Former world number 6 Gael Monfils has admitted that 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 first set of the final, the pressure was on Monfils.
Monfils put on one of the best performances of his career as he defeated Federer 6-1, 6-4, 6-3. Unfortunately for Monfils, Switzerland won the next two matches and the 2014 Davis Cup title. "Of course, I beat Rafa. I was happy.
But let's say that Roger, when I beat Roger in the Davis Cup final, it was a great moment. It was an important, key match. I was happy to beat him there," said Monfils, according to Sportskeeda. "Afterwards, I have some safe matches, like the one with Florian Mayer.
Even my first win in the Top 10 was important. It was in 2005 against Gastón Gaudio in Doha. Those games are great for me. It has not been easy. I feel like I'm old, you know. So I have many, but I can't remember exactly which one.
But of course a lot of matches where 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 a set against World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev but recovered to shock the top-seeded Russian 4-6 6-3 6-1.
Aliassime talks about Federer
Felix Auger-Aliassime lavished praise on Roger Federer's backhand slice in a recent interview with 'We Are Tennis' In the Canadian's opinion, the quality and technique of Federer's backhand slice is unrivaled in the sport.
"Roger Federer is the [GOAT of the sliced backhand], for the quality of the shot, but also the style." Felix Auger-Aliassime further added that he himself is a "pretty organized" person. However, he admitted that he has also missed a connecting flight in the past.
"Roger is pretty good [with logistics]," he said. "I remember training with him in Dubai and he had to bring his whole family, coaches, the team. There were about 10 people. There is probably someone who takes care of it for him, but he seems pretty organized.
I'm pretty organized too, but I've already missed a flight. So I am not sure both answers go in the same sentence." The Canadian also revealed that Gilles Simon is the most talkative player he knows and is capable of talking for hours on end.