Published: Mon, February 18, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Monfils grabs ATP tournament victory in Rotterdam

Monfils grabs ATP tournament victory in Rotterdam

And the duo, didn't shy away from showing off their bromance on court after battling out for one hour and 44 minutes. The Frenchman now holds a lifetime 8-21 record in ATP Tour finals.

"We have been practicing all winter together, and really for the past 14 years too". "In these matches, it's tricky to surprise the other".

"Physically I feel really good, and I'm moving and feeling better match after match", Wawrinka said. I had to be more aggressive and sneak in some serve and volley tennis.

It so happened that he would face another unseeded 30-something in the final, No33 Gael Monfils, a good friend with whom he had practised many a time but had played in earnest just once in the last eight years-the Swiss beat Monfils in that 2017 French Open on his way to his last final.

The Romanian will now play her 34th career final and will rise to No. 2 in the world, whatever the result.

Wawrinka had played his last final at Roland Garros in 2017. "He did what he had to do at the right moments. It's not so good but I'm working with my physio", said the world number 33. "That's what made the difference".

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The final of the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires will be contested between Argentina's Diego Schwartzman and Marco Cecchinato of Italy.

Cecchinato did not drop a set throughout the week on the way to his third tour title. Now I need to get some matches, but I need to be patient with that...

Opelka, who beat Isner in the first round of the Australian Open last month, saved six match points as he triumphed in a closely-fought match 6-7, 7-6, 7-6. "I improved my level yesterday and I was focused today, so I'm happy with how I was able to win the tournament". He's a great player.

He said: "I stuck to my game plan and I am satisfied how I executed". "Playing at home and getting to the final was very nice for me". In the second set, I think I was playing nearly flawless. I was a bit nervous at the end of the match. After losing the first set he adopted an attacking approach against Medvedev and that paid off.

It was Monfils who struck the first blow in the decider and Wawrinka never looked likely to cancel out the early break. Wawrinka leads Nishikori 5-4 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.

"Stan was playing well in the first set, but not like incredible", said Nishikori.

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