Monfils still believes he can win a grand slam

Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:55am EST
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By Simon Cambers

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A rejuvenated, fit-again Gael Monfils believes he is capable of winning a grand slam, if his body holds up.

The Frenchman missed several months of 2012 with a knee injury and former French player Henri Leconte suggested he might even give up the sport.

But the former world number seven, who reached the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday, said he was 100 percent fit and believes he is more capable than ever.

"I don't know how far I can go," Monfils told Reuters. "It will depend how I will manage my body.

"Honestly, I keep believing in myself that I can win a slam. I am definitely sure I can win one. It's just a matter of putting the pieces in the puzzle.

"I have a feeling I am more mature and maybe ready to do more stuff than before. Hopefully it's a matter of time and hopefully it's going to be soon."

Yannick Noah is the last Frenchman to win a grand slam singles title, at the French Open in 1983, and Monfils said Roland Garros might be his best chance.

"Definitely Paris. It would be amazing," he said.   Continued...

Gael Monfils of France hits a return to Lu Yen-Hsun of Taiwan during their men's singles match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 17, 2013. REUTERS/Toby Melville