Wawrinka loses his 1st final since comeback from knee injury

Tennis- ATP 500- Rotterdam Open- Rotterdam Ahoy Rotterdam Netherlands

There was little to separate the two until Nishikori had to serve to stay in the contest and a thumping forehand victor on his first match point left Wawrinka celebrating a big win.

It was the Frenchman's eighth career title.

"I was able to play solid tennis and I did especially well in the second set", Nishikori said. I think the match against Gael will be different, the conditions will be better for him here. "I had the unconditional support of the fans all week and that respect is something that makes me feel good despite the bad result".

The Swiss then built up a 4-0 lead before he broke Monfils for the third time to win the set 6-1 in just 34 minutes and set up the decider. He broke at love at 2-2 and again in game seven with a return victor to open a 5-2 gap and seal the deal with a volley victor in the next game, pleased with the way he performed and hoping for more of the same against Wawrinka.

"Marco played a great match and deserved to be the champion".

"The match felt unusual, I don't think I was playing that well", said the Russian.

Tsonga, ranked a lowly 140 after 2018 knee surgery, had been on a roll in the Dutch port city, following his title victory last week in Montpellier.

But fifth seed Medvedev arrived in Rotterdam buoyed by a title of his own after lifting the Sofia trophy five days ago.

A week after falling to Daniil Medvedev in the Sofia Open semi-finals, Monfils's relentless court coverage proved the difference as he defeated the Russian 4-6 6-3 6-4.

The Frenchman took 69 minutes to advance to his second straight semifinal of the season with his 6-1, 6-2 thrashing of Bosnian Damir Dzumhur.

Gael started strong immediately to win the opening set 6-3 after breaking Wawrinka twice.

Seemingly down and out at 1-4 in the third set, world No. 3 Halep was roared on by a large and noisy set of Romanian fans to secure a remarkable 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 victory over the Ukrainian. "Playing at home and getting to the final was very nice for me".

Halep described her dramatic win as "unbelievable".

Similar to his opponent, Kei Nishikori has also been in very good form prior to this match as he beat his previous opponent in straight sets.



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