Blake loses to Nieminen in Stockholm semis

Updated: 22 October 2011 20:27 IST

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 loses to Nieminen in Stockholm semis

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.



Topics : Jarkko Nieminen Tennis James Blake
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