Gael Monfils won his fifth career ATP World Tour Title on Sunday afternoon in Montpellier, when he defeated fellow countryman and world No. 9 Richard Gasquet in straight sets. The Frenchman won 26 of his 28 first service points and powered nine aces past the top seed to earn the 6-4, 6-4 victory to extend his lead in the head-to-head to 6-4 against Gasquet.
This marks the second time Monfils has lifted the Montpellier title, after beating Ivan Ljubicic four years ago in a three-set final. Since then he has also reached the final in 2012, where he lost to world No. 7 Tomas Berdych.
Apart from earning 250 Emirates ATP Rankings Points for his victory, Monfils was also awarded €77,315 in prize money for his efforts this week. Along with finishing runner-up in Qatar several weeks back, Monfils is now 5-16 in ATP World Tour Finals.
“This is unbelievable for me,” said Monfils. “I had some back problems at the beginning of the week and I didn’t know if I was going to be able to play, so to now be with the trophy is pretty crazy. I have been elevating my game match after match and I am extremely proud in the way I played today. I really enjoy playing here in Montpellier. I love the atmosphere there is in this arena.”
Defending champion Richard Gasquet was unable to retain his championship this season but still received 150 Emirates Ranking Points and €40,720 for his efforts throughout the week.
“It was great to be in final here once again,” said Gasquet. “I am extremely disappointed to have lost in the final, but that’s tennis. I need to congratulate Gael because he’s played unbelievable all week. I wasn’t able to read his serve, he was serving bullets all match. My only way out was to try to push him to a tie-break and wait for him to start making mistakes. But it didn’t happen.”