Monaco seemed injured, but Kuznetsov has a lot of potential which has been known around these boards for a while. He was just unlucky with injuries. Last year was the first year he was not really interrupted with injury troubles and he managed to climb into the 70's. Great to see him and Donskoy getting their first Grand Slam main draw wins today, Future of Russian tennis is in the hand of these two.
Monaco fan, and was actually quite glad Kuznetsov won because Monaco seemed like he didn't really wanna be there from the word go.
It wasn't the greatest way to get a first ever GS match win though, it's not like Andrey is in a position to care about that. Congrats!
Kudos to Monaco for completing the match. The back pain looked quite bad at times.
I think he just wanted to get out there quick and didn't wanna retire like some others. His service games were going like a minute to a minute and a half and gets broken at 0.