World No. 20 Gael Monfils admits he is quite happy with his Australian Open campaign but added that his job is not done. Monfils, a former world No. 6, overcame Miiomir Kecmanovic 7-5 7-6 (4) 6-3 to reach the Australian Open quarterfinal.
After last year's first round exit at the Australian Open, Monfils was emotional and unsure about his next steps. “It’s been a long journey for me and I’m quite happy, but it’s not finished,” Monfils in his on-court interview, per the ATP website.
“I will try to play this quarter-final not like the last time, I will try to be better. It’s an achievement but we’re not quite finished yet”.
Monfils escaped with a straight-set win
Monfils blew three set points in the 10th game of the first set but also saved three consecutive break points in the 11th game.
After saving three break points in the 11th game, Monfils claimed his first break of the match in the 12th game to seal the first set. Monfils was down by a break in the second set and also down 4-2 in the tie-break before winning five consecutive points to overturn the deficit and take a two-set lead.
Kecmanovic led 3-2 after the opening five games of the third set before Monfils claimed back-to-back breaks to get the job done in straight sets. “It was very tough, he played extremely fast on both sides,” said Monfils.
“I tried to be very aggressive today, tried to not let him dictate the points. I served quite well, and then it was just battling, battling, hanging in there”. After Monfils beat Kecmanovic, the only remaining match left to be played was the one between Matteo Berrettini and Pablo Carreno Busta.
Berrettini beat Carreno Busta to set up a Monfils clash. “Both are extremely good,” said Monfils. “Matteo, I lost to him in the quarter-final of the  US Open 7-6 in the fifth, and Pablo beat me in a semi-final [Metz] last year, so it’s going to be fun, a great match, but I will be ready for them”.