Montanes Wins Nice Open


(May 25, 2013) Albert Montanes of Spain won his sixth ATP Tour title by defeating French wild-card Gael Monfils 6-0, 7-6 (3) for the Nice Open.

“I was not supposed to play here in the first place,” Montanes said. “I was in my home town, 200km from Barcelona, with friends when I found out I was entering the main draw last Saturday night. So it’s pretty incredible that I am here now with the Nice trophy.

“No doubt the fact that I came here with no pressure, just happy to play, taking it day-by-day and match-by-match, helped me win this week.

“I knew I could defeat Gael and today I was very solid the entire match, hitting very deep and playing well in the crucial points.”

“I tried my best today,” Monfils said but I faced a better player than me and I want to congratulate him for his title. I tried different things, but it didn’t work. He was just better than me. I played a lot of matches in the past two weeks and I felt maybe a bit tired physically and mentally.

“Overall, it was a great week for me and I want to thank the sponsors and the tournament for giving me a wild card. I played some really good matches and I hope to be back next year.”

The world No. 82 Montanes will move into the top 50 in next week’s rankings.


Monfils and Montanes to Meet in Nice Final



Singles – Semi-finals
A Montanes (ESP) d [WC] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 64 46 60
[WC] G Monfils (FRA) d P Andujar (ESP) 75 64

Doubles – Semi-finals
J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) d N Mahut (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 63 16 10-6

CENTER start 12:20 pm
J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) vs J Brunstrom (SWE) / R Klaasen (RSA)

Not Before 2:30 PM
A Montanes (ESP) vs [WC] G Monfils (FRA)


Simon and Querrey Ousted in Nice



Singles – Quarter-finals
P Andujar (ESP) d [2] G Simon (FRA) 64 75
[WC] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d [3] S Querrey (USA) 36 76(2) 61
A Montanes (ESP) d P Mathieu (FRA) 64 61
[WC] G Monfils (FRA) d R Haase (NED) 62 63

Doubles – Semi-finals
J Brunstrom (SWE) / R Klaasen (RSA) d M Elgin (RUS) / D Istomin (UZB) 62 36 10-8


CENTER start 2:30 pm
A Montanes (ESP) vs [WC] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
[WC] G Monfils (FRA) vs P Andujar (ESP)
N Mahut (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL)


Fognini Advances in Nice



Singles – First Round
[6] F Fognini (ITA) d [Q] M Cecchinato (ITA) 16 61 62
P Mathieu (FRA) d [LL] R Harrison (USA) 64 64
[Q] S Stakhovsky (UKR) d [Q] R Dutra Silva (BRA) 62 63
[WC] G Monfils (FRA) d S Giraldo (COL) 46 63 63
[Q] G Rufin (FRA) d P Lorenzi (ITA) 63 61

Doubles – First Round

[1] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) d J Cerretani (USA) / V Hanescu (ROU) 63 61
[WC] P Andujar (ESP) / A Ramos (ESP) d [2] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) 63 63
[3] E Butorac (USA) / L Dlouhy (CZE) d [WC] A Massa (FRA) / A Pierson (FRA) 62 62
J Brunstrom (SWE) / R Klaasen (RSA) d [4] D Bracciali (ITA) / P Starace (ITA) 46 75 11-9
N Mahut (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d L Hewitt (AUS) / M Matosevic (AUS) 46 61 12-10
M Elgin (RUS) / D Istomin (UZB) d A Seppi (ITA) / K Skupski (GBR) 76(6) 64


CENTER start 11:00 am
[WC] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs R Berankis (LTU)
[3] S Querrey (USA) vs [Q] S Stakhovsky (UKR)

Not Before 3:45 PM
C Berlocq (ARG) vs P Mathieu (FRA)

Not Before 6:00 PM
[Q] G Rufin (FRA) vs [2] G Simon (FRA)

Not Before 7:30 PM
[6] F Fognini (ITA) vs [WC] G Monfils (FRA)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) vs J Brunstrom (SWE) / R Klaasen (RSA)
A Montanes (ESP) vs V Hanescu (ROU)
Y Lu (TPE) vs P Andujar (ESP)

Not Before 4:30 PM
R Haase (NED) vs [4] J Isner (USA)
M Elgin (RUS) / D Istomin (UZB) vs [WC] P Andujar (ESP) / A Ramos (ESP)

COURT 5 start 12:00 noon
[3] E Butorac (USA) / L Dlouhy (CZE) vs J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL)

Not Before 2:00 PM
[1] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) vs N Mahut (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) – After Suitable Rest


Seppi, Hewitt Ousted in Nice


ATP World Tour 250
Nice, France (+2 hours GMT)
19-25 May, 2013 Surface: Clay


Singles – First Round
Y Lu (TPE) d [5] A Seppi (ITA) 75 16 64
V Hanescu (ROU) d A Ramos (ESP) 63 57 64
C Berlocq (ARG) d L Mayer (ARG) 62 61
R Haase (NED) d M Matosevic (AUS) 61 64
P Andujar (ESP) d [WC] L Hewitt (AUS) 63 46 63

Doubles – First Round

J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) d [Alt] J Levinsky (CZE) / Y Lu (TPE) 62 64
F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d C Berlocq (ARG) / L Mayer (ARG) 62 46 10-3


CENTER start 11:00 am
[Q] R Dutra Silva (BRA) vs [Q] S Stakhovsky (UKR)
[6] F Fognini (ITA) vs [Q] M Cecchinato (ITA)
Not Before 3:45 PM
P Mathieu (FRA) vs [LL] R Harrison (USA)
Not Before 6:00 PM
S Giraldo (COL) vs [WC] G Monfils (FRA)
Not Before 7:30 PM
[Q] G Rufin (FRA) vs P Lorenzi (ITA)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
J Brunstrom (SWE) / R Klaasen (RSA) vs [4] D Bracciali (ITA) / P Starace (ITA)
A Seppi (ITA) / K Skupski (GBR) vs M Elgin (RUS) / D Istomin (UZB)
N Mahut (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs L Hewitt (AUS) / M Matosevic (AUS)
[1] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) vs J Cerretani (USA) / V Hanescu (ROU)
[WC] P Andujar (ESP) / A Ramos (ESP) vs [2] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL)

COURT 5 start 3:00 pm

[3] E Butorac (USA) / L Dlouhy (CZE) vs [WC] A Massa (FRA) / A Pierson (FRA)


ATP Nice – Sunday Results, Monday Schedule


ATP World Tour 250
Nice, France (+2 hours GMT)
19-25 May, 2013 Surface: Clay


Singles – First Round
R Berankis (LTU) d [8] D Istomin (UZB) 62 62
[WC] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d A Falla (COL) 75 ret. (left calf)


CENTER start 11:00 am
Qualifying – R Harrison (USA) vs G Rufin (FRA)
M Matosevic (AUS) vs R Haase (NED)
[5] A Seppi (ITA) vs Y Lu (TPE)
Not Before 6:00 PM
[WC] L Hewitt (AUS) vs P Andujar (ESP)
V Hanescu (ROU) vs A Ramos (ESP)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
Qualifying – R Jouan (FRA) vs A Kuznetsov (USA) 64 31
C Berlocq (ARG) vs L Mayer (ARG)
Not Before 3:00 PM
C Berlocq (ARG) / L Mayer (ARG) vs F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) – After Suitable Rest
Not Before 4:30 PM
[Alt] J Levinsky (CZE) / Y Lu (TPE) vs J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) – After Suitable Rest

COURT 5 start 11:00 am
Qualifying – T de Bakker (NED) vs M Cecchinato (ITA)
Not Before 12:30 PM
Qualifying – S Stakhovsky (UKR) vs H Laaksonen (SUI)

COURT 7 not before 2:00 PM
Qualifying – R Dutra Silva (BRA) vs R Jouan (FRA) or A Kuznetsov (USA)



ATP Nice – Sunday Schedule


ATP World Tour 250
Nice, France (+2 hours GMT)
19-25 May, 2013 Surface: Clay


CENTER start 10:00 am
Qualifying – G Burquier (FRA) vs G Rufin (FRA)
Qualifying – R Jouan (FRA) vs N Mahut (FRA)
Qualifying – H Laaksonen (SUI) vs A Mannarino (FRA)

Not Before 3:00 PM
R Berankis (LTU) vs [8] D Istomin (UZB)
[WC] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs A Falla (COL)

COURT 1 start 10:00 am
Qualifying – D Guez (FRA) vs F Serra (FRA)
Qualifying – P Starace (ITA) vs M Mertinak (SVK)
Qualifying – C Garin (CHI) vs C Commin (FRA)

Not Before 1:00 PM
Qualifying – R Harrison (USA) vs J Eysseric (FRA) or P Polansky (CAN) – 2nd ROUND MATCH COURT TBA

Not Before 1:00 PM
Qualifying – S Fransen (NED) or M Cecchinato (ITA) vs D Guez (FRA) or F Serra (FRA) – 2nd ROUND MATCH COURT TBA

COURT 5 start 10:00 am
Qualifying – A Olivetti (FRA) vs A Massa (FRA)
Qualifying – G Olaso (ESP) vs [WC] A Pierson (FRA)

Not Before 1:00 PM
Qualifying – R Dutra Silva (BRA) vs J Samper-Montana (ESP) or A Giannessi (ITA) – 2nd ROUND MATCH COURT TBA

Not Before 1:00 PM
Qualifying – R Jouan (FRA) or N Mahut (FRA) vs A Kuznetsov (USA) or J Zopp (EST) – 2nd ROUND MATCH COURT TBA

COURT 7 start 10:00 am
Qualifying – S Fransen (NED) vs M Cecchinato (ITA)
Qualifying – J Eysseric (FRA) vs P Polansky (CAN)

Not Before 1:00 PM
Qualifying – S Stakhovsky (UKR) vs P Starace (ITA) or M Mertinak (SVK) – 2nd ROUND MATCH COURT TBA

Not Before 1:00 PM
Qualifying – A Olivetti (FRA) or A Massa (FRA) vs G Burquier (FRA) or G Rufin (FRA) – 2nd ROUND MATCH COURT TBA

COURT 11 start 10:00 am
Qualifying – J Samper-Montana (ESP) vs A Giannessi (ITA)
Qualifying – A Kuznetsov (USA) vs J Zopp (EST)

Not Before 1:00 PM
Qualifying – T de Bakker (NED) vs G Olaso (ESP) or [WC] A Pierson (FRA) – 2nd ROUND MATCH COURT TBA

Not Before 1:00 PM
Qualifying – C Garin (CHI) or C Commin (FRA) vs H Laaksonen (SUI) or A Mannarino (FRA) – 2nd ROUND MATCH COURT TBA



Quotable Quotes: Rafael Nadal defeats Stanislas Wawrinka in Madrid


Rafael Nadal


By Tumaini Carayol

(May 12, 2013)In one of the most unsurprising finals of 2013, Rafael Nadal triumphed 6-2, 6-4 over Stanislas Wawrinka in Madrid to lift the second masters title of his stunning return to tennis, winning his fifth tournament in the seven outings since his return.

Nadal on his victory:


“I don’t expect anything.  If I expect is the most difficult thing when I go out there and play a match. In this case what I expected was to go out there and try and do it and do what I like to do, what I want to do before I go out there in the match. I’m very happy.  I think I did a really good match.  I think I played the best match of the whole week today in the final.”


Nadal on his tactics:

“I managed to do what I was thinking to do before starting the match.  It’s always difficult.  I (planned) to go out there and (hit my forehand well), you know, to smack it hard, and try to win many points with my forehand.

Afterwards with my backhand I was trying to, you know, not to play down-the-line. I was trying to play balls up there in the middle, deep balls, because I knew that those balls were the right ones.  If I played that way then he didn’t have the right angle.  He has some pretty good angles with his drive and his backhand.”


Nadal on the importance of Madrid:

“For me it’s a moment not to talk about Roland Garros.  It’s a moment just to be happy with what I have achieved right now in Madrid, in Barcelona, and Monte‑Carlo.

In this moment nowadays I am just happy to have what I did today and win an important tournament such as Madrid.  To think this is a warmup to Roland Garros, that’s wrong.  It’s not a warmup.  I give my maximum level.

For me this tournament means a lot, the same as Monte‑Carlo and Barcelona.  I just give it the maximum importance.  At home, even more important.”


Wawrinka on his condition:


“For sure I was not feeling that well and maybe not 100% physically and mentally, so then it’s really tough to play.  And even if I’m playing my best tennis and completely fresh, it’s really, really tough to beat him.

If you’re not completely there then he’s killing you, like he did at the beginning of the match.  It was tough for me.  The ball was flying.  It was different conditions”


Wawrinka on starting work with Magnus Norman:

“He was No. 2 in the world and make so many big results.  He was amazing player and did a great job with Robin Soderling to get him to the No. 5 in the world.

We just start.  It’s the first week in tournament with him.  I think we did a good job this week.  I’m really happy with how we work together.  I’m really looking forward for the rest of the year with him.”


Both will immediately head to Rome as the clay season grind continues.


Tumaini Carayol was Madrid covering the Madrid Open for Tennis Panorama News. He is a contributing writer at On The Baseline, and writes about professional tennis at his site Foot Fault.


Djokovic Falls to Dimitrov in Second Round of Madrid

Grigor Dimitrov

Grigor Dimitrov

By Tumaini Carayol

(May 7, 2013) MADRID – Under the burning lights and brash crowd of the Manolo Santana court, Grigor Dimitrov finally justified his “showtime” moniker, stealing the show by capturing the greatest victory of his career in a mammoth 7-6(6), 6-7(8), 6-3 victory over the world No. 1, Novak Djokovic at the Madrid Open on Tuesday evening.

From the beginning, the Bulgarian made his presence known as he complemented strong, assured serving with a steady flow of typically silky forehand winners. The first set would showcase a struggle for the upper-hand as the contest remained on serve though the underdog held the upper hand.

A set point presented itself for Djokovic at 4-5, but the opportunity quickly escaped. Once again, Djokovic found himself up 6-4 in the tiebreak, before some majestic play flipped the script and left the world No. 1 reeling as a young pretender stole the set.

The second act was defined by two incidents. At 7-6, *4-2, 30-40, Djokovic slipped and hurt his injured right ankle.  A medical timeout followed as the crowd booed mercilessly. As he returned and ran freely, the boos and whistles rose as the crowd began to chant Dimitrov’s name.

The second incident occurred at 5-5 deuce Dimitrov predictably began to cramp. The Bulgarian hobbled into the tiebreak, and as his mobility returned, he pressed furiously for a straight sets victory, but failed.

In stark contrast to the prior two sets, the third set fell flat as Dimitrov broke in the opening game before marching on to victory.

Though undeniably angry, Djokovic was quick to praise his opponent afterwards.

“Well, he was the better player. The better player won the match, no question about it. You know, I could have played better. You know, I had my chances. I was fighting until the end, so that’s a positive thing. I always try to give my best in these moments, and he was the better player. I congratulate him. He played great tennis and he deserved to win.

The world No. 1 was, however, quick to mention the ankle injury he sustained during Davis Cup and left him without proper preparation.

“Well, for 12 days after Monte‑Carlo I haven’t touched the racquet. I didn’t know up to Saturday if I’m going to come here or not because of the ankle.

“But in the end, you know, I made the decision to come because I like to play in this tournament. You know, maybe could have been different; maybe not. Now it’s too late to think about what I decided.

Meanwhile, Dimitrov was ecstatic in victory.

“Of course it’s always great to win a match like that. Of course he’s the No. 1. Of course it’s a great feeling.”

“But it’s just the beginning of the tournament. It was just second round if you think about it, so just got to get ready for the next matches and make sure that you can do that again.”

Tumaini Carayol is in Madrid covering the Madrid Open for Tennis Panorama News. He is a contributing writer at On The Baseline, and writes about professional tennis at his site Foot Fault. Follow his tournament updates on @TennisNewsTPN and his personal twitter @TumCarayol.



Wawrinka Tops Ferrer for Portugal Open Title


(May 5, 2013) Stanislas Wawrinka exacted a bit of revenge in taking out top seed David Ferrer for the Portugal Open title on Sunday 6-1, 6-4 in 65 minutes. The Swiss lost in the final of Buenos Aires to Ferrer earlier in the year.

It’s Wawrinka’s fourth ATP title, the first since his win at Chennai in 2011.

“It feels great to have won a title again, as it was one of my goals at the start of the year,“ Wawrinka said. “It was a challenge against a Top 4 player. I am very happy with the way I played today. I was really focused and I made it difficult for him on my serve. It is going to be tough to return to the Top 10, but I am definitely playing better than last year and I am improving. Today, I got the confidence that I can beat a Top 4 player in a final, on a clay court.”

“Stan played a great match, said world No. 4 Ferrer. I was never close to winning, but I felt better the longer it went on with my shots. On the big points, I should have clenched my teeth more. Playing any ATP World Tour final is important. I want to be positive and look forward. Stan played better today. Stan played pretty well from the baseline and he had a good percentage of first services. He surpassed me in everything.”

Wawrinka, who took home €74,000 in prize money for the win is now 28-7 in 2013.