Gael Monfils recaptured the form that saw him reach the Australian Open quarter-finals to knock out World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev on Monday in Indian Wells. With the loss, Medvedev will hand back the top spot in the ATP Rankings to Novak Djokovic on Monday.
After competing just once in February, the 26th seed got his first win since Melbourne against Filip Krajinovic on Saturday. He built on that with a scintillating performance in Stadium 1, his explosive and care-free tennis enthralling the early afternoon crowd in the desert.
Following a sloppy end to the first set, Monfils found a new gear for the rest of the two-hour, four-minute match. He used two screaming break-point winners to gain control of the second set, re-establishing his break advantage with a forehand rope that sent the crowd into a frenzy as Monfils basked in the support.
Monfils charged to a 4-0 lead in the final set, twice battling through deuce to break. On his sixth match point, the Frenchman fittingly ended the match in style with a backhand winner.
It’s a second career victory over a current World No. 1 for Monfils, his first coming against Rafael Nadal in 2009 in Doha.
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