Del Potro Takes Rotterdam Crown Over Benneteau


(February 17, 2013) Juan Martin Del Potro won his 14th ATP World Tour tennis event with a 7-6(2), 6-3 win over Julien Benneteau for the Rotterdam title.

“It’s amazing. I’m so happy to win this tournament,” Del Potro said. “I played really well from the first round to the final. I think I played the way I needed to, to win this kind of tournament.”

“I had been serving well all week, but at the beginning of the match I was nervous and he broke me. Then in the second set I felt confident on my first serve and didn’t give him a chance to break me. I closed the match with a fantastic service game. He deserved to be in the final. He played a really good match today. He was fighting all the time and I think I did a very good job today.”

“I fought hard to come back in the first set,” said Benneteau who upset Roger Federer in the Quarterfinals. “I was always under pressure; I had to save a lot of break points. It’s difficult to keep that level of intensity all the time. He did that better than me.

“It was a good match. I was not too tight, I played my game. He was just too strong today. It’s disappointing because it’s a final, but I did what I can.”


Singles – Final
[2] J Del Potro (ARG) d J Benneteau (FRA) 76(2) 63

Doubles – Final
[3] R Lindstedt (SWE) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d [WC] T de Bakker (NED) / J Huta Galung (NED) 57 63 10-8


Del Potro and Benneteau to Meet in Rotterdam Final


(February 16, 2013) Juan Martin Del Potro and Julien Benneteau moved into the finals the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

Del Potro is into his second straight final in Rotterdam defeating Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-4. Del Potro lost in last year’s final to Roger Federer Benneteau topped fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-4, 7-6 (2). Benneteau upset Roger Federer on Friday

“It was not as good as yesterday, but who cares? I won,” Benneteau said of Saturday’s win.


Singles – Semi-finals
[2] J Del Potro (ARG) d G Dimitrov (BUL) 64 64
J Benneteau (FRA) d [5] G Simon (FRA) 64 76(2)

Doubles – Semi-finals
[3] R Lindstedt (SWE) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d [1] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) 62 76(10)
[WC] T de Bakker (NED) / J Huta Galung (NED) d [4] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) 64 75


CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[3] R Lindstedt (SWE) / N Zimonjic (SRB) vs [WC] T de Bakker (NED) / J Huta Galung (NED)

Not Before 2:30 PM
J Benneteau (FRA) vs [2] J Del Potro (ARG)




Benneteau Upsets Federer in Rotterdam

Federer Sony Ericsson Open

(February 15, 2013) Frenchman Julien Benneteau upset No. 1 seed Roger Federer 6-3, 7-5 to move into the Rotterdam semifinals. The sluggish Swiss struggled with his serve and had no answer for the Frenchman’s serve.

“It is one of the biggest wins, for sure,” said the No. 39 player in the world. “To play against Roger, Friday night, full house, it’s a dream, and I played like in a dream.”

Benneteau came close to defeating Federer at Wimbledon last summer, up two sets to none, but the Swiss recovered to win.

“I started bad, but fortunately got back into the game,” Federer said. “But when you get broken as much as happened to me, you won’t get the job done.”

Benneteau will face fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon for a spot in the final.



Singles – Quarter-finals
J Benneteau (FRA) d [1] R Federer (SUI) 63 75
[2] J Del Potro (ARG) d J Nieminen (FIN) 63 64
[5] G Simon (FRA) d M Klizan (SVK) 67(6) 63 30 ret. (cramping)
G Dimitrov (BUL) d M Baghdatis (CYP) 67(4) 76(0) 63

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) d J Knowle (AUT) / F Polasek (SVK) 62 64


CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
G Dimitrov (BUL) vs [2] J Del Potro (ARG)
[1] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) vs [3] R Lindstedt (SWE) / N Zimonjic (SRB)

Not Before 7:30 PM
J Benneteau (FRA) vs [5] G Simon (FRA)
[4] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) vs [WC] T de Bakker (NED) / J Huta Galung (NED)


Federer and Del Potro Gain Rotterdam Quarterfinals, Gasquet Falls



(February 14, 2013) Switzerland’s Roger Federer defeated Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday to move into the quarterfinals of the tennis tournament in Rotterdam.

Federer who is the top seed and defending champion will play France’s Julien Benneteau in the quarterfinals.

Last year’s finalist second seed Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina stopped Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis 7-6 (5), 6-3. Del Potro gets Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen next.

In the upset of the day Marcos Baghdatis defeated No. 4 seed Richard Gasquet of France 6-4, 6-4.


Singles – Second Round
[1] R Federer (SUI) d [WC] T de Bakker (NED) 63 64
[2] J Del Potro (ARG) d [Q] E Gulbis (LAT) 76(5) 63
M Baghdatis (CYP) d [4] R Gasquet (FRA) 64 64
M Klizan (SVK) d [WC] I Sijsling (NED) 62 64
J Nieminen (FIN) d [Q] M Bachinger (GER) 63 57 63

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[3] R Lindstedt (SWE) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d C Fleming (GBR) / J Marray (GBR) 46 01 ret. (Marray – right calf muscle strain)
[4] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d [Alt] J Janowicz (POL) / J Nieminen (FIN) 46 75 10-8
[WC] T de Bakker (NED) / J Huta Galung (NED) d J Benneteau (FRA) / R Gasquet (FRA) 64 36 10-7

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[1] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) vs J Knowle (AUT) / F Polasek (SVK)

Not Before 12:30 PM
G Dimitrov (BUL) vs M Baghdatis (CYP)
J Nieminen (FIN) vs [2] J Del Potro (ARG)

Not Before 7:30 PM
[1] R Federer (SUI) vs J Benneteau (FRA)
M Klizan (SVK) vs [5] G Simon (FRA)



Federer, Gasquet Gain Second Round

Roger Federer Courtesy of Wilson Racquets

(February 13, 2013) Defending Rotterdam champion Roger Federer eased into the second round on Wednesday, defeating Grega Zemlja 6-3, 6-1.

Federer closed out the match in 58 minute in Ahoy arena.

“Hall play is different. It’s warmer, so the ball flies more and it takes a bit of getting used to,” Federer told media about his opponent after a hiatus since he lost in the semifinals of the Australian Open. “The first ones are never easy. But I’m happy to be back and playing well.”


Singles – Second Round
[5] G Simon (FRA) d [Q] M Viola (ITA) 63 61
J Benneteau (FRA) d V Hanescu (ROU) 61 63
G Dimitrov (BUL) d N Davydenko (RUS) 75 63

Singles – First Round
[1] R Federer (SUI) d G Zemlja (SLO) 63 61
[4] R Gasquet (FRA) d V Troicki (SRB) 76(3) 61
[Q] M Bachinger (GER) d [6] A Seppi (ITA) 63 64
M Baghdatis (CYP) d B Paire (FRA) 60 67(3) 40 ret. (illness)

Doubles – First Round
C Fleming (GBR) / J Marray (GBR) d *[Alt] S Fransen (NED) / W Koolhof (NED) 46 61 10-2
**[Alt] J Janowicz (POL) / J Nieminen (FIN) d T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) 64 75
[WC] T de Bakker (NED) / J Huta Galung (NED) d [WC] R Haase (NED) / I Sijsling (NED) 26 63 10-3

*[Alt] S Fransen (NED) / W Koolhof (NED) replaced D Nestor (CAN) / M Youzhny (RUS) – (Youzhny – hip)
**[Alt] J Janowicz (POL) / J Nieminen (FIN) replaced J del Potro (ARG) / M Llodra (FRA) – (Llodra – illness)



CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[Q] M Bachinger (GER) vs J Nieminen (FIN)
M Baghdatis (CYP) vs [4] R Gasquet (FRA)
[Q] E Gulbis (LAT) vs [2] J Del Potro (ARG)
[3] R Lindstedt (SWE) / N Zimonjic (SRB) vs C Fleming (GBR) / J Marray (GBR)

Not Before 7:30 PM
[1] R Federer (SUI) vs [WC] T de Bakker (NED)
[WC] I Sijsling (NED) vs M Klizan (SVK)

COURT 1 not before 2:00 PM
[Alt] J Janowicz (POL) / J Nieminen (FIN) vs [4] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) – After Suitable Rest
[WC] T de Bakker (NED) / J Huta Galung (NED) vs J Benneteau (FRA) / R Gasquet (FRA) – TBA, After Suitable Rest




Del Potro Defeats Monfils, Nieminen Serves Goffin Double Bagel


(February 12, 2013) Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro stopped Gael Monfils of France 6-3, 6-4 on Tuesday to reach the second of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

Del Potro just needed a single break in each set to take the match. DelPotro was the runner-up in last year’s final, losing to Roger Federer.

In the last match of the day, Jarkko Nieminen destroyed David Goffin 6-0, 6-0 in an hour. It was just the second “double bagel” to be recorded in the tournament’s history and the first since 1987.

Roger Federer, the top seed and defending champion in the event will take to the court on Wednesday against Grega Zemlja.



Singles – First Round
[2] J Del Potro (ARG) d [WC] G Monfils (FRA) 63 64
[WC] T de Bakker (NED) d M Youzhny (RUS) 36 76(2) 41 ret. (hip)
J Benneteau (FRA) d *[LL] T Kamke (GER) 63 62
J Nieminen (FIN) d D Goffin (BEL) 60 60
[Q] E Gulbis (LAT) d R Haase (NED) 62 61

**[LL] T Kamke (GER) replaced M Llodra (FRA) – illness

Doubles – First Round
[1] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) d R Bopanna (IND) / R Ram (USA) 76(2) 63
J Benneteau (FRA) / R Gasquet (FRA) d [2] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) 75 62
[4] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d B Paire (FRA) / G Simon (FRA) 76(4) 36 10-5
J Knowle (AUT) / F Polasek (SVK) d M Baghdatis (CYP) / G Dimitrov (BUL) 76(4) 61


CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[WC] T de Bakker (NED) / J Huta Galung (NED) vs [WC] R Haase (NED) / I Sijsling (NED)

Not Before 12:30 PM
V Troicki (SRB) vs [4] R Gasquet (FRA)

Not Before 1:30 PM
B Paire (FRA) vs M Baghdatis (CYP)
[Alt] S Fransen (NED) / W Koolhof (NED) vs C Fleming (GBR) / J Marray (GBR)

Not Before 7:30 PM
[1] R Federer (SUI) vs G Zemlja (SLO)
N Davydenko (RUS) vs G Dimitrov (BUL)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
[6] A Seppi (ITA) vs [Q] M Bachinger (GER)
[Q] M Viola (ITA) vs [5] G Simon (FRA)
J Benneteau (FRA) vs V Hanescu (ROU)
T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) vs [Alt] J Janowicz (POL) / J Nieminen (FIN)




Tsonga Ousted in Rotterdam


10062012 China Open Tsonga smiles in press

(February 11, 2013) No. 8 Jo-Wilfred Tsonga of France was upset in Rotterdam on Monday but Dutch wild card Igor Sijsling 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4.

The 77th ranked Sijsling called it “maybe the greatest” victory of his career, ” at home, against a top-10 player, in front of this crowd.”

In others upsets Romania’s Victor Hanescu stopped seventh seed Jerzy Janowicz of Poland 7-6 (4), 6-3, while Bernard Tomic of Australia lost to Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

In the last match of the day Russia’s Nikolay Davydenko stopped Germany’s Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-2.

Defending champion Roger Federer plays his first match of the tournament on Wednesday.


Singles – First Round
[WC] I Sijsling (NED) d [3] J Tsonga (FRA) 76(3) 46 64
[5] G Simon (FRA) d [Q] D Brands (GER) 76(3) 64
V Hanescu (ROU) d [7] J Janowicz (POL) 76(4) 63
N Davydenko (RUS) d [8] F Mayer (GER) 63 62
M Klizan (SVK) d P Mathieu (FRA) 64 36 75
[Q] M Viola (ITA) d M Granollers (ESP) 57 63 61
G Dimitrov (BUL) d B Tomic (AUS) 63 36 63

Doubles – First Round
[3] R Lindstedt (SWE) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d E Butorac (USA) / P Hanley (AUS) 46 63 15-13


CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[1] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) vs R Bopanna (IND) / R Ram (USA)

Not Before 12:30 PM
M Youzhny (RUS) vs [WC] T de Bakker (NED)

Not Before 1:30 PM
[Q] E Gulbis (LAT) vs R Haase (NED)

Not Before 3:30 PM
J Knowle (AUT) / F Polasek (SVK) vs M Baghdatis (CYP) / G Dimitrov (BUL)

Not Before 7:30 PM
[WC] G Monfils (FRA) vs [2] J Del Potro (ARG)
J Nieminen (FIN) vs D Goffin (BEL)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
B Paire (FRA) / G Simon (FRA) vs [4] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL)
J Benneteau (FRA) vs M Llodra (FRA)
J Benneteau (FRA) / R Gasquet (FRA) vs [2] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) – After Suitable Rest


ATP World Tour- Rotterdam Monday Schedule


ATP World Tour 500
Rotterdam, The Netherlands (+1 hour GMT)
11-17 February, 2013 Surface: Indoor Hard



CENTRE COURT start 11:00 noon
M Klizan (SVK) vs P Mathieu (FRA)

Not Before 12:30 PM
[Q] D Brands (GER) vs [5] G Simon (FRA)

Not Before 1:30 PM
B Tomic (AUS) vs G Dimitrov (BUL)
[3] R Lindstedt (SWE) / N Zimonjic (SRB) vs E Butorac (USA) / P Hanley (AUS)

Not Before 7:30 PM
[3] J Tsonga (FRA) vs [WC] I Sijsling (NED)
[8] F Mayer (GER) vs N Davydenko (RUS)

COURT 1 start 11:00
V Hanescu (ROU) vs [7] J Janowicz (POL)
[Q] M Viola (ITA) vs M Granollers (ESP)


Nalbandian Falls in London final after hurting Line Judge

Marin Cilic

David Nalbandian was defaulted in the Queen’s Club final on Sunday, when he injured a line judge after kicking a small barrier surrounding the judge. A piece of the barrier hit the line judge in the shin and caused bleeding. Marin Cilic was awarded the match and the title on Sunday despite trailing the Argentine 6-7, 4-3.

Nalbandian said that he should not have been disqualified. “Sometimes you get very frustrated on court and it’s tough to control that, and sometimes I do a mistake. So it’s very tough to end a final like that. But sometimes we feel so much pressure from the ATP to play a lot of tournaments. They don’t do anything (for) us, and today I do a mistake and I have to pay like that.

“I agree I do a mistake but sometimes everybody do a mistake and I didn’t feel it had to end like that, especially in a final.”

“It’s an unfortunate situation for everyone involved, the spectators, the tournament, the sponsors, the players and the linesman,” said ATP executive chairman and president Brad Drewett in a statement. “David certainly did not mean for this to happen, however the rules are very clear in a situation like this and causing injury to someone is an automatic default for any player.”

“It’s definitely not the way I wanted to win it,” Cilic said. “The match was still open but I can’t change it. I’m sorry for the (spectators) that it had to end like this.

“We had some good rallies, and it’s hard to see the final end like this,” Clic said.

“I played well today and came here to play four, five matches. I won them pretty comfortably in those first two or three. I’m feeling really good and I think my form is on the spot where it should be.

“I think that the beginning of the second set was really good from my side; to break him and to keep a few holds to get to the later stages of the second set. I think I played the right way. The tennis was really good today. He was making really, really good returns and putting me under pressure a lot of times.”

“There is a lot of rules, and sometimes they (ATP officials) don’t do anything. The rule book is very big and I can tell you that the ATP do a lot of mistakes to the players and nothing happens,” Nalbandian said.



Singles – Final
[6] M Cilic (CRO) d [10] D Nalbandian (ARG) 67(3) 43 Defaulted (unsportsmanlike conduct)

Doubles – Final
[1] M Mirnyi (BLR) / D Nestor (CAN) d [2] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) 63 64


Haas Upsets Federer for Halle Title

In the first final in twenty years to feature two 30-year-olds, Germany’s Tommy Haas upset five-time champion Roger Federer 7-6 (5), 6-4 to win the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany for the second time Sunday.

“If someone had told me beforehand that I’d win the title here against probably the greatest player of all time, I would not have believed it,” said Haas, who came into the tournament as a wildcard.

The 34-year-old  87th-ranked Haas’ last tournament win was at Halle in 2009.

“It’s my 13th title. … It’s probably up there (as the best), if not the sweetest one, especially considering the injuries.”

“If I thought about it, this would be the perfect way to say goodbye to tennis. Beating Roger, my 13th title. It would be perfect. But I’m not ready mentally,” Haas said. “I hope the body holds up for many years to go. I love to play.”

“I should never have lost the first set,” Federer said.  “So, obviously that hurt. He got momentum after that. He started to serve a bit better. I missed a few more forehands and missed a few chances earlier on in the second. So, it was a tough match for me to lose really… He was aggressive, he was maybe the more inspired player out there today. And that’s why he deserved to win.

“I’m just really happy for him … happy that he’s been able to fight off so many injuries and come back and still believe in himself, still want to travel, still want to sacrifice his family (life) too,” Federer said about Haas.

“I don’t have many words to say really, except that it is an amazing feeling to win another title in Germany,” Haas said. “[Winning] my thirteenth title was a goal of mine to maybe achieve in the coming months, years or however long I am going to play. To have somebody across the net like Roger is a real honour for me. To have that picture with the winning trophy and Roger next to me is something really special, something I’ll obviously never forget. I’m just really happy and proud.”

Singles – Final
[WC] T Haas (GER) d [2] R Federer (SUI) 76(5) 64

Doubles – Final
[1] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) d T Huey (PHI) / S Lipsky (USA) 63 64