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Old 06-07-2008, 12:34 PM   #271
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They don't have his post-match interview in English on the tournament website? Or am I looking at the wrong place again?

His team points out he lost a bit of his focus in the 4th set and it possibly cost him a 5th set (which is too bad according to Champion because he had the impression that Gaël was physically stronger).
And it's true he started to pull off more of a show yesterday than in his previous matches, throwing his racquet, diving all the time, etc. - Champion and Barbarin were always pointing at their head when the cameras showed them in the stands to tell him to not lose this concentration, not to leave this sort of "bubble" he was in during the tournament. Champion means he was less into his match than against Ferrer.

He was trying so hard to control his real nature during the tournament... He looked like a different Gaël, he always said in interviews he tries to be like a robot.
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Old 06-08-2008, 01:52 PM   #272
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According to L'Equipe, he will make a few TV shows next week, Le Grand Journal, maybe Ruquier too... The wife of Champion, who seems to take care of this kind of things, says she's got 15.000 requests, but he will do as few as possible.
His team seems quite worried about how he will deal with the situation.
http://www.leparisien.fr/home/sports...ARDE_298551502
Champion says he won't give Gaël a break so he doesn't lose his focus and waste all the good work they've done in Roland.
It cracks me up because they always speak of him as if he were "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" - Hyde being "La Monf'". (Barbarin is not happy because "La Monf'" was back at times at the end of his match against Federer, etc.)

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Old 06-08-2008, 05:29 PM   #273
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Gaël is qualified for Beijing after Richard's withdrawal.
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Old 06-08-2008, 06:06 PM   #274
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Do they have the video of Le Grand Journal on their website after the show? I'd love to see it.
I have only France 2 - France 3 here, so I can only watch Ruquier ^^ (but it's not sure yet he will go that show, apparently).
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Normalement, y'a pas de problème pour voir le Grand Journal sur le site de Canal +, le programme est mis en ligne.
http://www.canalplus.fr/tous-les-pro...-journal.html?
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Ah super, merci!

As for the Olympic Games, he was asked about it on Friday and his face really brightened up when they first told him he was qualified, so I guess he will be happy about it. (But then he understood the journalists were assuming Jo would withdraw and his reaction was cute too: "Ah, mais non, je veux qu’il les fasse, les Jeux, Jo ! J’ai envie qu’il y aille." - "But no, I want Jo to be at the Games! I want him to go.")
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*bump*
I don't know why he's playing Bastad - and even less now with all the Manicom stories - but in case he decides to play, he has an easy draw!

(1) FERRER, David ESP/BYE
QUALIFIER v PASHANSKI, Boris SRB
GICQUEL, Marc FRA v ROCHUS, Olivier BEL
FOGNINI, Fabio ITA v (8) SODERLING, Robin SWE

(3) ROBREDO, Tommy ESP/BYE
GRANOLLERS, Marcel ESP v BJORKMAN, Jonas SWE
GULBIS, Ernests LAT v DARCIS, Steve BEL
ROITMAN, Sergio ARG v (7) NIEMINEN, Jarkko FIN

(5) MOYA, Carlos ESP v STARACE, Potito ITA
QUALIFIER v SAFIN, Marat RUS
JOHANSSON, Thomas SWE v (WC) PRPIC, Filip SWE
BYE/(4) BERDYCH, Tomas CZE

(6) MONFILS, Gael FRA v (WC) RYDERSTEDT, Michael SWE
QUALIFIER v QUALIFIER
(WC) ELESKOVIC, Ervin SWE v VOLANDRI, Filippo ITA
BYE/(2) VERDASCO, Fernando ESP
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He withdrew.
He could have pulled out in time, he certainly already knew on Friday that he wasn't going to play...
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According to l'Equipe, he actually really was in Bastad, injured his ankle in training and his withdrawal was approved by the doc of the tournament.
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According to l'Equipe, he actually really was in Bastad, injured his ankle in training and his withdrawal was approved by the doc of the tournament.
Thanks for the information Truc, can you put the article of LEQUIPE here?
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You crack me up with your smilies all the time.

But there's no article about Gaël, just a couple of lines. It's all about Rafito again today!
MONFILS FORFAIT À BASTAD. – Inscrit au tournoi de Bastad (Suède), qui a débuté hier, Gaël Monfils a finalement dû déclarer forfait. Il s’est blessé à l’entraînement à la cheville. Il a donc quitté Bastad hier soir, après avoir fait constater sa blessure par le médecin du tournoi.
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You crack me up with your smilies all the time.

But there's no article about Gaël, just a couple of lines. It's all about Rafito again today!
MONFILS FORFAIT À BASTAD. – Inscrit au tournoi de Bastad (Suède), qui a débuté hier, Gaël Monfils a finalement dû déclarer forfait. Il s’est blessé à l’entraînement à la cheville. Il a donc quitté Bastad hier soir, après avoir fait constater sa blessure par le médecin du tournoi.
Well, sorry

My god, I hope that it isn't serious It is really damage that he is wounded as much, despairing. I really hope that it isn't serious
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