Superman Monfils flies into first Australian quarter-final

Mon Jan 25, 2016 2:54am EST
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By Greg Stutchbury

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Gael Monfils was hailed as 'Superman' after another customary acrobatic dive filled photographers' lenses and set social media alight at the Australian Open on Monday.

Monfils, however, was more satisfied with the fact that he had gone on to beat Andrey Kuznetsov 7-5 3-6 6-3 7-6(4) to advance to his first quarter-final at Melbourne Park, against Milos Raonic.

And while he had no regrets with the spectacular dive, he admitted that it did hurt.

"It's very painful," he told reporters. "I cannot even grip

anything right now.

"I have a deep cut. That's nothing. But I have a bruise. I'm lucky to not have a fracture.

"I am not a rock."

Monfils was indeed lucky.   Continued...

France's Gael Monfils dives for a shot during his fourth round match against Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov at the Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park, Australia, January 25, 2016. REUTERS/Issei Kato