Gael Monfils in full flight:
Of course he was visited by the trainer right after.
After the 4-set win over Andrey Kuznetsov, he spoke about the dive.
“I will do it. It’s like instinct,” Monfils said. “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 is 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. That’s it.”
But diving on a hardcourt did leave him injured.
“It’s very painful,” Monfils said. “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. 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.”
Monfils will face Milos Raonic Wednesday in his first Australian Open quarterfinal.
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