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In the first set both players were serving well and playing quickly. No break points were faced by either player until 5-5. Nieminen was able to take Federer to deuce at 5-4, from 40-0 down actually, but didn't get a break point. Serving at 5-5, Nieminen went up 40-0 but then Federer hit a few winners and got it to deuce. Jarkko threw in a df somewhere in there, but I don't remember when, except that it wasn't on BP. On Federer's first two break points he missed his chances with a failed passing shot and a UE into the net, but played a great point on his third break chance. Would serve out the set quite easily.

The second set was much of the same. Good serving from both guys and both were winning a lot of points on their first serve. Federer was finally able to get some break points at 3-3, Nieminen saved one with an out-wide serve and Federer put a passing shot into the net on the second chance. Fed got another break point at 4-4 and again put an UE into the net. The set would go to a tiebreak, and Federer played two great points to get a few mini-breaks. Held it out with the serve.

Not a bad match overall. Had a throwback feel to it and it was nice to see two players playing so quickly without the time wasting.
 

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actually a quality match . nieminen can't play much better than this . Fed has to raise his game to beat Delpo or Berdych
 

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Borederer today. Nice job though
 

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Nieminen freezing up in the tight situations. Making errors poor shot selection, DF, and 2nd serves that even Wozniaki would say were wussy. Federer dealt with those accordingly (clean winners).

Routinerer was here today, DayintheOfficeFed as well, but he'll need to clean it up vs. Berdych/Delpo.
 

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Acceptablerer.
 

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The first set was some good stuff, the second set was just bad from Fed and okayish from Nemo. Nothing more really. But I love the variety on this surface, no endless retrieving, just a lot of attacking tennis and ventures into the net (and silly errors of course ;))
And great TB in the end from RF, Upped the ante at the right time

SF will be a lot tougher, needs to lift his level up a notch
 

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Federer had plenty of chances, but failed to convert. Nieminen played well, but struggled during the big points.

Federer needs to cut down on the errors if he wants to win the tournament.
 

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Horrific from Fed in the second set on return. Niemo collapses at the end of sets like always, especially when Fed remebers how to return.
 

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Boring match, he did what he had to. Only positive thing was that Jarko hasn't got single BP chance. He has to raise his lvl vs Gasquet.
 

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Nieminen has an awful record against Federer, it's sad considering Fin's class. I think the key to their H2H is Nieminen's weakest part of the game - second serve, usually it doesn't matter because he serves above 60% his 1st serve, but Federer is a master of exploiting opponent's weaknesses so he always finds right moments to take an advantage of Nieminen's second serve.
 

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did we watch the same match then :confused: ?
Remember that the Rafole rivarly sets the tennis standards these days and unless you got a 30+ rally in every single point the quality of a match remains awful. Aces, winners and fast exchanges are unacceptable.
 

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Overall Federer had many more chances that Nieminen, even though some are saying Nieminen was not great under pressure, he did save a bunch of BP's, but the main problem was that he didn't even force a BP of his own the entire match. He did well to get this scoreline.
 

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Good match from Jarkko, made it close like last time in Basel. Fought well but Roger too strong in the decisive moments. Beating Federer in a tiebreak is a tough task especially for Jarkko considering that his serve isn't strong.

Still, a positive tournament overall for Jarkko with the QF and a tight match against Roger. Hope his wrist stays ok, had some problems with it in the DC tie.
 

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Nemo did a very decent job actually, the only thing is that he just couldn't find a way to deal with Fed's first serve.
 

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so happy Roger beat ugly teeth
 
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