Melzer claims first season title in Winston-Salem after Monfils retires

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In the 2013 Winston Salem’s final, Jurgen Melzer (Profile) was looking for his first career victory over Gael Monfils (Profile) in their fifth clash up to date.

After an easy hold from Melzer, Monfils had  40 – 0 and it seemed to be in control, but the Austrian found some powerful groundstrokes and won three points in a row to level the service game. With a double fault and a backhand error, Gael lost his serve and Melzer confirmed that break for a 3 – 0 lead. Both players held serve and once again Monfils was in trouble, facing another break point that would give Melzer the chance to serve for the first set. However, the Frenchman produced two great forehands and was able to keep his hopes alive. La Monf returned strong after that hold of serve, getting to a 0 – 30 situation on his opponent’s serve, but the player from Vienna secured the next four points to get just one game away from winning the set. The first set point came in following game, but after a poor forehand and two great serves, Melzer was forced to serve for the first set. At his third set point, the Austrian pulled off a great slice serve to the T to obtain a 1 – 0 lead.  Melzer played a very aggressive tennis in this first set, winning 9/12 points around the net and not conceding a single break point.

Monfils started the second set with a good hold of serve but in his second service game he felt once again his left hip when he had point to get a 2 – 1 lead. His first serve speed was just a little over 80 miles and Melzer took advantage of the situation, going a break up after a backhand volley winner. Like yesterday, Gael called the trainer but this time he wasn’t able to continue and decided to retire from this match giving Melzer his 5th career title.

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