Monaco, Gasquet take Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok titles
ATP Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
Tournament 2 seed Juan Monaco earned his fourth title of 2012 and continued his strong year with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 victory over 7 seed Julien Benneteau. Pico was not regarded as the favorite going in, especially after his 1stround US Open loss and a ho-hum hard court season. He acquitted himself by beating Jimmy Wang, Vasek Pospisil, 3 seed Kei Nishikori in 3 sets (with a final set tiebreak) and finally Benneteau.
Benneteau made a nice run this week, earning wins over Carlos Berlocq, Matt Ebden, Alejandro Falla and top seed David Ferrer in a major semi final upset. Still, when the pressure was on, it was Monaco who capitalized. Benneteau is now a career 0-6 in ATP finals.
Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares won the doubles title over the Flemchins.
2 seed Richard Gasquet drubbed 4th seeded countryman Gilles Simon 6-2, 6-1 to earn his first title in two years in Bangkok. Gasquet had lived on the edge in previous rounds, coming back from a set down against Grigor Dimitrov and Jarkko Nieminen. He also beat Bernard Tomic in a close one, but he took care of business in the final.
Simon raced to his 2nd ATP final of the year with wins over Go Soeda, countryman Gael Monfils and top seed Janko Tipsarevic. It was also another good Bangkok run for Flying Fin Nieminen, who upset 3 seed Milos Raonic to make the semis.
Yen Hsun-Lu and Danai Udomchoke, a wild card team, won the doubles title over Eric Butorac and Paul Hanley.