Another run in Flushing Meadows?

By Richard Kent, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: August 31, 2010

NEW YORK (BASN) — Is there a better athlete in professional tennis than Gael Monfils? Probably not.

The native of France has it all — strength,speed and agility. The whole package. They were all evident in his 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 first round win at the U.S. Open against 31-year-old Robert Kendrick of the United States.

It was the best match of the opening day.

The good news for Monfils is that he won. The bad news is that Kendrick is not having a good year and Monfils probably on paper should have won in three sets. Tennis, as in all other sports is not played on paper.

The hard courts of the U.S. Open are clearly the best surface for Monfils. He made two consecutive runs to the fourth round in the last two Opens.

In the Kendrick match, Monfils won 62% of his first service games, compared to only 43% by Kendrick. Monfils was returning quite well and also won an amazing 81% of his net approaches.

He appears to be coming in more this year than last.

Monfils is currently ranked no. 19 in the world and at one point reached a high of no. 9. He’ll face Igor Andreev of Russia next, a guy who has given Roger Federer fits in the past.

Monfils has the ability to make another run at the Open. He is injury free and playing some excellent tennis. He just needs some more consistency.