Gaël Monfils 19th in the world called on a physiotherapist to treat neck pain in the second set. With five days before the start of the Australian Open, the participation of 35-year-old Monfils in the first Grand Slam tournament of the year is on hold.
His best performance in Melbourne in sixteen appearances was a quarter-final reached in 2016. In the next round, Monteiro, who was beaten in qualifying but entered the table as a “lucky loser”, will face Frenchman Corentin Moutet, from qualifying and who easily dominated the Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 6-2, 6-2.
Another Frenchman, Arthur Rinderknech, eliminated the 53rd in the world, the South Korean Kwon Soon-woo 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.
In the quarter-finals, the 26-year-old player, current N.58 at ATP, his best ranking, will meet the Russian Karen Khachanov, 30th in the world, beaten in the final on Sunday by Monfils. The N.3 seed of the tournament dismissed Italy’s Gianluca Mager 7-5, 6-3.