Who Is Gael Monfils??

By Richard Kent
Updated: June 8, 2008

CONNECTICUT — It would have been your typical Monfils-Nadal final at the French Open this past Sunday if Roger Federer had not come along and spoiled the Frenchman’s dream.

Who is this Monfils?

He is Gael Monfils, the 6-foot-4 player from France who made it to the semis at the French Open last week. He lost to the then world’s No. 1 player Federer 2-6, 7-5, 3-6, 5-7 in a match that took just over three hours (3:05).

He extended Federer before losing in the fourth set. It did not help Monfils that he cracked a contact lens during the match and could not see that well. Monfils was ranked 59th in the world going into the French and will surely move up.

The Frenchman beat world No. 5 David Ferrer to make it to the semis against Federer. He’s somewhat of an expert on clay having grown up in France. He also has an imposing record on that surface thus far this year.

Monfils has one tournament win which came at Sopot in 2005. He was a junior in 2004 and won three of the four junior Grand Slams, only losing at the U.S. Open, an amazing achievement.

Monfils is a baseline player and has great strength on his 177-pound frame. His style is both electric and erratic. He will be playing at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open coming off this fine finish.

Just a few weeks ago, he had to qualify for the Italian Open. Those days are over at least for the short term. Expect to see a lot more of Gael Monfils. He has the game to make it further up the ladder in the world tennis rankings and now over $1,000,000 in career earnings.

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