IF STOCKHOLM OPEN 2013
Nieminen Reaches Second Round In Stockholm; Bjorkman Returns
by ATP Staff|
Nieminen had two match point opportunities when serving at 5-3, before winning five straight points from a 2-3 deficit in the tie-break. The 2001 (l to Schalken), 2006 (l. to Blake) and 2011 (l. to Monfils) finalist goes on to face Fernando Verdasco.
Verdasco fired 10 aces and saved all six break points he faced to beat eighth seed Ivan Dodig 6-7(2), 6-1, 6-4.
Third seed Jerzy Janowicz and sixth-seeded wild card entry Benoit Paire both secured their places in the quarter-finals with victories over Spaniards. Janowicz dismissed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2, 6-1 in just under an hour. Paire won his second tour-level meeting against Pablo Carreno Busta 6-4, 6-4 in 70 minutes.
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Bjorkman Makes Winning Return
Jonas Bjorkman stepped out of retirement to team up with fellow Swede Robert Lindstedt for a 6-3, 5-7, 10-3 victory over countrymen Isak Arvidsson and Andreas Siljestrom.
The 41-year-old Bjorkman, a winner of 54 doubles titles, had made his last professional appearance at the 2008 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals alongside Zimbabwe’s Kevin Ullyett. He reached No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings in 2001 and No. 4 in the Emirates ATP Rankings in 1997.
Fourth seeds Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky, who are in contention to clinch one of the five remaining doubles berths at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, beat Nicholas Monroe and Simon Stadler 7-5, 2-6, 10-7 in 73 minutes for a place in the quarter-finals.