Gael Monfils qualified for the quarterfinals of the US Open

The French won easily against the Spanish Andujar (6-1, 6-2, 6-2). He will face Italy's Berrettini in the next round.

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Frenchman Gael Monfils meets Spaniard Pablo Andujara at the US Open 2019 at USTA Billie's Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 2nd.
Frenchman Gael Monfils meets Spaniard Pablo Andujara at the US Open 2019 at USTA Billie's Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 2nd. DOMINICK REUTER / AFP

To the public of Flushing Meadows conquered, Gael Monfils gave appointment for the quarterfinals of the US Open. In 1 h 26 of match, this Monday, September 2, the French made the show against the Spaniard Pablo Andujar (70e). Verdict without appeal: 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.

"I was very good, I was very good physically, I hit hard. I think tonight was a good show "he shouted to Louis Armstrong's stands, who gave him an ovation.

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The last French in the running, 13e ATP World Ranking and winner of the tournament in Rotterdam this year, has validated his ticket for the 9the Grand Slam quarter-final of his career on 4e At New York. In 2016, he had reached the last four of the tournament, but last year he was eliminated on 2e tower. And the player to post very big ambitions for this 2019 edition of the US Open.

Physical glitches, especially at his left ankle, which have greatly clouded his season – before his fourth quarter package at the Indian Wells Masters 1000, before his semifinal at the Masters 1000 in Montreal, abandonment in the first round at Wimbledon, package before the Masters 1000 in Miami and Monte Carlo – seem to be apart.

"A beautiful match in perspective"

In the next round, the 33-year-old Frenchman will have to get rid of the Italian Matteo Berrettini (25e) to access the last square. At 23, he is the second transalpine player in history to reach the men's quarters at Flushing Meadows, after Corrado Barazzuti in 1977. At the time, Barazzutti had gone to the semi-finals.

"He is a very, very good player. It's going to be a very big game and you know it very well "Gael Monfils told French journalists. "He's really good, he's got a great right and he's very aggressive. The only game where he slightly disappointed me is against Roger (Federer) at Wimbledon (in the round of 16 this year, the Swiss easily won 6-1, 6-2, 6-2). "

He is thrilled to face Berrettini on the gigantic court Arthur-Ashe, its more than 20,000 spectators and its electric atmosphere. "When I get back on this court, I like it. I have chills but what are you doing? I tell myself : "it's amazing, the chance to play on it. " " In addition, this speaker "Has the name of my idol", the former American black tennis player.

"Me, I lived crazy games on this court, beautiful matches, great wins, big defeats, defeats that are a little worse, games with panache. For me, it's a beautiful field, a nice match in perspective, to me to be ready: it's going to be a good quarterfinal. "

Osaka and Zverev fall

Dirty weather, however, for the title holders on Monday in the "big apple": a few hours after the abandonment of Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka was eliminated in the round of 16, a defeat even more bitter that it makes her also fall from her world throne.

The Japanese was beaten by Switzerland's Belinda Bencic (12e) 7-5, 6-4 and will be replaced next Monday at the top of the hierarchy of the WTA by the Australian Ashleigh Barty, laureate at Roland Garros and current No. 2, yet eliminated, too, at this stage of the competition.

The men's draw also lost Alexander Zverev, who was already pushed to the limit in the first three rounds, the world number 6 was released after a fourth bout of more than three hours by Argentina's Diego Schwartzman (21).e) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3.


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