Gael Monfils

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Anyone remember Monfils?

  1. Yes, I remember him, he was a very good player

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  2. Yes, I remember him, he was a pretty good player

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  3. Yes, I remember him, he was an alright player

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  4. Yes, I remember him, he was a pretty bad player

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  5. Yes, I remember him, he was a very bad player

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  6. Never heard of him

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  7. I'm a glory supporter- used to like him but now I don't

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  8. Don't care

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  1. SuperHead

    SuperHead Guest

    Anyone remember this guy? He used to be ranked in the Top Ten, didn't he? And that was only a couple of years back.
     
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  2. Mainad

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    I think Rod Smooth does! :wink:
     
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  3. tipsa...don'tlikehim!

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    year 2011 he was number 7 :eek: damn that's not long time ago
     
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  4. BeHappy

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    He's finished. He's had a bad knee injury and his speed is gone. That was his entire game. The same thing has happened to Gilles Simon and Robredo. Pushers have nothing else to fall back on when they lose their speed, that's why they have short careers.
     
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  5. gavna

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    We're have you been.....had knee issues last yr and missed almost 7mos. Dropped from 7 all the way to 115 - now back to 59 and has no points to defend between now and the end of the year. Sould be able to be in top 20 by he end of the summer.
     
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  6. gavna

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    Have you seen ANY of his matches this spring and summer????? Moving just fine and as of last week has had no knee issues.

    Calling LaMonf a pusher also shows a huge lack of knowledge about his game and tennis in general.
     
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  7. bullfan

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    I think Gael is happy with his life. He doesn't have a killer instinct, and enjoys playing for the crowd. He seems happier making the highlight reels for his wild shotmaking, than he does about winning.
     
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  8. Defensive Tennis

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    Very good in my opinion. Reached No.7 ranking, reached SF of RG as well as a few QF showings, and two Masters Series Finals is impressive to me. A weak spot is his poor record in finals, which is 4-18. Great athlete and fun to watch. :) I hope he can stay healthy, and play for a few more years at least.
     
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  9. chatt_town

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    Damn....lol You might should have googled that username before selecting it. now...as for Gael...yea, he's a good player still.


     
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  10. jaggy

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    Always go for the don't care option in polls
     
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  11. gavna

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    Right short careers....Simon turned pro in 2002 - since mid 2008 he has been solid top 20 and was as high as 6 in the world. Except for the knee injury that took him out for almost a year he has so far been rock solid top 15.

    That's NOT a short career - that's 13+ yrs on tour.

    FYI as of this morning LaMonf jumped 3 spots in the rankings and sits at 56.......with even just a round or two this week at UMAG he will be in the mid to low 40s.
     
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  12. kimguroo

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    Monfils looked fine. I don't see any problems but still he is not serious about tennis. I saw positive things especially less sliding and slightly more offensive playing but suddenly when I see his clown moments, I feel like he is done for the game.

    I think he can beat anyone but he can lose to anyone.
    I can't believe he beats top 10 players then lost to out of 100 rank players for next round.

    It's fun to watch him though but as for his fan, it's pain to watch him.

    I don't think he will change at all and I don't see he can consistently play entire tournament with extremely hard working and strong mentality.
     
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  13. kishnabe

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    Yes I remember him, he was a tactical idiot.
     
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  14. counterloop

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    The same could be said about Marcos Baghdatis......it just seems like yesterday when he was going deep into slams....now it seems like he cant get past the first round.
     
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  15. tacou

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    remember him? he just played an epic match at the French and then did pretty well at Halle
     
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  16. TheBoom

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    Love the guy, never my pick to go deep in tournaments but it is awesome to watch him play and some of the ridiculous shots he hits. Greatest showman currently
     
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  17. M J

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    Monfils has had injury problems. Otherwise, he would still be in the top 10. His talent is incredible:
    • Huge serve
    • Maybe the difficult player to ace in tennis history
    • Faster than anyone at a full sprint (although Nadal and Djokovic usually do more with the ball if they get there)
    • Underrated volleys and touch shots
    • Huge groundstrokes - I love this video of his 122 mph forehand -
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJ5fS0EHr9Q

    Like others have said, when Gael is on, he can beat anyone; his entire collection of skills is unsurpassed. But his consistency game to game, set to set, and match to match is not great.

    I am done hoping that Monfils pulls it together and takes it more seriously, but I do hope he starts going deep into tournaments again so we can see more of him. He enjoys playing tennis more than anyone now in the top 10, and I (and others) enjoy watching him. If he were as solid and consistent as David Ferrer, it would be less fun for all of us.
     
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  19. BeHappy

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    Let me rephrase that the, that's why they have short careers in the top 10. Better?
     
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  20. Aura

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    Always enjoy watching Monfils. I am hoping he keeps climbing the rankings back to where he belongs.
     
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  21. Lukhas

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    Monfils will be back at Winston Salem. He forfeited prior tournaments because of an ankle sprain. He says it's still a bit inflated and a bit hard to play without the ankle brace (or whatever you call it), but that he can move.
     
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