French tennis star Gael Monfils says breaking into the top-5 remains his big goal but underlines that finishing the season ranked inside the top-10 would still be a big achievement. Monfils, ranked at No. 9 in the world, achieved his career-high ranking of No.
6 in the world in 2016. "Being (inside the) top-5 is a goal, a big goal," Monfils said, per We Love Tennis France. "It's a goal, a possibility and that's why I wake up and train every day. Now if I finish the year in the top 10, I will be very happy too because it is very hard to achieve it." In his interview given at an ATP event in Montpellier, Monfils also underlined that he is still hoping to win a maiden Grand Slam title before he calls it a career.
The 33-year-old Frenchman has won eight titles throughout his career but neither of those eight titles came at a Grand Slam or Masters event. Monfils was playing well in the early stages of the Australian Open but then his campaign came to an end in the round-of-16 after losing in straight sets to eventual runner-up Dominic Thiem.
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