Pressure, did you say pressure? After his fight against Benoit Paire, Gaël Monfils explained how the search for a year-end in the Top 10 and the prospect of a qualification for the London Masters made him tie knots in the brain. Stressed, the Parisian does not take pleasure on the court. He showed it perfectly Thursday night despite his stunning victory against Moldovan Radu Albot (4-6, 6-4, 6-1).
Tender, wait-and-see, the French No. 1 passed the edge of the precipice being led a set and a break in the second set. Close to the Radu of the Jellyfish … Fortunately for him, the feverishness of the Moldavian, world 50th, at the time of serving at 4-3, helped him to return to the game.
And a small zest of success, like the set ball won with the help of the net, has definitely rocked the Central in another dimension. After taking the break at 2-1, the Monf did not let go any more before pushing a big sigh of relief.
"Let the horses go …"
"He played well at first, but I let him play," Monfils said. Frankly, with a set and a late break, I must say things, I had a chance not possible. The public has a lot to do with it. They pushed, he tensed, let on ball set, it's anything!
Monfils will have less pressure on Friday night against Shapovalov. Because he secured his first goal, finishing in the Top 10 at the end of the season for the second time in his career.
"The goal is reached," he breathes. I am lighter. I am really better. I do not play very well but I will be more relaxed on Friday. There will be a good match. I like big games, I hope to be present at the level of performance. "
If it is necessary, Lian Smith's protege will be traveling to England. The Habs only reached twice the quarter at Bercy (2009 and 2010). And both times, he went to the finals …
"Friday is the icing on the cake," he continues. Make a big game, have fun, let go of the horses. It's going to be a great moment! When you play in Paris, there is always something crazy. Even if we play badly, this is where we are the hardest to beat! At Roland Garros yes here, I believe in it even more … "