Getting his Fils: Arthur slays Hanfmann

YOUNG Frenchman Arthur Fils wasted no time in destroying his German opponent Yannick Hanfmann and making history in the process at the Monte Carlo Masters overnight. The 19-year-old Frenchman became the youngest male player from his nation to win a match at the event in almost two decades when he wiped his lucky loser opponent off the court in 62 minutes.

Not since Richard Gasquet in 2005 has a French teenager won at Monte Carlo, with Fils being less than a year old when his compatriot achieved that feet. Yesterday, Fils was the one doing all the damage on court when he produced an outstanding performance to win 6-0 6-2 in dominant fashion.

Fils played within his means, hitting just 11 winners but only seven unforced errors as he broke Hanfmann six times, while only suffering the same fate one. His first serve percentage of 84 (21 of 25) was elite, while also holding a solid 47 per cent (eight of 17) off his second serve. By comparison, the German only won 15 of 43 points (35 per cent) off his his serve, and could not make any inroads into Fils’ service games.

“I watched a lot this tournament on TV. I saw many champions. I’m happy to play here for the first time,” Fils said post-match. “Well, it’s good to play the tournament, but it’s also good to win matches, and I hope I’ll keep coming here in the following years, and I’m sure it’s going to become a milestone in my season.”

The win moved Fils up to 37th in the world, with the teenager closing in on the top 30 for the first time. A win in the Round of 32 – against Italian Lorenzo Musetti – would see him equal his career-best of 34th in the world on the live rankings. If he gets past Musetti though, world number on Novak Djokovic will likely be waiting for him in the Round of 16.

In other day two results, all four seeds got through to the next round unscathed with Grigor Dimitrov, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Karen Khachanov winning in straight sets, while 14th seeded Frenchman Ugo Humbert dropped the first set against Argentinian Federico Coria before steading to win the last two sets comfortably.

Indian qualifier Sumit Nagal will moved up to a career-high 72nd in the world – his first time inside the top 90 after knocking off talented Italian Matteo Arnaldi in three sets. He was the sole qualifier to reach the second round on the day, with Australian Alexei Popyrin, Chilean Alejandro Tabilo and Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime among the other winners.

A huge day of action takes place on Court Rainier III tonight with Aussie Alex de Minaur kicking off proceedings against Swiss wildcard Stan Wawrinka. Returning former top 10 talent Matteo Berrettini looks to continue his form against Miomir Kecmanovic, before the Round of 32 matches begin, with Djokovic facing Russian Roman Safiullin, while fifth seed German Alexander Zverev takes on Austrian Sebastian Ofner.


[9] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) defeated [WC] Valentin Vacherot (MON) 7-5 6-2
[12] Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) defeated Laslo Djere (SRB) 6-3 6-2
[14] Ugo Humbert (FRA) defeated [Q] Federico Coria (ARG) 4-6 6-1 6-2
[15] Karen Khachanov (RUS) defeated Cameron Norrie (GBR) 7-5 7-6
Roman Safiullin (RUS) defeated [Q] Jaume Munar (ESP) 7-5 6-1
Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) defeated [Q] Luca Nardi (ITA) 6-2 6-3
Francisco Cerundolo (ARG) defeated [LL] Daniel Altmaier (GER) 6-2 7-6
Arthur Fils (FRA) defeated [LL] Yannick Hanfmann (GER) 6-0 6-2
[Q] Sumit Nagal (IND) defeated Matteo Arnaldi (ITA) 5-7 6-2 6-4
Sebastian Ofner (AUT) defeated Daniel Evans (GBR) 6-1 6-4
Alexei Popyrin (AUS) defeated [Q] Corentin Moutet (FRA) 3-6 7-5 6-2
Alejandro Tabilo (CHI) defeated [Q] Christopher O’Connell (AUS) 6-3 6-4

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