Australian Open

Monfils injures himself diving

2016-01-25 12:04
Gael Monfils (AFP)

Melbourne - Gael Monfils said he was lucky not to break any bones after a trademark acrobatic dive left him with a deep cut and bruises on the way to his first Australian Open quarter-final Monday.

The athletic Frenchman went airborne for an unsuccessful baseline volley during his four-set battle with Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov, to excited applause from the crowd.

Afterwards Monfils was left nursing a deep cut on his finger and bruising that left him unable even to hold a racquet - but he insisted he had no regrets about going for broke.

The 29-year-old won 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) in two hours, 37 minutes to reach the last eight for the first time in 11 attempts, with either Milos Raonic or 2014 winner Stan Wawrinka up next.

"It's very painful. I cannot even grip anything right now. I have a deep cut. That's nothing. But I have a bruise. I'm lucky to do not have fracture," Monfils told reporters.

"During the point, I feel that I can have it. So I just do it because I think I have the ability to do it. But you know, I'm not a rock."

Asked whether he ever regrets his signature dives around the court, Monfils replied: "No, never."

"It's like instinct," he added. "Like some soccer player, I don't know how to say it in English, but they jump and they do it. It's just natural.

"I always say, people think it's like why I will throw myself to the floor for nothing. I do it because I know I can do it. That the only thing. People need to understand that if I dive, it's because I know I can dive."

The 23rd seed broke Kuznetsov's service three times and lost his own serve twice in reaching his overall seventh Grand Slam quarter-final.

Monfils won 81 percent of his first serves and he said it was important factor against Kuznetsov.

"I focused on my serve, I needed to be because he was striking the ball very good and the... free points (aces) helped me a lot to get through," he said.

He added: "It's great. I'm very happy to get through to the quarters and I'm already focused on my quarter-final. I have had a great week, and I hope to have a wonderful second week."

Read more on:    australian open  |  gael monfils  |  tennis

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk


Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.