Finn Jarkko Nieminen upset 3rd seeded Milos Raonic of Canada in today’s Thailand Open 2012 quarterfinals, overcoming him in straight sets 6-3 7-6 (3).
In the first ever meetings between the two players, Nieminen broke Raonic once on his way to take the first set in 36 minutes. After both players held on to their serves in the following set, a tiebreak had to decide the outcome of it. It was the Finn who kept his composure and sealed the set and the match to advance into Saturday’s semifinals.
Nieminen will play Frenchman Richard Gasquet for a place in the Bangkok final.
Gasquet booked his place in the semis after eliminating Australian Bernard Tomic 7-6 (5) 6-4.
The Frenchman, who staged a huge comeback in yesterday’s encounter against Grigor Dimitrov (coming back from 7-5 5-2 down to win the match), secured one break out of the two chances he got offered against Tomic and managed to save all three break points he faced himself to seal straight sets win.