Sinner Retains Sofia Crowns, Defeats Monfils For 4th Career Titleg

by Staff | October 3rd, 2021, 8:33 pm
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Jannik Sinner remains perfect in Sofia, Bulgaria where the Italian today collected his second straight title their topping Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-4.

The 20-year-old didn’t drop a set all week, and improves to 9-0 in Sofia. A year ago, Sinner won his maiden title in Sofia beating Vasek Pospisil in that final.

“The level was high today,” Sinner said. “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 because I had to.”

Sinner broke Monfils early for 3-0 and then was never in trouble as he moves to 3-1 against the veteran Frenchman. He also becomes the first Italian man to defend a title since Paolo Bertolucci in 1976.

“It is never easy playing against Gael, we’ve had many tough matches,” said Sinner. “I think in the crucial moments I was a bit luckier than him, which helped me a lot.”

Monfils, who played just two matches to reach the title match, was appearing in his first tour final since winning Rotterdam in 2020. The 35-year-old Monfils, though, has now made at least one final each year since 2005.

“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 posted on twitter.

A year ago, Sinner was ranked No. 44 entering Sofia. He’ll now stay at his career-high No. 14 and rise to 10th in the race which concludes in Turin, Italy.

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