"It feels a little bit odd, as I didn't think I played that well", Medvedev said after his victory.
"It was great for sure to be in the final", Wawrinka said. The Swiss broke Nishikori decisively at 5-4 in the third set. Now I need to get some matches, but I need to be patient with that...
Sunday's match was the first Rotterdam Open final between two unseeded players since Michael Llodra beat Robin Soderling in 2008. After Wawrinka held his opening service game, Monfils converted his first break point in the third game of the set to edge in front.
The 29-year-old is looking to add to his 12 career titles in Rotterdam this month, and is in high spirits after his recent display.
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The first break came in the fourth match when Kei moved 3-1 up after winning all four points, only to net a backhand in the following game and suffer a break at love as well, playing the worst game of the entire match. Wawrinka is a very accomplished player but since his injury, he has lacked the quality he once had. "I was stressed and angry, but I had to think about it and in the third game of the decider, I took my chance and gained energy". Monfils was still on the rampage, and earned match points with a quality serve-and-volley play.
Now, though, the packed Ahoy arena was treated to the most warm-hearted embrace as each wrapped their arms around the other, patted their heads, smiled and exchanged generous words. "You're my brother", he told his Swiss opponent.
"This is my first final since my surgery so it's always tough to lose in the final but hopefully me and my team can push this year to win a trophy", said the 33-year-old, who dispatched impressive teen Denis Shapovalov and world No.7 Kei Nishikori en route to the final on Sunday. This win is part of him. He broke at love at 2-2 and again in game seven with a return victor to open a 5-2 gap and seal the deal with a volley victor in the next game, pleased with the way he performed and hoping for more of the same against Wawrinka. He said it was special to win a tournament that his idol, Arthur Ashe, also won.
That the last two men standing should be former top-six players of pedigree, both now well into their 30s, both making great injury comebacks to once again produce big-time tennis for the fans, ended Rotterdam on a high.