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Monfils beats Wawrinka to win Rotterdam Open

Monfils edged out Wawrinka in three sets
Monfils edged out Wawrinka in three sets ANP/AFP
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Rotterdam (Netherlands) (AFP)

Gael Monfils regained control in the third set to defeat good friend Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 on Sunday and win his eighth career title at the Rotterdam Open.

Monfils, the runner-up three years ago, held off Wawrinka's second-set surge to ease through the decider.

Wawrinka, continuing an 18-month comeback from double knee surgery, was playing in his first ATP final since June 2017.

It was the first final at the Dutch ATP event in 11 years to feature two unseeded players.

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