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Labamba
04-01-2006, 06:02 PM
A preview of Jarkko's clay court season

As we all know, by this time of the year the European clay court season is just around the corner. After playing in the Davis Cup for Finland next weekend, Jarkko begins his preparations for the physically and mentally very demanding part of his yearly schedule, playing on the red clay. I have always considered this part of the tennis season as the most exciting one, clay court tennis is my favourite kind of tennis. Great tournaments such as Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Rome and Hamburg lead up to the big one, French Open, which I consider as the most difficult and most demanding Slam to win for any player.

Jarkko heads for the clay season after the best start of the year in his career. He won his first ATP title in Auckland and had the best result of his life in Masters Series tournaments in Indian Wells where he reached the quarterfinals. Jarkko is in career high ranking position of 22 (next week) and even the Top 10 isn't very far away. All in all, we can say that Jarkko is in the form of his life and he's in very good shape for the next challenges that await him.

Jarkko has always enjoyed good success playing on clay and the statistics prove it. Jarkko has a win/loss record of 106-43 on clay (including challengers) and he has reached 3 ATP finals on clay (Estoril, Mallorca, Munich) and won 4 challenger tournaments on the 'dirt'. His best showing so far in the French Open is from year 2003, when he lost in the 4th round to Fernando Gonzalez. Based on these facts it's safe to assume that Jarkko can have great success in the upcoming clay court season, if and when he stays healthy.

Next I will go through Jarkko's playing schedule tournament by tournament giving my own opinions on how Jarkko will do in each of these tournaments. Eventhough I'm a big fan of Jarkko, I try to be as realistic as I can in my predictions. It's a bit difficult to predict the results for a single tournament without knowing what kind draws Jarkko will get, but I will give it a go anyway.

Masters Series Monte Carlo, April 17-23
2005: did not play (0 points to defend)
Best result: 3rd round (2003)

The first clay court tournament of the year for Jarkko is immediately one of the most important ones. It's always tough to make the transition from hard to clay, but with the right kind of preparation I'm sure Jarkko won't have many problems in doing so. Jarkko has played this tournament three times before and never lost in the first round. There's a small chance that Jarkko could be seeded here, if many of the top ranked Americans don't show up like in the past years, which would improve Jarkko's chances considerably.

Prediction: a solid start to the clay season with a 3rd round defeat to one of the top seeds of this tournament (75 ranking points)

~1st round loss (5 points)

Barcelona, April 24-30
2005: 2nd round (15 points to defend)
Best result: 3rd round (2003)

After MC Jarkko heads to Barcelona for another fairly big tournament which has many tough players on it's entry list. Jarkko is very likely to be seeded here. After getting some much needed match practise on clay in the previous week, I expect Jarkko to do well in this tournament as long as he can avoid the likes of Nadal and Gaudio in the early rounds.

Prediction: a good run to the quarter finals where Nadal is still too strong for Jarkko (75 points)

~QF loss to Nadal (75 points)(look above :angel: )

Munich, May 1-7
2005: SF (75+? points to defend)
Best result: Runner-up (2003)

Jarkko has many times played some of his best tennis in Germany and Munich is a place where Jarkko has many good memories. Losing the 2003 Final to Federer and last year reaching the semifinals after coming through the quallies winning six matches in a row, are proof that this is one of Jarkko's favourite tournaments. Looking at the current entry list, it looks like Jarkko could very well be the second seed here with Coria as the top seed. I see no reason why Jarkko wouldn't do well in Munich.

Prediction: a second career title is a realistic possibility for Jarkko if everything goes to plan. semifinals at worst, but I have a feeling that Jarkko will come out on top here (175 points)

~SF loss to Vliegen (75 points)(damn that flu :fiery: )

Masters Series Rome, May 8-14
2005: did not play (0 points to defend)
Best result: 3rd round (2003)

If Jarkko has done well in the previous weeks in Munchen and Barcelona, he might arrive to the 'Eternal City' mentally and physically tired. Jarkko has only played once here reaching the 3rd round in 2003. The Masters Series draws are ruthless and there are no easy matches even in the first rounds, so this might be one of those rare bad tournaments for Jarkko.

Prediction: tired Jarkko will lose in the first round to some dangerous floater (5 points). if he's not that tired, a third round appearance is on the cards

~2nd round loss to Stepanek (35 points)(Jarkko still tired after the flu :( )

Masters Series Hamburg, May 15-20
2005: did not play (0 points to defend)
Best result: 2nd round (2003)

Back in Germany, this time for a Masters tournament and the last one before the French Open. After an early defeat in Rome, Jarkko will be again full of energy and fight for this one. A lot depends on the draws again, but this could be an ideal place to make inroads to the latter stages of a big tournament.

Prediction: 4th round or a quarter final for Jarkko in Hamburg (75-125 points). Federer will take Jarkko out this time, but not without a great fight

~3rd round loss to Davydenko (75 points)(Jarkko had a great chance here :sad: )

Roland Garros (The French Open), May 28-June 11
2005: 2nd round (35 points to defend)
Best result: 4th round (2003)

This is the climax of the clay court season. Here's where Jarkko wants to succeed the most and I'm sure he will be very well prepared for this 'adventure'. After a hopefully very good clay court season behind him Jarkko will be full of confidence in his ability to go far here. And I will be there to support him with many other 'vocal' Finns. :D

Prediction: If Jarkko can make it to QFs of the US Open, why not here? A heartbreaking 5-set loss to another surpriser Acasuso in the quarter finals after a great run of hard fought victories (250 points). Though he has to avoid Federer and Nadal for this to be possible

These are my predictions, I would now like to hear yours. Also any comments or corrections conserning the text are welcome. I hope the text isn't too long and some of you might even enjoy reading it. I look forward to many discussion in this thread about Jarkko's progress on clay.

Ville :wavey:

Nathaliia
04-01-2006, 06:20 PM
Wow, generally I like your predictions, they seem realistic and really likely to happen. That's funny actually that as started reading, I thought of Roland Garros and also thought about quaters to Acasuso and... in 5 sets :lol: Well, maybe this will happen (though I wanted Monfils - Acasuso final :secret: ).

Your text sounds rational, but if I have some ideas for correcting, I'll post them here.

kalle
04-02-2006, 06:22 AM
Very nice!! thanks!!

RogiNie
04-02-2006, 10:46 AM
Nice predictions! :) I really hope Jarkko can do something great in the clay court period and that he can be dangerous for all the top players.

white&blue
04-02-2006, 02:52 PM
Thanks! That was nice to read :) I think that was realistic and could happen.

Nathaliia
04-02-2006, 02:53 PM
Will Jarkko stay in Europe after Wimbledon or will he go to hardcourts?

kiitos in advance.

MariaV
04-02-2006, 02:59 PM
Oh wow Ville!!! :eek: :eek:
How I envy you going to Paris! Cheer hard for Jarkko then with all the Finns! :wavey:

rrfnpump
04-02-2006, 03:09 PM
:hatoff:
but does he seriously play all those tournaments? :o

el gŁero
04-03-2006, 12:04 AM
Thanks for the great overview of the clay court season :worship:

It's going to be really interesting to see how well Jarkko plays on dirt. In the past, red clay has been the favorite surface for him, but recently his done so well on hard courts that things might have changed a bit. I believe in his ability, and he really should do well in the next few months, but there are a couple of things that make me just a little hesitant.

First, it's possible that Jarkko's attitude and mental approach to the game has slightly changed because of his recent success on hard courts. As we all know, it's a totally different game on clay as you need so much more stamina - both physical and mental. If you get tired, if you get frustrated or if you start to look for shorter points and quicker winners, you're already beaten on clay. So it will be interesting to see how Jarkko finds the perfect balance on his tactics and mental game on clay. Especially against the lower ranked players there is a sort of temptation to look for quick winners and an easier way to win, and that is dangerous. You need to be prepared to work hard every day.

Second, the level of the Spanish and Latin American clay court players is incredibly high and wide, so that every year there are more and more tough players in these tournaments. For me, Jarkko is the favorite on clay against the North Americans and almost all the other Europeans except the Spanish and Federer, Haas and Gasquet. But against the Latinos, how is he going to win? He needs to find a tactic to beat these guys, but it's extremely difficult.

Even with these little worries in mind, there's no reason really why Jarkko shouldn't have a very good clay court season ahead of him. After all, he's on top of his game right now, and he's so stong mentally that just with his never-say-die attitude he's going to beat many players on clay. The only problem is that he's going to need to work so hard already in the early rounds that he might not be fresh enough in the latter stages of the tournaments and against the big guys. So hopefully he will be seeded and get byes in those TMS tournaments!

Labamba
04-03-2006, 08:31 AM
I don't think we have to be worried about Jarkko's work rate and stamina. I've always considered Jarkko as one of the fittest guys on tour and that hasn't changed this year. Also, doing well on the hard courts shouldn't have too much effect on how Jarkko will play on clay. After all, his game has never been based on quick winners and winning matches easy, not even on hard courts. Yes, the Latinos are very hard to beat on clay, but we have to trust that Jarkko's mental strength and improved serve will help him bring down these guys more often. :D

btw, there are no byes in the clay Masters Series tournaments even for the top seeds! :wavey:

Action Jackson
04-03-2006, 08:36 AM
Great preview, it was an excellent read and I don't like handing out praise easily and as for how Jarkko will go. He undoubtedly plays well on this surface, as do a lot of other players, the thing in his favour is that he hardly has any points to defend in this time of the season.

As for the predictions I will wait to see what comes out draw wise, but I expect him to be fairly consistent, maybe have an early round loss at 1 tournament, but as they say, time to bring on the proper tennis season.

JMG
04-03-2006, 01:40 PM
Will Jarkko stay in Europe after Wimbledon or will he go to hardcourts?
kiitos in advance.

His Bundesliga commitment would make more sense if he stayed in Europe, but I wonder if he has enough time for that. :eek: Only 4 weeks between Wimbledon and Toronto this year. I would predict that he plays only Bastad and maybe Umag. Stuttgart is in the same week as Daviscup :rolleyes:

el gŁero
04-03-2006, 03:25 PM
btw, there are no byes in the clay Masters Series tournaments even for the top seeds! :wavey:
Thanks for correcting me there :) Yeah, I agree with you, Jarkko's success on hard courts should actually make him even better on clay.

Labamba
04-13-2006, 07:56 PM
There's a small chance that Jarkko could be seeded here, if many of the top ranked Americans don't show up like in the past years, which would improve Jarkko's chances considerably.


My wish came true, Jarkko will be seeded in Monte Carlo. No Nadal or Federer atleast in the first two rounds for Jarkko! :woohoo:

RogiNie
04-13-2006, 08:07 PM
great :yeah: I only want Jarkko to meet Roger in the finals :)

Labamba
04-14-2006, 11:58 AM
Seedings in Monte Carlo:

1 Federer, Roger (SUI)
2 Nadal, Rafael (ESP)
3 Nalbandian, David (ARG)
OUT Roddick, Andy (USA)
4 Ljubicic, Ivan (CRO)
5 Davydenko, Nikolay (RUS)
6 Coria, Guillermo (ARG)
OUT Blake, James (USA)
7 Gaudio, Gaston (ARG)
8 Ferrer, David (ESP)
OUT Agassi, Andre (USA)
OUT Hewitt, Lleyton (AUS)
9 Kiefer, Nicolas (GER)
10 Stepanek, Radek (CZE)
11 Ferrero, Juan Carlos (ESP)
OUT Gasquet, Richard (FRA)
OUT Ancic, Mario (CRO)
12 Gonzalez, Fernando (CHI)
OUT Ginepri, Robby (USA)
OUT Johansson, Thomas (SWE)
13 Grosjean, Sebastien (FRA)
14 Nieminen, Jarkko (FIN) :cool:
15 Robredo, Tommy (ESP)
16 Baghdatis, Marcos (CYP)

Corinna
04-14-2006, 08:50 PM
:worship: :yeah:
so many withdrawals :eek:

Nathaliia
04-14-2006, 10:32 PM
Shame on Americans. There was a chance for Jarkko to improve the H2H with some.

Smasher
04-15-2006, 11:57 AM
Monte Carlo's main draw is out and here is Jarkko's quarter:

(6) CORIA, Guillermo ARG v YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUS
MATHIEU, Paul-Henri FRA v SAFIN, Marat RUS
PASHANSKI, Boris SCG v (WC) LLODRA, Michael FRA
MIRNYI, Max BLR v (9) KIEFER, Nicolas GER

(14) NIEMINEN, Jarkko FIN v VLIEGEN, Kristof BEL
Qualifier v (WC) BENNETEAU, Julien FRA
(WC) LISNARD, Jean-Rene MON v MURRAY, Andy GBR
CLEMENT, Arnaud FRA v (2) NADAL, Rafael ESP

I'm sure Jarkko agrees with me, that it would be nice to kick Rafa's ass in the third round :devil:

white&blue
04-15-2006, 02:36 PM
That's a nice draw. It would be great to face Nadal in 3rd round.

Action Jackson
04-15-2006, 04:55 PM
Jarkko has a good draw and should be able to make the 3rd round here and a repeat of the last set against Nadal in Stuttgart would be good.

Got told that Jarkko had done nothing significant on clay, which was funny considering that is probably his best surface with the hardcourts.

rrfnpump
04-15-2006, 05:07 PM
I agree Jarkko has a nice draw :D

good luck ;)

Smasher
04-16-2006, 12:27 PM
Jarkko's quarter in doubles in MC:

(7) FRIEDL, Leos (CZE)/KNOWLE, Julian (AUT)/Bye
KIEFER, Nicolas (GER)/SRICHAPHAN, Paradorn (THA) v. ANDREEV, Igor (RUS)/DAVYDENKO, Nikolay (RUS)
BERDYCH, Tomas (CZE)/NIEMINEN, Jarkko (FIN) v. (WC) HENMAN, Tim (GBR)/MURRAY, Andy (GBR)
Bye/(3) SANTORO, Fabrice (FRA)/ZIMONJIC, Nenad (SCG)

Good luck Jarkko and Tomas! :yeah:

Corinna
04-16-2006, 07:05 PM
Jarkko has a good draw and should be able to make the 3rd round here and a repeat of the last set against Nadal in Stuttgart would be good.

Got told that Jarkko had done nothing significant on clay, which was funny considering that is probably his best surface with the hardcourts.
:worship:
good luck jarkko

Labamba
04-17-2006, 09:55 AM
Jarkko's first clay court match of the year is just about to start, tricky match against talented Kristof Vliegen. :scared:

C'mon Jarkko!!! :rocker2:

Labamba
04-17-2006, 10:22 AM
Great start from Jarkko, up 5-*1 in the first set! :D

Labamba
04-17-2006, 10:46 AM
Jarkko down a break in the 2nd set, 6-1 1*-3 :(

Labamba
04-17-2006, 11:14 AM
Jarkko just saved 2 bps in the 3rd set, 6-1 4-6 1-*0

fight Jarkko! :scared:

Labamba
04-17-2006, 11:26 AM
Jarkko 3-*2 in the 3rd, he was up a break but couldn't hold in the next game...

Labamba
04-17-2006, 11:49 AM
Jarkko up 5-*4, first he wasted 3 bps and then saved 1 in the next game...

rrfnpump
04-17-2006, 12:03 PM
TB :scared:

rrfnpump
04-17-2006, 12:10 PM
Vliegen d. Nieminen 16 64 76(5)

:banghead: :help: :(
tough tough loss

MariaV
04-17-2006, 12:11 PM
OK for Nathii's sake I'm not gonna curse here!!!!!!!!!! :( :( :mad: :mad: :fiery:
But WTF was that Jarkko???? :( :( :mad: :mad: :fiery: Losing to Vliegen all of a sudden 6-1 4-6 6-7 (5)

Smasher
04-17-2006, 12:12 PM
Damn :crying2:

Fergie
04-17-2006, 12:12 PM
Jarkko :sad:

Kristen
04-17-2006, 12:49 PM
What an eventful TMS for us. Hopefully he can do something in the doubles.

Smasher, I really like your avatar :yeah:

Corinna
04-17-2006, 01:21 PM
:eek: :sobbing: it started so great...:(

RogiNie
04-17-2006, 01:49 PM
Jarkko :sad: :hug:
well, good luck in the doubles anyway.. Tomas and Jarkko together :hearts: what a great combination :yeah:

JMG
04-17-2006, 02:09 PM
:sad:

I♥PsY@Mus!c
04-17-2006, 06:05 PM
Very disappointed.

MariaV
04-17-2006, 06:07 PM
Tomas & Jarkko play last on Court 9 tomorrow vs Henman/Murray. Good luck! :hug:

Labamba
04-18-2006, 03:46 PM
Tomas & Jarkko play last on Court 9 tomorrow vs Henman/Murray. Good luck! :hug:

Murray probably can't play in the doubles today, he was practically dead after getting beaten by Lisnard in 3 hours earlier in the day. :rolls:

who might be the alternates? :scared:

Labamba
04-18-2006, 04:31 PM
Wow, Murray/Henman is on the scoreboard! :eek:

Murray could barely walk after his match :shrug:

C'mon Jarkko & Tomas! :rocker2:

Labamba
04-18-2006, 04:36 PM
BREAK :D

Jarkko/Tomas 1*-0

This will be fun!

Labamba
04-18-2006, 04:38 PM
Jarkko/Tomas 2-*0

Labamba
04-18-2006, 04:48 PM
Jarkko/Tomas 2*-3

the doubles rollercoaster has started :rolls:

rrfnpump
04-18-2006, 04:49 PM
Jarkko/Tomas 2-*0

now 2*-3

please Tomas/Jarkko - beat the shit out of Murray :fiery:
I :mad: him

Labamba
04-18-2006, 04:52 PM
OMG

Jarkko or Tomas retired??? :eek:

Labamba
04-18-2006, 04:52 PM
Jarkko can't be injured? :help: :speakles:

rrfnpump
04-18-2006, 04:52 PM
they retired :sad:
hope nothing serious

Labamba
04-18-2006, 04:53 PM
Henman/Murray def. Nieminen/Berdych 3-2 ret. :sobbing:

horrible week! :shout:

Smasher
04-18-2006, 05:10 PM
No injuries please! :help: :scared:

Labamba
04-18-2006, 05:12 PM
Any news about who got injured? :scared:

Monte Carlo has bad memories for Jarkko... :sad:

Juhani
04-18-2006, 05:45 PM
Any news about who got injured? :scared:

Monte Carlo has bad memories for Jarkko... :sad:
YLE says it was Berdych who got injured. So good that it wasn't jarkko, but too bad for Tomas!

MariaV
04-18-2006, 05:47 PM
Oh dear, oh dear! Sorry for Tomas of course but good it's not Jarkko at least.
Get your clay court season rolling Jarkko! :hug: :hug:
Kiitos Juhani!
Yle says Tomas' stomach muscle got hurt. And that Jarkko will play Barcelona, he says he needs to train a lot and work especially on his forward movement to get more used to clay. He says side-to-side movement is going OK already. :D

Labamba
04-18-2006, 06:16 PM
Thank god it wasn't Jarkko! :bowdown:

Hopefully nothing serious for Tomas so that he can play tomorrow in singles. :hug:

The irony in this match was that Murray was supposed to be injured/fatigued before the match, but in the end it was Jarkko & Tomas who retired... ;)

el gŁero
04-18-2006, 06:34 PM
It's good news that Jarkko realizes what he needs to do to get his game together on clay. This is going to make him even more determined for the rest of clay court season :yeah:

Hopefully Tomas gets better for tomorrow. Stomach muscle injuries can be tricky, though (as Jarkko already knows) :sad:

Corinna
04-18-2006, 09:26 PM
:eek: aww i am so sorry for tomas - i really hope he can play tomorrow - and that he is fit
thank god it wasn't jarkko though
bad luck for him in MC :(

Smasher
04-22-2006, 12:19 PM
Jarkko's quarter in Barcelona:

(1) NADAL, Rafael (ESP) vs. Bye
LOPEZ, Feliciano (ESP) vs. Q
Q vs. DJOKOVIC, Novak SCG
Q vs. SRICHAPHAN, Paradorn THA

BERDYCH, Tomas CZE vs.. MONTANES, Albert ESP
PORTAS, Albert ESP vs. HERNANDEZ, Oscar ESP
KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp GER vs. SLUITER, Raemon NED
Bye vs. (7) NIEMINEN, Jarkko FIN

Match against Rafa would be a good goal here :yeah: Good luck! :bigclap:

Nathaliia
04-22-2006, 03:29 PM
Yeah looks like he will go up to the match with Rafa. However, depends on how Berdych will play.

white&blue
04-24-2006, 03:34 PM
Hopefully Jarkko wins couple matches in Barcelona and can move his great hard court form to clay. Kohlschreiber or Sluiter shouldn't be a problem...

Labamba
04-24-2006, 05:05 PM
Kohlschreiber beat Sluiter 7-6 7-6. No breaks in that match, on clay! :eek: Jarkko already beat Philipp in Indian Wells, he should do it again here.

C'mon Jarkko! It's time to fire up on clay and take some wins! :rocker2:

RogiNie
04-24-2006, 05:26 PM
good luck Jarkko! :yeah:

el gŁero
04-24-2006, 10:32 PM
Jarkko must be burning to get out on court. And he still has to wait till Wednesday! :tape:

Action Jackson
04-25-2006, 07:29 AM
The Bye will be tough for Jarkko this is true, but he lost a match he shouldn't have in Monte Carlo, no time for another lapse like this.

Nathaliia
04-25-2006, 08:15 AM
he should def. kohlschreiber.

at least he had some break as the start schedule is tight.

MariaV
04-25-2006, 07:41 PM
Pista 3 start 10:30 AM
P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs (7)J Nieminen (FIN)

An early match for Jarkko tomorrow.

Labamba
04-25-2006, 08:08 PM
Pista 3 start 10:30 AM
P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs (7)J Nieminen (FIN)

An early match for Jarkko tomorrow.

don't forget the doubles :D

Pista 4 start 12:00 NOON
(1)Knowles/Nestor vs (WC)Almagro/Marin
Mertinak/Pala vs Lindstedt/Nieminen

rrfnpump
04-26-2006, 07:36 AM
good luck, Jarkko today in singles and doubles :yeah:

Action Jackson
04-26-2006, 09:51 AM
Easy win for Jarkko over Kohlschreiber 2 and 1 and now plays the winner of Berdych and Portas in the next round.

MariaV
04-26-2006, 09:57 AM
Hi George! :wavey: Now he's not too tired for the dubles. :)

Labamba
04-26-2006, 12:08 PM
Robert/Jarkko 5-*5

Labamba
04-26-2006, 12:12 PM
Jarkko v. Albert Portas in R3

Must win for Jarkko, nothing else will do :boxing:

Labamba
04-26-2006, 12:14 PM
Jarkko/Robert in first set TB

Labamba
04-26-2006, 12:17 PM
J/R 3*-3

Labamba
04-26-2006, 12:20 PM
4-*3
4-*4
4*-5
4*-6 :(
Set Mertinak/Pala 7-6(4) :sad:

Labamba
04-26-2006, 12:27 PM
J/R 2*-0 :yeah:

Smasher
04-26-2006, 12:29 PM
Ok guys, hold now! :fiery:

Smasher
04-26-2006, 12:32 PM
Ok guys, hold now! :fiery:
Mertinak/Pala *1-2 :smash:

Labamba
04-26-2006, 12:33 PM
Mertinak/Pala *1-2 :smash:

Why is Robert playing so badly? :lol:

Smasher
04-26-2006, 12:43 PM
Why is Robert playing so badly? :lol:
I don't know, but it must be him playing badly. :lol: As always when they are losing. :angel: I wonder what kind of a player Robert is? :scratch: I've never seen him playing :rolleyes:

Labamba
04-26-2006, 12:59 PM
Mertinak/Pala def. Nieminen/Lindstedt 7-6(4) 6-4 :sad:

points won; M/P 67 , J/R 71 :scratch:

white&blue
04-26-2006, 01:39 PM
Nice work in singles! :cool: Portas will be clay court test for Jarkko...

rrfnpump
04-26-2006, 02:49 PM
good win in singles :D ;)
very winnable next match also

but doubles :(

Labamba
04-27-2006, 09:35 AM
Pista 1 start 10:30 AM
Hrbaty/Levinsky vs (2)Hanley/Ullyett
(Q)Evgeny Korolev (RUS) vs Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
(5)David Ferrer (ESP) vs Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)
Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) vs (4)Radek Stepanek (CZE)
Albert Portas (ESP) vs (7)Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)
(8)Fyrstenberg/Matkowski vs Mathieu/Monfils

Jarkko has to wait all day to get to play :(

Nathaliia
04-27-2006, 10:00 AM
So does actually Portas.

Labamba
04-27-2006, 10:10 AM
So does actually Portas.

I forgot, sorry

Labamba
04-27-2006, 05:32 PM
Jarkko takes the first set 6-3 in 40 minutes :cool:

Labamba
04-27-2006, 06:03 PM
Jarkko serving for the match at 6-3 5*-1...

Labamba
04-27-2006, 06:11 PM
Jarkko wins 6-3 6-2 :aparty:

classic play on clay, broken while serving for the match and then closing out the match with a break ;)

Jarkko has to improve his serving for tomorrow. He was in trouble almost on every service game today and that won't do against Rafa...

white&blue
04-27-2006, 06:15 PM
Jarkko wins 6-3 6-2 :aparty:

classic play on clay, broken while serving for the match and then closing out the match with a break ;)

Jarkko has to improve his serving for tomorrow. He was in trouble almost on every service game today and that won't do against Rafa...

:cool:

I hope Jarkko will find his serve. But this proves that Jarkko is used to play on clay again.

Smasher
04-27-2006, 06:16 PM
Two good wins on clay now :yeah: Nothing to lose tomorrow, good luck Jarkko! :rocker2:

rrfnpump
04-27-2006, 06:25 PM
yay, Jarkko :hearts: :D

try your best tomorrow :hug:

el gŁero
04-27-2006, 06:27 PM
Good stuff Jarkko!

I don't think the serve matters a lot tomorrow. Rafa didn't have any trouble even with the Federer serve in Monte Carlo, so if Jarkko should win the match it won't be because of his first serve. On the other hand, Nadal is unlikely to aggressively punish Jarkko's second serve consistently.

To win, Jarkko needs to play a bit like Federer, but better ;) He needs to hit a lot of high percentage slow shots, then try to surprise Rafa with some flat hard shots from the backhand, and hopefully take advantage of the short balls he gets with them.

Labamba
04-27-2006, 06:40 PM
I didn't actually mean that Jarkko has to improve the serving itself, but how he plays in his service games. You can't go 0-30 on every service game against Rafa and expect to get away with it. That's what I meant el gŁero (nice analyzis btw). :)

el gŁero
04-27-2006, 07:24 PM
I didn't actually mean that Jarkko has to improve the serving itself, but how he plays in his service games. You can't go 0-30 on every service game against Rafa and expect to get away with it. That's what I meant el gŁero (nice analyzis btw). :)
OK, I understand what you mean :) It's just so hard to actually dominate the play behind the serve against Rafa on clay, even Federer was able to do that only occasionally in the MC final. So I sort of agree with you but I still think it doesn't really matter who is serving tomorrow.

Ohhh, I wish I had a chance to watch that match!! I would so much like to see how Jarkko's game matches up with Rafa, should be excellent tennis :drool:

Labamba
04-27-2006, 07:36 PM
Ohhh, I wish I had a chance to watch that match!! I would so much like to see how Jarkko's game matches up with Rafa, should be excellent tennis :drool:

Yes it should be a fascinating match. I'm hoping to find a livestream for tomorrow, this is must-see stuff. Lucky Smasher ;)

JMG
04-27-2006, 07:56 PM
Let's not forget that Jarkko hit one winner more than Nadal last year and he even had some hard forehand shots in his game. :rocker2:

Smasher
04-27-2006, 08:00 PM
Yes it should be a fascinating match. I'm hoping to find a livestream for tomorrow, this is must-see stuff. Lucky Smasher ;)
I've paid my price :smoke:

musefanatic
04-27-2006, 08:41 PM
Well done Jarkko!! :) Good luck tomorrow!! :) :)

Nathaliia
04-27-2006, 10:50 PM
I think what I can do is to say good luck :shrug: But I really fear it;s not enough. Yet, on the other hand, if not Jarkko's fans to believe in him, than who? :) See yah tomorrow.

Breakaway
04-28-2006, 03:18 AM
Come on Jarkko, you can do it! :bounce:

Labamba
04-28-2006, 08:10 AM
Pista Central start 11:00 AM
(6)T Robredo (ESP) vs (12)F Verdasco (ESP)
Not before 11:45 AM
S Wawrinka (SUI) vs I Karlovic (CRO)
Not before 2:30 PM
(6)T Robredo (ESP) or (12)F Verdasco (ESP) vs (4)R Stepanek (CZE)
Not before 4:45 PM
(1)Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs (7)Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)
N Almagro (ESP) vs (10)J Ferrero (ESP)

C'mon Jarkko! :rocker2:

el gŁero
04-28-2006, 01:58 PM
I've paid my price :smoke:
:lol: So maybe a short match report here afterwards, Smasher..? :angel:

Labamba
04-28-2006, 02:43 PM
No luck in finding a working livestream for Jarkko's match :hysteric:

Smasher can you give us some game-by-game updates in here? :angel: :wavey:

CattyA
04-28-2006, 03:32 PM
No luck in finding a working livestream for Jarkko's match :hysteric:

Smasher can you give us some game-by-game updates in here? :angel: :wavey:

Eurosport.com gives live comments of this match. So far they seem to think kindly of Jarkko.

el gŁero
04-28-2006, 05:41 PM
Nadal def. Nieminen 4-6 6-4 6-3. Jarkko actually got pretty close to winning, leading 4-1 in the 2nd set. :eek:

Thank you Smasher for the great coverage :bowdown:

Smasher
04-28-2006, 06:14 PM
I'm proud of Jarkko :bowdown: The first 1 1/2 sets he played some amazing tennis, the best I've seen for a long long time. Jarkko changed his serve well and Nadal couldn't take any advantage of his second serve, Jarkko's bh was very good and he punished Rafa many times with that beautiful down the line bh. :cool: Forehand didn't work that well at the key moments - few painful UEs with it in the second set and he couldn't finish the points with it as well as with his backhand. Nadal's game improved in the second set when it was 4-1 for Jarkko. He started to hit some huge winners and most all his passing shots were tremendous. But if Jarkko can keep up this form and play like this in the coming tournaments, he will get some great results. I am 100% sure of it :yeah:

Few screenshots I took again from tv :secret:

Labamba
04-28-2006, 06:24 PM
A big thank you to Smasher for the great live coverage, match report, pics and stuff :bowdown:

I'm proud of Jarkko too. And next week in Munich there's no Rafa stopping Jarkko's progress :D

el gŁero
04-28-2006, 06:39 PM
Yes, I've rarely been so happy after Jarkko's loss. Based on Smasher's incredible reporting, Jarkko played just the right way against Nadal and executed his tactics perfectly! Just keep working with that aggressive forehand and believe in it in key moments, and you'll start winning against the big guys as well!! This is great :D

rrfnpump
04-28-2006, 06:51 PM
Jarkko :worship: Matti :worship:

sure I am also proud if Jarkko, but wasting a 4-1 lead is still :help:

white&blue
04-28-2006, 06:54 PM
Painful...

Nathaliia
04-28-2006, 07:51 PM
:hysteric: about the score but :yeah: about the fight and game.

Plus a lot of :hug: for Matti for being a reporter :hatoff:

Smasher
04-28-2006, 08:54 PM
This is from the official Barcelona website. I like the title :cool:

FANTASTIC FINN CHALLENGES DOMINANCE OF CLAY COURT KING

Rafael Nadal came into his quarterfinal match at Open SEAT 2006 boasting an impressive 44-match winning streak on clay, but Jarkko Nieminen showed no sign of being intimidated.

The 24-year-old Finn instead proved himself up to the challenge of surmounting an upset against the young Spaniard, and despite falling short in the end, he succeeded in further establishing his place among the circuit's best.

Nieminen put on his game face immediately out of the gate, and forced Nadal to play catch-up twice in the first set. Nadal got back on serve at 1-1 and at 4-4, but again allowed Nieminen to take the lead. He dropped his first set in Barcelona in seven matches - dating back to a second-round loss to Alex Corretja in 2003.

His winning-streak appeared to be in serious peril as Nieminen built a 4-1 advantage in the second set, but Nadal rolled out his response attack. Cheered on by a packed house of countrymen, Nadal reeled off the next seven games before Nieminen managed another tally.

Nieminen had four chances to level the score 2-apiece, but Nadal pulled through and broke open the lead. He closed out the match on Nieminen's serve, converting on his second match point to punctuate the 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory.

Nadal notched his 20th victory of the year with his quarterfinal comeback, joining Nieminen, Roger Federer, Ivan Ljubicic, Tommy Haas and James Blake to reach the 20-win mark thus far in 2006.

Here is the link: http://www.openseatbarcelona.com/en/news/stories/06_friday2.asp

el gŁero
04-28-2006, 09:39 PM
In a post-match interview by the Finnish Broadcasting Company, Jarkko says he feels having missed a great chance but tries to take it positively. He thinks that if he can control Nadal on clay like he did the first half of the match, it means he can beat anyone.

Jarkko also tells he kept playing very positively and succesfully attacking Nadal's serve. At 4-1 in the second set, however, he feels his own standard fell - Rafa didn't play any better.

musefanatic
04-28-2006, 11:04 PM
Sad for Jarkko that he lost but from what's been said, sounds like he layed a great match, espeically to win the first set. Well done Jarkko even if you didn't win :)

Action Jackson
04-29-2006, 10:44 AM
Great work Smasher and thanks for the news. One of my was friends was watching the match and he said the turning point was when Jarkko was up 4-2 30-15 and he had an easy forehand which he missed, then Nadal got it on level terms and was mentally too strong.

He did an excellent job and there is a good base to build from there.

MariaV
04-29-2006, 10:58 AM
Hi George & co here! Even if I wanted Rafa to win Jarkko played a great match, indeed he kept fighting till the end, stayed positive. Rafa was shocking me at first, I guess he was tired from all the PR commitments or smth, I even thought huh doesn't he wanna win this match? And at 1-4 in the 2nd set when Rafa couldn't break him I really thought Jarkko might win but you know, those 2 (I mean fed and Rafa) are not up there for nothing.

Anyway, REALLY great match from Jarkko despite the loss! :yeah:
Sorry I'm not as good as Matti taking pics from my TV just wanted to say there were even 2 Finnish (?) guys with the Finnish flag supporting Jarkko which was nice to see. :)
:wavey:

Varya
04-29-2006, 11:55 AM
You are real great figter!! Jarkko!!!:worship:

Peta Pan
04-29-2006, 11:57 AM
Well done Jarkko for pushing Nadal for as long as you did. It's a shame that he couldn't finish him off but it was a great effort in the biggest clay test there is!

I'm very happy that I've chosen this time to increase my Jarkko fandom :)

:wavey:

white&blue
04-29-2006, 01:54 PM
In my opinion, Jarkko is the biggest favourite in Munich. Coria is not playing well and Ancic on clay :rolleyes: There's a good chance to take the 2nd title! :yeah:

JMG
04-29-2006, 01:55 PM
Andrei Pavel is a must-win for Jarkko!

el gŁero
04-29-2006, 02:56 PM
In my opinion, Jarkko is the biggest favourite in Munich. Coria is not playing well and Ancic on clay :rolleyes: There's a good chance to take the 2nd title! :yeah:
Yes, there is a good chance, but Tommy is there too :shrug:

rrfnpump
04-29-2006, 05:20 PM
omg the best draw possible for Jarkko :yeah:

Varya
04-29-2006, 06:11 PM
Good luck Jarkko! !:D
Also enjoy doubles ! :banana:

Labamba
05-01-2006, 12:09 PM
Jarkko's quarter

(6) SRICHAPHAN, Paradorn THA v MONACO, Juan ARG
VIK, Robin CZE v SCHUETTLER, Rainer GER
(WC) WASKE, Alexander GER v MAYER, Florian GER
PAVEL, Andrei ROM v (3) NIEMINEN, Jarkko FIN

I like this draw :yeah:

Labamba
05-02-2006, 11:44 AM
Centre Court
Matches Start At 12:00 NOON
Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER (GER) vs Mario ANCIC (CRO)
Not before 1:50 PM
Tommy HAAS (GER) vs Ivo KARLOVIC (CRO)
followed by
Alexander WASKE (GER) vs Florian MAYER (GER)
followed by
Guillermo CORIA (ARG) vs Denis GREMELMAYR (GER)
followed by
Robert LINDSTEDT (SWE)/ Jarkko NIEMINEN (FIN) vs Olivier ROCHUS (BEL)/ Kristof VLIEGEN (BEL)

Court 4
Matches Start At 12:00 NOON
Tobias SUMMERER (GER) vs Ruben RAMIREZ HIDALGO (ESP)
followed by
Andrei PAVEL (ROM) vs Jarkko NIEMINEN (FIN)

Jarkko's match against Pavel has just started, c'mon Jarkko! :rocker2:

Kristen
05-02-2006, 01:39 PM
Way to give us a heart attack, Jarkko! :ras::hug: 7-6, 7-6.

rrfnpump
05-02-2006, 01:43 PM
phew :scared:

but congrats ;)
a win is a win

Smasher
05-02-2006, 01:55 PM
Well, even Jarkko can't always win 6-2, 6-1 ;) But good job, apparently he kept his head cool all the time :smoke:

Labamba
05-02-2006, 01:56 PM
Good job Jarkko! :bigclap:

btw, the court is playing really fast for a clay court :bolt:

Varya
05-02-2006, 02:03 PM
Tough game !:eek:
Congratulations Jarkko! :yippee:

white&blue
05-02-2006, 02:45 PM
Nice start! :yeah: Pavel is a tricky opponent, who doesn't lose easily.

Labamba
05-02-2006, 04:14 PM
Waske is Jarkko's next victim, Jarkko should rip him a new one :rocker2:

doubles still to play today...

16681
05-02-2006, 04:53 PM
Congrats to Jarkko for his victory today :)

Corinna
05-02-2006, 06:14 PM
:woohoo: jarkko :rocker:
but make it less exciting with waske please :angel:

Nathaliia
05-02-2006, 07:10 PM
:cool:

Labamba
05-02-2006, 08:09 PM
the doubles match was re-scheduled for tomorrow...

Centre Court Match Start at 12:00
Robin Soderling vs Kristof Vliegen
(WC)Alexander Waske (GER) vs (3)Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) :cool:

Court 8, match start at 02:00 PM
Julian Knowle/Jurgen Melzer vs Stephen Huss/Tripp Phillips
Jarkko Nieminen/Robert Lindstedt vs Olivier Rochus/Kristof Vliegen

Jarkko & Oli Rochus are the only seeds left in the tournament after the first round! :eek:

Please Jarkko, two wins tomorrow! That would be a nice birthday present for me :angel:

JMG
05-02-2006, 08:22 PM
Crush him Jarkko! :rocker2:

Nathaliia
05-02-2006, 09:18 PM
Please Jarkko, two wins tomorrow! That would be a nice birthday present for me :angel:
i started a thread for you in non-tennis :lol: happy birthday once again :) I guess it's after midnight accoridng to Eastern European time

Breakaway
05-02-2006, 11:01 PM
Good luck Jarkko :bounce:

Varya
05-03-2006, 12:44 AM
the doubles match was re-scheduled for tomorrow..
Please Jarkko, two wins tomorrow! That would be a nice birthday present for me :angel:

Happy Birthday!!! Labamba san(Local time in Japan :bdaycake: ) !:woohoo:


Jarkko play singles and doubles tomorrow :worship:
It will be hard and Looong day for Jarkko :hug:

My some pics when took him in Tokyo last year, put in Jarkko's pic thred.
If someone here have free time ,please enjoy it :wavey:

Labamba
05-03-2006, 12:04 PM
excellent live stream for Jarkko's match:

http://mfile.akamai.com/20547/live/....asx?bkup=55670

Players just walked on to the court :wavey:

Labamba
05-03-2006, 12:07 PM
Happy Birthday!!! Labanba san(Local time in Japan :bdaycake: ) !:woohoo:


Thanks Varya! :)

rrfnpump
05-03-2006, 12:14 PM
happy birthday, Ville :aparty: :D :yeah:

and Jarkko, do me a favor and give Waske some serious ass-kicking! He deserves it :)

rrfnpump
05-03-2006, 02:04 PM
Jarkko won 76(2) 63 :D :yeah:

Jarkko was in a grumpy mood at the beginning, maybe he realizes he is big fave now to win the title. I hope he doesnt hesitate :)

well done :hearts:

white&blue
05-03-2006, 02:07 PM
I didn't see first set, but 2nd set was pretty clear. Routin win by Jarkko...:yeah:

Smasher
05-03-2006, 02:11 PM
Nice win :cool: Next step Robin Vik, could be a tough one :scratch:

el gŁero
05-03-2006, 02:25 PM
Jarkko won 76(2) 63 :D :yeah:

Jarkko was in a grumpy mood at the beginning, maybe he realizes he is big fave now to win the title. I hope he doesnt hesitate :)

well done :hearts:
Yes, it looked like he was having a bit trouble getting into the match, but then he showed by the cliches of fist towards the end of the 1st set that he really wanted to win this one. So the little problems of getting fired up in the beginning were just human but he worked it out nicely. I liked his aggressive play in the TB, he really knew what it took to win it today :yeah:

Corinna
05-03-2006, 02:34 PM
:woohoo: lovely win jarkko :) keep it up :yeah:

happy happy birthday again ville :hug: nice birthday present, jarkko already gave you - but i hope you'll receive much more ;)

the first set was really pretty close :unsure: but i loved the match since the tiebreak :cool: :yeah:

el gŁero
05-03-2006, 02:37 PM
Nice win :cool: Next step Robin Vik, could be a tough one :scratch:
What kind of player is Vik, does he have a weapon? I think I've never seen him play, but he beat Jarkko in St Petersburg last year and took Hewitt to 5 sets in AO this year. Otherwise he hasn't been that great lately...

JMG
05-03-2006, 03:08 PM
What kind of player is Vik, does he have a weapon? I think I've never seen him play, but he beat Jarkko in St Petersburg last year and took Hewitt to 5 sets in AO this year. Otherwise he hasn't been that great lately...

Also the match against Hewitt was not that good imo, Hewitt was in poor form.

Today it was maybe a bit boring for the crowd, not many great points, because Waske just can't play the high level, but I liked Jarkko's forehand, especially the moonballs. :p

Nathaliia
05-03-2006, 03:25 PM
He doesn't have aweapon he's hell boring player with throwing ball to another side of the net. But he's clever at times like all Czechs are. This Vik doesn't have way any personality but I have seen him throwing racket and cursing already.

As for me - very average tennis. Would be shame if Jarkko lost now. Monaco lost because he's a terrible loser (sorry that's the true) who values other things than tennis at life. Jarkko you are the favourite please don't let us down.

Smasher
05-03-2006, 03:28 PM
What kind of player is Vik, does he have a weapon? I think I've never seen him play, but he beat Jarkko in St Petersburg last year and took Hewitt to 5 sets in AO this year. Otherwise he hasn't been that great lately...
I saw his match against Federer in Dubai and he didn't perform anything special then, but he reminded me of Berdych quite much with his style. Can be dangerous in a good day maybe :p

el gŁero
05-03-2006, 04:30 PM
Monaco lost because he's a terrible loser (sorry that's the true) who values other things than tennis at life.
OMG, what a loser! :eek: :p

Thanks for the Vik analysis though, I knew I could trust you to know the guy ;)

Nathaliia
05-03-2006, 07:38 PM
OMG, what a loser! :eek: :p

Thanks for the Vik analysis though, I knew I could trust you to know the guy ;)
I know all the guys but I prize our Ville the most :angel:


PS. Vik plays Wrocław challenger EVERY year when it's played so how could I not know him :lol: He even won it last year after Q. I didn't see too much cos I was chasing Ryderstedt with a tongue out but still I have memories of Vik from previous years and this year.

Labamba
05-03-2006, 09:23 PM
Lindstedt/Nieminen d Rochus/Vliegen 63 63 :cool:

two wins today for Jarkko, just what I asked for :angel:

Labamba
05-03-2006, 09:24 PM
happy birthday, Ville :aparty: :D :yeah:


Thanks Basti! :)

Labamba
05-03-2006, 09:28 PM
:woohoo: lovely win jarkko :) keep it up :yeah:

happy happy birthday again ville :hug: nice birthday present, jarkko already gave you - but i hope you'll receive much more ;)

the first set was really pretty close :unsure: but i loved the match since the tiebreak :cool: :yeah:

Corinna :hug:

i got some nice presents today ;)

Labamba
05-03-2006, 09:32 PM
I know all the guys but I prize our Ville the most :angel:


Nathii :lol:

Jarkko should absolutely beat Vik on Friday. Robin has been a bit lucky imo to get so far after two very tight and long matches with Rainer and Juan...

Nathaliia
05-03-2006, 09:35 PM
what's so funny :awww: i tried to be nice :(

Labamba
05-03-2006, 09:42 PM
what's so funny :awww: i tried to be nice :(

:hug:

it was a nice comment, just a bit over the top :p ;)

Labamba
05-04-2006, 08:12 AM
only doubles for Jarkko today;

Court 4 starting at 1 p.m. CET
Huss/Phillips - Kohlmann/SchŁttler
followed by
Gremelmayr Ė Peya
followed by
Lindstedt/Nieminen - Kohlschreiber/Mayer

bluesky_rachel
05-04-2006, 01:58 PM
Best of luck to Jarkko in Munich!:)I really hope he will win the title.

p.s.Happy Birthday,Ville!!!Sorry its a bit late.but i hope you had a great birthday yesterday!xoxo

Labamba
05-04-2006, 02:46 PM
Jarkko/Robert 3-*1 in the first set :)

Labamba
05-04-2006, 02:46 PM
p.s.Happy Birthday,Ville!!!Sorry its a bit late.but i hope you had a great birthday yesterday!xoxo

Thanks Rachel :hug:

Labamba
05-04-2006, 03:44 PM
Jarkko/Robert 6-7 6-3...

match tb :scared:

Labamba
05-04-2006, 03:52 PM
Jarkko/Robert

0*-1
1*-1
2-*1
3-*1
4*-1
5*-1 :)

Nathaliia
05-04-2006, 03:52 PM
:)

Labamba
05-04-2006, 03:54 PM
5-*2
6-*2
7*-2

Labamba
05-04-2006, 03:57 PM
7*-3
8-*3
8-*4
8*-5

Labamba
05-04-2006, 03:58 PM
8*-6
9-*6

Labamba
05-04-2006, 04:00 PM
GSM

Nieminen/Lindstedt d Mayer/Kohlschreiber 6-7(4) 6-3 10-6 :woohoo:

SF in the doubles! :yeah:

rrfnpump
05-04-2006, 04:29 PM
:yeah: :D

win it all here, Jarkko :p

Smasher
05-04-2006, 08:16 PM
Centre Court
starting at 12 NOON CET

Vik - Nieminen

Court 4
starting at 2.30 PM CET

Lindstedt/Nieminen - Peya/Phau

Important day tomorrow, good luck Jarkko (and Robert of course :p) :rocker2:

Labamba
05-05-2006, 10:12 AM
C'mon Jarkko! :rocker2:

no livestream :sobbing:

rrfnpump
05-05-2006, 10:26 AM
C'mon Jarkko! :rocker2:

no livestream :sobbing:

coverage in germany also starts at 2pm :(
not seeing Jarkko today :sad: and he looked so great with a tan and on the dirt :p

rrfnpump
05-05-2006, 11:55 AM
75 26 62 against Vik
another not-convincing win

I think Jarkko wants the title really bad :)
he shouldnt set himself under too much pressure

Labamba
05-05-2006, 12:14 PM
Jarkko looked tired as hell in the 3rd set and he still has the doubles to play today :unsure:

JMG
05-05-2006, 01:38 PM
They wrote that Jarkko's baseline game looked arrogant. :lol:

2 tough 3-setters to come, just imagine how a final against Rochus would be. :rolleyes:

Labamba
05-05-2006, 01:55 PM
Vliegen in the semis, revenge time for Jarkko :devil:

Vliegen played really well today, Jarkko has to step it up tomorrow...

Jarkko/Robert 4*-0 up in the doubles! :eek:

Labamba
05-05-2006, 01:59 PM
Jarkko/Robert 5*-1

make it quick boys, Jarkko needs to rest for tomorrow

Labamba
05-05-2006, 02:12 PM
6-2 1*-1...

it's going fast so far :)

Peta Pan
05-05-2006, 02:14 PM
Ok, I'm late... but Happy Birthday to you Ville! I hope Jarkko can keep on going this week and give you a title for a present :yeah:

:yippee: Jarkko... wish it could have been a bit more decisive, but a win is a win and I'm happy enough :)

Labamba
05-05-2006, 02:43 PM
6-2 6-*5...

break now!

Labamba
05-05-2006, 02:59 PM
match tb for a place in the final :scared:

J/R 4*-2

Labamba
05-05-2006, 03:01 PM
4*-5 :(

Smasher
05-05-2006, 03:02 PM
from 4-2 to 4-7 :crying2:

Smasher
05-05-2006, 03:12 PM
GSM Peya/Phau 2-6, 7-6, 10-8 :sad:
Rest well Jarkko and give Kristof a lesson tomorrow! :smoke:

Nathaliia
05-05-2006, 03:14 PM
blaaah.. they really didn't need this doubs... and especially so long match...

JMG
05-05-2006, 03:59 PM
Damn! Peya/Phau were 46 35 down against Kas/Petzschner. I can't believe this, what a wasted chance for K/P. :(

For Jarkko it's time for a revenge. :devil:

rrfnpump
05-05-2006, 07:39 PM
Vliegen seems sharp this week :unsure:
and Jarkko seems everything but sharp

I hope he comes through :)
and we have Nieminen v Rochus finals :hearts:

doubles :(
but I am happy for BjŲrn

bluesky_rachel
05-05-2006, 07:46 PM
Sorry for the doubles. :sad: You were so close to the victory.

Jarkko,Please rest well for the semi tomorrow.Forget what happened today in the doubles.

Varya
05-05-2006, 08:12 PM
Have some good rest Jarkko!:wavey: :zzz:

And good luck for tomorrow!! :rocker:

Labamba
05-06-2006, 08:15 AM
Centre Court
Matches start at 1:00 PM

Jarkko NIEMINEN (FIN) vs. Kristof VLIEGEN (BEL)

livestream hopefully still working today:

http://mfile.akamai.com/20547/live/reflector:54713.asx?bkup=55670

Big match today, GL and c'mon Jarkko! :rocker2:

Corinna
05-06-2006, 09:13 AM
:woohoo: go for the title jarkko :D
good luck today!!

Casper^_^
05-06-2006, 10:16 AM
Jarkko probably get his second ATP title in Munich
Good luck today ^^

Casper^_^
05-06-2006, 11:35 AM
poor beginning >_<
0:5 now

rrfnpump
05-06-2006, 12:18 PM
Kristof Vliegen (BEL) d. Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) 61 62 :sad:

Vliegen played so good and Jarkko didnt have enough power to resist and fight
he seriously needs some rest now!

Jarkko :hug: :smooch:

Seneca
05-06-2006, 12:24 PM
Not a bad match by Nieminen, just one of those auto-pilot efforts on which he was able to dominate a 500-ranked irish team but against a confident and surprisingly multi-dimensional Vliegen there was no chance really. Games were close and Jarkko was able to make some excellent shots but his error count was also a bit higher than usual.

Vliegen continued his good form. He served well, was solid enough in his groundstrokes and sharp at the net. Even showed a couple of surprising passing winners and the occasional dropshot.

Enjoyable match, bad result.

white&blue
05-06-2006, 12:27 PM
I think Jarkko did have some problems with breathing. I remember some year in spring he have had same kind of problems. I don't think Jarkko is physically tired. And it would be stupid to miss Rome Masters because that is one of the most important tournaments of the year if Jarkko wants to top10. I'm sure he will play there.

Smasher
05-06-2006, 12:32 PM
Jarkko looked so disappointed after the match. :sad: Imo Kristof played extremely well so he deserves a place in the final.

But good week as a whole, semis in both singles and doubles isn't bad. :yeah: Get some rest now Jarkko, you really need it. :awww:

'Raging Bull'
05-06-2006, 12:33 PM
Jarkko will start 1st round next week, against Sebastian Grosjean in Rome Masters Series event.

white&blue
05-06-2006, 12:41 PM
Yeah, Vliegen played very high level and he was so lucky also on turning points:(.
Still the scores could have been nicer, because there was so many tight games.

Grosjean is a tough 1st round opponent. :scared:

'Raging Bull'
05-06-2006, 12:48 PM
It was sad to watch on Nieminen's play, because Vliegen was so great and confident all the way and on the other Jarkko's serving was relatively weaker than normal.

Hopefully Jarkko will reach is fit again in Rome and in Hamburg, by collecting some good extra points for his ranking and it would be also good preparation for the main event of the clay season.

Smasher
05-06-2006, 01:12 PM
According to Finnish Broadcasting Company's (YLE) text-tv Jarkko is suffering from a flu

Labamba
05-06-2006, 01:18 PM
If Jarkko has the flu, he should skip Rome and concentrate on Hamburg and RG

white&blue
05-06-2006, 01:22 PM
Oh shit.. That flu came to the worst time :(

If Jarkko doesn't feel 100% fit before Rome, it would be wise to skip it.

Labamba
05-06-2006, 06:41 PM
Jarkko in Rome (if he plays there)

(1)Roger Federer (SUI) vs Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG)
Potito Starace (ITA) vs Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) vs Sebastian Grosjean (FRA)
Feliciano Lopez (ESP) vs (14)Radek Stepanek (CZE)

NIEMINEN, Jarkko (FIN)/ROCHUS, Olivier (BEL) vs DAVYDENKO, Nikolay (RUS)/HRBATY, Dominik (SVK)

Not a very nice draw in the singles this time, Jarkko was only 2 spots away from being seeded. :(

Jarkko & Oli in doubles! :cool:

rrfnpump
05-06-2006, 06:45 PM
OMG Jarkko and Olli in doubles :inlove: :hearts:

white&blue
05-06-2006, 08:01 PM
(1)Roger Federer (SUI) vs Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG)
Potito Starace (ITA) vs Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) vs Sebastian Grosjean (FRA)
Feliciano Lopez (ESP) vs (14)Radek Stepanek (CZE)


Ur kidding me? :mad: Federer in the 3rd round.

Hopefully Jarkko has his first game on Tuesday...

musefanatic
05-06-2006, 11:00 PM
Oh poor Jarkko :sad: Such a shame, hope he's fit and healthy soon :)

Nathaliia
05-07-2006, 09:36 AM
If Jarkko has the flu, he should skip Rome and concentrate on Hamburg and RG
I think so as well. Season is long, no need to overwork. No serious points to defend now though.

Labamba
05-07-2006, 05:34 PM
Jarkko not playing tomorrow (http://www.atptennis.com/posting/2006/416/op.pdf), so atleast one more day of rest.

white&blue
05-08-2006, 05:13 PM
COURT 4
1.00 pm Feliciano LOPEZ (ESP) c. (14)Radek STEPANEK (CZE)
followed by Jarkko NIEMINEN (FIN) c. Sebastien GROSJEAN (FRA)
followed by Tomas Berdych/Leos FRIEDL (CZE) c. Guillermo CORIA/Martin GARCIA (ARG)

Hopefully Jarkko has recovered from his flu.

P.S. Once again Jarkko's name was written wrong in Rome's website. It was Nieminem...
So if you remove 2 letters from the beginning you'll get Eminem :p
(Sorry about that...)

RogiNie
05-08-2006, 07:28 PM
Good luck tomorrow Jarkko! :yeah: and Nieminen isn't that difficult to write is it? :rolleyes: :p

Labamba
05-08-2006, 08:14 PM
doubles also tomorrow,

COURT 5
Matches Start At 1:00 PM
Paradorn SRICHAPHAN (THA) vs Tomas BERDYCH (CZE)
followed by
Boris PASHANSKI (SCG) vs Nikolay DAVYDENKO (RUS)
followed by
Paul-Henri MATHIEU (FRA) vs Juan Carlos FERRERO (ESP)
followed by
Jarkko NIEMINEN (FIN)/Olivier ROCHUS (BEL) vs Nikolay DAVYDENKO (RUS)/Dominik HRBATY (SVK)

2 matches tomorrow, hopefully Jarkko is fit to give a good fight. :scared:

JMG
05-08-2006, 08:41 PM
Okay, come on Eminem!

Last week atptennis.com wrote Niemenen twice.

MariaV
05-08-2006, 08:50 PM
Oh, Eminem would be a great nick for Jarkko. :lol: I'm gonna call him Eminem now. :D
The Italians are not good at writing the names at all btw.

Varya
05-09-2006, 12:16 AM
He'll play 2 matches a day :dog:
You can do it Jarkko!! You are great fighter :worship:
Goooo Jarkkooo! Eminem! Nieminen! :rocker:

Casper^_^
05-09-2006, 03:27 AM
Oh, Eminem would be a great nick for Jarkko. :lol: I'm gonna call him Eminem now. :D
The Italians are not good at writing the names at all btw.
too different between Jarkko & Eminem ,but very interesting :D

white&blue
05-09-2006, 02:26 PM
6-2, 6-1, pretty impressive!

el gŁero
05-09-2006, 02:27 PM
Jarkko def Seba 6-2 6-1 :eek:

Glad he made it to Rome after all! :yeah:

Nathaliia
05-09-2006, 02:28 PM
Jarkko :cool:

Grosjean = owned :devil:

Smasher
05-09-2006, 02:31 PM
That really was an impressive win! :eek: Good to see he is physically ok again :cool:

Labamba
05-09-2006, 02:50 PM
poor Seba, Jarkko totally murdered him today... :devil:

Next up Stepanek, for the right to challenge Federer in R3, it surely will be tougher match than today...

bluesky_rachel
05-09-2006, 03:53 PM
6-2, 6-1, pretty impressive!

:yeah:Well done Jarkko.

BTW,I think maybe jarkko should have skipped the doubles if he had a flue.I think he has been playing too much tennis lately.Maybe taking more rest is good for him.After all the clay season is still a long way to go.Just my opinion.:)

Labamba
05-09-2006, 05:23 PM
Jarkko & Oli playing doubles right now, up 7-5 1*-2 :yeah:

that's a great partnership :cool:

Labamba
05-09-2006, 05:44 PM
match tb again... :rolleyes:

Labamba
05-09-2006, 05:52 PM
Jarkko/Oli up 7*-2 :smoke:

Labamba
05-09-2006, 06:01 PM
Nieminen/Rochus def Davydenko/Hrbaty 7-5 3-6 10-4 :yeah:

again almost 3 hours of play today for Jarkko... :scared:

white&blue
05-09-2006, 06:16 PM
Jarkko plays always three sets in doubles... :rolleyes: And he's been playing it a lot recently. Maybe it doesn't affect his singles performance. At least Jarkko has said it's doesn't take anything out from singles.

Labamba
05-09-2006, 06:39 PM
Jarkko plays always three sets in doubles... :rolleyes: And he's been playing it a lot recently. Maybe it doesn't affect his singles performance. At least Jarkko has said it's doesn't take anything out from singles.

In my opinion, Jarkko shouldn't play doubles in EVERY tournament he goes to. It has to be tiring him out at some point. :(

white&blue
05-09-2006, 06:56 PM
In my opinion, Jarkko shouldn't play doubles in EVERY tournament he goes to. It has to be tiring him out at some point. :(

I totally agree. I know it's useful for volleys, serves and stuff, but enough is enogh, isn't it? Especially on clay I think.

RogiNie
05-09-2006, 07:20 PM
Nice wins :yeah: but I don't like Eminem as nickname of Jarkko :awww: :p

white&blue
05-09-2006, 07:28 PM
Nice wins :yeah: but I don't like Eminem as nickname of Jarkko :awww: :p

I didn't mean it should be a new nickname :D I was just having one of those days when I had not so much to do ;)

Does anyone know where "The Shark" came from? :wavey:
I have missed it... :o

Action Jackson
05-10-2006, 09:01 AM
In my opinion, Jarkko shouldn't play doubles in EVERY tournament he goes to. It has to be tiring him out at some point. :(

Agreed, it's good to play doubles but not all the time.

Maybe the money from doubles is money for his wife. :p

rrfnpump
05-10-2006, 10:23 AM
I am back from WTA Berlin :) :p

and what to I see?
J Nieminen (FIN) d S Grosjean (FRA) 62 61

:bounce: :bounce:

Nieminen/Rochus d Davydenko/Hrbaty 76 36 10-4 (Match TB)

:yeah: :D :hearts:

J-5
05-10-2006, 03:40 PM
Hi! I'm a new member here, but I have read for a long time this forum. I like tennis very much and I'm a big Jarkko fan, so I just had to register in such a fine place as this is. Actually, I have written quite a few posts here before, because my brother has had a membership here for a couple of years and I've been writing sometimes with it. But now I got my own nick here, and I just wanted to say hello to all the other fellows here! :)

And come on Jarkko, good luck today! Take a step over Step... ;)

EDIT:some typos...

~jan~
05-10-2006, 03:43 PM
Hi! I'm a new member here, but I have read for a long time this forum. I like tennis very much and I'm a big Jarkko fan, so I just had to register in such a fine place as this is. Actually, I have written quite a few posts here before, because my brother has had a membership here for a couple of years and I've been writing sometimes with it. But now I got my own nick here, and I just wanted to say hello to all the other fellows here! :)

And come on Jarkko, good luck today! Take a step over Step... ;)

:wavey:

white&blue
05-10-2006, 03:52 PM
Hi! I'm a new member here, but I have read for a long time this forum. I like tennis very much and I'm a big Jarkko fan, so I just had to register in such a fine place as this is. Actually, I have written quite a few posts here before, because my brother has had a membership here for a couple of years and I've been writing sometimes with it. But now I got my own nick here, and I just wanted to say hello to all the other fellows here! :)

And come on Jarkko, good luck today! Take a step over Step... ;)

EDIT:some typos...

:hatoff:

Labamba
05-10-2006, 05:47 PM
Not very surprised by Jarkko's loss today, Radek is a tough old mofo on clay and two days is not enough rest after a sickness. And playing 3 hours yesterday didn't help either... :rolleyes:

bluesky_rachel
05-10-2006, 06:29 PM
Stepanek def.Jarkko 6-4,7-6(5)

Jarkko:sad:


I didnt watch the match.Is it that Stepanek was too good or Jarkko didnt play well?

el gŁero
05-10-2006, 06:39 PM
Not very surprised by Jarkko's loss today, Radek is a tough old mofo on clay and two days is not enough rest after a sickness. And playing 3 hours yesterday didn't help either... :rolleyes:
Yes, me neither. Stepanek is tough as hell. Apparently he played very aggressively, because Jarkko won only 33% of the points on his own 2nd serve.

JMG
05-10-2006, 06:49 PM
Jarkko should beat players like him on clay, but it's not a tough loss imo, because he would have lost anyway against Federer, so it was only about 40 points more.
It's always frustrating to know that you will lose your next match for sure if you win.

I don't think that playing doubles is a problem. I mean with the new rules even a 64 67 10-6 isn't a very long match.

rrfnpump
05-10-2006, 07:28 PM
Jarkko :hug:

Smasher
05-10-2006, 07:46 PM
Jarkko :sad: He said after the match that he hasn't played this badly for a long time and he did mistakes he doesn't usually do. Surprisingly tight match if he had a really bad day :p

Labamba
05-10-2006, 08:19 PM
Jarkko also said he felt a bit tired and that's why his movement was poor today, I wonder why? :rolleyes: And then he said he wants to go far in the doubles here...

white&blue
05-10-2006, 08:40 PM
I respect Stepanek as well, but like JMG said, Jarkko should beat players like Stepanek on clay. Obviously there were few reasons why that didn't happen, but I think Jarkko knows that he had chance. Hopefully he has a better draw in Hamburg.

Now Jarkko should rest well and get ready for 2 clay tournaments left where he has a great oppurtunity to improve his ranking. Then he has some points to defend again. Unbelieveable there's is only one tournament before RG :eek:

Action Jackson
05-11-2006, 05:49 AM
Not very surprised by Jarkko's loss today, Radek is a tough old mofo on clay and two days is not enough rest after a sickness. And playing 3 hours yesterday didn't help either... :rolleyes:

Thunder Lips is a tough player, he can vary the play well, but his forehand is quite easy to break down.

Yes, it's a disappointing loss for sure, but at the same time how much trouble would he have given Federer.