Get breaking news alerts from myKhel

Fourth time lucky for Monfils in Qatar

Gael Monfils

Bengaluru/Doha, January 6: Frenchman Gael Monfils thrashed Russian youngster Andrey Rublev 6-2, 6-3 to win the Qatar ExxonMobil Open and claim his seventh ATP title Saturday (January 6) at the hard courts of Khalifa International Tennis Complex.

Having finished runner-up in Doha three times, Monfils finally broke through for his first tournament title. Runner-up in 2006 (l. t Federer), 2012 (l. to Tsonga) and 2014 (l. to Nadal), it was fourth time lucky for the Frenchman. He fired a total of 29 winners while striking only 10 unforced errors.

One year after making his debut appearance at the Nitto ATP Finals, Monfils saw his year-end position in the ATP Rankings slip to No. 46 as he struggled with his fitness in 2017.

The 31-year-old was forced to withdraw from six tournaments with various ailments and concluded his season after the US Open, citing a right knee injury.

But Monfils has rediscovered his top form in the opening week of 2018. The Mikael Tillstrom pupil fought for a pair of three-set victories to open the tournament, defeating Paolo Lorenzi and Jan-Lennard Struff, before ousting Peter Gojowczyk in the quarter-finals.

A semifinal walkover over top seed Dominic Thiem provided ample rest for the Frenchman, who was at his ruthless best in the championship.

Thiem withdraws

Monfils now turns his attention to the Australian Open, which begins on January 15 at the Melbourne Park, where he will be looking to get past the fourth round for the first time.

(With inputs from ATP/Agencies).

For Quick Alerts
Subscribe Now
For Quick Alerts
For Daily Alerts

    Story first published: Saturday, January 6, 2018, 23:01 [IST]
    Other articles published on Jan 6, 2018
    India's LARGEST EVER political poll. Have you participated yet?
    We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Mykhel sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Mykhel website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more