Gael Monfils: 'You have to be at 100 percent to face Rafael Nadal. I'm not'

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Gael Monfils: 'You have to be at 100 percent to face Rafael Nadal. I'm not'

What Gael Monfils would have done against Rafael Nadal in the Montreal semi-finals had the Frenchman had not pulled out from the match? Monfils replied: "I could have had a chance, but now it was very difficult with only two hours to recover.

I had played two and a half hours before. It's the first tournament since my comeback, and I have to take into account I was going to play against Rafa. Against Rafa you have to be 100%, it's always difficult that way.

If you're not 100% physically, and I'm not because I'm injured, and because I played two and a half hours, so it becomes difficult. I could start the match, but then I might have to stop playing for the whole hard court season.

Of course, this kind of match I love to play. It's champagne matches. It's incredible. But this is what we were saying with my coach. Fortunately, I got injured in my ankle because otherwise, I would have tried. But now because of my ankle, he said, Just don't think about it."

On his recent injuries and next plans, the former world No. 6 added: "I had retired in Wimbledon. I came back. I played this week. I had played a huge match. It was risky to play another match because I could risk hurting myself for real. Here, if I can recover, I can play in Cincinnati may be, have a chance to also play a big US Open."