Two-Time Munich Champion Kohlschreiber Falls in First Round

Philipp Kohlschreiber

Philipp Kohlschreiber

By Florian Heer

(April 29, 2014) MUNICH – It was a busy second day at the BMW Open by FWU AG with the eight remaining first round singles matches all taking to court on Tuesday.

In the opening match on Centre Court qualifier Jan-Lennard Struff took revenge on Feliciano López for the defeat in Hamburg last year. This time the German, who turned 24 last week, emerged victorious in his Munich debut winning 6-3, 6-4 in 78 minutes and the first seeded player of the tournament was knocked out. “Feliciano prefers to play in sunny conditions when the courts are faster,” Struff analysed afterwards. “I knew from our last meeting that I needed to keep fighting and I’m happy that it worked out in end,” the German youngster added.

Another German hope, however, was not that successful. Only 17-year-old Alexander Zverev, who captured the Australian Open junior title this year, was without any chance in his tournament debut against Jürgen Melzer. The Austrian veteran dominated the encounter beating the teenager in 63 minutes. 6-1, 6-2.

In his tenth appearance on home soil, Philipp Kohlschreiber was actually looking to complete a hat-trick of Munich titles this week. However, last year’s finalist had to face Denis Istomin for a third time on the ATP Tour and the German has never been able to gain a victory against the Uzbekistan native. Today’s match should not be an exception. In an exciting encounter on Centre Court it was Istomin in the end winning 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 after two hours and three minutes.

“I didn’t have any physical problems in my match today,” Kohlschreiber said after he was forced to retire last week in Barcelona. “I just wasn’t able to capitalize on my chances as well as to make the big points, in particular in the third set. I also think that I faced a very tough opponent today, who served big and eventually he was better in the decisive moments. I think Denis is a really good player, not only due to the fact that I lost three times against him, but he has a lot of good shots and I think he could be ranked higher. There are only few weaknesses in his game. I think I played pretty well but he was really solid,” the 30-year-old German complimented Istomin on his performance today. “Of course I would have preferred to stay longer in the tournament. Madrid will start on Sunday, so I think that I will start my journey to the Masters over there on Thursday or Friday,” Kohlschreiber talked about his further plans and added that he is not going to attend Tuesday’s football Champions League semi-finals between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid live in the Allianz Arena, but will watch it on television.

With lucky loser Michael Berrer another German had to suffer defeat in his match against Andreas Seppi. The seventh-seeded Italian sealed victory in one hour and 24 minutes winning 6-3, 7-5.

A disappointing day for the local players concluded in the defeat of Peter Gojowczyk against Sergiy Stakhovsky. Right when the sun came out over Munich’s Centre Court, the German wild card ran out of steam after winning the opening set. The Ukrainian took the match 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 after one hour and 27 minutes.

Lleyton Hewitt was last up on Centre Court today returning to Munich for the second time. His only previous outing in Bavaria’s capital came in 2009 when he advanced into the quarterfinal. The Australian went up against Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos for the first time. The 33-year-old former No. 1 took the opening set in the tie-break but Ramos eventually found his rhythm serving the second frame out in the seventh game. The Spaniard improved continuously to finally advance into the next round right before sunset winning 6-7, 6-1, 6-0 after two hours and 16 minutes.

Earlier in the day on Tuesday, a unique event off the courts in Munich took place. All five organizers of the ATP World Tour tournaments held in Germany met to discuss possibilities to intensify their co-operation in the future. The idea arose in Monte Carlo two weeks ago. The organizers pointed out the importance of the German tennis market worldwide. With tournaments in Munich, Stuttgart, Halle, Hamburg as well as Düsseldorf, Germany is number two in terms of holding ATP World Tour events after the United States with having ten events.

“Here in Munich, we have a nice venue located right next to the English Garden with a familiar atmosphere,” said Michael Mronz. He and his colleagues Michael Stich (Hamburg), Dietloff von Arnim (Düsseldorf), Edwin Weindorfer (Stuttgart) and Horst Erpenbeck (Halle) agreed to find common strategies like establishing a kind of a player’s pool. Young German players like Alex Zverev as well as rising ATP stars of the next generation like Grigor Dimitrov or Alex Dolgopolov should be supported by granting them wild cards for all of the German events between April and July. “We all have to deal with the fact that the top stars on the ATP Tour are expensive getting them to play your tournament. We also need to sell our events to the fans as a mixture of tennis and entertainment,” former Wimbledon Champion Michael Stich said. There is also the idea of establishing a superior series with an umbrella partner in co-operation with the ATP, maybe according to the US Open Series. As a goal, it seems to be sure that all organizers have in common to improve the significance of the tennis sport in Germany and this meeting today could have been a first step into the right direction.

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

Singles – First Round
D Istomin (UZB) d [5] P Kohlschreiber (GER) 75 26 64
[Q] J Struff (GER) d [6] F Lopez (ESP) 63 64
[7] A Seppi (ITA) d *[LL] M Berrer (GER) 63 75
[Q] T Bellucci (BRA) d [8] I Dodig (CRO) 76(0) 64
J Melzer (AUT) d [WC] A Zverev (GER) 61 62
S Stakhovsky (UKR) d [WC] P Gojowczyk (GER) 36 64 61
[Q] M Klizan (SVK) d D Sela (ISR) 61 62
[Q] A Ramos (ESP) d L Hewitt (AUS) 67(6) 61 60

Doubles – First Round
[1] E Butorac (USA) / R Klaasen (RSA) d J Brunstrom (SWE) / H Kontinen (FIN) 64 67(2) 11-9
L Dlouhy (CZE) / M Pavic (CRO) d F Delbonis (ARG) / A Falla (COL) 63 64
D Brown (GER) / J Knowle (AUT) d O Marach (AUT) / J Melzer (AUT) 67(3) 64 10-3

*[LL] M Berrer (GER) replaced J Vesely (CZE) – left achilles


CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
D Istomin (UZB) vs M Matosevic (AUS)
Not Before 12:55 pm
S Stakhovsky (UKR) vs [Q] J Struff (GER)
[Q] M Klizan (SVK) vs [3] M Youzhny (RUS)
Not Before 5:00 pm
**[LL] R Berankis (LTU) vs J Melzer (AUT)

SZ start 11:00 am
R Junaid (AUS) / J Nieminen (FIN) vs [WC] M Bachinger (GER) / K Krawietz (GER)
[PR] C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR) vs [2] J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL)
After Suitable Rest – L Hewitt (AUS) / M Matosevic (AUS) vs [4] T Bednarek (POL) / M Draganja (CRO)
After Suitable Rest – [3] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) vs [WC] A Satschko (GER) / J Struff (GER)

**[LL] R Berankis (LTU) replaced [4] G Monfils (FRA) – ankle


Two-Time Former Munich Champ Davydenko Falls, Wild Card Brown Advances

Dustin Btown

Dustin Brown

By Florian Heer

(April 28, 2014) MUNICH – With the BMW Open by FWU AG, the first of five ATP World Tour events in Germany gets underway in Munich this week. Three of the world’s top 15 players – the tournament’s top-seed Fabio Fognini, defending champion Tommy Haas and 2010 winner Mikhail Youzhny – headline the main draw.

On Centre Court on Monday Alejandro Falla went up against Jarkko Nieminen for the second time. Before Monday’s match the Finn led the head to head record by 1-0 emerging victorious from the last meeting in Valencia in 2013 in straight sets. This the time match took place in chilly conditions, the 30-year-old Colombian had the better ending winning 6-2, 6-1 in only 52 minutes.

Two time champion Nikolay Davydenko opened against Federico Delbonis, who captured his maiden ATP World Tour title in Sao Paulo at the beginning of March. The Argentine advanced into the second round defeating Munich’s two time champion from 2004 and 2011 6-2, 7-6 in 93 minutes.

On the second largest court of the venue at Iphitos Club, SZ, Michal Przysiezny and Marinko Matosevic met for the very first time. The Polish world No. 79 led 7-6, 5-6 when he sprained his foot and was forced to retire.

Wild Card and home hope Dustin Brown, who is at a career-high number 87 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, took on Ivo Karlovic for the second time this year, with the German clinching victory over the Croat in Doha in the opening week of the season. The encounter was scheduled as the final match of the day, so that as many people as possible would have had the chance to watch the spectacle between the two players, who are known as hard-hitters. There were only two break point chances in the opening set, each on every side, but neither was able to capitalize on it. Consequently the tie-break had to decide, in which the 29-year-old German was the more aggressive but also, the luckier player taking the set after 40 minutes when Karlovic missed an overhead smash. There were no more break point opportunities in the second set and so it was time for another tie-break, in which Brown hit strong nerves converting his first match point eventually winning 7-6, 7-6 in one hour and 26 minutes.

“I knew what I had to expect today, as we played against each other just a couple of weeks ago,” the winner said afterwards. “You need to stay calm when you play against Ivo, as there will be situations when you doesn’t have a chance to return the ball. So I tried to mix it up as much as possible and I’m happy that I won the match. Next round won’t be easy facing Fabio Fognini for the first time but I’m looking forward to it. It will be a complete different match against him, so I will talk to my coach first to find the right tactic against him,” the German added.

Earlier in the day, Munich’s qualifying came to an end. In the final round, top-seed Jan-Lennard Struff defeated Michael Berrer 6-1, 6-1 to win the all-German-affair in 46 minutes. Tomaz Bellucci only needed to 9 minutes more to beat Ruben Bemelmans winning 6-0, 6-3. Martin Klizan took out Ricardas Berankis beating the Lithuanian in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and fifteen minutes. With Albert Ramos defeating Norbert Gombos 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, all top four-players of the qualifying made it into the made draw. Michael Berrer will join the qualifiers as lucky loser when Jiri Vesely had to withdraw due to injury.

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


Singles – First Round
[WC] D Brown (GER) d I Karlovic (CRO) 76(4) 76(5)
F Delbonis (ARG) d N Davydenko (RUS) 62 76(4)
M Matosevic (AUS) d M Przysiezny (POL) 26 65 ret. (right ankle)
A Falla (COL) d J Nieminen (FIN) 62 61

Doubles – First Round
[2] J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) d M Emmrich (GER) / C Kas (GER) 63 63
[PR] C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR) d D Bracciali (ITA) / A Seppi (ITA) 63 75

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[Q] J Struff (GER) vs [6] F Lopez (ESP)

Not Before 12:55 pm
[5] P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs D Istomin (UZB)
S Stakhovsky (UKR) vs [WC] P Gojowczyk (GER)

Not Before 17:00
[Q] A Ramos (ESP) vs L Hewitt (AUS)

SZ start 11:00 am
F Delbonis (ARG) / A Falla (COL) vs L Dlouhy (CZE) / M Pavic (CRO)
[WC] A Zverev (GER) vs J Melzer (AUT)
[7] A Seppi (ITA) vs [LL] M Berrer (GER)
D Brown (GER) / J Knowle (AUT) vs O Marach (AUT) / J Melzer (AUT)

MATCH COURT 3 start 12:00 noon
D Sela (ISR) vs [Q] M Klizan (SVK)
[Q] T Bellucci (BRA) vs [8] I Dodig (CRO)

Not Before 17:00
[1] E Butorac (USA) / R Klaasen (RSA) vs J Brunstrom (SWE) / H Kontinen (FIN)


Tomaz Bellucci Advances in Munich Qualies


Thomaz Bellucci

By Florian Heer

(April 27, 2014) MUNICH – Second day of the BMW Open qualifying in Munich took place in chilly conditions, about10 degrees Celsius with drizzle for most of the day. Nevertheless, the matches could be played without any delays or interruptions.

In Sunday’s opening encounter on Centre Court Tomaz Bellucci took on Alexey Vatutin for the very first time. The Brazilian, who had to battle through an almost two-hour fight on Saturday, had fewer problems in his match today winning 6-3, 7-6 in one hour and 43 minutes to take on Ruben Bemelmans in the next round. The Belgian defeated Dino Marcan in straight sets 7-6, 6-3.

Sixth-seed Ricardas Berankis had to face some difficulties in his match against German Wild Card Tobias Simon. The world No. 1040 made it an even affair in the opening set, in which the underdog eventually lost in the tie-break. The 23-year-old Lithuanian finally found his rhythm in the second set to seal victory in 82 minutes winning 7-6, 6-3.

Berankis will meet the winner of the first meeting between Martin Klizan and Martin Fischer. This interesting encounter was Sunday’s only match scheduled on an outside court. In the end it was the world No. 108 from Slovakia, who emerged victorious beating the Austrian 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 after one hour and 54 minutes.

Second and final match on Centre Court took place between Jan-Lennard Struff and Kevin Krawietz. The latter won the only previous meeting between the two here in Munich’s qualifying draw two years ago in three sets. This time, however, the qualification tournament’s top-seed had the better ending winning 6-3, 6-3 in 65 minutes. “I’m happy that I won in straight sets. I played a solid match today,” Struff said afterwards. “It wasn’t that easy today. It’s a difference if you play in sunny or rainy conditions. The court is much slower and there were a lot of long rallies today,” the 24-year-old added.

There will be another all-German-affair in the final round of the qualifying on Monday, as Michael Berrer defeats Filip Veger 7-5, 6-4 in one hour and 39 minutes to take on Struff for a spot in the main draw. “Yesterday we went out to have dinner together and we practiced this morning. So I’m looking forward to playing against him tomorrow,” Struff said.

The final two matches took place while the rain was getting heavier. Norbert Gombos beat Aldin Setkic in straight sets 6-3, 6-1 in 52 minutes and Albert Ramos overcame Yann Marti 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Main draw will begin on Monday. “There are a lot of interesting match-ups in the opening round. We can expect a couple of exciting encounters,” tournament director Patrick Kühnen said yesterday and is looking ahead a great start into the coming week in Munich.

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


CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
Qualifying – J Struff (GER) vs M Berrer (GER)

Not Before 12:55 pm
A Falla (COL) vs J Nieminen (FIN)
N Davydenko (RUS) vs F Delbonis (ARG)

Not Before 5:00 pm
I Karlovic (CRO) vs [WC] D Brown (GER)

SZ start 11:00 am
Qualifying – T Bellucci (BRA) vs R Bemelmans (BEL)
Qualifying – A Ramos (ESP) vs N Gombos (SVK)
M Przysiezny (POL) vs M Matosevic (AUS)
M Emmrich (GER) / C Kas (GER) vs [2] J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL)

MATCH COURT 3 start 11:00 am
Qualifying – M Klizan (SVK) vs R Berankis (LTU)

Not Before 16:00
D Bracciali (ITA) / A Seppi (ITA) vs [PR] C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR)


Grigor Dimitrov Wins Bucharest Title

Dimitrov waves

(April 27, 2014) No. 1 seed Grigor Dimitrov knocked out defending champion Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 7-6 (2), 6-1 on Sunday to win the Nastase Tiriac Trophy for his third career ATP World tour title.

The world No. 16 completed the tournament without losing a set.

Domitrov joined his girlfriend in the winner’s circle on the same day as Maria Sharapova won the Stuttgart title for the third time in a row.

“It feels good to have won. I lifted my game, not having been happy with my previous matches in the tournament,” Dimitrov said. “I knew I had to lift my level, especially after the first set. Lukas is a very good winner, who hit some outstanding winners. It was a pleasure to play in front of Ilie Nastase and other greats.

“I have worked really hard to start winning titles. I have put in enough effort, time and sacrifices to get here.”

“A run to a final was very good,” said last year’s winner Rosol. “It was a perfect week. If you had told me I would have reached the semi-finals at the start of the week, I would have taken it. Grigor was just amazing today. I played good tennis, but Grigor was better on the court and I had no answer. I am sure he will break into the Top 10 very soon.”

The 22-year-old Bulgarian will rise to a career high No. of 13 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday.


ATP Munich Tournament Kicks Off at Airport

Main draw ceremony

By Florian Heer

(April 26, 2014) MUNICH – The 99th edition of the International Bavarian Tennis Championships, the BMW Open by FWU AG kicked off with the official main draw ceremony at Munich’s international airport, right between the two terminals.

The tournament’s second seed, Tommy Haas and junior world No. 1 , Sascha Zverev, two German players attended the opening. The 36-year-old from Hamburg, who receives a bye in the first round of the 28-players-draw, is looking forward to defending his title in Bavaria’s capital.

“I have already practiced here in Munich for a couple of days and it went well,” Haas said at the airport. “It has already been a long time ago that I played a tournament, so it’s time for me to prepare for competition. During a match a lot of things can happen but I’m pretty confident that everything will work well and I know what I have to do to show my best tennis,” the German veteran was optimistic about playing his first Tour event since he lost to Roger Federer at the ATP Masters 1000 in Indian Wells in March.

Saturday’s first round qualifying matches took place at the venue of the Iphitos Club in sunny conditions. The only player aiming to qualify for the main draw within the top-100, Jan-Lennard Struff, defeated Mirza Basic 6-3, 6-4 in only 78 minutes.

The only seeded player, who had to go the distance was Tomaz Bellucci. The world No. 109 from Sao Paulo had to work hard eventually overcoming Austrian Bastian Trinker 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 in almost two hours. “Bastian served pretty well today, so it was tough for me to return,” Bellucci said afterwards. “The first match of a tournament is always tough. You’re not at hundred percent but the most important thing is the victory in the end. My ranking is not that good at the moment and so I have to battle through the qualification but I’m trying to get back. So my motivation is to play my best tennis,” the Brazilian added.

Second-seeded Albert Ramos on the other hand was untroubled in his match today. The Spaniard needed only 55 minutes to cruise into next round winning 6-2, 6-1 against German Wild Card Adrian Olbert, who played his very first ATP World Tour event. “I played a good match today,” the world number 103 from Barcelona stated afterwards. “I played a lot of matches during the last couple of weeks, so I’m really happy to advance into the next round,” Ramos said.

All of the other seeded players advanced into the next round and will continue their battle for a spot in the main draw on Sunday.

Adrian Obert is playing his very first ATP World Tour event.

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


Lleyton Hewitt Reaches 600th Win Milestone


(March 20, 2014) Former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt became the third active player to win 600 matches on the ATP World Tour on Thursday when he came back to defeat Robin Haase 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the first round of the Sony Open.

The 33-year-old veteran who captured major titles at Wimbledon (2002) and the US Open (2001) now joins an elite club with Roger Federer with 942 wins and Rafael Nadal with 675 wins in reaching a milestone.

“Today was just like another match and an opportunity to go out there and play well,” Hewitt said

“Yeah, obviously afterwards, you know, a great milestone.  Not many people get to achieve that.  Not many people get the opportunity to get close that, so means I have been around for an awfully long time, as well.  I’m getting old.

“Few years ago when I had the last couple lot of surgeries I probably would have doubted I’d get to this stage anyway.  I’m still grateful I’m out there and able to compete with the best guys.”

Hewitt spoke about ATP win No. 1 which came in his hometown event. “I was lucky enough to get a wildcard at the Adelaide event,” the Australian said.  “I won the tournament.  Yeah, I beat my good mate ‑‑ well, turned out he was my good mate probably six months, Scott Draper, another Australian Open in the first round.  We always joke about that.”

In the second round has the uneasy task of raking on World No. 1 Rafael Nadal.

“I still play the game to have an opportunity to play against the best guys in the world, and, yeah, Rafa is,” Hewitt said.  “No doubt about it.

“I look forward to the challenge.  This is, you know, obviously a really tough draw and frustrating, you know, you don’t get to have a crack at him later in the tournament.

“But, yeah, I’m happy to get to go out there and play against Rafa.”

While Hewitt was out making history with his 600th win, fellow Australian Bernard Tomic made some history that he will want to forget.

Tomic, making his first appearance at a tournament since double hip surgery lost to Jarkko Nieminen 6-0, 6-1 in 28 minutes – a record for the shortest match ever on the ATP tour


Tennis Results Round-up for February 11, 2014


atp wta

Buenos Aires


Singles – First Round
[1] [WC] D Ferrer (ESP) d [Q] M Gonzalez (ARG) 76(7) 64
[2] F Fognini (ITA) d J Reister (GER) 75 62
[6] R Haase (NED) d [Q] M Alund (ARG) 64 67(6) 63
A Ramos (ESP) d [7] J Monaco (ARG) 67(3) 64 62
S Giraldo (COL) d A Montanes (ESP) 76(4) 62
F Volandri (ITA) d [Q] C Garin (CHI) 57 60 63
L Mayer (ARG) d [WC] F Arguello (ARG) 63 64


[4] N Almagro (ESP) vs H Zeballos (ARG)
[WC] G Pella (ARG) vs [3] T Robredo (ESP)
Not Before 8:00 pm
L Mayer (ARG) vs [2] F Fognini (ITA)
[6] R Haase (NED) vs C Berlocq (ARG)

ESTADIO 2 start 12:00 noon
A Dolgopolov (UKR) vs [PR] P Cuevas (URU)
[5] M Granollers (ESP) vs P Andujar (ESP)
S Giraldo (COL) / A Gonzalez (COL) vs J Chardy (FRA) / L Dlouhy (CZE)
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / P Oswald (AUT) vs [4] P Cuevas (URU) / H Zeballos (ARG)

ESTADIO BULLRICH start 12:00 noon
A Gonzalez (COL) vs [8] J Chardy (FRA)
Not Before 2:00 pm
[WC] M Gonzalez (ARG) / E Schwank (ARG) vs [2] J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL)
A Sa (BRA) / J Sousa (POR) vs D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) / A Montanes (ESP)
[3] O Marach (AUT) / F Mergea (ROU) vs P Andujar (ESP) / D Bracciali (ITA)

ESTADIO 3 start 12:00 noon
[Q] R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) vs D Gimeno-Traver (ESP)
Not Before 3:00 pm
After Suitable Rest – P Carreno Busta (ESP) / A Ramos (ESP) vs A Dolgopolov (UKR) / P Starace (ITA)

Doha, Qatar
February 10-February 16, 2014

Results – Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Singles – First Round
(9) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 75 10 ret. (right knee injury)
(WC) Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. (10) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 55 ret. (GI illness)
(12) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Marina Erakovic (NZL) 64 62
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) d. (15) Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 75 61
Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. (16) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 57 64 64
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. (LL) Tadeja Majeric (SLO) 57 62 63
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. (Q) Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 26 61 75 (saved 1mp)
Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 63 64
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 75 46 76(3)
Klara Zakopalova (CZE) d. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 62 64
Karin Knapp (ITA) d. Caroline Garcia (FRA) 64 61
Stefanie Voegele (SUI) d. Alizé Cornet (FRA) 76(6) 75
Zhang Shuai (CHN) d. (Q) Maryna Zanevska (UKR) 63 62
Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d. (WC) Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR) 63 63
Monica Niculescu (ROU) d. (WC) Fatma Al Nabhani (OMA) 61 60
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 64 64
Jana Cepelova (SVK) d. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 64 76(5)
(Q) Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) d. Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) 46 62 63

Doubles – First Round
(6) Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) d. Barthel/Moulton-Levy (GER/USA) 64 76(5)
(7) Pavlyuchenkova/Petrova (RUS/RUS) d. (WC) Beygelzimer/Savchuk (UKR/UKR) 36 64 105 (Match TB)
Raymond/Zhang (USA/CHN) d. Husarova/Rosolska (SVK/POL) 62 63
Chan/Huber (TPE/USA) d. Klemenschits/Olaru (AUT/ROU) 62 63

Order Of Play – Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Centre Court (from 15.30hrs)
1. Li Na vs. Magdalena Rybarikova
2. Petra Kvitova vs. Venus Williams
3. Caroline Wozniacki vs. Yanina Wickmayer
4. Sorana Cirstea vs. Agnieszka Radwanska (NB 20.00hrs)

Court 1 (from 15.30hrs)
1. Hsieh Su-Wei vs. Sara Errani
2. Karolina Pliskova vs. Angelique Kerber
3. Karin Knapp vs. Jelena Jankovic
4. Simona Halep vs. Kaia Kanepi

Court 2 (from 15.30hrs)
1. Alisa Kleybanova vs. Stefanie Voegele
2. Ana Ivanovic vs. Klara Zakopalova (NB 17.00)
3. Jana Cepelova vs. Samantha Stosur
4. Erakovic/Martic vs. Groenefeld/Lucic-Baroni (after suitable rest)

Court 3 (from 15.30hrs)
1. Annika Beck vs. Tsvetana Pironkova
2. Bethanie Mattek-Sands vs. Monica Niculescu (NB 17.00hrs)
3. Jurak/Klepac vs. Flipkens/Schiavone
4. Mladenovic/Pennetta vs. Niculescu/Zakopalova

Court 4 (from 15.30hrs)
1. Barrois/Thorpe vs. Garcia/Kalashnikova
2. Peng Shuai vs. Lucie Safarova
3. Zhang Shuai vs. Petra Cetkovska
4. Kudryavtseva/Rodionova vs. Hlavackova/Safarova

Court 6 (from 16.30hrs)
1. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni



Singles – First Round
A Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) d [6] S Querrey (USA) 26 64 76(7) – saved 1 M.P.
[8] M Kukushkin (KAZ) d T Gabashvili (RUS) 76(9) 75
B Becker (GER) d L Lacko (SVK) 63 62
R Harrison (USA) d B Phau (GER) 63 64
[WC] M Baghdatis (CYP) d [Q] R Ram (USA) 63 64
[Q] A Kuznetsov (USA) d [Q] D Goffin (BEL) 64 63
J Sock (USA) d A Mannarino (FRA) 75 16 76(5)
I Karlovic (CRO) d M Ebden (AUS) 75 64

Doubles – First Round
F Cermak (CZE) / M Elgin (RUS) d [4] S Groth (AUS) / M Mirnyi (BLR) 62 76(4)
C Guccione (AUS) / L Hewitt (AUS) d T Bednarek (POL) / I Karlovic (CRO) 67(2) 64 10-7


STADIUM start 11:00 am
T Smyczek (USA) vs M Russell (USA)
[Q] D Kudla (USA) vs D Young (USA)
J Vesely (CZE) vs J Sock (USA)
Not Before 4:00 pm
R Harrison (USA) vs A Bogomolov Jr. (RUS)
7:00 pm
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [WC] D O’hare (IRL) / J Salisbury (GBR)
[1] [WC] K Nishikori (JPN) vs B Becker (GER)

GRANDSTAND start 12:00 noon
T Gabashvili (RUS) / M Kukushkin (KAZ) vs M Matosevic (AUS) / F Moser (GER)
[3] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) vs M Ebden (AUS) / R Ram (USA)
[Alt] A Mannarino (FRA) / M Russell (USA) vs R Junaid (AUS) / P Marx (GER)



Singles – First Round
[WC] I Sijsling (NED) d [7] M Youzhny (RUS) 62 62
[8] G Dimitrov (BUL) d D Tursunov (RUS) 62 16 64
E Gulbis (LAT) d D Istomin (UZB) 64 76(4)
J Janowicz (POL) d J Benneteau (FRA) 36 64 64
M Cilic (CRO) d L Rosol (CZE) 62 62

Doubles – First Round
L Rosol (CZE) / A Seppi (ITA) d [1] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) 46 76(2) 10-6
J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Nieminen (FIN) d [4] R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) 76(4) 26 11-9
J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) d [Q] M Berrer (GER) / S Stakhovsky (UKR) 62 67(6) 10-5
J Knowle (AUT) / J Peers (AUS) d P Kohlschreiber (GER) / F Mayer (GER) 63 36 10-7


CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
F Verdasco (ESP) vs [6] T Haas (GER)
[WC] T de Bakker (NED) vs [4] R Gasquet (FRA)
[1] J del Potro (ARG) vs G Monfils (FRA)
Not Before 7:30 pm
E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs [2] [WC] A Murray (GBR)
[5] J Tsonga (FRA) vs M Cilic (CRO)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
N Mahut (FRA) vs [LL] D Brands (GER)
[Q] D Thiem (AUT) vs J Nieminen (FIN)
Not Before 3:00 pm
[3] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) vs J Marray (GBR) / D Tursunov (RUS)
Not Before 4:00 pm
Possible Court Change – M Llodra (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) vs [WC] J Huta Galung (NED) / R Hutchins (GBR)


Top Seeds Advance in Rotterdam

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(February 10, 2014) Tomas Berdych, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Philipp Kohlschreiber moved into he next round of Rotterdam on Monday.

The event’s two top seeds, defending champion Juan Martin del Potro and Andy Murray, who took a last-minute wildcard will play on Wednesday.


Singles – First Round
[3] T Berdych (CZE) d A Seppi (ITA) 63 63
[5] J Tsonga (FRA) d F Mayer (GER) 46 63 61
[Q] P Mathieu (FRA) d I Dodig (CRO) 46 76(2) 64
[Q] M Berrer (GER) d [WC] J Huta Galung (NED) 64 26 63
P Kohlschreiber (GER) d [Q] S Stakhovsky (UKR) 62 75

Doubles – First Round
J Benneteau (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d [2] L Kubot (POL) / R Lindstedt (SWE) 63 76(4)
M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d [WC] T de Bakker (NED) / I Sijsling (NED) 63 76(8)

ATP World Tour 500 $1,369,305
Rotterdam, The Netherlands (+1 hour GMT)
10-16 February 2014 Surface: Indoor Hard


CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
E Gulbis (LAT) vs D Istomin (UZB)
M Cilic (CRO) vs L Rosol (CZE)
[7] M Youzhny (RUS) vs [WC] I Sijsling (NED)
Not Before 7:30 pm
D Tursunov (RUS) vs [8] G Dimitrov (BUL)
J Janowicz (POL) vs J Benneteau (FRA)

COURT 1 start 2:00 pm
J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Nieminen (FIN) vs [4] R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK)
Not Before 3:00 pm
P Kohlschreiber (GER) / F Mayer (GER) vs J Knowle (AUT) / J Peers (AUS)
Not Before 4:00 pm
Possible Court Change – J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) vs [Q] M Berrer (GER) / S Stakhovsky (UKR)
[1] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) vs L Rosol (CZE) / A Seppi (ITA)


ATP World Tour Announces 2015 Schedule


(February 10, 2014) The ATP has released the 2015 ATP World Tour calendar following meetings with its ATP Board of Directors in London last week.

The 2015 calendar will feature 62 tournaments in 31 countries across six continents and, for the first time, will incorporate a three-week grass-court swing in the lead up to The Championships, Wimbledon.

The extended grass-court swing will be comprised of events in Stuttgart, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, London-Queen’s, Halle, and a new 48-draw event in Nottingham (previously held as a 28-draw in Eastbourne). Newport will continue to be held the week after Wimbledon. In addition, Queen’s and Halle will be re-categorised as ATP World Tour 500 events, bringing the grass-court season additional weight in the 52-week Emirates ATP Rankings with a 75 percent increase in points attributed to the surface.

China remains the only country outside the United States to host ATP events across ATP World Tour 250 (Shenzhen), ATP World Tour 500 (Beijing), and ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (Shanghai) categories. Meanwhile, the 4-week South American swing continues to be highlighted by the Rio tournament, the first ATP World Tour 500 event to be held in the continent. The weeks for the ATP World Tour 250 events in Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo will be determined in due course.

The ATP will also re-introduce a third tournament in week 17 of the 2015 ATP World Tour calendar alongside the Munich and Oeiras tournaments. The week had previously held the Serbia Open in Belgrade, which saw its last edition in 2012. The ATP will be commencing an application process to lease an ATP World Tour 250 to be played outdoors on clay in the European region.

The full 2015 ATP World Tour calendar is attached.


Fognini Wins Title in Chile

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(February 9, 2014) Top seed Fabio Fognini lived up to his seeding and defeated first-time finalist Leonardo Mayer to claim the title at the Royal Guard Open Chile.

For Fognini this was his his third ATP World Tour title in his last four clay tournaments, adding to his wins at Stuttgart and Hamburg last July. Including a finalist finish in Umag, the World No. 15 has a 19-1 clay-court record since Roland Garros.

“I’m going to stay with the positives” said the Italian. “This was another important week for me. I was coming from reaching the fourth round at the Australian Open after overcoming an injury I had earlier in the year. I couldn’t ask for a better start of the season. It’s the third title, it’s important, and now I go to Buenos Aires with a lot of confidence.”

“I didn’t play that well today and he played incredible,” Mayer said. “I was sick in the morning, I almost didn’t play, but later the doctors and I decided that I could play.”
Fognini will try to reach his fifth straight clay-court final at next week’s Copa Claro in Buenos Aires, where he is the No. 2 seed.