GAEL MONFILS CAPTURES 1ST DOHA TITLE
Gael Monfils: First Qatar ExxonMobil Open Title. Remarkably, his 4th Finals Appearance.
Week-1 of the season in Doha has always been a special time and place for tennis’ eclectic showman, Gael Monfils. Since 2005, he’s made the trek to Qatar eight times. 50% of those excursions have included a trip to the Final. Finally, on January 6th, 2018 – Gael Monfils won the Qatar ExxonMobil Open title.
At last, the stars aligned for Monfils: During his second Doha run back in 2006, Monfils fell to World #1 Roger Federer in the championship match. Six years later, World #6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga emerged the victor. In 2014, World #1 Rafael Nadal finally defeated Monfils in their third career Doha meeting. Gael was ranked #30, #16 and #31 in those respective championship matches.
On a Saturday night in early 2018 – his first tournament since the US Open 4-months prior – the World #46 and Doha “Wild Card” captured the falcon with a straight-sets win over World #39, 20-year-old Andrey Rublev of Russia. It was Gael’s 7th career ATP World Tour title; his 20th career Finals appearance.
A special thanks to Tennis Link Magazine for the profile in the August 2017 issue. Here’s the article in Arabic