Men’s Tennis champions : 21 Week 2013

MONACO

BEATS

NLEMINEN

TO WIN INAUGURAL

POWER HORSE CUP

DUESSELDORF, Germany — Juan Monaco beat Jarkko Nieminen 6-4, 6-3 to win the inaugural Power Horse Cup for his first title of the year on Saturday.

The victory for the third-seeded Argentine gave him a boost ahead of the French Open, the second Grand Slam of the year that starts Sunday.

The Duesseldorf ATP event, which replaced the World Team Cup, is a clay-court warm-up for the French Open.

Monaco won back-to-back matches at only three tournaments coming into Duesseldorf, but he did not drop a set in winning the eighth title of his career.

Monaco broke serve for a 5-4 lead and served out the set. He went up a break early in the second and broke his Finnish opponent again in the final game.

MONTANES

BEATS

MONFILS

IN

OPEN DE NICE FINAL

NICE, France — Albert Montanes of Spain clinched his sixth title by defeating French wild-card entry Gael Monfils 6-0, 7-6 (3) in the final of the Open de Nice on Saturday.

The match was interrupted by rain at 4-0 in the first set, but that didn’t seem to bother Montanes, who broke for a 3-1 lead in the second and looked set to cruise toward victory. But Monfils, a former top-10 player whose 2012 season was hampered by a right knee injury, fought back and levelled at 4-4.

Montanes took a 4-1 lead in the tiebreaker and sealed the win when a backhand from Monfils sailed long.

The Open de Nice is a warm-up tournament for the French Open.

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women’s Tennis champions : 21 Week 2013

KANEPI

BEATS

SHUAI

TO WIN

BRUSSELS OPEN FINAL

BRUSSELS, Belgium — Kaia Kanepi of Estonia beat Peng Shuai of China 6-2, 7-5 to win the Brussels Open on Saturday.

Kanepi won the fourth tournament in her WTA career by racing out to build a big lead before surviving some late jitters and clinching a big boost ahead of the French Open which starts on Sunday.

“This win gives me confidence and I feel good going to Roland Garros,” 27-year-old Kanepi said.

The sun finally broke out over the Heysel courts on Saturday after a week filled with frustration over the unusually cold and wet conditions.

“It has been a really tough week because wind and weather and cold,” she said. The long delays forced the players to finish both semis and final on the same day.

In Saturday morning’s semifinals, eighth-seeded Peng defeated Romina Oprandi of Switzerland in a tough three-setter 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

Kanepi moved into the final by edging Jamie Hampton of the United States, 7-6 (6), 6-4.

The players were given a few hours rest before their final later Saturday.

Peng, ranked 34th in the world, already reached the final in 2011.

Kanepi is 40th in the WTA rankings and reached the semifinals in Brussels last year.

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