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Jarkko Nieminen

Jarkko Nieminen Finnish tennis player

Finnish tennis player
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Finnish tennis player
Is Athlete Tennis player Floorball player
From Finland
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 23 July 1981, Masku, Finland
Age: 38 years
Star sign LeoLeo
Residence Masku, Finland
Family
Spouse: Anu Nieminen
Stats
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 78 kg
The details
Biography

Jarkko Kalervo Nieminen (born 23 July 1981) is a Finnish former professional tennis player. His highest ranking of world No. 13, achieved in July 2006, is a Finnish record. He has won two ATP singles titles and five doubles titles in his career. His best performances in Grand Slam tournaments have been reaching the quarterfinals of the 2005 US Open, the 2006 Wimbledon Championships, and the 2008 Australian Open.

Statistically Finland's best player to date, Nieminen is also the first and so far only Finnish player to have won an ATP singles title and to have reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam singles event. He is also notable for winning the shortest recorded Masters Tour tennis match in Open Era history, defeating Bernard Tomic in just 28 minutes and 20 seconds in the first round of the 2014 Sony Open Tennis. He was ranked inside the Top 75 for 11 times in 14 years (2001 to 2014).

On 23 June 2015, he announced his retirement from professional tennis at the end of the season, playing 2015 Stockholm Open as his last event.

His wife, Anu Nieminen, is Finland's top-ranked badminton women's single player.

On April 2016, it was announced that Nieminen will compete in floorball in season 2016–2017 at Finnish Salibandyliiga representing SC Classic.

Junior career

As a junior Nieminen reached as high as No. 9 in the world in 1999 (and No. 20 in doubles), and won the 1999 Jr US Open.

Career highlights

1999

  • Defeated Kristian Pless of Denmark to win his first junior Grand Slam, the US Open.
  • Finished the year at No. 11 in the world junior rankings.
  • Made his Davis Cup debut against Italy, losing to Andrea Gaudenzi.

2000

  • Won his first Davis Cup match, beating Mikael Tillström of Sweden in a dead-rubber.

2001: Breaking the top 100

2002: Breaking the top 50

  • Reached clay-court finals in Estoril and Majorca, losing to David Nalbandian and Gastón Gaudio, respectively.
  • Became the first Finnish player to end the season in the top 50.

2003

  • Reached his fourth career ATP final in Munich, losing to Roger Federer.
  • Advanced to the fourth round at the 2003 French Open, losing to Fernando González.
  • Was at best ranked World No. 27, a career-high until 2006.

2004

  • Represented Finland at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, losing to Max Mirnyi in the second round.
  • Finished in the top 100 for the fourth consecutive year, despite missing nearly three months due to injury.

2005

  • Defeated world no. 7 Andre Agassi in a first round five-setter at the 2005 French Open.
  • Was defeated in five sets by Lleyton Hewitt in the quarterfinals of the 2005 U.S. Open, having become the first Finn to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal.

2006: First ATP title

  • Won his first ATP singles title in January by defeating Mario Ančić in the final in Auckland.
  • Recorded his career-best ATP Masters Series performance by reaching the quarterfinals of the Indian Wells Masters, but lost to Paradorn Srichaphan.
  • Broke into the top 20 for the first time in his career in April.
  • Reached the quarterfinals of the 2006 Wimbledon Championships, but lost to World No. 2 Rafael Nadal in straight sets.
  • Broke into the top 15 for the first time in his career in July after his Wimbledon success.
  • Reached the quarterfinals of the Canada Masters, losing to Andy Murray.
  • Reached his sixth career ATP final in Stockholm, losing to James Blake.
  • Finished the season by reaching the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters, where he lost to Tommy Robredo.

2007: 200 wins

2008

  • Lost to Michaël Llodra in the final at the Adelaide International, 3–6, 4–6.
  • Made the quarter-finals at the Australian Open, losing in straight sets to Rafael Nadal.
  • Represented Finland at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, losing to Swede Thomas Johansson in the first round.

2009

  • Defeated top seed Novak Djokovic in the 2009 Medibank International semifinal, 6–4, 7–6. He lost to David Nalbandian in the final, 4–6, 7–6, 2–6.
  • Withdrew from the 2009 Australian Open halfway through his first-round clash with 28th seed Paul-Henri Mathieu.
  • Underwent surgery for a wrist injury and sidelined for three months, thus missing Roland Garros and Wimbledon.
  • Returned to professional tennis at the New Haven tournament in the US in August.
  • Defeated Frenchman Stéphane Robert in the ATP Challenger tournament final in Jersey, United Kingdom in November.

2010

  • Defeated Nick Lindahl in the first round of the Australian Open, before losing a tight five-set match to Florent Serra in the second round after having two match points in the fourth set. In the doubles competition, he reached the semifinals with partner Michael Kohlmann, losing to the top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan.
  • Reached his first semifinal of the season at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, beating Paolo Lorenzi, 6–3, 6–4, in the first round, Evgeny Korolev, 5–7, 6–1, 6–0, in the second round, winning 12 consecutive games to close out the match, and finally third seed Benjamin Becker in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, he lost against Ernests Gulbis of Latvia, who ended up winning the tournament against Ivo Karlović in the final.
  • Won his second doubles title with Swede Johan Brunström in Gstaad, Switzerland on clay courts.
  • Lost to Guillermo García-López in the PTT Thailand Open final, 6–4, 3–6, 6–4.

2011: 300 wins

  • Reached his 11th career ATP final in Stockholm, losing to Gaël Monfils.

2012: 2nd ATP Title

  • Nieminen won the Sydney International for his second career title against Julien Benneteau. He was a finalist in doubles in the same tournament with Matthew Ebden against Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan.
  • He was a quarterfinalist at the Open Sud de France and in Rotterdam.
  • In the 2012 Summer Olympics, Nieminen lost to Andy Murray in the second round, who went on to win Gold in the singles and Silver in the mixed doubles.

2013

  • Nieminen was the runner-up at the Power Horse Cup in Düsseldorf, beating no. 14 Tommy Haas.
  • Nieminen reached a Masters quarterfinal for the first time since 2006 after beating no. 7 Juan Martín del Potro in the third round of the Monte-Carlo Masters. He also reached the third round in Indian Wells and Miami.
  • Nieminen was a quarterfinalist at the Valencia Open 500, the Japan Open, and the Sydney International.
  • He was semifinalist at the Open Sud de France, losing to Richard Gasquet.
  • He won the Helsinki Challenger.
  • He won his third doubles title at the BMW Open with Dmitry Tursunov.

2014

  • Nieminen started the year 13th time in a row in the top 100.
  • He reached the Open Sud de France and Malaysian Open semifinals and the third round of the Indian Wells Masters and the Madrid Masters.
  • He played the shortest recorded Masters tennis match, defeating Bernard Tomic at the Miami Masters in 28 minutes and 20 seconds.
  • Reached the second round in three of the four Grand Slams, one of the longest Wimbledon tiebreakers losing to ninth seed John Isner.
  • He won his fourth doubles title at the Bet-at-home Cup Kitzbühel, the first by an all-Finnish team, with Henri Kontinen.

2015: 400 wins and retirement

At Wimbledon, Nieminen, who had already announced his retirement at the end of the season, played Lleyton Hewitt in the first round, with Hewitt also stating his intention to retire before the 2016 event. Nieminen earned his first win over Hewitt in five gruelling sets. At the US Open, Nieminen faced Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the first round, with Tsonga prevailing in straight sets despite Jarkko's best efforts. Afterwards, he confirmed that this was his last match at a grand slam.

Nieminen played his final ATP match on 20 October at the 2015 Stockholm Open, losing 6–3, 6–7, 4–6 to Nicolas Almagro. Jarkko had match points in the second-set tiebreaker but narrowly missed one and was very unlucky to lose the other. Fellow Scandinavian tennis player Robin Söderling was in attendance to pay tribute to Jarkko and the Finn was visibly moved as he gave his farewell speech. His final official match was against his old friend and rival Roger Federer at the Hartwall Arena, Helsinki on the ninth of November.

2016: Comeback at the Davis Cup

Nieminen came out of retirement in order to play for his country at the Davis Cup against Zimbabwe. He won his singles tie with a so-called triple bagel.

ATP career finals

Singles: 13 (2 titles, 11 runner-ups)

Titles by setting
Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (2–11)
Titles by surface
Hard (2–7)
Clay (0–4)
Grass (0–0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (2–6)
Indoor (0–5)
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (2–11)
Hard (2–7)
Clay (0–4)
Grass (0–0)
Outdoor (2–6)
Indoor (0–5)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Oct 2001 Stockholm Open, Sweden International Hard (i) Sjeng Schalken 6–3, 3–6, 3–6, 6–4, 3–6
Loss 0–2 Apr 2002 Estoril Open, Portugal International Clay David Nalbandian 4–6, 6–7
Loss 0–3 May 2002 Majorca Open, Spain International Clay Gastón Gaudio 2–6, 3–6
Loss 0–4 May 2003 Bavarian Championships, Germany International Clay Roger Federer 1–6, 4–6
Win 1–4 Jan 2006 Auckland Open, New Zealand International Hard Mario Ančić 6–2, 6–2
Loss 1–5 Oct 2006 Stockholm Open, Sweden International Hard (i) James Blake 4–6, 2–6
Loss 1–6 Oct 2007 Swiss Indoors, Switzerland International Hard (i) Roger Federer 3–6, 4–6
Loss 1–7 Jan 2008 Adelaide International, Australia International Hard Michaël Llodra 3–6, 4–6
Loss 1–8 Jan 2009 Sydney International, Australia 250 Series Hard David Nalbandian 3–6, 7–6, 2–6
Loss 1–9 Oct 2010 Thailand Open, Thailand 250 Series Hard (i) Guillermo García-López 4–6, 6–3, 4–6
Loss 1–10 Oct 2011 Stockholm Open, Sweden 250 Series Hard (i) Gaël Monfils 5–7, 6–3, 2–6
Win 2–10 Jan 2012 Sydney International, Australia 250 Series Hard Julien Benneteau 6–2, 7–5
Loss 2–11 May 2013 Düsseldorf Open, Germany 250 Series Clay Juan Mónaco 4–6, 3–6

Doubles: 9 (5 titles, 4 runner-ups)

Titles by setting
Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (5–4)
Titles by surface
Hard (1–4)
Clay (4–0)
Grass (0–0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (5–1)
Indoor (0–3)
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (5–4)
Hard (1–4)
Clay (4–0)
Grass (0–0)
Outdoor (5–1)
Indoor (0–3)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Sep 2003 Thailand Open, Thailand International Hard (i) Andrew Kratzmann Jonathan Erlich
Andy Ram
3–6, 6–7
Win 1–1 Sep 2007 Mumbai Open, India International Hard Robert Lindstedt Rohan Bopanna
Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
7–6, 7–6
Loss 1–2 Feb 2009 Pacific Coast Championships, US 250 Series Hard (i) Rohan Bopanna Tommy Haas
Radek Štěpánek
2–6, 3–6
Win 2–2 Aug 2010 Swiss Open, Switzerland 250 Series Clay Johan Brunström Marcelo Melo
Bruno Soares
6–3, 6–7, [11–9]
Loss 2–3 Oct 2010 Stockholm Open, Sweden 250 Series Hard (i) Johan Brunström Eric Butorac
Jean-Julien Rojer
3–6, 4–6
Loss 2–4 Jan 2012 Sydney International, Australia 250 Series Hard Matthew Ebden Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
1–6, 4–6
Win 3–4 May 2013 Bavarian Championships, Germany 250 Series Clay Dmitry Tursunov Marcos Baghdatis
Eric Butorac
6–1, 6–4
Win 4–4 Aug 2014 Austrian Open Kitzbühel, Austria 250 Series Clay Henri Kontinen Daniele Bracciali
Andrey Golubev
6–1, 6–4
Win 5–4 Mar 2015 Argentina Open, Argentina 250 Series Clay André Sá Pablo Andújar
Oliver Marach
4–6, 6–4, [10–7]

Singles performance timeline

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.
Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 3R 2R 3R 3R 2R QF 1R 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R 3R 17–14 54.84
French Open A 3R 4R A 2R 1R 3R 3R A 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R 1R 13–12 52.00
Wimbledon A 2R 3R A 1R QF 3R 2R A 2R 1R 2R 1R 2R 2R 14–12 53.85
US Open Q3 1R 2R 1R QF 1R 1R 3R 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R 10–14 41.67
Win–Loss 0–0 3–4 8–4 1–2 7–4 6–4 5–4 9–4 1–2 2–4 0–4 3–4 3–4 3–4 3–4 54–52 50.94
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells Masters A A 1R 2R 2R QF 3R 2R 2R A 2R 1R 3R 3R 2R 12–12 50.00
Miami Masters A 2R 3R 2R 2R 3R 4R 2R 2R A 1R 1R 3R 2R 2R 11–13 45.83
Monte Carlo Masters A A 3R 2R A 1R 1R 2R Q2 1R 2R 2R QF 1R Q1 9–9 50.00
Rome Masters A A 3R A A 2R 1R 1R A Q2 3R 1R 1R A A 5–7 41.67
Madrid Masters A 2R 1R Q1 A 1R 1R 2R A A A A A 3R A 4–6 40.00
Canada Masters A 2R 1R A A QF 2R 1R A 1R 1R A 1R A A 5–8 38.46
Cincinnati Masters A 3R 2R A A 1R 3R 1R A Q2 Q1 1R 2R A A 6–7 46.15
Shanghai Masters Not Masters Series A A A 1R 1R A A 0–2 00.00
Paris Masters A 2R 1R A 1R QF 2R 1R A 2R Q2 A 1R Q2 A 5–8 38.46
Hamburg Masters A A 2R A A 3R 3R 2R Not Masters Series 6–4 60.00
Win–Loss 0–0 6–5 7–9 1–2 2–3 12–9 9–9 3–9 2–2 1–3 4–5 1–6 8–8 5–4 2–2 63–76 45.32
Career statistics
Titles–Finals 0–1 0–2 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 2–13 15.38
Year End Ranking 61 40 36 77 28 15 27 37 88 39 77 41 39 73 153 $7,743,345

Doubles performance timeline

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 1R A 2R 2R 1R 2R 2R SF 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R 11–11 50.00
French Open 2R A A 1R 1R 2R A 1R 1R 1R A 2R 1R 3–9 25.00
Wimbledon 1R A A 1R 2R A A 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R A 1–8 11.11
US Open A A 1R 3R 2R QF 2R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R A 8–10 44.44
Win–Loss 1–3 0–0 1–1 3–4 2–4 5–3 2–2 5–4 1–4 0–4 1–3 2–4 0–2 23–38 37.70

Top 10 wins

Season 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Total
Wins 0 0 1 2 1 1 0 2 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 11
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
2002
1. Marat Safin 7 Estoril, Portugal Clay QF 4–6, 7–5, 6–3
2003
2. Paradorn Srichaphan 10 Rome, Italy Clay 1R 6–1, 6–2
3. Carlos Moyá 6 Bangkok, Thailand Hard (i) QF 6–7, 6–4, 6–4
2004
4. David Nalbandian 8 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard 1R 6–3, 6–4
2005
5. Andre Agassi 7 French Open, Paris, France Clay 1R 7–5, 4–6, 6–7, 6–1, 6–0
2007
6. Tommy Robredo 7 Cincinnati, United States Hard 2R 6–4, 6–1
7. Fernando González 8 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) QF 6–3, 7–5
2009
8. Novak Djokovic 3 Sydney, Australia Hard SF 6–4, 7–6
2010
9. Tomáš Berdych 6 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) 2R 6–1, 6–4
2011
10. David Ferrer 6 Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i) 1R 6–3, 6–4
2013
11. Juan Martín del Potro 7 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay 3R 6–4, 4–6, 7–6

Records

  • These records were attained in the Open Era of tennis.
Tournament Year Record accomplished Player tied
Sony Open Tennis 2014 Won the shortest recorded tennis match in Open Era history (28m20s) Stands alone
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