Gael Monfils gives Novak Djokovic walkover at Paris Masters



by DZEVAD MESIC

Gael Monfils gives Novak Djokovic walkover at Paris Masters

French tennis star Gael Monfils has withdrawn from his Paris Masters round-of-16 clash against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. Monfils, ranked at No. 22 in the world, suffered a nasty fall during his second round win over Adrian Mannarino.

After the match, Monfils indicated he could be forced to miss the Djokovic clash. Monfils was hoping to get a chance to beat Djokovic for the first time in front of his home fans. "I'm going to have an x-ray, so we'll see how my body will react.

When I'm 100% fit, I have not defeated ever Djokovic so far, so now that I'm not 100% fit, my chances are very low. I will see what decision I will make. We'll see," Monfils said after beating Mannarino.

Monfils gives Djokovic a free pass into the quarterfinal

On Tuesday, Djokovic beat Marton Fucsovics 6-2 4-6 6-3 in his Paris opener.

“It was great to be back on the court after almost two months without competition,” Djokovic said. “I did not expect anything but I knew this was not going to be an easy match. Marton is a very talented player, he has a lot of quality.

It was a great fight. I couldn’t break his serve, he was playing with a lot of precision and we pushed each other to the limit. It was a great opening match for me. I am very pleased”. Djokovic was out for a month and a half before returning to action in Paris.

“It is just about spending time on court, finding that match play intensity and playing more points,” Djokovic added. “The more matches I play, I think I am going to get better. I know myself well, I was in this situation before, quite a lot of times, so hopefully experience can play a role in doing the job well”.

Gael Monfils Novak Djokovic Paris Masters