PARIS - Agence France-Presse
Gael Monfils, riding a wave of passionate French support plans to derail Roger Federer's French Open semifinal ambitions today. Unseeded Monfils, the swashbuckling, unpredictable Frenchman is the first home player to reach the Roland Garros last four in seven years. "It's the Lakers versus Boston," said Monfils, the 2004 junior champion, using the NBA championship match-up as his inspiration. "It's going to be a big match, probably the most important match in my career so far, but it's not the Game 7 yet." In the other semi-final, Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic faces Rafael Nadal, who's bidding to join Bjorn Borg as the only man to win four successive French Opens. He is also quick to remind people that so far he has collected 26 tour trophies whereas Borg won six French Opens and 62 titles in all. "This is just talk, talk, talk. What is important is to play well on the court on Friday, and we'll see who wins," said Nadal.