2015/05/30

Steve Johnson Nets a Rare Five-Set Win on Day One of the French Open

(May 24, 2015) In the first five-setter of the French Open on Sunday, Steve Johnson of the United States knocked out 26th seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 6-3, 6-3, 6-7(1), 3-6, 6-3 to reach the second round. The marathon match lasted three hours and 26 minutes. For the 56th-ranked Johnson, it’s his second win in five setters all coming in the first round. Last year in Paris, Johnson bested Laurent Lokoli coming back from a two-set deficit.

Johnson took a 6-3, 6-3 lead and was two points away from a straight sets win in the third set, then Garcia Lopez came back in the match.

“I wasn’t like I guess panicking,” Johnson said. “I was up two sets. I played a good end of the third. He kind of buckled down and played some great defense in the last three sets. Felt like it was tough for me to hit a winner. He played great defense. He’s very comfortable on clay; he’s very comfortable out there. I don’t think at any moment, even down two sets, he thought it was far from over. Just fortunate – you know, I was down a break in the fifth – just to kind of compose myself. Played a great game to break back, a long game, and I think that swung the momentum a little bit in my favor.”
“I’ve had a bunch of tough five-set losses,” Johnson reflected. “A couple years ago here I played Montanes. He won the first, I won the second, he won the third, I won the fourth. You kind of get this emotion where you’re on this high, like you’re ready to go, ready to go. It’s just another match. It’s just another set. I’ve played a lot of tennis in my life, and I felt comfortable out there today in the fifth just to play regular tennis. You know, I didn’t need to raise my game to another level to win this one. So that kind of mentality. So I just buckled down and played the way I needed to play. You know, drew back from all those five-set losses. Had a five-set win here last year in the first round. So just another day at the office to take care of business and win three sets.”
In recent years U.S men have not been known for their clay court prowess or love for the surface. The last U.S. man to win the French Open was Andre Agassi in 1999.

Asked about if U.S. men have gained confidence on clay courts, Johnson said: “I think it’s just a mindset really. Maybe back in the day after the (Andre) Agassi kind of (Michael) Chang, those guys’ era who won here, there was maybe a bit of negativity. I don’t want to say that in a negative way to guys like James and Andy and Mardy (Fish). Those guys held the torch for American tennis and did more than anyone else really has, in my era at least. I think there was maybe a negative tone to coming here or being on clay in general. So it’s nice to have John (Isner) do well because he’s the leader of our pack right now. If he does well, you know, we all believe we can do well I feel like. It’s one of those things where you see your buddy win and you’re going to feel the same confidence. I think I was the only American to play today, to win. Maybe tomorrow the Americans will come out guns blazing and go out and take care of business. Just one of those things that confidence kind of breeds more confidence, and winning, just amongst the group, is always beneficial.”
Johnson, 25, played college tennis for the USC Trojans won the NCAA Men’s Singles Championship in his junior and senior seasons (2011–2012), and was a part of the USC team that won four straight NCAA Championships.

The Californian rates clay as his third favorite surface.

“I played on hard court my whole life,” Johnson said. “Feel like my game suits well for grass. Maybe haven’t had the success at Wimbledon as I would like, but that’s going to change I hope one day. I feel like I’m getting more comfortable. It’s funny, because I’ve had literally the last three years — all three years I’ve played on the tour full time it’s like once clay season comes I’ve struggled. Like two years ago in the challengers in the States it was like winning games, and then Bordeaux two years ago I won three games; I got killed. Then like I get to Roland Garros to play quallies two years ago and the ball kind of starts to roll and you figure it out. It’s a learning process. Every year I’ve felt like I’ve gotten here and everything has just started to click. I’ve had some rough practice days, matches, you name it, for the last two months. Now it’s like, Okay, everything I worked on, my coach and I, it happened today. It felt good. So it’s like one of those things where you get more comfortable the more time you play on it. You’re going to get here, and I don’t know what it is about here, but it’s a pretty special place to play. I just felt like the clay court game for me has clicked, which is good timing.”

Next up for Johnson in the second round will be the winner of the Sergiy Stakhovsky – Ricardas Berankis.

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Roger Federer Blasts French Open Security After Selfie-Seeking Fan Runs on Court

(May 24, 2015) Roger Federer began his French Open center court on with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 victory over qualifier Alejandro Falla n Paris on Sunday.

As Federer was leaving the court, a fan ran onto the court trying take a “selfie” with the world No. 2.

“Well, I’m not happy about it,” Federer said. “Obviously not one second I’m happy about it. It happened yesterday in the practice, too. It’s just a kid, but then three more kids came. And today on center court where you would think this is a place where nobody can come on, just wanders on and nothing happens. Happened during the finals in ’09 as well for me. So I definitely think this is something that something needs to happen quickly. Basically yesterday already. Not now, you know. But obviously want this to happen immediately. Normally I only speak on behalf of myself, but in this situation I think I can speak on behalf of all the players, that that’s where you do your job, that’s where you want to feel safe. And so clearly I’m not happy about it. But nothing happened, so I’m relieved. But clearly it wasn’t a nice situation to be in.”
A similar incident happened to Federer took place in 2009 during the French Open final, when the Swiss defeated Robin Soderling for his lone French Open title. A man ran out on the court and tried to put a hat on Federer.

“Gilbert Ysern (Roland Garros Tournament Director) already came and apologized to me, and we had a quick conversation,” Federer said. “I just told him what I think needs to happen. I told him about yesterday, as well, which he didn’t know about. Yeah, I’m sure they will take the necessary steps now, but this doesn’t only mean for this tournament for this year; it means for all the tournaments we play all the years coming up. We need to make sure that it’s safe out there and people don’t just wander on the court like a free pass, you know. That’s how it’s supposed to be.”
It also brought back painful memories of when Monica Seles was stabbed on-court by a fan in 1993 in Hamburg, Germany.

“Well, I know Monica very well,” Federer said. “I met her again in New York. It’s not that funny, that’s true, not at all, I’d say. I know that on these courts people are really close to the courts. It’s easy to jump above and be on the courts. I don’t know what we should do, what we should do to avoid these things. But it’s the reaction. You know, if these things happen and they should never happen, if people can get close to us, to me, you know, it shouldn’t happen. And then how they are going to change this? I don’t know. They will tell us. Of course, I couldn’t react, the kid was coming from behind me.”
As for his first round match, Federer hit 43 winners in the victory over the world No. 111.

Ysern held a news conference of his own later in the day.

“Well, I won’t react to his (Federer’s) comments, I will react to the facts,” Ysern said. “Of course his comments made sense. He was pissed off with what happened in court. He has good grounds for being unhappy. Well, I prefer to react to what happened. I think, well, some extent it’s not the end of the world. Of course we should not make too big a case of that, but it’s embarrassing, of course, for Roland Garros, when something like that happens. Well, it simply shows that we collectively as an organization made a mistake and we will have to correct that, of course, and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

“I’m not going to tell you I’m happy with what happened this afternoon. But honestly, at this stage there is no reason for us to change the security procedures. They are organized; it was just a lack of judgment this afternoon. Clearly the security people who were on court did not do the job the way they should have done, of course, to say the least. Again, it’s a question of lack of judgment from them, and — well, we all know in tennis, like in other sports, the current approach consists in having the players — the crowds close to the players, you know, looking for signatures, autographs, and pictures, selfies and all that. Again, I think that’s where the lack of judgment this afternoon lays. I mean, the instinct and direction of security people must have been that it was something that was acceptable, which is clearly not. So again, I think we should understand that the issue here again is lack of judgment on the part of the people who are on court. It’s not the procedures that are in place that are wrong. No need to say that, of course, the message is passed again among all the security people. And tonight for sure we will reinforce the message again that clearly nobody is allowed to get on court in any case at any time for any reason. It has to be very clear. Of course, well, the fact that all you here is a good opportunity for me as well to remind everybody on court that this is still totally forbidden. And there are opportunities for the crowds to cheer for players, opportunities to get close to them. You know, we organize that, and the players are very helpful in that regard these days. They are giving some time to make themselves available for the crowds and the fans to get closer to them. But of course, the court is clearly forbidden for them to go on, and, well, they have to respect that. Of course, contrary to what happened this afternoon, we will enforce that rule more severely from today on and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

 

Federer’s countryman Stan Wawrinka also advanced to the second round with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 over Marsel Ilhan.

Wawrinka is also upset with the French Open organizers complaining about a “completely stupid article” that he says appeared on the official http://www.rolandgarros.com tournament website on Saturday which touched upon his private life. The article was taken down.

Wawrinka said he spotted the article Saturday and “I told the tournament that I wasn’t really happy about it.”

“It’s official website of a Grand Slam, so I hope the guy who did that article is not a journalist. I also hope the guy who is supposed to check all the article on the website is not working anymore for the tournament. Because for me, for a Grand Slam website, it should be an article about the tennis and that’s it.”

I saw the article last night,” Wawrinka told media. “I told the tournament that I wasn’t really happy about it, and I don’t think it was great for the tournament to do that sh*t article. That’s it. But after that, you know, I’m here to play tennis and to focus on my game. I can put that on the side, and that’s it.”

Ysern also commented on the article:”We have to pay attention when we proofread the papers. But given what we have on the Internet, so many people write so many things, so many papers. So controlling this is complicated. It’s complicated to control all levels, but we have to do this. When we missed this yesterday, we tried to catch up. Of course, we got rid of this paper, and that’s all. Everybody has faults. We have to admit it.”

Kei Nishikori, the fifth seed  knocked out Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-3, 7-5, 6-1 to advance.

“I think it was solid match,” noted Japan’s top player.  “Second set he started playing much better. He was hitting the ball pretty well, especially his backhand. But, yeah, after that I was playing some good tennis on the court, and, you know, I think it’s not easy to play three straight sets easy. So, you know, there is some up and downs, and I think I fight through pretty well.”

Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga make his country very happy with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 win over Swedish qualifier Christian Lindell.

“Today I played a good match,” Tsonga said. “I was really in the match. I was solid from the very first minute, and therefore I was more relaxed afterwards. Then things went on well after that. I was aggressive the way I had to be. I played well. I played a good match, and therefore, I didn’t have to stay too long on the court. That’s it.”

Ernests Gulbis earned just his third match win on the year, defeating Igor  Sijsling in straight sets.
Ivo Karlovic became the first seeded man to fall at the French Open. The 25th seed lost 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-4 to Marcos Baghdatis. Baghdatis was a 2006 Australian Open finalist.

In another surprise on the men’s side, Steve Johnson of the United States, squandered a two set lead, then rallied from a break down in the fifth set to defeat 26th seed Guillermo Garcia Lopez 6-3, 6-3, 6-7(1), 3-6, 6-3 to move into the second round. the match lasted almost three-and-a-half hours.

On the women’s side, third seed and last year’s losing finalist, Simona Halep held off Evgenia Rodina 7-5, 6-4. 

“It was a tough match, because it was first round and always is difficult to start the tournament,” Halep said. “But, you know, she played well. She’s playing well. Yeah, I did feel easy mistakes, but it’s normal and I accept that. Next round I will be better, for sure.”

2008 champion Ana Ivanovic rebounded from a first set loss to stop Yaraoslava Shvedova 4-6, 6-2, 6-0.

“It was a little bit of tough start,” said the Serb. “I didn’t have many matches coming into the tournament, so I was really happy that I manage in the second set to sort of play a little bit deeper and put a little bit more pressure on her. In the third set I really felt like, okay, I was playing my game.”

 

Caroline Garcia became the first upset victim on the women’s side. The 31st seed lost to Donna Vekic 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. 

“I am disillusioned, every French Open I can’t play tennis whether I’m playing a top-10 player or Vekic, who is a good player,” Garcia said. “I can’t make it here. It doesn’t depend on the opponent. It just depends on myself, and I can’t play here at the French Open and hope that it will change in the future.”

Another women’s seed exiting early was No. 25 Peng Shuai who retired with a back injury against Polona Hercog.

 

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Novak Djokovic Could Face Rafael Nadal in the French Open Quarterfinals

RG mens draw

(May 22, 2015) Friday’s Roland Garros draw has nine-time champion Rafael Nadal projected to face No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals. Nadal, who is now No. 7 in the world is the sixth seed at the French Open this year.

Nadal who is 66-1 on the red clay of Paris, comes into the French Open this year with five clay court losses and no clay titles.

Djokovic comes into Paris seeking the last major prize he’s yet to earn – a French Open crown. The Serb not only has Nadal on his side of the draw, but also No. 3 Andy Murray, David Ferrer and 10th seed Grigor Dimitrov.

Potential men’s quarterfinals:

Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal

Andy Murray vs David Ferrer

Tomas Berdych vs Kei Nishikori

Stan Wawrinka vs Roger Federer

 

Men’s Draw

 

As for the women, No. 1 Serena Williams could have a challenging road ahead of her. The two-time champion could face No. 27 seed Victoria Azarenka in the third round, her sister Venus or Sloane Stephens in the fourth round, friend Caroline Wozniacki in the quarterfinals, with Petra Kvitova in the semifinals.

Serena Williams will play a qualifier in the opening round, while her Venus will face Sloane Stephens.

 

Potential Women’s Quarterfinals:

Serena Williams vs Caroline Wozniacki

Eugenie Bouchard vs Petra Kvitova

Ana Ivanovic vs Simona Halep

Maria Sharapova vs Carla Suarez Navarro

 

Women’s Draw

 

 

The French Open begins on Sunday, May 24.

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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.

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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

RESULTS – MONDAY, 16 FEBRUARY 2015

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 

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 17 FEBRUARY 2015

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

RESULTS – MONDAY, 16 FEBRUARY 2015

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 

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 17 FEBRUARY 2015

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

RESULTS – MONDAY, 16 FEBRUARY 2015

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

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 17 FEBRUARY 2015

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)

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Tennis Results for Montpellier, Quito and Zagreb

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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

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 7 FEBRUARY 2015

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)
SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 8 FEBRUARY 2015

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

 

open-sud-de-france

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

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 7 FEBRUARY 2015

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

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 8 FEBRUARY 2015

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)

 

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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

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 7 FEBRUARY 2015

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

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 8 FEBRUARY 2015

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))

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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:

DAVIS CUP BY BNP PARIBAS FINAL

SWITZERLAND defeated FRANCE 3-1

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

 

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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.

 

 

DAVIS CUP BY BNP PARIBAS FINAL

 

SWITZERLAND leads FRANCE 2-1

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)

 

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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.

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Draw Set for Davis Cup Final – France Versus Switzerland

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(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.

 

 

DAVIS CUP BY BNP PARIBAS FINAL

FRANCE v SWITZERLAND

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)

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