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Stepanek beats Monfils in D.C. final

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Radek Stepanek defeated top-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils, 6-4, 6-4, in Sunday's final at the $1.4 million Legg Mason Tennis Classic, a hard court U.S. Open Series tournament.

The 32-year-old Stepanek became the oldest champion on the ATP Tour this year and the eldest D.C. winner since Jimmy Connors in 1988 at age 35.

Stepanek, who took home a top prize of $264,000, captured his fifth career title and first since his triumph at San Jose two years ago.

"It's my biggest win in my career so far and it's coming in the later stage of my career, so it means so much to me that I'm capable even in this age to play such great tennis, beating the guys from the Top 10 and winning the title. It's really an amazing feeling," Stepanek said.

Like his Czech counterpart, the World No. 7 Monfils appeared in his first final of the year. He dropped to 3-11 in title matches for his career.

Stepanek had lost five of his seven previous matches against Monfils and eight in a row versus Top 10 opponents.

"It's a bit difficult the recovery [after Saturday's late finish], it's pretty quick and fast, but still I think Radek played a tough match today. He was pretty aggressive and didn't miss a lot of balls, so I think he played better than me today," Monfils said.

08/07 21:01:34 ET