ATP Winston-Salem Open: Jurgen Melzer wins title as Gael Monfils retires
Last Updated: 25/08/13 7:16am
Jurgen Melzer: Fifth title of his career
Austrian veteran Jurgen Melzer won his fifth career title when Gael Monfils had to pull out in the second set of their final at the ATP Winston-Salem Open.
Melzer was 6-3 2-1 up when the luckless Frenchman - who has suffered a series of injury problems in the last 12 months - suffered an abdominal muscle injury.
He had been struggling with a similar problem in his semi-final win over Fernando Verdasco on Friday, and he aggravated it again. He was clearly struggling to generate any power on his serve throughout.
The 15th seed unable to go on, handing Melzer the victory in the North Carolina tournament.
Monfils said: "I'm a little bit sad. I'm a big fighter and I wanted to make it today. I felt great this week and was playing good tennis.
"It was my first time here and I had played quite well. I had some tough matches and played quite well. I'm now just hoping for a speedy recovery for the US Open."
Melzer, who missed a month after Wimbledon with a shoulder injury, said: "I'm very happy to win this title, I was not happy with first-round losses at Montreal and Cincinnati, I did not perform well.
"But I really had a great week here. I'm very sorry for Gael. He has such a big heart and is such a fighter. When he retires from a match, you know something is wrong. I wish him a speedy recovery for the Open."