Berlocq Upsets Verdasco in Sweden for First ATP Title


(July 14, 2013) Carlos Berlocq won his first ATP World Tour title at the SkiStar Swedish Open to become the ninth over 30 winner this year by stunning Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 6-1.


“I’m really excited with my achievement this week,” said the Argentine. “I’ve been working hard to fulfill this dream and today I made it. You have to be patient to get a title. I think the key was the mind-set I had from the first to the last match. Mental toughness was the key. I went through hard times, but I kept working hard and finally I did it. You have to never give up. It was my dream week.”


Berlocq pocketed €78,300 in prize money and earned 250 ATP ranking points. He also finished as a finalist in the doubles.


Shanghai, Dubai & Bastad Repeat As Winners of ATP World Tour Tournaments of The Year Awards


From the ATP World Tour: DUBAI — The ATP announced the winners of the 2012 ATP World Tour Tournament Awards on Monday, with the Shanghai Rolex Masters, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and the SkiStar Swedish Open all maintaining their status as the most favored tournaments on the ATP World Tour in their respective categories.

Shanghai, Dubai and Båstad continue to set the standard at ATP World Tour Masters 1000, 500 and 250- level respectively. The ATP World Tour Tournament Awards, voted annually by ATP players, recognize the leading standards set across the three tournament categories on the Tour.

Brad Drewett, ATP Executive Chairman and President, said: “These awards represent a true endorsement from the world’s best players who clearly value the effort these tournaments make in setting the highest standards on the ATP World Tour year after year. They are each fantastic events in their own right, and very deserving of their awards.”

Ever since its first edition as an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 four years ago, the Shanghai Rolex Masters has earned the award in the top category. The 2012 tournament came to a dramatic conclusion with Novak Djokovic saving five match points against Andy Murray in the final.

“We are thrilled to be honored by the ATP players for the fourth year in row as Masters 1000 Tournament of the Year. It is one of our principal values to be the most “player friendly” Masters event in the world, and this award for the fourth year running proves we are living up to this standard,” said Jiang Lan, CEO, Shanghai Juss Event Management Co., Ltd. “We would like to thank the ATP players and also share this honour with our close friend Brad Drewett, whose support and vision for the Shanghai Rolex Masters has made these achievements possible.”

Murray, a two-time winner of the Shanghai event, said: “They put on a really good tournament. They look after the players really, really well. They make a big effort, the venue is fantastic, they have a lot of practice courts, a good gym and the centre court is a really nice court as well, so I’ve just always felt pretty comfortable there [in Shanghai].”

The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, whose 2013 event got underway today, captured the ATP World Tour 500 award for the ninth time in 10 years.

“It is such a great endorsement of our tournament to receive the ATP World Tour 500 award for the ninth time in the past decade and we thank the ATP and the players for this recognition once more,” said Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman, Dubai Duty Free. “As the owners and organisers of the tournament, we try to ensure that the players, officials, media and spectators, enjoy a fantastic event and this award is a reflection of all the hard work done by Salah Tahlak, our Tournament Director, and the whole team.”

Roger Federer, a five-time winner of the Dubai event, said: “We, the players, and the top players in particular, love coming to Dubai. They always have a great field and this combination makes this a very attractive tournament for all of us.”

Most remarkable is the SkiStar Swedish Open in Båstad, which continued its dominance at the ATP World Tour 250-level, winning the award for an 11th consecutive year.

“To receive this prestigious award for 11 consecutive years is tremendous. Our objective is to continue to improve our tournament and once again this is a great encouragement for the years to come,” said Thomas Wallén, SkiStar Swedish Open Tournament Director. “Hopefully the quality of our event brings out the best of tennis.”

World No.4 David Ferrer, said: “Since playing in Båstad for the first time in 2003, it has been one of my favourite tournaments. Over the years, I’ve had some great results in Båstad, but more than that, the service around the tournament is fantastic and I look forward to competing there again.”


ATP Bastad, Stuttgart, Umag – Monday Results, Tuesday Schedules

Results – Monday, July 9, 2012

SkiStar Swedish Open

Singles – First Round
[WC] T Robredo (ESP) d [8] A Ungur (ROU) 64 62
S Bolelli (ITA) d P Capdeville (CHI) 76(5) 76(3)
J Zopp (EST) d [WC] C Lindell (SWE) 62 62
J Hajek (CZE) d F Delbonis (ARG) 76(3) 63

Doubles – First Round
M Elgin (RUS) / M Kukushkin (KAZ) d [WC] F Bergevi (SWE) / F Simonsson (SWE) 61 62

Stuttgart, Germany

Singles – First Round
[WC] D Brown (GER) d [6] N Davydenko (RUS) 75 36 76(7) – saved 1 M.P.
S Darcis (BEL) d A Montanes (ESP) 62 64
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) 62 63

Doubles – First Round
[3] J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) d C Stebe (GER) / B Tomic (AUS) 62 63
[WC] M Emmrich (GER) / B Phau (GER) d T Bellucci (BRA) / E Schwank (ARG) 75 46 10-6



Singles – First Round
[7] M Klizan (SVK) d [WC] A Bedene (SLO) 62 62
[WC] A Kuznetsov (RUS) d D Munoz-De La Nava (ESP) 63 57 76(5)
M Bachinger (GER) d J Sousa (POR) 67(5) 61 76(6)

Doubles – First Round
B Kavcic (SLO) / J Pospisil (CZE) d [WC] F Skugor (CRO) / A Veic (CRO) 61 63


SkiStar Swedish Open
CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am

H Zeballos (ARG) vs J Souza (BRA)
[7] F Volandri (ITA) vs [WC] M Ryderstedt (SWE)
[5] M Kukushkin (KAZ) vs D Gimeno-Traver (ESP)
F Delbonis (ARG) / A Ramos (ESP) vs [4] J Brunstrom (SWE) / D Norman (BEL)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
M Berrer (GER) vs [Q] A Giannessi (ITA)
R Bautista-Agut (ESP) vs [Q] I Minar (CZE)
[Q] E Korolev (KAZ) vs [Q] T Alves (BRA)
[3] P Hanley (AUS) / J Knowle (AUT) vs O Charroin (FRA) / D Molchanov (UKR)

COURT 2 start 12:00 noon
F Gil (POR) vs M Ilhan (TUR)
J Souza (BRA) / H Zeballos (ARG) vs S Bolelli (ITA) / A Giannessi (ITA) – After Suitable Rest


CENTER COURT start 12:00 noon
T Bellucci (BRA) vs [WC] R Kern (GER)
B Paire (FRA) vs P Petzschner (GER)
Not Before 4:25 PM
[8] [WC] T Haas (GER) vs [Q] I Andreev (RUS)
C Stebe (GER) vs [7] L Kubot (POL)
Not Before 7:30 PM
[1] D Brown (GER) / C Kas (GER) vs [WC] R Kern (GER) / J Struff (GER)

ENBW COURT start 11:00 am
B Phau (GER) vs [Q] M Fischer (AUT)
S Stakhovsky (UKR) vs [Q] P Cervenak (SVK)
Not Before 6:00 PM
P Andujar (ESP) / G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs I Andreev (RUS) / N Davydenko (RUS) – After Suitable Rest

GRAND STAND start 11:00 am
F Cipolla (ITA) vs T Kamke (GER)
L Rosol (CZE) vs [5] R Haase (NED)
[Q] J Reister (GER) vs J Chardy (FRA)
Not Before 4:00 PM
F Cipolla (ITA) / R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) vs T Kamke (GER) / P Marx (GER)


CENTRE COURT start 5:30 pm
B Kavcic (SLO) vs A Veic (CRO)
Not Before 8:00 PM
[5] C Berlocq (ARG) vs I Dodig (CRO)
M Cilic (CRO) / L Zovko (CRO) vs [2] D Bracciali (ITA) / F Fognini (ITA)

GRANDSTAND start 5:00 pm
K Beck (SVK) vs F Fognini (ITA)
[WC] M Pavic (CRO) vs [6] J Ferrero (ESP)
E Gulbis (LAT) vs [Q] G Fraile (ESP)

COURT1 start 4:30 pm
P Starace (ITA) vs [Q] I Klec (SVK)
D Brands (GER) vs [Q] W Trusendi (ITA)
P Lorenzi (ITA) / P Starace (ITA) vs [3] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP)

COURT2 start 4:30 pm
[8] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs W Odesnik (USA)

COURT4 start 4:30 pm
[Q] M Trungelliti (ARG) vs P Lorenzi (ITA)
[4] F Moser (GER) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs A Menendez-Maceiras (ESP) / D Munoz-De La Nava (ESP) – After Suitable Rest


Players Name Shanghai, Dubai & Bastad as 2011 ATP World Tour Tournaments of The Year

The ATP announced the 2011 ATP World Tour Tournament Award winners on Tuesday, with the Shanghai Rolex Masters, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, and the SkiStar Swedish Open all maintaining their status as the most favored tournaments on the ATP World Tour in their respective tournament categories, as voted by ATP players.

The tournament awards recognize leading standards set within the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (Shanghai), ATP World Tour 500 (Dubai), and ATP World Tour 250 (Bastad) tournament categories in 2011 and provide further confirmation of the outstanding standards set by each tournament in their respective categories in recent years.

ATP Executive Chairman & President, Brad Drewett said: “These tournaments continue their pursuit of excellence and players appreciate their efforts to provide the very best conditions for them to showcase their skills. Players enjoy their time at these events and show their appreciation through these awards.”

The Shanghai Rolex Masters has captured the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 award in each of its first three years as a Masters 1000 event (2009-11). Last year’s tournament saw Andy Murray triumph over David Ferrer to capture his eighth career ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament.

Arnaud Boetsch, Communication and Image Director, Rolex, said: “We are delighted that the Shanghai Rolex Masters has been named ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Tournament of the Year by the players for the third consecutive year. We are truly proud of the recognition by the ATP players and we would like to express our pride in being associated with such a well organized, high standard event. We would especially like to thank the Shanghai Municipal Government and the event organizer, Juss Event, for their hard work and dedication which have made this event an outstanding tournament both on and off the court.”

The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, taking place this week, won the ATP World Tour 500 award for an impressive eighth time in nine years (2003-06, 2008-11). Last year, Novak Djokovic captured a third consecutive Dubai title en route to compiling a record-breaking year in which he finished the year as ATP World Tour No. 1 for the first time.

Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman, Dubai Duty Free, said: “We are delighted to receive the award for ‘Tournament of The Year’ in the ATP 500 category for eight of the past nine years. The fact that this award is based on votes by the players themselves is incredible and our thanks go to all of the ATP players and officials. The award is a great way to mark our 20th anniversary of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.”

The SkiStar Swedish Open continues to excel in the ATP World Tour 250 category, triumphing for a remarkable 10th consecutive year (2002-11). In 2011, local favorite Robin Soderling thrilled the home crowd by capturing the title with victory over Ferrer in the final.

Thomas Wallén, Tournament Director, SkiStar Swedish Open, said: “To win this award for 10 consecutive years is a great encouragement not only for our organization but also for Bastad and Sweden, as the host city and nation. This is, again, an injection of strength and energy which will motivate us to continue our commitment to winning this prestigious award.

“The Skistar Swedish Open is the leading annual sporting event in Scandinavia. The players are the artists and the happier they are, the better they perform. Their performance is key to the success of the tournament. World-class tennis draws record crowds; this attracts our strong sponsor family – a simple and successful concept which we will continue in years to come.”