In-form Gael Monfils topples Felix Auger-Aliassime for 10th title — ATP Rotterdam


Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime dropped a 6-2, 6-4 decision to Gael Monfils of France in the final of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament on Sunday.

Monfils, who beat Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil last weekend to win the Open Sud de France, will try to become the first player since Robin Soderling (in 2011) to successfully defend his Rotterdam title.

Auger-Aliassime repelled four match points in the eighth game to pull one break back and prolong the action before Monfils landed a service victor at 5-4 for a hold at 15 and back-to-back titles during an indoor swing.

The 21st-ranked Auger-Aliassime fell to 0-4 in career ATP Tour final appearances.

"You're young, you improve fast and you will win this tournament and others for sure if you keep going like this", said the champion who now has 10 career titles.

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Félix Auger-Aliassime will certainly hope so after reaching his first ATP final of 2020 in Rotterdam.

He lost all three of his previous ATP finals past year in Rio de Janeiro, Lyon and Stuttgart, while he was also a member of the Canadian side which lost to Spain in the Davis Cup final.

"Bravo Gael, I'm happy for you".

That wasn't enough for Felix to stay in contention, with the Canadian dropping nearly half of the points in his games and suffering four breaks from 11 opportunities offered to Monfils.

Following a brief Monfils scare, Auger-Aliassime went long when defending a third break opportunity next time out and slipped further behind, allowing the third seed to serve out the opener. "It was tough for me, losing my fourth career final, but I had an unbelievable week", said the Canadian.