Monfils wins first ATP 500 title

Gael Monfils outlasted Ivo Karlovic in three sets to win the Citi Open in Washington on Sunday.

The Frenchman came back from a set down to win 5-7, 7-6(6), 6-4 in a touch over two hours on the hard courts of Washington.

Despite Karlovic’s 28 aces, Monfils was able to grind out the biggest win of his career.

The big serving Croatian was unrivalled until the final game of the opening set, where he saved three break points on his way to winning the set.

The 13th seed was then on the verge of cruising to a straight set win when he was serving for the match in the second set at 5-4 up. However, Monfils rallied and broke him on the fourth break point and then held to force a tiebreaker.

Monfils was impressive as again he rallied from the brink of disaster, saving a match point and taking the set with his first opportunity. It was the first set Karlovic had lost all week in Washington.

After getting the early break in the third set, the second seed held serve all the way to victory and the sixth title of his career.