Grigor Dimitrov vs Gael Monfils Preview – US Open 2014 Round 4

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An exciting contest is slotted to take place in the fourth round of the United States Open as Grigor Dimitrov and Gael Monfils meet for the third time on the professional tour. This is also the second time they meet at the US Open, with their first meeting taking place back in 2011 and ending in a straight sets win for Monfils. Dimitrov would avenge the loss earlier this season in Bucharest to bring the series to 1-1. Check out the Dimitrov vs Monfils Head to Head matches.

Live coverage of the quarter-final: Dimitrov v Monfils

Following a surprisingly slow start that saw him lose the opening set 0-6, Grigor Dimitrov rebounded emphatically to win the following three sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 over David Goffin to set cement his spot in the fourth round of the tournament. The Bulgarian standout struck seven aces, and a total of 29 winners to close out the match in under 2 hours and 20 minutes.

“He played a great, great first set,” said Dimitrov. “Whatever I was trying to do was just not enough. He was taking every ball on the rise, penetrating through the court, coming in, volleys. His game was just too good in the first set. But I didn’t let go of my belief, especially coming into that second set. I knew that my serve was not working the way I wanted it to, so I knew I was going to struggle a little bit.

“But I thought if I kept a good composure and if I just stayed there mentally, I knew physically I was able to go the whole five sets. I wasn’t even thinking about that. But it was just mind over matter.”

Earlier in the night, France’s Gael Monfils dispatched his fellow countryman Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 to reach the fourth round of the US Open. The contest lasted just 1 hour and 54 minutes and was mostly dominated by Monfils.

This fourth round contest will serve as the rubber match between these two competitors and will likely be an entertaining, long drawn-out battle.

“Well, it’s going to be a tough one,” said Monfils on his upcoming match-up with Dimitrov. “He’s definitely the favourite. It’s the first time we switched. He’s the favourite, Top 10, solid. I think he’s very talented. He can hit every shot. But I think he has great defence. It’s going to be interesting for me to try to play my game, be aggressive and we’ll see how it’s going to be.”

Prediction: Grigor Dimitrov in Five Sets

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3 thoughts on “Grigor Dimitrov vs Gael Monfils Preview – US Open 2014 Round 4

  1. This is such an open, almost unpredictable pairing!

    An awful lot will depend on Dimitrov’s serve, which is a major driver of his game and overall confidence on court – and a very inconsistent one, too! Against a player of the caliber of Monfils, a mere 30ish% 1st serve figure (as during set 1 vs Goffin) will not suffice. 
    Hence, Grigor will have to up his serve quality to get Gael under pressure early in the points, and force errors.
    Monfils, on the other hand, has an awful lot to win here, if he focuses on his game, rather than his show.
    Once at ease on court, he is capable of firing sheer brilliant shots from all over the place. 
    The big question is whether he will feel at ease playing on Ashe (his only birthday wish yesterday was to NOT play Dimitrov there), and stay alert and concentrated.

    Prediction: Dimitrov’s occasional drops in concentration and composure will be taken advantage of by a fearless and confident Monfils. Should the Frenchman stay focused on his game, he will win a tight five-setter. Otherwise he will lose in 4.
    Monfils to win 3-2.

  2. CharlotteAlabaster September 2, 2014 at 3:51 pm -

    @George Dimitrov has a great return of serv and incredible athletic ability. On his on his game nobody but nobody is more exciting to watch! And I am an Andy Murray fan FYI.

  3. CharlotteAlabaster Being Bulgarian myself, I can only hope you turn out being right!
    Should he manage to avoid periods of drastic decline in his game, I think he should be able to win. Then again, Monfils is looking as good as ever, so let’s see what happens.

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