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Roger Federer Vs Gael Monfils: ATP Shanghai Masters Third Round Preview
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It is Elegance Vs Charisma in a Third Round Match at the Shanghai Masters today when Former Finalist Roger Federer clashes with Gael Monfils for a place in the Quarters of this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Event taking place in Shanghai, China. Federer has a lot at stake as he is one of the players in contention for the remaining spots at the World Tour Finals this year whereas Monfils comes into this match with nothing to lose as he is the underdog for this one.
Having just reached two finals so far in the 2013 season, things have really not favored Federer this year and entering this tournament with just one title justifies this fact. Though the Swiss has managed reaching deep in most of the tournaments he has participated, a loss by a fellow Top-10 player follows it.
What has made things worse for him are his shocking losses at the big events like his exits in Madrid and Rotterdam did not add to his confidence. He lost in the quarterfinals of the French Open when the draw actually favored him quite a bit and then suffered a shocking Second Round loss at Wimbledon followed by a Fourth Round loss at the US Open.
An accurate serve followed by his exquisite hands at the net and really big forehands to depend on, the former World No.1 is aiming to win his 78th ATP World Tour Title and is at par with American John McEnroe at No. 3 in the Open Era title-leaders at 77 titles.
His opponent is one of the liveliest players on tour with fans just waiting for him to do one of his many on-court antiques. Monfils’ inconsistent performances saw him drop outside the Top-100. But his recent run of decent results saw him get inside the Top-50 at No.42 in the World. A player with a really big forehand along with some outstanding counter punching abilities, Monfils is a player very tough to hit winners against as forces errors out of his opponents by making them an extra ball almost every time.
A 30-19 win-loss record this year, the Frenchman started the 2013 season on a promising note, reaching the latter end of the tournaments he featured in. But the former Top-10 failed to maintain that flow as he lost early in most of the tournaments he featured in until the Open de Nice Cote d Azur, where he reached the finals. Ranked as high as No.7 in the World, Monfils would be gunning to keep his spot amongst the Top-50 intact and slowly move up the rankings.
Head to head: This will be the eighth meeting between the two players with Federer leading their head to head 6-1. The two last played at Roland Garros a couple of years back with Federer winning that clash in straight sets.
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