Monfils enters the Semis of US Open 2016 with a straight set win: Gael Monfils’s 1st visit was at the French Open happened in 2008. He ran into Roger Federer that time. Monfils took eight years to appear into grand-slam semi-finals. He was successful in beating his opponent person Lucas Pouille- the Frenchman who had defeated Rafael Nadal in the previous round.
Monfils was confident and seemed to be composed and knowledgeable about Pouille’s weaknesses. He took utmost benefit of this and cracked the US Open men’s quarter-final which happened at Arthur Ashe Stadium under the rectangular roof. Pouille too showcased himself quite well as it was rather a tough gesture.
Monfils aged thirty scored a 6-3 6-2 6-3 against the twenty-two-year-old Frenchman. Gael displayed rather an appreciable performance with over 360-degree smashes and racket-between-the-legs shots.”I dive because I want to win the point.
“I dive because I want to win the point. Definitely, I want to win the point. When you make the show, honestly, it’s to entertain, but it’s (also) to win. So what’s the point to make the show and lose, actually?That’s why people think, ‘Oh, he’s jumping, he’s sliding.’ In the end, you think I’m stupid?” stated by Monfils who turned thirty just the past week.
He has been actually playing well throughout his career and won all the fifteen sets in his tournaments.”It’s a court I love,” he exclaimed to the audience after finishing off Pouille. “I always say that the French
“It’s a court I love,” he exclaimed to the audience after finishing off Pouille. “I always say that the French is my home, but this one is my second.”he further stated.
Pouille was not fortunate enough to win any of the US Open matches or any other match consisting 5 sets till the last week but he won the 4-hour-plus happened against Nadal on Sunday which was his consecutive 3rd five-setter. The performance by him is highly appreciable as no one since 1968 has won 4 consecutive five-setters that too at a major in the Open era. “Of course, “I was a bit tired today.” was what Pouille had to say.
“I know he was maybe a bit flat today, so he wanted to close at the net and the lob obviously is the best shot.” Monfils exclaimed.