“Obviously playing Gael at the French Open, for me it was very emotional,” Bublik said. “And this is one of probably the most important wins of my career.”
It marks the 23-year-old’s first-ever Top-10 win. Though normally buoyed by a loud patriotic crowd, Monfils would get the support of just a small smattering of fans.
“I have no words to say anything, to be honest,” the No. 8-seeded Frenchman said of the atmosphere. “Definitely was not a great one. Was I think the worse one 100 percent for sure that I had, but that’s the condition.”
Bublik is almost as famous as Monfils for his trick-shot and superhuman abilities on court, but there wasn’t as much theatrics as expected across the 2.5-hour match, though there were a lot of drop shots. The level was high, yet subdued, maybe due to the lack of spectators and the presence of chilly temperatures.