Open Sud de France 2012: Tomas Berdych Defeats Gael Monfils For Title

In the final day of the Open Sud de France tennis tournament, the tournament's No. 1 seed, Tomas Berdych, defeated its No. 3 seed, Frenchman Gael Monfils, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 to take home the hardware.

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Open Sud de France 2012 Final Results: Tomas Berdych Downs Gael Monfils For Title

In the final day of the Open Sud de France tennis tournament, the tournament's No. 1 seed, Tomas Berdych, defeated its No. 3 seed, Frenchman Gael Monfils, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 to take home the hardware. It was the seventh career tournament win for Berdych, who hails from the Czech Republic. He secured the victory via a double fault from Monfils to send Berdych up a break, 5-3, in the final set.

Berdych has slowly but surely moved his way up into the upper echelon of players in the world. He's not in the Djokovic-Nadal-Federer-Murray tier, but he's right in the mix with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and David Ferrer, as evidence by his ranking, currently No. 7 in the world. Monfils, who's at No. 13 in the world rankings, is a quality opponent, and likely could have advanced farther in the Australian Open had his back not completely locked up. Add his talent level to the fact that this was essentially a home game for him, this is a great win for Berdych as he looks to move up in the tennis world.

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