A victory that feels good. Beaten in the first round of the ATP 500 in Dubai by Ugo Humbert, future winner of the tournament, Gaël Monfils did not tremble for his entry into contention at the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells. Opposed to the Australian Max Purcell (25 years old, 71st player in the world), the tricolor, 54th in the ATP ranking, took the lead from the start (3-0) before unfolding in the first (6-1), then in the second round (6-2).

After his 70 minutes of contested play, the Frenchman will face in the second round the Pole Hubert Hurkacz, 8th in the world, against whom he won in Montreal in 2019 before losing a few months later in Shanghai. A match that promises to be tough for the Frenchman, who aims to score valuable points to qualify for the Olympic Games.