Gael Monfils asserts himself in Bulgaria to achieve a victory of outstanding career statistics
Gael Monfils has been a mainstay of the ATP tour for a decade and a half, and the Frenchman showed his experience at the Sofia Open.
The number 20 in the world ousted Gianluca Mager 6-2, 6-2 in just 49 minutes on the pitch to reach the semifinals of the ATP 250 event.
If Monfils were to win his next game and reach the final in Sofia, he would build on his impressive career record of reaching at least one ATP event final every year since 2005.
For the past 16 seasons, Monfils has reached at least one final per season on the ATP Tour. The Frenchman has 10 career titles from 31 finals he has played.
“I like to be here,” said Monfils after defeating Mager. “I’m a little sad to be honest. Nice stadium with no people, no crowds. So I’m a little sad about it. It’s something hard.
“I prepared well so I think I had a good game today.
“Nothing is easy, you know, nothing is easy. We have been working here in Sofia for almost four days.
“I work on my serves and work on my forehand. Today it worked perfectly and I am very happy about it. “
Monfils only played Sofia once in 2019. He reached the semi-finals before losing to eventual champion Daniil Medvedev, who was then ranked 16th in the world, while Monfils was 33rd.
Next, Monfils will meet the American number 67 in the world in Bulgaria, Marcos Giron, who will himself fight for the first ATP final of his career.
To compare the ATP Tour experience, Monfils is approaching his 800th career game on the tour, while Giron has only played 65 games in total.
It wasn’t until August 2020 that the 28-year-old American made it into the top 100 for the first time.