And, the seven time champion Rafael Nadal reached the third-round of the 2012 Monte Carlo Masters. Nieminen played well and tested Nadal to a certain extent, but he just could not match up with ferocity and swiftness of Nadal on red-soil. Nadal struggled a bit throughout the match, but he looked absolutely fit and moved well on the court to register this straight sets victory here.
Nieminen - Nadal
4 - 6
3 - 6
Served By: J Nieminen Won By: Nadal
IN, Winner: Nadal!!! Double Fault.
IN, Winner: Nadal!!! Nieminen goes for a out-wide serve, Nadal delivers a backhand return, couple of shots exchanged, Nadal whips a backhand cross-court winner. Two Match Points for NADAL!
IN, Winner: Nadal!!! Fine serve, Nadal puts back a forehand return, lengthy exchange between the players, Nieminen goes for a forehand down the line but misses the target.