Albert Montanes claimed his second title of the year on Sunday when Gael Monfils had to retire with an ankle injury in the second set of the Mercedes Cup final.
The fifth-seeded Montanes, 29, was leading 6-2, 1-2 when Monfils was unable to play on after 55 minutes. Monfils twisted his right ankle in an awkward move in the final game of the first set.
Spain’s Montanes received 72,150 euros (93,000 dollars) and a white sports car from the title sponsor for his fifth title overall and the second in 2010, following Estoril. Montanes lost his first four career finals but has now won the next five for a 5-4 record in deciders, all of them on his favoured surface clay.
“I am very satisfied to have won. It was a fantastic week for me,” said Montanes, who ousted second seed Juergen Melzer of Austria and fourth-seeded compatriot Juan Carlos Ferrero en route to the final.
Montanes was in command from the start under sunny German skies.
He broke Monfils for 2-1 and again for 5-2 when Monfils hit a ground stroke long under sunny German skies.
The third-seeded Frenchman Monfils then added the latest chapter to his long injury saga when he tried to chase an angled groundstroke from Montanes in the next game got caught in the clay and twisted his ankle.
Monfils, 23, took an injury timeout after losing the game and with it the set. The doctor taped the ankle but Monfils was unable to continue after holding serve for the second time in the second set.
“I am very disappointed ... It was very tough outside. It hurt more and more. I could not move 100 per cent,” said Monfils, who this year alone was sidelined for two months in spring with a hand injury.
Monfils was playing in his 10th final overall and first of the year, but the dream of a third career title was over soon. It was not clear immediately whether he would be able to play at the German Open in Hamburg from Monday onwards.
Keywords: Mercedes Cup