Monfils wins Qatar Open in 4th appearance in final

first_imgGael Monfils of France holds the winner’s trophy after winning against Russia’s Andrey Rublev in the ATP Qatar Open tennis competition in Doha on January 6, 2018. Monfils won the Qatar Open final in straight sets, brushing aside Rublev in a one-sided final, 6-2, 6-3. / AFP PHOTO / KARIM JAAFARDOHA, Qatar — Gael Monfils won the Qatar Open title on his fourth appearance in the final with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Andrey Rublev of Russia on Saturday.The 46th-ranked Monfils, a former top-10 player, lost previous finals at the tournament to Roger Federer in 2006, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2012, and Rafael Nadal in 2014.ADVERTISEMENT Frosty feelings: Browns fans protest 0-16 season with parade LATEST STORIES Rublev countered his 21 winners with an equal number of unforced errors, while Monfils posted 29 winners to only 10 unforced errors in the one-hour match.“I think I was completed tired today,” Rublev said. “We played only one hour and the match was almost without chances for me.”Monfils broke his opponent’s serve to go ahead 3-1 in both sets. The Frenchman faced two break points in the match, but saved both which came in the fifth game of the second set.In the first set, Monfils broke Rublev a second time in the final game. In the second set, he had to serve out the match in the ninth game.Monfils reached the final without hitting a ball in the semifinals when top-seeded Dominic Thiem withdrew from the tournament because of illness.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “I’ve been very close and finally I get it,” Monfils said after winning his seventh career title.Monfils was playing in his first tournament since a right-knee injury forced him to retire during his U.S. Open third-round match in September.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I had a long rest and I’m a lot stronger for 2018,” Monfils said. “I didn’t expect to win the first tournament, but I’m happy I did.”The 39th-ranked Rublev nervously rushed on many shots against the more experienced Monfils. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals View commentslast_img

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