Monaco Outlasts Benneteau to Claim the Malaysian Open Title

Juan Mónaco has picked up yet another ATP title

The 28-year-old Argentinean tenista beat France’s Julien Benneteau on Sunday to win the Malaysian Open. It’s Monaco’s fourth title this season, following tournament titles in Chile, Houston and Germany.

Juan Monaco

Mónaco, currently ranked No. 11 in the world, needed just over three hours to edge out Benneteau 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in the tournament’s longest match this year for his first hard-court title.

It was the first meeting between Mónaco, a clay-court specialist, and the 34th-ranked Benneteau, who beat top-seeded David Ferrer of Spain in the semifinals.

Juan Monaco

To reach the finals, Monaco had to come back from 5-2 down in the final set to defeat Japan’s Kei Nishikori  6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (4).

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