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Blowin’ In The Wind
NEW YORK (BASN) — The run of France’s Gael Monfils at the U.S. Open was stopped by two opponents Wednesday — Novak Djokovic and the wind.
Monfils is not a good wind player and it neutralizes many of his shots.
He admitted as much at the post-match press conference as the third-seeded Djokovic won 7-6, 6-1, 6-2. Monfils had a break in the first set, but he did not convert.
The wind reached a high of 35 mph and Monfils was clearly frustrated. He had only 17 winners to 38 by Djokovic.
Monfils tried everything in the first set including coming into net but nothing worked against Djokovic, who is now 5-0 against the Frenchman.
Djokovic also converted 74% of his first serves to only 56% by Monfils and he was only able to serve at 89% for his second serve.
The native of Serbia will now face Roger Federer in one men’s semifinal on Saturday.