Monfils wins title in France

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MONTPELLIER, France -- Third-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils defeated defending champion Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 to win the Open Sud de France tennis event on Sunday.

Monfils claimed his third career title and first since winning in Metz last year.

"I am so happy about this title, and it's even more special because it is in France and in front of my crowd," Monfils said. "Today I was again very solid I think in my game, but also emotionally. I am extremely happy about the title, about my concentration throughout the week and about the level of my game. I feel I have been working on many things on and off the court and the results are now showing."

Ljubicic, seeded fourth this week, won last year when the tournament was held in Lyon and in 2001 for his first career title.

"I think the first set was the key to the match because I had break points in almost every game and I couldn't convert them," Ljubicic said. "(Monfils) started well in the second but I managed somehow to come back and win the second from a break down."

Monfils beat Ljubicic for the third time in seven lifetime meetings.


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