Monfils wins in Rotterdam for 2nd title in 2 weeks

Tennis

Gael Monfils followed last week’s triumph in Montpellier by retaining his Rotterdam Open crown on Sunday, beating Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-2, 6-4.

Monfils was appearing in his third final in Rotterdam, having lost to Martin Klizan in 2016 before lifting the trophy last year with a win over Stanislas Wawrinka.

The world No. 9 had little trouble taking the first set on Sunday, breaking 19-year-old Auger-Aliassime’s serve twice and then serving out the frame.

Monfils broke early in the second set and was cruising until Auger-Aliassime saved four match points and broke back for 5-3.

Though the Canadian was able to hold serve in the next game, Monfils again served it out to take the win and title after just 87 minutes on court.

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