His reaction, from sporever.fr (some things he says are surprising pleasently or not...):
Sopot / Monfils : « Dieu m'a aidé pour gagner »
07 août 2005 - 18 h 06 -
Après avoir remporté le premier tournoi ATP de sa carrière à Sopot en Pologne, en battant l’Autrichien (<
) Mayer (7-6 (6), 4-6, 7-5), le Français Gaël Monfils est revenu sur une victoire qui en appelle d’autres : « Dieu m'a aidé pour gagner. Il ne faut pas que cela me monte à la tête. »
Gaël Monfils, vainqueur du tournoi de Sopot en Pologne
« Dieu m'a aidé pour gagner. J'ai voulu gagner et j'ai tout fait pour réussir. C'est ma première victoire mais je veux remporter encore beaucoup d'autres épreuves. Il ne faut pas que cela me monte à la tête. Il faut rester sur terre et bien travailler pendant l'entraînement pour réaliser cet objectif. Qui j'ai appelé depuis le court? Trois personnes: ma mère, mon père et Arnaud Lagardère, qui finance ma carrière. C'est à lui que je voudrais dédier cette victoire. En septembre, après l'US Open, cela fera un an que nous avons commencé à travailler ensemble avec Thierry (Champion). Il m'aide à ordonner mon jeu. Il y a introduit du calme et de la raison. Quand nous avons commencé à travailler ensemble, j'étais environ 500e dans les classements. Aujourd'hui, j'approche de la 40e position. C'est à lui que je dois ce progrès. Il m'apprend aussi comment vivre en dehors du terrain de jeu. C'est très important.»
"God helped me to win. I wanted to win and i did everything i could to succeed. It's my very first victory but i want to achieve many more of them. I musn't let this go to my head. I must stay down to heart and work well during training to reach my goals. Who i phoned from the court? My mother, my father and Arnaud [Lagardère], who back me financially. I actually would like to dedicate this victory to him. In september, after the US Open, it will be one year since we started to work together with Thierry [Champion]. He helps me arrange/order my game. He help me introduces calm and intelligence to it. When we started working together i was ranked around the 500th. Today i'm drawing nearer to the 40th spot. I owe thi progress to him. He also make me learn how to live off court on the circuit. It's very important."
Plus the atptennis.com article:
Idea Prokom Open
Sopot, Poland August 7, 2005
Monfils Records First ATP Title in Thrilling Fashion
French teen Gael Monfils won his first ATP title after a thrilling 7-6(6), 4-6, 7-5 victory over Germany’s Florian Mayer at the IDEA Prokom Open in Sopot on Sunday. Both unseeded players advanced to their first ATP final and both were looking for their first ATP title.
The crowd saw an entertaining final, with Mayer bouncing back after Monfils was leading 5-2 in the first set. In the tie-break, the Mayer double faulted on his set point at 6-5. Monfils won the set on his first set point.
In the second set, Mayer kept fighting hard and managed to take the Frenchman’s serve twice, while Monfils could only break his opponent once. In the final set, Monfils scored the only break, taking his opponent’s serve in the final game of the match.
With today’s victory, 18-year-old Monfils becomes the third teenager to win a title in 2005, after Rafael Nadal won titles in Costa do Sauipe, Acapulco, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Rome, Roland Garros, Bastad and Stuttgart, and fellow countryman Richard Gasquet sealed victory in Nottingham. Players attempting to capture their first ATP title are now 6-10 in finals
Monfils wins 35 INDESIT ATP 2005 Race Points and €59,200. Runner-up Mayer receives 24 INDESIT ATP 2005 Race Points and €34,800.
On the way to the title, Monfils defeated qualifier Juan Antonio Marin, Juan Monaco, No. 8 seed Victor Hanescu, Potito Starace and Mayer. Mayer’s first finals appearance came after wins over Mariano Zabaleta, No. 5 seed Filippo Volandri, Jarkko Nieminen and No. 3 seed Guillermo Coria.
Monfils became the sixth player to win his first career ATP title in 2005 after Xavier Malisse (Delray Beach), Wayne Arthurs (Scottsdale), Igor Andreev (Valencia), Gasquet (Nottingham) and Mario Ancic (s’Hertogenbosch).
In the doubles final, the No. 4 seeded all-Polish team of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski defeated the No. 3 seeded all-Argentine team of Lucas Arnold and Sebastian Prieto 7-6(7), 6-4 in a one-hour, 25-minute match. During the tie-break, the Argentines couldn’t take advantage of their set point at 7-6.
The local favorites won the tournament for the second time after 2003. The winners receive 35 ATP Doubles Race Points and €20,500.
WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID:
Monfils: “I’m very happy and satisfied about having won my first title. Now I have to stay down to earth, keep working and practicing hard, in order to get ready for the US Open. I want to win many more titles. Life continues, and I still have to improve a lot of things. I still have a long way to go.”
“When Mayer was bouncing back in the first set, I kept thinking about a song called 'Un monde parfait' (A perfect world) and that helped me to stay in the match. I really had to fight very hard to win the match. I was running a lot during this final.”
Mayer: “The crowd saw a very good match today. I was a little bit tired after the semifinal against Coria, and Monfils was so fast today. It’s a pity that I made a double fault on the most important point of the match [his set point in the first set]. I really played great after Monfils was leading 5-2, and it’s disappointing that this double fault happened. Maybe it was not a good idea either to try the drop shots during the last game. That made things a lot easier for my opponent. I think that the last three points made the difference today.”
Fyrstenberg: "We are very happy about having won this title. Today it was easier than during the semifinal, although we were tired and had some small injuries."
Matkowski: "It was important to win the tie-break; it would have been very difficult to go into a third set. Our next tournaments are New Haven, the US Open and then the challenger in Szczecin."
And some official IDEA Prokom Open photos (from their site):