• Monfils, Dolgopolov on tap for Wednesday

    11/9/11 2:56 AM | Kelli DeMario
    Monfils, Dolgopolov on tap for Wednesday Tournament seeds Gael Monfils and Alexandr Dolgopolov will commence their campaigns at the BNP Paribas Open, as they take to the court against respective opponents Feliciano Lopez and qualifier Philipp Kohlschreiber.

    (8) Gael Monfils vs. Feliciano Lopez

    World No. 10 Gael Monfils trails Feliciano Lopez 1-0 in the series, having lost their only previous encounter at the 2010 tournament in Johannesburg.

    Monfils enters into Paris with a 38-15 season record, following a quarterfinal finish in Valencia. The 25-year old Frenchman advanced to the 2010 final, where he lost in straight sets to Robin Soderling.

    Lopez dismissed veteran Michael Llodra in the opening round, 7-6(7), 6-3. The 30-year-old looks to reach the Paris round of 16 for the first time in seven years.

    Prediction: Monfils in three sets.

    (14) Alexandr Dolgopolov vs. (Q) Philipp Kohlschreiber

    Fourteenth seed Alexandr Dolgopolov is 0-1 against qualifier Philipp Kohlschreiber following a straight-set defeat in Halle this summer.

    Dolgopolov looks to regroup after suffering back-to-back first-round losses in St. Petersburg and Valencia. The 23-year-old will be making his Paris debut on Tuesday.

    Kohlschreiber took out veteran Mikhail Youzhny in the first round, 6-4, 6-2. The German is bidding for his first Paris round of 16 since 2008.

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Monfils is a clown!

farhang1983 , 11/9/11 8:56 PM

Fantastic performance from Lopez. Dont think I've ever seen him play better. And how he managed to block out the noise from the crowd I'll never know.

In spite of the raucous support Monfils failed to rise to the occasion. A few flashes of brilliance, a lot of unforced errors, and some very strange shot selection.

ed251137 , 11/9/11 9:29 PM

Well this was the BEST of Lopez... that I have ever saw!
French crowd, well ... like a French crowd :(

zare , 11/10/11 2:23 AM

I tried to watch this match, but the Paris crowd made me crazy! Good grief! What is wrong with these people? They only get excited about their own players and seem to have no interest in tennis for the sake of it.

Lopez has had a good year and seems to be playing very well. Not good for Monfils to lose in front of the home crowd. Congratulations to Lopez for managing to handle the partisan crowd.

Nativenewyorker , 11/10/11 6:03 AM

You are right NNY, many of the people go purely for the entertainment value and the organisers deliberately create a carnival atmosphere.

Paradoxically, the noisy and vocal support for their countrymen doesn't always work in their favour. Both Tsonga and Monfils feed off it and play to the gallery (although it didn't help Gael yesterday) but mostly they falter or even buckle under the pressure to succeed. This could also explain the long list of top French players (past and present, men and women) who never managed to win a title in Paris.

Personally I would be surprised if either of the remaining Frenchmen make it to the QFs let alone the SFs.

ed251137 , 11/10/11 9:36 AM

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