Stockholm: Jarkko Nieminen defeated James Blake 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-2 Saturday to reach the Stockholm Open final for the third time in his career.
Blake had seven double-faults and struggled with his serve throughout the match. He upset 15th-ranked Juan Martin Del Potro before getting a walkover into the semifinal after David Nalbandian pulled out with injury,
Nieminen scored three of his five break points in the final set. The 73rd-ranked Finn will get a third chance to pick up his first title at the Royal Tennis Hall. He reached the final in 2001 and 2006.
Top-seeded Gael Monfils of France will face Milos Raonic of Canada in the other semifinal.