Monfils In Dominant Form, Through To QF
The 32-year-old Monfils made his ninth Grand Slam quarter-final and first since the 2016 US Open on Monday, ending the best Slam run yet for Spain's Pablo Andujar 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in less than 90 minutes.
“Everything I did tonight was working. I think my game plan was good. I was moving good. I hit big the balls. I was in the game plan,” Monfils said.
The Frenchman dominated every aspect of the fourth-round encounter, never enduring a real challenge from the 33-year-old Andujar, who entered the US Open with a 32-79 career record on hard courts and was bidding to become the oldest player in the Open Era to reach his first Grand Slam men’s singles quarter-final.
“I have always believed that my game could fit [on a hard court], but it's also true that I don't play a lot on hard court. I mostly base my calendar on clay-court tournaments,” Andujar said.
Monfils converted six of 10 break points and never faced a break point on his serve. The Frenchman hit 34 winners to only six from Andujar and won 81 per cent of his second-serve points, while winning 59 per cent of those from the Spaniard. “When everything works, not much to say about it,” Monfils said.
“He's got a big serve. Crushes the forehand. He's a great athlete. Great mover for his height. Tough one, someone who hits big from the back. Uses his serve and his forehand,” Monfils said.
Monfils made the semi-finals at the 2008 Roland Garros and the 2016 US Open. “I play great tennis here, very great tennis. Always say that I love the atmosphere. I love the energy. The energy is very important... Definitely those stadiums here in New York are [some] of the best for my game and for my personality. I feel very comfortable, so I think that's why I always play great tennis here,” he said.