French Open 2015: Gael Monfils thanks ‘Paris magic’ after victory

Gael Monfils reflects on his dramatic five-set win over Pablo Cuevas in the third round of the French Open

Gael Monfils paid tribute to the Parisian crowd after battling to a five-set win over Pablo Cuevas to reach the fourth round of the French Open.

The Frenchman trailed his Uruguayan opponent by two sets to one before mounting a remarkable comeback to secure a 4-6 7-6 (1) 3-6 6-4 6-3 victory.

It is the 13th time that the 28-year-old has been taken to five sets in a decade of play at Roland Garros, after he also did it the hard way in the second round against Diego Schwartzman.

“As I say always, Paris is different, is magic,” said Monfils. “So I’m here. I don’t know how, but I’m here. And as I say, you know, at the beginning, the guy who will beat me has to be very strong and it’s going to be very, very, very tough for him.

“Everything can happen here. But I think I can show some new emotion, I can show some tennis, I can show some side of me I don’t even know also.

“I think the crowd just bring me something, something else, and I think it just showed a bit more today.”

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