ATP Sydney Quarter-Finals

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Bernard Tomic  will be determined to continue his dream summer when he takes on defending champion Jarkko Nieminen  in the APIA Sydney International quarter-finals on Thursday night. The world number 64 has started 2013 in scintillating form, with his five consecutive wins all coming against higher ranked players, including world number one Novak Djokovic. Having dispatched of world number 28 Florian Mayer in straight sets  yesterday, the 20 year-old will be full of confidence against Nieminen as he bids to move a step closer to a maiden ATP singles final.

Although Nieminen is not the highest ranked player that he has faced in 2013, the Finn is sure to put up a fight in a bid to stay in the tournament that he has enjoyed much success in. In addition to winning this event twelve months ago, the left hander was runner-up here in 2009 when he lost the final in three sets to Argentine David Nalbandian. Like Tomic, the world number 44 is yet to drop a set in Sydney and has conceded just five games in the opening two rounds.

Although these players have never met in an ATP event, there could be reason to suspect that Tomic may find Nieminen an awkward opponent. While the Australian star has won 48% of his matches on the ATP World Tour, his strike rate drops to 40% against left handers.

Marcel Granollers  takes on Italian Andreas Seppi  in the final men’s quarter final at the conclusion of the match between Bernard Tomic and Jarkko Nieminen.

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