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Monaco beats Benneteau to win Malaysian Open title

Associated Press

9/30/2012 9:20:37 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Juan Monaco of Argentina beat Julien Benneteau of France 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 Sunday to win the Malaysian Open, his fourth title this season.

The 11th-ranked Monaco needed slightly more than 3 hours to edge out Benneteau in the tournament's longest match this year for his first hard-court title.

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