US Open: Monfils Battles Federer In Q/Final

Gael Monfils upset seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov in a feisty contest to reach the US Open quarter-finals.
The Frenchman, seeded 20th, won 7-5 7-6 (8-6) 7-5 – his first victory in the main Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Monfils is through to the last eight without dropping a set, and he will next face Roger Federer, who breezed past Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4 6-3 6-2.
Despite leading for most of the match, Monfils appeared close to losing control during a stormy second set.
At one point he appeared angry with his opponent, standing almost on the service line and beckoning Dimitrov to serve before swatting the ball out and marching to his chair.
“I just get a bit [angry],” explained Monfils.
“Then I was sorry for Grigor, because I was in front and was like, ‘Just serve because obviously I give you the game, so it’s OK. Move it.’
“Sometimes when I get frustrated, when I don’t like [something], I don’t do it. It’s nothing against anyone. I was upset.”
A heated conversation with the umpire was followed by gestures towards both his support team in the stands, and those of Dimitrov, but he recovered his poise to claim a surprise win.


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