US Open men - Monfils uses workmanlike effort to tame Dimitrov

Frenchman Gael Monfils extended his untroubled march into the US Open quarter-finals by taming seventh-seed Grigor Dimitrov 7-5 7-6(6) 7-5 to reach the last eight without dropping a set.

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US Open men - Monfils uses workmanlike effort to tame Dimitrov
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Gael Monfils (FRA), left, and Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) shake hands after their match on day nine of the 2014 US Open (Reuters)

Monfils, seeded 20th, stayed away from the showy highlight reel shots he has become known for and instead focused on a more workmanlike approach to stop the player dubbed "Baby Fed" for his all around game that resembles Swiss maestro Roger Federer.

Monfils had the only break chance in a tight opening set and did not waste the opportunity going up 6-5 and then holding serve for a 1-0 lead.

After trading breaks in the second the set went to a tiebreaker where the 23-year-old Bulgarian charged ahead 6-4 and looked poised to level the match until Monfils swept the next four points to grab control.

The lanky Frenchman closed out the contest with another break when Dimitrov double-faulted, sending him back to the US Open quarter-finals for the first time since 2010.

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