Nadal beats Monfils to win Japan Open

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal beat No. 5 seed Gael Monfils of France 6-1, 7-5 to win the Japan Open tennis championships Sunday.

Nadal, bouncing back from a semifinal defeat in Bangkok last week, took just 77 minutes to beat Monfils. Nadal roared out in the first set, breaking Monfils in the second and sixth games and sealing it in just 25 minutes.

Monfils took back some of the momentum early in the second set, but Nadal came back in the 11th game, breaking Monfils' serve and then holding on to finish the match.