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Chiudinelli And Brown Play You Or Me In Gstaad

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 4:18pm
Who snores the loudest? Who has more pre-match rituals? Doubles partners Marco Chiudinelli and Dustin Brown go head-to-head in Gstaad. Video courtesy of J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad

Kitzbühel Honoured With 25-Year Commitment Award

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 3:44pm

Take a stroll through the grounds of the Generali Open Kitzbühel and you'll notice one common theme. Celebrating its 25th edition on the ATP World Tour this week, and 72nd in total, the tournament boasts a unique and fascinating heritage.

"Kitzbühel undoubtedly brings to tennis great heritage," said David Massey, vice president of ATP Europe, who presented the tournament with a 25-Year Commitment Award. "We are very proud to count the tournament on the ATP World Tour and today is an opportunity to recognise and thank them for the 25 years that they have been with us. As one of the jewels on Tour, we look forward to many more editions in this beautiful mountain town."

"This award is also dedicated to our previous presidents,” said Kitzbühel Tennis Club president Herbert Günther. “Receiving this award also shows gratefulness for the continuous work of the Kizbühel Tennis Club and all the helping hands and institutions around our tournament."

Nestled in the central European Alps in the Tyrol region, with the famous Hahnenkamm mountain - home to the world-renowned World Cup ski race - towering over the venue, the tournament is one of the more picturesque settings on the ATP World Tour. It all started when Europe was mired in conflict during World War II and Austria was occupied by the Russians, French, British and Americans. A British lieutenant stationed in Kitzbuhel declared that a tennis tournament would be organised in the town, with the four nations sending players to compete for the title.

Following the war, the Austrians continued the tradition, founding the Alpine Cup. It was highlighted by legends including Ken Rosewall, Lew Hoad, Roy Emerson, Rod Laver and Arthur Ashe.


 

"This tournament went through some unbelievable times," added tournament director Alex Antonitsch. "The amazing spirit we have now goes back to Herbert, who came here as a student to control tickets and [tournament organiser] Markus Bodner, whose dad was one of the very first people working here for the tournament. They put so much heart and emotions into this event and it made it easy for me to say 'yes' to joining the team. It's really a family.

"Our focus is to promote players from the region in Germany, Austria and Italy and get fans back. We invested in young players like Dominic Thiem, who has been here from the beginning. It's his sixth year here now and we finally have a Top 10 player and it's our own player."

The event's storied past is evident in the large murals and black-and-white photos that decorate the sprawling public spaces, as well as the players' lounge, restaurant and Champions Club. With images of the old centre court and past champions Pete Sampras, Thomas Muster and Goran Ivanisevic on full display, the tournament's history remains an integral element in its burgeoning popularity and success.

“It means so much to me to play here,” said Thiem. “I’m 22 years old and it’s my seventh time already playing this tournament. It’s quite a lot. So many positive things have happened to me here. Now it’s my first tournament at home as a Top 10 player. As a tennis player, you don’t play at home very often. It means a lot to me.”

The Generali Open Kitzbühel is the first ATP World Tour event in 2016 to receive the 25-Year Commitment Award.

Kitzbühel Honoured With 25-Year Commitment Award

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 3:44pm

Take a stroll through the grounds of the Generali Open Kitzbühel and you'll notice one common theme. Celebrating its 25th edition on the ATP World Tour this week, and 72nd in total, the tournament boasts a unique and fascinating heritage.

"Kitzbühel undoubtedly brings to tennis great heritage," said David Massey, vice president of ATP Europe, who presented the tournament with a 25-Year Commitment Award. "We are very proud to count the tournament on the ATP World Tour and today is an opportunity to recognise and thank them for the 25 years that they have been with us. As one of the jewels on Tour, we look forward to many more editions in this beautiful mountain town."

"This award is also dedicated to our previous presidents,” said Kitzbühel Tennis Club president Herbert Günther. “Receiving this award also shows gratefulness for the continuous work of the Kizbühel Tennis Club and all the helping hands and institutions around our tournament."

Nestled in the central European Alps in the Tyrol region, with the famous Hahnenkamm mountain - home to the world-renowned World Cup ski race - towering over the venue, the tournament is one of the more picturesque settings on the ATP World Tour. It all started when Europe was mired in conflict during World War II and Austria was occupied by the Russians, French, British and Americans. A British lieutenant stationed in Kitzbuhel declared that a tennis tournament would be organised in the town, with the four nations sending players to compete for the title.

Following the war, the Austrians continued the tradition, founding the Alpine Cup. It was highlighted by legends including Ken Rosewall, Lew Hoad, Roy Emerson, Rod Laver and Arthur Ashe.


 

"This tournament went through some unbelievable times," added tournament director Alex Antonitsch. "The amazing spirit we have now goes back to Herbert, who came here as a student to control tickets and [tournament organiser] Markus Bodner, whose dad was one of the very first people working here for the tournament. They put so much heart and emotions into this event and it made it easy for me to say 'yes' to joining the team. It's really a family.

"Our focus is to promote players from the region in Germany, Austria and Italy and get fans back. We invested in young players like Dominic Thiem, who has been here from the beginning. It's his sixth year here now and we finally have a Top 10 player and it's our own player."

The event's storied past is evident in the large murals and black-and-white photos that decorate the sprawling public spaces, as well as the players' lounge, restaurant and Champions Club. With images of the old centre court and past champions Pete Sampras, Thomas Muster and Goran Ivanisevic on full display, the tournament's history remains an integral element in its burgeoning popularity and success.

“It means so much to me to play here,” said Thiem. “I’m 22 years old and it’s my seventh time already playing this tournament. It’s quite a lot. So many positive things have happened to me here. Now it’s my first tournament at home as a Top 10 player. As a tennis player, you don’t play at home very often. It means a lot to me.”

The Generali Open Kitzbühel is the first ATP World Tour event in 2016 to receive the 25-Year Commitment Award.

Gerald Wins Melzer Sibling Battle In Kitzbuhel

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 1:50pm
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In the quarter-final battle of the Melzer brothers, little brother Gerald Melzer prevailed over Jurgen Melzer on Thursday at the Generali Open in Kitzbuhel, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.

“It was very difficult for both of us. It’s hard to face somebody you love that much because you don’t want to hurt that person. Winning points just doesn’t feel right,” said Gerald. “I might have been lucky with the rain break as the court became a bit slower. I was able to make returns that I didn’t make in the first set and a half. Then we got more into rallies and that’s when I felt way more comfortable.”

Jurgen won their only previous meeting last year in the opening round of qualifying at Wimbledon, and it appeared he was on track for a repeat after comfortably taking the opening set. But Gerald, ranked No. 107 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, rallied midway through the second set to win 10 of the last 11 games.

The win puts Gerald in his second ATP World Tour semi-final. His previous final four showing came in Munich in May 2015. He has excelled this year on the ATP Challenger Tour, winning three titles in the first two months of 2016.

Next up for Melzer is fourth seed Paolo Lorenzi of Italy, who reached his third ATP World Tour semi-final and second of the season (also Quito) after defeating eighth seed Jan-Lennard Struff 6-2, 6-7(5), 7-5. Lorenzi and Melzer have their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry tied at 2-2, with all four previous meetings coming on clay. Melzer won their most recent battle this January in the final of the ATP Challenger Tour event in Bucaramanga, Colombia.

“He knows what’s coming, I know what’s coming. It will get physical tomorrow,” said Gerald. “He is a really tough opponent. He doesn’t give you much, but I think I have a game that can hurt him so I am looking forward to tomorrow. I am going to give my best. That’s all I can do.”

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Sixth seed Dusan Lajovic reached his second ATP World Tour semi-final of the year (also Sao Paulo) on Thursday by beating #NextGen player Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-2. The 26-year-old Serbian improved to 2-8 lifetime in quarter-finals and will now challenge World No. 123 Nikoloz Basilashvili, who knocked out fellow first-time quarter-finalist Adam Pavlasek 5-7, 7-6(2), 6-3 in one hour and 56 minutes.

Thiem-Novak Advance in Doubles

Local wild cards Dominic Thiem and Dennis Novak moved into the semi-finals by defeating second seeds Guillermo Duran and Maximo Gonzalez, 2-6, 6-3, [10-7]. Third seeds Jonathan Erlich and Santiago Gonzalez dismissed the pairing of Roberto Carballes Baena and Andres Molteni 6-3, 6-2 in the quarter-finals. The unseeded team of James Cerretani and Philipp Oswald also advanced with a 4-6, 7-6(4) [10-8] victory over Facundo Bagnis and Kachanov in one hour and 39 minutes.

Gerald Wins Melzer Sibling Battle In Kitzbuhel

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 1:50pm
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In the quarter-final battle of the Melzer brothers, little brother Gerald Melzer prevailed over Jurgen Melzer on Thursday at the Generali Open in Kitzbuhel, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.

“It was very difficult for both of us. It’s hard to face somebody you love that much because you don’t want to hurt that person. Winning points just doesn’t feel right,” said Gerald. “I might have been lucky with the rain break as the court became a bit slower. I was able to make returns that I didn’t make in the first set and a half. Then we got more into rallies and that’s when I felt way more comfortable.”

Jurgen won their only previous meeting last year in the opening round of qualifying at Wimbledon, and it appeared he was on track for a repeat after comfortably taking the opening set. But Gerald, ranked No. 107 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, rallied midway through the second set to win 10 of the last 11 games.

The win puts Gerald in his second ATP World Tour semi-final. His previous final four showing came in Munich in May 2015. He has excelled this year on the ATP Challenger Tour, winning three titles in the first two months of 2016.

Next up for Melzer is fourth seed Paolo Lorenzi of Italy, who reached his third ATP World Tour semi-final and second of the season (also Quito) after defeating eighth seed Jan-Lennard Struff 6-2, 6-7(5), 7-5. Lorenzi and Melzer have their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry tied at 2-2, with all four previous meetings coming on clay. Melzer won their most recent battle this January in the final of the ATP Challenger Tour event in Bucaramanga, Colombia.

“He knows what’s coming, I know what’s coming. It will get physical tomorrow,” said Gerald. “He is a really tough opponent. He doesn’t give you much, but I think I have a game that can hurt him so I am looking forward to tomorrow. I am going to give my best. That’s all I can do.”

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Sixth seed Dusan Lajovic reached his second ATP World Tour semi-final of the year (also Sao Paulo) on Thursday by beating #NextGen player Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-2. The 26-year-old Serbian improved to 2-8 lifetime in quarter-finals and will now challenge World No. 123 Nikoloz Basilashvili, who knocked out fellow first-time quarter-finalist Adam Pavlasek 5-7, 7-6(2), 6-3 in one hour and 56 minutes.

Thiem-Novak Advance in Doubles

Local wild cards Dominic Thiem and Dennis Novak moved into the semi-finals by defeating second seeds Guillermo Duran and Maximo Gonzalez, 2-6, 6-3, [10-7]. Third seeds Jonathan Erlich and Santiago Gonzalez dismissed the pairing of Roberto Carballes Baena and Andres Molteni 6-3, 6-2 in the quarter-finals. The unseeded team of James Cerretani and Philipp Oswald also advanced with a 4-6, 7-6(4) [10-8] victory over Facundo Bagnis and Kachanov in one hour and 39 minutes.

Warming Up in Umag 2016

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 1:31pm
Players talk to ATPWorldTour.com about the unique charm of this week's Konzum Croatia Open Umag.

Brown Saves 2 M.P. For Gstaad QF Berth

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 12:16pm

Dustin Brown saved two match points to reach his second straight ATP World Tour quarter-final on Thursday at the J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad. Brown recovered at 5-6, 15/40 in the second set to beat two-time former champion and fourth seed Thomaz Bellucci 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-1 in just over 90 minutes.

"I didn't even know he had match points," admitted Brown. "I just remember the 0/30 point. I've lost matches where I've had match points myself so I know it's not easy, but he's a very good player and at the end I got my rhythm... It was a very good third set and I'm very happy."

WATCH. Brown And Chiudinelli Play 'You Or Me' In Gstaad

Brown, 31, reached the last eight at last week's SkiStar Swedish Open (l. to Ferrer). He will next play 2013 titlist and seventh seed Mikhail Youzhny, who endured a tense wait for a 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 victory over Mirza Basic. Youzhny, leading 5-4 in the second set, held three match points on Basic's serve.

Robin Haase, the 2013 finalist, hit 13 aces and saved six of seven break points to overcame Horacio Zeballos 7-6(5), 6-4.

Second seed Gilles Simon and qualifier Thiago Monteiro will complete their second-round match on Friday, with Simon serving at 2-6, 3-4 0/40. Rain forced both players off the court after the qualifier took the opening set and they endured three more rain delays throughout the second set before play was halted for the night. Monteiro is playing in just his eighth ATP World Tour match.

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Top Seeds Into Doubles SFs

Top seeds Mate Pavic and Michael Venus, the winners of four ATP World Tour doubles titles this year, edged Marcus Daniell and Marcelo Demoliner 7-6(3), 7-6(5) in one hour and 33 minutes for a place in the semi-finals. They now challenge Indians Purav Raja and Divij Sharan, who scraped past third seed Dominic Inglot and Denis Istomin 7-6(6), 6-7(5), 10-7.

Brown Saves 2 M.P. For Gstaad QF Berth

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 12:16pm

Dustin Brown saved two match points to reach his second straight ATP World Tour quarter-final on Thursday at the J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad. Brown recovered at 5-6, 15/40 in the second set to beat two-time former champion and fourth seed Thomaz Bellucci 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-1 in just over 90 minutes.

"I didn't even know he had match points," admitted Brown. "I just remember the 0/30 point. I've lost matches where I've had match points myself so I know it's not easy, but he's a very good player and at the end I got my rhythm... It was a very good third set and I'm very happy."

WATCH. Brown And Chiudinelli Play 'You Or Me' In Gstaad

Brown, 31, reached the last eight at last week's SkiStar Swedish Open (l. to Ferrer). He will next play 2013 titlist and seventh seed Mikhail Youzhny, who endured a tense wait for a 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 victory over Mirza Basic. Youzhny, leading 5-4 in the second set, held three match points on Basic's serve.

Robin Haase, the 2013 finalist, hit 13 aces and saved six of seven break points to overcame Horacio Zeballos 7-6(5), 6-4.

Second seed Gilles Simon and qualifier Thiago Monteiro will complete their second-round match on Friday, with Simon serving at 2-6, 3-4 0/40. Rain forced both players off the court after the qualifier took the opening set and they endured three more rain delays throughout the second set before play was halted for the night. Monteiro is playing in just his eighth ATP World Tour match.

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Top Seeds Into Doubles SFs

Top seeds Mate Pavic and Michael Venus, the winners of four ATP World Tour doubles titles this year, edged Marcus Daniell and Marcelo Demoliner 7-6(3), 7-6(5) in one hour and 33 minutes for a place in the semi-finals. They now challenge Indians Purav Raja and Divij Sharan, who scraped past third seed Dominic Inglot and Denis Istomin 7-6(6), 6-7(5), 10-7.

Zverev, Monfils, Isner, Tomic Win Highlights Washington 2016

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 5:59am
Sascha Zverev, Gael Monfils, John Isner and Bernard Tomic all posted second-round victories at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. Picture: Citi Open. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Zverev Bests Fritz In Washington #NextGen Battle

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 3:12am

The future likely will hold plenty of rematches, but on Wednesday, Alexander Zverev confidently took the first contest between he and fellow NextGen star Taylor Fritz at the Citi Open in Washington. The 19-year-old German erased all five break points and pressured Fritz's serve throughout the second-round contest, cruising to a 6-4, 6-2 win over the 18-year-old American.

Zverev, No. 27 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, never let Fritz find his comfort zone on the hard courts in D.C. The German broke at 1-all and erased all five break points in the next game to seize momentum and lead 3-1. The Hamburg native served out the set at love.

The second set showed a similar story: Zverev broke with heavy groundstrokes at 1-all and again at 3-1. He held with near-perfect serving, winning almost 90 per cent of his first-serve points (33/38) during the contest. On match point, Zverev recorded his seventh ace, and the two likely future stars of the ATP World Tour shared a laugh at the net.

“Taylor has great potential for the future. That’s obvious,” Zverev said. “We’re all very young and there’s room for improvement for both of us.”

In the third round, Zverev, the 2015 ATP Star Of Tomorrow presented by Emirates, will face Tunisian Malek Jaziri, a 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(3) winner over No. 9 seed Kevin Anderson. On 11 July, Zverev became the youngest player to break into the Top 30 of the Emirates ATP Rankings since Rafael Nadal in March 2005.

“The goal for this year is just to get better and become the best player you can to compete in the best tournaments you can,” Zverev said. “I’m just trying to get better, to learn, and get stronger physically to compete against other guys.”

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Second seed Gael Monfils gained his first win since 3 May by breezing past Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei 6-3, 6-2. The 29-year-old Frenchman, playing in Washington for the third time, hit 10 aces and never faced a break point in the 61-minute match. He will take on #NextGen player Borna Coric for a place in the quarter-finals after the Croat defeated Yuichi Sugita of Japan 6-4, 6-4.

“I love the tournament, and it’s in a city that I really like. I have great memories here,” Monfils said. “I’m happy to be back this year.”

A virus has kept Monfils, the 2011 Washington finalist, away from action during the past two months. Since he played in the second round of the Mutua Madrid Open on 4 May, Monfils has played in only two matches – first-round losses in Rome and at Wimbledon.

“I’m very pleased. It’s been a tough month, and I’m glad to be back on the court and 100 per cent," Monfils said. "I was a bit surprised that I could play that good so soon. Hopefully, with a couple matches, I can be back.”

Fifth seed Steve Johnson kept up his stellar pace with a 6-3, 6-4 win against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino. The match was suspended because of rain on Tuesday evening with Johnson leading 4-2. When play resumed on Wednesday, Johnson picked up where he left off and, behind 12 aces, finished the match in an hour and nine minutes overall. Johnson reached the semi-finals in Washington last year (l. to Isner).

The 26-year-old American has picked up his game of late. He started the season 6-14 but in his past five tournaments has gone 12-3. The better half includes his maiden title in Nottingham last month and his best showing at a Grand Slam championship, a fourth-round finish in Wimbledon (l. to Federer). Johnson also is playing at a career high in the Emirates ATP Rankings, No. 25.

Zverev Bests Fritz In Washington #NextGen Battle

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 3:12am

The future likely will hold plenty of rematches, but on Wednesday, Alexander Zverev confidently took the first contest between he and fellow NextGen star Taylor Fritz at the Citi Open in Washington. The 19-year-old German erased all five break points and pressured Fritz's serve throughout the second-round contest, cruising to a 6-4, 6-2 win over the 18-year-old American.

Zverev, No. 27 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, never let Fritz find his comfort zone on the hard courts in D.C. The German broke at 1-all and erased all five break points in the next game to seize momentum and lead 3-1. The Hamburg native served out the set at love.

The second set showed a similar story: Zverev broke with heavy groundstrokes at 1-all and again at 3-1. He held with near-perfect serving, winning almost 90 per cent of his first-serve points (33/38) during the contest. On match point, Zverev recorded his seventh ace, and the two likely future stars of the ATP World Tour shared a laugh at the net.

“Taylor has great potential for the future. That’s obvious,” Zverev said. “We’re all very young and there’s room for improvement for both of us.”

In the third round, Zverev, the 2015 ATP Star Of Tomorrow presented by Emirates, will face Tunisian Malek Jaziri, a 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(3) winner over No. 9 seed Kevin Anderson. On 11 July, Zverev became the youngest player to break into the Top 30 of the Emirates ATP Rankings since Rafael Nadal in March 2005.

“The goal for this year is just to get better and become the best player you can to compete in the best tournaments you can,” Zverev said. “I’m just trying to get better, to learn, and get stronger physically to compete against other guys.”

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Second seed Gael Monfils gained his first win since 3 May by breezing past Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei 6-3, 6-2. The 29-year-old Frenchman, playing in Washington for the third time, hit 10 aces and never faced a break point in the 61-minute match. He will take on #NextGen player Borna Coric for a place in the quarter-finals after the Croat defeated Yuichi Sugita of Japan 6-4, 6-4.

“I love the tournament, and it’s in a city that I really like. I have great memories here,” Monfils said. “I’m happy to be back this year.”

A virus has kept Monfils, the 2011 Washington finalist, away from action during the past two months. Since he played in the second round of the Mutua Madrid Open on 4 May, Monfils has played in only two matches – first-round losses in Rome and at Wimbledon.

“I’m very pleased. It’s been a tough month, and I’m glad to be back on the court and 100 per cent," Monfils said. "I was a bit surprised that I could play that good so soon. Hopefully, with a couple matches, I can be back.”

Fifth seed Steve Johnson kept up his stellar pace with a 6-3, 6-4 win against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino. The match was suspended because of rain on Tuesday evening with Johnson leading 4-2. When play resumed on Wednesday, Johnson picked up where he left off and, behind 12 aces, finished the match in an hour and nine minutes overall. Johnson reached the semi-finals in Washington last year (l. to Isner).

The 26-year-old American has picked up his game of late. He started the season 6-14 but in his past five tournaments has gone 12-3. The better half includes his maiden title in Nottingham last month and his best showing at a Grand Slam championship, a fourth-round finish in Wimbledon (l. to Federer). Johnson also is playing at a career high in the Emirates ATP Rankings, No. 25.

Moment Of Magic Monfils Washington 2016 Hot Shot

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 2:12am
Gael Monfils produces a moment of magic at the Citi Open in Washington. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Isner Rolls In Return To Washington

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 1:27am

Top seed John Isner started his Washington campaign on Wednesday with a dominant 6-3, 6-4 win over Aussie James Duckworth. The 31-year-old American spiked 14 aces and lost only three points on his first serve (35/38) to take the second-round contest in 63 minutes.

Isner also erased the only break point faced against Duckworth, a 24 year old ranked No. 205 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

“Last year I did well, and I’m excited about this year,” Isner said. “A lot of times I can get tripped up on my first match, I’m glad I got through it.”

Isner, a three-time Citi Open finalist (2007, 2013, 2015), is looking to make it seven consecutive seasons with an ATP World Tour title. The 6'10” North Carolina native is making his ninth main draw appearance and is the top seed at the Citi Open for the first time. He has his sights set on claiming the title on his 10th attempt.

“It would be great. I’ve been very close here quite a few times, so to win here would be great,” Isner said. “This tournament is very special to me. I was virtually unranked and made the finals at this tournament in 2007, so I was very fortunate. I’ve been back every year since except for 2012. But it’s a tough tournament to win.”

Seven of Isner's 10 career ATP World Tour titles have come in July or August. In the second round, he will face 15th seed Marcos Baghdatis, a 6-2, 6-4 winner over Duckworth’s countryman, John Millman. The Cypriot claimed 80 per cent of first-serve points and saved all four break points faced.

Third-seeded Australian Bernard Tomic posted a 7-6(4), 6-3 victory over Donald Young, his first in three FedEx ATP Head2Head encounters with the American lefty. The 23 year old served for the opening set at 5-4 but could not close it out, eventually claiming the tie-break on his first set point, 7/4, before landing the break at 3-2 in the second. He closed the match out after one hour and 24 minutes to set up a third-round meeting with 13th seed Ivo Karlovic.

Sixth seed Jack Sock saw off Lukas Lacko 7-6(1), 6-4 to advance to the third round. The American struck 10 aces on his way past the Slovak and will next take on unseeded Brit, Daniel Evans. Sock’s countryman, qualifier Ryan Harrison, continued his strong run, upsetting No. 10 seed Viktor Troicki 7-6(4), 6-4.

Doubles: Johnson/Sock Upset Top Seeds 

In doubles results, Steve Johnson and Jack Sock took down top seeds Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares in the opening round. The American pair prevailed 5-7, 6-4, 10-7 over the Brazilians. 

No. 2 seeds Daniel Nestor and Edouard Roger-Vasselin narrowly held off the American wild-card pairing of Taylor Fritz and Reilly Opelka 4-6, 7-6(4), 10-8, while third seeds Florin Mergeaand Horia Tecau had a more routine 6-3, 6-3 victory over another American wild-card duo, Denis Kudlaand Frances Tiafoe

Fourth seeds Treat Huey and Max Mirnyi were not so fortunate, however, having to retire while trailing 1-6, 4-3 to Henri Kontinen and John Peers.

Isner Rolls In Return To Washington

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 1:27am

Top seed John Isner started his Washington campaign on Wednesday with a dominant 6-3, 6-4 win over Aussie James Duckworth. The 31-year-old American spiked 14 aces and lost only three points on his first serve (35/38) to take the second-round contest in 63 minutes.

Isner also erased the only break point faced against Duckworth, a 24 year old ranked No. 205 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

“Last year I did well, and I’m excited about this year,” Isner said. “A lot of times I can get tripped up on my first match, I’m glad I got through it.”

Isner, a three-time Citi Open finalist (2007, 2013, 2015), is looking to make it seven consecutive seasons with an ATP World Tour title. The 6'10” North Carolina native is making his ninth main draw appearance and is the top seed at the Citi Open for the first time. He has his sights set on claiming the title on his 10th attempt.

“It would be great. I’ve been very close here quite a few times, so to win here would be great,” Isner said. “This tournament is very special to me. I was virtually unranked and made the finals at this tournament in 2007, so I was very fortunate. I’ve been back every year since except for 2012. But it’s a tough tournament to win.”

Seven of Isner's 10 career ATP World Tour titles have come in July or August. In the second round, he will face 15th seed Marcos Baghdatis, a 6-2, 6-4 winner over Duckworth’s countryman, John Millman. The Cypriot claimed 80 per cent of first-serve points and saved all four break points faced.

Third-seeded Australian Bernard Tomic posted a 7-6(4), 6-3 victory over Donald Young, his first in three FedEx ATP Head2Head encounters with the American lefty. The 23 year old served for the opening set at 5-4 but could not close it out, eventually claiming the tie-break on his first set point, 7/4, before landing the break at 3-2 in the second. He closed the match out after one hour and 24 minutes to set up a third-round meeting with 13th seed Ivo Karlovic.

Sixth seed Jack Sock saw off Lukas Lacko 7-6(1), 6-4 to advance to the third round. The American struck 10 aces on his way past the Slovak and will next take on unseeded Brit, Daniel Evans. Sock’s countryman, qualifier Ryan Harrison, continued his strong run, upsetting No. 10 seed Viktor Troicki 7-6(4), 6-4.

Doubles: Johnson/Sock Upset Top Seeds 

In doubles results, Steve Johnson and Jack Sock took down top seeds Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares in the opening round. The American pair prevailed 5-7, 6-4, 10-7 over the Brazilians. 

No. 2 seeds Daniel Nestor and Edouard Roger-Vasselin narrowly held off the American wild-card pairing of Taylor Fritz and Reilly Opelka 4-6, 7-6(4), 10-8, while third seeds Florin Mergeaand Horia Tecau had a more routine 6-3, 6-3 victory over another American wild-card duo, Denis Kudlaand Frances Tiafoe

Fourth seeds Treat Huey and Max Mirnyi were not so fortunate, however, having to retire while trailing 1-6, 4-3 to Henri Kontinen and John Peers.

Chardy Sprints Through In Umag

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 12:20am
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Third seed Jeremy Chardy was in dominant form on Wednesday at the Konzum Croatia Open Umag, needing just 43 minutes to advance to the quarter-finals over qualifier Nikola Cacic.

Chardy dropped just six points in the second set and only lost four points on serve during the match. Next up for him is Carlos Berlocq, who won his second-round via retirement over Jiri Vesely, 7-5, 3-0.

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Fourth seed Fabio Fognini notched a 6-4, 6-1 win over Hamburg semi-finalist Renzo Olivo. The Italian saved five of the six break points he faced to set a quarter-final clash with Damir Dzumhur, who survived another three-set match in Umag by defeating Thomas Fabbiano, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Doubles

The upset of the day went to Martin Klizan/David Marrero, who knocked out top seeds Colin Fleming/Mariusz Fyrstenberg, 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 to reach the quarter-finals. They next face Tomislav Draganja/Nino Serdarusic.

Fourth seeds Nikola Mektic/Antonio Sancic beat Teymuraz Gabashvili/Leander Paes 6-0, 6-2 in 46 minutes to reach the last eight, where they will challenge Carlos Berlocq/Pablo Cuevas. The Argentine/Uruguayan tandem defeated Lukas Dlouhy/Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-5, 6-4.

Gastao Elias/Fabricio Neis topped Pablo Carreno Busta/Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 6-3. They next face second seeds Nicholas Monroe/Artem Sitak.

Thomas Fabbiano/Franko Skugor ousted third seeds Andrej Martin/Hans Podlipnik-Castillo 2-6, 6-4, 10-5 for a quarter-final against Aljaz Bedene/Damir Dzumhur, 6-4, 6-1 winners over Riccardo Ghedin/Alessandro Motti.

Chardy Sprints Through In Umag

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 12:20am
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Third seed Jeremy Chardy was in dominant form on Wednesday at the Konzum Croatia Open Umag, needing just 43 minutes to advance to the quarter-finals over qualifier Nikola Cacic.

Chardy dropped just six points in the second set and only lost four points on serve during the match. Next up for him is Carlos Berlocq, who won his second-round via retirement over Jiri Vesely, 7-5, 3-0.

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Fourth seed Fabio Fognini notched a 6-4, 6-1 win over Hamburg semi-finalist Renzo Olivo. The Italian saved five of the six break points he faced to set a quarter-final clash with Damir Dzumhur, who survived another three-set match in Umag by defeating Thomas Fabbiano, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Doubles

The upset of the day went to Martin Klizan/David Marrero, who knocked out top seeds Colin Fleming/Mariusz Fyrstenberg, 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 to reach the quarter-finals. They next face Tomislav Draganja/Nino Serdarusic.

Fourth seeds Nikola Mektic/Antonio Sancic beat Teymuraz Gabashvili/Leander Paes 6-0, 6-2 in 46 minutes to reach the last eight, where they will challenge Carlos Berlocq/Pablo Cuevas. The Argentine/Uruguayan tandem defeated Lukas Dlouhy/Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-5, 6-4.

Gastao Elias/Fabricio Neis topped Pablo Carreno Busta/Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 6-3. They next face second seeds Nicholas Monroe/Artem Sitak.

Thomas Fabbiano/Franko Skugor ousted third seeds Andrej Martin/Hans Podlipnik-Castillo 2-6, 6-4, 10-5 for a quarter-final against Aljaz Bedene/Damir Dzumhur, 6-4, 6-1 winners over Riccardo Ghedin/Alessandro Motti.

Fognini FedEx ATP Player Profile 2016

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 12:09am
Fabio Fognini pays tribute to the people who stand behind him, win or lose. Who are they?

Zverev's Titanic Outing; Thiem's Gift From Chelsea FC

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 10:53pm
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Citi Open – Washington, D.C.

Sam Querrey enjoyed a guided tour of the White House, retracing the steps of a White House staffer on a typical workday.

“The highlight was definitely seeing the Oval Office. I didn’t think we would get a chance to look at that, so it was cool to take a peek and see where the President works,” Querrey said. Read More

Querrey, Benoit Paire, Alexander Zverev and Reilly Opelka attended the players’ party at the Marriott Marquis. Watch 

Kevin Anderson visited the Newseum and played his part as weatherman, despite being a bit too tall for the green screen.

NextGen star Zverev enjoyed the iceberg exhibition at the National Building Museum with WTA star Sloane Stephens.

Oliver Marach, Fabrice Martin, Eric Butorac, Scott Lipsky, Frances Tiafoe, Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Louis Wessels participated in a doubles pro-am for Washington Tennis & Education Foundation.

Grigor Dimitrov, Kevin Anderson, Gael Monfils and Denis Shapovalov attended the Fuzzy Yellow Balls Clinic.

Denis Kudla led a Tecnifibre kids’ clinic. Watch

Alexandr Dolgopolov helped out at the USTA Play Day Clinic, Opelka lent a hand at the YMCA Clinic, while Marcos Baghdatis helped out at a kids' tennis clinic.

Bernard Tomic visited the Emirates Suite, while Tomas Berdych, Bjorn Fratangelo, Alex Kuznetsov and Alejandro Falla signed autographs at the Citi booth.

Generali Open – Kitzbuhel, Austria

Dominic Thiem and Philipp Kohlschreiber were among those to attend the players’ party. Watch

Top seed Thiem was presented with 10 pairs of personalised shoes from his favourite football club, Chelsea FC.

"I have no words," Thiem told ATPWorldTour.com. "I've been a fan of Chelsea my whole life.” Read & Watch

Kohlschreiber did a meet-and-greet with guests on Ladies’ Day and also took us on a tour of the tournament grounds.

Julian Knowle helped open the catering area at the start of the tournament with traditional beer and sausage. Watch

Daniel Gimeno-Traver, Taro Daniel and Dennis Novak hit with fans at a clinic.

Konzum Croatia Open Umag – Umag, Croatia

Legends Andre Agassi, Goran Ivanisevic and Juan Carlos Ferrero entertained a packed crowd at an exhibition to open the tournament. Watch

Jeremy Chardy shared his day with us in the beautiful seaside city. Read

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Leonardo Mayer and Nino Serdarusic participated in kids’ week activities, signing autographs and having a hit with aspiring stars. Watch

 

Zverev's Titanic Outing; Thiem's Gift From Chelsea FC

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 10:53pm
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Citi Open – Washington, D.C.

Sam Querrey enjoyed a guided tour of the White House, retracing the steps of a White House staffer on a typical workday.

“The highlight was definitely seeing the Oval Office. I didn’t think we would get a chance to look at that, so it was cool to take a peek and see where the President works,” Querrey said. Read More

Querrey, Benoit Paire, Alexander Zverev and Reilly Opelka attended the players’ party at the Marriott Marquis. Watch 

Kevin Anderson visited the Newseum and played his part as weatherman, despite being a bit too tall for the green screen.

NextGen star Zverev enjoyed the iceberg exhibition at the National Building Museum with WTA star Sloane Stephens.

Oliver Marach, Fabrice Martin, Eric Butorac, Scott Lipsky, Frances Tiafoe, Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Louis Wessels participated in a doubles pro-am for Washington Tennis & Education Foundation.

Grigor Dimitrov, Kevin Anderson, Gael Monfils and Denis Shapovalov attended the Fuzzy Yellow Balls Clinic.

Denis Kudla led a Tecnifibre kids’ clinic. Watch

Alexandr Dolgopolov helped out at the USTA Play Day Clinic, Opelka lent a hand at the YMCA Clinic, while Marcos Baghdatis helped out at a kids' tennis clinic.

Bernard Tomic visited the Emirates Suite, while Tomas Berdych, Bjorn Fratangelo, Alex Kuznetsov and Alejandro Falla signed autographs at the Citi booth.

Generali Open – Kitzbuhel, Austria

Dominic Thiem and Philipp Kohlschreiber were among those to attend the players’ party. Watch

Top seed Thiem was presented with 10 pairs of personalised shoes from his favourite football club, Chelsea FC.

"I have no words," Thiem told ATPWorldTour.com. "I've been a fan of Chelsea my whole life.” Read & Watch

Kohlschreiber did a meet-and-greet with guests on Ladies’ Day and also took us on a tour of the tournament grounds.

Julian Knowle helped open the catering area at the start of the tournament with traditional beer and sausage. Watch

Daniel Gimeno-Traver, Taro Daniel and Dennis Novak hit with fans at a clinic.

Konzum Croatia Open Umag – Umag, Croatia

Legends Andre Agassi, Goran Ivanisevic and Juan Carlos Ferrero entertained a packed crowd at an exhibition to open the tournament. Watch

Jeremy Chardy shared his day with us in the beautiful seaside city. Read

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Leonardo Mayer and Nino Serdarusic participated in kids’ week activities, signing autographs and having a hit with aspiring stars. Watch

 

Querrey Set To Do Damage In Washington

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 10:32pm
After an outstanding grass-court swing, Sam Querrey heads into his favourite part of the ATP World Tour season with confidence.