Tennis: The French No.2 Gilles Simon and the French No.3 Gael Monfils have made their country proud by reaching the final of the Open 13 ATP Tournament in Marseille, to set up first all French final here since 2009.
The last it happened in 2009, it was Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Michael Llodra in the final, which shows that different French players have done well here in Marseille and their players always entertain the home crowd. Their crowd is definitely one of the most supportive and enthusiastic one, something we witness at the French Open every year.
Seventh seed Gael Monfils had got a wildcard entry in the tournament and he faced a higher ranked opponent, the fourth seed Roberto Bautista Agut, but it was no problem for the Frenchman, as he won in straight sets 6-4, 6-2.
Monfils, who is loved by the crowd everywhere, loves to play in France something his stats also show, as This will be his 22nd ATP final of the career, 10th in France. Overall he has 5-16 record in ATP finals but in France his record is 3-6 in the finals. His opponent in the final, Simon had won his maiden ATP title here in Marseille 8 years back. Simon had to come back from one set to beat Sergiy Stakhovsky 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 (had beaten the second seed Stanislas Wawrinka in the previous round). Simon will be looking for his 12th ATP title, fourth in France. He has lost five ATP finals overall and none of them were in France.
Simon leads Monfils 4-1 in the head-to-head record. Also Read: Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon go through to Quarterfinals in Marseille Also Read: Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon keep the French hopes going in Marseille