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Old 06-02-2007, 08:04 PM   #16
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I think we should divise this debate in categories : best at this, this and that. That would be more interesting, don't you think? ;shrug:

Even if i agree with Agent Zero that the rankings are far from being everything yet I don't think there's any French player who is the best absolutely. If one can be during a period of time, he'll never be the French number one absolutely or if so, we'll only know in a lot of time.
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Old 06-02-2007, 08:18 PM   #17
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Okay, lets do it that way, the best shots from all of the French players:

Best Serve- Monfils
Best forehand- Monfils
Best one-handed backhand- Gasquet
Best two-handed backhand- Mathieu
Best volleys- Llodra
Most speed- Monfils
Best mental game- ?
Most heart(fight)- Monfils
Most athletic- Monfils
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Old 06-02-2007, 08:41 PM   #18
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Okay, lets do it that way, the best shots from all of the French players:

Best Serve- Monfils
Best forehand- Monfils
Best backhand- Gasquet
Best volleys- Llodra
Most speed- Monfils
Best mental game- ?
Most heart(fight)- Monfils
Most athletic- Monfils
This one is the million dollar question, a real enigma to think about
And I would still put PHM as best FH right now.
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The rankings don't determine the best players in exact order, do they?
Even if the ranking might not reflect the actual form of a player at a certain period, it ultimately determins a player's level.
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Gael plays too erratically. He just hit any shot anytime without thinking. In terms of technicality and talent, I say Gasquet is the best French player.
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Old 08-01-2007, 02:25 PM   #21
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I would say Gasquet, then Paulo
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Old 11-12-2013, 02:30 PM   #22
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After a long interregnum, order has been restored in 2013.
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-1989 Paire ATP-24
-1988 Mannarino ATP-49
-1987 Chardy ATP-25
-1986 Gasquet ATP-7 & Monfils ATP-7
-1985 Tsonga ATP-5
-1984 Simon ATP-6
-1983 Roger-Vasselin ATP-35
-1982 Mathieu ATP-12
-1981 Benneteau ATP-26
-1980 Llodra ATP-21
-1979 Di Pasquale ATP-39
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-1977 Clement ATP-10
-1976 Escude ATP-17
-1975 Saulnier ATP-48
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-1969 Pioline ATP-5
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Funny to see all those messages in 2007, at the time Monfils and Gasquet were the biggest French hopes. At the end, Tsonga surpassed them by far.

Looking at recent year-end French number ones, it's striking how easily Tsonga is the best player out of them :
2008 : Tsonga
2009 : Tsonga
2010 : Monfils (Tsonga being injured 4 months and still only one rank behind him)
2011 : Tsonga
2012 : Tsonga
2013 : Gasquet (Tsonga being injured 3 months and still only one rank behind him)
2014 : for the moment, looking at the race, it's Tsonga easily, he's about 900 points ahead of Monfils
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2013 : Gasquet (Tsonga being injured 3 months and still only one rank behind him)
2014 : for the moment, looking at the race, it's Tsonga easily, he's about 900 points ahead of Monfils
If you point out Tsonga's injury in 2013, then you should not Forget Gael's and Richard's injuries in 2014. Gael missed 2 MC 1000 events, Richard 4 of them and played AO, Roland Garros and the US Open immediately after an injury.
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If you point out Tsonga's injury in 2013, then you should not Forget Gael's and Richard's injuries in 2014. Gael missed 2 MC 1000 events, Richard 4 of them and played AO, Roland Garros and the US Open immediately after an injury.
That's a good point. Anyway, even without talking about Tsonga's injuries in 2010 and 2013, it's still impressive considering the depth of French players that he got the French YE #1 spot 4 times over the last 6 years (being #2 the other two years for a few points).
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For the 5th time in 7 years, Tsonga will end up the year as our national #1.
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