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Monfils eliminates Safwat from Dubai Tennis Championships

Posted on February 28, 2017
Mohamed Safwat Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship

Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images

Egypt’s  was knocked out of Dubai Championships from the first round after losing to French player Gael Monfils.

France no.2 and ATP no.12 Gael Monfils won the game 6-4, 6-3 after fighting for 80 minutes on the No4 seed’s first Dubai appearance since 2008.

“You always expect a tough match, but I wasn’t expecting that he had so much power with his forehand. You know, his forehand was super fast and deep,” said the 26-year-old Egyptian.

It was clear that the game’s crowd were taking Safwat’s side. Something that Monfils commented on saying: “I think they were happy, too, because Mohamed was playing very good tennis, you know, fantastic tennis.”

“For sure he’s pleased with his performance. You know, he had a wildcard and nothing to lose. Well, he played a tough one,” he added.

Safwat who is the second highest ranked Arab male tennis player and is ranked 197 in ATP rankings, received a wild card to play in Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship which started on February 25 and ends on March 4.


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