Janowicz reaches round two at Moselle Open

September 16, 2014

Moselle Open, Metz, France

First-round results:

Tobias Kamke defeats Kenny De Schepper 6-3, 7-6(5)
Igor Sijsling defeats Andreas Seppi 6-0, 4-1
Michal Przysiezny defeats Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(4)
(7) Jerzy Janowicz defeats Adrian Mannarino 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-4
Paolo Lorenzi defeats Laurent Lokoli 6-2, 6-4

Muller, Mathieu advance at Moselle Open

September 15, 2014

Moselle Open, Metz, France

First-round results:

Gilles Muller defeats Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-1, 7-6(6)
Paul-Henri Mathieu defeats Benjamin Becker 7-6(2) 7-6(3)

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September 15, 2014

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Canada clinches spot in 2015 Davis Cup World Group with win over Colombia

September 14, 2014

Milos Raonic defeats Santiago Giraldo in fourth match to secure victory; Canada wins 3-2 over Colombia in Halifax

Halifax, September 14, 2014 – The Canadian Davis Cup team has defeated Colombia 3-2 in their Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Play-off at the Halifax Metro Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia and thus will play in the elite 16-team World Group for a fourth straight year. With Canada entering Sunday’s schedule up 2-1 on the Colombian squad thanks to a singles sweep on Friday and a doubles loss on Saturday, Milos Raonic (Thornhill, Ont.) earned the clinching victory 6-1, 7-6(2), 7-5 over Santiago Giraldo in the duel between the two No. 1 players on the teams.

Raonic started the match strongly, breaking world No. 33 Giraldo’s first service game to take an early 2-0 lead and cruising to the opening set in just 24 minutes. The second set was much closer as Giraldo appeared to become more comfortable in the match. Raonic was forced to save two set points at the 4-5 mark, but was able to hold and subsequently took control of the tiebreaker. Taking an early lead in the third set, Raonic seemed in complete control. But Giraldo broke for the first time at 2-4 and consolidated to extend the match just a little bit longer, before the world No. 7 finally clinched the triumph by breaking for the win. In total, Raonic lost just 15 points on his serve through the entire two hour and 11-minute match.

“The most important thing I came here knowing was just get the win,” Raonic said. “I didn’t expect to play my best tennis, with the short turnaround from the US Open, especially because I had a busy summer. I came here with the intention of making sure I was mentally fresh. Maybe not playing the best tennis, but knowing at least that mentally I can compete to the best of my abilities and I was able to achieve that goal.”

The 23-year-old has now clinched five ties for Canada in fourth rubbers – the previous four being in Americas Zone Group I action against Mexico in 2011, in Canada’s 2012 World Group Play-off opposite South Africa, and in Canada’s World Group first round and quarter-final ties versus Spain and Italy in 2013.

“There is an extra pressure [when trying to clinch ties], but it’s really not any different from any other time,” Raonic said. “I was able to do the same thing for us four times. When I have that opportunity to face the best player from the other nation, I just find a way, and especially when it’s at home, where I feel the most comfortable.”

With the win, Canada has secured a place in the elite 16-team World Group for a fourth straight year. Since emerging from Americas Zone Group I in 2011, Canada has never dropped back to the second tier of Davis Cup play, and in a historic 2013 season the team advanced into the semifinals for the first time. Prior to then, Canada had only competed in the World Group three times – in 1991, 1992, and 2004. Colombia will drop back down to Americas Zone Group I and will again try to advance into the World Group Play-offs next year.

“We feel pretty happy and pretty relieved that we got the job done,” said Canadian Davis Cup team captain Martin Laurendeau. “You never know in Davis Cup. We had a good feeling going into it but after the doubles we had to regroup and come back today. So I’m glad we got the job done, the guys have proven we belong in the World Group.”

In the fifth rubber, which was best-of-three sets and had no bearing on the overall result of the tie, Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, Ont.) fell to Colombian Alejandro Gonzalez 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. The earlier results of the tie saw Pospisil secure a 6-3, 7-6(2), 6-3 triumph over Giraldo, Raonic give Canada the 2-0 lead with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 win against Gonzalez, and Pospisil and Daniel Nestor (Toronto) drop a 7-6(4), 7-6(7), 6-4 decision to Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.

Canada and Colombia played in front of 5,586 fans at the Halifax Metro Centre on Sunday to bring the three-day total attendance to 15,516. This tie has now officially produced the second-largest total attendance for a Davis Cup tie in Canada, behind the World Group first round against Spain in Vancouver last February.

The Canadian squad will learn their fate for 2015 when the official Davis Cup by BNP Paribas draw for next year is completed on Thursday, September 18 and determines Canada’s first-round opponent and the host country. The 2015 World Group first round will take place from March 6-8.

Federer’s win propels Switzerland into Davis Cup final

September 14, 2014

SWITZERLAND 3, ITALY 2
Venue: Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland (hard – indoors)

Switzerland: Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Marco Chiudinelli, Michael Lammer
Italy: Fabio Fognini, Andreas Seppi, Paolo Lorenzi, Simone Bolelli

Roger Federer (SUI) d. Simone Bolelli (ITA) 76(5) 64 64
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) d. Fabio Fognini (ITA) 62 63 62
Simone Bolelli/Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. Marco Chiudinelli/Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 75 36 57 63 62
Roger Federer (SUI) d. Fabio Fognini (ITA) 62 63 76(4)
Andreas Seppi (ITA) d. Michael Lammer (SUI) 64 16 64

ATP World Tour Singles draw for Metz, France

September 14, 2014

The ATP World Tour Singles draw for Metz, France this week can be found at the link below.

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France reaches Davis Cup final; Italy still alive against Switzerland

September 13, 2014

World Group – Semi-finals

FRANCE 3, CZECH REPUBLIC 0
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris, France (clay – outdoors)

France: Jo-Wifried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet, Gael Monfils, Julien Benneteau
Czech Republic: Tomas Berdych, Lukas Rosol, Radek Stepanek, Jiri Vesely

Richard Gasquet (FRA) d. Tomas Berdych (CZE) 63 62 63
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) d. Lukas Rosol (CZE) 62 62 63
Richard Gasquet/Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Tomas Berdych/Radek Stepanek (CZE) 67(4) 64 76(5) 61
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Tomas Berdych (CZE)
Richard Gasquet (FRA) v Lukas Rosol (CZE)

SWITZERLAND 2, ITALY 1
Venue: Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland (hard – indoors)

Switzerland: Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Marco Chiudinelli, Michael Lammer
Italy: Fabio Fognini, Andreas Seppi, Paolo Lorenzi, Simone Bolelli

Roger Federer (SUI) d. Simone Bolelli (ITA) 76(5) 64 64
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) d. Fabio Fognini (ITA) 62 63 62
Simone Bolelli/Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. Marco Chiudinelli/Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 75 36 57 63 62
Roger Federer (SUI) v Fabio Fognini (ITA)
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v Simone Bolelli (ITA)

Canada leads Colombia 2-0 after Day 1 Davis Cup action

September 13, 2014

Pospisil opens with upset over Colombian No. 1 Giraldo; Raonic’s victory puts Canada one win away from clinching tie

Halifax, September 12, 2014 – The Canadian Davis Cup team will be taking a 2-0 lead into the second day of play in its Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Play-off against Colombia at the Halifax Metro Centre in Halifax after both Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver) and Milos Raonic (Thornhill, Ont.) opened the tie with singles victories on Friday. Pospisil started the team off on a strong note by defeating Colombia’s No. 1 player, world No. 32 Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 7-6(2), 6-3, before world No. 7 Raonic then gave Canada the stranglehold over Colombia with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Alejandro Gonzalez.

Pospisil took the first advantage of his match in the sixth game, breaking Giraldo to take a 4-2 lead he would not relinquish. Though the second set saw Giraldo turn the tables and go up 4-2 by taking Pospisil’s service game for the first time, it was a short-lived lead as the No. 2 Canadian broke right back. In the ensuing tiebreaker, the world No. 43 quickly earned a mini-break and maintained control of the match from that point on. Serving 15 aces in total and going three-for-four on break points, Pospisil clinched the triumph in two hours and seven minutes and earned his second straight victory over Giraldo. His first came in the quarter-finals of Washington last month, where he made his first-ever ATP World Tour final.

“It was a good match, I’m happy I won,” Pospisil said. “It was not easy. The court is really fast so it’s tough to set up your shots sometimes but I thought I played well in the big moments of the match. And when I was down in my service games, I came up with some good serves. I played well when I needed to.”

After making it through a couple of tough early service games – he saved five break points – Raonic was mostly untroubled by first-time Davis Cup player Gonzalez in a straight-sets win. The 23-year-old played a superb second set, in which he made 79 per cent of his first serves and lost just two points on serve. Raonic, who has now captured nine of his last 10 Davis Cup singles matches, blasted 31 aces through the one hour and 45 minute contest to put his team one win away from clinching the tie.

Raonic and Pospisil played in front of 5,062 fans in the Halifax Metro Centre. This Davis Cup tie is the first time the event has been played in Halifax since 1998, when Canada played Mexico in Americas Zone Group I action, and both Canadians remarked on the positive effects of the crowd’s support.

“I think [the crowd] helped me get into the match at the beginning when I was struggling in my first two service games,” Raonic said. “It helped me find my groove in the match. Thankfully I played well, in a lot of ways the match was always in my favour in that sense, so there weren’t too many chances for them to be super rowdy, but when they had the opportunities, they did and that helps.”

“In the past I would maybe get too excited with the crowd support so I tried to control that better today and save some energy and use them at the right time for the big moments of the match,” Pospisil said. “I think I did that really well, and it’s a huge advantage to have crowd support like that and I feel really comfortable playing in Canada and I think that showed again today.”

Canada now just needs one victory to secure its place in the elite 16-team World Group for a fourth straight year. The winner of this tie will earn a spot in the top category of the competition for 2015, while the loser will drop down to Americas Zone Group I. Canada has not played in the zonal stage since 2011, while Colombia has never reached the World Group before.

“It was a good effort today to win six straight sets,” said Canadian Davis Cup team captain Martin Laurendeau. “With a quick court, things happen quickly and sometimes a set can go either way down to a final point, in a tiebreaker, or break points later in a set. Things went our way, our guys put up a good effort. It was a good day at the office. Tomorrow we have a tough assignment. Those guys can play and they don’t mind these courts too much in doubles so it’ll be a tough one to earn.”

Play will resume on Saturday at 2 p.m. ADT with the doubles match, scheduled to feature Canadians Daniel Nestor (Toronto) and Pospisil against Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah. The team captains have until one hour before the match to change their nominations. The tie will conclude on Sunday with the two reverse singles matches, scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. ADT.

A limited number of tickets to the matches on Saturday and Sunday are still available and can be purchased online at www.ticketatlantic.com, at the Ticket Atlantic Box Office or charge by phone at 902-451-1221 or toll free 1-877-451-1221. A pep rally will take place again at Grand Parade just west of the Halifax Metro Centre on Saturday and Sunday starting at 12 p.m. ADT.

The matches are being broadcast live on Sportsnet and TVA Sports. Please check local listings for the full schedule. Live scoring and daily on-site blogs from respected tennis journalist Tom Tebbutt can be also found at www.tenniscanada.com.

Federer, Wawrinka give Switzerland 2-0 lead over Italy in Davis Cup semifinals; France leads Czech Republic 2-0

September 12, 2014

World Group – Semi-finals

FRANCE 2, CZECH REPUBLIC 0
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris, France (clay – outdoors)

France: Jo-Wifried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet, Gael Monfils, Julien Benneteau
Czech Republic: Tomas Berdych, Lukas Rosol, Radek Stepanek, Jiri Vesely

Richard Gasquet (FRA) d. Tomas Berdych (CZE) 63 62 63
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) d. Lukas Rosol (CZE) 62 62 63
Julien Benneteau/Gael Monfils (FRA) v Radek Stepanek/Jiri Vesely (CZE)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Tomas Berdych (CZE)
Richard Gasquet (FRA) v Lukas Rosol (CZE)

SWITZERLAND 2, ITALY 0
Venue: Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland (hard – indoors)

Switzerland: Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Marco Chiudinelli, Michael Lammer
Italy: Fabio Fognini, Andreas Seppi, Paolo Lorenzi, Simone Bolelli

Roger Federer (SUI) d. Simone Bolelli (ITA) 76(5) 64 64
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) d. Fabio Fognini (ITA) 62 63 62
Roger Federer/Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v Paolo Lorenzi/Andreas Seppi (ITA)
Roger Federer (SUI) v Fabio Fognini (ITA)
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) v Simone Bolelli (ITA)

Murray Awarded Shenzhen Wild Card

September 12, 2014

World No. 11 Andy Murray has been awarded a wild card into the 2014 Shenzhen Open. The inaugural edition of the ATP World Tour 250 tournament will be played 20-28 September at the Shenzhen Longgang Sports Center, a state-of-the-art facility with more than 20 outdoor match courts.

Currently No. 11 in the Emirates ATP Race to London, the 27-year-old Murray will be looking to gain points in the upcoming weeks to join Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the Barclay’s ATP World Tour Finals, featuring an elite eight-player singles field.

Murray said. “I am looking forward to competing at the Shenzhen Open, a new event on the ATP World Tour, and starting my first match of the Asian swing in China. I’m looking forward to a busy month in Asia and playing in front of the passionate fans out here.”

“We are so happy to have Andy Murray joining the tournament,” Tournament Director Allon Khakshouri said. “It will be an amazing tournament with great players for tennis fans in China.”

As one of the co-organisers, Grand Gemdale Tennis Club General Manager Zhang Chi expressed his welcome. “As a Grand Slam and Olympic winner, Andy Murray has chosen Shenzhen Open to begin his battle in China and show his love for the city and his recognition towards our tournament,” said Zhang Chi. “It is unique to have a super player field with Murray, Ferrer, Gasquet, Robredo, Bautista and Simon, among others, in our ATP World Tour 250 series event. Hereby I would like to wish all players their best performances in Shenzhen and delivering an unforgettable experience for our tennis fans.”

For more information of the tournament or tickets, you can visit Shenzhen Open official website at www.shenzhenopen.com

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