Despite the score, there has not necessarily been of suspense. On Monday afternoon, the French Pierre-Hugues Herbert, 43eme player in the world, has had the last word against his compatriot Gael Monfils, the 16th best player in the world and head of series n°5. In the first round of the ATP 500 tournament in Halle in Germany on grass, the native of Schiltigheim took the best on “La Monf’ ” in two short and 1h41 game. Input, the player 28-year-old has breaké his opponent before the race in the lead and then get a ball first set, at 5-3. Finally, the Habs lost his service in the next game, to 5-4, while he had never been threatened until now.
The incredible passing of gael Monfils which will have been for nothing
The two players are then directed to a tie-break, that Herbert has come to the conclusion, after having obtained four new balls set. In the second set, Monfils found the time to make the show, especially with this amazing pattern in the fourth game. Finally, despite a big scare and a fall, the native of Paris has been able to resume but was not able to escape the defeat. In the second round, Herbert will be Molleker, or Stakhovsky.
STOP IT, @Gael_Monfils!
That is absolutely incredible from the Frenchman 🤯
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Khachanov in pain
Head of series number three of the tournament German, Karen Khachanov has held his rank in the face of Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic this Monday (7-6, 6-4). Surprised to enter on his service, the Russian caught up with her late in the stride before be impose in the decisive game on his third ball of the set. A first act committed where the servers had made the law followed by a second one equally contested and won for the ninth best player in the world thanks to a break conducted in the fifth game to take the lead. Khachanov is qualified in pain for the second round where he will face Jan-Lennard Struff or Laslo Djere.
Zverev is defeated Haase
Recent quarter-finalist at Roland Garros and eliminated as soon as it enters the fray at the tournament in Stuttgart, Alexander Zverev has finally signed a victory to start its season on turf. The German has imposed two rounds in the face Robin Haase on Monday in 1 hour and 45 minutes of the game (6-4, 7-5). Solid on his service in the first act, the fifth best player in the world has managed to make the break at the right time to set rotates in its favour. In the second round, the two players have much less insured their bets in game with a total of five service games lost in three to the Dutch, which had nevertheless made the break in first. A scenario which offered the qualification in the second round to Zverev, and a game against Johnson, tombeur of Kohlschreiber.
HALLE (Germany, ATP 500, turf, 2 219 150€)
Taking the title : Borna Coric (CRO)
Federer (SUI, n°1) – Millman (AUS)
Tsonga (FRA, WC) – Pair (ENG)
Gojowczyk (ALL, WC) – Gasquet (FRA)
Fritz (USA) – Bautista Agut (ESP, n°7)
Coric (CRO, n°4) – Munar (ESP)
Sousa (POR, Q) bat Hurkacz (POL) : 7-6(3), 6-1
Molleker (ALL, WC) – Stakhovsky (UKR, Q)
Herbert (FRA) bat gael Monfils (FRA, n°5) : 7-6 (6), 6-4
Basilashvili (GEO, n°6) – Berrettini (ITA)
Seppi (ITA, Q) – Moraing (GER, Q)
Struff (GER) – Djere (SER)
Khachanov (RUS, n°3) bat Kecmanovic (SER, LL) : 7-6(5), 6-4
Pella (ARG, n°8) – Goffin (BEL)
Albot (MDA) bat Ebden (AUS) : 5-7, 6-1, 6-4
Johnson (USA) bat Kohlschreiber (ALL) : 6-3, 6-3
A. Zverev (ALL, n°2) bat Haase (PBS) : 6-4, 7-5