Nieminen beats Nalbandian in Miami, Tomic and Troicki through to round two

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Bernard Tomic and Viktor Troicki reach round of 64 at Miami Masters, Jarkko Nieminen eliminates Nalbandian.

45th-ranked Australian Tomic found himself one break down twice in the opening set of his first round match against 35-year-old Marcel Gicquel of France, but prevented the latter to serve out the opener at 5-4 before seizing another one of the Frenchman’s serves to close out the set just before it would go to tie-break. The second set could not be decided before the thirteenth game though as the player’s serves remained intact. The 20-year-old Australian prospect took the initiative in the breaker and wrapped it up confidently to claim a 7-5, 7-6 (3) and set up a second round duel with the Brit Murray.

In a battle of two 31-year old 49th-ranked Finnish player Nieminen overcame former number three David Nalbandian, now ranked 124. Despite suffering an early loss of server, the Argentine dominated the opener and went one set up after a six straight games run. Nieminen could not get his act together in the beginning of the second set either – he was in a knockdown after suffering the fifth consecutive loss of serve and letting the rival extend his run to nine games. However, the Finn was back in the game by 4-4 and went on to complete his second set comeback and level the score. In the decider Nieminen took the advantage of the only break of the set and booked his second round ticket with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 triumph. He will play Slovak Klizan next.

In other first round matches in the bottom part of the draw Serb Troicki beat Pablo Andujar of Spain with a final score 6-2, 6-3 after breaking him three times in each of the sets, Italian Simone Bolelli saved a match ball to turn around the encounter with Jesse Levine and claim a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) narrow victory, while David Gimeno-Traver outclassed Denis Istomin to win with a 6-2, 6-4 end result and set up a clash against Czech Berdych.

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