Monfils: "Winning a lottery more likely than beating Nadal, Djokovic at French Open"

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Monfils: "Winning a lottery more likely than beating Nadal, Djokovic at French Open"

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!”