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Dimitrov Fends Off Krajinovic Challenge

8 hours 32 min ago

Grigor Dimitrov advanced to the quarter-finals of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament with a 7-6(4), 7-5 win over Filip Krajinovic on Thursday. 

Dimitrov, seeded second in Rotterdam, was under pressure throughout the one hour, 43 minute match. The Bulgarian saved four break points in the opening set before capitalising on a double fault by Krajinovic at 5-4 in the tie-break. Dimitrov clinched the set a point later.

Krajinovic's serve held up well again in the second until the 11th game of the set, when the Serbian fell behind 0/40. Dimitrov broke at 30/40, then closed out the match the next game. Dimitrov's power factored into the outcome. The ATP World Tour No.5 hit 33 winners to Krajinovic's 20. Dimitrov also fired 13 aces. 

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Dimitrov will play Andrey Rublev for a spot in the semi-finals. Rublev overcame a shaky start to defeat Damir Dzumhur 6-4, 7-6(4) earlier in the day. 

The Russian, now 4-0 against Dzumhur in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, expected a tough test and got one. Rublev dropped his serve twice in the opening set before battling back to book his place in the quarter-finals.

"It was a really close match," Rublev said. "Damir is the kind of player that you need to fight every point of every rally. He gets every ball back. I expected this kind of match, with lots of breaks and long rallies. He's really tough."

In a match between qualifiers, Daniil Medvedev came from a set down to defeat Pierre-Hugues Herbert 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-4. The Russian will play Andreas Seppi on Friday.

Watch: Scrambling Medvedev Manages Lob Over Herbert

11 hours 32 min ago
Watch Daniil Medvedev scramble before lobbing a ball over Pierre-Hugues Herbert at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament on Thursday. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

On The Line: Radu Albot

17 hours 35 min ago

Radu Albot surprised third seed John Isner at the inaugural New York Open on Wednesday evening to earn his first victory against an opponent inside the Top 20 of the ATP Rankings. 

It does not get any easier for the Moldovan, who will face former World No. 4 Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals. But the Japanese superstar is not taking Albot lightly.

"He’s a very good grinder player and he doesn’t miss much," Nishikori said of the World No. 91. "I’ve got to really focus against him.”

ATPWorldTour.com spoke to Albot after his second-round triumph against the home favourite, discussing his passions, what he wants to do after his career and more.

What’s your biggest passion outside of sport and why?
My hobby is to ride my bike. This is one of my favourite things. When I get home I ride the bike all the time with my friends. I just get excited for it. It’s my top hobby.

What was the last book you read?
I read a lot of books. I read the biographies of a lot of players, like Andre Agassi. I read The Four Musketeers. I also read The Mindset, a book about psychology.

If you could have dinner with three people who would they be?
Maybe some famous people or some actor.

Favourite Movie?
Mr. Brooks.

Last concert or show you attended?
I was at a lot of shows. I was at Aladdin. I was at The Lion King. The last one I was at was Cirque du Soleil.

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Favourite sport to watch besides tennis?
Speaking about sports, now it’s the Winter Olympics. I like the biathlon a lot. I like watching curling. If you talk about some other sports, not in the winter, I like soccer.

Favourite club?
I like Real Madrid.

Whom do you admire most?
I admire my father, I have to say, because he helped me a lot in life and taught me a lot of things. So I think that’s the person I admire the most.

My tennis career will be a success if ___________
I can’t say my career is not a success. Everybody is proud with what they achieved and what they’ve done. I guess human beings all the time want more and more. You have something, you want something else. You want more. But nobody is really satisfied and thankful for what they have at the moment. So I think I would say my career is a success. Of course you want to be [ranked] higher, but I’m happy.

After my tennis career, I want to ___________
I think I would like to stay in tennis, in sport, maybe to open an academy in my country because tennis and everything is not really well developed in my country and I would like to help the kids get better. There is not really a player who is coming behind me. As a professional, there are no ranked players. So maybe I would like to improve the sport in my country and create some possibilities for the younger kids.

Isner one-and-done again, upset in N.Y. Open

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:04am
John Isner fell in his opening match of a tournament again, losing to Radu Albot 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3 on Wednesday night in the New York Open. He has dropped his opener in all three tournaments this season.

Nishikori Nearly Perfect As Comeback Gains Momentum

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 7:59pm

Kei Nishikori is looking more and more like his former self. Nishikori, the former World No. 4 who's on the comeback from right-wrist surgery last year, advanced to the New York Open quarter-finals on Wednesday.

The fifth seed needed only 65 minutes to get past Russian Evgeny Donskoy 6-2, 6-4. The Japanese star won 84 per cent of his service points (37/44), including a higher percentage on his second serve (17/20, 85%) than his first (20/24, 83%).

“I served really well, especially in the second set. I started getting my rhythm back and my first serve was working really well but also everything else was pretty solid today. I was playing aggressive and coming in,” Nishikori said. “Every match is improving. So far so good. I think today was one of the best again.”

Almost exactly a year ago, Donskoy shocked Roger Federer at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, handing the Swiss his first loss of 2017. But Nishikori avoided a stunner and will next face Moldova's Radu Albot, who upset home favourite and third seed John Isner 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-3.

Spoiler alert: Isner's serve was spot on – the American hit 28 aces to just one from Albot. But the 28-year-old from Chisinau seized his lone break point in the decider to reach the quarter-finals on Long Island.

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“Everybody knows that John has the best serve on tour. It's very difficult to return his serve. You just have to guess, be able to somehow put the ball in the court. You just don't know, you just react. If you put the ball in the court then you're in the game and then you try to create something,” Albot said.

Fourth seed Adrian Mannarino secured his second quarter-final of 2018 (Sydney) when German Peter Gojowczyk retired down 7-6(5), 5-7, 1-4. Mannarino is at a career-high No. 25 in the ATP Rankings but the Frenchman is still searching for his maiden ATP World Tour title. He is currently the highest-ranked player without an ATP World Tour crown.

“I was disappointed to lose the first set but I was playing well and I just told myself that I should continue to play this way and see if there's any chance to let him play one or two bad games,” Mannarino said.

The left-hander will next face Spain's Adrian Menendez-Maceiras, who, a day after saving five match points against seventh seed Steve Johnson, made his second-round match look relatively easy. The Spaniard prevailed past Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 7-5, 7-6(5).

Former Champion Thiem Enjoys Breezy Beginning

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 7:09pm

Dominic Thiem improved to 6-0 at the Argentina Open on Wednesday, beating home favourite Horacio Zeballos 6-4, 6-3 in his attempt to repeat his 2016 title at the ATP World Tour 250 event.

The Austrian erased the lone break point and, although he finished the second-round contest in a quick 90 minutes, Thiem will look to improve upon his break-point conversion rate – he was three for 10 against Zeballos, a 2010 quarter-finalist, on Estadio Guillermo Vilas.

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Six of Thiem's eight ATP World Tour titles have come on clay, and the surface is by far his best, according to his FedEx ATP Win/Loss Record. Thiem is 84-30 on clay, a winning percentage of 74. On grass, he's 13-11 (54%), and on hard court, he's 81-69 (54%).

Fifth seed Argentine Diego Schwartzman advanced to the quarter-finals at his home tournament for the first time, breaking Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci five times to advance 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. The last Argentine to win the Buenos Aires title was David Nalbandian in 2008.

Spaniards have dominated play in the Argentine capital, winning seven consecutive titles from 2009-2015. But Wednesday was not their day. Eighth seed Fernando Verdasco fell to Argentine Guido Pella 6-2, 6-4. Pella will face Thiem in the quarter-finals. Third seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas, also of Spain, dropped his second-rounder against Slovakia's Aljaz Bedene 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 in two hours and 10 minutes. Bedene will next meet Schwartzman.

DID YOU KNOW?
Schwartzman has the third-highest Infosys Return Rating at 167.4. Learn more in the ATP Stats LEADERBOARDS, powered by Infosys NIA Data.

Bodo: Why this year is so important for Kei Nishikori

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 6:40pm
Sidelined by an extended injury bug that derailed any momentum he had, Kei Nishikori is back, but he doesn't have much time to waste in finding his form again.

Rojer/Tecau Reach Rotterdam SFs

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 5:00pm

Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau took just 49 minutes to reach the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament semi-finals, on Wednesday, with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Robin Haase and Matwe Middelkoop.

The fourth seeds, bidding for a second title in Rotterdam after success in 2015, secured 80 per cent of points behind their first serves and won 20 of the 41 points contested in their Dutch opponents’ service games to dominate the match. Rojer and Tecau won seven successive games from 1-1 in the first set to take a firm hold of the match and looked comfortable throughout as they notched their 13th win in 16 matches as a team in Rotterdam.

Third seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut reached the quarter-finals in Rotterdam after beating Marcin Matkowski and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi 6-4, 6-4. The French duo faced only one break point in the 69-minute clash, which they saved, before moving into a last eight meeting against Karen Khachanov and compatriot Lucas Pouille.

Did You Know?
Rojer and Tecau are the only team remaining in the draw to have previously won the title. Former champions Ivan Dodig (2017) and Nicolas Mahut (2014, 2016) both won their titles in Rotterdam while competing with different partners.

Federer Begins No. 1 Bid In Style

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 11:49am
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Roger Federer began his quest to return to No.1 in the ATP Rankings for the first time in over five years with a 6-1, 6-2 win over qualifier Ruben Bemelmans at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

Federer, who will overtake Rafael Nadal at the top of the ATP Rankings if he reaches the semi-finals, moved to within just two wins of the achievement after his 47-minute, first-round win over the World No. 116.

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“[It was] very surprising how good things went today,” admitted Federer. “I think the key was to start off well and put Ruben (Bemelmans) under pressure right away and make him feel like he had to do something special.”

The top seed raced to a one-set lead in just 18 minutes against his Belgian opponent, dropping just four points on serve as he won clinched set point with a put-away forehand winner. The second set continued in much the same vein as the opener, with Federer immediately breaking and consolidating to love for a 2-0 lead. Federer had two break points for a double-break lead in the next game, but the qualifier held firm to keep the deficit to a single break.

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Federer did get the second break in the penultimate game of the match, rifling a backhand passing shot that Bemelmans could only return short before the World No. 2 swatted the ball into the open court. The two-time champion then completed a perfect set on serve, winning 16 out of 16 service points, holding to love for the fourth time in a row to secure his place in the second round.

The 36-year-old has now moved one step closer to becoming the oldest World No. 1 in history, with Andre Agassi currently holding the record. The American last held the top spot on 7 September 2003 at 33. Federer’s is yet to lose a match against his next opponent, Philipp Kohlschreiber. The 20-time Grand Slam champion leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 12-0.

“It's a different match, changing from lefty to righty,” said Federer. “I just hope I can play a good match. It is a sprint to the finish.

“The beginning will be crucial tomorrow, you don't want to fall behind, you want to stay focussed all the way. Any lapses could mean that you get in trouble. But, I enjoy playing against Philipp (Kohlschreiber), I played really good against him at the US Open so I hope I can keep that up tomorrow night.”

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Italy's Andreas Seppi pulled the upset of the day at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament by defeating third seed Alexander Zverev 6-4, 6-3 on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old needed one hour and 17 minutes to dispatch the 20-year-old German. Zverev, a quarter-finalist in 2016, managed to convert just two of his six break point opportunities (4/5 for Seppi).

With the win, World No. 81 Seppi moves to 1-1 in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against Zverev. He will face the winner of the second-round match between France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Russian Daniil Medvedev for a place in the semi-finals.

Federer begins bid for No. 1 spot with easy win

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 11:48am
At the age of 36, Roger Federer is now two wins away from reclaiming the top ranking for the first time in six years.

The Passion And Excitement Of ATP 500s

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 11:43am
Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem and Tomas Berdych talk about the significance of doing well at ATP 500 tournaments.

Sugita Floors Dimitrov For Rotterdam 2018 Hot Shot

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 11:36am
Watch Hot Shot as Yuichi Sugita turns the tables on Grigor Dimitrov, with great court coverage, before flooring the Nitto ATP Finals champion to earn Hot Shot honours in Rotterdam. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: Henk Koster

Dimitrov Battles Past Sugita In Rotterdam Opener

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 11:24am

Grigor Dimitrov began his campaign for a first ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament title with a hard-fought 6-4, 7-6(5) win over Yuichi Sugita on Wednesday.

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The 2013 semi-finalist was made to work hard throughout the one-hour, 46-minute encounter against Sugita, but found his best level at the tail-end of both sets to secure the win. In the first set, Dimitrov broke his Japanese opponent at the perfect time, in a marathon tenth game, to take a one-set advantage. Sugita, who was making his debut in Rotterdam at the age of 29, served to force a deciding set at 5-4, but Dimitrov once again showed his quality in the crucial moments to break serve. The Bulgarian went on to clinch victory on his second match point in the tie-break.

Standing between Dimitrov and a place in the quarter-finals is Filip Krajinovic. The Rolex Paris Masters finalist edged 17-year old Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 on Tuesday.

Montpellier champion Lucas Pouille’s first match after winning his fifth career title ended in defeat, after #NextGenATP star Andrey Rublev shocked the No. 7 seed 7-5, 6-4. On his main draw debut in Rotterdam, Rublev broke the Frenchman on four occasions, after trailing 0-3 in the first set, to secure his place in the second round. The Russian No. 1 will next face Damir Dzumhur who upset another of last week’s success stories, Marius Copil, 6-4, 6-4.

Did You Know?
Grigor Dimitrov made his ATP World Tour main-draw debut and secured his first tour-level win in the Netherlands. In 2008, Dimitrov lost to Igor Andreev in s-Hertogenbosch in his first tour encounter and won his first match at tour-level in 2009 against Tomas Berdych in Rotterdam.

My Title: Mirnyi Remembers 2003 Rotterdam

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 11:14am

The ‘Beast’ is largely remembered these days, in his 25th season as a professional, as one of the finest doubles players of his generation, capable of aggressive, tactically adept play both from the baseline and at the net. But just like every player who aspires to make a living from the sport, you begin your life as a singles player. Max Mirnyi, initially, competed in both singles and doubles competition, his appetite whetted at Nick Bollettieri’s Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida, with the likes of Tommy Haas and Andre Sa on tennis and basketball courts.

“My singles career and wins I earned, got me to a combined 1,000 match wins recently,” Mirnyi told ATPWorldTour.com. “A big reason why I was the player I am in doubles, is because I played a lot of both disciplines early in my tennis development. I enjoyed it and I don’t look back, thinking if I hadn’t had played more doubles, then I could have done a bit better in singles.”

Fifteen years ago, Mirnyi arrived at the Rotterdam Ahoy unsure of his chances in a loaded singles draw, fatigued and hoping to figure out a way to work himself into form. “I really had no expectations coming in, so remember thinking I’d take it one match at a time,” said Mirnyi, reflecting on the 2003 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.

For one glorious week, his serve and volley, attacking tennis, fluent movement and positive intent guaranteed the Belarusian one of his most memorable periods of his career as he came through a who’s who of ATP World Tour stars for the Rotterdam title.

“The memories are so fresh, as it was the only singles title I could win,” said Mirnyi. “Fifteen years later, it is so vivid and I’m incredibly proud of it. It’s definitely one of the better tournaments on the circuit and being indoors and where it’s played, makes it an historic arena. It’s great to be part of the group that has won in Rotterdam.”

Before Mirnyi in February 2003, stood two future Top 10 stars in Mario Ancic and Ivan Ljubicic, a former World No. 1 in Yevgeny Kafelnikov and a future global leader of the sport, Roger Federer, who was then ranked No. 5 in the ATP Rankings.

“I believe I played Mario Ancic in the first round, which was a tough match [6-7(5), 7-6(5), 6-4], then I had another big Croatian server in the second round, in Ivan Ljubicic,” recalls Mirnyi. “That match got cut short, as he got hurt [at 2-4 in the first set], but it helped me, as afterwards I felt like I was able to spread my wings a bit. I had a bit of a breather and got comfortable playing on the courts.

“Playing against Kafelnikov was like looking up to an older brother, as we’d once shared a house together at Wimbledon. I tried to soak in and learn as much as possible from him, a champion, his daily routines. So playing against him was trickier than playing Roger [in the semi-finals], because I had that connection. It was a tough match [7-6(5), 7-6(4)] and a nervous experience. I definitely wanted to beat him, but I had so much respect for him.”

Then came Federer, Mirnyi's doubles partner in Rotterdam. Not the player who this week seeks to overtake Rafael Nadal and return to No. 1 in the ATP Rankings for a record-extending 303rd week, but a 21-year-old Swiss with a burgeoning reputation and three ATP World Tour crowns to his name.

Mirnyi, speaking with a wealth of experience, following encounters against Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, through to the current day goliaths, remembers, “Roger wasn’t the player he is now, but he was on the way up and I could feel there was something special about his game.

“These days everyone seems to move the ball around the court with so much ease, but back then Roger stood out by using different spins. I felt guys I’d played up to at that point, the ball was coming at me the same, but with Roger I always started seeing different trajectories of the ball. I wasn’t sure why. Soon after we found out what was up his sleeve. I maybe was a little fortunate, coming in and serving and volleying, taking it to him to win [5-7, 6-3, 6-4].”

The atmosphere for the final was fun, the Dutch fans educated and well versed, but their hearts were with Raemon Sluiter, who was hoping to follow in the footsteps of Tom Okker (1974) and Richard Krajicek (1995, 1997) - the current Tournament Director (since 2004) - as a homegrown champion in Rotterdam.

“Going into the final, playing Sluiter was no easy task, but game wise I knew I could match up well again him. He’d played and beaten me in Challenger matches in the past, but that day I felt the matches that got me to the final, would get me over my hump. He was an offensive player, a tough opponent taking the ball early as I came forward. But I used a lot of body serves and got him moving up the court in order to try to pass me.”

Mirnyi held his nerve to beat Sluiter 7-6(3), 6-4 and was thrilled to win the Rotterdam title. “It was phenomenal.”

Later that day, after a brief rest, Mirnyi returned to the Centre Court and almost made it a double celebration, when he partnered Federer in the doubles final. They lost 7-6(4), 6-2 to Wayne Arthurs and Paul Hanley, but Mirnyi fondly remembers, “It was fun and I treasure that moment today. As Roger and I also played in the doubles that week, his coach at the time, Peter Lundgren, was looking after and helping us both in practice. That weekend, Belarus ice hockey team beat the iconic Swiss, so there was a lot to cheer.”

Four months later, on 9 June 2003, Mirnyi became No. 1 in the ATP Doubles Rankings. For years, the silver Rotterdam trophy took pride of place in his Belarus home, but, gathering dust, he recently took the decision, with his father, Nikolai, to move it – and his 50 doubles crowns, including six Grand Slam doubles titles – to the Max Mirnyi Sports Centre in Minsk and inspire the next generation from Belarus.

One day, Mirnyi will dig out old video tapes, and latterly CDs or USB sticks of his singles matches, and reflect on his career and former glories, but for now the 40-year-old is still out there between the lines.

Anderson Focuses On Continuing His Climb

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 10:43am
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Kevin Anderson spent one week in the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings in October 2016, but then ankle and dental operations, a hip injury and more setbacks kept the right-hander off the court or far from his best. Exactly one year ago he competed at the Memphis Open, losing in the first round as the World No. 74.

A year later, the Memphis event has moved to Long Island and is now the New York Open. The last time the top seed was in the big apple, he advanced to his first Grand Slam final at the 2017 US Open, the culmination of an impressive comeback that saw Anderson thrust himself into contention for a spot at the Nitto ATP Finals. Now, aged 31, the South African is back at No. 11 in the ATP Rankings and determined more than ever to make up for lost time and challenge, once more, for titles.

“It gave me extra motivation to keep pushing myself to get in that position again. It was nice to be there once. I’d love to be there several times and compete for more tournaments at that level,” Anderson told ATPWorldTour.com. “I think there’s so much for me achieve at the [ATP World Tour] Masters [1000] level, have better successes there. I haven’t won any 500 events. I haven’t won a title in a few years. So I think there’s a lot for me to still play for.”

Anderson has finished four of the past five seasons inside the Top 20 of the ATP Rankings, but has won just one ATP World Tour title (2015 Winston-Salem) since 2012 and has captured three tour-level trophies overall. His major goal in 2018 is to qualify for his first season finale at The O2 in London, which will be held from 11-18 November.

But it is only February.

“That’s a longer-term goal that comes on the back of the work you put in day-in and day-out,” Anderson said. “My goal is to challenge and push myself each and every single day.”

That is fitting, as there are few competitors on the ATP World Tour who embrace the daily grind of life as a professional tennis player like Anderson. Brad Stine, who has coached the likes of former World No. 1 Jim Courier, Andrei Medvedev and Mardy Fish, joined the big server’s team this season after Anderson mutually split with Neville Godwin.

One thing has stood out in their short time together.

“Kevin is probably the most focused, intense, professional person I’ve been around since Jim Courier,” Stine said. “What he demands from himself and what he expects from his team when he’s at the office, inside the fences training for his tennis, is very high. I’ve really enjoyed that, actually. That intensity level and that demand, it’s great.”

And that is not just when times are good, as they have been often lately for Anderson — he began the ATP World Tour campaign at the Tata Open Maharashtra in Pune, India with a strong performance, losing in the final against Gilles Simon. But at the Australian Open, Anderson was ousted in the first round by eventual semi-finalist Kyle Edmund in a five-set thriller.

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“I felt I was playing very good tennis going in there off the finals in Pune,” Anderson said. “I came up against a very tough opponent in Kyle Edmund… I would have loved to be there, loved to have done better. Again, my philosophy is to try to learn from it, [even] if it’s sometimes very difficult [to swallow].”

Stine had only spent one week in Delray Beach, Florida working with Anderson and then another week with him at Melbourne Park. But it was the World No. 11's reaction to those losses that showed his coach the most.

“One of the things that I was really impressed with Kevin after the match, not having known him… was his level of maturity and how he dealt with those losses,” Stine said. “Just sitting down and analysing the situations. What were the positives and what were the negatives? What were the things that we need to learn from and improve on?”

And now, Anderson could move forward in New York — where he will open his campaign against 21-year-old American Ernesto Escobedo on Thursday — like he always does, trying to get better each day and with each match.

Even though he is in a very different spot than he was this time a year ago, that does not change Anderson’s mentality.

“The goal is to win the event,” Anderson said. “As I’ve always said, you just have to look at the depth of men’s tennis to know that every round is a tough match. There are no gimmes at all.

“I’ve had a good few weeks now. And I’m excited to begin my U.S. campaign here.”

In-Form Goffin Races Into QFs

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 9:59am

David Goffin, once again, produced a scintillating performance at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament to beat Feliciano Lopez 6-1, 6-3 and book his place in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Goffin who has lost just eight games en route to the last eight, hit nine aces and lost just one point in each set behind his first serve to beat the Spanish left-hander in 55 minutes. The 2017 runner-up raced out to a 4-0 lead in the first set before securing the set on his third set point. The Belgian’s momentum flowed seamlessly into the second set with a crucial fourth break of the Lopez serve proving the key to victory in Rotterdam.

The World No. 7 now leads their FedEx ATP Head 2 Head series against Lopez 3-0 and next faces sixth seed Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals.

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Berdych advanced to the quarter-finals with a comprehensive 6-1, 6-2 win over Serbia's Viktor Troicki. The Czech took exactly an hour to beat Troicki, breaking his opponent on four occasions, to set up a fascinating last eight clash with Nitto ATP Finals runner-up Goffin.

Robin Haase won the all-Dutch battle on Centre Court to beat countryman Thiemo de Bakker 6-2, 6-2. The 30-year-old lost just six points on serve and faced no break points en route to a 54-minute victory. Haase will meet a second compatriot in as many rounds, after Tallon Griekspoor’s surprise win over Stan Wawrinka on Tuesday.

Qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert also made his way through to the second round after Open Sud de France finalist Richard Gasquet was forced to retire. Herbert was leading 3-1 early in the first set when Gasquet called time on the match.

Did You Know?
David Goffin won 25 of his last 33 matches in 2017, including back-to-back titles in Shenzhen (d. Dolgopolov) and Tokyo (d. Mannarino).

Watch: Sugita Changes Pace, Delivers Drop Shot Against Dimitrov

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 9:55am
Watch as Yuichi Sugita puts on the brakes and delivers a drop shot volley during his match against Grigor Dimitrov on Wednesday in Rotterdam. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo credit: Henk Koster

Federer Eyes Return To No 1 In ATP Rankings At Rotterdam 2018

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 9:01am
Roger Federer is seeking a return to No. 1 in the ATP Rankings with a strong performance this week at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

ATP Rankings Update 13 February 2018

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 5:55am
Take a closer look at the ATP Rankings as of 13 February 2018, after the Open Sud de France in Montpellier, the Ecuador Open in Quito and the Diema Xtra Sofia Open.

Watch: How Seppi Upset Zverev In Rotterdam

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 5:48am
Italian Andreas Seppi talks about his big upset win against Alexander Zverev at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.