Kyle Edmund beats Gaël Monfils in pleasant finale and wins the European Open in Antwerp

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Kyle Edmund klopt Gaël Monfils in aangename finale en wint European Open in Antwerpen

Kyle Edmund has the European Open to his name. In the final of the ATP tournament in Antwerp was the Brit in three sets stronger than Frenchman Gaël Monfils. Edmund pulled out the 3-6, 7-6 (7/2) 7-6 (7/4). The match lasted Two hours and 27 minutes. For the 23-year-old Edmund it is his first ATP title.

Sixth seed Monfils was clearly at the lesson in the beginning of the first set. Edmund had his opslagspel hand, for the first time this tournament. The service of the British topreekshoofd turned significantly less well in comparison with the previous matches, Monfils defended very securely. The Frenchman took set one 6-3.

In the second set I went up Edmund in the fourth game by the storage of Monfils, allowing the Frenchman to chase, was appointed. But the British number one had to be a break to allow, and saw his opponent come back to 4-4. In the tiebreak was Edmund his best tennis back, with a few blows, he won that with 2/7. Both players kept each other in balance in the third set. Again a tiebreak had to decide who the final winner would be. Therein took Edmund with 4/7.

Kyle Edmund klopt Gaël Monfils in aangename finale en wint European Open in Antwerpen

Photo: BELGA

No third French winner

Edmund and Monfils looked at each other once before in the eyes. Last year won by the Frenchman at Wimbledon with a 7-6 (7/1), 6-4 and 6-4. The European Open will not again be a Frenchman on the roll of honour, after Richard Gasquet in 2016 and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2017.

Edmund was only for the second time in the final of an ATP tournament. In april of this year reached the Brit in the final battle in the Moroccan Marrakesh, he lost that twice, 6-2 against Spaniard Pablo Andujar.

Monfils has seven ATP titles to his palmares. He reached into Antwerp for the 28th time in the final of an ATP tournament.