Andy Roddick joked Novak Djokovic's record against Gael Monfils "can almost legally drink" in the United States. On Thursday, Djokovic routinely handled the business against Monfils in the Cincinnati Masters round-of-16 as the Serb handed the Frenchman a 6-3 6-2 loss.
Now, Djokovic owns a 19-0 head-to-head against Monfils. In the United States, the minimum legal drinking age is 21. "Novak's record against Gaël Monfils can almost legally drink in this country. Jokes aside, it's no fault of Monfils'
It was clinical tonight from Novak. Just sharp - start to finish," Roddick said on Tennis Channel.
Djokovic makes history by beating Monfils in Cincinnati
By improving to 19-0 against Monfils, Djokovic made tennis history as it's now officially the most lopsided head-to-head record in ATP history.
18 years ago, Djokovic and Monfils met for the first time on the main level when the Serb edged out the Frenchman in tight five sets at the US Open. Since then, there have been 18 more meetings between the two and all have been won by Djokovic.
Djokovic's dominance against Monfils may be well-documented but the Serb insists the Frenchman has never been an easy opponent. "It was kind of an evolution of both players over the past 15-plus years that we've been playing each other in different parts of the world, also in juniors.
I think early on I struggled a lot with him, I think physically as well. When you play on of the most athletic guys on the Tour, you have to be ready, every ball comes back. A couple of points today, especially in the first set he showed his athleticism," Djokovic said after beating Monfils.
In 2020, Monfils missed out on his best chance at beating Djokovic after he blew three match points in the Dubai semifinal loss against the Serb.