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Monfils fends off Khachanov challenge to clinch Adelaide title

Top seed Gael Monfils captured his 11th ATP Tour title on Sunday as he overcame Karen Khachanov 6-4, 6-4 to win Adelaide International 1 title.
Top seed Gael Monfils captured his 11th ATP Tour title on Sunday as he overcame Karen Khachanov 6-4, 6-4 to win Adelaide International 1 crown. Photo: Adelaide International

Adelaide, Jan 9 (MNN) Top seed Gael Monfils captured his 11th ATP Tour title on Sunday as he overcame Karen Khachanov 6-4, 6-4 to win Adelaide International 1 crown.

The Frenchman, who was competing in his first Australian tour-level championship match, played with flair and demonstrated great agility throughout against Khachanov, closing the net effectively and covering the court well to triumph after 80 minutes.

Monfils did not drop a set all week in Adelaide and now leads the Russian 1-0 in their ATP Head2Head series. With his victory, it is the world number 21’s first tour-level title since February 2020 (Rotterdam).

In a tight first set, both players looked to dictate on their forehands and outmanoeuvre each other in front of a lively crowd in Adelaide.

After fending off two break points at 2-2, Monfils, who hit 11 winners in the first set, found the decisive breakthrough in the 10th game when Khachanov fired a forehand long to move ahead.

Fuelled by momentum, Monfils remained strong on serve in the second set, winning 92 per cent (11/12) of points behind his first delivery in the set and broke Khachanov at 5-4 to seal his victory.

Second-seeded Russian Khachanov overcame Marin Cilic to reach the final in Adelaide and was aiming to win his first title since he clinched the crown at the Rolex Paris Masters in November 2018.

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