Stepanek upsets Monfils to win Washington title
Unseeded Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic won his first ATP title in 2 1/2 years by upsetting top-seeded Gael Monfils of France 6-4, 6-4 at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic on Sunday.
The 32-year-old Stepanek is the hard-court tournament's oldest champion since Jimmy Connors was 35 in 1988.
Stepanek entered the U.S. Open warm-up ranked 54th but he won six consecutive matches, including three against seeded players. He earned $264,000 for his fifth career title. He hadn't won a tournament since San Jose in February 2009.
Monfils might have been feeling the effects of his semifinal, which ended about nine hours after Stepanek's did Saturday. Monfils' 2 1/2-hour, rain-delayed victory over big-serving John Isner finished at 1:15 a.m.