2014/07/25

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)

 

   Vegeta Croatia Open Umag
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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Leonardo Mayer Wins First ATP Title with Upset Over Top Seed David Ferrer

By Florian Heer

 

(July 20, 2014) HAMBURG – Sunday’s final at Hamburg saw top-seed David Ferrer and Leonardo Mayer clash for the second time with the Spaniard having won their only previous meeting in s’Hertogenbosch two years ago.

Sunday’s match was an even affair with a couple of close rallies. Ferrer took the opening set after 58 minutes but lost his service in the fourth game of the second and also a bit of his rhythm. Consequently, Mayer took the match the distance in the seventh game. The Argentine showed an impressive performance with big serves – a lot fired with more than 200 km/h (124 mph) – solid groundstrokes with good length and some hard hitting forehands. The world No. 46 from Buenos Aires fully deserved his maiden title on the ATP World Tour and eventually emerged victorious after two hours and 20 minutes winning 6-7 (3), 6-1, 7-6(4).

“Leonardo was simply better today in the entire match,” Ferrer said. “I was a bit nervous in the important moments and he played more aggressively than me.”

“It was a positive week but I’m sad because I lost the final. I will go back home now and have a rest for a few days before I’ll prepare for the hard court season starting in Toronto and Cincinnati,” the Spaniard said.

Leonardo Mayer

The winner was understandably overwhelmed. “Today is a very special day. So far, I haven’t really realized that I won the match. This is simply unbelievable. I really wanted to win the match. Still on court, I called my girl-friend, my family and my team, who was watching the final on TV,” Mayer told the media in Spanish, as he is still too shy to speak in English. “I promise that I will take a teacher with me next year that I can answer the questions in English. I am able to speak but I’m nervous and I do not feel comfortable,” the Argentine added. “Tomorrow I’ll fly back to Argentina and then I am going to play the US Open,” Mayer said about his upcoming schedule.

In the doubles final the team of Marin Draganja and Florian Mergea beat the tournament’s top-seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares in straight sets winning 6-4, 7-5 in 78 minutes taking their maiden title as a tandem on the ATP World Tour. “We beat a very, very good team today. We were happy to enter the draw and gaining the title here is amazing,” Draganja was happy afterwards.

Earlier the day, tournament director Michael Stich spoke to the media about the 108th edition am Rothenbaum. “We’re very satisfied with this week. With David Ferrer, we had a top-ten player in our field, who made it into the final to face the first Argentine here since Juan Mónaco, which is a very interesting affair. Of course, I would have loved to see the defending champion Fabio Fognini staying a bit longer in the tournament but that’s sports,” the former Wimbledon champion said.

“In the future we will try to present the fans a mixture of top players and the new younger generation. I think there will be generation change on the ATP World Tour and we will see new Grand Slam Champions like Dimitrov or Raonic maybe in two years’ time. That’s why we also made a long-term contract with Alexander Zverev to play here in Hamburg for the next five years. Nonetheless, it will remain our own demand to present players ranked within the top-3,” Stich told and added that around 60,000 spectators came to the venue this year.

 

Florian Heer travels the tennis tour with a focus on ATP Challenger events and the ITF Futures Circuit.  Follow his twitter account @Florian _Heer.

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Top Seed Ferrer Ends German Teen Zverev’s Run in Hamburg

David Ferrer

David Ferrer

 

By Florian Heer

(July 19, 2014) HAMBURG – The 48-man draw in Hamburg has been whittled down to just four players, who stepped into action on Saturday for the semi-finals.

In the highly expected match of the day top-seed David Ferrer took on talented youngster Alexander Zverev, who is enjoying a breakthrough week in his home city. The 17-year-old German has already become the youngest player ever to reach the semi-final at an ATP 500 event but the world No. 7 was too strong in this match. Most of the longer rallies went in favour for Ferrer and Zverev was only able to win 50% of his first service points. The 32-year-old Spaniard served the match out in only 55 minutes winning 6-0, 6-1 and booked his place for his second final of season after he had taken the title in Buenos Aires.

“Today I played point by point and remained focused on my serve. When I won the third game of the second set, Alex lost a bit of his focus. He played a lot of matches this week. Maybe he was also a bit tired. Nonetheless, he will have a very good future. He has a very good service and plays in a pretty intelligent way,” Ferrer said.

“With every day more here in Hamburg, I gained more confidence with my game. In the first two matches this week, I only played well in some moments but yesterday and today I was more consistent,” said the Spaniard about his game.

“Taking on Leonardo will be tough for sure. He is playing a good week with a lot of confidence, even maybe his best tennis ever. I try to do my best in tomorrow’s final.”

Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev

“It was a great experience taking on a top ten player but David was simply too good for me today” Zverev said. “Nonetheless, I’m still proud that I reached the semis in Hamburg. I’m only 17, so I don’t think it is a shame to be within the last four at an ATP 500 event.”

The teen, who already knew that he will crack the top 200 with a place around 160 on Monday in the ATP World Tour rankings, said: “I hope that I can hold this level for Umag next week. So there won’t be a lot of time to celebrate, as I will fly to Croatia tomorrow for practice sessions in the evening,” the German teenager revealed.

 

Seventh-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber went up against an in-form Leonardo Mayer in the first match of the day. Before Saturday’s match, the German had not been able to gain a single set against the man from Buenos Aires in two previous meetings and the match in Hamburg should not become an exception. Kohlschreiber lost his serve four times and two of the breaks he suffered took place at unpleasant moments for the German. The first occurred on set point in the twelfth game of the opening frame and the other one on match point in the tenth of the second set. After one hour and 28 minutes, Mayer sealed victory winning 7-5, 6-4 to advance into his second final of the year after Viňa del Mar in February but his first on ATP 500 level.

Consequently, the winner was in a good mood afterwards. “I’m satisfied with my performance today. My service worked very well and I played the points very fast. I’m very happy to reach the final here tomorrow, which will be a nice thing but also a difficult match,” Mayer said. “I beat Philipp two times before, so I knew how to play against him. It was also the revenge for the World Cup final Argentina versus Germany,” the Hamburg finalist laughed.

“Of course I’m disappointed that I couldn’t make it into the final today,” Kohlschreiber said. I tried everything but sometimes I just made the wrong decision. Leonardo made it very difficult for me to get into the match. He was very dominant on court today and it was very hard for me to read his service and his game in general. He put a lot of variety in his second service, which was well placed and with good speed. I think that this gave him the necessary confidence for his return games.”

“Nonetheless, I played a good tournament with some great matches and now I take a rest and in two weeks’ time I will play my last clay court tournament in Kitzbühel,” the 30-year-old German said about his future schedule.

Florian Heer travels the tennis tour with a focus on ATP Challenger events and the ITF Future Circuit!  Follow his twitter account @Florian _Heer.

Results for July 19, 2014

Singles – Semi-finals
[1] [WC] D Ferrer (ESP) d [WC] A Zverev (GER) 60 61
L Mayer (ARG) d [7] P Kohlschreiber (GER) 75 64

Doubles – Semi-finals

M Draganja (CRO) / F Mergea (ROU) d [4] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) 61 63

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 20 JULY 2014

CENTER COURT start 12:30 pm
[1] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) vs M Draganja (CRO) / F Mergea (ROU)

Not Before 15:00
[1] [WC] D Ferrer (ESP) vs L Mayer (ARG)

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German Teen Alexander Zverev Reaches Semis in Hamburg

 

Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev

By Florian Heer

(July 18, 2014) HAMBURG – It was quarterfinal action on Friday in Hamburg and play started with an all-German clash between Tobias Kamke and Alexander Zverev. The two wild cards, both reside in Hamburg, met only 17 days ago at the ATP Challenger in Braunschweig, where the emerging youngster gained the title. The only 17-year-old Zverev, last year’s junior world No. 1, has been the story of the week so far. The teenager gained his first victories on the ATP World Tour beating Robin Haase, Mikhail Youzhny and Santiago Giraldo to become the first 17-year-old contesting a quarterfinal of an ATP 500 event since Rafael Nadal in Dubai in 2004.

Zverev, however, had a bumpy start into today’s match, lost his first service game and received a warning after only 8 minutes of play due to racket abuse. The youngster acted like an unforced error machine from the baseline and consequently lost the first set in only 21 minutes to love. The world No. 285 made it on the scoreboard in the second game of the second set and from then on he seemed to find his rhythm.

Supported by the majority of the crowd, Zverev became stronger the longer the match lasted. Eventually, the 17-year-old served the match out winning 0-6, 7-5, 6-3 in two hours and four minutes to become the first player of his age to reach a semifinal at an ATP 500 event since Marin Cilic in Gstaad in 2006.

“Tobias played very well in the first set and I really felt that I needed to change some things. So I played more slices to break his rhythm. I would have lost the match for sure, if Tobias continued to play like this in the beginning. It is really nice to reach the semis here and by the start of this week I wasn’t thinking that this could happen,” said a happy Zverev afterwards.

“It is a goal to crack the top 100 but the players inside this ranking are of another level than the players ranked 180 or 190. It will be a huge challenge for me to get inside this group,” the German youngster stated.

“I haven’t had a clue that David Ferrer is in my half of the draw here until a friend told me this morning during practice. I knew that Pablo (Andújar) is still in the draw as well but I really didn’t know my possible opponent in the semi-finals right after the match,” Zverev explained after he wasn’t able to name his two next possible opponents during the on-court interview.

Kamke was disappointed after the match but found some nice words, though, and was full of respect concerning his opponent. “If Alex stays healthy, I’m convinced that he will have a great future without any limits,” Zverev’s former club teammate stated.

Tournament director Michael Stich seemed to be satisfied as well after the youngster’s victory. “Physically he is still very strong and he plays a very solid game throughout the week. He has strong nerves and simply acts really cool on court. Of course I feel a bit sorry for Tobi but I also hope for a full house tomorrow and that a lot of people will come out to watch the new German tennis hope,” the former Wimbledon champion was looking forward to Saturday’s semi-finals.

In a match of two supposed underdogs Leonardo Mayer faced Dusan Lajovic for the first time. The Argentine defeated Austria’s youngster Dominic Thiem the round before and the 24-year-old Serbian reached the quarterfinal after his 3rd round opponent Filip Krajinovic was forced to retire due to illness. Mayer, who is currently ranked at a career high 46, was untroubled and only had to save one break point in the entire match. After 75 minutes the 27-year-old from Buenos Aires served out winning 6-1, 7-5 to reach his second semi-final of the season.

David Ferrer

David Ferrer

It followed an all-Spanish affair with the tournament’s top-seed David Ferrer taking on Pablo Andújar. On Thursday, the world No. 7 extended his head-to-head lead over Andreas Seppi to 8-0 after seeing off the Italian in three sets in almost three hours. Andújar advanced to his third quarterfinal of the season with a comfortable straight set victory over Dustin Brown. Friday’s encounter was one-way traffic in favour for Ferrer. The 32-year-old from Javea controlled the match right from the beginning and Andújar needed 45 minutes to get on the scoreboard in the third game of the second set. Ferrer sealed victory in 66 minutes winning 6-0, 6-2.

“For sure this has been my best match of the week so far. In the first two matches I didn’t really play good tennis in some moments but today it was much better. I made less errors, played more aggressively with my forehand and I’m happy with my game as well as to be in the semi-finals,” the winner said afterwards.

“I’ve never played with Alexander Zverev before but this week was impressive. Of course I respect him like any other player on the tour. He is a really good player with a good serve and a good forehand. He has a bright future, which is a nice thing for the tennis in Germany. He is not having any pressure and my goal will be to stay focused on every point. I hope that the people will enjoy the match tomorrow,” Ferrer said about his next opponent.

In the final match of the day, the second remaining seeded player, Philipp Kohlschreiber, faced Lukas Rosol for the second time within two weeks. The Czech defeated Hamburg’s seventh seed in straight sets at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart last week. This time, Kohlschreiber was able to take revenge through a comfortable victory in 77 minutes winning 6-4, 6-4 and advanced into his fourth semi-final of the season.

 

Florian Heer travels the tennis tour with a focus on ATP Challenger events and the ITF Future Circuit!  Follow his twitter account @Florian _Heer.

 

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 18 JULY 2014

Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] [WC] D Ferrer (ESP) d P Andujar (ESP) 60 62
[7] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d L Rosol (CZE) 64 64
[WC] A Zverev (GER) d [WC] T Kamke (GER) 06 75 63
L Mayer (ARG) d D Lajovic (SRB) 61 75

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) d [3] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) 63 64

SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 19 JULY 2014

CENTER COURT start 13:00
[4] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) vs M Draganja (CRO) / F Mergea (ROU)

Not Before 15:30
[7] P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs L Mayer (ARG)

Not Before 18:00
[1] [WC] D Ferrer (ESP) vs [WC] A Zverev (GER)

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Tennis Results Round-Up for July 14, 2014

 

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COLLECTOR SWEDISH OPEN – BASTAD, SWE
$250,000.00
14 – 20 JULY 2014

RESULTS – JULY 14, 2014
Women’s
Singles – First Round

G Min (USA) d [2] A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 60 64
J Cepelova (SVK) d [WC] R Peterson (SWE) 64 64
C Scheepers (RSA) d M Duque-Marino (COL) 63 64
L Arruabarrena (ESP) d I Begu (ROU) 61 42 ret. (right thigh injury)

Women’s
Qualifying Singles – Second Round

Qualifying – T Martincova (CZE) d A Rus (NED) 61 62
Qualifying – L Siegemund (GER) d A Lim (FRA) 60 62
Qualifying – R Hogenkamp (NED) d G Barbieri (ITA) 16 63 64
Qualifying – A Kontaveit (EST) d E Birnerova (CZE) 64 26 61
Qualifying – Y Putintseva (KAZ) d K Bondarenko (UKR) 64 26 60
Qualifying – G Dabrowski (CAN) d [WC] S Celik (SWE) 46 75 61

First Round

Qualifying – A Rus (NED) d [WC] F Ostlund (SWE) 64 63
Qualifying – A Lim (FRA) d U Eikeri (NOR) 36 75 75
Qualifying – R Hogenkamp (NED) d M Camerin (ITA) 61 46 64
Qualifying – K Bondarenko (UKR) d S Vogt (LIE) 75 64
Qualifying – G Dabrowski (CAN) d M Irigoyen (ARG) 64 64
Qualifying – T Martincova (CZE) d I Falconi (USA) 57 62 20 Retired
Qualifying – G Barbieri (ITA) d D Seguel (CHI) 63 60
Qualifying – E Birnerova (CZE) d I de Vroome (NED) 75 36 63
Qualifying – Y Putintseva (KAZ) d L Thorpe (FRA) 26 63 60

ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2014
CENTER start 11:00 am
D Pfizenmaier (GER) vs [8] P Hercog (SLO)
J Larsson (SWE) vs K Kanepi (EST)
[1] [WC] A Cornet (FRA) vs [Q] A Kontaveit (EST)
After suitbale rest – [WC] J Larsson (SWE) / R Peterson (SWE) vs [WC] S Arvidsson (SWE) / H Melander (SWE)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
K Piter (POL) vs [6] A Beck (GER)
[4] Y Shvedova (KAZ) vs [Q] L Siegemund (GER)
After suitable rest – [1] J Goerges (GER) / K Piter (POL) vs D Marcinkevica (LAT) / A Rus (NED)
[5] A Schmiedlova (SVK) vs [Q] R Hogenkamp (NED)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
[3] L Arruabarrena (ESP) / S Soler-Espinosa (ESP) vs M Barthel (GER) / J Windley (GBR)
A Panova (RUS) vs A Cadantu (ROU)
[PR] K Bondarenko (UKR) / N Melichar (USA) vs A Klepac (SLO) / M Torro-Flor (ESP)
A Beck (GER) / M Irigoyen (ARG) vs [2] G Dabrowski (CAN) / A Rosolska (POL)

COURT 3 start 11:00 am
J Rae (GBR) / A Smith (GBR) vs T Bua (ARG) / D Seguel (CHI)
A Fomina (UKR) / C Shakovets (GER) vs [PR] A Amanmuradova (UZB) / S Vogt (LIE)

Not Before 2:30 pm
T Pereira (BRA) vs [Q] Y Putintseva (KAZ)

 

 

Claro Open Colombia

Bogota, Colombia

RESULTS – MONDAY, 14 JULY 2014

Singles – First Round
A Kuznetsov (USA) d A Mannarino (FRA) 64 76(3)
[WC] B Tomic (AUS) d F Dustov (UZB) 63 63
G Pella (ARG) d [WC] E Struvay (COL) 63 64

Doubles – First Round

S Ratiwatana (THA) / S Ratiwatana (THA) d D Sela (ISR) / J Wang (TPE) 67(4) 75 10-8


SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 15 JULY 2014

CAMPO CENTRAL start 12:00 noon
[7] M Ebden (AUS) vs [Q] J Ward (GBR)
Not Before 1:45 pm
[6] A Gonzalez (COL) vs E Donskoy (RUS)
T Ito (JPN) vs [5] A Falla (COL)
Not Before 6:00 pm
[WC] J Cabal (COL) vs S Groth (AUS)
[Q] N Barrientos (COL) vs P Polansky (CAN)

CAMPO 1 start 12:00 noon

M Przysiezny (POL) vs J Wang (TPE)
D Sela (ISR) vs F Arguello (ARG)
[Q] J Londero (ARG) vs [8] V Estrella Burgos (DOM)
T de Bakker (NED) vs [Q] K King (USA)
A Shamasdin (CAN) / D Sharan (IND) vs [2] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA)

 

 

ATP – Hamburg, Germany

RESULTS – MONDAY, 14 JULY 2014

Singles – First Round
M Kukushkin (KAZ) d [Q] M Ilhan (TUR) 62 62
D Brown (GER) d P Carreno Busta (ESP) 76(5) 63
P Andujar (ESP) d [Q] M Delic (CRO) 64 62
[WC] T Kamke (GER) d J Nieminen (FIN) 63 46 62
B Paire (FRA) d A Golubev (KAZ) 16 61 76(4)
[Q] G Elias (POR) d A Montanes (ESP) 64 63
[Q] D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) d T Gabashvili (RUS) 62 63
D Thiem (AUT) d J Vesely (CZE) 75 60
D Lajovic (SRB) d K De Schepper (FRA) 63 62
[Q] F Krajinovic (SRB) d J Struff (GER) 16 75 62

Doubles – First Round

[3] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) d [WC] A Begemann (GER) / A Zverev (GER) 76(4) 64
[4] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) d [WC] M Emmrich (GER) / C Kas (GER) 63 64


SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 15 JULY 2014

CENTER COURT start 10:30 am
J Janowicz (POL) vs [Q] A Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)
Not Before 12:00 noon
[WC] P Gojowczyk (GER) vs L Mayer (ARG)
[WC] A Zverev (GER) vs R Haase (NED)
[WC] J Reister (GER) vs L Rosol (CZE)
Not Before 18:00
[1] [WC] D Ferrer (ESP) vs M Kukushkin (KAZ)

ARRIBA MATCH COURT start 10:30 am
P Riba (ESP) vs J Monaco (ARG)
Not Before 12:00 noon
[8] M Granollers (ESP) vs D Thiem (AUT)
[Q] D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) vs [3] T Robredo (ESP)
Not Before 16:00
O Marach (AUT) / G Simon (FRA) vs C Fleming (GBR) / J Knowle (AUT)

COURT 2 start 10:30 am
I Sijsling (NED) vs M Klizan (SVK)
Not Before 12:00 noon
[11] S Giraldo (COL) vs B Paire (FRA)
M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) vs [2] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP)
M Draganja (CRO) / F Mergea (ROU) vs C Berlocq (ARG) / A Seppi (ITA)

COURT 3 start 14:00
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / P Oswald (AUT) vs F Delbonis (ARG) / J Sousa (POR)

 

TEB BNP PARIBAS ISTANBUL CUP – ISTANBUL, TURKEY
$250,000.00
14-20 JULY 2014

RESULTS – JULY 14, 2014
Women’s
Singles – First Round

[3] K Koukalova (CZE) d D Vekic (CRO) 46 60 64
[4] E Svitolina (UKR) d D Kovinic (MNE) 61 46 64
[7] B Jovanovski (SRB) d A Van Uytvanck (BEL) 16 64 75

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

[4] J Husarova (SVK) / K Jans-Ignacik (POL) d [WC] M Sezer (TUR) / I Soylu (TUR) 26 61 12-10
[WC] B Jovanovski (SRB) / F Schiavone (ITA) d P Mayr-Achleitner (AUT) / T Smitkova (CZE) 63 63
O Kalashnikova (GEO) / P Kania (POL) d L Kichenok (UKR) / N Kichenok (UKR) 67(3) 64 10-8

Women’s
Qualifying Singles – Second Round

Qualifying – J Konta (GBR) d A Kudryavtseva (RUS) 63 61
Qualifying – A Konjuh (CRO) d K Pliskova (CZE) 64 36 63
Qualifying – A Dulgheru (ROU) d A Sasnovich (BLR) 63 76(4)
Qualifying – K Kozlova (UKR) d M Eguchi (JPN) 62 26 62
Qualifying – K Siniakova (CZE) d O Jabeur (TUN) 62 63
Qualifying – [WC] E Kulichkova (RUS) d M Czink (HUN) 61 61

First Round
Qualifying – K Pliskova (CZE) d [WC] P Ozgen (TUR) 63 64

ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2014
CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[5] M Rybarikova (SVK) vs [Q] A Konjuh (CRO)
F Schiavone (ITA) vs J Jaksic (SRB)

Not Before 4:00 pm
K Knapp (ITA) vs [WC] I Soylu (TUR)
A Tatishvili (USA) vs [2] R Vinci (ITA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[WC] C Buyukakcay (TUR) vs [8] K Pliskova (CZE)
[1] [WC] C Wozniacki (DEN) vs B Bencic (SUI)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
S Voegele (SUI) vs T Pironkova (BUL)
S Peer (ISR) vs [Q] E Kulichkova (RUS)
[6] K Nara (JPN) vs [Q] J Konta (GBR)
After suitable rest – M Minella (LUX) / S Voegele (SUI) vs M Doi (JPN) / E Svitolina (UKR)
After suitable rest – I Olaru (ROU) / S Peer (ISR) vs [3] Y Beygelzimer (UKR) / O Savchuk (UKR)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
M Niculescu (ROU) vs M Doi (JPN)
[Q] K Siniakova (CZE) vs J Glushko (ISR)
K Mladenovic (FRA) vs P Mayr-Achleitner (AUT)
[Q] K Kozlova (UKR) vs [Q] A Dulgheru (ROU)
After suitable rest – [1] I Buryachok (UKR) / A Kudryavtseva (RUS) vs J Glushko (ISR) / S Klemenschits (AUT)

 

 

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Third Final is the Charm for Lleyton Hewitt in Newport

Photo by Ben Solomon

Photo by Ben Solomon

By Dave Gertler

 

(July 13, 2014) NEWPORT – Lleyton Hewitt held off big-serving Ivo Karlovic for his 30th career title at the Hall of Fame Championships in Newport, Rhode Island.

 

The final was a tight affair, with Karlovic’s potent serve-volleying a close match-up with Hewitt’s counter-attacking and ability to return well and chase down shots that other players wouldn’t get to. “I think my passing shots and returns are probably as good as anyone’s out there,” said Hewitt after the match, “They are two massive strengths of my game, and, playing Ivo, who was always gonna serve-volley first and second serves, I knew I was gonna have to do that well.”

 

The match was also the longest of the tournament, at 2 hours and 30 minutes. Hewitt broke early in the first set, capitalizing on Karlovic’s low first-service percentage, and often making the return passing shot look easy. “My service games, I was just trying to play clean tennis as much as possible,” said Hewitt, who would not face a break point in the first set, closing it out with a second break for 6-3, “But obviously from the baseline I was able to adjust to the wind a fair bit better than him.”

 

Karlovic, who served 26 aces to Hewitt’s 5 in the course of the match, would be the first to break in the second set. “He returned really well,” said Karlovic, who served 10 double faults to Hewitt’s 6, “He almost didn’t miss any balls. I didn’t serve as good as normally, because it was a lot of wind, and I didn’t feel it.”

 

Hewitt, having thrilled Newport over the last two years, had the firm support of the crowd going into his third consecutive final. During the second set, in which both players would be broken twice, Karlovic appealed to the crowd for support, singling out one person high in the stands and thanking them for cheering for him. “Even though I didn’t play my best,” said Karlovic, who would win the second set tie-break, taking the match to a deciding sert, “I was fighting, I was trying to turn it around and I was able to do that. I’m a little bit disappointed, but overall it was a good week.”

 

Hewitt faced three break points in the final set, but neither player would get the upper hand until the third-set tie-break, which Hewitt would seal, along with his second title of the year. Hewitt was battling the odds against Karlovic, having only won one of their five career matches, saying he felt, “Obviously relief. It’s an important tournament. It’s not a grand slam, by no means, but for me, I’ve come here the last three years and I’ve put myself on the line and come awfully close the last two years, so it was nice to get rewarded today.”

 

Hewitt was still to add to his achievements by taking the doubles title with Davis Cup partner Chris Guccione 7-5, 6-4 against Rajeev Ram and Jonathan Erlich. “First time I’ve been able to win singles and doubles at the same tournament. It was good to win with Gooch as well. We’ve never won a title together before. We’ve played so many matches in Davis Cup. It was a really important one for us to win and, yeah, pretty pumped about it.”

 

With the win, Hewitt will edge closer to the top 40. “On these grass courts, it’s not easy to turn up every time and play consistently and beat guys,” said Hewitt, “That’s probably something I’m more proud of – the way that I’ve been able to beat some of the best servers in the game, Isner and Karlovic, on these courts. So that still shows that I’m able to match it with the best guys on grass, obviously.”

 

For Karlovic, who now flies to Bogota as the defending champion of the Claro Open hard court ATP 250 event, the final appearance in Newport will take him inside the top 30 for the first time since April 2010.

 

Dave Gertler is a tennis journalist, player and musician based in Sydney covering Newport for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his Twitter updates from the tournament @TennisNewsTPN, follow him on his personal Twitter @davegertler,  read his blog,  and listen to his podcast, Tennis Days .

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Tennis Results Round-Up for July 12, 2014

 

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SkiStar Swedish Open

Båstad, Sweden

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 12 JULY 2014

Singles – Semi-finals
[PR] P Cuevas (URU) d [3] F Verdasco (ESP) 76(6) 63
[5] J Sousa (POR) d [7] C Berlocq (ARG) 36 64 64

Doubles – Semi-finals
[4] J Brunstrom (SWE) / N Monroe (USA) d [1] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) 63 64

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 13 JULY 2014

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[4] J Brunstrom (SWE) / N Monroe (USA) vs J Chardy (FRA) / O Marach (AUT)

Not Before 2:00 pm
[5] J Sousa (POR) vs [PR] P Cuevas (URU)

 

 

NÜRNBERGER GASTEIN LADIES – BAD GASTEIN, AUSTRIA
$ 250,000.00
7-13 JULY 2014

RESULTS – JULY 12, 2014
Singles – Semifinals
[Q] S Rogers (USA) d [2] S Errani (ITA) 76(12) 63
[4] A Petkovic (GER) d G Min (USA) 46 62 64

Doubles – Semifinals
[5] A Klepac (SLO) / M Torro-Flor (ESP) d [Alt] P Ormaechea (ARG) / D Pfizenmaier (GER) 63 62

ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2014
CENTRE COURT start 11:30 am
[5] A Klepac (SLO) / M Torro-Flor (ESP) vs [2] K Pliskova (CZE) / K Pliskova (CZE)

Not Before 1:30 pm
[4] A Petkovic (GER) vs [Q] S Rogers (USA)

 

 

BRD BUCHAREST OPEN – BUCHAREST, ROU
$ 250,000.00
5-13 JULY, 2014

RESULTS – JULY 12, 2014
Singles – Semifinals

[1] S Halep (ROU) d M Niculescu (ROU) 62 46 61
[2] R Vinci (ITA) d K Kucova (SVK) 61 63

Doubles – Semifinals
[WC] E Bogdan (ROU) / A Cadantu (ROU) d [1] K Piter (POL) / O Savchuk (UKR) 64 46 10-4
C Buyukakcay (TUR) / K Knapp (ITA) d P Kania (POL) / A Tatishvili (USA) 67(3) 63 10-4

ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2014
CENTRE COURT start 3:00 pm
Doubles Final – [WC] E Bogdan (ROU) / A Cadantu (ROU) vs C Buyukakcay (TUR) / K Knapp (ITA)

Not Before 5:30 pm
Singles Final – [1] S Halep (ROU) vs [2] R Vinci (ITA)

 

 

ATP Newport

Hall of Fame Championships

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 12 JULY 2014

Singles – Semi-finals
[2] I Karlovic (CRO) d S Groth (AUS) 64 64
[3] L Hewitt (AUS) d [7] J Sock (USA) 61 62

Doubles – Semi-finals

J Erlich (ISR) / R Ram (USA) d N Mahut (FRA) / S Stakhovsky (UKR) 76(3) 75

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 13 JULY 2014

CENTER start 11:00 am
Hall of Fame Exhibition Matches

2:00 pm
[3] L Hewitt (AUS) vs [2] I Karlovic (CRO)
C Guccione (AUS) / L Hewitt (AUS) vs J Erlich (ISR) / R Ram (USA)

 

ATP Stuttgart

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 12 JULY 2014

Singles – Semi-finals
[3] R Bautista Agut (ESP) d [1] F Fognini (ITA) 63 64
L Rosol (CZE) d [2] M Youzhny (RUS) 76(3) 62

Doubles – Semi-finals
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / P Oswald (AUT) d [Alt] P Gojowczyk (GER) / D Meffert (GER) 75 46 10-8
M Kowalczyk (POL) / A Sitak (NZL) d [WC] M Berrer (GER) / A Zverev (GER) 63 60

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 13 JULY 2014

CENTER COURT start 12:30 pm
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / P Oswald (AUT) vs M Kowalczyk (POL) / A Sitak (NZL)

Not Before 3:30 pm
[3] R Bautista Agut (ESP) vs L Rosol (CZE)

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Veterans Hewitt and Karlovic Reach Newport Final

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(July 12, 2014) NEWPORT – Lleyton Hewitt has not yet had to face one of the big-serving grass-courters that marked out the draw, but on Sunday, that’s set to change, as his opponent in the Hall of Fame Tennis Championship final, Ivo Karlovic, awaits.

 

Karlovic, who stands at 6’11”, has made it to the Newport final without dropping a single set the whole tournament, and while Hewitt has only dropped one – his first of the tournament against Ryan Harrison on Tuesday – he can’t rely on his own serve in the way his opponent in the final will be able to.

 

Karlovic led the tournament ace count with 44, going into his semifinal match against Australian Sam Groth, who was coming in second at 42, and he would add 9 more to that count during a match in which he broke Groth once in each set, winning it 6-4, 6-4 – the first time this tournament Karlovic has played a match without a tie-break. The match was predictably chess-like; “Wasn’t a lot of rallies out there,” said Groth after the match, “You’re not gonna get many chances on his serve. He came up with a couple of winners to break me in the first set and then all of a sudden the pressure’s back on me.”

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After 21-year-old American Jack Sock’s upset victory over compatriot and No.1 seed John Isner in yesterday’s quarterfinal, 33-year-old Hewitt proved a much tougher challenge for Sock, who was broken four times by Hewitt, eventually going down 6-1, 6-2. “I felt like his biggest weapon was obviously his first serve and his forehand,” said Hewitt, “And I was able to nullify those right from the start. Then he was sort of searching for answers. He was trying to go out of his comfort zone to try and change up and win points other ways, which I felt was playing into my hands.”

 

This will be the 33-year-old Australian’s third consecutive final at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championship, and while 35-year-old Karlovic has never been to a final in Newport, Rhode Island, he has now reached four finals on grass, and has won two. Hewitt, on the other hand, won 7 consecutive finals on grass, stretching back to 2000 where he beat Pete Sampras at Queen’s Club, all the way to 2010 when he beat Roger Federer in Halle.

 

When Hewitt walks onto Center Court at Newport on Sunday – the younger of the two oldest finalists there ever – he takes into the match a losing 1-4 record, the only win coming on clay in 2009.

 

While Karlovic’s confidence, focus and potency on serve seems to have grown throughout the tournament, Newport’s spectators at the Hall of Fame have been given daily reminders as to why the former world No. 1’s style of play still gives him a chance to take out his 30th ATP title on Sunday, even against an in-form Karlovic, but as Hewitt said of his preparation for the final, “There’s not a lot I can do until I get out there and play. I’m not gonna find 7-foot guys to come and serve at me.”

 

Hewitt will also be contesting the doubles final on Sunday with Davis Cup partner Chris Guccione. The last player to win both singles and doubles titles at an ATP tournament was last year’s Hall of Fame champion, Nicolas Mahut.

 

Dave Gertler is a tennis journalist, player and musician based in Sydney covering Newport for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his Twitter updates from the tournament @TennisNewsTPN, follow him on his personal Twitter @davegertler,  read his blog,  and listen to his podcast, Tennis Days .

 

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Jack Sock Knocks Out Top Seed John Isner at Newport

 

Isner and Sock photo by Ben Solomon

Isner and Sock photo by Ben Solomon

 

By Dave Gertler

 

(July 11, 2014) NEWPORT – The second set of singles quarterfinals were played at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships on Friday in Newport, which will celebrate its 60th year by adding a new name to its list of champions. After Nicolas Mahut was taken out by Sam Groth in the first of yesterday’s quarterfinals, by the time the last quarterfinal was played, the only former  champion left in the draw was also eliminated from the tournament.

 

By beating American No.1 John Isner, promising young talent Jack Sock has made his first ever ATP tour semifinal, where he will face Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt, who is looking to add to his tally of 29 career ATP titles. “He wasn’t on his A-game today,” said Sock of isner, “I was able to just scrap out a few returns, and lucky enough to get through.”

 

Earlier in the day, top-ranked Australian Lleyton Hewitt had a comfortable win over America’s Steve Johnson, beating him 6-4, 6-4 by playing solid tennis throughout. Johnson’s game was explosive at times, but he conceded points at crucial moments through unforced errors, and despite leading 3-1 in the second set, wasn’t able to win another game until serving to stay in the match at 3-5.

 

Hewitt is very comfortable on grass – of his 29 career titles, a healthy seven of them have been on this surface. After having made the final at Newport the last two years, the scene is set for Hewitt to perhaps go for third time lucky, as his family, who have been in Newport all week, would like to see. They wouldn’t be his only supporters in the crowd; Hewitt’s dynamic style of play and passionate displays of emotion on court have won the Rhode Island crowd’s support over the years.

 

“I still feel like I’m one of the fitter guys out there on the tour, no matter that I am over 30,” said Hewitt, after his singles quarterfinal and before playing his doubles semifinal later in the day, which he won with Australian partner Chris Guccione. “I’ve always done the right things, but it’s probably more important now to always do the right things after every match and prepare properly for the next match.”

 

He will need to be at the top of his physical game to beat 21-year-old Sock, who answered to the media as he iced his elbow ‘preventatively’. “Obviously, I’ll be playing a legend that’s still out there playing,” said Sock, “For him, it’s pretty unbelievable that he was No.1 that many years ago and still playing, still playing at a high level, so it’ll be tough.”

 

Before Hewitt and Sock take the court, the other semifinal will be contested between two of the game’s biggest men, and, biggest servers. Combining with Lleyton Hewitt, Sam Groth completes the first pair of Australians to reach a semifinal at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championship since Jason Stoltenberg and Wayne Arthurs did it way back in 2000. Both Groth and Hewitt will be hoping to go one better than their predecessors, who both lost their separate semifinal matches. The only other occasion where there have been a pair of Australians in Newport singles semifinals was in 1988 (Brad Drewett, Wally Masur).

 

“Tomorrow’s more about Sam holding his nerve in the semifinal,” said Hewitt, who has played Groth’s semifinal opponent Ivo Karlovic five times, only beating him once. Like Jack Sock, 26-year-old Sam Groth will be playing his first ATP-level semifinal when he takes the court against the 6’11” Croatian tomorrow. All four players are competing for prize money drawn from the tournament’s total financial commitment of $539,730.

 

Dave Gertler is a tennis journalist, player and musician based in Sydney covering Newport for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his Twitter updates from the tournament @TennisNewsTPN, follow him on his personal Twitter @davegertler,  read his blog,  and listen to his podcast, Tennis Days .

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