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Old 03-30-2009, 11:42 AM   #76
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I hadn't read the GM thread yet! Voo says it was the first time indeed.
Funny read, I hadn't realized losing to Gaël is Marat's lamest loss ever. The Whitehouse one is a close 2nd, though.
But my personal highlight is the amount of people pissed off by his little dance at the end.
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But my personal highlight is the amount of people pissed off by his little dance at the end.
Oh I know I just love how everybody in GM is hating on Gael

I, on the other hand, thought the dance was übercute
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I have to admit that I was cheering more for Marat yesterday, but was also very glad to see Gael put up that much of a fight at the end. He literally got "off the mat." Next another match between two players I like, but this time I hope that Gael wins.
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I hadn't read the GM thread yet! Voo says it was the first time indeed.
Funny read, I hadn't realized losing to Gaël is Marat's lamest loss ever. The Whitehouse one is a close 2nd, though.
But my personal highlight is the amount of people pissed off by his little dance at the end.
thanks for reminding me
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You're welcome, unforgettable one! I've never heard of Whitehouse again after that match, but his name immediately popped to my mind again like magic by posting that.

I found the little dance so harmless too, just a bit of fun with the crowd which had been supporting him nicely. It's here (around '20):
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Monfils a le moral
Les deux balles de match sauvées contre Safin ont renforcé la confiance du Français, qui retrouve aujourd’hui Roddick en huitièmes de finale.

IL RESTAIT ENCORE un peu de force dans les jambes de Gaël Monfils, dimanche soir, après sa victoire marathon contre Marat Safin (5-7, 7-5, 7-6 en 2 h 53). L’allégresse d’avoir sauvé deux balles de match le poussa même à entamer ses fameux pas de danse copiés sur le rappeur Sulja Boy. Et l’allégresse de son coach Roger Rasheed les conduisit tous les deux aussitôt sur un court d’entraînement : « Une demi-heure, pour le physique », précisa ensuite l’intéressé, le chef coiffé d’une casquette posée de guingois sur sa tignasse.
Le physique et le mental étaient les deux gros points de satisfaction du jour. Le jeu, c’était autre chose : « Les conditions étaient très difficiles. Le vent était gênant. C’était humide. C’était “relou”. Je n’arrivais pas à le bouger. Je n’avais pas de jus. Alors je ne me suis pas pris la tête plus longtemps que ça. Je me suis contenté de mettre la balle dans le court. Mais il faut savoir gagner des mauvais matches comme ça. Je suis content d’être resté dedans. »
Battu l’an dernier au deuxième tour du tournoi par Roger Federer, il possède une chance de retrouver le Suisse en quarts de finale à condition de vaincre aujourd’hui Andy Roddick. Vainqueur trois fois de suite de l’Américain ces trois dernières années, il s’est incliné lors de leur ultime rencontre en janvier dernier, en demi-finales du premier tournoi de l’année, à Doha (7-6, 3-6, 6-3). « J’avais bien joué dans les deux premiers sets, se rappelle-t-il. J’avais même eu une balle de première manche mais j’étais entamé physiquement et je m’étais un peu effondré au troisième. Andy a deux façons de jouer. Ou bien il est très agressif, il sert hyper fort et vient beaucoup au filet ; ou bien il reste au fond sans prendre de risque. »
Quelle option choisira l’Américain ? Il faudra attendre le match pour le savoir, mais de son côté, il s’attendait à beaucoup de prudence de la part d’un adversaire qui, disait-il, « aime vous user ».
Coach de Roddick à ses débuts puis, plus fugacement, de Gaël Monfils l’an passé, Tarik Benhabilès prédit «un gros match : Gaël a toujours beaucoup de plaisir à jouer contre Andy. Il l’admirait quant il était jeune, pour son service (qu’il a copié) et pour son côté showman. Ils ont un peu le même jeu fondé sur un gros service. Je trouve qu’Andy est revenu à la base de ce qu’il faisait il y a quatre ou cinq ans. Il joue plus simple, plus juste. Gaël, lui, est beaucoup plus concentré, plus dedans. Ça se jouera à celui qui osera prendre l’initiative, aller de l’avant. »
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Rasheed made him practice half an hour again just after the Safin match. The physical condition and the mental strength were the two positives of the match. The tennis - not so much. Gaël: "The conditions were not easy. The wind was disturbing. It was humid. It was tough. I couldn't move. I had no energy. But I didn't mull over it too long and just tried to keep the ball in play. It's important to win those bad matches too. I'm glad I stayed in the match."
He beat Andy 3 times in a row, but Andy won their last match in Doha: "I played well in the first 2 sets there, I even had a SP in the first set, but I was tired and I crumbled a bit in the 3rd set. Andy has two ways to play. Either he's aggressive, serves very hard and comes a lot to the net. Or he stays behind his baseline and doesn't take any risk." Gaël expects the 2nd option today. "He likes to wear his opponent out."
Benhabiles, who has coached both, predicts "a big match: Gaël enjoys a lot playing against Andy. He was looking up to him when he was young, for his serve (which he copied) and his 'showman-ship'. Their games are quite similar, based on a big serve. I think Andy is back to what he used to do 4-5 years ago. His game is more simple, more 'true'. As for Gaël, he's much more focused, into it. The winner will be the one who will have initiative and dare go forward."

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Old 03-31-2009, 11:28 PM   #83
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«J'ai fait le break avec un peu de réussite et derrière j'ai trop voulu forcer le jeu, a déclaré Monfils. Je n'ai pas bien géré le tie break. Lui m'a bien agressé, il a bien serré son jeu, il est resté constant. Je n'ai pas fait un super match, c'est sûr. Mais je ne suis pas en grande forme en ce moment car je viens de vivre un mois un peu dur avec des problèmes personnels à régler. Je ne sais pas encore ce que je vais faire pour la suite sur terre battue, je n'ai pas encore réfléchi. J'ai deux ou trois choses personnelles à régler à d'abord. Rien n'est décidé.»
http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2...les-dents.html

He says he was a bit lucky to break in the 1st set and overdid it then. He didn't manage the tiebreak well. Andy attacked well, was consistent. It was not a super match, sure. But he's not in great form atm because he's had a tough month with some personal problems. He doesn't know yet what he is going to do for the clay season, he hasn't thought about it yet. There are 2-3 personal things to sort out first. Nothing is sure yet.

It sounds like a new change of team.
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Old 04-01-2009, 11:34 AM   #84
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Is it personnals or professionals problems ? And what means Je ne sais pas encore ce que je vais faire pour la suite sur terre battue,He deals about his schedule, his performances or something else.
Most of the time personnals problems are linked to family but when he speaks he sounds more like a gangster with "quelque chose à régler"
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but when he speaks he sounds more like a gangster with "quelque chose à régler"
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Old 04-01-2009, 03:06 PM   #86
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I have no idea, it sounds to me like another mess with his training structure, why would he say otherwise he hasn't taken any decision for the clay season yet?

Anyway, I'd be glad if his current bad patch was due to some stories which are bothering him, but it sounds more like some blabla to avoid talking about what really happened yesterday.
There had been real improvements with Rasheed, he was looking more focused on the court, he was putting less of a show, but the choking and the absurd reactions are getting worse and worse again lately. Yesterday was one of his worst efforts ever, and that is saying something.

But he must be quite tired too after all the stress and all the flights lately, maybe he will come back in Monte-Carlo fresh as a daisy...
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Bodo on the match, it's more about Andy, but he also talks about Gaël:
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In Monfils, Roddick faced a player much like himself – or at least the Andy Roddick of yore. Monfils can really bring the big serve, and he can smack the forehand. He even lines up to serve just like Roddick, poised with his ankles practically touching, at which point he arches his back, tosses, and then goes up for the ball, disconcertingly like a salmon leaping from the water.

But the contrast between the two men in one key area was stark. Roddick was all carefully calibrated power, honed focus, and he radiated the discipline and patience of a craftsman hard at work doing something he loves. Monfils, by contrast, looked like he was mostly interested in setting himself up for the spectacular counter-punch. The ambush strategy Monfils plays is a risky strategy at best, and never moreso than against an opponent who can dictate the terms of a match - even a close one, as this was for a set.

But what the hay – Monfils is still a pup at 22, and he’s also born and bred on clay, where counter-punching your way to glory on the strength of your quads and your ability to pull a forehand rabbit out of your hat pays better dividends than on hard courts. That, I thought, was the great underlying theme in this match, and it makes an interesting point about tennis on clay. The difference isn't really (or exclusively) about grips and backswings, spin or the lack thereof - it's really about attitude. For when you look at Monfils athletic profile and tools, which aren't all that different from Roddick's kit, it's easy to see the clear advantage on hard courts of pressing the action - provided you can resist pressing too hard, too early, or too artlessly.

Today, Roddick played a match that was artful, which will strike many of you as an odd way to characterize Roddick's game. But once again his shot selection was superb, his patience noteworthy, and his general judgment outstanding. You could see the mastery he must have felt at the gut level in his body language: He wears his duckbill cap with the visor pulled down to block out distraction; the walk that once was a swagger has been notched back, so that now it merely declares that he means business. When he calls for the towel, he does so with the most subtle of gestures - pointing an index finger in the general direction of the ball boy lucky enough to hold the perspiration-soaked rag without even bothering to glance at the kid, break his stride, or turn to take the towel. It's as if he wills the ballboy and towel to materialize and just as subtly disappear after Roddick has given his chin and racket handle a quick swipe.

As the first set unfolded, you could feel the pressure building, much like it was gathering in the dishwater gray clouds that threatened rain throughout this oppressive, humid afternoon. Both me were taking care of business - that business being holding serve. There was Roddick, powerful but patient. There was Monfils, powerful but cagey, ever eager to lure Roddick into the forecourt to set up a passing shot. Monfils knocked at the door of Roddicks's backhand and found it firmly shut; Roddick poked at the dormancy in Monfils' game, virtually daring him to do something, but found that Monfils would not be goaded. The men slowly boiled down the sap of this contrast to its essence as the games rolled by. Roddick's played with prudent aggression; Monfils pushed back just hard enough to keep Roddick on edge, and from bullying him around the court.

Roddick earned a break point in the eighth game on crisp forehand approach shot winner, but Monfils dismissed it with a crafty drop shot hit off a let-cord backhand. Soon he leveled to 4-all. In the ninth game, Roddick fell behind 0-30 when he got a bit ahead of himself and his feet became tangled as he tried to execute a heavily sliced backhand approach while moving forward toward the net. The shot reminded me of the "old" Andy Roddick, and in context it also made the current model that much more striking. But immediately a service winner and an overhead placement pulled him even, and Roddick went on to hold.

Monfils held, and then put together a break when, from deuce, he forced a pair of forehand errors, the second of them a volley. This is precisely where Monfils counter-punching mindset cost him, because he then played a curiously loose, error-strewn game. After hanging back and waiting to spring a trap, he seemed unable to impose his game. Oh. I'm serving for the set, not trying to break him? What one earth do I do now?

As Roddick would say later: "I think he (Monfils) gives you ample opportunity because he likes to do the rope-a-dope a little bit. He likes to invite you in. Then, if you don't come in, he beats you with length on the next ball. He's quick enough to be able to pass a lot, so I just tried to at least make my approach shots firm if I did it."

If you read some of the other quotes in my Tennis.com analysis, you'll see that at times Roddick sounded almost Agassi-like as he analyzed the game. Here's another nugget: Asked about the most significant way losing 15 pounds (at the behest of his latest coach, Larry Stefanki) has impacted his game, Roddick replied, in part, "I think the biggest difference is after I hit the return, that first ball, if they become aggressive on it I can get it back to neutral quicker, because I'm able to scramble after that first one."

Scrambling, scratching, digging. . . those are all appropriate words to describe the way Roddick now gets through matches against players who can hurt him. And at the risk of patronizing Monfils - who has the athleticism and firepower to hurt Roddick and anyone else who gets in his danged face - I think he could learn some valuable lessons watching Roddick. We can start with the way Monfils reacted to losing the first set; it was as if he beheld a pre-ordained ending that nobody else - least of all Roddick - took for granted. Oh, he made a few spectacular shots and gets, but I'm not sure they fooled anyone. In Monfils shoes, I think Roddick might have thought: Okay, I played a lousy 'breaker, now let's get down to the work of winning this match.

Maybe that's the difference between a 22-year old and a veteran - and former no. 1 - of 26. Maybe that's the difference between a Frenchman with a clay-court mindset and an American knowing he best make hay while the sun shines on that nice, purple and green stretch of asphalt. Maybe that's the difference between a kid who hasn't put a lot of thought into his game yet, and someone who managed to grow out of that difficult stage and, intent on remaining in the hunt, has become. . . a tennis player.

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In L'Equipe today:
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Après sa défaite sans éclat contre Roddick, le Français se posait des questions sur son avenir proche.

LA TÊTE DANS LE SAC. Les pensées en berne. Voilà comment Gaël Monfils a quitté Miami, sur une défaite contre Andy Roddick dans un huitième de finale bizarre dans son déroulement, et sur plus de questions que de réponses. Au point que, troublé par des problèmes personnels, il dit ne pas savoir du tout ce que sera son programme des semaines à venir.
Le premier acte avait pourtant suivi le scénario assez classique des trois matches remportés par le Français sur les cinq disputés contre l’Américain : un Roddick qui agresse, un Monfils qui résiste en souplesse et qui fait rater son adversaire. Jusqu’à ce que le Français serve pour le premier set à 6-5. Soudain, la panne. Une double faute pour commencer, une faute de revers pour suivre et patatras ! Toiles en série, la tête qui divague, une apparente désinvolture et, malgré un sursaut en fin de match soutenu par un fort parti de spectateurs français, une deuxième défaite contre l’Américain après celle des demi-finales à Doha : 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.
« Je n’avais pas commencé si bien que ça, modérait toutefois Monfils à sa sortie du court. Je tenais mes jeux de service et je l’avais breaké avec un peu de réussite, mais, derrière, j’ai eu un jeu pas facile à jouer. Je me suis précipité. Il m’a bien agressé. Je n’ai pas très bien joué le tie-break... »
Dans un des petits confessionnaux de Crandon Park, grand comme un dressing-room en panne de cintres, le Français ne paraissait guère plus à l’aise que sur le terrain : «Je ne suis pas en grande forme en ce moment, continuait-il, évasif. Je viens de vivre un mois un peu dur dans la tête et tennistiquement. J’ai réussi à rebondir, entre guillemets, et j’ai accroché un Roddick qui joue bien. Il n’y a pas que du négatif. »
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Ce mois difficile avait cependant commencé par de bonnes nouvelles : l’accession pour la première fois au top 10, suivie par la qualification pour la finale du tournoi d’Acapulco, perdue contre Nicolas Almagro. Mais, visiblement Monfils a moins bien digéré sa non-participation à la rencontre de Coupe Davis – République tchèque-France – qu’il n’y semblait au premier abord quand i affirmait à Ostrava vouloir réagi « en bon petit soldat ». Sont ensuite venus se greffer des « petits problèmes perso » qui l’ont contraint à un nouvel aller et retour Amérique-France entre le tournoi d’Indian Wells, où il avait été battu dès son premier match par John Isner, et celui de Miami. Aujourd’hui, ces « petits » problèmes, qui selon ses dires ne concernent en rien ses relations avec son entraîneur, l’Australien Roger Rasheed, sont cependant assez importants pour qu’il soit incapable de faire le moindre projet. Pas même de savoir quels tournois il va jouer, pas même s’il sera à Monte-Carlo dans une semaine et demie pour le départ de la saison sur terre « D’ici à Roland-Garros, je ne sais pas du tout... J’ai deux ou trois trucs à faire d’abord... Je ne prends pas de décision. »
Joint par téléphone à Madrid, où i s’occupe de l’organisation du nouveau Masters 1000 sur terre battue, son agent, Gérard Tsobanian, se voulait rassurant : « Gaël doit se recentrer, mais en principe il jouera à Monte-Carlo. » Pourtant, salué à sa sortie de la salle d’interview par un classique « à bientôt », Monfils se contenta d’un « j’espère », qui ne paraissait pas très convaincu.
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It doesn't help much, the article describes the weird match again and Gaël's weird statements after the match, always hinting at those "personal problems", his poor form and the rough month he's had.
He just says it has nothing to do with Rasheed.
He sounds like he isn't sure to play in Monte-Carlo. L'Equipe called his agent who says he will play in Monte-Carlo, he needs to regroup indeed, but he will probably be there.
He is such a drama queen... The journalist says that when he leaves the press room, somebody says "see you soon!" and he answers without much conviction "I hope so".
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Well nothing new. We still don't know if it's reals personnals problems or Gael's drama chapter 7. If it's something who prevent him to play it can't be a problem with his structure because why it would be a problem to play ans so painful ? I only hope it's nothing serious for him or his family
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Default Re: Indian Wells & Miami 2009

In Carrement tennis this morning, they talked about him. They also did not know what is going on.
They mentioned that it could be a problem with his parents, or with his "entourage".
it is a bit strange this story. Hope nothing is bad and he will be at the top for the clay season.
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