In the men’s singles at this evening’s 2018 ExxonMobil Tennis Open, 31-year-old French wild card Gael Monfils advanced to the final after Austrian top-seed Dominic Thiem withdrew ahead of the semi-final match due to a fever. This will be Monfils' 27th title match of his career.
Monfils was a runner-up at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament in 2006 where he was defeated by Roger Federer, then again in 2012 by Tsonga, and finally in 2014 to Rafael Nadal. Should Monfils win the final it will be his first time doing so in Doha.
(Andrey Rublev. Photo credit: Metro.co.uk)
Facing off against Monfils across the net in the final will be 20-year-old Russian rising star Andrey Rublev, who defeated Argentinian opponent Guido Pella in a three-set match tonight scoring, 6-2, 4-6, and 7-6. With the match running well over 2 hours, Rublev hit back against Pella with an ace after entering the third set one match point down. The match ended in a tie-breaker with the Junior No. 1 Rublev overcoming Pella in a 7-2 tie-break win.
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(Cover image of Gael Monfils courtesy of Goal.com)
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