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Gonzalez takes Movistar title after Monaco injures ankle in semis

2/2/2008 - Tennis

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.