KEVIN ANDERSON AND GAEL MONFILS ROUND OF 16 WIMBLEDON • A MATCH OF BRILLIANCE • BUT WHERE’S MY 10s ON TV?

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KEVIN ANDERSON AND GAEL MONFILS ROUND OF 16 WIMBLEDON • A MATCH OF BRILLIANCE • BUT WHERE'S MY 10s ON TV?

epa06876169 Kevin Anderson of South Africa returns to Gael Monfils of France in their fourth round match during the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, in London, Britain, 09 July 2018. EPA-EFE/GERRY PENNY EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO COMMERCIAL SALES  |
Kevin Anderson of South Africa returns to Gael Monfils of France in their fourth round match during the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, in London, Britain, 09 July 2018. EPA-EFE/GERRY PENNY

 

 

BY Nancy Gill Mc Shea

 

WHEW! The professional Kevin Anderson edged the artistic Gael Monfils in a 7-6, 7-6, 5-7, 7-6 round of 16 cliffhanger. Monfils, always a good sport, raised his arms, smiled and applauded the crowd as he departed the court. Anderson also smiled, signed autographs, indicated his hard work has paid off, and said he is happy to be in the quarters.

 

But shame on TV! I was forced to witness this brilliant three-and-a- half hour tennis masterpiece via computer, that is after I wasted time negotiating nonsense and later apologized for a few outbursts while managing 20-plus phone directives from a very polite ESPN Plus rep.

 

Analysts called the lopsided Anderson-Monfils encounter an “intriguing” battle of styles. Wrong Adjective! How about a riveting, exasperating, exhilarating marathon? “Tennis like it oughta be!” Best match I’ve seen in a year. Anderson dominated the tempo, stepped it up, took over the momentum to recover from a few breaks. He understands that a grass match is more of a mind game than clay, so he was aggressive, moved forward with his strong serve, conscious of the fact that the unwieldy grass can change a match in seconds, especially when his opponent is the creatively talented Monfils. Ahh Monfils! A crowd favorite; one of my favorites — a great acrobatic entertainer who loves to perform for the fans. One major drawback – Monfils is such an instinctive artist on the court, he has too many options and often pays the price for that ability. In the end, wins and losses are relegated to the history of tennis data, so for today, I enjoyed watching them play even though it was so intense I have to rest now. “Tennis like it oughta be!”

 

Gael Monfils of France returns to Kevin Anderson of South Africa in their fourth round match during the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, in London, Britain, 09 July 2018. EPA-EFE/GERRY PENNY

 

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