• Monfils begins in Bangkok against Anderson

    9/25/12 4:25 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Monfils begins in Bangkok against Anderson Gael Monfils will be back in action on Wednesday in Bangkok as he goes up against Kevin Anderson. Jarkko Nieminen and Philipp Petzschner, meanwhile, are looking for a spot in the quarterfinals.

    Gael Monfils vs. (Q) Kevin Anderson

    Rarely does Monfils find himself unseeded at a tournament, but that's exactly the case this week at the Bangkok Open. The injury-plagued Frenchman had not played a match since May due to knee problems before returning last week in Metz, where he reached the semifinals before losing to Andreas Seppi in three sets. Monfils is a modest 17-8 for the season and he is down at No. 45 in the world.

    Up first for Monfils on Wednesday is a second career meeting with Anderson. They faced each other last fall in the Stockholm quarterfinals, where Monfils prevailed 7-5, 7-5. Anderson actually came through qualifying at this event over the weekend (which he did with ease), so he has some matches under his belt. The 6'8'' South African is a decent 24-20 for his 2012 campaign. This could go either way, but Monfils in three sets is the pick.

    (7) Jarkko Nieminen vs. Philipp Petzschner

    Nieminen and Petzschner will also be squaring off for the second time in their careers when they do battle in the Bangkok second round on Wednesday. Their only previous encounter came three years ago on the indoor hard courts of Memphis, where Petzschner scored a 6-3, 6-4 victory.

    The German is toiling at No. 107 in the rankings, but he earned his 10th ATP-level win of the season on Monday by taking care of wild card Peerakiat Siriluethaiwattana 6-1, 6-2. Nieminen advanced on Tuesday after taking the first set 6-1 from Yuichi Sugita, who retired. The 38-year-old Finn is now above .500 at 23-22 for the year. Nieminen is not great on this surface, but he should get the job done in three sets.

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Unseeded Monfils is pretty unusual, but I still like his chances...glad he's back...sure wish Rafa was!

scoot , 9/26/12 3:18 AM

Rafa won't be back so soon. He may even miss the AO and comes back on clay at the SA clay court swing. That's my guess, his injury this time seems to take a longer than expected time to heal. Maybe starts playing on clay may be better for him to build up his momentum for the new season.

Back to Monfils, he was absent for four months, and he seems to be getting back to his previous good level quicker than I expected, good for him. I do hope he cuts down on the running and plays smarter tennis.

PS. I can't imagine Rafa having to grind for six hours at the AO again when he comes back from his injury.

luckystar , 9/26/12 6:28 AM

tough that he drew Anderson of all people as his qualifier

RickyDimon , 9/26/12 6:38 AM

Nice to see Monfils back - I love to watch him when he is playing well and he always makes me smile.

schatz , 9/26/12 12:45 PM

scatz, I like him too, he's so entertaining, but that's the problem I guess. Must also be quite distracting to play against him.
He's going to splendid when he starts playing in the veterans!

deuce , 9/26/12 12:50 PM

Deuce my favourite Monfils moment was when he played at the US Open in 2010 I think and in a sort of Eurosport highlight reel they showed him running towards the net and when he could not stop he ended up jumping over it like a hurdler. He was of course smiling - I think he enjoys himself and does not take things too seriously.

He is definitely not predictable and like you say cannot be easy to play against as you never know what is going to happy next. He reminds me of an elastic band sometimes he is so flexible.

schatz , 9/26/12 1:33 PM

I see luckystar has adopted my original 'Golden Swing' theory which many laughed at when I first stated it.

chr18 , 9/26/12 1:57 PM

^^^ Mr, please go and check all the older threads, and see who adopts whose theory! Since one or two years ago, I've already mentioned that as Rafa grows older, he'll do the SA claycourt swing and cuts down on the hard court tournaments. Please don't be a copycat and talk as if it's something only you can think of and talk about! I'm sure those posters who are here long enough can vouch about that!! This is NOT your Original Golden swing theory, it's nothing Original in the first place!!

luckystar , 9/26/12 3:08 PM

Why lucky, didn't you hear? doc18 invented the iPad.


Conspirator , 9/26/12 3:19 PM

Why should I waste my time looking for your posts 1 or 2 years ago? Who cares? My posts are recent and unless you can produce proof you won't be believed. Even if you did I didn't see them because I wasn't here for a while. Then it's a coincidence that we had the same idea. The only copycat here is the pseudo-Twitter twit above.

chr18 , 9/26/12 7:33 PM


Conspirator , 9/26/12 7:44 PM

^^^So, don't act smart and presume your theory is Original! Please don't assume that I have to adopt your theory. The Rafa fans know more about Rafa than the Fed fans do, so this playing more on clay is nothing new!

luckystar , 9/26/12 7:44 PM

The only copycat here is the pseudo-Twitter twit above.
chr18 , 9/26/12 7:33 PM

Good one. I can't stop laughing.Your doctorate degree (which they like to degrade out of jealousy) has provided you with the insight to see things as they really are. Good for you!

Thankfully not all of us are hypnotized by the fake hashtags which lead nowhere, except to gain mucho attencion. narcissism all the way. But wait, there's a clan of admirers; the pseudo-'matured' (NOT) tennis fans.

scoretracker , 9/27/12 1:09 AM

chr10-18 you have a fan! Well done. I am so proud for you! and I am pleased you admire My tweetings and hashings of the tags.


Conspirator , 9/27/12 1:33 AM

Excuse me for a while, I'm posting this comment to hawkeye. Hawkeye are you there? I've read the comments at the 606 forum, and wish that you could respond to the posts there about why Rafa was playing at Dubai all these while (from 2005-2008). It's not about the appearance fees, for he's not comanding that big an appearance fee back then compared to now. It's more of Rafa wanting to improve on the hard courts, as he hadn't won any hard court slams yet back in 2008. Since then he hadn't been playing at Dubai. He did play at Rotterdam in 2008-2009, that's because of Richard Krajcek. He hasn't been playing any hard court tournaments in Feb after 2009. Do note too that it was after 2008, that this playing mandatory Masters and playing at least one 500 event after USO (all 500 events happened to be played on hard courts btw) came into play, which meant all top 30 players had to play many hard court events, and that IMO had prompted Rafa to protest about so many hard court mandatory events.

Sorry for going off topic for a while.

luckystar , 9/27/12 6:36 AM

lucky, did not hear of 606 until just google it. Is different hawkeye there must be. I post here on TT only sorry. TT was best. Now look like other forums. Hope will change back.

hawkeye , 9/27/12 2:47 PM

Sadly you are right Hawkeye. TT is being dragged down by the activities of a handful of destructive idiots looking to make trouble. I cant believe the garbage being spewed day after day.


ed251137 , 9/27/12 3:30 PM


I agree with these sentiments, but my question is what can be done about it? People are being attacked for every tiny thing they say, things are being made up about them that are outright falsehoods. Why should anyone have to come on this site every day and read hateful things about themselves that has no bearing on who they are or reality?

Trying to ignore is a difficult task, because the posts are long and numerous. What is the option - to stop posting altogether? Because I have considered that. But then the crazies win. That's what they want.

If you respond, then that's no good either. If you fight back, that's not right either. So what is the solution? Should we all leave this site, which is the goal?

Nativenewyorker , 9/27/12 9:19 PM

@ed, 9/27/12, 3:30pm, so true. You and your gang are a very destructive force. Too bad you can't see yourselves, as others see you. there could be very fruitful discussions if some of you din't exaggerate so much and pick a fight over stuff that other intelligent people would ignore, coz that's what it means to blog on a forum.

Look who's complaining about long and numerous posts? I thought that patent was yours. hee haw

It's pathetic how much your faith in your player is so fragile and/or shaken, that any comment from a Fed fan traumatizes you all which leads to an unnnecessary bashing fest on Fed and his fans. Yet, we have to put up with some of you bringing Fed into stuff that doesn't pertain to him.

scoretracker , 9/28/12 1:30 AM

its the same on every tennis (or any sport) forum.

that doesn't make it OK here, but it is what it is.

RickyDimon , 9/28/12 1:31 AM

#LotsOfGoodPeopleO nHere

deuce , 9/28/12 8:18 AM

Nativenewyorker, 9/27/12 9:19 PM

Do not leave TT, because that is what the troll/bully wants. Do not doubt your sanity,because that is what the troll/bully wants.

I suggest you have a look at @Conspirator's automated post on the other threads, ingenious.

Do not reply to the troll's posts, no matter how egregious the provocation is. I know, easier said than done, but please try.

When in doubt, read @Conspirator's automated post.............stay cool!

Vamos Rafa!!

rafaisthebest , 9/28/12 8:21 AM

deuce and ritb,

You have given me strength with your comments! I think we all need support at times. I did see Conspirator's post and that was great. It's a good thing. I did take heed and that's why I did what he said. I just let it go.


Nativenewyorker , 9/28/12 8:34 AM


ed251137 , 9/28/12 8:59 AM

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