Gaёl really let himself relax too much during the pandemic break. His feel for the ball is gone and his movement is no longer superhuman. Weak serving too. Bublik displayed a nice attacking game but a solid claycourter would have stifled him.
Didn't watch the match, only in patches, but Monfis was shite. First loss in the first round here since 2005. Don't know what happened to him during the break, but this is tragic stuff. He was also a break up in all 3 sets he lost.
The double faults killed Monfils in this match, he should have won that 2nd set. Bublik is slowly becoming mentally tougher, he is no longer firing away stupid 2nd serves. It's surprising to see this improvement to be honest, i thought he was a lost cause like Tomic.