• Monfils downs Raonic, Gulbis gets past Baghdatis

    6/11/13 10:30 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Monfils downs Raonic, Gulbis gets past Baghdatis Gael Monfils takes out Milos Raonic in straight sets on Tuesday in Halle. Monfils is joined in the second round by Ernests Gulbis, who held off Marcos Baghdatis.

    Gael Monfils d. (5) Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-2

    Monfils held all nine of his service games without facing a single break point as he upset Raonic in the first round of the Gerry Weber Open on Tuesday afternoon. The Frenchman fired seven aces while double-faulting only once en route to a meeting with Jan Hernych, who surprised Daniel Brands in straight sets on Monday.

    Coming off a solid third-round showing at Roland Garros, Monfils maintained his momentum from the start of this one and used one break to take the opening set. The world No. 67 also broke right away for 1-0 in the second, thus seizing complete control of the match. Raonic, meanwhile, struck eight aces and served at a decent 64 percent, but he was doomed by an inability to win second-serve points. He won only eight of 22 when he had to throw in a second delivery.

    Ernests Gulbis d. Marcos Baghdatis 6-4, 3-6, 6-3

    Gulbis recovered from a mid-match hiccup to advance past Baghdatis in one hour and 39 minutes on Tuesday evening. The Latvian got off to a fast start by dropping a mere four points in his first five service games. As such, one break was easily enough for Gulbis to take the opening set. Baghdatis fought back in the second, which was a mirror image of set one. The 40th-ranked Cypriot surrendered only four points in five service games and broke his opponent once.

    Games three and four of the decider proved to be the final turning point. Gulbis battled out of a 0-40 deficit at 1-1 and he also trailed 40-0 on his Baghdatis' serve one game later. Whereas Baghdatis arguably should have been leading 3-1, instead he found himself in a 3-1 hole. Gulbis held serve the rest of the way to book his spot in the second round. Next up for the world No. 38 is familiar foe and third seed Tommy Haas.

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I take back everything bad I said about EG. He's my boy. Love his tennis!

LaMonf was too good for Milos. surprised me - never have thought of Gael as a grass court player but, great match.

leftarmgonewrong , 6/12/13 5:09 AM

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