‘Confident’ Gael Monfils aims for strong Australian Open race
World number 19 Gael Monfils hopes to bring Adelaide’s confidence to the Australian Open. Monfils, 35, kicked off his 2022 season last week in Adelaide. Monfils, a former world No.6, beat No.2 seed Karen Khachanov 6-4 6-4 in the final to win his first title since 2020.
“I’m better. I don’t remember what year (2019), but it was great tennis. Unfortunately, I didn’t play very well at the Australian Open. I lost to Fritz, but I then won Rotterdam, it was playing very, good tennis.
It was great. I was in great shape. I know the thing is to always keep the momentum going, to keep all that confidence that you have. The goal is to keep all that confidence to bring next week. Not from tomorrow, but next week, to be ready to try and compete for the Australian Open, ”said Monfils, according to Sportskeeda.
Winning Adelaide meant so much to Monfils
Monfils admitted that he lost confidence in his tennis last year, so winning an ATP title again meant a lot to him. “I want to thank my team,” said Monfils during the trophy ceremony.
“We had a hard time, we lost some faith but we have come back strong since July of last year. It’s amazing to play in front of you guys, to play in front of a full crowd with a good spirit and a good atmosphere, it’s amazing ”.
“It’s a great tournament. I have been training here since 2009. I know the place very well, I love Adelaide and I am very happy to win the title here ”. Monfils’ best Australian Open result was in 2016.
At the time, Monfils reached the quarter-finals before losing to Milos Raonic. Last year, Monfils suffered a disappointing first-round loss to Emil Ruusuvuori at Melbourne Park.