It goes for Gaël Monfils at Flushing Meadows. The Frenchman made short work of Federico Coria in the first round of the US Open (6-3, 6-2, 6-2). Aggressive in the exchanges, very applied also, he won 93% of the points played on his first ball, which he spent two times out of three on average. He thus conceded only once his engagement, while succeeding six times the break. In the next round he will face the local Steve Johnson who, contrary to what seems to indicate, is not a virtual player on Top Spin.
Djokovic drops a set
Start a little less easy for the world number one in search of Grand Slam in New York. Nole took 2h15 minutes to get rid of 18-year-old Dane Holger Rune 6-1, 6-7 (5/7), 6-2, 6-1.
“It was not the best of my performances,” agreed Nole afterwards, who certainly did not imagine that his entry into the matter would take more than three races and more than two hours, against the 145th in the world. In the next round, he will play a player barely ranked higher: the Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor, 121st in the world.
Various fortunes for other French people
Lucas Pouille will stop there. After leading two sets to one against Ramos Vinolas, the Frenchman finally lost in five sets against the Spaniard (1-6, 7-5, 7-5, 5-7, 4-6) and misses the opportunity to face Olympic champion Alexander Zverev in the next round. Chardy meanwhile failed to take a round from Matteo Berrettini, the prince of tie-breaks (6-7, 6-7, 3-6).
The Italian will also be the next opponent of Corentin Moutet, who swept another Italian in the first round, Stefano Travaglia (6-4, 7-5, 7-6). The French wisp considers the task “difficult but not impossible”. It will be the same for Fiona Ferro against Iga Swiatek in the next round. The Polish, winner of Roland-Garros in 2020 is no longer quite the machine of last year, but she is resuming colors. But it will take more than that to dismiss the French, who swept Hibino (6-1, 6-4) for her first match.