Alexander Zverev breaks new ground at Indian Wells with victory over Gael Monfils
Alexander Zverev marches on at Indian Wells after conceding just four games against the in-form Frenchman Gael Monfils to reach the quarter-finals.
The German, who already has two Masters 1000 titles to his name in 2021, continued his fine form with a 6-1 6-3 thrashing over the 14th seed.
Interestingly, for a second match in succession, Zverev has beaten a player he failed to beat on his previous three career meetings having also dispatched Andy Murray in the third round.
The world number four has now won 20 of his last 21 matches on the hard-court surface, including his Olympic gold medal and the Cincinnati Masters title.
“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.”
The German admitted he has always enjoyed the California-based event despite his lack of form, though hopes he can use his recent experience in Cincinnati to his advantage.
“I always love [Indian Wells] but I’ve just never played well here,” he said.
“But I did well in Cincinnati 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 good tennis and hopefully it can continue this week.”