US Open 2014: Victoria Azarenka sings happy birthday to Gael Monfils

US Open 2014: Victoria Azarenka sings happy birthday to Gael Monfils after her fourth-round victory on Monday night

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Former world number one Victoria Azarenka Photo: Marianne Bevis

Despite winning a gruelling three-set US Open fourth-round match on Monday, Victoria Azarenka still managed to muster energy to sign happy birthday to her “best friend” Gael Monfils.

The Belarusian, who is seeded 16th at Flushing Meadows, beat Serbian qualifier Aleksandra Krunic 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in an energy-sapping two hours and 19 minutes in New York.

Azarenka will face No17 seed Ekaterina Makarova in the quarter-finals, but the former world number one was more concerned with wishing Monfils a happy 28th birthday, spontaneously breaking into song under the lights on Arthur Ashe court.

And two-time Australian Open champion Azarenka revealed that Monfils was “really touched” by the two-time Australian Open champion’s gesture.

“He text me that he loves me very much – and not in that way,” Azarenka said.

“I just wanted to wish him happy birthday. I wanted to make it special. He was really touched. So I think that was kind of cool.”

Azarenka added: “He’s one of the best entertainers in tennis. It’s so amazing to watch him play.

“Sometimes I get a little bit frustrated with him because I know he should win some matches that he loses. I think he’s still yet to reach his full potential, because I think he’s super, super talented.”

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