Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Monfils carves up Fed then chokes

PARIS - NOVEMBER 14: Gael Monfils of France in action during his 1-6,6-7 defeat against Robin Soderling of Sweden in the final during Day Eight of the ATP Masters Series Paris at the Palais Omnisports on November 14, 2010 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
The dancing wonder Gael Monfils carved up the Greatest player of all time Roger Federer then choked before his adoring home crowd, losing the Paris final to Robin Soderling. Typical.

Monfils has a load of charm, plays brilliant shots and entertains the crowd but lacks a certain consistancy - a bit like Fed used to be before he became Fed. The young Federer burst on the scene approximately 230 years ago as a talented shotmaker with no consistancy or discipline but then matured into the great unruffled perfectionist that we know and love and won himself countless titles and prizemoney. And now only a ruffled Spaniard stands between himself and immortality.

Are we likely to see the same career progression for Monfils? Can he tame the wild beast within and advance from the entertainers to the winners?

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