Magical Monfils mentally fit

Gael Monfils will feature in his second grand slam semi-final at the US Open on Friday and he will arrive full of confidence.

The Frenchman eased past fellow countryman Lucas Pouille in straight sets on Tuesday to book his place in the final four.

Monfils was sublime on serve, losing just seven points on first serve over the three set match. On defence, his crazy athleticism came to the fore once again, always forcing Pouille to play that extra shot.

"I'm happy with my performance,” reflected the 30-year-old after the match.

“I think it is never easy to play a quarter-final against a French guy. I think I handled it pretty good mentally. I'm happy with that and where my game is. I think we all work hard, and somehow we make it in the same moment."

Monfils’ incredible court coverage has never been a problem, but perhaps his temperament has. Always the showman, it sometimes seems he would rather entertain than win. However, this time around on the Arthur Ashe Court – his favourite player, by the way – he is getting down to business.

"He's in very good form," confirmed Pouille. 

"He's moving so well. When you come to the net, he always pushes you to the limit. He always puts one more ball in the court. So if you want to make a winner, you have to make the perfect shot."

The tenth seed – who is yet to drop a set in New York this year – will be full to the brim with confidence when he steps out to face Novak Djokovic, who has featured in just two full matches at Flushing Meadows due to a string of retirements.