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Monfils claims first win against Thiem in Mallorca

Gael Monfils rode an outstanding day on serve to snap a six-match losing streak against Dominic Thiem at the Mallorca Championships presented by Waterdrop.

Monfils came into the match with an 0-6 Lexus ATP Head2Head record against the Austrian, but fired 13 aces, won 90 per cent of first-serve points and did not face a break point en route to a 6-3, 7-6(3) win.


"It was my first grass match for three years and I felt I had to serve good and be aggressive against Dominic," Monfils said. "The weather is good, the stadium was full and I really like the vibes here. Now I'll try to win again. It would be great to have two wins in a row under the belt."

The 37-year-old Frenchman advances to play Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena, who defeated countryman Pablo Carreno Busta in a third-set tie-break on Sunday. Improving to 14-13 on the year, Monfils seeks to reach his first quarter-final since making the Doha semi-finals in February.

Thiem, who has announced that the 2024 season will be his last, was acknowledged by the tournament during a brief post-match ceremony. “I have been here many times before the tournament and twice for the tournament and it has been great,” Thiem said. “I’m really looking forward to coming back to this nice club to watch the tournament in the future.”

W on grass ✅@Gael_Monfils playing in his first grass court tournament since 2021 Wimbledon gets the win over Thiem!@MallorcaChamps | #MallorcaChampionships pic.twitter.com/wzEL6Hnhq6

— ATP Tour (@atptour) June 24, 2024

Earlier, Italian veteran Fabio Fognini saved three of four break points faced to defeat Dutch lucky loser Gijs Brouwer 7-6(4), 7-6(5).

Australian Rinky Hijikata, who comes into the week just five places below his career-high PIF ATP Ranking of 70 after last week reaching the Queen’s quarter-finals, defeated Luca Nardi 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 after seeing the Italian save 14 of 18 break points faced.


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