This year's final at the BNP Paribas Nordic Open on Sunday will be a highly interesting match-up between 2011 title winner Gaël Monfils, and the young sensation Pavel Kotov, who is playing his first final on the ATP tour. On paper, Monfils’ experience might make him the favourite for the final, but Pavel Kotov has shown throughout the tournament that he can surprise with his methodical and hard-hitting baseline game, regardless of who his opponent is.
Gaël Monfils is undeniably enjoying himself at The Royal Tennis Hall. In 2011, he won the BNP Paribas Nordic Open by beating Finland's Jarkko Nieminen. After injury concerns which kept the Frenchman out of action, Monfils has dropped in the world rankings. However, he has shown during his comeback tour in 2023 that he is literally on the move again - partly thanks to his progress in Stockholm and partly thanks to victories against top ranked players including Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alex de Minaur and Cameron Norrie. Monfils has had an impressive career - he has reached at least one ATP final in 19 straight seasons and tomorrow he might be recording his twelfth ATP title win.
On the other end of the court awaits the young Pavel Kotov who went through qualifying in to reach his first ATP final of his career. On the way to the final, Kotov has beaten strong players like Christopher Eubanks, Lorenzo Sonego, Tallon Griekspoor and Miomir Kecmanovic. If he wins against Monfils on Sunday, Kotov will become the seventh player in the competition's history to win his first ATP title at Stockholm – a fine feat for the world’s oldest indoor tournament on the tour.
Finals day on Sunday is set. Centre court opens at 12.30 when the doubles pair Andrey Golubev, Kazakhstan/Denys Molchanov, Ukraine play against the energetic duo Yuki Bhambri, India / Julian Cash, UK. Soon after that, the singles' final begins at 15:00 between Gael Monfils and Pavel Kotov, a match that will hopefully bring forth shining examples of youth and experience.