Tennis: Montanes successfully defends Estoril open title
OEIRAS, Portugal — Albert Montanes successfully defended his Estoril Open title with a 6-2, 6-7 (4), 7-5 victory over unseeded Frederico Gil of Portugal in Sunday's final.
The fourth-seeded Spaniard withstood a gallant effort from Gil, and needed a third set to win after blowing two match points when leading 5-3 in the second set.
The 120th-ranked Gil took the ensuing tiebreaker and then twice broke Montanes to open a 3-0 lead thanks to some inspired passing shots. But Gil tired as the set wore on, allowing Montanes to level at 4-4 before dropping serve in the 12th game.
Montanes eliminated No. 1 Roger Federer in two sets in Saturday's semifinals.