Monfils defeated Agut 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(2) in the last eight round of the Montreal Open 2019 and within three hours of time, the Frenchman will meet Rafael Nadal to play for a place in the finals.
In the first set Gael Monfils broke the Spaniard early in the set and later won the first set by 6-4. At Rogers Cup 2016, Monfils and Bautista Agut played each other and their match completed in nearly three hours with Agut winning it 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(2). Bautista came back from a 6-4, 3-1 trail and match point down in the third set and today their fans expected something similar from them.
Roberto Bautista Agut opened the second set and Monfils happened to drop his serve, as the Spaniard switched on his attacking mode of tennis and outplayed the Frenchman in the second set. Agut held the set 6-3 and pushed the game into the decider. Until the second set, Monfils saved eight out the ten break points he faced and Bautista saved seven of them out of the nine he faced.
Second Set Loss
In the third set, Roberto Bautista Agut remained offensive and both the ATP men continued to play a safe game of tennis. Agut’s ball placements on the court were nearly perfect and agile Monfils could respond a few of the returns from the World Number 13.
Jaws-dropped For RBA!
Forehand Winner By RBA!
Until 5-4 in the decider with Gael Monfils on the lead, the winner of the match couldn’t be predicted as their save service games persisted. With an error-filled game from Monfils and Bautista showing up on the volley, the battle between the European men was driven into the third set tiebreak.
Showering winners in the tiebreak, Monfils raced to take a 5-0 lead and later sailed into the finals after dropping two points in the breaker.