World number one Novak Djokovic got off to a flying start at the Masters in Madrid this afternoon – extending his impressive run against Gael Monfils.
After a walk-through in round one, the world number one Djokovic entered the match against Gael Monfils in Madrid – and won the duel clearly with 6:3, 6:2. Nole only had to tremble at the beginning when he fended off two break points. After a rain interruption and the closing of the roof, he made short work of his opponent.
For the 34-year-old Serb, it was the 18th win in the 18th duel with the one-year older Frenchman, who is currently ranked 21st in the world rankings, and at the same time another tennis record: no professional on the tour had ever achieved 18:0 in the head-to-head statistics.
The victory also secured Nole’s first place in the world rankings; in the event of defeat, he would have had to relinquish the top spot to Daniil Medvedev as of Monday. But that will not happen now, although the Djoker, who has only played nine matches so far in 2022, is hoping for more match practice as he looks to get in shape for the French Open.
He will face Andy Murray in the next round, the Scot bowling out Canadian seed Denis Shapovalov in three sets 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 in the evening.
The defending champion Alexander Zverev, seeded second behind Djokovic in Madrid, will play his opening match against Marin Cilic (Croatia) on Wednesday.