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.
|Born||23 July 1981|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Retired||9 November 2015|
|Plays||Left-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||408–348 (54.0%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 13 (10 July 2006)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||QF (2008)|
|French Open||4R (2003)|
|US Open||QF (2005)|
|Olympic Games||2R (2004, 2012)|
|Career record||151–193 (43.9%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 42 (28 January 2008)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||SF (2010)|
|French Open||2R (2003, 2008, 2014)|
|US Open||QF (2008)|
|Career record||1–1 (50.0%)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Davis Cup||PO (1999, 2002)|
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).
- 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.
2001: Breaking the top 100Edit
- Became the first Finn to reach an ATP final since Leo Palin in 1981, beating Pless, Younes El Aynaoui, defending champion Thomas Johansson and three-time winner Thomas Enqvist, before losing to Sjeng Schalken in five sets in Stockholm.
- Posted a 38–12 Challenger record, winning four titles.
- Finished the year in the top 100 for the first time.
2002: Breaking the top 50Edit
- 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.
- 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.
- Achieved Finland's first Wimbledon seeding (30)
- Was at best ranked World No. 27, a career-high until 2006.
- 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.
- 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 titleEdit
- 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 winsEdit
- Won his first ATP doubles title in September, paired with Robert Lindstedt. They beat Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Rohan Bopanna in Mumbai, India on hard courts.
- His best singles performance in 2007 came at Davidoff Swiss Indoors, where he was beaten in the finals by World No. 1 Roger Federer in straight sets, 6–3, 6–4. En route to the finals, he had beaten Robby Ginepri, Guillermo Cañas, World No. 8 Fernando González, and Marcos Baghdatis.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 winsEdit
- Reached his 11th career ATP final in Stockholm, losing to Gaël Monfils.
2012: 2nd ATP TitleEdit
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 retirementEdit
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 CupEdit
ATP career finalsEdit
Singles: 13 (2 titles, 11 runner-ups)Edit
|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(5–7)|
|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(11–9), 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)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Sep 2003||Thailand Open, Thailand||International||Hard (i)||Andrew Kratzmann|| Jonathan Erlich
|Win||1–1||Sep 2007||Mumbai Open, India||International||Hard||Robert Lindstedt|| Rohan Bopanna
|Loss||1–2||Feb 2009||Pacific Coast Championships, US||250 Series||Hard (i)||Rohan Bopanna|| Tommy Haas
|Win||2–2||Aug 2010||Swiss Open, Switzerland||250 Series||Clay||Johan Brunström|| Marcelo Melo
|6–3, 6–7(4–7), [11–9]|
|Loss||2–3||Oct 2010||Stockholm Open, Sweden||250 Series||Hard (i)||Johan Brunström|| Eric Butorac
|Loss||2–4||Jan 2012||Sydney International, Australia||250 Series||Hard||Matthew Ebden|| Bob Bryan
|Win||3–4||May 2013||Bavarian Championships, Germany||250 Series||Clay||Dmitry Tursunov|| Marcos Baghdatis
|Win||4–4||Aug 2014||Austrian Open Kitzbühel, Austria||250 Series||Clay||Henri Kontinen|| Daniele Bracciali
|Win||5–4||Mar 2015||Argentina Open, Argentina||250 Series||Clay||André Sá|| Pablo Andújar
|4–6, 6–4, [10–7]|
ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finalsEdit
Singles: 15 (10–5)Edit
|Win||1–0||Feb 2001||Wolfsburg, Germany||Challenger||Carpet||Andy Fahlke||3–6, 6–2, 7-5|
|Loss||1–1||May 2001||Great Britain F5, Newcastle||Futures||Clay||Sebastien de Chaunac||4–6, 2–6|
|Loss||1–2||May 2001||Budapest, Hungary||Challenger||Clay||Giorgio Galimberti||4–6, 7–5, 1-6|
|Win||2–2||Jul 2001||Tampere, Finland||Challenger||Clay||Mattias Hellstrom||6–1, 6-0|
|Win||3–2||Aug 2001||Cordoba, Spain||Challenger||Hard||Paul-Henri Mathieu||6–4, 2-6, 6-3|
|Win||4–2||Sep 2001||Maia, Portugsl||Challenger||Clay||Feliciano Lopez||5–7, 6-3, 6-4|
|Win||5–2||Jul 2002||Tampere, Finland||Challenger||Clay||Richard Gasquet||7–5, 7-6(7-2)|
|Win||6–2||Nov 2002||Helsinki, Finland||Challenger||Hard||Lovro Zovko||7–5, 4-6, 7-5|
|Win||7–2||Jun 2005||Prostejov, Czech Republic||Challenger||Clay||Ivo Minar||6–1, 6-3|
|Win||8–2||Nov 2009||Jersey, Great Britain||Challenger||Hard||Stephane Robert||4–6, 6-1, 7-5|
|Loss||8–3||Dec 2009||Salzburg, Austria||Challenger||Hard||Michael Berrer||7–6(7-4), 4-6, 4-6|
|Win||9–3||Mar 2010||Marrakesh, Morocco||Challenger||Clay||Alexandr Dolgopolov||6–3, 6-2|
|Loss||9–4||Nov 2012||Helsinki, Finland||Challenger||Hard||Lukas Lacko||3-6, 4-6|
|Win||10–4||Nov 2013||Helsinki, Finland||Challenger||Hard||Ricardas Berankis||6-3, 6-1|
|Loss||10–5||Jul 2014||Tampere, Finland||Challenger||Clay||David Goffin||6-7(3-7), 3-6|
Doubles: 14 (6–8)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Jul 1999||Tampere, Finland||Challenger||Clay||Timo Nieminen|| Petr Dezort
|Win||1–1||Mar 2000||Japan F2, Shirako||Futures||Carpet||Scott Barron|| Mitsura Takada
|Win||2–1||May 2000||Austria F2, Telfs||Futures||Clay||Scott Barron|| Stefan Leiner
|Loss||2–2||Jun 2000||Ireland F1, Dublin||Futures||Carpet||Kristian Pless|| Gilles Elseneer
|6–7(2-7), 6–4, 3-6|
|Win||3–2||Jul 2000||Tampere, Finland||Challenger||Clay||Ville Liukko|| Steven Randjelovic
|6–0, 4–6, 6-3|
|Loss||3–3||Oct 2000||Finland F2, Helsinki||Futures||Carpet||Tero Vilen|| Karol Beck
|Loss||3–4||Jul 2001||Tampere, Finland||Challenger||Clay||Tuomas Ketola|| Stephen Huss
|5–7, 7–6(7-5), 4-6|
|Win||4–4||Sep 2001||Budapest, Hungary||Challenger||Clay||Oliver Marach|| Yuriy Schukin
|Loss||4–5||Jul 2002||Tampere, Finland||Challenger||Clay||Tuomas Ketola|| Doug Bohaboy
|Loss||4–6||Nov 2009||Jersey, United Kingdom||Challenger||Hard||Henri Kontinen|| Frederik Nielsen
|5–7, 6–3, [2-10]|
|Loss||4–7||Nov 2009||Helsinki, Finland||Challenger||Hard||Henri Kontinen|| Rohan Bopanna
|Loss||4–8||Nov 2010||Helsinki, Finland||Challenger||Hard||Henri Kontinen|| Dustin Brown
|6–7(17-19), 6–0, [7–10]|
|Win||5–8||Nov 2013||Helsinki, Finland||Challenger||Hard||Henri Kontinen|| Dustin Brown
|7–5, 5–7, [10–5]|
|Win||6–8||Nov 2014||Helsinki, Finland||Challenger||Hard||Henri Kontinen|| Jonathan Marray
Junior Grand Slam finalsEdit
Singles: 1 (1 title)Edit
|Win||1999||US Open||Hard||Kristian Pless||6–7, 6–3, 6–4|
Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit
|Loss||1999||Wimbledon||Grass||Todor Enev|| Guillermo Coria
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|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|
|Monte Carlo Masters||A||A||3R||2R||A||1R||1R||2R||Q2||1R||2R||2R||QF||1R||Q1||9–9||50.00|
|Shanghai Masters||Not Masters Series||A||A||A||1R||1R||A||A||0–2||00.00|
|Hamburg Masters||A||A||2R||A||A||3R||3R||2R||Not Masters Series||6–4||60.00|
|Year End Ranking||61||40||36||77||28||15||27||37||88||39||77||41||39||73||153||$7,743,345|
|Grand Slam tournaments|
Top 10 winsEdit
|1.||Marat Safin||7||Estoril, Portugal||Clay||QF||4–6, 7–5, 6–3|
|2.||Paradorn Srichaphan||10||Rome, Italy||Clay||1R||6–1, 6–2|
|3.||Carlos Moyá||6||Bangkok, Thailand||Hard (i)||QF||6–7(5–7), 6–4, 6–4|
|4.||David Nalbandian||8||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Hard||1R||6–3, 6–4|
|5.||Andre Agassi||7||French Open, Paris, France||Clay||1R||7–5, 4–6, 6–7(6–8), 6–1, 6–0|
|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|
|8.||Novak Djokovic||3||Sydney, Australia||Hard||SF||6–4, 7–6(7–3)|
|9.||Tomáš Berdych||6||Stockholm, Sweden||Hard (i)||2R||6–1, 6–4|
|10.||David Ferrer||6||Rotterdam, Netherlands||Hard (i)||1R||6–3, 6–4|
|11.||Juan Martín del Potro||7||Monte Carlo, Monaco||Clay||3R||6–4, 4–6, 7–6(7–4)|
- 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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