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Gael Monfils won his first title of the year with a 7-5 3-6 6-2 victory over Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen in the final of the Stockholm Open.


His hard-fought victory kept world number 15 Monfils in the hunt for a place in the season-ending ATP World Finals in London. Nieminen saved three match points before driving a forehand wide to lose the contest in just under two hours. The 30-year-old Finn – ranked number 73 – was playing in his third Stockholm final. He lost there 10 years ago to Sjeng Schalken and in 2006 to James Blake, whom he beat in Saturday’s semi-finals. Monfils had been the only member of the world’s top 15 without a title in 2011 until this victory – a repeat of his win over Nieminen in Bangkok three weeks ago.



Soderling on cruise control as he seeks to defend his title.

Top seed and defending champion Robin Soderling eased through to the second round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam with a 6-3 6-2 win over Dutch wild card Robin Haase. The world number four, who reached the fourth round of the Australian Open last month, was in powerful form and dropped only six points on serve in a match lasting just 52 minutes.

But there was a big shock in store for third seed and Australian Open semi-finalist David Ferrer, who was beaten 6-3 6-4 by Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen. Ferrer had beaten Nieminen in the first round in Melbourne.

Fourth seed Tomas Berdych dispatched Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 6-1 6-2 and other seeds safely through to the second round included seventh seed Ivan Ljubicic and eighth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.


Garcia -Lopez wins his 2nd ATP title in Bangkok.

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez claimed the second title of his career with a three-set win over Jarkko Nieminen in the final of the PTT Thailand Open in Bangkok.

The unseeded Spaniard, who defeated world number one Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals, won 6-4 3-6 6-4 after converting his fourth match point. Garcia-Lopez, ranked 53 in the world, had only previously won at Kitzbuehel last year.


Garcia-Lopez reaches Thailand final by ousting Nadal.

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez stunned world number one Rafael Nadal 2-7 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 to reach the Thailand Open final. It looked like being another routine win for Spaniard Nadal, who completed a career Grand Slam at the US Open this month, when he took the opener. However Garcia-Lopez, ranked 53, won a tie-break against his compatriot to level before prevailing in the decider.

Garcia-Lopez will face Jarkko Nieminen in the final after the Finn beat Germany’s Benjamin Becker 6-3 6-2. “I’ve never beaten a number one player in the world,” reflected Garcia-Lopez. “I think this is the best victory in my career. “Everything was fantastic. For the moment, I’m a bit shocked.”

Garcia-Lopez, a runner-up to Michael Llodra at Eastbourne in June, found his rhythm in the second set, making Nadal work hard with some impressive groundstrokes and bombarding him with flat, wide serves that yielded 10 aces in total. In the third, he continued to apply the pressure on Nadal, who had plenty of chances to stop the rot, but converted only two of 26 breakpoints. “I have to blame myself that I didn’t play aggressive when I had a chance to break,” said a rueful Nadal. “He served well on break points. I lost chance after chance. He played a great match, especially in the third.”

Earlier, the unseeded Nieminen, ranked 60th, took charge against his 65th-ranked opponent and cruised through their match in only 65 minutes in Bangkok. Nieminen, seeking his second career ATP Tour title, dominated with sharp groundstrokes against Becker and fired 76% of his first serves in. The Finn has not dropped a set in his run to the final, including wins over seeds Viktor Troicki and Jurgen Melzer. “I’ve played great tennis and am just looking forward to the final,” said the 29-year-old.


Verdasco ousted in his Asian debut in 87 minutes.

Fernando Verdasco suffered a blow in his bid to add valuable points to his South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings on Thursday, when the Spaniard fell in his opening-match at the PTT Thailand Open. The World No. 8, who is hoping to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London for the second successive year, was beaten by No. 65-ranked Benjamin Becker of Germany 6-4, 6-4 in 87 minutes. It was Becker’s first win over Verdasco since June 2009 at the UNICEF Open. Becker, the 2007 runner-up, hit nine aces for the fifth Top 10 victory over his career (5-16 lifetime). Verdasco has a 2-2 record in ATP World Tour finals this year and a 41-18 match record.

Jarkko Nieminen, a quarter-finalist at the Open de Moselle last week, continued his run of form by reaching the last eight of an ATP World Tour tournament in Bangkok. The 29-year-old Finn saved an astonishing 14 of 15 break points to defeat seventh-seeded Serbian Viktor Troicki 7-6(4), 6-2 in one hour and 41 minutes. Nieminen improved to a 19-22 match record on the season.


The Queen’s coming to Wimbledon today to pay her respects to the grandson of an old friend.

It is a little known fact, and one that has been kept secret for more than 60 years, that Jarrko Niemenen’s grandfather was a hero in the second World war. As a young sympathetic Finnish resistance fighter Vladimar Niemenen managed to hide from both the German and Russian authorities, and to eventually make his way to Sweden then on to London.

In London he was recruited into MI 5’s secret ‘Freedom’ section. During his training he met with a tall English gentleman who at the time was known by the nickname ‘Batty’. They became friends, and survived numerous dangerous missions together. Vladi saved Batty’s life in France, and was owed a debt by Batty’s family, the Mountbatens.

After the war Vladi returned to Helsinki, while Batty went on to India before returning to London to marry the daughter of GeorgeVI.

Today at Wimbledon, Batty’s wife will be presented to Vladi’s grandson on Centre Court in a brief ceremony to honour that debt.

And Andy Murray has the arrogance to believe she is coming to see him!


Tommy Haas down and out with the flu.

Tommy-Haas-Wimbledon-2009-QF_2324293German Tommy Haas withdrew for the second straight week from an ATP event, pulling out before his Stockholm Open second round against Finn Jarkko Nieminen Thursday. Haas, seeded second, cited influenza as the reason for failing to take the court against Nieminen, who underwent wrist surgery this season and then missed several weeks after the US Open with a virus.

Haas quit in the second round of last week’s Shanghai Masters trailing 6-4 against fellow German Rainer Schuettler, stopping play as a precaution due to shoulder pain.

Haas also withdrew at mid-match in the Montreal second round in August against Fernando Gonzalez.

The match against Nieminen would have been the first for Haas against the 120th-ranked Finn since 2002. The walkover loss leaves Haas on 31-17 this season


Djokovic loses again!


Finnish left-hander Jarkko Nieminen has upset top seed Novak Djokovic to book a date with David Nalbandian in the final of the Medibank International Sydney.

Nieminen – and the blustery conditions – frustrated an error-prone Djokovic, who was below his best in the quarter final match. The Finn, who benefited from a walkover on Wednesday night when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga withdrew from their quarter final, defeated the Serb 6-4  7-6(3).

It was the first time Nieminen had scored a victory over Djokovic, who before today’s match had won both their previous encounters in 2006 and 2007.

On Saturday night when he takes on Nalbandian, Nieminen will be aiming to become the first Finnish player to win the title in Sydney.

Fourth-seeded Argentine David Nalbandian was the first man through to the Medibank International Sydney final after cleaning up Frenchman Richard Gasquet in straight sets.

Nalbandian, who ended Lleyton Hewitt’s quest for a fifth title on Thursday, outclassed the unseeded Gasquet 6-4 6-3 in 81 minutes at Sydney Olympic Park on Friday.

The former Wimbledon finalist broke Gasquet’s serve once in the first set and twice in the second to set up the win and advance to his first final for 2009.

Despite the loss, Gasquet will head to Melbourne for the Australian Open full of confidence after two successive reaching the semifinal in two successive tournaments in Brisbane and Sydney.

“Both are going to be tough,” Nalbandian said when asked which player he would prefer to play in the final.

“It’s the first week of the year, so it’s going to be tough for both, for all players.”

“I have to keep going and believing on my game and try to do a good match tomorrow.”

Nalbandian said he felt he had developed and improved his game during each match this week in Sydney.

“I feel that today I played much better than the first one and yesterday, so looks like every day is going on I feel more feeling on the ball and on the game,” he said.

“So it’s good playing a few matches and be in the finals here.”

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