Monfils Edges Karlovic To Reach Tokyo SFs, Will Face Kyrgios; Cilic To Meet Goffin

by Staff | October 7th, 2016, 10:18 am

Ivo Karlovic had played five tiebreakers in five sets of tennis entering his quarterfinal against Gael Monfils in the Tokyo semifinals. And the trend continued today, but this time Karlovic lost both in a 7-6(6), 7-6(6) defeat to the Frenchman.

Behind 18 aces Nick Kyrgios cruised past Gilles Muller 6-2, 6-4.

“I thought I played great today,” Kyrgios said. “I served well, returned well and my engagement level was really good the whole time.

“I love playing in Japan, even back when I was a junior,” Kyrgios added. “The crowd is always enthusiastic. They’re always clapping, making noise. It’s fun to play in front of them. You can tell they’re different.”

Monfils beat Kyrgios in their only prior meeting that in Davis Cup in 2014. Monfils has won 22 of his last 25 matches since Wimbledon.

David Goffin and Marin Cilic will contest the first semifinal on Saturday.

Goffin came from a set down to deny Joao Sousa 1-6, 7-5, 6-2. And Cilic toppled Juan Monaco 7-5, 6-1.

“The key tomorrow will to be serve well and to return aggressively,” Cilic said. “I know Goffin likes to play quite fast.”


CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[5] D. Goffin (BEL) vs [4] M. Cilic (CRO)
[6] N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs [2] G. Monfils (FRA)
A. Qureshi (PAK) / G. Simon (FRA) vs [2] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA)

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4 Comments for Monfils Edges Karlovic To Reach Tokyo SFs, Will Face Kyrgios; Cilic To Meet Goffin

Margot Says:

Sorry RZ but “naughty Nick” is looking mighty fine. I was especially impressed by his volleying skills. There’s a fab point at 4-3 deuce in the 2nd set when NN hits a “tweener” recovers, and ends a very long point in sensational style.
Might even convert you…;)
Meanwhile, in the other tourney “Gorgeous Grig” also looking good. Perhaps he’s at last found a coach he can work with and Dani has got a whole lot more potential here than with poor old “big Berd.” Go Team “Dammi!” or should I say go team “Eye Candy?” ;)

Okiegal Says:

@Margot……Hubba hubba……get a grip old girl……watch that blood pressure!! Have a 🍸 to calm yourself! Lol And good luck to Andy…..he seems to be the man of the hour these days…..Cheers 🍻!

Margot Says:

Lol OK, we can all look in the sweet shop window…;)
BTW My blood pressure is very low….not enough looking then…..

jalep Says:

Don’t forget Goffin. Goffin has swag and sometimes superpower – with piercing blue eyes. Going to enjoy Goffin and Nick :D

Go Andy!

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