait quand même un an que je n’avais pas joué sur cette surface. Et même si je ne le disais pas trop, j’avais quand même une petite appréhension..."

Chloe le Bopper
04-12-2005, 07:17 PM
Ok, I saw the handshake after the match, and it was of two old friends.
I was kidding. But thanks. :)

Chloe le Bopper
04-12-2005, 07:18 PM
Gael wore the same shirt.....he's trying to look cuter than Rafa :mad:
No worries. Rafa fills it out better. At least Monfils wasn't wearing the capris. One pair on court at one time is more than enough.

Lalitha
04-12-2005, 09:10 PM
Gael has had pretty much everything handed to him on the tour, whereas Rafa had to earn it.

If he's arrogant, that's probably why.

:yeah:

jmp
04-12-2005, 09:52 PM
Here is a picture of their handshake. Let's analyse it :D

http://vamosrafael.smugmug.com/photos/19516645-L.jpg

Look how far Monfils made Nadal bend to reach out! He's a HATA.

;)

Gael wore the same shirt.....he's trying to look cuter than Rafa :mad:

O.K. you two, stop cracking me up! :haha:

P.S. Gael has nice 'guns', too. :armed: :)

Bring on the youngsters! :yippee:

Chloe le Bopper
04-12-2005, 10:03 PM
P.S. Gael has nice 'guns', too.

He does, yes. He's just more wirey since he's so tall.

Experimentee
04-13-2005, 05:17 AM
Yes, I read the interview in "L'Équipe" too and it sounds quite different. He's very self-confident, as he always is, but by far not so arrogant.
"(...)
– Que pensez-vous de l’Espagnol, qui prend une dimension importante sur le circuit ?
– Il court bien. Nadal, je le connais depuis que je suis tout petit. Alors, il m’impressionne moins qu’il n’impressionne les autres. Ses balles sont normales. J’espère qu’on rejouera de gros matches ensemble, mais dans des meilleures conditions. Parce qu’en début de match, avec la luminosité qu’il y avait, je ne voyais vraiment pas bien.


That does sound a lot different to what was posted in English. It looks like my inital feeling of 'impressed' being taken to mean 'intimidated' is correct, because he says he has played him a lot in juniors so facing those balls is normal for him.

Chloe le Bopper
04-13-2005, 05:38 AM
Regarding Monfils getting "everything handed to him" and Nadal having to "work his way on to out". Hee. Come on! Nadal got Wildcards too. Not as many, but I assume he doesn't have Gael's management ;) Also, dare I suggest that being French over Spanish might help a bit in the WC sweeps? :shrug: Regardless, Monfils was the top junior in the world last year. If not for that, not even the best management in the world would have gotten him WCed into every big event so far this year.

As for Rafa... he's had lots of benefits throughout his career as well. He's been primed for his position in the sport a lot better than most people in his situation.

NATAS81
04-13-2005, 06:22 AM
Also, dare I suggest that being French over Spanish might help a bit in the WC sweeps? :shrug:
What does that have to do with WC hand-outs? Monfils has earned his spots in MC and every other tournament he's played in.

You could say that for RG, but he's had such a short history that that isn't even a concern as of now.

Chloe le Bopper
04-13-2005, 06:25 AM
What does that have to do with WC hand-outs? Monfils has earned his spots in MC and every other tournament he's played in.

I haven't doubted that he earned them. In fact, I've been a huge defender of his having earned them.

I made the French comment because 1) The French not only have more tournaments than the Spanish, but they also have a deal with the Australian Open, and 2) I was wondering if it would make any difference to somebody's marketability if they were Spanish or French. Maybe it wouldn't, I don't know. Either way there is an advantage to being French, much like there is an advantage to being American. More wildcards at home tournaments are available. That doesn't take anything away from the fact that Monfils has, IMO, earned all of his... and many of his haven't been in France anyways.

NATAS81
04-13-2005, 06:26 AM
I haven't doubted that he earned them. In fact, I've been a huge defender of his having earned them.

I made the French comment because 1) The French not only have more tournaments than the Spanish, but they also have a deal with the Australian Open, and 2) I was wondering if it would make any difference to somebody's marketability if they were Spanish or French. Maybe it wouldn't, I don't know. Either way there is an advantage to being French, much like there is an advantage to being American. More wildcards at home tournaments are available. That doesn't take anything away from the fact that Monfils has, IMO, earned all of his... and many of his haven't been in France anyways.
He did not receive a WC for MC. He qualified beating some proven competition.

I admit that his game isn't best suited for clay, and I think ESP/ARG should receive the majority of clay WCs.

Chloe le Bopper
04-13-2005, 06:29 AM
He did not receive a WC for MC. He qualified beating some proven competition.

Yes, he did receive a WC for Monte Carlo. Although I have no doubt that he has the skills to qualify, he certainly didn't need to here. Gasquet qualified, maybe you have them confused :shrug:

I hear he's planning on doing qualies for Barca. Probably was in his interview.

I admit that his game isn't best suited for clay, and I think ESP/ARG should receive the majority of clay WCs.

I haven't seen him play yet, so I can't comment on his game. The WCs will always be determined by nationality and management, I'm afraid.

NATAS81
04-13-2005, 06:34 AM
Yes, he did receive a WC for Monte Carlo. Although I have no doubt that he has the skills to qualify, he certainly didn't need to here. Gasquet qualified, maybe you have them confused :shrug:
It doesn't really matter. The point is he's clawed his way through the ranks. Starting from stratch isn't the easiest way to the top, and he's more than equipped to pay his dues on tour.

I hear he's planning on doing qualies for Barca. Probably was in his interview.
I check interviews daily, and if something like that comes up I'll be on it.

I haven't seen him play yet, so I can't comment on his game. The WCs will always be determined by nationality and management, I'm afraid
You don't need to see his game. It's internationally known that the French aren't best suited for clay, and he fits the billing. The question here is can his powerful groundstrokes bail him out apart from the finesse play of the ESP/ARG.

Chloe le Bopper
04-13-2005, 06:35 AM
The French aren't always suited for clay, but Mathieu isn't bad on it. Grosjean had some good results on it. I think that both of them are probably better indoors, but they manage .

Action Jackson
04-13-2005, 06:37 AM
Monfils did get a WC for Monte Carlo along with Ferrero, Lisnard and someone else that I can't remember at the moment.

NATAS81
04-13-2005, 06:37 AM
They aren't anywhere close to ESP/ARG and the best of the best aren't that far above .500.

Their only chance is sympathy points at RG.

bad gambler
04-13-2005, 07:23 AM
forget monfils for RG, the young frenchman I will be interested to follow this year is gasquet - he has strung together some solid clay form in the last month

Smankyou
04-13-2005, 07:30 AM
The kid must've been so disappointed. And it's not like he had no chance. I wouldn't take the tone of this interview too seriously.
I didn't see the match, but I'd say he didn't have a chance.

Smankyou
04-13-2005, 07:33 AM
KING OF FRANCE AND CROSSCOURTANTS! (Cross court passing shots!!!)
Of course I read this as 'croissants'. Who wouldn't want to be the king of croissants?

Action Jackson
04-13-2005, 07:36 AM
forget monfils for RG, the young frenchman I will be interested to follow this year is gasquet - he has strung together some solid clay form in the last month

Gasquet needs to stop having defaultitis when he plays matches. If it's very heavy today he'll struggle to beat the warrior today.

NATAS81
04-13-2005, 07:51 AM
Of course I read this as 'croissants'. Who wouldn't want to be the king of croissants?
Yes, that is what I meant. I've overheard France is bargaining to offer a new addition to the Burger King family of breakfast foods in Gaudio's honor.

The Backhand bagel. Two backhand slices of bacon along with a serving of melted cheese (ripping service winners). It comes together to form a nil column on the opponents scoresheet; hence the bagel.