Monfils Moves On


Posted by Salman Mitha

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April 29th – Gaël Monfils completed the final 16 at the BMW Open with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Austrian Jurgen Melzer.

Monfils is currently #99 in the ATP Rankings and struggled at the outset, falling behind Melzer 2-1 in the first set.  But he tied the set at 2-2 with an ace winner, measured at 198 mph.  He would cruise to victory from there 6-3.  The momentum continued into the second set as Melzer could not find his bearings, falling behind the Frenchman 5-2.

At 40-30, Monfils had match point but Melzer fought back with a winner to draw even and won the set from two unforced errors from Monfils.

Undaunted, Monfils started the final game with an ace, and then finished the match with his 15th ace.  He will face German Daniel Brands in the second round.  Brands escaped by fellow countryman and wildcard entry Tobias Kamke 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.

In other action, #6 seed Florian Mayer got by Lukasz Kubot 7-6, 4-6, 7-5 and will try to get into the quarterfinals on Thursday if he can get by Marinko Matosevic from Australia.

Mayer is overshadowed by local favorites Philipp Kohlschreiber and Tommy Haas but he feels he can go deep in the tournament.

“I’m not one of the favorites, but I hope to play well enough to make it hard for my opponent to beat me,” said ATP ranked 27th Mayer after the match.  “After that, we’ll see.”

Defending champ and 4th seed Kohlschreiber will return to action on Wednesday after his semifinal loss at the Barcelona Open when he will take on Evgeny Korolev, who snuck past Marco Baghdatis 7-5, 7-6.

The other top match on Wednesday an all-Croat affair as seed Marin Cilic will face Ivan Dodig who defeated 2011 BMW Open champion Nikolay Davydenko on Monday 6-4, 6-4.

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