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Monfils beats holder Gasquet to win Montpellier title

PARIS (Reuters) - Frenchman Gael Monfils overwhelmed compatriot and defending champion Richard Gasquet 6-4 6-4 in the Montpellier International tournament final on Sunday to claim his first title in more than two years. Monfils relied on his powerful serve to dominate world number nine Gasquet and clinch the fifth ATP title of his career, the second at the Montpellier hard-court indoor event where he had won in 2010. "This is unbelievable for me," Monfils told reporters.

Tennis: Monfils triumphs in Montpelier for a second time

Gael Monfils won his second Open Sud ATP event, beating his fellow Frenchman Richard Gasquet in straight sets in Sunday's final. Monfils, who won the event in Montpellier for the first time in 2010 and was a losing finalist in 2012, overpowered the defending champion Gasquet 6-4, 6-4. It was the fifth title of Monfils's career. The strong-serving 27-year-old dominated throughout. Monfils did not face a break point in the entire game, hit nine aces to zero and twice as many as winners -- 34 to 17 -- as his opponent.

Tennis: Gasquet withdraws from Kooyong final

Richard Gasquet dealt another plot twist to the injury-plagued Kooyong Classic Friday when the Frenchman withdrew from the final, citing fatigue, just days before the start of the Australian Open. Gasquet had been due to take on Czech star Tomas Berdych in Saturday's showdown after a semi-final victory against countryman Gilles Simon who retired during the second set. But Gasquet's withdrawal means Berdych will play what largely amounts to an exhibition match against Japan's Kei Nishikori who he earlier knocked out of the eight-man Australian Open warm-up.

Tennis: Simon hurts ankle to send Gasquet to Kooyong final

Richard Gasquet reached the final of the Kooyong Classic on Friday as fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon rolled his ankle and was forced to retire on the eve of the Australian Open. Simon turned his right ankle on the first point of the second game of the second set after Gasquet won the first set in 51 minutes, handing the match to his countryman 7-6 (7/4), 1-0. "It's tough to see a good friend in this condition," said Gasquet, who added that the back problems he felt in previous matches were becoming less of a problem.

Tennis: Simon hurts ankle to send Gasquet into Kooyong final

Richard Gasquet reached the final of the Kooyong Classic on Friday as fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon rolled his ankle and was forced to retire on the eve of the Australian Open. Simon turned his right ankle on the first point of the second game of the second set after Gasquet won the first set in 51 minutes, handing the match to his countryman 7-6 (7/4), 1-0.

Tennis: Gasquet parts ways with coach Piatti

French world number nine Richard Gasquet said he was surprised that his Italian coach Riccardo Piatti had decided to call time on their partnership. Gasquet, whose ATP World Tour Finals campaign came to an end with a 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 6-3 defeat against Novak Djokovic on Saturday, said it was not his decision to call time on their two-year link-up. "It wasn't me who decided, it was him who indicated yesterday that he wanted to stop. I was surprised," he said.

Tennis: Federer stays in semi-final hunt

Roger Federer stayed in the hunt for a semi-final spot at the ATP World Tour Finals on Thursday when he beat Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-3 in round-robin play. The 81-minute win meant that Federer avoided the embarrassment of losing two straight group matches in a row for the first time at the year-end event after the six-time champion was beaten by Novak Djokovic in his opening match. Federer still needed six match points to get the job done in an afternoon of 29 winners and 30 unforced errors as he broke Gasquet in a marathon final game.

Tennis: Del Potro hits back to down Gasquet

Juan Martin del Potro made a winning start to his ATP World Tour Finals campaign as the Argentinian came from a set down to beat France's Richard Gasquet 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 7-5 on Monday. Del Potro had suffered a distressing journey to London after being robbed at Paris's Gare du Nord railway station, an incident which cost him his passport and a rosary blessed by Pope Francis.

Tennis: Del Potro hits back to down Gasquet

Juan Martin del Potro made a winning start to his ATP World Tour Finals campaign as the Argentinian came from a set down to beat France's Richard Gasquet 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 7-5 on Monday. Del Potro had suffered a distressing journey to London after being robbed at Paris's Gare du Nord railway station, an incident which cost him his passport and a rosary blessed by Pope Francis.

Wawrinka, Gasquet complete World Tour finals lineup

PARIS (Reuters) - Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka and France's Richard Gasquet snatched the last two places for next week's ATP World Tour finals after Canadian Milos Raonic was knocked out of the Paris Masters in the third round on Thursday. Wawrinka and Gasquet will be at the London event along with Spain's Rafa Nadal and David Ferrer, Serb Novak Djokovic, Swiss Roger Federer, Czech Tomas Berdych and Argentine Juan Martin del Potro.
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