Gael Monfils defeated Pablo Andujar in a straight-sets, fourth-round match at the US Open. The Frenchman prevailed 6-1 6-2 6-2 and in the press conference, he showed his satisfaction: "I was happy because my plan was very good and I hit big shots," said Monfils.
On his next opponent Matteo Berrettini, he added: "He's got a big serve. Crushes the forehand. He's a great athlete. Great mover for his height. Tough one, someone who hits big from the back. Uses his serve and his forehand.
I think that when we do not face Federer, Nadal or Djokovic, it's open. But no, it will be a great match." Monfils loves competing at the US Open: "I play great tennis here, very great tennis. Always say that I love the atmosphere.
I love the energy. The energy is very important... Definitely those stadiums here in New York are [some] of the best for my game and for my personality. I feel very comfortable, so I think that's why I always play great tennis here."
Andujar said: “I have always believed that my game could fit [on a hard court], but it's also true that I don't play a lot on hard court. I mostly base my calendar on clay-court tournaments." Monfils will play Italy's Matteo Berrettini in the quarter-final.
Berrettini defeated Andrey Rublev in the fourth round. This is the first time in 42 years that an Italian male player has reached this far at the US Open.