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Monfils upsets Nadal in Qatar Open semis

Monfils upsets Nadal in Qatar Open semis

Gael Monfils beat Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4 in the semifinals of the Qatar Open on Friday to line up an unexpected all-French final against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
The 15th-ranked Monfils, who had only beaten Nadal once before in nine meetings, started well with a first serve that barely missed and an ability to chase down almost everything Nadal returned.
Monfils broke Nadal to go up 4-2 in the first set on his way to winning it comfortably. Nadal recovered to lead 4-1 in the second set but then Monfils stepped up his game, winning 16 of 21 points to go 5-4 up before closing out the match when Nadal hit a return wide.
Tsonga had a walkover over Roger Federer, who withdrew before their match with a back muscle spasm.


Updated : 2021-04-11 16:09 GMT+08:00