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Tennis Results Round-Up for April 10, 2014

 

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COPA OPEN COLSANITAS
Bogotá, Colombia
April 7-April 13, 2014
$250,000/International
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results – Thursday, April 10, 2014
Singles – Second Round
(1) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. (LL) Sofia Shapatava (GEO) 64 63
(5) Caroline Garcia (FRA) d. Danka Kovinic (MNE) 26 63 64
(Q) Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) d. (7) Paula Ormaechea (ARG) 64 76(3)
Romina Oprandi (SUI) d. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) 64 61

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) King/Scheepers (USA/RSA) d. Hsu/Kostova (USA/BUL) w/o (Kostova: right wrist injury)

Order Of Play – Friday, April 11, 2014
Cancha Central (from 10.30hrs)
1. Vania King vs. Mariana Duque-Mariño
2. Jelena Jankovic vs. Lara Arruabarrena (NB 12.30hrs)
3. King/Scheepers vs. Fichman/Panova (after suitable rest)

Court 1 (from 10.30hrs)
1. Chanelle Scheepers vs. Lourdes Domínguez Lino
2. Caroline Garcia vs. Romina Oprandi
3. Arruabarrena/Garcia vs. Domínguez Lino/Parra Santonja (after suitable rest)

CASABLANCA

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 10 APRIL 2014

Singles – Second Round
[3] B Paire (FRA) d A Montanes (ESP) 64 57 64
[4] M Granollers (ESP) d A Ramos (ESP) 63 76(3)
[Q] R Carballes Baena (ESP) d [5] J Sousa (POR) 67(7) 76(5) 62
[8] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d C Berlocq (ARG) 62 75
P Carreno Busta (ESP) d O Nedovyesov (KAZ) 36 61 76(3)
[LL] A Kuznetsov (RUS) d J Vesely (CZE) 62 31 ret. (sickness)

Doubles – Quarter-finals
T Bednarek (POL) / L Dlouhy (CZE) d [3] C Fleming (GBR) / J Marray (GBR) 26 64 10-8
D Bracciali (ITA) / F Delbonis (ARG) d [4] O Marach (AUT) / F Mergea (ROU) 76(3) 36 10-6

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 11 APRIL 2014

COURT CENTRAL start 12:00 noon
V Hanescu (ROU) vs [6] F Delbonis (ARG)
Not Before 1:30 pm
[4] M Granollers (ESP) vs P Carreno Busta (ESP)
[8] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs [3] B Paire (FRA)
[Q] R Carballes Baena (ESP) vs [LL] A Kuznetsov (RUS)

COURT 2 start 1:00 pm
T Bednarek (POL) / L Dlouhy (CZE) vs [2] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS)
Not Before 2:00 pm
After Suitable Rest – [1] J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) vs D Bracciali (ITA) / F Delbonis (ARG)

Houston
Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 10 APRIL 2014

Singles – Second Round
S Giraldo (COL) d [2] T Robredo (ESP) 63 64
[3] N Almagro (ESP) d M Russell (USA) 62 63
[4] F Verdasco (ESP) d [WC] S Johnson (USA) 60 46 63
A Gonzalez (COL) d [5] F Lopez (ESP) 63 20 ret. (illness)
D Young (USA) d [6] J Monaco (ARG) 67(4) 64 63
J Sock (USA) d B Becker (GER) 64 63

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[2] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) d A Krajicek (USA) / M Venus (NZL) 63 61
C Guccione (AUS) / L Hewitt (AUS) d P Raja (IND) / D Sharan (IND) 62 64
S Giraldo (COL) / A Gonzalez (COL) d B Becker (GER) / R Junaid (AUS) 16 76(1) 11-9
SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 11 APRIL 2014

CENTER COURT start 12:00 noon
D Young (USA) vs [4] F Verdasco (ESP)

Not Before 2:00 pm
A Gonzalez (COL) vs S Giraldo (COL)

Not Before 4:00 pm
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs C Guccione (AUS) / L Hewitt (AUS)

Not Before 6:00 pm
D Brown (GER) vs S Querrey (USA)
[3] N Almagro (ESP) or M Russell (USA) vs J Sock (USA)

COURT 3 start 5:00 pm
Not Before 5:00 pm
After Appropriate Rest – S Giraldo (COL) / A Gonzalez (COL) vs [2] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP)

BNP PARIBAS KATOWICE OPEN
Katowice, Poland
April 7-April 13, 2014
$250,000/International
Hard/Indoors

Results – Thursday, April 10, 2014
Singles – Second Round
(1) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 64 63
(4/WC) Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. (Q) Kristina Kucova (SVK) 63 46 63
(6) Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) d. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 62 63
(7) Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. Sílvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 62 60

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Koukalova/Niculescu (CZE/ROU) d. Thorpe/Vogt (FRA/LIE) 62 61
Kania/Solovyeva (POL/RUS) d. Piter/Rosolska (POL/POL) 26 75 108 (Match TB)
(WC) Jans-Ignacik/Olaru (POL/ROU) d. Hrdinova/Pliskova (CZE/CZE) 36 63 106 (Match TB)

Order Of Play – Friday, April 11, 2014
Centre Court (from 12.00hrs)
1. Alizé Cornet vs. Klara Koukalova
2. Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Yvonne Meusburger (NB 14.00hrs)
3. Koukalova/Niculescu vs. Kania/Solovyeva
4. Shahar Peer vs. Camila Giorgi (NB 19.00hrs)
5. Magdalena Rybarikova vs. Carla Suárez Navarro (NB 21.00hrs)

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Benoit Paire Returns to ATP Tour with Win in Casablanca

 

Benoit Paire photo by Florian Heer

Benoit Paire photo by Florian Heer

By Florian Heer

(April 10, 2014) CASABLANCA – Six second round matches took place on Thursday at the Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca. In warm but misty conditions, yesterday’s ATP World Tour first-time winner Roberto Carballés-Baena opened a bid for a place in the quarterfinals by taking on fifth-seeded Joao Sousa, who currently sits at a career high No. 38 in the ATP Rankings. The Portuguese became the first player from his country to break into the top 50. Sousa also won the two previous meetings between the two in straight sets on Future level back in 2011.

Thursday it became a more even affair and the two first sets had to be decided in a tie-break. It was a classic clay court match with long an intense rallies, eventually with the better ending for the 21-year-old from Tenerife. Carballés-Baena gained two breaks in the final set to take the match winning 6-7, 7-6, 6-2 in three hours and thirteen minutes.

The Spaniard will face Andrey Kuznetsov next. The lucky loser from Russia, who replaced the tournament’s actual second seed, Gael Monfils, defeated Jiri Vesely 6-2, 3-1 on court two when the Czech was forced to retire due to sickness after only 44 minutes.

Back on centre court was a crowd favorite, Benoit Paire has returned to tournament play for the first time since the Australian Open after recovering from a knee injury. The Frenchman advanced into the quarterfinal in Casablanca for the last two consecutive years and repeated this achievement through a victory against Albert Montaňés in one hour and 37 minutes winning 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

Pablo Carreňo-Busta defeated another player, who collected his first ATP World Tour win yesterday, Aleksandr Nedovyesov. The world No. 64 from Spain recovered from a set down and finally had the better ending in winning 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 in one hour and 50 minutes.

The 22-year-old from Gijón will face compatriot Marcel Granollers. The latter defeated Albert Ramos in an all-Spanish-affair 6-3, 7-6 in 100 minutes in the final match of the day. Granollers convinced with aggressive tennis and also some solid serve and volley play. It was the first time since Chennai that the 27-year-old from Barcelona did not fall in his opening match.

A fourth Spaniard will complete in Friday’s quarterfinals when Guillermo Garcia-López took out Carlos Berlocq winning 6-2, 7-5 in one hour and 53 minutes.

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

 

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 10 APRIL 2014

Singles – Second Round
[3] B Paire (FRA) d A Montanes (ESP) 64 57 64
[4] M Granollers (ESP) d A Ramos (ESP) 63 76(3)
[Q] R Carballes Baena (ESP) d [5] J Sousa (POR) 67(7) 76(5) 62
[8] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d C Berlocq (ARG) 62 75
P Carreno Busta (ESP) d O Nedovyesov (KAZ) 36 61 76(3)
[LL] A Kuznetsov (RUS) d J Vesely (CZE) 62 31 ret. (sickness)

Doubles – Quarter-finals
T Bednarek (POL) / L Dlouhy (CZE) d [3] C Fleming (GBR) / J Marray (GBR) 26 64 10-8
D Bracciali (ITA) / F Delbonis (ARG) d [4] O Marach (AUT) / F Mergea (ROU) 76(3) 36 10-6

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 11 APRIL 2014

COURT CENTRAL start 12:00 noon
V Hanescu (ROU) vs [6] F Delbonis (ARG)
Not Before 1:30 pm
[4] M Granollers (ESP) vs P Carreno Busta (ESP)
[8] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs [3] B Paire (FRA)
[Q] R Carballes Baena (ESP) vs [LL] A Kuznetsov (RUS)

COURT 2 start 1:00 pm
T Bednarek (POL) / L Dlouhy (CZE) vs [2] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS)
Not Before 2:00 pm
After Suitable Rest – [1] J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) vs D Bracciali (ITA) / F Delbonis (ARG)

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Dustin Brown Upsets John Isner in Houston

 

 

Dustin Brown

(April 9, 2014) No. 101 Dustin Brown of Germany overcame missing two match point opportunities in the second set to regroup to and defeat top seed and defending Houston champion American John Isner on Wednesday night 6-4, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (4) in the second round of the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship.

For Brown it was his first career win against a top-10 player.

“I’ve had a lot of matches where I’ve played good tennis, where I was close, and you’ve just got to keep playing,” Brown said after the match. “I’ve got to play my tennis. If I start playing the tennis (his opponent) wants, that’s not good for me.”

Brown double faulted on a match point in the second set tiebreak.

“That’s just repetition of being in these situations, in matches against these guys. I’m really happy that this time I won it.”

“He’s been in these situations much more often than me, I got a little tight in the second set, maybe at the end of the third, so I had to try to keep playing. It feels unbelievable.”

World No. 9 Isner was apologetic I regard to his performance – “pathetic performance – I’m sorry you had to see that,” said the American to a tournament official.

“I just didn’t feel it tonight,” he said.

Brown will face off against Isner’s countryman Sam Querrey next. Querrey defeated seventh seed Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-4.

Sixth seeded Juan Monaco of Argentina reached an ATP milestone winning his his 200th career match on clay.

 

COPA OPEN COLSANITAS
Bogotá, Colombia
April 7-April 13, 2014
$250,000/International
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results – Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Singles – Second Round
(6) Vania King (USA) d. (WC) María Irigoyen (ARG) 64 36 60
(8) Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) d. (WC) Yuliana Lizarazo (COL) 62 63
Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) d. Alexandra Panova (RUS) 63 62
Mariana Duque-Mariño (COL) d. (LL) Irina Khromacheva (RUS) 62 64

Singles – First Round
(1) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Mathilde Johansson (FRA) 75 75

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(2) Domínguez Lino/Parra Santonja (ESP/ESP) d. Grymalska/Shakovets (ITA/GER) 62 63
Arruabarrena/Garcia (ESP/FRA) d. (3) Begu/Irigoyen (ROU/ARG) 63 64
(4) Fichman/Panova (CAN/RUS) d. Pérez/Pigossi (VEN/BRA) 57 63 106 (Match TB)

Order Of Play – Thursday, April 10, 2014
Cancha Central (from 10.30hrs)
1. Romina Oprandi vs. Irina-Camelia Begu
2. Jelena Jankovic vs. Sofia Shapatava (NB 12.30hrs)
3. Lara Arruabarrena vs. Paula Ormaechea

Court 1 (from 11.30hrs)
1. King/Scheepers vs. Hsu/Kostova
2. Caroline Garcia vs. Danka Kovinic

 

Casablanca, Morocco (+1 hour GMT)
7-13 April 2014 Surface: Clay

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 9 APRIL 2014

Singles – Second Round
V Hanescu (ROU) d [1] K Anderson (RSA) 64 64
[6] F Delbonis (ARG) d [Q] F Peliwo (CAN) 62 67(5) 64

Singles – First Round
O Nedovyesov (KAZ) d [7] R Haase (NED) 76(6) 64
[8] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d M Kukushkin (KAZ) 76(5) 76(6)
P Carreno Busta (ESP) d T Kamke (GER) 61 62
A Montanes (ESP) d K De Schepper (FRA) 62 63
J Vesely (CZE) d L Mayer (ARG) 64 63

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) d [Alt] C Berlocq (ARG) / L Mayer (ARG) 61 61
[2] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) d P Carreno Busta (ESP) / J Sousa (POR) 64 62

Doubles – First Round
[3] C Fleming (GBR) / J Marray (GBR) d G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / P Oswald (AUT) 62 64
D Bracciali (ITA) / F Delbonis (ARG) d [Alt] M Fischer (AUT) / R Wassen (NED) 62 63
T Bednarek (POL) / L Dlouhy (CZE) d C Kas (GER) / J Knowle (AUT) 63 64

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 10 APRIL 2014

COURT CENTRAL start 11:00 am
[5] J Sousa (POR) vs [Q] R Carballes Baena (ESP)

Not Before 12:00 noon
A Montanes (ESP) vs [3] B Paire (FRA)
P Carreno Busta (ESP) vs O Nedovyesov (KAZ)
[4] M Granollers (ESP) vs A Ramos (ESP)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
J Vesely (CZE) vs [LL] A Kuznetsov (RUS)
[8] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs C Berlocq (ARG)
[4] O Marach (AUT) / F Mergea (ROU) vs D Bracciali (ITA) / F Delbonis (ARG)
T Bednarek (POL) / L Dlouhy (CZE) vs [3] C Fleming (GBR) / J Marray (GBR)
RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 9 APRIL 2014

Singles – Second Round
D Brown (GER) d [1] J Isner (USA) 64 67(7) 76(4)
S Querrey (USA) d [7] L Hewitt (AUS) 63 64

Singles – First Round
[6] J Monaco (ARG) d S Devvarman (IND) 76(4) 62
S Giraldo (COL) d M Ebden (AUS) 61 62

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d M Ebden (AUS) / S Groth (AUS) 62 36 12-10

Doubles – First Round
[2] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) d J Erlich (ISR) / M Mertinak (SVK) 64 62
P Raja (IND) / D Sharan (IND) d [3] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) 75 62
S Giraldo (COL) / A Gonzalez (COL) d [4] M Pavic (CRO) / J Smith (AUS) 76(7) 64
C Guccione (AUS) / L Hewitt (AUS) d M Draganja (CRO) / G Kretschmer (GER) 64 64
B Becker (GER) / R Junaid (AUS) d [WC] S Johnson (USA) / S Querrey (USA) 76(1) 62
A Krajicek (USA) / M Venus (NZL) d [Alt] T de Bakker (NED) / M Van Gemerden (NED) 63 75

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 10 APRIL 2014

CENTER COURT start 12:00 noon
[WC] S Johnson (USA) vs [4] F Verdasco (ESP)
[5] F Lopez (ESP) vs A Gonzalez (COL)
S Giraldo (COL) vs [2] T Robredo (ESP)

Not Before 6:00 pm
[3] N Almagro (ESP) vs M Russell (USA)
P Raja (IND) / D Sharan (IND) vs C Guccione (AUS) / L Hewitt (AUS)

COURT 3 start 12:00 noon
[6] J Monaco (ARG) vs D Young (USA)
B Becker (GER) vs J Sock (USA)
After Appropriate Rest – A Krajicek (USA) / M Venus (NZL) vs [2] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP)
After Appropriate Rest – B Becker (GER) / R Junaid (AUS) vs S Giraldo (COL) / A Gonzalez (COL)

 

BNP PARIBAS KATOWICE OPEN
Katowice, Poland
April 7-April 13, 2014
$250,000/International
Hard/Indoors

Results – Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Singles – Second Round
Camila Giorgi (ITA) d. (2) Roberta Vinci (ITA) 63 67(7) 60
(3) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. Alexandra Cadantu (ROU) 26 64 64
(5) Klara Koukalova (CZE) d. Annika Beck (GER) 46 63 61
Shahar Peer (ISR) d. (8) Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 62 61

Singles – First Round
(7) Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. (Q) Claire Feuerstein (FRA) 62 75
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) d. Jovana Jaksic (SRB) 63 64

Doubles – Quarterfinals
Beygelzimer/Savchuk (UKR/UKR) d. (4) Aoyama/Voracova (JPN/CZE) 64 62

Doubles – First Round
(1) Koukalova/Niculescu (CZE/ROU) d. Peer/Soler-Espinosa (ISR/ESP) 57 62 108 (Match TB)
(WC) Jans-Ignacik/Olaru (POL/ROU) d. (2) Jurak/Moulton-Levy (CRO/USA) 64 63
Kania/Solovyeva (POL/RUS) d. (3) Klemenschits/Klepac (AUT/SLO) 63 16 103 (Match TB)

Order Of Play – Thursday, April 10, 2014
Centre Court (from 12.00hrs)
1. Alizé Cornet vs. Kristina Kucova
2. Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Francesca Schiavone (NB 14.00hrs)
3. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni vs. Yvonne Meusburger
4. Magdalena Rybarikova vs. Sílvia Soler-Espinosa

Court 1 (from 14.00hrs)
1. Koukalova/Niculescu vs. Thorpe/Vogt
2. Hrdinova/Pliskova vs. Jans-Ignacik/Olaru
3. Kania/Solovyeva vs. Piter/Rosolska

 

 

 

 

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Tennis Results Round-Up for April 8, 2014

 

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COPA OPEN COLSANITAS
Bogotá, Colombia
April 7-April 13, 2014
$250,000/International
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results – Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Singles – First Round
Mariana Duque-Mariño (COL) d. (2) Sloane Stephens (USA) 63 63
Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) d. (4) Anna Schmiedlova (SVK) 63 61
(5) Caroline Garcia (FRA) d. (Q) Florencia Molinero (ARG) 63 64
(7) Paula Ormaechea (ARG) d. Patricia Mayr-Achleitner (AUT) 75 61
Romina Oprandi (SUI) d. Tatjana Maria (GER) 76(7) 61
Danka Kovinic (MNE) d. (Q) Nicole Gibbs (USA) 46 63 60
(Q) Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) d. (WC) María Herazo González (COL) 61 60
(LL) Sofia Shapatava (GEO) d. Dinah Pfizenmaier (GER) 64 26 62
(WC) María Irigoyen (ARG) d. Ala Kudryavtseva (RUS) 62 46 63
(WC) Yuliana Lizarazo (COL) d. (Q) Sachia Vickery (USA) 75 64

Doubles – First Round
(1) King/Scheepers (USA/RSA) d. (WC) Herazo González/Pérez García (COL/COL) 16 75 105 (Match TB)
(2) Domínguez Lino/Parra Santonja (ESP/ESP) d. Melnikova/Shapatava (RUS/GEO) 46 75 104 (Match TB)
(3) Begu/Irigoyen (ROU/ARG) d. Molinero/Oprandi (ARG/SUI) 64 62
(4) Fichman/Panova (CAN/RUS) d. Hesse/Mladenovic (FRA/FRA) 60 76(3)
Hsu/Kostova (USA/BUL) d. Jankovic/Kovinic (SRB/MNE) 16 63 106 (Match TB)

Order Of Play – Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Cancha Central (from 10.30hrs)
1. Chanelle Scheepers vs. Alexandra Panova
2. Jelena Jankovic vs. Mathilde Johansson (NB 12.30hrs)
3. Irina Khromacheva vs. Mariana Duque-Mariño

Court 1 (from 10.30hrs)
1. Yuliana Lizarazo vs. Lourdes Domínguez Lino
2. Vania King vs. María Irigoyen
3. Fichman/Panova vs. Pérez/Pigossi (NB 13.00hrs; after suitable rest)

Court 2 (NB 13.00hrs)
1. Grymalska/Shakovets vs. Domínguez Lino/Parra Santonja (after suitable rest)
2. Arruabarrena/García vs. Begu/Irigoyen (after suitable rest)

 

 

Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship

Houston, U.S.A.  (-5 hours GMT)
7-13 April 2014   Surface: Clay
RESULTS – TUESDAY, 8 APRIL 2014

Singles – First Round
[5] F Lopez (ESP) d [Q] R Ginepri (USA) 75 62
[7] L Hewitt (AUS) d [Q] P Polansky (CAN) 64 36 64
M Russell (USA) d D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 63 76(2)
B Becker (GER) d [Q] R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) 61 16 63
D Young (USA) d [Q] R Harrison (USA) 60 61
[WC] S Johnson (USA) d D Kudla (USA) 63 76(4)

Doubles – First Round
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d N Monroe (USA) / D Young (USA) 63 64
M Ebden (AUS) / S Groth (AUS) d K Skupski (GBR) / N Skupski (GBR) 64 76(2)

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 9 APRIL 2014

CENTER COURT start 12:00 noon
[6] J Monaco (ARG) vs S Devvarman (IND)
S Querrey (USA) vs [7] L Hewitt (AUS)
J Erlich (ISR) / M Mertinak (SVK) vs [2] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP)
Not Before 6:00 pm
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs M Ebden (AUS) / S Groth (AUS)
[1] J Isner (USA) vs D Brown (GER)

COURT 3 start 12:00 noon
S Giraldo (COL) vs M Ebden (AUS)
[3] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) vs P Raja (IND) / D Sharan (IND)
[Alt] T de Bakker (NED) / M Van Gemerden (NED) vs A Krajicek (USA) / M Venus (NZL)
After Suitable Rest – B Becker (GER) / R Junaid (AUS) vs [WC] S Johnson (USA) / S Querrey (USA)
Not Before 6:00 pm
C Guccione (AUS) / L Hewitt (AUS) vs M Draganja (CRO) / G Kretschmer (GER)

COURT 7 start 3:00 pm
S Giraldo (COL) / A Gonzalez (COL) vs [4] M Pavic (CRO) / J Smith (AUS)

 

BNP PARIBAS KATOWICE OPEN
Katowice, Poland
April 7-April 13, 2014
$250,000/International
Hard/Indoors

Results – Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Singles – First Round
(1) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (WC) Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) 63 62
(2) Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. (Q) Ksenia Pervak (RUS) 63 63
(4/WC) Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. Vesna Dolonc (SRB) 63 62
(5) Klara Koukalova (CZE) d. Magda Linette (POL) 64 63
(6) Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) d. (WC) Magdalena Frech (POL) 63 61
(8) Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) d. Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) 46 75 61
Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. (Q) Vera Dushevina (RUS) 60 62
Sílvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) d. Misaki Doi (JPN) 61 75
(Q) Kristina Kucova (SVK) d. Monica Niculescu (ROU) 61 61

Doubles – First Round
Piter/Rosolska (POL/POL) d. Kapshay/Mircic (UKR/SRB) 62 64
Hrdinova/Pliskova (CZE/CZE) d. Barthel/Martic (GER/CRO) 64 76(5)

Order Of Play – Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Centre Court (from 12.00hrs)
1. Tsvetana Pironkova vs. Shahar Peer
2. Annika Beck vs. Klara Koukalova (NB 14.00hrs)
3. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni vs. Jovana Jaksic
4. Alexandra Cadantu vs. Carla Suárez Navarro (NB 18.00hrs)
5. Camila Giorgi vs. Roberta Vinci (NB 20.30hrs)

Court 1 (from 12.00hrs)
1. Magdalena Rybarikova vs. Claire Feuerstein
2. Klemenschits/Klepac vs. Kania/Solovyeva
3. Jans-Ignacik/Olaru vs. Jurak/Moulton-Levy
4. Koukalova/Niculescu vs. Peer/Soler-Espinosa (after suitable rest)
5. Beygelzimer/Savchuk vs. Aoyama/Voracova

 

Grand Prix Hassan II

Casablanca, Morocco  (+1 hour GMT)
7-13 April 2014   Surface: Clay

 
RESULTS – TUESDAY, 8 APRIL 2014

Singles – First Round
[6] F Delbonis (ARG) d [Q] G Simon (FRA) 64 64
V Hanescu (ROU) d [WC] H Khaddari (MAR) 76(3) 63
[Q] F Peliwo (CAN) d F Volandri (ITA) 76(6) 63
A Ramos (ESP) d [WC] L Ouahab (MAR) 63 26 61
[Q] R Carballes Baena (ESP) d [Q] D Goffin (BEL) 62 75

Doubles – First Round
[4] O Marach (AUT) / F Mergea (ROU) d M Kukushkin (KAZ) / O Nedovyesov (KAZ) 63 61
[Alt] C Berlocq (ARG) / L Mayer (ARG) d [WC] L Ouahab (MAR) / M Ziadi (MAR) 63 62
P Carreno Busta (ESP) / J Sousa (POR) d [WC] A Chakrouni (MAR) / Y Rachidi (MAR) 61 46 10-1

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 9 APRIL 2014

COURT CENTRAL start 11:00 am
T Kamke (GER) vs P Carreno Busta (ESP)

Not Before 12:30 pm
[Q] F Peliwo (CAN) vs [6] F Delbonis (ARG)
O Nedovyesov (KAZ) vs [7] R Haase (NED)
[1] K Anderson (RSA) vs V Hanescu (ROU)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
[8] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs M Kukushkin (KAZ)
J Vesely (CZE) vs L Mayer (ARG)
K De Schepper (FRA) vs A Montanes (ESP)
After Suitable Rest – [Alt] M Fischer (AUT) / R Wassen (NED) vs D Bracciali (ITA) / F Delbonis (ARG)

COURT 3 start 2:00 pm

Not Before 2:00 pm
After Suitable Rest – P Carreno Busta (ESP) / J Sousa (POR) vs [2] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS)

Not Before 4:00 pm
After Suitable Rest – [1] J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) vs [Alt] C Berlocq (ARG) / L Mayer (ARG)

COURT 6 start 2:00 pm

Not Before 2:00 pm
C Kas (GER) / J Knowle (AUT) vs T Bednarek (POL) / L Dlouhy (CZE)
After Suitable Rest – G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / P Oswald (AUT) vs [3] C Fleming (GBR) / J Marray (GBR)

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Roger Federer Takes Wild Card to Play Monte Carlo Masters

(April 8, 2014) Roger Federer has taken a wild card to play in the Monte Carlo Masters. Federer is returning to the event for the first time since 2011.

The world No. 4 and 17-time major champion has never won the event in his career. The closest he came was being a losing finalist to Rafael Nadal from 2006-08.

The Monte Carlo Masters begins on Sunday.

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Tennis Results Round-Up for April 7, 2014

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COPA OPEN COLSANITAS
Bogotá, Colombia
April 7-April 13, 2014
$250,000/International
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results – Monday, April 7, 2014
Singles – First Round
Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) d. (3) Karin Knapp (ITA) 63 76(4)
(6) Vania King (USA) d. Tadeja Majeric (SLO) 61 75
(8) Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) d. Teliana Pereira (BRA) 62 64
Alexandra Panova (RUS) d. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 61 46 62
(LL) Irina Khromacheva (RUS) d. Olivia Rogowska (AUS) 62 62

Doubles – First Round
Pérez/Pigossi (VEN/BRA) d. (WC) Ormaechea/Stephens (ARG/USA) 67(5) 75 105 (Match TB)
Arruabarrena/Garcia (ESP/FRA) d. Cohen/Maria (USA/GER) 61 62
Grymalska/Shakovets (ITA/GER) d. Melichar/Slater (USA/GBR) 46 64 100 (Match TB)

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(1) Nicole Gibbs (USA) d. Catalina Pella (ARG) 36 63 61
(2) Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) d. (7) Sofia Shapatava (GEO) 46 63 62
(4) Florencia Molinero (ARG) d. Francoise Abanda (CAN) 76(6) 63
(5) Sachia Vickery (USA) d. Irina Khromacheva (RUS) 76(5) 61

Order Of Play – Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Cancha Central (from 10.30hrs)
1. Irina-Camelia Begu vs. Anna Schmiedlova
2. Mariana Duque-Mariño vs. Sloane Stephens (NB 12.30hrs)
3. Patricia Mayr-Achleitner vs. Paula Ormaechea
4. King/Scheepers vs. Herazo Gonzalez/Pérez García (after suitable rest)

Court 1 (from 10.30hrs)
1. Alla Kudryavtseva vs. Maria Irigoyen
2. Caroline Garcia vs. Florencia Molinero
3. Jankovic/Kovinic vs. [Alternate Team] (after suitable rest)
4. Melnikova/Shapatava vs. Domínguez Lino/Parra Santonja (NB 14.00hrs; after suitable rest)

Court 2 (from 10.30hrs)
1. Maria Herazo González vs. Lara Arruabarrena
2. Dinah Pfizenmaier vs. Sofia Shapatava
3. Fichman/Panova vs. Hesse/Mladenovic
4. Molinero/Oprandi vs. Begu/Irigoyen (NB 14.00hrs; after suitable rest)

Court 3 (from 10.30hrs)
1. Romina Oprandi vs. Tatjana Maria
2. Yuliana Lizarazo vs. Sachia Vickery

Court 4 (from 10.30hrs)
1. Nicole Gibbs vs. Danka Kovinic

 

Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship

Houston, U.S.A.  (-5 hours GMT)
7-13 April 2014   Surface: Clay

RESULTS – MONDAY, 7 APRIL 2014

Singles – First Round
J Sock (USA) d [8] I Karlovic (CRO) 61 64
D Brown (GER) d [WC] R Williams (USA) 61 62
S Querrey (USA) d A Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) 64 76(6)
A Gonzalez (COL) d [WC] M Baghdatis (CYP) 46 62 61

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 8 APRIL 2014

CENTER COURT start 12:00 pm
M Ebden (AUS) / S Groth (AUS) vs K Skupski (GBR) / N Skupski (GBR)
[Q] R Harrison (USA) vs D Young (USA)

Not Before 4:00 pm
[Q] P Polansky (CAN) vs [7] L Hewitt (AUS)

Not Before 6:00 pm
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs N Monroe (USA) / D Young (USA)
[5] F Lopez (ESP) vs [Q] R Ginepri (USA)

COURT 3 start 1:00 pm
M Russell (USA) vs D Gimeno-Traver (ESP)
B Becker (GER) vs [Q] R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[WC] S Johnson (USA) vs D Kudla (USA)

 

BNP PARIBAS KATOWICE OPEN
Katowice, Poland
April 7-April 13, 2014
$250,000/International
Hard/Indoors

Results – Monday, April 7, 2014
Singles – First Round
(3) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) 64 60
Annika Beck (GER) d. Mona Barthel (GER) 61 64
Alexandra Cadantu (ROU) d. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 36 61 61
Camila Giorgi (ITA) d. Katarzyna Piter (POL) 60 61
Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Petra Martic (CRO) 64 64

Doubles – First Round
(4) Aoyama/Voracova (JPN/CZE) d. (WC) Frech/Maciejewska (POL/POL) 61 63
Thorpe/Vogt (FRA/LIE) d. Doi/Hozumi (JPN/JPN) 46 64 1311 (Match TB)
Beygelzimer/Savchuk (UKR/UKR) d. Barrois/Buryachok (GER/UKR) 63 76(5)

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(1) Claire Feuerstein (FRA) d. (8) Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) 64 63
(3) Vera Dushevina (RUS) d. Maria Elena Camerin (ITA) 61 26 61
(5) Kristina Kucova (SVK) d. Yuliya Beygelzimer (UKR) 63 57 64
Ksenia Pervak (RUS) d. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 75 57 64

Order Of Play – Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Centre Court (from 12.00hrs)
1. Ksenia Pervak vs. Roberta Vinci
2. Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Kristyna Pliskova (NB 14.00hrs)
3. Magda Linette vs. Klara Koukalova
4. Alizé Cornet vs. Vesna Dolonc (NB 18.00hrs)
5. Vera Dushevina vs. Francescca Schiavone (NB 20.30hrs)

Court 1 (from 12.00hrs)
1. Tsvetana Pironkova vs. Andrea Hlavackova
2. Kristina Kucova vs. Monica Niculescu
3. Misaki Doi vs. Sílvia Soler-Espinosa (NB 14.30hrs)
4. Magdalena Frech vs. Yvonne Meusburger
5. Barthel/Martic vs. Hrdinova/Pliskova (after suitable rest)
6. Piter/Rosolska vs. Kapshay/Mircic

 

Grand Prix Hassan II

Casablanca, Morocco  (+1 hour GMT)
7-13 April 2014   Surface: Clay

 

RESULTS – MONDAY, 7 APRIL 2014

Singles – First Round
[5] J Sousa (POR) d I Sijsling (NED) 62 64
C Berlocq (ARG) d T Gabashvili (RUS) 64 61

Doubles – First Round
[1] J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) d A Montanes (ESP) / F Volandri (ITA) 61 64
[2] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) d F Cermak (CZE) / M Elgin (RUS) 64 64

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 8 APRIL 2014

COURT CENTRAL start 11:00 am
[Q] D Goffin (BEL) vs [Q] R Carballes Baena (ESP)
A Ramos (ESP) vs [WC] L Ouahab (MAR)
V Hanescu (ROU) vs [WC] H Khaddari (MAR)
[Q] G Simon (FRA) vs [6] F Delbonis (ARG)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
P Carreno Busta (ESP) / J Sousa (POR) vs [WC] A Chakrouni (MAR) / Y Rachidi (MAR)

Not Before 12:30 pm
F Volandri (ITA) vs [Q] F Peliwo (CAN)
[4] O Marach (AUT) / F Mergea (ROU) vs M Kukushkin (KAZ) / O Nedovyesov (KAZ)

Not Before 4:00 pm
After Suitable Rest – [Alt] C Berlocq (ARG) / L Mayer (ARG) vs [WC] L Ouahab (MAR) / M Ziadi (MAR)

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Americans Steve Johnson and Rhyne Williams Granted Final Wild Cards into U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship

 

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HOUSTON – Americans Steve Johnson and Rhyne Williams, who played each other in the 2011 NCAA title match, have accepted the final two wild cards for the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship that will be held at River Oaks Country Club April 7-13. This year’s event will mark the 80th tournament to have been hosted at River Oaks.

Johnson won back-to-back NCAA singles titles, including in 2011 when he beat Williams in the final. He was also a four-time NCAA Team Champion during his career at the University of Southern California. At ATP events this season, he reached his first career semifinal at Delray Beach and was also a quarterfinalist at Auckland. He is 9-1 in Texas this season, having won a title and reached another final at Challenger events near Dallas.

Williams broke through to reach his first career ATP semifinal last year in Houston. He was a two-time All-American at the University of Tennessee before going pro after his sophomore season. Earlier this season he reached the quarterfinals at the ATP event in Delray Beach.

Three other Americans, including Houston resident and 2012 semifinalist Michael Russell, have recently joined the field following withdrawals by other players. Russell, Jack Sock and Denis Kudla have been added to the field following the withdrawals of Pablo Cuevas, Alejando Falla and Bradley Klahn.

Johnson and Williams join former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis as the wild card recipients for the 2014 tournament. The final four spots in the 28-player field will be determined during a three-round qualifying tournament this weekend. The qualifying matches on Saturday and Sunday are free for the public to attend.

The main draw will take place Friday afternoon. Defending champion John Isner, who is ranked No. 9 in the world, will be the top seed. Former champions Juan Monaco (2012), Lleyton Hewitt (2009) and Ivo Karlovic (2007) are also entered in the tournament along with 2013 runner-up Nicolas Almagro. VIEW FULL ENTRY LIST

Two of the top doubles teams on the ATP World Tour have also committed to play the 2014 tournament. Bob and Mike Bryan, the twin-brother tandem that has won four titles at the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship, and the Spanish duo of Fernando Verdasco and David Marrero, champions at the 2013 ATP World Tour Finals, have both been entered into the doubles draw, which will be made Saturday.

In 2014, River Oaks Country Club will celebrate hosting a tournament for the 80th time since its inauguration in 1931. The upcoming tournament will also mark the 104th staging of the US Men’s Clay Court Championship.

The tournament will begin with qualifying rounds on April 5-6 that are free to spectators. Main draw play gets underway Monday, April 7.

For more information, please visit www.mensclaycourt.com.

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Djokovic Handily Defeats Nadal at Sony Open For A Second Indian Wells-Miami Double

By Kevin Ware

(March 30, 2014) KEY BISCAYNE – In a result that few expected, Novak Djokovic handily beat Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-3 in the Sony Open men’s final for his fourth title in Miami (2007, 2011, 2012, 2014). This win is also his fourth Masters Series title win in a row (Shanghai, Paris, Indian Wells, Miami), and his second Indian Wells-Miami double.

More importantly, it was his third straight win over his Spanish rival before the start of the clay season, which could make for interesting drama in run up to the French Open.

Sunday’s match between Djokovic and Nadal was the 40th meeting in what has become the most prolific rivalry in ATP history. Many expected Sunday’s match to provide an encore to their epic 2011 final. But after fending off his only break point in his first service game of the match, Novak eventually settled into a ground game for which Nadal had few answers.

For Nadal, the key to winning this match was threefold: serve well, vary his ground game, and defend the Djokovic “down the line” backhand with aggressive hitting on his own backhand. There were early signs, however, that Nadal’s weaponry was misfiring.

He struggled to find the necessary depth on his crosscourt forehand, his backhand often sailed long, and Djokovic rarely allowed him to tee off on his preferred inside-out forehand. Conversely, once Djokovic found his range on his backhand and forehand shots, Nadal was on constant defense with little chance to assert his game on his Serbian opponent.

The crucial break in the first set came at 3-2 on the Nadal serve. Struggling to find his first serve, Nadal quickly sank to Love-30 with the help of a Djokovic touch volley winner and an untouchable crosscourt backhand winner. A timely unreturnable serve gave Nadal a glimmer of hope, but was quickly snuffed out by an amazing baseline-kissing Djokovic forehand followed by a Nadal backhand unforced error.

That one break was all that Djokovic needed to close out the first set in 39 minutes.

Nadal’s usually reliable serve let him down badly in the final. His first serve percentage of 59% wasn’t great, but his 47% second serve percentage was major a liability. Nadal’s lacking offensive game stemmed from an inability to defend second serves that were often 80-90 mph. Then again, it’s difficult to defend that speed at the top of the men’s game, even with perfect placement.

There was concern that perhaps a flair-up of his earlier back issues was affecting his serve speed. Nadal, always reluctant to talk about injury issues, gave a curt, “I am fine.  Thank you very much” when asked about this in post-match press.

The second set continued as the first ended, with Nadal struggling on offense, and Djokovic confidently hitting every shot in his repertoire. There were moments when Nadal’s offensive game surfaced, only to be muted by one of his many unforced errors on the next point. Nadal fought as best he could, but couldn’t stop the inevitable as Djokovic ended the long championship point rally with a volley into open court.

Nadal ended the match with 15 winners against 20 unforced errors. Djokovic’s numbers were significantly better at 22 winners against 14 unforced errors. In matches that are determined by a handful of points, it’s hard to overcome this type of deficit.

For Nadal, however, the primary cause for Sunday’s final failures was the superior play of his opponent. Djokovic is one of the few players who can hurt Nadal when he’s playing his best tennis. He can hurt Nadal in many ways, and with few defensive options.

“So playing against him is the worst thing that can happen for me, because in general, talking about the first two shots, he has a better return than my one, he has a better serve than my one in this surface, especially.”

“Today Novak played at very high level in my opinion and was better than me.”

In sharp contrast to the relief displayed by Djokovic after his win over Roger Federer at Indian Wells, the newly-crowned Miami champion came into Sunday’s post-match news conference smiling, happy, and obviously looking forward to continuing his momentum as the tour moves to European clay. He credited the confidence from that Federer win for much his strong play in Miami.

“That was a great confidence boost for me that I carried on in this week, and this tournament has been perfect from the beginning to the end.  The matches that I have played I played really well, and I elevated my game as the tournament progressed.  The best performance of the tournament came in the right moment on Sunday against the biggest rival (Nadal).”

When asked if he was glad that Djokovic existed to offer him a challenge”, Nadal quickly (and jokingly) said, “No.  I like challenges, but I am not stupid.”

In a telling reversal, Novak offered a very different viewpoint on the challenge of playing his rivals. “I think challenges, big challenges that I had in my career changed me in a positive way as a player. Because of Rafa and because of Roger I am what I am today…”

“Obviously it’s not easy when you’re playing a top rival at the finals of any tournament, but if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best, you know.  You have to win against the best players in the world. That’s the biggest challenge you can have.”

Nadal’s loss in Sunday’s final continued a disappointing trend for Spaniards in Miami. No Spanish men have won the title in the tournament’s 30-year history, and are 0-7 in the Miami final. Nadal lost in four of those finals, and is joined by David Ferrer (2013), Carlos Moya (2003), and Sergi Brugera (1997).

Kevin Ware was in Key Biscayne covering the Sony Open for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his personal twitter @SFTennisFreak.

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Lamine Ouahab Wins Futures Title in Umag

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By Floria Heer

(March 30, 2014) In Sunday’s final at the US-$ 10.000 ITF Futures in Umag, Simone Vagnozzi faced Lamine Ouahab for the first time on European soil. Both previous meetings between the two players took place in Africa, the last encounter on the Futures circuit in Morocco in 2010. The matches have always seen Ouahab as the winner, but were hard fought and always went the distance. In front of about twenty spectators on Grandstand it looked like it was to be a quick affair on Sunday. The 29-year-old Moroccan capitalized on his first break point in the second game and was in total control of the match, hitting a couple of clean winners, whereas on the other hand Vagnozzi produced a lot of unforced errors. Ouahab bageled the Italian after only 25 minutes to take the opening set.

It took 42 minutes for Vagnozzi to get on the scoreboard by breaking the Moroccan’s service in the third game of the second set. From then on the final actually started and became the close match that was expected between the two good friends. The 30-year-old Italian had to save two match points in the twelfth game and the set went into a tiebreak, in which he capitalized on his only set point to take the match the distance.

Ouahab again had the better start by gaining an early break in the opening game. The fourth seed was the more solid player on Sunday and in the end maybe also a bit fresher than his opponent, who had to play a three-hour match on Saturday. Ouahab finally converted his fifth match point to gain his 21st ITF Futures career title winning 6-0, 6-7, 6-3 after two hours and 25 minutes.

“Physically I was ok, maybe I was just tired mentally,” Vagnozzi stated afterwards. “After eight games I found my rhythm into this match, I started to fight and it became better for me. I was lucky to win the second set and in the third I got a little injury on my finger. I tried to do my best but Lamine is a great player and he deserved to win the title here. It’s ok,” the Italian was a fair loser.

Ouhab was obviously satisfied with his week in Umag. “It’s always great to win tournaments. Then you know that you couldn’t have done better,” the Moroccan said. “It was a hard match today but I’m happy that it worked out for me. One of the hardest things is to stay focused, even when you know that you already had match points. Nonetheless I kept on fighting,” Ouahab told and is already excited about the coming weekend. “It will be my first time to play Davis Cup for Morocco. This is a dream come true, as this is also my favourite competition. This will be an unbelievable experience and for sure it’s going to be one thing to tell my kids about it,” the world number 257 said and is looking forward to the next weeks in Casablanca.

 

The ITF Junior Circuit also made a stop in Umag this week for the 30th edition of the Perin Memorial, a tournament of Grade 1 category. In the girl’s final second-seeded Slovakian Kristina Schmiedlova defeated Katarina Jokic from Serbia winning 7-6, 3-6, 6-2.

The boy’s final was an all – Spanish affair between the two sixteen-year-olds, Pedro Martinez Portero and Jaume Antoni Munar Clar, unfortunately with an unlucky ending. Portero was forced to retire at 1-6 1-2 and his friend took the title.

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Semifinals Day at ITF Umag

By Florian Heer

(March 30, 2014) Semifinals in Umag took place in perfect weather conditions with a lot of sunshine and pleasant temperatures. It was also less windy compared to Friday and the players seemed to feel comfortable on court, as the matches took their time.

In the opening semi-final Lamine Ouahab took on Uladzimir Ignatik for the very first time on the tour. The fourth-seeded Moroccan hit solid baseline shots with good length and annoyed his opponent with a lot of drop shots. This and a couple of mind games, which were going on throughout the match, led to some discussions between the two players and the umpire as well. Nonetheless the battle ended after one hour and 45 minutes with a handshake at the net and Ouahab advanced into his first final of the season winning 6-4, 7-6.

The Moroccan No. 1 will meet Simone Vagnozzi on Sunday. The fifth-seeded Italian overcame Kristijan Mesaros in another intense match. The top-seeded Croat, who reached this stage of the tournament without dropping a set, had the better start and gained the opening set in the tenth game. This even contest contained more breaks than service holds and Vagnozzi came back to take the second set in the tie-break. Mesaros was moaning, complaining, talking to his coach and swearing almost uninterrupted. Eventually it was the mental strength and experience from the 30-year-old Italian to finally seal victory winning 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 after almost three hours. Symbolically the match ended through a double fault by the Croat, who still has to wait for reaching his first final of the season.

“I didn’t start well today and I was lucky to break him in the ninth game of the second set,” Vagnozzi told afterwards. “I think in the third set, he was more tired than me. I also remained pretty calm throughout the match, which I think was the key to success today,” the Italian added. “It might be a bit of advantage for Lamine tomorrow that I had to stay that long on court today as I also feel very tired now,” Vagnozzi said in prospect of the final tomorrow.

The doubles title was won by Egor Gerasimov and Dzmitry Zhyrmont, who defeated Dino Marcan and Antonio Sancic 6-4, 4-6, 10-6. For the Belarusians it was their first victory as a team and so they were understandably happy afterwards. “We lost a couple of finals before, so we are really satisfied that it worked out for us today,” Zhyrmont said. “We came here with couple of Belarusian players to practice on clay court as we have to play Davis Cup next week in Moldova,” he added and therewith explained the gathering of so many of his compatriots here in Umag.

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