If anyone ever doubted that Monf is a complete class act

Smasher08

Legend
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“He started chipping very low,” Monfils said. “I think I handled it good. So then he stick with longer points. It was 50-50, and then he try to come to the net very often. It was a bit better for him. Then he suddenly start to mix everything. That’s why he’s the greatest player, because he can do everything.”
I've seen him lose a few close ones against the Big Four over the years, but he's always been a complete class act.

Hope his ranking recovers to the Top 10 where he belongs.
 
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colowhisper

Semi-Pro
Yep. What a great match. Monfils is one my favorite players to watch. It's too bad he suffered lazy footwork on that first match point, it should have been a victory for him and a huge career changing win. It was weird, almost like he felt like he should not win, the way he played the two match points.
 
Sugar crash off the coke a cola was harsh! Tried to replace glycogen stores, but coke isn't the way to do it, no matter the trend. Next time try something with fiber in it, like a banana! RF got such a gift last night!
 
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I've seen him lose a few close ones against the Big Four over the years, but he's always been a complete class act.

Hope his ranking recovers to the Top 10 where he belongs.
that's why he is not a champion. fed would given him a cold handshake and some smirky remarks in the presser had he lost but he hugs fed in the end like a friend and then tells anyone how great fed is basically telling fed "I will be happy to bend over for you the next time".

I don't want to jump on that "monfils doesn't care enough" because I'm sure he does but after such a loss you sometimes have to be a bad loser to send a message.

all greats have been bad losers, including fed.

that is how you should react when you lose such a heartbreaker
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Istcd6U_J9s

being a good sport doesn't make you win matches and it also doesn't make you respected. all the pros say they admire monfils for his talent but I'm sure many don't really respect him (like roddick with his remark about monfils).
 

President

Legend
He seems like a really good guy. I felt really bad for him that he blew those match points, it would have been a huge career opportunity for him.
 

v-verb

Hall of Fame
Sugar crash off the coke a cola was harsh! Tried to replace glycogen stores, but coke isn't the way to do it, no matter the trend. Next time try something with fiber in it, like a banana! RF got such a gift last night!
Honestly I think you're right. The coca cola did him in. Seriously
 

tennisfreak

Semi-Pro
Monfils is a clown. He needs someone like Brad Gilbert to whip him into shape and learn how to win tennis matches.

Sure he may be a nice guy but that doesn't win you any tournaments.
 

West Coast Ace

G.O.A.T.
Mixed emotions. Definitely prefer this to someone making excuses. But seems a little to resigned to the outcome.

The visual of 'Grandpa Gael' rounding the grandkids up on some dark stormy night and telling them about his battle in Sept 2014 with the great Roger Federer does bring a smile to my face...
 

britam25

Hall of Fame
that's why he is not a champion. fed would given him a cold handshake and some smirky remarks in the presser had he lost but he hugs fed in the end like a friend and then tells anyone how great fed is basically telling fed "I will be happy to bend over for you the next time".

I don't want to jump on that "monfils doesn't care enough" because I'm sure he does but after such a loss you sometimes have to be a bad loser to send a message.

all greats have been bad losers, including fed.

that is how you should react when you lose such a heartbreaker
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Istcd6U_J9s

being a good sport doesn't make you win matches and it also doesn't make you respected. all the pros say they admire monfils for his talent but I'm sure many don't really respect him (like roddick with his remark about monfils).
Not Fed's finest hour by any means, and I'm a fan of his. On the other hand, Connors cynical comment, 'There are 2 kinds of losers, bad losers and good actors" DOES have two components, but there have been many guys who were champions but lost with class. Don Budge beat Baron von Cramm in a deciding Davis Cup match that many people considered to be the greatest match ever played, ending with hitting a passing shot on match point and doing a face plant. While the crowd went wild, von Cramm waited at the net for Budge to get up and come to the net, whereupon von Cramm said:

“This was absolutely the finest match I have ever played in my life. And I’m very happy that I could have played it against you whom I like so much."

He was a bigger man than I would've been, lol. Other excellent players known for their sportsmanship include Laver, Rosewall, and Edberg.
 
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conway

Banned
Yesterday only proved emphatically why he has never and absolutely will never be a regular top 10 player, never mind any crazy notion such as a slam finalist.
 
Yesterday only proved emphatically why he has never and absolutely will never be a regular top 10 player, never mind any crazy notion such as a slam finalist.
Yep. Brain farts at the worst times. He could be top 5 in the world if he were more serious about his mental game.
 
Not Fed's finest hour by any means, and I'm a fan of his. On the other hand, Connors cynical comment, 'There are 2 kinds of losers, bad losers and good actors" DOES have two components, but there have been many guys who were champions but lost with class. Don Budge beat Baron von Cramm in a deciding Davis Cup match that many people considered to be the greatest match ever played, ending with hitting a passing shot on match point and doing a face plant. While the crowd went wild, von Cramm waited at the net for Budge to get up and come to the net, whereupon von Cramm said:

“This was absolutely the finest match I have ever played in my life. And I’m very happy that I could have played it against you whom I like so much."

He was a bigger man than I would've been, lol. Other excellent players known for their sportsmanship include Laver, Rosewall, and Edberg.
I read that story in Bud Collins' voice.
 

Gonzalito17

Banned
Monfils doesn't have the burning desire obsession to win a major. It looked like he deferred to Fed on the match points, way back behind the baseline, giving Fed easy balls to work with. I think Monfils is quite content and happy to be the protagonist, not the hero.
 

benchinho

New User
trying to go at this a little more general...

do you think that it is possible to be a "complete class act" and at the same time be competing at the absolute highest level of an individual sport like tennis? i don´t!

i play tennis for a hobby but even at my club those players who are serious about it, even when playing in devisions no one gives a f&%$ about, are seldom class acts, especially when loosing. but on the other hand, that´s what makes them more successful than others.

no matter how talented you are, if you want to become the best tennis player in the world you have to have a very competitive nature which normally isn´t very compatible with being a real classy act.

if you look at federer and especially his early years, he´s not a "class act" but a competitive and often angry player. when he was dominating he acted classy in the moments of success but often times (not always...) not so much when loosing. and don´t get me wrong, i´m not here to criticize him for that... ...actually i don´t care much about it. i think it´s just a normal thing.

and concerning someone like monfils: i think he is one of the closest of being a class act in tennis simply for the fact that he doesn´t take it as serious. he has a huge amount of talent but lacks some aspects that players like federer, nadal, djokovic, connors, mcenroe have/had... he´s doing his 360°-smashes for the fun of it and gives away matches and goes about it with a smile cause he still can do what he - presumably - loves for a very good living. that´s why he´s considered a "clown" by many of the more competitive natures on this board.

someone like connors who simply was an ******* on the court did it for the wins... that`s what drove him to do things that others would not do... ...but he won in the end...
 

veroniquem

Bionic Poster
He's a class act but he's also a clown act. He's super likable...as long as you don't expect him to win!
 
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