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Flying Frenchman ("Not Iron Man") Monfils Strikes Again

Paris, France

Gael Monfils added another spectacular dive to his highlights reel on Thursday at Roland Garros.

After sliding to retrieve a shot next to the sideboard, the Frenchman raced back to the baseline and went airbourne just in time to connect with Jan-Lennard Struff’s next return - sending the ball, his racquet and body flying in all different directions.

“It was not a great dive,” admitted Monfils. “I think it was 5 [out of] 10. Could be better (smiling).

“If you see me dive, it's not because I want to entertain people, it’s more because I want to catch the ball. And I think I have the capacity to do it, and the only way is to dive.

“Between you and me, I'm not stupid because when you dive it's [hard] ground on the floor. I'm not Iron Man. So I'm happy people like it, but I'm not doing that to show off.”

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