Category Archives: Gael Monfis

Gael Monfils: Is It Time?

Over the years, Gael Monfils has become one of the most frustrating players to watch and support. While he is one of the most incredible athletic specimens in the history of the game, and posesses a thunderous serve and extremely capable groundstrokes, year after year we have had to sit through him making a mockery of his talent - apparently being more interested and obsessed in flinging himself around the court and entertaining the crowd, rather than actually winning and taking home the biggest prizes. One thing agreed among most is that if Gael Monfils can find a way to get his head together and set his priorities straight, there is so much for him to achieve in tennis.

Could this week be that very turning point in his career? The last three days has seen him take out (10)Fernando Verdasco, (4)Andy Murray and (1)Roger Federer. He defeated all in three sets, and has saved a grand total of 7 match points altogether. He came out playing the attacking tennis that he is easily capable of - serving big, smashing down 117mph forehands at will, and showing intelligence and nerves of steel at crucial moments. No matter what, he is always going to end up spread-eageled on the floor at least once or twice a match. But this week, gone are the unnecessary theatrics. Gone are the irresponsible dives and lunges that almost always end up in horrific self-inflicted injuries. And he no longer seems to be more focused on the crowd than his actual game. It has been all about the tennis, and all about winning.

The question is whether he can take this form and mentality to every tournament single match he plays. It’s all good and well to give a fuck for one or two tournaments per year, but can he finally take that leap of faith and commit himself fully to becoming one of the world’s best tennis players, competing for all Grand Slams and permanantly placing his name amongst the likes of Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray? Only time will tell. But if this week does prove to be the turning point in Gael Monfils’ career, 2011 better watch out.

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Les Deux Mousquetaires

I must be just about the only person on the planet who is actually happy with this result, but in the second battle of the French Musketeers this week, Gael Monfils took out Jo Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 2-6 6-4 to advance to the final in Montpellier. There he will face Ivan Ljubicic who defeated Montanes 6-3 7-6 in the other semi. Will be interesting to see if Gael can finish this thing off now. He has such a dreadful record in finals, so we’ll see what happens.

Touched on this a couple of months ago, but it really is good to see Gael finishing the year well. He has been pretty solid (bar a few results) in the second half of the season. If he can finish well in Paris (where he is defending finals points), he’ll set himself up well for a possible run to the top ten in 2011.

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Rafael Nadal Wins Tokyo, 7th Title Of 2010

Rafael Nadal took Tokyo in emphatic style as he disposed of Gael Monfils with the loss of only 6 games. After his performance in the semis, saving match points against Viktor Troicki, I expected him to struggle here, but he really pulled himself together and produced his best performance of the week. Next up is Shanghai where he will of course be favourite. Can he finish 2010 with a double-figure title count?

Though he lost in the final for only the millionth time in his career, this is encouraging stuff for Gael, too. That’s three very good tournaments in the last few months from him (US Open, Davis Cup, Tokyo), and though he was far too passive today in the final, he has played some very positive and offensive tennis throughout this period. If he continues on this road, it may not be too long before he finds himself back in the top 10

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Gael Monfils Fights, Caroline Wozniacki Wins, ATP Beijing Seeds Suck

Remember their infamous French Open match last year? Well today Gael Monfils and Andy Roddick finally got that rematch. It was worth the wait as the pair put on a dramatic and thrilling three-set duel in the quarters of the Tokyo ATP 500. After squandering three match points at 5-4* 0-40 and then saving one with an ace at *5-6 in the tiebreaker, Gael emerged the victor taking the next three points to win the match and move into the semis. He’ll face Radek Stepanek who was handed a walkover by Jarkko Nieminen. Rafael Nadal is obviously lurking in the top half, and he is up against Viktor Troicki in the semis. A Nadal-Monfils final could be a pretty exciting affair.

Over in Beijing, Caroline Wozniacki consolidated her rise to number one by defeating Ana Ivanovic in the quarters. She suffered a dramatic injury to her knee in the first set but by the end of the match she was good as new. Ana was not impressed. She’ll face Shahar Peer next, with Na Li and Vera Zvonareva contesting the second semi.

The higher-ranked ATP players in Beijing weren’t as successful as Andy Murray, Robin Soderling and Nikolay Davydenko (AKA seeds 2-4) were crushed, winning a grand total of 0 sets between each other. Crazy. Full results below.

WTA Beijing (Premier Mandatory):


ATP Beijing (500):


ATP Tokyo (500):

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Would Someone Please Fire Gael Monfils’ Hairdresser?

So I turn on my stream and this is what greets me. Sort it out, Gael. Sort. It. Out.

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The Hopman Cup Fights Back

After the devastating and extremely confusing news that ABC, the Hopman Cup’s host broadcaster, was ditching the event to focus on “less popular events”, all seemed lost. However the show must go on and it has emerged today that Australian Broadcaster ONE will be picking up the event. They have also announced a stellar players list so far; with Grand Slam Champions Serena Williams, Justine Henin and Ana Ivanovic all listed to take part in the event among male players Novak Djokovic, Gael Monfils and John Isner. This event has been a favourite with fans for years not and so they will be undoubtebly be breathing a sigh of relief following this news.

Full player list:

* USA – Serena Williams and John Isner
* Serbia – Ana Ivanovic and Novak Djokovic
* Belgium – Justine Henin and Steve Darcis
* France – Kristina Mladenovic and Gael Monfils
* Australia – Lleyton Hewitt (partner tbc)

The 2011 event runs from 1-8 January at Perth’s Burswood Dome and the remaining players will be announced in October.

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