Wild bill of fare Gael Monfils corroborate there is never a sluggish import when he takes parting in the Gallic Open by troubling Czech 5th seeded player Tomas Berdych in a first-round battle of Marathon at Roland Garros on Monday.
The Frenchman, whose career has been recently plagued by a knee injury, prevailed 7-6 6-4 6-7 6-7 7-5 in front of an ecstatic Court Philippe Chatrier after four hours three minutes.
The result marked a spectacular reverse in fortune for Berdych, who reached the Madrid Masters last four by beating world number one Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals.
Former world number seven Monfils, who started his freefall in the ATP rankings when he pulled out of last year’s French Open, is no stranger to upsets and prolonged ties at his home slam.
In 2010, the Parisian played into the nighttime, until almost 10 o’clock against Italian Fabio Fognini in a second-round lucifer which he suffer the next twenty-four hour period after more than four times of day of lawn tennis.
Two old ages ago, Monfils fiddle with David Ferrer is sounds and quiver him 8-6 in the fifth part set to contact the final eight.
In 2009, it represent Andy Roddick who suffer his peevishness, complaining to the arbiter that it represent too sorry to meet and, after both represent forced to keep performing, Monfils seal a fourth-round profits in consecutive lots as evenfall nail down.
On Monday Monfils coiffure not expect for the iniquity.
“It’s magical here, it’s a place where I feel good, where I manage to transcend myself,” Monfils, who saw off four break points in the decider, told a news conference.
Asked how he pulled it off, the Frenchman said: “My only answer is I worked. I worked. And I believed in myself.
“I have gone through very difficult moments, so necessarily, you know, you get tougher.”
Berdych barely offered an explanation for his performance.
“If you’re asking for (what made) the difference, then I think that, well, I had one chance in the fifth set,” he said.
“I didn’t make it. He made one, so he made it. That’s absolutely what was the difference between us today.”
The result capped a good day for Frenchmen as Richard Gasquet, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Julien Benneteau also advanced into the second round.
Seventh seed Gasquet produced a classy performance to dismiss Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-1 6-4 6-3, while Tsonga, the sixth seed, made light work of Slovenian Aljaz Bedene 6-2 6-2 6-3.
Benneteau, the 30th seeded player, last a underage panic attack to realise off Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis 7-6 6-3 5-7 7-6.