Monfils conquers Federer

Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, Monaco [CR2] Roger Federer (SUI) vs. [CR18] Gael Monfils (FRA) Why does Monfils struggle with staying focused during a match?  He will have periods of brilliant play and then suddenly for no apparent reason, he will start to do “silly” things.  Is this just a ploy or does he truly only have…

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Too much power

Miami Open presented by Itau [CR1] Serena Williams (USA) vs. [CR211] Catherine (Cici) Bellis (USA) It is never easy to play a fellow countryman; it is even harder when there is a significant age difference.  Add to that the pressure of public expectation and it becomes almost herculean. Would the youngster be overwhelmed or would…

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Old Conquers Young

AUSTRALIAN OPEN. [CR19] Gael Monfils (FRA) vs. [CR117] Lucas Pouille (FRA) If you could ask Monfils one question, what would you ask him? If you could give Monfils one piece of advice, what would it be? As entertaining as it is to watch Monfils play, I remain baffled why he has never won a major…

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First time for Monfils

Davis Cup Final, France Rubber 2, Day 1: [CR2] Roger Federer (SUI) vs. [CR19] Gael Monfils (FRA) The influence of your country, that is what makes Davis Cup special.  Some players rise to the occasion, buoyed by the will of a nation wanting their success.  Monfils rose to the occasion today, staying focused and playing intelligent tennis, he…

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Keeping the antics to a minimum

US OPEN [CR24] Gael Monfils (FRA) focused on playing brilliant tennis today in his win against [CR8] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL), 7-5, 7-6(6), 7-5. Monfils is well known for his forceful shots, foot speed and dance moves; he is also known for his on court antics that in many ways may have detracted from his reaching his full…

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