Tennis Schedules for Delray Beach, Dubai, Marseille and Rio De Janeiro

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ATP World Tour 250  €565,735 (€632,840 Total Financial Commitment)
Delray Beach, U.S.A. (-5 hours GMT)
16-22 February 2015   Surface: Hard

Delray Beach presented by the Venetian Las Vegas


STADIUM start 11:00 am
M Jaziri (TUN) / M Matosevic (AUS) vs [2] R Klaasen (RSA) / L Paes (IND)
Not Before 12:30 pm
L. Lacko (SVK) vs [WC] D. Kudla (USA)
Not Before 2:30 pm
T. Gabashvili (RUS) vs [3] A. Dolgopolov (UKR)
6:00 pm
B Tomic (AUS) / V Troicki (SRB) vs [4] S Groth (AUS) / C Guccione (AUS)
Not Before 8:00 pm
[4] I. Karlovic (CRO) vs D. Brown (GER)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
Final Round Qualifying – Qualifying – [2] V. Hanescu (ROU) vs E. Quigley (USA)
Not Before 12:30 pm
E Butorac (USA) / R Ram (USA) vs M Kukushkin (KAZ) / Y Lu (TPE)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
Final Round Qualifying – Qualifying – [4] Y. Nishioka (JPN) vs S. Bangoura (USA)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
Final Round Qualifying – Qualifying – R. Ginepri (USA) vs J. Smith (AUS)
Final Round Qualifying – Qualifying – [3] T. Kokkinakis (AUS) vs [7] A. Kuznetsov (USA) 


15-21 FEBRUARY 2015

Singles – First Round
[10] [WC] F. Pennetta (ITA) d [LL] J. Goerges (GER) 26 76(3) 64 (saved 4mp)
[12] J. Jankovic (SRB) d [Q] T. Babos (HUN) 63 46 61
[15] A. Cornet (FRA) d K. Flipkens (BEL) 60 67(6) 63
T. Pironkova (BUL) d K. Koukalova (CZE) 63 46 63
Z. Diyas (KAZ) d A. Beck (GER) 62 62
S. Stosur (AUS) d [Q] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 63 61
S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d K. Kanepi (EST) 41 ret. (lower back injury)
B. Bencic (SUI) d K. Knapp (ITA) 64 64
[WC] C. Dellacqua (AUS) d [LL] K. Siniakova (CZE) 63 64
S. Lisicki (GER) d M. Niculescu (ROU) 63 64
C. Garcia (FRA) d [Q] Ar. Rodionova (AUS) 63 62

Doubles – First Round
A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d G Dabrowski (CAN) / A Rosolska (POL) 64 75
[WC] F Al Nabhani (OMA) / M Barthel (GER) d Y Beygelzimer (UKR) / K Kozlova (UKR) 62 57 10-6

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 pm
[LL] E. Vesnina (RUS) vs [16] S. Peng (CHN)
H. Watson (GBR) vs [Q] K. Kozlova (UKR)
[17] K. Pliskova (CZE) vs A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)

Not Before 7:00 pm
M. Barthel (GER) vs [WC] D. Hantuchova (SVK)
[8] V. Williams (USA) vs B. Bencic (SUI)

COURT 1 start 12:00 pm
[Q] J. Gajdosova (AUS) vs G. Muguruza (ESP)
V. Zvonareva (RUS) vs C. Giorgi (ITA)
C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs E. Svitolina (UKR)
M. Puig (PUR) vs [11] L. Safarova (CZE)

COURT 2 start 1:00 pm
J Goerges (GER) / A Groenefeld (GER) vs [5] R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA)
K Jans-Ignacik (POL) / A Klepac (SLO) vs A Rodionova (AUS) / A Rodionova (AUS)
C Dellacqua (AUS) / S Stosur (AUS) vs J Gajdosova (AUS) / S Lisicki (GER)

COURT 3 start 12:00 pm
[Q] Q. Wang (CHN) vs K. Nara (JPN)
[Q] G. Dabrowski (CAN) vs [WC] C. Buyukakcay (TUR)
B. Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) vs [Q] Y. Beygelzimer (UKR)




ATP World Tour 250  €565,735 (€632,840 Total Financial Commitment)
Marseille, France (+1 hour GMT)
16-22 February 2015   Surface: Indoor Hard

Open 13

Marseille, France


COURT CENTRAL start 12:00 noon
Qualifying – [4] N. Mahut (FRA) vs R. Boutillier (FRA)
Qualifying – J. Milton (GBR) vs [5] P. Herbert (FRA)

Not Before 4:30 pm
Qualifying – [2] M. Ilhan (TUR) vs [7] A. Zverev (GER)

Not Before 6:30 pm
[8] L. Rosol (CZE) vs S. Stakhovsky (UKR)

Not Before 8:00 pm
[WC] B. Coric (CRO) vs D. Istomin (UZB)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
Qualifying – [3] K. De Schepper (FRA) vs D. Guez (FRA)
C Fleming (GBR) / J Marray (GBR) vs [WC] C Hsieh (TPE) / H Lee (TPE) 


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (-3 hours GMT)
16-22 February 2015   Surface: Clay

Rio Open presented by Claro


CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
WTA – O. Rogowska (AUS) vs [2] I. Begu (ROU)

Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs A. Haider-Maurer (AUT)

Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – [Q] M. Cecchinato (ITA) vs J. Nieminen (FIN)

Not Before 4:45 pm
WTA – P. Parmentier (FRA) vs [WC] G. Ce (BRA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [WC] E. Ymer (SWE) vs [3] T. Robredo (ESP)
ATP – [Q] T. de Bakker (NED) vs [WC] G. Clezar (BRA)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – M. Torró-Flor (ESP) vs [5] J. Larsson (SWE)

Not Before 12:30 pm
ATP – C Berlocq (ARG) / L Mayer (ARG) vs N Almagro (ESP) / F Fognini (ITA)
ATP – [WC] A Sa (BRA) / J Souza (BRA) vs M Gonzalez (ARG) / J Monaco (ARG)
WTA – [4] M. Brengle (USA) vs [Q] A. Bogdan (ROU)

COURT 3 start 11:00 am
WTA – [8] C. Scheepers (RSA) vs G. Min (USA)

Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – [WC] F De Paula (BRA) / M Demoliner (BRA) vs M Klizan (SVK) / P Oswald (AUT)

COURT 5 start 11:00 am
WTA – C Alves (BRA) / I Gamarra Martins (BRA) vs C Hsu (TPE) / E Kostova (BUL)
WTA – T Bua (ARG) / A Gamiz (VEN) vs E Bogdan (ROU) / N Melichar (USA)
WTA – [Q] Mo. Gonzalez (PAR) vs L. Domínguez Lino (ESP)



Kei Nishikori Three-peats at Memphis Open

Kei Nishikori Memphis 2014

(February 15, 2015) Kei Nishikori is the first man to “three-peat” at the Memphis Open, taking his third straight title defeating South African Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4 in the final Sunday. For Japan’s Nishikori who is 10-2 this year, he earned his eighth career ATP title.

“I think I am going to move here soon,” Nishikori said during the trophy ceremony.

“It’s (an) amazing feeling because nobody ever done this before at this tournament, so it’s something special,” Nishikori continued. “But, you know, I think I have to do better to keep this, and hopefully I can keep going.”

For Anderson  who regularly practices with Nishikori, he has now has lost six straight finals.

It was a two-set win on Sunday, but the world No. 5 had three three-set battles en route to the final. In his the semifinal, Nishikori outlasted Sam Querrey 5-7, 7-6(5), 7-6(5) in the longest match of the week at two hours, 42 minutes.

Tommy Haas, Todd Martin and Jimmy Connors (twice) all won Memphis titles in back-to-back years. This was just Nishikori’s fourth appearance in Memphis.


Cuevas Claims Brazil Open


(February 15, 2015) No. 32 Pablo Cuevas won his third career ATP title on Sunday beating qualifier Luca Vanni 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (4) for Brazil Open crown in Sao Paulo.

Cuevas, from Uruguay has won all three of his titles on clay courts.

“We were both very nervous, “Cuevas said. “I think it was the first time I played a final as the favourite. I thought that I couldn’t lose when that happens, but the matches become more difficult. In front of me I had someone that was playing with a lot of confidence and with a great serve. There were many mistakes at the end and the winner was the one who failed less than the other.

“I’m having a great comeback. I dream it will be good, but it’s better than I thought. I’m happy and enjoying the moment. But I’m healthy and I want more. I think I can give more and I thought about it when I could not play.”

The Italian Vanni, ranked 149th in the world had a career had never won a match on the ATP World Tour before this week. He advanced to the second round when top seed Feliciano Lopez pulled out with an injury and then advanced the final with wins over qualifier Thiemo de Bakker, Dusan Lajovic and Joao Souza.

“It was the best week of my career,” Vanni said. He was the first qualifier to ever reach the Sao Paulo final.

“I’m so happy. It was a close match. I fought hard against Cuevas. I’m so proud of myself,” Vanni said.

“I was in the chair before I served for the match and was thinking we are 1-all in the first set. I didn’t want to think we were at 5-4 and I was serving for the championship. I started with a good serve and then he played solid and didn’t miss a ball. He put every ball inside the court. I took some risks, which can be good sometimes and sometimes not. But I have to be satisfied after this week.”

“There couldn’t be a more difficult match to end the tournament,” Cuevas said. “I started playing well but things changed quickly in the second set. Maybe I relaxed too much. I’m glad that in the end I was able to come away with the title.”

Cuevas will move into the top 25, which will be a career high for the 29-year-old.


Wawrinka Takes Rotterdam Trophy

Thumbs up Wawrinka

(February 15, 2015) Stan Wawrinka took out defending champion Tomas Berdych for the sixth time in a row, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday to win the World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam for his ninth career title, first indoor crown and first ATP 500 trophy.

“Tomas was playing really well, but I’m happy to turn that match for me and win the title,” said Wawrinka. “Winning indoors is something special for me personally.”

The 29-year-old Swiss turned the tide of the match in the second set when he broke serve for a 5-3 lead and broke again and held for 2-0 at the start of the third set.

“I had my chances in the beginning of the second set, and I didn’t take them so I think that cost me the match,” Berdych said. “I can see some positive things because the last time I played him it went a completely different way. I was in control in the beginning and the small differences decided it.”

“It’s been an amazing week,” Wawrinka said. “It wasn’t easy, but every match I found my way. It was a great final. Tomas was playing really well, but I’m happy to turn that match for me and win the title.

“It’s my first (ATP World Tour) 500 title and winning indoors is something special for me personally. It’s always amazing to win a trophy. It’s the best feeling.”

“I’m disappointed with the way the match finished,” Berdych said. T”here can only be one winner. I had my chances in the beginning of the second set and I didn’t make them so I think that cost me the match.

“I can see some positive things because the last time I played him it went a completely different way. I was in control in the beginning and the small differences decided it today. Next time I need to work harder.”


Richard Gasquet Claims Third Open Sud de France Title

Richard Gasquet

Richard Gasquet

(February 8, 2015) Richard Gasquet won his third Open Sud de France title when Jerzy Janowicz retired ill while trailing 3-0 after losing 14 straight points in the first set on Sunday in Montpellier. It’s Gasquet’s 11th career title and first since 2013.

“I’m extremely disappointed because I felt pretty OK the whole week,” said Pole. “I saved six match points in the first round and after that I played pretty good tennis. Two days ago, I got sick. I haven’t slept in almost two days. I had a fever and the flu and I’m so weak. There was not much that I could do today.”

“I knew he was sick when we were warming up, said the Frenchman. “I saw very quickly at the beginning of the match that he couldn’t play at all. Anything can happen, so even though I knew he was sick, I stayed focused. I had a great week, with solid matches. It’s good for the rest of the season. I felt that I played well this week. I feel 100 per cent and ready for the season.”

The 28-year-old former World No. 7 is now 20-6 at the Sud de France and now 8-2 for the 2015.


Guillermo Garcia-Lopez Wins Zagreb Title

Guillermo Garcia Lopez

(February 8, 2015) Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez beat Andreas Seppi of Italy 7-6 (4), 6-3 to win the Zagreb Indoors on Sunday for his fourth career ATP title.

Garcia–Lopez rebounded from a 1-4 deficit in the first set tiebreak, winning the next six points

“This was very emotional,” said the Spaniard “He played good tennis to get to 4-1 in the tiebreaker, and I think it was very important to win the long rally at 4-3. When I broke back in the second set I think he was very disappointed.”

“I have never played good against him, I was not in good shape,” the 31-year-old Garcia-Lopez noted after never having beaten Seppi in four previous meetings. “His style is not good for my game, he is solid from both sides. Today I tried to change the rhythm.”

“This is only my fourth title during my whole career so of course it was an emotional moment,” said the world No. 33. “I was thinking about those moments when you are working hard, practicing a lot, spending a lot of hours on court. Every title is of course a really good moment for players, so this one is a nice one, for sure.”

“I was a bit tired mentally and physically by the end of the second set,” Seppi said. “I tried to stay calm but I felt like I had no energy.


Tennis Results for Montpellier, Quito and Zagreb


Ecuador Open Quito
Quito, Ecuador

ATP World Tour 250  $439,405 ($494,310 Total Financial Commitment)
Quito, Ecuador (-5 hour GMT)
2-8 February 2015   Surface: Clay


Singles – Semi-Finals
[1] F. Lopez (ESP) d [3] F. Verdasco (ESP) 76(5) 76(1)
[8] V. Estrella Burgos (DOM) d [6] T. Bellucci (BRA) 76(5) 75

Doubles – Final
[Alt] G Kretschmer (GER) / A Satschko (GER) d V Estrella Burgos (DOM) / J Souza (BRA) 75 76(3)

CANCHA CENTRAL start 1:00 pm
[1] F. Lopez (ESP) vs [8] V. Estrella Burgos (DOM)



Open Sud de France

Montpellier, France

ATP World Tour 250  €439,405 (€494,310 Total Financial Commitment)
Montpellier, France (+1 hour GMT)
2-8 February 2015   Surface: Indoor Hard


Singles – Semi-finals
[4] R. Gasquet (FRA) d [1] G. Monfils (FRA) 64 63
[5] J. Janowicz (POL) d [7] J. Sousa (POR) 76(9) 36 61

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] D Inglot (GBR) / F Mergea (ROU) d R Junaid (AUS) / A Shamasdin (CAN) 64 75


COURT CENTRAL start 12:15 pm
[1] D Inglot (GBR) / F Mergea (ROU) vs M Daniell (NZL) / A Sitak (NZL)

Not Before 2:45 pm
[4] R. Gasquet (FRA) vs [5] J. Janowicz (POL)



PBZ Zagreb Indoors

Zagreb, Croatia

ATP World Tour 250  €439,405 (€494,310 Total Financial Commitment)
Zagreb, Croatia (+1 hour GMT)
2-8 February 2015   Surface: Indoor Hard


Singles – Semi-Finals
[3] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d M. Baghdatis (CYP) 64 64
[5] A. Seppi (ITA) d [8] M. Granollers (ESP) 76(5) 61


CENTRE COURT start 1:30 pm
F Martin (FRA) / P Raja (IND) vs [2] M Draganja (CRO) / H Kontinen (FIN)

Not Before 4:00 pm
[3] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs [5] A. Seppi (ITA))


Troicki Wins Historic Sydney Final


By Dave Gertler

(January 17, 2015) SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Going into the 2015 Apia International final, Serbian Viktor Troicki looked a steady favorite. His opponent Mikhail Kukushkin, who like Troicki had started in qualifying rounds in Sydney – albeit as a seeded qualifier, unlike Troicki – had also won seven matches straight to reach the first all-qualifier final in ATP history, and also looked solid. The Kazakh had not dropped a set before Saturday’s final, while the Serb had required three sets to decide three of his seven wins in previous rounds.


While Kukushkin and Troicki – Nos. 51 and 54 in the world respectively – both beat a series of players ranked higher than them once reaching the main draw, Kukushkin had ousted defending champion Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarterfinals on Ken Rosewall Arena. Yet it was Troicki’s lower-profile come-from-behind quarter-final win on over Simone Bolelli that positioned him well for the semi-final and final. With Bolelli serving for the match in the final set, Troicki had needed to – and did – come up with something special to win the next three games, and the match. Perhaps the Serbian former world No. 12 carried some of the confidence from this win into his next two matches on Ken Rosewall Arena.


Initially, during Saturday night’s final, Kukushkin and Troicki were trading holds of serve comfortably until Troicki serving at 2-2 went down 0-30 and, instead of being broken, played and won the longest rally of the set to stop the bleeding in his service game, eventually holding serve convincingly for 3-2. Troicki would not lose another game that set, breaking Kukushkin for 4-2, then 6-2.


Serving at 1-2 in the second set – and after a game where Troicki had served three of his 13 total aces – Kukushkin started to grimace and look like he was experience difficulty moving, Troicki breaking Kukushkin’s serve, which had significantly slowed and kept getting slower towards the end of the match. 127km/h second serves were being consistently punished by the Serb, and were a stark contrast to the serving form Kukushkin had shown on Ken Rosewall Arena the previous two evenings to beat Del Potro and Gilles Muller.


“He was really defending well,” said Kukushkin of his opponent, “He was as well pushing a lot and he was playing really good today. He was serving amazing.”


Troicki broke and consolidated for a 4-1 lead, and the match looked like it would be over in less than an hour, then Kukushkin called for a medical timeout. “He broke my rhythm a little bit at 4-1 in the second set,” said Troicki, “He took a medical timeout, and I felt I was close, you know, close to finishing the match. He started hitting the ball pretty sweet and fast. Didn’t want to rally too much. He played few good shots; I missed some. Yeah, that was when he broke me.”


Troicki ended up giving the break back to Kukushkin, but that would be the last game Kukushkin would win, Troicki taking the match, and his first title since 2010, 6-2, 6-3.


“Very happy. Yeah, a lot of emotions actually,” said Troicki, whose only other title came in Moscow in 2010, and who has now been back on tour for six months from a year-long doping suspension, “It’s been a tough road, a lot of work, and it paid off with a nice title. If I look back where I was like five, six months ago it’s amazing to have a title already.  So it’s really nice moment for me and for all my team. I really, it’s very emotional. Yeah, that’s all I can say.”


In an even stranger twist of fate, Troicki’s first-round opponent at the Australian Open on Monday will be Czech Jiri Vesely who also won a tournament from qualifying in Auckland, this week.

Dave Gertler is a tennis journalist, player and musician based in Sydney and is covering the Australian summer of tennis for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his personal Twitter @davegertler,  read his blog,  and listen to his podcast, Tennis Days .


Jiri Vesely Wins Maiden ATP Title in Auckland

Jiri Vesely

Jiri Vesely

(January 17, 2015) In a match between first-time finalists, qualifier Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic defeated France’s Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 6-2 in Auckland to earn his first ATP Tour World title. The 21 year-old world No. 63 is the first Czech to win in Auckland since Jiri Novak in 1996.

En route to the finals Vesely upset world No. 13 Ernests Gulbis and World No. 16 Kevin Anderson.

“It feels amazing to be part of the ATP champions,” said the Czech. “It’s not something that everyone is [able] to achieve, so I’m very grateful for that. It’s a great start for me… I can really see that it’s possible to play with the best guys and I think that’s something very important for me for the future.”

“I was really believing in myself, that my game could be better than his, and I was just trying to be more patient and to put more balls back and just not let him play the game he’d like to play.”

Vesely led the tournament in aces, first and second serve points won, as well as service games won.
“When you get broken by someone who’s serving like this, you feel like it’s slipping away,” said Mannarino. “I was trying to deal with my own game and it was really tough today. I didn’t have the same feeling that I had during the week. I didn’t feel the ball the same way. Unfortunately it happened in the final.”
The win adds Vesely to the list of ATP World Tour title winners born in the 1990s, joining Milos Raonic (6), Grigor Dimitrov (4), David Goffin (2), Bernard Tomic (2) and Federico Delbonis (1).

Vesely will play Viktor Troicki in the first round of the Australian Open. The tournament begins on Monday.


Kvitova wins all-Czech Sydney Final


Petra with trophy

By Dave Gertler

(January 16, 2015) SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Czech world No. 4 Petra Kvitova has defeated emerging world No.22 Karolina Pliskova in the first all-Czech final at the Apia International on Friday night. It was the first time Kvitova had appeared in a final in Sydney, having lost to the eventual winner Tsvetana Pironkova in the semi-final last year, which was her fourth appearance at the event.


“I’m just glad how I played today,” said Kvitova after her 7-6(5), 7-6(6) win that took just shy of two hours to complete on Ken Rosewall Arena, “I mean, it was very a tough match to really handle it everything. Two tiebreakers, it’s always very difficult. Karolina played really well and she served very well.”


The 22-year-old Pliskova, playing her sixth WTA-level final in the past year – but her first ever final at Premier level – held a break over Kvitova for most of the first set until, while attempting to serve it out at 5-4, her opponent’s return game clicked into gear, and Kvitova was able to break back and force the first set to a tie-break, throughout which she continued to elevate her game and separate herself from her opponent, taking the tie-break 7-5.


“I feel today I must say a little bit tired,” said Pliskova, whose strong serving and follow-up attack game had seen her through to the final only losing one set along the way, “Also in the match I wasn’t that I don’t want to say fast, because I’m not that fast normally, but I felt a little bit tired, not that much power in my serve.”


Throughout the match, Kvitova hit 38 winners, almost doubling her opponent’s figures, and in the second set, it was the dual Wimbledon champ who held an early break before her opponent broke back for 3-3 and held on for a second-set tie-break. A series of double faults and errors by Pliskova gave Kvitova a 5-1 advantage which all but sealed the championship, and although Pliskova then managed to level the score, it was Kvitova who eventually came through an entertaining tie-break, taking it 8-6.


“You know, it was quite weird tiebreak,” said Kvitova, “Because she was serving so well all the match then she did two double faults, so I was a little bit like relaxed and it was fine. I mean, I was still holding my serve pretty well. It’s tiebreak tennis, and you never know what’s going to be there.”


Both the Czech women are seeded, and will play qualifiers in the first round of the Australian Open next week. “I come to Melbourne tomorrow,” said Kvitova, “And I need to forget about the Sydney trophy to be ready and focused for the Melbourne. It’s just really crazy world sometimes in tennis. You really can’t enjoy the title because the next week it’s something different and you have to be prepared already.”


Dave Gertler is a tennis journalist, player and musician based in Sydney and is covering the Australian summer of tennis for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his personal Twitter @davegertler,  read his blog,  and listen to his podcast, Tennis Days .