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By AP NEWS
February 22, 2015

MARSEILLE, France (AP) -- Fifth-seeded Gilles Simon claimed his 12th career title after coming out on top of a tense three-set battle with fellow Frenchman Gael Monfils on Sunday.

Simon withstood 11 aces from Monfils and five breaks of serve before he proved the strongest in the tiebreak to win 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (4).

The 30-year-old Simon became the second most titled French player in the Open era, only trailing former French Open winner Yannick Noah, who amassed 23 titles during his career.

Simon did not seem too tired following his three-set win over Sergiy Stakhovsky in the semifinals and stood up to the long rallies that punctuated the match. He extended his winning record against Monfils to 5-1.

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