3rd seed Juan Monaco won his third ATP title of the year after defeating homecrowd darling Tommy Haas in Hamburg final, winning in straight sets 7-5 6-4.
With this 6th career title, the Argentine will break into the world TOP 10 for the first time ever and will rank just once place behind fellow countryman Del Potro.
“It’s amazing, it’s a dream come true,” said Monaco about breaking into the TOP10. “I will always remember this great week because it’s very important for me and my team. It was a big goal we had pre-season when we were practising very hard.”
Monaco has improved his head to head record against the German to 4-1 and will now be travelling to London, where the Olympic Games will be held on grass.
Haas, who will be collecting 300 ranking points for today’s final, has also had a very good season so far. He won the title in Halle (defeating Federer in final) and reached two semifinals (Dallas and Munich).
The German world no.49 has never managed to win this tournament, his previous best was a 1997 semifinal.
“I really didn’t know if I was going to be able to get this feeling one more time, especially here in Hamburg. To have experienced another week like this with getting to the final is obviously another dream week for me.” said Haas after the match.