Men’s Semifinals: [CR8] Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs. [CR18] Gael Monfils (FRA)
Monfils never showed up for the match to make it worth watching. He conceded defeat even before he stepped on court and basically just went through the motions. There was no conviction in his shots and he never committed to fighting for the match. This lack of interest in such a crucial match is one of the reasons why Monfils will remain in the second tier of players despite his amazing skills. It will remain a mystery as to why he does this repeatedly on big occasions. How does a coach handle a player like Monfils who has the talent but lacks the desire?
Berdych on the other hand makes the most of his talent and there is no doubt that he desires more. His problem remains the road blocks encountered in the form of the top ranked players. He struggles to defeat them. He will prefer to face Rafael Nadal in the final as the memory of his recent defeat of Nadal is still fresh in his mind. For now he will take a moment to enjoy making it to his first Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters final with the 6-1, 6-4 defeat of Monfils.