Third seed Juan Monaco was crowned the first Dusseldorf king as he brushed aside his sixth-seeded final challenger Jarkko Nieminen of Finland in straight sets, making their head-to-head record 2-2. The Argentine will thus start his next week’s Rolland Garros campaign backed by the eighth ATP title.
29-year-old Monaco, who made it to the final without dropping a set, broke his rival early in the third game, but the Finn replied immediately and prevented the favorite to consolidate the break. The first set then went with serve until 4-4 when the efficient Argentine converted his second break ball of the opener and would serve for a one set advantage next. Nieminen was hoping to break back again as he won the opening two rallies of the tenth game, yet Monaco kept calm and made his way back from 0-30 – he generated a set ball and tucked it away to clinch his seventh consecutive set in Dusseldorf.
He came even stronger into the second one which he opened by seizing the Finn’s serve. He held on to his advantage throughout the set without ever facing a re-break ball. In the end, the Argentine sealed the final clash by tucking away the first championship point on his opponent’s serve. Monaco thus converted all of his four break balls during the match and lifted the Dusseldorf trophy after a 6-4, 6-3 victory. The match lasted one hour and eleven minutes.
“It’s the best preparation,” Monaco said after winning the inaugural Power Horse Cup title in Dusseldorf. “I’ve had a great week here, playing a couple of good matches. Especially today I played really well. So I will look forward to keep playing this way in Paris.”