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Gael Monfils reached the Gerry Weber Open quarterfinals on Wednesday then announced he will miss Wimbledon.
After defeating Czech qualifier Jan Hernych 6-2, 6-3, Monfils said he withdrew his request for a Wimbledon wild card because he had to deal with a personal problem that could not be delayed. He didn't elaborate.
Mikhail Youzhny also advanced to the last eight by upsetting fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-3.
Monfils was once ranked No. 7 in the world but the Frenchman missed several months last year because of a knee injury. He was ranked No. 119 in May before jumping up to No. 67.
Monfils, who has never passed the third round at Wimbledon, said it was a pity he would have to miss it for the second straight year and fourth time in six years, especially because he felt he was beginning to play better on grass.
For a player who says he has trouble moving on grass, Monfils was at his acrobatic best against Hernych, at one point even having to jump over the net....
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Gael Monfils beat fifth-seeded Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-2 Tuesday in the first round of the Gerry Weber Open.
Monfils broke for 2-1 in the first set. He also went up a break at the start of the second set.
Raonic put some pressure on Monfils in the final game, but Monfils hit a drop shot followed with a lob. He then served out the match with an ace. Raonic has lost both of his career...
Gael Monfils beat fifth-seeded Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of the Gerry Weber Open on Tuesday.
Monfils broke serve for 2-1 and never looked back in the match. He also went up a break at the start of the second set.
Raonic put some pressure on Monfils in the final game, but Monfils hit a drop shot followed with a lob, and served out the match with an ace. Raonic has...
(June 12, 2013) Top seed Roger Federer and Gael Monfils moved into the quarterfinals of the Halle tournament on Wednesday. Federer beat wild card Cedrik-Marcel Stebe 6-3, 6-3 while Monfils stopped qualifier Jan Hernych 6-2, 6-3. After his match, Monfils announced that he’ll miss Wimbledon for personal reasons not announced. He withdrew his request for [...]
(June 11, 2013) Upsets marked the day at Halle on Tuesday. Gael Monfils beat 5th seed Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of the Gerry Weber Open while No. 7 seed Jerzy Janowicz fell to lucky loser Mirza Basic 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-6 (5). The 240th-ranked Basic was playing his very first ATP [...]
We have reached the end of the red brick road for another year.
Matches and events fly past in the fortnight of a major too quickly to absorb everything that happens. But, now that the red dust has settled, here are the memories that I will take from Roland Garros 2013.
Gael Monfils and the Paris crowd making each other believe that he could accomplish the impossible, and then...