Tuesday, January 25

Adelaide: Two years later, Gaël Monfils wins his first tournament

Gaël Monfils could not hope for a better start to the season. The French n ° 1 beat, this Sunday, the Russian Karen Khachanov in the final of the tournament of Adelaide (6-4, 6-4) to win his first tournament for almost two years. Bodes well for a week before the Australian Open.

The Habs had not triumphed on the circuit since February 2020 in Rotterdam (Netherlands), a few days after a coronation in Montpellier. It was just before the start of the Covid-19 pandemic that had cut him off. He then encountered many difficulties between health measures and his recurring physical concerns. He had only won three matches between September 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

And after reaching the final of the Sofia tournament last October, Gaël Monfils, who had qualified his year “horrible”, was determined to start this new season well and to make “big entry results”. It’s done with the 11e title of his career (equaling Guy Forget) at the end of an almost perfect week, embellished with some spectacular shots. The Parisian, equipped with a new racquet, has not conceded a single set in four games. “I am very proud and very happy to have won this tournament,” he said.

(Greg WOOD / AFP)” width=”375″/>

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