Gael Monfils come so close to pulling off one of his biggest career wins last night. Playing in the US Open quarterfinals, the Frenchman led Federer by two sets then held two match points with Federer serving 4-5, 15-40 but the Swiss was too strong prevailing in five sets.
A dejected Monfils who hadn’t lost a set coming into the match still talked about what happened.
“When you have match point and I had easy forehand, maybe that. But I think was cool. I think he hit two big serves and good forehand volley and then good forehand down the line,” Monfils said. “I did my best, so it was okay. Then I think, you know, what happened in the fifth is more that during the match I was focused like from the first point to the fifth, and then sort of I have a little drop.”
Monfils played composed tennis from the start but Federer kept improving throughout the match and eventually broke the spirit of the 28-year-old late in the fourth set.
“At the beginning I feel good, because when you have a tactic or plan, a game plan, stick with,” Monfils said. “That’s why he’s Roger Federer, because he change so many times. He start with chipping very low. I think I handled it good. So then he stick with longer points. It was 50-50, and then he try to come to the net like very often. It was a bit better for him. Then suddenly he start to mix everything. That’s why he’s the greatest player, because he can do everything.”
Monfils says he will still take the positives from the loss.
“I need a bit of time to forget this, but then, you know, it give me more motivation, you know, that, you know, I could make it. I think it’s very positive.”
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