Monfils Captures Third Montpellier Crown
Frenchman improves to 6-0 against Pospisil
The World No. 9 saved all four break points he faced to become the eighth French champion in 10 editions of the ATP 250 event. Alongside three-time winners Monfils and Gasquet, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (2019) and Lucas Pouille (2018) have also delighted home crowds with a title run in Montpellier.
“I am more than happy to win again in France,” said Monfils. “This is the third time [in Montpellier] and hopefully I can have some more [success].”
Monfils improves to 19-4 at the event after winning his third title in four final appearances. The 33-year-old also extends his unbeaten ATP Head2Head record against Pospisil to six matches.
“It has been a great week. I am very pleased about my performance today,” said Monfils. “I think I played very solid again and I was very happy with the way I handled the key moments.”
Competing in an ATP Tour final for the 16th consecutive year, Monfils earned the first break point of the match in the 10th game as Pospisil served to stay in the set at 4-5. The Canadian escaped danger with a powerful ace up the T, but Monfils eventually broke through two games later.
With Pospisil serving at 5-6, 30/30, Monfils unleashed powerful backhand and forehand passing shots up the line to secure the first set. The Frenchman was forced to save four break points in the early stages of the second set, before breaking for a second time at 4-3.
Monfils had all the answers from the back of the court and benefitted from two double faults to earn triple break point, taking his second opportunity with a powerful backhand passing shot up the line. The wild card converted his second championship point as Pospisil fired long with his forehand return, before turning to his player box to celebrate.
Pospisil was aiming to lift his first ATP Tour trophy in his second final. The 29-year-old defeated second seed David Goffin in three sets to reach the championship match.
“It was an incredible week,” said Pospisil. “I had great wins and I feel like I am definitely improving week-by-week. I will try to rest now, take a couple of days easy and get ready for the next event.”
Monfils will now attempt to successfully defend his ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament title in Rotterdam. The 33-year-old beat Daniil Medvedev and Stan Wawrinka in back-to-back matches to lift the trophy last year.
Monfils earns 250 FedEx ATP Ranking points and €89,435 for lifting the trophy. Pospisil collects 150 ATP Ranking points and €47,105.