Monfils Mutters, Sputters, Then Delivers

Gael Monfils beat the No. 7-seeded Grigor Dimitrov, 7-5, 7-6 (6), 7-5 on Tuesday, lifting himself into the quarterfinals for only the second time in his eight U.S. Open appearances.

updated: September 03, 2014 07:57 IST
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Gael Monfils of France (L) shakes hands with Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria (R) after Monfils won during their 2014 US Open men's singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center September 2, 2014 in New York.


New York: Watching Gael Monfils in the fourth round of the U.S. Open on Tuesday, it was impossible to tell that he was winning his match in straight sets, or that he had not dropped a set in the tournament.

He spent most of his time between points muttering to himself in French, often while gesturing to no one in particular with his racket. He argued with the umpire.

On one or two points, he simply stopped playing. He returned one of Grigor Dimitrov's serves straight into the stands, seemingly on purpose.

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