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Title defence in sight for Gaël Monfils

15 February 2020
Title defence in sight for Gaël Monfils

Gaël Monfils feels completely at home at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. The athletic Frenchman has reached the final for the third time in five years in Rotterdam. The 33-year-old triumphed in an exciting affair against Filip Krajinovic: 6-4 7-6(5).

"I knew it was going to be tough’, said the defending champion. 'Last week when we played in the semifinals in Montpellier it was testing as well. I’m really pleased to be back in the final in Rotterdam. I feel a little bit unwell, but I will never give up. The only disadvantage is that my recovery takes a bit longer now.”

Monfils booked his ninth consecutive win in the biggest tennis event of The Netherlands. His last defeat on the centre court of Rotterdam dates back to 2016, when the born Parisian lost the final against Martin Klizan.

Monfils will take on Canadian teen sensation Felix Auger-Aliassime in his quest to retain his Rotterdam crown. "Felix is an extremely promising player and his current ranking already proves that. He’ll only get better and better.”

In the doubles final, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut will aim to win the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament for the second time as a pair, when they take on Henri Kontinen and Jan-Lennard Struff on Sunday. Both teams won their respective semifinal matches in a deciding match tiebreak. 

Last year Kontinen won the title alongside Jeremy Chardy. 


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