June 28, 2017

Queen’s Club Quotes of the week

Queen’s Club Quotes of the week

By Wendy M. Grossman

Andy Murray, describing how he feels about his form coming into Queen’s with an extra week between clay and grass: I feel, I think, more comfortable. Not just because of how the French went but because of the time between — you know, it’s like getting 10, 11 days after the French Open. It makes a really, really big difference compared with just having — literally, sometimes it was like one or two days. I mean, it was ridiculous, looking back at it, really.

 

Stan Wawrinka, asked before his first Queen’s match about whether he’s thinking about becoming the ninth man to win all four Grand Slams: No, except when people ask me the question. But, no, it’s a long, long way to be there. Win a Grand Slam, it’s tough. It’s really tough. Really difficult. You need to beat so many good players.

 

Milos Raonic, asked about what it would take for him to win a major: Being more emotional and be a bit more, let’s say, abrasive about it and really just go after it, not really try to hold anything back.

 

Thanasin Kokkinakis, asked about his many injuries: I don’t know how I’m going to feel when I’m over 30….A lot of people usually get injuries when they are older. Mine have been switched.

 

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, asked for his list of favorites to win Wimbledon: There is a few guys who are able to do it, who did it in the past. Everybody knows who they are. But they have also some other guys who are able to play well. I think of course about Stan, about the young players like Thiem, Kyrgios, Zverev, and all of those.

 

Nick Kyrgios, asked how he was planning to spend the next few days after retiring from his first match: Dog & Fox.

 

Aljaz Bedene, asked if the first round is the best time to play Andy Murray on grass, while the court is still slick: I would prefer to play him in the final, really, or semi.

 

Kyle Edmund, asked if he could pick two or three key points that would have won him his first-round match against Denis Shapovalov: Well, basically the key points. Some 30-All points would be nice to win.

 

Denis Shapovalov, asked about his match against Kyle Edmund:
The crowd was unbelievable today. It was just fun to be out there.

 

Milos Raonic, asked about his first-round loss to Kokkinakis: I was a bit too passive.

 

Feliciano Lopez, asked about still playing at 35: When I was 30 years old, I thought, okay, I played already a long career, but if I want to still be success, I need to take care of myself. So I started to eat a little bit better, to take care of my body. I have a physio already for eight or nine years traveling with me every week. So I can explain about me, no? I have been, I would say, a little bit more professional in the last five or six years, because I knew the older I get, I have to take more care of myself.

 

Andy Murray, asked why he lost to lucky loser Jordan Thompson in the first round: He played better than me.

 

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, asked why he lost to Gilles Müller in the first round: My opponent. He just played good tennis.

 

Sam Querrey, asked if he derives confidence at Queen’s from the title he won in 2010: You know, I don’t think the win from seven years ago has any effect on how I play today or going forward.

 

Marin Cilic, asked if the top five are the ones who will challenge him most at Wimbledon: It’s tough to say, because you have also Milos who is not in that group, and he had injury during the American tour, so, you know, he’s going to bounce back. He’s always going to play well there. You have guys like Dimitrov, Kyrgios, Zverev. They are all potentially tough players.

 

Feliciano Lopez, asked how he felt about winning the tournament after losing in the final three years ago: I think it’s the best week of my career, I would say. To win this tournament at this stage of my career, I mean, this is so amazing.

I was waiting so long to win this title. Queen’s is the best, I think. Outside of the Grand Slams, this is one of the most special tournaments. You feel the atmosphere here, all over the years, a tradition that this tournament, the players that have won in the past. For me to be here on Sunday holding the trophy, it’s the best feeling I can have.

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Former Champions Cilic, Dimitrov and Querrey Advance at Queen’s Club

Marin Cilic

By Wendy M. Grossman

 

LONDON (June 22, 2017) The last couple of days have been dominated by the weather.

 

Britain doesn’t know what to do with itself when the sun comes out. In mid-winter, a touch of the yellow stuff can be enough to make people eat outside. On Wednesday, however, when the temperature officially hit 90F, they just wilted. On the court, despite the grass, it was even hotter, since no shade is provided. A day later, the temperature had dropped 15 degrees and there was cloud cover.

 

Tennis players are supposed to be able to cope – but this is part of why grass requires adaptability. On Tuesday, Milos Raonic noted after losing to Thanasin Kokkinakis that heat changes grass courts: “When it’s a little bit hotter, the court gets a little bit harder, and it sort of bounces up a bit, more like a hard court,” he said. “And it’s a little bit easier to move on, as well.” Not that it helped him.

 

The week’s pattern of rout-the-seeds continued on Wednesday as Gilles Muller’s big left-handed serve eliminated former finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who seemed philosophical and said that for Wimbledon, “I think I have to put maybe a little bit more energy in my game.” This week has been favoring the guy who’s been on grass the longest, and here Tsonga was playing his second grass-court match of the season, while Muller beat Ivo Karlovic last week to take the Rosmalen title.

 

But a week can only take so much excitement. In the rest of Wednesday, Donald Young beat Viktor Troicki 6-3,6-4; Grigor Dimitrov took out qualifier Julien Benneteau 4-6,6-3,6-4; and Tomáš Berdych restored something like normal service by beating qualifier Denis Shapovalov in the tightest and most watchable match of the day, 7-6,6-7,7-5. At 18 and two months, Shapovalov looks hugely promising for the next few months at least: he entertains with his shots, not his antics, and while he doesn’t smile as hugely, he radiates enjoyment reminiscent of Gustavo Kuerten’s breakthrough in 1997. Ranked 193 coming into the event, his two qualifying wins and first round dismissal of Kyle Edmund netted him 45 points; these should move him up into the high 160s. He’s basically been set loose on the tour with nothing to lose. This could be fun.

 

On Thursday, past form continued to assert itself. Marin Cilic defeated qualfier Stefan Kozlov 6-0,6-4; Feliciano Lopez beat Jeremy Chardy 6-1,7-6; Daniil Medvedev beat Raonic conqueror Thanasin Kokkinakis 6-2,6-2; and Sam Querrey took care of Andy Murray’s unexpected toppler, lucky loser Jordan Thompson 7-6,3-6,6-3.

 

And so, left in the draw after all the drama are three of the draw’s original former champions – Dimitrov (2014), Cilic (2012), and Querrey (2010), though only one – Lopez – of its four former finalists (the others were Tsonga, Raonic, and Mahut, who lost in the first round to Medvedev).  Helpfully, these four players are all in separate quarters. Querrey meets Muller; Cilic faces Young; Dimitrov plays Medvedev; and Lopez, in what ought to be the day’s best match-up, takes on Berdych, who hasn’t made much of a showing here in any of his three appearances – but was the 2010 Wimbledon finalist.

 

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Topsy–Turvy Tuesday Sees Top Three Seeds Murray, Wawrinka and Raonic Lose at Queen’s Club

Andy Murray

By Wendy M. Grossman

LONDON (June 20, 2017) Many seemingly easy finishing shots are missed in tennis because the player is thinking a split-second ahead to its safe landing. That fractional percentage point of lost concentration can make the difference between the tournament winner and the first-round loser. The smart tennis player learns to focus as much as possible on the now, taught to be mindful before it was a thing.

 

This makes for a serious mismatch between players and the journalists who cover them. Journalists this week are vying to read the tea leaves for prospective Wimbledon winners, while the players are just trying to get through their first-round matches here at Queen’s.

 

By tea time on Tuesday journalists’ ideas had collapsed. Aljaz Bedene withdrew with a wrist injury, leaving Andy Murray to play lucky loser Jordan Thompson, an Australian player so obscure that no one knew anything about him; Milos Raonic, last year’s Queen’s and Wimbledon finalist, was up against Thanasin Kokkinakis, freshly returned from injury; and Stan Wawrinka was facing 2014 Queen’s finalist Feliciano “the grass Spaniard” Lopez.

 

On Sunday, Stan Wawrinka said he wanted only to think about adapting to grass in time for this match, his first round here at Queen’s. But no: how did he think about his chances of becoming the ninth player in history to have won all four Grand Slam titles in a couple of weeks’ time? Wawrinka felt that was a long way away: “To win a Grand Slam is very tough. There are many things to do.” Or becoming number one? That, he suggested, is an even longer way away and much more difficult, if you look at the Race numbers. And then this, re Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray haven’t been displaying particularly good form this year so far, and Rafael Nadal is complaining about his knees…so a better opportunity?

 

“And Roger?” Wawrinka asked, laughing? Um, well, he lost first round at Stuttgart, right? Wawrinka finally conceded that the draw might be more open this year, while still downplaying it as a better chance for him personally.

 

Raonic, who said on Sunday that he needed to be “more exertive energy-wise” when playing last year’s Wimbledon final, dropped his first set in a tiebreak after failing to take advantage of eight break point chances. Twelve games later, he had three set points, the first two on the Kokkinakis serve. The first disappeared into a wide-serve/down-the-line combination, the second to a service winner. At 6-5, on his own serve, Raonic slapped the third set point into the net. It took Kokkinakis three tries to fashion a match point on his own serve – and that one he took to win 7-6,7-6.

 

Despite the vastly different result, Raonic commented afterwards that he didn’t think this match was much different from his first-round match last year. In that match, too, he struggled to take advantage of his opportunities, though he managed to find a path through in a way he didn’t this year. “I wasn’t efficient in those moments,” he said, explaining this. Overall, “I was a bit too passive.” Kokkinakis, jubilant over the “best win of my career”, said his strategy was simple: “Get on top of the point before he can.” Also, he admitted, “A lot of it is hoping  he misses first serves, and he did a couple of those when it mattered.”

 

We were hearing a lot more about Kokkinakis a couple of years ago. Since then, the list of injured body parts reads like an ER inventory of a crash victim: “Obviously the shoulder was the big one. I tore my oblique, I had osteitis pubis, I tore my pec, I had an elbow issue, and I’m still dealing with my groin and shoulder issues, and my back is stiff.” His injury count dates back to the juniors: he missed seven months at 15, and another seven months at 17. A player of this fragility will struggle to win seven best-of-five matches in a row, as Kei Nishikori could tell him. Kokkinakis’ fellow Australian, Nick Kyrgios, similarly dropped his first set to Donald Young after an alarming slip-and-fall, and then retired with a wrist injury.

 

Wawrinka faced the toughest customer, as Lopez was fresh off the Stuttgart final two days ago. Lopez won in two tight sets, 7-6,7-5. Afterwards, Wawrinka said he thought he was serving well, and that for a first match on grass it “wasn’t that bad”.

 

But, Murray! Bidding for his sixth title here, three-time defending Queen’s champion, number one in the world, and defending Wimbledon champion…playing a guy ranked number 90  in the world who only got into the draw by signing in and hanging around just in case. On Sunday, Murray had been talking about how valuable he finds the week between the French Open and Queen’s that debuted last year after 20 years of negotiation.

 

“It’s so much better having the extra week to let your body get used to grass again,” he said. His game, he said, is better now than it was before the French Open but is still far from where he wants it to be. “You have to be doing everything well to win Slams.”

 

Thompson, however, seemed to view the occasion as an exciting lottery win and went all out to celebrate with aces, service winners, and solid play. Murray, who appeared to be in a somewhat sour mood, meanwhile obliged by knocking forehands long, not returning as well as he can at his best, and never taking charge for more than a point or two in a row. Once Thompson took the first set tiebreak, he stayed in charge, winning the contest 7-6,6-2.

 

Murray called the loss “a big blow”. When asked what happened, he said, “He played better than me.”

 

While the loss of the top three seeds leaves giant holes in the draw, it doesn’t leave it without serious grass contenders. There are still three former Queen’s champions left: Sam Querrey (2010), fourth seed Marin Cilic (2012), and Grigor Dimitrov (2014), plus (besides Lopez) former finalists Nicholas Mahut (2007) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (2011, also a two-time Wimbledon semi-finalist), and 2010 Wimbledon finalist Tomáš Berdych. All of their next matches appear to be winnable; the most interesting are Querrey, who plays Thompson next, and Berdych, who faces this season’s dark horse, Denis Shapovalov.

 

It might be worth keeping your eye on that one. Shapovalov is last year’s Wimbledon junior champion. Just two months past his 18th birthday, he has a big serve and a wicked one-handed backhand. Against 44th-ranked Kyle Edmund, he was able to place serves that kicked so high that Edmund, 6’2″, couldn’t reach them. Queen’s is only his fourth ATP tournament, and the first where he qualified instead of getting a wild card – so he’s already won three matches in a row on a surface he never had the opportunity to play on growing up in Canada.

 

Murray’s, Wawrinka’s, and Raonic’s losses all have one thing in common: all pitted top players in their first competitive grass-court match since last year’s Wimbledon against players who had already found this year’s footing. Thompson lost in the second round of qualifying, but he won four matches (the first over Shapovalov) last week at the Surbiton Challenger, where he lost in the final and he’d played (and lost) a qualifying match at ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Shapovalov lost first round in the main draw at Surbiton, but had won three qualifying matches to get there, plus a qualifying match he lost at Nottingham. The same might be said of Federer’s second-round loss to Tommy Haas at Stuttgart: Haas had to play and win his first round, where Federer had a bye.

 

So, two comments. First, Berdych, playing Shapovalov next, has already played two grass-court matches this year, losing to Lopez in the second round at Stuttgart. If Shapovalov wins this match it may really mean something. Second, don’t write off any of these top guys come the first week of Wimbledon. The year so far appears to be Federer’s and Nadal’s, but you can bet neither of them is thinking that far ahead.

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With Andy Murray Seeking a Sixth Queen’s Club Crown, Tournament Expands Capacity

By Wendy M. Grossman

 

LONDON, England (June 18, 2017) Tournament infrastructure tends to follow champions. As the percentage of American top players has fallen so has the number of United States-based tournaments. This may seem counter intuitive because three of the year’s biggest events are still held in the US, but the many middle-tier events that used to populate the calendar have been traded to Asia and Eastern Europe, where the game is growing. Similarly, several tournaments with long histories vanished from post-Becker/Graf Germany, Somehow, Queen’s survived despite the 77-year wait for a British Wimbledon champion – or a British Queen’s Club champion. The shortness of the grass season and the proximity of Queen’s Club to Wimbledon means this tournament has never wanted for top players. Even so: the principle is arguably visible here: the tournament, which was upgraded to a 500 event while shrinking the draw from 56 to 32 in 2015, has added 2,500 seats this year that will accommodate fans wanting to see Andy Murray, the winningest player in Queen’s history, win his sixth title.

Besides Murray there are four other British players in the singles draw: Aljaz Bedene and Kyle Edmund are in by virtue of their rankings, and James Ward and Cameron Norrie were granted wild cards. At least one of these five will be eliminated before the second round: Murray opens against Bedene. Probably at least one more will exit, since the first round pits Norrie against Sam Querrey, Ward against qualifier Julien Benneteau, and Edmund against qualifier Shapovalov. In the doubles draw, Kyle Edmund shares a wild card with Thanasi Kokkinakis, Domoinic Inglot does the same with Nick Kyrgios, and Jamie Murray appears with Bruno Soares, fresh off their title win in Stuttgart, as the third seeds.

In the singles, Murray is of course the top seed; with Nadal’s withdrawal Wawrinka (whose best showing here is the 2014 semifinal) is second, Raonic (last year’s finalist) third, and Cilic (a two-time former finalist) fourth.

Increasing seating capacity by about a third is an interesting trick for a tennis club situated in the middle of one of London’s more expensive districts. Years ago, Wimbledon, facing a similar problem, was able to expand by annexing adjacent Aorangi Park. Queen’s, like Miami (for legal reasons), the French Open, and many other events, has no such option. Homeowners in London facing such a conundrum have lately been upsetting their neighbors by burrowing underground to create the enlarged spaces they crave. Tennis players prefer open skies. They might be equally resistant to being asked to play on courts stacked like 3D chess boards, although for us it would be a fascinating spectacle. So growth, if it’s going to happen, will have to be squeezed into the existing premises.

Most of the expansion appears to have extended the seating upwards around the Centre and Number 1 Courts. The price seems to be narrower passageways. On Court 5 this afternoon, where Stefan Kozlov was playing a qualifying match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert, spectators were limited to a between-courts walkway so narrow that a steward was heard to fret because someone had deployed a folding seat.

Watching qualifying matches is always instructive, and a wise parent with children who aspire to become tennis pros would do better to take them to watch events on the lower rungs of the ITF circuit and qualifying events than to stake them to seats at Grand Slam finals. This week, Kozlov is the 150th-best person in the world at what he does and Herbert is 75th – and yet there they are, having spent their own coin to get here, trying to produce their best stuff to get into this tournament in front of perhaps 30 people. And these guys are the lucky ones. Hundreds of others have practiced just as much and aspired just as much and been repaid with much *less* success.

Years ago, Alicia Molik attributed her rise from the top 30 to the top ten to realizing that every match turned on just a few points. Win those, and…and in this afternoon’s error-strewn match Kozlov seemed to prove this contention. Serving at 3-5 in the first set, Herbert double-faulted to give his opponent two break points, and although he went on to save three set points you had the sense that Kozlov had, very slightly, the edge in holding his nerve. At 5-4, Kozlov had to save a break point, but three points later took the set with a service winner and another shot long from Herbert. Not much later, the match was over, 6-4,6-2 to Kozlov, who now gets to play Steve Johnson, probably on Tuesday.

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Rafael Nadal Goes For Tenth French Open Title Against Stan Wawrinka in Final

Rafael Nadal

 

(June 9, 2017) Rafael Nadal will go for an unprecedented tenth French Open title on Sunday, while Stan Wawrinka ties to keep his record in major finals perfect. Both men won their semifinal matches on Friday in very different ways to reach the final.

 

No. 4 Nadal had a very easy time with the man who handed him his only clay court season loss this year. The Spaniard dominated the sixth seed, Austria’s Dominic Thiem 6-3. 6-4, 6-0 to reach his tenth Roland Garros final.

 

For the third seed Wawrinka, he won a five-set struggle against the No. 1 seed Andy Murray 6-7(8), 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(3), 6-1 in four hours and 34 minutes. Last year he lost to Murray in the semifinals of Paris.

Nadal goes into the final having only dropped 29 games through six matches.

“I don’t care about the games I lost or not, or sets, or these kind of things,” Nadal said to media. “Only thing I care is I have been playing very well during the whole event.”

 

 

Stan Wawrinka

“I’m extremely confident about what I do, about how I feel, about all the hard work I have accomplished over the past days, weeks, months, years,” said Wawrinka of his win. “I know that mentally, when I’m there, it’s difficult to beat me.”

“I’m really happy to be in the final,” said Wawrinka. “I think it was quite a tough match today. A big battle. I want to enjoy it a lot, because, as I say, it’s not all the time you can say you’re going to play a final of a Grand Slam, especially in Paris. I really want to enjoy that.”

It will be a battle between two former French Open champions not only for the title but also for the No. 2 ranking on Sunday. Nadal holds a 15-3 head-to-head record against his Swiss opponent. Nadal is 14-7 in major finals, while Wawrinka is 3-0.

In the all-thirty-something final, Wawrinka at 32 will be the oldest finalist since 1973.

 

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Halep Rallies to Beat Svitolina, Thiem Bounces Djokovic; Murray, Nadal and Wawrinka Move into Final Four at Roland Garros

Simona Halep

(June 7, 2017) No. 3 seed Simona Halep rallied from 6-3, 5-1 down, saving a match point in the second set to beat Elina Svitolina in the quarterfinals of the French Open on Wednesday 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-0. She’ll be facing No. 2 seed Karolina Pliskova for a place in the final. The Czech knocked out the last French singles player Caroline Garcia 7-6(3), 6-4.

Svitolina led 5-0 in the first set, then lost three games in a row before claiming the first set.

“I just sat down at 5- 2, and I said that the match is lost. That’s it. It’s over,” Halep said to media. “And then I started to feel more relaxed, maybe because I thought it’s finished, and it came.”

“But I believed that it’s gonna come, it’s gonna turn something around, and that’s it. I’m just happy. I am not thinking about how it was. I just take the fight thing, that I was fighting till the end, and I enjoy.”

“I think today I showed that I’m stronger mentally. I stayed there till the end.”

Halep lost in the final of the 2014 French Open to Maria Sharapova.

Halep will also be in a battle not just to advance to the final but to reach No. 1. Should she beat Pliskova and win the title, she would become No. 1. Should Pliskova win she’ll be No. 1.

Halep, who was runner-up at Roland Garros in 2014, will next face second-seeded Karolina Pliskova.

 

 

“Before this tournament I was struggling on clay with almost everything,” Pliskova said. “I didn’t have my weapons on my side and the movement was terrible.

“I don’t think it’s better, but somehow I’m just winning. Today I can finally say I felt a little bit better on the court compared to the last matches.”

“We’ve played few times,” Pliskova said of her next challenger. “It’s definitely is gonna be tough. She’s running well. I don’t know the weather forecast for tomorrow. If it’s like this, it’s gonna be tricky, because she’s almost everywhere and not missing much.

“I think I’ll have to be more aggressive than I was today, because today was more about, I would say, Caro being aggressive, and then only sometimes me. But with Simona, I have to be more aggressive, go into her serve a little bit and put pressure on her. And still to be able to hold my serve, that’s going to be the key.”

“I’m just gonna try to play like I have nothing to lose. I’m in the semifinals. I’ll just try to play my best tennis this time.”

Halep leads in their head-to-head 4-1.

 

Dominic Theim reached his second straight French Open semifinal with a 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-0 win over defending champion Novak Djokovic.

“All in all, it was decided I think in the first set,” said Djokovic to media. “I tried. I lost that crucial break in the beginning of the second, and he started serving better, backing it up with the first shot. He deserved to win. He was definitely the better player on the court today.”

Theim will be taking on nine-time champion and fourth seed Rafael Nadal who advanced when No. 20 Pablo Carreno Busta had to retire from the match with an injury whith Nadal up 6-2, 2-0.

“It’s great for me to be in the semifinals again, to defend that,” No. 6 seed Thiem said. “And of course, I think on Friday, the toughest opponent ever here in Roland Garros. It’s going to be the fourth match against him in five or six weeks. Not really any big secrets. He’s again in his best shape. So it’s going be the toughest match that you can imagine.”

Theim handed Nadal his only loss of the clay season in the quarterfinals of Rome.

 

 

Just 12 months ago Djokovic was holding all four majors.

“The win here last year has brought a lot of different emotions. Obviously, it was a thrill and complete fulfillment, I guess,” Djokovic said.  “I have lived on that wave of excitement, I guess, ’til the U.S. Open or so. And at the U.S. Open, I just was emotionally very flat and found myself in a situation that I hadn’t faced before in (my) professional tennis career.”

 

Djokovic, who split from his longtime team and brought on Andre Agassi for the first week of the French Open said:

“It’s obviously tough to get out of it and figure out the way how to move ahead. At least I’m trying.”

“I know that I have achieved the biggest heights in this sport, and that memory and that experience gives me enough reason to believe that I can do it again.”

No. 1 Andy Murray recovered from a first set drubbing to move into the final four in Paris, beating 8th seed Kei Nishikori 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(0),  6-1.

Murray will take on 2015 French Open winner Stan Wawrinka next. Wawrinka beat No. 7 seed Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 to advance.

Nadal, Theim and Wawrinka march into the semifinals without dropping a set.

 

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Murray and Halep Advance While Konta and Zverev Lose at Roland Garros

 

(May 30, 2017) No. 1 Andy Murray moved into the second round of the French Open on Tuesday with a win over Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0.

The Scot, who reached the final of Paris for the first time in 2016 said: “last year was a great year for me, you know it was the best I ever played.”

“And last year during Bercy that’s when I reached No. 1 for first time, so I’ve got very good memories from Paris last year, and I’ll try and have another good one year this year.”

No. 3 seed Simona Halep is playing with an ankle injury, but it did not stop her from stopping Jana Cepelova 6-2, 6-3. The Romanian has a chance to reach No. 1 in the world, should she win the tournament.

Johanna Konta

Johanna Konta, the seventh seed, won 13 of the first 15 points of her match against No. 109 Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan but bowed out in three sets 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4. Konta has still never won a main draw match in Paris.

A major upset on the men’s side saw No. 10 Alexander Zverev lose to veteran Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in a match carried over from Monday night.

“He played very well. I played absolute sh*t,” Zverev said to media.

 

Third seed and 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka won 6-2, 7-6 (6), 6-3 over Jozef Kovalik.

Also moving into the next round were No. 5 Milos Raonic, No. 18 seed Nick Kyrgios, 21st seed John Isner and 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro. For del Potro it was his first match in five years at the French Open.

 

France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had his match suspended due to darkness. The 12th seed was trailing 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 5-4 Renzo Olivo.

 

French wildcard Maxime Hamou had his Roland Garros credential revoked for grabbing a reporter and kissing her on the neck during a live Tv interview. Hamou lost in the first round of the tournament.

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Fabio Fognini Stops No. 1 Andy Murray in Rome Second Round

Andy Murray

Fabio Fognini Stops No. 1 Andy Murray in Rome Second Round

 

(May 16, 2017) World No.1 Andy Murray will head into the French Open with few clay court wins under his belt. The three-time major winner and defending champion lost No. 29 Fabio Fognini of Italy in the second round of the Rome Masters 6-2, 6-4 much to the delight of local fans. Since winning the Dubai title in February, Murray is 5-6.

Fognini was fearless, hitting 22 winners to only four errors.

“I’m sure there were a lot of things I could have done better,” Murray said to media. “Obviously he started the match extremely well, for sure, and then, you know, mid to end part of the second set, you know, there were a few opportunities there.

“But, yeah, he was — you know, he was taking the ball early, you know, hitting the ball close to the lines and dominating most of the points.

“And then second set, you know, towards the end he starts making a few more mistakes. I was getting into it a little bit, but I wasn’t doing enough to — you know, I wasn’t creating enough chances on my own. You know, normally during matches your opponent might give you a few opportunities with some errors, and obviously you hope to create a few yourself.

“That certainly wasn’t the case today. The only chance I really got was when he was making errors.”

 

“Definitely movement the last two weeks has not been good,” Murray continued. “I felt like I moved decent in — you know, in the beginning of the year I was moving well. I moved pretty well in Monte-Carlo and Barcelona, but the last two weeks I haven’t moved well.

“You know, Fabio did play some good dropshots, but like you say, I wasn’t actually making a move or a step towards the ball.

“You know, that’s not a good sign, so that’s something, like I said, the last two years on the clay, that’s been a huge improvement for me. My movement has been a big help, you know, last couple of years, but certainly the last couple of weeks that’s been a problem. So I need to address that.”

 

No. 2 Novak Djokovic beat British qualifier Aljaz Bedene 7-6 (2), 6-2.

“Bedene is the kind of player that gives you good rhythm,” noted the Serb. “I had some good exchanges, some good games with rallies and it felt right, especially in the second set.

“Tiebreak I played a great tiebreak. Served very well when I needed to. I just — you know, I just wish that I had started a little bit sharper. But hopefully the next one will be good.”

 

A couple of ATP World Tour milestones from Tuesday – David Ferrer notched his 700th career match win on the tour while Tomas Berdych won his 600th.

 

 

INTERNAZIONALI BNL D’ITALIA – ROME, ITALY

RESULTS – MAY 16, 2017

Men’s
Singles – Second Round
F. Fognini (ITA) d [1] A. Murray (GBR) 62 64
[2] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [Q] A. Bedene (GBR) 76(2) 62
[6] M. Cilic (CRO) d R. Harrison (USA) 63 62
[9] D. Goffin (BEL) d F. Verdasco (ESP) 36 63 62
[12] T. Berdych (CZE) d [Q] C. Berlocq (ARG) 63 64
J. Isner (USA) d F. Mayer (GER) 76(4) 76(4)

Men’s
Singles – First Round
[13] J. Sock (USA) d D. Schwartzman (ARG) 64 16 75
[15] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) d G. Simon (FRA) 63 63
[16] A. Zverev (GER) d [Q] K. Anderson (RSA) 64 46 64
[PR] T. Haas (GER) d [LL] E. Escobedo (USA) 60 46 76(1)
B. Paire (FRA) d N. Mahut (FRA) 63 64
P. Cuevas (URU) d [Q] A. Mannarino (FRA) 64 76(2)
D. Ferrer (ESP) d F. Lopez (ESP) 46 63 61
R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d *[LL] A. Dolgopolov (UKR) 64 62

Men’s
Doubles – First Round
N. Mektic (CRO) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d [WC] F. Gaio (ITA) / S. Napolitano (ITA) 76(3) 63
R. Bopanna (IND) / P. Cuevas (URU) d [WC] S. Bolelli (ITA) / A. Seppi (ITA) 64 62
B. Baker (USA) / N. Monroe (USA) d J. del Potro (ARG) / M. Matkowski (POL) 36 75 10-5

*[LL] A. Dolgopolov (UKR) replaced N. Kyrgios (AUS) – hip
Women’s
Singles – Second Round

[5] J. Konta (GBR) d Y. Putintseva (KAZ) 63 60
[7] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d K. Siniakova (CZE) 61 76(3)
[16] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) d [WC] M. Sharapova (RUS) 64 36 12 Retired – left thigh injury
First Round
[Q] D. Gavrilova (AUS) d [10] M. Keys (USA) 26 75 75
J. Goerges (GER) d [13] K. Mladenovic (FRA) 76(6) 75
[15] K. Bertens (NED) d M. Niculescu (ROU) 26 62 61
[Q] A. Kontaveit (EST) d [Q] A. Petkovic (GER) 63 64
A. Sevastova (LAT) d I. Begu (ROU) 64 64
E. Makarova (RUS) d R. Vinci (ITA) 62 61
[Q] C. Bellis (USA) d M. Doi (JPN) 64 76(6)
[Q] J. Ostapenko (LAT) d S. Rogers (USA) 63 64
T. Bacsinszky (SUI) d T. Babos (HUN) 62 62
L. Davis (USA) d C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) 62 57 63

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

B. Krejcikova (CZE) / S. Zheng (CHN) d [5] K. Pliskova (CZE) / B. Strycova (CZE) 06 64 10-8
[PR] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) d D. Gavrilova (AUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 36 64 11-9
[WC] J. Jankovic (SRB) / A. Petkovic (GER) d [WC] D. Chiesa (ITA) / S. Rubini (ITA) 75 62
[Alt] O. Savchuk (UKR) / E. Svitolina (UKR) d S. Aoyama (JPN) / C. Liang (CHN) 64 62
E. Hozumi (JPN) / M. Kato (JPN) d S. Stosur (AUS) / S. Zhang (CHN) 62 64

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2017
CENTRALE start 12:00 noon
ATP – [7] K. Nishikori (JPN) vs D. Ferrer (ESP)
ATP – [Q] N. Almagro (ESP) vs [4] R. Nadal (ESP)
WTA – [1] A. Kerber (GER) vs [Q] A. Kontaveit (EST)

Not Before 7:30 pm
ATP – [3] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs B. Paire (FRA)

Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – [Q] J. Ostapenko (LAT) vs [3] G. Muguruza (ESP)

NEXT GEN ARENA start 11:00 am
WTA – [8] E. Svitolina (UKR) vs A. Cornet (FRA)

Not Before 12:00 noon
ATP – K. Edmund (GBR) vs J. del Potro (ARG)
WTA – L. Tsurenko (UKR) vs [9] V. Williams (USA)
ATP – [8] D. Thiem (AUT) vs P. Cuevas (URU)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [Q] J. Struff (GER) vs S. Querrey (USA)

PIETRANGELI start 11:00 am
WTA – L. Siegemund (GER) vs [6] S. Halep (ROU)
WTA – L. Davis (USA) vs [2] K. Pliskova (CZE)
ATP – V. Troicki (SRB) vs [16] A. Zverev (GER)
ATP – [PR] T. Haas (GER) vs [5] M. Raonic (CAN)

Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – [4] D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs E. Makarova (RUS)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – [Q] C. Bellis (USA) vs [15] K. Bertens (NED)
WTA – [Q] D. Gavrilova (AUS) vs C. Garcia (FRA)
ATP – [13] J. Sock (USA) vs J. Vesely (CZE)
ATP – [15] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs R. Bautista Agut (ESP)
ATP – [3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs J. Isner (USA) / J. Sock (USA)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – [Q] M. Barthel (GER) vs [Q] Q. Wang (CHN)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – J. Goerges (GER) vs J. Jankovic (SRB)
WTA – [14] B. Strycova (CZE) vs T. Bacsinszky (SUI)
ATP – N. Mektic (CRO) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs [8] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Granollers (ESP)
WTA – [4] T. Babos (HUN) / A. Hlavackova (CZE) vs [PR] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
WTA – [WC] S. Errani (ITA) / M. Trevisan (ITA) vs C. Mchale (USA) / M. Niculescu (ROU)
WTA – [12] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs A. Sevastova (LAT)
ATP – J. Sousa (POR) / F. Verdasco (ESP) vs D. Nestor (CAN) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
WTA – N. Hibino (JPN) / A. Rosolska (POL) vs [2] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI)

COURT 6 start 12:00 noon
ATP – O. Marach (AUT) / M. Pavic (CRO) vs [Alt] T. Huey (PHI) / M. Venus (NZL)
WTA – S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE)
WTA – After Suitable Rest – D. Jurak (CRO) / A. Rodionova (AUS) vs K. Bertens (NED) / J. Goerges (GER)

COURT 3 start 1:00 pm
WTA – K. Bondarenko (UKR) / K. Siniakova (CZE) vs [7] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Y. Xu (CHN)
WTA – After Suitable Rest – [Alt] O. Savchuk (UKR) / E. Svitolina (UKR) vs [3] S. Mirza (IND) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ)

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Lucky Loser Borna Coric Beats No. 1 Andy Murray at Madrid Open

Lucky Loser Borna Coric Beats No. 1 Andy Murray at Madrid Open

 

Andy Murray

(May 11, 2017) No. 1 Andy Murray lost to lucky loser Borna Coric of Croatia in the third round of the Madrid Open on Thursday 6-3, 6-3. Coric became the first person to reach the quarterfinals as a lucky loser in Madrid. Coric reached the main draw after losing in the qualifying tournament when Richard Gasquet withdrew.

“After one match of the qualies where I lost and I was booking my flight back to home, it is surprise for sure,” Coric said of the win.

“But in last two matches, I’ve been feeling pretty good, like I was feeling good like back in Marrakesh.

“I was expecting to play good, but I was not sure how it was going to end. But I was playing really good today.”

Borna Coric

“It’s a huge win, for sure,” the No. 59 ranked Coric continued. “It’s going to mean to me a lot. Also regarding my confidence, which is very important in tennis, obviously, and especially when you are a player like me. So the confidence does play I would say a very big role in my tennis.

“Also it’s going to help me in my ranking. It’s always easier when you’re a little bit higher in the ranking. I don’t know where this is going to put me exactly, but for sure I’m going to be a little bit higher. I can play now a little bit more, let’s say, free. I don’t need to defend many points. I can only earn points.”

 

As for Murray, he has failed to make it past the semifinals of the three clay court events in which he has participated this year.

“Well, most things weren’t working particularly well,” Murray said. “Yeah, wasn’t great. I mean, I started the match okay, but when I started to go behind, I didn’t find any way to improve my game or to make it more difficult for him. I just kind of let the same things keep happening, making mistakes very early in a lot of the rallies. I wasn’t building any points really.

“You know, I didn’t help myself sort of find a way into the match to start playing better. That was disappointing because, you know, you’re not always going to play your best tennis, but you can still find ways to make it difficult for your opponent, and I didn’t do that at all today.”

“It actually felt quite similar to the match I played against him in Dubai. You know, he serves well. He moves extremely well. You know, he never gives matches away. He makes a lot of shots. He’s very consistent.

“You know, if you’re not on your game, and he’s moving well, making a lot of balls, he can make it very, very tough for you.”

Coric will play his quarterfinal against Dominic Thiem of Austria, who  saved five match points to beat Grigor Dimitrov 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9).

Novak Djokovic

 

Defending Novak Djokovic champion beat Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 7-5 to reach the final eight.

“Level was definitely very high today I thought from both players,” said the Serb. “I think Feliciano played really well, especially in the second set. I wasn’t winning too many points on his service games until the last one where I managed to return many balls back in play and then win the match.

“One break was enough, 5-4, 6-5, both sets. But, as I said, it was quite a solid performance from both players, high quality. I was enjoying very much.

“Of course, in the end, you know, 5-All, Love-30, a couple of really long points. I was in trouble, and I managed to get my way out of it, as I said, with some great gets. That pumped me up obviously.

“You know, you’re trying to hold your composure and always find the right balance between pumped up and having great intensity on the court, but at the same time having calm and concentration.”
Djokovic will take on Kei Nishikori next. The 2014 U.S. Open finalist defeated David Ferrer 6-4, 6-3. Nishikori is playing his first tournament since March, he’s been nursing a right wrist injury.

Rafael Nadal

In the night match, Rafael Nadal gave Nick Kyrgios a lesson in clay court play when he demolished the Australian 6-3, 6-1 for his tour leading 31st win of the year.

“I think I played really well tonight,” said the four-time Madrid winner. “Since the beginning of the match, I committed just a few errors. I think I returned the ball very well, even better than normally.

“I think I served very well, committed very few errors. I think I made a step forward compared to yesterday. Of course, to be able to win 6-3, 6-1, whatever the second was, I can’t remember, I think it’s great news. I think it’s not normal to win against an opponent like this because Nick is a really good opponent.”

Nadal will play ninth-seeded David Goffin who won 6-4, 6-2 over fifth-seeded Milos Raonic.

In women’s play Simona Halep, the highest seed left in the women’s draw dismissed Coco Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-1 to reach the semifinals.

“I was a little bit nervous, to be honest, before the match, because she has a big serve,” Halep said.

The Romanian will face Anastasija Sevastova next.

Kristina Mladenovic will play Svetlana Kuznetsova in the other semifinal.

Two-time major winner Kuznetsova stopped Eugenie Bouchard’s run 6-4, 6-0.

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 11 MAY 2017

ATP

Singles – Third Round
[LL] B. Coric (CRO) d [1] A. Murray (GBR) 63 63
[2] N. Djokovic (SRB) d F. Lopez (ESP) 64 75
[4] R. Nadal (ESP) d [16] N. Kyrgios (AUS) 63 61
[9] D. Goffin (BEL) d [5] M. Raonic (CAN) 64 62
[6] K. Nishikori (JPN) d D. Ferrer (ESP) 64 63
[8] D. Thiem (AUT) d [12] G. Dimitrov (BUL) 46 64 76(9) – saved 5 M.P.
A. Zverev (GER) d [11] T. Berdych (CZE) 64 64
P. Cuevas (URU) d B. Paire (FRA) 75 06 61

Doubles – Second Round
[7] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Granollers (ESP) d F. Fognini (ITA) / T. Huey (PHI) 67(4) 75 10-6
[8] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) d [PR] T. Haas (GER) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) 63 64

WTA

Singles – Quarterfinals
[3] S. Halep (ROU) d C. Vandeweghe (USA) 61 61
[8] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d E. Bouchard (CAN) 64 60
[14] K. Mladenovic (FRA) d [WC] S. Cirstea (ROU) 64 64
A. Sevastova (LAT) d K. Bertens (NED) 63 63

Doubles – Quarterfinals
[3] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) d A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) 46 63 10-8
I. Begu (ROU) / S. Halep (ROU) d [4] S. Mirza (IND) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) 63 36 10-6
[5] T. Babos (HUN) / A. Hlavackova (CZE) d K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE) 62 64
[WC] A. Parra Santonja (ESP) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP) d [6] L. Hradecka (CZE) / K. Siniakova (CZE) 62 63

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 12 MAY 2017

MANOLO SANTANA start 12:00 pm
ATP – [6] K. Nishikori (JPN) vs [2] N. Djokovic (SRB)
Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – [3] S. Halep (ROU) vs A. Sevastova (LAT)
Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [9] D. Goffin (BEL) vs [4] R. Nadal (ESP)
Not Before 8:00 pm
WTA – [8] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [14] K. Mladenovic (FRA)
Not Before 9:30 pm
ATP – [LL] B. Coric (CRO) vs [8] D. Thiem (AUT)

ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO start 12:00 pm
ATP – [7] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Granollers (ESP) vs [4] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA)
Not Before 2:30 pm
ATP – P. Cuevas (URU) vs A. Zverev (GER)
ATP – [3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs [6] N. Mahut (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
ATP – [1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) vs [8] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP)
ATP – N. Kyrgios (AUS) / J. Sock (USA) vs [2] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA)

ESTADIO 3 start 2:00 pm
WTA – [3] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) vs [WC] A. Parra Santonja (ESP) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP)
WTA – TBA after rest – [5] T. Babos (HUN) / A. Hlavackova (CZE) vs I. Begu (ROU) / S. Halep (ROU)

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Andy Murray Moves Into Third Round of Madrid Open

Andy Murray

 

(May 9, 2017) No. 1 Andy Murray opened his Madrid Open with a 6-4, 6-3 win over wild card No. 104th ranked Marius Copil of Romania to move into the third round on Tuesday. The Scot is a two-time winner of the title in 2008 and 2015.

 

“I found it difficult to start,” Murray said. “I haven’t practiced out there. Well, we practiced out there for 25 minutes before the match, this morning at like 11:00. That had been it.

“It was very lively out there. It was probably the hottest it’s been since we’ve been here. Found it a bit difficult at the beginning to adjust to the conditions. Also never played him before. He serves big, comes forward a bit, uses dropshots. It was tricky.

“But when I started to control the points more towards the end of the first set and second set, you know, I was hitting the ball pretty clean, creating a few chances. I didn’t give him any opportunities.

“It was good for the first match.”

 

Murray, who had been nursing an elbow injury syas that he’s trying to get back into form: “I don’t think I’m playing perfectly just now. I think there’s just things I can definitely do better.

“But, you know, the most positive thing about tonight was that I feel like I can serve a little bit better than I did today.

“I had no breakpoints against me. That was something that obviously I’d struggled on serve a bit, especially the last couple of tournaments. So to not give up any breakpoints in the first match was good.

“I think the altitude does also help a bit with that. It’s a good sign for me that my serve is getting better. Hopefully that continues that way.

“When I serve well, the rest of my game tends to follow. It’s an important part of the game for me. You know, when I can get a lot of free points on my first serve, put a lot of pressure on my opponent’s service games, you know, it really helps my game a lot.

“That was the most important thing for me today.”

 

Wednesday’s schedule will include No. 2 Novak Djokovic, who recently parted ways with his coaching team and four-time winner Rafael Nadal who is dealing with an ear infection an asked for a later start in the tournament.

 

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 9 MAY 2017

Singles – Second Round
[1] A. Murray (GBR) d [WC] M. Copil (ROU) 64 63
[8] D. Thiem (AUT) d [LL] J. Donaldson (USA) 63 64
[9] D. Goffin (BEL) d F. Mayer (GER) 76(3) 60

Singles – First Round
[Q] P. Herbert (FRA) d [13] L. Pouille (FRA) 76(5) 67(4) 63
[LL] B. Coric (CRO) d M. Zverev (GER) 63 76(5)
I. Karlovic (CRO) d R. Bautista Agut (ESP) 76(4) 67(9) 76(7) – saved 4 M.P.
B. Paire (FRA) d P. Carreno Busta (ESP) 63 64
A. Zverev (GER) d F. Verdasco (ESP) 75 63
G. Muller (LUX) d [PR] T. Haas (GER) 64 76(7)
R. Harrison (USA) d B. Tomic (AUS) 75 46 62
D. Schwartzman (ARG) d A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 61 63
[WC] N. Almagro (ESP) d [WC] T. Robredo (ESP) 63 36 61

Doubles – Second Round
[1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) d O. Marach (AUT) / M. Pavic (CRO) 46 64 14-12
N. Kyrgios (AUS) / J. Sock (USA) d [5] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) 64 64

Doubles – First Round
J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) d [WC] D. Marrero (ESP) / T. Robredo (ESP) 63 62
F. Martin (FRA) / D. Nestor (CAN) d R. Bopanna (IND) / P. Cuevas (URU) 63 62

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 10 MAY 2017

MANOLO SANTANA start 12:00 noon
WTA – [WC] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) vs A. Sevastova (LAT)
ATP – [WC] N. Almagro (ESP) vs [2] N. Djokovic (SRB)
ATP – F. Fognini (ITA) vs [4] R. Nadal (ESP)
Not Before 8:00 pm
WTA – [1] A. Kerber (GER) vs E. Bouchard (CAN)
Not Before 9:30 pm
ATP – [3] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs B. Paire (FRA)

ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO start 12:00 noon
ATP – [6] K. Nishikori (JPN) vs D. Schwartzman (ARG)
ATP – D. Ferrer (ESP) vs [10] J. Tsonga (FRA)
ATP – G. Simon (FRA) vs F. Lopez (ESP)
ATP – [LL] B. Coric (CRO) vs [Q] P. Herbert (FRA)
ATP – A. Zverev (GER) vs [7] M. Cilic (CRO)

ESTADIO 3 start 12:00 noon
ATP – [5] M. Raonic (CAN) vs G. Muller (LUX)
Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
WTA – [16] S. Stosur (AUS) vs [3] S. Halep (ROU)
WTA – [Q] O. Dodin (FRA) vs [14] K. Mladenovic (FRA)
Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP – [12] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs I. Karlovic (CRO)

PISTA 4 start 12:00 noon
ATP – [16] N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs R. Harrison (USA)
WTA – [Q] Q. Wang (CHN) vs [8] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)
Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – K. Bertens (NED) vs I. Begu (ROU)
WTA – [WC] S. Cirstea (ROU) vs M. Doi (JPN)
ATP – F. Martin (FRA) / D. Nestor (CAN) vs [2] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA)

PISTA 5 start 12:00 noon
ATP – [Alt] B. Baker (USA) / N. Monroe (USA) vs [4] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA)
ATP – [11] T. Berdych (CZE) vs R. Haase (NED)
ATP – P. Cuevas (URU) vs N. Mahut (FRA)
ATP – [3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)
ATP – R. Haase (NED) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs [6] N. Mahut (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA)

PISTA 6 start 12:00 noon
WTA – A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) vs G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Y. Xu (CHN)
Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – After rest – [6] L. Hradecka (CZE) / K. Siniakova (CZE) vs S. Stosur (AUS) / S. Zhang (CHN)

PISTA 7 start 12:00 noon
WTA – TBA based on result – [WC] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP) vs [5] T. Babos (HUN) / A. Hlavackova (CZE)
WTA – TBA based on result – [1] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) vs K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE)

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