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