• Monfils, Tomic square of in Stockholm second round

    10/19/11 10:23 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Monfils, Tomic square of in Stockholm second round A matchup worthy of a final will take place on Thursday in Stockholm. Gael Monfils will kick off his week against wild card Bernard Tomic.

    A few late withdrawals eventually resulted in Gael Monfils getting a difficult draw at the If Stockholm Open. David Nalbandian gained direct entry at the last minute and that freed up his wild card for Bernard Tomic, whom Monfils will go up against on Thursday.

    This is the first career encounter been the two players and it comes during second-round action after Monfils earned a bye as the top seed. Tomic battled through his opener on Wednesday, beating qualifier Jurgen Zopp 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-0.

    Both men have been in fine form this season. Contesting his first full year on the tour, Tomic owns a 16-14 record that is highlighted by a surprise trip to the Wimbledon quarterfinals. The 18-year-old Aussie is up to No. 44 in the world after reaching the third round in Shanghai, where he upset Mardy Fish before losing to Alexandr Dolgopolov.

    Monfils is 32-14 for his 2011 campaign and he has an outside shot of qualifying for the World Tour Finals--if he is healthy. The 10th-ranked Frenchman has cooled off of late. He lost in the second round of the U.S. Open, skipped a Davis Cup tie against Spain, fell to Donald Young in the Bangkok semis, then pulled out of Beijing.

    The rallies in this one should be long and entertaining, with both competitors often content to just keep the ball in play before pulling the trigger at the right times. Monfils may be the favorite on paper, but the edge in current form goes to Tomic. Look for the up-and-comer to take out Monfils in three sets.

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A really poor umpire's decision cost Tomic this match. What a shame. :(

deuce , 10/20/11 8:39 PM

Crazy match.

smr , 10/20/11 8:44 PM

why didn't he just challenge

RickyDimon , 10/20/11 9:28 PM

Can someone explain what happend in this match? I didn't see it. Is there a match report?

Nativenewyorker , 10/20/11 10:14 PM

I wasn't paying full attention but Tomic had a BP to win a second service break in the third set. The umpire overuled the line judge and called the ball out and ordered the point to be replayed. An action replay showed the ball had been in which would have given Tomic a 5-2 lead. As it was he let the injustice of a poor call get to him and after that it was all downhill. He went on arguing wih the umpire until the end of the match plus Daddy was courtside, muttering away, which I didn't help Tomic to refocus.

ed251137 , 10/21/11 12:01 AM


Thanks for filling me in. This is a lesson Tomic will have to learn. You have to just move on when you get a bad call and keep your focus. It sounds like he let it get to him and just lost it totally.

I can't see any of these matches. They are not being televised in the states, at least not at this early stage.

Nativenewyorker , 10/21/11 12:45 AM

Native - all of them are on live stream

RickyDimon , 10/21/11 4:15 AM

well obviously Monfils could have returned the shot, otherwise the point would not have been replayed

so nobody will ever know if Tomic would have even gone on to win the point

RickyDimon , 10/21/11 4:17 AM


I have to be careful with live streams, because I have gotten viruses in the past. I am a little gunshy, unless someone has one that is safer.

Nativenewyorker , 10/21/11 4:34 AM (the same as

i have had zero issues with it in.....4 years?

RickyDimon , 10/21/11 6:16 AM


Thanks a lot for that link! I will definitely try it.

Nativenewyorker , 10/21/11 7:59 AM

My impression was the shot was an outright winner which Monfils could not return which was why Tomic was so furious at the overule and having to replay the point. It is always hard for players to to deal with controversial line decisions but they have to be able to ride above it and not, as Tomic did, let it torpedeo their game.

ed251137 , 10/21/11 3:02 PM

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