Still beaten in the decisive game of the third set by John Isner, Monday in Cincinnati, and still without a win since the start of the American tour, Benjamin Bonzi admits that his pleasure to learn that he had just been retained again in the Davis Cup was quickly showered by this new defeat. The third in a row for the Gardois, in a hurry to return to success.
After a very good episode on grass, rewarded in particular by a quarter-final in Newport and this semi-final lost against Mallorca against Stefanos Tsitsipas, Benjamin Bonzi hoped that the passage on hard court and the American tour would allow him to continue his progress and to add new victories to his counter. Unfortunately for the one who has been able to boast for several weeks of being the runner-up to Gaël Monfils in the ranking of the highest ranked French people at the ATP, nothing is going as planned for the moment and the Nîmes still has not won since. he set foot on American soil. Monday evening, in Cincinnati, a new opportunity arose for Lionel Zimbler’s protege. But opposite, there was again the American giant and aces machine John Isner, who had already played a nasty trick on Bonzi in Newport. History repeated itself again, with another victory for the 2.08m player in the decisive game of the third set. A scenario similar to that of July 14 that the 48th in the standings inevitably had trouble digesting, even if, as in Newport, he had nothing to be ashamed of his performance, quite the contrary. “It’s essentially the same as in Newport, we are somewhat on the same scenario. Maybe I have to take the first one, I don’t and then we know the tie-breaks. That’s the game. I may have lacked a bit of service in the tie-breaks, points that were a little easier at times. He’s not missing much”, moreover analyzed then in a press conference with a lot of lucidity on his performance the player of the Toulouse Stadium, who had learned just before the meeting that Sébastien Grosjean had retained him to compete in the phase of groups of the final phase of the Davis Cup with the Blues.
With his big debut at the US Open on the horizon
Good news that he did not really have time to appreciate. In the same way as the ex-steamroller of the Challenger circuit did not have the pleasure of celebrating this first summons for him who had only had the pleasure of taking the temperature of the group last February as in March, during the jump-off against to Ecuador. Even if he recognizes that being part of the first four names this time makes him very happy. “I was super happy to be taken. It’s harder with the match today (Monday) to see that aspect, but of course I’m very happy. It’s something close to my heart. I had a great experience in Pau, it will be great to find the team again. Bonzi will have time to think about it. Because for the moment, only matters to him to finally unlock his counter in this American tour which is turning into a fiasco for the person concerned for the moment in accounting terms (three games, three defeats, all in the first round). “We will have to digest this start of the tour and devote ourselves to the rest and to the two tournaments that are coming up. The doubles partner of Monfils in Montreal last week will indeed have two new opportunities: at Winston Salem then at the US Open, which he will discover at the same time. Hoping this time that the United States will bring him luck.