I will recover, says Gael Monfils after a painful loss of the US Open
NEW YORK: Gael Monfils He said he wouldn't stop in his agony United States Open loss of quarterfinals to Matteo Berrettini on Wednesday he extended the 36-year wait for France for a men's Grand Slam singles champion
Monfils, 33, saved four match points against Italian number 24 Berrettini before losing 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5) in an entertaining battle of four hours at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Monfils fell short in his bid to reach a second United States Open semi-final, having also missed out in 2014 after squandering two match points in the last eight against Roger Federer.
I had difficult moments in my career as well. Actually, I have a difficult one here at the match point with Roger. I know how to recover, said Monfils.
I really played very well after that quarter that I lost in 2014 with Roger. I have to get the positive out of this for almost two weeks and keep working hard and return for the Asian swing.
Monfils was the last of the 14 French representatives left in the men's draw at Flushing Meadows, but was hampered by problems that resulted in 17 double fouls, two of which came in the fifth set of tiebreakers.
I think the key today was that I served very badly. My service was very off, many double faults. Not at all the first service. That is a key key in the game, he said.
I was struggling with that and with my opponent. It was hard. I competed as much as I could.
Yannick Noah remains the last Frenchman to capture an individual Grand Slam title at the 1983 French Open. The last Frenchman to succeed in New York was Henri Cochet in the US Championship. UU. In 1928, 40 years before the Open era.
Monfils savored his time in the United States Open spotlight and hopes to stick around a little longer to support girlfriend Elina Svitolina, who plays Serena Williams on Thursday for a place in the women's final.
I am not a bad loser. I give it all today. I served badly, but gave my heart. The crowd was amazing. They pushed me. They helped me. It was fun. It was exactly what I played for, Monfils said.
I wish I could win, but I love those games no matter what. I am proud of myself and, you know, I will be happy, I will be happy to cheer on my girlfriend tomorrow. Definitely, if it can be one more days here, I'm on it.