Hard to win a match when you are hitting so many UE like Ilhan today. Quite a few of them came from Nieminen being too much for him in a longer rallys. Jarkko basically knew if he can keep the ball inside the lines Ilhan won't be able to keep up. Well done Jarkko? and GL to Ilhan.
If only tennis was this easy.
it's a ridiculously kind draw, Nieminen on clay, and you're playing at home... Olivo (!!!) managed to do it, how the hell Ilhan got straight-setted is beyond me. Glad for Jarkko, of course, still getting some wins in the main tour. Roger next :lol: at least he's only lost 14 matches so far, heh.Marsel :help: Nieminen these days is not a bad draw.
A few years ago I thought Marsel could be a solid Top 100 player, but I have given up that thought :sobbing:
no. He's the sort of guy who loses to challenger mugs in his worst surface... On clay this year: barely beat Cecchinato, lost to Olivo and lost to PHM... his only comfortable wins were against Arneodo and Balleret in DC (both outside top 300).You guys are talking as if Niemo is some kind of challenger mug when it's almost the other way around.
I think it was the first time that Niemo played the SA swing during the winter, one can't really fault him too much for losing to Olivo at his age. For the very reason that clay is his worst surface one should also take into account that he's beaten Del Potro, Ferrero (close to beating him 3 times iirc), Djokovic and a few others. I don't know how many chances Ilhan will have in his career to have such wins, yes time has gone by but Niemo is the kind of guy who takes his job seriously and you can't expect him to beat himself just because his retirement is closer.no. He's the sort of guy who loses to challenger mugs in his worst surface... On clay this year: barely beat Cecchinato, lost to Olivo and lost to PHM... his only comfortable wins were against Arneodo and Balleret in DC (both outside top 300).
Such a comfortable win, against Ilhan who's #80 in the world, is an exception, not the rule for Nemo.