3/22/13 3:55 AM | Ricky Dimon
Jarkko Nieminen storms back from a set and two breaks down against David Nalbandian on Friday in Miami. Nieminen is through to a second-round meeting with Martin Klizan.
Jarkko Nieminen recovered from a set and two breaks down in the second to stun David Nalbandian 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the Sony Open on Friday afternoon. Nieminen improved to 5-8 lifetime against Nalbandian after one hour and 49 minutes.
Until the midway point, Nalbandian seemed to be easing his way toward a remarkably routine win. Nieminen served at a horrendous 36 percent in the opening set and was equally bad from the back of the court. The 31-year-old Finn dropped serve three times in the first and five of six service games overall to begin the match.
Nalbandian's fifth scalp of the Nieminen serve came when his opponent double-faulted on break point at 0-2 in the second. The 31-year-old Argentine even had a game point on his own serve to extend the advantage to 4-0, but that's when it all fell apart for him. Nieminen recovered one of the breaks for 1-3 and that appeared to be all the inspiration he needed. The world No. 49 caught fire throughout the rest of set two and he forced a decider in style.
From there it was all over for a reeling Nalbandian, who surrendered serve once more early in the third to increase his misery. On the other hand, there was no stopping Nieminen at this point. With momentum in hand, Nieminen held the whole way in the third and saved the only two break points he faced.
Next up for the two-time ATP title winner is No. 27 seed Martin Klizan.
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