After winning a draw-out battle with obscure Miomir Kekmanovic to reach his second quarter-final at the Australian Open on Sunday, the charming Frenchman Gail Monfils warned that “I am not finished yet”.
The 17th seeded Monfils beat John Cain Arena 7-5, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 in a huge straight set against the 77th seeded Serb in 2 hours 34 minutes.
Monfils, yet to drop a set in his four wins in the first major of the year, will face seventh-ranked Matteo Beretini of Italy or 19th-ranked Spaniard Pablo Carrano Busta in the last eight.
The 35-year-old Monfils has had his first quarterfinal appearance in Melbourne since 2016 when he lost to Milos Raonic of Canada.
“It simply came to our notice then. He passed me on both sides. I tried to be very aggressive, “Monfils said.
“I tried not to let him write issues and it worked out well. It was just a war. “
Monfils does not intend to go home anytime soon.
“I want to do better and I will try to play this quarter final like last time … I am not finished yet.”
Kekmanovic’s race for victory is over after an early draw against compatriot and world number one Novak Djokovic in the first round.
After the defending champion was deported, Kekmanovic saw himself instead of facing the lucky loser Salvatore Caruso.
He won three matches to reach the last 16 and participated with a prize money of 3 A300,000 (US $ 215,000) and 180 ranking points.