Argentina's Juan Monaco clinched his fourth title of the year and kept Julien Benneteau waiting for his first ATP crown when he won the Malaysian Open 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in Kuala Lumpur.
The match lasted three hours and came a day after Monaco, the second seed and world number 11, came through a tight semi-final against Japan's Kei Nishikori.
The win keeps alive Monaco's hopes of reaching November's ATP World Tour Finals as one of the eight top-ranked players.
But it meant heartbreak once again for France's Benneteau, 30, who has now lost seven ATP finals.
AFPTags: tennis, sport, malaysia First posted September 30, 2012 23:07:19