French tennis star Gael Monfils has admitted that he is tired but added that that won't stop him leaving it all on the court at the Paris Masters. On Tuesday, former world No. 6 Monfils made a positive start at the Paris Masters as he beat Miomir Kecmanovic 4-6 7-5 6-3 to reach the second round.
"I confirm that I am tired, but in Paris, with the adrenaline, I forget and I push through it," Monfils said, per Tennis Magazine. Recently, Monfils ended runner-up in Sofia and made the Metz semifinal. "I'm getting better and better, week by week.
I can't wait for the season to end to train well, structure everything I have put in place and start 2022 well," Monfils insisted.
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"Sebastien Grosjean and I had discussions about this, and he wanted me to recover. If there is a playoff in February, I'll be there. I'll be selected. I think that Sebastien has made his decision. We have had a lot of discussions, as he told you certainly.
He's the captain. He decided to let me recover, blow off some steam," Monfils explained. In Paris, Monfils also gave his thoughts on Novak Djokovic's US Open final loss. "I still see him as a legend of tennis.
He's won three Grand Slams, and he's still trying to get more. He's a legend of tennis. He lost against Daniil who played extremely well. He hasn't lost a lot of matches. He's No. 2 worldwide. So as far as I'm concerned, it doesn't change anything," Monfils said.
"Both players have great level. Novak is still Novak. He's still a fantastic player. He's won three Grand Slams. He's still the same. He only lost to the second player, the second-ranked player."