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Gael Monfils defeats Albert Ramos-Vinolas to reach the fourth round in Indian Wells for the third time.

Monfils Advances To Potential Djokovic Clash

Djokovic's third-round clash against Kohlschreiber suspended until Tuesday

Gael Monfils’ resurgence continued on Monday in Indian Wells, as the 18th-seeded Frenchman defeated Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-0, 6-3 to reach the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open.

The 32-year-old, who advanced to the semi-finals in his past three events, is now 14-3 in 2019. He captured his second ATP 500 trophy in February at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

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Thanks to his early-season efforts, World No. 19 Monfils is back inside the Top 20 of the ATP Rankings for the first time since July 2017. He will face a stiff test in the next round against World No. 1 Novak Djokovic or German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber. That match was suspended due to rain with Djokovic leading 1-0 and Kohlschreiber serving at Ad-In. They will resume play on Stadium 1 in the third match after 11 a.m. local time.

While Monfils was tested by Argentine Leonardo Mayer in a three-setter in the second round, the eight-time ATP Tour champion faced few difficulties against Ramos-Vinolas, breaking the left-hander’s serve five times to advance after 70 minutes. Monfils was especially good returning second serves, winning 75 per cent of those points.

Did You Know?
Monfils has advanced to at least one ATP Tour final in 15 consecutive years (2005-19).