[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The showdown between Gaël Monfils of France and Fabio Fognini of Italy at Uniprix Stadium on Monday night had all the makings of an epic match. But ultimately, Monfils simply overpowered his rival. The world no. 15 and 15th seed ousted the world no.27 in two quick sets (6-3, 6-1) in 1:03.
“I played a solid match,” said Monfils afterwards. “I knew that I wanted to start the tournament off well. I didn’t play a good match but I didn’t play a bad one either. I didn’t give him any points.”
Still, the question going into the match was which Fabio Fognini would show up? The motivated player or the nonchalant one?
“I knew that there was a chance that Fabio’s head wouldn’t stay in the match,” explained Monfils. “And that’s what happened at the end of the first set. He wasn’t happy about the break points. Then he was a bit injured and I was able to stay solid.”
In the second round, the Frenchman will face world no.46 Gilles Muller of Luxemburg, who ousted Canadian Philip Bester.
“We were talking about it in the locker room after our matches and we realized that we’ve never played each other. That’s unbelievable!” exclaimed Monfils. “Even as juniors or in Future or Challenger events.”
Monfils said that he was looking forward to the match. “I know that he’s a good player. I’ll try to serve better than I did today. He is very aggressive and has a good serve.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]