US OPEN – Gael Monfils is a survivor. At the end of a catastrophic Thursday for French men's tennis, the number one tricolor has fortunately held his rank against Marius Copil. Authoritarian winner in three sets (6-3, 6-2, 6-2) and one and a half hours, Monfils signs a clear fault for the moment. But his next match, facing a boiling Denis Shapovalov, may be more complicated.
But one thing at a time. In a very dark day for French tennis, since the other six Tricolores in the running have all been eliminated, Gael Monfils is a survivor. He holds his rank for the moment, and he holds it well. Tumor of Ugo Humbert in the previous round, Copil can still cause problems with his first supersonic bullet. But on Thursday, Romanian was ghostly. He has barely spent more than one in two out of two (51%) and was constantly chastised on his second ball, on which the French scored two thirds of the points.
Result, Monfils has signed six breaks in three rounds, which against Marius Copil is not trivial. He had only a very small micro-alert at the beginning of the second set when, having broken out of entry, he conceded his commitment in turn. But the thinning was short-lived for the Romanian, again broken in the wake. In reality, there was never really a match, and Gael Monfils was well helped by the 32 faults of his opponent. For his part, he did the job, no frills.
The last French survivor in the male table, he is carrying on his only shoulders the tricolor balance of this fortnight New York. His quarter is an invitation to the last four, but if he has no more seed in his path, he will still find talent. Starting with his next opponent. Denis Shapovalov, like Monfils, won his first two matches in three sets and a minimum of time. The Canadian southpaw has talent, character, and fire at Flushing. This duel promises a lot.