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The Quest for Stars & Trophies

2013 State Championships


Tecau/Rojer, Matkowski/Marrero Advance In Basel

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 11:40pm

Top seeds Horia Tecau and Jean-Julien Rojer advanced to the quarter-finals of the Swiss Indoors Basel on Monday with a 6-3, 3-6, 10-3 win against Argentines Federico Delbonis and Guido Pella. Tecau/Rojer hadn't played together since their fourth-round match at the US Open because Tecau had been out with a foot injury.

They won the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals last season and are trying to qualify for the year-end championships again this year. Tecau/Rojer are currently in ninth place in the Emirates ATP Doubles Race To London, 295 points behind eighth-placed Treat Huey and Max Mirnyi. The top eight doubles teams at the end of the season will qualify for the year-end championships, to be held 13-20 Nov. at The O2 in London.

View The Emirates ATP Doubles Race To London

Tecau and Rojer might have a direct chance to make up some ground in the Basel quarter-finals. If Huey/Mirnyi win their first-round match, they'll face Tecau/Rojer.

David Marrero and Marcin Matkowski also won in Basel, beating Marcos Baghdatis and Gilles Muller 7-5, 6-7(6), 10-1.

In Vienna, Oliver Marach and Fabrice Martin beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Joao Sousa 6-2, 7-6(4) in 98 minutes. Marach/Martin currently sit in 11th place in the Emirates ATP Doubles Race To London, 285 points behind the No. 10 team, Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.

Fourth seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo advanced 6-4, 6-4 against Nicholas Monroe and Artem Sitak.


Nishikori Feeling Healthy In Basel 2016 English

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 11:06pm
Kei Nishikori talks about his improved health on Monday after his first-round win at the Swiss Indoors Basel. Watch live tennis at

Nishikori Feeling Healthy In Basel 2016 Japanese

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 11:05pm
Kei Nishikori talks about his improved health on Monday after his first-round win at the Swiss Indoors Basel. Watch live tennis at

Bautista Agut Looking For Another Good Run In Vienna

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 10:47pm
Roberto Bautista Agut will try to make another deep run in Vienna this week. Watch live tennis at

Thiem Talks About Playing At Home Tournament Vienna 2016

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 10:46pm
Third seed Dominic Thiem talks about playing at home this week at the Erste Bank Open 500 in Vienna. Watch live tennis at

Youzhny Hot Shot Goes Past Cilic In Basel

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 10:45pm
Mikhail Youzhny passes Marin Cilic at the Swiss Indoors Basel for a winner. Watch live tennis at

Berdych Delivers Surprise At End Of 31 Shot Rally

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 10:45pm
Tomas Berdych delivers a surprise at the end of a 31-shot rally in Vienna. Watch live tennis at Photo: Bildagentur Zolles KG.

Murray Discusses The Battle For No 1

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 10:41pm
Andy Murray talks about the battle for the No. 1 spot in the Emirates ATP Rankings. Watch live tennis at

Basilashvili Upsets Berdych In Vienna Highlights

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 10:35pm
Watch highlights of John Isner and Ivo Karlovic advancing and Nikoloz Basilashvili upsetting Tomas Berdych at the Erste Bank Open 500 in Vienna. Watch live tennis at Photo: Bildagentur Zolles KG.

Basilashvili Discusses First Top 10 Win In Vienna

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 10:33pm
Nikoloz Basilashvili discusses his big upset against Tomas Berdych at the Erste Bank Open 500 in Vienna. Watch live tennis at

Schnitzel With The Stars

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 8:29pm

Too many cooks in the kitchen? Not when the ATP World Tour stars in Vienna for the Erste Bank Open 500 swapped their tennis gear for chef hats and aprons as they learned to make the perfect Wiener Schnitzel.

David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez, Lucas Pouille, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan took their places behind the stovetops in an exclusive cooking class at the Plachuttas Gasthaus Zur Oper. The pros donned their personalised aprons and hats and each took on a particular role in making the schnitzel: slicing the veal in a rainbow cut, pounding the meat, covering it in flour and seasoning, dipping it in beaten eggs and bread crumbs, then finally deep frying and serving up the meal.

“I never did this before,” said Ferrer. “It’s difficult but it’s nice. It was a good experience. Maybe in the future I can cook it.”

“It was cool that they got us all decked out in chef gear,” said Bob Bryan, who taste-tested his own schnitzel. “It didn’t make us better chefs but we looked good.”

“My wife’s going to be very proud of me for cooking a meal… she’s going to be ecstatic when she sees this,” added Mike Bryan.

The players were all given certificates to celebrate their cooking class and were invited to stay for a special three course dinner along with their family and friends. No confirmation on whether or not the courses included their personally made Wiener Schnitzel!

But Lopez ultimately ended his experience optimistically, saying “I wish I could be the best cook in the world because I love food.”


Nishikori Breezes Through Opening Test In Basel

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 7:18pm

Third seed Kei Nishikori raced through his opening round match on Monday at the Swiss Indoors Basel, going on an eight-game run to advance 7-5, 6-1 over Dusan Lajovic.

"He showed great fight out there," said Nishikori. "I wish I could have played a better match, but have had good training sessions these past two weeks and am feeling good physically."

Both players traded routine service holds throughout most of the opening set, but Nishikori grabbed the first break of serve at 6-5 and never looked back. He stormed to a 5-0 lead in the second set and comfortably held serve to close out the match on his first attempt. Nishikori improves his FedEx ATP Head2Head against Lajovic to 2-0.

Nishikori seeks his second ATP World Tour title of 2016, having prevailed in February at the Memphis Open. He has enjoyed success before in Basel, defeating World No. 1 Novak Djokovic on his way to a runner-up finish in 2013.

The Japanese star next plays the winner of the first-round clash between Nicolas Mahut and Paolo Lorenzi. Nishikori leads his FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalries over both Mahut and Lorenzi by 1-0.


Fourth seed Marin Cilic also overcame a tricky first-round test against Mikhail Youzhny with flying colors, moving past the Russian veteran with a 6-4, 6-2 win. Cilic broke service in the opening game of each set and didn’t drop his lead throughout the match. He was nearly flawless in his own service games, dropping just six points in the first set and four in the second set.

Cilic is still in contention for one of the remaining spots in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. He’s currently No. 11 in the Emirates ATP Race to London with 2,590 points, although No. 7 Rafael Nadal has withdrawn for the year due to a wrist injury. He currently trails No. 9 Tomas Berdych by just 290 points. With Berdych's first-round loss on Monday in Vienna, Cilic could move past the Czech player if he is the last man standing in Basel.

Next up for the Croatian is the winner of the all-Spanish battle between Moscow champion Pablo Carreno Busta and Fernando Verdasco. Cilic has never played Carreno Busta, but leads his FedEx ATP Head2Head with Verdasco 7-5, including two wins this year in Tokyo and Cincinnati. 

Also moving into the second round is Federico Delbonis, a 6-4, 6-4 winner over Andrey Kuznetsov. Next up for the Argentine is the winner of the match between second seed Milos Raonic and qualifier Ricardas Berankis.

Donald Young advanced through his first-round match with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Illya Marchenko. Awaiting the American is the winner of the all-Swiss opening round between top seed Stan Wawrinka and wild card Marco Chiudinelli.

Insider Podcast: Pliskova, Kuznetsova Stun in Singapore Showdowns Monday Daily Highlights : WTA Singapore

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 7:13pm
WTA Insider | The Insider team look back on a long Day 2, a wild win for Svetlana Kuznetsova over defending champ Agnieszka Radwanska, and an exclusive interview with Karolina Pliskova.

Singapore Tuesday: Kerber Faces Halep In Familiar Showdown

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 7:11pm
Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep will lock horns for the fifth time this year as round robin action continues in Singapore. In Tuesday's second match, Madison Keys and Dominika Cibulkova battle it out for WTA Finals survival.

Berdych's London Hopes Take A Hit In Vienna

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 5:46pm

Nikoloz Basilashvili dented Tomas Berdych's chances of making the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on Monday at the Erste Bank Open 500 in Vienna.

The Georgian qualifier upset the second-seeded Czech 6-4, 6-7(4), 7-5 in two hours and 35 minutes. Basilashvili won 74 per cent of his first-serve points and refused to go away against Berdych, who was looking to get his season back on track after opening losses in Tokyo and Shanghai.

The 31 year old also was looking to firm up his spot in the Emirates ATP Race To London. Berdych is currently in ninth place, 325 points behind eighth-placed Dominic Thiem, who's the third seed in Vienna. Now that Berdych is out, two players could pass him with good weeks at the Swiss Indoors Basel: Belgian David Goffin, who is 190 points behind Berdych and is the fifth seed in Switzerland; and Marin Cilic, who trails Berdych by 245 points after winning his first-round match in Basel on Monday.

View the Emirates ATP Race To London standings

Instead, Basilashvili celebrated his first Top 10 win and moved into the second round in Austria. He will face Russian qualifier Karen Khachanov, the youngest player in the draw, who used some efficient serving to advance.

Khachanov won 82 per cent of his first-serve points to dismiss Italian Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-4 in 69 minutes. The 20 year old, a member of the ATP Next Generation, captured his maiden title earlier this month at the Chengdu Open (d. Ramos-Vinolas).

The top ace leaders in this year's Infosys ATP Scores & Stats also served their way into the second round. Eighth seed Ivo Karlovic, the top ace hitter before Monday with 1,003, blasted 16 more while beating Steve Johnson 7-6(5), 6-3. Karlovic, who also swept Johnson in Washington, saved all six break points against the American, who reached his first ATP World Tour final in Vienna last season (l. to Ferrer).

View more statistics at the ATP Stats LEADERBOARDS

The 37-year-old Croatian will meet Bosnian qualifier Damir Dzumhur, who outlasted Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 5-7, 6-0 in one hour and 40 minutes.

John Isner, who entered Monday second in aces with 997, struck 18 aces and saved all seven break points in his comeback win against German Jan-Lennard Struff 6-7(1), 6-3, 6-4. The American, who now has 1,015 aces, surpassed the 1,000 mark for the fourth time in his career. He also did in 2010, 2012 and 2015.

Karlovic has led the ATP World Tour in aces five times: 2007-09, '14-15; Isner, three times: 2010, '12-13. Isner will look to pad his total against seventh seed Lucas Pouille or Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in the second round.


Murray Discusses Chase For No 1 Spot

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 4:21pm
Andy Murray talks about the battle for the No. 1 spot in the Emirates ATP Rankings. Watch live tennis at

Behind The Scenes With Dominic Thiem In Vienna

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 4:15pm
Before his home tournament in Vienna, Dominic Thiem talks about growing up in Austria, his coach's new book and his push to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

Wawrinka Talks All Things Swiss Basel 2016

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 3:03pm
Top seed Stan Wawrinka talks about the home crowd support in Basel and his first-round match against fellow Swiss player Marco Chiudinelli. Watch live tennis at

Raonic Discusses Making Indoor Switch Basel 2016

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 3:00pm
Second seed Milos Raonic talks about the adjustments going from outdoors to indoors and gives an update on his injuries. Watch live tennis at

The new reality of the WTA

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 2:01pm
The new reality of the WTA