Gael Monfils, Robin Soderling Paris Interviews, Highlights [Video]
by Tom Gainey | November 13th, 2010, 6:07 pm
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Six sets were contested today at the BNP Parisbas Tennis Masters semifinals and amazingly five of them went to a tiebreaker! Both semifinal winners, Robin Soderling and Gael Monfils, needed third set tiebreakers to win their matches.

Soderling saved three matchpoints to beat Frenchman and serve-volley artist Michael Llodra 67, 75, 76. The local Parisian fans were not completely shut out when their showman Monfils saved five matchpoints in his thrilling 76, 67, 76 win over Roger Federer.

For the final tomorrow, Soderling has won both meetings and all four sets against Monfils. Both players are seeking their first career Tennis Masters 1000 title. This is the last week of the ATP regular season.

Gael Monfils post-match interview:

Robin Soderling:

And highlights from both matches if you missed them:


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11 Comments for Gael Monfils, Robin Soderling Paris Interviews, Highlights [Video]

andrea Says:

had to go for a walk after that 3rd set meltdown from fed.

Q: if you have match point and a ball comes over the net, your opponent is off the court and the other court is wide open what do you do?

A: don’t dump it into the net.

arrrgh.

but monfils and nadal should have a sleeveless shirt arm wrestle. damn those muscles!


sheila Says:

didnt c match, but omg, roger had 5 match points and didn’t win. i am simply devastated. i know monfils is a really good player, but he does have a history of mentally tightening up & kudos 2him 4 taking the win. roger, roger, roger, i hope u have a really good year end tournament & a grt 2011


skeezerweezer Says:

Andrea,

I saw the Sod/Llorda match earlier and Llorda missed an easy sitter forehand pass with nobody home for match point and dumped it. End result? Sod wound up winning, another ugh moment.

I have to agree with Skorocel that Fed has wasted a lot of MP’s this year, WTF?


guy Says:

a match point on your opponent’s serve is very different from a match point on your own serve something people always fail to realise.


mike Says:

how on earth does Roger find a way to keep losing like this? his serve has been untouchable on this lightning fast surface all week yet when he’s 4-2 up and with a game point.. he still finds a way to lose

just cannot believe how such a great player has such a woeful history of blowing so so many matches he had won.


dave Says:

Federer “finds a way to keep losing like this… cannot believe how such a great player has such a woeful history of blowing so so many matches “? Really?

Stuff happenes even to great players who are supposed to be mentally tough. In January, at Doha, Nadal thrashed Nikolay Davydenko 6-0 in the first set, then blew two matchpoints in the second set before blowing the match 6-0, 6-7, 4-6. That was more of a blown match than what happened to Federer today.

Federer looked like he would be having a bad day at the office from the very first game. Yes he should have won the first matchpoint and should not have even dumped the 4-2 game. But he was struggling all match and did not have his best stuff today.

Regardless, since Wimbledon, Federer has had the best record of all players. His win-loss match record (30-4) is the best (e.g., Nadal is 20-4). And Fed has played the most matches of the top players even though he is five years older (e.g., 10 more matches than Nadal). Fed won 3 tournaments from 5 finals since Wimbledon. In his remaining two tournaments he lost in the semifinals but had multiple matchpoints, yet in both those matches he was not playing his best. He may have lost today but he battled it out till the end. In Nadal’s six tournaments since Wimbledon, he failed to reach the finals four times (two of his losses were straight sets, all four losses were 6-3 or 6-4 in final set.


bobby Says:

Dave, Federer is loosing for the fourth time this year having match points.In Indian wells,Miami,US open and Paris.This time in Paris with 5 match points.Can you believe?.This is chocking.


leo vixen Says:

Dave,
Are you that insecure about Federer that you have to keep comparing him to Nadal in your whole comment? This situation has nothing to do with Nadal; we all know even the greatest players can lose matches and blow match points. Federer just had a bad day and didn’t play his best tennis, end of story.


mike Says:

bobby,

not only 4 loses from MP’s but remember Halle final v Hewitt, roger led 6-3 4-4 40-0 3 bps and blew it there also


Lloyd Says:

Gael Monfils you need to adopt and change the way how you play, if you want to advance and improve your game, you just need to change, you are playing too far pass the baseline or serve line, because you play so far pass the baseline you have to cover too much ground, and that is what is burning out too much of your energy, and you are playing too defensive you need to attack and keep the game short, you need to serve and valley a lot more, also you need to come into the net more often you are doing too much running up and down you need to keep the game short and attack and go for winner.

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