Second seeded Argentinian Juan Monaco took down seventh seeded Frenchman Julien Benneteau with a 7-5 4-6 6-3 win, capturing the Malaysian Open 2012 title in just over three hours. This is the seventh career title for Monaco, whilsts for the Frenchman it was his seventh disappointment in the same number of finals.
Monaco had fifteen chances to break his opponent in the opening set, taking three of them and losing his own service twice before clinching a one set lead. Benneteau struggled on his own service games as Monaco managed to come up with some great returns followed up by solid groundstrokes. Despite of this, the Frenchman pulled off a comeback in the second set, taking Monaco’s serve a couple of times to level the match and force a decider.
Both players struggled after their first serve couldn’t find the mark, losing a number of points behind the second serve, but Monaco was the first one to strike after he seized a break in the sixth game of the third set and he never let go of this advantage.
The 28-year-old Argentinian added to his titles from Vina del Mar in Chile, Houston, Texas and Hamburg this year..