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Granollers edges Monaco for Valencia crown

Valencia, Spain (Sports Network) - Marcel Granollers didn't let another chance for a win at the Valencia Open 500 pass him by, beating Juan Monaco in a third-set tiebreaker Sunday to clinch the title.

The Spanish Granollers had lost to David Ferrer in last year's final, but Monaco took out the top-seeded Ferrer in the semifinals Saturday.

Monaco then battled Granollers in the final, but Granollers prevailed in three hours, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3). The third set alone featured 10 break points, but the players saved eight of them.

Granollers, who ousted sixth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro in the semis, captured his second title of the year and third of his career. He won the clay-court tournament in Gstaad in July.

"Winning here has been the biggest achievement in my whole career," Granollers said. "It was a difficult moment for me, being a break down in the third. I kept fighting and at the end, I played very good."

Monaco fell to 3-8 in his career in finals. He has dropped seven in a row, and hasn't won a tournament since July 2007, when he was victorious in Kitzbuhel, Austria. Sunday marked the first time he contended a final on a surface other than clay.

"It was a very tough final that was determined through a couple of balls after three hours of play," Monaco said. "But it has been a great week. I am satisfied with the work I have been doing."

Monaco and Granollers, who collected $455,000 for the win, had split two previous matchups.

11/06 15:49:03 ET