Magnifique Monfils

France’s Gael Monfils is surely tennis’s top entertainer.

Despite losing 6-7  6-3 6-3 to home favourite Tommy Haas in the quarter-finals in Halle, the 26-year-old produced a shot that most, if not all, tennis players wouldn’t even dream of playing – take a look below.

Okay he lost the point but he gave us some top quality entertainment. It’s such a shame he’ll be missing Wimbledon due to personal reasons. As a showman and exhibitionist by nature, the Frenchman isn’t new to showing off some top tricks on the tennis court, making him one of my favourite players to watch. Look at him in action below.

It’s clear that Britain’s Andy Murray is also an admirer, after tweeting this (below) during the French Open.

You got to love monfils… Great entertainer, one of the most fun guys to watch and he’s also a really good person #allezlamonf

Away from all the excitement around Monfils, Roger Federer showed no mercy on his way into the Gary Webber Open semi-finals in Germany with a 6-0 6-0 win over German wildcard Mischa Zverev, who seemed to look on the bright side after defeat; “I’d rather lose 6-0, 6-0 to Roger in a quarter-final than to a qualifier in the second round. At least there is something to talk about later.”

It’s the world number three’s second career ‘double bagel’. The Swiss is gearing up for his title defence of the Wimbledon crown, tipped as the Grand Slam he has the best chance of winning.

Meanwhile at Queen’s, the other main venue where the top players prepare for Wimbledon, Andy Murray is safely through to today’s semi-finals. Yesterday he beat Ben Becker 6-4 7-6 to breeze through.

Today, Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt takes on reigning champion Marin Cilic – they open play on Centre Court at 1:15 PM and are followed by an encounter between Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga. The pair met in the 2011 final at the AEGON Championships and produced a superb match, recall it below.

– Nathan Morley

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