Result: Jarkko Nieminen defeats Milos Raonic to nab Monte Carlo third-round place

Result: Nieminen boots out Raonic in Monte Carlo
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Jarkko Nieminen wins a place in the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters on a tie-break in the deciding set against 12th seed Milos Ranoic.

Jarkko Nieminen will fight for a place in the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters after securing a 6-3 1-6 7-6[3] win over 12th seed Milos Raonic in the second round of the tournament.

Nieminen took a stronghold in the opening set by snatching a crucial break point to elevate his confidence on the court to put Raonic on the back foot.

He continued to display swift forehands and damaging returns to maintain his lead and snatch the opening set, leaving his Canadian opponent with it all to do in the second set.

Despite an early blow, the 22-year-old responded by holding his serve well and breaking his opponent in the second game to swerve the match in his favour.

Nieminen could only put one game on the board and succumbed to a damaging defeat, leaving it all square, with one final set left to decide the winner.

Both competitors held their serves and committed powerful returns to keep the set going by the way of serve, until a tie-break was needed to decide the winner.

Despite positive play from both competitors throughout the clash, it was Nieminen who came out on top in the tie-break to book a place in the next round.

Jarkko Nieminen celebrates defeating Tommy Haas in five-sets at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 15, 2013
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