Gael Monfils defeated Roberto Bautista Agut in three sets, 6-4 3-6 7-6, to reach the Rogers Cup semifinals and book a clash against the Spaniard Rafael” nadal>. However, in a post game interview the Frenchman admitted he may not be fit enough to play two matches in a row and so he may withdraw from the match versus Nadal, who finished his quarter-final against Fabio Fognini on Friday night.
“I was happy that I fought no matter what. As I say, I felt good this week, tried to give my best. I think I showed today also that I was a fighter. Now I hope is not that bad. Honestly, I don’t know. I need to relax and see in two hours if I’ll be fine to play another match.
The match is going to be a good one. I don’t know if my body is ready yet, but I find out. I’m very tired and I hurt myself in the second set. I’ll talk to my team and we will see”, said Monfils. On Bautista Agut being a fighter and a wall, Monfils added: “He is not missing.
He’s very accurate. Yeah, you need to step up and be patient, yeah, be very aggressive.” Monfils has beaten Bautista Agut four times out of five matches played. The Frenchman prevailed in 2014 Cincinnati, 2015 Rotterdam and Marseille, while Roberto won in 2017 Montreal. Monfils is instead down 2-14 on the head to head against Nadal.