Former world No. 6 Gael Monfils admitted beating Roger Federer in the 2014 Davis Cup final was a "real big moment" for him. After Stan Wawrinka defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the opening rubber of the final, the pressure was on Monfils to deliver.
Monfils produced one of the best performances of his career as he destroyed Federer 6-1 6-4 6-3. Unfortunately for Monfils, Switzerland won the next two rubbers and the 2014 Davis Cup title. "Of course, I beat Rafa.
I was happy. But let's say Roger, when I beat Roger at the Davis Cup final, that was a big moment. It was an important match, key match. I was happy to beat him there," Monfils said, per Sportskeeda.
Monfils recalls more big moments from his career
"Then I have few matches for sure, like Florian Mayer.
Even my first top-10 win for me, it was big. It was in 2005 against Gaston Gaudio in Doha. Those matches for me are big. It hasn't been easy, you know. I feel like I'm old, you know. So I have many, but I don't remember exactly which one.
But of course many matches that you beat the best player in the world is always a great moment," he said. On Monday, Monfils achieved one of the best wins of his career. Monfils was down by a set against world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev but he recovered to stun the top-seeded Russian 4-6 6-3 6-1.
"I played great tennis," Monfils said after the match. "I knew I was in great shape and tough to beat. It's always special to beat a World No. 1." It was the third meeting between the two and Monfils' second win over Medvedev.
"I moved great," Monfils added. "I was striking the ball very good and I'm full of confidence, so I'll try to keep the flow."