SAP Open - Day Three

Gael Monfils makes a face after losing a line-call challenge. © Matt Cohen 2011

I was back at HP Pavilion on Wednesday for first round matches featuring
defending champion Fernando Verdasco of Spain and noted camera thief
Gael Monfils of France.

Verdasco drew Rajeev Ram (USA) who spent most of the hour-long match
looking exactly like this:

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Verdasco sat back at the baseline ripping flat ground strokes just over the net
that landed on the lines more often than not.

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© Matt Cohen 2011

After Verdasco dispatched Ram 6-3, 6-2, he served against a San Jose radio DJ
in a friendly challenge. He started out at 130mph which the DJ missed so badly,
it made Verdasco wince.

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In the second match Stanford junior and current NCAA singles champion Bradley
Klahn faced Monfils. Klahn had his own cheering section made up of Stanford
frat boys who may have missed the memo about tennis being a gentlemen's game.

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© Matt Cohen 2011

But Monfils seemed to feed off of the crowd, making amazing shots, covering
every inch of the court, and in general having a lot of fun in his 6-3, 6-2 win.

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© Matt Cohen 2011

© Matt Cohen 2011

Monfils reminds you that you should follow me on Twitter. © Matt Cohen 2011