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.
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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