French tennis star Gael Monfils was disappointed over being unable to play world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in front of his home fans at the Paris Masters.
Monfils, ranked at No. 22 in the world, was projected to meet 20-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic in the Paris round-of-16.
Unfortunately, the Frenchman didn’t feel good enough to go out and compete against the world No. 1.
Monfils, a former world No. 1, has never beaten Djokovic but he is hoping to play the Serb again in the future and hopefully beat him for the first time.
“I’m disappointed not to play Novak today. I love playing against the best, you know where you are. He’s beaten me 17 times but I’m really looking forward to play him again and beat him if I can. Today in Paris, it would have been great,” Monfils said after being forced to give Djokovic a walkover, per Tennis Majors.
Monfils’ season likely ended
Monfils is the top-ranked French tennis player but he wasn’t nominated for the French Davis Cup Finals team.
However, he could still make the team as Ugo Humbert withdrew from the Davis Cup Finals.
“I feel like I can play at 100% in ten days. You just need rest. But you don’t have to underestimate as well. Some would smile when I said I was tired with little problems, before the tournament. I’ll take time but 10 days should be OK,” Monfils explained.
After beating Adrian Mannarino in the Paris second round, Monfils indicated he could skip the Djokovic clash.
“I’m going to have an x-ray, so we’ll see how my body will react. When I’m 100% fit, I have not defeated ever Djokovic so far, so now that I’m not 100% fit, my chances are very low. I will see what decision I will make. We’ll see,” Monfils said after beating Mannarino.