For the moment, world number 1 leads 17-0 in confrontations with the Frenchman, currently 21st at ATP. But the cards can be reshuffled between two convalescing veterans. The “Monf” (35) has just returned after a month’s absence for a foot injury.
Still marked by Australian tragicomedy, Djoko (34) has just played five games in three weeks, but he is not at his best, between his failure to enter Monte-Carlo against Davidovich-Fokina and his defeat in the final in Belgrade against Rublev, with a “bubble” in the third set.
“Because, victory or not, we never get bored with Monfils, we meet for this match (not before 4 p.m.)