Jarkko Nieminen

Jarkko Nieminen (born 23 July 1981 in Masku ) is a Finnish tennis player.

  • 4.2.1 Tournament Win
  • 4.2.2 finals

Nieminen as a junior

At age four he started to play tennis. In 1999 he defeated in the finals of the junior Grand Slam tournament, the U.S. Open Kristian Pless of Denmark. With his first major success, he came in this year at # 9 Junior World Ranking.


Nieminen was pro in 2000. The year 2001 he finished after a solid season in which he won four Challenger titles ( Wolfsburg, Tampere, Cordoba and Maia ), for the first time in the Top 100 In December 1981, he also reached the first Finn (since Leo Palin in Sofia) an ATP final: as a qualifier, he reached the final of the ATP tournament in Stockholm, where he eventually succumbed to the Dutchman Sjeng Schalken.

2002 managed Nieminen was the first Finn ever to make it into the top 50 in the world. This year, he reached the final in Estoril each and Mallorca.

In 2003 he moved Munich in his fourth ATP final. This year he finished among the top 40

In 2004 he finished the fourth consecutive year in the top 100, even though he had an injury three months must pause. He reached at least the semi-finals three times (Sydney, Dubai and Beijing).

In 2005, Nieminen won in Prostějov (Czech Republic) a Challenger title. At the Australian Open he came to victories over Davide Sanguinetti and Paradorn Srichaphan up in the third round. There, however, he had to because of a stomach muscle at a score of 3:6, 2:5 to give up against Roger Federer. At the French Open at Roland Garros Nieminen defeated surprisingly, however, the laborierenden to a back injury superstar Andre Agassi and pulled so that in the second round, where he defeated Igor Andreev in four sets. At Wimbledon, Nieminen lost his opening match against Tim Henman just in five sets. He also reached the semifinals in Munich, Stuttgart, Bangkok and Tokyo. An absolute highlight was the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open, where he lost to Lleyton Hewitt in five sets.

The 2006 season should be far Nieminens best season. In the first month it a 9:2 - match record was achieved with a quarterfinal in Adelaide and his first title on the ATP Tour in Auckland. There he defeated in the final Mario Ančić clear 6:2, 6:2. He also reached the Australian Open third round, where he defeated David Nalbandian. At the ATP Masters Series tournament in Indian Wells, he reached his first quarterfinals at a tournament this category. On April 17, he first managed the leap into the top 20 in the world. In the quarterfinals, Barcelona Nieminen led against defending champion Rafael Nadal 6-4, 4-1 already, but the Spaniard took the match in three sets yet home. As Nieminen eliminated at Roland Garros in the very first round, started the grass season for him. He reached the second round at Halle and lost the quarter-finals at Wimbledon against Nadal. Back on the sand, he reached on July 10 after moving into the semifinals of Båstad where he lost to Tommy Robredo, with its best-ever 13th place world ranking. At the U.S. Open Nieminen lost his opening match against Xavier Malisse. In Stockholm he reached the final and defeated James Blake there. He also reached the semi-finals each in Rotterdam and Munich. Nieminen posted this year on all surfaces a positive match record: 30:14 on hard court, 16:8 on clay, 5-3 on grass and 4-3 on carpet. With U.S. $ 894 565 of collected prize money this season also made his best financially dar.

In 2007, he was the third time in a row to end the year among the top 30 in the world by reaching the final in Basel, among others. He also celebrated in Mumbai the first and only doubles title of his career on the side of Sweden Robert Lindstedt.

In 2008 he was able to reach the final of Adelaide, this time he was defeated Michaël Llodra there but in straight sets. In addition, he could feed his knockout from the previous year beat at the Australian Open yet. He came to the quarter- finals, where he was stopped by Rafael Nadal. He represented Finland at the Olympic Games in Beijing, where they lost in the very first round against Sweden Thomas Johansson. At the U.S. Open last eight him his best double profit was on the side of Robert Lindstedt with the achievement of the round at a Grand Slam tournament.

The year 2009 began for the Finns a finals in Sydney, where he however had against David Nalbandian in the cold. At the Australian Open, he was forced to retire in the first round against Paul -Henri Mathieu due to a groin injury. Although he won in February at the side of Rohan Bopanna the doubles tournament in San Jose, but the injury problems remained loyal to him. After many Erstrundenniederlagen he was forced to retire in the semifinals against Gastón Gaudio again and undergo after a wrist operation at Challenger tournament in Tunis. His three-month forced break, by which he missed the French Open, among other things, he finished the tournament in New Haven with a first round defeat. At the U.S. Open he reached the second round where he lost to Jo -Wilfried Tsonga. Following Nieminen still reached the quarterfinals at the ATP tournament in Stockholm. After that, he played primarily on the Challenger level where he could celebrate a tournament win in Jersey. In his home tournament in Helsinki Nieminen lost in the quarterfinals against his young compatriot Henri continents. At the end of the season Nieminen reached after victories in the quarterfinals against Daniel Köllerer and in the semifinal against Karol Beck the final of the Challenger tournament in Salzburg, where he however Michael Berrer subject. However, with the finals Nieminen was able to secure its top 100 placing at the end of the season.

In the first round of the Sony Open in 2014 Nieminen won against Bernard Tomic in 28 minutes and 20 seconds. That was the fastest win in the history of the ATP Tour.

In addition, he plays in the Finnish Davis Cup team.


Jarkko Nieminen, whose parents are chemists and has an older sister who is married to the Finnish national team badminton Anu Nieminen.



Tournament Win



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