Mónaco Beats Jarkko Nieminen to Win the Inaugural Power Horse Cup

Make that eight career titles for Juan Mónaco

The 29-year-old Argentine tennis player, who is currently ranked as one of the Top 20 players in the world, defeated Jarkko Nieminen 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday to win the inaugural Power Horse Cup and earn the eighth title of his career.

Juan Monaco

The victory, which earned him his first title of the year, gives 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.

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

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

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