French tennis star Gael Monfils couldn’t explain a slow start to his French Open round-of-16 clash against fourth-seeded Dominic Thiem as the Austrian ended up easily beating the Frenchman 6-4 6-4 6-2. World No. 4 Thiem got off to a great start to the match, having broken the 17th-ranked Frenchman twice in a row to take a 4-0 lead.
Monfils managed to get one break back and reduce the deficit to 5-4 but that was all as the Austrian served out for the opener in the 10th game. “I didn’t make a good start to the match and I don’t really have an explanation.
I made two double faults in the first game, I made a lot of mistakes pretty quickly. I wanted to be aggressive, maybe too much,” Thiem said, per We Love Tennis France. Monfils held on to his serve until the ninth game of the second set when Thiem broke the Frenchman before serving out for a two-set lead in the following game.
2018 French Open runner-up Thiem then broke Monfils twice in the third set to comfortably seal the win. Monfils, 32, has yet again failed to fulfil his big dream of winning a Grand Slam title. “I’m disappointed. We have to continue working and the goals are super high,” Monfils added.