Gael Monfils may have been knocked out of the US Open, but his 2019 experience at Flushing Meadows is not over.
The Frenchman missed out on his second semi-final in New York, losing a gruelling five-set battle with Matteo Berrettini that went nearly four hours.
For most players, Wednesday’s defeat would be a blow from which they would take a long time to recover.
At 33, however, Monfils has a healthy sense of perspective, and expressed his excitement at being able to cheer on girlfriend Elina Svitolina in her semi-final clash with Serena Williams on Thursday.
“I’m not a sore loser. I gave it my all today. I served bad, but I gave my heart,” Monfils told a post-match media conference.
“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. You know, I’m proud of myself, and, you know, I will be happy, I will be happy to cheer for my girlfriend tomorrow.
“Definitely if it can be one more day here, I’m on it.”
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In terms of how he can refocus on the court for the remainder of the season after the 3-6 6-3 6-2 3-6 7-6 (7-5) defeat, Monfils believes he can draw on the experience of his 2014 quarter-final loss to Roger Federer at Flushing Meadows, when he had two match points against the Swiss legend.
“I’ve had tough ones in my career like that. Actually I have a tough one here in match point with Roger,” he added.
“I know how to bounce back. Actually I played very good after that quarter that I lost in 2014 with Roger.
“I’ve got to take the positives of this almost two weeks and, you know, keep working hard and get back for the Asia swing.”