His hard-fought victory kept world number 15 Monfils in the hunt for a place in the season-ending ATP World Finals in London. Nieminen saved three match points before driving a forehand wide to lose the contest in just under two hours. The 30-year-old Finn – ranked number 73 – was playing in his third Stockholm final. He lost there 10 years ago to Sjeng Schalken and in 2006 to James Blake, whom he beat in Saturday’s semi-finals. Monfils had been the only member of the world’s top 15 without a title in 2011 until this victory – a repeat of his win over Nieminen in Bangkok three weeks ago.