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  • Tomic takes out defending Sydney champ Nieminen

    1/10/13 5:23 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Tomic takes out defending Sydney champ Nieminen There will be no rematch of the 2012 Sydney final, as Jarkko Nieminen went down to Bernard Tomic on Thursday. Tomic joins last year's runner-up, Julien Benneteau, in the semifinals.

    Bernard Tomic recovered impressively from a minor collapse in the first set to defeat Jarkko Nieminen 6-7(6), 6-4, 6-2 in the quarterfinals of the Apia International on Thursday evening. Tomic served at 70 percent and broke his opponent five times to advance in one hour and 51 minutes.

    The 20-year-old initially did well to break later in the opener with Nieminen serving for it at 5-3. Tomic eventually had leads of 5-2 and 6-4 in the ensuing tiebreaker, but he made a woeful forehand error on set point on his own serve. Nieminen quickly finished it off at 7-6 with a perfect forehand volley winner.

    From there, however, it was mostly all Tomic. The 64th-ranked Australian held serve the whole way, saving one break point in the second and facing none in the third. He broke at 5-4 to force a decider and earned another scalp of the Nieminen serve early in the third to take complete control.

    Nieminen, who beat Julien Benneteau in last year's Sydney final, turned in a mostly solid performance but fell away after the initial third-set break. The 31-year-old double-faulted four the third time down match point at 2-5.

    "I'm really happy with today's performance and how I played," said Tomic who struck six aces without double-faulting en route to a showdown against Andreas Seppi. "But I'm ready to go for tomorrow's semifinal. I'm really confident now, and I got a shot to get into the final for the first time in my career."

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