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Gael Monfils beats Stan Wawrinka in Rotterdam Open final

Gael Monfils beats Stan Wawrinka in Rotterdam Open final
By PA Sport

18/02/2019 at 09:15Updated 18/02/2019 at 10:24

It is the eighth ATP World Tour title of the 32-year-old Frenchman’s career.

Gael Monfils claimed the Rotterdam Open title on Sunday 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.

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

Third seed Marco Cecchinato wrapped up a dominant week in Buenos Aires with a 6-1 6-2 win over Diego Schwartzmann to win the Argentina Open.

The Italian world number 18 repelled the home favourite with ease to win his third career tour title without dropping a set.

After splitting the first two games Cecchinato went on a seven-game run as Schwartzmann wilted in the wake of his superb semi-final win over Dominic Thiem.

American Reilly Opelka converted his fifth match point to edge out Canada’s Brayden Schnur and win his first Tour title at the New York Open.

The big-serving 21-year-old wasted two match points in a second-set tie-break as Schnur – who had not won a main draw match on the Tour until this week – forced a decider.

But after spurning two further opportunities, a Schnur double-fault handed Opelka chance number five which he converted for a 6-1 6-7 (7) 7-6 (7) triumph.

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