Jarkko Nieminen (born July 23, 1981 in Masku, Finland) is a professional tennis player from Finland.
Nieminen ranked World No. 41 in the ATP Rankings in the 2012 end of season rankings. He has won two ATP singles titles and two doubles titles in his career so far. His best performances in Grand Slam tournaments have been reaching the quarterfinals of the 2005 U.S. Open, 2006 Wimbledon Championships, and the 2008 Australian Open.
Arguably Finland's best ever player, Nieminen is the highest ranked Finn ever, and is also the first and so far only Finnish player to have won an ATP singles title and to have reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam event.
Staged his best performance of the year in Stockholm Open, by reaching his third final there (2001, 2006, 2011). Lost the final to Gael Monfils (ATP-10) 5-7, 6-3, 2-6, who also beat him in Bangkok quarterfinals three weeks earlier.
Clinched his 300th career victory on August 2, 2011 in Washington by defeating Igor Kunitsyn 7-5, 6-4. Read more...
In May made it to the last 16 of the ATP Masters event in Rome, where he was defeated in three sets by Tomas Berdych (ATP-7). In doubles won three matches with Carlos Berlocq before losing the semifinal to Mardy Fish and Andy Roddick.
Reached the doubles semifinals in the Australian Open 2010 with Michael Kohlmann.
Won his second ATP doubles title in August, paired with Johan Brunstrom they beat Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares in Gstaad final 6-3, 6-7(4), 11-9.
Made his 10th final on the ATP World Tour in Bangkok, losing 4-6, 6-3, 4-6 to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.
Defeated top seed Novak Djokovic in the 2009 Medibank International semi-final 6-4 7-6(3). He lost to David Nalbandian in the final 6-4 6-7 6-2.
Withdrew from the 2009 Australian Open half-way through his first round clash with 28th seed, Paul-Henri Mathieu.
Lost to Michael Llodra in the final at the Adelaide International 3-6, 4-6.
Made the quarterfinals at the Australian Open, losing in straight sets to Rafael Nadal.
Represented Finland at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, losing to Thomas Johansson in the first round.
Won his first ATP doubles title in September, paired with Robert Lindstedt they beat Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Rohan Bopanna in Mumbai
His best singles performance in 2007 came at Davidoff Swiss Indoors where he was beaten in the finals by World no. 1 Roger Federer in straight sets 6-3, 6-4. On route to the finals he had beaten Robby Ginepri, Guillermo Cañas, World no. 8 Fernando González and Marcos Baghdatis.