Monfils V Raonic - Stockholm Open SF

Discussion in 'Pro Match Results and Discussion' started by Love Game, Oct 21, 2011.

?

The Frenchman? or the Canadian? Who goes to the Final?

Poll closed Oct 22, 2011.
  1. Frenchman in 2

    11.5%
  2. Frenchman in 3

    26.9%
  3. Canadian in 2

    15.4%
  4. Canadian in 3

    46.2%
  1. Love Game

    Love Game Talk Tennis Guru

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Messages:
    27,293
    Location:
    People's Republik of Kalifornia
    The top seed versus the sixth seed ...
    This is going to be a very entertaining semifinal, IMO :D
    Aside from its entertainment value, what's your prediction for the outcome?

    [​IMG]
     
    #1
  2. Love Game

    Love Game Talk Tennis Guru

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Messages:
    27,293
    Location:
    People's Republik of Kalifornia
    Hard to decide.

    Monfils had difficulty closing out his quarterfinal match against Anderson, even tho he was a set and a double break up when he first served for the match! :shock:

    Raonic is playing great so far, but I'll go out on a limb for the Frenchie in three! Oui! :)
     
    #2
  3. Homeboy Hotel

    Homeboy Hotel Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2011
    Messages:
    2,781
    Location:
    London
    Raonic in 3. Monfils will win first set, loose second and loose concentration in the third. Thus the match also.
     
    #3
  4. ben123

    ben123 Professional

    Joined:
    May 6, 2011
    Messages:
    1,172
    he proved that he can concentrate in his last match vs tomic. so for me also monclown in 3
     
    #4
  5. flyinghippos101

    flyinghippos101 Legend

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2009
    Messages:
    5,311
    Raonic in three.

    Then again I'm Canadian and I'm biased.
     
    #5
  6. pound cat

    pound cat G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2004
    Messages:
    13,741
    LIVE STREAM on sportsnet.ca

    Stockholm Open


    Saturday, October 22: Semifinals at 7 a.m. ET and 9 a.m. ET
    Sunday, October 23: Finals at 9 a.m. ET
    (Canadian Milos Raonic has advanced to the semifinal of the tournament)
     
    #6
  7. Marius_Hancu

    Marius_Hancu G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2004
    Messages:
    17,808
    Location:
    Montreal, Canada
    You'll be surprised at how much Monfils will S-V tomorrow (he did it with Tomic too).

    I hope Raonic is ready for this kind of aggressiveness from Monfils. The only thing I want from him is to "massage" well the ball (as he did today) and to move well.
     
    #7
  8. pound cat

    pound cat G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2004
    Messages:
    13,741
    And to serve well...like he did to-day
     
    #8
  9. Tammo

    Tammo Banned

    Joined:
    May 23, 2011
    Messages:
    3,875
    Monfils has been playing some sloppy tennis Therefore Raonic will take this in 3. BTW what time is the match EST?
     
    #9
  10. Marius_Hancu

    Marius_Hancu G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2004
    Messages:
    17,808
    Location:
    Montreal, Canada
    8.30-9.00 AM EST

    Amazing to see Monfils has only 3 ATP titles ... tough ... with his style ... not Nadal.
     
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2011
    #10
  11. Tammo

    Tammo Banned

    Joined:
    May 23, 2011
    Messages:
    3,875
    Hoping for a Raonic-Blake final
     
    #11
  12. Smasher08

    Smasher08 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2010
    Messages:
    4,108
    Location:
    The 6
    Tough to see the rookie come through this -- the vet's got too much experience and can play phenomenal tennis when he's on.

    I'm going with the vet in 3, but by a whisker.
     
    #12
  13. Love Game

    Love Game Talk Tennis Guru

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Messages:
    27,293
    Location:
    People's Republik of Kalifornia
    the only top 10 players that i'm aware of raonic having beaten were verdasco twice when he was No. 9 (san jose and memphis) and Youzhny once when he was No. 10 ((AO) .....

    oh yeah and he does have that walkover over the then No. 12 Monfils at san jose back in january 2011. at that time, milos was No. 84. now, he's No. 29 and Gael's No. 10 .... Gael has also spent some of 2011 on injury leave ... not sure whether their down times are comparable or not.

    thing is they're both pretty much in form atm. monfils is his usual Evel Knievel of tennis, fun to watch b/c of his skill and unpredictability ... and raonic is his usual steady eddy with a really big gun ... who's also fun to watch. i've become a fan of the trapeze tactics of the joie-de-vive frenchman this year, but I also enjoy the enthusiastic talent of the young canadian.

    it's currently 10 AM in Stockholm, and the first semifinal (nieminen v blake) w/b starting in about 3 hours ... with monfils/raonic scheduled to begin 1-1/2 hours after that ... hmmmmm ... TBH, i'll be surprised if nieminen/blake doesnt go three sets and at least two hours, which would put it at around 3PM local, then and considering it's currently just past 1 AM pacific time, that would put raonic/monfils at around 6 AM pacific time ... right? :???:
     
    #13
  14. stringertom

    stringertom G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2010
    Messages:
    12,978
    Location:
    In a sureshsian vortex
    I'm liking the young gun to stun number one in straights. Go Milos...put some Smokey Robinson on your iPod and make "Tears of a Clown" your theme song for Saturday. First Clowndasco in SJ, now Clownfils in Stockholm.
     
    #14
  15. vernonbc

    vernonbc Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2009
    Messages:
    2,858
    Milos beat #24 Llodra at the Australian Open, then #10 Mikhail Youzhny, before he lost in four to #7 David Ferrer.

    As you said, he had the WO of #12 Monfils in San Jose before he beat #9 Verdasco. In Memphis, he beat #17 Mardy Fish and then lost to #8 Roddick 6-7(7), 7-6(11), 5-7. Can't get much closer than that and it took a circus shot from Roddick to beat him.

    He beat #15 Mardy Fish again at Indian Wells before they moved to clay where he actually had some decent results for someone who had only played a couple of matches on clay in his life . At MC he beat #25 Michael Llodra again and #30 Ernests Gulbis before losing to #6 Ferrer and at Estoril he had a win against #22 Gilles Simon before he got a tough draw in Madrid against Feli Lopez in the 1st round but took it to three.

    All in all he's played some really good tennis against some very tough opponents so it should be interesting to see how he manages today against Monfils.
     
    #15
  16. vernonbc

    vernonbc Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2009
    Messages:
    2,858
    CANADIANS - it's live on Sportsnet One!!!! Blake and Niemenen are warming up right now.
     
    #16
  17. Love Game

    Love Game Talk Tennis Guru

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Messages:
    27,293
    Location:
    People's Republik of Kalifornia
    lol ... made me laff :lol:
    but
    does this look like a clown to you! :confused:

    [​IMG]
     
    #17
  18. Love Game

    Love Game Talk Tennis Guru

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Messages:
    27,293
    Location:
    People's Republik of Kalifornia
    uh oh ... i was afraid of that ... nieminen/blake just went into a third sed ... since the first two sets have taken about 45 minutes each, i won't be surprised if the third set takes about the same ..... sooooooo it's starting to look as if monfils/raonic won't start until closer to 6:30 a.m. pacific time/ 9:30 a.m. eastern time
     
    #18
  19. pound cat

    pound cat G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2004
    Messages:
    13,741
    And awaaay we go....
     
    #19
  20. jaggy

    jaggy G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2006
    Messages:
    12,716
    Location:
    Carrboro, NC
    This has all the makings of a great match
     
    #20
  21. vernonbc

    vernonbc Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2009
    Messages:
    2,858
    Yup, 6:33 pacific and Raonic and Monfils are just warming up.
     
    #21
  22. vernonbc

    vernonbc Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2009
    Messages:
    2,858
    Pound cat, are you watching it live on Sportsnet One? They're broadcasting it nation wide.
     
    #22
  23. Tammo

    Tammo Banned

    Joined:
    May 23, 2011
    Messages:
    3,875
    2-2 with Milos already having 2 BP's
     
    #23
  24. pound cat

    pound cat G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2004
    Messages:
    13,741

    Don't have sportsnet ONE...watching sportsnet.ca live
     
    #24
  25. Marius_Hancu

    Marius_Hancu G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2004
    Messages:
    17,808
    Location:
    Montreal, Canada
    What did I tell you?
     
    #25
  26. Marius_Hancu

    Marius_Hancu G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2004
    Messages:
    17,808
    Location:
    Montreal, Canada
    Dangerous raise in Monfils's 2nd return: 57% over 35%
     
    #26
  27. pound cat

    pound cat G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2004
    Messages:
    13,741
    OK Milos..time to breaki
     
    #27
  28. vernonbc

    vernonbc Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2009
    Messages:
    2,858
    Monfils is going to take an injury time out soon. He's not getting a reaction out of the crowd so he's going to take more outrageous flying leaps to try and be the star of the show and he'll end up hurting himself.

    That said, Milos is hanging in there very nicely.
     
    #28
  29. vernonbc

    vernonbc Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2009
    Messages:
    2,858
    Is Raonic losing some of his baby fat? His face looks thinner.
     
    #29
  30. pound cat

    pound cat G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2004
    Messages:
    13,741

    His bandana has pulled up his face. Cheap plastic surgery.
     
    #30
  31. Tammo

    Tammo Banned

    Joined:
    May 23, 2011
    Messages:
    3,875
    5-4 Milos, on serve. IMO if the first set goes to a TB whoever wins it will win the match.
     
    #31
  32. Love Game

    Love Game Talk Tennis Guru

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Messages:
    27,293
    Location:
    People's Republik of Kalifornia
    Gotta agree with pound cat ... seems to be the headband effect! :)

    monfils up 5-3 in the tb atm
     
    #32
  33. Tammo

    Tammo Banned

    Joined:
    May 23, 2011
    Messages:
    3,875
    Wow, Raonic comes back form 5-2 down in the TB to take it 8-6.
     
    #33
  34. Love Game

    Love Game Talk Tennis Guru

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Messages:
    27,293
    Location:
    People's Republik of Kalifornia
    gael tries to distract milos during the tiebreak, but it doesn't work, then after the BIG BANG, milos takes it 8-5

    [​IMG]

    Uploaded with ImageShack.us
     
    #34
  35. pound cat

    pound cat G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2004
    Messages:
    13,741
    He did it again on a tie break! Yes Milos 1-0
     
    #35
  36. Love Game

    Love Game Talk Tennis Guru

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Messages:
    27,293
    Location:
    People's Republik of Kalifornia
    i've been hearing bangs and other uncharacteristic noises going on "backstage" throughout the match ... too bad for monfils that it came ?during his serve? in the TB ... but milos hung in there, came back and took it ... good on him
     
    #36
  37. Brian11785

    Brian11785 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2010
    Messages:
    1,506
    Location:
    TX
    Wow. Total shank by Monfils at 5-5. He was able to win the next point on Milos's serve, but the Canadian eventually takes the tiebreaker 8-6.
     
    #37
  38. tacou

    tacou Legend

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2007
    Messages:
    7,028
    Gael clowned that TB right out of his hands.

    I forget what feed I'm watching, I think they might be Italian commentators, they are worse than Americans! They talk incessantly it's so annoying
     
    #38
  39. chrischris

    chrischris Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2010
    Messages:
    2,768
    Milos is one cool kid.
     
    #39
  40. Locotus

    Locotus Professional

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2010
    Messages:
    1,377
    Location:
    Oslo, Norway
    6-6, Raonic serves, a camera flash in the audience as Monfils returns. He misses the return, get totally pissed and shanks the next point. 8-6 Raonic.
     
    #40
  41. vernonbc

    vernonbc Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2009
    Messages:
    2,858
    ROFL :lol:

    Good one
     
    #41
  42. Brian11785

    Brian11785 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2010
    Messages:
    1,506
    Location:
    TX

    They are competing to talk over one another during the point. Ugh.

    Wow. Did that break point just pretty much sum up why Milos is going to win this match. :???:
     
    #42
  43. chrischris

    chrischris Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2010
    Messages:
    2,768
    Gotta love the finesse and talent of Gael !!!

    The halfvolley tweener king.

    BUT Milos is the better today so far .. go milos.
     
    #43
  44. vernonbc

    vernonbc Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2009
    Messages:
    2,858
    Monfils is such a clown. A little bit of his goofing is entertaining but he overdoes it. So much talent and so little discipline to use it properly. Raonic on the other hand is a model of composure for such a young man. Very very impressive today.
     
    #44
  45. Love Game

    Love Game Talk Tennis Guru

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Messages:
    27,293
    Location:
    People's Republik of Kalifornia
    true dat ... better video, but their blabbering is distracting. i'm goign with the fuzzier picture, better commentator on LSH under the ATP designation
    .............

    anyway ... raonic quite impressive today, both his service game and his mental game ... oddly tho his bench seems to be glowering all the time ... what's with that? he's paying their salaries (all except his dad I suppose) ;)
     
    #45
  46. Love Game

    Love Game Talk Tennis Guru

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    Messages:
    27,293
    Location:
    People's Republik of Kalifornia
    he can get away with a lot with most other players, but not today. monfils must raise his level to break serve ... might be too late, tho :eek:
     
    #46
  47. vernonbc

    vernonbc Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2009
    Messages:
    2,858
    Galo Blanco is usually pretty stoic during Milos' match but they're not including him in the picture most of the time. I think the camera guy has his physio confused for his coach.
     
    #47
  48. pound cat

    pound cat G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2004
    Messages:
    13,741

    It's the anti Dojokovic bench look
     
    #48
  49. vernonbc

    vernonbc Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2009
    Messages:
    2,858
    I wish Milos himself showed a little more pep out there. On the one hand, it's good to see him so composed and unflustered but he strolls around so laconically he doesn't generate any excitement. Very impressed with his game today though.
     
    #49
  50. ben123

    ben123 Professional

    Joined:
    May 6, 2011
    Messages:
    1,172
    i stoped watching it after the first ~15min. so many unforced errors and very often servewinners, dont like these kind of matches. not entertaining.

    davydenko vs tipsa sounds better
     
    #50

Share This Page