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Rafael NADAL (ESP) vs Jarkko NIEMINEN
Great report from JMG.
Here is some comments that the players made yesterday:
Jarkko: "I was playing very solid, moving very well. Sometimes I was a little too passive. In the second set I started to move backwards but otherwise I was really satisfied with how I played. I changed the tempo and that worked very well. I'm not so tired despite playing a lot of three-set matches this week, it was good to get a shorter match today."
About playing Nadal
"It will be a nice challenge. He is the best player on clay by far at the moment and has won so many tournaments, so I have nothing to lose. Tomorrow is my birthday so hopefully I can play well."
Nadal about playing Nieminen
"I've never played against him but he is a tough player, who plays well. He has confidence now after winning three difficult matches. It will be a difficult match and I hope to play my best."
Jarkko said it the best, he has nothing to lose and he can play without pressure. I think Jarkko can cause a lot of trouble on Nadal, if he keeps serving at a high percentage and doesn't make many easy errors. But honestly, I would be surprised if Jarkko wins a set today, but we can always dream.
Happy birthday Jarkko!