By Richard Kent
NEW YORK — It was, as predicted, an epic battle between two players, once both with unbridled promise and unlimited skill. Frenchman Gael Monfils. the no. 18 seed and a former semi-finalist, outlasted American Donald Young, the fan favorite on a packed Grandstand, 6-3, 6-7, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5.
Young has been known for his five-set comebacks and many were waiting for him to pull out the win. Instead, Monfils’ unparalleled shot-making carried the day. Monfils injured himself in the second set and almost retired, but after an injury timeout came back fighting.
Monfils turned 30 on Friday and has generally been deemed a disappointment throughout his career. He chose tennis over soccer, the sport in which his father starred.
The French Tennis Federation never really embraced his go for all style of play. He has been rated as high as no. 6 in the world and despite winning only 6 tournaments in his career, has won $13,600,378 in prize money, along with many coveted endorsements.
Young, now 28 is ranked no. 57 in the world. He has won many exciting US Open matches over the years and now owns a 9-13 Open record. He has won prize money of $4,070,833.
The lefty battled against Monfils, but Monfils came up biggest in the key fifth and determining set.he now owns a career 2-1 record against Young.
Monfils was a huge junior star, but many commentators feel that he still has not lived up to his potential.
He’s scheduled to battle ninth-seeded David Goffin on Saturday and the question is whether he has enough in his tank to beat the talented Belgium player.Goffin is a contender to win the Open.