U.S. Open: Monfils Wins, Will Face Federer in Quarterfinal

U.S. Open: Monfils Wins, Will Face Federer in Quarterfinal

Gael Monfils returns a shot against No. 7-seed Grigor Dimitrov. Monfils won in five sets to reach the quarterfinals. (Mike Groll/AP)
Gael Monfils returns a shot against No. 7-seed Grigor Dimitrov. Monfils won in five sets to reach the quarterfinals. (Mike Groll/AP)

NEW YORK (Columbus Dispatch) — Gael Monfils follows his own rules.

The guy does things on a tennis court that no one else has — or can. Just search his name on YouTube and watch any of many video clips showcasing his speed and agility; start with the parallel-to-the-ground, a-few-feet-in-the-air dive at this year’s French Open.

He sips soda during breaks in his matches, raising the can in a toast to his agent.

He is currently without any coach at all, in an era when some players have two.

What Monfils has never done, despite all his talent — and in some cases, because he has appeared to value style over substance, such as preferring the spectacular shot over the sufficient — is reach a Grand Slam final. He took a step closer yesterday at the U.S. Open during a surprisingly matter-of-fact 7-5, 7-6 (6), 7-5 victory in the fourth round over No. 7-seeded Grigor Dimitrov.

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