Found May 27, 2013 on Tennis Grand Stand:
Of the Frenchmen who shone on Day 2, Gael Monfils shone most of all. Welcome back to your daily review of the studs and duds at Roland Garros 2013. ATP: Match of the day:  Five sets and four hours.  Three tiebreaks and a 7-5 final set.  A two-set lead squandered by the man who eventually won—after saving triple break point midway through the fifth.  A home underdog firing 26 aces and 66 winners on his nation’s biggest stage to upset a top-eight seed who hit 72 winners of his own.  Rarely is the match that looks like the best of the day in the first round actually the best of the day, but Gael Monfils and Tomas Berdych put on perhaps the best show of any men’s match that we will see all week.  The section has opened a bit for Monfils if he can defuse the equally dangerous dark horse Ernests Gulbis in the second round.  That match looks like the highlight of Thursday, although it has a hard act to follow. Comeback of the day:  Last week’s Dusseldorf champion Juan Monaco looked well on...

Monfils pauses, takes video of crowd

As a French Open keepsake, Gael Monfils took some video of the center court crowd Wednesday. He was playing at the time. During a changeover before the fourth set of his victory Wednesday over Ernests Gulbis, Monfils requested permission from the chair umpire to videotape the crowd doing the wave. ''I ask, `Can I allowed to tape the wave?' '' the multitasking...

Wild card Monfils upsets Berdych at French Open

Wild card Gael Monfils of France thrilled a partisan center court crowd Monday by upsetting No. 5-seeded Tomas Berdych in the first round of the French Open, 7-6 (8), 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-7 (4), 7-5. The match took more than four hours and ended at twilight when Berdych hit a backhand long. Monfils then pounded his chest with his fist as the crowd roared one last time. Monfils, a former...

Gael Monfils Overcomes Ernests Gulbis: Entertaining Tennis at its Finest

Gael Monfils stretching for a forehand against Ernests Gulbis By Yeshayahu Ginsburg There are two types of “tennis” that invariably never fail to draw our attention. The first is just plain good tennis. Watching the best players in the world compete at a high level is just difficult to turn away from. When players like Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, etc. step on...

Wild Card Monfils Stuns Fifth Seed Berdych at Roland Garros

(May 27, 2013) Wild card Gael Monfils of France gave his home country some major excitement  at Roland Garros on Monday when he toppled fifth seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in the first round  7-6 (8), 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-7 (4), 7-5 on Court Phillipe Chatrier. The former top ten player and 2008 [...]

Roland Garros Day 1: Links Roundup with Monfils, Ivanovic, Stakhovsky, Kyrgios and more

Roland Garros Roundup takes you through the Slam’s hot stories of the day, both on and off the court. Gael Monfils’ surprise win at Roland Garros Shot of the day: Gael Monfils’ surprise win over world No. 6 Tomas Berdych has been the result of the tournament so far. His four-hour, 7-6(8), 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-7(4), 7-5 win had the Parisian crowd on their feet, and commentators and...

Day 4 Preview: Hype Meets Reality

The second round of the French Open begins tomorrow and the remaining first round matches will be completed. Several young prospects are in action, and these early arounds are great to see them develop and maybe even take the next step. Here are four matches ti keep your eye on tomorrow.  1. Gael Monfils vs. Ernestis Gulbis This is the match to watch tomorrow. Monfils was...

Roland Garros Fast Forward: Tsonga, Monfils Take Center Stage on Busy Day Four

Impressive in the first round, Tsonga hopes to soar into the third. We break down the ten most notable matches on Wednesday as the second round begins.  Please note that some of Tuesday’s postponements feature in the previous edition of Fast Forward. ATP: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Jarkko Nieminen:  One of the most surprising stories of this clay season belongs to the lefty from...

Day 2 Preview: What to Watch

For me, the first Monday of the tournament is the actual start, not the awful and artificial Sunday. So while it's Day 2 officially, to me it's still Day 1. I'll stop complaining about it. One of my goals this tournament is to see how long I can ignore Nadal's run through the tournament. He's going to win, but I want to see how long I can go without mentioning...

Roland Garros Rewind: Federer, Azarenka, Serena Cruise, Monfils Leads French Parade on Day Four

Azarenka made her Roland Garros 2013 debut today after a four-day wait. Profiting from more cooperative weather, Roland Garros produced a Day 4 replete with action.  Here’s the review of how it all went down. ATP: Match of the day:  Ah, the French in Paris.  Sometimes they dazzle, sometimes they implode, sometimes they puzzle, and sometimes they do all three.  Julien Benneteau...
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