“I played a solid first set,” was Gaël Monfils’ analysis after his 17 February match against Alexander Zverev. “Then my level dropped a bit because I’m lacking a bit of confidence and I need to get more matches in. It’s only by playing that I can keep my rhythm and intensity. But I’m happy because I kept my concentration. I still don’t have a match that’s a reference point for me this year. I’m not playing well. I’m trying to win not playing well. Winning will help me to express myself. It comes from inside of me. I didn’t start the year well physically, mentally, and game-wise. I’ve had it up to here a bit with everyone’s reactions when I say I’m lacking the spark and that I’ll quit.
“When I say that, it means that I have to work on a few small things and I also need to get some rest because I’m all wound up. I need to clear my head. I also need to start physical training too. I’m fine, but I think I can be even stronger. I’m looking for confidence and consistency. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to play five or six tournaments in a row without getting injured. If I manage to play well and be consistent for five weeks, I think I’ll be able to last the two weeks of a Grand Slam. Everything has a purpose. I’m working with someone who does a lot of thinking (his new coach Jan de Witt) and it’s part of that. I’m building to go even higher.”
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