Monfils defeats Baghdatis, moves into quarters

Gael Monfils of France, the 10th seed in the ongoing US Open, defeated Cyprus' Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 to move into the quarterfinals.

Gael Monfils, twice before a US Open quarterfinalist, served up nine aces and gave himself a cushion with six service breaks against Marcod Baghdatis.   -  AP

Tenth seed Gael Monfils motored into the US Open quarterfinals with a straight-sets dismissal of Marcos Baghdatis on Sunday at the year's last Grand Slam championship.

Monfils, who has enjoyed a run of success this hard court season, maintained his impressive form with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 romp that kicked off a busy day for the French men's contingent at Flushing Meadows.

In later fourth-round matches on a breezy day at the US National Tennis Center, 24th-seeded Lucas Pouille was facing 14-times Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal. Monfils, playing a familiar foe, was well prepared for his round of 16 test and executed his game plan.

“He's a good friend, I know him for a long time,” said the 30-year-old Monfils. “We had many battles in juniors and we have many also on the senior tour. “I had to be very consistent with my serve because he's a pretty good returner. I was very fast on the baseline, so I guess everything was fine today.”

Monfils, twice before a US Open quarterfinalist, served up nine aces and gave himself a cushion with six service breaks against the Cypriot, who put only 36 percent of his first serves in play.

In the last couple of months, the Frenchman has posted a 17-2 record, winning the biggest ATP World Tour title of his career at the 500 level tournament in Washington, reaching the semifinals at the ATP Masters 1000 in Toronto and advancing to the quarterfinals at the Rio Olympics.

The 31-year-old Baghdatis, runner-up this season in Dubai and a semifinalist in Newport, was making his first fourth-round showing in a Grand Slam since the 2009 Australian Open. Monfils will play either fourth-seeded Nadal or compatriot Pouille for a place in the semifinals.

Tsonga moves into quarters

Jo-Wilfred Tsonga of France defeated United States' Jack Sock 6-3, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2 to book a berth in the US Open quarterfinals. He is likely to face Novak Djokovic in the quarters.