World No. 77 Miomir Kecmanovic admitted it was extremely hard for him to play Gael Monfils, especaily after the Frenchman read his tactic. On Saturday, Monfils beat Kecmanovic 7-5 7-6 (4) 6-3 to reach the Australian Open quarterfinal.
"It was not easy to play, Gael played very well throughout the match. He didn't give me many opportunities, but I did my best - unfortunately, it wasn't enough. I planned to pressure him whenever I could, not to give him time to play what he wanted, I knew I couldn't play long points with him, that he would run more and get to the balls.
I had to play like this, but he managed to find winners from difficult positions, at times he made irrational shots. If he hadn't made some shots, who knows what would have happened," Kecmanovic told Sport Klub.
Kecmanovic happy with his Australian Open run
"It's a phenomenal week for me, I've achieved something I haven't done before.
I showed some things on the court that I haven't done before, which makes me overjoyed, because we worked on changes, so that I could be a better player. Today Monfis was better when it mattered the most, it went to his side.
I am tired at the moment, but I am satisfied with the game, I can't be angry with myself," Kecmanovic explained. The physical fitness is also one of the things of which Kecmanovic is happy about. "I mostly improved my physical fitness.
I was able to play four matches in the best-of-five, I managed to endure. In previous years, I couldn't play that much, or keep the level that long. On the court as well, I now show more energy and desire," Kecmanovic noted.
After the match, Monfils had a few nice words for Kecmanovic. "He congratulated me on a good tournament, told me to continue to push hard and that good results will come," Kecmanovic revealed.