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Monfils Sends Roddick Packing Out Of Madrid

Friday, October 17, 2008

MADRID (AFP) — Swashbuckling Frenchman Gael Monfils believes Lleyton Hewitt's loss is his gain after linking up with the Australian's former coach Roger Rasheed. >

Hewitt and Rasheed split in 2007 after a four-year partnership and now Monfils is reaping the benefits of the coach's widely-respected knowledge.

"Roger's making me more focussed on my game and more disciplined. It's really helping and the results are starting to come. I'm learning how to stay focussed and play tough."

Monfils, ranked 18th in the world, showed the results of his new lifestyle with an upset of eighth seed Andy Roddick 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the Madrid Masters, only the second of his career at this level after Rome two years ago.

In addition to Rasheed's input, acupuncture and ironclad rules on diet from French physio Philippe Manacom are turning one of the best natural athletes on the ATP into a title contender.

Monfils says life has changed for the better on court as a result of his new approach to his career.

"For the last two months, I've been very serious," said the 22-year-old finalist last weekend indoors in Vienna a fortnight after reaching the Bangkok semi-finals.

"It's all changing for me."


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