2014/07/31

John Isner Defends Atlanta Open Title

 

(July 27, 2014) John Isner won his ninth ATP World Tour title on Sunday by defeating Dudi Sela of Israel 6-3, 6-4 to win the Atlanta Open for the second straight year. It was the American’s fourth Atlanta final in five years.

“The field is so tough at this event,” Isner said. “I’m so happy to win this. I consider myself fortunate that this event is even here. It’s a big advantage for me to play in Georgia and to have a lot of support.”

“Isner went for his shots and played more freely,” Sela said. “With his return game, he just went for it.”

In doubles action, Wimbledon champions Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil reman a perfect 10-0 as a doubles team, capturing the title with a 6-3, 5-7 10-5 over Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey.

“[Johnson and Querrey] played well, but we felt like we were playing better than they were even after losing the second set, said the Canadian Pospisil. “We just had to stay calm in the [Match Tie-break] and go point by point.”

“We’re trying to make the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals,” said Sock. That’s one of our goals this year on the side, aside from improving our singles rankings.”

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Quarterfinal day at the BB&T Atlanta Open

 

 

John Isner

John Isner

By Herman Wood

(July 25, 2014) ATLANTA – Americans and best buddies Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey got things going on Friday.  Yes, they already played- each other.  On Friday, they took on Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky in doubles.  It was a tight match, with the American pair winning 7-6 (2), 7-5.  On an interesting strategic note, Querrey lined up in front of Johnson with Johnson serving and folded his 6 foot 6 inch frame downward in an attempt to… well, I’m not really sure, but that’s a lot of human being to squeeze under a serve.  In the other doubles quarterfinals, Chris Guccione and John-Patrick Smith broke a nine match win streak for Guccione in a loss to Nicholas Barrientos and Victor Estrella Burgos 7-5, 3-6, and 10-6 in the match tiebreak.  The rest of the quarterfinals were already completed.  Pospisil and Sock will take on the Barrientos -Burgos pair while Querrey and Johnson will take on King and Venus, all for a chance in the finals.  Those matches will be played Saturday.

In singles action, the No. 1 seed, John Isner surprisingly played at 4 PM rather than in the 7 PM featured time slot.  Isner said, “I preferred the 4 PM start.”  By the time he and Matosevic took the court, the stadium resembled an oven.  Matosevic said, “It was really hot.”  We do not call it Hotlanta without a reason.  Isner said “I knew he was struggling out there a little bit and he knew I was struggling out there a little bit.”  “A lot of people tell me I play possum out there.  Sometimes when I’m super tired I play my best tennis. I don’t have enough energy to run side to side.

There’s only one option for me and that’s to sort of play big and play aggressive and just go for it and sometimes it works out.”   Isner started the match on the wrong foot- a foot fault.  Of course that fired him up a little and the very next ball was an ace.  It was a slow start for Isner, as he was immediately broken, though it did not take long to get back on serve.  With a break to get to two all, the two traded holds until Matosevic was serving at 5-6.  Isner challenged him a bit, but it was time for a tiebreak.  Isner is not called “Johnny Tiebreak” without a reason.  He is experienced, calm, and collected in the big moment.

Sure enough, Matosevic handed the set to Isner with his second double fault of the tiebreak.  The other double fault occurred when Matosevic was up a mini break.  In the second set, the two traded service holds until three all, when Isner got a break and that was all he needed.  Up 4 – 3, he held easily, saved himself during Matosevic’s service game and then served it out 7-6 (8), 6-4.  Isner was happy for the early finish to his day.  “I’ll have a little more time.  I can walk the dog.  It kind of puts me at ease.”  He’ll play Jack Sock on Saturday in the semifinals.

Jack Sock

Jack Sock

In the evening match, American Jack Sock got the featured time slot.  He took on Slovakian, Lukas Lacko, in what could be a preview for the Chicago Davis Cup match in September if Sock were to be named to the American squad.  Unfortunately, like Isner, Sock got off on the wrong foot as he was broken on his first service game.  Lacko at one time had a 4-1 lead, but let it slip away.

Sock said “I had a pretty rough start.  He was playing the ball deep and keeping me off the baseline.”

A Lacko double fault at a critical time and an ill-advised strategy that did not include staying away from the Sock forehand let Sock get it back to 4-5 and serving.  The crowd was clearly behind sock, urging him on, but he could not manage another break and so the tie breaker was on.  Each man had his chances, but Sock pulled it out 8-6.

He kept the momentum early in the second, breaking to a 3-1 lead before he let down just a bit.  Lacko took the break back, only to see Sock immediately return the favor at love to get to 4-2.  It was clear that Sock wanted to run away with it, moving quickly, serving to 5-2, with Lacko serving to stay in the match.  Sock had his way in the decisive game, as Lacko’s first serve percentage had fallen off to only forty five percent.  Game, set, match to Sock, 7-6 (8), 6-2.

The Atlanta crowd was very appreciative of the effort and the win.  Sock will take on John Isner on Saturday for a chance at the the final.  They recently played in Newport where Sock beat Isner.  “Newport was pretty ugly for both of us.  We both played some shocking tennis there.  We practice almost everyday at Saddlebrook in Tampa.  I’ll have to use what I know from practice.  These courts suit him pretty well with a high bounce and when there is a seven foot guy serving down on you, it’s not going to be easy.  I’ll go out there and scrap out some points and see what happens.”

In late action on Friday, Sock’s doubles partner Vasek Pospisil was eliminated in a see saw match by Dudi Sela 7-5, 1-6, 6-2. It was a busy night for the trainer, as he was out three times for Pospisil and once for Sela. Pospisil was clearly injured, as the trainer really seemed to be working him over. Despite the injury, he was able to move very well.

Sela took a medical timeout of his own, though he did not appear in pain. Sela was quoted by another media member -Ricky Dimon of Tennis Grand,  as to why he took the timeout; “To do some thinking with myself about what I have to do. To relax.”

 

Sela will take on Benjamin Becker Saturday evening.  Becker ended the run of lucky loser Thiemo de Bakker 6-4, 6-2.

Herman Wood is in Atlanta covering the BB&T Open action from around the grounds for Tennis Panorama News, follow him on twitter at https://twitter.com/hermanewood.

Results for July 25, 2014

Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] J Isner (USA) d [8] M Matosevic (AUS) 76(8) 64
D Sela (ISR) d [4] V Pospisil (CAN) 75 16 62
J Sock (USA) d L Lacko (SVK) 76(6) 62
B Becker (GER) d [LL] T de Bakker (NED) 64 62

Doubles – Quarter-finals
S Johnson (USA) / S Querrey (USA) d [2] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) 76(2) 75
N Barrientos (COL) / V Estrella Burgos (DOM) d [3] C Guccione (AUS) / J Smith (AUS) 75 36 10-6

Schedule for July 26, 2014

STADIUM start 12:30 pm
K King (USA) / M Venus (NZL) vs S Johnson (USA) / S Querrey (USA)

Not Before 3:00 pm
[1] J Isner (USA) vs J Sock (USA)

Not Before 8:00 pm
D Sela (ISR) vs B Becker (GER)
[1] V Pospisil (CAN) / J Sock (USA) vs N Barrientos (COL) / V Estrella Burgos (DOM)

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John Isner Saves Two Match Points in Win over Robby Ginepri

GSM Isner

By Herman Wood

(July 24, 2014) ATLANTA – It was a showdown of Americans with local ties tonight at the BB&T Atlanta Open.  Former University of Georgia standout, top ranked American, and number one seed John Isner took on local Robby Ginepri, from just up I-75 in Marietta, now Kennesaw.  It was their fourth meeting, with Isner holding the edge, 2-1.

Ginepri, currently ranked 281, though as high as 15, was in the tournament as a wild card.  As expected in any John Isner match, things started with an ace.  Ginepri returned the favor with his very first serve and had a very easy hold.  From that point forward, it was evident that Ginepri was dialed in on the Isner serve.  He made Isner work by getting balls back in play off huge serves.  Isner did not help his own cause by only getting forty six percent of his first serves in and it led to the inevitable break with a sizzling passing shot by Ginepri to get him to 3-2.  Ginepri consolidated the break with a hold and the match stayed on track until Ginepri served the first set out 6-4.

As with any John Tiebreak, rather, Isner match, the second set went exactly that way.  There were threats of service break, again with Ginepri seeming to have really timed Isner’s deliveries.  It certainly seemed to take its toll, as Ginepri was flexing his wrists after blocking back 140 MPH or so blasts.  Isner served 71% of his first serves into play, converting 73% of those points.  Ginepri had no break points against his serve, while Isner saved the two opportunities Ginepri had.  There were mini-breaks of serve in the tie breaker, but the master of the breaker prevailed in a tight one 7-5.  Of course, the last point was an ace.

In the deciding third set, Ginepri seemed struggled a bit more to hold his serve, facing 7 break points.  He even dug out of one 15-40 hole and punctuated the hold with a yell.  It was inspired Ginepri tennis.  Isner had the customary two break points and saved both.  In Ginepri’s final service game, he was trying to hold for 6-5 and it couldn’t quite hold on.  The whole state knew what was coming next, but Ginepri was game, going for a new racquet in his attempt to break Isner’s  serve.  He never needed it.  Ace, ace, ace, ace.  Game, set, match; Isner 4-6, 7-5 (5), 7-5.  Isner said “It’s not easy, coming in playing your first match.  Having a bye is nice, but at the same time you are playing someone that has played a match.”  Isner will play Matsovci on Friday, surprisingly at 4 PM.  The feature 7 PM slot will see Jack Sock take on Lukas Lacko.

The crowd was well entertained and solidly behind good play, getting loud for each player in appreciation.  Of course, there was barking for Isner and shouts of ROBBY in support of Ginepri.  Some would have been concerned about turnout if Ginepri had won, but the crowd support for both men made it clear that Atlantans appreciation of good tennis should not be underestimated.

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Lucky Loser Thiemo de Bakker Knocks Out Second Seed Kevin Anderson in Atlanta

Thiemo de Bakker

Thiemo de Bakker

By Herman Wood

(July 24, 2014) ATLANTA – Play began on Thursday at 4 PM in Atlanta, just ahead of the usually scheduled afternoon summer thunderstorms.  Thiemo de Bakker and Kevin Anderson were on court holding serve through 3-all until the stadium got a bit loud- thunder and distant lightning.  De Bakker took heed and stepped up his returns to get a break for 4-3.  With a quick hold, he was looking to close out the set on Anderson’s serve.  It wasn’t before the rains came, as it was Anderson 30-15 when play was suspended.

Two hours later, it did not seem to have mattered, as de Bakker finished off the set quickly 6-4.  The second set stayed on serve through 3-2 Anderson with de Bakker serving.  De Bakker could not find the service box and Anderson took advantage of the second serves for a break at 4-2.  De Bakker was far from done, as he returned the favor in similar fashion with a fist pump, though he consolidated with a quick hold to get the set to 4-all.  They finally got back on track through 5-all, when Anderson seemed to get a bit unsettled and sent a wild miss over the baseline to get broken.  De Bakker served it out and just like that, the No. 2 seed and last year’s runner up, Kevin Anderson was out.

Yen-Hsun Lu and Benjamin Becker were on grandstand court and also had to run for cover.  That match was completed with Becker the winner, 6-4, 6-3.

In an exciting singles match on grandstand, Marinko Matsovic took out Tim Smyczek 6-4, 7-5.  The match was a battle of service breaks, with Matsovic managing two more.  Reportedly, he also chose not to play a ball judged on the line that was a match point.  That could have been a real learning experience.  Matsovic will play No. 1 seed John Isner in a surprising 4 PM start on Friday.  The feature 7 PM match will have Jack Sock playing Lukas Lacko.

The top seeded doubles team of Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock were also in action over on the grandstand, taking on Benjamin Becker and Frank Moser.  The difference in the match was the inability of the German duo to convert their second serve points.  The Wimbledon champs were not broken, though did save three break points.  They closed the match out in under an hour 6-4, 6-1.

With the rain came a schedule adjustment.  The Chris Guccione and John-Patrick Smith vs Nicholas Barrientos and Victor Estrella Burgos doubles match was cancelled for the day.  It will go on at noon Friday.  The Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey vs Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky match also was postponed.  That match will follow the previously mentioned match on stadium court.

Herman Wood is in Atlanta covering the BB&T Open action from around the grounds for Tennis Panorama News, follow him on twitter at https://twitter.com/hermanewood.

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Tennis Results Round-Up for July 24, 2014

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ATP – Atlanta Open

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 24 JULY 2014

Singles – Second Round
[1] J Isner (USA) d [WC] R Ginepri (USA) 46 76(5) 75
[LL] T de Bakker (NED) d [2] K Anderson (RSA) 64 75
B Becker (GER) d [7] Y Lu (TPE) 64 63
[8] M Matosevic (AUS) d T Smyczek (USA) 64 75

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] V Pospisil (CAN) / J Sock (USA) d B Becker (GER) / F Moser (GER) 64 61

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 25 JULY 2014

STADIUM start 12:00 noon
[3] C Guccione (AUS) / J Smith (AUS) vs N Barrientos (COL) / V Estrella Burgos (DOM)
S Johnson (USA) / S Querrey (USA) vs [2] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA)

Not Before 4:00 pm
[1] J Isner (USA) vs [8] M Matosevic (AUS)

7:00 pm
J Sock (USA) vs L Lacko (SVK)

Not Before 9:00 pm
D Sela (ISR) vs [4] V Pospisil (CAN)

AJC GRANDSTAND start 6:30 pm
Not Before 6:30 pm
B Becker (GER) vs [LL] T de Bakker (NED)

BAKU CUP 2014 – BAKU, AZERBAIJAN
$ 250,000.00
20 – 27 JULY 2014

RESULTS – JULY 24, 2014
Singles – Second Round
S Voegele (SUI) d [1] S Cirstea (ROU) 61 61
[2] E Svitolina (UKR) d S Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 75 62
K Mladenovic (FRA) d D Vekic (CRO) 26 63 60
F Schiavone (ITA) d J Glushko (ISR) 62 76(2)

Doubles – Quarterfinals
[1] O Kalashnikova (GEO) / O Savchuk (UKR) d N Abduraimova (UZB) / A Fomina (UKR) 63 62
[3] I Olaru (ROU) / S Peer (ISR) d A Hesse (FRA) / P Parmentier (FRA) 61 61
A Panova (RUS) / H Watson (GBR) d K Bondarenko (UKR) / N Melichar (USA) 76(5) 64
F Schiavone (ITA) / S Voegele (SUI) d [WC] O Korashvili (UKR) / T Martincova (CZE) 62 63

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014
CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[Q] M Eguchi (JPN) vs [5] B Jovanovski (SRB)
S Voegele (SUI) vs S Peer (ISR)
P Parmentier (FRA) vs [2] E Svitolina (UKR)
K Mladenovic (FRA) vs F Schiavone (ITA)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
[1] O Kalashnikova (GEO) / O Savchuk (UKR) vs A Panova (RUS) / H Watson (GBR)

ATP – Gstaad

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 24 JULY 2014

Singles – Second Round
[1] M Youzhny (RUS) d K De Schepper (FRA) 63 64
[7] R Haase (NED) d [WC] H Laaksonen (SUI) 64 16 75
[WC] V Troicki (SRB) d A Golubev (KAZ) 63 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
F Bagnis (ARG) / F Delbonis (ARG) d [1] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) 57 64 11-9
P Andujar (ESP) / J Monaco (ARG) d D Meffert (GER) / P Oswald (AUT) 76(3) 64

Doubles – First Round
[3] A Begemann (GER) / R Haase (NED) d [WC] H Laaksonen (SUI) / Y Marti (SUI) 63 62
[4] J Brunstrom (SWE) / N Monroe (USA) d M Granollers (ESP) / E Schwank (ARG) 57 63 11-9

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 25 JULY 2014

CENTRE COURT start 10:30 am
J Monaco (ARG) vs T Bellucci (BRA)

Not Before 12:00 noon
J Struff (GER) vs [4] F Verdasco (ESP) 63 36 11
[1] M Youzhny (RUS) vs [7] R Haase (NED)

Not Before 3:00 pm
P Andujar (ESP) vs [2] M Granollers (ESP)

Not Before 5:30 pm
[WC] V Troicki (SRB) vs J Struff (GER) or [4] F Verdasco (ESP)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
R Junaid (AUS) / M Mertinak (SVK) vs [4] J Brunstrom (SWE) / N Monroe (USA)
After Suitable Rest – [3] A Begemann (GER) / R Haase (NED) vs P Marx (GER) / B Rola (SLO)

ZHONG HONG JIANG XI INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S OPEN – NANCHANG, CHINA
$ 125,000.00
19- 27 JULY, 2014

RESULTS – JULY 24, 2014
Singles – Second Round
[1] [WC] S Peng (CHN) d I Kremen (BLR) 63 64
[3] M Doi (JPN) d L Zhu (CHN) 62 46 63
[4] L Kumkhum (THA) d M Melnikova (RUS) 64 61
[6] S Zheng (CHN) d Y Xu (CHN) 67(5) 63 62
[WC] Y Wang (CHN) d T Mrdeza (CRO) 64 64
L Zhang (HKG) d A Raina (IND) 62 61
F Liu (CHN) d N Kolar (SLO) 62 64

Doubles – Quarterfinals
[2] Y Beygelzimer (UKR) / M Minella (LUX) d I Kremen (BLR) / N Lertcheewakarn (THA) 57 61 10-8
C Chuang (TPE) / J Namigata (JPN) d G Barbieri (ITA) / M Melnikova (RUS) 63 61

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014
CENTRE COURT start 5:00 pm
[1] [WC] S Peng (CHN) vs Q Wang (CHN)
L Zhang (HKG) vs F Liu (CHN)

COURT 1 start 5:00 pm
[3] M Doi (JPN) vs [6] S Zheng (CHN)
After suitable rest – [1] M Adamczak (AUS) / S Zheng (CHN) vs L Kumkhum (THA) / T Tanasugarn (THA)

COURT 2 start 5:00 pm
[WC] Y Wang (CHN) vs [4] L Kumkhum (THA)
[3] C Chan (TPE) / Y Xu (CHN) vs C Liang (CHN) / L Zhu (CHN)

COURT 3 start 5:00 pm
C Chuang (TPE) / J Namigata (JPN) vs [2] Y Beygelzimer (UKR) / M Minella (LUX)

 

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RESULTS – THURSDAY, 24 JULY 2014Singles – Second Round

[1] F Fognini (ITA) d A Montanes (ESP) 76(2) 60
T Gabashvili (RUS) d [4] J Sousa (POR) 36 64 62
[Q] P Cuevas (URU) d [6] A Seppi (ITA) 63 61
[WC] B Coric (CRO) d [Q] H Zeballos (ARG) 76(4) 63

Doubles – Quarter-finals

[2] P Cuevas (URU) / H Zeballos (ARG) d G Duran (ARG) / T Gabashvili (RUS) 76(5) 61
[4] F Cermak (CZE) / L Rosol (CZE) d P Riba (ESP) / J Sousa (POR) 36 63 10-6SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 25 JULY 2014

CENTRE COURT start 5:30 pm
[5] L Rosol (CZE) vs [3] M Cilic (CRO)

Not Before 8:00 pm
[1] F Fognini (ITA) vs [WC] B Coric (CRO)
D Lajovic (SRB) / F Skugor (CRO) vs [2] P Cuevas (URU) / H Zeballos (ARG)

GRANDSTAND start 5:00 pm
T Gabashvili (RUS) vs [Q] P Cuevas (URU)
P Carreno Busta (ESP) vs [2] T Robredo (ESP)
[1] J Knowle (AUT) / O Marach (AUT) vs [4] F Cermak (CZE) / L Rosol (CZE

 

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Tennis Results Round-Up for July 23, 2014

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WTA-BAKU 2014 – BAKU, AZERBAIJAN
$ 250,000.00
20 – 27 JULY 2014

RESULTS – JULY 23, 2014
Women’s
Singles – Second Round

[5] B Jovanovski (SRB) d K Piter (POL) 63 61
P Parmentier (FRA) d [8] J Cepelova (SVK) 76(2) 64
S Peer (ISR) d [Q] V Dolonc (SRB) 36 62 63
[Q] M Eguchi (JPN) d U Radwanska (POL) 62 61

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

F Schiavone (ITA) / S Voegele (SUI) d [2] J Husarova (SVK) / K Jans-Ignacik (POL) 36 64 10-2
N Abduraimova (UZB) / A Fomina (UKR) d M Eguchi (JPN) / P Mayr-Achleitner (AUT) 62 46 10-5
A Panova (RUS) / H Watson (GBR) d B Jovanovski (SRB) / D Kovinic (MNE) 64 57 11-9

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2014
CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[1] S Cirstea (ROU) vs S Voegele (SUI)
J Glushko (ISR) vs F Schiavone (ITA)
K Mladenovic (FRA) vs D Vekic (CRO)
S Soler-Espinosa (ESP) vs [2] E Svitolina (UKR)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
K Bondarenko (UKR) / N Melichar (USA) vs A Panova (RUS) / H Watson (GBR)
[1] O Kalashnikova (GEO) / O Savchuk (UKR) vs N Abduraimova (UZB) / A Fomina (UKR)
A Hesse (FRA) / P Parmentier (FRA) vs [3] I Olaru (ROU) / S Peer (ISR)
[WC] O Korashvili (UKR) / T Martincova (CZE) vs F Schiavone (ITA) / S Voegele (SUI)

 

ATP – Atlanta

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 23 JULY 2014

Singles – Second Round
[4] V Pospisil (CAN) d [Q] I Marchenko (UKR) 75 63
L Lacko (SVK) d [6] D Istomin (UZB) 57 61 64
D Sela (ISR) d [9] S Querrey (USA) 62 64
J Sock (USA) d [Q] M Venus (NZL) 64 62

Singles – First Round
[7] Y Lu (TPE) d [LL] A Kuznetsov (USA) 64 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals

K King (USA) / M Venus (NZL) d [WC] R Ginepri (USA) / R Harrison (USA) w/o (Harrison – foot)

Doubles – First Round
[2] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) d M Ebden (AUS) / Y Lu (TPE) w/o (Ebden – wrist)
[3] C Guccione (AUS) / J Smith (AUS) d J Erlich (ISR) / R Ram (USA) 36 63 10-6
N Barrientos (COL) / V Estrella Burgos (DOM) d S Ratiwatana (THA) / S Ratiwatana (THA) 67(2) 63 10-8


SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 24 JULY 2014

STADIUM start 4:00 pm
[LL] T de Bakker (NED) vs [2] K Anderson (RSA)

Not Before 6:00 pm
[1] J Isner (USA) vs [WC] R Ginepri (USA)

Not Before 8:00 pm
T Smyczek (USA) vs [8] M Matosevic (AUS)

AJC GRANDSTAND start 4:00 pm
[7] Y Lu (TPE) vs B Becker (GER)
[3] C Guccione (AUS) / J Smith (AUS) vs N Barrientos (COL) / V Estrella Burgos (DOM)
[1] V Pospisil (CAN) / J Sock (USA) vs B Becker (GER) / F Moser (GER)
S Johnson (USA) / S Querrey (USA) vs [2] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA)

 

ATP Gstaad

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 23 JULY 2014

Singles – Second Round
[2] M Granollers (ESP) d [WC] Y Marti (SUI) 61 64
J Monaco (ARG) d [3] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 62 26 64
T Bellucci (BRA) d [5] F Delbonis (ARG) 64 64
P Andujar (ESP) d B Rola (SLO) 63 63

Singles – First Round

[WC] H Laaksonen (SUI) d [Q] G Mina (FRA) 76(5) 76(3)

Doubles – First Round

D Meffert (GER) / P Oswald (AUT) d [2] M Draganja (CRO) / F Mergea (ROU) 75 75
F Bagnis (ARG) / F Delbonis (ARG) d [WC] A Bossel (SUI) / M Lammer (SUI) 63 57 10-5
P Marx (GER) / B Rola (SLO) d D Brown (GER) / D Thiem (AUT) 63 64
R Junaid (AUS) / M Mertinak (SVK) d T Bednarek (POL) / H Kontinen (FIN) 63 36 10-8
P Andujar (ESP) / J Monaco (ARG) d M Emmrich (GER) / C Kas (GER) 26 76(6) 11-9

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 24 JULY 2014

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[1] M Youzhny (RUS) vs K De Schepper (FRA)
[WC] H Laaksonen (SUI) vs [7] R Haase (NED)
[WC] V Troicki (SRB) vs A Golubev (KAZ)
Not Before 5:30 pm
J Struff (GER) vs [4] F Verdasco (ESP)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am

[1] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) vs F Bagnis (ARG) / F Delbonis (ARG)
Not Before 12:30 am
M Granollers (ESP) / E Schwank (ARG) vs [4] J Brunstrom (SWE) / N Monroe (USA)
P Andujar (ESP) / J Monaco (ARG) vs D Meffert (GER) / P Oswald (AUT)
[3] A Begemann (GER) / R Haase (NED) vs [WC] H Laaksonen (SUI) / Y Marti (SUI)

 

ZHONG HONG JIANG XI INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S OPEN –

WTA – NANCHANG, CHINA
$ 125,000.00
19- 27 JULY, 2014

RESULTS – JULY 23, 2014
Singles – Second Round
Q Wang (CHN) d N Lertcheewakarn (THA) 61 76(2)

Doubles – First Round
[1] M Adamczak (AUS) / S Zheng (CHN) d D Jakupovic (SLO) / N Kolar (SLO) 63 67(3) 10-7
[2] Y Beygelzimer (UKR) / M Minella (LUX) d S Jang (KOR) / Y Wang (CHN) 62 62
[3] C Chan (TPE) / Y Xu (CHN) d [WC] X Sun (CHN) / W Zheng (CHN) 63 61
C Chuang (TPE) / J Namigata (JPN) d [4] M Doi (JPN) / S Hsieh (TPE) 63 75
L Kumkhum (THA) / T Tanasugarn (THA) d X Han (CHN) / K Zhang (CHN) 61 60

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2014
CENTRE COURT start 5:00 pm
[1] [WC] S Peng (CHN) vs I Kremen (BLR) 00

Not Before 6:00 pm
N Kolar (SLO) vs F Liu (CHN)
I Kremen (BLR) / N Lertcheewakarn (THA) vs [2] Y Beygelzimer (UKR) / M Minella (LUX)

COURT 1 start 5:00 pm
L Zhang (HKG) vs A Raina (IND)

Not Before 6:00 pm
[3] M Doi (JPN) vs L Zhu (CHN)

COURT 2 start 5:00 pm
M Melnikova (RUS) vs [4] L Kumkhum (THA)
T Mrdeza (CRO) vs [WC] Y Wang (CHN)
G Barbieri (ITA) / M Melnikova (RUS) vs C Chuang (TPE) / J Namigata (JPN)

COURT 3 start 6:00 pm
Y Xu (CHN) vs [6] S Zheng (CHN)
TBC – [1] M Adamczak (AUS) / S Zheng (CHN) vs L Kumkhum (THA) / T Tanasugarn (THA)

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Atlanta Open Tuesday Wrap

 

(July 22, 2014) ATLANTA – It was college night here at Atlantic Station!  There were Panthers, Owls, Yellow Jackets, and Bulldogs – Oh My!  At the USTA Family Zone, Kennesaw State University, Georgia State, and Georgia Tech mascots all helped to promote tennis this afternoon with some fun and games for fans.  The University of Georgia Pep Band serenaded the crowd with some tunes and tried to fire them up for the evening.

Speaking of UGA, in his news conference this afternoon, former Bulldog John Isner elaborated on his college experience; “I wouldn’t be where I am today.  Coach Diaz was so instrumental to me!  It was perfect.  There’s no hurry at 17, 18 years old to get out on the tour.”  He feels that almost every young player could benefit from the experience of playing in college and being part of a team experience.  When asked about multiple withdrawals and the pressure of being the marquee name in the tournament, Isner said, “It’s disappointing not to have those guys in the field this year.  It’s a very tough field.  I hope the fans come out as they always do.”  He went on to talk often being the last American standing in tournaments and that he doesn’t he feel any special pressure.  “It’d be better if we had more guys with more success.”  He’s really looking forward to the hard court season and indicated it was critical to his year.  Atlanta gets that all started in a place where he likes the surface and it is just an hour down the road from Athens where he spent four great years.  He will take on another tour veteran in his second round match.  It will be a match with lots of local interest, as local Robby Ginepri came through in three sets today.

Ginepri took on Sergiy Stakhovsky.  The first set was a tight affair, as Ginepri let a few nerves help Stakhovsky earn a break at two all.  He had a few chances to break back, as Stakhovsky had six double faults, most to the ad court in the opening set alone, but Ginepri finally drew even and earned his way into a tie break.  He owned the breaker, closing it out 7-3.

Ginepri served to open the second set and was broken early.  Stakhovsky ran out to a 4-0 lead with another break and it looked like Ginepri was ready to concede the set when Stakhovsky got a little loose and Ginepri got one of the breaks back.  It almost looked as if Stakhovsky was trying to extend the set to tire Ginepri, though he finally hung on to force the third set.

Turned out it was Ginepri who was saving himself.  He called on his veteran poise and settled in, winning all of the points on his first serve in the deciding set.  He never faced a break point.  It did not hurt that he converted all of his break points and 9 of Stakhovsky’s 10 second serve points.

The feature match was a decidedly collegiate affair.  A few players from Kennesaw State University, Georgia State University, and Georgia Tech tossed a few shirts into the crowd to get everyone fired up.  After some loud barking, University of Georgia great and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker came out to do the coin toss for the Lukas Lacko v Nathan Pasha match.  Pasha is a player for Coach Manuel Diaz at Georgia.  He had a very good year, but had been taking some time off to rest and only got word four days ago that he had a wild card.  Despite some nerves, Pasha came out serving hard with a 135 MPH ace in the first game.  Unfortunately, he was soon broken and the set was Lacko’s, 6-2.  The second set was a much more even affair until Pasha earned a break to put him up 5-3, serving for the set.  Four double faults undid what he had earned and Lacko got a firm handle on the doorknob that Pasha could not find and slammed the door shut for a 6-2, 7-5 win.  Pasha showed lots of game and lots of promise.

In other action, Ryan Harrison fell to Tim Smyczek 6-0, 6-2.  Harrison was broken on his first two service games and never got on track.  Reports indicate he is dealing with some sort of foot injury.  Blisters, a stress fracture, and a broken foot have all been speculated, though no confirmation on any of those was available.  He has partnered with Robby Ginepri and they already completed their first round match, so a withdrawal would certainly be another disappointment for the tournament.

In other first round action, Marinko Matosevic made short work of Victor Estrella Burgos 6-0, 6-2.  John Patrick Smith fell to Illya Marchenko 6-4, 6-4.  Jack Sock beat Alejandro Gonzalez for the first time of the day 6-2, 6-4.  Rajeev Ram lost to Denis Istomin 6-1,6-4 and Benjamin Becker beat Mattew Ebden 6-4, 6-2.

The evening concluded with an entertaining doubles match on stadium court.   Colombians Alejandro Conzalez and Juan-Carlos Spir took on Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock.  Unfortunately for Gonzalez, he couldn’t take advantage of the second chance.  Sock earned an early break with an outlandish overhead off a smash.  Yes, an overhead off of a smash – the ball was slammed into the court so hard it came down like a lob and Sock timed it right back forcing a volley error.  That was all they needed to claim the set, as the only other break point was saved by Pospisil/Sock.  The second set only had 4 break points, with Pospisil/Sock saving both of theirs while converting one of the Colombians’ pair.  The final point of the match had a short delay, as a ball girl was the recipient of a rather hard Sock service fault.  It was one very well earned tattoo and rewarded with the ball autographed.  Sock apologized profusely, but play continued and they closed it out 6-4, 6-4.

Wednesday’s play will feature Sam Querrey facing Dudi Sela for the 7 PM match.  Here is the rest of the order of play:

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014
STADIUM start 2:00 pm
[3] C Guccione (AUS) / J Smith (AUS) vs J Erlich (ISR) / R Ram (USA)
[Q] M Venus (NZL) vs J Sock (USA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[9] S Querrey (USA) vs D Sela (ISR)
YACHT ROCK REVUE CONCERT

AJC GRANDSTAND start 2:00 pm
N Barrientos (COL) / V Estrella Burgos (DOM) vs S Ratiwatana (THA) / S Ratiwatana (THA)
[Q] I Marchenko (UKR) vs [4] V Pospisil (CAN)
After Suitable Rest – M Ebden (AUS) / Y Lu (TPE) vs [2] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA)

COURT 3 start 3:00 pm

[7] Y Lu (TPE) vs [LL] A Kuznetsov (USA)
L Lacko (SVK) or [WC] N Pasha (USA) vs [6] D Istomin (UZB)

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Querrey Opens with a Win in Atlanta

By Herman Wood

(July 21, 2014) ATLANTA -  The US Open Series officially is underway!  Fittingly, Americans Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson got things going.  The doubles partners, and good friends, played a very tight match, with Querrey winning out 7-6(3), 7-5.  Querrey fired 20 aces while saving the only break point he faced.  He converted 1 of 2 break points and that was all the difference.  Johnson only won 22% of the points Querrey served.  The two will take on Denis Istomin and Marinko Matosevic later in the doubles portion of the tournament.

 

After an impressive opening ceremony honoring our military, another American, Donald Young took on Dudi Sela.  Unfortunately for Young, Sela had his number.  It was not Young’s best night, as he struggled with consistency and could never get control of the match.  The second set really seemed to get away from him, as Sela closed him out 6-3, 6-0.  The crowd warmed up to Sela and gave him a nice hand as he left the court.

 

In doubles play, the paring of Becker/Moser dominated Lovett/OShaughnessey 6-2, 6-0.  The featured doubles match in the stadium was a much tighter and entertaining affair.  The British brothers Ken & Neal Skupski (via LSU) took on Ryan Harrison, who partnered up with local Robby Ginepri.  Each side broke serve only once, splitting sets, forcing a tiebreak to decide the match.  Harrison hit the shot of the tournament so far, with a screaming forehand around the net post for a winner.  The match kept the crowd on the edge of its seat all evening.  Ginepri/Harrison saved two match points, one with a clutch forehand passing shot, overcoming the Skupski bros 4-6, 6-3, 11-9.  It was a new pairing, and both men seemed very pleased with the pairing.  Ginepri said “Love playin’ here in the ATL.”

 

As of this writing, matches scheduled for Tuesday are below.  The evening match on stadium court will feature Nathan Pasha of the University of Georgia.  Herschel Walker, UGA football great, will be on hand to get things underway.  Expect barking – lots of barking.

 

RESULTS – MONDAY, 21 JULY 2014

Singles – First Round
[9] S Querrey (USA) d S Johnson (USA) 76(3) 75
D Sela (ISR) d D Young (USA) 63 60

Doubles – First Round

[WC] R Ginepri (USA) / R Harrison (USA) d [4] K Skupski (GBR) / N Skupski (GBR) 46 63 11-9
B Becker (GER) / F Moser (GER) d [WC] K Lovett (USA) / B O’Shaughnessey (USA) 62 60


SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 22 JULY 2014

STADIUM start 2:00 pm
T Smyczek (USA) vs [WC] R Harrison (USA)
[WC] R Ginepri (USA) vs S Stakhovsky (UKR)
D Sharan (IND) / D Young (USA) vs K King (USA) / M Venus (NZL)
Not Before 7:00 pm
L Lacko (SVK) vs [WC] N Pasha (USA)
[1] V Pospisil (CAN) / J Sock (USA) vs A Gonzalez (COL) / J Spir (COL)

AJC GRANDSTAND start 2:00 pm

[LL] R Ram (USA) vs [6] D Istomin (UZB)
J Sock (USA) vs A Gonzalez (COL)
[Q] J Smith (AUS) vs [Q] I Marchenko (UKR)
S Johnson (USA) / S Querrey (USA) vs D Istomin (UZB) / M Matosevic (AUS)

COURT 3 start 1:00 pm

V Estrella Burgos (DOM) vs [8] M Matosevic (AUS)
[Q] S Diez (CAN) vs [LL] T de Bakker (NED)
M Ebden (AUS) vs B Becker (GER)

 

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Monday Dispatch from Atlanta – Withdrawals Provide Opportunities

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By Herman Wood

(July 21, 2014) ATLANTA- Qualifying wrapped up on Monday in Atlanta at the BB&T Open, with the weather finally cooperating. Qualifying dodged rain all weekend, with the second round ending up under the lights last night.  Unfortunately, the qualifying matches today were almost an afterthought with the main draw withdrawals.

Radek Stepanek withdrew due to an injury over the weekend.  He posted on his twitter account “Sad to pull out of the @BBTatlantaopen this week but had fun talking to the media here and signing some autographs :)” along with a picture of a young fan.  Gael Monfils and Richard Gasquet also withdrew, leaving the tournament in a bad spot.  Of the 24 players entered in qualifying, seven will make the main draw, apparently with one directly advancing to the second round.

There was some other ball played this afternoon, with Wimbledon doubles champ Jack Sock getting some basketball tips from Atlanta Hawk Demarre Carroll at a hoop set up by the team just off the USTA YouthTennis court.  Turned out Carroll got schooled in a game of HORSE.  Sock returned the favor with a tennis lesson for Carroll on the court afterwards and then had a press conference with his Wimbledon partner, Vasek Pospisil.  The two will be the top seed in the doubles draw.

Young Americans have quite an opportunity with the withdrawals.  Scheduled matches today feature world number 61 Sam Querrey playing number 64 Steve Johnson.  Official opening ceremonies will follow and lead into local Donald Young playing Dudi Sela.  Another local, Robby Ginepri, will team up with Rhyne Harrison to take on the British duo of Ken and Neal Skupski in the opening round of doubles once the singles match concludes.

 

Herman Wood is in Atlanta covering the BB&T Open action from around the grounds for Tennis Panorama News, follow him on twitter at https://twitter.com/hermanewood.

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The US Open Series Begins this Weekend in Atlanta

 

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By Herman Wood

(July 17, 2014) ATLANTA – Preparation for the US Open is underway.  The BB&T Atlanta Open gets things started on Saturday, July 19th for the men.  Qualifying begins at 10 AM.  The BB&T Atlanta Open is an ATP 250 event, with a 28 player draw, four of which come from the qualifying tournament.  The qualifying field will have 32 players.  The doubles draw is a 16 team field.  Last year’s champ, John Isner, is returning, along with fellow Americans Sam Querrey, Wimbledon doubles champ Jack Sock, and Donald Young.  Gael Monfils, Richard Gasquet, Radek Stepanek, Ivo Karlovic, Ivan Dodig, Lleyton Hewitt, and the other half of the Wimbledon doubles championship team, Vasek Pospisil, are also expected in the tournament.  The tournament aspires to be a mini US Open, with the venue set among the skyscrapers of downtown Atlanta at Atlantic Station.  Atlantic Station is a community within downtown that provides homes for 10,000 people integrated with shopping, restaurants, and retailers that make it a hit with the players.  Besides the attractive venue, players will get a jump on the US Open Series Bonus Challenge, where nearly $40 million in prize money is up for grabs.  This is the third year the tournament has been held at Atlantic Station.

It is a familiar place for Americans, with Isner winning last year, Roddick in 2012, and Fish in 2011.  It has also been comfortable for big man tennis- last year Isner, at 6’10”, overcame Kevin Anderson at 6’8” in three tiebreaks.  Fans in the first couple of rows certainly had to pay attention with the huge serves coming their way.  It is especially familiar for Isner, who competed collegiately just an hour down the road for the University of Georgia Bulldogs, leading the team to a national championship and winning every possible team title in 2007.  He’s usually a fan favorite, with at least a couple of barks from Georgia fans in his favor at each match.  Isner may not be the only recipient of barks; University of Georgia player Austin Smith has accepted a wild card into the main draw. The sophomore from Cumming, Georgia excelled this season as the Bulldogs captured the 2014 SEC Championship. Smith finished with a 35-12 record, and went 9-1 in SEC matches. He has won four USTA Pro Circuit matches. A tournament qualifier in 2011, Smith will be playing his debut ATP main draw match.

Another American, Jack Sock, could very well get on a roll at this tournament.  After winning doubles with Pospisil at Wimbledon, he rolled into Newport and eliminated Isner in the Newport Hall of Fame event on grass just a week ago.  Unfortunately for him, he wasn’t able to keep that momentum and was eliminated by the veteran Lleyton Hewitt, who went on to win the tournament.  Hewitt’s feisty shouts of “C’mon!” have endeared him to the Atlanta fans in past years.  Fresh off his renewed success at Newport, he could very well win Atlanta.  The main draw was just rounded out with the addition of Ryan Harrison and Robby Ginepri.  “We’re ecstatic to welcome back two of our fan favorites in Ryan Harrison and Atlanta metro resident Robby Ginepri,” Tournament Director Eddie Gonzalez said. “One of our goals is to highlight American talent and both of these players are great examples of the fine players this country has produced.”  Harrison won the doubles last year, partnering with Matthew Ebden.  Ginepri appears for the fourth time, with a onetime ranking of fifteen.  He is a graduate of Wheeler High School, just a few miles north of Atlantic Station.  He currently resides in Kennesaw, another couple of miles north.

The draw will be finalized over this weekend with the completion of the qualifying tournament.  Promising American junior Francis Tiafoe has accepted his first tournament qualifying wild card. Tiafoe, 16, is a talented young prodigy who rose to No. 2 in the world junior rankings this spring. Georgia Tech’s Nathan Rakitt and Alabama’s Becker O’Shaughnessey have also accepted qualifying wild cards. Rakitt, a Marietta native and All-ACC selectee, is competing again for the second year. O’Shaughnessey of Macon, Ga., led the Crimson Tide in singles wins (22) this season.

Herman Wood is in Atlanta covering the BB&T Open action from around the grounds for Tennis Panorama News, follow him on twitter at https://twitter.com/hermanewood.

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