Daily Data Viz: The ups and downs of flashy Frenchman Gael Monfils
From World No. 1 junior, to a career high singles ranking of No. 7 in 2011; from a collapse out of the top 100 in 2013, largely due to injury, to a current ranking of No. 14, Gael Monfils has had a rollercoaster career. Last September in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open, the flashy Frenchman had Roger Federer down and almost out, having two match points before he lost in five sets to the Swiss. At this year's French Open, he showed similar ups and downs in his second round match five-set win over Diego Schwartzman.
In the two sets he lost on Wednesday, Monfils hit 60% of his first serves in play, converted just one of nine break point chances and hit 20 total winners. In the three sets he won, Monfils showed his talent by hitting 72% of his first serves in play, converting five of eight break point opportunities and hammering 48 total winners.
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