Wednesday August 13th, 2014

Gael Monfils, the ATP's resident entertainer, insists that the dazzling hot shots he's hit throughout his career remain secondary to his competitive desire to win matches.

"It's a good mix, but in my mind first comes that I want to win the point," he tells the ATP World Tour. "And then if the show is on, it's on."

Tennis
Watch: Gael Monfils hits a leaping, between-the-legs shot in Toronto

In this great video, the ATP sits down with Monfils and has him talk through his ridiculous highlight reel of hot shots from his second-round match against Novak Djokovic last week at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. One point in particular stumped him.

"This one...I have no idea what happened in my mind," he said, after watching a point that ended with him running around the court without his racket. "But it looks good actually."

The video ends with one of the more ominous sentences ever uttered in tennis: "On match point at Roland Garros I prefer to win with a tweener." Oh dear.

Watch the video below:

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