Gael Monfils confirmed the success achieved in Rotterdam last year. After the victory in Montpellier, the French tennis player won the second consecutive title winning the final against Felix Auger-Aliassime. This marked the first time Monfils has won two ATP Tour titles in a season.
The French tennis player has won ten ATP World Tour singles titles and been runner-up twenty-one times in ATP Tour tournaments. He has reached at least one ATP World Tour singles final and scored at least one singles win against a Top 10 player every year since 2005.
During an interview with L’Equipe, he was questioned about his chances of winning the home Slam tournament Roland-Garros. “When I say that I want to win French Open, it’s hard because I have practically as many chances of winning a lottery,” he said.
“You have to beat Thiem, whom I have never beaten, and is second or third in the world on clay,” he added. “Then you have to beat Novak whom I have never beaten in sixteen games. You have to beat Rafa who has never really lost at Roland Garros and whom I have never beaten on clay."
Monfils also talked about him lacking the talent required for tennis: “People just see my physical potential. But I play tennis, I’m not there to sprint. Where is the talent in my backhand? It’s not talent, it’s work.
My whole life has been, ‘He’s got talent!’. Yes, that’s it, I got up one morning and, lo and behold, I run fast and I jump!”