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Chardy Reveals Day In Umag

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 2:37pm

Jeremy Chardy, who is currently No. 38 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, has travelled to countless cities around the world. Rarely does he get to go somewhere new, but that is the case this week as he’s playing at the Konzum Croatia Open Umag for the first time. The third-seeded Frenchman has been enjoying his time in the beautiful Croatian city, prior to opening his campaign against Nikola Cacic in the second round. Here’s what he’s been up to in Umag:

“I love to run with my team every time when I arrive at a tournament. In the morning, I like to run with them before going to practice. When the place is really nice, it’s always easier to wake up and go for a run. I love to run here. We go in the morning, because afterwards it’s too hot. We are a big group and it’s really nice for me because sometimes in tournaments you’re alone, so to spend time with them is a little bit like [having] a family group. Time goes quicker with them!”

“It’s an amazing view. Everything is really close so for the players it’s good. We come a lot of times by the water and when you arrive, you have a nice view of the Centre Court. It’s really nice.”

“We are not here to enjoy ourselves, but it’s always better when we’re in a good place since we have to do a job. There are some moments to relax and some moments to work. I was working on my serve because here, when we’re on clay, the balls are going quickly. If I serve well, it’s good for my game and especially for this tournament.”

“[The aqua park] is in the hotel. I was with the son of my coach and he asked me to go with him, so I went there and we did all the things together. I love kids and I love spending time with him so when I have some free time, I enjoy it.”

“It’s special because not many tournaments start at 5:30 p.m. I think it’s good for two reasons. For the players it’s really hot [during the day], so for the level of the game it’s better. For the people, they can come after a day of enjoying the pool or the beach and they come here during the night and watch tennis and enjoy. It’s amazing when the courts are full.”

“The view at lunch and dinner is always amazing and when the sun goes down, the sky is really nice. I was having dinner and I saw this sky and I said, ‘Wow, I should take a picture’. I think the picture is quite nice!”

 

Melzer Delights Home Crowd In Kitzbuhel

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 2:29pm

Former Top 10 player Jurgen Melzer completed an emotional win in front of home fans on Tuesday at the Generali Open in Kitzbuhel, recording his first ATP World Tour main draw victory in nearly a year by defeating Taro Daniel, 6-4, 7-6(4).

"It was a real pleasure playing on Centre Court today," said Melzer. "I had a good start, but got a bit tired in the first set. In the second set, I changed my tactics and was trying to move a bit faster towards the net."

Melzer, the 2008 runner-up in Kitzbuhel, now has a mouth-watering second-round clash against top seed Dominic Thiem. Their only previous meeting was a second-round match in Kitzbuhel in 2013, which Thiem won in straight sets.

"I am the real underdog tomorrow against Dominic, but of course I will try to keep up with him," said Melzer. "But I can't see any weakness when it comes to Dominic playing on outdoor clay."

Fittingly, Melzer's last ATP World Tour win came last year in Kitzbuhel. He took a wild card into this year’s tournament after being sidelined for nine months due to injury and undergoing left shoulder surgery in November. He played the first tournament of his comeback last month at the ATP Challenger Tour event in Poprad Tatry, Slovakia.

WATCH: Gerald Tested In Jurgen Quiz At Kitzbuhel

Earlier in the day, Jurgen's little brother, Gerald Melzer, gave the home crowd something to cheer about by rallying from a set down to win his first-round match over 2011 finalist Albert Montanes, 5-7, 7-5, 6-4.

"It's always been a dream of mine to win an ATP-level match on Austrian soil," said Gerald. "In the past, I maybe put too much pressure on my shoulders, but today I was in a relaxed mood. With the support of the home crowd, I really had fun playing, even if I wasn't completely satisfied with my game."

The victory on Centre Court avenged his opening-round loss to Montanes in Kitzbuhel last year. Gerald, ranked No. 107 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, trailed 4-5 in the second set before winning the next five games. The win marked his first ATP World Tour main draw win of the season. He has been excelling on the ATP Challenger Tour, winning three titles in the first two months of 2016.

Next up for Gerald is qualifier Daniel Gimeno-Traver. The Spaniard won their only previous career meeting in 2014 in Hamburg.

"If I use my forehand properly and engage him on his backhand, he is a player who fits my game quite well," said Gerald.

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Nikoloz Basilashvili recorded the upset of the tournament so far by defeating fifth seed Lukas Rosol, 6-4, 7-6(4). The Georgian rallied from 3/4 down in the tie-break to take the last four points. He'll play Igor Sijsling for a spot in the quarter-finals. Basilashvili leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry 2-0, with both wins coming this year in ATP Challenger Tour events.

In other first-round matches, sixth seed Dusan Lajovic withstood a difficult opening set before moving past Rogerio Dutra Silva, 7-6(7), 6-1. Eighth seed Jan-Lennard Struff saved all five break points against him and needed just 52 minutes to advance past wild card Akira Santillan, 6-2, 6-2. 

In first-round doubles action, Thiem and fellow Austrian Dennis Novak rallied to defeat Julian Knowle/Lukas Rosol, 1-6, 7-6(3), 10-8. Top seeds Wesley Koolhof/Matwe Middelkoop moved through over Taro Daniel/Daniel Gimeno-Traver, 6-3, 6-2, while the all-Argentine team of Guillermo Duran/Maximo Gonzalez advanced by defeating Ariel Behar and John Paul Fruttero, 6-4, 6-3. 

  

Mathieu Advances In Gstaad

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 1:49pm

Paul-Henri Mathieu, the 2007 champion and eighth seed, began his quest at the J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad on Tuesday by hitting nine aces and losing just five of his first service points in a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Swiss Marco Chiudinelli. Mathieu now faces wild card Henri Laaksonen, who struck 10 aces to beat Jozef Kovalik 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(5), clinching the win on his fifth match points. He could not convert four match points on serve at 5-4 in the deciding set.

Robin Haase, the 2013 finalist (l. to Youzhny), won an all-Dutch battle 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-1 against Thiemo de Bakker. Konstantin Kravchuk saved two match points to knock out fifth seed Guido Pella 6-7(5), 7-6(4), 7-6(7) in just under three hours. Kravchuk saved match points in the deciding set at 5-6, 30/40 and at 6/7 in the tie-break.

Horacio Zeballos hit eight aces past fellow Argentinean Agustin Velotti in a 6-4, 6-2 victory for a clash against Haase. Lucky loser Velotti replaced sixth seed and 2001 runner-up Fernando Verdasco, who withdrew due to leg pain. Elsewhere, qualifier Tristan Lamasine recorded just his second tour-level victory over Radu Albot 6-4, 6-2 in 65 minutes. Lamasine goes onto face third seed and last week's SkiStar Swedish Open champion Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

Later in the day, Dustin Brown proved to be too strong for Juan Monaco 6-2, 7-5, in their first meeting since an ITF Futures event in Jamaica in 2003.

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In doubles, top seeds Mate Pavic and Michael Venus beat Mikhail Elgin and Mikhail Youzhny 6-2, 6-2 in 48 minutes to reach the quarter-finals.

Ivanisevic Honoured At Umag Stadium Opening

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 12:49pm
The Konzum Croatia Open Umag official opens the Goran Ivanisevic Stadium, which the former World No. 2 explains is a huge honour.

Emirates ATP Rankings 18 July 2016

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 12:42pm
Check out the latest Emirates ATP Rankings as of 18 July 2016.

Behind The Scenes At Newport 2016

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 11:40am
ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot goes behind the scenes at the 2016 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, Rhode Island, including an interview with Tournament Director Todd Martin.

Isner Looks Ahead To His Washington Return

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 11:34am
John Isner returns to the site of some of the best experiences of his career, at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. Watch live tennis

Gerald Tested In Jurgen Melzer Quiz At Kitzbuhel 2016

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 11:07am
Gerald Melzer gets tested about how much he knows about his brother's career at the Generali Open in Kitzbuhel. Jurgen Melzer watches on...

Dimitrov Guesses Correctly On Forehand Hot Shot Washington 2016

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 11:06am
Dan Evans plays right into Grigor Dimitrov's forehand in Washington and the Bulgarian makes him pay. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Youzhny Features On Opening Day At Gstaad 2016

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 9:44am
Look back on Day 1 in Gstaad, featuring Mikhail Youzhny in first-round action. Video courtesy of J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad

Kavcic Enjoying Loss Of Thought In Injury Comeback

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 7:25am

After undergoing foot surgery at the beginning of the year, Blaz Kavcic believes his best tennis is still yet to come.

The 29-year-old from Slovenia was sidelined for seven months after surgery on his right foot, which involved having his sesamoid bone removed. Kavcic returned to the ATP Challenger Tour last month and quickly picked up where he left off. In just his fifth tournament back, he finished runner-up at the $75,000 event in Winnipeg, Canada, where he narrowly lost in three sets to Go Soeda of Japan.

“I’ve had three surgeries on my feet in the past three years,” said Kavcic. “I’m just happy to finally be healthy now.”

The veteran had to endure tough matches against some of the rising stars in the game to make it to the championship match. Kavcic defeated #NextGen star Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan in the semi-finals, but acknowledged that “he made it to the Top 100 [of the Emirates ATP Rankings] last week. I know how it was when I did it for the first time. This is the big goal in tennis, so when you make it, you get a little bit relaxed.”

In his opening round, Kavcic was pushed to a third-set tiebreak by 15-year-old Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime. Multiple rain delays and the inspired play of his opponent left Kavcic with all he could handle, but he was full of praise after the match for the teenager.

“For a 15 year old, he’s one of the best guys in the world for sure,” said Kavcic. “I hope he’ll work hard because he’s really talented. He has nice shots and a good serve for his age.”

Kavcic is looking to continue his run of form at this week’s $50,000 ATP Challenger Tour event in Binghamton, New York, where he squares off in the opening round against Hiroki Moriya of Japan. Now that he’s injury-free, the Slovenian is looking to make it back to the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings.

“My body’s feeling better. It’s much easier to play now,” said Kavcic. “I don’t have to think about where to hit the ball and it just comes automatically like it did before. It’s a good feeling.”

Gaio Becomes Newest Italian Success Story In Challengers

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 7:12am

Italy has enjoyed a string of ATP Challenger Tour winners in the past month, including Paolo Lorenzi and Marco Cecchinato, but a new face in Federico Gaio has added himself to the winner’s circle.

The 24 year old won his maiden ATP Challenger Tour title on home soil at last week’s $50,000 event in San Benedetto, Italy. A backed-up schedule from rain throughout the week forced Gaio to play both his semi-final and final on Sunday, but he responded strongly by winning both matches in three sets.

“The public helped me a lot! The atmosphere is always fantastic here,” said Gaio. “It’s a very nice tournament with a great atmosphere and organisation. A lot of people are watching the matches, so I’m very happy to come here every year.”

His win was even more surprising because Gaio has struggled to find consistency in 2016, falling either in qualifying or the first-round in 12 of the 15 ATP Challenger Tour events he’s played this year. But Gaio said the hard work he has been putting in on the practice court finally showed in San Benedetto.

“I’ve worked so much on my tactics,” he said. “I’ve done a lot work with my technique also, but obviously it’s very important to know where you have to play!”

Gaio is hoping to keep his win streak at home for another few days at this week’s $50,000 ATP Challenger Tour event in Recanati. He has a tough opening round against Evgeny Donskoy of Russia, but he admitted regardless of what happens when they take the court, he knows his game is moving in the right direction.

“I’m just very happy now. Winning last week is a good step for my career and it’s a confirmation of the work I’m doing every day with my team. So knowing I’m going the right way is the most important thing,” said Gaio. “I want to try and finish the year close to the Top 100 [in the Emirates ATP Rankings], but the main thing for me is to always keep improving day by day.”

Zverev Visits National Building Museum Washington 2016

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 6:29am
Alexander Zverev visits the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, with WTA player Sloane Stephens for an iceberg exhibition.

Fritz Leads #NextGen Stars In Washington

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 3:50am

A pair of #NextGen stars kicked off their Citi Open campaigns in winning style on Monday, with Taylor Fritz and Jared Donaldson tasting first-round success. Fritz – the youngest player in the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings and in strong contention for the ATP Star Of Tomorrow presented by Emirates – posted a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Israel’s Dudi Sela on Stadium Court.

The 18-year-old World No. 67 sent down 11 aces and staved off all seven break points on his way past the 31 year old to set up a clash with fellow #NextGen star, seventh seed Alexander Zverev.

Donaldson won his third straight match, after winning through qualifying, defeating Frenchman Vincent Millot 5-7, 6-2, 6-4. It was the 19 year old’s first ATP World Tour victory of the season and he will next take on Millot’s compatriot, No. 4 seed Benoit Paire.

Frenchman Adrian Mannarino ended another American #NextGen star's bid, however, downing 18 year old wild card Frances Tiafoe 7-6(4), 7-5. Mannarino claimed 81 per cent of first-serve points and broke twice in the narrow victory to set up a second-round meeting with American fifth seed Steve Johnson.

In other matches, Japanese World No. 93 Yuichi Sugita had a tougher time of it finding a way past 2014 finalist Vasek Pospisil. The World No. 93 bounced back to steal a 1-6, 6-2, 7-6(4) victory over the Canadian and will face #NextGen star Borna Coric in the second round.

“In the first set, I made a lot of mistakes and could not get a good feel for my groundstrokes. Moving back a bit and focusing on my first serve made a big difference,” Sugita said. “I'm always learning. I enjoy moving on the court, even in the hot conditions here. I can run until the end of any match, so that's my weapon.”

Sela Runs Fritz All Over The Court Washington 2016

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 2:53am
Dudi Sela makes Taylor Fritz cover nearly the entire court during their first-round match at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Sela Runs Fritz All Over The Court Washington 2016

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 2:53am
Dudi Sela makes Taylor Fritz cover nearly the entire court during their first-round match at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Perfect Start For Aussie Trio

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 2:17am

John Millman, James Duckworth and Jordan Thompson made it an ideal three from three for the Australians on the first day’s play at the Citi Open in Washington on Monday. Fresh from a career-best third-round Grand Slam showing at Wimbledon, Millman carried his form to the first tournament on the US hard court swing, downing local hopeful Denis Kudla 7-5, 6-0.

The 27-year-old hit five aces on his way past Kudla, reeling off the last seven games of the match to book a second-round showdown with 2010 finalist Marcos Baghdatis. The last time the pair met, Baghdatis prevailed in a five-set battle in the second round at Wimbledon in 2015. Qualifier Duckworth inflicted more pain on the Americans, taking down Tim Smyczek 7-5, 6-1.

It was Duckworth’s third win in a row, having come through qualifying. He claimed 76 per cent of his first-serve points and was never broken. The win sets up a clash with top seed and three-time runner-up John Isner.

Thompson became the third Australian to advance in straight sets. The World No. 90 in the Emirates ATP Rankings overcame Victor Estrella Burgos 6-3, 6-2. Thompson, 13 years the Dominican’s junior, won 88 per cent of first-serve points in little more than an hour to set up a second round meeting with 11th seed Alexandr Dolgopolov.

In other matches, 22-year-old Bjorn Fratangelo claimed an all-American battle with Alex Kuznetsov, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 to book a second round match against another of his countrymen, Sam Querrey. Brit Dan Evans built on his third-round run at Wimbledon to see off German Benjamin Becker 6-2, 6-1.

Evans Rips Forehand Hot Shot Washington 2016

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 1:47am
On the run, Brit Daniel Evans blasts a forehand up the line against Benjamin Becker. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Before Washington, Zverev Talks About Federer Win 2016

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 1:46am
German Sascha Zverev looks back at his 2016 so far as he prepares to play at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Monfils Feeling Better Ahead of Washington 2016

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 1:45am
After missing time because of an illness, Gael Monfils is feeling healthy again ahead of the Citi Open in Washington. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.