Tennis-Monfils captures Open Sud de France title


Sun, 31 Oct 18:09:00 2010

* Third ATP title for Monfils

* Monfils shows fine form ahead of Davis Cup final (Adds details, byline)

Gael Monfils showed his form less than six weeks before the Davis Cup final by beating Croatian Ivan Ljubicic 6-2 5-7 6-1 to win the Open Sud de France title on Sunday.

Frenchman Monfils, the third seed, survived a lapse in concentration in the second set to seal victory in one hour and 52 minutes and claim his third ATP title.

Monfils proved more solid on his serve to dominate the fourth-seeded Ljubicic.

The local favourite, gunning for a place in the French team for the Davis Cup final in Belgrade against Serbia, raced through the opening set.

He broke early in the second but Ljubicic hit back and took Monfils's serve in the 11th game to level the match but the Frenchman rallied and snatched five games in a row before sealing victory with his 11th ace.


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