2015/05/27

Tennis – Bellucci, Knapp, Stosur and Thiem Win Tournaments Leading into French Open

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Thomaz Bellucci

(May 23, 2015)

World No. 60 Thomaz Bellucci won the Geneva Open title on Saturday, beating sixth-seeded Joao Sousa of Portugal 7-6 (4), 6-4 for his fourth ATP World Tour title. The Geneva tournament returned to the tour after a 24-year hiatus. For the Brazilian, he’s won three out of his four titles in Switzerland. He captured crowns in Gstaad in 2009 and 2012.

“It wasn’t easy to play today,” said the winner. “It was very windy. I was more solid at the baseline. Mentally I was strong all week so maybe that was the key today… The conditions in Geneva are good for me. The ball bounces high and I like the clay courts here. It’s similar to where I practice in Sao Paulo. I’m feeling very relaxed and happy to win my third title in Switzerland. I hope to come back next year.

“I don’t have much time to celebrate because tomorrow I have to be practicing again for Roland Garros. This week gave me a lot of confidence, so I hope to keep playing like that and I hope to be ready for the next week.”

“I’m not happy today but I think that it’s still a good week for me,” Sousa said. I’m leaving for Paris with good rhythm and confidence. That’s very important before the start of Roland Garros. I won four matches here and I’m feeling well. It’s great that I reached the final here. I had a great week and enjoyed this tournament a lot.”

Italy’s Karin Knapp defeated countrywoman Roberta Vinci 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-1 to win the Nuremberg Cup title on Saturday. For Knapp it’s her second WTA title.

“I’m really, really happy to win the title,” Knapp said. “It’s never easy against Roberta, and as you saw it was a close match. But it’s great to get the win and gain some good confidence for the French Open.”

Twenty-one-year-old Dominic Thiem battled back to take his first ATP tour winning 6-7 (8), 7-5, 7-6 (2) over fourth-seeded Leonardo Mayer in the

“It’s really, really special; the first title ever,” said the Austrian. “It’s not only this, the match today was a really, really good level. Leonardo played outstanding and I was fighting until the end. I think it was one of the best matches I’ve ever played. The first title, I will remember it forever, so I will also remember forever Nice.”

“It was a very even match. We both played very well and I’m happy despite losing,” Mayer said. “This week, I showed some good tennis and I will get to Roland Garros with a very good level.”

Thiem, who is No. 42 in the world, has become the eighth player born in the 1990s to win a title on the ATP World Tour.

Samantha Stosur returned to the winner’s circle on Saturday defeating Kristina Mladenovic 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to win the Strasbourg International, her first title of the year and seventh of her career.

The world No. 26 Stosur was given a wild card into the tournament at the last minute.

“To play as well as I did and walk away with the title, it’s exciting, and especially going into a Grand Slam,” said the 2010 French Open finalist.

The French Open begins on Sunday.

 

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Tennis – Latest Results and Schedules for Geneva, Nice, Nuremberg and Strasbourg

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GENEVA OPEN

ATP World Tour 250
Geneva, Switzerland (+2 hours GMT)
17-23 May 2015   Surface: Clay

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 21 MAY 2015

Singles – Quarter-Finals
F. Delbonis (ARG) d [1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) 67(5) 64 64
S. Giraldo (COL) d [2] [WC] M. Cilic (CRO) 75 63
[6] J. Sousa (POR) d [3] P. Andujar (ESP) 64 26 76(6) – saved 4 M.P.
T. Bellucci (BRA) d A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 60 16 63

Doubles – Semi-Finals
R. Klaasen (RSA) / Y. Lu (TPE) d [4] T. Huey (PHI) / S. Lipsky (USA) 76(3) 63

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 22 MAY 2015

COURT CENTRAL start 12:00 noon
T. Bellucci (BRA) vs S. Giraldo (COL)
Not Before 4:00 pm
F. Delbonis (ARG) vs [6] J. Sousa (POR)
A. Bury (BLR) / D. Istomin (UZB) vs [2] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)

NICE, FRANCE

Open de Nice Cote d’Azur

ATP World Tour 250
Nice, France (+2 hours GMT)
17-23 May 2015   Surface: Clay

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 21 MAY 2015

Singles – Quarter-Finals
[2] J. Isner (USA) d D. Lajovic (SRB) 76(3) 64
D. Thiem (AUT) d [3] E. Gulbis (LAT) 62 64
[4] L. Mayer (ARG) d [8] J. Monaco (ARG) 63 64
B. Coric (CRO) d J. Duckworth (AUS) 63 76(3)

Doubles – Semi-Finals
[1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) d G. Duran (ARG) / M. Gonzalez (ARG) 63 75

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 22 MAY 2015

CENTRE COURT start 12:20 pm
M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL) vs M. Emmrich (GER) / A. Siljestrom (SWE)
Not Before 2:30 pm
D. Thiem (AUT) vs [2] J. Isner (USA)
B. Coric (CRO) vs [4] L. Mayer (ARG)

 

NÜRNBERGER VERSICHERUNGS CUP 2015 – NÜRNBERG, GERMANY
$ 250,000.00
17 – 23 MAY 2015

RESULTS – MAY 21, 2015
Women’s
Singles – Quarterfinals

[2] A. Kerber (GER) d [Q] M. Doi (JPN) 62 63
[4] R. Vinci (ITA) d [7] K. Nara (JPN) 61 16 64
[6] K. Knapp (ITA) d [Q] Y. Putintseva (KAZ) 62 64
L. Arruabarrena (ESP) d [8] C. Witthoeft (GER) 60 64

Women’s
Doubles – Semifinals

[2] H. Chan (TPE) / A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) d O. Kalashnikova (GEO) / E. Rodina (RUS) 62 76(6)

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015
CENTER COURT start 1:30 pm
[4] R. Vinci (ITA) vs [2] A. Kerber (GER)
[6] K. Knapp (ITA) vs L. Arruabarrena (ESP)
After suitable rest – E. Bogdan (ROU) / E. Hrdinova (CZE) vs [4] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / I. Olaru (ROU)

 

INTERNATIONAUX DE STRASBOURG – STRASBOURG, FRANCE
$ 250,000.00
MAY 17 – 23, 2015

RESULTS – MAY 21, 2015
Women’s
Singles – Quarterfinals

K. Mladenovic (FRA) d [1] M. Keys (USA) walkover
S. Stephens (USA) d [2] [WC] J. Jankovic (SRB) 61 00 Retired
[3] [WC] S. Stosur (AUS) d A. Tomljanovic (CRO) 64 36 64
[WC] V. Razzano (FRA) d E. Vesnina (RUS) 46 61 61

Women’s
Doubles – Semifinals

[1] C. Chuang (TPE) / C. Liang (CHN) d [3] R. Kops-Jones (USA) / T. Townsend (USA) 36 63 10-6

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015
PATRICE DOMINGUEZ start 12:00 noon
[4] J. Rae (GBR) / A. Smith (GBR) vs [2] N. Kichenok (UKR) / S. Zheng (CHN)

Not Before 2:00 pm
[3] [WC] S. Stosur (AUS) vs S. Stephens (USA)
K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [WC] V. Razzano (FRA)

 

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Novak Djokovic Beats Roger Federer for Fourth Rome Title

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(May 17, 2015) A week ahead of Roland Garros and No. 1 Novak Djokovic is perfect on clay courts this year. He added to this year’s clay court resume with 75 minute 6-4, 6-3 title defense win over No. 2 Roger Federer to claim his fourth title at the Italian Open. It’s also the Serb’s 24 Masters Series 1000 tournament win, one ahead of Federer and three behind overall leader Rafael Nadal at 27.

The win, his fifth championship of the season, was his 35th career title which extended his current win streak to 22. He has a 37-match win streak at the majors and Masters 1000 events going back to the Paris Indoors last year.

Speaking in Italian of the crowd after the victory, Djokovic said: “It was a great week and today was my best match. It’s always a pleasure to play against Roger and obviously I’m very pleased by today. Along with 2011, this is the best year of my career. I don’t know how (to) continue at Roland Garros but obviously I have a lot of confidence. I hope I can continue like this.”

“I was able to find my way through. Roger put a lot of pressure on my service game at 4-4, but I managed to respond well, to gain those break points, move him around the court, and then I played a couple of great points that gave me the set” Djokovic said to media. “When you’re a set up, the momentum is shifting to your side and you start to feel better.

“The fact that I have managed to win so many matches in a row gives me a reason to believe I can do it again… I want to keep going as long as I can. I don’t want to think fear or everything else can be an obstacle and interrupt this streak. I always try to do my best no matter what is the tournament. This kind of mindset has helped me to be where I am. If I can repeat what I did in 2011? I don’t know. There are things out of your control. What you can influence is the present and how you can get in the position to do well in the future.”

“I know I can play better,” Federer said of the loss. “Novak was rock solid today, he played great throughout. He made very few unforced errors. He was able to take that opportunity that presented itself. I’m happy, feeling good and healthy.”

For Federer who has never won in Rome, it was his fourth loss in a final in 15 tournament appearances.

Djokovic heads into French Open next weekend focusing on the only major title he has never won.

“I don’t think I need to go and do anything more special for Roland Garros,” Djokovic said. “I just need to keep going on route.”

The Serb has won the Australian Open and four of the five Masters events this year, all of those he played in – Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo and Rome.

He is 35-2 on the year, with his last loss coming to Federer at the end of February in the Dubai final. He is 14-1 against Top 10 opponents this year

The only drama for the world No. 1 came on this day came after the trophy presentation when a champagne cork popped and hit Djokovic in the forehead.

“We had an argument, Mr. Champagne and I,” Djokovic said. “He threw a punch and I won’t forget it.”

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From ATP Pro to “Shark Tank” – Zack Fleishman Talks About Being an Entrepreneur

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(May 12, 2015) Former ATP World Tour professional Zack Fleishman will be taking the plunge on the ABC-TV show “Shark Tank” on Friday, May 15, 2015.

 

Shark Tank, which has aired on ABC since 2009, is a program in which aspiring entrepreneur contestants make business presentations to a panel of “shark” investors.

 

The former tennis player who reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 127 in 2007, will have his company Shark Wheel featured on the program. Fleishman is the company’s Chief Operating Officer.

 

Shark Wheel is based in in the Lake Forest community of Orange County. Shark Wheel’s technology guru David Patrick has literally reinvented the wheel with a design that offers superior performance advantages to the traditional wheel.

 

The Shark Wheel design is the perfect intersection of a cube, a sphere, and a three-dimensional sine wave. It appears to be a square or cube rolling from the side/45 degree angle, but from the rear view looks like a snake or three-dimensional sine wave in motion.

 

The former UCLA All-American who competed in all four majors as a professional, with career wins over the likes of Fernando González, David Nalbandian, Vince Spadea, Mardy Fish, Robby Ginepri, Daniel Nestor, Tomáš Berdych, Kei Nishikori, Kevin Anderson and Nicolas Mahut talked about his transition from swinging racquets to reinventing wheels.

“What happened was that I was having my best year in tennis in 2007, reached my career high of No. 11 in the United States, No. 127 in the world and in 2008 I flew off a mountain bike and had a horrible accident, said the 35-year-old Californian. “My tire popped and I flew over the handlebars and severely injured my shoulder, I tore everything, so I had to get reconstructive shoulder surgery. And I tried to come back a year later. I actually won a futures tournament and I had to get a second shoulder surgery, re-torn in the same spot. So that basically knocked me out of competition.”

 

“Then I started teaching tennis full-time and then what happened was my tennis coach, he was also my fitness trainer. He used to travel with me to the U.S. Open and a bunch of other big tournaments and he used to always make fun of me because I used to read science books all the time. That was my obsession – physics, cosmology, anything to do with science.

“So one day when I was working out, one of my clients made a major scientific discovery which made the cover of Time Magazine. He said that I think you would understand the scientific discovery and that he would like me to hear all about it. I said absolutely.

 

“So he introduced me to one of his clients and it started off for the first two months as me almost being his apprentice, learning all about the discoveries that he made, it was beyond fascinating.

 

“And then it slowly turned into a business relationship when he had all these unique shapes that came out of this discovery.

“He actually spent years developing this scientific model.

“Then one day he said, did I ever show you this wheel.

“He showed it to me, and I literally called the patent lawyer five minutes later.

“And we changed directions only working on the (Shark) wheel.

“I was just extremely hungry to help him get his ideas to the marketplace and that’s how I got involved and went from tennis into entrepreneurship.”

 

A small company based in the Lake Forest community of Orange County, Shark Wheel’s technology guru David Patrick has literally reinvented the wheel with a revolutionary design.

 

Patrick’s passion for skateboarding along with his interest in the natural world led to the discovery of the Shark Wheel.  Patrick discovered the shape while studying natural sciences. It is based on the shape of shark jaws and is a pattern found throughout nature. Once he realized the significant advantages of the wheel, a team was assembled, a patent was obtained, and Shark Wheel was born. The Shark Wheel offers a faster ride, more slide control, and better grip through rain and rough terrains.

 

The Shark Wheel can be used for almost any application that uses a wheel, but it is the company’s intent to manufacture only skateboard products and roller skate/roller derby wheels.  Shark Wheel ‘s expansion into a full spectrum of markets where the Shark Wheel could increase efficiency, roll faster, and maneuver through uneven surfaces would be executed only through licensing agreements.

 

As for expanding the wheel’s use, Fleishman said: “We decided to start in skateboarding because it’s a cool market.

“We plan to go into a variety of markets – doing licensing deals from everything from scooters to roller skates to luggage to office chairs, all the way down to cars one day.”

Any possible use of this wheel in tennis someday? “Not quite yet -we may be able to throw some wheels on the umpire’s chair and a couple of other places,” the entrepreneur said with smile in his voice, “but I plan to look into that soon because I’d love to bring my current business back into the tennis world somehow.”

Fleishman talked about playing pro tennis versus what he’s doing now in the business world: “I look at business as a sport and when I was playing tennis, all I was doing was trying to out-work my opponent, out-think my opponent and figure out ways to get ahead, find advantages – and that’s exactly how I look at business.

“I’m scared that my competition is out-working me, out-thinking me. So even though it’s a lot less physical, it’s a lot more mental, it’s a whole new exciting learning curve for me to master the art.

“And I’m just an extraordinarily competitive person and I look at this as a different sport that I took up.”

 

As for preparing his pitch for Shark Tank, “We were only given a few weeks of preparation time so it was a full-time job getting ready for the show, he said. “We had a very small time frame to build prototypes to show on the show and I had to learn every single part of our business, every single number, down to the penny. I was very well-prepared by the time the filming of the TV show came around.”

The show was taped a few months ago.

The former world No. 127 still keeps up with the tennis world. Of particular interest to him is college tennis and the up-and-comers on the pro tours.

He’s very proud of having coached the No. 1 women’s college player – Maegan Manasse of the California Bears, University of California, Berkeley. He predicts that she’ll be a Top 20 player someday. He thinks she’s ready for the pro tour and to keep an eye out for her as she’s been “under the radar” for her entire career.

 

As for the men, Fleishman likes to watch Dominic Theim, Borna Coric. “I really like watching those young guys, how they are able to perform at such a high level at such a young age.”

 

“It’s so amazing for me to be part of a new discovery that has never occurred in all of human history – somebody reinvented the shape of the wheel and it actually out performs a traditional wheel.”

 

See if Fleishman can convince the panel on Shark Tank to back the Shark Wheel on Friday, May 15, 2015 on ABC-TV. Check local listings for the time and the exact channel.

Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama News

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Andy Murray Beats Rafael Nadal to Earn Madrid Masters Title

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(May 10, 2015) Andy Murray defeated Rafael Nadal on clay for the first time in his career on Sunday, 6-3, 6-2 to win his second Madrid Open. Just six days ago Murray claimed his first career clay tournament in Munich.

For Murray it was his 10th Masters Series title, first on clay and 33rd overall career tennis title.

Murray is undefeated since getting married on April 11 to his long-time girlfriend Kim Sears.

After his victory, Murray signed the TV camera glass with the words “Marriage Works.”

“Obviously the tennis has gone well (since the marriage),” Murray said. “You’re happy and that helps your performances on the court.”

“Today I was just more consistent, Murray said of the match. “In the second set Rafa was starting to play better at the beginning and the middle part. But I stayed strong in that period of the match and he started to make some mistakes at the end that he wouldn’t normally make. That obviously helped me finish the match.

“I wasn’t expecting this a couple of weeks ago, so when things are unexpected, it feels nicer. I didn’t feel like I put too much pressure on myself the last couple of weeks, which is a good thing. But obviously to win a Masters 1000 on clay is a step in the right direction. It’s something I had never done before. So that’s good progress there.”

“For me it was obviously a very tough match, you know winning against Rafa on clay is extremely difficult, one of the hardest things in tennis,” Murray added. “From my side it was a very good performance. I’m sure Rafa feels he could have played much better. But from my side, I couldn’t have done much more.”

“This wasn’t the game I wanted to play, but I tried to the very end,” Nadal explained. “Still, it was a very important and positive week for me, I recovered sensations that I hadn’t felt in a long time.”

“I’ve pushed Rafa on the clay a few times,” Murray said. “This (win) obviously gives me confidence.”

“I’ve played a couple good matches [this week], especially yesterday’s match,” Nadal said. “It’s one of the best matches I have played in a long time. So I cannot leave Madrid not happy. I have to leave happy and just delete what happened today. I will just stay with the good things that happened this week, and there are a lot of them, more good than bad. I will try to recover the good feelings in Rome. I think I’ve made a step forward and I’m playing better. My game is better.”

With the loss, Nadal’s ranking will fall to No 7 as of Monday. Murray’s ranking remains at No. 3. Both men will play the Rome Masters this week.

Petra Kvitova won the women’s title on Saturday beating Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 6-2. The world No. 4 ended the 27-match unbeaten of Serena Williams on Friday.

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Tennis – Madrid Open Results and Schedule

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MUTUA MADRID OPEN – MADRID, SPAIN
MAY 2 – 10, 2015

RESULTS – MAY 07, 2015

Women’s
Singles – Quarterfinals

[1] S. Williams (USA) d [10] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) 61 63
[3] M. Sharapova (RUS) d [5] C. Wozniacki (DEN) 61 36 63
[4] P. Kvitova (CZE) d I. Begu (ROU) 75 63
S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d [13] L. Safarova (CZE) 57 76(5) 76(3)

Women’s
Doubles – Quarterfinals

[7] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) d [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) 67(5) 63 11-9
K. Mladenovic (FRA) / K. Pliskova (CZE) d [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) 63 64
[3] G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d [Alt] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / I. Begu (ROU) 62 62
C. Dellacqua (AUS) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) d [4] S. Hsieh (TPE) / F. Pennetta (ITA) 64 61



ATP Singles – Third Round
[2] A. Murray (GBR) d [WC] M. Granollers (ESP) 62 60
[3] R. Nadal (ESP) d S. Bolelli (ITA) 62 62
[4] K. Nishikori (JPN) d [14] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) 63 63
[5] M. Raonic (CAN) d L. Mayer (ARG) 64 63
[6] T. Berdych (CZE) d [12] J. Tsonga (FRA) 75 62
[7] D. Ferrer (ESP) d F. Verdasco (ESP) 57 63 64
[10] G. Dimitrov (BUL) d [8] S. Wawrinka (SUI) 76(5) 36 63
[16] J. Isner (USA) d N. Kyrgios (AUS) 63 67(7) 64

ATP Doubles – Second Round

J. Cabal (COL) / A. Mannarino (FRA) d [1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) 76(4) 75
[5] M. Matkowski (POL) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) d G. Dimitrov (BUL) / J. Melzer (AUT) 63 76(7)
[6] M. Granollers (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) d P. Cuevas (URU) / D. Marrero (ESP) 64 64
[WC] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) d [7] D. Nestor (CAN) / L. Paes (IND) 76(4) 63


SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 8 MAY 2015

MANOLO SANTANA start 11:00 am
WTA – [3] M. Sharapova (RUS) vs S. Kuznetsova (RUS)
Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [1] S. Williams (USA) vs [4] P. Kvitova (CZE)
Not Before 3:30 pm
ATP – [3] R. Nadal (ESP) vs [10] G. Dimitrov (BUL)
ATP – [16] J. Isner (USA) vs [6] T. Berdych (CZE)
Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP – [5] M. Raonic (CAN) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)
ATP – [7] D. Ferrer (ESP) vs [4] K. Nishikori (JPN)

ARANTXA SÁNCHEZ-VICARIO start 1:00 pm
WTA – [3] G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs K. Mladenovic (FRA) / K. Pliskova (CZE)
Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – [5] M. Matkowski (POL) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) vs M. Cilic (CRO) / V. Troicki (SRB)
ATP – [3] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) vs [6] M. Granollers (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP)

STADIUM 3 start 1:00 pm

WTA – [7] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) vs C. Dellacqua (AUS) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ)
Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – J. Cabal (COL) / A. Mannarino (FRA) vs R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU)
ATP – [WC] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) vs J. Murray (GBR) / J. Peers (AUS)

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Tennis – Madrid Open Results and Schedule

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MUTUA MADRID OPEN – MADRID, SPAIN

RESULTS – MAY 05, 2015
Women’s Singles – Second Round
[3] M. Sharapova (RUS) d [Q] M. Duque-Mariño (COL) 61 62
[4] P. Kvitova (CZE) d C. Vandeweghe (USA) 64 26 63
[7] A. Ivanovic (SRB) d E. Svitolina (UKR) 63 64
[10] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d [Q] J. Goerges (GER) 63 75
C. Garcia (FRA) d [14] K. Pliskova (CZE) 62 46 61
A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d [15] S. Errani (ITA) 36 76(7) 64
V. Azarenka (BLR) d A. Tomljanovic (CRO) 63 63
B. Strycova (CZE) d V. Lepchenko (USA) 64 62

Women’s Doubles – Second Round
[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) d [PR] J. Husarova (SVK) / I. Olaru (ROU) 62 63
[2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) d [WC] M. Keys (USA) / L. Raymond (USA) 62 46 10-1
[7] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) d K. Jans-Ignacik (POL) / A. Klepac (SLO) 63 60
C. Dellacqua (AUS) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) d [PR] C. Liang (CHN) / K. Marosi (HUN) 61 75
[Alt] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / I. Begu (ROU) d [WC] V. Dushevina (RUS) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 63 76(10)

Men’s Singles – Second Round
[5] M. Raonic (CAN) d J. Monaco (ARG) 63 64
[8] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d [LL] J. Sousa (POR) 76(1) 75

Men’s Singles – First Round
[10] G. Dimitrov (BUL) d D. Young (USA) 64 30 ret. (lower back pain)
[12] J. Tsonga (FRA) d L. Rosol (CZE) 75 63
[13] G. Monfils (FRA) d V. Troicki (SRB) 62 60
[14] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d [WC] M. Copil (ROU) 75 63
N. Kyrgios (AUS) d [Q] D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 62 63
J. Sock (USA) d [WC] P. Andujar (ESP) 64 75
R. Gasquet (FRA) d I. Karlovic (CRO) 63 64
[Q] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d P. Cuevas (URU) 36 63 64
F. Verdasco (ESP) d G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 46 62 63
L. Mayer (ARG) d G. Muller (LUX) 63 63
[WC] M. Granollers (ESP) d M. Klizan (SVK) 52 ret. (right wrist)
P. Kohlschreiber (GER) d [Q] A. Falla (COL) 61 64

Doubles – First Round

J. Cabal (COL) / A. Mannarino (FRA) d S. Bolelli (ITA) / F. Fognini (ITA) 64 16 12-10
K. Anderson (RSA) / J. Chardy (FRA) d [WC] M. Bhupathi (IND) / N. Kyrgios (AUS) 75 63
G. Dimitrov (BUL) / J. Melzer (AUT) d G. Monfils (FRA) / J. Tsonga (FRA) 46 64 10-3
M. Cilic (CRO) / V. Troicki (SRB) d S. Giraldo (COL) / S. Lipsky (USA) 64 62
J. Murray (GBR) / J. Peers (AUS) d L. Mayer (ARG) / J. Monaco (ARG) 62 63


SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 6 MAY 2015

MANOLO SANTANA start 11:00 am
WTA – C. Garcia (FRA) vs [3] M. Sharapova (RUS)
WTA – [1] S. Williams (USA) vs V. Azarenka (BLR)
Not Before 3:15 pm
ATP – [3] R. Nadal (ESP) vs S. Johnson (USA)
ATP – [1] R. Federer (SUI) vs N. Kyrgios (AUS)
Not Before 8:00 pm
WTA – S. Kuznetsova (RUS) vs S. Stosur (AUS)
Not Before 9:30 pm
ATP – P. Kohlschreiber (GER) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)

ARANTXA SÁNCHEZ-VICARIO start 11:00 am

WTA – [4] P. Kvitova (CZE) vs A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – [7] D. Ferrer (ESP) vs [Q] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)
ATP – [10] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs F. Fognini (ITA)
ATP – L. Mayer (ARG) vs [11] F. Lopez (ESP)
ATP – [13] G. Monfils (FRA) vs [WC] M. Granollers (ESP)
ATP – D. Goffin (BEL) vs [4] K. Nishikori (JPN)

STADIUM 3 start 11:00 am

WTA – I. Begu (ROU) vs B. Strycova (CZE)
Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – F. Verdasco (ESP) vs [9] M. Cilic (CRO)
Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – [5] C. Wozniacki (DEN) vs [9] A. Radwanska (POL)
WTA – [10] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs [7] A. Ivanovic (SRB)
ATP – [14] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) vs S. Querrey (USA)

COURT 4 start 1:00 pm

ATP – [Q] T. Bellucci (BRA) vs [16] J. Isner (USA)
Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – R. Gasquet (FRA) vs [6] T. Berdych (CZE)
ATP – J. Isner (USA) / F. Verdasco (ESP) vs P. Cuevas (URU) / D. Marrero (ESP)
ATP – After rest – A. Peya (AUT) / B. Soares (BRA) vs [WC] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Mirnyi (BLR)

COURT 5 start 1:00 pm

ATP – [Q] L. Vanni (ITA) vs S. Bolelli (ITA)
ATP – [12] J. Tsonga (FRA) vs J. Sock (USA)
WTA – [13] L. Safarova (CZE) vs R. Vinci (ITA)
ATP – M. Cilic (CRO) / V. Troicki (SRB) vs [4] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU)

COURT 6 start 12:00 noon

WTA – [5] R. Kops-Jones (USA) / A. Spears (USA) vs K. Mladenovic (FRA) / K. Pliskova (CZE)
WTA – After rest – [4] S. Hsieh (TPE) / F. Pennetta (ITA) vs A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
ATP – R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) vs [8] N. Mahut (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
ATP – J. Murray (GBR) / J. Peers (AUS) vs [2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA)
After Suitable Rest – [3] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) vs K. Anderson (RSA) / J. Chardy (FRA)

 

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Andy Murray Wins First Clay Court Title

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(May 4, 2015) Andy Murray won his clay court title on Monday in a very tight contest over Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6 (4), 5-7, 7-6 (4) in the rain-delayed final of the BMW Open in Munich.

For the world No. 3, it’s the Scot’s 32nd career ATP title. He became the first British man to win a title on clay since Buster Mottram won Palma in 1976.

“It means a lot to have won,” said Murray. “It was my first final on the clay, having lost a few semi-finals at Roland Garros, Rome and Monte-Carlo. We played a very high standard match. I just managed to hang on at the end.

“He served unbelievably well. I had very few chances when I was returning. We may even play one another in Madrid on Wednesday. Philipp is a superb competitor and fought right to the end. It is nice to have won my first clay title and I hope to win another one soon.

“The tournament is extremely nice. It has had very good crowds since the beginning of the week and it is nice to play in a club. There is obviously a lot of tennis fans here. We were unlucky with the weather and when it is like it has been it is difficult for everybody. I enjoyed the week.”

“It was a great atmosphere and a great crowd,  said the two-time Munic champion Kohlschreiber of his home country. “We both gave everything. It was so close, but at the end there has to be one winner. Unfortunately, for me, it was Andy. It was a fantastic game.

“It was a very special moment for me, in front of a home crowd. I think I pushed Andy to the limit. We had some unbelievable points. I think, for the spectators who came, it was one of the best Munich finals.

“Munich is always very special. It is my best tournament on the tour. I love playing here and on the clay. This gives me a lot of confidence for the future.”

Both men head to Madrid to compete in the Madrid Open.

 

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Roger Federer Wins 85th Career Title

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(May 3, 2015) Top-seeded Roger Federer won his 85th ATP World Tour title at the inaugural TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open, defeating third seed Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 7-6(11) on Sunday.

The win gave the 17-time major champion a 19th different country in which he has won an ATP World Tour title.

This is the Swiss’ first clay court tournament win since 2012 Madrid.

The Uruguayan, who saved four match points, came into the match after and impressive victory over second seed Grigor Dimitrov in the semifinals.

“I’m very happy,” said Federer. “Of course I’m very proud to be the first champion here at the first-time tournament here in Istanbul. In Turkey, I’ve had a wonderful week. On and off the court I was able to visit the city a little bit, meet a lot of people, enjoyed the crowd support and experience Turkey.”

“It’s been crazy, in a good way, and I hope I can do it again one day. Right now, I’m just happy I was able to win the tournament. It’s always the best feeling for an athlete to be the champion at the end of a long tough week.”

“I felt better on the court yesterday,” said Cuevas. “It’s difficult to face Roger, not only because of his game but also to stay focused on the game and not get distracted. It was a very good experience for me, and I think it will help me in the future.”

The win marks Federer’s third title of 2015, adding to Brisbane and Dubai.

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Munich Final Postponed Until Monday Due to Rain

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(May 3, 2015) The BMW Open final in Munich between Andy Murray and Philipp Kohlschreiber was postponed by rain Sunday with Kohlschreiber leading 3-2.

This is Murray’s first final on and first under coach Jonas Bjorkman, as his main coach Amelie Mauresmo is pregnant.

The rain-plagued tournament saw Friday’s quarterfinals washed out by rain and postponed to Saturday, when both the quarterfinals and semifinals were played.

SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 4 MAY 2015

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[1] A. Murray (GBR) vs [5] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) 23

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
[1] A. Peya (AUT) / B. Soares (BRA) vs [WC] A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) 11

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