After having gotten off to a great start to the year with his first win at ATP level on fast court, Juan Manuel Cerúndolo (90th in the world ranking) was stiff. The faces were seen in the round of 16 of the ATP 250 in Melbourne against the seeded number one of the contest, Gaël Monfils (21st) and did not have a good time. The 6-2 and 6-1 in 55 minutes speaks for itself.
The young blood and hunger for glory of the Argentine led to an entertaining and hard-fought encounter between the two, highlighting the absence and slow pace of the Frenchman in the last stretch of last season due to an adductor injury.
A duel locked in the first round with several unforced errors and few winners. Three break points by Monfils to take the first set 6-2 in just half an hour of play.
Already in the second stage of the match, Monfils could be seen much more confident with his game and his shots. The skill and experience of the current 21st in the world ranking were superior, to the point that, with dropshots, trick shots and exploding the public with his classic show, advanced to the quarterfinals.
While Monfils is already thinking of Tommy Paul (43rd), the youngest of the Cerúndolo brothers will rest and focus on what will be the Australian Open.