Montreal | Monfils blows out Nishikori
Gael Monfils, the French ‘entertainer’, recovered from the brink of defeat to take out the fifth seed Kei Nishikori at the Rogers Cup 1000 Masters 6-7(4) 7-5 7-6(6) in Montreal in what proved to be a day of upsets for the organisers.
It’s a good victory for many reasons. It’s a big revenge, because last year around this time I had the same thing actually against KeiGael Monfils
Also out are the home favourite Milos Raonic, seeded 6, who lost to Adrian Mannarino of France 6-4 6-4 and David Goffin, seeded 9, losing to South Korea’s Chung Hyeon 7-5 6-3.
“It’s a good victory for many reasons,” Monfils said prevented Nishikori from serving out for the match in the second set. “It’s a big revenge, because last year around this time I had the same thing actually against Kei.”
And there were more seeds to fal.l South African Kevin Anderson beat No. 11 Pablo Carreno 6-3 7-6(6), and former top tenner David Ferrer outlasted No. 15 Jack Sock 7-6(7) 3-6 6-1.
Thankfully as far as the organisers were concerned, the top seeded Rafa Nadal and second seeded Roger Federer eased themselves through their respective rounds.
Both hardly broke sweat with Nadal easing past Borna Coric 6-1 6-2 while Federer virtually mirrored his rival’s performance with a 6-2 6-1 victory over Peter Polansky.
In other matches No. 4 Alexander Zverev, the only other player apart from Nadal and Federer to have won a Masters 1000 event this year, struggled to get past an injured Richard Gasquet 6-3 4-6 7-6(3), however his big brother Mischa, lost to the seventh seeded Grigor Dimitrov, 6-3 3-6 6-3.
Also through are No. 12 Roberto Bautista who defeated Ryan Harrison 7-5 6-2, and No. 16 Nick Kyrgios who ousted Paolo Lorenzi 6-2 6-3.
Meanwhile the 18-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov made up for the disappointment of Raonic’s exit by winning his second match 6-3 7-6(4) against the popular and former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro.
Speaking after his victory over Coric who at the start of the match led Nadal 2-1 in their head-to-heads, the Spaniard said: “At the beginning of the match there were great points. I think I started playing so well in the first set and in general, I played a great match. Last time that I played against him I lost, last year in Cincinnati. It was not an easy round for me.”
Federer was equally satisfied with his opening performance, saying: “Overall, I’m very satisfied with the match. The conditions were tough here in Montreal. There was a lot of wind today and it was fast. Sometimes it’s difficult to find the rhythm. But I was happy that I was very focused on my service games. I was aggressive. This is how I want to play for the whole week. Anyway, it’s a good start.”