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Monfils vs Andujar U.S. Open live streaming, preview and tips - Monfils seeks return to quarter-finals against unseeded Andujar

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 2 Sep 2019
  • Gael Monfils vs Pablo Andujar is live from the US Open around 5.00pm local time on Monday (10.00pm BST)
  • Monfils has won their three previous meetings, but they haven't played since 2013
Gael Monfils (PA Images)

Gael Monfils looks to reach the U.S. Open quarter-finals for the fourth time in his career when he faces unseeded Spanish veteran Pablo Andujar in the fourth round on Monday.

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Former World No. 6 Gael Monfils aims to improve to 4-0 over Pablo Andujar and return to the U.S. Open quarter-finals when the pair square off in the Round of 16 on Monday evening.

Monfils coasted through his first two matches in straight sets against Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Marius Copil, but he was forced to the very brink in the third round on Saturday night against rising star Denis Shapovalov. In a gruelling and energy-sapping encounter, Monfils had the chance to close out the match in four sets as he led by a double break, but Shapovalov - who is thriving under the guidance of former US Open semi-finalist Mikhail Youzhny - staged a superb comeback, breaking back twice, saving match point and forcing a fifth by winning the fourth set tiebreak. However, Monfils regrouped magnificently, and after three hours and 35 minutes of blistering shotmaking, the Frenchman completed a 6-7(5), 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-3 victory to secure his place in the second week of the U.S. Open for the sixth time.

“I think people love me because I play with my heart. I fight. It’s always something special with me,” Monfils said. “You never know how and what I can do on the court. I think that's why the people like that, a little bit [of] mystery part of me.
“I like the way I am now. I like the way the crowd is behind me. I love the energy here. I'm happy.”

Apart from the French Open, Monfils has enjoyed his best and most consistent Grand Slam results in New York, making the quarter-finals in 2010 and 2014, along with a semi-final run in 2016 during his career-best season in which he also won the ATP 500 Citi Open and qualified for the season-ending ATP Finals in London, rising to a career-high No. 6 in the world.

Unfortunately, Monfils tumbled down the rankings in 2018 as he dealt with various injury and illness issues, dropping to No. 33 at the start of 2019, but he’s quietly put together a great season, registering a 26-11 record, winning one of the biggest titles of his career in Rotterdam - beating Stan Wawrinka and Daniil Medvedev - along with reaching semi-finals in Sofia, Dubai and the Canada Masters, quarter-finals in Indian Wells and Estoril and the fourth round of the French Open. Back up to No. 13 in the world, can Monfils make another quarter-final at the U.S. Open on Monday?

Pablo Andujar (PA Images)
He will start the heavy favourite against Pablo Andujar, but the Spaniard has absolutely nothing to lose after making a surprise run to the second week of a slam for the first time in his career after 32 previous main draw appearances. Andujar toughed out a five-set win over Kyle Edmund in the opening round and hasn’t dropped a set since, conquering Lorenzo Sonego and Alexander Bublik in straights to make his maiden U.S. Open fourth round - after previously winning just three matches at the tournament.


A winner of four ATP World Tour titles and with a career-high ranking of No. 32, Andujar was also a Madrid Masters semi-finalist on clay in 2013 before his career was derailed by multiple serious injury problems. The Spaniard underwent three surgeries on his elbow between 2016 and 2017 as his ranking dropped outside the world’s top 1,800, but last year Andujar made the biggest rankings jump out of anyone in the top 100, climbing 1,619 spots as he won his fourth ATP title in Marrakech and claimed three Challenger titles in Alicante, Florence and Buenos Aires. Andujar didn’t get off to a great start in 2019 and only snapped a seven-match losing streak at tour-level in Miami, but he once again produced his best tennis on clay during April, finishing runner-up in Marrakech and claiming Challenger titles in Marbella and Alicante, while he also secured another Challenger crown in Prostejov. On the back of a semi-final run in Gstaad and quarter-final finish in Kitzbuhel on clay before the U.S. Open, Andujar is up to No. 70 in the world, and that mark is set to rise into the top 50 on the back of his fourth round showing in New York.

However, it’s a big ask for Andujar to advance further. He’s still a much better player on clay than hardcourt, while he’s had a very fortuitous draw. Monfils has won all three of their previous meetings - although they haven’t played in six years - and loves playing under these conditions at Flushing Meadows. The Frenchman is always suspect to concentration lapses, but I’d expect Monfils to get this done in three, at most four sets.


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Monfils vs Andujar U.S. Open live streaming, preview and tips - Monfils seeks return to quarter-finals against unseeded Andujar

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