Monaco beats Benneteau in Malaysia final

Juan Monaco of Argentina defeated France’s Julien Benneteau 7-5 4-6 6-3 to lift the Malaysian Open title in Kuala Lumpur.

Monaco beats Benneteau in Malaysia final

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Juan Monaco of Argentina kisses his trophy after winning at the men's singles final against Julien Benneteau of France at the ATP Malaysia Open

It was the fourth title Monaco has picked up this season after success in Vina del Mar, Houston and Hamburg, and returns him to the ATP top 10.

Benneteau, meanwhile, is now 0-7 in ranking finals despite pushing the contest to a deciding set with a stirring fight-back.

Monaco kept alive his hopes of qualifying for November's season-ending World Tour finals in London as one of the top eight ranked players.

"I celebrated with my team in the locker room and tonight I'll have Malaysian food with my team," Monaco told reporters after his seventh ATP title.

"I think we played a great match, with a lot of ups and downs. I got a little nervous when I had chances, but I never gave up.

"He surprised me a little bit with his comeback in the second set. In the final set, I knew I had to be more aggressive and I am happy the way I finished the match."

Benneteau, 30, ranked 34th in the world, must continue his quest for his first ATP title.

"I was very focused on this game, because I wanted to win this final," Benneteau said.

"The fans were great, there were a lot of French in the crowd. It was a nice atmosphere and the game was a good level."

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