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Tsonga Rallies For Rotterdam 2017 Title

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 6:56pm
Watch highlights as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga overcomes David Goffin in three gripping sets to clinch the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament crown. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Champion Tsonga Delighted With Rotterdam 2017 Title

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 6:42pm
Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reflects on his success after landing the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament trophy with victory over David Goffin. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Tsonga Showcases Speed in Rotterdam 2017 Hot Shot

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 6:23pm
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was hot off his heels to play this hot shot during the final of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Dolgopolov upsets Nishikori at Argentina Open

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 5:59pm
Dolgopolov upsets Nishikori at Argentina Open

Lucky No. 13: Tsonga Reigns In Rotterdam

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 5:54pm

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wasn't satisfied in capturing his 400th match win this week at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. The Frenchman added to his haul with victory No. 401 on Sunday, claiming an impressive 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 comeback over David Goffin for the title.

Tsonga secured his 13th ATP World Tour crown and second at the 500 level (Tokyo 2009), ending a two-year title drought with a strong statement on the indoor hard courts of Rotterdam. On Saturday, the sixth seed downed Tomas Berdych to notch tour-level victory No. 400 and on Sunday he became the first Frenchman to triumph at the Ahoy Rotterdam since Michael Llodra in 2008.

"I'm really happy," said Tsonga. "These titles come at the right moments. The last couple of months I put in a lot of effort to come back to this level. It's a huge reward for me and it gives me new expectations for the rest of the year.

"I changed my serve and worked a lot on my backhand and my returns. I also changed my strings. There were many things to improve my game and do things better. Today it's a reward and I will try to be better and better. In the second set, I had another mentality on court. I was more aggressive and it made the difference."

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Goffin sprinted out the gates and looked to be in control early. The 26 year old made significant progress against the Tsonga serve, holding break points in each of the Frenchman's first three service games and converting his fifth opportunity for a 2-1 lead. Goffin again pounced for a second break two games later and was in command after taking the opener.

Tsonga stepped up his intensity in the second set, however, using his agility and fearless forehand to disrupt the Belgian's steady game. Two massive inside-out forehands gave the Frenchman a pair of set points at 5-4 15/40 and he would eventually send the encounter to a decider on his fifth chance. The World No. 14 carried the momentum into the third set, taking a stranglehold on the championship with a pair of quick breaks for a commanding 5-0 advantage. He would secure the title after one hour and 56 minutes, firing an overhead smash at the net.

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Six years after first reaching the Rotterdam final, having fallen to Robin Soderling in 2011, Tsonga finally wrapped his arms around the trophy. He claims 500 Emirates ATP Rankings points and €371,620 in prize money. The Le Mans native extended his FedEx ATP Head2Head edge over Goffin to 4-2, marking their first meeting since 2015, when the pair split encounters on the clay of Monte-Carlo and Rome.

Goffin, meanwhile, will make his Top 10 debut in the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday, adding 300 Emirates ATP Rankings points and €182,185 in prize money. The milestone is a historic one for Belgium, with the Liege native becoming the first from his country to break into the elite level.

"It was a great week in the end," said Goffin, who was bidding for his third ATP World Tour title and first in three years. "There was a lot of emotion this week and I won a lot of matches. I was a bit tired today. I started the final really well, but in the end Jo played better than me, especially in the third set. Of course I'm disappointed, but I played some good tennis and will be in the Top 10 on Monday."

Cabal/Farah Rule Again In Buenos Aires

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 5:36pm

Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah have defended their Argentina Open title with a comprehensive 6-1, 6-4 win over third seeds Santiago Gonzalez and David Marrero on Sunday.

The top seeds in Buenos Aires saved a match point in their Match Tie-break triumph over Italians Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini in the semi-finals to book an 18th ATP World Tour final together.

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The Colombians dictated play against Gonzalez/Marrero by winning 88 per cent of points on first serve and broke three times to wrap up the victory on the one-hour mark.

"It's great to repeat here," said Cabal. "We love Buenos Aires. The city, the stadium here and the food too."

"We had a pretty difficult draw but we arrived playing well," Farah said. "We showed that and we hope to maintain it for the rest of the year. Our expectations for 2017 are very high. We want to fight for Grand Slam and Masters 1000 titles and the goal is to qualify for the ATP Finals at the end of the year."

Cabal/Farah lifted a ninth Tour trophy as a team and have accumulated 250 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points to go with $29,610 in prize money.

Dodig/Granollers Crowned Rotterdam Champions

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 2:55pm

Ivan Dodig and Marcel Granollers have clinched their first ATP World Tour title as a pairing at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament with a 7-6(5), 6-3 victory over Dutch wild card team Wesley Koolhof and Matwe Middelkoop.

Dodig/Granollers, playing just their second event together, had dispatched top seeds Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert for a place in the Rotterdam final, whilst Koolhof/Middelkoop were looking to add to their Apia International Sydney trophy they won last month.

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With no breaks, a tie-break was required to separate these in-form pairings in the opening set and the third seeds managed to edge ahead. They struck instantly in set two to build a 2-0 lead, an advantage they maintained until closing out the title in 73 minutes.

“We have played some amazing tennis together. We played some great matches at the Australian Open, played the quarter-finals and lost a tough match to the Bryans,” said Dodig after they claimed the title without dropping a set. “I am really happy the way we are playing and hopefully we can continue this level.”

The Rotterdam champions secured 500 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings Points and €111,890 in prize money. Dodig landed his seventh tour-level doubles trophy, Spaniard Granollers took his tally to 14.

“I am very happy," said Granollers. "We played great tennis all week in all of the matches. Without a doubt, it has been a great start with Ivan, reaching the quarter-finals at the Australian Open and winning an [ATP World Tour] 500 title. We are very happy with our form."

Koolhof/Middelkoop were bidding to become the first Dutch duo to win on home soil in Rotterdam since Jacco Eltingh and Paul Haarhuis in 1998, but still leave with 300 ranking points and €54,780 prize money.

Anderson And Fratangelo Face Off In 2017 Delray Beach Games

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 1:55pm
Kevin Anderson and Bjorn Fratangelo went head-to-head in a series of beach games during the Delray Beach Open. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: Delray Beach Open

Tsonga clinches World Tennis Tournament title

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 1:26pm
Tsonga clinches World Tennis Tournament title

Insider Notebook: Radwanska On The Williams Dynasty, Kerber On German Dominance In Dubai Dubai GTK Ons Jabeur FINAL

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 8:15pm
WTA Insider Courtney Nguyen | The top seeds check in at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships' All-Access Hour; check out the best quotes right here.

Champions Corner: Pliskova Soars To Second Title Of 2017 In Doha Doha - Shot of the day Pliskova -day 6

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 8:14pm
WTA Insider Courtney Nguyen | Hear from Karolina Pliskova as she discussed braving a rainy week in Qatar to claim her eighth career title and move up on the RTS leaderboard.

Barthel Blasts Past Jankovic In Dubai Opener Doha - Barthel Jankovic 1R

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 8:14pm
Wildcard Mona Barthel rolled into the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, dispatching former No.1 Jelena Jankovic while Samantha Stosur also advanced.

Insider Podcast: Osaka Relives Fed Cup Debut, Outlines Social Media Master Plan In Dubai

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 8:13pm
WTA Insider | The ever-quotable Naomi Osaka talks through the start of her Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships campaign and an eventful Fed Cup dinner.

Wonder Twin Pliskova Activates Vinci Upset In Dubai Dubai - KrPliskova Vinci 1R

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 8:13pm
One day after Karolina Pliskova captured the Qatar Total Open title, sister Kristyna made waves at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, ousting No.16 seed Roberta Vinci in three sets.

Konta withdraws from Dubai tourney due to injury

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 6:22pm
Konta withdraws from Dubai tourney due to injury

Pliskova tops Wozniacki for 1st time in Qatar final

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 1:42pm
Pliskova tops Wozniacki for 1st time in Qatar final

Carreno Busta Advances In Buenos Aires Battle

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:24pm

Fourth seed Pablo Carreno Busta moved into his first semi-final of 2017 on Friday at the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires, outlasting fifth seed and fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in a marathon match.

Little separated the players in the early stages, but Carreno Busta went on a four-game run down 2-3 to grab the opening set. Ramos-Vinolas fought back by grabbing the lone break of serve in the second set at 4-4. The fifth seed went up 3-1 in the deciding set, but Carreno Busta saved his best tennis for the end by winning five of the last six games to prevail in two hours and 11 minutes.

Carreno Busta improves his FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Ramos-Vinolas to 2-0, having prevailed against him in a third-set tie-breaker in February 2016 in Sao Paulo. He is making his fourth consecutive appearance in Buenos Aires, but had never won a match here until this year. Carreno Busta currently sits at a career-high No. 25 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

Next up for him is Alexandr Dolgopolov, who advanced 7-5, 6-4 over Gerald Melzer. The Ukrainian is also through to his first ATP World Tour semi-final of the season. Dolgopolov caused the biggest upset so far this week in Buenos Aires by taking out second seed Pablo Cuevas in the second-round. 

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Goffin Gains Revenge For Rotterdam SF Spot

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 9:23pm

Third seed David Goffin broke new ground on Friday to book a maiden ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament semi-final courtesy of a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 triumph over fifth seed Grigor Dimitrov.

In a repeat of last week’s Garanti Koza Sofia Open final, Goffin gained revenge on Dimitrov in over two hours of enthralling action to clinch his first career victory over the in-form Bulgarian.

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The World No. 11 kept Dimitrov off balance in a series of extended rallies to edge to a first set lead. However, Dimitrov has started 2017 with 16 match victories and two ATP World Tour titles, and illustrated his recent form with an athletic display to force a decider.

Back-to-back passing shot winners secured Goffin an immediate break in the final set. Dimitrov valiantly pressed the third seed, but Goffin maintained his advantage and progressed to the final four to meet Dominic Thiem or Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Pliskova Conquers Wozniacki To Claim Eighth Career Title In Doha Doha - Pliskova vs Wozniacki Final

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 8:15pm
No.2 seed Karolina Pliskova put together a dominating performance over Caroline Wozniacki to take home her eighth career title - and her second of 2017 - at the Qatar Total Open.

Can Kerber Reclaim No.1 In Dubai? WTA Insider Analyzes First Premier 5 Of 2017

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 8:15pm
WTA Insider Courtney Nguyen | Top seed Angelique Kerber is in with a chance to wrest the No.1 ranking from Serena Williams; check out a full analysis of an exciting Dubai draw.