Novak Djokovic today extended his supremacy against Gaël Monfils by dispatching 6-3 and 6-2 to the French veteran on his debut in the Madrid Open.
The number one in the world, in need of winning shooting with a view to Roland Garros, saved the five break balls he faced and converted the three he had against Monfils.
It was Djokovic’s eighteenth straight win against Monfils. The Serbian star became the first man with a record of 18-0 against an opponent in the open era.
The match was interrupted with the score 2-2 in the first set when rain forced the use of the roof over the main court of the Caja Mágica.
Djokovic had to get to the maximum of three sets in each of their last three wins of the season. All were in Serbia before falling in the final against Andrey Rublev.
He had lost to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina making his debut at the Monte Carlo Masters, which had been his first and only tournament on clay this season.
He showed up to Madrid with a 5-3 record this year. The other tournament of his was on hard surface, since he could not participate in the Australian Open by not getting vaccinated against COVID-19. He lost to Jiri Vesely in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Tournament.
Djokovic, three times champion in Madrid, they will now be seen against Andy Murray or Denis Shapovalov.
Earlier in the day, Russia’s Rublev settled into the third round by coming from behind to beat British youngster Jack Draper 2-6, 6-4, 7-5.