Monaco, Nieminen reach Power Horse final

Updated: May 24, 2013


Third-seeded Juan Monaco and sixth
seed Jarkko Nieminen will be the combatants in Saturday’s championship match
at the $530,000 Power Horse Cup, a final French Open tune-up.

Monaco got past qualifier and fellow Argentine Guido Pella 6-4, 7-6 (10-8),
while the veteran Finnish left-hander Nieminen outlasted game Dutchman Igor
Sijsling 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in Friday’s semifinal action on the red clay at
Rochusclub. The left-handed 101st-ranked Pella saved two match points against
Monaco while playing in his first-ever ATP-level semifinal.

The 31-year-old Nieminen is 2-1 lifetime versus the 29-year-old Monaco, but
the Argentine won their lone career clay-court meeting three years ago in
Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Monaco is 7-9 in his career finals and will play in his first title match of
2013, while Nieminen is 2-10 in his career finals and will also appear in his
first championship match of the season.

Saturday’s winner will collect $95,000.