It was the 19th match between Djokovic and Monfils, the former tennis master of the world, and it was the 19th victory of the Serbian. Previously, no tennis player managed to achieve such a great superiority in the balance of mutual games.
The world vice-leader, who will play against the American Taylor Fritz (ATP number 9) in the quarter-finals, signed the shirt of the 36-year-old Monfils after the 16th match.
Novak Djokovic signs Gael Monfils shirt for his historic 19-0 record against him.
“Sorry not sorry.” 😜 pic.twitter.com/OH0m9hDj2X
— Danny 🐊 (@DjokovicFan_) August 18, 2023
Alcaras, the leader of the world ranking, lost four (!) times in the first two sets to break deficit, beat American Tommy Paul (ATP 13th) in a tough battle lasting more than three hours, who lost in the quarterfinals of the Toronto Masters the previous weekend.
The third in the world stumbled in the round of 16 of the Cincinnati tournament rocket Daniil Medvedev and number four Stefan Tsitsips, lost to Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz (20th ATP) and Germany’s Alexander Zverev (17th ATP), respectively, for whom this is his first win over a top 10 tennis player since recovering from an ankle injury suffered in the semifinals of the 2022 French Open there.
Cincinnati “Masters” round of 16
|The game||The result|
|Carlos Alcaraz [1.] – Tommy Paul [14.]||7:6 (6); 6:7 (0); 6:3|
|Max Purcell [Q] – Stan Wawrinka [WC]||6:4; 6:2|
|Huberts Hurkacs – Stefans Cicips [4.]||6:3; 6:4|
|Alexey Popirin [LL] – Emil Rūsuvuori||6:2; 1:6; 6:3|
|Adrian Mannarino – Mackenzie McDonald [WC]||6:4; 3:0 – Macdonald left|
|Alexander Zverev [16.] – Daniel Medvedev [3.]||6:4; 5:7; 6:4|
|Taylor Fritz [9.] – Dušan Lajović [Q]||5:0 – Lajović retired|
|Novak Djokovic [2.] – Monfils Gaels [PR]||6:3; 6:2|
Cincinnati Masters Draw:
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