Gael Monfils ended a long drought in a three-set win over Ivo Karlovic for his first ATP title in 2 1 /2 years.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Gael Monfils won his first title in 2 1/2 years, erasing a match point and breaking Ivo Karlovic twice in the span of four service games Sunday during a 5–7, 7–6 (6), 6–4 victory in the Citi Open final.
Monfils, a Frenchman seeded No. 2, prevented the 37-year-old Karlovic from becoming the oldest man since 1973 to win ATP singles tournaments in consecutive weeks.
And Monfils did it by figuring out a way to neutralize the big serve of the 6' 11" Karlovic when it mattered most.
The 13th-seeded Croatian had won all 53 of his service games in the tournament until getting broken while serving for the championship at 5–4 in the second set.
Daniel Nestor and Edouard Roger-Vasselin won the men's doubles title, beating Lukasz Kobot and Alexander Peya 7–6 (3), 7–6 (4).