Very complicated period since the resumption of the season for Gaël Monfils. Eliminated in the 1st round in Rome, Hamburg and Roland Garros, the French suffered the same fate this Monday in Vienna, but this time with a withdrawal. Against Pablo Carreno-Busta, number 11 at ATP could not do anything and preferred to stop his meeting at the start of the second set, at 6-1, 2-0.
Hit in the upper body, possibly in the neck or in the right shoulder, and handled by the tournament physiotherapist after losing the first set, Monfils quickly gave up afterwards, unable to continue. “It wasn’t a real game, he couldn’t serve. On this kind of surface, it’s hard to fight without being able to serve. I tried to concentrate on my game, to keep my commitment and to take advantage of the opportunity ”, explained at the end of the meeting the Spaniard, in remarks taken up by L’Equipe. Before that, the French had not been able to show much in Austria and left the tournament in Vienna in a hurry, with this 5th defeat in as many games since September and his return to the courts.
Still in contention for a qualification for the Masters at the end of the year, Monfils still saw his chances of joining London in a few weeks decrease. For this, the latter must imperatively bounce back during the Rolex Paris Masters.
VIENNA (Austria, ATP 500, hard indoor, € 1,550,950)
Title holder: Dominic Thiem (AUT)
Djokovic (SRB, n ° 1) – Krajinovic (SRB)
Coric (CRO) beats Fritz (USA): 6-4, 6-4
Hurkacz (POL) – Balazs (HON, Q)
Lajovic (SRB) – Sonego (ITA, LL)
Tsitsipas (GRE, n ° 3) – Struff (ALL)
Dimitrov (BUL) – Khachanov (RUS)
Bedene (SLO, Q) – Evans (GBR, SE)
Rodionov (AUT, WC) – Shapovalov (CAN, n ° 8)
Carreno Busta (ESP) bat Monfils (FRA, n ° 7) : 6-1, 2-0 abandonment
Anderson (AFS, PR) beats Novak (AUT, WC): 6-7 (2), 6-4, 7-6 (6)
Auger-Aliassime (CAN) – Pospisil (CAN, Q)
Medvedev (RUS, n ° 4) – Jung (TPE, LL)
Rublev (RUS, n ° 5) – Gombos (SLQ, Q)
Ruud (NOR) – Sinner (ITA, WC)
Garin (CHI) – Wawrinka (SUI)
Thiem (AUT, n ° 2) – Nishikori (JAP, PR)