TENNIS: Monfils earns fifth career title
MONTPELLIER, France (AP) — Gael Monfils beat top-seeded Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday in the final of the Open Sud de France to claim his fifth career title.
In an all-French match against the defending champion, Monfils did not face any break points — hitting 34 winners to 17 for Gasquet, and serving nine aces to zero for his opponent.
Monfils broke for a 4-3 lead when Gasquet’s forehand sailed wide and the 30th-ranked Frenchman fired an ace to take the opening set.
Monfils, who also won this tournament in 2010, improved to 6-4 against Gasquet.
A former top 10 player, Monfils struggled with a right knee injury in 2012 and dropped to 119th in the rankings last year.
He started the season with a runner-up finish at the Qatar Open in January, losing to top-ranked Rafael Nadal of Spain.
• ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Marin Cilic from Croatia overcame problems with his serve to win the Zagreb Indoors tournament on Sunday, defeating top-seeded Tommy Haas from Germany 6-3, 6-4.