Stockholm, Sweden – Mikhail Youzhny and Jarkko Nieminen were a pair of first-round winners Monday at the Stockholm Open tennis tournament.
The sixth-seeded Russian Youzhny tackled American Brian Baker 6-3, 6-1, while the eighth-seeded Finnish Nieminen defeated German Tobias Kamke 6-3, 6-4 on the indoor courts at The Royal Lawn Tennis Club of Stockholm. The veteran Nieminen was last year's runner-up to Frenchman Gael Monfils and also reached Stockholm finals in 2001 and 2006.
The top seeds this week are former Australian Open runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France and former Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic.
The 2012 Stockholm champ will earn $113,795.