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Monaco denies Haas in Hamburg



Hamburg, Germany (Sports Network) - Juan Monaco of Argentina knocked off crowd favorite Tommy Haas to capture the German Tennis Championships.

The third-seeded Monaco posted a 7-5, 6-4 victory Sunday on the red clay for his third title of 2012 and the sixth of his career. He also won this year on clay at Houston and Vina del Mar and the three titles this year match the three he won in 2007.

All six of Monaco's titles have come on clay and he is expected to break into the top 10 when the new rankings are released Monday. He improved to 6-9 all- time in ATP finals, including 3-1 this year. His lone title match loss came last week in Stuttgart against Janko Tipsarevic.

Haas fell to 13-10 in finals, including 1-1 this year. He won the Wimbledon tuneup in Halle a few weeks ago, beating Roger Federer in the final.

The 34-year-old Hamburg native has never won his home tournament. His best previous result was a semifinal appearance in his first visit back in 1997.

Monaco broke serve five times and became the first Argentine to win the Hamburg crown since Guillermo Coria in 2003. He also improved to 4-1 lifetime against Haas and collected a first prize of $265,000.

07/22 11:06:34 ET