‘Confident’ Gael Monfils aims strong Australian Open run

World No. 19 Gael Monfils is hoping to bring the confidence from Adelaide to the Australian Open. 

Monfils, 35, kicked off his 2022 season last week in Adelaide. 

Monfils, a former world No. 6, beat No. 2 seed Karen Khachanov 6-4 6-4 in the final to lift his first title since 2020.

“I’m doing better. I can’t remember which year (2019), but it was been great tennis. Unfortunately I haven’t played that good at the Australian Open. I lost to Fritz, but then I won Rotterdam, was playing very, very good tennis. It was great. I was in great shape. I know the thing is always to keep the momentum, keep all this confidence that you have. The goal is to keep all this confidence to bring into next week. Not starting tomorrow, but next week, to be ready to try to compete for the Australian Open,” Monfils said, per Sportskeeda.

Winning Adelaide meant so much to Monfils 

Monfils admitted he lost faith in his tennis last year so winning an ATP title again meant extremely a lot to him. 

“I want to say thanks to my team,” Monfils said during the trophy ceremony. “We have had some tough moments, we lost a little bit of faith but we came back strong from July last year. It is amazing to play in front of you guys, to play in front of a full crowd with a good spirit and atmosphere, this is amazing.”

“It is a great tournament. I have been training here since 2009. I know the place very well, I love Adelaide and am very happy to win the title here.”

Monfils’ best result at the Australian Open came in 2016.

Back then, Monfils made the quarterfinal before losing to Milos Raonic.

Last year, Monfils suffered a disappointing first round loss to Emil Ruusuvuori at Melbourne Park.