• Bangkok - Nieminen, Becker advance to semifinal

    10/1/10 7:55 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Bangkok - Nieminen, Becker advance to semifinal Jarkko Nieminen is through to the PTT Thailand Open semifinal after posting a straight-set success over third seed Jurgen Melzer on Friday. Benjamin Becker also advanced following his victory against compatriot Daniel Brands.

    Jarkko Nieminen def. (3) Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 7-6(4)

    World No. 60 Jarkko Nieminen earned his fourth consecutive victory over third seed Jurgen Melzer on Friday afternoon. The 29-year-old Finn struck eight aces en route to a straight-set victory in 74 minutes. Melzer struggled with his second serve, unable to win more than 41% of the points. With the quarterfinal-round win, Nieminen is through to his first tour-level semi since Delray Beach.

    Nieminen is scheduled to face Benjamin Becker for a place in the championship.

    Benjamin Becker def. Daniel Brands 6-4, 6-2

    Becker continued his Bangkok run with a 6-4, 6-2 win against fellow German Daniel Brands on Friday. The 29-year-old passed through the match unbroken, having captured 87% of his first-service points through 57 minutes of play. The 2007 PTT Thailand Open finalist made his third ATP World Tour semifinal of the season.

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