Monfils to play Nieminen in Stockholm final

Updated: 22 October 2011 23:45 IST

Top-seeded Gael Monfils beat No. 6 Milos Raonic 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday to set up a Stockholm final against Jarkko Nieminen.

Stockholm:

Top-seeded Gael Monfils beat No. 6 Milos Raonic 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday to set up a Stockholm final against Jarkko Nieminen.

The 10th-ranked Monfils converted three of nine break points against the hard-serving Canadian as he looks for his first title of the year.

Nieminen beat American player James Blake 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-2 to reach his third Stockholm Open final.

Blake, who beat 15th-ranked Juan Martin Del Potro before getting a walkover into the semifinals after David Nalbandian pulled out with an injury, double-faulted seven times and struggled with his serve throughout.

Nieminen converted three of his five break points in the third set, giving the 73rd-ranked Finn a third chance to win his first title at the Royal Tennis Hall.

In his 12 Stockholm Open appearances, he has reached the semifinals five times, and was a finalist in 2001 and 2006.

Topics : Tennis Jarkko Nieminen Gael Monfils Fernando Verdasco Milos Raonic
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