Monfils Withdraws, Djokovic Advances into Paris QFs

Monfils Withdraws, Djokovic Advances into Paris QFs Photo: TT
Gael Monfils complains of pain to the doctor during his second round match against his compatriot Adrian Mannarino at the Rolex Paris Masters. November 3, 2021.

In a press conference held in Paris on Thursday, Frenchman Gael Monfils announced his withdrawal from the match against Novak Djokovic due to injury; the Top seed next faces Taylor Fritz.

The third-round match between Novak Djokovic and Gael Monfils at the Rolex Paris Masters got canceled as the Frenchman was forced to withdraw due to a leg injury.

An official statement from the World No. 22, released through his social media accounts, reads: “Sadly, I received some bad news from my medical test this morning. After speaking to my team, I soon realized that I would have to withdraw from the tournament.

I would like to thank you all again for your support this week; it is always special to play in Paris in front of you. I have enjoyed every moment, and I will see you soon.”

While contesting his previous match against countryman Adrian Mannarino on Wednesday, Monfils suffered a fall during the third game, requiring an extended off-court medical time out.

However, the 35-year-old returned to court, continuing to play, moving on to seal his fifth victory over Mannarino 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-2.

After the match, the Parisian commented: “I’m going to have an x-ray, so we’ll see how my body will react.”

He added: “When I’m 100% fit, I have not defeated ever Djokovic so far, so now that I’sm not 100% fit, my chances are very low. I will see what decision I will make. We’ll see.”

Following Monfils walkover, the world number one will next face Taylor Fritz, who outlasted tenth seed Cameron Norrie in straight sets 6-3, 7-6(3) after one hour and 33 minutes.

Recently, the World No. 26 has been displaying great tennis showing to be in good form. On home soil, in Indian Wells, Fritz reached the semifinals, which he lost to Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Late in October, he advanced to the final in St. Petersburg, falling to silver doubles medalist in Tokyo Olympics, Marin Cilic.

In Paris, the 24-year-old set off his campaign defeating Italian Lorenzo Sonego; in the second round, he stunned world number six Andrey Rublev, recording his third Top 10 win of the year.

On Thursday, Fritz toppled Britain’s Norrie advancing into the quarterfinals, set to become America’s number one racquet next week.

Djokovic leads Fritz in their Head to Head Series 4-0. The Serbian claimed his latest win over the Santa Fe native in May at the Italian Open.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion comes from playing his first singles match on Tour since the U.S. Open Final, battling past Marton Fucsovics 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 after two hours in Paris.

Cecilia demartini
Sports Pundit staff writer @ceci_2812
Cecilia is a writer and a journalist passionate about sports, particularly motorsport, tennis, and soccer

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