Gaël Monfils wins the 46th edition of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. The 32-year-old Frenchman defeated his friend Stan Wawrinka in Rotterdam Ahoy: 6-3, 1-6, 6-2. It is the eighth ATP-titel for the showman, who is born in Paris.
Gaël Monfils (32) and Stan Wawrinka (33) are two superstars of the generation that slowly disappears. But the favourite Monfils and the triple Grand Slam winner Stan the Man have never played against each other in a final.
"It was a special match,” Monfils said, who got his nickname 'The Flying Frenchman’’ in Rotterdam Ahoy. "We have trained together during the winter and we have known eachother for so long. The plan was: who comes with the biggest surprise? I was very tired during the final, but I didn't show it. My physio has done great work during the tournament, in the first round I fell on my wrist.”
Gaël Monfils, who reached the top-30 of the world ranking with his victory, has lost a final 21 times. "I am always happy to reach a final. In a few finals I was a big favourite but I lost anyway. When I was younger, I had to beat Roger Federer, Ljubicic and Andy Roddick in finals. That was the absolute world top back then.
Monfils was happy that he saw his name on the champion ring next to Arthur Ashe. "Ashe has done many things for the black community in the States. I have read and seen a lot about him. This tournament was now won by Arhur Ashe and me”
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