Gaël has a LOT of potentiel and progress margin for sure.
But they shouldn't be compared like that since they all have some very serious wicknesses and very very different strong points going for them.
Gaël isn't agressive enough overall, which is a shame when one has a FH and a fighting spirit like him. And on some occasions he takes unconsiderate risks hitting brainlessly, and on some others holding his shots back. His volley and movement isn't academical at all but it can be very efficient.
On his part, Paulo thinks too much and as you said is at times. Like Gaël, he "can't" play on grass.
Richard has a lot of problems dealing with pressure and winning big matches. But saying that he would lack heart is IMHO very unfair and even false. And he can play on all surfaces and technically (in terms of tennis shots) he's the most complete player but being a complete player isn't everything.
Now I think of it they all have strengths and weaknesses that are somewhat complementary. If all 3 of them could be fused into one player France would have a slam contender
Originally Posted by AgentZero
You can determine it like that, but Gael had the toughest draw.
Maybe true, but Nalby was beatable today. I'm not trying to use that to determine which is one is better, it's just an interesting fact, like who would have thought Benneteau would have been the most successful Frenchie last year??
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But the question was not about Gael being top ten 20 material.
What I meant by the question was, who is the best French player? The rankings don't determine the best players in exact order, do they? For example, is Andreev really the 125th best player in the world right now?
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Tim Henman--Gael Monfils--James Blake--Rafael Nadal--Jo-Wilfried Tsonga--John Isner--Janko Tipsarevic--Juan Martin Del Potro--Donald Young--Richard Gasquet.