Swiss Countrymen Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka to Meet in Monte Carlo Final

Federer sets

(April 19, 2014) It will be an all-Swiss battle for the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters crown on Sunday as Roger Federer beat an injured defending champion Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka stopped David Ferrer to set up the final.

Federer who came in as a wild card defeated Djokovic 7-5, 6-2. Djokovic was dealing with a wrist injury since the beginning of the tournament and it was heavily bandaged for his match on Saturday. The world No. 2 Djokovic was toe-to-toe with Federer until the end of the first set, after that Djokovic appeared to be in pain.

Wawrinka dominated David Ferrer in first set and held steady at the end of the second set for a 6-1, 7-6(3). Ferrer played an aggressive game hitting 31 winners past Ferrer.

Sunday’s final will be the first all-Swiss final since 2000 when Marc Rosset beat Federer in Marseille. It will be No. 3 Wawrinka versus No. 4 Federer as the pair meet in a final for the first time. Federer leads their head-to-head 13-1 overall, with his only loss coming in Monte Carlo in 2009.

Wawrinka hopes to win his first Masters Series title and third title overall for 2014. Federer is looking for his first title in Monte Carlo, he lost three straight finals to Rafael Nadal from 2006-2008.




Rafael Nadal Stunned by David Ferrer in Monte Carlo Quarterfinals

Nadal at changeover

(April 18, 2014) Rafael Nadal will not be winning his ninth Monte Carlo this year. The eight-time champion fell to Spanish countryman David Ferrer 7-6(1), 6-4 in the quarterfinals on Friday. The last time the world No. 1 lost in the quarterfinals of Monte-Carlo was in 2003.

For Ferrer it was his first clay court win over Nadal in 10 years. Ferrer will play No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka in his semifinal on Saturday.

Following Nadal’s loss on center court, Roger Federer looked as though he was on his way out of the tournament, rebounding to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 2-6, 7-6 (6), 6-1.

Last year’s Monte Carlo champion Novak Djokvic also received a big scare from Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 to set up a semifinal match against Federer. Djokovic admitted to starting poorly but said he regained his momentum in the second set.




Singles – Quarter-finals
[6] D Ferrer (ESP) d [1] R Nadal (ESP) 76(1) 64
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 46 63 61
[3] S Wawrinka (SUI) d [8] M Raonic (CAN) 76(5) 62
[4] [WC] R Federer (SUI) d [9] J Tsonga (FRA) 26 76(6) 61

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d [8] J Benneteau (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 61 62
M Mirnyi (BLR) / M Youzhny (RUS) d [2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) 76(5) 36 11-9
[3] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) d R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) 76(4) 75
[5] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d [WC] R Arneodo (MON) / B Balleret (MON) 64 63


COURT CENTRAL start 11:00 am
[3] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) vs M Mirnyi (BLR) / M Youzhny (RUS)

Not Before 1:30 pm
[6] D Ferrer (ESP) vs [3] S Wawrinka (SUI)

Not Before 3:00 pm
[4] [WC] R Federer (SUI) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [5] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB)



Nadal, Djokovic and Federer Sail into Monte Carlo Quarters



(April 17, 2014) No. 1 Rafael Nadal moved into 10th place on the all-time win list on clay when he notched his 300 career win on the surface on Thursday defeating Andreas Seppi  6-1, 6-3 at the Monte Carlo Masters.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic dismissed Pablo Carreno Busta 6-0, 6-1 in 45 minutes. Djokovic has lost a total of two games in reaching the quarterfinals of Monte Carlo.

Third seed and reigning Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka did note need to set foot on court to advance as his opponent Nicolas Almagro withdrew from the tournament with a left-foot injury.

Roger Federer moved into the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Lukas Rosol. The Swiss had to rebound from a break down in the third set before winning 10 of the last 11 games to close out the match.


Singles – Third Round
[1] R Nadal (ESP) d A Seppi (ITA) 61 63
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d [LL] P Carreno Busta (ESP) 60 61
[3] S Wawrinka (SUI) d [15] N Almagro (ESP) W/O (left foot)
[4] [WC] R Federer (SUI) d L Rosol (CZE) 64 61
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d [5] T Berdych (CZE) 46 63 61
[6] D Ferrer (ESP) d [12] G Dimitrov (BUL) 64 62
[8] M Raonic (CAN) d [11] T Robredo (ESP) 64 63
[9] J Tsonga (FRA) d [10] F Fognini (ITA) 57 63 60

Doubles – Second Round
[2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) d [PR] S Bolelli (ITA) / F Fognini (ITA) 62 63
[5] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) 67(6) 76(3) 10-7
M Mirnyi (BLR) / M Youzhny (RUS) d [6] M Llodra (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) 76(4) 64
[8] J Benneteau (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) 64 57 10-4
[WC] R Arneodo (MON) / B Balleret (MON) d [Alt] R Bautista Agut (ESP) / A Seppi (ITA) 64 36 11-9


COURT CENTRAL start 10:30 am
[3] S Wawrinka (SUI) vs [8] M Raonic (CAN)
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [6] D Ferrer (ESP)
[9] J Tsonga (FRA) vs [4] [WC] R Federer (SUI)
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)

COURT DES PRINCES start 11:30 am
R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) vs [3] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA)
M Mirnyi (BLR) / M Youzhny (RUS) vs [2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA)
[WC] R Arneodo (MON) / B Balleret (MON) vs [5] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB)
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [8] J Benneteau (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA)


Nadal and Federer Move into Third Round of Monte Carlo With Easy Wins



Rafael Nadal

(April 16, 2014) The top seeds had easy wins on Wednesday at the Monte Carlo Masters. No. 1 Rafael Nadal rebounded from 1-3 down in the first set to stop Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4, 6-1.  Roger Federer took just 52 minutes to put out Radek Stepanek 6-1, 6-2, while countryman Stanislas Wawrinka destroyed Marin Cilic 6-0, 6-2 in 45 minutes.

Eight-time Monte Carlo champion Nadal will face Andreas Seppi in the third round while Federer will take on Lukas Rosol.

The Associated Press reported that Federer, whose wife Mirka is expecting their third child, said he would skip tennis to be with his wife when she gave birth.

“So we’re just waiting. It’s a priority for me trying to be there, trying to support my wife,” Federer said to the Associated Press on Wednesday at the Monte Carlo Masters. “I’ve played enough tennis matches. Missing a tournament or missing a match wouldn’t change anything for me.”


Singles – Second Round
[1] R Nadal (ESP) d [Q] T Gabashvili (RUS) 64 61
[3] S Wawrinka (SUI) d M Cilic (CRO) 60 62
[4] [WC] R Federer (SUI) d R Stepanek (CZE) 61 62
[8] M Raonic (CAN) d Y Lu (TPE) 67(4) 62 61
[10] F Fognini (ITA) d R Bautista Agut (ESP) 76(6) 64
[11] T Robredo (ESP) d J Benneteau (FRA) 46 60 61
[12] G Dimitrov (BUL) d [Q] A Ramos (ESP) 46 63 64
[15] N Almagro (ESP) d N Mahut (FRA) 76(3) 63
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d [17] A Dolgopolov (UKR) 61 75
A Seppi (ITA) d P Andujar (ESP) 76(5) 57 64
L Rosol (CZE) d [Q] M Llodra (FRA) 64 64
[LL] P Carreno Busta (ESP) d G Monfils (FRA) 63 76(6)

Doubles – Second Round
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d L Rosol (CZE) / R Stepanek (CZE) 64 76(4)
[3] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) d [WC] J Chardy (FRA) / G Simon (FRA) 62 67(3) 13-11
R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) d [7] L Kubot (POL) / R Lindstedt (SWE) 63 60

Doubles – First Round
[WC] R Arneodo (MON) / B Balleret (MON) d J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) 26 63 10-8


COURT CENTRAL start 10:30 am
[9] J Tsonga (FRA) vs [10] F Fognini (ITA)
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs A Seppi (ITA)
L Rosol (CZE) vs [4] [WC] R Federer (SUI)
[LL] P Carreno Busta (ESP) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)

COURT DES PRINCES start 10:30 am
[11] T Robredo (ESP) vs [8] M Raonic (CAN)
Not Before 12:30 pm
[3] S Wawrinka (SUI) vs [15] N Almagro (ESP)
[12] G Dimitrov (BUL) vs [6] D Ferrer (ESP)
[5] T Berdych (CZE) vs G Garcia-Lopez (ESP)

COURT 2 start 12:00 noon
M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) vs [5] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB)
[6] M Llodra (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) vs M Mirnyi (BLR) / M Youzhny (RUS)
After suitable rest – [Alt] R Bautista Agut (ESP) / A Seppi (ITA) vs [WC] R Arneodo (MON) / B Balleret (MON)

COURT 9 not before 1:00 pm
After Suitable Rest – [PR] S Bolelli (ITA) / F Fognini (ITA) vs [2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA)
J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) vs [8] J Benneteau (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA)


Djokovic Eases into Third Round of Monte Carlo

(April 15, 2015)Defending Monte Carlo Rolex Masters Champion Novak Djokovic needed only 45 minutes to dismiss Albert Montanes 6-1, 6-0 in the second round on Tuesday.

“For the first match on clay, it was great,” said Djokovic to press. “I lost only one game, so there were not too many flaws in my game that I could recall. On the other side, I’ve had an opponent who is a specialist on this surface, but he hasn’t played even close to his highest level. He was making a lot of unforced errors.

“I was just trying to use the court well, not allow him to get into a rhythm. I was changing the angles. I was coming to the net, being aggressive. Just very good first match.”

Djokovic was wearing some tape on his left wrist. He said in his post-match news conference that his wrist has been taped for the past week. He’s happy that the short match is giving it some time to heal and hopes that it will be even better for the next match.


Singles – Second Round
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d [Q] A Montanes (ESP) 61 60
[5] T Berdych (CZE) d D Tursunov (RUS) 75 64
[6] D Ferrer (ESP) d J Chardy (FRA) 63 60
[9] J Tsonga (FRA) d P Kohlschreiber (GER) 64 16 64

Singles – First Round
[12] G Dimitrov (BUL) d M Granollers (ESP) 62 46 62
A Seppi (ITA) d [13] M Youzhny (RUS) 63 76(4)
G Monfils (FRA) d [14] K Anderson (RSA) 64 76(4)
[15] N Almagro (ESP) d [Q] P Mathieu (FRA) 63 62
[Q] M Llodra (FRA) d [16] J Janowicz (POL) 64 62
[Q] T Gabashvili (RUS) d G Simon (FRA) 46 64 64
M Cilic (CRO) d [LL] M Matosevic (AUS) 61 36 62
J Benneteau (FRA) d J Melzer (AUT) 64 36 64
Y Lu (TPE) d F Delbonis (ARG) 76(5) 61
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d [WC] B Balleret (MON) 75 62
[LL] P Carreno Busta (ESP) d I Dodig (CRO) 63 63

*[LL] M Matosevic (AUS) replaces F Verdasco (ESP) – right groin strain
** [LL] P Carreno Busta (ESP) replaces R Gasquet (FRA) – lumber pain

Doubles – First Round
J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) d E Gulbis (LAT) / M Raonic (CAN) 64 64
M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) 63 64
R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) d J Knowle (AUT) / V Pospisil (CAN) 76(2) 64
[PR] S Bolelli (ITA) / F Fognini (ITA) d T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) 62 36 10-7


COURT CENTRAL start 10:30 am
R Bautista Agut (ESP) vs [10] F Fognini (ITA)
R Stepanek (CZE) vs [4] [WC] R Federer (SUI)
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [Q] T Gabashvili (RUS)
[3] S Wawrinka (SUI) vs M Cilic (CRO)

COURT DES PRINCES start 10:30 am
Y Lu (TPE) vs [8] M Raonic (CAN)
[11] T Robredo (ESP) vs J Benneteau (FRA)
[12] G Dimitrov (BUL) vs [Q] A Ramos (ESP)
G Monfils (FRA) vs [LL] P Carreno Busta (ESP)

COURT 2 start 10:30 am
[Q] M Llodra (FRA) vs L Rosol (CZE)
P Andujar (ESP) vs A Seppi (ITA)
N Mahut (FRA) vs [15] N Almagro (ESP)
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs [17] A Dolgopolov (UKR)

COURT 9 start 2:00 pm
J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) vs [WC] R Arneodo (MON) / B Balleret (MON)

Not Before 4:00 pm
After Suitable Rest – [1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs L Rosol (CZE) / R Stepanek (CZE)

COURT 11 start 2:00 pm
[7] L Kubot (POL) / R Lindstedt (SWE) vs R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK)
[WC] J Chardy (FRA) / G Simon (FRA) vs [3] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA)


Fernando Verdasco Wins Houston Title


Fernando Verdasco

Fernando Verdasco

(April 13, 2014) Spain’s Fernando Verdasco ended a four-year streak without a singles title on Sunday by winning the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston over countryman Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 7-6(4). Verdasco if the fifth ATP player over 30 to capture an event this year. His last tournament win was back in 2010 in Barcelona.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve won a singles title,” Verdasco said. It’s a very important day for me to win a tournament after a few years and after the injury in my knee the last couple years.”

“I’ve been happy the way I’ve been feeling the whole week. In general, I think I had ups and downs, but it’s normal. In tough matches on clay you are not always 100 per cent every point physically, and you just need to try to be tough mentally.

“I think the key was my mentality during the week. I kept going every point no matter how tired or how good I was feeling. Didn’t finish perfect since we lost yesterday in the doubles final when we were close to winning, but it was great that I’m able to win the singles title.”

“He played a really good match today, and he’s the winner,” Almagro said. “It was a battle today, and he was really concentrated on his serve. I had many chances and I didn’t [take them], and that’s the key of the match.”

Almagro was the losing finalist last year as well, falling to John Isner.

“You are never happy when you lose a final,” he said. “I had my chances. But I credit Fernando.”


Guillermo Garcia-López Captures Casablanca Tennis Title


By Florian Heer

(April 13, 2014) CASABLANCA – Before the final had started on Sunday, it was clear that a new Grand Prix Hassan II champion will be crowned in Casablanca when the all-Spanish-affair took place between first-time finalists Marcel Granollers and Guillermo Garcia-López. It was the second time in three years that two Spaniards have faced off in the final here, after Pablo Andújar defeated Albert Ramos in 2012. The last meeting between the two players also took place in Casablanca back in 2010 with the better outcome for Garcia-López winning in straight sets.

In Sunday’s encounter, it was the 27-year-old from Barcelona having the better start. In front of an almost fully packed Centre Court, Granollers broke in the 11th game of the opening set to take it after 66 minutes.

In the second set, the quality of the match improved and the often noisy crowd heated up the atmosphere under the Moroccan sun. Garcia-Lópzez, who lost his focus due to some unsettled spectators for only a short time, gained the decisive break in the tenth game to take the match the distance.

The 30-year-old also had the better start into the final set, capitalized on his first break point opportunity and just played more consistent than his opponent. Garcia-López served the match out in the ninth game winning 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 to capture his third ATP career title after two hours and 38 minutes.

“Of course I’m very happy today,” the winner stated afterwards. “I know Marcel very well. We practice together a lot of times, so we have known each other’s games for a long time. The match was very close all the time. We also had to face a couple of interruptions by the crowd, so the match was also very long and not easy to play for us,” Garcia-López said. “To play aggressively and concentrated was the key to success today. I will gain confidence from this win, as last year I played two finals and wasn’t able to seal victory. Today was a big step for me,” the Spaniard concluded.

His fellow countryman was understandably disappointed. “I think it was a tough match for both of us,” Granollers said. “I played solid until the middle of the second set, but then I had a couple of bad games. Guillermo, however, played a good match and he deserved to win,” Granollers said accepting defeat.

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


All-Spanish Final Set for Casablanca




By Florian Heer

(April 12, 2014) CASABLANCA – The semifinalists took to the court on Saturday in Casablanca to battle it out for a place in Sunday’s final. World No. 36 Marcel Granollers, the highest ranked player left in the draw, faced sixth-seed Federico Delbonis for the second time. In the pair’s lone meeting in Gstaad last year it was the Spaniard who emerged victorious in straight sets. On Saturday it also seemed to become a pretty quick affair for the 28-year-old from Barcelona. Granollers was in total control of the opening set, as Delbonis simply hit too many unforced errors. Consequently, the Spaniard broke his opponent’s service three times to take the first set in the seventh game in only thirty minutes. The Argentine started to get into the match when he capitalized on his very first break point in the third game of the second set. Granollers, however, was the more consistent player gaining the break back in the eighth game to finally take the match two games later winning it 6-1, 6-4 in 74 minutes.

I played a solid match today without any mistakes and also served well,” the winner told afterwards. “In the beginning of the second set Federico started to play better. It was tough, as he gained an early break and was 2-0 up. He was hitting very hard from the baseline but I kept fighting and I’m very happy to reach the final here,” Granollers added.

In the second semifinal eighth-seeded Guillermo Garcia-López took on the tournament’s surprise break out star Roberto Carballés-Baena for the first time. The latter became the first qualifier to reach the final in Casablanca since Gilles Simon defeated Andrey Kuznetsov in 2008. In the beginning of the encounter, the Spanish youngster seemed to be tired and exhausted after a long week and so Garcia-López was in total control in the opening set winning the frame in the eighth game. Yet, Carballés fought back, won some spectacular rallies and took the second set in the tie-break.

The crowd fully backed the underdog but in the end it was the more experienced player, who advanced into his first final of the season. The 30-year-old from Albacete broke serve in the seventh game and eventually took the match winning 6-2, 6-7, 6-4 after a classy clay court fight over two hours and 47 minutes. “It was an even match today,” a lucky winner stated afterwards. “Roberto played really well, in particular in the tie-break he played his best tennis. I was happy to close the match in the ninth game,” Garcia-López said and is looking forward to the final against his fellow countryman. The last meeting between the two took place in Casablanca in 2010. Back then, Garcia López won in straight sets. “Tomorrow will be a different match. The last time I met Marcel here was in one of the opening rounds and now it will be a final,” the Spaniard said. “Marcel didn’t have a great start into the season but now with beginning of the clay court season, he plays really well. He will be very dangerous tomorrow and I have to play my best tennis,” Garcia-López explained.

Doubles ceremony

Earlier on Saturday, top-seeds Horia Tecau and Jean-Julier Rojer took their third team title beating Tomasz Bednarek and Lukas Dlouhy 6-2, 6-2 in only 56 minutes. The Romanian-Dutch combination didn’t drop a set this week. “Besides my home tournament in Bucharest, this event here in Casablanca is the one I played most on the ATP Tour,” Tecau said after lifting his third trophy in Morocco. “Casablanca is a special place, where I am pretty successful and I’m very familiar with everything here. It’s always a cosy feeling to come back,” the Romanian told the press.

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


Singles – Semi-finals
[4] M Granollers (ESP) d [6] F Delbonis (ARG) 61 64
[8] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d [Q] R Carballes Baena (ESP) 62 67(6) 64

Doubles – Final
[1] J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) d T Bednarek (POL) / L Dlouhy (CZE) 62 62

COURT CENTRAL start 2:25 pm
[4] M Granollers (ESP) vs [8] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP)


Tennis Results Round-Up for April 11, 2014

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Bogotá, Colombia
April 7-April 13, 2014
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results – Friday, April 11, 2014
Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. (Q) Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) 64 64
(5) Caroline Garcia (FRA) d. Romina Oprandi (SUI) 61 75
(6) Vania King (USA) d. Mariana Duque-Mariño (COL) 76(4) 75
Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) d. (8) Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) 62 61

Doubles – Semifinals
(1) King/Scheepers (USA/RSA) d. (4) Fichman/Panova (CAN/RUS) 76(4) 62
Arruabarrena/Garcia (ESP/FRA) d. (2) Domínguez Lino/Parra Santonja (ESP/ESP) 63 64

Order Of Play – Saturday, April 12, 2014
Cancha Central (from 10.30hrs)
1. Caroline Garcia vs. Vania King
2. Jelena Jankovic vs. Chanelle Scheepers (NB 12.30hrs)
3. Doubles Final: King/Scheepers vs. Arruabarrena/Garcia (after suitable rest)

Casablanca, Morocco  (+1 hour GMT)
7-13 April 2014   Surface: Clay


Singles – Quarter-finals
[8] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d [3] B Paire (FRA) 75 76(4)
[4] M Granollers (ESP) d P Carreno Busta (ESP) 67(4) 63 60
[6] F Delbonis (ARG) d V Hanescu (ROU) 76(5) 63
[Q] R Carballes Baena (ESP) d [LL] A Kuznetsov (RUS) 64 62

Doubles – Semi-finals

[1] J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) d D Bracciali (ITA) / F Delbonis (ARG) 63 64
T Bednarek (POL) / L Dlouhy (CZE) d [2] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) 63 75


COURT CENTRAL start 12:00 noon
[1] J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) vs T Bednarek (POL) / L Dlouhy (CZE)
Not Before 1:30 pm
[6] F Delbonis (ARG) vs [4] M Granollers (ESP)
[8] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs [Q] R Carballes Baena (ESP)



Fayez Sarofim & Co.

U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship


Singles – Quarter-finals
[3] N Almagro (ESP) d J Sock (USA) 62 64
[4] F Verdasco (ESP) d D Young (USA) 76(1) 61
S Querrey (USA) d D Brown (GER) 63 67(8) 63
S Giraldo (COL) d A Gonzalez (COL) 63 64

Doubles – Semi-finals

[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d C Guccione (AUS) / L Hewitt (AUS) 75 63
[2] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) d S Giraldo (COL) / A Gonzalez (COL) 64 62


CENTER COURT start 1:00 pm
[4] F Verdasco (ESP) vs S Giraldo (COL)
S Querrey (USA) vs [3] N Almagro (ESP)

6:00 pm
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [2] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP)




Katowice, Poland
April 7-April 13, 2014

Results – Friday, April 11, 2014
Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (6) Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) 64 61
(3) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. (7) Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 62 63
(4/WC) Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. (5) Klara Koukalova (CZE) 62 06 62
Camila Giorgi (ITA) d. Shahar Peer (ISR) 61 64

Doubles – Semifinals
(1) Koukalova/Niculescu (CZE/ROU) d. Kania/Solovyeva (POL/RUS) 62 63

Order Of Play – Saturday, April 12, 2014
Centre Court (from 14.00hrs)
1. Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Alizé Cornet vs. Klara Koukalova
2. Beygelzimer/Savchuk vs. Jans-Ignacik/Olaru
3. Carla Suárez Navarro vs. Camila Giorgi (NB 18.00hrs)


Three Spaniards to Headline Casablanca Semis

By Florian Heer

(April 11, 2014) CASABLANCA – Quarterfinal Friday at the Complexe Sportif Al Amal started on Centre Court with 2010 finalist Victor Hanescu, who took on the tournament’s sixth seed Federico Delbonis for the first time.

The 32-year-old Romanian upset Casablanca’s top-seed and world number 19, Kevin Anderson, winning in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 in the round before on Wednesday. Delbonis, who has struggled on hard courts this year without winning one single match so far, but posted a 9-3 record on clay. So the 23-year-old started with confidence in this match, coming back from one break down to convert his first set point taking the opening set in the tie-break. Delbonis broke in third game of the second set again winning 7-6, 6-3 in one hour and 40 minutes. The Argentine, who recently won his maiden title on the ATP World Tour in Sao Paulo, advanced into his only third career semifinal.

Next it was time for the Spaniards to step into action. Yesterday three of four players from the Iberian Peninsula advanced into the quarterfinal. Traditionally, Casablanca seems to be a good venue for the Spanish players, as in the past three years with Tommy Robredo and two-time Pablo Andújar, all title winners came from Europe’s southwest. The tournament’s fourth seed Marcel Granollers faced Pablo Carreňo-Busta for the first time. The latter found answers to the aggressive and attacking tennis of Granollers and took the opening set in the tie-break with two cross court passing shots. From then on, however, it was the world number 36 from Barcelona, who took command in this match. Granollers gained the second set in the ninth game and even bageled his fellow countryman in the final frame winning 6-7, 6-3, 6-0 in two hours and 22 minutes.

“Fighting for every point until the end of the match was the key to success today,” Granollers told media afterwards.

“The first set lasted one hour and fifteen minutes and it was very tough to lose the set after this time. Nonetheless I kept fighting and in the end I think that I played a very solid match,” the Spaniard said. “It is also never easy to play against a fellow countryman. We practice together in Barcelona and so we know each other very well,” Granollers added.

“Tomorrow I’ll try to play as good as I did yesterday and today. Federico is a very strong player but I’ll try to keep focused on my game and of course to win the match,” the 27-year-old stated about his upcoming semi-final match against Federico Delbonis.

In the next match on Centre Court Benoit Paire went up against Guillermo Garcia-López for the third time. The Frenchman was leading the head to head series 2-1 before the encounter but it was the 30-year-old from Albacete, who drew first blood breaking his opponent’s service in the fifth game. Paire, who was backed by the majority of the crowd evened score in the sixth game but lost his service again in the eleventh game and therewith the set. The match was full of emotions and in the end it was the Spaniard, who stayed focused winning 7-5, 7-6 in one hour and 37 minutes to reach his first semi-final in Casablanca.

“I’m very happy with this win today. Reaching the final four at an ATP Tour event is always a great achievement,” Garcia-López was pleased with his performance. “Benoit is French and we are in Morocco, so it’s normal that he got a very good support today by the crowd but we are tennis players and need to stay focus during the match. I think it was ok,” the Spaniard told about the atmosphere.

Paire was also happy that he has returned to the circuit after his injury. “The most important thing for me is that I’m back on court. I didn’t play very well today but it’s normal after a rest of three month. I lost but I’m happy,” the French said. “I could gain some confidence from this week – not about my game – but I’m positive with my knee. I can play without any pain and that I can go to Monte Carlo now,” Paire added.

In the final match of the day qualifier Roberto Carballés-Baena met lucky loser Andrey Kuznetsov for the first time. The Russian replaced Gael Monfils in the draw reached his second quarterfinal in Casablanca when his second round opponent Jiri Vesely withdrew with illness. Kuznetsov made a disappointing start into this match losing his opening service game and the Spanish youngster was able to serve out in tenth to gain the first set. Carballès had to work hard for his points but played a solid game with great groundstrokes and a lot of confidence. After 88 minutes the Spaniard served the match out winning 6-4, 6-2 to advance into his first ever ATP World Tour semi-final. “I’m very happy with today’s match,” Carballés told me afterwards. “I felt a bit tired with my legs after two hard matches yesterday and today but finally everything went very well. This has been my best week in my career so far and of course I’m totally happy,” the 21-year-old qualifier concluded.

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Grand Prix Hassan II
Casablanca, Morocco


Singles – Quarterfinals
[8] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d [3] B Paire (FRA) 75 76(4)
[4] M Granollers (ESP) d P Carreno Busta (ESP) 67(4) 63 60
[6] F Delbonis (ARG) d V Hanescu (ROU) 76(5) 63
[Q] R Carballes Baena (ESP) d [LL] A Kuznetsov (RUS) 64 62

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) d D Bracciali (ITA) / F Delbonis (ARG) 63 64
T Bednarek (POL) / L Dlouhy (CZE) d [2] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) 63 75


COURT CENTRAL start 12:00 noon
[1] J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) vs T Bednarek (POL) / L Dlouhy (CZE)
Not Before 1:30 pm
[6] F Delbonis (ARG) vs [4] M Granollers (ESP)
[8] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs [Q] R Carballes Baena (ESP)