Sometimes when a player is facing Gael Monfils, surely one question must come to mind for them:

“What can you do?”

Damir Dzumhur found himself in head-scratching mode yesterday when squaring off against the enigmatic Frenchman in the quarterfinals of the ATP Tour stop in Rotterdam. Monfils was clearly firing on all cylinders, with his shot-making prowess and sheer athleticism combining to make it a difficult day for Bosnia and Herzegovina’s best player.


Single-handed backhand flickers up the line. Drop shots off returns of serve. It was too much for Dzumhur to overcome, and Monfils advanced to his second semifinal in as many weeks.

It’s been a great tournament for the former world No. 6 as his deep run has also included a win over David Goffin. The Belgian also caught the best of Monfils as he fell in straight sets.

Two strong results in a row could be a good sign for Monfils going forward as he tries to climb back up the rankings and show that he still has plenty left in his bag of tricks.

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