Djokovic advanced to the Madrid round of 16 after submitting to Monfils for the 18th time

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Djokovic advanced to the Madrid round of 16 after submitting to Monfils for the 18th time

Novak Djokovic He made his debut with solid success and advanced to the round of 16 of Masters 1,000 in the land of Mutua Madrid is open then submit for the 18th time in 18 ATP matches in French Gael Monfils: 6-3 and 6-2 at 1h.27 ‘.

That 18-0 is a new record in the Open era, so far with several 17-0s, including the balance between Rafael Nadal Y Richard Gasquet. The advantage on the set is equally noticeable (42-10).

With this victory, Djokovic got another week at world number 1, which would have surrendered to the Russian. Daniel Medvedev if he is defeated against Monfils.

The Balkans, three -time tournament champions (2011, 2016, 2019), will seek a place in the quarterfinals against the winner in the match between Canadian Denis Shapovalov and Scottish Andy Murray.

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After disappearing Australian Open and other contests due to his refusal to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, the Serbian returned to the circuit and the clay season in a few weeks, with a defeat against Alexander Davidovich on his debut in Monte Carlo and improvements to Belgrade ATPwhere he was defeated Andrew Rublev Eventually.

Monfils, 35 years old and world No. 21, had the option to take the first blow of the match, but Djokovic made it 15-40 in the third game and the Frenchman’s attempt failed. At 2-2 and 40-40, rain poured down on Madrid and the match was stalled for 30 minutes, until the roof of the center court Manolo Santana has been deployed and the battle can continue.

Sa ‘nole’ on serving, the first restart point was surprising, a 34-stroke rally that offered Monfils a third break ball. However, number 1 saved the situation again, kept the serve (3-2) and then, yes, he took advantage of the first break point in the Frenchman’s service. Number 1 stuff and great champions like Djokovic.

That 4-2 was a highway not only to the first set (6-3), but also for the final victory, as that movement ate up the morale of the Monfils, where the memory of so many defeats against to the Serbian despite such a slab: without major burdens, Djokovic made two more breaks in the second set, in the third and seventh games, to end his passing round 16 6-3 and 6-2.

Monfils ’31 unforced errors (15 from the Serb) made things easier for the Balkans, whose 11 winners (18 from the Frenchman) found that he also didn’t need an extraordinary version to maintain his massive supremacy over Gael .

Monfils had a victory against Djokovic, in 2004, when they were both very young and they met when Italy in a tournament Tomorrowthe 3rd Division of tennis behind the circuits ATP Y Challenger: The Frenchman won 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-2, but as professionals he has yet to beat the Serbian in his 18 fights.

Source: La Verdad

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