World No. 20 Gael Monfils has made it clear that his goal is to win it all at next week's ATP 250 event in Sofia. Monfils, a former world No. 6, suffered a straight-set defeat to Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta in the Metz semifinal on Saturday.
After making a deep run in Metz, Monfils wants to make it a step further next week in Sofia and make it all the way. "I want to win Sofia. I was in the semi-finals here and I want to at least be in the final in Sofia, if not to win.
I want to be in good shape at Indian Wells. I want to gain confidence, win matches and why not a title," Monfils said after the Metz exit, per Quentin Moynet.
Monfils went on a rant in Metz
For the first time in tournament history, only one French player made the Metz quarterfinal.
When asked about being lone Frenchman in the Metz quarterfinal, Monfils snapped at reporters. "We must stop with this thing of zero French late in the tournament. Were the guys who lost their matches favorites? I am not sure.
I find it hard to point the finger at them. It's hard enough to lose. Everyone is trying to win, we don't lose on purpose. Yes, maybe we are performing not great this week. Yes, maybe it will be better next week. Yes, it was complicated in Grand Slams this year.
But this is not an end. How many countries would dream of having as many players as us in the rankings? We're a great tennis nation, even if it gets a little harder from time to time. We shouldn't put ourselves too high when we play well, but we should not point the finger too much when we lose.
It hurts and we hope that will change quickly. The period was complicated, but we will come back," Monfils said in Metz.