Basel R2: Djokovic edges Nieminen 6-4 7-6(6)

11-04-2010, 09:11 PM
An excellent tennis match. Jarkko fought like a hero in the second set and saved several break points but Novak saved 2 set points and turned the breaker around. :worship:

11-04-2010, 09:12 PM
My God is it nice to see Nieminen back to playing world class tennis! He is such a wonderful guy off the court, and to see him hitting the ball this cleanly is a real pleasure. Congrats to Novak, as he had to dig deep to win against an in form Nieminen. Novak celebrated afterward like I haven't seen him celebrate in a long time, as he had to come up with some superb shots to win this one.

11-04-2010, 09:13 PM
Jarkko you break my heart, man :p :hug: Kudos to Novak for pulling through.

Corey Feldman
11-04-2010, 09:13 PM
Djokovic celebrated as if he won Wimbledon

11-04-2010, 09:14 PM
Good fight from Nieminen, he gives very little free points, nole had to work for his win tonight. Nole is going to have to play a little better imo if he wants to beat roger for the second straight year.

11-04-2010, 09:14 PM
very good match.

11-04-2010, 09:14 PM
Entertaining match, both were great, Nole was clutch in the most important points, also, Nieminen served really good.

Voo de Mar
11-04-2010, 09:14 PM
Nice to watch a tie-break with two mental giants. Nieminen nothing did badly when he led 6:4 in the tie-break - D'Joke played 4 straight points really well :yeah:

11-04-2010, 09:17 PM
Great match! Novak played great when he's in danger and Jarkko :worship: best performance I saw from him in a long time.

Time Violation
11-04-2010, 09:23 PM
Djokovic celebrated as if he won Wimbledon

He really played well on the last few points to win in 2... good enough reason to celebrate :)

11-04-2010, 09:49 PM
I am so going to find YouTube highlights of this match when I get home from work, sounds like a good match.

Keep going Nole! :rocker:, bad luck Nemo!

11-04-2010, 09:51 PM
The Queen's favourite player is looking good for 2011 :yeah: :)

11-04-2010, 09:55 PM
not bad

Sham Kay Adams
11-04-2010, 09:57 PM
The Finn is pretty breathtaking when on, sheesh. Almost forgot how good he used to occasionally play before the injury.

Filo V.
11-04-2010, 10:06 PM
Great match. Jarkko is really showing a level that he hasn't had since he was top 20. His ability to redirect shots with great timing is really impressive. He's also more aggressive with his entire game than he's ever been. He just made a few loose errors here and there and combined with Nole's great defensive/counterpunching game, he didn't quite have what it took to win. Nole was really excited after winning this match and showed plenty of emotion, he was forced to raise his level which he did at the end of both sets. Nole served well, and was pretty good from the baseline, but could have been better. He got the win and that's what counts.

11-04-2010, 10:19 PM
not bad

a little bit sweaty but ok,job done easily:rolleyes:

11-04-2010, 11:05 PM
Wow, nice to see the scoreline so close from Sharkko, and with set points in the second, too.

Nole fan
11-04-2010, 11:14 PM
Didn't see the match, but sounds like a good one. :)
Nieminen is always a dangerous opponent not to be underestimated.
Good win for Nole. :yeah:

11-04-2010, 11:23 PM
Its only the Big stage Novak is rubbish in MM events he is clutch.

11-04-2010, 11:57 PM
Very good match - especially the second set tiebreak. Jarkko could probably have beaten anyone outside the top 5. Unfortunately for him he came across Djokovic who looks intent upon retaining his title here in Basel.

11-05-2010, 12:54 AM
Nemo is seriously scary lately. I've seen some impressive stuff from him, but this was a level above - he really pushed number3 about as hard as it gets.

In a lot of ways he's playing at career best now (especially on serve).

11-05-2010, 12:55 AM
This Djokovic is good. Should comfortably beat Olderer for the title.

Clay Death
11-05-2010, 01:02 AM
the great serbian slayer for the title.


11-05-2010, 01:30 AM
This was a terrific match! Nemo earned a new fan in me today, that's for sure. Played like a champ and really could have taken the match if he had seized one of the many break point opportunities.

Great from Nole! :yeah: Wouldn't mind him cutting out a few of the errors here and there, but that's pretty much to be expected when one plays as aggressively as he does.

11-05-2010, 01:55 AM
I am liking Nemo more and more... actually found myself rooting for him at times
good job weathering the storm, djoker

11-05-2010, 02:27 AM
Djokovic celebrated as if he won Wimbledon

He never won Wimbledon, so how could you know how he is celebrating winning it?