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Labamba
09-25-2006, 08:59 AM
Jarkko has a busy schedule planned for the last two months of the tennis season. The first two weeks Jarkko travels in Asia playing in Bangkok and Tokyo; two tournaments of which Jarkko has a good record from the past few years. Then it's back to Europe with Stockholm, Madrid, St. Petersburg and Paris on his schedule. All of these tourneys are played indoors, except Tokyo, which is on a outdoor hardcourt.

The draw for Bangkok is out, which was fairly kind to Jarkko:

5-NIEMINEN, Jarkko FIN vs MASSA, Edgardo ARG
DANCEVIC, Frank CAN vs Q
MELLO, Ricardo BRA vs WASKE, Alexander GER
WC-CILIC, Marin CRO vs 3-BLAKE, James USA

Jarkko probably has a Wednesday start here, because of the Davis Cup matches and long travel he's had to make to get there. QF would be the minimum goal for Jarkko, if he meets Blake there, it will be a good test of his current level of play.

Nathaliia
09-26-2006, 09:58 AM
I suppose it would be a straight sets victory for Jarkko. Your favourite challenger reporter (myself, to remove doubts :p) spent some time with Massa last week hmm and I need to admit he's in a good shape, his dropshots are on fire, lift is safe and he knows when to play a faster ball. But he isn't the world's greatest at the net, even if he gets the wrong impression on that point and appears there more frequently than he ever should. With Jarkko's passing shot things should go well. Anyway, he played on claycourts and had a exhausting travel from Poland (plane on Sunday) to Thailand. I don't know if he's going there for women or not :lol: but my match preview is a Jarkko's victory :rocker2:

Labamba
09-26-2006, 11:05 AM
thanks for that preview N.M. :)

Labamba
09-26-2006, 04:28 PM
Wednesday 27 September 2006

Stadium
12:00 NOON -> 8:00am Finnish time

Jarkko NIEMINEN (FIN) vs Edgardo MASSA (ARG)

Nathaliia
09-26-2006, 06:36 PM
9.00 CET. I think I'll have to travel to Wrocław that time :rolleyes:

Labamba
09-26-2006, 07:41 PM
9.00 CET. I think I'll have to travel to Wrocław that time :rolleyes:

7.00 CET ;)

Nathaliia
09-26-2006, 09:56 PM
7.00 CET ;)
Never been brilliant at maths, unlike you.

JMG
09-27-2006, 12:26 AM
7.00 already. :eek: I fear I will oversleep the match. :sad:

Nathaliia
09-27-2006, 09:13 AM
I think I have already overslept it, regarding the fact I woke up at 10.30 :shrug: I clearly didn't go to Wrocław that time either :p

rrfnpump
09-27-2006, 11:45 AM
Jarkko won in three sets ;) had a rusty start :o

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060927/capt.apw10309270557.thailand_open_tennis_apw103.jp g

Labamba
09-27-2006, 03:34 PM
Jarkko d Massa 6-7(6) 6-3 6-2

It was a good comeback from Jarkko and he was quite happy with his level of play today. Massa played great in the first set, but Jarkko was able to step it up in the second and third set. His play was getting better all the time and that's a good sign for tomorrow. :)

H2H 2-0 vs Dancevic (http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/players/headtohead/?player1=Nieminen%2C+Jarkko&player2=dancevic)

Court 1
12:00 NOON
Jarkko NIEMINEN (FIN) vs Frank DANCEVIC (CAN)
followed by
Sanchai RATIWATANA (THA)/Sonchat RATIWATANA (THA) vs Eric BUTORAC (USA)/Travis PARROTT (USA)
followed by
Ashley FISHER (AUS)/Tripp PHILLIPS (USA) vs Johan LANDSBERG (SWE)/Jarkko NIEMINEN (FIN)

Nathaliia
09-27-2006, 07:24 PM
He should beat Dancevic, I'll set my alarm clock at appropriate hour and I shall show up at livescoring room, happy that Mistaflava (vide: Dancevic) is banned :unsure:

Seneca
09-28-2006, 07:27 AM
Gah, Jarkko's semi-dismal form continues as he struggles past Dancevic 2-6 7-6 6-4. The positive thing is that these days his basic level is high and he has enough guts to get past a mediocre opponent. Besides, the match didn't last long so he should have some fire left in him to face Blake next. I would be most surprised if he actually wins, though.

Nathaliia
09-28-2006, 03:03 PM
Sadly I need to agree with Seneca. It was painful to follow that match on the scoreboard...

rrfnpump
09-28-2006, 04:07 PM
Jarkko is struggling since he had the chance to make it into Top10...

el güero
09-28-2006, 04:46 PM
Just gotta love the way Jarkko crawls out of these matches. He's kind of back to his (good old) struggling self after having the period of great confidence and consistency earlier this season. ;)

Great for him to have a chance of playing against James again. Hopefully he's able to raise his level, but indoors against Blake is going to be really tough.

rrfnpump
09-29-2006, 09:08 AM
Jarkko lost 26 62 57 to Blake :hysteric: :sobbing:

he had a BP chance at 5-5 on a second serve of Blake, but couldnt convert :(

still, very proud of Jarrko :yeah:
he gave Blake a run for his money

good luck in Tokyo, Jarkko :hearts:

Nathaliia
09-29-2006, 09:29 AM
Boo. He had bp at Blake's 2nd serve in the end of that match. If he had broken... :tape:

el güero
09-29-2006, 04:18 PM
Quite disappointing, yes. :(

Jarkko got close to his biggest win of the season. Hopefully he'll get it in one of the remaining TMS's.

Ome
09-29-2006, 05:42 PM
:wavey:

Too bad Jarkko lost today :sad: He did play a great tennis, but James was 'lucky' :p


The day he lost his doubles match, I was there to watch as well. After the match I asked him for a picture when he was about to leave the court. He was SUPER nice! He stopped and said, "Sure, why not?!" and he gave me a big smile too :inlove:

And today, during Marat's match... I went out of the stadium and OMG!! I bumped into Jarkko :banana: He was on his way to the ATP office or sth. I asked him for a picture 'again' :lol: Jarkko 'again' was very nice. He always smiles when taking a picture with his fans! I'm SO impressed!

I wish him luck for the rest of the year and he said thanks! :)

He is seriously NICE! :hearts: My favorite moment in the tourney, without a doubt, was seeing Jarkko! :bounce:

rrfnpump
09-29-2006, 06:03 PM
Ome :wavey:

Jarkko is always nice :hearts:
thats why he has so many fans!

be sure to show the pics to us :p

Varya
09-29-2006, 06:18 PM
I understand very much your feelings ome...:hug:

I met Jarkko last year in Tokyo tourny.
He was always soft,so friendly,and smilling for everybody at there.
I remenber that Japanese crowd loved and cheering him every Jarkko's match.
His game was so exiciting,especially against Paradorn match!!!
Jarkko is really nice guy.:worship:

I'm wating for Jarkko than any other players this year too.:angel:
Please nicely and safe fly Bangkok to Tokyo :hug:

Ome
09-29-2006, 06:25 PM
be sure to show the pics to us :p

Will do ;)




I'm wating for Jarkko than any other players this year too.:angel:
Please nicely and safe fly Bangkok to Tokyo :hug:

:hug:
I surely will be waiting for Jarkko more than others next year :angel:

el güero
10-02-2006, 02:50 PM
Jarkko plays either Wayne Arthurs or Lars Burgsmüller in the 2nd round. I'd prefer Lars. :angel:

Nathaliia
10-02-2006, 07:33 PM
Yeah, me too. He's in a miserable shape.

Labamba
10-02-2006, 08:06 PM
Jarkko plays either Wayne Arthurs or Lars Burgsmüller in the 2nd round. I'd prefer Lars. :angel:

It's a must-win either way ;)

el güero
10-02-2006, 09:56 PM
It's a must-win either way ;)

Sure. Besides, it's outdoors, so the Arthurs lefty serve should not even cause as much trouble as it would indoors. In a way, could be actually more straightforward a match against the Aussie, even if the numbers might be tighter. But let's wait for tomorrow. :)

Labamba
10-03-2006, 07:53 AM
Burgsmuller def Arthurs 6-7 7-6 7-6 (with no breaks of serve in the match)

:haha:

Labamba
10-03-2006, 11:45 AM
Court 1
10:00 AM
WTA
followed by
Andy MURRAY (GBR) vs Jiri NOVAK (CZE)
followed by
Lars BURGSMULLER (GER) vs Jarkko NIEMINEN (FIN)

Varya
10-03-2006, 04:05 PM
Hi! Everyone!;)
I saw him yesterday and today.
He practiced twice,that is Ok...but I surprised that he took rest between so shortly:worship:
But he was smilling always,seemed so fun and good condition.:D
Go Jarkko!!!:banana:

Some pics of Jarkko in pic thread.Enjoy it!:wavey:

el güero
10-03-2006, 08:40 PM
Let's go Jarkko, make yourself a big name in Japan!! :bounce:

I've got a good feeling about this tournament. Watch out Roger! :)

Labamba
10-04-2006, 07:11 AM
Jarkko def Burgsmuller 7-5 7-6(2)

it wasn't pretty :o , but a win is a win :)

Juan Monaco is Jarkko's next opponent

rrfnpump
10-04-2006, 07:44 AM
please play better in the next round, Jarkko :)

el güero
10-04-2006, 11:25 AM
In an interview for the Finnish press, Jarkko said it was a close match but he never felt he could actually lose it. At 1-5 in the 2nd set, Burgsmüller had nothing to lose and started to play incredibly well. But Jarkko said he kept calm and was able to play his own game in the deciding moments of the match. He feels pretty proud of the way he played at the end.

Overall Jarkko thinks the quick courts in Tokyo suit his game well.

A good confidence-building win Jarkko! :yeah:

Monaco will be another difficult opponent but likely to self-destruct the way Burgsmüller did if the match goes tight. ;)

'Raging Bull'
10-04-2006, 01:57 PM
Murray's lost IMO means that Jarkko got his way bit easier - when thinking that he will reach Semis like last year. Very beatable players like Monaco and Becker ahead if he raises his own level of play.

Nathaliia
10-04-2006, 01:59 PM
Monaco is really beatable and I think Jarkko can win in 2 sets ;)

BTW good luck in TT Ville :wavey:

Labamba
10-04-2006, 04:00 PM
Court 1
10:00 AM
WTA
NOT BEFORE 11:00 AM
Juan MONACO (ARG) vs Jarkko NIEMINEN (FIN)

Thanks Nathii :wavey:

Ome
10-04-2006, 04:18 PM
I'm so excited posting in Jarkko's forum :bounce: :rolls:

Best of luck, Jarkko :D

Varya
10-04-2006, 05:45 PM
Today's report

Jarkko was a little bit irritated himself in 1st set, he was screaming something.
After he got 1st,seemed he getting calm and smooth.:D
Lars played better and better in middle of 2nd set,Jarkko made a lot of easy error.
and 5-5 games of 2nd set,he was injury right ancle.:o
He took medical timeout,trainer taped his ancle.
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k296/Varya_2006/J1-1.jpg
But I think his ancle is Ok.I saw Jarkko was running so fast at public garden in front of main stadiam after that macth:angel:
It will be rainy day in Tokyo....Good luck Jarkko!:worship:
More today's pics update soon:D

el güero
10-04-2006, 07:23 PM
Thanks for the report Varya :worship:

In the other pic you posted I saw Jarkko wearing a black support around his ankle, but there it was on the left ankle while in the pic above they are nursing the right leg. Maybe it wasn't an ankle injury but just a blister or something? Anyway, good to hear he had no trouble running afterwards. ;)

EDIT: Looking at the pic again, it is indeed the ankle as you reported. The trainer is putting some white tape around it for support. Hopefully his all fit though!

Labamba
10-05-2006, 04:34 PM
Jarkko def Monaco 6-2 6-3 :yeah:

the match ended at 1.30am local time :lol:

Ome
10-05-2006, 04:41 PM
Nice win there! :bounce:

Sweet dream, Jarkko :lol: :zzz:

Smasher
10-05-2006, 04:45 PM
Good win Jarkko! :rocker2:

rrfnpump
10-05-2006, 05:11 PM
yep, definitely a major improvement :D :yeah:

keep going, Jarkko :angel:

JMG
10-05-2006, 05:56 PM
I hope there was no doping control this time. ;)

But I feel sorry for Becker (Novak), who still has to play.

el güero
10-05-2006, 06:49 PM
"It was one of the longest days in my life", he said for the Finnish press after the match. :lol:

Well done Jarkko!

Varya
10-05-2006, 07:16 PM
I heard Jarkko made an offer to ATP tourny director that match schedule change tomorrow,but director said NO.:o
Poor Jarkko!!!!

But today's Jarkko was amazing:D
He was calmed,concentrated and powerful:rocker:
Monaco played not bad too,but Jarkko was perfect:worship:
Thank you and Have a good rest Jarkko:hug:
4am in japan now,:haha: I'm tired so much and have not to remain power his pics up:speakles:
:smash: Fuckin stupid rain!!!:mad: :mad:
Good night:angel:

Labamba
10-05-2006, 10:20 PM
Centre Court
9:00 AM
Juan Martin DEL POTRO (ARG) vs Tim HENMAN (GBR)
followed by
Rainer SCHUETTLER (GER) vs Mario ANCIC (CRO)
NOT BEFORE 11:30 AM
Roger FEDERER (SUI) vs Takao SUZUKI (JPN)
followed by
Hyung-Taik LEE (KOR) vs Tommy ROBREDO (ESP)
followed by
WTA
followed by
Benjamin BECKER (GER) vs Jarkko NIEMINEN (FIN)

el güero
10-05-2006, 10:48 PM
Read the same post-match interview anew. Jarkko also said: "I got off to a good start, and I wanted to take the match in straight sets."

What? Does that mean Jarkko normally plays those gruelling and nerve-cracking 3-setters only because he wants to do so?? :confused: :D

Labamba
10-06-2006, 01:33 PM
heartbreaker :sad:

Becker def Jarkko 6-7(5) 7-6(6) 6-4

wasted opportunity :o

Jarkko had a 7-6 4-3 *30-0 lead, which makes this worse, though Becker played very well from that point on

Ome
10-06-2006, 02:05 PM
:sad: loss for words


Better luck next tourney, Jarkko! :hug:

Nathaliia
10-06-2006, 02:41 PM
Ome, you should put Jarkko in your sig next to health damage :tape:

Ome
10-06-2006, 02:58 PM
Ome, you should put Jarkko in your sig next to health damage :tape:

:lol: done! :rolls:

JMG
10-06-2006, 03:12 PM
:tape: At least the tournament was hardly winnable anyway.

rrfnpump
10-07-2006, 12:18 PM
arg :( :sad:
so close :(

Labamba
10-08-2006, 05:37 AM
It's time to get over the Tokyo disappointment and focus on the Stockholm Open where Jarkko is the 5th seed. The draw wasn't too bad:

(4) Ferrer vs Seppi
Lopez vs Monaco
Q vs Gicquel
Q vs (5) Nieminen

Jarkko usually does well here and gets a lot of support from the crowd, I see him going far in this tournament. :)

white&blue
10-08-2006, 01:30 PM
Hello all!

Very nice draw for Jarkko indeed. Anyone going to Stockholm? I go to see QF and SF. I hope Jarkko makes it at least to the QF.

Nathaliia
10-08-2006, 01:34 PM
Hello all!

Very nice draw for Jarkko indeed. Anyone going to Stockholm? I go to see QF and SF. I hope Jarkko makes it at least to the QF.

Hi! I will be in Stockholm from Tuesday evening to Saturday afternoon, so maybe I can catch you on Friday :lol:

I can't promise to get into the tennis hall (no booked tickets and won't be getting my press pass for a truly retarded reason.... long long story :sad: ) but I'll be in Stockholm for 99,5%!

white&blue
10-08-2006, 08:48 PM
Hi! I will be in Stockholm from Tuesday evening to Saturday afternoon, so maybe I can catch you on Friday :lol:

I can't promise to get into the tennis hall (no booked tickets and won't be getting my press pass for a truly retarded reason.... long long story :sad: ) but I'll be in Stockholm for 99,5%!

:rocker2:

Nando_L
10-09-2006, 11:44 PM
Good luck Jarkko :)
:bounce:

Labamba
10-10-2006, 11:15 PM
Lindstedt/Nieminen def. Peya/Phau 64 61 :yeah:

Labamba
10-10-2006, 11:18 PM
Wednesday, October 11 2006

CENTER COURT - 1:00 PM

Michael LLODRA (FRA) vs Jarkko NIEMINEN (FIN)

Nathaliia
10-11-2006, 10:48 AM
Jarkko just has passed next to me... he looks focused. good luck!

Labamba
10-11-2006, 11:02 AM
Jarkko just has passed next to me... he looks focused. good luck!

good, I trust you will give us a lil match report then :angel:

c'mon Jakke! :rocker2:

Labamba
10-11-2006, 03:10 PM
Jarkko def. Llodra 6-4 6-4 :cool:

Marc Gicquel is the 2nd round opponent

Nando_L
10-11-2006, 06:50 PM
Jarkko :yeah:

Nathaliia
10-11-2006, 10:51 PM
my full report is in general messages :) Jarkko is big at this event :rocker2:

el güero
10-11-2006, 11:16 PM
my full report is in general messages :) Jarkko is big at this event :rocker2:

Thanks so much for the great reports! :worship:

It's wonderful that Jarkko has at least one ATP tournament where he's a true star. :)

el güero
10-12-2006, 12:43 PM
Jarkko beat Gicquel 6-3 6-2 :D

Tonight, I will give myself an official permission to dream of a semifinal against Pim Pim. :angel:

Nathaliia
10-12-2006, 12:52 PM
Yeah but now Pim-Pim is a bigger star than him...

rrfnpump
10-12-2006, 01:29 PM
well done, Jarkko :) :D :yeah:

keep going like that :drive:

Labamba
10-12-2006, 02:52 PM
nice win Jarkko :bigclap:

Feliciano Lopez in the QF's

Bili
10-12-2006, 03:56 PM
Lindstedt/Nieminen def (4) Fisher/Phillips 7-5, 6-3!
They will play in the SF's against O.Rochus/Vliegen.
Good luck Jarkko to singles and also doubles with Lindstedt! :angel:

Nando_L
10-12-2006, 04:35 PM
Jarkko :D

Nathaliia
10-12-2006, 08:00 PM
Ah, white&blue, in case you haven't departed yet(..)

it terribly sucks to watch matches alone or next to my ex bf :awww:

Nathaliia
10-12-2006, 08:13 PM
ps. and somebody go and ask Jarkko to stop stealing these bloody Fazer fudge :tape:

if you just saw him in action :lol:

Labamba
10-13-2006, 07:49 AM
Friday, October 13

Center Court - 1:00 PM

Feliciano Lopez (ESP) vs Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)

Labamba
10-13-2006, 12:42 PM
Jarkko def. Lopez 6-3 7-5

:woohoo:

two semifinals for Jarkko tomorrow

rrfnpump
10-13-2006, 02:30 PM
you go, Jarkko :rocker2: :cool:

win both titles here :angel:

kalle
10-13-2006, 07:40 PM
http://www.stockholmopen.se/files/{0AC914D2-7413-4C26-B69A-9DCD9976853D}.pdf Jarkon matsi huomenna SVT Europalla! Terveisii kaikille Tukholmasta!

J-5
10-13-2006, 10:02 PM
Nice tourney so far Jarkko! Now win PimPim tomorrow (today) and then you may have a great chance to get a revenge from Blake on Sunday... :)

Smasher
10-14-2006, 03:49 PM
Jarkko defeated JJ 7-6(8), 6-7 (5), 6-3 :woohoo:

Varya
10-14-2006, 04:25 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:
:banana: Awesome won Jarkko! Go!! Boy!!!:banana:

Seneca
10-14-2006, 04:52 PM
Hell yeah, this is the Jarkko from the first half of this year. Joachim Johansson has proved himself to be the same indoor monster as he was before injury but Jarkko had the mental fortitude and discipline to come through to the final.

The match was decided on a couple of points: in the first set, Jarkko dug himself out of a 0-40 hole in his 2nd serve game and then made a huge comeback from 1-6 down to a 10-8 victory in the tiebreak. From 1-6 to 7-6 he made 4 aces in his own serve (the last one was actually out, though) and a great bh passing shot winner on the run at 4-6. Johansson was quite furious about the last ace that was wrongfully ruled in and lost his concentration and eventually the first set.

Second set had no break points and the tiebreak was up for grabs for both players at some point. After an ill-advised foray to the net, Jarkko was a set point down with Pim-Pim serving and that was the end of the set.

Jarkko had a lead on Johansson's serve only once in the whole match and that was in the 4th game of the last set. After some sleepwalked points by both the game was tied at deuce and then Jarkko hit a backhand pass winner from full speed at Pim-Pim's Serve/volley combination followed by a great deflected reflex shot from half court after Johansson's hit his easy putaway forehand straight at Jarkko's general direction. Break.

In his last two service games Jarkko did what he too often does when leading: kept his game too passive and just waited for errors from PimPim's backhand side. This time it worked but his opponent had some serious looks at Jarkko's last serves and I think Jarkko got a bit lucky in the end.

Nevertheless, that was one of the best matches I've seen Jarkko play and especially his serving was phenomenal. He had 15 aces and most of them were almost Federer-esque in their timing: Always there to get him out of a tight spot.

With the game Jarkko showed today, Blake is very much beatable tomorrow.

Nathaliia
10-14-2006, 05:03 PM
I agree on Blake being beatable. Jarkko seemed to have the most potential during the week, though I expected the final versus Soderling.

el güero
10-14-2006, 06:14 PM
Thanks Seneca for the amazing match report! I saw it exactly the same. Jarkko played really well throughout the match and I was so happy to see him focused and positive all the time, no lapses in his game this time. I also agree about the tendency to become too passive when closing out the matches -- it normally works against lower-ranked players but it seriously hampers Jarkko's chances to beat the top players.

Against Blake it's going to be extremely difficult. I'd given Jarkko better chances against James in Bangkok where he came close, but this time the surface is a bit quicker and the bounce lower, I think, which suits Blake's game perfectly. If Jarkko can carry the same mental approach to the court tomorrow as he did today, he's very tough to beat, though. :yeah:

Smasher
10-14-2006, 06:40 PM
Rochus/Vliegen def. Nieminen/Lindstedt 2-6, 6-1, 10-8. Jarkko and Robert were leading 8-5 in the match tiebreak :o

J-5
10-14-2006, 09:18 PM
Although the doubles went how it went, great fight and win in the singles! :yeah:

Good luck to the final tomorrow Jarkko! Win your second title here!

musefanatic
10-14-2006, 11:10 PM
Good luck Jarkko :) :) :woohoo: :woohoo:

rrfnpump
10-15-2006, 10:09 AM
go for it, Jarkko :) :D

RogiNie
10-15-2006, 03:49 PM
he lost 6-4 6-2 :sad: :hug:

still great tournament for him! :)

Varya
10-15-2006, 04:16 PM
Poor Jarkko:sad::hug:

But he made great job this week, I'm proud of you Jarkko.:worship:
Good Luck in Madrid!!!:D

rrfnpump
10-15-2006, 04:24 PM
:awww: :awww:

el güero
10-15-2006, 08:28 PM
Blake played incredibly well today, no shame in losing against a quality opponent. Jarkko wasn't at his best in the final, but even if he had been I don't think he could've beaten James today on this surface.

Anyways, a great week for Jarkko... and hey, that semifinal against Pim-Pim was an instant classic! :worship:

Labamba
10-16-2006, 01:38 PM
After the great week in Stockholm :worship:, it's time for the Madrid Masters tournament. Double bad luck for Jarkko concerning the draw, he was the first player not to be seeded (no bye :sad: ) and the draw itself was not good at all :(

[15] DJOKOVIC, Novak vs Bye
NIEMINEN, Jarkko vs GASQUET, Richard
MURRAY, Andy vs [Q] Navarro-Pastor, Ivan
Bye vs [3] LJUBICIC, Ivan

Jarkko will have a Tuesday start, so there's not much time to rest after Stockholm. He'll also play doubles with Tomas Berdych; they face the 2nd seeds Björkman/Mirnyi in the first round. Do your best Jakke :cool:

Labamba
10-16-2006, 05:14 PM
Tuesday 17 October 2006

Pista Alcala - 11:00 AM

Robin SODERLING (SWE) vs Olivier ROCHUS (BEL)
Kristof VLIEGEN (BEL) vs Dmitry TURSUNOV (RUS)
Bob BRYAN (USA)/Mike BRYAN (USA) vs Fernando GONZALEZ (CHI)/Mikhail YOUZHNY (RUS)
Jonathan ERLICH (ISR)/Andy RAM (ISR) vs Mahesh BHUPATHI (IND)/James BLAKE (USA)
NOT BEFORE 4:00 PM
Feliciano LOPEZ (ESP)/Rafael NADAL (ESP) vs Mark KNOWLES (BAH)/Daniel NESTOR (CAN)
NOT BEFORE 5:00 PM
Juan Martin DEL POTRO (ARG) vs Joachim JOHANSSON (SWE)
Jarkko NIEMINEN (FIN) vs Richard GASQUET (FRA)

J-5
10-16-2006, 09:48 PM
GL Jarkko tomorrow!

Cool avatar Labamba, btw... :)

el güero
10-17-2006, 11:21 AM
Cool avatar Labamba, btw... :)

Jarkko's attitude in that match was awesome.. he was so pumped up! :D

What a tough 1st rounder today, hopefully Jarkko has enough legs to outrun Gasquet.

Labamba
10-17-2006, 09:44 PM
Jarkko lost 6-2 6-3 :awww:

he had no energy at all, it's time to rest a bit for St. Petersburg and Paris

Varya
10-17-2006, 11:56 PM
OMG...:sad: :sad:
Have a good rest Jarkko:hug:

rrfnpump
10-18-2006, 05:07 AM
terrible scoreline :(

get some rest now, Jarkko :awww: :hug:

Labamba
10-18-2006, 10:13 PM
Björkman/Mirnyi def. Berdych/Nieminen 6-4 6-3

Jarkko now has four days to rest until the next tournament in St. Petersburg

Labamba
10-23-2006, 06:57 AM
St. Petersburg Open MD starts today, Jarkko on carpet :help:

Center Court

Lukasz KUBOT (POL) vs Denis MATSUKEVITCH (RUS)
NOT BEFORE 3:00 PM
Wesley MOODIE (RSA) vs Teimuraz GABASHVILI (RUS)
followed by
Janko TIPSAREVIC (SCG) vs Jarkko NIEMINEN (FIN)

J-5
10-23-2006, 02:42 PM
ST.Petersburg R32

Jarkko d. J.Tipsarevic 7-5 6-2

Good win Jarkko! Next up either Bracciali or Starace.

el güero
10-23-2006, 02:43 PM
Janko was no match for Jarkko :D

kalle
10-23-2006, 03:07 PM
Win this tournament jarkko and show us that you are really top20player:)

Labamba
10-23-2006, 05:26 PM
ST.Petersburg R32

Jarkko d. J.Tipsarevic 7-5 6-2

Good win Jarkko! Next up either Bracciali or Starace.

wow, didn't expect it to be this easy against inform Tipsarevic :cool:

8 aces for Jarkko, the serve is also firing up nicely at the moment :yeah:

Starace is next...

rrfnpump
10-23-2006, 05:41 PM
good start :yeah:

Varya
10-24-2006, 08:35 PM
Go Jarkko!!:banana:

Labamba
10-24-2006, 08:42 PM
Wednesday 25 October 2006

Center - 3:00 PM

Potito STARACE (ITA) vs Jarkko NIEMINEN (FIN)

gl Jakke :cool:

Labamba
10-25-2006, 12:34 PM
Jarkko had to retire in his match today (at 5-7 2-3) :sobbing: :speakles:

the reason for this is still unknown :unsure:

CattyA
10-25-2006, 01:57 PM
Jarkko had to retire in his match today (at 5-7 2-3) :sobbing: :speakles:

the reason for this is still unknown :unsure:
He's got an infected sore in his foot. He believes he can play next week.

rrfnpump
10-25-2006, 03:41 PM
oh no Jarkko :sad: :sobbing: :hug:
he was in such a good form in his first match

Varya
10-25-2006, 10:16 PM
:sad:
Please get well soon Jarkko...:hug:

J-5
10-26-2006, 07:13 AM
Poor Jarkko... :sad:

Get well soon and then fire up for Paris!

musefanatic
10-27-2006, 12:00 AM
Oh hope Jarkko gets better soon, i didn't realise what injury hehad :sad: :sad:

Labamba
10-29-2006, 07:44 AM
Jarkko's foot has healed very quickly and he is ready to roll in his last scheduled tournament of 2006, the Paris Masters. Here's the draw:

[1]FEDERER, Roger SUI vs BYE
JOHANSSON, Thomas SWE vs Q
SIMON, Gilles FRA vs Q
BYE vs [14]NIEMINEN, Jarkko FIN

Simon or Bracciali in the second round is a very winnable match for Jarkko. Federer might pull out of here after reaching the Basel final and winning the Madrid before it, if he doesn't, Jarkko will have a good opportunity to take his first win against Roger (let's be optimistic :D ). Jarkko could use a good run here to clinch a spot in the Top 15 of the year-end rankings.

Labamba
10-30-2006, 02:17 PM
[LL]GABASHVILI, Teimuraz RUS vs BYE
JOHANSSON, Thomas SWE vs [Q]SPADEA, Vincent USA
SIMON, Gilles FRA vs [Q]BRACCIALI, Daniele ITA
BYE vs [14]NIEMINEN, Jarkko FIN

Now when Federer is out, Jarkko's draw just can't get any better. :D If Jarkko is on form, a SF is a realistic goal for him. Bracciali is the first opponent...

Labamba
11-01-2006, 05:33 AM
COURT 1 - 11:00 AM

Daniele BRACCIALI (ITA) vs Jarkko NIEMINEN (FIN)

C'mon Jarkko, it's a must win :rocker2:

Labamba
11-01-2006, 10:33 AM
6-3 6-4 :smoke:

very confident win for Jakke, Bracciali had no chance :D

this win was worth 70 ranking points :yeah:

el güero
11-01-2006, 10:45 PM
COURT 1 - not before 16h00

Teimuraz GABASHVILI (RUS) vs Jarkko NIEMINEN (FIN)

Jarkko beat Teimuraz in Toronto 6-4 7-5. A similar scoreline expected tomorrow. ;)

Varya
11-01-2006, 11:22 PM
You can do it Jarkko!!:bounce:

rrfnpump
11-02-2006, 04:23 PM
Jarkko won 46 76(6) 62 saving one match point with an ACE :drool:

thats the fighter in Jarkko we love :yeah:
go Jarkko, go :)

el güero
11-02-2006, 04:24 PM
Jarkko refused to lose this one. :D

Smasher
11-02-2006, 04:29 PM
Good fight once again Jarkko! :yeah:

Labamba
11-02-2006, 06:16 PM
Jarkko wins true to his style, never giving up :yeah:

please Jakke, beat the Boredo tomorrow :angel:

enqvistfan
11-02-2006, 08:51 PM
http://photo.ringo.com/163/163686227RL926192985.jpg

http://photo.ringo.com/163/163686228RL706549502.jpg

Two pics I took yesterday at Jarkko's match :)

el güero
11-03-2006, 07:57 AM
Center Court at 2 pm

Nieminen vs Robredo

For the viewers in Finland: Our one and only Urheilukanava shows this match LIVE today at 1500 hrs (Finnish time). :yeah:

Let's go Jarkko!

anttik
11-03-2006, 08:13 AM
For the viewers in Finland: Our one and only Urheilukanava shows this match LIVE today at 1500 hrs (Finnish time).
-------------------------------------------------------------

Excellent!!
Are you sure?
It is not mentions yet in Urheilukanava's net site or text-tv

anttik
11-03-2006, 08:29 AM
Yeeeeesssss!

Thanks el güero for your info.
...and thanks to Urheilukanava.
Fantastic decision to send the match to us.

http://www.urheilukanava.fi/index.php?id=11&nid=104

Labamba
11-03-2006, 08:52 AM
Center Court at 2 pm

Nieminen vs Robredo

For the viewers in Finland: Our one and only Urheilukanava shows this match LIVE today at 1500 hrs (Finnish time). :yeah:

Let's go Jarkko!

Yay, great news! :banana:

C'mon Jakke!!! :rocker2:

Action Jackson
11-03-2006, 08:53 AM
Kom igen Jakke, please end Boredo's existence in this event and get him off my TV screen.

el güero
11-03-2006, 03:13 PM
Jarkko lost 7-6(4) 6-7(4) 4-6. :(

Looked like Jarkko was the better player for 2 sets but couldn't quite finish it off. In the third, the 1st serve deserted him and Robredo took full advantage of the weak 2nd serves. That really killed Jarkko's spirit.

el güero
11-03-2006, 05:51 PM
Jarkko very disappointed after the loss:

"I had so many chances but didn't take advantage of them", said Nieminen for the Finnish YLE. "I should've won the match."

"Robredo played well at times, but more often it was the case of me playing badly."

"Still the match was of high quality and it's better to end the season playing well than losing easily."

Jarkko also wrapped up the season:

"All in all, it has been clearly the best season for me."

"Next year I'm going to take care of these sorts of matches. That will hopefully get me to the top 10."

Smasher
11-03-2006, 06:35 PM
It's been a good year. :rocker2: Have a good rest now Jarkko and prepare yourself properly for the next season. :drive:

J-5
11-03-2006, 09:25 PM
Jarkko really should have won today, sad that he didn't.

Still, the year in average was very successful, and let's hope the same (or even a bit better) for the next year. :)

Great work this season Jarkko! Now take some rest and then prepare for the next season, and keep up the good spirit! :yeah:

Labamba
02-05-2007, 11:23 AM
Jarkko will be back in action next week in Marseille (indoor hc). :yeah: He'll also play indoors in Rotterdam before going back to outdoor hardcourts.

The ankle is fine now and training has gone very well in the past two weeks. :)

Labamba
02-13-2007, 12:06 PM
Ok, so the Marseille tournament has started, here are the draws:


(1)DAVYDENKO, Nikolay RUS vs SODERLING, Robin SWE
(Q) Stepanek, Radek CZE vs JOHANSSON, Thomas SWE
MONFILS, Gael FRA vs GICQUEL, Marc FRA
HERNYCH, Jan CZE vs (6)GASQUET, Richard FRA

(3)ANCIC, Mario CRO vs SEPPI, Andreas ITA
BRACCIALI, Daniele ITA vs BJORKMAN, Jonas SWE
SIMON, Gilles FRA vs (Q) Huta Galung, Jesse NED
(wc)LLODRA, Michael FRA vs (8)HEWITT, Lleyton AUS

(7)BAGHDATIS, Marcos CYP vs TIPSAREVIC, Janko SRB
(wc)GUEZ, David FRA vs (Q) Saulnier, Cyril FRA
VERDASCO, Fernando ESP vs SANTORO, Fabrice FRA
YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUS vs (4)DJOKOVIC, Novak SRB

(5)FERRER, David ESP vs CLEMENT, Arnaud FRA
SERRA, Florent FRA vs (wc)BENNETEAU, Julien FRA
NIEMINEN, Jarkko FIN vs GROSJEAN, Sebastien FRA
(Q) Mahut, Nicolas FRA vs (2)LJUBICIC, Ivan CRO


This draw is very tough, Jarkko was unlucky to be the first player to miss out on a seeding. :(

Grosjean is at home and it will be a huge task for Jarkko to defeat him in his first match since the AO. Jarkko needs to be ready from the first point on, this will be a good test of his current level. :)


(1)KNOWLES, Mark BAH/NESTOR, Daniel CAN vs COETZEE, Jeff RSA/WASSEN, Rogier NED
KAS, Christopher GER/MARACH, Oliver AUT vs GICQUEL, Marc FRA/GROSJEAN, Sebastien FRA

(alt)GUEZ, David FRA/SIDORENKO, Alexandre FRA vs LJUBICIC, Ivan CRO/ZOVKO, Lovro CRO
HERNYCH, Jan CZE/YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUS vs DJOKOVIC, Novak SRB/TIPSAREVIC, Janko SRB

NIEMINEN, Jarkko FIN/SODERLING, Robin SWE vs PALA, Petr CZE/SKOCH, David CZE
BHUPATHI, Mahesh IND/STEPANEK, Radek CZE vs (4)CLEMENT, Arnaud FRA/LLODRA, Michael FRA

(wc)DE CHAUNAC, Sebastien FRA/SIMON, Gilles FRA vs (wc)EYSSERIC, Jonathan FRA/SAULNIER, Cyril FRA
ALLEGRO, Yves SUI/MAHUT, Nicolas FRA vs (2)SANTORO, Fabrice FRA/ZIMONJIC, Nenad SRB


It's nice to see Jarkko play doubles with a good partner like Robin. :cool: They haven't played much together, so it will be difficult, but Jarkko needs all the match practise he can get right now.

Labamba
02-13-2007, 12:14 PM
Tuesday, February 13, 2007

COURT 1 - 3:00 PM

Jarkko NIEMINEN (FIN)/Robin SODERLING (SWE) vs Petr PALA/David SKOCH (CZE)

Good luck to Jarkko & Robin in the doubles :)

Jarkko's singles 1st round match against Grosjean will be played tomorrow. Grosjean was involved in the Davis Cup weekend, so he got an extra day to rest.

Here's a livestream for the Marseille centre court: http://stream.alibitivi.com/popup/clients/open13/dates/120207/index.php?client=cg13&date=120207

Can't wait to see Jarkko back in action! :cool:

el güero
02-13-2007, 04:51 PM
Nieminen/Söderling beat Pala/Skoch 6-7 6-2 10-2. :yeah:


Here's a livestream for the Marseille centre court: http://stream.alibitivi.com/popup/clients/open13/dates/120207/index.php?client=cg13&date=120207

Can't wait to see Jarkko back in action! :cool:

How did it look like? According to the stats, Jarkko and Robin only faced 1 breakpoint in the match. Did Jarkko look fit and sharp? How was the serve? From what you saw, do you think he's able to win against Grosjean tomorrow? :)

Labamba
02-13-2007, 11:30 PM
How did it look like? According to the stats, Jarkko and Robin only faced 1 breakpoint in the match. Did Jarkko look fit and sharp? How was the serve? From what you saw, do you think he's able to win against Grosjean tomorrow? :)

It looked very good. :) The guys were hungry and fired up for every point, Jarkko always took a small sprint to receive the next point. :lol:

The serve was as usual, the first one is good and the second one is loopy. Jarkko was at times a bit too eager, but he looked fit and ready for tomorrow. It will be very difficult against Grosjean, it's not the same as doubles when you have a partner to help you in hard times. Jarkko can win, but he needs to serve well and be aggressive enough with his returns. The crowd is a factor too, Seb is at home.

el güero
02-14-2007, 05:28 PM
It looked very good. :) The guys were hungry and fired up for every point, Jarkko always took a small sprint to receive the next point. :lol:

The serve was as usual, the first one is good and the second one is loopy. Jarkko was at times a bit too eager, but he looked fit and ready for tomorrow. It will be very difficult against Grosjean, it's not the same as doubles when you have a partner to help you in hard times. Jarkko can win, but he needs to serve well and be aggressive enough with his returns. The crowd is a factor too, Seb is at home.

Thanks for the report. :hatoff: :yeah:

el güero
02-14-2007, 05:31 PM
Grosjean pulled out, so Jarkko had to beat another Frenchie:

Nieminen def. Chardy 6-7(1) 7-6(4) 7-6(6). :yeah: Both guys served for the match in the 3rd set. :lol:

Anyway, if you want to watch this high-quality match and you live in Finland, I just noticed that Urheilukanava will show it at 21:05 Finnish time. :)

musefanatic
02-14-2007, 11:54 PM
Well done Jarkko, good luck in the next round :)

el güero
02-15-2007, 04:32 PM
Jarkko loves to play against the home crowd in Marseille: Nieminen def. Mahut 6-4 3-6 6-3. :worship:

Next up: Benneteau. Nationality: FRENCH. :devil:

rrfnpump
02-16-2007, 11:41 AM
come on Jarkko :yeah:
beat another French!

Labamba
02-17-2007, 01:17 AM
Jarkko def. Benneteau 6-2 1-6 6-3 :smoke:

He'll face Baghdatis in the semis, H2H is 1-0 to Jarkko, but Marcos is playing some great tennis here.

CENTRE COURT - 2:00 PM

Marcos BAGHDATIS (CYP) vs Jarkko NIEMINEN (FIN)


good luck Jarkko, it's time to reach the ATP final #7 :bounce:

kevinwilly
02-17-2007, 01:30 AM
come on Jarkko :yeah:

CattyA
02-17-2007, 12:02 PM
Everyone in Finland!

Urheilukanava shows the match live!

Labamba
02-18-2007, 10:38 PM
Marcos def. Jarkko 3-6 6-3 6-2 :sobbing:

next up: Rotterdam :cool:

J-5
02-19-2007, 08:14 PM
Centre Court Starting time 11.00 AM

Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) vs. Kristof Vliegen (BEL)

GL Jarkko, get your revenge tomorrow! ;)

Labamba
09-18-2007, 04:48 PM
Jarkko is planning to play 6 more tournaments this year, the next stop is in Mumbai starting next week.

Labamba
09-24-2007, 01:15 PM
Jarkko will start his Mumbai campaign against the Israeli Davis Cup hero Dudi Sela, who beat both Massu and Gonzalez over the past weekend. Sela is a tricky player, but he should be quite tired after playing over 10 hours in two matches against Chile. Let's hope Jarkko can take advantage of it ;)

The draw isn't too bad for Jarkko, he should make the quarterfinals at least, where he might face Fabrice Santoro.

Labamba
09-25-2007, 07:46 AM
Jarkko is scheduled to play his first match today...not against Sela who withdrew, but a qualifier or a lucky loser. His opponent isn't known yet as the qualifying hasn't been completed due to persistent rain and bad weather at Mumbai. :(

Labamba
09-26-2007, 09:09 AM
Jarkko def. Davide Sanguinetti 6-7(5) 6-1 2-0 ret.

Sanguinetti retired due to fatigue, it was a weird match that finished past midnight. The weather has been awful there, I'm glad Jarkko was able to pull of this win. Jarkko now leads 5-1 in H2H vs Sanguinetti :cool:

In the second round (played today) Jarkko will face Toshihide Matsui of Japan, a qualifier ranked outside the Top 500. It's a lucky draw that has to be taken advantage of.

Labamba
09-27-2007, 06:34 AM
Jarkko's match got postponed until today, he also has a doubles match scheduled.

Labamba
09-27-2007, 01:12 PM
Jarkko beat Matsui 6-0 6-4 :cool:

Santoro in the QF, it's the first real test of form.

Labamba
09-29-2007, 09:09 AM
Jarkko lost to Santoro 3-6 4-6 :(

The Magician is a bad match-up for Jarkko, 0-3 in H2H now

Atleast he and Robert made the doubles semifinals, they play against Troicki/Pashanski today. Next week Jarkko will be in Tokyo.

Smasher
09-29-2007, 08:22 PM
Jarkko and Robert beat Troicki/Pashanski today 6-1, 7-5 :cool: Doubles final tomorrow against Bopanna/Qureshi. Perfect chance to get the first doubles title :bigclap:

Labamba
09-30-2007, 12:18 PM
Bopanna & Qureshi is a good doubles team, it's not going to be easy today...good luck to Jarkko & Robert :rocker2:

Jarkko is having a career year in doubles so far, ranking is higher than ever and some nice wins against a few expert teams (Bryans, Björkman/Mirnyi etc.) :cool:

Tokyo draw is also out, Jarkko will have a bye in the first round and won't have to start before Tuesday or Wednesday

Overlord
09-30-2007, 03:29 PM
Jarkko and Lindstedt beated Bopanna/Qureshi couple 7-6(3), 7-6(5).

Great job Jarkko! First Doubles title in ATP-career. :bigclap:

Smasher
09-30-2007, 04:15 PM
Congrats Jarkko and Robert! :woohoo:

Labamba
09-30-2007, 04:16 PM
:woohoo:

well done boys :clap2:

A new milestone for Jarkko :yeah:

Varya
10-02-2007, 03:34 PM
Hi!:wavey:

Today's Jarkko.
He Practiced twice.
He seemed fine,happy and good condition.:D
And Jarkko is so friendly for us as always.:worship:
Good Luck Jarkko!!!:banana:

Labamba
10-02-2007, 03:45 PM
Thanks for the news Varya :)

Jarkko will play his 2nd round match tomorrow, the opponent is Boris Pashanski (first meeting). Jarkko is a heavy favourite in this match, hopefully he can find some singles form here :rocker2:

Labamba
10-03-2007, 01:02 PM
Jarkko lost 3-6 6-4 4-6 :sad:

Jarkko wasn't feeling well before the match, Pashanski deserved his win. Now Jarkko will have more time to prepare for the Stockholm Open, which is one of the most important tournaments for him. Lots of points to defend there :unsure:

Varya
10-03-2007, 04:57 PM
Jarkko was in bad health,I think.
He was difficulty in breathing all the time,his stamina runs out from biginning
I could not wathing him because he was so pitiable
But Jarkko was fight to the last point.
Have some good rest Jaokko:hug:
__________________

rrfnpump
10-03-2007, 06:25 PM
Jarkko :sad: :hug:

Labamba
10-07-2007, 05:32 PM
Jarkko will start his Stockholm campaign tomorrow against the German qualifier Tobias Kamke. It's the second match on Centre Court. C'mon Jakke! :rocker2:

Labamba
10-08-2007, 09:43 PM
Jarkko beat Kamke 6-1 6-2 :clap2:

perfect start

Labamba
10-10-2007, 10:19 AM
Jarkko beat Kamke 6-1 6-2 :clap2:

perfect start

some highlights from the match + Jarkko's interview

http://www.yle.fi/urheilu/tennis/id87411.html

Labamba
10-10-2007, 10:23 AM
doubles first round today, Jarkko & Robert will play against Coetzee/Wassen

singles 2nd round tomorrow against either Becker or Luczak

Labamba
10-10-2007, 08:54 PM
Jarkko/Robert lost 6-3 4-6 5-10

tight match, didn't go the right way this time :(

Luczak in the singles tomorrow, should be an interesting match :cool:

Smasher
10-11-2007, 08:56 AM
Good luck Jarkko and Juho! :)

Labamba
10-11-2007, 02:49 PM
Jarkko won 6-0 6-4 :woohoo:

Labamba
10-11-2007, 10:24 PM
Ok, it's Blake again. REVENGE :rocker2:

Alyz
10-12-2007, 02:24 PM
Ok, it's Blake again. REVENGE :rocker2:

Good luck Jakke :rocker2:

Labamba
10-14-2007, 10:22 PM
Jarkko will play against Stefan Koubek in the Madrid Masters 1st round tomorrow

Labamba
10-21-2007, 11:33 AM
Robby Ginepri is Jarkko's first round opponent in Basel, the tournament starts on Tuesday.

Labamba
10-23-2007, 10:58 PM
Amazing day for Jarkko in Basel :woohoo:

def. Ginepri 3-6 6-4 7-5 - coming back from 1-5 in the 3rd set and saving one match point on Ginepri's serve :worship:

also a win in the doubles - Jarkko/Robert def. Cibulec/Skoch 7-6(4) 6-4 :yeah:

J-5
10-25-2007, 07:34 PM
A great one from Jarkko today!

Jakke defeated Canas 6-4 3-6 7-5, and when Canas was serving for the match at *5-4, Jarkko saved two matchpoints! Jarkko has now won two matches in a row after having saved matchpoints in opponents serve. Next up Gonzalez.

Very well done, Jarkko, and congrats! :)

Labamba
10-25-2007, 11:04 PM
Jarkko :woohoo:

comeback king :worship:

1st round - down 1-5 + 1 mp saved
2nd round - down 3-5 + 2 mps saved

Mr Brightside
10-26-2007, 02:21 PM
Jarkko def Gonzalez 63 75 and is in semi :woohoo:

Go Fighter :rocker2:

Labamba
10-27-2007, 12:35 AM
Awesome (Top 10) win for Jakke :bounce:

Alyz
10-27-2007, 11:02 AM
Great win :D Good to see Jarkko making it to semis.

Mr Brightside
10-27-2007, 02:15 PM
Jarkko def Baghdatis 76 62 and reach the 7th ATP final of his career :bowdown:

Smasher
10-27-2007, 02:22 PM
Jarkko :banana: He really is full of confidence and playing well at the moment :cool: Final agaist Federer (or Karlovic) tomorrow :D

I♥PsY@Mus!c
10-27-2007, 04:29 PM
Congrats Jarkko! :kiss: Never expected he won so easily! :eek:

Labamba
10-27-2007, 05:19 PM
Jarkko in the final :woohoo: :woohoo:

against Federer in his hometown :eek: great opportunity :devil:

J-5
10-28-2007, 02:11 AM
Good job Jarkko, congrats!

Now show this Federer how tennis really should be played! :yeah:

Okay, just good luck for tomorrow! :)

Mr Brightside
10-28-2007, 04:05 PM
Jarkko lost 63 64 but still a good week for him :yeah:
Now the next tournament will be Paris where he plays against Monaco....Go Jarkko :)

Labamba
10-28-2007, 06:52 PM
decent showing from Jarkko today, the crucial game at 4-4 in the 2nd set was a poor one (3 ue's in a row) :awww:

Anyway, it was a great experience for him and he was a class act (as always) in the post match interview and seemed to have a good time chatting with Roger :)

Labamba
10-28-2007, 06:57 PM
Now into Paris, very tough draw there :(

1st round - Monaco
2nd round - Murray
3rd round - (Djokovic)

Let's get atleast one win here :rocker2:

doubles with Paul-Henri Mathieu :eek: Why not with Robert (playing with Allegro)? :shrug:

1st round vs Gicquel/Simon

saippuakauppias
10-28-2007, 10:36 PM
Jarkko had a good run this week. Should do good for his confidence. Keep it up!

saippuakauppias
10-29-2007, 04:13 PM
Good luck in Paris!!!

saippuakauppias
10-29-2007, 06:01 PM
Does anyone know if the tournament from Paris is shown any of the Finnish channels? I have checked Urheilukanava, Yle Extra, MTV3 and MTV3 Max but I didn't see anything :(
What about satellite? Any channels there?

Kiitos etukäteen.

anttik
10-29-2007, 08:59 PM
Does anyone know if the tournament from Paris is shown any of the Finnish channels? I have checked Urheilukanava, Yle Extra, MTV3 and MTV3 Max but I didn't see anything :(
What about satellite? Any channels there?

Kiitos etukäteen.


Viasat will show Paris ATP Tennis Masters in Finland.

Mr Brightside
10-29-2007, 09:03 PM
Jarkko will play tomorrow on Court 1 as first match from 11AM.Good luck :)

saippuakauppias
10-29-2007, 10:01 PM
Viasat will show Paris ATP Tennis Masters in Finland.

Thanks very much. :wavey:

Mr Brightside
10-30-2007, 11:35 AM
Jarkko won 64 64 :drool:

Mr Brightside
10-31-2007, 01:37 PM
Murray def Nieminen 76(5) 63 :sad:

Labamba
11-01-2007, 12:09 AM
Jarkko had his chances against Murray, led 5-3* in the TB and 3-1 *40-15 in the second set :(

the season is still not over, Jarkko & Paulo won their 1st round doubles match against Gicquel/Simon :yeah:

Mr Brightside
11-01-2007, 07:40 PM
Jarkko & Paulo lost 3-6 7-6(6) 10-8 :o

Labamba
11-28-2007, 09:34 AM
Jarkko confirmed for Auckland :)

http://www.heinekenopen.co.nz/4/news/08_nieminen.asp

Former Champ Confirmed as Seventh Top 30 Player for 2008 Heineken Open

Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen has been confirmed as the seventh top-30 ranked player to have entered the 2008 Heineken Open featuring the Sovereign singles and doubles.

Ranked at 27th in the world the 26-year-old won the Heineken Open title in 2006 having played superb tennis all week.

He was down and out in the semifinals against Olivier Rochus but won in three dramatic sets and then accounted for Mario Ancic in straight sets in the final.

The Auckland win put tennis on the map in his nation and gave the sport a major boost.

The title victory was a welcome relief for Nieminen after being a beaten finalist on five previous occasions, (Stockholm 2001 and 2006, Estoril and Mallorca 2002 and Munich 2003).

He came close to winning title number two with a quality performance at Basel late in 2007 with victories over Robby Ginepri, Guillermo Canas and Marcos Baghdatis before falling to Roger Federer.

The year also saw him feature as semifinalist twice – Halle on grass and the indoor hard courts at Marseille.

At Mumbai and Stockholm he was a singles quarter-finalist while he won the doubles title at Mumbai with Robert Lindstedt.

The tall left-hander reached a career-high ranking of 13 in July 2006 and has been a Grand Slam quarter-finalist on two occasions. The first being at the US Open in 2005 and the following year at Wimbledon.

“Jarkko has been a great supporter of our tournament and of course being a past champion it will be a pleasure to welcome him back to the Heineken Open this coming January,” says tournament director Graham Pearce.

He is married to badminton playing wife and fellow Olympian, Anu Weckstrom.

Other players confirmed for the Heineken Open are Spaniard David Ferrer (ranked at No5), No15 Guillermo Canas(Argentina), 20th ranked Juan Ignacio Chela(Argentina), Juan Monaco(Argentina) No23, Juan Carlos Ferrero(Spain) at No24 and another Spaniard, Nicolas Almagro at 28. Former finalist Mario Ancic(Croatia) is ranked outside the top-50.

The Heineken Open featuring the Sovereign singles and doubles will be held at the ASB Tennis Centre, January 7 – 12, 2008 with the first two days of qualifying January 5 – 6, 2008 at the Albany Tennis Park, Oteha Valley Road, Albany starting at 10am each day.

The 2008 tournament will feature live scoring as well as live streaming of play and audio podcasts.

Labamba
12-19-2007, 07:36 PM
Jarkko will fly to Adelaide on the 26th of December...hopefully no stomach bugs this year :angel:

Kristen
12-22-2007, 06:38 AM
Good to know he'll get there with plenty of tme to spare =)
I look forward to posting far too many photos of him from Adelaide.

rrfnpump
12-23-2007, 04:45 PM
gooooo Jarkko in 2008 :rocker2: :D
hoping for a slightly better season than 2007 :)

and go Kristen with the pictures. :angel:

saippuakauppias
12-28-2007, 08:52 AM
Good luck Jarkko in 2008! :D

Labamba
12-29-2007, 06:41 AM
good draw for Jarkko in Adelaide :D


[1] Lleyton HEWITT (AUS) v Dudi SELA (ISR)
Alejandro FALLA (COL) v Jose ACASUSO (ARG)
Ernests GULBIS (LAT) v QUALIFIER
Victor HANESCU (ROM) v [6] Jo-Wilfred TSONGA (FRA)

[3] Jarkko NIEMINEN (FIN) v QUALIFIER
QUALIFIER v Simone BOLELLI (ITA)
Florian MAYER (GER) v Mischa ZVEREV (GER)
Vincent SPADEA (USA) v [8] Sebastien GROSJEAN (FRA)

[7] Juan Martin DEL POTRO (ARG) v Michael RUSSELL (USA)
[WC] Robert SMEETS (AUS) v Benjamin BECKER (GER)
Evgeny KOROLEV (RUS) v Mario ANCIC (CRO)
Michael LLODRA (FRA) v [4] Gilles SIMON (FRA)

[5] Radek STEPANEK (CZE) v [WC] Joseph SIRIANNI (AUS)
Sam QUERREY (USA) v Steve DARCIS (BEL)
[WC] Chris GUCCIONE (AUS) v QUALIFIER
Julien BENNETEAU (FRA) v [2] Paul-Henri MATHIEU (FRA)

Labamba
12-29-2007, 10:27 AM
Jarkko & Robert :rocker2:

[1] HANLEY, Paul AUS/PAES, Leander IND vs ANCIC, Mario CRO/STEPANEK, Radek CZE
DE VOEST, Rik RSA/FISHER, Ashley AUS vs BENNETEAU, Julien FRA/MATHIEU, Paul-Henri FRA

[4] GARCIA, Martin ARG/MELO, Marcelo BRA vs SIMON, Gilles FRA/ZVEREV, Mischa GER
LINDSTEDT, Robert SWE/NIEMINEN, Jarkko FIN vs BOLELLI, Simone ITA/SELA, Dudi ISR

BUTORAC, Eric USA/DANCEVIC, Frank CAN vs [wc] HEALEY, Nathan AUS/HEWITT, Lleyton AUS
[wc] GUCCIONE, Chris AUS/SMEETS, Robert AUS vs [3] KERR, Jordan AUS/PERRY, Todd AUS

GROSJEAN, Sebastien FRA/TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried FRA vs HAGGARD, Chris RSA/MAYER, Florian GER
ACASUSO, Jose ARG/DEL POTRO, Juan Martin ARG vs [2] ERLICH, Jonathan ISR/RAM, Andy ISR

Mr Brightside
12-29-2007, 10:33 AM
Very good draw :dance:

Labamba
12-30-2007, 09:15 AM
Adelaide Monday OOP

Center court 1
Stepanek vs. Sirianni
Smeets vs. Becker
Butorac/Dancevic vs. Hewitt/Healey
Llodra vs. Simon

Center Court 2
Querrey vs. Darcis
Del Potro vs. Russell
Mayer vs. Zverev
Lindstedt/Nieminen vs. Bolelli/Sela

Court 1
Dancevic vs. Petzschner
Golubev vs. Prpic

Court 2
Klec vs. Marach
Odesnik vs. Jones

Smasher
12-30-2007, 06:36 PM
Good luck tomorrow Jarkko! :rocker2:

Smasher
12-31-2007, 09:28 AM
Bolelli and Sela defeated Jarkko and Robert 6-7, 6-1, 10-4 :(

Singles first round match tomorrow against Ivo Klec, it's a second match on court 2. Matches start at 11 am local time. Lets hope for a good start in singles :drive:

Mr Brightside
12-31-2007, 12:36 PM
Bad loss in doubles :sad:

Labamba
12-31-2007, 01:51 PM
strange scoreline in the doubles, maybe Jarkko and Robert didn't deal well with the heat (over 40 degrees) :shrug:

hopefully singles will go well, Klec already has three good wins in qualifying on this surface...

good luck Jakke :rocker2:

Mr Brightside
01-01-2008, 10:22 AM
Jarkko def Klec 62 64

:dance:

Kristen
01-01-2008, 10:52 AM
Fairly easy for Jarkko today. He had a cheer squad of about 5 or 6 people. I was torn whether or not Klec had to justify beating Oli (but really, doing me a favour and preventing my 2 guys playing each other), or Jarkko because of the crappy doubles performance. The heat was ridiculous. It also seemed like whenever it got to deuce, Robert would be the one to return serve. Jarkko wasn't having a lot of luck.

Labamba
01-01-2008, 02:37 PM
first win of 2008 :yeah: now against Dancevic in the 2nd round on Thursday

WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID

Nieminen: "It is great to start the year with a win. You never know what to expect in the first tournament and first match. My game gets better when I play more matches. If the weather holds like this, then players will be leaving Australia very tired, but this is good preparation for Melbourne. You have to be careful not to practice too much as the matches take a lot out of you. All the players seem to have prepared well at home, as everyone know it is hot here. That is why I start competing in Adelaide, because it is hot, as it really prepares you for Melbourne."

[On new court surface adopted by Tennis Australia:] "I think the new court surface is better as it allows you to play serve and volley and from the baseline. It is easier to move than on last year's surface. When it was hot like this last year the surface got sticky and caused player injuries, such as twisted ankles - including me."

[Compulsary Army training during off-season:] "Immediately after [ATP Masters Series] Paris, I started my military service. Every man in Finland aged 18 and over needs to undertake training before they turn 29. You have to complete six or 11 months of training. I had a special schedule and was there for six weeks. So it was basically my holiday. After three weeks I started my tennis training and they allowed me to practice like normal. Having been at the training a couple of days, it was difficult as I did not know the rules. The other guys had started five weeks earlier, so it took a little time to get used to it. I did not think about tennis at all. We spent one week in a forest, living in a tent and experiencing the same things they did: shooting with different guns etc. I will have completed my training by March."

Mr Brightside
01-03-2008, 01:55 PM
Jarkko def Dancevic 64 61

another easy win :yeah:
QF against Spadea...forza :p sorry but i don't know how to say it in finnish :lol:

Labamba
01-03-2008, 09:41 PM
nice win :yeah:

"It was an easier match than I expected," said Nieminen. "Frank has played very well here, so I was expecting this match to be tougher than it was.

"I got an early break in the second [set] and I think his game went a little bit down. I started to play more relaxed and felt much better today than in the first round. I have gotten used to the heat and court surface and when I get more and more matches my game will only get better."

good luck against Vinny :rocker:

Mr Brightside
01-04-2008, 12:08 PM
Jarkko def Spadea 76(5) 67(7) 76(5)

:bowdown:

Smasher
01-04-2008, 05:30 PM
It was tough today, no doubt about that. But a great win anyway :yeah: Semifinal against J-W Tsonga is the second match on Center Court tomorrow, matches start at 1pm local time. Tsonga has been pretty impressive all week, but Jarkko can finish his run! :rocker2: Good luck! :bigclap:

rrfnpump
01-04-2008, 07:44 PM
Jarkko :D :) :yeah:
that was a great win

now win it all... draw has opened up nicely!

Labamba
01-04-2008, 09:52 PM
Jakke - what a legend :cool:

finally a match on TV, good luck against baby Ali :rocker:

Smasher
01-05-2008, 08:54 AM
And it's getting better and better! :rocker2: Jarkko defeated Tsonga 6-2, 6-4 and is in tomorrow's final against Michael Llodra. I like the way Jarkko played today, no signs of tiredness, only few unforced errors and some nice winners. :cool: Great chance to get a second career title, but lets stay calm here :p Good luck tomorrow Jarkko! :drive:

Chris-swede
01-05-2008, 09:36 AM
He normally should beat Llodra but i do not know.

Has Jarkko to defend a lot of points the next weeks? Do not know?

His ranking should go up soon.

Mr Brightside
01-05-2008, 10:06 AM
OMG :woohoo:
Take the title :worship:
Here's his quarter in Auckland:

(4)Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) vs (WC)Mario Ancic (CRO)
Jurgen Melzer AUT) vs Werner Eschauer (AUT)
(q) vs (q)
(5)Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) vs Xavier Malisse (BEL)

:unsure:

Labamba
01-05-2008, 01:40 PM
Jarkko is in monster shape right now, great performance overall today against Tsonga :eek:

8th career ATP Final and the first time Jakke is the favourite going into the match :cool: Llodra is playing well, but so is Jarkko and the match-up is good for him. It's really the time for a 2nd title.

C'mon Jakke and good luck! :rocker:

Labamba
01-05-2008, 01:41 PM
He normally should beat Llodra but i do not know.

Has Jarkko to defend a lot of points the next weeks? Do not know?

His ranking should go up soon.

Jarkko has almost no points to defend until Marseille (SF)

Fitz
01-06-2008, 04:22 AM
Jarkko is really struggling against Llodra. He lost the first set 6-3 and is down a break in the second. :sad:

rrfnpump
01-06-2008, 07:25 AM
Jarkko lots 63 64 :bigcry: :( :sad:

and a tough draw in Auckland as well. :(

Chris-swede
01-06-2008, 08:14 AM
then he can concentrate on aussies better! :)

Labamba
01-06-2008, 11:11 AM
poor match from Jarkko :sad: nervous start and couldn't really recover from that...Llodra on the other hand played great and was fired up from the start

still it was a good start for the year :)

Labamba
01-06-2008, 11:17 AM
then he can concentrate on aussies better! :)

yes, Auckland isn't that important...the focus should be on AO ;)

If Jarkko loses in the first round, then a few extra rest/practise days in Melbourne wouldn't be too bad for him. And if he gets past Malisse, the next round would be easier (qualifier).

Mr Brightside
01-06-2008, 01:57 PM
:sad:

J-5
01-06-2008, 11:20 PM
Great first week after all, Jarkko! Too bad Llodra wasn't beatable today, but still, congrats for a great start of the season. I'm really looking forward to this year for Jarkko. :)

Labamba
01-07-2008, 09:44 AM
Jarkko has had very little time to prepare for this match...good luck :rocker:

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

STADIUM start 11:00 am
[Q] N Massu (CHI) vs [Q] G Jones (NZL)
[1] D Ferrer (ESP) vs O Hernandez (ESP)
[4] J Ferrero (ESP) vs [WC] M Ancic (CRO)
X Malisse (BEL) vs [5] J Nieminen (FIN)

Not Before 7:00 PM
T Johansson (SWE) vs [3] J Monaco (ARG)
L Friedl (CZE) / D Skoch (CZE) vs [WC] D King-Turner (NZL) / D Martin (USA)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
[7] P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs M Russell (USA)
[Q] T Cakl (CZE) vs M Cilic (CRO)
H Lee (KOR) vs M Llodra (FRA)
O Hernandez (ESP) / A Montanes (ESP) vs Y Allegro (SUI) / J Thomas (USA)

COURT 6 start 11:00 am
S Roitman (ARG) vs [Q] L Rosol (CZE)
Not Before 4:00 PM
[4] C Kas (GER) / R Wassen (NED) vs J Coetzee (RSA) / J Levinsky (CZE)
J Acasuso (ARG) / J Chela (ARG) vs M Garcia (ARG) / R Lindstedt (SWE)

Labamba
01-08-2008, 02:11 PM
rain in Auckland, Jarkko didn't even get to court yesterday

potentially two matches today, first against Malisse and then later against Massu (who only has to play one match) :o

Labamba
01-09-2008, 12:24 PM
Jarkko lost to Malisse 6-7 3-6

He was featured in the daily podcasts from Auckland, check it out:

http://www.asbclassic.co.nz/podcasts/cloud.mp3 (Jarkko's part from 05:15 ->)

Day 3 - General Nieminen, a lucky loser and two appearances by the No.1 seed

The ASB Wildcards talk football and the Auckland weather with David Ferrer. Jesse Levine or is it Levine is homesick for Florida Lovebugs and General Jarkko Nieminen talks about being lost in a Finnish Forest.

Mr Brightside
01-09-2008, 12:36 PM
Jarkko :hug:
better luck in AO ;)

Labamba
01-10-2008, 02:36 PM
The AO draw will be out tonight :bounce:

Jarkko is seeded 24th this year :yeah: That's good because now he won't have to face one of the 1-8 seeds in the 3rd round, instead he would face one of the 9-16 seeds. If Jarkko had been seeded 25th or lower, he could have had Federer or Nadal in 3rd round.

Let's hope for a nice draw :rocker2:

Mr Brightside
01-10-2008, 02:38 PM
i have a bad feeling:o

Mr Brightside
01-11-2008, 08:50 AM
Very good draw :woohoo:
he should reach at least the 4th round against Andy :)

Labamba
01-11-2008, 09:35 PM
It's a very good draw :D but let's not get ahead of ourselves :p

One match at a time, Jarkko 'owns' Dancevic (4-0 in H2H), but he's not a bad player at all. Jakke needs to be ready on Monday (bottom half plays first) :)

4th round would be great, but Robredo is no pushover on these slow hardcourts. Let's see what happens, it promises to be exciting two weeks.

RODDICK, Andy USA [6] vs QUALIFIER
YOUNG, Donald USA vs BERRER, Michael GER
KOROLEV, Evgeny RUS vs QUALIFIER
QUALIFIER vs KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp GER [29]

NIEMINEN, Jarkko FIN [24] vs DANCEVIC, Frank CAN
LEVINE, Jesse USA (WC) vs VASSALLO ARGUELLO, Martin ARG
FISH, Mardy USA vs PASHANSKI, Boris SRB
ZVEREV, Mischa GER vs ROBREDO, Tommy ESP [11]

Labamba
01-12-2008, 01:28 PM
Monday OOP

Court 13 - 11.00 AM

1. Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.

Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)[24] v. Frank Dancevic (CAN)

I don't think it's a TV court :(

good luck Jarkko :rocker:

Labamba
01-15-2008, 06:33 PM
So, Jarkko defeated Dancevic in 5 :yeah:

tonight he will face another Canadian (though representing USA), Jesse Levine, a speedy lefty who's on the rise in the rankings

the match will be played first up on Show Court 3, which means it can be followed on TV :banana:

good luck Jarkko :rocker:

J-5
01-16-2008, 01:03 PM
Jarkko defeated Levine 6-2, 7-5, 7-6(2). :) Well done, altough it wasn't the easiest one and there is a lot to improve for the match against Fish.

Mr Brightside
01-16-2008, 02:04 PM
:yeah:

Chris-swede
01-16-2008, 03:56 PM
Fish could be beaten, but he has really to concentrate. Fish? You never know about him. He can play very big..or also very bad.