Gael Monfils had almost warned: “We can work and train, sometimes it doesn’t want to. I’m going to take this game much more cool and detached, because I wanted to come back too quickly. We must never forget that after a long stop it takes almost that long to really get back to 100%. ” Detachment will not have been enough. As in Rome and Hamburg for his first two tournaments on clay, the two previous weeks, the French n ° 1 came out in the first round, but this time at Roland Garros.
Alexander Bublik was far from the ideal draw, he who remained notably on a victory against Félix Auger-Aliassime in Hamburg. The Kazakh, who was physically and mentally ready, qualified in four sets (6-4, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3). There were a lot of breaks in the first two sets, Gael Monfils having conceded two then three. After a nice burst of pride in the third round, where “Monf” this time managed to recover a break from behind to 3-2 against him to afford a fourth set, the latter sounded the death knell of his ultimate hopes .
However, this time he had managed to break first, which allowed him to lead 2-1 on his faceoff. But Bublik broke in the wake, proof of the unfortunate inconstancy and especially the too great difficulties of Gael Monfils, who ended up giving up definitely. At home, but not really, given this deadly atmosphere in front of the rare spectators of Lenglen … Almost in general anonymity, so far from his Parisian standards (where he reached a semi-final in 2008 and three quarters in 2009, 2011 and 2014). That this new tennis in Covid mode is strange, insurmountable for some. Benoit Paire, 26th player in the world, has already become the top ranked French player at Roland Garros.