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Fernando Verdasco talks about how he beat Stan Wawrinka at the Aegon Championships in London. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.
He can hardly stop smiling! Marcos Baghdatis talks about his big first-round upset against Tomas Berdych at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.
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Roger Federer hopes to enjoy a long stay in Halle this week at the Gerry Weber Open, his second grass-court event in as many weeks. But the World No. 3 also thinks some up-and-coming players could make a deep run on the grass.
“Regarding Thiem, it depends on how tired he is. He really fought his way through last week plus Paris before. That was a huge task last week,” Federer said of the 22-year-old Austrian, who beat Federer in the semi-finals in Stuttgart and reached the semi-finals at Roland Garros. “[Eighteen-year-old] Fritz surely has potential, he loves playing on grass. I played him last week. I think he will have a great career.”
Federer also thinks the 19-year-old Zverev, who faces Viktor Troicki in the first round, could make a run in his home country. “Troicki will not be easy but if he gets through that match and gets into a rhythm he might make it to the semis or finals, that’s absolutely realistic,” he said. “I like Alex’s game. Therefore, I am curious what he will achieve over the coming years.”
The eight-time Halle champion also talked about himself. He said his back continues to feel better, and he's glad to have another week of grass-court tennis ahead of him.
“It's much better. I served normally last week, served a lot of aces and also quite a few into the net because I haven’t found my rhythm yet. But at the end it was quite good. I was happy,” Federer said of his back. “Every day that goes by is a step forward, and every match is a step forward.”
Federer won two matches at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart, beating Fritz in three sets and sweeping German veteran Florian Mayer in two sets before losing to Thiem. Federer, though, held a match point against the Austrian.
“I’m just hoping I can keep up a good level from Stuttgart. It got better as the tournament progressed. It was unfortunate that I couldn’t win against Thiem but after all I felt improvement throughout,” Federer said.
The top-seeded Federer will play German wild card Jan-Lennard Struff in the first round.
World No. 50 Martin Klizan discusses competing at his home ATP Challenger Tour event in Poprad Tatry, Slovakia. Video courtesy Poprad Tatry Challenger.
American Steve Johnson earned his first career Top 10 win on Monday, sweeping World No. 10 Richard Gasquet 7-6(2), 6-2 at the Aegon Championships in London. The 26-year-old had been 0-13 against Top 10 foes before Monday.
Gasquet had a set point on his racquet before a lengthy rain delay halted the match at 5-all. After the rain stopped, Johnson took the tie-break and earned two breaks of serve in the second set to move into the second round.
Last year's runner-up Kevin Anderson qualified at The Queen's Club by beating Czech Jiri Vesely 7-6(2), 7-6(5). In last year's final, Anderson fell to Andy Murray, who also returns to the ATP World Tour 500 event this year.
The Aegon Championships was voted Tournament of the Year in its category for the third consecutive year by players in January. This year's field also features World No. 5 Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic, No. 9 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. Marin Cilic, the event's 2012 champion, Roberto Bautista Agut, John Isner and Gilles Simon round out the remaining seeds in London.
Kei Nishikori talks about transitioning to grass and his first-round win against Lucas Pouille on Monday at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle. Watch live tennis at TennisTV.com.
Watch highlights of the 2016 Mercedes Cup Open final in Stuttgart, featuring Dominic Thiem versus Philipp Kohlschreiber. Photo: Getty Images
Andreas Seppi reached the 300 match wins milestone on Monday at the Gerry Weber Open as he defeated David Ferrer for the first time in their 10th FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting. Seppi, a finalist last year at this ATP World Tour 500 grass-court event in Halle (l. to Federer), upset the sixth-seeded Ferrer 6-3, 6-4.
“For me, I never thought at the beginning of my career to go so far,” said the 32-year-old Italian, who turned pro in 2002. “I’m pretty happy to do it here in Halle – it’s a very special tournament for me – especially beating Ferrer after being 0-9 in head-to-head. It was for sure a great day for me.”
Seppi converted three of his five break points and saved three of the four faced on serve, clinching the victory after one hour and 13 minutes. He snapped a three-match losing streak, dating back to his quarter-final run in Nice (l. to Thiem).
Nishikori struck 24 winners and capitalised on four of his eight break point chances in his fourth straight appearance in the German city. The Japanese star improved his grass-court record to 25-18 as he awaits the winner of Brian Baker and Florian Mayer.
“I've been feeling like home here... This is very easy, convenient," Nishikori said. "I think it's a great tournament."
Fifth seed David Goffin survived a tough contest with NextGen star Borna Coric 7-6(5), 6-7(3), 6-4 to move into the second round. The Belgian erased two of four break points, including two in the final set. They were on serve in the third set before Goffin broke Coric at 5-4 to win the match in two hours and 47 minutes.
Goffin, who was making his first appearance in Halle since 2013, improved to 4-0 in his FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry with Coric. He next meets Ukrainian qualifier Sergiy Stakhovsky, who prevailed against Denis Kudla 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.
In doubles action, fourth seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers clinched a 6-3, 7-6(9) win over Robert Lindstedt and Viktor Troicki. Meanwhile, Tomas Berdych and Marcel Granollers teamed up to defeat Treat Huey and Max Mirnyi 6-3, 6-4.
Stan Wawrinka talks about transitioning to grass and why he wanted to add Richard Krajicek to his team. Watch live tennis at TennisTV.com.
Milos Raonic talks about why he chose to work with John McEnroe and what he wants out of the grass-court season. Watch live tennis at TennisTV.com.
Watch highlights of the 2016 Ricoh Open in 's-Hertogenbosch, featuring Nicolas Mahut versus Gilles Muller. Photo courtesy: Edwin Verhoef
World No. 2 Andy Murray looks forward to the Aegon Championships, where he is bidding to capture a record fifth title. Watch live matches at tennistv.com
Nick Kyrgios has happy memories on his return to grass-court play at the Aegon Championships. Watch live matches at tennistv.com
Stan Wawrinka competes at the Aegon Championships under the guidance of 1996 Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek. Watch live matches at tennistv.com
Milos Raonic, who is being coached by John McEnroe for the grass-court swing, hopes to build on last year's quarter-final run at the Aegon Championships. Watch live matches at tennistv.com
Third seed Thiem captured his seventh ATP World Tour crown with a 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-4 victory in two hours and 11 minutes. The match had been suspended due to rain on Sunday with seventh seed Kohlschreiber leading 6-6 (3/2) in the first set tie-break.
"It feels absolutely unreal because I came here without any expectations basically, and I'm pretty sure that it's the most special title for me,” said Thiem. "I didn't play that well on grass over the past two years, and this tournament was so strong. I'm the winner here, I really cannot believe it."
In recording an ATP World Tour-best 45th match win of the season, Thiem received €107,900 in prize money, a Mercedes-Benz SL 500 car and earned 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points. Kohlschreiber now travels to the Gerry Weber Open in Halle with €56,830 and 150 points.
With his first grass-court trophy, 22-year-old Thiem has become only the ninth active player - and 29th in Open Era history (since May 1968) - to win three titles on three different surfaces in the same year. Thiem has also won titles in Buenos Aires (d. Almagro on clay); Acapulco (d. Tomic on hard); Nice (d. A. Zverev on clay) this year.
SURFACE TITLES SWEEP IN SAME YEARActive Player Year First Achieved Titles Dominic Thiem (AUT) 2016 Buenos Aires, Acapulco, Stuttgart Andy Murray (GBR) 2015 Munich, London-Queen's, Masters 1000 Canada Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 2014 Acapulco, Bucharest, London-Queen's David Ferrer (ESP) 2012 Auckland, Buenos Aires, 's-Hertogenbosch Novak Djokovic (SRB) 2011 Australian Open, Belgrade, Wimbledon Sam Querrey (USA) 2010 Memphis, Belgrade, London-Queen's Rafael Nadal (ESP) 2008 Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo, London-Queen's, Masters 1000 Canada Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 2007 Houston, Nottingham, Stockholm Roger Federer (SUI) 2003 Marseille, Munich, Halle
(Federer also achieved the feat in 2004, 2005, 2007-09, 2012, 2015. Nadal also achieved the feat in 2010 and Djokovic in 2014 and 2015.)
It was Thiem and Kohlschreiber's second ATP World Tour final on German soil in the past six weeks. Kohlschreiber had beaten the World No. 7 7-6(7), 4-6, 7-6(4) for the BMW Open by FWU AG title last month.[ALSO LIKE]
Kohlschrieber, who had led Thiem 2-0 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, had a 3/2 advantage in the first set tie-break on an outside court when the final got back underway in Stuttgart on Monday morning. He won four straight points to seal the 59-minute opener.
Thiem regrouped to break Kohlschreiber to 15 in the first game of the second set. It proved to be enough for Thiem, despite being forced to recover from 30/40 at 5-4, and a further break point in a 14-point game.
Kohlschreiber came under pressure at the start of the decider, saving two break points from 15/40 in the first game. Thiem eventually broke and opened up a 3-1 lead.
"It's sad to lose the final, but I think it was a very good final," said Kohlschreiber. "It was a tough situation, because of the rain, but overall it was a great finish for the tournament and for Dominic. I'm happy with the performance, the loss is a little bit annoying, but I am happy with the week. I'm now looking forward to playing another tournament in Germany [at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle]."
The 32-year-old Kohlschreiber has won five of his seven ATP World Tour titles in Germany. The 2016 Mercedes Cup final marks his 10th title match on home soil.
“I started to play better and better [throughout the week]," said Thiem. "Saturday and today were two unbelievable victories against the best ever and against a really, really good grass-court player."
Watch highlights as Kei Nishikori and David Goffin rally in the first round of the GERRY WEBER OPEN and Andreas Seppi upsets David Ferrer for his 300th tour-level win. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: Getty Images
The eighth-seeded French wild card defeated seventh seed Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 6-4, 6-4 in 76 minutes for his fourth ATP World Tour grass-court title (also 2013 Newport).
The 34-year-old Mahut earned €100,800 by successfully defending the 's-Hertogenbosch title, which he also won in 2013, and picked up 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points. Muller received €53,085 and 150 points.
"Playing a final is always special, but this was different," said Mahut. "Getting the trophy is the most important thing. Winning the tournament as the World No. 1 in doubles is really special. I started the match really well and tried to relax. I know winning a title doesn't happen every week."
The rain-interrupted match, carried over from Sunday, had resumed at 10:25 a.m. local time on Monday at the start of the second set.
On Sunday, Muller got off to a strong start in the two-part final. Having struck 76 aces and held in 48 of his 49 service games en route to the final, he broke Mahut for a 3-1 lead. But Mahut responded by earning service breaks in the fifth and seven games. At 5-4, prior to a heavy downpour, Mahut saved two break points when serving for the 41-minute opener.
The pair's first tour-level encounter resumed on Monday in overcast conditions and it was Mahut, who broke first, to 30, for a 3-1 lead. He held his nerve to record his 60th grass-court match win (60-33 lifetime) and is now 14-12 on the year.
Muller was appearing in his fourth ATP World Tour final - also 2004 Washington, 2005 Los Angeles and 2012 Atlanta. The 33 year old dropped to a 14-11 record on the 2016 season.
Last week, Mahut became the 49th player in history at No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings. Following a quarter-final loss with Rohan Bopanna in 's-Hertogenbosch, Mahut has been replaced by Jamie Murray in top spot.
Roger Federer looks ahead to a positive week as the defending champion at the GERRY WEBER OPEN, following various setbacks during the 2016 season. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.