A scintillating encounter between world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Gael Monfils is scheduled to take place in the third round of the Paris Bercy on Thursday afternoon. Although the Serbian star holds a 10-0 record against the swashbuckling Frenchman, this will undoubtedly be one of the most intriguing matches of the day. Check out the Djokovic v Monfils Head to Head.
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Playing his first match as a brand new father, top seed Novak Djokovic defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-4 to reach the third round of the BNP Paribas Masters. The defending champion faced little resistance from his German adversary and converted three break points to earn the win in 1 hour and 25 minutes.
“It feels great! It’s different, obviously,” Djokovic told Sky Sports. “I’m trying to take as much positive energy as I can from what’s happened in the past few weeks. I’m very proud to be a father and I’m very proud of my wife for handling the birth in a great way. She’s back home recovering now, with our little boy. This was my first match as a father and it can only inspire me to play my best tennis.”
His opponent, Gael Monfils, also needed just two sets to reach the third round, as he defeated John Isner 6-4, 7-6(4). After being out on the sidelines for six weeks, it was a fantastic showing from the Frenchman in front of his hometown crowd.
This marks the 11th time that Djokovic and Monfils will meet on the professional tour, with the Serb holding a stranglehold over the series with a 10-0 record. He will likely win this next encounter, although it should be an entertaining affair throughout.
Prediction: Novak Djokovic in Three Sets