Washington, Aug 1 Frenchman Gael Monfils collected simply his second tour-level win of the season and the primary for the reason that French Open when he defeated American Bjorn Fratangelo within the first spherical of the DC Open.
The previous World No.6 gained 6-3, 6-4 in straight units in opposition to Fratangelo in Washington, D.C. on Monday evening.
Staying manner behind the baseline, the 36-year-old Monfils used his pace and athleticism to construct a defensive wall that the 30-year-old Pittsburgh native was unable to penetrate on his 2023 main-draw tour-level debut.
En path to his 527th match win, Monfils additionally delighted followers with two signature slam-dunk smashes, in line with a report on the ATP web site.
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Monfils, who at No.323 within the ATP Rankings wanted a wild card into the principle draw, withdrew from the second spherical of his residence Grand Slam with a left wrist harm and performed his first match since Roland Garros final week in Atlanta.
Monfils, who subsequent meets fellow showman, Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik, has reached at the least one ATP last for 18 straight seasons (2005-22) and has 11 titles to his identify.
Former finalist Mackenzie McDonald picked up his first win in three profession conferences with Diego Schwartzman when he defeated the World No.95 6-3, 6-3. McDonald saved the lone break level he confronted whereas changing three of 9 alternatives on the 30-year-old’s serve.
The World No. 60 from California defeated former champions Nick Kyrgios and Kei Nishikori en path to the 2021 title match, the place he misplaced to Jannik Sinner.
In the meantime, Michael Mmoh superior to the second spherical with a 6-3, 6-3 defeat of fellow American, qualifier Bradley Klahn, who was chasing his first tour-level win for the reason that 2019 US Open.
China’s fast-rising 18-year-old lefty Shang Juncheng gained his opening-round match for the second consecutive week (Atlanta) with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Ecuador’s Emilio Gomez. Shang was strong from the baseline, successful 60 per cent of factors on his second serve.