Nieminen to face Federer

Nieminen triumphed 6-3 6-4, holding serve throughout, to progress to Wednesday’s meeting with Federer at the ATP’s newest claycourt tournament.

Kazakhstan’s number six seed Mikhail Kukushkin is also through after a 6-3 6-4 win over countryman Aleksandr Nedovyesov. He will face Daniel Gimeno-Traver in the next round after the Spaniard also posted a straight-sets win.

Number five seed Andreas Haider-Maurer, however, failed to progress following a 7-5 6-3 defeat to Ivan Dodig of Croatia.

Other winners on Tuesday were rising Russian star Andrey Rublev, Jurgen Melzer, Diego Schwartzman, Denis Istomin, Teymuraz Gabashvili and Dusan Lajovic.

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