Gonzalez takes Movistar title after Monaco injures ankle in semis

Updated: February 2, 2008, 11:56 PM ET
Associated Press

VINA DEL MAR, Chile -- Top-seeded Fernando Gonzalez of Chile won the Movistar Open on Saturday night, beating Pablo Cuevas 6-7 (4), 7-6 (6), 6-2 in the semifinals after fellow finalist Juan Monaco injured his left ankle in the doubles final.

Monaco, expected to miss Argentina's Davis Cup match against Britain next week, hit his left foot against a referee's chair while trying to reach a ball and had to be carried off the court.

"I am always happy to win and I am normally prepared to do whatever it takes to win, but I am sorry Juan cannot play," said Gonzalez, also the tournament winner in 2002 and 2004. "I feel sorry for the fans and especially for Juan."

The third-seeded Monaco -- a 6-2, 6-4 winner over Santiago Ventura in the first semifinal -- and partner Maximo Gonzalez trailed Jose Acasuso and Sebastian Prieto 6-1, 3-0 when Monaco was forced to retire.

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