What Gil achieved today is beyond what words can describe, for a Portuguese Tennis fan, but I'll try (this might seem exagerated, but this is really the first MS QF ever for a Portuguese player...).
He played like a portuguese had never played before. He is our best player ever, and I saw him play last year at Estoril Open, where he reached the final, and it was mostly heart and will. This is also his hignest rank points in one week, since he acummulated already 205 points in Monte Carlo.
Today, he was a machine, reaching to every ball, getting the corners or the lines at almost every point, and with a lot less unforced errors than Clownfils.
Monfils was great at first set (Certinfy called this first set the set of the year), just exhausted in the second set.
I think that first set was at least the set of a lifetime, something for Gil to see over and over again. Gil was a true warrior, but with a lot of class in it.
So, he is not a Top-10 player, he lacks destroying weapons, but now I'm more confident that he will reach Top-50. He will reach his best ever rank next week, what ever is the result tomorrow.
But maybe tomorrow he makes it, can you imagine... I think that he stands some chances against Murray, if he's fit, althought it's beyond my wildest dreams.
We'll see, but today was the most glorious page of Portuguese Tennis yet, I can tell you.
One might think that a lot of goods are to come, from the likes of Gastão Elias or Frederico Silva, but the fact is that, with Gil in this form, the future is now!!!