Monaco tops Nieminen for Dusseldorf crown

7:49 AM, May 25, 2013   |    comments
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Dusseldorf, Germany (Sports Network) - Juan Monaco claimed his first title of the year with a straight-set win over Jarkko Nieminen in Saturday's final at the Power Horse Cup.

The third-seeded Monaco posted a 6-4, 6-3 triumph for his eighth career title, improving to 8-9 all-time in finals. He won four times last year, but had struggled for most of 2013 with a 10-11 match record and a semifinal appearance in Houston his best result entering the final French Open tune-up.

Monaco did not drop a set this week and on Saturday broke Nieminen for a 5-4 lead before holding serve to win the first set. The 29-year-old Argentine then broke early in the second set and again in the ninth game to close it out in just 71 minutes.

Nieminen fell to 2-11 all-time in finals and hasn't won since capturing the Sydney crown in January 2012. The 31-year-old Finn also dropped to 2-2 lifetime against Monaco.

Monaco, who picked up a first prize of $95,000, will try to carry the momentum of Saturday's win into the French Open next week. He will take on Spain's Daniel Gimeno-Traver in the first round, while Nieminen will meet Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu in his opener at Roland Garros.

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