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Old 05-10-2005, 08:41 AM   #181
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These are my opinions from finnish players Lauri Kiiski, Timo Nieminen and Janne Holmia.

Lauri Kiiski (24y) is the best player from these guys. He has said that this year he will try hard, but if he doesn't have success he will probably stop playing his international tennis tournaments.
I think ATP400 will be top ranking to Kiiski. His highest ranking was ATP427 (9.9.02).

Timo Nieminen (23y) is really doing his military service. He will play two finnish future-tournaments in June. I don't believe that Timo will receive again the best level he played in 2003 when his ranking was ATP254 (21.7.03). Timo's tennis is absolutely too soft to get rankings better than ATP400-500.

Janne Holmia (22y) is talent player. He is still studying in some US-College. Last summer he won outdoor finnish championship, but the best finnish players were not playing in that tournament. I don't believe that Janne will have possibilities to make top 500. Maybe he doesn't start real tennis pro tours at all??

So Juho Paukku (18y) is the only real finnish hope for the future. I'll think he will make at least top 300 - maybe even 200!
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Old 05-10-2005, 05:13 PM   #182
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Thanks for the comments!

Here a short summary of 2005. The finnish players lost all their matches at Futures.

Jarkko Nieminen (9)
1R Adelaide
2R Sydney (as LL)
3R Australian Open
Daviscup: 5-0 in Ghana
2R Indian Wells
2R Miami
2R Casablanca
2R Barcelona (as Q)
SF Munich (as Q)
1R Prague CH

Juho Paukku (6)
1R Great Britain F2
1R Germany F5
DNQ Lübeck CH
1R Portugal F2
1R Italy F8
1R Hungary F2

Lassi Ketola (5)
1R Germany F4
1R Germany F5
1R GBR-Satellite (week 1, Bournemouth, as Q)
QF GBR-Satellite (week 2, Edinburgh, as Q)
1R GBR-Satellite (week 3, Newcastle)

Tuomas Ketola (8)
1R Wrexham CH
QF Wolfsburg CH
DNQ Besancon CH
1R Lübeck CH
Daviscup: 5-0 in Ghana
2R Sarajevo CH
2R San Luis Potosi CH
QF Leon CH (as Q)
DNQ Mexico City I CH

Niklas Bucht (4)
DNQ Satellite Sweden/Denmark (week 1, Malmö)
DNQ Satellite Sweden/Denmark (week 2, Lyngby)
DNQ Satellite Sweden/Denmark (week 3, Växjö)
DNQ Romania F2

Lauri Kiiski (4)
QF Satellite Sweden/Denmark (week 1, Malmö)
1R Satellite Sweden/Denmark (week 2, Lyngby)
1R Satellite Sweden/Denmark (week 3, Växjö)
1R Satellite Sweden/Denmark (Masters, Lidköping)

records:
Jarkko Nieminen 12-9 + qualifying: 7-1
Juho Paukku 0-5 + qualifying: 2-1
Lassi Ketola 2-5 + qualifying: 5-0
Tuomas Ketola 9-6 + qualifying: 5-2
Lauri Kiiski 2-4
Niklas Bucht 0-0 + qualifying: 4-4

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SHOCK!
Prague first round:
G.Blanco d. J.Nieminen 2-6 6-3 6-4

I didn't think he could lose in the French Open qualifying. Maybe I should change my opinion now.
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Thanks for your result summary JMG.

Yes that was real shock that Jarkko lost to Galo Blanco. It has happend something strange in Pargue.

...but don't be worried Jarkko will play through to main draw in the French Open qualifying. Jarkko is a fighter!

...and Jarkko will be direct in to Wimbledon main draw.
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Nieminen - Reynolds
Ouanna - Prpic
Gallardo Vives - Kubot
Montcourt - Brzezicki

Dupuis - Luzzi
JFAnderson - De Voest
Ketola - Guzman
Koellerer - Saretta

I was hoping for a Nieminen vs Ketola draw

Not easy for Jarkko, but he has to qualify though - Ketola won't have chance here. Maybe in Wimbledon
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Saw some good tennis from Reynolds in Melbourne. Hopefully he's unbelievably crap on clay. I'd really like to see Jarkko win a match.
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J.Nieminen d. B.Reynolds 7-5 6-1 (saved sp at 4-5*)
tomorrow against Filip Prpic, Sweden
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J.P.Guzman d. T.Ketola 6-3 6-1

Tuomas defeated him in Mexico in March 2005 which makes the loss disappointing.

To serve 5 double faults in only one service game is also world class Tennis.
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I am notorious for supporting Swedes (or at least I used to be!) but...Filip doesn't exactly thrill me, and Jarkko is capable of defeating him,...so...hopefully he'll live up to his capabilities! @ the win over Reynolds.

Ohh JMG... I once saw an horrendous game from Calleri like that. He should have beaten Thomas Johansson but no... he preferred to serve DF after DF....
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In Jarkko's match against Reynolds he had a 1st serve % of only 47% (normally ~70) and hit 4! aces. He also won unusual 74% of points on his 1st serve. So maybe he served with more speed/risk in that match?
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Okay, Jarkko had his normal stats today, more than 70% of his 1st serves were in.

Nieminen d. Prpic 6-0 6-3

Too bad, I would have had a chance to see him at the 25T challenger in Ettlingen next week, but now he will stay in Paris of course. He would probably become the first LL if he lost.

I think Jarkko will skip the grass season (except Wimbledon) this year, which would be a wise decision. He's already on the Prostejov CH list in the 2nd RG week and has no chance to get in the two grass tournaments. I could imagine that he plays the big Braunschweig challenger the week before Wimbledon. And after Wimbledon, he could continue playing on clay.
That would be the best decision!

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Nieminen d. Brzezicki 6-4 3-6 6-1

Gasquet, Agassi, Massu, Davydenko, ... are possible opponents.


I'm hoping for Schalken or Hernandez.
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I actually don't think he's squinting in this photo...?

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He looks kind of annoyed to be there
Maybe he remembered he's an awesome player! I quite like that shirt. Nice to see it has sleeves
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Jarkko NIEMINEN vs Andre AGASSI

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