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Truc 01-02-2010 05:46 AM

Down under 2010
He's supposed to play Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Johannesburg.
(But they said last time that he might skip Sydney.)

His draw in Brisbane:
[1] RODDICK, Andy (USA) vs LUCZAK, Peter (AUS)
BALL, Carsten (AUS) vs ZVEREV, Mischa (GER)
GASQUET, Richard (FRA) vs NIEMINEN, Jarkko (FIN)

FISH, Mardy (USA) vs BAGHDATIS, Marcos (CYP)
LLODRA, Michael (FRA) vs LEVY, Harel (ISR)
CHELA, Juan Ignacio (ARG) vs [8] BELLUCCI, Thomaz (BRA)

[5] QUERREY, Sam (USA) vs BLAKE, James (USA)
DENT, Taylor (USA) vs [3] MONFILS, Gael (FRA)

[7] CHARDY, Jeremy (FRA) vs FALLA, Alejandro (COL)
CLEMENT, Arnaud (FRA) vs ODESNIK, Wayne (USA)
(WC) MILLMAN, John (AUS) vs [2] STEPANEK, Radek (CZE)

Tess Gray 01-02-2010 09:47 AM

Re: Down under 2010
Thanks for posting:)

Allez Gael:yeah:

Truc 01-03-2010 08:11 AM

Re: Down under 2010
He arrived in Brisbane yesterday only.
They've never played against each other with Dent.

An article from the Sunday Mail State Edition about his preparation:

Gael sweats it out in Adelaide
WHILE most of the world’s top tennis players plump for glitz and fanfare ahead of tomorrow’s season opener, the Brisbane International, French world No 13 Gael Monfils this week opted instead for the peace and solitude of Adelaide.
We caught Monfils hitting up with his Adelaide based coach Roger Rasheed at Memoriali Drive in 441C heat on New Year’s Eve.
It’s part of a program Rasheed has designed, getting Monfils back to basics, to ensure he is in prime condition for an assault at the Australian Open.
“Your body has to be ready for the hot weather,” Monfils said.
“So that’s why you come in at 3pm when the sun is very strong. I think my body is ready.’’
Monfils reached a career-high ranking of nine last year.
“I don’t think it was a great year,” he said.
“I think it was tricky, a lot of up and-down, but I think 2010 will be much better.”
He said Rasheed had made a huge difference to his make-up – on and off the court.
“I’ve learned a lot – first the Aussie style, a couple of expressions. My English is a lot better,” Monfils quipped.
“He makes me feel more professional because before I was a bit up-and-down.
“I think I’m playing a lot of my best now. I can go more on the net. I feel more confident with the net game, my serve and my forehand – so he brings me a lot of good stuff.”
Rasheed said he felt his protégé – who he once described as being “the Buddy Franklin of tennis due to his natural athletic talent” – was ready to take the next big step to Grand Slam glory.
“You never really know when tthese guys are going to jump out but he certainly has the game that can win over two weeks,” he said.
“Gael’s got a big game – he’s got a lot of weapons. He’s just got to put those in the court as much as possible.”

Truc 01-05-2010 08:12 AM

Re: Down under 2010
Any livestream for his match? It just started.

simplet 01-05-2010 09:20 AM

Re: Down under 2010

Originally Posted by Truc (Post 9466868)
Any livestream for his match? It just started.

Dammit I would have loved to see his shiny new biceps. I wonder if he has managed to improve on last year?

Keijan 01-05-2010 10:42 AM

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Ah I missed it :( how was it, anyone got to find a stream ? I don't like the scoreline, but at least he won.

simplet 01-05-2010 11:00 AM

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Nope no stream anywhere (which is a bit strange). Looks like we won't be able to see him tommorrow either, he plays fourth on court 1 against Serra. Apparently a freaking semi-retired BLAKE is more attractive than him on center court. :rolleyes:

Keijan 01-05-2010 11:15 AM

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:lol: Don't worry, if Blake goes through this, Gaël will atomisate him on center court :cool:

soulage 01-05-2010 12:12 PM

Re: Down under 2010
nearly 3 hours :eek: good way to start the year lol. He seems healthy at least.

Truc 01-05-2010 12:37 PM

Re: Down under 2010
2h13 is not nearly 3 hours!
It's a good result to me, Dent was a tricky opponent for a first match.


Monfils dances into second round
A “tired and sore” Gael Monfils scrapped to a three sets victory over big-serving American Taylor Dent in a gripping first round match at the Brisbane International tennis tournament on Tuesday night.

Frenchman Monfils triumphed 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 in two hours, 13 minutes despite his coach, Australian Roger Rasheed, being away sick in his hometown Adelaide.

The robust Dent – who has a physique completely opposite to beanstalk Monfils – fought valiantly against the world No.13 but was just a fraction outclassed.

It wasn’t until the fifth game of the deciding set that either player dropped served and unfortunately it was Dent, allowing his third-seeded opponent to close out the match in style.

“I just tried to fight hard,” said Monfils, who retired hurt from the fourth round of last year’s Australian Open with a wrist injury.

The French No.2, who sent down nine aces, showed his frustrations at what he considered some dubious line-calls.

“I got a little bit crazy with the linesmen,” he admitted.

“I think sometimes they are a little bit sleepy.

“I knew it would be a tough match but it’s a great win for the first match (of the season).

“I need to have a match like that. Every time I have to be alert and see what I can do better.

“I had to fight against myself just to relax because I can get very frustrated playing like that.”

Dent, who never gave up the fight, described Monfils as the fastest player on the ATP Tour.

But it definitely took too much time for Monfils’ liking for him to gain the ascendancy.

“I still think I’m a little bit tired, a little bit sore,” the 23-year-old said.

“I think definitely I’ll be at my peak for the Australian Open.”

soulage 01-05-2010 12:51 PM

Re: Down under 2010
i read 2h43 i read too fast for sure

soulage 01-06-2010 09:37 AM

Re: Down under 2010
two tie-break today again, he loves that lol. He will still play Sydney or changed his mind ?

Truc 01-06-2010 09:42 AM

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He seems injured again according to the photos and articles, I doubt he will play Sydney.

Monfils plays through the pain

Monfils is partly to blame for the diminishing stocks after defeating Florent Serra in three sets today at the Queensland Tennis Centre, 6-7(5) 7-6(5) 6-1.

The first two sets were tight as both players traded blows before Monfils blew the match wide open in the third.

“I think I win the match because I keep fighting and keep fighting,” said the world No.13.

After the match Monfils admitted that he was feeling some discomfort in his shoulder. But any hopes of a day off to recuperate were dashed when Thursday’s schedule was released.

Truc 01-06-2010 10:45 AM

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Third seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils overcame a shoulder injury and a tenacious Florent Serra to make his way into the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International on Wednesday.

Serra played some inspired tennis to push Monfils right to the limit, before appearing to tire in the decider and allow his higher-ranked countryman to run away with the match 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/5), 6-1.

Monfils was forced to call for the trainer at the end of the first set and had his shoulder heavily strapped during the time-out.

The injury seemed to take its toll as Serra opened up a 3-0 lead at the start of the second, but Monfils fought back and took the set to a tiebreak, before running away with the third.

"I pulled my muscle a bit last week," he said of his shoulder injury.

"Last week I did a lot of weights and it's been hurting me for some time.

"I decided today to come on the court without tape and I think that was a mistake."

Monfils said he was happy with how he had served despite the pain.

"Two, three shots after the serve it hurt a little bit," he said.

"I will take some anti-inflammatories or painkillers, work on it, ice it, and hopefully tomorrow it will be much better.

Tess Gray 01-06-2010 05:48 PM

Re: Down under 2010
Oh dear... It annoys me that he would come out on court without the tape eventhough he knows he's having shoulder problems :rolleyes: Let's hope a little bit of rest will do the trick:)

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