Former world No. 6 Gael Monfils admitted winning Adelaide meant a lot to him as he confessed he and his team lost a little bit of faith last year. Monfils delivered a great performance in the Adelaide final as he saw off Karen Khachanov 6-4 6-4.
Monfils saved two break points in the fifth game of the match, before breaking Khachanov in the 10th game to win the opener. The same scenario happened in the second set as Monfils broke Khachanov in the 10th game when the Russian was serving to stay in the match.
“I want to say thanks to my team,” Monfils said during the trophy ceremony, per the ATP website. “We have had some tough moments, we lost a little bit of faith but we came back strong from July last year.
It is amazing to play in front of you guys, to play in front of a full crowd with a good spirit and atmosphere, this is amazing”.
“It is a great tournament. I have been training here since 2009. I know the place very well, I love Adelaide and am very happy to win the title here”.
Monfils gave credit to his wife Elina Svitolina
"Last year was very tough for me. I almost, let's not say want to quit, but lost my faith in tennis. But Elina (Svitolina) was there. Thank you Elina, thank you for everything," Monfils said, per Tennis Majors.
One of the things that Monfils enjoyed the most this week as the packed crowd. "Tonight the stadium was packed. That's what you train for and what you want to play for.
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That's why I say I was stressed out at the start. It's that adrenaline that I missed a lot," Monfils admitted after his semifinal win. Monfils captured his first title since 2020. "I think I'm 21 or something.
Before the pandemic I think I was 9 ... (...) Obviously the goal is always to shine in big tournaments. I still believe I can. I work hard for this," Monfils acknowledged. After a rough 2021 season, Monfils made the best possible start to the new season.