Youzhny beats Baker, Nieminen also through to 2nd round in Stockholm

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Seeded players Mihkail Youzhny and Jarkko Nieminen moved into the second round of Stockholm Open ATP tournament in straight sets.

Sixth-seeded Youzhny was the one dictating the terms in the first round clash against American Brian Baker. Two holds by each player in the opening four games were followed by an unconsolidated break from the part of the Russian. Nevertheless, Youzhny found his rhythm and did not lose it until the end of the opener. He was a granted a set ball two breaks later and did not waste any time to go 1-0 up. Baker stood no chance in the following set either with Youzhny converting two out of the five break balls to leave disappointed American far behind at 5-1. A confident hold in the last game of the encounter meant the Russian moved into second round with a 6-3, 6-1 final result.

A routine job for last year’s Stockholm Open runner-up Nieminen who broke 68th-ranked German Tobias Kamke in the sixth game of the opener, which he later finished off with his first set ball. The second set was slightly trickier for the eighth-seeded Finnish player. There were fourteen break points created in that part of the game with Nieminen falling victim to one of them first. However, he bounced back from the 2-4 deficit quickly enough to serve for the match at 5-4. Kamke was still hanging in there as he acquired a triple re-break ball, but was denied by the Finn for the last time in Stockholm this year. Niemimen won the closing game drama and booked his second round ticket with a 6-3, 6-4 success.

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