Monfils reclaims Stockholm Open title after 12 years, turns into oldest champion in event historical past


Gael Monfils beat qualifier Pavel Kotov in an exciting last to win the Stockholm Open, an ATP 250 occasion, in Sweden on Sunday.

The 37-year-old Frenchman, who had beforehand gained the occasion in 2011, grew to become the oldest champion in event historical past with a 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-3 win over Russian Kotov in two hours 37 minutes. The 12-year hole between his two Stockholm titles is the largest in ATP Tour’s historical past.

Additionally, solely Roger Federer, Ivo Karlovic and Feliciano Lopez had gained a title on the ATP Tour (since 1990) after turning 37.

World No. 140 Monfils clinched his twelfth profession title and first since Adelaide 1 final 12 months. He’s the lowest-ranked Tour-level champion since then World No. 152 Borna Coric gained his first ATP Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati final 12 months.

World No. 109 Kotov, who started his marketing campaign from the qualifying spherical, broke Monfils twice within the first seven video games to take a 5-2 lead within the opening set in his maiden Tour-level last. Whereas Monfils did get one break again, Kotov managed to shut the set 6-4.

Monfils saved three break factors from 0-40 down within the eleventh sport of the second set. He transformed his third set level within the tiebreaker to take the match to a deciding set.

In a repeat of the primary set with roles reversed, Monfils broke Kotov twice to race to a 5-2 lead however didn’t convert his first match level whereas serving for the title. Nevertheless, the Frenchman efficiently transformed his second match level, this time on Kotov’s serve, to seal the victory.

With this title, Monfils has moved as much as 89 within the stay ATP Rankings.



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