For them, 2012 has been a year marked by injuries, and seeing them returning with early success in 2013 is a pleasure, for which we can only hope it will be renewed many a time throughout the season.
The 30-year-old has had an ongoing leg injury since mid-2011, which required surgery in early 2012 and sidelined him for eight months (October 2011 – June 2012). He came back on the Challenger Tour, winning his first two events, and alternated between Challenger and ATP events for the remainder of the season, finishing 2012 ranked 114.
The long injury layoff was a pretty difficult time for Robredo, and the comeback was not easy.
Nevertheless, it is with determination that the Spaniard made his way to Brisbane, where he used protected ranking to enter the main draw of the event.
This Tuesday, he posted his first ATP win of the season, a 6-4 7-6(4) win over qualifier Ryan Harrison, thus setting up a second-round encounter with fifth seed Kei Nishikori.
The feisty Frenchman has been suffering from a knee injury for most of the last season, which made him miss two months in the early season, then four more months in May, and ended up with him pulling the plug after a first round defeat in Stockholm.
During his lengthy off-season, the 26-year-old split with coach Patrick Chamagne and slipped all the way to no 77 in the world rankings. Having decided to focus on his rehab and comeback, Monfils decided to cut himself away from media and everything, which prompted many burnour/depression rumours.
Upon his comeback, in Doha, Monfils spoke about those rumours and admitted he did not particularly liked them: “It sucks.” (The video is in French.)
La Monf made a successful comeback, defeating Wild Card Mousa Shanan Zayed 6-0 6-3 in 47 minutes in Doha, where he is the defending runner-up. A tough order awaits him in round 2, where he will face Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Welcome back to both Robredo and Monfils! We can only wish you success and no more injuries!