Fourth-seeded Mats Wilander of Sweden overcame unseeded Ji
MONTE CARLO, Monaco (AP) _ Fourth-seeded Mats Wilander of Sweden overcame unseeded Jimmy Arias 4-6, 7-5, 6-1, 6-3 in the final of the $513,000 Monte Carlo Open Tennis Tournament Sunday.
Wilander won $74,700 in capturing his second tournament of the year. He previously won at Brussels after taking some time off after the U.S. Open last September.
Arias, who beat top-seeded Boris Becker earlier in the tourney, collected $37,350 for playing in his first final since 1985. Once ranked as high as fifth in the world, the American now is No. 53.
Arias blasted forehand winners in the first set and broke Wilander in the first game of the match. The American made that edge hold up through the rest of the first set as he approached the net strategically.
However, in the second set, Arias’ forehand suddenly went erratic. Wilander broke him for the first time in the second game as Arias netted an easy smash.
Arias’ game, which was so solid earlier, then deserted him as shots that had found the corners started to land long.
Wilander, playing steadier, began passing Arias when Arias approached the net. He broke Arias in the ninth game took the second set 7-5.
The Swede was playing better as Arias became irritated with his poorer play. Wilander had no trouble in the third set, rolling to a 6-1 victory.
Wilander jumped to a 3-0 lead in the final set on his way to the 6-3 victory, taking his second Monte Carlo title. He was champion in 1983 and was runner-up in 1984 and 1985.