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Gael Monfils downs Richard Gasquet for Open Sud de France title

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Gael Monfils won in straight sets for his fifth career tournament title and first since 2011.

MONTPELLIER, France -- Gael Monfils beat top-seeded defending champion Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-4 Sunday in the final of the Open Sud de France for his fifth career title.

Monfils captured his first title of the season and his first since winning the Stockholm Open in 2011.

In an all-French match, Monfils did not face any break points.

Monfils broke for a 4-3 lead when Gasquet's forehand sailed wide and the 30th-ranked Frenchman fired an ace to take the opening set.

Monfils capitalized on another forehand error from Gasquet to break serve in the ninth game of the final set and clinched the victory with a service winner.

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