Gael Monfils vs Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal - epic tennis rivalries

Gael Monfils is one of one of the sport’s most consistent players, meaning he has faced off against numerous top tennis stars.

Gael Monfils in a file photo. (Twitter: @Gael_Monfils)

Gael Monfils is one of the most underrated tennis players of this generation. The Frenchman has reached at least 1 final in 16 straight seasons from 2005 to 2020.

That awe-inspiring, to say the least. This includes prestigious tournaments like the ATP Masters 1000s in 2009 Paris, 2010 Paris and 2016 Monte Carlo.

He has won 10 singles career titles over the course of his career so far. Monfils came very close to winning a grand slam in the 2008 edition of the French Open after reaching the semi-finals. He also reached the semis in the 2016 US Open.

One of the biggest weapons in Monfils’ arsenal is his superb technique while executing strokes. This enables him to pose a strong challenge even when taking on some of the best in the business.

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He also enjoys great strength with regard to executing returns. Monfils’ forehand is perfectly balanced with fine upper body turns as well as fine swing.

Given his status as one of the sport’s most consistent players, it is no surprise that he has mixed it up among the best of the best.

Thus, here we are going to look at his rivalries and his head-to-head record against a number of notable players on the tour.

Gael Monfils vs Novak Djokovic

This is less of a rivalry and more of a one-sided mauling. They have faced 18 times and Monfils has won only once.

Total matchesMatches won by MonfilsMatches won by Djokovic
18117

Gael Monfils vs Rafael Nadal

Another one-sided rivalry in the books. Nadal has won 15 of the 17 matches these two contested in the past.

Total matchesMatches won by MonfilsMatches won by Nadal
17215

Gael Monfils vs Roger Federer

Monfils’ record against Federer is the best of his against the ‘Top 3’ but not by much. He’s won 4 of the total 14 matches they’ve played.

Total matchesMatches won by MonfilsMatches won by Federer
14410

Gael Monfils vs Roberto Bautista Agut

The first rivalry on this list where Monfils comes out ahead. The Frenchman has won 4 out of 5 matches played against Bautista Agut

Total matchesMatches won by MonfilsMatches won by Bautista Agut
541

Gael Monfils vs Jannik Sinner

Given Sinner is one of the tour’s most promising youngsters, it’s no surprise Monfils has lost many times to the Italian.

Total matchesMatches won by MonfilsMatches won by Sinner
413

Gael Monfils vs Stan Wawrinka

The first rivalry that is evenly matched – literally. The two have faced off 6 times and have 3 wins each.

Total matchesMatches won by MonfilsMatches won by Wawrinka
633

Gael Monfils vs Thiago Monteiro

Another evenly matched rivalry, as the two have faced off twice and share a win each.

Total matchesMatches won by MonfilsMatches won by Monteiro
211

Gael Monfils vs Dominic Thiem

Monfils has not had much luck against Thiem in the past. Indeed, of their 9 matches he’s only one once.

Total matchesMatches won by MonfilsMatches won by Thiem
918

Monfils vs Gilles Simon

In this intra-French rivalry, it is Simon who comes out on top. He’s won 7 of their 10 matches, which is quite the feat.

Total matchesMatches won by MonfilsMatches won by Simon
1037

Monfils vs David Goffin

Monfils and Goffin have been pretty evenly matched through their career. Indeed, they’ve won 3 each of their 6 meetings.

Total matchesMatches won by MonfilsMatches won by Goffin
633

Monfils vs Dustin Brown

These two have only met once, that too in a Grand Slam – Roland Garros, to be precise. It was home favourite Monfils who won in straight sets.

Total matchesMatches won by MonfilsMatches won by Brown
110

Monfils vs Denis Shapovalov

The young Canadian upstart has faced Monfils twice, and both have a win apiece from those meetings.

Total matchesMatches won by MonfilsMatches won by Shapovalov
211

Monfils vs Richard Gasquet

Another French rivalry, and one that Monfils comfortably shades – of their 18 matches, he’s won 11 of them.

Total matchesMatches won by MonfilsMatches won by Gasquet
18117

Monfils vs Kei Nishikori

This rivalry is one-sided in favour of the Japanese star; Nishikori has won 4 of their 5 matches till date.

Total matchesMatches won by MonfilsMatches won by Nishikori
514

Monfils vs Marin Cilic

This rivalry is all Monfils, and it’s not even close. He’s won all 4 matches that the two have contested till date.

Total matchesMatches won by MonfilsMatches won by Cilic
440

Monfils vs Stefanos Tsitsipas

It is the young Greek star who shades this head to head, but only just. He’s won 2 of their 3 matches till date.

Total matchesMatches won by MonfilsMatches won by Tsitsipas
312

Monfils vs Matteo Berrettini

This is a rivalry that, somewhat surprisingly, is fully in favour of Berrettini. He’s won both matches they’ve played.

Total matchesMatches won by MonfilsMatches won by Berrettini
202

Monfils vs Albert Ramos-Vinolas

These two have faced off on seven occasions, but it’s Monfils who’s won more matches. He only lost on two occasions to the Spaniard.

Total matchesMatches won by MonfilsMatches won by Ramos-Vinolas
752

Monfils vs Alejandro Davidovich Fokina

Another opponent that, somewhat surprisingly, Monfils has not yet beaten. The one time they faced off ended in victory for Davidovich Fokina.

Total matchesMatches won by MonfilsMatches won by Davidovich Fokina
101

Monfils vs Aljaz Bedene

These two have also only faced off once, but that ended in favour of Monfis.

Total matchesMatches won by MonfilsMatches won by Bedene
110

Monfils vs David Ferrer

Another equally matched rivalry. They’ve played each other six times, and Monfils and Ferrer share 3 wins each.

Total matchesMatches won by MonfilsMatches won by Ferrer
633

Monfils vs Filip Krajinovic

This is another one-sided rivalry, but this time in favour of Monfils. He has a perfect 3-0 record over the Serbian.

Total matchesMatches won by MonfilsMatches won by Krajinovic
330

Monfils vs Adrian Mannarino

These two have faced off 5 times, and Monfils shades the rivalry but only just; he’s won 3 of those matches.

Total matchesMatches won by MonfilsMatches won by Mannarino
532

Monfils vs Benoit Paire

These two Frenchmen have not faced off often, but their rivalry is an evenly-matched one; of the two matches, both have a win.

Total matchesMatches won by MonfilsMatches won by Paire
211

Monfils vs Damir Dzumhur

This is a one-sided rivalry, with Monfils winning both matches the two have contested.

Total matchesMatches won by MonfilsMatches won by Dzumhur
220




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