2014/04/23

Tennis – WTA and ATP Results and Schedules

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Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell
Barcelona, Spain » View Tournament Profile

RESULTS – MONDAY, 21 APRIL 2014

Singles – First Round
K De Schepper (FRA) d [Q] M Ilhan (TUR) 63 75
S Giraldo (COL) d I Sijsling (NED) 64 62
[Q] D Thiem (AUT) d R Stepanek (CZE) 64 64
E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d [Q] A Beck (GER) 62 62
M Matosevic (AUS) d J Sousa (POR) 63 62
[Q] A Kuznetsov (RUS) d P Carreno Busta (ESP) 26 61 62
A Golubev (KAZ) d [Q] M Viola (ITA) 64 63
R Bautista Agut (ESP) d L Kubot (POL) 61 60
A Montanes (ESP) d [Q] M Lopez (ESP) 76(4) 62
[WC] D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) d [WC] R Carballes Baena (ESP) 63 75
[WC] I Cervantes (ESP) d O Nedovyesov (KAZ) 36 62 64
T Gabashvili (RUS) d M Przysiezny (POL) 63 64

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 22 APRIL 2014

PISTA CENTRAL start 11:00 am
[WC] D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) vs [9] E Gulbis (LAT)
Not Before 13:30
R Bautista Agut (ESP) vs [4] K Nishikori (JPN)
[5] T Robredo (ESP) vs M Matosevic (AUS)
[Q] D Thiem (AUT) vs [14] M Granollers (ESP)

PISTA 1 start 11:00 am
M Kukushkin (KAZ) vs J Melzer (AUT)
A Ramos (ESP) vs N Davydenko (RUS)
[10] P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs E Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
[15] D Tursunov (RUS) vs [WC] I Cervantes (ESP)
[LL] J Huta Galung (NED) / S Robert (FRA) vs [4] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP)

PISTA 2 start 11:00 am
I Dodig (CRO) vs [WC] F Arguello (ARG)
M Klizan (SVK) vs S Devvarman (IND)
[16] B Paire (FRA) vs A Golubev (KAZ)
[WC] P Carreno Busta (ESP) / A Ramos (ESP) vs [Q] T Gabashvili (RUS) / M Kukushkin (KAZ)

PISTA 3 start 15:00
R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) vs T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR)
[PR] F Fognini (ITA) / J Melzer (AUT) vs [2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA)
BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy
Bucharest, Romania » View Tournament Profile
RESULTS – MONDAY, 21 APRIL 2014

Singles – First Round
[8] J Nieminen (FIN) d L Mayer (ARG) 63 36 76(4)
J Vesely (CZE) d J Chardy (FRA) 76(3) 60
S Stakhovsky (UKR) d [WC] P Ciorcila (ROU) 26 62 61

Doubles – First Round
[2] E Butorac (USA) / R Klaasen (RSA) d [WC] V Hanescu (ROU) / A Patrui (ROU) 61 76(2)
J Knowle (AUT) / V Pospisil (CAN) d O Marach (AUT) / F Mergea (ROU) 63 63

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 22 APRIL 2014

CENTRAL start 1:00 pm
C Berlocq (ARG) vs [6] A Seppi (ITA)
D Sela (ISR) vs V Hanescu (ROU)
A Mannarino (FRA) vs [WC] M Copil (ROU)
[5] V Pospisil (CAN) vs [Q] A Ungur (ROU)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
D Istomin (UZB) vs T Bellucci (BRA)
M Ebden (AUS) vs R Haase (NED)
[Q] P Mathieu (FRA) vs [7] N Mahut (FRA)

COURT 2 start 12:00 noon
L Rosol (CZE) vs F Volandri (ITA)
[4] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) vs T Bednarek (POL) / M Pavic (CRO)
[Q] N Basilashvili (GEO) vs [Q] R Berankis (LTU)
D Istomin (UZB) / L Rosol (CZE) vs L Dlouhy (CZE) / J Marray (GBR)

 

PORSCHE TENNIS GRAND PRIX
Stuttgart, Germany
April 21-27, 2014
$710,000/Premier
Clay/Indoors

Results – Monday, April 21, 2014
Singles – First Round
Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. (LL) Johanna Konta (GBR) 76(4) 64

Doubles – First Round
Marcinkevica/Sasnovich (LAT/BLR) d. (3) Pavlyuchenkova/Srebotnik (RUS/SLO) 57 63 108 (Match TB)
Jankovic/Kleybanova (SRB/RUS) d. Kalashnikova/Olaru (GEO/ROU) 63 60

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(2) Annika Beck (GER) d. Katerina Vankova (CZE) 60 61
(3) Ajla Tomljanovic (CRO) d. (5) Mona Barthel (GER) 64 57 76(1)
Gioia Barbieri (ITA) d. (8) Johanna Konta (GBR) 64 62
Diana Marcinkevica (LAT) d. Katerina Siniakova (CZE) 75 26 75

Order Of Play – Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Center Court (from 12.30hrs)
1. Klara Koukalova vs. Sara Errani
2. Gioia Barbieri vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova
3. Roberta Vinci vs. Annika Beck
4. Lucie Safarova vs. Maria Sharapova (NB 18.30hrs)
5. Jelena Jankovic vs. Mona Barthel (NB 19.30hrs)
6. Daniilidou/Lucic-Baroni vs. Barrois/Beck

Court 1 (from 12.30hrs)
1. Carla Suárez Navarro vs. Ekaterina Makarova
2. Kerber/Petkovic vs. Black/Mirza
3. Ajla Tomljanovic vs. Alisa Kleybanova
4. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Diana Marcinkevica

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Tennis – WTA and ATP Schedules for April 21, 2014

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Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell
Barcelona, Spain
SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 21 APRIL 2014

PISTA CENTRAL start 11:00 am
[WC] D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) vs [WC] R Carballes Baena (ESP)

Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell
Barcelona, Spain
SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 21 APRIL 2014
Not Before 13:30
[Q] A Kuznetsov (RUS) vs P Carreno Busta (ESP)
L Kubot (POL) vs R Bautista Agut (ESP)
A Montanes (ESP) vs [Q] M Lopez (ESP)

PISTA 1 start 11:00 am
S Giraldo (COL) vs I Sijsling (NED)
[WC] I Cervantes (ESP) vs O Nedovyesov (KAZ)
R Stepanek (CZE) vs [Q] D Thiem (AUT)
J Sousa (POR) vs M Matosevic (AUS)

PISTA 2 start 11:00 am
T Gabashvili (RUS) vs M Przysiezny (POL)
[Q] M Viola (ITA) vs A Golubev (KAZ)
[Q] A Beck (GER) vs E Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
K De Schepper (FRA) vs [Q] M Ilhan (TUR)

BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy
Bucharest, Romania

SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 21 APRIL 2014

CENTRAL start 1:00 pm
Qualifying – A Ungur (ROU) or E Gerasimov (BLR) vs J Pospisil (CZE)
J Chardy (FRA) vs J Vesely (CZE)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[8] J Nieminen (FIN) vs L Mayer (ARG)
O Marach (AUT) / F Mergea (ROU) vs J Knowle (AUT) / V Pospisil (CAN)

COURT 1 start 1:00 pm
Qualifying – N Basilashvili (GEO) vs H Laaksonen (SUI)
[WC] V Hanescu (ROU) / A Patrui (ROU) vs [2] E Butorac (USA) / R Klaasen (RSA)
S Stakhovsky (UKR) vs [WC] P Ciorcila (ROU)
GRAND PRIX SAR LA PRINCESSE LALLA MERYEM
Marrakech, Morocco
April 21-April 27, 2014
$250,000/International
Clay/Outdoors

Order Of Play – Monday, April 21, 2014
Centre Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Anastasia Grymalska vs. Beatriz García Vidagany (Singles Q Final)
2. Lourdes Domínguez Lino vs. Alla Kudryavtseva
3. Yvonne Meusburger vs. Petra Cetkovska
4. Piter/Zanevska vs. Benhadi/El Houari (after suitable rest)

Court #1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Maryna Zanevska vs. Daniela Seguel (Singles Q Final)
2. Petra Martic vs. Shahar Peer
3. Jurak/Moulton-Levy vs. Gasparyan/Melnikova
4. Domínguez Lino/Parra Santonja vs. Muguruza/Oprandi (NB 15.00hrs; after suitable rest)

Court #2 (from 12.00hrs)
1. Ysaline Bonaventure vs. Renata Voracova (Singles Q Final)
2. Constance Sibille vs. Lara Arruabarrena (Singles Q Final)
3. Bua/Seguel vs. Clerico/Frankova (NB 15.00hrs; after suitable rest)

PORSCHE TENNIS GRAND PRIX
Stuttgart, Germany
April 21-27, 2014
$710,000/Premier
Clay/Indoors

Order Of Play – Monday, April 21, 2014
Center Court (from 13.00hrs)
1. Annika Beck vs. Katerina Vankova (Singles Q Final)
2. Ajla Tomljanovic vs. Mona Barthel (Singles Q Final)
3. Caroline Wozniacki vs. Kaia Kanepi (NB 20.00hrs)

Court 1 (from 12.30hrs)
1. Diana Marcinkevica vs. Katerina Siniakova (Singles Q Final)
2. Gioia Barbieri vs. Johanna Konta (Singles Q Final)
3. Kalashnikova/Olaru vs. Jankovic/Kleybanova (NB 15.00hrs)
4. Pavlyuchenkova/Srebotnik vs. Marcinkevica/Sasnovich

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Stan Wawrinka Tops Roger Federer for Monte Carlo Masters Title

Wawrinka in press

(April 20, 2014) World No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka stopped Swiss countryman Roger Federer 4-6, 7-6(5). 6-2 to win the Monte Carlo title, his first ever Master Series title. It was just Wawrinka’s second win over Federer in 15 meetings, the first came in the third round of Monte Carlo in 2009.

“It’s always special to play Roger,” Wawrinka said. “We know it’s always a strange match, especially being in the final here. He’s my best friend on the tour. We respect each other so much. I’m just trying on the court to win the match. Before and after, we are still very good friends. During the match, we just try everything to win. Today I’m really happy to take that one.

“I can see that when mentally I’m there and I’m fighting, I can play tennis, I can beat all the players. I did an amazing job. I’m really happy after winning my first Grand Slam to win a Masters 1000 so quick. I didn’t expect to. When I came here, for me it was more like a test. I knew I was playing good tennis, but I didn’t expect to win because the draw was so strong.

“I did see I was playing good tennis. It was few little changes to take the advantage. I started to play more aggressive, trying to push him more. When you win a match like this, it’s only one or two points, especially in the tie-break. But I think I did a great tie-break. I was serving big and being really aggressive. Then I took the advantage at the beginning of the third set. I saw that he was a little bit tired. Me, I was playing better and better, especially moving better.”

 

“I think it’s one of the those finals that I could have won,” Federer said. “But Stan was tougher at the end. I think he deserved it just a little bit more. Clearly it would have been nice to win that second set tie-break. I didn’t necessarily play a bad one, but also at the same time I didn’t quite ever get into the lead where things went my way.

“Of course, I’m very happy for Stan. It’s a huge win for him after winning his first Grand Slam this year, also to win his first Masters 1000. To take the opportunities when they’re there, that’s key in a tennis player’s career. So I’m very happy for him.

“I would have loved to have won a second title [this season] because I’ve come close a few times. That’s my next objective, that I get to the very end more frequently. But clearly I’m happy that the clay court season started so well for me.”

On Monday, Wawrinka will rise to No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Race To London, which is based solely on results this season.

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Mike Bryan Wins 100th Doubles Title with Monte Carlo Win

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(April 20, 2014) The Bryan brothers captured the Monte Carlo Masters for the fourth time on Sunday, their 98th doubles title as a pair. The win gave Mike Bryan his 100th overall men’s doubles title, the first player to do so.

The Bryans have now won five titles in a row and extended their winning streak to 21 matches unbeaten.

“It’s amazing to hit triple digits,” Mike Bryan said. It’s a great milestone to say that you have a hundred, to be the first player to hit a hundred titles. Kind of snuck up on us pretty quick. Last few years we’ve been really hot. We always wanted to beat the Woodies’ record of 61. Then trying to clip Todd Woodbridge’s 83 titles. All of a sudden I’m at 99.

“It will feel a lot better when we do it as a team. We’ve always looked at our career as team titles, doing it together. That’s the huge goal for this year, to do it together.”

Doubles – Final
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d [3] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) 63 36 10-8

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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.

 

 

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Rafael Nadal Stunned by David Ferrer in Monte Carlo Quarterfinals

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(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.

 

 

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 18 APRIL 2014

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

SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 19 APRIL 2014

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)

 

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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.

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 17 APRIL 2014

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

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 18 APRIL 2014

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)

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

 

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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.”

MONTE CARLO RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 16 APRIL 2014

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

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 17 APRIL 2014

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)

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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.

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 15 APRIL 2014

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

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 16 APRIL 2014

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)

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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.”

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