Toronto Masters: Novak Djokovic simply the best, admits Gael Monfils
Toronto Masters: World No1 Novak Djokovic secures an edgy 6-2, 6-7(4), 7-6(2) victory over Gael Monfils in second round
Gael Monfils described Novak Djokovic as the best player in the world on current form after the Wimbledon champion dug deep to win 6-2, 6-7(4), 7-6(2) and reach the Rogers Cup third round.
The three-time Toronto champion appeared to be coasting towards a victory on his return to competitive action following his triumph over 17-time Major winner Roger Federer at SW19 last month.
He’s always on time, runs good, defence, attack. I think he’s just No. 1 for a reason
Djokovic took the first set 6-2 and looked to be easing away in the second against a tiring and unenthusiastic Monfils before the world No22 capitalised as Djokovic suffered a rare bout of nerves.
Sealing the second set courtesy of a tiebreak, Monfils was on the brink of an upset as the Frenchman got to 6-5 and 30/30, but Djokovic managed to avoid defeat and the world number one secured the third 7-6 (2).
“Well because he’s simply the best at the moment and simply because he shows a lot of great stuff,” Monfils said.
“His return is like one of massive weapon he has because at some stage of the match, you know that you cannot ace him or have any free points with your serve. So this is tough.
“And then his timing, he’s great. He’s always on time, runs good, defence, attack. I think he’s just No. 1 for a reason.”
On his own performance, Monfils added: “Well I showed good stuff.
“You know, I think I was happy. I hope to keep this level. And then, you know, just motivate me to work harder. Next time I will try to maybe be a bit further and maybe beat him.”