12:00 – Nieminen v Mayer
Rankings are 45 and 47. Head to heads are 4-2 to Nieminen.
Nieminen destroyed Blake in the last round and pretty much did the same to Berdych in the round before that. He has improved his game immensely over recent months. His serve is much more of a weapon than it used to be and he has drastically reduced the number of unforced errors.
Mayer was a surprise winner over Soderling. However Soderling is well below his best although he needed a win to reach the ATP Finals he wasn’t able to raise hids game.
Over the last month they have both held serve over 90% of the time.
Their stats and rankings are very close. I feel on recent form Nieminen has to be my pick to reach the final. His ground strokes and shot selection put him above Mayer but this is going to be 2 close sets or a three setter.
Back both on serve.