World No. 18 Gael Monfils admitted he didn't want to lose the Sofia final but added he felt blessed to make another final in his career. Monfils, seeded at No. 2, stood no chance against Jannik Sinner as the top-seeded Italian won 6-3 6-4 to defend his Sofia title.
Monfils, a former world No. 6, was playing in his first final of the season. "Not the result I wanted today, but still feeling blessed about playing in another final. I will continue to push for more success next weeks coming up," Monfils said in an Instagram post.
Sinner claimed a straight-set win but afterward insisted it wasn't easy against Monfils. "The level was high today,” Sinner said in his on-court interview. “We had long, long rallies and it was physical as well.
I am happy to be the winner here in Sofia again. I think it is a very nice tournament. It was the best match [I have played this week] because I had to”.
Sinner praised Monfils
It was the fourth meeting between Sinner and Monfils as the Italian now leads their head-to-head 3-1.
Sinner has had success against Monfils but he insists the Frenchman is a great guy and claimed it's amazing what he has done in his career. "What Monfils has done in his career is amazing. He has played a lot of big matches and still moves very well on the court.
He's extremely talented and he's a great guy. We have a good relationship, sometimes we joke together in the locker room," Sinner said of Monfils[I have played this week] because I had to”. Sinner also admitted he thought he was luckier than Monfils in key moments.
“It is never easy playing against Gael, we’ve had many tough matches,” Sinner added. “I think in the crucial moments I was a bit luckier than him, which helped me a lot”.