Monfils LIVE: follow the Madrid Masters 1000 match

7:27 p.m .: Djokovic’s long line backhand which is clearly up to speed. It’s been 4-2…

7:24 p.m .: But what mistakes does Monfils make… Incredible all these forehands that are too long… 15-15

7:21 p.m .: Monfils game, which comes down to 3-2. Djokovic kindly contests a decision by the referee who gives him “Novak”… The Serb did not ask for the video quickly enough. Let us be reassured.

7:19 p.m .: The best point of the match before our eyes (well, mine anyway). Drop shot, lob, tweener, volley. And finally the point for Djokovic. 30-15 Monfils.

7:17 p.m .: Physically, Djokovic still looks much better than Monfils, which is not very surprising given that the Frenchman is coming out of more than a month off. The Serb confirms his break. 3-1

7:16 p.m. : Djoko’s amortization… In the net. It is not Hugo Gaston who wants. 40-40

7:15 p.m .: Another very short ball from Djokovic, another forehand mine from Monfils. And another fault of the Frenchman. 40-30

7:14 p.m. : No nothing. 30-30.

7:11 p.m .: But here is my big one, there it is beautiful, this small ball crossed on the amortization of Djokovic! 0-30

7:10 p.m. : I’m not going to say I don’t believe it, but the signs of optimism are only visible under a microscope.

7:08 p.m .: And bam, Djoko white game. Two break points, two breaks. Clinic… 2-1

7:07 p.m .: Barely time to blow my aching knuckles from a day’s work when Monfils finds himself with three break points against him…

7:06 p.m.: 1-1. It’s not necessarily more exciting than the final of the Tournoi des Vendanges at Fronton, but Djoko gets back together without too much trouble.

7:05 p.m. : Bold this forehand like a shotgun blast in return of serve. Too bad for Monfils, it comes out … 40-30

7:03 p.m. : Djokovic makes a big mistake on the forehand? Monfils imitates him in stride … 30-15 on the service of the Serb.

7:01 p.m .: Suffice it to say that for Gaël Monfils to win the first game of the second round with authority…

7 p.m. : Frankly, the Parisian is a bit sleepy at the moment. And yet, it is not the most magical Djoko in history who plays.

6:56 p.m .: A last curved backhand that slips into the tarpaulins and it makes 6-3 Djokovic. Monfils had three break points which he missed, the Serb converted the only one he had. The difference between a champion and an immense champion.

6:55 p.m .: A lot of faults from Monfils anyway. Too much. Two set points for Djokovic.

6:53 p.m .: A shotgun blast on the backhand, another on the forehand. Monfils does not give up and wins his service game relatively easily. 5-3

6:50 p.m.: 5-2 Djokovic. Monfils’ body language is not extraordinary…

6:48 p.m. : The quality of the game is better since the post-rain recovery. 40-40

6:46 p.m .: Djokovic is takeable for the moment. Monfils’ cross-passing is absolutely beautiful. 30-30

6:45 p.m. : Monfils is the windscreen wiper before swinging a backhand too long on a drop shot from Djokovic. Not the kind of thing to miss against the gluten-free man. 30-15

6:43 p.m .: And the Serb does not spoil him … 4-2 service to follow …

6:42 p.m. : Ah but behind that it doesn’t follow at all there… Double fault and two break points for Djokovic. 15-40

6:41 p.m.: PAN!!! (to be read with the voice of Jean-Paul Loth) What an uncrossed forehand from Monfils!!! Gorgeous. 15-15

6:39 p.m .: An ace and an exchange led later, Djoko leads 3-2…

6:37 p.m .: Backhand too long by 3 m by Gaël. Another wasted opportunity…

6:36 p.m .: An exchange of 34 shots, and A 3RD BREAK BALL FOR MONFILS!

6:35 p.m .: Here we go again!!! 2-2 40 A on Djokovic’s serve.

6:32 p.m. : Two more minutes of warm-up.

6:30 p.m.: The players come out of the locker room (no, it’s not Endless Day).

6:24 p.m.: The roof is fully deployed. That’s good, the game will resume soon. But the indoor conditions will undoubtedly favor Djokovic, who didn’t necessarily need that, even if he hasn’t made a very strong impression so far.

6:21 p.m .: A small point on the continuation. The winner of this match will meet in 8th that of the duel between Murray and Shapovalov (and leather boots)

6:15 p.m .: Ah yes, it floats as it should there, in Madrid. And since the roof closes at the speed of a neurasthenic lazy man, we’ll have to wait a bit.

6:11 p.m. : I would do a number of tap dancing for you to wait but my webcam does not work. Sorry, you’re missing something…

6:07 p.m.: OH NO!!! The match is interrupted by the rain, at 2-2 and 40 A on Djokovic’s service. We’re going to close the roof of the Manolo-Santana court (well, “we” is a way of speaking, I’m not going to do anything at all myself).

6:05 p.m .: WHAT AUTHORITY!!! After a long exchange, Monfils comes to shoot his opponent with a backfiring forehand.

6:04 p.m .: Third double fault for Djokovic already. 40-40…

6:02 p.m.: 30-30 on the Serbian service. There is clearly something to do, Djoko makes a lot of mistakes.

6 p.m.: MONFILS GAME. Tranquilou bilou.

5:58 p.m .: Monfils is really in the game for now. He just stuck a huge bread on the forehand that Djoko could not control. 40-0.

5:56 p.m .: A ball from Monfils too long, and Djokovic leads 2-1. Too bad all the same these two break points, not sure that it comes up with each game of service from the Serb.

5:54 p.m .: Two break points nicely saved. We are talking about Djoko, not Gilbert, the ternnis teacher ranked 15/2 in Savignac-les-Ormeaux.

5:53 p.m .: A low backhand from Djoko’s net and two break points for Monfils!!!

5:51 p.m .: Yes, the acrobatic backhand volley of the Monf behind a drop shot … Du Gaël all spit …

5:50 p.m .: Come on, it holds! 1-1 after a nice serve from the Frenchman.

5:49 p.m .: And hop, double fault which puts Djoko back in the game (40-40)

5:48 p.m. : The court is completely open, but Monfils throws a potato 2 m behind the baseline…

5:48 p.m .: Djoko’s completely off-center forehand!!! Amazing… 15-15

5:45 p.m .: Oh dear, Monfils puts a volley badly played by the Serb directly on Djokovic. Inevitably, the Belgrade Punisher takes advantage of it. 1-0 Djoko.

5:45 p.m. : 40-30. Far too long forehand from Djoko while Monfils was strawberry.

5:44 p.m. : First double fault for Djoko. 30-15

5:42 p.m.: We gently place the towels next to the geraniums. The match begins, service Djoko.

5:39 p.m. : During their last meeting, in Dubai in February 2020 (just before the Covid crisis),. Before falling, therefore.

5:34 p.m .: THE TWO PLAYERS ENTER THE COURT!!!

5:29 p.m .: The two players prepare behind the scenes. Can’t wait to see what state of mind Monfils will be in, after his statements at a press conference: “When someone is stronger than you, he is stronger than you. You can beat him once, maybe twice, three times. I never really succeeded. But not many guys beat Usain Bolt! Well, it’s Gaël’s moment!

5:23 p.m .: Come on, let’s project ourselves on this Djokovic – Monfils. 17 victories to nothing therefore for the Serb on the main circuit therefore, but only one match on clay. In 2006 at Roland-Garros, there is therefore an eternity.

5:21 p.m .: IT’S OVER!!! After 19 hours and 53 minutes of play, Sara Sorribes Tormo defeats Daria Kasatkina.

5:20 p.m. : But it’s not a match point that I see there?

5:19 p.m. : 5-3, 30-0 Sorribes Tormo. Go Sarah!!!

5:15 p.m.: 4-3, 40-40 in this 3rd set for Sorribes Tormo. We came across the longest women’s game in history when we just wanted to give you joy and pleasure with a little Monfils – Djokovic. WHY ???

5:05 p.m. : Break by Kasatkina… Help!!!

4:57 p.m. : 4-1 for Sorribes Tormo in the third. I have nothing against Kasatkina but go Spain!!!

4:45 p.m. : Note that Monfils recently beat a world number 1:.

4:37 p.m. : Well, we started with a 3rd set between Kasatkina and Sorribes Tormo. What happiness…

4:30 p.m. : A bit of Djoko to wait (because the match before may drag on).

4 p.m. : Hi ! When you write “not before 4 p.m.”, you are not lying. For the moment, it is Kasatkina and Sorribes-Tormo who are fighting it out on the Manolo-Santana court in the tournament, where Gaël and Nole will perform. We are in the 2nd set…

What, a live broadcast on 20 Minutes for a second round of Masters 1000? Yeah, it’s crazy, but here we go, to paraphrase the title, with the late Pierre Tornade and Michel Gérard. After his easy entry victory over the Spaniard Gimeno, challenges Novak Djokovic on Spanish clay.

For the moment, world number 1 leads 17-0 in confrontations with the Frenchman, currently 21st at ATP. But the cards can be reshuffled between two convalescing veterans. The “Monf” (35) has just returned after a month’s absence for a foot injury.

Still marked by Australian tragicomedy, Djoko (34) has just played five games in three weeks, but he is not at his best, between his failure to enter Monte-Carlo against Davidovich-Fokina and his defeat in the final in Belgrade against Rublev, with a “bubble” in the third set.

“Because, victory or not, we never get bored with Monfils, we meet for this match (not before 4 p.m.)

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