Gael Monfils Downs Wawrinka to Win in Rotterdam

19 Février, 2019, 06:26 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Monfils edged out Wawrinka in three sets

Ashe won back-to-back titles in Rotterdam in 1975 and '76.

But the Swiss finally ran out of steam in the final set as Monfils stepped up his game. I was a bit tougher than him in the third set and changed the rhythm, as I felt he was playing heavy in the second set and I felt like I couldn't handle it.

Petersburg since September. Despite landing only 50% of the first serve in, Wawrinka delivered better numbers on the second serve and he never faced a break point before the second part of the second set, winning 15 of 21 points on Denis' second serve to keep the pressure on youngster all the time.

Russia's Medvedev, who won the Sofia Open last week, proved too strong for the recently crowned Open Sud de France champion Tsonga in a 6-4, 6-2 win.

However, Wawrinka could not maintain his form against Monfils.

He then had two further break-point opportunities in the fifth game before he broke Wawrinka's serve for the second time to seal the set 6-3.

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The unseeded Wawrinka beat top-seeded Kei Nishikori 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament semifinals and will now face Frenchman Gael Monfils for the title Sunday. I played a good match and good level today, but it's great to see the level is there across a full week. "That challenge honestly is probably the difference".

His opponent in the final will be American Reilly Opelka, who also dispatched a big name as he defeated top seed John Isner. It was a comfortable win for Nishikori as he won 60% of his receiving points which allowed him to win 5 return games.

But as powerful as he was with his racket, the pivotal point of the match came when he simply held it up in the air to signify a challenge. Schnur saved five set points in the opening set. But the review on the screen above the court showed it was just out.

Medvedev improved to 14-2 this season after advancing with seven aces and saving both break points he faced against Tsonga who suffered only his third loss of 2019. "It's not so good but I'm working with my physio", said the world number 33.

At the New York Open, qualifier Brayden Schnur continued an impressive week by downing sixth seed Sam Querrey in the semi-finals. As an added bonus, he will climb up 10 spots to world No 23 when the ATP rankings are updated on Monday.

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