Albert Montanes has claimed his second ATP World Tour title of the year, as Gael Monfils was forced to retire in the final of the Mercedes Cup
Albert Montanes has finished the week with a bang, seeing off an injured Gael Monfils to claim the ATP Stuttgart Open title. Sunday’s final had to be cut short with Montanes leading 6-2, 1-2, as Monfils could no longer play due to a problem with his right ankle.
This success has boosted the Spaniard’s ranking, and has added to an impressive season. Montanes is currently ranked thirtieth in the world, and has made his presence felt on the tour this year. He managed to defeat Roger Federer at Estoril, and more importantly, this victory marks his fifth career ATP World Tour title success on clay.
Montanes hasn’t had an easy run to the final this week, and impressed by defeating second seed Jurgen Melzer and fourth seed Juan Carlos Ferrero in the quarterfinals and semi finals respectively.
Monfils will be disappointed to have had to pull out on Sunday, as this was his first ATP World Tour final of the year. However, the Frenchman appeared upbeat following the loss, saying, “The week was good. I played pretty good tennis, a lot of confidence came back”. It's possible that we'll see him reach at least one more final this year when he returns from injury.