Only one man could do it and he did! After more than 3h30 of play and five sets, Gaël Monfils won one of the greatest victories of his career in the first round of Roland-Garros on Tuesday May 30. After months of suffering and an extremely difficult return due to numerous injuries, the “Monf” went to the end of himself to overthrow the Argentinian Baez, present in the world top 30 a few weeks ago. Led 4-0 with a 5-0 ball, the Frenchman came back from nowhere to equalize at 4-4. Broken just after, he again achieved the unthinkable by returning to 5-5 to finally win 7-5 after exchanges of which he alone has the secret.
“I had a crazy thing tonight.” Deep down, I knew it was going to be very, very tough, because I trained with him last week and found him monstrous. When I saw the painting, I was not very happy. Having managed to find unexpected solutions, I’m just very happy. It’s one of the best moments in sport I’ve been able to experience” explained the Frenchman at a press conference. It will now be necessary to recover for Gaël Monfils because in the second round, he will face the Dane Holger Rune, one of the outsiders.