Gael Monfils keeping the faith of winning a Grand Slam

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Gael Monfils keeping the faith of winning a Grand Slam

Former world No. 6 Gael Monfils admits he has often failed to deliver his best tennis in the quarterfinals or semifinals at the Grand Slams. Monfils, 35, made the French Open semifinal in 2008 and also reached the last-4 at the US Open in 2016.

Monfils made the Australian Open quarterfinals in 2016 and 2022, while he made the Wimbledon round-of-16 in 2018. "In many of the matches in my Grand Slam career, I have never managed to play my 'A Game', in quarters or semis," Monfils said, according to Sportskeeda.

"Sometimes there are opportunities but I don't take them well. People tend to trivialize the fact of arriving in the quarter-finals of GS, but when these opportunities arise, you have to seize them. I want to always believe in it and put myself in a better position to reach even higher."

Monfils beaten in the Australian Open quarterfinal

Monfils made the Australian Open quarterfinal without a dropped set but then lost to Matteo Berrettini in five sets "All the time in my career, I never made the good decision," Monfils said after his quarterfinal defeat in Melbourne.

"I'm fine with that. I must say I'm very fine with that, but I believe I can click once. Before I finish, I believe that once I will do it." After the loss, Monfils spoke about keeping his belief he could win a Grand Slam.

"I need one time. I don't need, you know - I won't win 20 (Grand Slams), but one time, just one time I need," Monfils added. "It's hard. It's been 20 years that I'm not doing the good thing, but who knows? This year it might click.

"(Win) important points, bring the A game... It's easy to say but inside the court, (you have to) make the good choice. "Either don't rush or you don't go for it. It's always a split second, a split second and boom, it's gone."