Frenchman Gael Monfils added yet another feather to his dynamic career as he registered his 500th career win at the 2021 Cincinnati Masters. Monfils got the better of 14th seed Alex de Minaur in straight sets 6-3,7-5 in the second round at Cincinnati. He is only the second Frenchaman amongst the active players to have achieved this feat.
In all, Monfils becomes only the 11th active player to have entered the 500-win club. Roger Federer leads the overall chart with a whopping 1251 win to his name followed by Rafael Nadal at 1028 and Novak Djokovic at 972 wins. 3-time grand slam champion Andy Murray is next in the list with 681 wins while Frenchman Richard Gasquet has 560 wins.
Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco has 554 wins to his name while former US Open champion Marin Cilic is 7th on the list with 538 wins. Stan Wawrinka and Tommy Robredo both have 533 wins under their names. Wrapping up the list is Feliciano Lopez at 501 wins.
Active players with 500 or more wins:
Monfils showing form in patches post marriage
Since the last couple of years, Monfils has been blowing hot and cold on the tennis court. He hasn’t shown much form but produces a moment of magic every now and then to entertain the fans. But his form saw immense dip this season as he found it difficult to clear the initial rounds.
But post his wedding to long term girlfriend Elina Svitolina, Gael has seen a boost in his form and confidence. He began his North American swing with a quarterfinal finish at the Toronto Masters where he beat the likes of John Millman and Frances Tiafoe in the initial rounds before losing to John Isner.