Monfils, champion in Stockholm, equaled the record set by Nadal and Connors

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Gael Monfilsone of the most charismatic tennis players in the world despite the fact that he has never played in the final of grand slamwon this Sunday at the ATP indoor on the hard court in Stockholm (Sweden) the 12th title of his career, the first in nearly two years, since Adelaide January 2022, a streak also explained by the foot and wrist injuries that have affected him so much in recent seasons.

Monfils, current world no. comeback (4-6, 7-6 and 6-3 in 2h.37′) against the Russian Pavel Kotov24 years old and No. 109 in the ranking.

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Despite his repeated physical problems, Monfils equaled an interesting record that has so far only been shared by two legends like the American. Jimmy Connors and spanish Rafael Nadal: The three of them are the only tennis players to have played in at least one final for 19 consecutive seasons, since 2005 in the case of the Frenchman.

Monfils is only the fourth player at the age of 37 to win ATP trophies since 1990, after the Croatian Ivo Karlovic (2 titles), the Swiss Roger Federer (5) and Spanish Feli Lopez (1). Already champion in Stockholm in 2011, Gael repeated his success in the Swedish city 12 years later.

This is Monfils’ first title as a father: also married to a Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolinathe first daughter of the two, Skywas born in October last year.

With his success, Gael gained confidence for one of his favorite tournaments, the Paris Bercy Masters 1,000 which was played in his hometown from October 30 to November 5. In Roland Garros’2008 and the US Open’2016 He achieved his best Grand Slam result, the semifinals.

Bublik avoided another French title

The Fils fell to the Kazakhs in Antwerp

French tennis had a chance on Sunday to add two ATP titles, but Alexander Bublik prevented 19-year-old Arthur Fils from joining Gael Monfils in victory. The Kazakh tennis player, 26 years old and world number 36, defeated Fils (38th) in the final of the ATP indoor hard court in Antwerp (Belgium) in doubles 6-4 and added the third title of his career after
Montpellier’2022 and Halle’2023.

Source: La Verdad

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