Gulbis advances in Barcelona; Pospisil ousted in Romania

April 22, 2014

Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, Barcelona, Spain

First-round results:

Albert Ramos defeats Nikolay Davydenko 6-4, 6-4
Jurgen Melzer defeats Mikhail Kukushkin 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-3
Ivan Dodig defeats Facundo Arguello 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-2
Martin Klizan defeats Somdev Devvarman 6-2, 6-4

Second-round results:

Dominic Thiem defeats (14) Marcel Granollers 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
(9) Ernests Gulbis defeats Daniel Gimeno-Traver 7-5, 7-6(1)
(4) Kei Nishikori defeats Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
(5) Tommy Robredo defeats Marinko Matosevic 6-3, 6-4
Inigo Cervantes defeats (15) Dmitry Tursunov 5-7, 6-0, 6-3
(10) Philipp Kohlschreiber defeats Edouard Roger-Vasselin 7-6(4), 6-2
Andrey Golubev defeats (16) Benoit Paire 6-4, 5-1 ret.

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BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy, Bucharest, Romania

First-round results:

Carlos Berlocq defeats (6) Andreas Seppi 6-0, 2-6, 7-6(4)
Victor Hanescu defeats Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-4
Adrian Ungur defeats (5) Vasek Pospisil 5-7, 6-2, 6-1
Marius Copil defeats Adrian Mannarino 6-1, 6-4
Denis Istomin defeats Thomaz Bellucci 7-6(6), 7-6(6)
Robin Haase defeats Matthew Ebden 6-4, 6-3
Paul-Henri Mathieu defeats (7) Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 6-1
Ricardas Berankis defeats Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-7(2), 6-3, 6-4 Match Stats H2H
Lukas Rosol defeats Filippo Volandri 6-1, 7-6(6)

Thiem reaches second round in Barcelona; Chardy defeated in Romania

April 21, 2014

Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, Barcelona, Spain

First-round results:

Roberto Bautista Agut defeats Lukasz Kubot 6-1, 6-0
Daniel Gimeno-Traver defeats Roberto Carballes Baena 6-3, 7-5
Albert Montanes defeats Marc Lopez 7-6(4), 6-2
Andrey Kuznetsov defeats Pablo Carreno Busta 2-6, 6-1, 6-2
Marinko Matosevic defeats Joao Sousa 6-3, 6-2
Dominic Thiem defeats Radek Stepanek 6-4, 6-4
Santiago Giraldo defeats Igor Sijsling 6-4, 6-2
Inigo Cervantes defeats Aleksandr Nedovyesov 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
Edouard Roger-Vasselin defeats Andreas Beck 6-2, 6-2
Andrey Golubev defeats Matteo Viola 6-4, 6-3
Teymuraz Gabashvili defeats Michal Przysiezny 6-3, 6-4
Kenny De Schepper defeats Marsel Ilhan 6-3, 7-5

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BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy, Bucharest, Romania

First-round results:

Jarkko Nieminen defeats Leonardo Mayer 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(4)

Jiri Vesely defeats Jeremy Chardy 7-6(3), 6-0

Sergiy Stakhovsky defeats Patrick Ciorcila 2-6, 6-2, 6-1

Live Streaming for the ATP World Tour events in Barcelona and Romania

April 21, 2014

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Canada defeats Slovak Republic 3-1 to reach World Group at Fed Cup

April 20, 2014

Bouchard clinches tie for Canada with win over Cepelova

Quebec City, QC, April 20, 2014 – Canada’s Fed Cup team is headed to World Group I for the first time in history after defeating the Slovak Republic 3-1 in the World Group play-off tie held at PEPS on the campus of Laval University in Quebec City this weekend. After mounting a 2-0 lead with two thrilling victories on Saturday, Canada needed just one win in the final three matches to clinch the tie. It was Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount, Quebec) who made history for her team with a 7-6(6), 6-3 win over Jana Cepelova on Sunday in the first match of the day. Canada went on to lose the dead doubles rubber to make the final score in the tie 3-1.

The No.18 ranked Bouchard was looking to improve upon what she felt was not her best tennis on Saturday and came out in much better form against No. 52 Cepelova. The match stayed on serve until 4-3 when the Slovak was able to find an opening in Bouchard’s game and broke her for an opportunity to serve for the first set. Similar to Saturday, Cepelova was unable to close it out and Bouchard broke back at love to avoid falling behind a set. After saving a set point on her own serve, Bouchard forced a tiebreak where she ultimately prevailed despite some shaky play from both players. It was then all Bouchard to start the second set as she stormed out to a 5-0 lead. But Cepelova wouldn’t go quietly and fought back to 5-3 before Bouchard served it out successfully on her second attempt to win the match, the tie and put Canada into the World Group.

“I’ve put a lot of work in for Fed Cup and played a lot of matches and have won a lot of them so I’m really proud we have accomplished this and that I contributed,” said Bouchard. “It’s great we are in the top eight in the world. It’s going to be exciting for sure. The crowd was so fun this weekend and it’s great to play when the crowd is like that. I don’t get to play here often and it would be great if we get to play at home next year as well.”

Slovak Republic avoided the sweep when Janette Husarova and Anna Schmiedlova defeated Sharon Fichman (Toronto) and Gabriela Dabrowski (Ottawa) in the dead doubles rubber, 6-4, 5-7, 11-9.

Canada will return to the Top 10 on the ITF Fed Cup rankings for the first time since 2006 when the updated list is released next week. This marks the first time Canada will compete among the top eight nations in the world since Fed Cup changed to its current format in 2005.

“There is a very good chemistry within the team and I am very happy about that,” said team captain Sylvain Bruneau. “It’s not easy to come together like this a few times a year, but everyone is proud to represent their country and that makes it a lot easier. We need to keep improving because it is another level in World Group I. Most teams have several Top 20 players and a good doubles team. It’s not going to be easy, but we have a chance to win Fed Cup next year and that’s every country’s goal.”

Only eight countries entered in Fed Cup competition qualify for the elite World Group with the next eight qualifying for World Group II. Joining Canada in World Group for 2015 will be Australia, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Russia, Poland and the winner of a tie between the United States and France. The 2015 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas draw will take place from Roland Garros on June 4, 2014 to determine the first round match-ups for next year.

Earlier this year, Canada defeated Serbia 3-1 in the World Group II first round to set up this play-off match-up against Slovak Republic. The first round will take place February 8-9, 2015.

Wawrinka masters Federer to win first ever Monte Carlo title

April 20, 2014

MONTE-CARLO ROLEX MASTERS, Monte-Carlo, Monaco

World No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka captured his maiden Masters 1000 title on Sunday in Monte Carlo, Monaco, defeat 17-time grand slam winner Roger Federer 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-2. In a match that saw both one-handed backhand players pound groundstrokes from the baseline, it was Wawrinka who upped his game to force a third and final set. Winning 80 percent of his first serve points, Wawrinka hit five aces and broke Federer’s serve on three occasions. The Swiss No. 1 now leads the ATP Point total for 2014.

Federer, who was in search of his first-ever Monte Carlo title, fell to 0-4 in the championship round of the event.

Canada takes 2-0 lead against Slovak Republic in Fed Cup

April 19, 2014

Quebec City, QC, April 19, 2014 – The Canadian Fed Cup team took a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group I play-off tie versus Slovak Republic on Saturday. Aleksandra Wozniak (Blainville, Quebec) and Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount, Quebec) defeated Jana Cepelova and Kristina Kucova respectively in front of a spirited home crowd at PEPS on the campus of Laval University in Quebec City.

World No. 157 Wozniak gave Canada a 1-0 lead thanks to an impressive 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 come-from-behind win over No. 52 Cepelova. Both Cepelova and Wozniak started the match shaky as the two players swapped breaks a total of seven times before the Slovak took the first set 6-4 on her second set point opportunity. Cepelova looked more in form to start the second set and put Wozniak on the ropes by taking quick 4-1 and then 5-2 leads. But Wozniak stormed back to win five straight games and the second set to even the match. The third set was another battle with long games and more breaks exchanged between the players, but it was Wozniak who prevailed after once again breaking with Cepelova serving for the match, and once again completing the comeback to take the set, the match and the early lead in the tie for her team. The win for Wozniak marks her 31st in singles and 39th overall in Fed Cup action, both of which are Canadian records.

“I kept telling myself to fight, to play each point,” said Wozniak. “I had to stay patient and wait for my chances to move forward and be aggressive. She varied her shots well, so it was important to stay focused. The first match is always the most important one and it sets the tone for the weekend so I was glad it resulted in a win.”

Bouchard, ranked No. 18 in the world, then increased Canada’s stranglehold over their opponents with a 7-6(0), 2-6, 6-1 victory against No. 137 Kucova. Considered a huge underdog in the match, Kucova came out firing and jumped to a 3-0 lead. Bouchard fought back to 3-3 but then went down again to 5-3. Similar to Wozniak in her match, Bouchard broke back with her opponent serving for the match and didn’t let up again, taking the first set in a tiebreak where she did not give up a point. The second set started much the same way with Kucova taking a 5-2 lead, but this time she closed it out to force a third and deciding set. It was Bouchard though who took control in the final frame and capitalized on some fatigue from Kucova to get an early break. She kept the pressure on the entire set, despite some determined and relentless effort from her opponent, to avoid the upset and give Canada the 2-0 lead, putting Slovak Republic on the brink of elimination.

“I didn’t play that well, it was a battle, but I am glad that I was able to fight through even though I wasn’t happy with my level,” said Bouchard. “Tomorrow, I am not going to think about making history, I am just going to focus on the job I have to do on the court and treat it like just another match.”

Canada needs just one victory in the final three matches to secure the win and move up to the World Group I for the first time history. Sunday’s lineup will see Bouchard play Cepelova followed by Wozniak against Kucova. The potential deciding doubles rubber will be played last with Canada’s Sharon Fichman (Toronto) and Gabriela Dabrowski (Ottawa) against Cepelova and Janette Husarova for Slovak Republic. The captains are able to substitute players up to one hour prior to the start of the matches.

“Being up 2-0 is the ideal situation, but it was incredibly difficult,” said team captain Sylvain Bruneau. “Every victory is important, it doesn’t matter how we get them. Tomorrow we have to get one more and that’s what we are focused on.”

Canada is currently ranked No. 11 on the ITF Fed Cup rankings while the Slovak Republic is at No. 7. Slovak Republic owns a 1-0 record against Canada in Fed Cup play with the only other meeting between the two countries being in Bratislava in 1997 where Canada fell 5-0 to the hosts.

The winner of this tie will advance to the World Group I for 2015. Only the top eight countries in the world qualify for the World Group and have the ability to play for the Fed Cup championship. The losing nation will compete in World Group II next year.

Play on Sunday resumes at 1 p.m. ET. The matches will be broadcast live on both Sportsnet and TVA Sports. Live scoring can be found on tenniscanada.com. For tickets, call 1-866-653-6203.

ATP World Tour 2014 singles draws for Barcelona and Bucharest

April 19, 2014

The ATP World Tour 2014 singles draws for Barcelona and Bucharest can be found at the links below.

Link: Barcelona singles draw.

Link: Bucharest singles draw.

Wawrinka, Federer reach Monte Carlo Finals

April 19, 2014

Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Semifinal results:

(4) Roger Federer defeats (2) Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-2
(3) S Wawrinka defeats (6) D Ferrer 6-1, 7-6(3)

Monte Carlo Rolex Masters 2014: Order of play for Sunday April 20

April 19, 2014

Sunday’s order of play at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters can be found at the link below.

Link: OOP.

Rafael Nadal BABOLAT 2014 Aeropro Drive French Open Racquet availability

April 19, 2014

Continuing with the fourth generation of the popular Babolat racquet for 13-time grand slam winner Rafael Nadal, the 2014 AeroPro Drive French Open racquet is set to hit stores in stores and ready to deliver. Boasting a Head Size of 100 sq. in MP, a 27 inch length, an unstrung weight of 10.6 oz (11. 2 oz strung), a balance of 7 pts head light, graphite and tungsten composition, a flex of 72, a string pattern of 16 mains and 19 crosses, and finally a comfortable Syntec Pro grip, the AeroPro Drive 2014 French Open will be used by Nadal beginning at the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco.

The powerful yet control friendly racquet is now available for order at the following TennisWarehouse.com link. Be sure to also checkout the new Babolat strings, as well as the French Open bag collection for 2014. For our European readers, you can shop the same great products for Nadal’s new weapon of choice at the following TennisWarehouse-Europe.com link.

(Free shipping is also included for customers in the United States).

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