Ferrer Beats Berdych for Qatar Open Title

David Ferrer

(January 10, 2015) David Ferrer claimed his 22nd career ATP title after defeating Tomas Berdych 6-4, 7-5 in the Qatar Open final on Saturday.

Berdych hadn’t lost his serve in 34 service games through the semifinals of Doha, but had his serve broken four times during the match.

“I’m very happy,” said Ferrer during the trophy ceremony on court following the match. “I put in hard work this preseason. It’s special winning this tournament. I was ready to play tonight’s match against Berdych … a Top 10 player.”

“First of all, it’s a disappointment to lose the final,” said Berdych. “But on the other hand, it’s been a very solid week. It’s been a couple of good matches. I was not able to execute the right way (today), but I think it’s a good start for me.”

“First of all, David is never tired,” Berdych said. “Not after the match he played yesterday after two-and-a-half hours. I have seen him playing five hours and then he played the next day.”

“In important points I got a little bit lucky,” Ferrer said. “I tried to be confident in the bad moments. I played very good in those moments.”

The 32-year-old Ferrer became the second Spaniard to win the Doha title, the first being Rafael Nadal last year.


Djokovic is Stunned by Karlovic at Qatar Open

Ivo Karlovic

(January 8, 2015) Croat Ivo Karlovic earned his second win over a No. 1 player on Thursday when he rallied past Novak Djokovic 6-7(2), 7-6(6), 6-4 to reach the semis of the Qatar Open on Thursday.

Karlovic, who surpassed the 9000 ace mark earlier in the week, fired 21 aces past his Serbian opponent, along with 49 winners. His career ace count is now up to 9,062.

“It was unbelievable,” said Karlovic in an on-court interview. “When I arrived here, I didn’t expect that one. He wasn’t able to show his full range because it was windy. I just focused on my game and in the end I was a little luckier.”

Karlovic last defeated a No. 1 player back in 2008 when he stopped Roger Federer at the Western & Southern Open.

Karlovic will face off against David Ferrer in his semifinal.


Chennai and Doha Results


Aircel Chennai Open

ATP World Tour 250
Chennai, India (+5.5 hours GMT)
5-11 January 2015   Surface: Hard



Singles – Second Round
[1] S Wawrinka (SUI) d B Coric (CRO) 61 64
[4] D Goffin (BEL) d R Berankis (LTU) 60 46 76(1)
[8] G Muller (LUX) d [WC] E Ymer (SWE) 64 63
A Haider-Maurer (AUT) d J Vesely (CZE) 67(3) 64 64

Doubles – First Round
[WC] M Bhupathi (IND) / S Myneni (IND) d *[Alt] C Sood (IND) / L Sood (IND) 67(4) 64 10-6
R Berankis (LTU) / M Pavic (CRO) d G Muller (LUX) / I Sijsling (NED) 76(7) 36 10-8
P Raja (IND) / A Shamasdin (CAN) d A Bedene (SLO) / D Dzumhur (BIH) 61 62

*[Alt] C Sood (IND) / L Sood (IND) replaced A Falla (COL) / A Gonzalez (COL) – Gonzalez (shoulder)


STADIUM start 5:00 pm
P Gojowczyk (GER) vs [3] R Bautista Agut (ESP)
[Q] A Bedene (SLO) vs [2] F Lopez (ESP)
[1] R Klaasen (RSA) / L Paes (IND) vs [WC] M Bhupathi (IND) / S Myneni (IND)

COURT 1 start 5:00 pm
[5] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs T Ito (JPN)
After Suitable Rest – P Raja (IND) / A Shamasdin (CAN) vs R Bautista Agut (ESP) / S Wawrinka (SUI)
Y Lu (TPE) / J Marray (GBR) vs [2] A Begemann (GER) / R Haase (NED)

COURT 2 start 5:00 pm
[6] Y Lu (TPE) vs P Carreno Busta (ESP)
After Suitable Rest – P Carreno Busta (ESP) / G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs R Berankis (LTU) / M Pavic (CRO)

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Qatar ExxonMobil Open

Doha, Qatar

ATP World Tour 250
Doha, Qatar (+3 hours GMT)
5-10 January 2015   Surface: Hard


Singles – Second Round
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d S Stakhovsky (UKR) 62 61
[3] T Berdych (CZE) d [Q] B Kavcic (SLO) 61 62
[4] D Ferrer (ESP) d F Verdasco (ESP) 63 62
[6] R Gasquet (FRA) d S Bolelli (ITA) 63 62
[7] I Karlovic (CRO) d [Q] N Basilashvili (GEO) 76(3) 63
D Brown (GER) d J Struff (GER) 76(9) 64
A Seppi (ITA) d J Souza (BRA) 75 62
I Dodig (CRO) d [Q] M Berrer (GER) 76(1) 62

Doubles – Quarter-finals

[WC] N Djokovic (SRB) / F Krajinovic (SRB) d [3] J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) 63 75
J Monaco (ARG) / R Nadal (ESP) d B Becker (GER) / A Sitak (NZL) 26 63 10-6
D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) d D Inglot (GBR) / F Mergea (ROU) 36 63 10-5
J Knowle (AUT) / P Oswald (AUT) d L Rosol (CZE) / S Stakhovsky (UKR) 63 75


CENTER COURT start 3:30 pm
[4] D Ferrer (ESP) vs D Brown (GER)
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [7] I Karlovic (CRO)
[6] R Gasquet (FRA) vs [3] T Berdych (CZE)
A Seppi (ITA) vs I Dodig (CRO)

COURT 1 start 5:00 pm
D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) vs J Knowle (AUT) / P Oswald (AUT)
After Suitable Rest – J Monaco (ARG) / R Nadal (ESP) vs [WC] N Djokovic (SRB) / F Krajinovic (SRB)


Nadal Upset in First Round of Doha


Nadal at changeover

(January 6, 2015) Defending champion Rafael Nadal was upset, while No. 1 Novak Djokovic had very few problems in the first match of the 2015 season in Doha at the Qatar Open on Tuesday.

In his first tour match since October, Nadal was stunned by German qualifier Michael Berrer, ranked 127 in the world, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the first round. Nadal was sidelined for most of the fall with appendicitis, having an appendectomy in November.

“These things happen after long time without being on the road, being on rhythm, being in competition,” the Spaniard said to media. “I was playing with more nerves because after long time (away) I wanted to win.

“When you are back from an injury, that takes time.”

Djokovic, had an easy 6-2, 6-1 win over Serbian countryman Dusan Lajovic in 59 minutes. Djokovic’s first-round victory took 59 minutes. Djokovic pulled out of the Abu Dhabi exhibition final last week with the flu.


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Singles – First Round
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d D Lajovic (SRB) 62 61
[Q] M Berrer (GER) d [2] R Nadal (ESP) 16 63 64
[3] T Berdych (CZE) d D Istomin (UZB) 61 64
[4] D Ferrer (ESP) d [Q] T de Bakker (NED) 67(4) 64 63
J Struff (GER) d [5] P Kohlschreiber (GER) 76(3) 46 61
A Seppi (ITA) d [8] L Mayer (ARG) 57 76(4) 76(4)
S Stakhovsky (UKR) d [WC] J Ali Mutawa (QAT) 61 61
[Q] N Basilashvili (GEO) d M Youzhny (RUS) 75 62
[Q] B Kavcic (SLO) d J Monaco (ARG) 76(3) 64
J Souza (BRA) d [WC] M Jaziri (TUN) 36 64 63

Doubles – First Round

B Becker (GER) / A Sitak (NZL) d [1] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) 53 ret. Peya (left leg)
J Knowle (AUT) / P Oswald (AUT) d [2] A Qureshi (PAK) / N Zimonjic (SRB) 57 76(5) 10-3
D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) d [4] I Dodig (CRO) / M Mirnyi (BLR) 62 76(2)
L Rosol (CZE) / S Stakhovsky (UKR) d P Andujar (ESP) / A Seppi (ITA) 62 64


CENTER COURT start 3:30 pm
[Q] N Basilashvili (GEO) vs [7] I Karlovic (CRO)
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs S Stakhovsky (UKR)
[Q] B Kavcic (SLO) vs [3] T Berdych (CZE)
[6] R Gasquet (FRA) vs S Bolelli (ITA)

COURT 1 start 4:30 pm
[4] D Ferrer (ESP) vs F Verdasco (ESP)
B Becker (GER) / A Sitak (NZL) vs J Monaco (ARG) / R Nadal (ESP)
After Suitable Rest – [3] J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) vs [WC] N Djokovic (SRB) / F Krajinovic (SRB)

COURT 2 start 3:30 pm
D Brown (GER) vs J Struff (GER)
I Dodig (CRO) vs [Q] M Berrer (GER)
After Suitable Rest – L Rosol (CZE) / S Stakhovsky (UKR) vs J Knowle (AUT) / P Oswald (AUT)

COURT 3 start 4:30 pm
A Seppi (ITA) vs J Souza (BRA)

Not Before 5:30 pm
After Suitable Rest – D Inglot (GBR) / F Mergea (ROU) vs D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP)


Karlovic Hits 9000th Career Ace at Qatar Open

Ivo Karlovic

(January 5, 2015) Croatian Ivo Karlovic served his 9,000th career ace on Monday in defeating Lukas Rosol 7-6 (4), 6-3 in the first round of the Qatar Open in Doha.

Karlovi joins former pros Goran Ivanisevic and Andy Roddick as the only three men to hit at least 9,000 aces in their careers.

“Now I’m in the club,” Karlovic said. “It’s definitely one of my goals to be No. 1 in all aces. This year, maybe, I will do it.”

Karlovic hit 27 aces on Monday making his current total 9,022.

Ivanisevic holds the record with 10,183 aces followed by Roddick with 9,074.


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ATP World Tour 250 

Doha, Qatar (+3 hours GMT)
5-10 January 2015   Surface: Hard



Singles – First Round
[6] R Gasquet (FRA) d P Andujar (ESP) 63 75
[7] I Karlovic (CRO) d L Rosol (CZE) 76(4) 63
F Verdasco (ESP) d T Gabashvili (RUS) 46 63 76(4)
D Brown (GER) d P Lorenzi (ITA) 76(3) 63
S Bolelli (ITA) d B Becker (GER) 63 76(2)
I Dodig (CRO) d [WC] M Safwat (EGY) 63 61

Doubles – First Round

[3] J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) d S Lipsky (USA) / R Ram (USA) 62 60
J Monaco (ARG) / R Nadal (ESP) d S Bolelli (ITA) / L Mayer (ARG) 63 63
[WC] N Djokovic (SRB) / F Krajinovic (SRB) d [WC] J Ali Mutawa (QAT) / M Jaziri (TUN) 61 64
D Inglot (GBR) / F Mergea (ROU) d D Istomin (UZB) / M Youzhny (RUS) 64 67(3) 10-6


CENTER COURT start 3:30 pm
D Istomin (UZB) vs [3] T Berdych (CZE)
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs D Lajovic (SRB)
[Q] M Berrer (GER) vs [2] R Nadal (ESP)
[4] D Ferrer (ESP) vs [Q] T de Bakker (NED)

COURT 1 start 3:30 pm
[8] L Mayer (ARG) vs A Seppi (ITA)
J Souza (BRA) vs [WC] M Jaziri (TUN)
L Rosol (CZE) / S Stakhovsky (UKR) vs P Andujar (ESP) / A Seppi (ITA)
J Knowle (AUT) / P Oswald (AUT) vs [2] A Qureshi (PAK) / N Zimonjic (SRB)

COURT 2 start 3:30 pm

J Monaco (ARG) vs [Q] B Kavcic (SLO)
J Struff (GER) vs [5] P Kohlschreiber (GER)
D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) vs [4] I Dodig (CRO) / M Mirnyi (BLR)

COURT 3 start 3:30 pm
S Stakhovsky (UKR) vs [WC] J Ali Mutawa (QAT)
M Youzhny (RUS) vs [Q] N Basilashvili (GEO)
[1] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) vs B Becker (GER) / A Sitak (NZL)


ATP – Doha Order of Play for January 5, 2015

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ATP World Tour 250 

Doha, Qatar (+3 hours GMT)
5-10 January 2015   Surface: Hard



CENTER COURT start 3:30 pm
S Bolelli (ITA) vs B Becker (GER)

Not Before 5:30 pm
[6] R Gasquet (FRA) vs P Andujar (ESP)
T Gabashvili (RUS) vs F Verdasco (ESP)
L Rosol (CZE) vs [7] I Karlovic (CRO)

COURT 1 start 3:30 pm
Qualifying – B Kavcic (SLO) vs R Ram (USA)

Not Before 5:30 pm
I Dodig (CRO) vs [WC] M Safwat (EGY)
After Suitable Rest – S Bolelli (ITA) / L Mayer (ARG) vs J Monaco (ARG) / R Nadal (ESP)

COURT 2 start 3:30 pm
Qualifying – M Bachinger (GER) vs M Berrer (GER)
D Brown (GER) vs P Lorenzi (ITA)
After Suitable Rest – [WC] N Djokovic (SRB) / F Krajinovic (SRB) vs [WC] J Ali Mutawa (QAT) / M Jaziri (TUN)

COURT 3 start 3:30 pm
Qualifying – F Krajinovic (SRB) vs N Basilashvili (GEO)
D Inglot (GBR) / F Mergea (ROU) vs D Istomin (UZB) / M Youzhny (RUS)
After Suitable Rest – [3] J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) vs S Lipsky (USA) / R Ram (USA)

COURT 4 start 3:30 pm
Qualifying – T de Bakker (NED) vs F Dustov (UZB)


Simona Halep Wins Qatar Open

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(February 16, 2014) Simona Halep captured her first title of the year with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Angelique Kerber of in the Qatar Open final  in Doha on Sunday. For Halep it’s her seventh career title, she won her first six in 2013.

On the way to the win, Halep knocked out three top ten players – No. 7 Sara Errani in the quarterfinals, No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska in the semifinals, and the No. 9 Kerber in the final.

“I feel very, very good now,” Halep said.  “I’m very happy I could win this tournament. It’s amazing for me, because when I came here I didn’t think I could reach the final, or win even. So it’s amazing. It’s the biggest tournament I’ve won. It’s incredible here in Doha.”

“I made too many easy mistakes at the beginning of the match, but Simona played very well – she played at a high level the whole week,” Kerber said. I was trying to play what I could today, I was giving everything I could, but she deserved to win the title. And I’m still happy about the week.”

For Halep this win represents the biggest WTA title of her career – her third Premier-level title and the one with the most prize money.

When the new rankings are announced on Monday, Halep will move up one spot to a career-high No. 8.


Peng Shuai to Become No. 1 in Women’s Doubles Next Week

Peng Shuai

Peng Shuai

(February 13, 2014) Peng Shuai will become the No.1 in doubles next week on the WTA tour. She will be the first Chinese tennis player ever to rise to No.1 in either singles or doubles, male or female. She will become the second Asia woman to hold a No. 1 ranking as second Asian woman – Japan’s Ai Sugiyama also reached No.1 in doubles.

She and partner Hsieh Su-Wei opened the Qatar open with a win over Irina Buryachok and Vitalia Diatchenko, 6-2, 6-4.



Li Na Ousted by Qualifier in Doha

10062012 China Open Li Na in press 2

(February 13, 2014) Reigning Australian Open champion Li Na fell victim to Czech qualifier Petra Cetkovska 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-4 in the third round of the Qatar Open on Thursday.

Cetkovska, no stranger to upsetting top ten players completed the feat for the eighth time, second time ousting a top three players. She beat a then ranked No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska in the 2011 Rome

Li could not hold on to a 3-1 lead in the third set in the 2 hour and 46-minute match.

Even with the loss, Li will move up to No. 2 in the world when the rankings come out next week.


Venus Wins, Stephens Falls in Doha


(February 10, 2014) Venus Williams returned to the court for the first time since losing in the first round of the Australian Open, while countrywoman Sloane Stephens fell in Doha on Monday.

Williams bested qualifier Petra Martic 6-2, 6-2 to set up a second-round match with former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.

No. 2 American Stephens could not find any consistency and lost to qualifier Petra Cetkovska 7-5-6-1.

Doha, Qatar
February 10-February 16, 2014

Results – Monday, February 10, 2014
Singles – First Round
(Q) Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) d. (11) Roberta Vinci (ITA) 63 63
(Q) Petra Cetkovska (CZE) d. (14) Sloane Stephens (USA) 75 61
Peng Shuai (CHN) d. (Q) Nadia Petrova (RUS) 76(5) 75
Venus Williams (USA) d. (Q) Petra Martic (CRO) 62 62
Annika Beck (GER) d. Mona Barthel (GER) 76(5) 62
(Q) Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) d. Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 75 63

Doubles – First Round
Pliskova/Pliskova (CZE/CZE) d. (WC) Al Nabhani/Honcova (OMA/SVK) 63 62
Buryachok/Diatchenko (UKR/RUS) d. Dushevina/Parra Santonja (RUS/ESP) 63 26 103 (Match TB)
(WC) Jankovic/Kleybanova (SRB/RUS) d. Lepchenko/Panova (USA/RUS) 76(3) 06 102 (Match TB)

Order Of Play – Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Centre Court (from 15.30hrs)
1. Francesca Schiavone vs. Magdalena Rybarikova
2. Dominika Cibulkova vs. Alisa Kleybanova
3. Ana Ivanovic vs. Daniela Hantuchova (NB 19.00hrs)
4. Marina Erakovic vs. Samantha Stosur

Court 1 (from 14.30hrs)
1. Tadeja Majeric vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
2. Stefanie Voegele vs. Alizé Cornet
3. Andrea Petkovic vs. Yanina Wickmayer
4. Eugenie Bouchard vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands

Court 2 (from 14.30hrs)
1. Kaia Kanepi vs. Varvara Lepchenko
2. Alla Kudryavtseva vs. Sorana Cirstea
3. Lucie Safarova vs. Kirsten Flipkens (NB 18.00hrs)
4. Chan/Huber vs. Klemenschits/Olaru

Court 3 (from 14.30hrs)
1. Zhang Shuai vs. Maryna Zanevska
2. Karolina Pliskova vs. Cagla Buyukakcay
3. Monica Niculescu vs. Fatma Al Nabhani
4. Pavlyuchenkova/Petrova vs. Beygelzimer/Savchuk

Court 4 (from 14.30hrs)
1. Barthel/Moulton-Levy vs. Kops-Jones/Spears
2. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni vs. Yvonne Meusburger (NB 15.30hrs)
3. Elina Svitolina vs. Klara Zakopalova (NB 18.00hrs)

Court 6 (from 15.30hrs)
1. Kristina Mladenovic vs. Jana Cepelova
2. Karin Knapp vs. Caroline Garcia
3. Husarova/Rosolska vs. Raymond/Zhang