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Old 01-03-2009, 03:57 PM   #1
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Default 2009 starts in Doha

He has a nice draw before quarter where he should face Nadal

[1] Nadal vs Santoro
Q vs Q
Hajji vs Devilder
Hernych vs [5] Monfils

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Youzhny vs [b][6] Andreev

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Old 01-03-2009, 04:24 PM   #2
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Funny how the field is not that strong outside of the monster first few seeds.
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Old 01-03-2009, 05:14 PM   #3
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good for gael to play a tournament before the AO.

Good luck to him there
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Old 01-03-2009, 07:44 PM   #4
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As you can see Fabrice & Gael know to find their names in the draw



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First match on the Center Court tomorrow, it will be live on Eurosport (4 pm local time, 2 pm for us).
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lol

with his draw gael can play the ammunt of 3 matchs and meet nadal in that third match.
Poor fabrice who has to play nadal directly.
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I'll miss his match, I'll be on my way back to home at that time, cheer him loud for me guys
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Am I crazy, or is he even more buff than before? My god. His arms are scary-looking.

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He said before leaving for Australia that he has gained 4 kg muscles during the off season. A bit too much for my liking. It was the same with Hewitt when he was working with Rasheed, he was looking like a body builder.

4-1, he's playing OK so far, solid serving and he hit a couple of winners. It's horribly windy, but I don't think it's a problem for Gaël, he doesn't mind playing poorly.
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I was hoping he'd show some of that firepower that he had at the end of last year, but I guess the conditions are not ideal; plus Hernych is really making it difficult for him to find some motivation... So 6-2 it is.
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I think he's doing well! Not too far behind his baseline and hitting big serves, that's fine for me for a first match in very windy conditions. 6-2 in 25', 7 aces, 65% first serves.
He changed something in his serve motion, it looks weird.

The German commentator is annoying, "Monfils' game is too naïve, it's good enough against Hernych, but not against top 10 players", blablabla... He does OK against top 10 players with his "naïve" tennis, coco. It makes him a bit unpredictable.

5-1, serving for the match, Hernych is horrible.
Rebreak - the S&V attempt on MP was not necessary, Gaël.
He breaks to love with the help of Hernych, 6-2 6-2 in 55'.

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I just flicked on to see the very end of the match. Can't say much about his game, but he seemed very composed in that last game.

I have to say he's looking nice with the extra muscle weight.
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Yeah I don't know. He looks in good shape and everything, and it's pretty evident from this match that he's going to keep crushing journeymen without breaking a sweat this year, but I'm not sure that's going to be enough against the best players. We'll see what he does against Nadal I guess, if he tries to go for his shots more.
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Yeah I don't know. He looks in good shape and everything, and it's pretty evident from this match that he's going to keep crushing journeymen without breaking a sweat this year, but I'm not sure that's going to be enough against the best players. We'll see what he does against Nadal I guess, if he tries to go for his shots more.
Gael knows how to raise his game when the situation calls for it. I'm not saying that he'll beat Nadal, but I'm sure his quality of play will be much higher against him. I think the general idea is to expend as little energy as possible to dismiss the lower ranked guys (like Hernych), and save your best tennis for the big matches. We can't expect Gael to play "beautiful" tennis in every match. As long as he wins, that's all we can ask for!
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Gael knows how to raise his game when the situation calls for it. I'm not saying that he'll beat Nadal, but I'm sure his quality of play will be much higher against him. I think the general idea is to expend as little energy as possible to dismiss the lower ranked guys (like Hernych), and save your best tennis for the big matches. We can't expect Gael to play "beautiful" tennis in every match. As long as he wins, that's all we can ask for!
I guess. It's just that I'm not usually a fan of his game but I was really impressed with some of his matches at the end of last year, and I was hoping he'd try to play that way more consistently.
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