MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Great entertainer Gael Monfils charged into the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday before rounding on the media for a “made up” story about him injuring his hand while playing video games.
The 10th seed ousted Ernests Gulbis 7-6(2) 6-4 6-3 on Melbourne Arena showing no signs of a hand injury French media reports last weekend had said resulted from him hitting the bedboard in frustration while on his PlayStation.
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“I say this in a funny way but it’s a disgrace to be honest with you because I’m fine,” the 33-year-old told reporters.
“I’m in second week, playing great tennis. I never said I was hurt. Playing PlayStation, this? Come on? And it’s easy, because I think I’m a good name to make up a good story like that. Now you know.”
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The Frenchman will face fifth seed Dominic Thiem in the last 16 as he looks to reach the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park for the second time after 2016.
Monfils has never beaten the twice Roland Garros finalist in five attempts.
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