Roger Federer’s opponent in tonight’s US Open quarter final match will be Gael Monfils of France.
This is the 10th time that Federer is going to take on Monfils. He has been beaten by the Frenchman only twice so far.
But, one point that’s worth noticing is that both defeats of Federer against Monfils have come on hard courts. So, the Swiss maestro needs to be a little careful.
Although, Federer is playing wonderful tennis at the moment, but, given the no. of upsets that has been pulled off at Flushing Meadows this time around, nobody can take things for granted.
Monfils’ strength is his serve. He is one of the best servers in the male’s game at the present moment and he has shown his ability in the ongoing tournament in New York. In the four matches that he has played, he has lost his serve only on 5 occasions. However, he would be a little bit worried about his tendency of double faulting.
A big negative about Monfils is that he doesn’t remain aggressive for long enough on the court. He starts alright, but, as soon as, he realizes that the opposition is playing well, he gets defensive and that costs him. For a player like him who has got a lot of aggressive shots to go on the back foot so quickly, it’s baffling at times.
Knowing Federer, he is somebody who likes to get on top of the opposition. So, if Monfils plays with defensive approach against him, the Swiss will be all over him like a rash.
Federer has already been to the Round of 4 in a couple of majors this year and he would be eager to reach that stage here in the US Open too. As far as Monfils is concerned, he hasn’t made it to the semis in a slam in the last 5 years.