Gael Monfils reacts to shock Mikael Ymer loss

Monfils suffered a surprise loss to Ymer in the Montpellier round-of-16.

by Dzevad Mesic
Gael Monfils reacts to shock Mikael Ymer loss

French tennis star Gael Monfils admitted he didn't deliver a good performance on Thursday and he was disappointed for failing to make a notable run in front of his home fans in Montpellier. Monfils, seeded at No. 3, was the favorite to beat Mikael Ymer but he won a total of three games against the Swede.

Ymer, ranked at No. 83 in the world, destroyed Monfils 6-1 6-2 in the Montpellier first round-of-16. It was Monfils' opener at the tournament since he had a first round bye. "I wasn't tonight. I don't want to tweet only the victories and the positive side.

I played badly and it would be too easy to say that I should have done it like this or like that," Monfils wrote on Twitter. "I know that many of you were expecting me at the highest level for my first tournament of the year in France and I am the first to be disappointed.

"The season just started. There will be great matches, disappointments and victories. But that's also tennis. "We win together but we also lose together. Now it's time to recover well and prepare for the next tournament."

Monfils out ot Rotterdam

After exiting Montpellier, former world No.

6 Monfils pulled out of next week's ATP event in Rotterdam. Monfils made three consecutive finals in Rotterdam between 2018 and 2020. Following the withdrawal of Monfils. a place in the Rotterdam main draw opened for Alexei Popyrin.

Monfils ended runner-up to Martin Klizan in the 2018 Rotterdam final but then won back-to-back titles at the tournament in 2019 and 2020.

Monfils made a positive start to the season as he made it all the way in Adelaide after beating Karen Khachanov in the final. Monfils also enjoyed a good run at Melbourne Park, having made the Australian Open quarterfinal. It remains to be seen when will Monfils return to action.

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