July 24, 2016

2016 Rogers Cup – Toronto and Montreal Results and Schedules

 

Radek Stepanek

Radek Stepanek

TORONTO RESULTS, SATURDAY JULY 23, 2016

Qualifying Singles – First Round
Qualifying / Qualifications – [2] [Alt] R. Stepanek (CZE) d [Alt] B. Schnur (CAN) 64 76(6)
Qualifying / Qualifications – [3] T. Smyczek (USA) d [WC] J. Lin (CAN) 61 63
Qualifying / Qualifications – [4] D. Novikov (USA) d A. Falla (COL) 46 64 63
Qualifying / Qualifications – [5] A. Krajicek (USA) d M. Mmoh (USA) 63 76(4)
Qualifying / Qualifications – [6] M. Zverev (GER) d [WC] P. Krainik (CAN) 62 60
Qualifying / Qualifications – A. Weintraub (ISR) d [7] V. Millot (FRA) 76(5) 62
Qualifying / Qualifications – [8] S. Myneni (IND) d [Alt] F. Martin (FRA) 76(2) 62
Qualifying / Qualifications – [9] J. Donaldson (USA) d [WC] C. Lakoseljac (CAN) 61 61
Qualifying / Qualifications – J. McGee (IRL) d [10] S. Groth (AUS) 63 36 63
Qualifying / Qualifications – [11] R. Harrison (USA) d S. Barry (IRL) 76(5) 75
Qualifying / Qualifications – [12] A. Gonzalez (COL) d [WC] B. Sigouin (CAN) 76(2) 64
Qualifying / Qualifications – E. Gomez (ECU) d [13] M. Barton (AUS) 76(3) 75
Qualifying / Qualifications – [14] J. Duckworth (AUS) d F. Auger Aliassime (CAN) 75 76(3)
Qualifying / Qualifications – P. Bester (CAN) d [Alt] K. Stevenson (CAN) 62 62

TORONTO ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2016

GRANDSTAND start 10:00 am / débute à 10h
Qualifying / Qualifications – [4] D. Novikov (USA) vs [14] J. Duckworth (AUS)
Qualifying / Qualifications – [5] A. Krajicek (USA) vs E. Gomez (ECU)
Qualifying / Qualifications – [2] [Alt] R. Stepanek (CZE) vs [8] S. Myneni (IND)

COURT 1 start 10:00 am / débute à 10h
Qualifying / Qualifications – P. Bester (CAN) vs [12] A. Gonzalez (COL)
Qualifying / Qualifications – [3] T. Smyczek (USA) vs J. McGee (IRL)

COURT 4 start 10:00 am / débute à 10h
Qualifying / Qualifications – A. Weintraub (ISR) vs [9] J. Donaldson (USA)

Not Before 11:30 am / pas avant 11h30
Qualifying / Qualifications – [6] M. Zverev (GER) vs [11] R. Harrison (USA)

Vavara Lepchenko

Vavara Lepchenko

MONTREAL RESULTS, SATURDAY JULY 23, 2016 / Qualifications simples – 1er tour
Qualifying / Qualifications – [1] V. Lepchenko (USA) d A. Klepac (SLO) 61 61
Qualifying / Qualifications – [3] K. Bondarenko (UKR) d Y. Xu (CHN) 60 61
Qualifying / Qualifications – [4] S. Zhang (CHN) d [WC] C. Robillard-Millette (CAN) 64 63
Qualifying / Qualifications – [5] C. Mchale (USA) d C. Zhao (CAN) 62 63
Qualifying / Qualifications – [6] I. Falconi (USA) d [WC] T. Lagarde (CAN) 63 61
Qualifying / Qualifications – [7] N. Gibbs (USA) d S. Vickery (USA) 62 64
Qualifying / Qualifications – [8] S. Zheng (CHN) d [WC] I. Boulais (CAN) 63 61
Qualifying / Qualifications – [9] N. Hibino (JPN) d E. Hozumi (JPN) 63 63
Qualifying / Qualifications – [10] M. Duque-Mariño (COL) d [WC] M. Leduc (CAN) 62 62
Qualifying / Qualifications – [11] C. Giorgi (ITA) d [WC] G. Dabrowski (CAN) 63 61
Qualifying / Qualifications – [12] S. Lisicki (GER) d J. Pegula (USA) walkover
Qualifying / Qualifications – [13] N. Broady (GBR) d L. Albanese (USA) 76(7) 75
Qualifying / Qualifications – A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) d [14] N. Osaka (JPN) 36 76(6) 64
Qualifying / Qualifications – [15] M. Linette (POL) d Bye
Qualifying / Qualifications – [WC] B. Andreescu (CAN) d [16] S. Crawford (USA) 76(3) 75
Qualifying / Qualifications – [17] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) d T. Moore (GBR) 46 63 76(4)
Qualifying / Qualifications – A. Muhammad (USA) d [18] D. Vekic (CRO) 64 62
Qualifying / Qualifications – [19] V. King (USA) d D. Lao (USA) 57 61 75
Qualifying / Qualifications – [20] K. Kucova (SVK) d [WC] E. Routliffe (CAN) 61 62
Qualifying / Qualifications – [21] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) d [WC] C. Leduc (CAN) 60 61
Qualifying / Qualifications – O. Govortsova (BLR) d [22] O. Dodin (FRA) 75 67(4) 64
Qualifying / Qualifications – [23] J. Glushko (ISR) d [WC] M. Patrascu (CAN) 62 60
Qualifying / Qualifications – [24] J. Boserup (USA) d [WC] P. Januskova (CAN) 62 64
Qualifying / Qualifications – [25] J. Brady (USA) d O. Savchuk (UKR) 60 64

MONTREAL ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2016

CENTRAL start 11:00 am / débute à 11h
Qualifying / Qualifications – [12] S. Lisicki (GER) vs [15] M. Linette (POL)

Not Before 12:30 pm / pas avant 12h30
Qualifying / Qualifications – [5] C. Mchale (USA) vs [20] K. Kucova (SVK)
Qualifying / Qualifications -[11] C. Giorgi (ITA) vs [17] B. Mattek-Sands (USA)

BANQUE NATIONALE start 11:00 am / débute à 11h
Qualifying / Qualifications – [3] K. Bondarenko (UKR) vs [WC] B. Andreescu (CAN)

Not Before 2:00 pm / pas avant 14h
Soccer Game / Match de soccer – Montreal Impact vs. WTA players

Not Before 3:00 pm / pas avant 15h
Qualifying / Qualifications – [8] S. Zheng (CHN) vs A. Muhammad (USA)

COURT 9 start 11:00 am / débute à 11h
Qualifying / Qualifications – [10] M. Duque-Mariño (COL) vs O. Govortsova (BLR)

Not Before 12:30 pm / pas avant 12h30
Qualifying / Qualifications – [6] I. Falconi (USA) vs [19] V. King (USA)
Qualifying / Qualifications – [9] N. Hibino (JPN) vs [23] J. Glushko (ISR)
Possible Court change / Changement possible de terrains – Qualifying / Qualifications – [7] N. Gibbs (USA) vs [13] N. Broady (GBR)

COURT 5 start 11:00 am / débute à 11h
Qualifying / Qualifications – [4] S. Zhang (CHN) vs [21] V. Cepede Royg (PAR)

Not Before 12:30 pm / pas avant 12h30
Qualifying / Qualifications – [1] V. Lepchenko (USA) vs A. Kudryavtseva (RUS)
Qualifying / Qualifications – [25] J. Brady (USA) vs [24] J. Boserup (USA)

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Defending Roland Garros Champion Stan Wawrinka Survives Five-Set Test from Lukas Rosol

Wawrinka in press

(May 23, 2016) Stan Wawrinka avoided being the first defending Roland Garros champion to lose in the first round on Monday, surviving Czech Lukas Rosol 4-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Back in 2012, Rosol shocked Rafael Nadal in the second round of Wimbledon.

“He kept me under pressure permanently, said the No. 3 of his opponent’s game. “I kept running after the score. You can’t really relax.”

No. 5 seed Kei Nishikori completed his rain postponed match over Simone Bolelli in straight sets for his 50th match-win at t a major, while 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic, seeded 10th lost 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 to Argentine qualifier Marco Trungelliti.

In a match postponed until Tuesday due to darkness No. 2 seed Andy Murray, dropped the first two sets to Radek Stepanek, and was in the process of coming back when the match was called. The 37-year-old qualifier led the two-time major champion 6-3, 6-3, 0-6, 2-4.

Last year’s Wimbledon finalist escaped an upset as Garbine Muguruza, the fourth seed pushed past Anna Karoline Schmiedlova 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

There were a few upsets on the women’s side as seventh seed and former French Open finalist Roberta Vinci was routed by Kateryna Bondarenko 6-1, 6-3. Other seeds which lost on Monday included 16th seed Roberta Vinci, 17th seed Karolina Pliskova and 32nd seed Jelena Ostapenko.

 

Roland Garros
Day 3 Order of play
May 24, 2016

Philippe-Chatrier Court
11:00 AM
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Angelique Kerber (GER) [3]
vs.Kiki Bertens (NED)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Radek Stepanek (CZE)
vs Andy Murray (GBR) [2]
To Finish 6-3 6-3 0-6 2-4
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1]
vs.Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Jan-Lennard Struff (GER)
vs.Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [6]
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Serena Williams (USA) [1]
vs.Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK)
Suzanne-Lenglen Court
11:00 AM
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Francesca Schiavone (ITA)
vs. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) [26]
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Rafael Nadal (ESP) [4]
vs.Sam Groth (AUS)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Oceane Dodin (FRA)
vs.Ana Ivanovic (SRB) [14]
Men’s Singles – Round 1
David Ferrer (ESP) [11]
vs. Evgeny Donskoy (RUS)
Court 1
11:00 AM
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Vasek Pospisil (CAN)
vs. Tomas Berdych (CZE) [7]
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Lucas Pouille (FRA) [29]
vsJulien Benneteau (FRA)
To Finish 6-3 4-6 6-4
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Venus Williams (USA) [9]
vs.Anett Kontaveit (EST)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Karin Knapp (ITA)
vs.  Victoria Azarenka (BLR) [5]
Men’s Singles – Round 1
David Goffin (BEL) [12]
vs.Gregoire Barrere (FRA)
Court 2
11:00 AM
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Alize Cornet (FRA)
vs. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Inigo Cervantes (ESP)
vs. Dominic Thiem (AUT) [13]
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
vs. Ricardas Berankis (LTU)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Andrea Petkovic (GER) [28]
vs. Laura Robson (GBR)
Court 3
11:00 AM
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Bernard Tomic (AUS) [20]
vs.Brian Baker (USA)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
John Isner (USA) [15]
vs. John Millman (AUS)
To Finish 6-7(4) 7-6(12)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Ipek Soylu (TUR)
vs.Virginie Razzano (FRA)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)
vs. Santiago Giraldo (COL)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Monica Niculescu (ROU) [31]
vs.Pauline Parmentier (FRA)
Court 4
11:00 AM
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Tatjana Maria (GER)
vs. Jelena Jankovic (SRB) [23]
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Pablo Cuevas (URU) [25]
vs.Tobias Kamke (GER)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Marcel Granollers (ESP)
vs.Fabio Fognini (ITA) [32]
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Elina Svitolina (UKR) [18]
vs. Sorana Cirstea (ROU)
Court 5
11:00 AM
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Samantha Crawford (USA)
vs.Timea Babos (HUN)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP)
vs.Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) [8]
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Joao Sousa (POR) [26]
vs.Damir Dzumhur (BIH)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Paolo Lorenzi (ITA)
vs.Carlos Berlocq (ARG)
Court 6
11:00 AM
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) [12]
vs.Katerina Siniakova (CZE)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Hyeon Chung (KOR)
vs.Quentin Halys (FRA)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Donna Vekic (CRO)
vs.Madison Keys (USA) [15]
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Kevin Anderson (RSA) [18]
vs.Stephane Robert (FRA)
Court 8
11:00 AM
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Saisai Zheng (CHN)
vs.Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) [22]
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Thomas Fabbiano (ITA)
vs.Feliciano Lopez (ESP) [21]
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)
vs.Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) [14]
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Monica Puig (PUR)
vs.Olga Govortsova (BLR)
Court 10
11:00 AM
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Borna Coric (CRO)
vs.Taylor Fritz (USA)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Louisa Chirico (USA)
vs.Lauren Davis (USA)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Rajeev Ram (USA)
vs.Jiri Vesely (CZE)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Yulia Putintseva (KAZ)
vs.Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN)
Court 13
11:00 AM
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM)
vs.Illya Marchenko (UKR)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Thiemo De Bakker (NED)
vs.Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Kurumi Nara (JPN)
vs.Denisa Allertova (CZE)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Irina Falconi (USA)
vs.Mona Barthel (GER)
Court 14
11:00 AM
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Gerald Melzer (AUT)
vs.Aljaz Bedene (GBR)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Alize Lim (FRA)
vs.Camila Giorgi (ITA)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Nicolas Almagro (ESP)
vs.Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) [24]
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Johanna Konta (GBR) [20]
vs.Julia Goerges (GER)
Court 15
11:00 AM
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Malek Jaziri (TUN)
vs.Florian Mayer (GER)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [27]
vsVarvara Lepchenko (USA)
To Finish 5-7 6-4 4-1
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER)
vs.Daria Kasatkina (RUS) [29]
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Anastasija Sevastova (LAT)
vs.Sachia Vickery (USA)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Denis Istomin (UZB)
vs.Juan Monaco (ARG)
Court 16
11:00 AM
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Laura Siegemund (GER)
vs.Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Marsel Ilhan (TUR)
vs.Steve Darcis (BEL)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Gilles Muller (LUX)
vs.Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Taylor Townsend (USA)
vs.Amandine Hesse (FRA)
Court 17
11:00 AM
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Qiang Wang (CHN)
vs.Tessah Andrianjafitrimo (FRA)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Samantha Stosur (AUS) [21]
vsMisaki Doi (JPN)
To Finish 6-2 1-3
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Facundo Bagnis (ARG)
vs.Kenny De Schepper (FRA)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Daria Gavrilova (AUS)
vs.Mariana Duque-Marino (COL)
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Alexander Zverev (GER)
vs.Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA)
Court 18
11:00 AM
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Arina Rodionova (AUS)
vs.Ana Konjuh (CRO)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Shuai Zhang (CHN)
vs Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ)
To Finish 5-5
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)
vs.Federico Delbonis (ARG) [31]
Men’s Singles – Round 1
Andreas Seppi (ITA)
vs.Ernests Gulbis (LAT)
Women’s Singles – Round 1
Teliana Pereira (BRA)
vs.Kristyna Pliskova (CZE)

T.B.A 1
6:00 PM
Not Before: 6:00 PM
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Chris Guccione (AUS)
Andre Sa (BRA)
vs.Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL) [13]
Robert Farah (COL) [13]
Not Before: 6:00 PM
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Wesley Koolhof (NED)
Matwe Middelkoop (NED)
vs.Tristan Lamasine (FRA)
Albano Olivetti (FRA)
Not Before: 6:00 PM
Men’s Doubles – Round 1
Mate Pavic (CRO)
Michael Venus (NZL)
vs. Eric Butorac (USA)
Scott Lipsky (USA)

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Rain Disrupts Play on Day 1 of Roland Garros

(May 22, 2016) Only 10 out of 32 matches were completed on the first day of Roland Garros on Sunday. Rain delayed and then washed out most of the on-court action. A jam-packed schedule for Monday will push back the opening matches for the top seeds Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic.

 

Nick Kyrgios, the 17th seed, who beat No. 124th ranked 7-6, (6), 7-6 (6), 6-4 victory over Marco Cecchinato, received a code violation warning from the chair umpire for yelling at a ball person for a towel. The warning prompted a curse-laden tirade from the Australian.

 

Last year’s women’s finalist, No. 11 seed Lucie Safarova began her Paris quest with an easy 6-0. 6-2 win over No. 223 Vitalia Diatchenko, escaping the rain. The Czech is overcoming health problems with surfaced at the end of 2015.

 

Safarova’s countrywoman, No. 10 seed Petra Kvitova avoided an upset, getting past Danka Kovinic 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.

 

Play was canceled for the day at 6:30pm and will resume on Monday at 11am. Rain is also in the weather forecast for Monday.

Roland Garros Day 2

Order of Play for May 23, 2016

Philippe-Chatrier Court 11:00 AM

MEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Lukas Rosol (CZE) vs. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [3]
MEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Kei Nishikori (JPN) [5] vs Simone Bolelli (ITA)
To Finish 6-1 7-5 2-1
WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) vs. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) [2]
MEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Radek Stepanek (CZE) vs. Andy Murray (GBR) [2]
WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Alize Cornet (FRA) vs. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL)

Suzanne-Lenglen Court 11:00 AM

WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) vs. Garbine Muguruza (ESP) [4]
MEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Gilles Simon (FRA) [16] vs. Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA)
MEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) vs. Richard Gasquet (FRA) [9]
WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Oceane Dodin (FRA) vs. Ana Ivanovic (SRB) [14]

Court 1 11:00 AM

MEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) [30] vs. Leonardo Mayer (ARG)
WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) [13] vs Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)
To Finish 4-6 6-1 3-1
WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) vs. Caroline Garcia (FRA)
MEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Julien Benneteau (FRA) vs. Lucas Pouille (FRA) [29]
WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Elina Svitolina (UKR) [18] vs. Sorana Cirstea (ROU)

Court 2 11:00 AM

MEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Milos Raonic (CAN) [8] vs. Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)
MEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Jack Sock (USA) [23] vs. Robin Haase (NED)
To Finish 6-3 7-5 3-6 6-7(3)
WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Simona Halep (ROU) [6] vs. Nao Hibino (JPN)
MEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Marco Trungelliti (ARG) vs. Marin Cilic (CRO) [10]
WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) [12] vs. Katerina Siniakova (CZE)

Court 3 11:00 AM

MEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) vs. Viktor Troicki (SRB) [22]
WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Nicole Gibbs (USA) vs Heather Watson (GBR)
To Finish 7-5 2-6 2-1
WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Roberta Vinci (ITA) [7] vs. Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR)
MEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
John Isner (USA) [15] vs. John Millman (AUS)
WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Tatjana Maria (GER) vs. Jelena Jankovic (SRB) [23]

Court 4 11:00 AM

MEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Martin Klizan (SVK) vs. Taro Daniel (JPN)
WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Annika Beck (GER) vs. Maryna Zanevska (UKR)
WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Coco Vandeweghe (USA) vs. Naomi Broady (GBR)
MEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Andrej Martin (SVK) vs. Daniel Munoz De La Nava (ESP)

Court 5 11:00 AM

MEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP) vs. Adam Pavlasek (CZE)
WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Elena Vesnina (RUS) vs. Madison Brengle (USA)
WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) vs. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) [25]
WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Arina Rodionova (AUS) vs. Ana Konjuh (CRO)

Court 6 11:00 AM

MEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) vs. Adrian Mannarino (FRA)
WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Karolina Pliskova (CZE) [17] vs. Shelby Rogers (USA)
MEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) vs. Kyle Edmund (GBR)
WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Samantha Stosur (AUS) [21] vs. Misaki Doi (JPN)

Court 8 11:00 AM

WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Naomi Osaka (JPN) vs. Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) [32]
MEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Laslo Djere (SRB) vs. Jordan Thompson (AUS)
MEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs. Horacio Zeballos (ARG)
WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Saisai Zheng (CHN) vs. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) [22]

Court 10 11:00 AM

MEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Dusan Lajovic (SRB) vs. Denis Kudla (USA)
WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)
WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Sara Errani (ITA) [16] vs. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL)
MEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Pablo Cuevas (URU) [25] vs. Tobias Kamke (GER)

Court 14 11:00 AM

WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) vs. Sloane Stephens (USA) [19]
MEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Dustin Brown (GER) vs Dudi Sela (ISR)
To Finish 6-7(5) 6-4 7-6(5) 1-1
MEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs. Steve Johnson (USA) [33]
MEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Sam Querrey (USA) vs. Bjorn Fratangelo (USA)
WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Taylor Townsend (USA) vs. Amandine Hesse (FRA)

Court 15 11:00 AM

WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Veronica Cepede Royg (PAR) vs. Sabine Lisicki (GER)
MEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Ivan Dodig (CRO) vs. Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)
WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [27] vs. Varvara Lepchenko (USA)
WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Kurumi Nara (JPN) vs. Denisa Allertova (CZE)

Court 16 11:00 AM

WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Barbora Strycova (CZE) [30] vs. Lucie Hradecka (CZE)
MEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) [27] vs. Albert Montanes (ESP)
MEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Mathias Bourgue (FRA) vs. Jordi Samper-Montana (ESP)
WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Qiang Wang (CHN) vs. Tessah Andrianjafitrimo (FRA)

Court 17 11:00 AM

WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Myrtille Georges (FRA) vs. Christina McHale (USA)
WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) vs. Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR)
To Finish 7-5 6-7(2) 2-1
WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) vs. Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU)
WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Johanna Larsson (SWE) vs. Magda Linette (POL)
MEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Hyeon Chung (KOR) vs. Quentin Halys (FRA)

Court 18 11:00 AM

WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Polona Hercog (SLO) vs. Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP)
MEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Diego Schwartzman (ARG) vs. Guido Pella (ARG)
WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Zarina Diyas (KAZ) vs. Carina Witthoeft (GER)
WOMEN’S SINGLES – ROUND 1
Shuai Zhang (CHN) vs. Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ)

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Murray to Face Nadal in Monte-Carlo Semis; Federer Falls to Tsonga

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(April 15, 2016) Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal posted decisive victories and will play each other in the semifinals of the Monte-Carlo Masters on Saturday. Roger Federer returning to the court for the first time since his knee surgery in February fell to Jo-Wilfred Tsonga. Tsonga will play fellow Frenchman Gael Monfils in the other semifinal.

No. 5 Nadal dominated No. 3 Stan Wawrinka 6-1, 6-4 while No. 2 Murray destroyed Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-0.

“If I play like I did today, I’ll have a chance,” said Murray.

“Rafa, especially on this court, he plays great on clay obviously, but on this one in particular, his record is incredible. I think he’s maybe only lost one or two matches in his life here. So, yeah, it’s a great test for me this early on in the clay season.

“I’ll go into the match with confidence having managed to win against him in Madrid on the clay last year, and having played a really good match today.

“I look forward to it.”

 

“I’ll have to play a great match, but also a smart match as well,” Murray explained. “I need to be intelligent on the court, go in with a very good idea of what I want to do in the points.

“So, yeah, that’s the most important thing, to have a good game plan and be smart on the court. Against Rafa on this surface, he has the ability to get you to sort of play – I don’t know what the word is – but he gets you to go for more than you should because he’s so consistent.

“He hits a lot of height on the ball, a lot of spin. He can make you go for winners from uncomfortable positions. You have to not allow that to happen. You need to try and stay calm, be patient. I’ll try to do that.”

Nadal broke Wawrinka’s serve four times to reach his 11th Monte-Carlo semifinal. The Swiss broke his racquet in the fifth game of the first set to the boos of spectators. Wawrinka said he was disturbed by all of the noise coming from the restaurant above the court.

“You wonder whether people are coming to have lunch or to watch tennis. I don’t believe they saw a lot of the match. I think they also drank a lot of alcohol.” Wawrinka said. “When you don’t play well and you’re not in your match, it can bother you.”

“Anyway, it was not a good day for me today,” Wawrinka said. “I really need to work on two or three things that I want to improve. I have two weeks, or a bit more, before I go to Madrid. I will try to prepare well during that period.”

I believe today it was more of a concentration issue or mentally that I had a problem. I struggled. I rushed at the beginning. This is something you pay for against Rafa.”

“The real thing is every day is a different story,” Nadal said. “Yesterday I played against an opponent that he was playing so good, in my opinion. Is true that my serve probably was a little bit better today than yesterday. But both days I think I played good, no?

“Stan today, I think the last three games of the first set, that’s the only moment that he didn’t play well. Obviously he played with too many mistakes.

“But in the beginning of the match and in the second set was a good match, in my opinion. Both played good points.

“I think he played with more mistakes than me. But is true at same time he is going more for the shots all the time. When you want to play this way, very aggressive, you can have mistakes.

“I think I played good. I defended well. I moved well. When I had the opportunity, I was trying to have the control of the point with my forehand and with my backhand, too.”

Nadal plays Murray for a place in the final. The Spaniard has a 16-6 record against the Scot.

“He played a great match today,” Nadal said. “We’ll see. I need to be ready to play the way I am playing the last two matches. If I am able to do it, I hope to have my chances.

“He always was a good clay court player, no? He played semifinals of French Open twice or three times, I don’t know.”

Federer was two points away from defeating Tsonga at 6-3, 2-6, 5-4 with the Frenchman serving, but could not close.

“Yeah, I mean, I think it had definitely some twists and turns,” said Federer. “I’m not sure how come. Maybe we were both a bit up and down. We had a couple of games here and there that we kind of gave each other on the serve. Kind of hung onto it, me in the first, him in the second.

“Third was close all the way through. Maybe had a small chance the first game maybe. The game I got broken is a tough game to get broken on because I think I had three forehands that I’m in good position, and I end up losing all three points. It’ll a tough break to get.

“You know, it was a good tournament, a good match, exactly what I was hoping for and more, so I’m very happy.”

“It was a good match. It was nice to play an intense match. I’m happy how the body reacted. So many good things this week. It’s all positive for me.

“I know where I’m at now. I hope my knee and my body is going to be okay the next couple of days. If I’m good, I might go practice tomorrow as well just to get the body into maybe a rhythm of playing maybe four days straight at a very intense level. If I feel like I need a break, the team tells me to rest, I’ll do that tomorrow.

“Things are really good right now. Of course, it was unfortunate because I had my chances. But this tournament, really doesn’t matter at all if I missed or not those chances.”

 

“It’s always special to play against him, especially on court, because you have all the crowd against you,” said Tsonga. “Wherever you play, if it’s in France or not, it’s tough to play against him because you have him, the crowd and all the monument around him.

“Yeah, it’s always special to win against Federer.”

“I was expecting a difficult match, and that is exactly what happened. He was very reactive, he was running well. From the start, I thought he was very fast.

“But I was able to turn it around. He dropped his level a little bit and I was able to come back into the match and end up winning. It’s good for me.”

 

As for playing fellow Frenchman and friend Gael Monfils next: “You feel a bit more worried against him. Before, he had his own way. Now, he changed. But it’s still him.

“He’s certainly improved in a number of things, but it’s still him. I don’t really know what to expect. I’ll go on the court doing what I’m used to doing: trying to be aggressive, serving well. Gael is just the way he is. He is him. It’s good.”

“There’s not a real favorite (in the match), “ Tsonga said. “It’s going to be an interesting match. It’s difficult to say who will be the favorite.”

“It’s going to be a big match for several reasons,” Monfils said. “First, Jo has a game that I have trouble with. I was able to beat him once, but he was coming back from an injury.

“Another time I beat him, too. He was injured in Montpellier. I can’t say I really beat him.

He gives me many problems. It’s always the case when I play against very aggressive players. There are different kinds of aggressive players. A real aggressive player is difficult for me.

“Tomorrow the match will be different. I will need to find a solution to push him back and to try to stop him dominating the rallies.

“I’m sure 100% that he will try to be very aggressive. He will not want long rallies. He will want to use his forehand as much as he can, and he will be very aggressive on my second serve.

“So if I have a slight advantage in this match, it’s because I know what he’s going to do. He’s going to play aggressively. I don’t believe I’m wrong.”

“I think it’s going to be explosive.”

 

 

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 15 APRIL 2016

Singles – Quarter-finals
[2] A. Murray (GBR) d [10] M. Raonic (CAN) 62 60
[8] J. Tsonga (FRA) d [3] R. Federer (SUI) 36 62 75
[5] R. Nadal (ESP) d [4] S. Wawrinka (SUI) 61 64
[13] G. Monfils (FRA) d [LL] M. Granollers (ESP) 62 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) d T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) 64 64
[3] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) d D. Inglot (GBR) / A. Murray (GBR) 64 36 12-10
[4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d [6] R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) 62 63
J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) d H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) 64 64

SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 16 APRIL 2016

COURT RAINIER III start 11:00 am
[4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs [2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA)

Not Before 1:00 pm
[5] R. Nadal (ESP) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)

Not Before 3:30 pm
[13] G. Monfils (FRA) vs [8] J. Tsonga (FRA)
J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) vs [3] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA)

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Murray, Nadal and Federer Reach Monte-Carlo Quarterfinals

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(April 14, 2016) World No. 2 Andy Murray rallied from a set and two breaks down to beat Benoit Paire 2-6, 7-5, 7-5 to reach the quarterfinals of the Monte-Carlo Masters on Thursday. Also advancing were No. 3 Roger Federer, No. 4 Stan Wawrinka, No. 5 Rafael Nadal, No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga,  No. 10 Milos Raonic, No. 13 Gael Monfils, and unseeded Marcel Granollers.

“It was a big win is what it was,” Murray said.  “You know, to win from 6-2, 3-0 down, two breaks, when you’re not playing particularly well, it’s a great effort.

“You know, those matches are important. It would have been easy to lose today and get down on myself. But I kept fighting right the way through to the end.

“Definitely, you know, the second set was sort of ups and downs. I didn’t feel like in the third that was the case so much. I mean, I think I broke him twice, he broke me once.

“But, yeah, it was a good one to get through because I could have easily lost today. Fought well, good effort.”

“I think he played a bad game at 3-0 in the second to give me one of the breaks back,” the Scotman noted as the turning point in the match. “I felt like I was in with a chance then. That was really the point of the match where it turned a little bit for me. I mean, there was still a lot of work to be done at that stage. Obviously he served for the match in the third.”

“I made a bad dropshot and a bad volley that wasn’t too difficult,” Paire said. “I lost the game. It was 3-1. I started wondering. It allowed him to get back into the match. I wasn’t playing the simple tennis I was playing from the start. I was no longer waiting for the right shot to come.

“I think I should have won that match and I’m extremely disappointed.”

“I’m playing good matches. I have good results. I’m close to the top players.

“What happened today, I was a bit stressed when it was at the point of trying to close out the match. I made a mistake. I should have just put the ball back into play, for example. I have many regrets.”

 

Federer had straight forward 6-2, 6-4 victory over Roberto Bautista Agut.

“I felt as good as in the first match, or maybe not as good, because I felt a bit tired,” said the world No. 3. “I can feel it in my body right now. I feel a bit soft, without energy.

“But as the match progressed, I felt better and better. Once I made the break, I was able to relax a little more. Bautista Agut, it was the first time I played him. I wasn’t sure whether he would stay far behind or make dropshots. I saw him do that against Chardy. I was playing in a way he couldn’t make those dropshots, so it was a good match.

“I felt good. In the beginning of the second, I could have made more breaks. So it could have gone my way very early.

“I’m happy with what I did. He’s a good player.”

 

Nadal had to come back from a break in the first set to oust Dominic Thiem 7-5, 6-3. The Spaniard overcame 15 of 16 break points against him in the first set.

“The good thing, in my opinion, the best thing is he didn’t play bad the breakpoints,” said Nadal. “It was more that I played well in the breakpoints than he played bad.

“So happy for that because that mean that I was ready to find and take the right decisions in the most important moments. I was able to fight all the moments, no? I never give up in all these tough moments that I had in the first set. So very happy for that.

“I think I played a solid match in general. That’s why I’m in the next round, because the opponent was very hard.”

“I think I played a good match. In terms of level of tennis, was great I think. In terms of fighting spirit and attitude and being ready to accept the mistakes, the good points, the tough moments, was similar way that I played in Indian Wells.

“That was a great continuation against a very tough player. I think he played a great match, too. Was a very good victory for me. Very happy for that.”

Next match for Nadal will be Stan Wawrinka, who beat Nadal in the final of the 2014 Australian Open. “Stan, he’s always very dangerous opponent and he’s a great player,” said the 14-time major champion. “I know when he’s playing well, it’s difficult to stop him because he’s able to hit so hard the ball from every part of the court. He’s able to serve so good, too.

“We’ll see. Will be a tough one. I only can think about myself. I have to continue the same way than today, fighting for every point, playing with my strategy. We’ll see if I am able to play like today or maybe little bit better. Let’s see.”

“I will have to play well if I want to have a chance to keep winning,” Wawrinka said about his next match. “Rafa is always tough to play on clay. He’s a left-hander. It’s always complicated to play against him.”

Novak Djokovic’s conqueror has been conquered. Jiri Vesely, who stunned tennis’ top player in the second round lost to Gael Monfils in straight sets 6-1, 6-2.

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 14 APRIL 2016

Singles – Third Round
[2] A. Murray (GBR) d [16] B. Paire (FRA) 26 75 75
[3] R. Federer (SUI) d [14] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) 62 64
[4] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d [15] G. Simon (FRA) 61 62
[5] R. Nadal (ESP) d [12] D. Thiem (AUT) 75 63
[8] J. Tsonga (FRA) d [WC] L. Pouille (FRA) 64 64
[10] M. Raonic (CAN) d [Q] D. Dzumhur (BIH) 63 46 76(5)
[LL] M. Granollers (ESP) d [11] D. Goffin (BEL) 76(1) 64
[13] G. Monfils (FRA) d J. Vesely (CZE) 61 62

Doubles – Second Round
H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) d [1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) 62 63
[2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) d D. Marrero (ESP) / B. Paire (FRA) 76(4) 62
[3] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) d [WC] R. Nadal (ESP) / F. Verdasco (ESP) ret. (Verdasco – calf)
J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) d [5] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) 64 63
SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 15 APRIL 2016

COURT RAINIER III start 11:00 am
[10] M. Raonic (CAN) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)
[5] R. Nadal (ESP) vs [4] S. Wawrinka (SUI)
[3] R. Federer (SUI) vs [8] J. Tsonga (FRA)
[13] G. Monfils (FRA) vs [LL] M. Granollers (ESP)

COURT DES PRINCES start 11:00 am
T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) vs [2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA)
[6] R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) vs [4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)
After Suitable Rest – [3] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) vs D. Inglot (GBR) / A. Murray (GBR)
H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) vs J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)

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Novak Djokovic Falls to Jiri Vesely in Monte-Carlo

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(April 13, 2016) World No. 1 Novak Djokovic lost his first completed match since November on Wednesday, at the Monte-Carlo Maters falling to No. 55 Jiri Vesely 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in the second round.

“There is a proof nobody’s unbeatable,” Djokovic said to media. “Happens so many times in my career that I lose a match. It’s not a first time.

“Obviously it’s not easy to lose the match in terms of accepting it, you know, right after exiting the court. But I have to congratulate my opponent. I think he played very solid. He was serving very big. He was playing tactically good and aggressive.

“On the other hand, for me, there were just very few things I could take out from today’s match as a positive. I was playing really, really bad.

“But, you know, nothing taking away from my opponent’s performance. He deserved to win. When he was break up in the third set, he was playing bravely. He was coming in, dropshots, big serves. He was going for it. He deserved to have it.”

“I’m just very, very happy,” Vesely said. “It’s something amazing actually. When I went on court, I had completely different thinking, like I hope to win a game or I really hope to do well. But I really had no idea that I really would be able to beat Novak today.

“So for me it’s just something what I still can’t believe it really happened.”

This was the Czech first win over a Top ten player.

“I hope it will give me a lot of confidence, a lot of self-belief,” said the 22-year-old Vesely. “I think I’ve struggled pretty much the last few months where I really didn’t play good tennis. Obviously last week was the first week of the year where I played a little bit in good form and in good shape.

“I was definitely today in a better form than a couple weeks ago. But, you know, yesterday I was actually 3-6, 3-5 down. It could go bad yesterday and nothing would happen today.

“I’m just amazing happy the way I fought today and the way I finished the match.”

“I think Novak wasn’t at his best level, that’s for sure,” he continued. “He did a lot of mistakes from the beginning on. I think that was something that gave me actually a little bit more confidence and I was more passionate, was a little bit more creating the rallies. I wasn’t in a hurry, I wasn’t in a rush to end up the rally soon.

“From my side, I think I didn’t give him too much rhythm. I was just trying to change the rhythm all the time and not play the same game every single ball because I think otherwise he would get in the rhythm and, you know, start to play better and better.

“I’ve had a lot of dropshots. I was obviously serving very well. I think, yeah, I just got it somehow done. I don’t know how.”

This was Djokovic’s worst loss since June 2010 when he was beaten by No. 74 Xavier Malisse in the Queens Club tournament.

Since last January, the Serb had reached 19 out of 21 tournament finals and had won nine of his last 10 events.

Since January 2015, Djokovic had reached 19 finals in 21 tournaments, winning 15 – and the Serb was 28-1 on the year heading into Monte Carlo, having not dropped a set when winning the Miami Masters two weeks ago.

In terms of ranking, this was Djokovic’s worst since June 2010, when he lost to 74th-ranked Xavier Malisse on grass in the third round at Queens.

 

Earlier in the day, eight-time Monte Carlo champion Rafael Nadal beat Aljaz Bedene of Britain 6-3, 6-3 in the second round. Nadal was asked about his performance: “is obvious that I have been practicing little bit better than what I played today. But at the same time is true that I have been playing good for moments, some mistakes in other moments.

“But it’s fine, no? It’s the first match. It’s important to be through. Especially after what happened in Miami, it’s never easy. The first match again.

“Happy for the victory. I know that I have to improve for tomorrow. But I have confidence because I have been practicing very well these weeks. Let’s see if I am able to play the way that I was practicing. Tomorrow is going to be a tough match against a difficult opponent.”

The Spaniard will take on Dominic Thiem in third round.

“He has a great serve and a great forehand,” Nadal said of his next opponent “I need more victories to be 100 percent confident.”

Other upsets on the day included last year’s finalist, No. 6 Tomas Berdych who lost to No. 99 Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia 6-4, 6-7 (1), 6-3 and No. 9 Richard Gasquet lost to fellow Frenchman,  wild card Lucas Pouille 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.

 

 

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 13 APRIL 2016

Singles – Second Round
J. Vesely (CZE) d [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) 64 26 64
[4] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d P. Kohlschreiber (GER) 76(2) 75
[5] R. Nadal (ESP) d A. Bedene (GBR) 63 63
[Q] D. Dzumhur (BIH) d [6] T. Berdych (CZE) 64 67(1) 63
[WC] L. Pouille (FRA) d [9] R. Gasquet (FRA) 46 75 61
[10] M. Raonic (CAN) d P. Cuevas (URU) 75 26 76(5)
[11] D. Goffin (BEL) d [WC] F. Verdasco (ESP) 76(2) 26 76(1) saved 1 m.p.
[12] D. Thiem (AUT) d [Q] T. Daniel (JPN) 46 62 60
[13] G. Monfils (FRA) d P. Lorenzi (ITA) 62 64
[16] B. Paire (FRA) d J. Sousa (POR) 64 63
[LL] M. Granollers (ESP) d A. Zverev (GER) 64 46 63

Doubles – Second Round
[6] R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) d R. Lindstedt (SWE) / A. Peya (AUT) 75 75
D. Inglot (GBR) / A. Murray (GBR) d [7] E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) 26 63 10-5
T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) d [8] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Matkowski (POL) 76(3) 63

Doubles – First Round
H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) d R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) 63 62
J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) d F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) 63 64
SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 14 APRIL 2016

COURT RAINIER III start 11:00 am
[16] B. Paire (FRA) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)
[5] R. Nadal (ESP) vs [12] D. Thiem (AUT)
[3] R. Federer (SUI) vs [14] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)
[WC] L. Pouille (FRA) vs [8] J. Tsonga (FRA)

COURT DES PRINCES start 11:00 am
[Q] D. Dzumhur (BIH) vs [10] M. Raonic (CAN)
[15] G. Simon (FRA) vs [4] S. Wawrinka (SUI)
J. Vesely (CZE) vs [13] G. Monfils (FRA)
[11] D. Goffin (BEL) vs [LL] M. Granollers (ESP)

COURT 2 start 12:00 noon
[1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS)
J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) vs [5] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA)
D. Marrero (ESP) / B. Paire (FRA) vs [2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA)
[3] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) vs [WC] R. Nadal (ESP) / F. Verdasco (ESP)

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Monte-Carlo: Roger Federer Gets First Win Since Knee Surgery; Andy Murray Advances

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(April 12, 2016) Roger Federer made his return to the court on Tuesday at the Monte-Carlo Masters with a 6-3, 6-4 second round victory over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. Federer had been off the tour since reaching the semifinals at the Australian Open due to arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on February 3. He was to have played at the Miami Open, but withdrew from the event prior to his first match due to a stomach virus.

“The knee felt really good, like in practice,” Federer said to media. “Felt like I didn’t have to worry about it. I could just go freely. I think I’m at a point now where, you know, I’m looking more forward in the sense that whenever I can dig out a good point, I did good movement, I just kind of went for the dropshot without having second thoughts. It’s only building on my confidence now, which is great.

“It’s been like that for at least, I’d say, over a week now. Yeah, I was very pleased how I felt, even how I played. I mean, he did kind of go for his shots, but we had longer rallies in the beginning of the first set.

“I think in a way it was a perfect match. It was close in the beginning, then I was able to go on a roll. Points were cut short by virtue of me serving better and returning better, getting second serves, taking advantage of that fact.

“At the end, again, I had to fight for it. I went through different phases in the match. Also emotionally. I was excited and tense in the beginning just because it’s a first round. It’s my first match back. So it was nice to go through all these emotions.

“At the end he’s a guy that knows how to close out, knows how to play points on clay. It was a great win for me. I said beforehand, it was always going to be a winning result today, regardless of winning or losing essentially. I’m just very happy I’m back on the tour again.

“I think I got what I needed. So we’ll see how I feel tomorrow, tonight, the next day. Sometimes after a match, you can feel it for two days. At this point I’m pretty confident I’ll feel fine.”

The 17-time major champion was asked if he was afraid during the process of having surgery and not being 100% on the court, he said: “For me, the toughest moment was the two hours after waking up. I couldn’t feel my knee, my leg. I could hardly move my toes. It was hurting a little. This is when I was a bit afraid about the future. Suddenly I thought that I needed to really go for it if I wanted to be a professional tennis player. I was wondering.

“But then my father came to visit me in the hospital. Mirka was there, too. The first evening things were already better. We were joking again with my doctor. It was good to see everybody there.

“The next day or two days later I had a meeting with the whole team to talk about our plan, our schedule, how we were going to do the rehabilitation process, what tournament I could start playing again. From there, it became a lot more pleasant because I was able to be much more positive mentally. I knew we had a plan.

“Once you have a plan, it’s better. You have to wait until the surgery is over to know how the surgery went. Then it was good talking with the doctor who told me what I could expect for the next 10 days, the next three weeks, et cetera. So there was a slight possibility of me playing Miami.

It’s always good to have a goal. So the goal was Miami. In the end, I was very satisfied to say I was ready to play for that tournament, but unfortunately the virus stopped me from doing that.”

World No. 2 Andy Murray had a few serving hiccups in his win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in his second-round match in Monte-Carlo.

“I’ve definitely been a little bit flat since the Davis Cup really,” said the Scot. “I don’t know exactly why that’s been the case. But in a lot of my matches, it’s been that way, you know, some good stuff mixed in with some pretty bad stuff.

“The norm is bad just now, so I need to kind of improve on that. You know, even when I’m not playing my best, play more solid, make it more difficult for my opponents.

“When I’ve been playing well, I’m actually hitting the ball very clean. But just the consistency has not been there, maybe not as sharp as I could be mentally. Concentration’s not been so good.”

ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Monte-Carlo, Monaco (+2 hours GMT)
10-17 April 2016 Surface: Clay

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 12 APRIL 2016

Singles – Second Round
[2] A. Murray (GBR) d [Q] P. Herbert (FRA) 62 46 63
[3] R. Federer (SUI) d G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 63 64
[8] J. Tsonga (FRA) d P. Carreno Busta (ESP) 76(1) 76(5)
[14] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d J. Chardy (FRA) 63 57 75
[15] G. Simon (FRA) d G. Dimitrov (BUL) 64 63

Singles – First Round
[11] D. Goffin (BEL) d F. Lopez (ESP) 75 60
J. Vesely (CZE) d T. Gabashvili (RUS) 36 75 75
P. Lorenzi (ITA) d F. Fognini (ITA) 26 60 61
[WC] F. Verdasco (ESP) d F. Delbonis (ARG) 60 63
[Q] T. Daniel (JPN) d A. Mannarino (FRA) 63 64
P. Kohlschreiber (GER) d B. Coric (CRO) 64 64
[Q] D. Dzumhur (BIH) d R. Haase (NED) 62 60
P. Cuevas (URU) d [Q] D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 76(2) 67(2) 76(4)
J. Sousa (POR) d I. Karlovic (CRO) 63 76(4)

Doubles – Second Round
[4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d D. Nestor (CAN) / R. Stepanek (CZE) 67(5) 76(9) 14-12

Doubles – First Round
D. Marrero (ESP) / B. Paire (FRA) d O. Marach (AUT) / D. Thiem (AUT) 76(5) 76(4)

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 13 APRIL 2016

COURT RAINIER III start 11:00 am
P. Kohlschreiber (GER) vs [4] S. Wawrinka (SUI)
[5] R. Nadal (ESP) vs A. Bedene (GBR)
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs J. Vesely (CZE)
P. Lorenzi (ITA) vs [13] G. Monfils (FRA)

COURT DES PRINCES start 11:00 am
[6] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [Q] D. Dzumhur (BIH)
Not Before 1:00 pm
P. Cuevas (URU) vs [10] M. Raonic (CAN)
[9] R. Gasquet (FRA) vs [WC] L. Pouille (FRA)
A. Zverev (GER) vs [LL] M. Granollers (ESP)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
[16] B. Paire (FRA) vs J. Sousa (POR)
[Q] T. Daniel (JPN) vs [12] D. Thiem (AUT)
[11] D. Goffin (BEL) vs [WC] F. Verdasco (ESP)
[6] R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) vs R. Lindstedt (SWE) / A. Peya (AUT)

COURT 9 start 11:00 am
R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) vs H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS)
D. Inglot (GBR) / A. Murray (GBR) vs [7] E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / N. Zimonjic (SRB)
F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) vs J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)

COURT 11 start 2:00 pm
[8] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Matkowski (POL) vs T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR)

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Novak Djokovic to Meet Kei Nishikori in Miami Open Final

(April 1, 2016) On Friday Novak Djokovic defeated David Goffin 7-6 (5), 6-4 to reach his seventh final at the Miami Open. The world No. 1 will be going for his third straight title in Key Biscayne and sixth overall on Sunday when he faces No. 6 Kei Nishikori.  Djokovic is on a 15-match winning streak in Key Biscayne.  In the other semifinal, Nishikori stopped 24th seed Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 7-5.

Djokovic survived a tight first set against his Belgian opponent. A missed overhead smash by Goffin in tiebreak put the momentum in the Serb’s favor.

“Of course I was a bit fortunate in the tiebreak, but I made him play always an extra shot,” said Djokovic. “Second set was even better.”

“I was aware of the level that he raised his game in last couple of months. And the fact that he has played the first semifinals of a Masters 1000 event in his career in Indian Wells gave him obviously confidence coming into today’s match, and I knew he’s going to try to take his chances, going to try to be aggressive.

“He plays very clean, a tennis that is beautiful for the eye, you know, to watch, and the way he moves. Also, I think he improved his serve, first serve, especially in the first set. I had difficulty to kind of read it. It’s not as powerful and strong as maybe some other guys’, but it’s very precise and efficient. Also, he backs it up with a very efficient and good quality first shot after the serve.”

“There was a lot of big points in the first set,” Goffin said. “I had the break also earlier in the set, and at 4-3 I didn’t play good service game to do 5-3. Yeah, with new balls he was really aggressive with his return.

“Yeah, against Djokovic you have to make every point. You have to go for the shot in every point. He doesn’t give anything, so you have to win every point. It’s tough, because if you are not there for a few seconds, you lose the game.

“So, yeah. It’s always tough against Novak. But, yeah, at the end it was a really good first set with a lot of intensity, and, yeah, there was some — when we start the tiebreak it was, yeah, few second serves that I missed the return. I served well, but it was not enough, yeah, with the smash.”

Goffin who reached two straight Masters Series semifinals, Indian Wells and Miami, will see his ranking rise to 13.

“Of course my confidence is really high,” Goffin said of his recent results. “But of course I did two good weeks, two good tournaments, but I was not on fire. It was like really solid game, and I played my level. I really happy that mentally I was really competitive and I won a lot of good matches against many great players.

“So, yeah, I worked a lot during practice, so maybe that’s why it pays off during the match. But for the next tournaments and the rest of this season, of course the confidence is really high.”

Nishikori held back the hard-hitting Kyrgios in the night session. The man from Japan, survived five match points against Gael Monfils in his quarterfinal contest.

“It’s going to be tough, for sure,” Nishikori said about playing Djokovic in the final. “He has been playing well. I hope I can play another good match.”

Djokovic will be going for a record 28th Masters Series 1000 title, while Nishikori will be trying to win his very first. Should Djokovic win on Sunday he would tie tennis Hall of Famer Andre Agassi for the most number Miami titles with six and win his fourth Indian Wells-Miami double.

Djokovic leads in his career head-to-head against Nishikori at 6-2.

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Victoria Azarenka to Play Svetlana Kuznetsova in Miami Open Final

(March 31, 2016) A pair of former Miami Open winners and two-time major champions have reached the women’s final. Svetlana Kuznetsova, a 2006 winner of the Miami Open held off Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky 7-5, 6-3. 2009 and 2011 Key Biscayne winner, 13th seed Victoria Azarenka gained a little revenge from the Australian Open by beating No. 2 Angelique Kerber. Kerber beat Azarenka in the quarterfinals of Melbourne and went on to beat Serena Williams in the final to capture her first major title.

Kuznetsova knocked out eight-time champion Serena Williams in the fourth round of Miami and survived four straight three-set wins to reach the semifinal.

The 30-year-old Russian at No. 19 in the world has become the lowest ranked finalist since 2005, when No. 38 Kim Clijsters won the Miami title.

Should Kuznetsova win the title, she would return to the top ten. She talked about her tournament so far.

“I just take match by match and I just go,” she said. “It’s one more match. I’ll play with another amazing opponent. I had great wins this week, but one match, it’s a lot. It’s almost like everything. It’s great, you know.

“I start really well playing in Sydney, and then Australian Open didn’t happen to me to play good there. But I still felt I was in good level. Then I kind of mess up with Fed Cup and all that results. It was not good for me.

“I didn’t feel going in that good shape going to the U.S. swing. I was not feeling confident at all. After I had a loss in Indian Wells I tried to work a lot and training every morning a lot just to get confidence back, get my fitness.

“I’m doing better. I’m appreciate, I am blessed I have my body to play so many years and to win against good players, top players. It’s great when things come together. Either way, it’s not the end of the world, but it’s a great week. I’m really pleased and happy the way I fight through all these tournaments and weeks and players.”

On-court after the match, the former French Open and U.S. Open champion said she was happy wrapping up the match in straight sets.

“I am happy that I could hang in there and never let my hands down,” said Kuznetsova.

“I’m happy I’m still able to play against the best in the world. I was praying to finish it in two sets so I would have a little more time to rest.”

 

Victoria Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka

Azarenka advanced during the Thursday night session, improving her record this year to 21-1, not dropping a set during the tournament. Should the Belarusian win, she’d become only the third woman player to win the Indian Wells – Miami double in the same year.

Both Azarenka and Kerber produced hard-hitting shots with very exciting rallies. Azarenka had her serve broken, serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set but won the next two games to close it.

Azarenka broke the German’s serve seven time during the match, hitting 29 winners and only making 16 unforced errors.

“Vika, she is doing amazing,” Kuznetsova said about potentially playing her in the final. “She is extremely prepared. Playing really confident taking all her chances.”

Azarenka is 4-4 against Kuznetsova in head-to-head competition. The last time they faced each other was in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Australian Open. Azarenka won the match and went on to win her second straight Melbourne crown.

Kei Nishikori photo courtesy of MiamiTennisNews.com

Kei Nishikori photo courtesy of MiamiTennisNews.com

On the men’s side of the draw, No. 6 Kei Nishikori survived five match points to beat No. 16 Gael Monfils 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) to advance to the semifinals on Thursday. He’ll face No. 24 seed Nick Kyrgios who surprised No. 12 Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6(4).

Nishikori was down 4-5, 0-40 before fighting off the Frenchman.

“I was up a break and I had many chances to break again, you know, second time,” said the top player from Japan.

“You know, I just try to focus when I lost the game for 4-All. Actually, I knew something like that was going to be happen, so I was kind of ready and like 50/50.

“But when I was down 4-5, Love-40, I thought, All right, that’s it. Especially the last couple games I wasn’t serving well, so that was — I thought it’s going to be tough to come back. I tried to play one point at time. Yeah, I thought I have to hit the ball to win the points, and I did.

“The tiebreak I was try to be focus again. I saw he was down a little bit, so try to be focus again. Yeah, did pretty good in tiebreak.”

“Then I think at 3-4 I really raise my level,” Monfils said. “I think I start to be very aggressive, start to go for it, and still had the strong feeling that I can make it.

“At the end, I think I push very hard. Then definitely I have opportunity it close it out, but actually Kei played strong. He fought well.

“Actually, I think in the breaker he was just better than me.”

Kyrgios talked about playing Nishikori next: “Obviously Kei is one of the greatest players in the world at the moment. He has an unbelievable return of serve, moves unbelievably fast, hits big from the baseline, doesn’t have many weaknesses.

“When I played him in Shanghai I didn’t really do too much wrong. I played a great match the whole time and he just played a really well in the big moments. I definitely had chances.

“I know what my game plan is going to be. It’s going to be a tough match, but I’m looking forward to it. He’s a great guy.”

For his efforts in Miami, the young Australian’s ranking will move into the top 20.

MIAMI OPEN RESULTS – MARCH 31, 2016
Women’s Singles – Semifinals
[13] V. Azarenka (BLR) d [2] A. Kerber (GER) 62 75
[15] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d [19] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) 75 63

Men’s Singles – Quarterfinals
[6] K. Nishikori (JPN) d [16] G. Monfils (FRA) 46 63 76(3) – saved 5 m.p.
[24] N. Kyrgios (AUS) d [12] M. Raonic (CAN) 64 76(4)

Men’s Doubles – Semifinals
[5] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) d [4] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) 63 63
R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) 64 62

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, APRIL 01, 2016
STADIUM start 1:00 pm
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [15] D. Goffin (BEL)
WTA – M. Gasparyan (RUS) / M. Niculescu (ROU) vs [4] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ)

7:00 pm
ATP – [24] N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs [6] K. Nishikori (JPN)
WTA – [3] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) vs [8] Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN)

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Djokovic and Azarenka Two Wins Away From an Indian Wells – Miami Double

(March 30, 2016) No. 1 Novak Djokovic is a match closer to claiming his sixth Miami Open title and third in a row. The Serb, dealing with back spasms on Wednesday night stopped No. 7 seed Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-3 to reach the semifinals. His opponent will be No. 15 David Goffin of Belgium. Goffin, reaching his second straight Masters 1000 semifinal rallied past Frenchman and No. 18 seed Gilles Simon 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.

Djokovic is now 26-1 on the year. He stand two wins away from pulling off a fourth career Indian Wells – Miami double.

David Goffin

David Goffin

“Yeah, the first set it was tough because it was a good set with a good level,” Goffin said. “Gilles was really solid on his baseline, but I didn’t serve really well in the first set. I didn’t have any free points with my serve, so it was tough.

“I had so many opportunities to come back in the set. I didn’t take, yeah, any occasions to come back. I knew that the level was there and I had to keep going like this, just to stay more focus on some shots just to finish the points, some volleys, some smash, maybe some easy forehands. Maybe just be more precise, because I knew that I was feeling really good.

“Then game after game I was feeling much better. The serve was there in the third set. Yeah, I think with the serve it was the key to win the third.”

Goffin talked about his good run over the past few weeks: “I had a good level all this year during practice. I just had to reproduce my level during a match.

“I think match after match — you know, the first one against Frances Tiafoe in Indian Wells was not the best, but I won that one. Match after match was feeling much better.

“After the Davis Cup of course when I won against Marin Cilic, then match after match I was feeling much better. I won many matches in Indian Wells and here in Miami continued to win, so, yeah, I think the level is here. I have just to keep going like this. Stay aggressive.

“I worked a lot when I practiced with my coach, my two coaches. I think it’s already pays off.”

As for playing Djokovic in semifinals: “I have nothing to lose,” Goffin said. He won almost everything this year. He’s playing unbelievable tennis at the moment. But I played a great match against him last year in Cincinnati, and it could be interesting to watch the match.”

Victoria Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka stands two wins away from achieving the rare Indian Wells- Miami double. The 13th seed and two-time major winner defeated Britain’s Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2 to reach the semifinals of the Miami Open on Wednesday.

Only two women have won Indian Wells and Miami in the same year and they are Kim Clijsters in 2005 and Steffi Graf in 1994 and 1996.

“If I’m able to make it, it’s great,” Azarenka said after the match. “It seems so close, but it’s really far. I want to stay in the present. I want to continue to fight and keep getting better.”

“Great player,” Azarenka said of Konta. “I was very impressed with her improvement taking from last year and seeing how well she’s handling the pressure and going in big stages and playing really well. That’s impressive. I’m sure we’re going to see a lot more of her in the future.

“I think especially for England not having women player stand out, she’s going to be the one, I think.”

I think it’s exciting to watch her journey and see happens. She’s definitely playing top 10 level right now.”

The Belarusian who has struggled with injuries the last few years said that she always believed in herself but she still hasn’t reached her peak. “I never doubt my abilities,” said the 2009 and 2011 Miami Open winner. “What came to my mind is definitely after being for so long injured, the doubt was to get healthy. So always been a little bit on my mind.

“But I still feel that I’m far from my best, and that’s what’s really exciting for me, to be motivated, to keep improving. Everybody has doubts. We’re human beings. I always trust my ability and I believe in myself.”

Azarenka will face-off against No. 2 seed Angelique Kerber who defeated No. 22 Madison Keys 6-3, 6-2 in the evening session.

For the reigning Australian Open champion, Kerber this will be her first semifinal in Miami.

Kerber dominated her American opponent, Keys made 39 unforced errors during the match. Kerber rushed need just a little over an hour to complete the victory.

“It’s nice to play a match like this,” Kerber said. “I was feeling good. Madison is always a tough opponent. I know this because we had a lot of tough battles in the past.

“I knew that I must play very good to beat her because she played very well here in the last few matches. So it’s good. It’s good.”

She continued: “I was really trying to stay focus(ed) and stay really concentrate point by point and actually trying to really only focusing on points, on point by point.

“Because I know the tennis game, and sometimes one ball can change and turn around the match. That was my goal: to be focus(ed) and playing my game until the last point.”

Kerber notched her first win over Azarenka in the most recent quarterfinals of the Australian Open. Coming into that match, the Belarusian had a 6-0 advantage over the German.

“I went out there and trying to be really aggressive from the first point, trying to really believe in myself, because until this time I never won the match against her,” Kerber said. “It was 0-6; now it’s 1-6. I will try to go out there again like in Australia and try to believe in my game and myself and, yeah, trying to challenge her.

“It will be not easy. It will be tough match. But this is for what I am practicing, for the big matches out there, to really show what, yeah, we can do and playing the best tennis.

“So I’m really looking forward to play against her again this year.”

As for playing Azarenka in the next round, Kerber said: “She had a great start of the year, of course. She is like, yeah, on fire I think right now. I will just trying to play my game go out and try to beat her. I mean, we played two times already this year and that’s the third time.

“Yeah, I will try to enjoy it. I know that I must play really my best tennis to beat her because she won Indian Wells; she’s here now in the semis.

“Yeah, I will try to take this challenge against her.”

The other semifinal which will take place on Thursday will pit No. 15 Svetlana Kuznetsova, who defeated No. 1 Serena Williams in the third round, against No. 19 seed Timea Bacsinszky who knocked out two straight top 5 seeds to reach the final four.

 

 

MIAMI OPEN PRESENTED BY ITAU – MIAMI, UNITED STATES
21 MARCH – 3 APRIL, 2016

RESULTS – MARCH 30, 2016
Women’s Singles – Quarterfinals
[2] A. Kerber (GER) d [22] M. Keys (USA) 63 62
[13] V. Azarenka (BLR) d [24] J. Konta (GBR) 64 62

Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
[3] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) d [5] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) 75 63
[4] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) d K. Bondarenko (UKR) / O. Savchuk (UKR) 62 64
[8] Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN) d E. Makarova (RUS) / B. Strycova (CZE) 62 62

Men’s Singles – Quarterfinals
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [7] T. Berdych (CZE) 63 63
[15] D. Goffin (BEL) d [18] G. Simon (FRA) 36 62 61

Doubles – Quarterfinals
[4] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d [WC] O. Jasika (AUS) / J. Smith (AUS) 76(5) 63
[5] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) d J. Chardy (FRA) / F. Martin (FRA) 67(5) 76(5) 10-7
R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) 76(5) 57 10-7
T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) d J. Isner (USA) / N. Monroe (USA) 61 75

 

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2016
STADIUM start 1:00 pm
WTA – [15] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [19] T. Bacsinszky (SUI)

Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – [6] K. Nishikori (JPN) vs [16] G. Monfils (FRA)

7:00 pm
ATP – [12] M. Raonic (CAN) vs [24] N. Kyrgios (AUS)

Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – [13] V. Azarenka (BLR) vs [2] A. Kerber (GER)

GRANDSTAND start 1:00 pm
ATP – [5] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) vs [4] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) vs T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR)

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