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Sydney Final - Nalbandian def. Nieminen | 6/3 6/7 (9) 6/2

Good fight from both players.

David choked in the 2nd set.

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Sydney F: Nalbandian def Nieminen 6-3 6-7 (9) 6-2

Great match

Congrats to Nalbandian and a pity Jarkko couldn't win his second title

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Re: Sydney F: Nalbandian def Nieminen 6-4 6-7 (9) 6-2

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Re: Sydney Final - Nalbandian def. Nieminen | 6/3 6/7 6/2

WTA Dave finally wins a title OFF the carpet and clay. Woo hoo.....

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Crazy fat gye does it the hard way.

Go win AO, fatty.

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im happy for fat dave to win his 10th title but i hope the shark wins a tournament this year. hes only won one tournament in 9 finals.
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Re: Sydney Final - Nalbandian def. Nieminen | 6/3 6/7 (9) 6/2

For the first time I've seen a tie-break 11-9, won without saving setpoint.

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Re: Sydney Final - Nalbandian def. Nieminen | 6/3 6/7 (9) 6/2

The second set was great, especially TB.
Jakke had BP at 1:1 in the third.
What a roller coaster match.
Great start of the year for both- but Dave still has to work to get the shape .
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im happy for fat dave to win his 10th title but i hope the shark wins a tournament this year. hes only won one tournament in 9 finals.
there are no more australian tournaments left for him to win
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Re: Sydney Final - Nalbandian def. Nieminen | 6/3 6/7 (9) 6/2

Tight match, but not of great quality IMO .

The first set and a half David was great and Jarkko played like he usually plays against the top... He looked lost, didn't know what to do on the court. He probably wasn't sure of his gameplan. Then he usually starts slugging it out with the top, but that won't work either since that isn't his game. He goes for wild winners, makes UEs, gets depressed and down on himself and loses. During this match he said stuff in Finnish like "I'm playing like sh1t!" etc.

But then he saves BPs at 2*-4, throws in a good service game to hold for 4-5, and Nalby gets tight, Jarkko breaks and suddenly it's a whole different ballgame. Jarkko is playing his game, mixing it up and David's game is falling apart.

Jarkko had I think 3 SPs at 6-5* Nalby serving, many in the tiebreak which was tight but not of great quality . Great for Jarkko to win the TB, but then Nalby put his foot on the gas and started playing a bit better, Jarkko choked a few points and it was over.

All in all I'm very happy for Jarkko that he was able to make this a match and he can take a lot of positives here. Hope they're both fully fit for AO.

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Re: Sydney Final - Nalbandian def. Nieminen | 6/3 6/7 (9) 6/2

Nalbandian started out really smooth, dominating Nieminen with angles and crushed returns, all the way up til he was serving for it in the 2nd. In the tiebreak holding your serve was like a minibreak, as the first eight points were all won by the receiver. Jarkko took it on his third or fourth setpoint. In the decider there were three consecutive breaks of serve up until Dave underlined his break. Jarkko looked slightly impaired with his leg or knee or something. Both players were erratic with their shots, but Dave coped better and broke yet again, finishing with a smash. Nieminen's dreadful record in finals continues.
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Re: Sydney F: Nalbandian def Nieminen 6-4 6-7 (9) 6-2

What a chokefest glad Dave pulled through eventually though
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Re: Sydney Final - Nalbandian def. Nieminen | 6/3 6/7 (9) 6/2

proud of you Jakke

had a big chance at the start of the 3rd set, but Dave held on
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Jarkko pulled off a few amazing winners there.

Rafa like, at times.
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Re: Sydney Final - Nalbandian def. Nieminen | 6/3 6/7 (9) 6/2

great match, congratulations david, hope you keep this level for AO. VAMOS !

VAMOS DAVID AND COME ON ANDRE AND ALLEZ JO !!
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