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~Grass Season~

Labamba
06-11-2006, 11:51 PM
It's time for the short period of grass court tennis again. Jarkko will play two tourneys, Halle and Wimbledon. The expectations aren't too high for Jarkko, as his form is a little bit questionable (especially on grass) at the moment. The draw in Halle isn't too difficult and a couple of wins there would do good for Jarkko's confidence.

(8) VLIEGEN, Kristof BEL v WAWRINKA, Stanislas SUI
ROCHUS, Christophe BEL v (Q) CHIUDINELLI, Marco SUI
PHAU, Bjorn GER v MAYER, Florian GER
(WC) KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp GER v (3) NIEMINEN, Jarkko FIN

Let's hope for the best! :D

J-5
06-12-2006, 10:43 AM
The match against Kohlschreiber will be played today (not before 2pm.).

So good luck Jarkko! Get a good preparation for Wimby!

white&blue
06-12-2006, 02:50 PM
Jarkko won 7-6(3), 6-4. Good start to grass court season!

el güero
06-12-2006, 03:33 PM
I think this could become Jarkko's best grass court season so far. The way he's been hitting the ball has been very good all year and his serve has improved. Jarkko's problems have been on the physical side, which is not as big a factor on grass. On grass, Jarkko can swing freely, and with his quickness around the court he's a very dangerous opponent.

Good start against Kohlschreiber. :yeah:

rrfnpump
06-12-2006, 03:47 PM
Jarkko played pretty good :)
and he has his hair cut - a bit shorter now :p

Smasher
06-12-2006, 04:58 PM
I just watched Jarkko's match and I really like the way he served today :D He wasn't maybe quite comfortable with the surface yet, but this was a good start :yeah:
Here's few screenshots from DSF's tv coverage, at least you can see what Jarkko is wearing :p

Varya
06-12-2006, 05:15 PM
:banana:Yeaaah!! Jarkko!:banana:

J-5
06-12-2006, 10:15 PM
Good work today, Jarkko! With a good play in the next matches there is a semifinal spot on grass. And that would be quite a good performance and Jarkko could then surely look forward to Wimbledon. :)

RogiNie
06-13-2006, 07:31 PM
His hair is indeed short! Anyway, nice win in the first round and good luck for the next one! :yeah:

Labamba
06-13-2006, 10:34 PM
Stadium (12:00 AM)
Clement, Arnaud vs Pless, Kristian
not before 02:00PM
Federer, Roger vs Bopanna, Rohan
followed by
Vliegen, Kristof vs Chiudinelli, Marco
not before 05:30 PM
Mayer, Florian vs Nieminen, Jarkko

C'mon Jarkko! :rocker2:

JMG
06-14-2006, 07:37 AM
Jarkko should win this match, definitely better to watch than Tunesia/Saudi-Arabia. :yeah:

Varya
06-14-2006, 07:03 PM
:o He lost 46 63 46...Damn it!! :banghead:

rrfnpump
06-15-2006, 09:44 AM
Jarkko made some lousy errors from time to time
definitely had his chances to win this match
I hope he keeps staying in Halle for some days now to practice on grass

Labamba
06-19-2006, 05:05 PM
Jarkko will play two exhibition singles matches against Nadal and Philippoussis at this week's Marsh Classic at the Hurlingham Club in London. :cool:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/5090036.stm

http://www.marshclassic.com/index.htm

el güero
06-21-2006, 07:25 AM
It's good to play two totally different players. You never know if you're gonna face a booming serve or a clay court grinder in the 1st round of Wimby. ;)

Casper^_^
06-21-2006, 02:10 PM
Men`s single seeds

1. Roger Federer (SUI)
2. Rafael Nadal (ESP)
3. Andy Roddick (USA)
4. David Nalbandian (ARG)
5. Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)
6. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)
7. Mario Ancic (CRO)
8. James Blake (USA)
9. Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)
10. Fernando Gonzalez (CHI)
11. Tommy Robredo (ESP)
12. Thomas Johansson (SWE)
13. Tomas Berdych (CZE)
14. Radek Stepanek (CZE)
15. Sebastien Grosjean (FRA)
16. Gaston Gaudio (ARG)
17. Robby Ginepri (USA)
18. Nicolas Kiefer (GER)
19. Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)
20. Tommy Haas (GER)
21. Dominik Hrbaty (SVK)
22. Gael Monfils (FRA)
23. Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)
24. David Ferrer (ESP)
25. Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP)
26. Andre Agassi (USA)
27. Olivier Rochus (BEL)
28. Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)
29. Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
30. Kristof Vliegen (BEL)
31. Nicolas Massu (CHI)
32. Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)

Labamba
06-23-2006, 11:12 AM
Jarkko vs Marcos Daniel in Wimby R1 :banana:

Labamba
06-23-2006, 11:51 AM
Jarkko had amazing luck with the draw today, but now he has to take advantage of it and play well :angel:

Jarkko's quarter

Ivan Ljubicic CRO (5) v. Feliciano Lopez ESP
Justin Gimelstob USA v. Christophe Rochus BEL
Alessio Di Mauro ITA v. Alberto Martin ESP
Danai Udomchoke THA v. Dmitry Tursunov RUS (27)

Jarkko Nieminen FIN (22) v. Marcos Daniel BRA
Dick Norman BEL v. Martin Lee GBR
Razvan Sabau ROM v. Philipp Kohlschreiber GER
Alejandro Falla COL v. Nikolay Davydenko RUS (9)

Casper^_^
06-23-2006, 12:09 PM
WHOLE DRAW

1/4
Roger Federer SUI (1)
Richard Gasquet FRA

Robin Soderling SWE
Tim Henman GBR

Nicolas Mahut FRA
Jurgen Melzer AUT

Jiri Novak CZE
Kristof Vliegen BEL (30)

Tommy Haas GER (19)
Jiri Vanek CZE

Carlos Berlocq ARG
Richard Bloomfield GBR

Wayne Arthurs AUS
Fabrice Santoro FRA

Jan Hernych CZE
Tomas Berdych CZE (13)

Tommy Robredo ESP (11)
Simon Greul GER

Paul Goldstein USA
Novak Djokovic SCG

Potito Starace ITA
Mikhail Youzhny RUS

Igor Kunitsyn RUS
Gael Monfils FRA (21)

Paradorn Srichaphan THA (29)
Agustin Calleri ARG

Ivo Karlovic CRO
Stanislas Wawrinka SUI

Davide Sanguinetti ITA
Kevin Kim USA

Nicolas Almagro-sanchez ESP
Mario Ancic CRO (7)

2/4
David Nalbandian ARG (4)
Wesley Moodie RSA

Albert Portas ESP
Arnaud Clement FRA

Benjamin Becker GER
Juan Ignacio Chela ARG

Vincent Spadea USA
Fernando Verdasco ESP (28)

Juan Carlos Ferrero ESP (24)
Fernando Vicente ESP

Roko Karanusic CRO
Rainer Schuettler GER

Xavier Malisse BEL
Benedikt Dorsch GER

Frank Dancevic CAN
Radek Stepanek CZE (14)

Thomas Johansson SWE (12)
Jonas Bjorkman SWE

Florent Serra FRA
Lukas Dlouhy CZE

Stefano Galvani ITA
Alexander Waske GER

Daniele Bracciali ITA
Dominik Hrbaty SVK (20)

Paul-Henri Mathieu FRA (32)
Mark Philippoussis AUS

Max Mirnyi BLR
Ruben Ramirez-hidalgo ESP

Oliver Marach AUT
Yeu Tzuoo Wang TPE

Kristian Pless DEN
James Blake USA (8)

3/4
Lleyton Hewitt AUS (6)
Filippo Volandri ITA

Flavio Saretta BRA
Hyung-Taik Lee KOR

Albert Montanes ESP
Tomas Zib CZE

Gilles Muller LUX
Olivier Rochus BEL (26)

David Ferrer ESP (23)
Simon Stadler GER

Ivo Minar CZE
Guillermo Garcia-lopez ESP

Greg Rusedski GBR
Marat Safin RUS

Luis Horna PER
Fernando Gonzalez CHI (10)

Sebastien Grosjean FRA (15)
Gilles Simon FRA

Jamie Delgado GBR
Michael Berrer GER

Marcel Granollers-Pujol ESP
Andrei Pavel ROM

Alan Mackin GBR
Marcos Baghdatis CYP (18)

Nicolas Massu CHI (31)
Andy Murray GBR

Bjorn Phau GER
Julien Benneteau FRA

Robin Vik CZE
Florian Mayer GER

Janko Tipsarevic SCG
Andy Roddick USA (3)

4/4
Ivan Ljubicic CRO (5)
Feliciano Lopez ESP

Justin Gimelstob USA
Christophe Rochus BEL

Alessio Di mauro ITA
Alberto Martin ESP


Danai Udomchoke THA
Dmitry Tursunov RUS (27)

Jarkko Nieminen FIN (22)
Marcos Daniel BRA

Dick Norman BEL
Martin Lee GBR

Razvan Sabau ROM
Philipp Kohlschreiber GER

Alejandro Falla COL
Nikolay Davydenko RUS (9)

Gaston Gaudio ARG (16)
Jean-Christophe Faurel FRA

Alexander Peya AUT
Irakli Labadze GEO

Melle Van gemerden NED
Joshua Goodall GBR

Mardy Fish USA
Robby Ginepri USA (17)

Andre Agassi USA (25)
Boris Pashanski SCG

Andreas Seppi ITA
Jamie Baker GBR

Yen-Hsun Lu TPE
Robert Kendrick USA

Alex Bogdanovic GBR
Rafael Nadal ESP (2)

Casper^_^
06-23-2006, 12:18 PM
Double Match 1st round

Jan Hernych CZE
David Skoch CZE
v.
Jarkko Nieminen FIN
Graydon Oliver USA

Smasher
06-23-2006, 12:57 PM
Good draw :yeah: Few wins would be nice here :angel:

rrfnpump
06-23-2006, 12:58 PM
yes, its a nice draw :) :)
hope he is 100% fit this time

go Jarkko :bounce:

el güero
06-23-2006, 01:17 PM
Another great draw for Jarkko! :banana:

Hope he just enjoys the tournament and does not worry about success.

el güero
06-24-2006, 02:53 PM
Jarkko will play two exhibition singles matches against Nadal and Philippoussis at this week's Marsh Classic at the Hurlingham Club in London. :cool:
Does anyone have the results of these matches?

el güero
06-24-2006, 03:02 PM
Actually these preparation matches proved to be ideal for the Wimbledon campaign. For first round Jarkko gets a South American clay court specialist, and in the second round he'll probably face the big-serving Belgian.

Bili
06-24-2006, 06:16 PM
Does anyone have the results of these matches?

posted on nadal's board:

In the run up to Wimbledon Rafa played an exhibition match today in the Marsh Classic at Hurlingham, he beat Jarkko Nieminen 7-5, 3-6,10-6 that last score being a championship tie break.

Labamba
06-24-2006, 06:58 PM
posted on nadal's board:

In the run up to Wimbledon Rafa played an exhibition match today in the Marsh Classic at Hurlingham, he beat Jarkko Nieminen 7-5, 3-6, 10-6 that last score being a championship tie break.

Thanks for that result. :) I wonder how Jarkko did against Flip?

el güero
06-24-2006, 09:07 PM
Thanks Bili. The result makes sense - one would consider Rafa and Jarkko pretty evenly matched on grass. Nice to see who makes it further in Wimbledon. ;)

musefanatic
06-25-2006, 01:02 AM
Good luck to Jarkko. Hope he's fully fit for the assault on Wimbledon :)

el güero
06-26-2006, 08:54 PM
Tuesday OOP:

Court 14 12.00 noon Start
1 Ladies' Singles - 1st Rnd.
Tathiana Garbin (ITA) vs Katie O'Brien (GBR)
2 Ladies' Singles - 1st Rnd.
Eva Birnerova (CZE) vs Sofia Arvidsson (SWE)[28] T/F 6-2 0-1
3 Gentlemen's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Max Mirnyi (BLR) vs Ruben Ramirez-Hidalgo (ESP)
4 Gentlemen's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Luis Horna (PER) vs Fernando Gonzalez (CHI)[10]
5 Gentlemen's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)[22] vs Marcos Daniel (BRA)


Jarkko's match scheduled 5th on court 14. But the weather forecast is not good for tomorrow, so it seems unlikely they'll get it going tomorrow. :(

el güero
06-27-2006, 11:36 AM
Luckily I was wrong about the weather. Here's the current forecast for Wimby:

"Generally dry with patchy cloud and bright spells. Perhaps the odd shower about."
With some luck Jarkko gets to play tonight already! :bounce:

el güero
06-27-2006, 10:30 PM
^^^
Never happened.

Next attempt Wednesday at noon, court 6.

Good thing is, Norman and Lee didn't yet start their match either. They'll start on court 10 at the same time.

el güero
06-28-2006, 11:20 AM
Apparently the Finnish MTV3 will show Jarkko's match against Daniel LIVE in 40 min. :eek:

http://www.mtv3.fi/urheilu2005/wimbledon.shtml

el güero
06-28-2006, 02:08 PM
Jarkko won comfortably 6-2 6-4 7-5 :yeah:

He was on his way to an easy straight sets victory without losing his serve. But then, leading by 2 sets to love and a break, Jarkko decided to giwe away his serve twice in a row, which made it a little tough in the end. ;)

rrfnpump
06-28-2006, 04:59 PM
nice start, Jarkko ;) :D

WNB
06-28-2006, 07:04 PM
Apparently the Finnish MTV3 will show Jarkko's match against Daniel LIVE in 40 min. :eek:

http://www.mtv3.fi/urheilu2005/wimbledon.shtml

Yeah, but the camera angle really sucked and made the match less enjoyable to watch :(

But sweet start for Jarkko, indeed :) He already improved his Wimbledon points so now he's got nothing to loose.

Scotso
06-29-2006, 01:59 PM
6-4 6-0 6-3 for Jarkko :yeah:

nice win :D

rrfnpump
06-29-2006, 02:04 PM
excellent scoreline :D :hatoff:
well done, Jarkko :)

Smasher
06-29-2006, 05:20 PM
Good and clear win :yeah: I really like the way Jarkko executed his passing shots today, Lee had no chance at the net :rocker2: Third round match against Philipp Kohlschreiber on Saturday, good luck Jarkko! :drive:

el güero
06-29-2006, 06:01 PM
A great match by Jarkko, he really looked comfortable moving on grass and hitting well inside his limits. To be honest, Lee made it pretty easy for Jarkko with all his UE's and weak attacking shots, but I liked the way Jarkko didn't try to go for too much on his passing shots and winners. He looks ready to raise the level for the next match :yeah:

el güero
06-29-2006, 06:15 PM
For those of you not reading Finnish, in an interview by YLE Nieminen told he was enjoying the match after the slow start. Jarkko was especially pleased for not losing his serve in the whole match. That helped him to concentrate on Lee's service games and gave him confidence.

Jarkko feels good about the Wimbledon courts. He likes the heavy balls which slow down the game a little bit. After reaching the third round, he's hungry for even more success in Wimby.

About the next match against Kohlschreiber, Jarkko said he's expecting a tough one. Kohlschreiber seems to be playing well on grass. Jarkko said he will try to take advantage of the fact he's beaten Kohlschreiber already three times, which should give him a mental edge.

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Good to hear Jarkko feeling so confident on grass. He really looked like it, too. In the next round, the overall pace of the game will be much higher, I believe, as Kohlschreiber is able to keep up the tempo much better than Jarkko's previous opponents. Still, Jarkko should be able to mix the pace of his shots quite effectively, and if he can keep his consistency and play a little bit more aggressively overall, he should come through IMO.

white&blue
06-29-2006, 09:49 PM
Well done, Jarkko!

Oh, that bloody Kohlschreiber again! Kick he's arse Jarkko! (I'm slowly turning to British after listening radio Wimbledon 4 days in a row)

Labamba
06-30-2006, 12:46 PM
Doubles 1st round

Nieminen/Oliver lead Hernych/Skoch 6-3 *1-2

Labamba
06-30-2006, 02:35 PM
Hernych/Skoch def Nieminen/Oliver 3-6 6-3 7-6(1) 6-1

JMG
06-30-2006, 03:55 PM
That was even a bit of a bad surprise. :o

GL tomorrow! :rocker2:

Varya
06-30-2006, 10:37 PM
Good luck Jarkko!! :bounce:

musefanatic
07-01-2006, 01:44 AM
Good luck Jarkko, you can do it!! :) :)

J-5
07-01-2006, 10:51 AM
Today is a big day! Let's go Jarkko!

Labamba
07-01-2006, 12:44 PM
c'mon Jarkko, fourth round is waiting for you! :rocker2:

rrfnpump
07-01-2006, 05:50 PM
(22)Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) d. Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 16 62 63 76(4)

he got completely outplayed in first set, but then domionated
choked badly in the end, but was too solid in the TB
he was really emotional when he converted MP

congrats Jarkko :D :D
4th round ;)

Labamba
07-01-2006, 06:20 PM
Congrats Jarkko! :aparty:

4th round against Tursunov :yeah:

JMG
07-01-2006, 07:14 PM
I was surprised too see Jarkko screaming like that when he made his first break. :eek: The commentator compared him with Lordi. :o

el güero
07-01-2006, 10:08 PM
Way to go Jarkko, what an important win for you!! This is so great, Jarkko will play for a place in Wimbledon QF!! :woohoo:

Too bad I didn't see any of the action :sad: Could someone post a little description of what happened? Was Jarkko playing aggressively after he lost the 1st set, or did Philipp start to make easy mistakes? How was the tempo of the match, did Nieminen or Kohlscheiber come to the net often or stay at the baseline...?

I was surprised too see Jarkko screaming like that when he made his first break. :eek: The commentator compared him with Lordi. :o

:) Maybe Jarkko was pretty tense in the beginning because I bet he really wanted badly to win this one. He must have also felt quite a lot of pressure of being the favorite. It's so tough to face a guy you've beaten three times in a short time, because you know the other guy has nothing to lose.

It's great to see Jarkko gets his head together nowadays after bad starts and all! :yeah:

Labamba
07-01-2006, 11:18 PM
Match Report from the Wimby site:

http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/reports/2006-07-01/200607011151762585500.html

musefanatic
07-02-2006, 01:05 AM
Great win Jarkko!!! :) Glad that he recovered from that 6-1 set, congrats!!! :)

J-5
07-02-2006, 01:15 PM
Well done Jarkko! Now there's a great chance to reach the QF of Wimbledon and face Nadal!

WNB
07-02-2006, 08:17 PM
Well done Jarkko! Now there's a great chance to reach the QF of Wimbledon and face Nadal!

Yup, but still I'm pretty sure he's gonna loose against Dima :/ I'd be reeeeally surprised if he can manage to beat him. I mean, Jarkko's been playing well here but his opponents haven't been that good. And usually when he faces a tougher opponent, he looses. But of course Dima shouldn't be impossible to win, after all he leads 1-0 against him (even though that match wasn't played on grass).

Labamba
07-03-2006, 09:54 AM
Good luck Jarkko! You can beat him :rocker2:

J-5
07-03-2006, 10:13 AM
Yup, but still I'm pretty sure he's gonna loose against Dima :/ I'd be reeeeally surprised if he can manage to beat him. I mean, Jarkko's been playing well here but his opponents haven't been that good. And usually when he faces a tougher opponent, he looses. But of course Dima shouldn't be impossible to win, after all he leads 1-0 against him (even though that match wasn't played on grass).

It's true that Tursunov may be at least beforehand a bit closer than Jarkko to win this one. This situation (opponents haven't been too good and then a better player) has caused a lot of problems to Jarkko before. We'll see...Tursunov has quite a good serve but as Jarkko said, he thinks he's mentally stronger than Dimitry, and I would agree that.

Let's hope the best of luck to Jarkko! :)

el güero
07-03-2006, 01:42 PM
It's true that Tursunov may be at least beforehand a bit closer than Jarkko to win this one. This situation (opponents haven't been too good and then a better player) has caused a lot of problems to Jarkko before. We'll see...Tursunov has quite a good serve but as Jarkko said, he thinks he's mentally stronger than Dimitry, and I would agree that.
Well, Mitja was mentally pretty tough coming from 2 sets down against Ljubicic. Of course, the match was totally different from what it's going to be against Jarkko, and Tursunov will need to be a lot more patient in the rallies. Still, the game style and the surface both favor Tursunov against Nieminen.

I just hope Jarkko is really sharp from the start and somehow takes the 1st set. Then in the 2nd and 3rd, Tursunov will get into the groove and probably play his best tennis. When he does that, there's not much Jarkko can do, except hang on in there. Hopefully though, Jarkko keeps patient and waits for Dmitry to fade, after that Nieminen may be able to start dominating with his slower rhythm and changes of pace.

rrfnpump
07-03-2006, 07:30 PM
(22)Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) d. (27)Dimitry Tursunov (RUS) 75 64 67(2) 67(6) 97

Jarkko :D :banana: :hearts:
what an awesome fight and what a match it must have been
could have been easier if he didnt choke in third set or wasted MP in fourth set... but main thing is he won :)
who would have thought Jarkko would reach the quarters at a slam on his least fave surface

wow, so amazing :bounce:

Smasher
07-03-2006, 07:30 PM
Jarkko :woohoo: :woohoo: Amazing fight in the fifth set :bowdown:

Varya
07-03-2006, 07:33 PM
:woohoo: He woooon!! He did it!!! :woohoo:

:worship: :worship: :worship: Jarkko :worship: :worship: :worship:

kalle
07-03-2006, 07:42 PM
this is so fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! jeah!!!!

el güero
07-03-2006, 07:50 PM
What a sensational win Jarkko!!! :woohoo:

Absolutely amazing, he looked down and out after the 4th set, when Mitja was playing so well. But he found the fighting spirit once more!! Incredible Jarkko :woohoo:

IMO, he didn't choke in the 3rd set, Illinuera, even though he led by a break. Tursunov just raised his level midway through the set. :)

Labamba
07-03-2006, 07:51 PM
:woohoo:

Jarkko's biggest win yet! :aparty:

Bili
07-03-2006, 07:59 PM
Great won Jarkko! On the quarter finals match against Nadal. Good luck!! :worship:

J-5
07-03-2006, 08:02 PM
What a match, and congrats Jarkko! Very very great job from you! Finnish tennis history, again! And in the end Jarkko showed again that he really is mentally strong player after all. :yeah:

Björki
07-03-2006, 08:05 PM
congrats to Jarkko :yeah:

Labamba
07-03-2006, 08:37 PM
Jarkko will be #13 in the rankings on Monday even if he loses his QF match against Rafa! So close to Top 10 :bounce:

Labamba
07-03-2006, 08:46 PM
J. Nieminen Interview - Day 7
Monday, 3 July, 2006

Q. Can you talk about what you know about the way the match finished?

JARKKO NIEMINEN: When he got point penalty in the end. I didn't notice anything. I was just asking that are these new balls. The umpire said, Well, yes. And he got point penalty. I was like, Okay. I didn't see anything. I didn't hear.

Q. But you don't know why?

JARKKO NIEMINEN: I think he well, when he I don't know. Somebody said that he said something to the umpire, but I can't say anything because I didn't see anything. So it's better to ask an umpire or someone who saw it. I didn't see it. I was very surprised. But there's nothing I could do. It's 15 Love, yeah. Just play the next point. But I don't know what happen.

Q. How do you feel about reaching that stage of Wimbledon when it's the first time in your career?

JARKKO NIEMINEN: Well, it's amazing. This is at least for me, if I have to pick one tournament I would like to win, it's Wimbledon. So it's means really a lot. It means a lot to play well here. This is now second time in quarterfinals in Grand Slam. I did it last year in US Open. So it's at least I have a little bit experience from the second week in Grand Slams. Yeah, I'm really satisfied that I'm, first of all, survived to the second week. And now I'm still looking forward to play next match.

Q. If I'm not mistaken, Nadal has just won. That's who you're going to face.

JARKKO NIEMINEN: Yeah, well, he will be very tough opponent. He doesn't give one easy point. But I played him I played him once in Barcelona. I had 6 4, 4 1. I was up 6 4, 4 1, so at least I have some kind of weapons against him, maybe better than someone else, because he hasn't lost a match on clay. I wasn't that far from winning. I didn't win, but, still, 6 4, 4 1 is I pretty good lead. Obviously, clay is his best surface. But he seems to play really well on grass, too, so it will be very, very tough match. I just try to recover as well as I can tomorrow, and then I will have to fight a lot on Wednesday.

Q. How do you recover?

JARKKO NIEMINEN: Well, just I won't practice too much tomorrow. Just hit a little bit and eat well, drink a lot, take massage and, yeah, I think I'll be fine.

Q. Four hours and one minute on a very hot day. You getting a little tired? Were you able to just rally yourself in that fifth set?

JARKKO NIEMINEN: I think I was really tired in the end, I have to say. I was just fighting against myself that this is I mean, you can't give up. Just fight and fight. I was really frustrated in the beginning of fifth set after losing after two matchpoints. I think somebody said at 6 5, when I was serving for the match in the tiebreak, we hit 42 times. So there was lot of chances that he could miss, 21 shots. So I was getting really tired, but I was now I'm very happy that I was able to keep fighting and finally I won the match.

Q. The French Open, a huge disappointment for you. How long did it take you to recover from that illness? Can you speak about the disappointment of having to leave the tournament that way.

JARKKO NIEMINEN: That was really big disappointment for me because this has been my best start of the year. I won my first title in Auckland, and I have played really solid on hard court. And then I started well on clay, too, like a quarters in Barcelona, almost beat Nadal, then semis in Munich. Then I got sick for the first time. That took some energy from me for the next weeks, and didn't play that well. And then got second time sick before France, and it got even worse before the tournament. I was fine like two days before, so that's why I wanted to play. I was really looking forward to play well in Roland Garros. So it took a while, but I just had to accept that I have to look forward, not backwards. This was coming fast after French Open. So I had to prepare for grass court season.

Q. Television has shown an incident where your racquet ended up in the crowd. Talk us through what happened there.

JARKKO NIEMINEN: Yeah, that was really, really I was really scared after that. Like I'm very I'm usually very calm guy. If I'm angry on the court, it's only to myself. I'm like sometimes maybe definitely if it's close call, but I'm usually angry to myself. That's what happened now. I was just like I did once before, just like I was swinging, try to swing the air, like just frustrated. And then I was sweating so much, so my racquet slipped. And then it went like big bounce and went over the fence. I felt really bad after that. But it wasn't meant to be like that. I was just, like, frustrated and swing the air, and then sweating so much...

Q. So you actually hit someone, did you?

JARKKO NIEMINEN: No, no. I asked about ten people over there, did it hit someone. They were like laughing and said that we are all okay.

Q. Do you think the umpire should understand this kind of situations?

JARKKO NIEMINEN: I mean, it's dangerous situation. It's like it wasn't meant to be like that. I mean, it's I mean, I would never do that like. So it's tough, tough situation for umpire. It could have been dangerous if the racquet hit someone. But it's I don't know, 'cause I didn't when it happened, I was like really scared. It jump over the fence. It went there. After that point, I was so calm during the fifth set, like I was not actually I don't know if it helped me, but I was so scared that that happened, so I was very calm until the end. Didn't say anything, I wasn't frustrated anymore. I just kept fighting and, you know, I focused well all the time.

Q. But you would think the warning was unnecessary in this kind of situation? I mean, everyone understands.

JARKKO NIEMINEN: Yeah, it's... Well, I think the umpires, they have rule. If something goes to the crowd, they have to give warning. So the umpire, I said to umpire that it wasn't meant to be like that, and I really apologize. He understood, but I think they have to give point.

Q. Many top Juniors, one year, two years, bang, they're into the Top 20, playing top tennis. Your career has been so gradual to the top. Why has yours been so much longer in the making than other players?

JARKKO NIEMINEN: Well, first of all, I finished school in Finland. I finished school in 2001. So I already I won boys' US Open 1999. Many guys, they already started to play professional tennis, but I kept playing tennis, competing, and at the same time I was in sports school in Finland. So I could compete and then I do the school at the same time. So that already took maybe one extra year. But I felt that I wasn't mentally and physically ready for the professional career, so I wanted to finish the school and at least then I had something ready if something happened somewhere, you get injured or whatever. Then, I don't know. Then, yeah, it has been like solid career. Every year has been if you take my injuries, if you don't look my injuries, otherwise I have been improving all the time. I don't know. I just keep working hard, and it pays off well. I just keep improving all the time.


Q. What was the score in the game with the racquet incident?

JARKKO NIEMINEN: That was in the beginning, in the fifth set.

Q. Do you think the longer the match goes, the more chances probably you have, because you are able to stay calm and kind of handle the pressure a little bit better than some other guys? Would you say that about yourself?

JARKKO NIEMINEN: Yeah, I would think I'm mentally pretty strong. But I was I have to say that now I was getting also tired. I don't know about him. But I was yeah, I felt that at least I just keep fighting and I stay calm and hopefully I can win the match. But when it's 6 All in the fifth, you never know who wins. It's tough to say.

Q. Over a hundred meters, who's faster, you or Rafael?

JARKKO NIEMINEN: I don't know. We have to try (smiling). :D

Q. C'mon, guess.

JARKKO NIEMINEN: I don't know because I haven't tried. I can't say that. I wish I could say time. But he's well, if he's running after the ball, he's maybe faster.

Labamba
07-03-2006, 09:00 PM
And the official Match Report...

Nieminen Takes Place in Last Eight

Jarkko Nieminen powered his way through to the quarter-finals for the first time, finally overcoming frustrated Russian Dmitry Tursunov in five sets, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 6-7 (6-8), 9-7. For long periods of the match, the Finnish No. 1 was stronger and quicker to react to shots than his opponent, deservedly coming through a third and fourth set tie-break to win the final set of a four-hour battle.

Both players began brightly, exchanging breaks early in the opening set, but it was Nieminen who piled the most pressure on his opponent, resulting in a flurry of break points for the Finn. The 22nd seed confidently made the most of them, taking the second of two in the 11th game, enabling him to serve out for the first set.

Nieminen – who came out on top in the pair’s only previous match – was clearly in great form, having broken into the world’s top 20 at the beginning of the year, and began the second set as impressively as he’d ended the first. Both players remained reluctant to approach the net, but it was Nieminen’s striking groundstrokes which ultimately proved to be the key difference between the two.

In the fifth game of the second set, Nieminen was again gifted two break points by the 23-year-old Russian, with his serves lacking pace and accuracy. The Finn once again capitalised, taking the second of the two to go a break up. Nieminen then comfortably served out the remainder of the set. By the time the match reached the third set, Tursunov was evidently tired and frustrated with his performance. The 27th seed frequently took his anger out on the tormented umpire, mostly through unwarranted criticism of the umpire’s line calls.

After failing to take advantage of a handful of break points in the second game, the match looked all but over for the Russian, but Nieminen’s concentration slipped late on, and the Finn struggled to finish his opponent off. Tursunov broke back, and the set rumbled on to a tie-break. The Russian, determined to make the most of this window of opportunity, notched up four set points and needed only the first to take the third set.

The fourth set undoubtedly proved to be the closest of the five, and although Tursunov grew increasingly frustrated with his inability to stifle Nieminen’s serve, the Russian eventually recovered enough form and focus to level the match, emerging victorious after the second tie-break of the match.

The final set undoubtedly proved to be the closest of the five, and although the increasingly ill-tempered Tursunov began to produce effectively ferocious forehand returns, it was Nieminen who came out on top. After losing an earlier game point to default after being warned about his behaviour by the umpire, Nieminen picked himself up to break Tursunov in the 15th game and served out the next to book his place in the quarter-finals. Nieminen will play second seed and French Open champion Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals.

Labamba
07-03-2006, 09:02 PM
Match Stats

Nieminen (FIN)

1st Serve % 124 of 198 = 63 %
Aces 9
Double Faults 5
Unforced Errors 38
Winning % on 1st Serve 93 of 124 = 75 %
Winning % on 2nd Serve 44 of 74 = 59 %
Winners (Including Service) 60
Receiving Points Won 59 of 186 = 32 %
Break Point Conversions 5 of 10 = 50 %
Net Approaches 31 of 38 = 82 %
Total Points Won 196
Fastest Serve 126 MPH
Average 1st Serve Speed 112 MPH
Average 2nd Serve Speed 81 MPH

Tursunov (RUS)

1st Serve % 108 of 186 = 58 %
Aces 21
Double Faults 3
Unforced Errors 63
Winning % on 1st Serve 84 of 108 = 78 %
Winning % on 2nd Serve 43 of 78 = 55 %
Winners (Including Service) 83
Receiving Points Won 61 of 198 = 31 %
Break Point Conversions 2 of 10 = 20 %
Net Approaches 30 of 47 = 64 %
Total Points Won 188
Fastest Serve 137 MPH
Average 1st Serve Speed 119 MPH
Average 2nd Serve Speed 96 MPH

Varya
07-03-2006, 10:49 PM
Thank you for reprinted these , Labamba-san :hug:

His all answered questions would not hurt every person's feeling at there. :angel:
Jarkko is sensible gentleman and understanding himself and others well. :worship:
Please get good preparations for big wednesday, Jarkko! :bounce:

white&blue
07-03-2006, 11:16 PM
Match Stats

Nieminen (FIN)

1st Serve % 124 of 198 = 63 %
Aces 9
Double Faults 5
Unforced Errors 38
Winning % on 1st Serve 93 of 124 = 75 %
Winning % on 2nd Serve 44 of 74 = 59 %
Winners (Including Service) 60
Receiving Points Won 59 of 186 = 32 %
Break Point Conversions 5 of 10 = 50 %
Net Approaches 31 of 38 = 82 %
Total Points Won 196
Fastest Serve 126 MPH
Average 1st Serve Speed 112 MPH
Average 2nd Serve Speed 81 MPH

Tursunov (RUS)

1st Serve % 108 of 186 = 58 %
Aces 21
Double Faults 3
Unforced Errors 63
Winning % on 1st Serve 84 of 108 = 78 %
Winning % on 2nd Serve 43 of 78 = 55 %
Winners (Including Service) 83
Receiving Points Won 61 of 198 = 31 %
Break Point Conversions 2 of 10 = 20 %
Net Approaches 30 of 47 = 64 %
Total Points Won 188
Fastest Serve 137 MPH
Average 1st Serve Speed 119 MPH
Average 2nd Serve Speed 96 MPH

:eek: Net Approaches 38 and Jarkko won 31 of them! Nice...
I like also Jarkko's winning % on 1st serve.

Great job Jarkko! Wimbledon quarterfinal! Who would have believe..?
I think he's great chance to beat Nadal.

Nathaliia
07-04-2006, 01:03 PM
:dance: :)

RogiNie
07-04-2006, 07:27 PM
loads of succes for tomorrow Jarkko! :yeah: :bounce:

musefanatic
07-04-2006, 09:34 PM
Good luck Jarkko for tomorrow, you can do it!! :) :)

Labamba
07-05-2006, 11:56 AM
Give it your best shot today Jarkko! :rocker2:

Labamba
07-05-2006, 08:27 PM
no play for Jarkko today :banghead:

rrfnpump
07-05-2006, 08:36 PM
no play for Jarkko today :banghead:

now he is on till at least Thursday :) :p

good luck, Jarkko, tomorrow :D
hope to see some balls of his match, cause DSF probably broadcasts ladies semis

Labamba
07-06-2006, 08:47 AM
Court 1 - 1:00 PM

Jarkko Nieminen vs Rafael Nadal

I'll miss the start because of work :( Rain :fiery:

J-5
07-06-2006, 10:09 AM
Come on Jarkko! It's time to kick Nadal's ass!

Good luck!

rrfnpump
07-06-2006, 04:10 PM
(2)Rafael Nadal (ESP) d. (22)Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) 63 64 64

straights sets :sad: :(
but great tournament ;)

MariaV
07-06-2006, 09:13 PM
Hi! :wavey: Jarkko can be proud of himself. I think he played quite well today but he thinks he didn't. :shrug: I think it's more that Rafa didn't let him.
Anyway, the interview is up. :)
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/interviews/2006-07-06/200607061152201864500.html

J. Niemenen Interview - Day 10
Thursday, 6 July, 2006


Q. Talk about the challenge of playing him on grass as opposed to playing him on clay. I know you played him in Barcelona. Is it a different challenge on the different surfaces?

JARKKO NIEMINEN: I think I was he was serving pretty well, so put a lot of first serves in. That's more difficult on grass than on clay. I think otherwise his game is more dangerous on clay. But he's playing really well on grass, too. It's really surprising. But I already had seen him playing before here, so it wasn't surprise for me. But when he came first on grass, I thought he is not that strong, but he's really playing well on grass, too.

Q. People thought that it might be a while before he could win on grass, partly because of his serve. He hasn't been broken now in three matches. How is he making that happen?

JARKKO NIEMINEN: I think he puts a lot of first serves in. On grass, you gonna have to serve aces or so hard to win the point. I returned really bad today, so many times I hit short and then hit strongly the second shot, and he's already like in the point. He can control the point after that, the second shot.

Q. How do you feel after this match, and do you have any regrets, something you could have done better?

JARKKO NIEMINEN: No, I feel, I mean of course, he's tough opponent, and he is playing well. But at the same time, I'm disappointed how I played. I think this was my worst match here. I mean, after playing well here, it's a great achievement to be in quarterfinal. Would have been nice to play also well in quarterfinals. But, I mean, you can always lose and win, that's different thing. But the most important for me is to play well. If you then lose or win, that's a different thing. But that's just I'm not happy how I played today. There was many things that I did worst than in the other four matches.

Q. But does Rafa let you play your game?

JARKKO NIEMINEN: No, of course, it's difficult. But there was many things that are not even I mean, he can't even affect like my serve. I served really bad today. That's nothing, I mean that's up to me, how I serve. I didn't serve well. So of course the other game, sometimes he doesn't let you play your own game. That's a different thing. But some easy shots, some easy volleys and returns, serve, I didn't do well today.

Q. When he broke you in both the second and third sets, he seemed to use the towel a lot while you were preparing to serve. Did that affect you in any way?

JARKKO NIEMINEN: Not really. I didn't mind. I didn't even notice that. I just concentrate on my own game. I didn't know. Didn't bother me at all.

Q. He does take a lot of time between points, though? Agassi remarked on it. Does that affect a player against him?

JARKKO NIEMINEN: Well, it's for me, sometimes I'm too fast. I don't know, many times I think I'm the guy who is too fast there. So I don't know how much really how much time he took. So comparing others, he's taking a lot of time. But, I mean, wasn't a negative effect to me. I don't know what the other players think, but I didn't even think about that. I just sometimes it's me who is very fast. So if it happens even against other players that I am the first player to start serve, I don't know.

Q. So you would have no complaints about any of his activities out there today?

JARKKO NIEMINEN: No, no, no. Not today, no.

Q. Do you think it's possible that you didn't play so well because you were aware have of who your opponent is?

JARKKO NIEMINEN: Well, that's I mean, tough to say. But it's best of five, so at least I should have played better in some stage of the match. Maybe I started worse because of that. It's quarterfinal and maybe I tried too much. But then there's lot of times you adjust the game. There was just few moments I was happy how I played in the second and third sets, few games.

Q. Did the rain delay bother you at all?

JARKKO NIEMINEN: No. I think I played a really tough match the round before. Rafa Nadal had a easy day, like 3 Love win. I think it was me who got the advantage from that.

Q. Seems to be a popular view that Federer can't lose this title. Do you buy into that?

JARKKO NIEMINEN: I think he's a strong favorite. It seems that he's playing even better. Like I thought three years ago that he was playing perfect grass court tennis, but it seems that he can even play better and better. This year he has been cruising to the semis.

Q. From what you saw of Nadal today, from what you know about Nadal, is he a potential rival for Federer in the final, serious rival?

JARKKO NIEMINEN: You always have to beat him, he gets so many balls back, so it won't be easy for anyone. But Roger is playing so well at the moment, and so well on grass, for me, he's still a very strong favorite. But you never know. That's a different thing, final. If they meet in the final, it's like a revenge from France. May be mental things which can affect, but I think Federer is still very strong favorite.

Scotso
07-06-2006, 11:38 PM
great tournament for Jarkko! :hug:

musefanatic
07-06-2006, 11:41 PM
Shame for Jarkko, he ddin't play his best but he did play well in some parts :sad: Great tournament for him, things can only get better!!! :) :) Ooooh think of the ranking points! :)

RogiNie
07-08-2006, 09:54 AM
Jarkko :hug: but great to have made an other GS quarter final :)

Labamba
06-05-2007, 06:09 PM
It's this time of the year again...Jarkko in Halle next week :cool:

Smasher
06-09-2007, 10:18 PM
Jarkko's quarter in Halle:

FEDERER, Roger (SUI/1) vs. ROCHUS, Olivier (BEL)
NIEMINEN, Jarkko (FIN) vs. VLIEGEN, Kristof (BEL)
GABASHVILI, Teimuraz (RUS) vs. BECKER, Benjamin (GER)
GICQUEL, Marc (FRA) vs. NALBANDIAN, David (ARG/5)

Terrible draw :scared: Good luck anyway! :cool:

Labamba
06-10-2007, 12:10 PM
Vliegen again :boxing:

beat him this time Jakke :rocker2:

Labamba
06-11-2007, 04:45 PM
Federer out of Halle, the draw is now much more open for Jarkko, if he can finally overcome Vliegen.

el güero
06-11-2007, 08:41 PM
Just read Jarkko's interview after the Nadal match on the previous page. Wow, he answered incredibly well to the questions, he was so reflective about his own game and tennis in general. :)

Anyway, good luck to Jarkko against Kristof tomorrow!

I think he's finally going beat the skinny Belgian. He'll be the more confident and mentally stronger one this time around.

Smasher
06-12-2007, 01:12 PM
Jarkko def. Vliegen 6-3, 6-1. Great win! :D Second round encounter against Andrei Pavel. Everything is looking much more open now, when Roger is out :p

JMG
06-12-2007, 08:28 PM
Big surprise today. :eek:

el güero
06-12-2007, 11:55 PM
Jarkko def. Vliegen 6-3, 6-1. Great win! :D Second round encounter against Andrei Pavel. Everything is looking much more open now, when Roger is out :p

Always dangerous to think like that ;)

Seriously, Pavel is such a great shotmaker that I just hope Jarkko can mix it up well on Thursday. But Jarkko evidently feels good about his game, finally, so it's very promising.

I also liked his comment after the Vliegen match. Jarkko said that on grass you don't need to serve fast but accurately and with high percentage. He's learned from Nadal. :)

Labamba
06-14-2007, 03:49 PM
Jarkko def. Pavel 7-6(5) 3-6 6-1 :yeah:

only saw the third set (work :mad: ), where Jarkko moved the tiring Pavel well from side to side :)

Jagger N
06-14-2007, 04:21 PM
Jarkko was much better in the first set, but Andrei used all his breakpoints. Thats why it was so tight.

In the second set it was 3-3 and the rest lasted about 3 minutes. Andrei was better in the second. Jarkko had no breakpoints.

Now lets hoep that Gicquel beats Becker so Jarkko can proceed to semi-finals more easily.
Berdych or Youzhny? I think that Youzhny may be better for Jarkko at this surface.:confused:

Well done Jarkko. More points is still needed. In Wimbledon, there is 250 points to defend. That is not going to be easy.

ps. Good thinf that Urheilukanava showed the game and Robin and Marcos kept fighting for a laong time. I only missed 3 fist games from the first set.:)

Jagger N
06-14-2007, 04:58 PM
Youzhny is out. Back injury. That means Berdych after Becker on Gicquel. Opponent in the final would be..

Koh - Bla 46 76 76
Bag-May 75 63

Bag-Koh 64 46 76

Marcos in the final? Jarkko had playd well every time against Marcos. Maybe Jarkko can go far this time.

J-5
06-14-2007, 06:14 PM
Jarkko had playd well every time against Marcos.

He didn't play well against Marcos in DC two months ago, although it was played on clay.

But well done Jarkko today!

Nymeria
06-15-2007, 08:04 AM
I was in Halle from sunday till yesterday and I had lots of fun, didn't miss any match of Jarkko, of course. He played really great in his first round (but Vliegen played rather poor, so it's hard to say something about hte match) and also in the doubles Jarkko did do rather well. Yesterday my friend (RogiNie on mtf) and I watched the match vs. Pavel of course, we cheered our best, the first set I was rather nervous, as just at the moment you thought he would go to win the set, Pavel broke again. But luckily he won the TB. The 2nd set he was the better player, except for one game, pfff. Then in third he could be a bit more constant in his game, while Pavel kept making mistakes. After the match he played a ball in the crowd, at first he wanted to play it to the part where most people were sitting, but then he seemed to realize there had been 2 fans cheering for him all the time, so he changed the direction of the ball and played it to us. How nice of him :)

I have got plenty of pictures of him, I will post them maybe sometime this weekend, but I don't know when I got time to resize them and select which I want to post. Because I took over 400 pics and I am rather busy today and might go to Rosmalen tourny this weekend as well...

should also tell that in Halle there is a few times a day such show on a podium where a player participates, on wednesday this show was with Jarkko. There is always one fan chosen to participate as well and I had the honour to do this with Jarkko. He was so nice friendly. I first had to ask him some questions and then we played a game together, there was this wall with holes in it. And we had to hit balls in the those holes. Both could try 3 times twice. The first 3 we both missed all, the 2nd time Jarkko could make two and I only one. So I had to give him a hand and congrats him :p (I loved it coz earlier in the day Marcos Baghdatis had no goal at all, so I am better than Baghdatis :p)

Labamba
06-15-2007, 08:42 PM
Jarkko beat Gicquel 6-4 ret.

Gicquel had to retire because of some stomach problems...

Now the SF against Berdych tomorrow :banana:

Labamba
06-15-2007, 08:48 PM
I was in Halle from sunday till yesterday and I had lots of fun, didn't miss any match of Jarkko, of course. He played really great in his first round (but Vliegen played rather poor, so it's hard to say something about hte match) and also in the doubles Jarkko did do rather well. Yesterday my friend (RogiNie on mtf) and I watched the match vs. Pavel of course, we cheered our best, the first set I was rather nervous, as just at the moment you thought he would go to win the set, Pavel broke again. But luckily he won the TB. The 2nd set he was the better player, except for one game, pfff. Then in third he could be a bit more constant in his game, while Pavel kept making mistakes. After the match he played a ball in the crowd, at first he wanted to play it to the part where most people were sitting, but then he seemed to realize there had been 2 fans cheering for him all the time, so he changed the direction of the ball and played it to us. How nice of him :)

I have got plenty of pictures of him, I will post them maybe sometime this weekend, but I don't know when I got time to resize them and select which I want to post. Because I took over 400 pics and I am rather busy today and might go to Rosmalen tourny this weekend as well...

should also tell that in Halle there is a few times a day such show on a podium where a player participates, on wednesday this show was with Jarkko. There is always one fan chosen to participate as well and I had the honour to do this with Jarkko. He was so nice friendly. I first had to ask him some questions and then we played a game together, there was this wall with holes in it. And we had to hit balls in the those holes. Both could try 3 times twice. The first 3 we both missed all, the 2nd time Jarkko could make two and I only one. So I had to give him a hand and congrats him :p (I loved it coz earlier in the day Marcos Baghdatis had no goal at all, so I am better than Baghdatis :p)

nice story :)

It seems you had a great time with Jarkko over there :D

Jagger N
06-15-2007, 09:47 PM
Tomorrow 12.00 finnish time. Jarkko´s game of the year. If he now wins and plays well he will get back to top 15. I will be watching.

I was in Roland Garros watching Jarkkos second round game against that young french dude. That was good game from Jarkko.

Labamba
06-22-2007, 03:57 PM
Michael Russell is Jarkko's first opponent this year in Wimbledon...

Labamba
06-24-2007, 01:45 PM
Michael Russell is Jarkko's first opponent this year in Wimbledon...

Tuesday start for Jarkko...

doubles as usual with Robert Lindstedt, no luck with the draw, the guys are facing Björkman/Mirnyi in the first round :(

Nymeria
06-24-2007, 02:30 PM
Good luck to Jarkko :yeah: wonder if I'll be able to see any of his matches...

el güero
06-26-2007, 06:40 PM
Anyone with an access to MTV3 Max? A match report would be appreciated. :angel:

Labamba
06-26-2007, 11:02 PM
Jarkko def. Russell 6-3 6-2 7-5 :yeah:

It was a routine win, the third set should have been 6-2, Jarkko switched off at 5-1* and had some trouble closing out the match. :o The serve was working nicely (about 9 or 10 aces) and the passing shots were on target most of the time. Russell didn't have his best day today and Jarkko had too much variety for the American to handle. Against Mayer, Jarkko needs to keep his concentration a little better, and a place in the 3rd round will be very much in his reach...

kevinwilly
06-27-2007, 02:09 AM
Jarkko :yeah:

Smasher
06-27-2007, 03:06 PM
Good luck Jarkko! :woohoo: :p

el güero
06-27-2007, 10:19 PM
Thanks for the report Ville :)

Good luck to Jarkko against Florian! I think he knows how to beat the tricky German. A year ago Jarkko still was afraid to keep up the tempo, but now I think he won't slow down to Mayer's level. He'll take care he doesn't become too passive with his game (except maybe temporarily...) ;)

Labamba
06-28-2007, 10:44 PM
Jarkko defeated Mayer 3-6 6-3 7-6(2) 2-6 6-3 :bolt:

I didn't see the match as it wasn't on a TV court :( , but Jarkko said he played well for three sets and the other two sets were quite bad. The result is what matters here and it was an important win for him. Youzhny in round 3 on Saturday :cool:

JMG
06-29-2007, 12:27 AM
Does Jarkko play the Mixed for the first time in his career? I couldn't believe it, when I saw him in the draw. :eek:

Labamba
06-29-2007, 10:15 AM
Does Jarkko play the Mixed for the first time in his career? I couldn't believe it, when I saw him in the draw. :eek:

I think it really is the first time for Jarkko :eek:

I guess he did it for Emma, so she could have some extra matches at Wimby after being knocked out in the first round of qualifying :awww:

rrfnpump
06-30-2007, 08:57 AM
Nieminen/Lindstedt (FIN/SWE) d. (2)Björkman/Mirnyi (SWE/BLR) 26 76(4) 75 63

:bolt: :banana:

awesome win

el güero
06-30-2007, 09:29 AM
One of the best wins, if not the best, in Jarkko's career! :D

J-5
06-30-2007, 12:17 PM
Shoking win yesterday by Jarkko and Robert! Really awesome, well done and congrats!

But GL today against Misha, if rain lets you play...

Labamba
06-30-2007, 02:17 PM
Nieminen/Lindstedt (FIN/SWE) d. (2)Björkman/Mirnyi (SWE/BLR) 26 76(4) 75 63

:bolt: :banana:

awesome win

:worship:

I watched some of the match, Jarkko was absolutely on fire at times, he served out the match without any problems!

Labamba
06-07-2008, 05:31 PM
Halle draw

FEDERER, Roger (SUI/1) - BERRER, Michael (GER)
QUALIFIKANT - QUALIFIKANT
SCHÜTTLER, Rainer (GER) - SANTORO, Fabrice (FRA)
QUALIFIKANT - BAGHDATIS, Marcos (CYP/5)

YOUZHNY, Mikhail (RUS/4) - TURSUNOV, Dmitry (RUS)
HAASE, Robin (NED) - KIEFER, Nicolas (GER)
ROCHUS, Olivier (BEL) - DARCIS, Steve (BEL)
LLODRA, Michael (FRA) - LJUBICIC, Ivan (CRO/8 )

STEPANEK, Radek (Cze/6) - HAAS, Tommy (GER)
BENNETEAU, Julien (FRA) - KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp (GER)
SODERLING, Robin (SWE) - PETZSCHNER, Philipp (GER/WC)
JOHANSSON, Thomas (SWE) - BERDYCH, Tomas (CZE/3)

NIEMINEN, Jarkko, (FIN/7) - ZVEREV, Mischa (GER)
BECK, Andreas (GER/WC) - GICQUEL, Marc (FRA)
GREMELMAYR, Denis (GER) - BECKER, Benjamin (GER/WC)
QUALIFIKANT - BLAKE, James (USA/2)

Labamba
06-07-2008, 05:35 PM
good draw, SF points to defend

hopefully another good grass season for Jarkko :cool:

Labamba
06-09-2008, 12:46 PM
Urheilukanava is showing Jarkko's match against Zverev right now! :D

Labamba
06-24-2008, 01:52 PM
Wimby R1 - Jarkko def. Odesnik 6-3 ret.

:yeah: