Rotterdam Open 2019: Gael Monfils overcomes Stan Wawrinka's second-set surge to clinch eighth title of career

Monfils, 32, showed no hard evidence of the left wrist injury which has bothered him all week and forced him onto a regime of pain-killers.

Agence France-Presse February 17, 2019 23:36:57 IST
Rotterdam Open 2019: Gael Monfils overcomes Stan Wawrinka's second-set surge to clinch eighth title of career
  • Gael Monfils defeated good friend Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 on Sunday to win his eighth career title at the Rotterdam Open.

  • Wawrinka, the 2015 champion in the Dutch port city who is continuing an 18-month comeback from double knee surgery, was playing in his first final since Roland Garros in June 2017.

  • It was the first championship match in 11 years at Rotterdam to feature two unseeded players.

Gael Monfils defeated good friend Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 on Sunday to win his eighth career title at the Rotterdam Open.

Monfils, the runner-up three years ago, held off Wawrinka's second-set surge to ease through the decider.

Rotterdam Open 2019 Gael Monfils overcomes Stan Wawrinkas secondset surge to clinch eighth title of career

Gael Monfils holds the trophy as he celebrates beating Stan Wawrinka. AP Photo

Wawrinka, the 2015 champion in the Dutch port city who is continuing an 18-month comeback from double knee surgery, was playing in his first final since Roland Garros in June 2017.

It was the first championship match in 11 years at Rotterdam to feature two unseeded players.

Monfils, 32, showed no hard evidence of the left wrist injury which has bothered him all week and forced him onto a regime of pain-killers.

The World No 33 triumphed in one and three-quarter hours with four service breaks against three-time Major winner Wawrinka as he claimed his first title since Doha last year.

The Frenchman took the opening set with two breaks of Wawrinka, but the 33-year-old Swiss immediately returned the favour with a 6-1 second set.

In the third, Monfils broke for 2-1, taking control of his opponent's mighty backhand.

The Frenchman moved to 5-2 and saved a break point a game later as he closed out victory.

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