Known for a unique, fun style of play that sees him sliding all over the court, Gael Monfils has, perhaps counterintuitively, relied on consistency and precise ball placement to be one of the premier players in the men’s game. He brought home his first ATP title, in 2005, with a win on clay over Florian Mayer in the Sopot final. The next year, he advanced to the fourth round of the French Open with impressive wins over Andy Murray and James Blake. In 2008, he became the first Frenchman since Sébastien Grosjean in 2001 to make the semifinals of the French Open, eventually falling to Roger Federer in four sets. Shortly after reaching the quarterfinals of the French Open and the third round of Wimbledon in 2011, his ranking climbed as high as No. 7 in the world. 2016 marked something of a return to form for Monfils, as he reached the quarters of the Australian Open for the first time, won the Citi Open and, only a week later, reached the semis of the Rogers Cup.
In July of 2016, Gael Monfils beat Ivo Karlovic in the Citi Open final to claim his first-ever 500-level title: