(September 2, 2014) FLUSHING MEADOWS – No coach, no French flair but a big win. The 20th seed Gael Monfils took out 7th seed Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 7-6 (6), 7-5 to reach the quarterfinals of the US Open on Tuesday.
Monfils, usually the showman, played with focus to reach the quarterfinals in Flushing Meadows for the first time and he’s done it without dropping a set and without a coach.
Monfils denies that he’s playing differently.
“I’m the same,” he said. “I think I played good. I’m in better position today. It’s easy to say, but, you know, I think every time I’m the same. So I will say I’m a bit more lucky than I was maybe sometime in the past. I think I haven’t changed a lot, to be honest. I haven’t changed a lot. I just play maybe solid today, but I’m still the same.”
“I think, first of all, it was a very poor match for me,” the favored Dimitrov said. “I don’t know. Where should I begin? Just a bad match for me. Didn’t play as close to the way I wanted to, and I think it was a great stage for me to come out on there on the center court and perform my best. Just everything went the opposite way today. I don’t have to be too down for that. 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 a lot. 6-3 in the tiebreak, I had all odds on me. And it was just poor shot selection. Eventually I didn’t execute at the right time.”
“I’m happy to be back in quarterfinal in a slam. That’s it,” Monfils said.
“For me tennis is a sport, you know. It’s not a job, you know, it’s a sport. Sometime if I’m fed up with that, you know, just leave it.”
He’ll face the winner of the Roger Federer versus Roberto Bautista Agut.