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Old 06-11-2008, 05:13 PM   #1
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Default Grass season 2008

It will be short:
- Nottingham
- Wimbledon

Here's an interview with Champion from today:
Champion : « Avec Monfils, on est déjà tourné vers Wimbledon »
Gaël took a few days off and will start practicing on grass tomorrow. He'll practice 3 days in Paris and then leave for Nottingham.
Gaël doesn't like grass, but Thierry means he's a much better player technically now and he has also shown in Paris that he can adapt his game from match to match, which means he can also adapt to grass.
He also gives some informations about his schedule after Wimbledon, he says Gaël wants to play Bastad (poor idea imo), then they'll get ready for the North-American AMS and "I think that he will play the Olympic Games" (he better play there! The guy is such a sports freak, I'll be really annoyed if he doesn't).
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Old 06-11-2008, 06:59 PM   #2
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"I think that he will play the Olympic Games"
"I think" is not I know! To be continued........
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Old 06-14-2008, 07:46 AM   #3
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i saw gael in the croix catelan he is practising on grass there, i saw too gilles simon
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Kind of a tough draw at Nottingham...here's his quarter.

(1) STEPANEK, Radek CZE v ISNER, John USA
QUALIFIER v (WC) SLABINSKY, Alexander GBR
BOLELLI, Simone ITA v BENNETEAU, Julien FRA
GUCCIONE, Chris AUS v (8) MONFILS, Gael FRA
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Old 06-14-2008, 04:37 PM   #5
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Chris Guccione, I don't see who the guy is !!! Is he good ?
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Old 06-16-2008, 08:12 AM   #6
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Guccione has a big serve, so when his serve is on, he can give a hard time to anybody on grass.
He hasn't been doing very well lately though, it is doable.
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But I always keep my expectations very low with Gaël on that surface. He should be able to do well with his serve and Champion means he has improved his volley (which is true, I saw him play serve & volley non stop during 2 sets against Gil in Marrakech!), so let's hope he can show it during the grass season.
But he can't move at all on grass for some reason, he sometimes spends half of the time lying on the ground. He really needs his serve to work very well. Better than it did during Roland-Garros.

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Allez Monfils hope he does well
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Well done, Gaël, that's a good win over Guccione! 11 aces.

Benneteau next.
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congrats Gael
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Old 06-17-2008, 03:18 PM   #11
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Good win!!! I was wondering if he would have a bit of a letdown today, but so glad he was able to get the job done in two sets. Count me in as someone who doesn't care either way if Gael plays the Olympics or not. I kind of meh on the whole tennis @ the games anyways. Regardless, I hope that he comes to Washington, DC if he doesn't go to China.
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Old 06-18-2008, 08:04 AM   #12
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Gaël seemed excited about it when the French journalists told him after one of his matches in RG that he had also qualified for Beijing (which wasn't true at the time, they were assuming Jo had already pulled out and he hasn't yet). But Gaël's face definitely brightened up when they told him that. And he said to the journalists again during his presser: "But are you sure I'm going to Beijing? Because if you're telling me that and it's not true, I'll be mad at you!"
I'm not as sure as for Jo that he badly, badly wants to go, he hasn't talked that much about it in interviews since it's still pretty new, but he seemed happy about it. Of course if a player doesn't really care (like Marat in Athens!), I prefer them not to go either. But otherwise, I will find it a bit sad he gives up on it just because it's not reasonable.
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There is an article in L'Equipe about his match against Guccione and it sounds like a solid performance.
Champion is very pleased with his attitude too. No show, he just cheered himself up a little bit at the end of each set (like in Roland), but was very focussed the rest of the time.
He adjusted well to the surface and to Guccione's game (who was staying way too close to the net, for example, so Gaël played a couple of nice lobs).
The article goes in great detail and I don't have time to translate it, but it sounds very encouraging. It wasn't just a big server contest.
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Monfils propre sur lui
Pour sa rentrée en simple, le Français a rendu une copie impeccable en se débarrassant de l’Australien Guccione (7-6, 6-4). NOTTINGHAM – (ANG) de notre envoyé spécial

UN VENT CONSTANT et tourbillonnant ; une température automnale ; un adversaire (Chris Guccione) réputé pour son terrible service de gaucher ; un public clairsemé et bon enfant, tentant vainement de se réchauffer : pour son grand retour aux affaires après sa demi-finale à Roland-Garros, Gaël Monfils n’a pas eu les honneurs d’un décor de gala. Mais le cadre champêtre du Tennis Centre de Nottingham n’a pas suffi à lui faire quitter la route qu’il semble s’être tracée depuis son premier tour à Paris. Solide, impliqué et constant, il s’est hier qualifié sans émotion pour le deuxième tour, où l’attend désormais Julien Benneteau. « Je n’ai même pas fait attention au décor, avoua-t-il. Moi, quel que soit le terrain, je suis juste là pour gagner. » Davantage que le score, pourtant net (7-6, 6-4), la manière laisse augurer une suite réjouissante. Hier, comme face à Ferrer en quarts de finale de Roland, Monfils s’appuya en effet sur le bon bout de la raison. Pas de clownerie ni de glissade intempestive ; pas de surchauffe en puissance ; pas le moindre signe d’agacement face aux vicissitudes du jeu sur gazon. Une partie propre, carrée, bien dégagée autour des oreilles ; et une étonnante capacité à préférer les coups subtils (retours glissés, lobs) au matraquage à tout va. Le Monfils new look né à Roland-Garros semble parti pour durer. « Un très bon match pour une reprise sur gazon, commenta son coach, Thierry Champion. Gaël a toujours joué dans le bon tempo, sans jamais en rajouter. Il s’est juste encouragé sur les fins de set pour faire monter l’adrénaline. Mais l’attitude était impeccable. »
Une défense de fer
Son premier set en fut l’illustration parfaite. Contraint, dans un premier temps, d’effacer trois balles de break (deux à 2-2, une à 3-3), il passa outre la frustration de voir Guccione effacer une balle de set d’une superbe volée de revers, avant de se retrouvermené2- 0 dans le tie-break. Là, au lieu de dégoupiller, Monfils refit patiemment son retard. Deux passings de revers (dont un à une main) plus tard, il avait le set en poche. Pour coller systématiquement à la balle et au filet, Guccione instaure rapidement un gros pressing dès que l’échange s’engage. Même si son tauxde déchet reste élevé, il ne laisse jamais respirer l’adversaire. L’affronter nécessite donc à la fois patience et lucidité. Dans la deuxième manche,Monfils parvint à actionner successivement ces deux leviers. D’abord à 2 partout, où il ne moufta pas après avoir laissé filer trois balles de break. Mais surtout à 4-4, où son jeu de défense imprévisible désintégra la volée de l’Australien. Sur le deuxième point, le Français enchaîna comme dans un rêve lob et amortie ; sur le quatrième, il dégaina un subtil retour de revers ; sur le cinquième, il frappa un formidable passing de coup droit croisé. Break en poche, il assaisonna son dernier jeu de service de deux aces. Emballé, pesé, en moins d’une heure et quart. « Je suis content de la qualité de ma concentration et de ma constance, expliqua Monfils. Sur gazon, il faut changer un peu de style de jeu et jouer plus de coups en finesse. Je connaissais Guccione depuis les juniors, je ne l’avais jamais affronté, mais j’ai vite vu qu’il collait énormément au filet. Et j’ai sorti deux ou trois lobs qui se sont avérés très importants. » Parti se ressourcer à Barcelone après son aventure parisienne, Monfils n’a repris la raquette que jeudi dernier. Mais il a gardé en tête le fil directeur qui l’avait mené jusqu’en demies de Roland-Garros. « Depuis notre arrivée ici, dimanche, Gaël a pas mal travaillé, raconte Champion. Et, aujourd’hui (hier), il s’est très bien adapté aux nouvelles conditions atmosphériques. Il a fait du bon boulot. » Rien de neuf sous le soleil… Mêmesi la pluie s’annonce omniprésente, aujourd’hui, dans le ciel de Nottingham.
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He breaks just in time at 5-4 to take the 2nd set. Allez Gaël, nice fight, now keep the momentum.
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Nice job, 3-6 6-4 6-2, he got an early break in the 3rd and broke again in the last game to close it out with style.
"Only" 8 aces today.
Bring on Spadea! There should be a livestream tomorrow, I can't wait to see the new Gaël on grass.
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