Former world No. 6 Gael Monfils has been working with Gunter Bresnik since the start of the season but Adrian Mannarino doesn't see anything different in the game of his close friend. On Wednesday, world No. 22 Monfils beat Mannarino 2-6 7-6 (4) 6-2 in the Paris Masters second round.
“I'm used to it, we train very often together at tournaments. Every time we're in the same tournament, we train together. We played each other many times in tournaments. We know each other by heart," Mannarino said of his relationship with Monfils.
"I didn't have the impression of seeing a player who plays differently from the one I have used to playing against."
Mannarino lost to Monfils after easily winning the opener
Mannarino broke Monfils twice in the first set to comfortably take the opener.
Monfils claimed his first break of the match in the sixth game of the second set but his lead was short-lived as Mannarino broke back in the following game. Monfils had a set point on Mannarino's serve in the 10th game but failed to convert and the set eventually went into a tie-break.
In the tie-break, Monfils was 4-3 down before winning four consecutive points to force a decider. Monfils then broke Mannarino three times and lost his serve once in the third set to complete a comeback win. Unfortunately for Monfils, he was unable to play his round-of-16 match on Thursday as he gave world No.
1 Novak Djokovic a walkover. “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.