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Tennis: winning comeback for Monfils in Monte-Carlo

Winning return for Gaël Monfils: the Frenchman who had not played in Monte-Carlo since his lost final in 2016, won on Tuesday in the first round against the Australian Aleksandar Vukic (65th in the world) 6-7 (7/ 9), 6-3, 7-5.

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Tennis: winning comeback for Monfils in Monte-Carlo

Winning return for Gaël Monfils: the Frenchman who had not played in Monte-Carlo since his lost final in 2016, won on Tuesday in the first round against the Australian Aleksandar Vukic (65th in the world) 6-7 (7/ 9), 6-3, 7-5.

He will face Russian Daniil Medvedev (4th) on Wednesday for a place in the round of 16. The 37-year-old Frenchman, 40th in the ATP and beneficiary of an invitation, should have faced the Australian Jordan Thompson (32nd). But a few minutes before the start of the match, the latter withdrew due to a back injury and was replaced by his compatriot Vukic, drafted from qualifying.

Monfils and Vukic reached the tie break in the first set after exchanging faceoffs in the middle of the set. After a long standoff, the Australian pocketed the set. In the second, the Frenchman began to show signs of fatigue, even injury, but nevertheless managed to return to a set everywhere on his third set point.

In the process, he started the decisive round badly by immediately conceding his throw-in to be down 2-0, then a second time to be down 4-1. But he won the next four games to lead 5-4, then 6-5. And on his opponent's final service game, Monfils concluded with two winning shots, the 46th and 47th of the match (for 48 unforced errors)! He was left with a final lost in 2016 against Rafael Nadal.

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