2014/04/16

Berdych Wins Open Sud de France Over Monfils

Tomas Berdych won his seventh career ATP World Tour title by knocking off Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 on Sunday to capture the Open Sud de France in Montpellier.

“I expected a tough final,” Berdych said. “I felt he was the best player on the other side of the draw. It was a close match, decided by one or two points. I’m happy that I was the one to become the champion and get the last break and finish it with my serve.

“It was a great week. It’s a nice place to play tennis. I was surprised to come to an indoor tournament with such a high level. It’s great to have a title from here.”

 

“I was really close today,” said Monfils, “maybe Tomas was a bit more successful at the end. He really went for it more than I did and it worked.”

 

The doubles title went to Frenchmen Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger- Vasselin.

“We had a great week, playing well each round,” Mahut said. “Today, I feel we both served very well. We had one break point in the first set, and we made it, and then won the tie-break in the second set. We knew it was going to be hard as we were playing a good team. It’s great to win a title in France.”

“It means a lot to me,” Roger- Vasselin said.  “Nicolas and I won a few titles at the Challenger level, but to win a title on the ATP World Tour, especially in France, it’s wonderful.

“We want to play again in Marseille, so hopefully we get in. If we can play as well as we did here, maybe we’ll have a chance to win again.”

Singles – Final
[1] T Berdych (CZE) d [3] G Monfils (FRA) 62 46 63

Doubles – Final
N Mahut (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d [3] P Hanley (AUS) / J Murray (GBR) 64 76(4)

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