G.Monfils def D.Hrbaty(22) 6-3 6-3 2-6 7-5

richard gasquet
06-22-2005, 07:50 PM
great win for gael! :yippee:

grass is not his favorite surface and had some bad results these last weeks but he fought very well.

Congrats :)he reach the third round of a grand slam for the first time.

06-22-2005, 07:51 PM

06-22-2005, 07:52 PM
grass is not his favorite surface and had some bad results these last weeks but he fought very well.

didnt he win Junior wimbly?? :confused:

06-22-2005, 07:57 PM
Well done Monfils. :yeah:
He beat Hrbaty because he was more aggressive in my opinion.

richard gasquet
06-22-2005, 08:08 PM
didnt he win Junior wimbly?? :confused:

Yes but he doesnt feel at ease on this surface if compared to hard court.

He said that he doesnt like very much grass.

06-22-2005, 08:16 PM
Very good perfomance ! perhaps he felt better because the media let him in peace... :) unexpected....

ALLEZ GAEL ! :worship:

06-22-2005, 08:21 PM
Monfils reached down deep and found something extra to fight off the back injury midway through the 4th set.

The day rest will help Mario as well.

Not surprising however, Hrbaty once down early couldn't mount enough of a charge.

06-22-2005, 08:25 PM
Mario will crush him though.

06-22-2005, 08:28 PM
Maybe, but Mario wasn't dominant today.

06-22-2005, 08:30 PM
Props to Udomchoke who was giving his opponents trouble on serve until the 3rd set of this match.

A name I'll watch out for on hard/grass/indoor.

06-22-2005, 08:37 PM
Well done Gael :worship: :cool:

06-22-2005, 08:39 PM
Very well done Gaël! :worship: Now just give your best against Ancic and whatever the result you'll be able to look back with pride at what you'd have done... ;)

06-22-2005, 08:54 PM
I look forward to Ancic-Monfils match...:) Some of most talented players on Tour..it should be interesting.

06-22-2005, 09:25 PM
Well done Monfils. :yeah:
He beat Hrbaty because he was more aggressive in my opinion.
or because hrbaty couldn't get the ball in the court. i mean, the guy had like 10 more ues than winners which is just terrible on grass

but credit to monfils, he fought really hard in the fourth set to win it

but mario is gonna have to end his run. the rain should help mario, hopefully it will speed things up a bit and maybe give him two days off instead of one

06-22-2005, 09:36 PM
:woohoo: Gael :woohoo:

He hates grass but he won :woohoo:

06-22-2005, 09:39 PM
I'm surprised by the result I must admit.

06-23-2005, 01:56 AM
:clap2: Well done Gael

06-23-2005, 02:02 AM
Way to go, Gael!

06-23-2005, 04:54 AM
Match Reports

The Force is With Gael

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

French young gun Gael Monfils delighted spectators on Court 3 this evening with his win over seasoned Slovakian Dominik Hrbaty.

The 18-year-old swept aside the No. 22 seed in a performance that had all the hallmarks of a potential champion.

Concentration and accuracy, coupled with raw power and finesse, worked to secure the youngster an early break in the first set. It was all Hrbaty could do to get a touch on serves that were whistling past his ears at 130mph. The spot-on positioning of the ball combined to help him secure the first set 6-3 in 29 minutes.

Despite his six-foot-plus frame, Monfils was agile around the court. This was particularly noticeable in the second set of the match as Hrbaty began to mix up the game with shorter balls to test his opponent.

On occasion it worked. With Monfils two sets up, Hrbaty dealt a deft dropshot in the first game of the third. Landing softly in the left-hand service box Monfils was not going to give up. He raced to the ball, narrowly missed it and the momentum saw him high-jump the net ready for the next game.

It was touches like this that endeared him to the crowd. Another example took the form of graceful gallops every time he hit an unexpected winner. But Hrbaty was not to be underestimated either.

Last year the 27-year-old reached the third round of Wimbledon for the first time. He also worked his way to the quarter-finals of the US Open and captured three ATP Tour titles. He has been in sticky situations before and began pulling out shots to put his younger counterpart under pressure.

Additionally, Monfils appeared to lose concentration after the umpire corrected a ball that had been called out, in favour of Hrbaty. Soon enough the veteran had the third set tucked safely under his belt.

However, Monfils quickly re-gained composure and raced to a 4-1 lead in the fourth. But then nerves appeared to get the better of the Frenchman who suddenly found himself 5-4 down. As the night started to draw in and distant church bells began to ring round the grounds, a fifth set looked to be a safe bet.

But, out of nowhere, Monfils began to hit like there was no tomorrow and it was enough to secure the match 7-5 in the fourth. The joy was written all over his face as he rejoiced, shouting 'allez!' on his way to the net. This time last year the young Frenchman was on his way to winning the Wimbledon Boys' Singles title. It's safe to say he's set to make a successful transition.

Written by Helen Gilbert

Clara Bow
06-23-2005, 05:02 AM
Well done Gael! I was happy to see that ESPN showed a handful of games so I could catch another glimpse of him.

One thing I like a lot about Gael is his movement. I just think he has a very neat graceful/awkard movement that actually ends up being quite fluid. He seems to me like his joints are made or rubber or something. Or he reminds me of those big huge balloon people with the waving arms that you always see at European festivals/events. Fun to watch.

06-23-2005, 05:50 AM
I was hoping Hrbaty could win this won, and he did have his run their; he just fell short in the end. Wimbledon has always been a horrible tournement for him, so its not too suprising to see an early exit.

06-23-2005, 09:34 AM
i was surprised but really happy that gael won! :yippee:

06-23-2005, 10:58 AM
LOL! :lol:


06-23-2005, 12:58 PM
Dominik :rolleyes:
He is so inconsistent. Every time I think he will win easily, he loses.

06-23-2005, 01:30 PM
Dominik :rolleyes:
He is so inconsistent. Every time I think he will win easily, he loses.
well monfils is pretty good for someone his age so you probably shouldnt have counted him out so early!! :D

06-23-2005, 02:10 PM
I was ticked of at Chris Fowler completely mangaling Monfils last name...why can't these announcers get it right?...it's no that hard. For me its a sign of respect to prounce a persons name properly...it's a pet peeve of mine!!! :mad: :mad: :mad:

06-23-2005, 02:22 PM
Great win for Gael!

06-23-2005, 02:24 PM
vamos gaelll






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