Former world No. 6 Gael Monfils congratulated Alexander Zverev on the way he performed during their match and added that he still has ways to go before getting back to his best game.
Zverev, seeded at No. 3, handed a 6-1 6-3 loss to Monfils to progress into the Indian Wells Masters quarterfinal.
Zverev made an outstanding start to the match, breaking Monfils three times to comfortably win the opener.
Monfils started playing much better at the start of the second set and even had a break point in the fifth game — which he didn’t convert.
The two players were tied at three games apiece in the second set before Zverev won three games in a row to seal a straight-set win.
“Congrats to Alex for a great match and his incredible run. I still have some work to do to bring my A game against the very best in the world. I am happy with my progress over the last few months but I want more…The journey continues,” Monfils tweeted after the loss.
Zverev happy to get his first win over Monfils
“I did feel well on the court today. Obviously Gael is someone I haven’t beaten before so I know that I had to play my best tennis,” Zverev said on court. “I definitely was not far away even though I missed a few volleys ,but apart from that I felt pretty good.”
Zverev made the Indian Wells quarterfinal for the first time in his career.
“I always love [Indian Wells] but I’ve just never played well here,” he said. “But I did well in Cincinnati as well where I’d never won a match before this year and then I won the tournament, so hopefully this can be a similar week for me. I’m looking forward to it. I’m feeling well, I’m playing pretty OK tennis and hopefully it can continue this week.”