Monfils’ Season all but over after Stockholm Exit

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Any hopes Gael Monfils had of regaining some credibility from a frustrating season went out the window on Wednesday after the Frenchman crashed in the early round of the Swedish Open, much to the surprise of the tennis match previews.
The defending champion looked far from his best as world number 436 Patrik Rosenholm outplayed his opponent at times, taking the first-round tie 6-3 1-6 6-3 in Stockholm. It was a far cry from his emphatic victory in Sweden last year, where Monfils defeated Jarkko Nieminen in three sets.
The result means Monfils enters the close of season with a whimper after enduring a frustrating injury-hit year.
It had started reasonably well for Monfils, getting to the final of Doha and Montpellier either side of the Australian Open, yet a series of knee problems has seen the Parisian’s form plummet and he failed to make another Grand Slam this year.
Instead, the 26-year-old sat out most of the summer in order to recover from injury but his comeback stint has hardly been the best this autumn, registering barely a murmur in the online tennis betting odds.
Monfils lost in the semi-finals at Metz to Andreas Seppi, but that effort appears to have taken a lot out of him and he fell to Gilles Simon in the Bangkok quarters before this recent mishap against Rosenholm.
The defeat means his ATP world ranking of 16 at the start of 2012 now sits at an uncomfortable 47 and Monfils could be out of the top-50 by the end of the year. Over the winter, the right-hander must find a solution to these knee problems if he is to bypass qualification events for tour tournaments next season.
His year is all but over now and Monfils should take the off-season break to work out what went wrong this year before heading to the hard-courts of Doha and Melbourne in January.

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