Friday , 23 October 2020

Masters 1000 de Montréal: this time, Gaël Monfils bows to the decisive tie-break, against Roberto Bautista Agut

Gaël Monfils missed a match on Thursday in the third round of the Montreal Masters 1000, losing to the third-team tie-break against Roberto Bautista Agut (4-6, 7-6 [5], 7-6 [ 2], in 2h56).

Gaël Monfils (30, 22nd) once again played a decisive tie-break on Thursday in the third round of the Masters 1000 in Montreal. But after beating Kei Nishikori the day before, the Frenchman lost the second to Roberto Bautista Agut (29, 16), whom he had so far beaten ( 4-6, 7-6 [5], 7-6 [2], in 2h56). Monfils had a match ball, at 6-5, 30-40 in the third act, set aside a good first by the Spaniard. It is “RBA” that will challenge Roger Federer, Friday in quarters, if the Swiss dismisses David Ferrer this Thursday.


Monfils led 6-4, 3-1, then had two 4-2 balls in the third set

More enterprising than against the Japanese, more consistent from the bottom too, Monfils started better than his opponent in his third round: his cottony backhand chops greatly embarrassed Bautista Agut, as well as his beautiful field cover. The Frenchman was in an ideal position, leading 6-4, 3-1, following a well-felt forehand. A game of redacted service, at 3-2 (four straight faults), relaunched the Spaniard, who tightened the game at 5-5, 0-30 on his commitment, eventually winning the tie-break: five points Everywhere, it was Monfils who cracked first, in forehand, during a long exchange of 24 strikes.

In the third act, the Frenchman had two 4-2 balls, which he could not convert (the first on a forehand attack just behind the bottom line, the second on a badly adjusted reverse passing ). Just like this famous match ball, at 6-5, 30-40. Touched physically by the repetition of the efforts, Monfils, whose two knees were still bandaged, dropped in the tie-break, multiplying the faults in return. The semifinalist of the 2016 edition lost on a lap in the net, missing the opportunity of a probable duel of prestige against Roger Federer in the quarterfinals.

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