Monfils def Verdasco

A close close match between 2 players who have the same tactics – or non tactics: a spectacular forehand winner, an awful error, a winner, a fault, a winner, a fault…
Both players showed their technical and tactical limits in this match as neither of them couldn’t take control of the game and close the match. In the end, crowd favorite Gael Monfils wins in 3 tight sets: 6-7 7-6 7-5.

Bercy crowd

Fernando Verdasco

Fernando Verdasco

Gael Monfils

Gael Monfils

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A few videos of the third round matches Gael Monfils vs Fernando Verdasco, Michael Llodra vs Novak Djokovic and Nikolay Davydenko vs Tomas Berdych.

Gael Monfils:

Amelie Mauresmo and Guy Forget:

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As expected (read our Fed Cup final preview here), Italy successfully defended its Fed Cup title on Sunday by beating USA 3-1.
The only surprise of the week end was Mary Joe Fernandez decision to choose Coco Vandeweghe over Melanie Oudin to play singles on Saturday. A pretty bad coaching decision as Vandeweghe looked like a fish out of the water and lost her 2 matches against Schiavone and Pennetta in straight sets.
It is Italy’s third Fed Cup trophy in five years. Congrats to Francesca Schiavone, Flavia Pennetta, Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani.

The women’s season is definitely over: Ana Ivanovic captured the last tournament of the year in Bali. And she’s finally back in the top 20.
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