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Monfils triumphs in Rotterdam

 

Gael Monfils claimed the Rotterdam Open title yesterday as he saw off Stan Wawrinka in three sets. (stock photo)
Gael Monfils claimed the Rotterdam Open title yesterday as he saw off Stan Wawrinka in three sets. (stock photo)

By Eleanor Crooks

Gael Monfils claimed the Rotterdam Open title yesterday as he saw off Stan Wawrinka in three sets.

Switzerland's three-time major winner Wawrinka, playing in his first final in 20 months, responded impressively to falling a set behind before Monfils clinched a 6-3 1-6 6-2 victory after an hour and 44 minutes.

It is the eighth ATP World Tour title of the 32-year-old Frenchman's career, secured 13 months on from his seventh in Qatar.

The match was the first Rotterdam Open final between two unseeded players since Michael Llodra beat Robin Soderling in 2008.

Meanwhile, world number one Naomi Osaka says she was not willing to "sacrifice" her happiness following her surprise split from coach Sascha Bajin last week.

"If I'm not waking up happy to practice and happy to be around the people I'm around, this is my life," Osaka said. "I'm not going to sacrifice that just to keep a person around."

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