Monfils: 'I Gave My Heart' In US Open Defeat
The Frenchman held a match point against Roger Federer in the fourth set of their 2014 quarter-final before falling in five sets. On Wednesday, Monfils saved four match points before falling to Italian Matteo Berrettini in a fifth-set tie-break. But while it may seem like a painful case of déjà vu, he instead chose to be proud of reaching his first Grand Slam quarter-final in three years.
“I'm not a sore loser. I give it all today. I served bad, but I gave my heart,” Monfils said. “The crowd was amazing. They pushed me. They helped me. It was fun. It was exactly what I play for. I wish I could win, but I love those matches no matter what. I'm proud of myself and I will be happy.”
Monfils won plenty of new fans this fortnight with his flashy all-court play and passionate reactions that electrified the New York crowd. His five-set, third-round victory over #NextGenATP Canadian Denis Shapovalov was considered by many to be the match of the tournament until he raised the stakes further against Berrettini.
The 33-year-old has enjoyed a career resurgence this season that includes taking the title in Rotterdam (d. Wawrinka) and a semi-final showing at the Coupe Rogers. Although a win on Wednesday would have put him back inside the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings, he is adamant that his loss to Berrettini will not deter his upward momentum.
“I know how to bounce back,” Monfils said. “Actually, I played very good after that quarter-final that I lost in 2014 with Roger. I’ve got to take the positives of this almost two weeks and keep working hard and get back for the Asian swing.”