May 4, 2016

Third Appearance is a Charm for Stan Wawrinka Who Wins Dubai

227 Wawrinka fistpump and yell

(February 27, 2016) DUBAI, UAE – Second seed Stan Wawrinka defeated unseeded Marcos Baghdatis to win his first Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships for the Swiss’ 13th tennis title, second of the year. Third time was the charm for the two-time major champion as it was Wawrinka’s third appearance in the tournament, having lost in the first round of the previous two he played.

Wawrinka, who has a perfect record against the Cypriot (6-0), was the 2013 ‘s-Hertogenbosch final to Nicolas Mahut. He is now 13-9 in finals. It was his second

Wawrinka is the just the fifth active player to have won nine of more finals in a row, joining the company fellow Swiss Roger Federer (24, also 13 and 10), Rafael Nadal (14, also 9 twice), Novak Djokovic (9) and Tommy Haas (9).

The world No. 4 was just two points away from elimination in his opening match against Sergiy Stakhovsky.

“I’m really happy to have another trophy,” said Wawrinka. “It’s amazing feeling, especially that today I was playing some really good tennis. It was a tough final against Marcos. I’m really happy again to have the trophy. It was tough beginning (of the week), but always trying to fight, always trying to improve day by day even if I wasn’t playing great at the beginning.

“So far it’s been some amazing year. I’m playing my best tennis since few years now, so hopefully I can keep the level and keep playing well this year.”

Asked about his streak in finals, Wawrinka replied: “There is no explanation. I also know that more I win matches in the same week, more confidence I get. I know that’s normally when I get some finals I play my best tennis. So far it’s been some great nine finals.

“But I don’t think about it. I just try to go on court, to step on the court, try to get the trophy because at the end that’s what I want.”

“As long as I’m fit, playing well, I’m going to play,” said the 30-year-old. “So far it’s been some amazing year. I’m playing my best tennis since few years now, so hopefully I can keep the level and keep playing well this year.”

Baghdatis, a former Australian Open finalist is making his move back up the rankings after a few years battling injuries.

“I have been playing very well throughout last year, too,” he said. “I think I had some great matches also last year.

“I mean, like I said last year, I lost 11 times to the winner of the tournament, 3 times to the finalist of the tournament. This year I lost four matches. Three of them are to the winner of the tournaments. So I think I’m playing very good tennis. It’s just this week I think I was a bit lucky and I went through the quarterfinals and the semifinals, you know. I found my way to win. I think, like I said, more matches at this stage, at this level I think will make me improve. That’s what’s happening.

“You know, I didn’t win the tournament this week but I won a lot more, you know. I won my confidence back.

“I see — I mean, with my team we see the way to come back, you know. It’s a small light that we see, I mean, in the tunnel.

“We come from a long way back. You know, I’m happy I’m back and playing this kind of tennis now. It’s just to continue improving, and, like I said, play at this level throughout the year.”

Baghdatis has now lost in 7 straight finals.

“I think just playing this level more often. I think that was the difference,” he said. “I think more matches throughout the year at this level would make me go in there and believe from the beginning that I can win, not wait three, four games and start believing. You know, I didn’t win the tournament this week but I won a lot more. I won my confidence back. I’m happy I’m back and playing this kind of tennis now.”

“I think the atmosphere out there, no doubt one of the best I ever had,” said the Cypriot. “You know, I mean, every time I come here in Dubai there is a great atmosphere. Every time I play here in centre court there is a great atmosphere. So it wasn’t a surprise for me. I love playing here. I want to thank all the people that came out here today and performed that atmosphere.”

The highlight of the match came in the second set tiebreak. Wawrinka had a 4-1 lead and Baghdatis came back to level the tiebreak and had four set points, but Wawrinka’s defense stopped his opponent and he held on to win the tiebreak 15-13. Game, set and match 6-4, 7-6(13).

Baghdatis will see his ranking go up from 57 into the top forty.

 

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 27 FEBRUARY 2016

Singles – Final
[2] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d M. Baghdatis (CYP) 64 76(13)

Doubles – Final
S. Bolelli (ITA) / A. Seppi (ITA) d F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) 62 36 14-12 – Saved 2 M.P.

 

All photos by Nida Alibhai

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Wawrinka and Baghdatis Reach Dubai Final

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(February 26, 2016) DUBAI, UAE – Second seed Stan Wawrinka and unseeded Marcos Baghdatis will face off in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

Wawrinka advanced to the final leading 6-4, 3-0 when Nick Kyrgios was forced to retire with a back injury. Baghdatis rallied to defeat to defeat sixth seed Feliciano Lopez 3-6, 7-6 (1), 6-1.

Despite the victory, Wawrinka is still not happy with his play.

“Not yet, but I’m in finals so there is one more match to play my best tennis. That’s the most important,” Wawrinka said. “For sure if you look from the beginning of the week I was not playing great at all. I was trying to find a way, frustrated during matches but still fighting and trying to find solutions to win more matches during the week to play better.

“I start to feel way better already yesterday. I feel that on the court I start to feel better. I know what to expect. I’m moving better. I’m a little bit more relaxed and my strokes are going better.”

“The tension was there because it’s a semifinal and I don’t want to lose. I want to win. I want to play better tennis. I want to be in the final and have a chance to get the trophy.

“That’s why I get the tension. But the rest, to play him I don’t think wasn’t, from my side, anything special.”

226 Kyrgios trainer

“I had a bit of a hip injury at the start of Marseilles,” Kygrios said. “That was still sort of bothering me a little bit. I was sort of struggling with a couple of niggles,” Kyrgios said. “It was a bit of a struggle, to be honest. I have been feeling so bad every day, like I’ve got some viral infection as well.”

“I couldn’t really serve anywhere near my full capacity today. I mean, he was playing great, anyway. He was playing really aggressive off the second shot of his serve.”

 

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“It’s been a long road for me the last three, four years,” said the former Australian Open finalist Baghdatis. “It’s all about fighting, getting back to where I want to be. Last year we set some goals to be top 50 with my team. I achieved that. Now I’m moving forward. I think I have still a lot to improve on, but the most important thing is healthy-wise I’m very, very good. I don’t have any injuries and health problems that I had.”

“I mean, he was the better player today I think the first two sets,” said the Cypriot. “He couldn’t hold his nerves. End of the second he was a break up at 4-3, and serving with new balls he couldn’t hold his nerves.

“The crowd helped me amazingly there, and, yeah, I found a way to fight in the second and win it. I think I played an unbelievable tiebreak, very solid, returned very well, served very well.

“Then started to get momentum in the third. And once I did the break and then hold after the 2-1, Love-40 on my serve, then everything went pretty smooth.”

 

Wawrinka on playing Baghdatis: “Marcos since the beginning of the year is playing better. He’s saying he’s happy with his fitness, with his game. You can see the way he’s playing. Yesterday he was playing really well against Bautista. It’s going to be interesting match.”

 

“He’s unbelievable player,” Baghdatis said about Wawrinka. “I think he has a better percentage of winning tomorrow, that’s for sure.

“I mean, the last two years he’s very consistent. He’s having his best years of his life. Winning two Grand Slams, that’s amazing. I think he’s a guy who deserves it.

“But I cannot tell you much more. You know, I’m going to sit down with my coach tomorrow morning or maybe tonight and talk about it a bit.”

All photos by Nida Alibhai

 

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 26 FEBRUARY 2016

Singles – Semi-finals
[2] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d N. Kyrgios (AUS) 64 30 ret. (back problem)
M. Baghdatis (CYP) d [6] F. Lopez (ESP) 36 76(1) 61

Doubles – Semi-finals
F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) d [Q] H. Chung (KOR) / J. Vesely (CZE) 64 76(6)
S. Bolelli (ITA) / A. Seppi (ITA) d L. Kubot (POL) / M. Matkowski (POL) 64 64
SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 27 FEBRUARY 2016

CENTRE COURT start 5:00 pm
F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) vs S. Bolelli (ITA) / A. Seppi (ITA)
Not Before 7:00 pm
M. Baghdatis (CYP) vs [2] S. Wawrinka (SUI)

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Djokovic Retires from Dubai Match with Infection in his Eyes

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

(February 25, 2016) Top seed Novak Djokovic was forced to retire with an infection in both eyes after losing the first set 6-3, which gave sixth seed Feliciano Lopez a place in the semifinals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Thursday.

 

“It’s an eye problem,” Djokovic said. “I have had it ever since I arrived to Dubai. Started with an infection and then severe allergy. That’s what I was told. It’s gotten worse in the last two days, unfortunately. It’s the first time that I have had such a problem with the eye. It was unfortunate. It was ultra sensitive today, the lights, and just wasn’t to be.

“I’m really sad to finish the tournament this way. I apologise of course. I apologise to all the people who came in to watch the match. I apologise to the tournament director and everybody who came out to support me. You know, I’m really sad to end out the tournament this way, but I was forced to.”

 

“I just hope that this problem with the eye will fade away in the next couple of days. I got a lot of important events waiting for me in the next period. Of course Davis Cup back home and Indian Wells, Miami, and of course clay court season.

“So, you know, physically I feel fine. Mentally, as well. It’s just something that I hope that is gonna, you know, vanish after several days, but in contrary, it was getting worse. I have to deal with it.”

 

“I was instructed not to wear contact lenses because of the fact that lenses are actually not helping this situation actually. They are making it worse. So I was wearing contacts only on the match yesterday night. And today, other than that, I was not wearing them at all.

“That’s all. You know, that’s all I can say. If I had a third eye I would, you know, play the tournament. I’m sorry that I’m talking to you now with my sunglasses at 10:00 p.m. It’s not a usual sight, but that’s what it is and just hoping it’s going to get better.”

 

“It’s very sad when you play against one of the best players in the history of the sport and he has to retire the way he did,” said Lopez. “He told me he had an infection in the eyes since a few days already. I had no idea and I just went on court without knowing about his illness.

 

“I felt that he was taking risks a little bit more than normal in some of the points that we played, especially when I made the break. Then he was trying to be more aggressive. Seems like he was not taking care of his shots sometimes. He was very aggressive where he normally don’t. So that’s why I kind of realized that something was going on.”

 

Second seed Stan Wawrinka beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-5, 6-1 and he now takes on unseeded Nick Kyrgios, who beat third seed and two-time Dubai finalist Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-4.

 

“Quite happy with the match today,” Warinka said. “Was feeling better on the court. Better tennis in general. I still had some up-and-down. Not always serving well, not always playing my best tennis, but in general it was a good match. I’m happy to get through in two sets. I start to feel much better physically, so it’s positive.”

 

“I wasn’t in the greatest shape,” Kyrgios said of the victory. “I was really surprised with the performance I gave out there today, to come out there and beat a quality player and in tough conditions. It’s probably my favourite win over the last couple of weeks.”

 

“I think we have talked a lot, obviously, since the incident, “ Kyrgios said in regard to Wawrinka. “I think we have both moved on from it.

“We played on the same team in IPTL. That was actually really good. I got to know him a little bit more. He played great there. He’s one of the best players in the world, no doubt. He’s playing great tennis.

“I’m not going to do anything different,” Kyrgios continued. “I’m just going to go out there and see what happens.”

 

 

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 25 FEBRUARY 2016

Singles – Quarter-finals
[6] F. Lopez (ESP) d [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) 63 ret. (eye)
[2] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d [8] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) 75 61
N. Kyrgios (AUS) d [3] T. Berdych (CZE) 64 64
M. Baghdatis (CYP) d [4] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) 75 60

Doubles – Quarter-finals
S. Bolelli (ITA) / A. Seppi (ITA) d J. Murray (GBR) / T. Robredo (ESP) 64 63
L. Kubot (POL) / M. Matkowski (POL) d D. Nestor (CAN) / R. Stepanek (CZE) 36 63 10-5
SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 26 FEBRUARY 2016

CENTRE COURT start 2:30 pm
S. Bolelli (ITA) / A. Seppi (ITA) vs L. Kubot (POL) / M. Matkowski (POL)

Not Before 5:00 pm
N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs [2] S. Wawrinka (SUI)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[6] F. Lopez (ESP) vs M. Baghdatis (CYP)
After Suitable Rest – F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) vs [Q] H. Chung (KOR) / J. Vesely (CZE)

 

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RESULTS – THURSDAY, 25 FEBRUARY 2016

Singles – Second Round
D. Lajovic (SRB) d [1] [WC] B. Paire (FRA) 60 46 63
[LL] R. Carballes Baena (ESP) d [2] T. Bellucci (BRA) 26 64 63
[3] P. Cuevas (URU) d [Q] F. Bagnis (ARG) 63 75
[4] F. Delbonis (ARG) d D. Schwartzman (ARG) 36 64 62
[Q] G. Elias (POR) d S. Giraldo (COL) 64 63
[WC] T. Monteiro (BRA) d D. Munoz de la Nava (ESP) 46 63 62
I. Cervantes (ESP) d [Q] B. Rola (SLO) 76(4) 76(1)
P. Carreno Busta (ESP) d D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 62 36 63

Doubles – Quarter-finals
J. Peralta (CHI) / H. Zeballos (ARG) d [WC] R. Dutra Silva (BRA) / J. Souza (BRA) 64 63

Doubles – First Round

[1] M. Melo (BRA) / B. Soares (BRA) d [WC] N. Almagro (ESP) / E. Russi Assumpcao (BRA) 61 63
[3] M. Gonzalez (ARG) / A. Sa (BRA) d M. Cecchinato (ITA) / P. Lorenzi (ITA) 76(4) 61
P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / D. Marrero (ESP) d T. Daniel (JPN) / D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 64 64
A. Martin (SVK) / H. Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) d [Alt] P. Bernardi (BRA) / G. Clezar (BRA) 63 36 10-2
SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 26 FEBRUARY 2016

CENTRE COURT start 12:30pm
[P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs [LL] R. Carballes Baena (ESP)
Not Before 3:00 pm
I. Cervantes (ESP) vs [4] F. Delbonis (ARG)
Not Before 5:00 pm
D. Lajovic (SRB) vs [Q] G. Elias (POR)
Not Before 6:30 pm
[1] M. Melo (BRA) / B. Soares (BRA) vs G. Duran (ARG) / A. Molteni (ARG)
[3] P. Cuevas (URU) vs [WC] T. Monteiro (BRA)

COURT 1 start
After Suitable Rest – P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / D. Marrero (ESP) vs [3] M. Gonzalez (ARG) / A. Sa (BRA)
After Suitable Rest – F. Delbonis (ARG) / D. Schwartzman (ARG) vs A. Martin (SVK) / H. Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI)

 

Acapulco

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 25 FEBRUARY 2016

Singles – Quarter-finals
[4] D. Thiem (AUT) d [7] G. Dimitrov (BUL) 75 62
[5] B. Tomic (AUS) d I. Marchenko (UKR) 75 75
A. Dolgopolov (UKR) d R. Haase (NED) 63 63
S. Querrey (USA) d [Q] T. Fritz (USA) 26 64 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) d A. Bedene (GBR) / G. Muller (LUX) 16 61 10-4
[3] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) d [WC] J. Erlich (ISR) / C. Fleming (GBR) 64 62
[4] T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) d M. Fyrstenberg (POL) / S. Gonzalez (MEX) 75 62
O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) d E. Butorac (USA) / S. Lipsky (USA) 46 64 12-10
SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 26 FEBRUARY 2016

CANCHA CENTRAL start 4:00 pm
WTA – D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs C. Mchale (USA)
Not Before 6:00 pm
ATP – A. Dolgopolov (UKR) vs [5] B. Tomic (AUS)
Not Before 8:00 pm
WTA – [8] Y. Wickmayer (BEL) vs [2] S. Stephens (USA)
Not Before 10:00 pm
ATP – [4] D. Thiem (AUT) vs S. Querrey (USA)

GRANDSTAND start 6:00 pm
WTA – [1] A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) vs M. Irigoyen (ARG) / P. Kania (POL)
ATP – [3] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) vs O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA)
ATP – [1] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) vs [4] T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR)

 

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Novak Djokovic Joins 700-Win Club with Victory in Dubai

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

(February 24, 2016) DUBAI, UAE – No. 1 Novak Djokovic joined the 700-win club on Wednesday by defeating Malek Jaziri 6-1, 6-2 in 65 minutes to reach the quarterfinals the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

The 28-year-old four-time Dubai champion is only the 12th player in the Open Era to reach the 700-win milestone. He is one of only three active players with this record, joining Roger Federer with 1,067 victories, and Rafael Nadal with 775.

“The first set and a half I enjoyed it, and then I started missing a lot of forehands, easy forehands from midcourt,” said Djokovic. “It frustrated me, honestly, a little bit.

“But I managed to win the match. I will take the positives out of tonight’s match and hopefully I will be able to raise my game even more.”

Djokovic will take on sixth seed Feliciano Lopez in the round of 8 and hopes to extend his perfect record against the Spaniard.

“We have had many quarterfinals playing each other, quite a few quarterfinals,” said the 10-time major champion. “The only time I played him in this tournament was actually a quarterfinal three, four years ago.

“I know he likes playing here and likes the conditions. He slices, and the ball travels through the air quickly and you’ve got to be very reactive, very quick with the baseline shots, especially when you play somebody like Feliciano who comes in very often.

“I’m sure he’s going to try to use every opportunity given to chip and charge, come to the net, serve and volley, going to try to not let me give the same look on the ball. I know that. I know what to expect.

“I’m going to try to prepare for this match well, and, as I said, you know, raise the game a little bit more than tonight.”

Stan Wawrinka

Stan Wawrinka

Second seed Stan Wawrinka advance to the quarterfinals with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Croatian qualifier Franko Skugor.

Wawrinka was two points away from departing the tournament on Tuesday against Sergiy Stakhovsky, so he was a little happier about his play on Wednesday.

“(Played) a little bit better, I think,” Wawrinka said. “I was feeling a little bit better the balls. I adapt a few things with my racquet, also with the tension.

“I think it wasn’t amazing but it’s a good win. Happy to get through to playing in the quarter tomorrow, winning in two sets tonight. There’s a lot to improve, but in general I’m happy to win.”

Warwrinka will next face eighth seed Philipp Kohlschreiber.

223 Berdych in press 2 DDT

Two-time Dubai finalist, third seed Tomas Berdych dismissed Italian qualifier Thomas Fabbiano 6-2, 6-2. Berdych will play Nick Kyrgios. Kyrgios defeated the Czech en route to winning the Marseille tournament last week, his first ATP title.

“He’s part of really like fireworks on the court,” Berdych said of Kyrgios. “I mean in a good way. He’s playing really aggressive. He’s going for a lot of shots that they are not really, you know, with, I would say, on the safe side, you know.

“So he’s risking a lot. If couple of those shots are going in and he makes those extra points, then it can really make a difference.

“But overall he’s been serving incredibly well, and I think he’s been much more solid on the return side, as well.

“Of course, I mean, the conditions of playing indoors, the court, which is quite small, you know, feels like with all the side boards and everything, so, you know, that’s how it is.

“So here it’s again all kinds of different, you know, fast court, fast balls, playing outside. The court is very big. So let’s see.”

 

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

ATP World Tour 500  

Dubai, U.A.E. (+4 hours GMT)
22-27 February 2016   Surface: Hard

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 24 FEBRUARY 2016

Singles – Second Round
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [WC] M. Jaziri (TUN) 61 62
[2] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d [Q] F. Skugor (CRO) 75 61
[3] T. Berdych (CZE) d [Q] T. Fabbiano (ITA) 62 62
[4] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d H. Chung (KOR) 60 61
[6] F. Lopez (ESP) d L. Rosol (CZE) 63 76(7)
[8] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) d B. Coric (CRO) 62 76(5)
M. Baghdatis (CYP) d V. Pospisil (CAN) 64 62
N. Kyrgios (AUS) d M. Kukushkin (KAZ) 63 62

Doubles – Quarter-finals
F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) d [1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) 64 64
[Q] H. Chung (KOR) / J. Vesely (CZE) d R. Bautista Agut (ESP) / J. Sousa (POR) 67(2) 76(6) 11-9

Doubles – First Round
D. Nestor (CAN) / R. Stepanek (CZE) d [2] R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) 36 76(6) 10-4
J. Murray (GBR) / T. Robredo (ESP) d [4] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) 26 64 10-8
L. Kubot (POL) / M. Matkowski (POL) d I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Draganja (CRO) 46 64 10-7

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 25 FEBRUARY 2016

CENTRE COURT start 3:00 pm
N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs [3] T. Berdych (CZE)
[4] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) vs M. Baghdatis (CYP)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[8] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) vs [2] S. Wawrinka (SUI)
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [6] F. Lopez (ESP)

COURT 1 start 4:00 pm
S. Bolelli (ITA) / A. Seppi (ITA) vs J. Murray (GBR) / T. Robredo (ESP)
L. Kubot (POL) / M. Matkowski (POL) vs D. Nestor (CAN) / R. Stepanek (CZE)

Acapulco

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 24 FEBRUARY 2016

Singles – First Round
A. Dolgopolov (UKR) d [1] D. Ferrer (ESP) 64 64
S. Querrey (USA) d [2] K. Nishikori (JPN) 64 63
[4] D. Thiem (AUT) d D. Tursunov (RUS) 67(5) 63 64
[5] B. Tomic (AUS) d A. Mannarino (FRA) 64 64
[7] G. Dimitrov (BUL) d D. Young (USA) 63 64
R. Haase (NED) d A. Bedene (GBR) 64 67(3) 64
I. Marchenko (UKR) d [Q] R. Harrison (USA) 76(3) 46 76(5)
[Q] T. Fritz (USA) d V. Estrella Burgos (DOM) 61 63

Doubles – First Round
[1] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) d T. de Bakker (NED) / R. Haase (NED) 64 76(5)
E. Butorac (USA) / S. Lipsky (USA) d [2] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) 76(8) 60
[WC] J. Erlich (ISR) / C. Fleming (GBR) d M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL) 46 76(5) 11-9
O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) d J. Chardy (FRA) / L. Paes (IND) 62 64

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 25 FEBRUARY 2016

CANCHA CENTRAL start 4:00 pm
ATP – I. Marchenko (UKR) vs [5] B. Tomic (AUS)
ATP – A. Dolgopolov (UKR) vs R. Haase (NED)
Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP – [7] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs [4] D. Thiem (AUT)
Not Before 10:00 pm
ATP – [Q] T. Fritz (USA) vs S. Querrey (USA)

GRANDSTAND start 4:00 pm
WTA – D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs [6] J. Larsson (SWE)
WTA – [8] Y. Wickmayer (BEL) or M. Puig (PUR) vs [3] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
WTA – [WC] N. Osaka (JPN) vs [2] S. Stephens (USA)
ATP – [4] T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) vs M. Fyrstenberg (POL) / S. Gonzalez (MEX)

CANCHA 4 start 5:00 pm
WTA – M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs C. Mchale (USA)
WTA – [3] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / P. Goncalves (BRA) vs M. Irigoyen (ARG) / P. Kania (POL)
WTA-After Suitable Rest – [WC] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) / Y. Wickmayer (BEL) vs [2] K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE)

CANCHA 3 start 5:00 pm
ATP – [WC] J. Erlich (ISR) / C. Fleming (GBR) vs [3] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT)
ATP – O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) vs E. Butorac (USA) / S. Lipsky (USA)
ATP – [1] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) vs A. Bedene (GBR) / G. Muller (LUX)

CANCHA 2 start 6:00 pm
WTA – [1] A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) vs T. Maria (GER) / M. Sanchez (USA)
WTA-After Suitable Rest – X. Han (CHN) / C. Mchale (USA) vs [PR] A. Rodionova (AUS) / G. Voskoboeva (KAZ)

Brasil Open

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 24 FEBRUARY 2016

No matches completed due to rain.

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 25 FEBRUARY 2016

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[1] M. Melo (BRA) / B. Soares (BRA) vs [WC] N. Almagro (ESP) / E. Russi Assumpcao (BRA)
[Q] B. Rola (SLO) vs I. Cervantes (ESP) 67(4) 12
[LL] R. Carballes Baena (ESP) vs [2] T. Bellucci (BRA)
[1] [WC] B. Paire (FRA) vs D. Lajovic (SRB)
Not Before 6:30 pm
D. Munoz de la Nava (ESP) vs [WC] T. Monteiro (BRA)
[WC] R. Dutra Silva (BRA) / J. Souza (BRA) vs J. Peralta (CHI) / H. Zeballos (ARG)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 62 36 10
D. Schwartzman (ARG) vs [4] F. Delbonis (ARG)
S. Giraldo (COL) vs [Q] G. Elias (POR)
[3] P. Cuevas (URU) vs [Q] F. Bagnis (ARG)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
M. Cecchinato (ITA) / P. Lorenzi (ITA) vs [3] M. Gonzalez (ARG) / A. Sa (BRA)
A. Martin (SVK) / H. Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) vs [Alt] P. Bernardi (BRA) / G. Clezar (BRA)
P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / D. Marrero (ESP) vs T. Daniel (JPN) / D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP)

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Wawrinka Breaks a Racquet But Rallies for a Win in Dubai, ATP Results

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(February 23, 2016) No. 2 seed and reigning French Open champion Stan Wawrinka rallied to defeat Sergiy Stakhovsky 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 to reach the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Tuesday.

 

The Swiss saved a match point against Stakhovsky in the Marseille tournament last week, and he came within two points of losing on Tuesday. Wawrinka led 5-3 in the first set but lost the next four games. The Swiss broke his racquet in the 11th game of the set.

 

“It’s good for confidence but tough first match,” said Wawrinka. “I wasn’t playing well at all. I was playing not too great today. I was struggling with the condition, with my game. Quite fast condition. Flying. I was hesitating, always being behind, staying aggressive. And it’s tough to play especially against him who doesn’t give you too much rhythm.

 

“But it’s a good win, great win for me. Not playing well, still winning, still fighting, still finding a way, playing a little bit better at the end, trying to be the aggressive player on the court. It’s good to have a chance to play better tomorrow.”

 

“I play him in Marseilles. I saved match point to beat him. I expected a tough match, but I wasn’t expecting to play that bad.”

 

Third seed Tomas Berdych and fourth seed Roberto Bautista Agut also advanced. Berdych bested Joao Sousa 6-1, 6-4, and Bautista Agut beat Simone Bolelli 6-2, 6-4.

 

Borna Coric also advanced, defeating Jiri Vesely 6-4 6-4.

 

Last week Nick Kyrgios won his first career ATP title in Marseille, becoming the first player in the Open Era to do so without surrendering his serve, and he continued his winning ways by beating seventh seed Martin Klizan 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

 

“Thought that both of us were playing really average today,” said the Australian. “I thought we both struggled with the conditions. Obviously it was really fast and the ball was flying a lot. But for me it was, you know, completely opposite conditions to what I played last week.

“So I barely hit at all here. Hit for about half an hour today, and I wasn’t feeling great. So I’m just happy I got through. But at the other end of the spectrum, you know, I played pretty bad today.”

 

Next up for Kyrgios will be Mikhail Kukushkin.

 

“Yeah, I think it’s dangerous,” Kyrgios said of the match-up. “I think this surface for him is probably his best. He likes to play on a fast surface. Hits very flat.

“I know serving is going to be key. I need to definitely play a lot better than I played today.”

 

All photos by Nida Alibhai

 

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ATP World Tour 500
Dubai, U.A.E. (+4 hours GMT)
22-27 February 2016   Surface: Hard

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 23 FEBRUARY 2016

Singles – First Round
[2] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d S. Stakhovsky (UKR) 57 63 75
[3] T. Berdych (CZE) d J. Sousa (POR) 61 64
[4] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d S. Bolelli (ITA) 62 64
N. Kyrgios (AUS) d [7] M. Klizan (SVK) 36 63 62
[8] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) d [WC] M. Ilhan (TUR) 61 75
L. Rosol (CZE) d [WC] Y. Bhambri (IND) 26 76(2) 60
M. Kukushkin (KAZ) d D. Istomin (UZB) 75 76(3)
[Q] T. Fabbiano (ITA) d L. Mayer (ARG) 63 64
B. Coric (CRO) d J. Vesely (CZE) 64 64
[Q] F. Skugor (CRO) d T. Gabashvili (RUS) 62 63

Doubles – First Round
[1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) d G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / V. Troicki (SRB) 62 75
[Q] H. Chung (KOR) / J. Vesely (CZE) d [3] V. Pospisil (CAN) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) 64 64
F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) d D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) 76(3) 63
S. Bolelli (ITA) / A. Seppi (ITA) d [WC] M. Bhupathi (IND) / A. Qureshi (PAK) 64 62

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 24 FEBRUARY 2016

CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
[4] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) vs H. Chung (KOR)
Not Before 4:00 pm
[Q] T. Fabbiano (ITA) vs [3] T. Berdych (CZE)
Not Before 7:00 pm
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [WC] M. Jaziri (TUN)
[Q] F. Skugor (CRO) vs [2] S. Wawrinka (SUI)

COURT 1 start 2:00 pm
V. Pospisil (CAN) vs M. Baghdatis (CYP)
[8] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) vs B. Coric (CRO)
Not Before 5:00 pm
N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs M. Kukushkin (KAZ)
[1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP)

COURT 2 start 2:00 pm
J. Murray (GBR) / T. Robredo (ESP) vs [4] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS)
I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Draganja (CRO) vs L. Kubot (POL) / M. Matkowski (POL)
[Q] H. Chung (KOR) / J. Vesely (CZE) vs R. Bautista Agut (ESP) / J. Sousa (POR)

COURT 3 start 3:00 pm
L. Rosol (CZE) vs [6] F. Lopez (ESP)
D. Nestor (CAN) / R. Stepanek (CZE) vs [2] R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU)

 

Brasil Open
Sao Paulo, Brazil (-3 hours GMT)
22-28 February, 2016 Surface: Clay

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 23 FEBRUARY 2016

Singles – First Round
P. Carreno Busta (ESP) d [5] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 06 64 76(2)
[Q] B. Rola (SLO) d [6] P. Lorenzi (ITA) 76(3) 36 76(5)
[WC] T. Monteiro (BRA) d [7] N. Almagro (ESP) 63 75
[Q] G. Elias (POR) d [8] P. Andujar (ESP) 16 64 ret. (right elbow)
D. Lajovic (SRB) d L. Vanni (ITA) 62 62
S. Giraldo (COL) d M. Cecchinato (ITA) 62 62
[Q] F. Bagnis (ARG) d P. Mathieu (FRA) 64 61
I. Cervantes (ESP) d M. Granollers (ESP) 63 64
D. Schwartzman (ARG) d H. Zeballos (ARG) 63 42 ret. (dehydration)

Doubles – First Round
G. Duran (ARG) / A. Molteni (ARG) d T. Bellucci (BRA) / M. Demoliner (BRA) 64 62
J. Peralta (CHI) / H. Zeballos (ARG) d M. Kowalczyk (POL) / A. Siljestrom (SWE) 76(3) 75

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 24 FEBRUARY 2016

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[Q] B. Rola (SLO) vs I. Cervantes (ESP)
D. Schwartzman (ARG) vs [4] F. Delbonis (ARG)
M. Cecchinato (ITA) / P. Lorenzi (ITA) vs [3] M. Gonzalez (ARG) / A. Sa (BRA)
Not Before 6:30 pm
[1] M. Melo (BRA) / B. Soares (BRA) vs [WC] N. Almagro (ESP) / E. Russi Assumpcao (BRA)
[LL] R. Carballes Baena (ESP) vs [2] T. Bellucci (BRA)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP)
A. Martin (SVK) / H. Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) vs [2] P. Cuevas (URU) / M. Granollers (ESP)
P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / D. Marrero (ESP) vs T. Daniel (JPN) / D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP)

Albierto Mexicano Open
Acapulco, Mexico (-6 hours GMT)
22-27 February 2016 Surface: Hard

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 23 FEBRUARY 2016

Singles – First Round
[1] D. Ferrer (ESP) d J. Millman (AUS) 64 62
[Q] R. Harrison (USA) d [3] M. Cilic (CRO) 63 36 62
[4] D. Thiem (AUT) d D. Dzumhur (BIH) 76(3) 63
[5] B. Tomic (AUS) d R. Ram (USA) 75 63
A. Bedene (GBR) d [6] I. Karlovic (CRO) 64 12 ret. (knee)
[7] G. Dimitrov (BUL) d D. Kudla (USA) 75 61
[Q] T. Fritz (USA) d [8] J. Chardy (FRA) 64 36 63
A. Dolgopolov (UKR) d S. Johnson (USA) 75 76(4)
D. Tursunov (RUS) d S. Groth (AUS) 64 36 75
S. Querrey (USA) d D. Sela (ISR) 62 60

Doubles – First Round
A. Bedene (GBR) / G. Muller (LUX) d W. Koolhof (NED) / M. Middelkoop (NED) 63 36 10-7
M. Fyrstenberg (POL) / S. Gonzalez (MEX) d S. Johnson (USA) / S. Querrey (USA) 64 46 10-6

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 24 FEBRUARY 2016

CANCHA CENTRAL start 4:00 pm
ATP – [1] D. Ferrer (ESP) vs A. Dolgopolov (UKR)
WTA – [1] V. Azarenka (BLR) vs D. Cibulkova (SVK)

Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP – S. Querrey (USA) vs [2] K. Nishikori (JPN)
ATP – D. Tursunov (RUS) vs [4] D. Thiem (AUT)

GRANDSTAND start 4:00 pm
WTA – [Q] J. Glushko (ISR) vs [3] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
WTA – O. Govortsova (BLR) vs [2] S. Stephens (USA)
ATP – [7] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs D. Young (USA)
WTA – [8] Y. Wickmayer (BEL) vs M. Puig (PUR)

CANCHA 4 start 4:00 pm
WTA – M. Duque-Mariño (COL) vs [WC] N. Osaka (JPN)
WTA – S. Rogers (USA) vs [6] J. Larsson (SWE)
WTA – [4] J. Konta (GBR) vs M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO)
WTA – M. Irigoyen (ARG) / P. Kania (POL) vs [Alt] J. Glushko (ISR) / R. Peterson (SWE)

CANCHA 3 start 4:00 pm
ATP – A. Mannarino (FRA) vs [5] B. Tomic (AUS)
ATP – [Q] R. Harrison (USA) vs I. Marchenko (UKR)
ATP – [Q] T. Fritz (USA) vs V. Estrella Burgos (DOM)
ATP – J. Chardy (FRA) / L. Paes (IND) vs O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA)

CANCHA 2 start 4:00 pm
ATP – [WC] J. Erlich (ISR) / C. Fleming (GBR) vs M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL)
WTA – C. Mchale (USA) vs [7] D. Kovinic (MNE)
WTA – A. Mestach (BEL) / D. Schuurs (NED) vs T. Maria (GER) / M. Sanchez (USA)
WTA – M. Erakovic (NZL) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP) vs X. Han (CHN) / C. Mchale (USA)

CANCHA 1 start 5:00 pm
ATP – R. Haase (NED) vs A. Bedene (GBR)
ATP – E. Butorac (USA) / S. Lipsky (USA) vs [2] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA)
ATP-After Suitable Rest – [1] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) vs T. de Bakker (NED) / R. Haase (NED)

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“Fedal” Part 34 – Roger Federer Snaps Five-Match Losing Streak Against Rafael Nadal to Win Seventh Basel Title

 

Federer-Nadal by Rosemary Nardone

(November 1, 2015) In their first match-up since the 2014 Australian Open semifinals, Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal to win the Swiss Indoors final 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 in Basel. For the Swiss competing in his 10th straight Basel final, the win which gave him his seventh trophy in his hometown, broke a five-match losing streak against the 14-time major champion Nadal. This was Federer’s 12th Basel final. Nadal leads their overall head-to-head record 23-11.

“It was a very special day,” said Federer, who was once a ballboy at the tournament. “Probably it was my best victory here in Basel.”

“I lost but I was close to winning, very close,” said Nadal.

Federer hit 12 aces, 44 winners with 32 unforced errors going 3 for 7 on break points during the two-hour and two minute match.

“It was one of my best weeks in Basel, considering everything I’ve done throughout my career here,” Federer said after the match. “I thought the match was close. I had my chances in the second, but he fought back well, like he’s done throughout the week really. Overall I was really happy how I played.
“I know I’ve had better backhand days and he’s had better forehand days than today, but the match was high quality and it was entertaining and exciting for both of us as well. The confidence is good, no doubt about that. It’s good to get back into the mood of winning after Shanghai… I think the body’s gotten used to match play again after all these weeks of not playing.”

 

This 88th overall tennis title for Federer, now marks the fifth tournament which he has won at least seven times – Halle (8), Wimbledon (7), Dubai (7) and Cincinnati (7).

This is the sixth championship trophy he’s collected this year, adding to this titles in Brisbane, Dubai, Istanbul, Halle and Cincinnati.

Despite the loss in the final, Nadal had good week, taking down former Top 10 players Grigor Dimitrov, Marin Cilic and Richard Gasquet all in a row to reach the final. He will see his ranking move up from No. 7.

“It’s good news for me,” said the Spaniard. “Today I have been very competitive against one of the best players in the world. And on the toughest surface for me.”

“My goal is to get back to my level and be competitive against the top players again and today I was very competitive against one of the best players in the world,” Nadal said. “The match wasn’t far away from me. He played well and I played well too. The match was very close to win, but I think he served very well in the third. I want to congratulate him for the victory and I had a lot of quality things in my game and mental side to take away from the week.”

Next stop for both men will be the Paris Masters Series event, followed by the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

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Novak Dokovic Beats Rafael Nadal to Win Sixth China Open Title

Novak Djokovic

(October 11, 2015) No. 1 Novak Djokovic kept his record at the China Open perfect at 29-0 with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Rafael Nadal to claim his sixth Beijing title, his eighth title overall on the year. It’s his 56th career title.

“The scoreline, especially in the first set, doesn’t indicate the real battle that we had on the court,” Djokovic said.

“Had a couple of opportunities, especially on the 3‑2 game, Love‑30, 15‑40. Missed the volley. It was a bit unfortunate with some shots at that stage of the match.

“But, again, I managed to stay calm and still stick with the game plan to be aggressive and to make him move. It worked very well.”

“It was a very good first set, in my opinion,” Nadal said. “The result in the first set, 6‑2, I think is too much. I think for the moment I had a lot of chances. Love‑30, 15‑40, 40‑Love, and I lost all those games. That’s the real game. Then 6‑2. Should be much closer, that first set.

“In the second set, well, happened little bit what happened with the foot. I lost little bit the concentration. But at the end I finished playing well again. (Nadal hurt his foot early in the second set.)

“Very happy the way that I played the week, especially because I was able to improve every single match during the week, and especially in quarterfinals after that first set against Sock, I changed that dynamic. I played closer to the baseline. Yesterday I played a good match. Today I played a good match.

“Obviously the dynamic of him is different than my one. Especially in a very positive place for him, place where he won already six times, five times before that final. It’s obvious that is perfect place for him.

“I was competing very well in the first set. So seriously I am happy the way I played. I am happy the way that I am improving. As I said, when I arrived here, every match is important for me. All improvements are important, even if are the small ones. I felt during this week I improved a lot of things. I take a lot of positive things from the week. That’s very important for me, no?”

“I thought he did well from the backhand side,” the Serb continued. “He was more aggressive. I was looking for my kind of room for maneuver on his forehand side. He usually opens up that side. I tried to make the angles with the backhand cross.

“But I did well. I think I maintained that level of aggressivity and strength and power in my shots, and eventually I knew that he’s going to make mistakes and he’s going to give me shorter balls so I can dominate the rallies, which happened.

“I think the serve helped me a lot tonight, over 80% of first serves in, the aces, finishing off with an ace. That’s an element in my game that has worked very well throughout the entire week that has helped me to win many free points, obviously.”

Nadal still leads in the overall head-to-head against Djokoivic at 23-22. However, Nadal has lost 15 of his past 22 matches against Djokovic.

Djokovic will be the top seed for the Shanghai Masters this week. “Next week’s tournament is going to be even stronger because obviously all the best players in the world are there,” Djokovic said.

“This positive week definitely encourages me and gives me a lot of confidence for Shanghai.”

Djokovic, who has won three out of the four majors this year, has a 68-5 record this season.

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Rafael Nadal Wins Grass-Court Edition of Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart

(June 14, 2015) Rafael Nadal captured his first title on grass since 2010 Wimbledon on Sunday when defeated Viktor Troicki 7-6 (3), 6-3 to win the Mercedes Cup for the third time in an hour and 27 minutes. Nadal claimed the title in Stuttgart in 2005 and 2007 when it was played on a clay court.

“I’m really, really happy. It’s my second win this year and it gives me a lot of confidence,” said Nadal of his 66th career tournament title.

“It was a great week for me,” he said.

“It’s a very special title,” said Nadal. “Since 2011 I didn’t play a final on grass, so win a title here is very good news for my game and for my mentality too. Congrats to Viktor for a great tournament. He’s playing great and will have some positives for the week.

“At this point of the season, every victory is important and every title means a lot to me. I’m happy for that.”

“In important moments my focus was not 100 per cent,” said Troicki. “He served very well the whole match. Even though it was a great week in reaching the final, I’m disappointed to lose this match. I had my chances and didn’t use them. I lost to a great champion. He served better and congrats to him.

“It’s a good result. I’m now going to London and we’ll see. I have high expectations for the grass season and this gives me a lot of confidence.”

“In important moments my focus was not 100 per cent,” said the 28th-ranked Troicki. “He served very well the whole match. Even though it was a great week in reaching the final, I’m disappointed to lose this match. I had my chances and didn’t use them. I lost to a great champion. He served better and congrats to him.

“It’s a good result. I’m now going to London and we’ll see. I have high expectations for the grass season and this gives me a lot of confidence.”

This was Nadal’s second tournament title this year, he also won in Buenos Aires.

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2015 French Open Men’s Contender Profiles – Fast Facts with Jack Cunniff

(May 23, 2015) Profiles of the top Men’s Singles contenders for the 2015 French Open. Note: Grand Slam records for main draw matches only.  – by Jack Cunniff     http://twitter.com/jrcunniff

 

 

Novak Djokovic

2015 Record: 35-2

Grand Slam Record: 187-33

French Open Record: 42-10

French Open Best Result: RU (2012, ‘14)

Fast Fact: Djokovic’s 42 match wins at Roland Garros are the most in the Open Era among men who have never won the title.

 

Roger Federer

2015 Record: 25-5

Grand Slam Record: 281-46

French Open Record: 61-15

French Open Best Result: Won (2009)

Fast Fact: By winning Istanbul, Federer ended a streak of 11 straight claycourt events that he had lost.

 

Andy Murray

2015 Record: 31-5

Grand Slam Record: 140-34

French Open Record: 23-7

French Open Best Result: SF (2011, ‘14)

Fast Fact: Murray hasn’t lost prior to the quarterfinals in a Grand Slam event since the 2010 U.S. Open (3R, Wawrinka).

 

Tomas Berdych

2015 Record: 32-9

Grand Slam Record: 108-46

French Open Record: 17-11

French Open Best Result: SF (2010)

Fast Fact: Since the 2014 U.S. Open, Berdych has reached the quarterfinals in 14 of his last 15 events (l. to Andujar, 1R Valencia).

 

Kei Nishikori

2015 Record: 31-7

Grand Slam Record: 41-22

French Open Record: 5-4

French Open Best Result: 4R (2013)

Fast Fact: In 2015, Nishikori has a winning record (7-6) when losing the opening set of the match.

 

Rafael Nadal

2015 Record: 25-9

Grand Slam Record: 191-26

French Open Record: 66-1

French Open Best Result: Won (2005-08, 2010-14)

Fast Fact: Nadal is attempting to win his 6th consecutive French Open, which would give him the longest Grand Slam title streak of any man in the Open Era.

 

David Ferrer

2015 Record: 32-7

Grand Slam Record: 124-49

French Open Record: 36-12

French Open Best Result: RU (2013)

Fast Fact: In the opening round of the French Open, Ferrer will attempt to win his 300th career claycourt match.

 

Stan Wawrinka

2015 Record: 22-8

Grand Slam Record: 87-39

French Open Record: 20-10

French Open Best Result: QF (2013)

Fast Fact: Since starting the year 14-1, with two titles, Wawrinka has since compiled an 8-7 record, reaching the semifinals in one of six events.

 

Marin Cilic

2015 Record: 4-6

Grand Slam Record: 63-27

French Open Record: 13-8

French Open Best Result: 4R (2009, ‘10)

Fast Fact:   Dating back to 2014, Cilic has lost 9 of his last 13 matches.

 

Grigor Dimitrov

2015 Record: 18-10

Grand Slam Record: 23-18

French Open Record: 3-4

French Open Best Result: 3R (2013)

Fast Fact: Dimitrov has lost his opening round match only twice since the start of 2014 (2014 Cincinnati, 2014 Roland Garros), the same amount of opening round losses as Federer, and one fewer than Nadal.

 

Feliciano Lopez

2015 Record: 14-11

Grand Slam Record: 76-53

French Open Record: 8-14

French Open Best Result: 4R (2004)

Fast Fact: The 2015 French Open marks Lopez’ 53rd consecutive appearance in a Grand Slam event, placing him fourth all-time in the Open Era (trailing Federer, Wayne Ferreira, and Stefan Edberg).

 

Gilles Simon

2015 Record: 20-10

Grand Slam Record: 58-35

French Open Record: 13-9

French Open Best Result: 4R (2011, ‘13)

Fast Fact: Six of Simon’s last 10 matches at Roland Garros, including his last three losses, have gone to five sets.

 

Gael Monfils

2015 Record: 19-8

Grand Slam Record: 68-33

French Open Record: 25-9

French Open Best Result: SF (2008)

Fast Fact: Monfils has earned seven wins in Grand Slam events over Top Ten opponents, five of those have come at Roland Garros.

 

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

2015 Record: 6-5

Grand Slam Record: 84-28

French Open Record: 20-7

French Open Best Result: SF (2013)

Fast Fact: Since defeating four consecutive Top Ten opponents (Djokovic, Murray, Dimitrov, Federer) to win the 2014 Canadian Open, Tsonga has compiled a 12-11 match record, and has gone 0-7 vs. Top Twenty.

 

Kevin Anderson

2015 Record: 19-12

Grand Slam Record: 33-24

French Open Record: 9-5

French Open Best Result: 4R (2013-14)

Fast Fact: Anderson has lost to a higher ranked opponent in 9 of his last 10 Grand Slam events (l. to Baghdatis, 2013 U.S. Open).

 

John Isner

2015 Record: 18-12

Grand Slam Record: 39-27

French Open Record: 8-6

French Open Best Result: 4R (2014)

Fast Fact: Isner is the only payer other than Djokovic to force Nadal into a fifth set at Roland Garros.

 

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Guillermo Garcia-Lopez Wins Bucharest Title

 

(April 26, 2015) World No. 45 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez took home his fifth career ATP trophy by taking the Nastase Tiriac Trophy final, defeating Jiri Vesely 7-6 (5), 7-6 (11). The Spaniard needed six match points to claim the title on Sunday.

The fifth seed, who is 31-years-old, became the first player over 30 to win the Bucharest title since 2010 when Juan Ignacio Chela did it at 30 years, 7 months.

Garcia-Lopez said; “It was complicated for me to close the match. I was feeling nervous, a lot of things crossing my mind, but in the end I was happy to win. It is the first time in my career that I’ve won two titles in a year.

“I feel like I’m doing the right things to improve my game and my ranking. When you work hard, there is always a reward, not only in tennis, but in life in general.”

“I’m at the beginning of my career and a success here in Bucharest would have meant more for me, but that’s life,” said “the runner-up. I will clearly be here next year and hopefully I will have better luck then.”

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