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Old 10-27-2008, 04:44 PM   #106
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He is now playing with a Prince racquet. He's been using it for one month now, it gives him more power and he can speed up the ball better without overdoing it. In Vienna he only had one racquet, but played with it because he wanted to test it in matches. He immediately played better with it, blablabla.
Indian Wells was a triggering moment for him, he was there with his mother, started to practice better then, to pay more attention to some details. Everything is clear in his mind now.
About the young generation which seems to have come to power in French tennis: they will have to confirm it next year and he means it will probably be tougher. They're all different, but they're friends. He hopes they will all progress together. He admits they start thinking they might do something really, really good in Davis Cup together. They have a lot of fun together, he often calls the other guys. As for Richard, it's not easy for him right now, but he is one of the best players in the world, he will bounce back and come back very strong next year.
Rasheed will remain his coach in 2009, that's sure. Right now, Manicome has some medical problems. But he will keep the same training structure.

He plays his first singles match tomorrow.

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Old 10-27-2008, 05:22 PM   #107
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They're clear about Davis Cup they want win it together (Jo, Richie, Gilles and him) that's maybe an other reason why Gilles & him play doubles together ? To convince Forget that they can do everything and they won their match today Is there a meet this week between all the potentials players and the staff of DC like last year ?
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First win of the season in doubles for Gaël.
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Is there a meet this week between all the potentials players and the staff of DC like last year ?
I don't think so, they only had one last year because Forget had said he would leave if the players wanted him to. But then he was "renewed" for 2 years, so they don't need to have another meeting this year.

The chat is already over. He finds the surface of Bercy very slow and slippery. He would like to be a trader after his tennis career. Or maybe an actor! His favourite matches of the year were the QF and SF in Roland and the 1/8 and QF in Beijing. His best friends on the tour (other than the Frenchies) are Murray, Djokovic and Wawrinka. But he gets along well with Nadal and Federer too. He practices max. 6-7 hours a day between the tournaments. Miami is his favourite city and his favourite tournament outside of France.

And I'm the one who asked why he's called La Monf' (and not Le Monf') since people asked last time in GM. He answered they're all called like that, Jo is La Tsong' and Gilles is La Sim'.
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(I hope everybody has noticed he spontaneously mentioned Nole as one of his 3 best friends on the tour - since GM is convinced these two have been having a feud since 2005. ^^)

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A boring article in L'Equipe today about some lame PR stuff:
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Le Français, qui utilise une nouvelle raquette, a choisi Ion Tiriac pour superviser sa carrière.

HIER, GAËL MONFILS recevait à l’hôtel Pullman, pour faire savoir qu’il changeait de raquette. Au-delà de l’aspect contractuel qui le lie désormais avec Prince, l’intérêt de son discours portait sur les incidences de ce nouvel outil sur son jeu : « Ma nouvelle raquette me permet de gagner en puissance, surtout côté revers. Elle est plus rigide et plus précise. Je l’ai essayée avant le tournoi de Vienne. Le premier jour, ça a été l’euphorie. Ensuite, j’ai vu que j’avais de super sensations avec. Elle peut m’aider au filet et pour prendre la balle plus tôt. »
Du coup, Monfils a disputé le tournoi de Vienne (finale) avec un unique prototype, puis celui de Madrid (quarts de finale) et attaque Bercy avec une nouvelle série, la fleur au fusil : « Quand je joue un tournoi, c’est pour aller au bout, dit-il. Il y a eu un effet psychologique, mais la raquette, ça ne fait pas tout. Il y a du travail derrière, avec mon coach Roger Rasheed. » On lui apprend qu’il est encore en course pour le Masters de Shanghai : « Ah bon ? Moi, je ne compte pas… »
Tsobanian : « Dans la lignée des grands champions »
Trop heureux d’être là, à Bercy, prêt pour le show, à son zénith en terme de classement ATP (16e) et avec l’impression rassurante de savoir où il va :« J’ai signé il y adeux jours avec Ion Tiriac. Je suis très honoré qu’il m’ait choisi et de pouvoir renforcer ma structure actuelle avec lui. »
Il y a un an que le contact avec Ion Tiriac a été établi. « Ion le voulait parce que, pour lui, Gaël est dans la lignée des grands champions avec lesquels il a travaillé (Nastase, Vilas, Leconte, Becker, Ivanisevic, Safin), confie Gérard Tsobanian, le bras droit de Tiriac. Il a retrouvé chez Gaël les valeurs qu’il aime : un très gros potentiel tennis, un physique énorme et une personnalité qui tranche. Gaël a un charisme qui le démarque facilement des autres joueurs. Il a cette capacité naturelle, et il faut qu’elle le soit, de comprendre, qu’en marge du jeu, il y a le showbiz, l’entertainment. Chez lui, divertir, c’est inné. »
Leur accord (à durée indéterminée) ne remet pas en cause l’organisation actuelle de Monfils : « Il continue avec Rasheed, bien sûr, confirme Tsobanian, qui se pose en « manager » et non en « agent ». Il lui a déjà fallu beaucoup de courage pour aller se chercher un coach qui n’était pas français, alors qu’il lui aurait été tellement plus facile de prendre un coach avec qui il partageait la langue et la culture. »
Tsobanian affirme qu’il ne faut pas voir de relation de cause à effet entre la retraite prochaine de Safin et le recrutement de Monfils : « Pure coïncidence, dit-il. Gaël, il a dix ans de carrière devant lui, et après, plus rien. Moi, pendant ces dix ans, j’ai la responsabilité de lui faire obtenir les meilleurs revenus possibles. Il a déjà perdu du temps. Il est resté pendant neuf mois dans une sorte d’attente. Mais, finalement, tout se met bien en place autour de lui. » Et ça tombe à pic pour 2009 : « J’ai besoin d’harmonie pour me sentir bien », confie Monfils, qu’on voit déambuler dans Bercy avec un t-shirt qui ne peut appartenir qu’à lui : « La Monf, no15 ».
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Gaël (who walks around Bercy wearing a tee-shirt with written on it: "LaMonf n°15" ) gave a press conference yesterday at the Pullman hotel. Tons of blabla about his new Prince racquet. He has more power with it, especially on his BH side, more accuracy. It also helps at the net and to take the ball early. It's a little marvel!!!
When he's asked about Shanghai since he can still qualify with a win in Bercy, he answers: "Oh really? I don't count..."
He also announced that he officially signed two days ago with Tiriac and is very honored to have been picked by Tiriac. ^^ They've been in contact for one year already. Tsobanian (Tiriac's "right-hand man") says that Tiriac really wanted to have Gael because of his charisma. Tsobanian now introduces himself as Gaël's "manager" (and not "agent"). He means Gaël will keep working with Rasheed for sure and stresses it was a courageous decision from Gaël to go and look for a foreign coach like Rasheed, it would have been much easier to pick a French coach.
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Old 10-28-2008, 11:51 AM   #113
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He has a "petite entreprise" now around him Well, I know that tennis is also a business but in a way they speak about him as a product which has 10 years to bring money
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Yes, it has always been the problem with Gaël, unfortunately.

His audio interview on the tournament website after the win over Pico (6-4 6-4): ^^
The first question: "A win, but a quite laborious one."
Gaël: "You're a bit harsh with me!" He means he played a solid match. He was a bit tense at the beginning, it's normal, he wanted to do well and to back up his recent good results, and he also knows Pico so well, it was not easy, but he did a good job in his opinion and is very happy about his performance.
The journalist repeats that it was a bit of a switchback match, still.
Gaël: "You're really harsh with me!"
And then the journalist asks him about the fact that Jo and Gilles both beat Rafa this year. Sure, it can give him some ideas about how to play against him, but they have very different styles. They do a few things better than he can - and he does some things better than they do.

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The journalist is plain annoying, he really wasn't that bad. He was trying to attack quite a lot, of course there will be some wastage, but for a first-round match, with the pressure the guys have in Bercy, he did well! He served well, he wasn't too passive... Pico was poor, but maybe Gaël's game didn't help either, I thought he was varying quite well today.

Of course he can't afford to come to the net and volley like that against Rafa!
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Thank you for all the articles Truc, t'és classe

who is his next opponent??
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The winner of Serra-Nadal.
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He will play the first match of the night session tomorrow.

He was watching Jo today and then he played his 2nd round in doubles, they lost 6-1 7-6.
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In L'Equipe today:
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Gaël Monfils se mesure ce soir au numéro 1 mondial, Rafael Nadal. Voici cinq raisons de croire à un exploit.

CE SOIR, Gaël Monfils sera peut-être en vacances. Ou bien sur la même planète que ses camarades de promotion, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga et Gilles Simon, tous deux tombeurs de Rafael Nadal cette année. Pour entrer en orbite, le demi-finaliste de Roland- Garros a glissé quelques précieux atouts dans sa manche. Inventaire.
UNE SPIRALE ASCENDANTE
Gaël Monfils, 16e mondial, n’a jamais été aussi bien classé. Même s’il a raté une occasion en or de remporter le deuxième titre de sa carrière à Vienne (défaite contre Petzschner), il s’est rarement « troué » depuis son retour à la compétition en mars 2008, après six mois off dus à des pépins physiques. « Le point de départ de cette spirale, je le situe à Indian Wells (en mars), oùje suis allé avec ma mère. Ça m’a fait du bien, cela m’a permis de mieux me situer. Désormais, tout est simple dans ma tête. » L’arrivée à ses côtés de Roger Rasheed a constitué la deuxième couche. « Entre le moment où on a commencé, fin juillet, et maintenant, Gaël n’est plus le même joueur, dit l’entraîneur australien. D’abord, dans sa mentalité. Il a compris plein de choses. J’ai été dur avec lui et c’est tout son mérite d’avoir accepté cela, de l’avoir même demandé pour évoluer. Je ne crois pas qu’il y ait des tonnes de joueurs capables d’appliquer aussitôt ce qu’on leur demande de faire tout en oubliant la pression des résultats… »
UN APPÉTIT INTACT
Contrairement à d’autres qui jouent sur deux tableaux – Bercy et la course au Masters –, Monfils, même s’il conserve une chance d’aller à Shanghai en cas de titre ici (voir page 14), est complètement branché sur le tournoi. Après avoir affronté trois fois le numéro 1 mondial du premier semestre (Federer, à Miami, Monte-Carlo et en demi-finales à Roland- Garros), il se coltine le nouveau numéro 1 avec le même appétit. Roger Rasheed l’encourage dans ce sens : « Il affronte Nadal ? Super ! Moi je veux qu’on affronte Rafa, Roger et les tout meilleurs. Gaël n’a pas peur du tout. » « Jouer Rafa ouun autre joueur, dit Monfils, ça reste un match de tennis. Une occasion d’aller en quarts. Jo et Gilles l’ont battu avec des jeux différents. Moi, j’ai un jeu encore différent. À moi de me déployer. Je sais que Rafa aime beaucoup mon jeu. Il faudra donc que je le change un peu. »
UNE SANTÉ DE FER
Pour avoir énuméré dans nos colonnes tous ses petits bobos récemment, Monfils a eu la sensation de passer pour un pleurnichard. Depuis, c’est calme plat du côté du corps. Et alors que beaucoup de joueurs cachent difficilement leur fatigue, Monfils apparaît frais et dispo comme aux premiers jours de la saison. « Je me sens frais comme un… congélateur ! a lancé en revanche Nadal, hier après sa victoire sur Florent Serra. Je suis fatigué. Et pas seulement physiquement. » Le numéro 1 mondial se méfie donc de Monfils : « C’est un super joueur, capable de jouer de façon très agressive, avec un gros service. Et parfois il vous sort un tennis très défensif, deux mètres derrière sa ligne de fond. Alors ? » Toni Nadal s’amuse : « Je ne sais pas, moi, qui va gagner !Nous savons que le match va être très difficile et très dangereux. Il faudra que Rafa joue très bien et que Gaël ne joue pas à son meilleur niveau. »
UN OUTIL AFFÛTÉ
Tout petit, Monfils a joué avec une Prince graphite. Puis il a opté pour une Head Prestige, à laquelle il était très attaché, bien qu’il ne soit plus sous contrat avec la marque. Il y a trois semaines, il a eu à nouveau le coup de foudre pour un modèle Prince qui lui permet de gagner à la fois en puissance « côté revers » et en maniabilité « à la volée ». La surface de centrage aurait été agrandie à sa demande, ce qui ne l’a pas empêché au premier tour face à Monaco de « faire des bois », à l’ancienne. N’empêche : « J’ai pris le risque de changer du jour au lendemain. Ce risque s’est avéré payant. »
UN PUBLIC DANS SA POCHE
Blessures oblige, Gaël Monfils ne dispute le tournoi de Bercy que tous les deux ans (2004, 2006 et 2008). Ce huitième de finale face à Nadal ne sera que son cinquième match au POPB, mais il s’y sent comme chez lui. « Ici, j’ai ma famille, mes copains ; c’est comme ça que je me sens le mieux », dit-il. Quand on lui demande s’il s’astreint à un programme très strict, il répond : « Non, pas trop. En plus, mes potes savent ce qu’il faut faire et ne pas faire. Je deviens beaucoup plus pro et mes amis aussi, au fur et à mesure, deviennent professionnels. » Galvanisé par leur soutien pendant Roland-Garros, il compte bien s’appuyer aussi ce soir sur un POPB plein comme un oeuf pour « garder les mêmes sensations, la même intensité et profiter des bonnes vibrations ». Un public qui apprécie d’autant plus le tennis acrobatique de Monfils qu’il est, ici plus qu’ailleurs, conditionné pour le show.
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Tonight he will either be on holiday or on the same "planet" as Jo and Gilles who both have beaten Rafa this year.
His assets for the match:
- he has never been ranked that high and apart from the failure in the Vienna final, he has rarely disappointed since his comeback. Rasheed means he already is a different player. Mentally. "I was harsh with him and all the credit is due to him for having accepted that and having even asked for it in order to improve. I don't think many players are able to put immediately in practice what they're asked to do and to forget the pressure of the results."
- he's very eager to play that match, and so is Rasheed. "He plays Nadal? Great! I want us to play Rafa, Roger and the very best ones. Gaël isn't afraid at all." Gaël means Rafa likes his game, so it's up to him to change it a little bit tonight.
- he's completely fit (!!!) and much fresher than the other players.
- his new racquet. "I took the risk to change over night. It paid off."
- the crowd. "Because of injuries, Gaël Monfils plays Bercy every other year only". So it will be only his 5th match in Bercy, but he feels at home there and the Bercy crowd loves his acrobatic tennis.

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And the opinion of 2 experts ^^ for tonight:
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Forget : « Ne pas rentrer dans l’échange »
« DEUX MOTS CLÉS me viennent à l’esprit chez Gaël : service et coup droit. Son coup droit, c’est un lance-roquette qu’il faudra utiliser ! Au service, comme Nadal se tient loin en retour, Gaël devra choisir des trajectoires sortantes et l’attaquer dès le deuxième coup de raquette. Sur les deuxièmes balles de Nadal, il devra également se montrer très agressif, sans forcément monter au filet. La chose à éviter absolument sera de rentrer dans l’échange, laisser Nadal mener la cadence et reculer à deux mètres derrière la ligne. Là, il n’aurait aucune chance. Tsonga a battu Nadal avec son service, Simon avec des changements de rythme, Gaël est un mélange des deux. S’il joue son jeu, alors il peut réussir un beau cocktail, bien détonant. »
Simon : « Rester patient du fond »
« GAËL DEVRA évidemment être solide sur ses mises en jeu, parce qu’un des rares points faibles de Rafael se situe au niveau du retour. Il n’est pas toujours à l’aise sur ce coup, il donne souvent une opportunité d’attaquer. Vu les conditions de jeu ici, la meilleure façon de gagner pour Gaël sera de se bagarrer en jouant du fond du court. Il ne faut pas qu’il ait peur d’aller au combat, parce que le terrain est vraiment très, très lent. S’il donne tout pour l’attaque, il aura du mal à déborder Nadal. Et même Nadal aura du mal à finir les points car Gaël sera dur à prendre dans le “droite-gauche” où il excelle grâce à sa couverture du terrain. Si Monfils reste patient du fond, ils peuvent faire un beau combat ! »
Forget: he has two big weapons, the serve and the FH. Rafa's returning position is quite far behind the baseline, so Gaël will have to use that. Jo beat Rafa with his serve, Gilles with his variations of pace, and Gaël is a mix of both. If he manages to play his game, it can be a nice cocktail.
Simon: one of Rafa's few flaws is the return, so Gaël needs to serve big and attack the return. He will have a hard time to hit winners against Rafa because the surface is "very, very slow". But it will be the same for Rafa! Gaël needs to be patient.

Forget pretty much says he should attack, not necessarily charge the net (he better not!), but be aggressive. And Gilles rather says he shouldn't be afraid of long fights from the baseline.
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