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Jarkko Nieminen ousts Juan Martin Del Potro, reaches last 8 in Monte Carlo
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With the likes of Tomas Berdych and Andy Murray falling early in the day, it was Juan Martin Del Potro who succumbed to Jarkko Nieminen in a pulsating three set marathon 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(4) in two hours and 37 minutes to book a spot in the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters. The match saw a lot of ups and downs as both players gained and lost momentum throughout with Nieminen keeping his nerves intact when it mattered.
The first set saw Nieminen break the Del Potro serve twice to wrap the set 6-4. The Finn was the one who took the initiative, hitting as many as 21 winners in the set to keep the Argentine on the back foot. His forehand down the line was the most effective shot as he managed getting that shot past Del Potro constantly in the early stages of the set. With Del Potro breaking back in the ninth game of the set, it was Nieminen who again capitalized on the slump in Del Potro’s form to break him to take the set.
In a 44 minutes second set it was Del Potro who extended the match into a third set after getting the one single break of the set. The Argentine played some high quality tennis to take the second set 6-4. With 12 clean winners along with 2 aces, though Del Potro was tested on his serve a number of times but his first serves did the trick, helping him win 83% points when it went in. Nieminen tried his level best but could not do anything as Del Potro was too strong from the back.
The final set was by far the most entertaining one with no clear favorite to win the set. With Del Potro breaking in the very first game of the deciding set, things were shaping up perfectly for the Argentine as he lead 2-0 in the set only to see Nieminen fight back and take the next four games an lead 4-2. With Del Potro steaming and playing some flashy tennis, Nieminen was on course to take a 5-2 lead but it wasn’t to be with the Argentine breaking back and then taking a 5-4 lead to serve for the match.
It wasn’t to be with the Finn breaking again to get the set back at par at 5 games all. With the set going into a well deserving tie break, it was Nieminen who kept his cool and raised his arms in victory when Del Potro missed a forehand.
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