The authoritarian winner in Madrid, the Serb remains undefeated in his career against the Frenchman. Here he is in the third round of the Masters 1000 in Madrid.
18-0. Against Novak Djokovic in the second round of the Masters 1000 in Madrid, Gael Monfils lost for the 18th time in as many matches against the Serbs, a record and historic dominance in the Open era. Defeated in two sets and less than an hour and a half (6-3, 6-2), Francilien, recovering from a month-long absence following a foot injury, was never able to bother the world number one in clay in Madrid.
“We will try not to take Fanny as in ping-pong“, Gaël Monfils joked after the match on Twitter. However, hopes were high for “La Monf ‘”, as Djokovic is experiencing the start of the season worried about his reluctance to be vaccinated. “When we say it is acceptable … It is solid! You still have to play a great game to beat it. Boy, he remains the number 1 in the world! nisi Monfils. “He has fewer wins (than usual), but he is playing better and better“.
The interested party confirms:I would say it’s my best performance of the year.»«Given that to date I have not played my best tennis in those few tournaments I have played this year and I am still looking for my rhythm, I am very pleased.“, Assessed the 34-year-old Serb. “I felt very good on the field“, He continues after his first victory in two sets since he put the car back on the road with the return of the circuit in Europe for the mud season in April.
Djokovic ‘in the right direction’
In Monte-Carlo, he had fallen from the start (against Davidovich). In Belgrade, after three victories in three sets, he sank into the third match of the final, losing 6-0 to Andrey Rublev. “I did my best to prepare physically and improve in all aspects of the game for this tournament. I’m very happy to be rewarded. It is going in the right direction“, he added.
In the 16th round, he will face Andy Murray, the former No. 1 in the world now in 78th place, the titan of 2019, or Canadian Denis Shapovalov (16th).
Opposite Monfils, in general, all the games of his service were closed, it was even the 35-year-old Frenchman who got the first points of the break. Two before being interrupted by a heavy downpour after 25 minutes of play, and one immediately after the roof closed. But the world of Belgrade succeeded every time and, conversely, underwent surgery when the opportunity arose. Thus, “Djoko” converted three break points from three to, when Monfils presents a zero record of five.
Nadal returns on Wednesday
One day after Djokovic’s first steps, there are those of Rafael Nadal, returned six weeks after a stress fracture in the ribs, who are expected on Wednesday (not before 16:00).
Majorcan now knows the opponent against whom he will start – late – his ocher season, his beloved surface and for whom he will have to be careful: Miomir Kecmanovic (32), semifinalist in Munich last week and quarter-runner-up finalists in Indian Wells and Miami at the start of the season. The 22-year-old Serbia eliminated Cossack Alexander Bublik (33) 6-4, 7-5 in the first round. Rafa’s last match dates back to March 20, when he lost in the final to Indian Wells (6-3, 7-6 to Fritz) a day after a rib injury.