February 10, 2016

Djokovic and Nadal Advance Easily in Doha, Wawrinka Reaches Chennai Quarterfinals

 

(January 6, 2016) Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal made easy work of their opponents to reach the quarterfinals of the Qatar Open in Doha on Wednesday.

No. 1 Djokovic defeated won his 17th straight contest against a Spanish challenger, stopping Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 6-2 while Nadal sent home Robin Haase 6-3, 6-2.

“I’m very pleased with the way I have started this season, with two matches in straight sets,” Djokovic said after the victory. “Tonight was tougher than the first round. Obviously I expected that. Verdasco is a former Top-10 player, somebody that has a lot of weapons in his game and who can create a lot of power from the forehand side. I wanted to take away the time from him. So I tried to mix it up. I served well in important moments.”

Djokovic will face Leonardo Mayer next for a place in the semifinals. “[Mayer] is a very intelligent tennis player,” Djokovic commented. “He knows how to anticipate well on the court and serves very well, even though he has a very high toss, but he doesn’t make too many double faults.”

Nadal will play Andrey Kuznetsov in his quarterfinal match-up.

Nadal was happy with his performance on Wednesday: “I played at a very high level against a good opponent today.

“My serve was a little bit worse than yesterday, but in general I am happy with the victory and my level of tennis. I hit my returns with a lot of confidence.”

As for the Spaniard’s next opponent: “I played against him at Roland Garros a couple of years ago, and he made some great shots. I hope I’ll be able to play at the same level as today.”

 

 

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Qatar ExxonMobil Open

 

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 6 JANUARY 2016

Singles – Second Round
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d F. Verdasco (ESP) 62 62
[2] R. Nadal (ESP) d R. Haase (NED) 63 62
[3] T. Berdych (CZE) d D. Dzumhur (BIH) 60 64
[7] J. Chardy (FRA) d P. Mathieu (FRA) 62 64
[8] L. Mayer (ARG) d P. Andujar (ESP) 62 64
[Q] K. Edmund (GBR) d D. Muñoz de la Nava (ESP) 57 63 76(3)
I. Marchenko (UKR) d T. Gabashvili (RUS) 64 62
A. Kuznetsov (RUS) d R. Berankis (LTU) 76(6) 61

Doubles – Quarterfinals
[1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) d T. Gabashvili (RUS) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 61 61
[2] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d J. Chardy (FRA) / P. Mathieu (FRA) 76(5) 64
[3] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) d S. Bolelli (ITA) / S. Stakhovsky (UKR) 62 67(3) 10-6
[4] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) d D. Marrero (ESP) / A. Seppi (ITA) 62 64

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 7 JANUARY 2016

CENTRE COURT start 3:30 pm
[7] J. Chardy (FRA) vs I. Marchenko (UKR)
A. Kuznetsov (RUS) vs [2] R. Nadal (ESP)
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [8] L. Mayer (ARG)
[3] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [Q] K. Edmund (GBR)

COURT 1 start 4:00 pm
[1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs [4] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT)
[3] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) vs [2] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)

 

 

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Aircel Chennai Open

ATP World Tour 250  $425,535

Chennai, India (+6 hours GMT)
4-10 January 2016   Surface: Hard

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 6 JANUARY 2016

Singles – Second Round
[1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d [WC] A. Rublev (RUS) 63 62
[4] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d J. Millman (AUS) 64 61
[5] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d [Q] A. Pavic (CRO) 76(5) 61
[8] B. Coric (CRO) d A. Krajicek (USA) 62 75

Doubles – First Round
[3] O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) d A. Bedene (GBR) / T. Huey (PHI) 46 64 10-5
[WC] N. Balaji (IND) / R. Ramanathan (IND) d [4] M. Daniell (NZL) / A. Sitak (NZL) 26 76(5) 10-5
[WC] S. Devvarman (IND) / J. Nedunchezhiyan (IND) d N. Monroe (USA) / H. Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) 46 63 10-5
A. Krajicek (USA) / B. Paire (FRA) d S. Betov (BLR) / M. Elgin (RUS) 67(2) 64 15-13

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 7 JANUARY 2016

STADIUM COURT start 5:00 pm
[3] B. Paire (FRA) vs L. Rosol (CZE)
[WC] R. Ramanathan (IND) vs [LL] A. Kudryavtsev (RUS)
A. Krajicek (USA) / B. Paire (FRA) vs [2] M. Granollers (ESP) / L. Paes (IND)

COURT 1 start 5:00 pm
[Q] T. Fabbiano (ITA) vs [6] G. Muller (LUX)
A. Bedene (GBR) vs L. Vanni (ITA)
[3] O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) vs M. Fyrstenberg (POL) / S. Gonzalez (MEX)

COURT 2 start Not Before 7:00 pm
After Suitable Rest – [1] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) vs L. Rosol (CZE) / I. Zelenay (SVK)

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Azarenka and Nishikori Advance in Brisbane

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(January 6, 2016) Garbine Muguruza joined the Brisbane injury list on Wednesday. The Spaniard retired in her match with a left foot injury after trailing 7-6, 1-0 to Varvara Lepchenko. She joins Maria Sharapova and second seed Simona Halep on the sidelines.

BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL
USD 1,000,000.00
1-10 JANUARY, 2016

RESULTS – JANUARY 06, 2016
Women’s Singles – Second Round
V. Lepchenko (USA) d [2] G. Muguruza (ESP) 76(9) 10 Retired
[4] A. Kerber (GER) d M. Brengle (USA) 63 60
[Q] S. Crawford (USA) d [7] B. Bencic (SUI) 75 75
V. Azarenka (BLR) d [LL] Y. Bonaventure (BEL) 63 62
A. Petkovic (GER) d E. Makarova (RUS) 75 64

Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) d B. Bencic (SUI) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) 63 46 10-6
[4] A. Klepac (SLO) / A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) d G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL) 76(5) 60
First Round
[3] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) d M. Gasparyan (RUS) / A. Panova (RUS) 63 60

Men’s Singles – Second Round
[2] K. Nishikori (JPN) d M. Kukushkin (KAZ) 63 64
[3] M. Cilic (CRO) d H. Chung (KOR) 75 76(3)
[7] B. Tomic (AUS) d [PR] R. Stepanek (CZE) 76(6) 46 76(4)
[8] D. Thiem (AUT) d D. Kudla (USA) 63 62

Doubles – Quarter-finals
G. Dimitrov (BUL) / K. Nishikori (JPN) d [1] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) 46 61 10-7
[2] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) d I. Dodig (CRO) / S. Groth (AUS) 76(2) 63
[WC] J. Duckworth (AUS) / C. Guccione (AUS) d [3] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Matkowski (POL) 36 63 10-4

Doubles – First Round
[4] D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) d E. Butorac (USA) / S. Lipsky (USA) 76(5) 46 10-7
[WC] M. Reid (AUS) / J. Smith (AUS) d M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL) 76(1) 64

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, JANUARY 07, 2016
PAT RAFTER ARENA start 11:00 am
WTA – A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [4] A. Kerber (GER)
WTA – A. Petkovic (GER) vs [Q] S. Crawford (USA)
ATP – [Q] I. Dodig (CRO) vs [4] M. Raonic (CAN)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – V. Azarenka (BLR) vs [8] R. Vinci (ITA)
ATP – [1] R. Federer (SUI) vs [Q] T. Kamke (GER)

SHOW COURT 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – [WC] M. Reid (AUS) / J. Smith (AUS) vs [4] D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Lindstedt (SWE)
ATP – [6] D. Goffin (BEL) vs L. Pouille (FRA)
ATP – V. Troicki (SRB) vs G. Dimitrov (BUL)

Not Before 4:30 pm
WTA – [6] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs V. Lepchenko (USA)
WTA – [WC] A. Kerber (GER) / A. Petkovic (GER) vs R. Atawo (USA) / A. Cornet (FRA)

SHOW COURT 2 start Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – after suitable rest – A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) vs [3] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)

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Rafael Nadal Begins 2016 with a Victory Over Countryman Pablo Carreno

(January 5, 2016) Fourteen-time major champion Rafael Nadal notched his first victory of the season besting his Spanish countryman Pablo Carreno 6-7 (5) 6-3, 6-1.

Carreno gave Nadal a test in the first set. Nadal saved three set points but Carreno closed the set out on a fourth set point.

Nadal captured the next two sets in dominant fashion.

Another of Nadal’s countrymen, David Ferrer the defending champion, lost to Illya Marchenko of Ukraine.

 

 

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Qatar ExxonMobil Open

 

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 5 JANUARY 2016

Singles – First Round
[2] R. Nadal (ESP) d P. Carreno Busta (ESP) 67(5) 63 61
[3] T. Berdych (CZE) d S. Stakhovsky (UKR) 75 64
I. Marchenko (UKR) d [4] D. Ferrer (ESP) 67(8) 63 62
R. Berankis (LTU) d [6] A. Seppi (ITA) 36 61 64
[8] L. Mayer (ARG) d [Q] B. Becker (GER) 61 62
F. Verdasco (ESP) d [WC] M. Jaziri (TUN) 76(4) 76(4)
P. Andujar (ESP) d P. Lorenzi (ITA) 64 06 64
P. Mathieu (FRA) d A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 63 46 76(7) – saved 1 M.P.
T. Gabashvili (RUS) d S. Bolelli (ITA) 46 64 61

Doubles – First Round

[1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) d J. Erlich (ISR) / C. Fleming (GBR) 76(4) 63
[2] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d R. Albot (MDA) / M. Klizan (SVK) 63 63
[3] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) d W. Koolhof (NED) / M. Middelkoop (NED) 76(5) 64
[4] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) d [WC] M. Zayed (QAT) / M. Zayid (QAT) 61 61
S. Bolelli (ITA) / S. Stakhovsky (UKR) d J. Knowle (AUT) / A. Sa (BRA) 76(6) 61
SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 6 JANUARY 2016

CENTRE COURT start 3:30 pm

[7] J. Chardy (FRA) vs P. Mathieu (FRA)
Not Before 5:00 pm
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs F. Verdasco (ESP)
R. Haase (NED) vs [2] R. Nadal (ESP)
[3] T. Berdych (CZE) vs D. Dzumhur (BIH)

COURT 1 start 3:30 pm

T. Gabashvili (RUS) vs I. Marchenko (UKR)
R. Berankis (LTU) vs A. Kuznetsov (RUS)
[Q] K. Edmund (GBR) vs D. Muñoz de la Nava (ESP)

COURT 2 start 3:30 pm

P. Andujar (ESP) vs [8] L. Mayer (ARG)
S. Bolelli (ITA) / S. Stakhovsky (UKR) vs [3] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP)
After Suitable Rest – [1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs T. Gabashvili (RUS) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)

COURT 3 start 4:00 pm

[4] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) vs D. Marrero (ESP) / A. Seppi (ITA)
After Suitable Rest – J. Chardy (FRA) / P. Mathieu (FRA) vs [2] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)

 

 

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Aircel Chennai Open

ATP World Tour 250  $425,535

Chennai, India (+6 hours GMT)
4-10 January 2016   Surface: Hard

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 5 JANUARY 2016

Singles – First Round
[5] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d T. Daniel (JPN) 46 75 62
[6] G. Muller (LUX) d [WC] K. Khachanov (RUS) 67(3) 76(4) 62
A. Bedene (GBR) d [7] V. Pospisil (CAN) 75 76(6)
[WC] A. Rublev (RUS) d [Q] S. Devvarman (IND) 63 36 63
L. Rosol (CZE) d S. Giraldo (COL) 63 64
[Q] T. Fabbiano (ITA) d [Q] J. Kovalik (SVK) 16 63 64
A. Krajicek (USA) d R. Ram (USA) 67(0) 64 64
L. Vanni (ITA) d J. Struff (GER) 64 76(5)
[WC] R. Ramanathan (IND) d D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 62 60

Doubles – First Round
[2] M. Granollers (ESP) / L. Paes (IND) d [Alt] T. Daniel (JPN) / J. Millman (AUS) 62 63
M. Fyrstenberg (POL) / S. Gonzalez (MEX) d A. Bury (BLR) / B. Coric (CRO) 64 63
SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 6 JANUARY 2016

STADIUM COURT start 5:00 pm
[8] B. Coric (CRO) vs A. Krajicek (USA)
[1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs [WC] A. Rublev (RUS)
J. Millman (AUS) vs [4] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)

COURT 1 start 5:00 pm
[WC] N. Balaji (IND) / R. Ramanathan (IND) vs [4] M. Daniell (NZL) / A. Sitak (NZL)
[Q] A. Pavic (CRO) vs [5] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
[WC] S. Devvarman (IND) / J. Nedunchezhiyan (IND) vs N. Monroe (USA) / H. Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI)

COURT 2 start 6:00 pm
[3] O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) vs A. Bedene (GBR) / T. Huey (PHI)
After Suitable Rest – A. Krajicek (USA) / B. Paire (FRA) vs S. Betov (BLR) / M. Elgin (RUS)

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Petra Kvitova Pulls Out of Shenzhen Open

 

 

(January 5, 2016) Petra Kvitova was forced to retire from her opening match at the Shenzhen Open due to a gastrointestinal illness. China’s Zheng Saisai took the first set 6-2 when the Czech retired.

 

 

Shenzhen Open

SHENZHEN OPEN – SHENZHEN, CHINA
$ 500,000.00
2-9 JANUARY, 2016

 

RESULTS – JANUARY 05, 2016
Women’s
Singles – First Round

[1] A. Radwanska (POL) d A. Krunic (SRB) 64 63
S. Zheng (CHN) d [2] P. Kvitova (CZE) 62 00 Retired – gastrointestinal illness
Q. Wang (CHN) d [5] J. Konta (GBR) 63 36 63
[6] E. Bouchard (CAN) d D. Vekic (CRO) 64 16 75
[WC] S. Zhang (CHN) d [WC] I. Khromacheva (RUS) 63 63
V. King (USA) d [LL] S. Voegele (SUI) 75 64
[Q] N. Gibbs (USA) d [Q] T. Smitkova (CZE) 60 62
A. Kontaveit (EST) d [Q] Y. Shvedova (KAZ) 64 76(5)

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

[3] V. Dushevina (RUS) / K. Siniakova (CZE) d A. Beck (GER) / E. Rodina (RUS) 76(3) 63
[4] C. Buyukakcay (TUR) / A. Krunic (SRB) d M. Linette (POL) / K. Zhang (CHN) walkover – gastrointestinal illness, Linette
C. Mitu (ROU) / P. Tig (ROU) d Z. Diyas (KAZ) / L. Zhang (HKG) 62 64

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 06, 2016
CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[3] I. Begu (ROU) vs A. Friedsam (GER)
[6] E. Bouchard (CAN) vs [Q] N. Gibbs (USA)

Not Before 2:00 pm
[1] A. Radwanska (POL) vs [WC] S. Zhang (CHN)
A. Kontaveit (EST) vs S. Zheng (CHN)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
T. Babos (HUN) vs [4] M. Niculescu (ROU)

Not Before 12:30 pm
V. King (USA) vs Q. Wang (CHN)
[4] C. Buyukakcay (TUR) / A. Krunic (SRB) vs C. Liang (CHN) / S. Peng (CHN)
After suitable rest – I. Khromacheva (RUS) / L. Marozava (BLR) vs V. King (USA) / M. Niculescu (ROU)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
A. Riske (USA) vs S. Hsieh (TPE)
K. Siniakova (CZE) vs [7] Z. Diyas (KAZ)
C. Mitu (ROU) / P. Tig (ROU) vs [3] V. Dushevina (RUS) / K. Siniakova (CZE)

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Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep Withdraw From Brisbane International

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(January 5, 2016) The Brisbane International was struck with two major withdrawals on Tuesday as defending champion Maria Sharapova and top seed Simona Halep pulled out of the tournament before play a match.

Sharapova cited a sore left forearm injury while Halep had problem with her left Achilles tendon. Halep was scheduled to play 2-time major champion Victoria Azarenka in the second round.

 

BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL
USD 1,000,000.00
1-10 JANUARY, 2016
RESULTS – JANUARY 05, 2016
Women’s Singles – Second Round
[6] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d S. Stosur (AUS) 61 67(3) 64
[8] R. Vinci (ITA) d D. Cibulkova (SVK) 61 61
A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d A. Cornet (FRA) 62 16 64
First Round
E. Makarova (RUS) d [LL] M. Gasparyan (RUS) 64 26 63
Women’s Doubles – First Round
[WC] A. Kerber (GER) / A. Petkovic (GER) d K. Bondarenko (UKR) / O. Savchuk (UKR) 76(2) 63

Men’s Singles – First Round
[6] D. Goffin (BEL) d T. Bellucci (BRA) 64 64
[7] B. Tomic (AUS) d N. Mahut (FRA) 64 63
[8] D. Thiem (AUT) d [WC] J. Duckworth (AUS) 36 64 63
V. Troicki (SRB) d S. Johnson (USA) 76(3) 61
L. Pouille (FRA) d [Q] Y. Nishioka (JPN) 46 63 75
[Q] I. Dodig (CRO) d [Q] O. Anderson (AUS) 63 62
[PR] R. Stepanek (CZE) d D. Lajovic (SRB) 60 63
M. Kukushkin (KAZ) d D. Istomin (UZB) 62 75

Men’s Doubles – First Round
I. Dodig (CRO) / S. Groth (AUS) d D. Lajovic (SRB) / V. Troicki (SRB) 63 36 10-3
ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 06, 2016
PAT RAFTER ARENA start 11:00 am
ATP – D. Kudla (USA) vs [8] D. Thiem (AUT)

Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – M. Kukushkin (KAZ) vs [2] K. Nishikori (JPN)

Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – [LL] Y. Bonaventure (BEL) vs V. Azarenka (BLR)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – possible court change – [7] B. Tomic (AUS) or N. Mahut (FRA) vs [PR] R. Stepanek (CZE)

Not Before 8:00 pm
WTA – V. Lepchenko (USA) vs [2] G. Muguruza (ESP)
SHOW COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – M. Brengle (USA) vs [4] A. Kerber (GER)
WTA – E. Makarova (RUS) vs A. Petkovic (GER)
ATP – [3] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Matkowski (POL) vs [WC] J. Duckworth (AUS) / C. Guccione (AUS)
ATP – possible court change – [3] M. Cilic (CRO) vs H. Chung (KOR)
SHOW COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – [Q] S. Crawford (USA) vs [7] B. Bencic (SUI)
ATP – [WC] M. Reid (AUS) / J. Smith (AUS) vs M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL)
ATP – I. Dodig (CRO) / S. Groth (AUS) vs [2] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS)

Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – TBA – [1] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) vs G. Dimitrov (BUL) / K. Nishikori (JPN)
COURT 6 start 11:00 am
WTA – [4] A. Klepac (SLO) / A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) vs G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL)
ATP – E. Butorac (USA) / S. Lipsky (USA) vs [4] D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Lindstedt (SWE)
WTA – M. Gasparyan (RUS) / A. Panova (RUS) vs [3] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)
WTA – [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs B. Bencic (SUI) / K. Mladenovic (FRA)

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Defending Auckland Champ Venus Williams Falls in Opener

(January 5, 2016) Defending Auckland champion and top seed Venus Williams fell 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-2 to Russian teenage wild card Daria Kasatkina in the first round of the ASB Classic.
No. 7 Williams made 73 unforced errors during the match.

The event was dealt another blow when Ana Ivanovic, the 2014 champion lost to Naomi  Broady 7-5, 6-4.
ASB CLASSIC – AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
USD 250, 000
4-9 JANUARY, 2016

Results – Tuesday, Jan 5

Women’s Singles
First Round
D. Kasatkina (RUS) d [1] V. Williams (USA) 67(4) 63 63
[Q] N. Broady (GBR) d [2] A. Ivanovic (SRB) 75 64
[3] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d D. Kovinic (MNE) 64 64
[7] B. Strycova (CZE) d [Q] K. Bertens (NED) 62 64
J. Goerges (GER) d L. Hradecka (CZE) 60 63
[Q] T. Paszek (AUT) d [WC] F. Schiavone (ITA) 76(3) 46 63
[Q] K. Flipkens (BEL) d B. Mattek-Sands (USA) 36 64 63
[WC] M. Erakovic (NZL) d Y. Putintseva (KAZ) 76(2) 76(3)
C. Mchale (USA) d M. Doi (JPN) 62 64

Women’s Doubles
First Round
[3] A. Groenefeld (GER) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) d J. Larsson (SWE) / A. Van Uytvanck (BEL) 75 61
L. Kichenok (UKR) / N. Kichenok (UKR) d J. Rae (GBR) / A. Smith (GBR) 63 63
D. Kovinic (MNE) / B. Strycova (CZE) d T. Maria (GER) / L. Siegemund (GER) 76(4) 62

Schedule – Wednesday, Jan 6

CENTRE COURT start 12:15 pm
[4] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [Q] T. Paszek (AUT)
[WC] J. Ostapenko (LAT) vs [Q] N. Broady (GBR)
A. Dulgheru (ROU) vs [WC] M. Erakovic (NZL)
Not Before 6:30 pm
C. Mchale (USA) vs [3] C. Wozniacki (DEN)
M. Erakovic (NZL) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP) vs [2] J. Goerges (GER) / K. Srebotnik (SLO)

GRANDSTAND start 12:15 pm
[5] S. Stephens (USA) vs C. Witthoeft (GER)
[Q] K. Flipkens (BEL) vs I. Falconi (USA)
J. Goerges (GER) vs [7] B. Strycova (CZE)
Not Before 4:30 pm After suitable rest
[WC] K. Flipkens (BEL) / A. Ivanovic (SRB) vs E. Mertens (BEL) / A. Mestach (BEL)
M. Irigoyen (ARG) / B. Krejcikova (CZE) vs L. Kichenok (UKR) / N. Kichenok (UKR)

COURT 2 start 1:00 pm
D. Kasatkina (RUS) vs N. Hibino (JPN)

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Tennis – Novak Djokovic Gets First Win of the Year: Doha and Chennai Results

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(January 4, 2016) Novak Djokovic needed only 51 minutes to dismiss qualifier Dustin Brown 6-2 to open his 2016 season at the Qatar Open in Doha.

In 2015 the world No. 1 had a career year winning three majors and a total of 11 tournaments going 82-6 on the year. Doha was the only tournament last year in which he played where he did not reach the final. He fell in the quarterfinals.

“Obviously you never know how you’re going to start from the blocks,”Djokovic said. “You can do your best to prepare yourself well, which I did. I think I used the off season very well to train to get my body in the right shape, and I think it was a very good start.”

 

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Qatar ExxonMobil Open

ATP World Tour 250

Doha, Qatar (+3 hours GMT)
4-9 January 2016   Surface: Hard

RESULTS – MONDAY, 4 JANUARY 2016

Singles – First Round
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [Q] D. Brown (GER) 62 62
D. Muñoz de la Nava (ESP) d [5] F. Lopez (ESP) 36 76(4) 75
[7] J. Chardy (FRA) d [WC] M. Zayid (QAT) 61 61
D. Dzumhur (BIH) d M. Cecchinato (ITA) 64 62
[Q] K. Edmund (GBR) d M. Klizan (SVK) 62 63
A. Kuznetsov (RUS) d [WC] M. Ilhan (TUR) 62 64
R. Haase (NED) d [Q] A. Karatsev (RUS) 57 61 75

Doubles – First Round
T. Gabashvili (RUS) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d R. Nadal (ESP) / F. Verdasco (ESP) 67(4) 64 11-9
D. Marrero (ESP) / A. Seppi (ITA) d P. Andujar (ESP) / L. Mayer (ARG) 76(4) 63
J. Chardy (FRA) / P. Mathieu (FRA) d [WC] J. Ali Mutawa (QAT) / M. Jaziri (TUN) 62 62

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 5 JANUARY 2016

CENTRE COURT start 3:30 pm
[3] T. Berdych (CZE) vs S. Stakhovsky (UKR)
I. Marchenko (UKR) vs [4] D. Ferrer (ESP)
P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs [2] R. Nadal (ESP)
F. Verdasco (ESP) vs [WC] M. Jaziri (TUN)

COURT 1 start 3:30 pm
T. Gabashvili (RUS) vs S. Bolelli (ITA)
[Q] B. Becker (GER) vs [8] L. Mayer (ARG)
S. Bolelli (ITA) / S. Stakhovsky (UKR) vs J. Knowle (AUT) / A. Sa (BRA)
[1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs J. Erlich (ISR) / C. Fleming (GBR)

COURT 2 start 3:30 pm
[4] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) vs [WC] M. Zayed (QAT) / M. Zayid (QAT)
A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs P. Mathieu (FRA)
[6] A. Seppi (ITA) vs R. Berankis (LTU)

COURT 3 start 3:30 pm
P. Andujar (ESP) vs P. Lorenzi (ITA)
W. Koolhof (NED) / M. Middelkoop (NED) vs [3] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP)
R. Albot (MDA) / M. Klizan (SVK) vs [2] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)

 

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Aircel Chennai Open

ATP World Tour 250  $425,535

Chennai, India (+6 hours GMT)
4-10 January 2016   Surface: Hard

RESULTS – MONDAY, 4 JANUARY 2016

Singles – First Round
[8] B. Coric (CRO) d M. Granollers (ESP) 76(5) 26 64
[Q] A. Pavic (CRO) d N. Almagro (ESP) 36 75 76(1)
J. Millman (AUS) d E. Donskoy (RUS) 67(5) 64 76(6) – saved 2 M.P.

Doubles – First Round
[1] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d [PR] M. Bhupathi (IND) / G. Muller (LUX) 63 67(2) 10-7
L. Rosol (CZE) / I. Zelenay (SVK) d P. Oswald (AUT) / A. Shamasdin (CAN) 63 75

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 5 JANUARY 2016

STADIUM COURT start 5:00 pm
[WC] A. Rublev (RUS) vs [Q] S. Devvarman (IND)
[WC] R. Ramanathan (IND) vs D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP)
G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs [2] M. Granollers (ESP) / L. Paes (IND)

COURT 1 start 4:00 pm
T. Daniel (JPN) vs [5] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
S. Giraldo (COL) vs L. Rosol (CZE)
[WC] K. Khachanov (RUS) vs [6] G. Muller (LUX)
Not Before 7:00 pm
[7] V. Pospisil (CAN) vs A. Bedene (GBR)

COURT 2 start 4:00 pm
A. Bury (BLR) / B. Coric (CRO) vs M. Fyrstenberg (POL) / S. Gonzalez (MEX)
R. Ram (USA) vs A. Krajicek (USA)
L. Vanni (ITA) vs J. Struff (GER)
Not Before 7:00 pm
[Q] T. Fabbiano (ITA) vs [Q] J. Kovalik (SVK)

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Bryans, Chung, Djokovic, Federer, Paire & Zverev Honored In 2015 ATP World Tour Awards

(November 11, 2015) ATP World Tour, LONDON — Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Bob and Mike Bryan have been honoured in the 2015 ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon. While the ATP World Tour No. 1 Doubles Team presented by Emirates Award is still to be decided between four teams, all the other award winners have been announced today.

Djokovic receives the ATP World Tour No. 1 award presented by Emirates for a second straight year and fourth time overall, following an unbroken stint at No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings since 7 July 2014.

Federer has been selected by his peers as winner of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for an 11th time and by fans as the ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon for a 13th straight year. Since 2003, Federer has won a record total of 31 ATP World Tour Awards.

The Bryan twins are the recipients of the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award for their off-court philanthropy with their charitable foundation, Bryan Bros, raising money for dozens of beneficiaries. They also take home the ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon for a record 11th time and remain in contention for the ATP World Tour No. 1 Doubles Team presented by Emirates.

The 18-year-old Alexander Zverev wins the ATP Star of Tomorrow Award presented by Emirates for being the youngest player ranked in the Top 100, while players have voted Hyeon Chung as the Most Improved Player of the Year and recognised Benoit Paire as the Comeback Player of the Year.

Players will receive their awards in on-court ceremonies at The O2 throughout the tournament week.

Well-known writer Linda Pearce of The Age (Melbourne, Australia) is the recipient of the Ron Bookman Media Excellence Award while the ATP Tournament of the Year awards will be announced in 2016.

Visit the ATP World Tour Awards section on ATPWorldTour.com

2015 ATP WORLD TOUR AWARDS

ATP World Tour No. 1 presented by Emirates
(determined by Emirates ATP Rankings)
Novak Djokovic: The 28-year-old Serbian has become the sixth player to clinch the year-end No. 1 Emirates ATP Rankings on four or more occasions, following in the footsteps of Pete Sampras (six years), Jimmy Connors and Roger Federer (five years), Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe (four years). In 2015, Djokovic reached all four Grand Slams finals (3-1 record), eight ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament finals, winning titles in Indian Wells, Miami, Monte-Carlo, Rome, Shanghai and Paris. He also lifted the Beijing trophy among 14 finals. He comes to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals with a 78-5 match record, the sixth time in eight years he’s reached at least 70 wins.

ATP World Tour No. 1 Doubles Team presented by Emirates
(determined by Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings)
Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan, Jean-Julien Rojer & Horia Tecau, Ivan Dodig & Marcelo Melo, and Jamie Murray & John Peers will battle to finish as the No. 1 duo in the Emirates ATP Rankings at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The Bryans have won the award 10 times overall (2003, ‘05-07, ‘09-14).

ATP Star of Tomorrow Award presented by Emirates
(determined by Emirates ATP Rankings)
Alexander Zverev: This category in its third year, replacing the player-voted Newcomer of the Year, is awarded to the youngest player in the Top 100 of Emirates ATP Rankings as of 9 November. Zverev, who began the season ranked No. 136, broke into the Top 100 on 18 May and reached a career-high No. 74 on 29 June. The 18-year-old German reached the Bastad semi-finals and the Washington, D.C. quarter-finals. He also won one ATP Challenger Tour title at Heilbronn.

Most Improved Player of the Year
(voted by ATP players)
Hyeon Chung: The 19-year-old Korean climbed more than 120 places from No. 173 in the Emirates ATP Rankings at the start of the year, winning four titles on the ATP Challenger Tour in 2015. He also reached the Shenzhen quarter-finals and is currently at a career-high of No. 51.

Comeback Player of the Year
(voted by ATP players)
Benoit Paire:  A knee injury and long months of inactivity in 2014, saw the Frenchman drop out of the Top 150 in the Emirates ATP Rankings but in 2015 he produced a dramatic resurgence. He captured his first ATP World Tour title at Bastad in July to become the first player since Steve Darcis in 2007 to win an ATP World Tour, ATP Challenger Tour and ITF Future title in the same season. He recorded his first Top 5 win over No. 4-ranked Kei Nishikori in the US Open first round and went on to finish runner-up at Tokyo where he beat Nishikori again in the semi-finals. He is currently at a career-high No. 20 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship
(voted by ATP players)
Roger Federer: Fellow players voted the Swiss as the winner of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for the 11th time and fifth year in a row. He also won the award six straight years from 2004-09. Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Kevin Anderson were also nominated in this category.

Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year
(awarded by ATP)
Bob and Mike Bryan: The Californian twins have shown the same commitment to their off-court philanthropy, with their charitable foundation, Bryan Bros, raising money for dozens of beneficiaries. The foundation’s mission is to “support and grow the dreams of children”, which it does by “identifying and supporting charities and causes that help at-risk youth survive and thrive”. Tennis is at the core of what the brothers’ foundation does, as it “promotes the ideals of sport, and tennis in particular, to emphasize the values of hard work, dedication and perseverance”.

ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon (Singles)
(voted by fans)
Roger Federer: The Swiss has been voted ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon for a record 13th straight year, receiving 65 per cent of all votes cast. Rafael Nadal finished in second, followed by Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori.

ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon (Doubles)
(voted by fans)
Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan: The Bryan twins received 35 per cent of votes to be named the ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon for a record 11th time. Australian Open champions Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini came in as the second most popular duo, followed by Jamie Murray and John Peers in third place.

Ron Bookman Media Excellence
(awarded by ATP)
Linda Pearce: The Melbourne-based sports writer covered her first Grand Slam in 1988. As the long-time chief tennis writer for The Age, she has since covered almost 50 majors, as well as four Davis Cup finals, multiple Olympic Games. She has won multiple media awards as a news and feature writer.

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Novak Djokovic Three-peats at Paris Masters for Tenth Title of the Year

(November 8, 2015) Novak Djokovic claimed his third straight Paris Masters title, a record fourth overall for his 10 tournament victory of the year when he beat Andy Murray 6-2, 6-4 on Sunday.

The World No. 1 now has 58 titles in his career, 26 in Masters Series 1000 events, two behind record holder Rafael Nadal. The 10-time major champion has set a record for winning six ATP Masters events in a season. He is currently on a 22-match winning streak.

“There was couple of games in the second set where Andy started turning things around, so things could have gone different way as they did maybe yesterday against (Stan) Wawrinka at same stage,” Djokovic said. “But I managed to stay tough. It was, all in all, the best performance of the week, and it came at the right time.”
“Congratulations to Novak,” Murray said after the match. “It’s been a great year for him. It’s been a great week for me – first time past the quarterfinals. That’s progress and I hope to be back next year.”
“I think I was very solid from the very first point, really protecting the baseline, trying to be the one that dictates the play,” said the Serb who is having a career year. “I think in terms of physical and mental ability, I have reached my peak.”

Djokovic is now 21-9 against Murray overall. He’s won 10 of the last 11 head-to-head battles.

Next stop for both Djokovic and Murray will be The O2 Arena in London for the ATP World Tour Finals.

“I’m hoping that I can repeat the kind of performances and success I have had (at the ATP World Tour Finals) in previous years,” Djokovic said. (The O2 Arena) is a great stage for a tennis tournament.”

The ATP World Tour year end event begins on November 15.

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Berdych, Ferrer and Cilic Take ATP Titles

Tomas Berdych

Tomas Berdych

(October 25, 2015) Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer and Marin Cilic won singles titles on the ATP World Tour this week.

Tomas Berdych claimed the Stockholm Open for a third time besting American Jack Sock 7-6 (1), 6-2 in the final. Bedych came back from a break down in the first set.

It’s Berdych’s 12th ATP World Tour title. The Czech, who has already qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals in London in November.

“I’ve definitely built up a good history here, which always helps,” Berdych said. “The tournament does a really good job taking care of us, making us feel at home. Sometimes you find a place in the world that suits you well, and it’s the case here. I’m glad to be able to add to my titles here.”
Later in the day, Sock and Nicholas Monroe won their first team doubles title as a team against Mate Pavic and Michael Venus. For Sock, this was his third doubles title of the year.

“My goal is always to do the best I can in singles,” Sock said. Doubles I play for fun and to get some more practice during the week, so singles is definitely my priority. (Berdych) is top-five, top-seven in the world for a reason. He stays in every game.”

 

 

David Ferrer

David Ferrer

 

David Ferrer made strides to reach the ATP World Tour Finals in London next month when the Spaniard won his 26th career title coming back from a set down to beat American Steve Johnson 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 to win the Erste Bank Open in Vienna on Sunday. The top seed and world No. 8 won his fifth title of the year. He won titles in Doha, Rio de Janeiro, Acapulco and Kuala Lumpur.

“It was a very tough match and difficult to beat Steve, who has a good serve and played aggressively throughout the match,” Ferrer said. “I waited for my opportunity and my experience counted. He also had his chance to win the tournament. Steve is playing very well, he’s beaten a lot of good players this week.”

“He just had a bit more experience,” said first-time ATP finalist Johnson who is ranked 47th. “I had some looks at 5-4 [in the third set], then at 5-5 he played a couple of incredible shots. I had an awesome week and am super-proud about how I played. I’m not going to be sad about this week and I look forward to the rest of the year. I have gained a lot of confidence and will work hard in the off season, because I know I can beat these guys.”
In the doubles final, first-time partners Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo came back from a set and a break down to win the final 4-6, 7-6(3) 10-6.

With the win, Melo will move up to No. 1 in the doubles rankings on November 2.

“I’m living the dream, playing three tournaments and winning 500, 1000 and 500 [Emirates ATP Rankings] points again,” Melo said. “There was a lot of pressure on my shoulders to become No. 1, this is a tough achievement. I am a really lucky guy to [soon-to-be] No. 1 with the Bryans still around.”

“It’s an amazing feeling, following surgery in May and the decision to focus solely on doubles,” Kubot said. “I couldn’t find a permanent partner this year, after I came back, so I am very happy to have won one of my favourite tournaments. I’m glad they got [ATP World Tour] 500-level status, because they really do deserve it as an indoor tournament. It’s my fourth title of the year, with my fourth different partner on four different surfaces. I am very happy to have played with Marcelo, maintaining his momentum. Our opponents had everything under control, but we took our chances and won the last point.”

 

Marin Cilic

Marin Cilic

In a case of what the late Hall of Fame baseball player Yogi Berra would have said, it was déjà vu all over again as Marin Cilic defended his title at the Kremlin Cup, in a repeat of last year’s final beating Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4 – the same score as last year.

For the 2014 US Open champion, it’s his 14th career crown and his first final since last year’s Moscow final.

“Maybe the first four or five games I didn’t feel so confident, but then it got better,” said the Croatian. “I’m glad the result was repeated. Last year was emotional for me. Of course, this year’s a little different. I felt very comfortable and relaxed on the court. Perhaps the victory this year is special in the sense that it is usually more difficult to defend than to win the tournament for the first time. The Kremlin Cup has become special for me and I can’t wait to come back here again.”

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