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  • Monfils, Raonic set for Stockholm semifinal showdown

    10/22/11 1:30 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Monfils, Raonic set for Stockholm semifinal showdown A place in the final will be at stake when Gael Monfils and Milos Raonic collide on Saturday in Stockholm. The winner will be favored against either James Blake or Jarkko Nieminen for the title.

    Eight months after they were supposed to go head-to-head in an indoor-court semifinal, Gael Monfils and Milos Raonic will be doing just that at the If Stockholm Open on Saturday.

    The two players were slated for a semifinal matchup earlier this year in San Jose, but Monfils withdrew due to injury. Thus the stage is now set for their first career meeting.

    And based on current form, it should be a good one. Physical problems have tried to derail Monfils' 2011 campaign, but the Frenchman is persevering and even has himself in distant World Tour Finals contention. Monfils, who pulled out of both Beijing and Shanghai after reaching the Bangkok semis, boasts a 34-14 record for the season following wins this week over Bernard Tomic and Kevin Anderson.

    Raonic started the season on fire, capturing the San Jose title then finishing runner-up in Memphis. The 20-year-old is finally back in business after suffering a hip injury at Wimbledon that kept him out of the entire U.S. Open Series. Raonic won only two matches during the Asian swing, but so far this week he has taken out Marcos Baghdatis, Philipp Petzschner, and Grigor Dimitrov. The world No. 29 is now 31-16 for the year after having won only four ATP-level matches prior to 2011.

    Monfils is a slight favorite on paper, but Raonic will have a good chance of an upset if he is consistently putting in his booming first serves. Indoor hard courts--as opposed to clay, for example--favor the underdog and will help him keep points as short as possible. That said, Monfils looked like a man on a mission against Anderson and he should prevail in three entertaining sets.

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monfils is a clown , not a serious tennis player!

farhang1983 , 10/22/11 4:43 PM


premature comment

Monfils wins, Raonic chokes

RickyDimon , 10/22/11 5:52 PM


well , maybe it was a premature comment but that doesnt change the fact that he is a clown, he should have won that tie break easily being 5-2 up, started to do some clowning!! then he continued handed that break in the 2nd set. thats when i made that comment! i mean come on how many times u can come back against someone like Raonic 4-2 down in the 2nd??
I insist that he is not a serious tennis player, just look at his career titles count, that says everything. u may bring up that he is an injury prone, i would say his actions on court wont do him any good. he could easily ijure himself 3 times just against raonic, but still we credit him for a good entertainer, still watching Mansour Bahrami makes more sense!

farhang1983 , 10/22/11 6:47 PM


Monfils is serving extremely well these days.

stratocast51 , 10/22/11 11:52 PM


Yep, Raonic let Monfils back in the match in that second set. He was up a break and a set. Monfils may not be the smartest tennis player around, but he knows how to take advantage of opportunities.

We know that Monfils can be a clown and lose his concentration. However, he was able to recover and get back in this match.

Raonic has some more homework to do, but at least he got some match play and a chance to get into better form. Now the mind has to also get stronger.

Monfils is a gifted tennis player, athletic with great shots. He is not just a clown. The guy has a game. He has been injury prone and inconsistent. If he could keep his mind focused and get mentally tougher, he could do even better.

Nativenewyorker , 10/23/11 6:02 AM


He is so frustrating to watch. If only all that energy could be harnessed he would have the results to match his talent. As it is one wonders how long his body can sustain the battering it is subjected to each time he throws himself onto the ground.

ed251137 , 10/23/11 11:52 AM


High quality match, and as might be expected, Monfils entertained the crowd in his inimitable way.

ed251137 , 10/23/11 5:17 PM


It was a high quality match. However, it is frustrating to watch Monfils. He is extremely talented but doesn't have the concentration and focus necessary to win more consistently. He throws himself around the court with abandon and suffers too many injuries. He is entertaining, but it would be nice to see him get serious and use that potential more effectively.

Nativenewyorker , 10/23/11 8:58 PM



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