Gael Monfils, ranked 33rd in the world, capped off a brilliant week in Ahoy by beating Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 in a rollercoaster final to lift the Rotterdam Open title- his first ATP crown in over a year.
Monfils, who finished as a finalist in 2016, losing to Martin Klizan, recovered from a lapse in concentration in the second set to clinch what is now his 8th career tour title in an hour and 44 minutes.
For Wawrinka, it was a first ATP final since June 2017, and it began with a dismal first set showing. He, however, turned up the heat in the second set to open up a 4-0 lead before going on to close out the set and force a decider. Monfils would regroup in the final set, stepping back in to regain control and eventually, reign supreme.
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The 32-year-old Frenchman has earned 500 ATP Rankings points as a result of his final victory, and also pockets €405,030 in prize money. Meanwhile, Wawrinka earns 300 ATP Rankings points and €203,420 in prize money with his runner-up finish.
It was the first Rotterdam championship match between two unseeded players since 2008, when Michael Llodra defeated Robin Sordeling.