Monaco wins Heineken Stars in HCMC

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Argentine Juan Monaco won the Heineken Stars 2010 tennis championship after a 2-1 win over American Mardi Fish in the final match in HCMC on Saturday.

Ranked 35th in the world, the Argentine beat the 19th-ranked Fish 6-3 in the first set before the latter came back to take the second 1-6 . Monaco kept his cool, however, and won the third set 6-3 to take the trophy and a US$40,000 cash prize.

Two other world-famous players participating in the tournament were 21st-ranked American Sam Querrey and Spaniard Tommy Robredo, ranked 42nd.

In earlier matches on Friday, Monaco beat Querrey 7-6, 6-2 while Fish defeated Robredo 6-3, 7-6.

The biennial contest's first edition in 2006 attracted Carlos Moya, Nicolas Kiefer, Rainer Schuettler and Juan Carlos Ferrero. The championship was won by Germany's Schuettler, currently ranked 90th.

Playing in the second edition in 2008 were Jo Wilfried Tsonga, Tomas Berdych, Robin Soderling and Mardy Fish. French star Tsonga, currently ranked 12th in the world, took the title.

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