Federer, Nadal win easily in Basel; Ferrer, Murray progress in Valencia

October 22, 2014

Swiss Indoors Basel, Basel, Switzerland

First-round results:

Borna Coric defeats (6) Ernests Gulbis 7-6(2), 6-3
(1) Roger Federer defeats Gilles Muller 6-2, 6-1
Andrey Golubev defeats Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-3, 6-3
Denis Istomin defeats Jerzy Janowicz 6-1, 6-1

Second-round results:

(2) Rafael Nadal defeats Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-1, 6-1
(7) David Goffin defeats Ivan Dodig 7-6(0), 6-4

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Valencia Open 500, Valencia, Spain

First-round results:

Pablo Andujar defeats (2) Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-2
(1) David Ferrer defeats Andreas Seppi 6-3, 7-5
(3) Andy Murray defeats Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-3
Thomaz Bellucci defeats Mikhail Youzhny 7-5, 6-3
(6) Roberto Bautista Agut defeats Santiago Giraldo 6-4, 6-4

Second-round results:

Pablo Carreno Busta defeats (4) Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-4
Tommy Robredo defeats Yen-Hsun Lu 6-2, 6-4

Raonic continues London big with victory in Basel; Lopez breezes into second round of Valencia Open

October 21, 2014

Swiss Indoors Basel, Basel, Switzerland

First-round results:

Ivan Dodig defeats Marco Chiudinelli 6-4, 6-7(7), 6-4
(4) Milos Raonic defeats Steve Johnson 7-6(4), 6-4
Benjamin Becker defeats Gastao Elias 63 62
K De Schepper defeats Federico Delbonis 7-6(3), 7-5
(8) Ivo Karlovic defeats Lukas Rosol 7-6(4), 6-3

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Valencia Open 500, Valencia, Spain

First-round results:

(4) Feliciano Lopez defeats N Gombos 6-4, 6-4
Fernando Verdasco defeats L Mayer 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Fablo Fognini defeats A Ramos-Vinolas 6-4, 6-2
Tommy Robredo defeats (5) John Isner 7-6(3), 6-3
Jeremy Chardy defeats Malik Jaziri 6-2, 6-1
(7) Kevin Anderson defeats Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-4
Alexandr Dolgopolov defeats (8) Gilles Simon 6-0, 6-3
Dusan Lajovic defeats Joao Sousa 6-3, 7-6(8)

Nadal defeats Bolelli in Basel; Klizan beats Kozlov in Valencia

October 20, 2014

Swiss Indoors Basel, Basel, Switzerland

First-round results:

(7) David Goffin defeats Dominic Thiem 7-6(4), 6-3
Donald Young defeats Carlos Berlocq 7-6(5), 6-4
(2) Rafael Nadal defeats Simone Bolelli 6-2, 6-2
Pierre-Hugues Herbert defeats Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-3, 6-7(5), 7-6(3)

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Valencia Open 500, Valencia, Spain

First-round results:

Martin Klizan defeats Stefan Kozlov 6-3, 6-3
Yen-Hsun Lu defeats Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2, 6-3
Pablo Carreno Busta defeats Marcel Granollers 6-2, 3-1 ret.

Where Can You Taste Vegemite and Toss a Boomerang?

October 20, 2014

In Australia! Come to the year’s first Grand Slam in Melbourne…

When tennis fans think of the Australian Open, they think of fun. The anticipation of a new tennis year, Melbourne as a popular tourist destination, the summer sun, and the animated, enthusiastic crowds all combine to make a fantastic event.

Australian-Open-FansA tour to the Australian Open with Grand Slam Tennis Tours goes beyond that. As an official Australian Open tour operator, our packages feature luxury hotels, the best seats to watch the tennis, amazing hospitality, and so much more. Here’s a sample itinerary of a Grand Slam Tennis Tours package:

Day 1: Arrive at the Langham Hotel, a 5-Star property which is nestled amongst an abundance of al fresco cafés, restaurants, and boutiques–and is walking distance to Melbourne Park where all the tennis action takes place! On your first night you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner and tour orientation at The Deck, a popular Melbourne haunt known for its modern Australian cuisine and stunning views of the city. You’ll have an opportunity to bump elbows with past Grand Slam champions, our staff, and other tennis enthusiasts from around the world.

Day 2: After your good night’s rest, you’ll spend the next day touring the city of Melbourne where you will learn about the history of the city and its people. Take advantage of plentiful photo opportunities, including stops at the Botanical Gardens, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the Shrine of Remembrance. Your last stop will be Kooyong Lawn and Tennis Club, the former site of the Australian Open. If you’re a tennis player, you’ll have the opportunity to stay and play on the grass.

Day 3, 4 and 5: You’ll spend your next few days enjoying what you primarily came to Australia for – watch world-class tennis! From your courtside or lower level seats in both Rod Laver and Margaret Court Arenas, you’ll have a chance to see all your favorite players battle it out at the first Grand Slam of the year. On your final day of tennis we’ll host a farewell dinner on site at Melbourne Park.

Want to add days of tennis or hotel nights to your package? We’d love to customize your tour to create your ideal travel itinerary!

Want to add excursions before or after your tennis tour to Sydney, Tasmania, New Zealand, and beyond? No problem! We’ve been doing tours to Australia for over two decades and know the best places to visit. Just ask us and we’ll make it happen.

Nervous about traveling in a foreign country? Grand Slam Tennis Tours staff is there for the duration of your stay throughout the Australian Open. We’re a phone call away for anything you need.

There’s still time to plan a trip to the 2015 Australian Open. Email Susan or Megan or call 888.910.2714.

Click here to view our remaining packages.

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Live streaming for the 2014 WTA Finals, Valencia Open and Basel Open

October 20, 2014

Live Streaming for the 2014 WTA Finals in Singapore and the ATP World Tour events in Valencia and Basel can be found at the link below.

Tennis TV (best quality)

Live Score Hunter

From Sport

Cilic wins Moscow title; Berdych claims Stockholm crown; Murray beats Ferrer for Vienna trophy

October 19, 2014

Kremlin Cup by Bank of Moscow, Moscow, Russia

US Open winner Marin Cilic captured his fourth title of 2014 on Sunday in Moscow, Russia, defeating Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4. Hitting 10 aces, while breaking serve on two occasions, Cilic saved all six break points on his serve. The towering Croatian qualified for the ATP World Tour finals earlier this week.

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If Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden

Big-hitting Czech Tomas Berdych improved on his bid to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals on Sunday after dispatching defending champion Grigor Dimitrov 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. Withstanding eight aces from Dimitrov, Berdych slammed 13 aces of his own during the pair’s fifth meeting. Gaining 250 ATP World Tour points for his victory, Berdych currently stands in seventh place on the road to London.

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Erste Bank Open, Vienna, Austria

Andy Murray captured his second title in 2014 on Sunday in Vienna, Austria, defeating top seed David Ferrer 5-7, 6-2, 7-5. Trailing 3-5 in the third set, Murray reeled off four straight to win his 30th career title. Standing in eighth place on the road to London, Murray will next see action at the Valencia Open in Spain next week. Ferrer currently stands at ninth place to qualify for the elite eight at the World Tour Finals.

ATP World Tour draws for the 2014 WTA Finals, Valencia Open and Basel Open

October 18, 2014

The singles draws for the 2014 WTA Finals, Valencia Open and Basel Open can be found at the links below.

WTA Finals: Singles Draw.

Valencia Open: Singles Draw.

Basel Open: Singles Draw.

Gublis upset in Moscow; Dimitrov reaches Stockholm final; Ferrer to face Murray for

October 18, 2014

Kremlin Cup by Bank of Moscow, Moscow, Russia

Semifinal results:

Roberto Bautista Agut defeats (3) Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-4

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If Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden

Semifinal results:

(2) Grigor Dimitrov defeats Bernard Tomic 6-3, 7-5
(1) Tomas Berdych defeats Matthias Bachinger 7-6(7), 6-4

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Erste Bank Open, Vienna, Austria

Semifinal results:

(2) Andy Murray defeats Viktor Troicki 6-4, 6-3
(1) David Ferrer defeats (4) Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(3)

Cilic Qualifies For Barclays ATP World Tour Finals

October 18, 2014

London—US Open champion Marin Cilic has claimed the fifth spot at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The Croat will make his debut at the year-end event as he joins Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka in the elite eight-man field at the prestigious tournament, to be held at The O2 in London from 9-16 November.

The 26-year-old Cilic will be the first Croatian to play at the season finale since Ivan Ljubicic qualified for the 2006 Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai. The right-hander, who is through to the semi-finals in Moscow, has compiled a career-best campaign in 2014. Coached by 2001 Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic (who qualified for the year-end event five times in his career), Cilic won his maiden Grand Slam championship at the US Open, toppling Federer in the semi-finals before beating Kei Nishikori in the final. He also lifted the trophies at ATP World Tour events in Zagreb and Delray Beach and finished runner-up in Rotterdam.

“This was one of my childhood dreams,” said Cilic. “It happened this year and I’m extremely happy about this success. It’s another achievement in my career. The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals is for sure one of the most interesting tournaments of the year. It is watched all over the world and brings a big attendance to all the matches. It will be a big honour for me to participate there.”

Following the release of the Valencia Open 500 draw, Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka, who has already qualified for London, cannot fall below 7th in the Emirates ATP Race London. Consequently, Cilic is now guaranteed to qualify one of two ways: First, he may finish in the Top 7 of the Race. Or, he will be the highest-ranked 2014 Grand Slam champion to finish between 8th and 20th in the Race, and therefore would claim the eighth and final spot.

Just over two weeks remain in the regular ATP World Tour season, with valuable points to be earned at next week’s ATP World Tour 500s in Basel and Valencia before the final event of the regular season, the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Paris.

Andy Murray (9th in the Race) and David Ferrer (10th) are both looking to make up ground in the Emirates ATP Race To London as they compete at the ATP World Tour 250 in Vienna this week, while Grigor Dimitrov (11th) is the defending champion at the 250 in Stockholm, where Tomas Berdych (7th) is the top seed.

Tickets to the tournament can be purchased at: www.BarclaysATPWorldTourFinals.com.

Cilic reaches Kremlin Cup semifinals; Dimitrov beats Sock in Stockholm; Ferrer, Murray progress in Vienna

October 17, 2014

Kremlin Cup by Bank of Moscow, Moscow, Russia

Quarterfinal results:

Mikhail Kukushkin defeats (7) Mikhail Youzhny 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-0
(2) Marin Cilic defeats (6) Tommy Robredo 6-3, 6-3
(5) Roberto Bautista Agut defeats Ricardis Berankis 7-5, 6-3
(3) Ernests Gulbis defeats (8) Andreas Seppi 7-6(6), 4-6, 7-6(3)

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If Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden

Quarterfinal results:

Bernard Tomic defeats (7) Fernando Verdasco 0-6, 6-4, 7-6(6)
Matthias Bachinger defeats Adrian Mannarino 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
(2) Grigor Dimitrov defeats Jack Sock 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
(1) Tomas Berdych defeats Marius Copil 6-2, 6-2

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Erste Bank Open, Vienna, Austria

Quarterfinal results:

(1) David Ferrer defeats (6) Ivo Karlovic 7-6(5), 6-4
Viktor Troicki defeats Thomaz Bellucci 7-6(4), 6-7(2), 6-2
(4) P Kohlschreiber defeats Benjamin Becker 6-4, 7-6(3)
(2) Andy Murray defeats Jan-Lennard Struff 6-2, 7-5

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