KHOLM (AFP) - Gael Monfils won his first title in a year on Sunday when he defeated Jarkko Nieminen 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 to claim the Stockholm Open crown.
Monfils, ranked 20th but provisional 15th in the 2011 points chase for next month's ATP World Tour Finals in London, kept his qualifying chances alive for the eight-man season wrap-up. The fighting Finn saved three match points before driving a forehand wide to lose in just under two hours.
Nieminen was playing in his third Stockholm final. The 30-year-old, world number 73, lost in 2001 to Sjeng Schalken.