Blog : Gael Monfils

Edmund and Monfils will clash in Sunday’s final

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The 2018 edition of the European Open is reaching boiling point. This Saturday, the semifinals of the singles and the last double semifinal were played.

The first single semifinal was played between Argentinian Diego Schwartzman, who was aiming to play his third final in a row in Antwerp and Frenchman Gaël Monfils, first time participant. Monfils was playing agressively from the beginning and tried to keep rallies as short as possible. Monfils never gave Schwartzman the opportunity to play his game, which resulted in a 6-3, 6-4 win.

Monfils is looking forward to the final, but was relieved he could finish the job in 2 sets. “At the start of the week, I had a bit of a jetlag and my stomach aches where disturbing my game”, said Monfils. He will try to win his 8th ATP title in Sunday’s final.

But for that, he will need to surpass first seed Kyle Edmund, who beat another Frenchman, Richard Gasquet with the same score of 6-3 and 6-4. Edmund exploited his 2 main arms: his serve and a demolishing forehand to which Gasquet never found an answer.

Kyle Edmund qualifies for his second ATP title and will try to win his first ATP title here in Antwerp. “I knew I had to be agressive from the first point on, and I’m happy I managed to do so”, explained Edmund after his match. “It’s my second final in a year now. I hope I can manage to get the title here.”

There will a be a French touch in the doubles final as well, as Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin qualified for it after beating the New-Zealander Sitak and the Indian Sharan with 7-6, 7-5. They will meet Brazilian Demoliner and Mexican Gonzalez in an attempt to clinch the Antwerp doubles title.

Stars Match

The massive crowd that came to the Lotto Arena for the semifinals, also enjoyed an exhibition doubles match, in which tournament director Dick Norman, partnering with Flemish singer Niels Destadsbader, faced former professional player Sabine Appelmans & actor Gùga Baul.

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Final day

Tomorrow, the final promises to be of the highest level. It will be played at 3pm, after the doubles final that starts at 12.50pm. It’s not too late to live all the action live and on site. Buy your tickets online here, or at the stadium tomorrow.

Showman Gaël Monfils is coming to Antwerp

Gaël Monfils, the French showman who reached the fourth round at Wimbledon, has confirmed his participation at the European Open. Last year, Monfils couldn’t make it due to an injury, but the 31-year-old Frenchman will be present this season.

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Monfils has been a certainty in the top 50 of men’s tennis for years. In 2016 he was even ranked sixth. Furthermore, he is loved on tour for his showy tennis. Diving, tweeners, trick shots, … he can do it all, and he will bring it to Antwerp next October.

Monfils, who will be playing in Belgium for the first time, is very excited. “It’s always great to come back to Europe after a long trip to Asia. I hope I can add the European Open to my tally.”

As such, Monfils will join David Goffin in the Belgian’s home tournament, where they can potentially meet again after their memorable last encounter during this year’s Roland Garros. There, Goffin won a nerve-wracking match in five sets.