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  • Monaco, Nieminen reach Dusseldorf final

    5/24/13 7:49 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Monaco, Nieminen reach Dusseldorf final Third seed Juan Monaco is through to the championship final after taking out compatriot Guido Pella in straight sets.He will contest the title match against fellow seed Jarkko Nieminen, who held on to defeat Igor Sijsling.

    (3) Juan Monaco def. (Q) Guido Pella 6-4, 7-6(8)

    Third seed Juan Monaco made the final by virtue of his straight-set ousting of fellow Argentine Guido Pella. The 29-year-old tallied three service breaks and eight aces through one hour and 57 minutes of play.

    "It's my first final this year, so I'm very happy," Monaco assured. "I played a couple of good matches, so I've got good rhythm. We played a great match. We've known each other for a long time and have had many practices together. In the second set especially, we fought until the last point."

    (6) Jarkko Nieminen def. Igor Sijsling 7-5, 4-6, 6-3

    Sixth seed Jarkko Nieminen is through to the final after holding off Dutchman Igor Sijsling in three sets. The veteran converted five of 8 break points through an hour and 52 minutes of competition.

    "It was quite a roller-coaster; up and down from both players," Nieminen assessed. "It was a crucial moment at 0-2, 15/40 (in the third set). I think that was half a match point. But, luckily, I managed to play some of my best tennis of the day in that moment and won five games in a row.

    "It's been a long time since I made a final on clay, so that's very motivating that I can still do some things better than during the past couple of years."

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