Gael Monfils is one of the most likable characters on the ATP tour. The Frenchman had enjoyed an amazing career, winning titles and being the former French No.1 and being ranked as high as 6th in the world in his peak.
After an underwhelming couple of years where he struggled with fitness issues and a loss of form, the 35-year-old had a late-season resurgence in 2021, and looks to have regained his form, making a thumping start at the new year where he has already won a trophy bin the form of the ATP Adelaide International 2 2022.
Monfils underlines his goals for future-grand slams
Gael Monfils was handed a very tough match in the quarter-finals against a very consistent Matteo Berrettini. However, the Frenchman fought valiantly, making a 2-set comeback to level the game, just to then narrowly lose the match in the deciding set. It was a painful loss for the Frenchman after he had come back from 2 sets down and had nearly knocked out the higher ranked Italian.
Post the match, Gael Monfils shared his thoughts on the match in a press conference. In the same conference, he shared his dream, which was to win one Grand Slam title. The 35-year-old said that he knows his limitations and thus isn’t asking for 15-20 Grand Slams, but a single Grand Slam title.
“Somehow I’m not losing the faith. I need one time…I won’t win 20, but one time, just one time I need. I’m working for this. I still believe I can do it. It’s hard…it’s been 20 years that I’m not doing the good thing, but who knows? This year it might click.”– said the World No.20 at the press conference.
Despite his painful exit, Monfils did manage to equal his best performance at an Australian Open and is general in very good form currently. Thus, it still looks like the veteran has some time to achieve his dream and win that elusive first Grand Slam title.