2014/04/18

Djokovic to Meet Nadal in Monte-Carlo Final

 

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(April 20, 2013) Novak Djokovic will meet Rafael Nadal for the first time since last year’s French Open final when they play for the Monte-Carlo Masters title on Sunday. Both men advanced to the final in straight sets.

Nadal ousted Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the semifinals on Saturday to earn a spot in the final and extend his win streak there to 46, while Djokovic ran through Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-1. This will; be the 16th time they’ll face each other with a title on the line. Nadal leads Djokovic 8-7 head-to-head in finals, 19-14 overall.

Nadal is looking for his ninth straight Monte-Carlo title.

“At the start of the week, the way I felt in the first match, if somebody told me I’d be playing finals, I’d be very happy to hear that,”  said Djokovic  who has been dealing with an ankle injury this week. “I’m handling it much better than I was at the start of the week. It has been improving and the pain has been decreasing. It’s much, much less than before.”

“I know what I need to do,” Djokovic said of trying to beat Nadal. “Of course, it’s easier said than done.”

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 20 APRIL, 2013

Singles – Semi-finals
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d F Fognini (ITA) 62 61
[3] R Nadal (ESP) d [6] J Tsonga (FRA) 63 76(3)

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d M Raonic (CAN) / B Tomic (AUS) 63 63
J Benneteau (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) 64 63
SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 21 APRIL, 2013

COURT CENTRAL start 2:00 pm
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [3] R Nadal (ESP)
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs J Benneteau (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB)

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Djokovic Advances, Nadal Cruises, Murray, Berdych and Del Potro Upset in Monte-Carlo

 

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Rafael Nadal photo by William Lucas/Inovafoto

(April 18, 2013) Eight-time defending  Monte-Carlo Masters champion Rafael Nadal extended his winning streak at the tournament to 44 matches, while No. 1 Novak Djoovic had to rally from a set down for a second straight day to move into the quarterfinals. No. 2 seed Andy Murray was not so fortunate falling to No. 13  Stanislas Wawrinka 6-1, 6-2.

Novak Djokovic still nursing a twisted right ankle rallied past Juan Monaco 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 on Thursday.

“It was very difficult for me today,” Djokovic said to media. “Another tough match. I am trying to take things day by day. I didn’t know what to expect today and I’m really glad that I won.”

“It’s another big test obviously, again a two-hour match,” the No. 1 continued. “Obviously I’m not physically out there feeling my best. Somehow feels that I always miss that half a step. But I’m trying. I’m fighting. After I lost the first set today, I tried to find that inner strength. I found it again. So that’s a positive thing. Every day brings a new challenge and we’ll see what happens tomorrow.”

Djokovic will face Jarkko Nieminen in the quarterfinals. Nieminen stunned No. 5 seed Juan Martin Del Potro 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(4).

The left-hander Finn is into his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarterfinal since 2006 Paris.

It was another easy win For Nadal on Thursday as the 8-time Monte-Carlo champion stopped Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2, 6-4. Nadal will take on Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals.

“He’s playing well,” Nadal said of Bulgaria’s Dimitrov. “He’s able to play very well, very aggressive, very good technique. He’s (a) complete player.”

For No. 2 seed Andy Murray, it’s a match he’ll want to forget. In less than an hour the Brit fell to Stanislas Warwinka 6-1, 6-2.

“Just looked at the stats … 24 unforced errors is far too many,“ said a disappointed Murray. “That’s a set’s worth. That’s where half the points went. “I hope that’s not going to be the case over the next five, six weeks. I’ve had tough losses on the clay before and I’ve come back well from them. Hopefully today will be the same.”

“He’s an amazing player. He’s always tough to beat,” said Wawrinka to media. “Therefore, to beat Andy that easy was a big surprise, for sure. I’m playing really good, really strong, really confident with my game. I know what he’s looking for in his game. He’s playing slow, he’s playing from the baseline, he’s not putting so much pressure. For me on clay, it’s perfect.”

The loss means that Murray will fall to No. 3 in the rankings next week, surpassed by Roger Federer.

Italy’s Fabio Fognini recorded the biggest upset of his career as he knocked out fourth seed Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-2. It’s his second career win over a top ten player.

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 18 APRIL, 2013

Singles – Third Round
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d [14] J Monaco (ARG) 46 62 62
[13] S Wawrinka (SUI) d [2] A Murray (GBR) 61 62
[3] R Nadal (ESP) d [16] P Kohlschreiber (GER) 62 64
F Fognini (ITA) d [4] T Berdych (CZE) 64 62
J Nieminen (FIN) d [5] [WC] J del Potro (ARG) 64 46 76(4)
[6] J Tsonga (FRA) d J Melzer (AUT) 63 60
[7] R Gasquet (FRA) d [9] M Cilic (CRO) 75 64
G Dimitrov (BUL) d F Mayer (GER) 62 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
M Raonic (CAN) / B Tomic (AUS) d [3] R Lindstedt (SWE) / D Nestor (CAN) 76(7) 63

Doubles – Second Round
[4] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) d C Fleming (GBR) / J Marray (GBR) 64 61
[5] M Mirnyi (BLR) / H Tecau (ROU) d I Dodig (CRO) / R Stepanek (CZE) 62 62
J Melzer (AUT) / L Paes (IND) d [6] M Bhupathi (IND) / R Bopanna (IND) 62 63
J Benneteau (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d [7] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) 76(7) 64

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 19 APRIL, 2013

COURT CENTRAL start 10:30 am
[6] J Tsonga (FRA) vs [13] S Wawrinka (SUI)
G Dimitrov (BUL) vs [3] R Nadal (ESP)
F Fognini (ITA) vs [7] R Gasquet (FRA)
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs J Nieminen (FIN)

COURT DES PRINCES start 10:30 am
[5] M Mirnyi (BLR) / H Tecau (ROU) vs D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP)
J Benneteau (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) vs [4] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED)
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs J Melzer (AUT) / L Paes (IND)

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Djokovic Survives, Nadal Romps, Murray Advances in Monte-Carlo

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Novak Djokovic

(April 17, 2013) Rafael Nadal began his quest for a ninth Monte-Carlo Masters title on Wednesday by extending his winning streak there to 43, while No. 1 Novak Djokovic was extended to three sets on a shaky ankle.
The eight-time had few problems with Marinko Matosevic, dispatching the Australian 6-1, 6-2.

“I played well at the beginning with the right intensity, with no mistakes,” said the Spaniard to media.

“I was trying to do the right things to find a good feeling on the ball, to find the right rhythm. I played to the right places, and that gave me confidence.

“I didn’t play my best game, the first game of the second, and he played well, so he had the break. And after that he played well for a while in the next games. Then he had good chances, two break points for 3-0. It was not an easy moment. I played one good point and I was able to come back.”

Nadal is on a 15-match winning streak. He’ll play Philipp Kohlschreiber next.

Djokovic, who twisted an ankle while playing for Serbia in the Davis Cup on April 7 in clinching a place in the Davis Cup semifinals, played 2 hours and 15 minutes for a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 over Mikhail Youzhny.

“Today was a big test. My ankle survived, I’m in the next round. That’s what matters,” Djokovic said. “I know that my game is still not there, obviously, and I have a lot of ups and downs through the match. Physically also, I think I’ve put double the effort than I do usually because, you know, I still don’t feel comfortable.”

“You know, protection, the tape, was good. So I managed to overcome that pain and go through the match,” Djokovic continued. “I think that my ankle is (getting better) as the days are passing by. Obviously, I will have to play a match every day.”

“I’m just happy to compete, to be honest. I didn’t know if I’m going to be playing the tournament up to yesterday, basically,” said Djokovic who resides in Monte-Carlo.

“For me it’s important not to have a bigger risk of injuring myself. I enjoy this tournament very much. As I said before, if it was not Monaco I would consider not playing.”

World No. 2 Andy Murray moved into the third round with a 6-1, 6-4 victory in 73 minutes over Edouard Roger-Vasselin. Murray is now 20-2 on the year.

“I won the close games, which was important,” said the Scot. “I didn’t make too many mistakes. It was solid. I returned well, served well. If you do those two things well on any surface. it gives you a good base to work from. It was a good start.”

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 17 APRIL, 2013

Singles – Second Round
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d M Youzhny (RUS) 46 61 64
[2] A Murray (GBR) d [Q] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 61 64
[3] R Nadal (ESP) d M Matosevic (AUS) 61 62
[4] T Berdych (CZE) d M Granollers (ESP) 75 64
[9] M Cilic (CRO) d K Anderson (RSA) 62 63
J Melzer (AUT) d [10] N Almagro (ESP) 64 62
J Nieminen (FIN) d [12] M Raonic (CAN) 63 16 76(3)
[13] S Wawrinka (SUI) d [Q] A Montanes (ESP) 61 61
[14] J Monaco (ARG) d E Gulbis (LAT) 60 36 63
F Fognini (ITA) d [Q] A Ramos (ESP) 63 75
F Mayer (GER) d R Bautista Agut (ESP) 57 64 64

Doubles – Second Round
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d P Kohlschreiber (GER) / F Mayer (GER) 63 62
D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) d [2] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) 46 62 10-4
M Raonic (CAN) / B Tomic (AUS) d [8] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) 62 64

Doubles – First Round
C Fleming (GBR) / J Marray (GBR) d J Knowle (AUT) / F Nielsen (DEN) 64 76(7)

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 18 APRIL, 2013

COURT CENTRAL start 10:30 am
[6] J Tsonga (FRA) vs J Melzer (AUT)
[16] P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs [3] R Nadal (ESP)
[13] S Wawrinka (SUI) vs [2] A Murray (GBR)
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [14] J Monaco (ARG)

COURT DES PRINCES start 10:30 am
[4] T Berdych (CZE) vs F Fognini (ITA)
G Dimitrov (BUL) vs F Mayer (GER)
[9] M Cilic (CRO) vs [7] R Gasquet (FRA)
J Nieminen (FIN) vs [5] [WC] J Del Potro (ARG)

COURT 2 start 12:00 noon
[7] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) vs J Benneteau (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB)
J Melzer (AUT) / L Paes (IND) vs [6] M Bhupathi (IND) / R Bopanna (IND) – After Suitable Rest
[3] R Lindstedt (SWE) / D Nestor (CAN) vs M Raonic (CAN) / B Tomic (AUS)

COURT 9 start 12:00 noon
[5] M Mirnyi (BLR) / H Tecau (ROU) vs I Dodig (CRO) / R Stepanek (CZE)
C Fleming (GBR) / J Marray (GBR) vs [4] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED)

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ATP Monte-Carlo – Tuesday Results, Wednesday Schedule

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ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Monte-Carlo, Monaco (+2 hours GMT)
14-21 April, 2013 Surface: Clay
RESULTS – TUESDAY, 16 APRIL, 2013

Singles – Second Round
[5] [WC] J del Potro (ARG) d A Dolgopolov (UKR) 16 64 63
[6] J Tsonga (FRA) d N Davydenko (RUS) 76(3) 62
[7] R Gasquet (FRA) d B Paire (FRA) 61 36 61
G Dimitrov (BUL) d [8] J Tipsarevic (SRB) 76(3) 61
[16] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d [Q] P Andujar (ESP) 62 26 76(3)

Singles – First Round
[10] N Almagro (ESP) d D Goffin (BEL) 26 61 63
[13] S Wawrinka (SUI) d D Istomin (UZB) 63 75
[14] J Monaco (ARG) d M Klizan (SVK) 64 60
E Gulbis (LAT) d [WC] J Isner (USA) 46 62 63
M Granollers (ESP) d [Q] V Hanescu (ROU) 67(8) 63 61
[Q] A Ramos (ESP) d R Stepanek (CZE) 63 63
K Anderson (RSA) d J Janowicz (POL) 75 76(9)
F Mayer (GER) d [WC] B Balleret (MON) 57 61 62
M Matosevic (AUS) d F Verdasco (ESP) 75 63
J Melzer (AUT) d [Q] J Huta Galung (NED) 16 63 62
[Q] A Montanes (ESP) d [WC] G Monfils (FRA) 62 26 64

Doubles – Second Round
[3] R Lindstedt (SWE) / D Nestor (CAN) d G Simon (FRA) / M Youzhny (RUS) 64 60

Doubles – First Round
M Raonic (CAN) / B Tomic (AUS) d M Cilic (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) 64 67(3) 11-9
J Benneteau (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d D Bracciali (ITA) / A Seppi (ITA) 76(5) 62
I Dodig (CRO) / R Stepanek (CZE) d B Paire (FRA) / S Wawrinka (SUI) 64 63
D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) d [WC] F Fognini (ITA) / N Mahut (FRA) 26 62 10-5

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 17 APRIL, 2013

COURT CENTRAL start 10:30 am
[4] T Berdych (CZE) vs M Granollers (ESP)
M Matosevic (AUS) vs [3] R Nadal (ESP)
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs M Youzhny (RUS)
[Q] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs [2] A Murray (GBR)

COURT DES PRINCES start 10:30 am
[12] M Raonic (CAN) vs J Nieminen (FIN)
[Q] A Ramos (ESP) vs F Fognini (ITA)
J Melzer (AUT) vs [10] N Almagro (ESP)
E Gulbis (LAT) vs [14] J Monaco (ARG)

COURT 2 start 10:30 am
C Fleming (GBR) / J Marray (GBR) vs J Knowle (AUT) / F Nielsen (DEN)
[9] M Cilic (CRO) vs K Anderson (RSA)
[13] S Wawrinka (SUI) vs [Q] A Montanes (ESP)

COURT 9 start 11:30 am
F Mayer (GER) vs R Bautista Agut (ESP)
D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) vs [2] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) – After Suitable Rest
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs P Kohlschreiber (GER) / F Mayer (GER)

COURT 11 not before 2:00 PM
M Raonic (CAN) / B Tomic (AUS) vs [8] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL)

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ATP Monte-Carlo – Monday Results, Tuesday Schedule

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ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Monte-Carlo, Monaco (+2 hours GMT)
14-21 April, 2013 Surface: Clay

RESULTS – MONDAY, 15 APRIL, 2013

Singles – First Round
[9] M Cilic (CRO) d H Zeballos (ARG) 62 67(6) 62
R Bautista Agut (ESP) d [11] G Simon (FRA) 63 76(6)
[12] M Raonic (CAN) d J Benneteau (FRA) 61 64
F Fognini (ITA) d [15] A Seppi (ITA) 36 64 64
M Youzhny (RUS) d D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 64 60
J Nieminen (FIN) d V Troicki (SRB) 61 62
B Paire (FRA) d I Dodig (CRO) 64 64
[Q] P Andujar (ESP) d J Chardy (FRA) 67(4) 75 62
N Davydenko (RUS) d [Q] D Brands (GER) 63 64
[Q] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d R Haase (NED) 63 62

Doubles – First Round
P Kohlschreiber (GER) / F Mayer (GER) d T Huey (PHI) / J Janowicz (POL) 61 76(5)
J Melzer (AUT) / L Paes (IND) d [WC] B Balleret (MON) / G Couillard (MON) 63 75

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 16 APRIL, 2013

COURT CENTRAL start 10:30 am
[8] J Tipsarevic (SRB) vs G Dimitrov (BUL)
B Paire (FRA) vs [7] R Gasquet (FRA)
[6] J Tsonga (FRA) vs N Davydenko (RUS)
A Dolgopolov (UKR) vs [5] [WC] J Del Potro (ARG)
J Benneteau (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) vs D Bracciali (ITA) / A Seppi (ITA)

COURT DES PRINCES start 10:30 am
M Matosevic (AUS) vs F Verdasco (ESP)
[16] P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs [Q] P Andujar (ESP)
[WC] G Monfils (FRA) vs [Q] A Montanes (ESP)

Not Before 3:00 PM
E Gulbis (LAT) vs [WC] J Isner (USA)
[3] R Lindstedt (SWE) / D Nestor (CAN) vs G Simon (FRA) / M Youzhny (RUS)

COURT 2 start 10:30 am
[13] S Wawrinka (SUI) vs D Istomin (UZB)
[WC] B Balleret (MON) vs F Mayer (GER)
J Janowicz (POL) vs K Anderson (RSA)

Not Before 3:00 PM
D Goffin (BEL) vs [10] N Almagro (ESP)

COURT 9 start 10:30 am
[Q] A Ramos (ESP) vs R Stepanek (CZE)
[Q] V Hanescu (ROU) vs M Granollers (ESP)
J Melzer (AUT) vs [Q] J Huta Galung (NED)
M Klizan (SVK) vs [14] J Monaco (ARG)

COURT 11 start 12:00 noon
M Cilic (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) vs M Raonic (CAN) / B Tomic (AUS)

Not Before 1:30 PM
[WC] F Fognini (ITA) / N Mahut (FRA) vs D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) – Afer Suitable Rest
I Dodig (CRO) / R Stepanek (CZE) vs B Paire (FRA) / S Wawrinka (SUI) – After Suitable Rest

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ATP Monte-Carlo – Sunday Results, Monday Schedule

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ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Monte-Carlo, Monaco (+2 hours GMT)
14-21 April, 2013 Surface: Clay

RESULTS – SUNDAY, 14 APRIL, 2013

Singles – First Round
[16] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d T Bellucci (BRA) 64 62
A Dolgopolov (UKR) d B Tomic (AUS) 62 64
G Dimitrov (BUL) d X Malisse (BEL) 63 62

Doubles – First Round
G Simon (FRA) / M Youzhny (RUS) d L Kubot (POL) / J Tipsarevic (SRB) 67(4) 63 10-7

SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 15 APRIL, 2013

COURT CENTRAL start 10:30 am
I Dodig (CRO) vs B Paire (FRA)
R Bautista Agut (ESP) vs [11] G Simon (FRA)
[12] M Raonic (CAN) vs J Benneteau (FRA)
[9] M Cilic (CRO) vs H Zeballos (ARG)

COURT DES PRINCES start 10:30 am
J Nieminen (FIN) vs V Troicki (SRB)
[Q] D Brands (GER) vs N Davydenko (RUS)
F Fognini (ITA) vs [15] A Seppi (ITA)
M Youzhny (RUS) vs D Gimeno-Traver (ESP)

COURT 2 start 1:00 pm
[Q] P Andujar (ESP) vs J Chardy (FRA)
[WC] B Balleret (MON) / G Couillard (MON) vs J Melzer (AUT) / L Paes (IND)

COURT 9 start 1:00 pm
R Haase (NED) vs [Q] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
P Kohlschreiber (GER) / F Mayer (GER) vs T Huey (PHI) / J Janowicz (POL)

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ATP Monte-Carlo – Sunday Schedule

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ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Monte-Carlo, Monaco (+2 hours GMT)
14-21 April, 2013 Surface: Clay

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 14 APRIL, 2013

COURT CENTRAL start 11:00 am
[16] P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs T Bellucci (BRA)
A Dolgopolov (UKR) vs B Tomic (AUS)
G Simon (FRA) / M Youzhny (RUS) vs L Kubot (POL) / J Tipsarevic (SRB)
X Malisse (BEL) vs G Dimitrov (BUL)

COURT DES PRINCES start 11:00 am
Qualifying – E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs S Stakhovsky (UKR)

Not Before 1:00 PM
Qualifying – A Ramos (ESP) vs F Volandri (ITA)
Qualifying – V Hanescu (ROU) vs M Bachinger (GER)

COURT 2 start 1:00 pm
Qualifying – P Andujar (ESP) vs G Rufin (FRA)
Qualifying – D Brands (GER) vs T de Bakker (NED)

COURT 9 start 1:00 pm
Qualifying – B Kavcic (SLO) vs A Montanes (ESP)
Qualifying – [Alt] J Huta Galung (NED) vs P Petzschner (GER)

 

 

Singles Draw

(1)Djokovic, Novak SRB/BYE
Youzhny. Mikhail RUS vs Gimeno-Traver, Daniel ESP
Gulbis, Ernests LAT vs WC Isner, John USA
Klizan, Martin SVK vs (14)Monaco, Juan ARG

(12)Raonic, Milos CAN vs Benneteau, Julian FRA
Nieminen, Jarkko FIN vs Troicki, Viktor SRB
Dolgopolov, Alexandr UKR vs Tomic, Bernard AUS
BYE/(5)Del Potro, Juan Martin ARG

(4)Berdych, Tomas CZE/BYE
Qualifier vs Granollers, Marcel ESP
Qualifier vs Stepanek, Radek CZE
Fognini, Fabio vs (15)Seppi, Andreas ITA

(9)Cilic, Marin CRO vs Zeballos, Horacio ARG
Janowicz, Jerzy POL vs Anderson, Kevin RSA
Dodig, Ivan CRO vs Paire, Benoit FRA
BYE/(7)Gasquet, Richard FRA

(8)Tipsarevic, Janko SRB/BYE
Malisse, Xavier BEL vs Dimitrov, Grigor BUL
WC Balleret, Benjamin MON vs Mayer, Florian GER
Bautista-Agut, Roberto ESP vs (11)Simon, Gilles FRA

(16)Kohlschreiber, Philipp GER vs Bellucci, Thomaz BRA
Qualifier vs Chardy, Jeremy FRA
Matosevic, Marinko AUS vs Verdasco, Fernando ESP
BYE/(3)Nadal, Rafael ESP

(6)Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried FRA/BYE
Qualifier vs Davydenko, Nikolay RUS
Melzer, Jurgen AUT vs Qualifier
Goffin, David BEL vs (10)Almagro, Nicolas ESP

(13)Wawrinka, Stanislas SUI vs Istomin, Denis UZB
WC Monfils, Gael FRA vs Qualifier
Haase, Robin vs Qualifier
BYE/(2)Murray, Andy GBR

 

 

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Tsonga Wins Marseille

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(February 24, 2013) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga survived a match point to claim his 10th career ATP World Tour title with a 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-4 victory over Tomas Berdych in the final of Marseille. Tsonga held off 5 match points in his quarterfinal match against Bernard Tomic.

“This is a great victory,” Tsonga said. “I stayed in the match even when it was very difficult and waited for my chance. I survived and took my chance when it came. I’m very happy. This shows me that I’m on the right way. The draw was very strong here.”

 

“I had a few chances, but Jo was able to serve well in the moment,” said Berdych. “That’s the sport. Here, I lost three tie-breaks. This one was very important. But it happens.”

Tsonga is now the first player to win an ATP World Tour title saving match point(s) in two different matches during the same tournament since Sam Querrey did it in Los Angeles in 2010.

Tsonga also captured the Marseille title in 2009. “This victory is different from the one in 2009,” Tsonga said. “Back then I had some problems. Today I see that my work pays off. The good thing was that I never gave up even if he played very well and didn’t make any mistakes. I really want to do well. I do everything every day to be at the top which also means a lot of sacrifice.”

Tsonga snapped his three-match losing streak to Berdych.

 

RESULTS – SUNDAY, 24 FEBRUARY, 2013

Singles – Final
[3] J Tsonga (FRA) d [1] T Berdych (CZE) 36 76(6) 64 – Saved 1 M.P.

Doubles – Final
[2] R Bopanna (IND) / C Fleming (GBR) d [1] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) 64 76(3)

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Berdych and Tsonga Move Into Marseille Final

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RESULTS – SATURDAY, 23 FEBRUARY, 2013

Singles – Semi-finals
[1] T Berdych (CZE) d [Q] D Tursunov (RUS) 62 61
[3] J Tsonga (FRA) d [6] G Simon (FRA) 62 62

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) d N Mahut (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 63 61

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 24 FEBRUARY, 2013

COURT CENTRAL start 12:00 noon
[1] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) vs [2] R Bopanna (IND) / C Fleming (GBR)

Not Before 2:15 PM
[1] T Berdych (CZE) vs [3] J Tsonga (FRA)

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Cilic Makes It Three Zagreb Crowns

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Marin Cilic

(February 10, 2013) Top seed Croatian Marin Cilic needed only 67 minutes to dispose of Austria’s Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-1 to claim his third Zagreb indoors title on Sunday.

Cilic dominated from the start to finish in claiming his ninth career ATP World Tour title.

“Most of my game was working extremely well. My returns were really good and I had a read on almost all of his serves. I took my chances and defended well. Overall, I played a great match from beginning to the end,” Cilic said.

“This final is probably the best match I played in this season,” said Cilic who is now 9-2 on the year.

“This was an almost brilliant match on my part. It was tough to break Melzer in the first set, but after I did it the path to victory was open.”

“He was the better player today,” Melzer said. “I needed it to be close at 4-all, 5-all in the first set to give me confidence. That didn’t happen and he ran away with it. I felt like I was hitting the ball really well at the beginning, but he hit the ball even better. What made the difference in the first few games is that he had free points on serve, whereas I had to work for them: hit a winner or play well so he missed. He deserved the victory.”

Cilic also won in Zagreb in 2009 and 2010.

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