ATP Roland Garros: Dominic Thiem masters Gael Monfils to stay in title hunt

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ATP Roland Garros: Dominic Thiem masters Gael Monfils to stay in title hunt

The last year's Roland Garros finalist Dominic Thiem is through to the fourth straight quarter-final in Paris, defeating the crowd favorite Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in an hour and 48 minutes. Instead of a blockbuster clash, we got a one-sided encounter with the Austrian as the dominant figure and the one who ruled the court from start to finish.

One of the favorites for the title on Sunday hit 27 winners and 14 unforced errors, leaving Gael on a 25-33 ratio and having the upper hand in every department to march towards the finish line and the match against Karen Khachanov or Juan Martin del Potro.

Losing only 20 points behind the initial shot, Dominic played against one break point in the entire clash while he was already safely ahead in the opening set, controlling the other service games beautifully with a beautiful combo of booming serves and initial groundstrokes.

On the other hand, Gael gave away 43% of the points in his games, playing against 12 break chances and suffering five breaks to propel Thiem over the finish line, leaving the home nation without a player in the last eight.

Monfils was off to a worst possible start, losing serve at love in the first game after a loose forehand that could have only found the net and finding himself 3-0 down after a forehand down the line winner from Thiem in game three.

Serving for the set, the Austrian got broken at love in game eight, allowing Gael to take three straight games and reduce the deficit to 5-4 before closing the opener with a hold at love for a 6-4 after only half an hour.

The second set was closer, with Monfils raising the level to match the rival's pace in the first eight games before spoiling everything with a terrible backhand that sent Dominic 5-4 ahead. The 4th seed held at love in game ten, taking two sets to love lead after 69 minutes and marching towards the finish line.

The third set proved to be only a formality, as Thiem lost five points on serve and grabbed half of those on the return, breaking Monfils in games three and seven and sealing the deal with a service winner in game eight for another deep run in Paris.