Power Horse Cup: Jarkko Nieminen sees off Lukas Lacko in Dusseldorf opener
Last Updated: 20/05/13 10:16pm
Jarkko Nieminen: Finn in action at BMW Open in Munich
Sixth seed Jarkko Nieminen moved into the second round of the inaugural Power Horse Cup in Dusseldorf with a regulation straight-sets victory over Lukas Lacko.
The Finn has never won an ATP World Tour clay-court title but today he launched his bid with a 6-3 6-1 victory in which he broke his opponent five times, taking just 76 minutes to ease through.
Nieminen, who is scheduled to meet second seed Tommy Haas in the quarter-finals, now faces Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, who battled past Gilles Muller 2-6 6-4 6-2 in just under two hours.
"I feel good. I think I'm playing well. I think I played tactically pretty smart."
World number 65 Bautista Agut is looking to reach his first ATP World Tour quarter-final since January, when he reached his first final at the Aircel Chennai Open before losing to Janko Tipsarevic.
Nieminen told the ATP World Tour's official website: "I feel good. I think I'm playing well.
"I think I played tactically pretty smart. It's really heavy conditions.
"I'm sure it wasn't my opponent's favourite conditions to play in, nor was it my favourite.
"You have to be patient, build up the points really well and not go for the winners too early."
Brazilian qualifier Andre Ghem dismissed Japan's Go Soeda 6-4 6-0 in 65 minutes, dropping only four points on serve in the second set.
The 30-year-old will face third seed Juan Monaco for a spot in the quarter-finals.
Tobias Kamke beat fellow German Benjamin Becker 6-3 6-2 while Guido Pella won out 6-4 4-6 6-4 over Lukasz Kubot in the battle of the qualifiers.