Monfils defeated world number seven Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 7-6 (6), 7-5, lifting himself into the quarter finals for only the second time in his eight US Open appearances. In the scotching hot Tuesday at the Ashes Court, Monfils put up a brave performance against his much fancied rival although his actions on court seemed to suggest that he didn’t enjoy much of it.
He appeared upset as he vented out in his native French while staring at his racket. On one or two points, he simply stopped playing. He returned one of Dimitrov’s serves straight into the stands on purpose. He even went on to argue with the umpire.
“It is because I love to play here. I have such a good feeling here. I just feel good. I am happy, so I deliver a good game,” he suggested.
Monfils victory set up an eagerly anticipated showdown with the 17 time champion Federer. The duo clashed just a few weeks back in a Masters Series event near Cincinnati that was won by Federer.
On his way to the quarter finals on Tuesday, Federer got the best of number 17 Roberto Bautista Agut whom he dispatched 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 using an impressive service game and a heavy reliance on net approaches.
Federer also did not lose a point in his first two service games of the second set, winning 78 percent of his first serve points in the match, with eight aces against Agut, whom he was meeting for the very first time.
Both Monfils and Federer will have to up their game in the quarter final clash as they are both highly ranked.