Former world No. 6 Gael Monfils couldn't hide his happiness after achieving his 500th ATP win on Wednesday. Monfils, now ranked at No. 22 in the world, handed a 6-3 7-5 loss to Alex de Minaur in the Cincinnati Masters second round.
"I feel great. Obviously I'm happy to get the 500th win under my belt. It's a great achievement and I'm very proud," Monfils said, per the ATP website. "It's a blessing and I'm very happy about it."
Monfils, 34, positively surprised to reach the 500 ATP wins mark. "It's been a while I've been playing. To be honest just before coming here, I didn't really know that I was that close and now 500, if I think about it, it's a big number," Monfils said.
"It's been a lot of wins over the years. I never thought that when I started I would be at that amount of wins."
Richard Gasquet, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga pay tribute to Monfils
“His athleticism is special because he’s so fast.
He can do track, he can do everything. For sure he’s the fastest player on Tour,” Gasquet said. “It’s very spectacular to see him play, especially when you play against him… He’s one of the best players I like to watch”.
Tsonga added: “The accomplishment is big for us. I can say that now, because during my career it was never enough what we did,” Tsonga said. “But today, we know that we played with the three best tennis players ever.
It is something we can be proud of because we played during this generation and we won a lot. “All of us won almost 500 matches and that’s just amazing. In France, we always have been treated like the guys who lose because of these three guys who won everything. Today we can say proudly that it was a good performance that we did”.