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Unseeded Stepanek beats Monfils in 2 sets to win at Washington for 1st ATP title since '09
WASHINGTON (AP) ' Unseeded Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic won his first ATP title in 2 years by upsetting top-seeded Gael Monfils of France 6-4, 6-4 at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic on Sunday.
The 32-year-old Stepanek is the hard-court tournament's oldest champion since Jimmy Connors was 35 in 1988.
Stepanek entered the U.S. Open tuneup ranked only 54th, but he won six consecutive matches, including three against seeded players. He earned $264,000 for his fifth career title. He hadn't won a tournament since San Jose in February 2009.
Monfils might have been feeling the effects of his semifinal, which ended about nine hours after Stepanek's did Saturday. Monfils' 2 -hour, rain-delayed victory over big-serving John Isner finished at 1:15 a.m.