US OPEN 2014
Monfils Denies Dimitrov To Reach QFs
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
Gael Monfils reached his second Grand Slam quarter-final of the season Tuesday in New York as he edged Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 7-6(6), 7-5 in the US Open fourth round.
It is the first time in his career that the 28-year-old Monfils has reached two major quarter-finals in the same year (also Roland Garros – l. to Murray). He will contest his second US Open quarter-final, after also reaching the last eight in 2010 (l. to Djokovic), and will face either Roger Federer or Roberto Bautista Agut.
In debilitating heat at Flushing Meadows, Monfils, at times in the second and third sets, looked to be battling great fatigue, but found his strength on the clutch points to claim the victory in two hours and 24 minutes. The Frenchman saved two set points, as Dimitrov led 6-4 in the second-set tie-break, and saved six of the seven break points he faced.
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Victory over World No. 8 Dimitrov marked Monfils’ third Top 10 win of the year and the 25th of his career (25-52 record). The right-hander is yet to drop a set on his route through to the quarter-finals, having also dispatched Jared Donaldson, Alejandro Gonzalez and 12th seed Richard Gasquet.
The 23-year-old Dimitrov reached his first Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon (l. to Djokovic) and is attempting to qualify for the year-end Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London for the first time. The Bulgarian had never passed the first round at the US Open in four previous main draw appearances.
"It was a very poor match for me," lamented Dimitrov. "I didn't play close to the way I wanted to, and I think it was a great stage for me to come out on there on the centre court and perform my best. Just everything went the opposite way today. Of course I have to give credit to Gaël that he played a really good match, but I also did a lot of unforced errors and that cost me a lot. I had 6-3 in the tie-break, I had all odds on me. And it was just poor shot selection. I didn't execute at the right time.
"I have come into my best year of my tennis year. I'm not even close to being satisfied. I'm just not happy with that. I know I can do better. Today was proof of that. I'm not going to hide my disappointment. I came out there, poor match, so I've got to take it. I have to accept it and move forward. Five tournaments till the end of the year. I'm going to give it all."