Gael Monfil’s Hope for a Title Ends in Defeat

Gael Monfils vs Andreas Seppi | Open de Moselle (Image belongs to rightful owner)

Gael Monfils was defeated by the Italian, Andreas Seppi, in the Open de Moselle (ATP Metz) tournament semi-finals with a game count of 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.

Monfils played well, or rather Seppi didn’t seem to be settling well in the first set, judging by his 1st serve points won percentage, which was 65%. Andreas Seppi had an amazing percentage of 97% of his first serve points won in his previous match against Florian Mayer, but he didn’t seem to  be serving well in the beginning set.

However, the second set is where Seppi turns on his powerful service game. He hit 13 first serves in 4 of his service games and his percentage of keeping a point on his first serve was 100%. Compared to that, Monfils did horribly on his service games, with keeping only 47% of his first service points, which resulted in multiple chances for Seppi to break Monfil’s service games.

On the final set, Seppi’s first serve percentage went down and Monfil’s first serve was starting to flame up again. However, Monfils only kept 1 out of 9 of his second service points (plus 5 double faults), which resulted in a break.

I was surprised when the second set ended with a stick, but I knew Seppi was going to win this after the second set ended.

In other news, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Nikolay Davydenko with a score of 6-0, 3-6, and 6-4.

The finals will be Jo-Wilfired Tsonga of France vs Andreas Seppi of Italy.