Gael Monfils grounds Joao Sousa 6-3 6-2 in the 1st round in Rotterdam on Wednesday after playing a superlative match to deal with Gilles Simon in the 2nd round.

Score, report, and key facts

1st set.

Monfils conquered a commanding position in the outset to break Sousa in the 2nd game (2-0) before consolidating his break and lead 3-0. Notwithstanding, the set was not over yet and there was more work to do for Monfils to win the set as Joao succeeded in breaking back in the 5th (2-3) game. Monfils kept his cool to break Joao in the 6th (4-2) game before conquering the set (6-3).

2nd set.

Monfils had a boost of confidence at the beginning of the set after breaking Sousa in the 1st game (1-0). Gael reinforced his lead after breaking the Portuguese in the 7th (5-2) game before managing to win the set (6-2).

1st
Monfils
Sousa
6-3
6
3
5
3
5
2
4
2
3
2
3
1
3
0
2
0
1
0
2nd
Monfils
Sousa
6-2
6
2
5
2
4
2
3
2
3
1
2
1
2
0
1
0

Statistics

At the end of the match, Gael scored 63 points vs. the Portuguese’s 44 points.

Gael won this match even if he had some problems converting his break points because he converted only 44% (4/9). On the other side, the Portuguese was pretty effective in converting 50% of the break points that he procured points (1/2). Nevertheless, that was not enough to win the match.

After this match, the head to head between Monfils and Sousa is 4-1 for Gael.

Highlights Gael Monfils vs. Joao Sousa ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament – Rotterdam

Next Match H2H: Gael Monfils vs. Gilles Simon – stats

Monfils will face Simon in the 2nd round.

This will be the 10th time that Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon square off. The head to head is 7-2 for Simon (see full H2H stats), 2-1 on I.hard.

The last time that they played, Simon won 0-6 6-0 7-60 in the 1st round in Madrid back in 2017.

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