French tennis star Gael Monfils is happy with the way he has been performing throughout the week at the Erste Bank Open 500 in Vienna but he thinks he can still perform at a higher level. Monfils, seeded at No. 4, handed a straight-set defeat to Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene 7-5 6-1 to set up a Vienna semifinal against fifth-seeded Diego Schwartzman.
The Frenchman hit six aces, won 81 percent of his first serve points and saved 3-of-4 of Bedene's break point chances in an hour and 10 minutes of play. "I am serving better and better… I had a very good rhythm with my serve,” Monfils said after the match, per the ATP website.
“My movement is great. I think I can play better tennis." Bedene, ranked at No. 72 in the world, made a good start to the match, having broken Monfils in the opening game of the match. After failing to convert any of his two break points in the fifth game for a double break lead, Bedene's game fell apart as he lost the opener after getting broken twice by Monfils in the rest of the set.
The Frenchman then cruised past the second set as he broke the Slovenian twice and lost no service games to seal a straight-set win.