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“I can beat him once,” Gael Monfils ready to bounce back and face Novak Djokovic at the Madrid Open

Gael Monfils talks about his opponent and world no. 1 Novak Djokovic ahead of his Madrid Open match and more.

Gael Monfils and Novak Djokovic

Gael Monfils has a lot of achievements carved to his name. The French player at one point wanted to be one among the top 10, and he did achieve that by becoming world no. 6, which was his career-high ranking. Not only that but the tennis star has also had 500 tournament wins and collected a cool $20 million from those tournaments.

When asked about his achievements, the former world no. 6 said, “It’s a dream to be in the Top 10 of the world.” It was a big dream. I still live my dreams 100 percent. I’m living my dream. I am blessed, I am lucky. People don’t see how much work I put into this, how many sacrifices I’ve made, and how many sacrifices my parents made for me,” as reported by ATPTour.com

The French player will face world no. 1 Novak Djokovic in the Madrid Open tournament in the round of 32 which will see which one of the players will be moving forward to the next round. When asked about his opponent Djokovic, Monfils said, “The guy is better than me, that’s it. Every match is an opportunity to win, I try to take some lessons. He can beat me tomorrow and maybe at Rome and then Roland Garros, and then, maybe, I can beat him once.”

We love the optimism shown by the French player as this will be an interesting match as Monfils has never beaten Djokovic before.

Gael Monfils compares his tweener shots with NBA shots

Gael Monfils

Gael Monfils is no doubt one of the most accomplished tennis players on the court. But he is also known for his superhuman leap shots or tweener shots by jumping mid-air, which no one knows tour is capable of.

Now, this ability does spice things up in a match and when asked about it, the French tennis star likened it to the NBA players and claims that he makes those shots because he can do it.

“Why I’m doing some different shots, it’s because I feel like I can do it. Actually, in the beginning, it was for my own satisfaction.” “When [NBA star] LeBron [James] gets an open layup, would you do a layup or would you dunk it? Most people, sometimes acknowledge my athleticism and when I do something they’re like, ‘Oh, it’s a show.’ For me, I can do it and I want to do it. It’s the same.

“When [basketball players] do an alley-oop, it’s because they can do it. If I can jump, if I can do some stuff, I will do it,” said the former world no. 6 to ATPTour.com

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