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post #31 of 62 (permalink) Old 01-13-2012, 07:16 PM
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Julien deserves at least 1 title in his career, for both guys this could be their last final in singles, they won´t play finals at bigger events for sure, so at some 250 maybe in future, but it is not sure.

I don´t know why everyone is pointing out on their records in finals, they are not top players, in form they are decent top 50, that´s it, 250 final is what they can hope for, nothing more, just look on their final opponents. This is probably the easist final for them both.

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Winston-Salem 2011 - HC- Isner, US players are always great at US HC, Isner was favorit

Benneteau is this time i think 1st time favorit in final-just little but is favored by odds. From his 5 losses he 2x won first set and lost, always played touhg player.

Don´t want now to write all Jarkko´s matches, but generally the same always played someone better-higher ranked in finals on small events- lost 2xRoger,2xNalbandian, Monfils, LLodra again no easy opponents in final.
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Go Jarkko!(with beard power)
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Can't they both win?!

I'll root for Benny since he has never won a title, but I don't really care who wins - both are nice guys.
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Can't they both win?!

I'll root for Benny since he has never won a title, but I don't really care who wins - both are nice guys.

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Wow, h2h is heavily in Niemo's favour and they played 3 matches on hard, Niemo won all 3. Even though Benny's stats vs. Left Handers is 19/20 he apparently has problems handling Niemo.
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Seriously, their "bad" finals record is kinda misleading. They have had very tough opponents in their finals. In fact, this is probably the easiest final for both of them!
Nah, they're bad. For instance, Garcia-Lopez and Llodra are hardly nightmare-ish final opponents. In the case of Nieminen you have to excuse him for losing to Federer a couple of times but that's it. 1-10 is ridiculous for a player of his calibre.

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Can't stand Benneteau.

REALLY hope my boy Jarkko takes this.

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I think Benneteau will win. He has been on fire this week.

I watched the Nieminen Istomin game and thought Istomin had control in the second half of the first set and coughed up an epic tb, which was the back breaker for him. Istomin really went to town on Neiminen's serve, I think he even got the break back after Neiminen was 40-0 up. The court hours for Neiminen has to be a slight issue as well.
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I'd love for Benneteau to finally get a title and his game has been on this week, but if his SF choking is any indication, Nieminen might get over the line.

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Only thing that will stop Jules tonight will be what is between his head

He has been superb this week and should clinch it.
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Nah, they're bad. For instance, Garcia-Lopez and Llodra are hardly nightmare-ish final opponents. In the case of Nieminen you have to excuse him for losing to Federer a couple of times but that's it. 1-10 is ridiculous for a player of his calibre.
Nonsense. Nieminen has almost always faced top calibre opponents and I think only once or so has been higher ranked in the final. Ditto for Benneteau.

You may want to compare to someone like Tursunov who is 7-2 on ATP finals, but his opponents have mostly been clowns.

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