Montanes takes Stuttgart crown

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, Last Updated: 12:57 PM ET

Stuttgart, Germany Ė Spain's Alberto Montanes won the Mercedes Cup on Sunday when Gael Monfils of France retired in the second set of the final because of an ankle injury.

Montanes earned a 6-2, 1-2 triumph for his second title of 2010 and his fifth career ATP singles crown. He also won in Estoril in May, beating Roger Federer in the semifinals on the way to the championship.

The fifth-seeded Spaniard breezed through the opening set Sunday in a mere 33 minutes, and Monfils appeared to turn his ankle in the last game. After the trainer taped up the ankle, Monfils took the court for the second set, but decided to call it quits after the third game despite a 2-1 edge.

This was just the second meeting between the two and the second victory for Montanes, who also prevailed in a three-setter back in September 2005 in Bucharest.

Montanes became the sixth different Spaniard to win this tournament and first since Rafael Nadal did it for a second time in 2007. Nadal also won it in 2005. David Ferrer (2006), Alex Corretja (1997), Alberto Berasategui (1994) and Jose Higueras (1983) are the others.

Monfils was appearing in his first final of 2010 and was gunning for his third career ATP singles crown. He fell to 2-8 all-time in title matches.


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