Monfils Defends Rotterdam Crown

Gael Monfils triumphs in Rotterdam again (photo: ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament)

ROTTERDAM, February 16, 2020

Gael Monfils successfully defended his title at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, defeating Canada’s NextGen star Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-2, 6-4 in Sunday’s singles final at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam.

The No. 3 seed from France, who claimed a record-tying third Montpellier title last week, converted four of his 11 break point chances to secure victory in one hour and 26 minutes.

“It’s an amazing feeling for the first time for me to back it up, year after year, week after week. It is a different feeling I have never experienced in my career, so I feel grateful,” said Monfils.

“[In the FedEx ATP Rankings, I want] to reach the fifth spot. I have been sixth. [I would like] to reach the final at another Masters 1000, why not try to win one and keep the dream alive. The dream is to win a Grand Slam and that is what I am playing for and training for. It is tough, but I believe that maybe one day I will be lucky enough to win one.”

By lifting his 10th ATP Tour career trophy, Monfils took away from the Netherlands €406,840 in prize money as well as 500 ATP Ranking points.

Herbert/Mahut take second Rotterdam title

Earlier in the day, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut clinched the doubles title. The No. 2 seeds from France fought past Henri Kontinen from Finnland and Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 7-6(5), 4-6, 10-7 in one hour and 34 minutes to lift their second trophy in three team appearances in Rotterdam.

“It is a tournament I love,” said Mahut. “The first time I came here, I saw the Centre Court [and] it is amazing. One of the greatest on the Tour, definitely. I have a special feeling when I play in Holland… There is something special here.”

Herbert added: “We were still believing in ourselves and we found the solution to win maybe the one or two points that you need to make a difference in a match like this.”