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Nieminen in 2 1 2.38%
Nieminen in 3 9 21.43%
Blake in 2 15 35.71%
Blake in 3 17 40.48%
Nieminen by retirement 0 0%
Blake by retirement 0 0%
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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-14-2006, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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Will Nieminen defeat the optional king James Blake in Stockholm?

These two have had close matches and Blake has won all 3 of them. This is virtually a home tournament for Nieminen and both are in their 2nd Stockholm Open final.

Will the trend continue with Blake winning or will Nieminen turn it around?


2006 Bangkok Hard Q Blake 6-2 2-6 7-5
2006 ATP Masters Series Miami. Hard R32 Blake 6-3 4-6 6-1
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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
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Re: Will Nieminen defeat the optional king James Blake in Stockholm?

Hmmmm...close matches aside, Blake does have a very good record vs lefties and Nieminen has a shocking record vs the top players. I'd go for Blake again, but, judging by their history, Jarkko is due a win.
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Re: Will Nieminen defeat the optional king James Blake in Stockholm?

Too bad Stockholm isn't a 5 set final anymore, that alone would put the fear into Blake and he has to lose to a leftie eventually.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
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Re: Will Nieminen defeat the optional king James Blake in Stockholm?

Nieminen's too weak. It's not that Blake is some wonder of the world, but far better than Nieminen.
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Re: Will Nieminen defeat the optional king James Blake in Stockholm?

good luck,jarkko!

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I think Blake will win this one.



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Blake will win the title !!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Will Nieminen defeat the optional king James Blake in Stockholm?

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Nieminen has got a good chance, he might be in the best shape out there. And a really cool head. If he repeats it in final, let's see. Before quaters I said he'd taken the crown. He's just one step from it - good luck!

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Jarkko's being underrated, so this time Jarkko in 3
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hopefully the trend will continue

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Blake in 3! But Nieminen has a chance.
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Re: Will Nieminen defeat the optional king James Blake in Stockholm?

Jarkko knows how he must play to beat Blake, so it will be another tight match. But the problem in Bangkok was Jarkko changed his winning game in the end. Jarkko was up with a break in the 3rd set but became too passive, which is what he normally does when closing out tough matches. He did it today against Pim-Pim, too, but luckily for him, Joachim made easy mistakes plus Jarkko's serve kept working till the end.

It would be a huge thing for Jarkko to win the title in Sweden and against a top 10 player. If Jarkko has learned his lesson finally, he can overcome this tactical weakness (or mental block, if you prefer) against top players and win, otherwise Blake in 3.
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Re: Will Nieminen defeat the optional king James Blake in Stockholm?

How come you didn't use this headline for optional king Ljubocrap in Vienna?

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