On Wednesday, several Frenchmen were looking to qualify for the third round of the singles draw at the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Montréal. Half of them earned a spot.
First, Gilles Simon was shown the door by Mikhail Youzhny of Russia in two sets (6-1, 6-4). A survivor of the qualifying event, Youzhny seems to be regaining some of his former form.
Later, Gaël Monfils (15) dramatically surrendered to Gilles Muller of Luxembourg. Despite a 4-2 lead in the third-set tiebreaker, the Frenchman lost the last five points in a heart-wrenching defeat.
“The conditions weren’t easy,” admitted Monfils after the match.
“I gave it everything I had. There are a lot of things I could have done better. That’s how it was today. I wasn’t good enough to find the solution.”
Jérémy Chardy helped salvage French honour on the courts but not without difficulty. It took three sets for him to dispose of Leonardo Mayer of Argentina (4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2).
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (10) also went three sets in a tight match versus Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain (5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-5), hitting 16 aces for the win.