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12-06-2008 05:50 PM
Re: "Indoor" season 2008

He played Lopez and not Ferrer to lost 6-4/7-6
12-06-2008 01:53 PM
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Malaga seems to be a a nice exhibition with a big crowd
12-06-2008 09:46 AM
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The Spanish articles say they played well, it was quite spectacular and a lot more fun for the crowd than Moya-Safin.

As much as I dislike exhibitions, Gaël is great for this kind of events, I'd like him to play the Hopman Cup instead of Gilles if he can't solve his scheduling mess otherwise, they would be perfect with Alizé.
12-05-2008 09:55 PM
Re: "Indoor" season 2008

He won his first match in that exhibition tournament of Malaga where he replaces Nalbandian, he beat Ferrero 7-6 7-6 and will play against Ferrer tomorrow.
11-07-2008 10:09 AM
Re: "Indoor" season 2008

Richard got the WC, Gaël will be in Australia at that time, as expected.
11-05-2008 04:36 PM
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Are you going there?
I'm not sure Gaël will be in France at that time, he said he will go to Australia after his vacation to practice with Rasheed down under. It wouldn't make much sense to come back to France for 2 weeks at the end of December?
11-02-2008 01:29 PM
Re: "Indoor" season 2008

45 minutes ? It was short lol but march is far away indeed. If everybody is fit, Forget will have to do tough choices
11-02-2008 06:59 AM
Re: "Indoor" season 2008

Originally Posted by soulage View Post
Is there a meet this week between all the potentials players and the staff of DC like last year ?
Sorry for the wrong informations, you were right, there was a meeting, actually. And they will have another one mid-December.

COUPE DAVIS : RÉUNION À ROLAND-GARROS. – Une réunion informelle sur la Coupe Davis s’est tenue hier matin, 11 heures, à Roland-Garros. Elle dura environ quarante-cinq minutes. Organisée à l’initiative du président Christian Bîmes, elle réunissait également le capitaine Guy Forget, Michaël Llodra, Arnaud Clément, Gilles Simon, Paul-Henri Mathieu et Gaël Monfils. Seuls étaient absents Richard Gasquet et Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, mais le finaliste de Bercy eut son mot à dire par téléphone. Tout ce joli monde a prévu de se revoir dans les prochaines semaines, peut-être lors du « Masters France », qui sera organisé à Toulouse, mi décembre, pour mettre au point la prochaine campagne.
11-01-2008 07:50 PM
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I didn't think his tactics were so bad. It would have been good to be able to force Nadal into those long, drawn-out points, and then attack at the end to take the point. Nadal was tired, and it might habe been a good idea to back him into a corner like that, to force him to run a lot. It honestly felt like Nadal had no choice but to moonball and wait for Monfil to miss or give him an easy ball, while gaël seemed able to hurt him with his forehand if he attacked.

The problem is that I don't think gaël is able to switch from defence to attack quickly. He's shown recently that he was able to attack, but he has to attack right from the beginning of the point and end it quickly or he reverts back to defence. It's like he puts himself to sleep with his own defensive style. Plus I believe his coach when he says without the free points from his serve, he was paralysed and couldn't be aggressive. With all that he trapped himself and panicked during the long rallies, even though I believe he was the one dictating the rythm of the match, hence the tragic bp conversion/saved ratios.
11-01-2008 09:46 AM
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Thanks a lot! "It didn't feel like it was brilliant, more that it was random". You're absolutely spot on, as usual.
11-01-2008 08:12 AM
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I wrote a report of the match against Nadal on my blog:
Monfils shows he still has a lot to learn; Roddick shows flashes of his old form

Gael Monfils had been long touted as one of the young guns, one of the upcoming stars of the men's tour but failed to live up to expectations for a number of years. He had been frequently disrupted by niggling injuries for most of his career, and when he was healthy enough to play, there was a distinct weakness in his tactical game and he was constantly criticised for his overly defensive game.

In the last few months, he has slowly finetuned his game with the help of new coach, Roger Rasheed, Lleyton Hewitt's former coach, who apart from adding some discipline into the Frenchman's training regime, has also helped Monfils slowly transform his game into a more well-rounded game that is a healthy mix of offense and defense. He still gets stuck behind the baseline on occasions, but he no longer appears to be pinned back with no options, instead being able to effectively neutralise shots before throwing in that change of pace or running passing shot that has been long known as one of his trademarks.

From a tactical point of view, yesterday's match up against the world number one, Rafael Nadal was a fascinating encounter because it would answer a lot of questions about Monfils' willingness to attack and how he would approach the match in general. The Spaniard is often known for wearing his opponents down and being relentless in his consistency, but more importantly because of his superior defensive skills, he forces each and every single player on the tour to play an aggressive game in order to threaten him.

Masters Series TV commentator, Robbie Koenig mentioned that Monfils had been practising specific drills to upset Nadal's rhythm, including one that involved hitting a series of crosscourt forehands to open up the court to drill the forehand down-the-line into Nadal's forehand corner, which is the one clear weakness in the Spaniard's game. David Ferrer's two performances against Nadal at the US Open last year and at the Masters Cup specifically come to mind, where he exploited this tactic relentlessly and with little subtlety, as he frequently nailed his off forehand into Nadal's forehand side time after time.

Monfils started off the match doing exactly just that, showing excellent footwork and movement to consistently run around his backhand and hit big forehands. But unfortunately, that sort of aggressive tennis was short-lived as Monfils reverted back to the defensive game that he is known for, and what he is comfortable with. Monfils usually loves playing on the big stage, and with this being a centre court match in his home country against the world number 1, more fireworks were to be expected. His entire performance in general reminded me much of the style of tennis that he exhibited when I first sat up and took notice of his game when he took out Marcos Baghdatis at the Australian Open in 2007, after Baghdatis had his magical run to the finals the previous year.

Back then I noticed that he had one of the most unpredictable games, and that he often seemed confused as to how he should approach his matches. With most players, you get a feel for the patterns or combinations of shots that a player likes to implement. But while Monfils himself did have a general playing style, he would also often throw in awkward shots out of nowhere, but it didn't feel like it was brilliant, more that it was random. Monfils's performance was not awkward yesterday against Nadal, but it was puzzling that he would achieve so much success with one particular tactic, but that he would completely abandon it for the vast majority of the match. One can only conclude that he found it too difficult to break out of his old habits and go out of his comfort zone, but in this particular match, he had nothing to lose. Nadal's performance himself left a lot to be desired, where a lot of his shots sitting up high and looking seemingly very attackable.

(The link also contains a summary of Roddick's match against Simon, and Davydenko's against Berdych, hence the title)
10-31-2008 12:06 PM
the graduate
Re: "Indoor" season 2008

I think Rashid has helped Gael but monfils has to focus more to learn to take his chances.I think Monfils is beter with this coach than with his previous coaches.He is now in the top twenty and has a chance of reaching the top ten by Roland Garros,all he needs is belief
10-31-2008 07:28 AM
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Maybe not his usual bread in Paris, but we know he's prone to ugly matches.
Of course people will make fun of him for saying "I played a good match" after such an ugly performance, but I can see why they're taking it that way with Rasheed, that's pretty much how I feel too. I don't think Rasheed is trying to protect him, it's not his style, he was mad after the Fish match in NY and the Vienna final (two matches I found way worse than yesterday's match).
Monfils : « Ce qui est positif, c’est que j’ai osé »
Le Français ne voulait retenir hier soir que les bons aspects de sa défaite contre Rafael Nadal.
« QUELLE IMPRESSION d’ensemble avez-vous par rapport à votre match ?
– J’ai fait un bon match. J’ai été constant du premier au dernier point et j’ai essayé de maintenir ma tactique. Après, j’ai péché un peu, mais ce match m’a fait du bien. J’ai pu voir où j’en étais, ce qui me manquait.
– En quoi consistait votre tactique sur le papier ?
– Je voulais tenir ma ligne (de fond de court). Montrer plus mon jeu vers l’avant à Rafa, mais c’était plus dur. Je trouve que je l’ai bien appliquée. J’aurais pu jouer plus loin, défendre et subir. Je pense que je n’ai pas trop subi comme par le passé. Ce qui est positif, c’est que j’ai osé. Par moments, il m’a manqué un peu d’agressivité, mais c’est le fait de ne pas en avoir l’habitude à très haut niveau. J’ai eu des balles de break que je n’ai pas réussi à concrétiser. Sur deux ou trois, j’aurais pu tenter plus, peut-être le manoeuvrer autrement…
– À l’évidence, vous avez eu un problème de service…
– C’est sûr, cela ne m’a pas aidé. Ça m’a fait cavaler plus. Mais bon, ce n’est pas une fin en soi. Je retiens de cette année que je m’en suis bien sorti, malgré les hauts, les bas, les blessures, les changements d’entraîneurs, les choix à faire. De là où je suis parti,en arriver là, il n’y en a pas beaucoup qui y auraient pensé. »

Roger RASHEED (entraîneur de Gaël Monfils) : « Jusqu’à 6-3, 3-1, l’arme essentielle de Gaël, à savoir le service, n’a pas du tout fonctionné. Ça arrive quelquefois. Ce n’était pas une question de mental. De ce fait, il n’a pas gagné beaucoup de points gratuits, au contraire, il a été obligé de courir beaucoup plus que prévu. C’est la raison pour laquelle il n’a pas pu être aussi agressif qu’il aurait fallu. Il est clair que le jeu où Nadal fait 3-1, alors que Gaël obtient des balles de break, a fait basculer le match. Gaël va apprendre davantage par cette défaite que dans une victoire. Il a perdu, mais a manifesté un esprit vraiment très positif. »
Gaël means he played a good match as he's been consistent from the 1st point to the last one and has sticked to his tactics. There were shortcomings in his game, but the match will help him to see see where he's standing and what he's lacking. He means he wasn't as passive and far behind his baseline as he used to be. He sometimes wasn't aggressive enough because he's not used to at a very high level. He could have done more on 2-3 BP. His problem with the serve didn't help, he had to run much more. But he's positive about his season, not many people were thinking he would be here today.

Rasheed: Until 6-3 3-1, his main weapon (the serve) wasn't working at all. It happens. It wasn't a mental problem. He wasn't winning a lot of cheap points and had to run much more than he was supposed to. That's why he couldn't be as aggressive as he needed to. The game to 3-1, when Gaël couldn't take his BP, clearly was a turning point. Gaël will learn more from this defeat than from a victory. He lost, but displayed a very positive spirit.
10-31-2008 12:30 AM
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His season has been good, that's obvious by now.

But losing at home with this crowd 6/3, 6/2 against a midform Nadal at best is close to a disgrace for me. I mean playing these kind of match isn't his usual bread. Serra made something similar and there are more than 50 players ranked between them. He is able to do much, much better.
10-30-2008 10:35 PM
the graduate
Re: "Indoor" season 2008

this was a disappointment to say the least
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