Montpellier, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Gael Monfils topped fellow Frenchman Richard Gasquet in straight sets to capture the Open Sud de France tournament on Sunday.
Monfils earned a 6-4, 6-4 triumph in the final to claim his fifth overall ATP title and second Montpellier crown. He also won the event in 2010, beating Ivan Ljubicic, and was the runner-up to Tomas Berdych two years ago.
Gasquet, this week's top seed, was trying to successfully defend the title he won last year. He fell to 10-11 all-time in finals.
Monfils has struggled in title matches throughout his career, as Sunday's win improved him to 5-16 all-time. He had lost five straight finals, including a setback to Rafael Nadal at the 2014 season-opener in Doha, since his last title -- a three-set win over Jarkko Nieminen at Stockholm in October 2011.
The fifth-seeded Monfils was coming off a three-set semifinal win over Nieminen on Saturday and on Sunday was brilliant on serve. He blasted nine aces and won 26 of his 28 first-service points.
Gasquet was unable to produce a break point against Monfils, who broke serve for the first time for a 4-3 lead in the first set. The only other break came in the ninth game of the second set, giving Monfils a 5-4 lead, and he went on to serve it out.
Monfils improved to 6-4 lifetime against Gasquet.