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Montanes beats Monfils to win title at Nice Open

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May 25, 2013 11:15 AM EST | AP


NICE, France — Albert Montanes of Spain clinched his sixth title by defeating French wild-card entry Gael Monfils 6-0, 7-6 (3) in the final of the Nice Open on Saturday.

The match was interrupted by rain at 4-0 in the first set, but that didn't seem to bother Montanes, who broke for a 3-1 lead in the second and looked set to cruise to victory. But Monfils, a former top-10 player whose 2012 season was hampered by a right knee injury, rallied to tie it at 4-4.

Montanes took a 4-1 lead in the tiebreaker and sealed the win when a backhand from Monfils sailed long.

The Nice Open is a warm-up tournament for the French Open.