French flag flying high at Flushing Meadows

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Gael Monfils and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ensured that Sunday was a good day for French tennis as they stormed past Marcos Baghdatis and Jack Sock respectively at the US Open.

Monfils booked his spot in the US Open quarter-finals for the third time after trouncing Baghdatis 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 at Flushing Meadows in just under two hours.

The 10th-seeded Frenchman was clinical in converting seven of his 11 break points and benefited from 43 unforced errors from Baghdatis’ racquet as the Cypriot’s run came to a crashing halt.

“It’s always a pleasure to play against Marcos and you know you always have to play your best,” Monfils said after the match.

“I think I had to be very consistent with my serve because he’s a pretty good returner. I was good on my forehand today and I was very fast on the baseline. Everything was good today.”

Monfils will play either Rafael Nadal or Lucas Pouille next.

Tsonga stepped in to the Louis Armstrong Stadium and dismantled American crowd favourite Sock in merciless fashion.

He triumphed 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-2. Tsonga was at his athletic best throughout the encounter – chasing down balls he had no right to get to and smashing winners from positions in the court where most would consider themselves out of the point.

The US Open is the only grand slam at which Tsonga has not reached at least the semi-finals, he seems extremely well placed to change all that in 2016.

The flamboyant Frenchman will next face the winner of the battle between Novak Djokovic and 21-year-old Kyle Edmund.

Asked what kind match he hoped for between those two, Tsonga joked, “really, really, really long.”