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Nieminen Causes Raonic Upset In Monte-Carlo

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Nieminen© Getty ImagesJarkko Nieminen has reached the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters third round for the first time since 2003.

Continuing his good early season form, Jarkko Nieminen caused an upset at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters Wednesday when he defeated 12th seed Milos Raonic 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(3) for a place in the third round for the first time in 10 years.

It marked the 31-year-old Finn's first Top 15 victory since late September 2012, when he beat World No. 15 Raonic in the Thailand Open quarter-finals at Bangkok.

Nieminen improved to a 16-8 match record in 2013, putting him on course for his best season since 2006, when he went 55-27 and reached a career-high No. 13 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. He now has his sights set on returning to the Top 30 for the first time since 20 October 2008.

Nieminen has a 98-68 (.590) career record on clay, according to the FedEx ATP Reliability Index. His next best surface is hard courts, where he has a 219-180 (.549) mark.

The World No. 49 has a 2-10 record in ATP World Tour finals, including three runner-up finished at clay events (2002-Mallorca, Estoril; 2003-Munich).

Nieminen will play fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro in the third round on Thursday.

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