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Federer To Bring Eleven Match Winning Streak To Semifinal
By Ken Miller, Lawn Tennis Analyst, Posted: Saturday, November 13, 2010 4:30am PST USA
Federer To Bring Eleven Match Winning Streak To Paris Semifinal, Roger Federer, Gael Monfils PARIS--At the BNP Paribas Masters at Paris, France Saturday, the ATP Tour world number two Roger Federer of Switzerland is set to meet the 14th ranked Gael Monfils of France in what could be an explosive semifinal.

Monfils, playing in his hometown of Paris, has used the overwhelming crowd support of the French fans along with his athletic power game to score a series of upsets to reach todayís contest.

The 24 year old Monfils in the third round beat the 6th seeded Fernando Verdasco of Spain before surprising

Roger Federer and Gael Monfils | Images: Getty Images
Monfils, who at 6 feet 4 inches tall is three inches taller than the 6 feet 1 inch tall, 29 years old Federer, will look to solve the Federer puzzle as the Frenchman is 0-5 lifetime in the matchup.

the 3rd seeded Andy Murray yesterday in the quarterfinals 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.

Monfils, who at 6 feet 4 inches tall is three inches taller than the 6 feet 1 inch tall, 29 years old Federer, will look to solve the Federer puzzle as the Frenchman is 0-5 lifetime in the matchup.

Federer will also enter the semifinal with an eleven match winning streak, having won ATP Tour titles this fall indoors in Stockholm, Sweden and Basel, Switzerland.

The two players have never met indoors before and in their last meeting at the 2009 French Open quarterfinals, Federer won 7-6(8-6), 6-2, 6-4.

After his lone grand slam victory this year in January at the Australian Open, Federer lost an uncharacteristic nine ATP Tour tournaments in a row.

But with Federerís confidence soaring throughout the fast indoor season, Monfils will need to a mix masterful aggression with a determined patience in order to stand any sort of chance.

In the first semifinal of the day with play beginning at 2:00pm Paris time, Franceís second hope of the tournament, the unseeded Michael Llodra takes on the big serving and 4th seeded Swede Robin Soderling. Head to head, the 34th ranked Frenchmen surprisingly leads the 5th ranked Soderling 2-0.

This year marks the first time ever two Frenchmen have reached the tournamentís semifinal round.


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