Why the sudden surge from Gael Monfils this summer? Maybe it’s his improved serving. The Frenchman has mirrored Andy Roddick powerful serve (they both had the same coach at one time) but now he’s added more spacing at the start between his feet.
And the results? He’s on an 8-match win streak after his ATP 500 title in Washington title and has now reached his second Canadian Open quarterfinal.
“My motion, the feet,” he said after a tough 3-set win over David Goffin. “I toss a little bit my ball, you know. Yeah, just to try, you know. Two weeks now, but it’s just to try, you know. It was good last week and this week is not that good but I’m still trying.
“I think I get more power, you know, that way. That’s why we try it. As I said, this week my percentage of serve is not that great, but I think it’s with the ball and the flying, but we try to have more power and for sure accuracy. I feel with that way I have more power, so I keep going.”
Monfils' old serve position on the left, new serve position on the right. Now his feet start apart, come together. pic.twitter.com/1xLMDdtmDM
— TroubleFault (@troublefault) July 24, 2016
Today, Monfils meets one of the best of servers in Milos Raonic.
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