British number one Andy Murray will return to the top 10 in the world after beating Mario Ancic 6-3 6-4 in the Open 13 final in Marseille.
Murray was impressive throughout the tournament in Marseille
Murray, seeded fourth, broke in game eight and saved several break-points in the next as he took the opening set.
His serve came under pressure from unseeded Croat Ancic, a former world number seven, at the start of the second and he dropped it in game four.
But Murray hit back with breaks in games five and seven as he triumphed.
Victory came in 104 minutes, providing his second ATP title of 2008 and fifth overall.
It was just the response that the 20-year-old Scot needed in his first event after controversially missing Britain's Davis Cup tie against Argentina to protect his knee.
"I served well throughout and returned really well in the second set," Murray said.
"He started getting a bit tired in that second set and that was probably the key to the match.
"Being in the top 10 is one of my goals. I'll try to stay there the whole year."
Murray began with more of the fine returning which had swept him to the final in France, although Ancic did not let him have things all his own way.
The first set was tight until a superb forehand winner in the eighth game and the fifth of his 11 aces in the match put the Briton in the driving seat.
Ancic, who is ranked 135 after missing most of last year with glandular fever, showed signs of returning to his best on Saturday when he demolished Marcos Baghdatis in the semi-finals.
And as Murray's first-serve percentage dipped dramatically at the start of the second set, the 23-year-old pounced to take the initiative.
It merely provoked the Dunblane star into stepping up a gear and successive breaks were followed by some improved serving to set up a match point in the ninth game.
Ancic survived that with a dropshot but Murray served out to add to his success at the Qatar Open at the start of the year.