Gael Monfils: I'm super happy for Rafael Nadal



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Gael Monfils: I'm super happy for Rafael Nadal

French tennis star Gael Monfils was happy for Rafael Nadal and his success at Melbourne Park. Nadal, 35, captured a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev appeared to be cruising towards the Australian Open title but Nadal then pulled off a stunning comeback to win 2-6 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-4 7-5.

Nadal was hampered by a foot issue throughout the whole 2021 and he was unsure whether he would be able to come back in 2022. "I grew up with Nadal and I'm super happy for him. A 21st Grand Slam title is huge and exceptional.

I thought it was nice to see him like that. The older we get, the stronger the emotions get," Monfils said during his pre-tournament press conference in Montpellier.

Monfils still dreams of a maiden Grand Slam

Monfils made the Australian Open quarterfinal without a dropped set but then suffered a five-set defeat to Matteo Berrettini.

"All the time in my career, I never made the good decision," Monfils said after his quarterfinal defeat in Melbourne. "I'm fine with that. I must say I'm very fine with that, but I believe I can click once.

Before I finish, I believe that once I will do it." Monfils still keeps the faith and belief that one day he will win a Grand Slam. "I need one time. I don't need, you know - I won't win 20 (Grand Slams), but one time, just one time I need," Monfils added.

"It's hard. It's been 20 years that I'm not doing the good thing, but who knows? This year it might click. "(Win) important points, bring the A game... It's easy to say but inside the court, (you have to) make the good choice.

"Either don't rush or you don't go for it. It's always a split second, a split second and boom, it's gone."