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Isner Takes US Men’s Clay Court Championship

John-Isner

(April 14, 2013) American John Isner defeated Spain’s Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 7-5 in the final of the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship on Sunday.

The win gave Isner his first tournament victory of the 2013, his first clay court title and the sixth tournament title of his career. He hit a tournament record 64 aces, 7 during the final.

“I’ve always known I could play well on clay,” Isner said. “This week is a little surprising, as Monday was the first day I hit a ball on clay since September. I knew it was going to be a tough adjustment and that I had to find a way to get through my first match. My second match was really close. I felt I played better each and every round. I played well yesterday and even better today.”

“He did a really good job today, “Almagro said. “He played aggressive. He served like normal, but today was tough for me. I want to congratulate him, because he’s a really good player and a good person and I think he did a good job this week.”

 

Isner spoke about how he won the match: “I was able to go for my shots and be effective on the baseline, especially with my forehand. I was really proud with how I played after going down 1-3 (to win) five games in a row. I played exceptionally well those five games.”

RESULTS – SUNDAY, 14 APRIL, 2013

Singles – Final
[5] J Isner (USA) d [1] N Almagro (ESP) 63 75

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Berankis Stops Second Seed Haas in Houston

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RESULTS – THURSDAY, 11 APRIL, 2013

Singles – Second Round
[1] N Almagro (ESP) d G Monfils (FRA) 26 60 63
R Berankis (LTU) d [2] T Haas (GER) 63 63
[3] J Monaco (ARG) d T Smyczek (USA) 76(5) 61
[5] J Isner (USA) d [WC] J Sock (USA) 75 67(3) 76(3)
R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) d [6] F Verdasco (ESP) 63 62
[7] P Lorenzi (ITA) d F Cipolla (ITA) 76(4) 61
[WC] R Williams (USA) d *[LL] I Karlovic (CRO) 64 67(5) 76(3)
[Q] R Ginepri (USA) d M Alund (ARG) 62 46 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d P Marx (GER) / F Mergea (ROU) 75 62
J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Levine (CAN) d [3] T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) 64 75
J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) d [4] E Butorac (USA) / J Erlich (ISR) 64 62
N Almagro (ESP) / R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) d [WC] S Johnson (USA) / J Sock (USA) 60 64

Doubles – First Round
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d O Marach (AUT) / A Sa (BRA) 60 61
[WC] S Johnson (USA) / J Sock (USA) d [2] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) 61 76(5)

*[LL] I Karlovic (CRO) replaced [4] S Querrey (USA) – right pectoral muscle strain

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 12 APRIL, 2013

CENTER COURT start 12:00 noon
[WC] R Williams (USA) vs R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP)
[1] N Almagro (ESP) vs [7] P Lorenzi (ITA)
Not Before 3:30 PM
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Levine (CAN)
Not Before 6:00 PM
[5] J Isner (USA) vs R Berankis (LTU)
[Q] R Ginepri (USA) vs [3] J Monaco (ARG)

COURT 3 not before 4:00 PM
J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) vs N Almagro (ESP) / R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) – After suitable rest

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Houston Qualifying Round-up – Haas Out with Knee Injury

By Joe McGovern

HOUSTON, Texas – Four players had their passports stamped for the main draw as the qualifying competition came to a close today at the US Men’s Clay Court Championships. Go Soeda, the top seed in the qualifying draw and the second highest ranked player from Japan after Kei Nishikori, advanced without picking up his racquet when 2004 Houston champion Tommy Haas pulled out with a right knee injury. Soeda will face his countryman Tatsuma Ito tomorrow in the first round.

 

Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos, a semifinalist in Houston two years ago, battled for two hours and 46 minutes to get past Czech veteran Jan Hernych, 6-7, 6-3, 7-5. Ricardo Mello of Brazil overpowered Romania’s Catalin-Ionut Gard, 6-3, 6-3. Zeballos will take on another Romanian, Adrian Ungur, in his first main draw match, while Mello will face defending champion Ryan Sweeting.

 

And 33-year-old Michael Russell defeated a player 13 years his junior, UCLA grad Daniel Kosakowski, 6-4, 6-1, to book his sixth main draw appearance in Houston. Russell’s best career result here was a second round showing in 2007, but he is hoping his local appeal – he and his wife make their home half a mile from the famed Galleria Mall in Houston – will boost his potential to go deeper in the draw.

 

“I’m always more motivated when it comes to the bigger tournaments,” said Russell, “but how often do you get to play with your friends and neighbors cheering from the stands?” He faces off against Spain’s Daniel Gimeno-Traver on Tuesday.

 

 

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Houston: US Men’s Clay Court Championship- Fish Advances and Friday’s “Tall Tale”

Smooth sailing for Mardy Fish playing his first tournament as the No. 1 ranked American. Fish defeated Albert Ramos 6-3, 6-3 to advance to Friday’s quarterfinals. Fish is a career high No. 11 in the ATP World Tour rankings this week and is the 11th different American to hold the top ranking among his countrymen since the Tour began keeping rankings in 1973.

Friday’s tall tale – Karlovic, who stands 6-foot-10, will play John Isner, who is 6-foot-9, in Friday’s quarterfinals. They have split their two previous ATP meetings.
Ivo Karlovic‘ s Houston winning streak is now up to nine straight matches (four in 2007, three in qualifying, two in main draw). Karlovic has fired a total of 123 aces during that streak, including 70 through his five matches this year. Karlovic has faced just two break points in those five matches, and today was the first time he had been broken in the event.
Also in Friday’s action, Ryan Sweeting, the 2005 US Open Junior Champion, and his opponent Teymuraz Gabashvili are playing to reach their first career semifinal.
Japan’s Kei Nishikori is involved with two efforts to help with the earthquake and tsunami relief in his home country. The two projects are an online auction of tennis memorbilia and experiences and through donations to the Red Cross on his Facebook page.
Third seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and seventh seed Pablo Cuevas will face off for the first time in their careers on Friday in the quarterfinals. While they’ve never played each other before, they should be quite familiar with each other as they are through to the doubles semifinals this week as well. After their singles match in the afternoon, the two will team up to face the three-time champion Bryan Brothers on Friday night.
2011 Singles Main Draw
2011 Doubles Main Draw
2011 Singles Qualifying Draw

RESULTS – THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2011
Singles Second Round
[1] Mardy Fish (USA) d Albert Ramos (ESP) 63 64
[3] Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d Somdev Devvarman (IND) 64 61
[6] Kei Nishikori (JPN) d Igor Andreev (RUS) 63 63
[7] Pablo Cuevas (URU) d [WC] James Blake (USA) 75 61

Doubles Quarterfinal
John Isner (USA) / Sam Querrey (USA) d [WC] Denis Kudla (USA) / Donald Young (USA) 76(5) 61
Pablo Cuevas (URU) / Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d Travis Rettenmaier (USA) / Horacio Zeballos (ARG) 36 63 10-4

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2011
STADIUM start 12:00 noon
Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) vs [WC] Ryan Sweeting (USA)
Not Before 1:00 PM
[Q] Ivo Karlovic (CRO) vs [4] John Isner (USA)
[3] Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs [7] Pablo Cuevas (URU)
Not Before 6:00 PM
[1] Mardy Fish (USA) vs [6] Kei Nishikori (JPN)
[1] Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) vs Pablo Cuevas (URU) / Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)

COURT 3
Not Before 4:00 PM

John Isner (USA) / Sam Querrey (USA) vs [2] Eric Butorac (USA) / Jean-Julien Rojer (AHO) – After suitable rest

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Sweeting Stuns Querrey at US Men’s Clay Court Championship

Ryan Sweeting, the 2005 US Open Junior Champion, defeated Sam Querrey to reach an ATP quarterfinal for the second time in 2011. He also did so in Delray Beach in February.
Japan’s Kei Nishikori is involved with two efforts to help with the earthquake and tsunami relief in his home country. The two projects are an online auction of tennis memorbilia and experiences and through donations to the Red Cross on his Facebook page.
2011 Singles Main Draw
2011 Doubles Main Draw
2011 Singles Qualifying Draw
RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011
Singles Second Round
[WC] Ryan Sweeting (USA) d [2] Sam Querrey (USA) 36 76(5) 63
[4] John Isner (USA) d Horacio Zeballos (ARG) 75 63
Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) d [8] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 76(4) 63
[Q] Ivo Karlovic (CRO) d Igor Kunitsyn (RUS) 64 61

Singles Second Round
[1] Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) d Santiago Gonzalez (MEX) / Ricardo Mello (BRA) 63 64
[2] Eric Butorac (USA) / Jean-Julien Rojer (AHO) d Carlos Berlocq (ARG) / Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) 76(5) 64

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2011
STADIUM start 12:00 noon
[3] Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs Somdev Devvarman (IND)
[WC] James Blake (USA) vs [7] Pablo Cuevas (URU)
Not Before 6:00 PM
[1] Mardy Fish (USA) vs Albert Ramos (ESP)
John Isner (USA) / Sam Querrey (USA) vs [WC] Denis Kudla (USA) / Donald Young (USA)

COURT 3 start 3:00 pm
Igor Andreev (RUS) vs [6] Kei Nishikori (JPN)
Not Before 4:00 PM
Pablo Cuevas (URU) / Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs Travis Rettenmaier (USA) / Horacio Zeballos (ARG) – After Suitable Rest

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Power Outage Doesn’t Stop Blake in Houston at the US Men’s Clay Court Championship

 

At No. 163 in the world, American James Blake is fighting for ranking points these days on the ATP World Tour. This week he’s in Houston playing the US men’s Clay court Championship. Blake had not played a clay court since October of 2009. Tuesday night the James Blake and Carlos Berlocq match was delayed for 54 minutes with Blake serving at 30-40 up 4-2 in the second set by a power outage in the stadium. Despite the lack of clay play and the blackout, Blake squeaked out a 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-4 victory for his first win on clay since May 2009 in Madrid. Blake is now 6-0 in first round matches in 2011.

2007 Houston champion Ivo Karlovic has a nine-match winning streak in Houston. He won five matches in 2007, three in this year’s qualifying matches along with Tuesday’s win over Germany’s Benjamin Becker 7-6(5),  6-4.
Japan’s Kei Nishikori is involved with two efforts to help with the earthquake and tsunami relief in his home country. The two projects are an online auction of tennis memorbilia and experiences and through donations to the Red Cross on his Facebook page.
Top seed and No. 1 ranked American and 2006 champion Mardy Fish will take to the court on Thursday as he will battle Spain’s Albert Ramos.

RESULTS – TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2011
Singles First Round
[Q] Ivo Karlovic (CRO) d [5] Benjamin Becker (GER) 76(5) 64
[6] Kei Nishikori (JPN) d [Q] Franco Skugor (CRO) 63 62
Horacio Zeballos (ARG) d [WC] Ryan Harrison (USA) 64 63
[WC] James Blake (USA) d Carlos Berlocq (ARG) 67(3) 63 64
Somdev Devvarman (IND) d Robert Kendrick (USA) 62 61
[WC] Ryan Sweeting (USA) d [Q] Tim Smyzcek (USA) 62 62
Albert Ramos (ESP) d Brian Dabul (ESP) 64 75
Igor Kunitsyn (RUS) d Mischa Zverev (GER) 76(1) 62
[Q] Paul Capdeville (CHI) d Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) 64 76(4)

Doubles First Round
[1] Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) d James Cerretani (USA) / Adil Shamasdin (CAN) 60 62
[2] Eric Butorac (USA) / Jean-Julien Rojer (AHO) d Ashley Fisher (AUS) / Stephen Huss (AUS) 75 76(4)
Pablo Cuevas (URU) / Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d [3] Scott Lipsky (USA) / Rajeev Ram (USA) 63 63
John Isner (USA) / Sam Querrey (USA) d Benjamin Becker (GER) / Igor Kunitsyn (RUS) 61 76(2)
Santiago Gonzalez (MEX) / Ricardo Mello (BRA) d Jonathan Erlich (ISR) / Rainer Schuettler (GER) 76(4) 63
Travis Rettenmaier (USA) / Horacio Zeballos (ARG) d [WC] Ryan Harrison (USA) / Ryan Sweeting (USA) 61 61

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011
STADIUM start 12:00 noon
[8] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) vs Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS)
[Q] Ivo Karlovic (CRO) vs Igor Kunitsyn (RUS)
Not Before 4:00 PM
[1] Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) vs Santiago Gonzalez (MEX) / Ricardo Mello (BRA)
Not Before 6:00 PM
[WC] Ryan Sweeting (USA) vs [2] Sam Querrey (USA)
Horacio Zeballos (ARG) vs [4] John Isner (USA)

COURT 3 start 4:00 pm
Carlos Berlocq (ARG) / Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) vs [2] Eric Butorac (USA) / Jean-Julien Rojer (AHO)
2011 Singles Main Draw
2011 Doubles Main Draw
2011 Singles Qualifying Draw

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