Gael Monfils posts congratulatory message to Alexander Zverev following heavy defeat

Former world No. 6 Gael Monfils congratulated Alexander Zverev on the way in which he carried out throughout their match and added that he nonetheless has methods to go earlier than getting again to his finest recreation. Zverev, seeded at No. 3, handed a 6-1 6-3 loss to Monfils to progress into the Indian Wells Masters quarterfinal.

Zverev made an impressive begin to the match, breaking Monfils thrice to comfortably win the opener. Monfils began taking part in significantly better in the beginning of the second set and even had a break level within the fifth recreation — which he did not convert.

The 2 gamers had been tied at three video games apiece within the second set earlier than Zverev gained three video games in a row to seal a straight-set win. “Congrats to Alex for an ideal match and his unimaginable run. I nonetheless have some work to do to carry my A recreation in opposition to the easiest on the earth.

I’m proud of my progress over the previous few months however I would like extra…The journey continues,” Monfils tweeted after the loss.

Zverev blissful to get his first win over Monfils

“I did really feel nicely on the courtroom as we speak.

Clearly Gael is somebody I haven’t overwhelmed earlier than so I do know that I needed to play my finest tennis,” Zverev stated on courtroom. “I undoubtedly was not distant though I missed just a few volleys ,however other than that I felt fairly good”.

Zverev made the Indian Wells quarterfinal for the primary time in his profession. “I at all times love [Indian Wells] however I’ve simply by no means performed nicely right here,” he stated. “However I did nicely in Cincinnati as nicely the place I’d by no means gained a match earlier than this 12 months after which I gained the match, so hopefully this is usually a related week for me.

I’m trying ahead to it. I’m feeling nicely, I’m taking part in fairly OK tennis and hopefully it may possibly proceed this week”.

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