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Cilic Beats Gulbis In Roland Garros 2017 Highlights

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 1:14pm
Watch highlights of Marin Cilic versus Ernests Gulbis on Monday in the first round at Roland Garros. Video courtesy Roland Garros. Getty Images photo.

In-Form Wawrinka Beats Tricky Qualifier In Paris

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 1:13pm

Third seed Stan Wawrinka maintained his run of form on Tuesday when he booked his place in the Roland Garros second round. Wawrinka, the 2015 champion, was made to work in the second set for a 6-2, 7-6(6), 6-3 victory over Slovakian qualifier Jozef Kovalik in one hour and 57 minutes. Kovalik led 2-0 in the second set, then failed to convert three set point opportunities from a 6/3 advantage in the tie-break.

“I'm feeling good [and] I’m happy with the match today, in general,” said Wawrinka. “I think it was never an easy transition after winning [in Geneva] on Saturday. I think I'm playing well. I’ve got some matches, some wins, and then you find your confidence, you start to play better. I have been practising well. I'm happy to have won some big matches.

“I tried to play more aggressively, put more pressure on him,” added Wawrinka, when asked what he felt in facing three set points. “As long as the set is not over, there is still room to win it, especially when your opponent is down one set. I think this was a solid match. I'm very happy about how I managed it. I had good feelings playing.”

The Swiss star, who has not lost to a player ranked outside of the Top 50 in the Emirates ATP Rankings at the clay-court major, hit five more winners (38) than he committed unforced errors (33). He is now 20-8 on the season, having captured his 16th tour-level title on Saturday in retaining the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open crown (d. Mischa Zverev).

Wawrinka will next face Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, who lost only nine of his first service points to defeat Carlos Berlocq of Argentina 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours and 10 minutes. Dolgopolov leads Wawrinka 2-1 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, but the pair has not met since March 2014 at the Miami Open presented by Itau.

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Nadal Opens Quest For 10th Title In Roland Garros 2017 Highlights

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 1:01pm
Watch highlights of nine-time champion Rafael Nadal versus France's Benoit Paire on Monday in the first round at Roland Garros. Video courtesy Roland Garros. Getty Images photo.

Djokovic Tops Granollers In Roland Garros 2017 Highlights

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 1:01pm
Watch highlights of defending champion Novak Djokovic versus Marcel Granollers on Monday in the first round at Roland Garros. Video courtesy Roland Garros. Getty Images photo.

Djokovic Opens Up On Roland Garros Title Defence

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 1:01pm
Novak Djokovic discusses coming to Roland Garros as the defending champion, his new coach Andre Agassi and his first-round win over Marcel Granollers on Monday. Video courtesy Roland Garros.

Raonic Discusses Darcis Win At Roland Garros 2017

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 1:01pm
Milos Raonic reflects on his opening win at 2017 Roland Garros against Steve Darcis on Monday. Video courtesy Roland Garros.

DelPo Makes Winning Roland Garros Return

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 12:15pm

Juan Martin del Potro made a winning return on his first appearance at Roland Garros in five years on Tuesday. The popular No. 29 seed hit 33 winners, including 13 aces, past fellow Argentine Guido Pella in a 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 victory.

“It's never easy when you have to play a friend, a guy like Guido... We have a great relationship... Of course I would like to play another player, for sure, but that's the draw. I got lucky because I played a very good match today,” del Potro said. “[Roland Garros] is an amazing tournament for Argentinian people, and I love to be playing this tournament again after five years.”

We ❤️ you too, @delpotrojuan.#RG17

— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) May 30, 2017

The 6'6" Argentine reached the 2009 semi-finals, and in 2012 advanced to the last eight (l. to Federer both times). He will next face Nicolas Almagro, who hit 16 aces to beat Marcos Baghdatis 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(1).

“Del Potro will try to dictate play with his forehand. I'll try to counter him. I will try and play to his backhand. I will be very aggressive. This is my style of tennis, to be aggressive,” Almagro said.

Pella, who reached the final at the BMW Open by FWU in Munich earlier this month (l. to Alexander Zverev), falls to 0-2 in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against del Potro. 

“Today, he's better than me,” said Pella. “He played better than me. I tried to play my game but he has a big forehand [and a] big serve. So he did very good job today.”

#NextGenATP Korean Hyeon Chung converted six of eight break points to knock out 27th seed Sam Querrey 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in two hours and 15 minutes. Chung will face Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin, who won nine of 10 net points to beat #NextGenATP American Ernesto Escobedo 7-6(3), 6-3, 6-4.

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Emirates ATP Rankings Update 29 May 2017

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 11:53am
See how the Emirates ATP Rankings look on 29 May 2017 after ATP World Tour tournaments in Geneva and Lyon.

Kyrgios: 'There Were A Lot Of Question Marks'

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 11:39am

Australian No. 18 seed Nick Kyrgios fired into the Roland Garros second round on Tuesday by firing down 20 aces in a 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-3 victory over the experienced Philipp Kohlschreiber, who remains two match wins shy of 150 career clay-court victories. The 22-year-old Kyrgios, who is now 19-6 on the year, has advanced to three ATP World Tour semi-finals at Marseille (l. to Tsonga), Acapulco (l. to Querrey) and ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l. to Federer).

“There was a lot of question marks on how I would perform today,” admitted Kyrgios. “I haven't had that many matches on the clay. Obviously, [I’ve] been struggling physically… and not feeling that confident. I saw the draw and I thought it was going to be very tough. (Kohlschreiber's) been around for a long time now and he knows what to do to win matches. I think he's pretty comfortable on the clay. I served really well today at important times in the match, and I thought I just played the right style of game to win today with what I had. Hopefully, I can keep going.”

Kyrgios goes onto face former World No. 10 Kevin Anderson, who hit 13 aces and won 80 per cent of his first-service points to beat Malek Jaziri 7-6(4), 6-3, 7-6(4) in two hours and 35 minutes.

A couple of weeks ago, Kyrgios appointed former World No. 4 Sebastian Grosjean as his coach on a part time. It was the Australian’s first appointment since severing ties with Todd Larkham and Joshua Eagle in 2015.

”I was kind of just looking for the right person to guide me and keep me on track,” said Kyrgios. “I feel like my game, I know what to do to win matches. I don't feel like my level is a problem. It's more about being consistent and obviously just finding that motivation every day to stand the grind and give 100 per cent. He's the type of guy that cares about my well-being first, rather than just tennis results.

“He knows I need my space at times and he knows how to deal with me. I think at the moment it's pretty good. Obviously, it's hard for me when we're in the practice court having someone in my ear. I haven't had that for almost three years. To go from one extreme to the other, it's a slow transition, but I think I'm getting there.

“I get pretty internal at times, and when he's telling me to focus on things I kind of just think tactically. I guess that's what I struggle with. So to have him keep reminding me what to do is helping.”

Grosjean retired from professional tennis seven years ago, having compiled a 4-9 record in ATP World Tour finals. He reached the semi-finals of 2001 Australian Open and Roland Garros, and at 2003 and 2004 Wimbledon.

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How Do The Best Doubles Teams Perform?

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 10:40am
ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot and Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers look at how the best doubles teams perform when serving, return and are placed under pressure.

Domingues Dominates In Mestre For First Challenger Title

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 2:09am

Joao Domingues is eager to lift more trophies on the ATP Challenger Tour now that he has a taste for the top prizes. The Portuguese clinched his first title with a 7-6(4), 6-4 triumph over Sebastian Ofner in Mestre, Italy, on Sunday.

Two years removed from his last Challenger main draw in Barranquilla, Colombia, the 23 year old was making just his third appearance on the circuit. Having enjoyed the majority of his success at the ITF Futures level, claiming seven titles from 18 finals, he is eager to take the leap to the next level.

“I’m very happy with this win, it’s my first title on the ATP Challenger Tour,” said Domingues. “I’m playing very well this year, so I couldn’t be happier right now. It makes me feel proud and motivated to get better and better.”

Domingues was made to fight for the trophy, prevailing in a trio of tight three-set matches to open his account in Mestre. He became the eighth first-time winner on the ATP Challenger Tour this year and second from Portugal. Pedro Sousa also claimed victory on the Italian clay, prevailing in Francavilla del Mare last month. Domingues admits the title was on his mind over the weekend.

“I played my game, it was very solid. I felt comfortable all week,” added the Portuguese. “I tried not to think about it (winning the trophy). Sometimes it is impossible because it is normal to be nervous, especially in your first Challenger final. I won, so I did a good job.”


Riding a wave of confidence after a breakthrough week at the Millennium Estoril Open, his home ATP World Tour event, Domingues' maiden triumph on the ATP Challenger Tour comes as no surprise. Less than a month ago, he turned in a stunning run to the second round in Estoril, scoring his first tour-level match win over World No. 41 Kyle Edmund after emerging from qualifying. 

Domingues had never beaten a Top 200 player entering the week and nearly notched back-to-back signature victories, falling 7-5 in the third set to Kevin Anderson in the second round. It proved to be the catalyst for his success in Mestre.

“It was a big confidence boost for me,” said the Porto resident. “It was a great tournament for me.”

A year ago, he was at No. 542 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. However, as a reward for his Estoril exploits and breaking new Challenger ground in Mestre, Domingues climbs to a career-high No. 176, making his debut in the Top 200.

Despite such a rapid rise, Domingues remains focused on his goals for the remainder of the 2017 season. He will look to carry the momentum into this week's Challenger stop in Vicenza, Italy, where he opens against Uladzimir Ignatik of Belarus.

“I must keep working, keep trying to do my best and to play better tennis.”

Zverev, Verdasco Even Before Darkness Suspends Play

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 7:59pm

#NextGenATP star Alexander Zverev evened his first-round contest against Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 6-3 before darkness suspended play on Monday evening at Roland Garros.

The ninth-seeded Zverev is fresh off his maiden ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome earlier this month (d. Djokovic). The win catapulted the 20-year-old German to No. 10 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, the first time he's joined the elite group.

In Paris, Zverev, who reached the Roland Garros junior boys' final just four years ago, is looking to get past the third round and achieve his best showing at a Grand Slam. The 6'6” right-hander reached the third round last year during his Roland Garros debut (l. to Thiem), at 2016 Wimbledon (l. to Berdych) and at the Australian Open earlier this year (l. to Nadal).


The 33-year-old Verdasco, meanwhile, is making his 14th consecutive appearance at Roland Garros and his 56th consecutive Grand Slam showing. He's 12-1 in first round contests, with his only opening loss coming in 2005 to Robin Soderling.

Zverev beat Verdasco earlier this month on clay at the Mutua Madrid Open, but it was the Spaniard who started better on Monday, breaking Zverev twice in the first set and clinching the opener with a service winner. Zverev, however, bounced back in the second, recovering from an early break to even the contest after 80 minutes. They will resume their contest after a WTA match begins play on Tuesday on Philippe-Chatrier Court.

In other action, 10th seed David Goffin needed only one hour and 50 minutes to beat 35-year-old French qualifier Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-2, 6-2, 6-2. Last year, Goffin marked his best Grand Slam result by reaching the last eight at Roland Garros (l. to Thiem). Goffin will next play Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky, who beat Yen-Hsun Lu 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(4).

“I wanted to be aggressive. I wanted to be involved in the match from the start. There was an early break in the first and second sets, so I put a lot of pressure on him and I made him move quite a lot,” Goffin said. “I served well when it mattered. I was quite accurate and precise. So, on the whole, three straight sets that were quite solid.”

Fantastic feet and where to slide them. #RG17

Isner Feeling Good On Clay

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 4:00pm
After his run to the Rome semi-finals, John Isner is feeling good about his clay-court game going into Roland Garros.

How Wawrinka & Djokovic Raise Their Games In Paris

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 3:55pm

How does a player get a hot hand? A study of the past two Roland Garros champions, Novak Djokovic (2016) and Stan Wawrinka (2015), identifies obscure yet fascinating areas of their games that they improved in Paris to capture the sport's prized clay-court Grand Slam title.

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An Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers analysis of Djokovic at Roland Garros in 2016, and Wawrinka in 2015, uncovers 10 areas that saw them perform much better than their season average in each year.

Roland Garros 2016 - Novak Djokovic

1. Serving at 0/15 (73% won)
Djokovic fell behind 0/15 30 times on serve at Roland Garros in 2016. He won the 0/15 point 73 per cent (22/30) of the time, which was higher than his 2016 season average of 69 per cent. The eight times he did fall behind 0/30 at Roland Garros, he won his serve on only one occasion.

2. First Serve Percentage Down Break Point (70%)
Djokovic faced 43 break points at Roland Garros in 2016. He made 70 per cent (30/43) first serves, which was five percentage points (65 per cent) higher than his season average. At Roland Garros, he made 73 per cent (8/11) in the deuce court, and 69 per cent (22/32) in the ad court.

3. Second Serve Points Won (60%)
Djokovic won a dominant 60 per cent (120/199) of his second-serve points in Paris last year. His career average in this specific area on clay is 54 per cent (3,073/5,669), while his 2016 season all-surfaces average was 56 per cent. The career leader of second-serve points won on clay is Rafael Nadal, at 56 per cent (4,358/7,765).

4. Total Return Points Won (49%)
Djokovic actually won fewer service points (67 per cent to 66 per cent) at Roland Garros compared to his season average. But on the return side, he improved from a season average of 44 per cent (2,498/5,657) to a mind-blowing 49 per cent (335/689).

5. First Serve Return Points Won (42%)
Djokovic is 19th in the career averages list of first-serve return points won at 36 per cent (3,807/10,517). Overall in the 2016 season he was at 35 per cent (1,185/3,413). This part of his game caught fire at Roland Garros last year, winning a staggering 42 per cent (175/418) of first-serve return points.


Roland Garros 2015 - Stan Wawrinka

1. Break Points Saved (82%)
Wawrinka found himself down break point 51 times at Roland Garros in 2015. He saved an astounding 82 per cent (42/51) of them, which was way up from his 2015 season average of 68 per cent (288/426).

2. Holding After Breaking Serve (97%)
When Wawrinka broke serve, he did an excellent job of holding serve in the following game. Wawrinka held serve 30 of 31 times (97 per cent) in this specific situation, which was up from his 2015 season average of 90 per cent (179/198).

3. Receiving With New Balls (42%)
Serving with fresh balls always seems to be a psychological advantage for the server. In the 2015 season, Wawrinka broke serve 20 per cent of the time (21/106) when facing new balls. But that percentage more than doubled at Roland Garros, as he broke serve 42 per cent (5/12) when facing new balls.

4. Breaking After Losing Serve (56%)
The disappointment of losing serve can make it tough to break straight back. In 2015, Wawrinka broke straight back after losing serve 24 per cent (31/130) of the time. At Roland Garros, he got straight back on the horse, breaking 56 per cent (5/9) of the time.

5. Breaking from 0/40 (100%)
Wawrinka finished what he started when returning at Roland Garros in 2015. Ten times he got his opponent to 0/40 on serve, and 10 times he broke. In the 2016 season he was at 90 per cent (45/50), and from the start of the 2015 season up to Madrid earlier this month, he broke serve just 76 per cent (105/139) of the time after building a 0/40 lead returning.

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Nadal, Djokovic In Same Half At Roland Garros

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 9:29am

In-form Rafael Nadal faces a major test if he is to claim ‘La Decima’, a 10th title at Roland Garros this year. The Spanish superstar has been drawn in the same half of the draw as defending champion Novak Djokovic, Milos Raonic and Dominic Thiem, the player who beat him in last week's Internazionali BNL d’Italia quarter-finals.

Fourth seed Nadal will meet France’s Benoit Paire in the first round as he looks to add to his incredible 72-2 record at the clay-court Grand Slam championship, where he has clinched the 2005-08, 2010-14 crowns. Nadal could meet No. 31 seed Gilles Simon in the third round, with a potential quarter-final against fifth seed Raonic, who begins his quest against Steve Darcis.

Nadal, who will celebrate his 31st birthday on 3 June, has already captured his 10th title at both the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters and Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell in 2017. Two weeks ago, he also won a fifth crown at the Mutua Madrid Open.

Second seed Djokovic, who completed the career Grand Slam with his first Roland Garros title in 2016 (d. Murray), will take on Marcel Granollers in the first round. The Serbian, who has a 12-9 record in Grand Slam championship finals, has started to work with Andre Agassi this week as he seeks his first tour-level title since clinching the Qatar ExxonMobil Open crown (d. Murray) in January.

Djokovic, who also finished runner-up on Parisian clay in 2012, 2014 (l. to Nadal both times) and 2015 (l. to Wawrinka), could meet No. 16 seed Lucas Pouille in the fourth round, before a potential quarter-final against sixth seed Dominic Thiem or No. 10 seed David Goffin. Djokovic beat Thiem in the Rome semi-finals, but was ousted by Goffin in the Monte-Carlo last eight in April. Thiem, who opens his bid against Bernard Tomic, lost to Djokovic in last year’s Roland Garros semi-finals. The Austrian has won six ATP World Tour clay-court crowns and is 17-4 on the surface in 2017.

World No. 1 Andy Murray, who became the first Briton to reach the Roland Garros final since Bunny Austin in 1937, on the back of a title run at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia (d. Djokovic), has been working hard in Paris this week with his coaches Ivan Lendl and Jamie Delgado. Murray, who has a 16-7 record in 2017, including the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships trophy (d. Verdasco), opens his campaign against Andrey Kuznetsov. Murray may face a tricky third-round encounter against No. 29 seed Juan Martin del Potro, who opens against a qualifier.

Murray or del Potro could then challenge No. 13 seed Tomas Berdych, who recorded the 600th match win of his career last week in Rome. #NextGenATP German Alexander Zverev, the ninth seed and winner of his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy in The Eternal City last week, begins his quest for glory against Fernando Verdasco. Zverev may then face No. 22 seed Pablo Cuevas in the third round, with a possible fourth-round tie against eighth seed Kei Nishikori.

Nishikori, who competes at Roland Garros for the seventh time hoping to better his 2015 quarter-final run (l. to Tsonga in five sets), plays Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis, who is on the comeback trail from a shoulder injury. The Japanese star may meet No. 27 seed Sam Querrey, this year’s Abierto Mexicano Telcel champion in the third round.

Stan Wawrinka, currently competing at the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open, where he is the defending champion, is 18-8 on the year, but will be hoping to evoke memories of his 2015 Roland Garros title run. Last year’s semi-finalist, who competes in Murray’s half of the draw, opens against a qualifier with a third-round test against Fabio Fognini in prospect. Seventh seed Marin Cilic, No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No. 15 Gael Monfils, No. 18 Nick Kyrgios, No. 24 Richard Gasquet all feature in Wawrinka's second quarter of the draw.

ATP Announces New Name And Extended London Stay For Nitto ATP FInals

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:17pm
During a press conference from the Shard, the ATP announces that under a new title sponsorship with the Nitto Denko Corporation, the Nitto ATP Finals will stay in London a further two years through to 2020.

#NextGenATP Tsitsipas Qualifies For Roland Garros

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 6:39pm

#NextGenATP's Stefanos Tsitsipas is one of eight players who qualified for the main draw of Roland Garros with final-round qualifying wins on Thursday. Among those also reaching their first Grand Slam main draw are Nicolas Jarry and Stefano Napolitano.

Tsitsipas encountered few problems moving past Oscar Otte of Germany 6-3, 6-2. The 18-year-old Greek player has never played the main draw of a Grand Slam before. He showed promise on clay by reaching back-to-back ATP Challenger Tour finals on the surface last October in Morocco.

Nicolas Jarry had never won a round at a Grand Slam prior to this week, but the Chilean is through to the main draw after defeating #NextGenATP American Reilly Opelka 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-3. The 21 year old has reached two Challenger finals this year.


Stefano Napolitano was also winless in Grand Slams before his dream run this week, taking out #NextGenATP player Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-2. The 21-year-old Italian won his maiden Challenger last November on home soil in Ortisei.

The remaining final-round qualifying round winners on Thursday were all established veterans. The winners were ninth seed Santiago Giraldo, 13th seed Guido Pella, 21st seed Sergiy Stakhovsky, Teymuraz Gabashvili and Simone Bolelli.

All eight remaining final-round qualifying matches will be contested on Friday, with former Top 15 player Paul-Henri Mathieu and #NextGenATP Russian Andrey Rublev among those in action.

Nitto ATP Finals To Stay In London Through 2020

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 5:44pm
The new-look Nitto ATP Finals will remain at London's iconic O2 arena through 2020. Only the world's best eight singles players and eight doubles teams make the cut.

Nitto ATP Finals Will Showcase World's Best

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 5:43pm
The world's best eight players and doubles teams will again light up The O2 arena in London during the Nitto ATP Finals from 12-19 November.

Nishikori Saves 3 M.P. In Thrilling Comeback

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 4:25pm

Second seed Kei Nishikori withstood a stern challenge from Kevin Anderson on Thursday at the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open, surviving three match points to reach the semi-finals 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(6).

“There haven’t been too many times that I’m down match point and win, so it’s great for me,” said Nishikori. “He had more chances, but I served a little bit better in the end. It’s important to win some matches like this.” 

The Japanese star rallied from 2/4 in the final set tie-break and earned a match point at 6/5 with a backhand passing shot winner. Anderson erased it with a forehand winner, but Nishikori responded with a forehand return winner in the next point. The second seed hit another winner off that wing at 7/6 to wrap up the match after two hours and 29 minutes.

Nishikori improves his FedEx ATP Head2Head against Anderson to 4-1 and reaches his first ATP World Tour semi-final on clay this season. He’s seeking his first title since winning Memphis in February 2016 (d. Fritz).

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He’ll next play qualifier Mischa Zverev, who continued his run through the draw by defeating fifth seed Steve Johnson 6-4, 7-5. Zverev won all 14 of his first serve points in the opening set and 81 per cent in the match. The German moves into his maiden ATP World Tour semi-final of the season and first since last October in Basel.

“It’s my first [ATP World Tour] semi-final on clay, so I can be very happy with that,” said Zverev. “It took six or seven tournaments on clay, but now I’m finally finding my game on this surface.”

Top seed Stan Wawrinka was down a set and an early break to an in-form Sam Querrey, but delighted the home crowd by fighting back to win 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. Wawrinka improves to 4-3 on clay this season and is through to his maiden ATP World Tour semi-final on the red dirt this year. He defeated Marin Cilic in last year's final for his first title on home soil. The Swiss star also boosts his FedEx ATP Head2Head against Querrey to 5-1.

Awaiting Wawrinka in the semi-finals is Andrey Kuznetsov, who prevailed against lucky loser Cedrik-Marcel Stebe 6-2, 1-6, 7-5. Kuznetsov moves into his second ATP World Tour semi-final of the season after also reaching the final four this January in Sydney. He is even with Wawrinka in their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry at 1-1 and won their most recent match in March 2016 at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Miami. 



Both doubles quarter-finals on Thursday didn’t make it to court due to withdrawals. Scott Lipsky and Leander Paes advanced past Rogerio Dutra Silva and Paolo Lorenzi due to a right ankle injury sustained by Dutra Silva. Lipsky/Paes will face top seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau on Friday.

Wild cards Johan Nikles and Tim Puetz moved past third seeds Treat Huey and Robert Lindstedt after Lindstedt pulled out with a groin injury. Nikles/Puetz also received a walkover in their opening round. They will take on second seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah for a place in the final.