Monfils bullish about season after Australian Open run


Flamboyant Frenchman Gael Monfils is confident he will maintain his Australian Open form throughout the 2016 ATP Tour season.

Monfils lost out to Milos Raonic in Wednesday's last quarter-final in Melbourne, beaten 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena.

The 23rd seed was unable to progress to just his second grand slam semi-final, but could nevertheless take encouragement from his best run at an Australian Open.

Monfils had never made it beyond the fourth round prior to this year's tournament, so the 29-year-old is looking ahead with optimism.

"I think I started my season great," Monfils said afterwards.

"I showed quality, strength in this tournament, and I have a strong belief that I will keep going this season like this."

Monfils, who beat Yuichi Sugita, Nicolas Mahut, Stephane Robert and Andrey Kuznetsov en route to the last eight at Melbourne Park, added: "It was a tournament [where] I won a couple of matches and was good. I played good tennis.

"I was good, I would say good focus. Good quality in the mind.

"I was happy with all of those wins."