Gael Monfils falls to Albert Montanes in Nice Open final

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Albert Montanes faces American Steve Johnson in the French Open first round.

Albert Montanes faces American Steve Johnson in the French Open first round.

Albert Montanes of Spain clinched his sixth title by defeating French wild-card entry Gael Monfils 6-0, 7-6 (3) in the final of the Nice Open on Saturday.

The match was interrupted by rain at 4-0 in the first set, but that didn't seem to bother Montanes, who broke for a 3-1 lead in the second and looked set to cruise to victory. But Monfils, a former top-10 player whose 2012 season was hampered by a right knee injury, rallied to tie it at 4-4.

Montanes took a 4-1 lead in the tiebreaker and sealed the win when a backhand from Monfils sailed long.

The Nice Open is a warm-up tournament for the French Open.