Found May 27, 2013 on Tennis Panorama :
(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 [...]

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...

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...

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 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...

Roland Garros Fast Forward: Li, Wozniacki, Berdych Face Intriguing Tests on Day 2

Tomas Berdych can’t afford to take his eye off the ball against Gael Monfils. As we look ahead to Day 2, three top-ten players feature intriguing tests.  Let’s start with the women this time. WTA: Li Na vs. Anabel Medina Garrigues:  Facing the 2011 Roland Garros champion is a classic clay counterpuncher of a mold rarely in use anymore.  Medina Garrigues came closer than anyone...

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...

Roland Garros Rewind: Monfils Stuns, Nadal Survives, Sharapova and Radwanska Cruise

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...
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