September 12, 2010 by staff
Novak Djokovic, The crowd in Arthur Ashe Stadium appreciates each contortionist pose No. 17 seed Gael Monfils shows Wednesday – whether the Frenchman slid into the net 6-4 on a forehand attempt, took a Federer-like, between the legs shot (from long) or administered an on the spot, jumping right with his back to the network (if so).
But for all the athletic Monfils and style, was devastated by not one but two opponents in the quarterfinal: No. 3 Novak Djokovic and wind Flushing. When Djokovic was not strong Monfils from the comfort of the baseline, the lanky Frenchman battled windy conditions all afternoon.
“A good experience, but the wind like this for me is very hard. You can not beat the way you want,” said Monfils.
Djokovic advanced to his fourth straight U.S. semifinal Open with a convincing, 7-6 (2), 6-1, 6-2. The Serb will face Roger Federer, who has beaten him every one of the last three years – twice in the semifinals and once in the Open final (2007).
After an animated series in which first approached forced a tiebreaker 4-2 and then broke Monfils in the last two sets. He hit forehands long or wide. Had repeatedly blown away service launches as ping-pong balls. And he ran out of steam jet, while Djokovic away from the baseline, or charged to the network. French member and the Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry was in the stands, but even he could not stop Monfils. The match point, Djokovic, Monfils right seen ‘sailing wide and then pumped his fists in silence. Reaction was much more subtle than before Djokovic histrionics on the court.
Twice in the second set, Djokovic had after mergers points – throwing his racket in one hand and hitting the ball into the net after missing a forehand drop shot. Despite 50 unforced errors to ’37 Monfils, Djokovic exercised “good approach” patience “,” the two keys that he said were necessary to prevail in the wind.
“Obviously the conditions were perhaps as difficult as we have seen so far in the tournament. Maybe the wind helped me a little longer, negating their service,” said Djokovic.
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