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Gael Monfils was taking on Marcos Baghdatis at the US Open .

Gael Monfils 'ties his shoelace' during point at US Open

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The fourth round of the US Open saw crowd favorites Gael Monfils and Marcos Baghdatis do battle to see who would progress into the last-eight of the competition.

The two men met in the fourth round of the competition, after Monfils passed Spaniard Nicolas Almagro in straight sets 6-4 6-2 6-4, whilst Baghdatis defeated Ryan Harrison of the USA by a scoreline of three sets to one.

It is not the first time that Monfils has appeared in the media lately for his on-court antics.

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He lit up social media after a self-made montage video was posted to Twitter featuring the Frenchman playing a mixture of different theatrical and spectacular shots during his second round clash with Jan Satral.

In this video we can see the French tennis superstar casually bending down to correct his shoelace while still playing for a point during his fourth round match with Baghdatis.

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As it happens, Monfils failed to make the return and the point was lost, but this did nothing to stop the momentum of the in-form Frenchman, who went on to secure a place in the quarter-final, winning the tie in straight sets by a margin of 6-3 6-2 6-3.

The shoelace stoppage was not the only incident of note to happen during the tie. Chair umpire Alison Hughes cited Baghdatis with a code violation and a warning for checking his smartphone during the match.

Monfils is looking good so far at the US Open having breezed through to the quarter-final after winning in straight sets in all four rounds of the competition thus far.

You can see Monfils being his vintage self in the video below.

This is not the first time the Frenchman has reached this stage of the tournament, however. He has been here on two previous occasions.

In 2010 he was beaten in the quarter-final stage in straight sets by Novak Djokovic, and four years later, he would lose again at the last-eight stage to Roger Federer by three sets to two.

In this year's quarter-final of the US Open, Monfils will go head-to-head with fellow Frenchman Lucas Pouille to see if he can better his record in the competition by making it to the semi-final.

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Topics:
US Open Tennis
Rafael Nadal
Novak Djokovic
Gael Monfils
Roger Federer
Tennis
Serena Williams
Andy Murray

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