Queens Club to Host Great Britain versus France Davis Cup Tie in July

(April 21, 2015) Great Britain will be hosting the upcoming Davis Cup World Group quarterfinal between against France on grass at The Queen’s Club in West London the weekend of July 17-19. This is the first time Great Britain has played France in Davis Cup since 1992.

Leon Smith, Captain of Great Britain’s Davis Cup Team, said: “Queen’s Club will be a unique and special venue for this quarterfinal tie against a very strong French team. Our British team have all had very good results as individuals at Queen’s Club, in particular Andy Murray having won the event on three occasions. The grass courts at Queen’s are some of the best in the world and our team will look to use the courts and the passionate home crowd to full advantage. The atmosphere and crowd support will be vital.”

World No. 3 Andy Murray commented: “Queen’s will be a perfect venue for our quarterfinal match against France. I’ve been playing at Queen’s for ten years now so I feel very at home there as do the rest of the British team, so it’s a great choice. Fingers crossed it’s a memorable summer for British tennis.”

The final day of the Davis Cup tie will take place exactly four weeks after the final of the Aegon Championships. This will be the first time since 1990 that The Queen’s Club has hosted Davis Cup, when Great Britain then took on France in a World Group Play-Off.

Great Britain defeated the United States 3-2 in the World Group first round, while France beat Germany 3-2. The winner will advance to the semifinals to be held the weekend after the U. S. Open.


Teen Coric and Veteran Stakhovsky Advance in Marseille

Denis Istomin

Denis Istomin

(February 16, 2015) Eighteen-year-old Borna Coric of Croatia knocked out Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-4, 7-5 in the first round of the Open 13 tournament on Monday.

Last fall, the teenager Coric stunned 14-time major champion and No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal in straight sets earn semifinal berth of the Swiss Indoors.

The upset of the day belonged to the Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky who defeated eighth-seeded Czech Lukas Rosol 6-3, 6-2.


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


Singles – First Round
S. Stakhovsky (UKR) d [8] L. Rosol (CZE) 63 62
[WC] B. Coric (CRO) d D. Istomin (UZB) 64 75

Doubles – First Round

C Fleming (GBR) / J Marray (GBR) d [WC] C Hsieh (TPE) / H Lee (TPE) 36 63 11-9 


COURT CENTRAL start 11:30 am
D. Thiem (AUT) vs J. Sousa (POR)
[Q] D. Guez (FRA) vs J. Chardy (FRA)
J. Struff (GER) vs [Q] N. Mahut (FRA)
Not Before 6:30 pm
P. Mathieu (FRA) vs [WC] B. Paire (FRA)
Not Before 8:30 pm
[Q] A. Zverev (GER) vs [7] [WC] G. Monfils (FRA)

COURT 1 start 11:30 am

K Skupski (GBR) / N Skupski (GBR) vs J Erlich (ISR) / M Pavic (CRO)
A. Golubev (KAZ) vs A. Kuznetsov (RUS)
R. Haase (NED) vs V. Pospisil (CAN)
Not Before 4:00 pm
After Suitable Rest – L Rosol (CZE) / D Thiem (AUT) vs G Kretschmer (GER) / A Satschko (GER)
After Suitable Rest – [1] P Herbert (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) vs S Bolelli (ITA) / J Struff (GER)

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


Singles – First Round
[3] A. Dolgopolov (UKR) d T. Gabashvili (RUS) 76(4) 63
[4] I. Karlovic (CRO) d D. Brown (GER) 63 67(3) 62
[WC] D. Kudla (USA) d L. Lacko (SVK) 63 64

Doubles – First Round
[2] R Klaasen (RSA) / L Paes (IND) d M Jaziri (TUN) / M Matosevic (AUS) 63 76(0)
B Tomic (AUS) / V Troicki (SRB) d [4] S Groth (AUS) / C Guccione (AUS) 67(10) 62 10-7
E Butorac (USA) / R Ram (USA) d M Kukushkin (KAZ) / Y Lu (TPE) 75 46 10-4 


STADIUM start 11:00 am
M. Kukushkin (KAZ) vs [7] S. Johnson (USA)
Not Before 12:30 pm
[6] S. Querrey (USA) vs A. Gonzalez (COL)
Not Before 2:30 pm
I. Dodig (CRO) vs D. Young (USA)
6:00 pm
[1] K. Anderson (RSA) vs [Q] J. Smith (AUS)
Not Before 8:00 pm
M. Matosevic (AUS) vs [2] J. Isner (USA)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
B. Tomic (AUS) vs M. Jaziri (TUN)
F. Krajinovic (SRB) vs [Q] T. Kokkinakis (AUS)
T. Smyczek (USA) vs [WC] S. Kozlov (USA)
Not Before 3:00 pm
S Johnson (USA) / S Querrey (USA) vs T Huey (PHI) / S Lipsky (USA)





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

Rio Open presented by Claro


Singles – First Round
[3] T. Robredo (ESP) d [WC] E. Ymer (SWE) 64 63
A. Haider-Maurer (AUT) d A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 36 63 62
J. Nieminen (FIN) d [Q] M. Cecchinato (ITA) 46 63 75
[Q] T. de Bakker (NED) d [WC] G. Clezar (BRA) 57 63 61

Doubles – First Round
[WC] A Sa (BRA) / J Souza (BRA) d M Gonzalez (ARG) / J Monaco (ARG) 75 60
M Klizan (SVK) / P Oswald (AUT) d [WC] F De Paula (BRA) / M Demoliner (BRA) 46 63 10-5
C Berlocq (ARG) / L Mayer (ARG) d N Almagro (ESP) / F Fognini (ITA) 64 63


CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
WTA – [Q] M. Irigoyen (ARG) vs [WC] B. Haddad Maia (BRA)
Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – [4] F. Fognini (ITA) vs J. Vesely (CZE)
ATP – [WC] J. Souza (BRA) vs [Q] F. Arguello (ARG)
Not Before 4:45 pm
WTA – [1] S. Errani (ITA) vs T. Pereira (BRA)
Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [Q] D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP) vs [2] D. Ferrer (ESP)
ATP – [1] R. Nadal (ESP) vs T. Bellucci (BRA)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – [Q] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) vs [WC] P. Goncalves (BRA)
WTA – L. Hradecka (CZE) vs [3] R. Vinci (ITA)
Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – [7] S. Giraldo (COL) vs J. Monaco (ARG)
ATP – [1] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) vs J Brunstrom (SWE) / N Monroe (USA)
ATP – N. Almagro (ESP) vs [6] P. Cuevas (URU)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – A. Mitu (ROU) vs J. Glushko (ISR)
WTA – P. Ormaechea (ARG) vs [Q] S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP)
WTA – [1] I Begu (ROU) / M Irigoyen (ARG) vs D Pfizenmaier (GER) / A Schmiedlova (SVK)
WTA – G Ce (BRA) / P Goncalves (BRA) vs Y Bonaventure (BEL) / R Peterson (SWE)
WTA – [3] J Rae (GBR) / A Smith (GBR) vs P Ormaechea (ARG) / M Torró-Flor (ESP)

COURT 3 start 11:00 am
WTA – B. Mattek-Sands (USA) vs D. Kovinic (MNE)
Not Before 12:30 pm
ATP – P. Andujar (ESP) vs P. Lorenzi (ITA)
ATP – F. Delbonis (ARG) vs D. Schwartzman (ARG)
ATP – Ma. Gonzalez (ARG) vs A. Montanes (ESP)
ATP – P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs C. Berlocq (ARG)

COURT 5 start 11:00 am
WTA – D. Pfizenmaier (GER) vs [Q] E. Cabeza Candela (ESP)
Not Before 12:30 pm
ATP – [5] L. Mayer (ARG) vs B. Rola (SLO)
ATP – D. Lajovic (SRB) vs [8] M. Klizan (SVK)
WTA – D Kovinic (MNE) / L Pigossi (BRA) vs [4] F Molinero (ARG) / S Vogt (LIE)


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))


Roger Federer Win Clinches Switzerland’s First Davis Cup Title


(November 23, 2014) Switzerland became the 14th country to claim the country’s first Davis Cup title on Sunday when they defeated France 3- 1 in Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille, France.

In front of a record setting crowd of 27,448, world No. 2 Roger Federer clinched the tie for Switzerland defeating Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-2, 6-2, falling to the ground in celebration after hitting a drop shot winner. Gasquet filled in for an ailing Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

The Swiss No. 1 was in command of the match from beginning to end, which lasted an hour and 42 minutes.

“He was playing fast. He was very focused and making very few mistakes. I was not even able to have a break point,” said Gasquet. “It was difficult for me to give him problems. We are all disappointed. I would have liked to do more for the team because the crowd was ready, ready to support me to the end. In that situation, the only thing you want to do is play a fourth or fifth set just to please the crowd.”

“He was not unbeatable today, but he only made a few mistakes,” Gasquet explained. “It’s a shame I could not get any break points.”

Federer was dominated in a straight set loss to Gael Monfils in the second singles rubber on Friday. Stan Wawrinka opened the tie with a four-set victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and teamed with Federer to claim the doubles rubber on Saturday to give the Swiss a 2-1 lead coming into Sunday.

Being a part of a winning David Cup, adds another victory to his career resume, in which he already holds 17 major titles.

“I’m unbelievably happy. Amazing feeling to be celebrating with my friends,” said Federer post match in an on-court interview. “Just a great match, great atmosphere. It was a beautiful weekend for tennis.”

“We fought hard for it, I’ve been playing this game for almost 15 years now and clearly I’ve never come as close as this last weekend. I’m happy I was able to stay calm and play a good match when I had to and I’m happy for all the guys on the team.”

With Federer coming into the Davis Cup final in questionable health due to a back injury which forced him to withdraw last week’s ATP World Tour Final against No. 1 Novak Djokovic, the Basel native gave full credit to Wawrinka as the “MVP” of the Davis Cup Final.

“Everybody worked incredibly hard to get me match ready, Stan has put in so much effort over the years and played an unbelievable weekend that gave me the opportunity today,” said Federer.

“I’m very much aware of that, this one is for the boys. It’s not for me. I’ve won enough in my career and did not need to tick any empty boxes. I’m just happy for everybody else. I’m happy we could live a great tennis historic moment in our country.”

Just over a week ago, there appeared to be friction between Federer and Wawrinka when some media reports claimed that Federer’s wife Mirka allegedly heckled Wawrinka by calling him a “crybaby” during the ATP World Tour Finals semifinals between Federer and Wawrinka. It was later reported that Federer and Wawrinka had an argument in the locker room after the match.

“At the end, it’s a tennis match, you feel great emotions,” Federer continued. “You’re unbelievably happy and relieved “We wanted this clearly very badly, especially being up 2-1. You inch yourself closer and closer. Clearly seeing Stan out there, the rest of the team supporting you, gives you an extra push. It was definitely one of the better feelings in my career, no doubt about it. So much nicer to celebrate it all together.”

“It’s an amazing feeling. The best,” said Wawrinka. “We all know how it’s great to watch such an amazing player when he’s playing good tennis.”

With the Davis Cup win on Sunday, Wawrinka, became the first person since Andre Agassi in 1992 to win his first Grand Slam title and his first Davis Cup trophy in the same year. Wawrinka also won his first Masters 1000 title in Monte Carlo, taking out Davis Cup teammate Federer back in April.

Federer set a new record as the most successful Swiss player in the history of the Davis Cup. It was his 50th win, now ahead of Jakob Hlasek for total wins.

Asked about comparing this victory to winning his first major, Wimbledon in 2003, Federer said, “You can’t compare. When I won Wimbledon, it was a total shock honestly. Davis Cup is something that I knew was possible at some stage in my career.

“Of course, there was the pressure of being able to manage all this and make everyone happy with all the support we had for the team and everything. So it is a totally different feeling. Also I was not alone on the court. This changes everything.”


Final scores:



Venue: Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille, FRA (clay – indoors)
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 61 36 63 62

Gael Monfils (FRA) d. Roger Federer (SUI) 61 64 63

Roger Federer/Stan Wawrinka (SUI) d. Julien Benneteau/Richard Gasquet (FRA) 63 75 64

Roger Federer (SUI) d. Richard Gasquet (FRA) 64 62 62

Gael Monfils (FRA) v Stan Wawrinka (SUI) not played



Switzerland Takes 2-1 lead over France in Davis Cup Final

(November 22, 2014) Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka gave Switzerland an important 2-1 lead in the Davis Cup final on Saturday, when they defeated France’s doubles team of Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in Lille, France.

Switzerland’s captain Severin Luthi made the move to place the 2008 Olympic champion doubles team instead of Marco Chiudinelli and Michael Lammer, who were slated to play.

In the 2 hour and 12 minute match, the Swiss pair defended all five break points against them.

After Federer lost to Gael Monfils on Friday in the second singles rubber, the 17-time major champ said after the match that he would be ready to play doubles if he was needed despite the back injury.

Federer was clearly moving better on Saturday than on Friday.

Federer is scheduled to face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the opening rubber on Sunday, with Stan Wawrinka playing Gael Monfils in the fifth rubber if necessary.

France is looking for it’s 10 Davis Cup while Switzerland is seeking it’s first.






Venue: Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille (clay – indoors)
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 61 36 63 62

Gael Monfils (FRA) d. Roger Federer (SUI) 61 64 63

Roger Federer/Stan Wawrinka (SUI) d. Julien Benneteau/Richard Gasquet (FRA) 63 75 64

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Roger Federer (SUI)

Gael Monfils (FRA) v Stan Wawrinka (SUI)



France Evens Tie Against Switzerland in Davis Cup Final

(November 21, 2014) France leveled the Davis Cup final against Switzerland at 1-1 at the end of day one in Lille, France when Gael Monfils dispatched Roger Federer 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 on Friday. I was Monfils’ first win over the world No. 2 on clay. Monfils hit 44 winners in the less than two hour match.

Federer pulled out of the final of the ATP year-end event in London on Sunday due to a back injury, decided to play despite a back injury that forced him to pull out of the title match at the ATP Finals last Sunday.

Stan Wawrinka gave Switzerland a 1-0 advantage after the opening rubber defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Wawrinka was dominant at the net winning 25 points there. He hit 61 winners during the match.

The crowd of 27,432 has set a new record for an officially-sanctioned tennis match, more than the previous record, Spain versus United States Davis Cup Final at the Estadio Olympico de Sevilla in 2004 at 27,200.

More to follow.


Draw Set for Davis Cup Final – France Versus Switzerland

davis cup 2014

(November 20, 2014) The draw has been set for the Davis Cup final between France and Switzerland this weekend in Lille, France on a clay court.

After speculation about Roger Federer, who pulled out of the final ATP World Tour Finals with a back injury, the 17-time major champion will participate in Davis Cup this weekend.

Roger Federer will face off against Gael Monfils in the second match on Friday. Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka will open the series against Jo-Wilfired Tsonga.

France has a rich Davis Cup and is looking for a 10th title, while Switzerland seeking its first crown in the team competition. France leads Switzerland 10-2 in head-to-head competition in the ITF event.





Venue: Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille (clay – indoors)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Stan Wawrinka (SUI)

Gael Monfils (FRA) v Roger Federer (SUI)

Julien Benneteau/Richard Gasquet (FRA) v Marco Chiudinelli/Michael Lammer (SUI)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Roger Federer (SUI)

Gael Monfils (FRA) v Stan Wawrinka (SUI)


Novak Djokovic Defends Title at Paris Masters for 600th Win

Djokovic wins Bercy

(November 2, 2014) Novak Djokovic became the first player to defend the Paris Masters title with an easy 6-2, 6-3 win over Milos Raonic on Sunday.

The Serbian world No. 1’s victory secured his 20th ATP Masters 1000 title and 600th match win on the ATP World Tour. Djokovic is just the 23rd man to reach 600 win mark. It’s his first title victory as a father as his wife Jelena gave birth to son Stefan on October 22.

“This win is for my son, this is the first tournament I won since becoming a dad,” he said.

“I thought (Djokovic) played some great tennis,” Raonic said. “He neutralized my serve well. Even when I was able to open him on the backhand side, he was moving really well. He was always getting two hands on it.

“He was always playing deep. He didn’t really give me too many looks. Even on the break chances I had, he played them well. He just made life difficult for me today.”


“I played the best match of the entire week today when it was most needed,” said Djokovic. “I got a lot of returns back and just overall I’m extremely happy with the performance.”

The 27-year-old Djokovic, who strolled through the draw without losing a set is closer to solidifying a third year-end No. 1 ranking, extending his lead over No. 2 Roger Federer.

“I see it better now than one week ago, that’s for sure,” said Djokovic on the battle for year-end No. 1. ” It helps that I won the title in Paris-Bercy, that I’m playing well, and that I’m feeling good about myself on the court playing indoors. That encourages me, as I said before, prior to the last event of the year.”

Next stop for Djokovic will be the ATP Finals in London from November 9-16.


France to Host Switzerland in Davis Cup Final


(September 14, 2014) For the first time in 22 years, Switzerland is in the Davis Cup final. No. 1 singles player from Switzerland, Roger Federer clinched the tie versus Italy on Sunday, defeating Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (4) for an unassailable 3-1 lead in Geneva.

France will play host to Switzerland in the Davis Cup final November 21-23. France clinched their berth in the final on Saturday, winning the doubles rubber to take a 3-0 lead. They completed the tie on Sunday 4-1 over the Czech Republic at Roland Garros, site of the French Open.

“It’s nice sharing the emotions with your fans and team members,” Federer said in an on-court interview after the match.

“It was a pretty quick court, so if you’re not serving so well there are always going to be errors – it wasn’t the best performance for either of us.

“Some of the best match-ups I’ve had have been against France, but we’re very pleased to be in the final.”

The French team is looking for their first Davis Cup title since 2001, while Switzerland is seeking their first-ever Davis Cup crown.

Team France says they are ready for the challenge.

“Everybody speaks about a dream final against Switzerland, but for me the dream is just that France will be there,” said French Davis Cup captain Arnaud Clement said. “With Federer and Stan Wawrinka, It’s obviously a big contest but the important thing is that we are in the final.”

“Federer is a monument of tennis, this is a dream final,” said Richard Gasquet in press on Sunday.

“There is no need for motivation when you are in the final, but hosting Federer adds an extra something to a sumptuous final,” Julien Benneteau said.

Although not official, it’s been reported that the northern French city of Lille will host the final.

The French have a 10-2 record versus Switzerland in Davis Cup play.


Rafael Nadal Wins Ninth French Open Title for 14th Major



(June 8, 2014) Rafael Nadal captured his ninth French Open title, his 14 major title by defeating No. 2 Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 on Sunday in Paris in three hours and 31 minutes. For Nadal it’s a record breaking five straight French Open titles, a 66-1 record at Roland Garros and a 35 match winning streak in Paris.

In capturing his 14 major, the twenty-eighth-year-old Spaniard has won his 64th tournament title. He is tied with Pete Sampras for second on the all-time list of major tournament titles, three behind Roger Federer who has 17. Nadal has one at least one major for the ten straight years.

Nadal lifts his record against Djokovic to 23-19, a perfect 5-0 when playing him at Roland Garros. He is now 4-3 in major finals against the Serb. Djokovic won at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2011 and at the 2012 Australian Open, while Nadal won at the 2010 US Open, 2012 Roland Garros, the 2013 US Open and Roland Garros.

“For me playing here in Roland Garros is just unforgettable, forever,” Nadal said.

Djokovic won the first set, after breaking Nadal in the eighth game and saving break points in the ninth for 6-3.

Nadal broke Djokovic in the 12th game to win the second set 7-5. In the third set, Nadal jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third and broke serve again to take the set 6-2.

Djokovic had two chances to get the break back in the third set, in the fifth game and in the seventh, but Nadal held both times and then broke serve again in the final game for 6-2.

In the fourth set Nadal broke Djokovic in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead, but the Serb broke back and held to even the set at 4-4. Nadal held for 5-4 and won the match when Djokovic double-faulted on match point.

“It was a great start; came back in the second,”Djokovic said in his post-match interview with media.  “Could have gone to the tiebreak and was quite even.  I lost that service game 6 5, and then the momentums went his side.

“I started, you know, playing quite bad, you know, and didn’t move as well.  Struggled a little bit physically throughout that third set.

“Then in the fourth started to feel a little bit better, but then just crucial points he played better.  I wasn’t playing at the level that I wanted, especially in the second part of the match.

“You know, that’s sport.  It’s how it is.  These kind of big matches obviously take the best out of players.  And of course it’s a huge challenge.  I tried to do my best.  My best wasn’t as the best against him in Rome a couple weeks ago.

“But, you know, it’s how it is.  Congratulations to him.  He was a better player in the crucial moments.  Of course it’s disappointing for me, but life goes on.  It’s not the first time or last time that I lost a match.”

“Without that second set, I don’t know if I have this trophy with me now,” Nadal said.

“He deserves to win this tournament,” Nadal said. “I am sure he will do it in the future.”

For his efforts, Nadal will receive €1,650,000 in prize money. He will remain No. 1 in the world.

At 45 clay court singles titles, Nadal is one title away from equaling the record of Guillermo Vilas at 46.