Brisbane R2 previews and picks: Federer vs. Nieminen, Dimitrov vs. Cilic

The Grandstand

Roger Federer will begin his bid for the Brisbane title against fellow veteran Jarkko Nieminen on Wednesday. Grigor Dimitrov and Marin Cilic are also looking for a place in the quarterfinals.

(1) Roger Federer vs. Jarkko Nieminen

Nieminen hopes the new year begins with a new result when it comes to his history against Federer. They will be facing each other for the 14th time in their careers on Wednesday in the second round of the Brisbane International and Federer has won all 13 of their previous encounters. The Swiss is 26-1 lifetime in sets against Nieminen and is 9-0 against the Finn on hard courts.

This is Nieminen’s second match of the week following a 6-2, 6-3 opening dismissal of Aussie wild card James Duckworth. The 32-year-old compiled a 31-27 record last season and he registers at 39th in the world. Under new head coach Stefan Edberg, Federer is…

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