Posted: Sun September 30, 2012 11:26AM; Updated: Sun September 30, 2012 11:26AM

Monaco beats Benneteau to win Malaysian Open

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Juan Monaco
Juan Monaco needed just over three hours to edge Julien Benneteau in the tournament's longest match this year.
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Juan Monaco of Argentina beat Julien Benneteau of France 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 on Sunday to win the Malaysian Open, his fourth title this season.

The 11th-ranked Monaco needed just over three hours to edge out Benneteau in the tournament's longest match this year for his first hard-court title.

It was the first meeting between Monaco, a clay-court specialist, and the 34th-ranked Benneteau, who beat top-seeded David Ferrer of Spain in the semifinals.

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