Final Tennis US Open
Monfils 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 5-7, 2-5 Federer*
Sorry for one or two tech delays there with updates. You’ve missed a Monfils collapse. He’s just taken a fairly routine service game, conceding only one point, but it all looks like too little too late. His body language is dejected, while Federer looks all business.
Monfils 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 5-7, 1-2 Federer*
The pair split the first couple of points as Monfils tries to settle, but that’s another double fault for 15-30. He’s on second serve again now, maybe still dwelling in those two match points on the Federer serve. An irritated Federer makes a soft error on the next point for 30-30 and Monfils steadies to take the next point for 40-30. A big serve (he needed that) gives Monfils the game and at least stops the bleeding for now.
Monfils* 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 5-7, 1-3 Federer
Not the time or place for Monfils to play a shot between his legs, and it doesn’t work for 30-0. Federer happy to take the gift and he knocks out a swift couple of points for a hold to love.
Monfils 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 5-7, 1-4 Federer*
Federer’s drop shots working now and Monfils misses for 0-15, then he’s on the wrong end of a brief exchange again for 0-30. He misses again and this is getting tough to watch as he is down three break points. Federer only needs one. What a comeback, sure, but also, what a collapse.
Monfils* 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 5-7, 1-5 Federer
Federer takes a routine point for 15-0, and then another big serve brings up an easy 30-0. An error from Federer has us at 30-15, but yet another big serve makes it 40-15. And now Federer has room to showboat a little himself — he steps inside and whips away a wonderful winner for the game. Monfils has gone.