Monaco overcomes Pella to reach Dusseldorf final, Nieminen ousts Sijsling

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Juan Monaco and Jarkko Nieminen will square off against each other in the Power Horse Cup 2013 final in Dusseldorf.

Highest seeded semifinalist Monaco came one step closer to grabbing his eighth ATP title. In the first ATP encounter with his compatriot Pella, who started the tournament in qualifications, the third seeded Argentine broke his opponent in the fourth game of the opener and held on to the advantage until the end of the set which he served out after forty minutes. The second set was as twice as long with 23-year-old Pella falling one break behind on two occasions, yet he pegged back both times to reach a tie-break. In the thirteenth game he missed his only opportunity to level the score and thus allowed the favorite to wrap up the proceedings with his third match ball. Monaco progressed to the Dusseldorf final with a 6-4, 7-6 (8) victory.

The second semi-final was more competitive – sixth seed Nieminen prevented Dutchman Igor Sijsling serving out the opener and went one nil ahead after winning the last four games in the first set. The unseeded Dutch player then took advantage of the only break point in the set number two and sealed it with a hold to love – the decider followed. Sijsling continued to play well and acquired a 2-0 lead in the beginning of the final set, but Nieminen produced another comeback – he went on a five straight games run and was serving for a final ticket at 5-3. He crossed the finish line first after converting the second match ball. End score: 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. The 31-year-old Finn will be hoping to lift his third ATP trophy on Saturday.

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