Despite the fact that he is physically not quite in order, knew the Frenchman Gaël Monfils (ATP 38) Friday to qualify for the semi-finals of the European Open in Antwerp (hard/612.755 euro). The sixth seed won with 7-5 and 6-4 of the Canadian Vasek Pospisil (ATP 79).
Monfils, last week started on the Masters 1.000 tournament in Shanghai, feels still not optimal. “It is physically really hard, it lacks to me to explosiveness. I have fifty percent less energy today, in comparison with the first round (which he Ruben Bemelmans off, ed.). I try to rely on my service and experience and try to the important points.”
Monfils, who Thursday, defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (ATP 75) off, meet in the last four, the Argentinian Diego Schwartzman (ATP 17). “I hope tonight is a good night’s sleep. Hopefully I will be there tomorrow physically better, so that I can better play. Diego plays very well behind the baseline. Early this year I have of him lost in Rio de Janeiro (6-3, 6-4, ed.). Lessons I can’t really pull off that party, because when we played outside on the gravel. Here on a hard court.”