Who is Paul-Henri Mathieu?

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  1. jakemcclain32

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    I've truly never heard of this guy. He took two qualifying matches in the Open Sud De France before losing in the final, then took all qualifiers and beat Feliciano Lopez today. Currently he's #734 in the world.

    Who is this guy?
     
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    Are you kidding? He's been as high as number 12 and has won 4 titles. Notoriously poor mental strength (bit of a choker).

    I watched him lose to Murray once from something like a set and 5-1 up.
     
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    He's a french a player, who's been around for a long time already.

    On a good day can play like anyone but has historically been a choker when things tighten up.

    [​IMG]

    One of the few guys who has taken a set of Nadal in RG.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3kaqQ4PTU4
     
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  6. jakemcclain32

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    Guys, I have seen all that. I actually want to know what some people know about him. Why he's ranked so low? All that stuff.
     
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    Is he normally a clay guy? Might explain things because I didn't pay too much attention to clay guys till like 18 months ago.

    If he was 12, then it's surprising he was off my radar. I made a Joachim Johannsen joke yesterday, and he's been gone for ages.
     
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  8. woodrow1029

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    He had some injury problems, and he is not the most mentally tough player out there. He had the ability to beat just about anyone on any given day, but did not have the consistency to be a major factor on tour.

    One of his best matches was when he beat Moya on clay in Davis Cup in Spain (around 2004?).
     
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    The greatest 5th set player ever.

    He's been training practically in a wheelchair for much of the past year.
     
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  10. batz

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    Clay might be his best surface - but he played a lot of hardcourt tournaments too and did OK - and he won 2 titles on indoor carpet.
     
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    immensely talented guy... shame about the injuries.

    when he was a relative newcomer, captain guy forget threw him in the davis cup final, 5th rubber vs. youzhny in 2002. he choked a 2 set lead and this seemed to derail his rise for a couple years, along with injury. then, he clawed his way back and enjoyed a few good years in the top 30.

    his match with rafa at roland garros 2006 was epic:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3kaqQ4PTU4
     
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    He played a great match against Nadal at RG in 06' or 07'. I think he lost in 4 close sets, something like 7-5 5-7 4-6 6-7
     
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    He played great vs Fed at USO 2010 despite coming out of injury.

    Typical French player... has all the talent you want but can't put much together to yield success.
     
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    great player, struggled against top 25 guys, even when he was up there, didn't have the power to beat top 10 guys, but could run over anyone lower than him, if he didn't leave his head in the locker room
     
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    pretty much: typical french player

    at one point he was 32 in the world not too long ago, while monfils, tsonga, gasquet, simon, llodra, and maybe 1 or 2 other frenchmen were all in the top40 or close to it, so thats maybe why he wasn't recognized too much the last few years, then injuries
    I see him being a player like nalbadain or davy or hewitt these days, veterans you just cant look past
     
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    Johansson is gone forever. Or actually you're never too sure with him, he actually popped up to play a league match a few months ago...
     
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    One of the most talented players to come out of France. Was touted to be a future #1 but couldn't put it together mentally. Not sure what happened to him the last two years as he's disappeared completely (probably injuries). Good to see him back on tour again.
     
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    Pretty much all the French players are known as headcases but Mathieu is King of them all. He takes it to another level, and makes it an artform.
     
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    I remember Mathieu choking the Davis Cup trophy to Russia in his last match when the two teams were tied at 2-2.

    He was up 2 sets to 0 in that match against Youzhny.
     
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    And he cried his eyes out after that loss which I think set him back for a long time and was a very sad thing to watch. I believe he was only 16 at the time

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    From wiki: Mathieu is known for being able to hit heavy groundstrokes from both wings and his topspin forehand is probably his biggest weapon. A relatively popular, well-liked player despite his inconsistent career results

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul-Henri_Mathieu
     
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    A knee injury took him out of the game last year if I'm not mistaken. Shame, I really enjoy watching Mathieu play.
     
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    He had a major knee injury and had issues with lingering pain and stiffness after the surgery.....he has been going thru major rehab and pain management for over a year. He has stated in the French press recently that his knee has stopped hurting finally and he went on a new fitness regimen to get a bit lighter and take stress off the joint and move better.
     
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    Incredible come back. I remember DelPo struggling his first few matches after his long injury break, but Matthieu is back with a blast
     
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    Uhhh, I know he was one of the models in the 2009 ATP calendar.
     
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    2006 French Open, Round of 32. Nadal won 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, with the match lasting 4 hours and 53 minutes. It was Nadal's 56th win in a row on clay.
     
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    How long have you been watching tennis? He's been around for a while..
     
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  28. jakemcclain32

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    First match I ever saw was Becker-Curran in the 85 Wimbledon final.
    That's how long. Could be that I really started paying attention to players outside the top 15 since 2010, so that might explain it. Even then, he was in those ranks.

    I'm amazed he flew under my radar too. Happens I guess.
     
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    ahh man he lost to davydenko in 3 sets :(
     
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