Jarkko Nieminen

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Jarkko Nieminen
Jarkko Nieminen - Roland-Garros 2013 - 005.jpg
Country (sports)  Finland
Residence Masku, Finland
Born (1981-07-23) 23 July 1981 (age 34)
Masku, Finland
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 2000
Retired November 9, 2015
Plays Left-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $7.743.345
Singles
Career record 405–348
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 13 (10 July 2006)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open QF (2008)
French Open 4R (2003)
Wimbledon QF (2006)
US Open QF (2005)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 2R (2004, 2012)
Doubles
Career record 150–192
Career titles 5
Highest ranking No. 42 (28 January 2008)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open SF (2010)
French Open 2R (2003, 2008, 2014)
Wimbledon 2R (2007)
US Open QF (2008)

Jarkko Kalervo Nieminen (born 23 July 1981) is a Finnish former professional tennis player. His highest ranking of 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.

Arguably 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 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.[1] He has been ranked inside the Top 90 since 2001.

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 currently Finland's top-ranked badminton women's single player.

Junior career[edit]

As a junior Nieminen reached as high as No. 11 in the world in 1999 (and No. 20 in doubles).

Tournament 1998 1999
Junior Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 3R
French Open Q2 3R
Wimbledon A 1R
US Open 3R W

Career highlights[edit]

1999[edit]

2000[edit]

2001: Breaking the top 100[edit]

2002: Breaking the top 50[edit]

2003[edit]

2004[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • 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[edit]

2007: 200 wins[edit]

2008[edit]

2009[edit]

  • 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 half-way 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[edit]

2011: 300 wins[edit]

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

2012: 2nd ATP Title[edit]

2013[edit]

2014[edit]

  • Nieminen started the year 13th time in a row in the top 100.

2015: 400 wins and retirement[edit]

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 the 20th of October at the Stockholm tournament, losing 6-3 6-7 6-4 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.[4] His final official match will be against his old friend and rival Roger Federer at the Hartwall Arena, Helsinki on the ninth of November.

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 13 (2–11)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
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)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 29 October 2001 Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden Hard Netherlands Sjeng Schalken 6–3, 3–6, 3–6, 6–4, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 15 April 2002 Estoril Open, Estoril, Portugal Clay Argentina David Nalbandian 4–6, 6–7(5–7)
Runner-up 3. 6 May 2002 Open de Tenis Comunidad Valenciana, Majorca, Spain Clay Argentina Gastón Gaudio 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 4. 5 May 2003 BMW Open, Munich, Germany Clay Switzerland Roger Federer 1–6, 4–6
Winner 1. 9 January 2006 Heineken Open, Auckland, New Zealand Hard Croatia Mario Ančić 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 5. 16 October 2006 Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden (2) Hard United States James Blake 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 6. 29 October 2007 Davidoff Swiss Indoors, Basel, Switzerland Hard Switzerland Roger Federer 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 7. 6 January 2008 Next Generation Adelaide International, Adelaide, Australia Hard France Michaël Llodra 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 8. 17 January 2009 Medibank International, Sydney, Australia Hard Argentina David Nalbandian 3–6, 7–6(11–9), 2–6
Runner-up 9. 3 October 2010 PTT Thailand Open, Bangkok, Thailand Hard (i) Spain Guillermo García-López 4–6, 6–3, 4–6
Runner-up 10. 23 October 2011 Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden (3) Hard (i) France Gaël Monfils 5–7, 6–3, 2–6
Winner 2. 15 January 2012 Medibank International, Sydney, Australia Hard France Julien Benneteau 6–2, 7–5
Runner-up 11. 25 May 2013 Power Horse Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay Argentina Juan Mónaco 4–6, 3–6

Doubles: 9 (5–4)[edit]

Legend (Doubles)
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)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 29 September 2003 Thailand Open, Bangkok, Thailand Hard Australia Andrew Kratzmann Israel Jonathan Erlich
Israel Andy Ram
3–6, 6–7(4–7)
Winner 1. 24 September 2007 Chennai Open, Bombay, India Hard Sweden Robert Lindstedt India Rohan Bopanna
Pakistan Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
7–6(7–3), 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 2. 15 February 2009 SAP Open, San Jose, United States Hard (i) India Rohan Bopanna Germany Tommy Haas
Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek
2–6, 3–6
Winner 2. 1 August 2010 Allianz Suisse Open Gstaad, Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Sweden Johan Brunström Brazil Marcelo Melo
Brazil Bruno Soares
6–3, 6–7(4–7), [11–9]
Runner-up 3. 24 October 2010 If Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) Sweden Johan Brunström United States Eric Butorac
Curaçao Jean-Julien Rojer
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 15 January 2012 Apia International Sydney, Sydney, Australia Hard Australia Matthew Ebden United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
1–6, 4–6
Winner 3. 5 May 2013 BMW Open, Munich, Germany Clay Russia Dmitry Tursunov Cyprus Marcos Baghdatis
United States Eric Butorac
6–1, 6–4
Winner 4. 2 August 2014 Bet-at-home Cup Kitzbühel, Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Finland Henri Kontinen Italy Daniele Bracciali
Kazakhstan Andrey Golubev
6–1, 6–4
Winner 5. 1 March 2015 Argentina Open, Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Brazil André Sá Spain Pablo Andújar
Austria Olivier Marach
4–6, 6–4, [10–7]

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF R# RR LQ (Q#) A P Z# PO SF-B F-S G NMS NH

Won tournament; reached the Finals; Semifinals; Quarterfinals; Rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; reached a Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup or Fed Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a Bronze, Silver (F or S) or Gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament 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 $6,906,815

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

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

Records[edit]

  • 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)[2][3] Stands alone

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