A magical evening. To make you love Gaël Monfils a little more. The Frenchman qualified for the second round of Roland-Garros on Tuesday by beating, despite cramps, the Argentinian Sebastian Baez (42nd) 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 1-6, 7-5, picking up his first-ever win since returning to competition in March after seven months out to treat an injury.
In the deciding set, Monfils quickly found himself trailing 4-0 in a match that had become one-sided. But he kept fighting and savoring his beautiful points with a smile, making the audience stand up. And the inevitable Marseillaise sounded in the stands at the change of sides at 3-4. Thus worn, Monfils equalized at 4-4 and found himself leading 6-5 before concluding with a final break.
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