Gael Monfils survived a Stan Wawrinka fightback to win his first ATP Tour title in over a year at the Rotterdam Open on Sunday, prevailing 6-3 1-6 6-2.

Monfils - beaten in the final of this event in 2016 - made a strong start against the 2015 champion, putting the Swiss under persistent pressure on his own serve and forcing two breaks as a backhand volley into the net sent the Frenchman a set up.

The second followed a starkly different path, as Wawrinka opened up a 4-0 lead to storm back into contention for the title.

Monfils could not make the most of any of his three opportunities to break back before Wawrinka wrapped up the set on his opponent's serve.

It was Monfils who struck the first blow in the decider and Wawrinka never looked likely to cancel out the early break.

Another dropped service game followed for the Swiss and a misjudged drop shot sealed his fate, leaving him without a Tour crown since May 2017.

For Monfils, this is his first tournament win since the Qatar Open in January 2018.

Stan Wawrinka will face Kei Nishikori in what promises to be an entertaining Rotterdam Open semi-final after beating Denis Shapovalov in straight sets on Friday.

Wawrinka followed up his victory over Milos Raonic by moving into the last four with a 6-4 7-6 (7-4) win over 10th seed Shapovalov.

Three-time grand slam champion Wawrinka, winner of the title in Rotterdam four years ago, claimed the only break of the first set with a sublime backhand winner.

Teenager Shapovalov was 4-1 down in the second, but came storming back to take it to a tie-break, only for the Swiss wildcard to edge it and move two wins away from a first title since 2017.

Nishikori continued his excellent start to the season by dispatching the unseeded Marton Fucsovics 6-3 6-2.

The top seed from Japan broke twice in the first set and won six games in a row in the second to ease through.

Daniil Medvedev overcame Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4 6-2 in the battle of the two champions from last weekend and will now face Gael Monfils, who hammered Damir Dzumhur 6-1 6-2.

Last week's champions Daniil Medvedev and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will meet in the quarter-finals of the Rotterdam Open, while Kei Nishikori also advanced on Thursday.

Medvedev was crowned Sofia Open champion on Sunday and the in-form Russian could claim back-to-back titles this weekend after beating Fernando Verdasco 6-2 7-5.

The fifth seed has now won 13 out of 15 matches in a great start to the season, while Verdasco was left to rue making 42 unforced errors as he bowed out.

Tsonga is on a high following an Open Sud de France triumph in his homeland and was too good for wildcard Tallon Griekspoor, winning 7-6 (7-5) 6-1.

Stan Wawrinka reached the quarter-finals of the Rotterdam Open by gaining revenge over Milos Raonic, but Stefanos Tsitsipas surprisingly bowed out in the first round. 

Having suffered a third consecutive defeat to Raonic at the Australian Open last month, Wawrinka beat the big-serving Canadian 6-4 7-6 (7-4) on Wednesday. 

The three-time grand slam champion's previous win over Raonic came en route to winning this tournament four years ago and he claimed the only break of the match in the first set before edging a second-set tie-break. 

There were only three break-point opportunities in a tight contest as wildcard Wawrinka booked a meeting with Denis Shapovalov in the last eight.

Shapovalov came out on top against Tomas Berdych in a battle between youth and experience, winning 6-4 6-3. 

The teenager struck 33 winners to oust the former world number four, who reached the semi-finals of the Open Sud de France last week after starting his season with a run to the final of the Qatar Open following a long absence due to a back injury. 

Australian Open semi-finalist Tsitsipas fell at the first hurdle, Damir Dzumhur defeating the third seed 6-4 1-6 7-5. 

Gael Monfils reached the quarter-finals by rallying to beat Andreas Seppi 4-6 6-1 6-3, while Daniil Medvedev, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Marton Fucsovics all made it through to round two.

 

 

Tallon Griekspoor claimed the biggest win of his career to delight his home crowd at the Rotterdam Open, beating second seed Karen Khachanov in three sets.

World number 211 Griekspoor fought from a set down to overcome Khachanov - ranked 200 places above him - 3-6 6-3 6-2 in an enthralling encounter in the Netherlands on Tuesday.

The Russian looked sure to be heading towards a routine win by breaking Griekspoor on his opening service game and seeing out the first set without facing a break point.

Griekspoor overcame Stan Wawrinka in the opening round in Rotterdam last year and he went a break up at the first opportunity in the second before saving a break point in game seven to force a decider.

The Dutchman raced into a 4-0 lead in the third and, although Khachanov staved off two match points to hold serve in game seven, the 22-year-old was not to be denied another famous victory on home soil.

Top seed Kei Nishikori avoided an upset against Pierre-Hugues Herbert, rallying from a set down to triumph 3-6 6-1 6-4.

Ernests Gulbis awaits the Japanese in round two following a 6-4 6-2 victory over fellow lucky loser Marius Copil.

Milos Raonic saved a set point in a first-set tie-break before sealing a 7-6 (10-8) 7-5 victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber to set up a second-round meeting with Wawrinka, who he beat in round two at the Australian Open in January.

Eighth seed David Goffin failed to serve out the first set and let a 4-1 lead in the second slip as he succumbed to a 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 loss to Gael Monfils.

Tomas Berdych, champion in 2014, beat Gilles Simon in straight sets, while Fernando Verdasco and Denis Shapovalov also advanced to the second round.

Stan Wawrinka got back to winnings ways by defeating Benoit Paire in straight sets in the first round of the Rotterdam Open on Monday.

Former world number three Wawrinka, yet to return to his previous heights after serious knee injuries, staved off three set points before clinching a tie-break and he reeled off six games in succession to complete a 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 triumph.

The victory represented the Swiss' first since the opening round of the Australian Open, having suffered back-to-back defeats against Milos Raonic – who he could face in the second round in Netherlands – and Marius Copil.

Paire was unable to convert a break point while leading 5-3 in the first set and he passed up two opportunities to serve it out, and Wawrinka made sure to punish him by claiming the tie-break and racing to victory.

"It was difficult to play against a good friend and we played some good shots. Winning the first set was the key and I played with confidence in the second set," said the 2015 champion Wawrinka.

"I feel good in general. I had a good off-season and took the time to get back in shape. I now need matches to build my confidence, but I have to be patient with that. It was a long year to get back physically, but now I'm playing well."

Hyeon Chung was unable to make the most of winning the first set as he fell to a 4-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-2 defeat against Nikoloz Basilashvili.

Andreas Seppi also required three sets to see off qualifier Peter Gojowczyk 7-6 (7-3) 3-6 6-2, while Mikhail Kukushkin eliminated home hope Robin Haase 6-2 7-6 (7-4).

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