July 21 - 27 2014: Gstaad, Atlanta, Umag
Cuevas Dethrones Robredo in Croatia Open
atpworldtour.com: July 27 2014 Umag, Croatia – Pablo Cuevas capped an inspired month of July, claiming his second ATP World Tour title in three weeks at the Vegeta Croatia Open Umag.
Cuevas needed 90 minutes to deny Tommy Robredo a successful title defence in Umag, prevailing 6-3, 6-4. The Uruguayan qualifier won two matches on Sunday after rain washed out semi-final action on Saturday, upsetting both top seed Fabio Fognini and No. 2 seed Robredo without dropping a set.
The 28 year old is just two weeks removed from capturing his maiden title, having relinquished just three games in defeat of Joao Sousa at the SkiStar Swedish Open. Cuevas is now on a 13-match winning streak, including Umag qualifying, and is the second qualifier to hoist an ATP World Tour trophy in 2014 after Martin Klizan triumphed in Munich
In the semi-finals earlier in the day, second seed Robredo knocked out third seed and 2012 titlist Marin Cilic 7-6(10), 6-3 in the semi-finals, carried over from Saturday due to heavy rain. Robredo won 32 of his 38 first service points in the match, which lasted one hour and 45 minutes. In the other half, Cuevas proved to be in fine form against top seed and last year’s runner-up Fognini, in a 6-3, 6-4 semi-final victory on Sunday morning.
Andujar Denies Monaco, Lifts Gstaad Trophy
atpworldtour.com: July 27 2014 Gstaad, Switzerland - Pablo Andujar captured his third ATP World Tour title — and his first trophy in more than two years — on Sunday, at the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad. Andujar, who is currently No. 71 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, defeated No. 105-ranked Juan Monaco 6-3, 7-5 in the final at the ATP World Tour clay-court tournament. Spaniards have won the Gstaad crown 13 times since 1990.
"I am very happy," said Andujar. "It was a very tough match. I knew it was going to be a fight, physically. The first set was decided on two points. He got the advantage in the second set, but I played aggressively in the important and final points. I have worked a lot and it is amazing to win a trophy. I finished with an ace, the only ace I hit the whole match.” The 28-year-old Andujar, who improved to a 3-3 record in finals with his first title since retaining the Grand Prix Hassan II crown in April 2012, received €77,315 in prize money and earned 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points.
Isner Defends Atlanta Crown, Beats Dudi Sela in Final
.@JohnIsner retains @BBTatlantaopen title. "This is my favourite time of year." MORE: http://t.co/b6X2BL6wJe #atp pic.twitter.com/fyI4slYdx4— ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) July 28, 2014
atpworldtour.com: July 26 2014 - In Atlanta, Georgia John Isner successfully defended his BB&T Atlanta Open crown with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Israel’s Dudi Sela in Atlantic Station on Sunday.
Sunday’s victory gives Isner 70 points and the lead in the Emirates Airline US Open Series Bonus Challenge standings. The top three finishers will vie for up to $1 million in bonus prize money at the US Open. Isner will bid to add to his bonus standings total at the Citi Open next week, where he is the fifth seed.
“This is my favourite time of year,” said the World No. 12. “I’m off to a very good start again. I look forward to playing Washington D.C. again. I’ve played well there my whole career.” Isner fired 15 aces and won 84 per cent of first-serve points against Sela. The Tampa resident saved the lone break point he faced, in the second set, and broke twice in the 71-minute encounter.
Sela had advanced to his first ATP World Tour final in almost six years. He lost in the 2008 Beijing final to Andy Roddick.
Atlanta Open Men's Singles Final Sunday July 27
1-John Isner beat Dudi Sela 6-3 6-4
Gstaad Open Men's Singles Final Sunday July 27
Pablo Andujar beat Juan Monaco 6-3 7-5
Croatian Open Men's Singles Final Sunday July 27
Pablo Cuevas beat 2-Tommy Robredo 6-3 6-4
Croatian Open Men's Singles Semifinal Sunday July 27
2-Tommy Robredo beat 3-Marin Cilic 7-6(10) 6-3
Pablo Cuevas beat 1-Fabio Fognini 6-3 6-4
Monaco Downs Haase, Enter Gstaad Final; Andujar Edges Spanish Compatriot Verdasco
atpworldtour.com July 26 2014 Gstaad, Switzerland - Juan Monaco will break back into the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday after a strong week at the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad, where he has reached his first championship match for 12 months (2013 Kitzbühel).
The 30-year-old Argentinean, who is currently at No. 105, defeated last year’s finalist and seventh seed Robin Haase 6-3, 7-6(4) on Saturday in one hour and 45 minutes. He recovered from a 0-3 deficit in the first set and found himself 0-2 down in the second set, before winning three straight games. Monaco will contest his 19th ATP World Tour final (8-10 record) against Spaniard, Pablo Andujar who upset countryman fourth seed Fernando Verdasco 6-3 6-7(2) 6-1 in two hours and 15 minutes.
Isner Stops Sock, Faces Sela in Atlanta Final
Hometown favorite, John Isner is through to another final here in Atlanta!! pic.twitter.com/H97B0LsMKh— BBTatlantaopen (@BBTatlantaopen) July 26, 2014
atpworldtour.com: July 26 2014 - In Atlanta, Georgia Top seed John Isner reached his fourth final in five years at Atlantic Station after defeating fellow American Jack Sock 7-5, 6-4 in the BB&T Atlanta Open semi-finals on Saturday.
Isner, the defending champion, won 94 per cent of his first-serve points and broke twice during the 97-minute encounter. Standing in between Isner and back-to-back Atlanta crowns is 29-year-old Dudi Sela, who secured his second appearance in an ATP World Tour final by edging German Benjamin Becker 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in one hour and 50 minutes.
Sela struck three aces and won 54 per cent of his second-serve points against Becker, whom he had not beaten in two previous meetings. The Tel Aviv resident broke Becker thrice and saved five of seven break points faced. Sela's lone appearance in a final came in Beijing in 2008 (l. to Roddick). On Sunday, Sela will attempt to defeat Isner for the first time in three attempts.
Gstaad Open Men's Singles Semifinal Saturday July 26
Juan Monaco beat 7-Robin Haase 6-3 7-6(4)
Pablo Andujar beat 4-Fernando Verdasco 6-3 6-7(2) 6-1
Atlanta Open Men's Singles Semifinal Saturday July 26
1-John Isner beat Jack Sock 7-5 6-4
Dudi Sela beat Benjamin Becker 6-3 3-6 6-3
Croatian Open Men's Singles Semifinal Saturday July 26
2-Tommy Robredo vs 3-Marin Cilic postponed (rain)
1-Fabio Fognini vs Pablo Cuevas postponed (rain)
Cilic Crushes Rosol; Fognini Stops Coric; Cuevas Advance to Croatia Open Semifinal
atpworldtour.com: July 25 2014 Umag, Croatia - Marin Cilic extended his winning streak to 15 matches on Croatian soil Friday. The third seed, who captured the 2012 Vegeta Croatia Open Umag title (d. Granollers), struck 10 aces past fifth seed Lukas Rosol in a 6-0, 6-2 victory in 63 minutes. Cilic will next face second seed Tommy Robredo or Pablo Carreno Busta in the semi-finals.
In the last match of the day, top seed Fabio Fognini ended the run of Croatian teenager Borna Coric 5-7 7-6(4) 6-3 to advance to the semi-finals. Fognini, who is bidding to win his 4th career ATP title, will meet Pablo Cuevas, the recent SkiStar Swedish Open champion, who defeated Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 in two hours and nine minutes.
Haase Ousts Youzhny, Meets Monaco in Gstaad Semis; Verdasco Tops Troicki
atpworldtour.com: July 25 2014 Gstaad, Switzerland - Robin Haase avenged his 2013 final loss to Mikhail Youzhny on Friday at the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad. It denied Youzhny the 450th match win of his career (449-328).
Haase saved six of nine break points to book a spot in his second ATP World Tour semi-final of the year (also BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy) with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory over the defending champion in just under two hours.
Juan Monaco, who has dropped outside the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings for the first time in eight years, will face Haase on Saturday. The pair is tied at 2-2 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.
Monaco defeated two-time former champion Thomaz Bellucci 7-6(1), 6-1 in just over 90 minutes for a place in his first ATP World Tour semi-final in 12 months. He reached the last four at last season's bet-at-home Cup Kitzbühel (l. to Granollers). Pablo Andujar later knocked out second seed and fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers, the 2011 titlist, 7-5, 6-3.
Verdasco overcame wild card Viktor Troicki 6-4, 6-7(7), 6-1 in his second match of the day. Verdasco led 4-0 in the second set tie-break, before Troicki staged a dramatic comeback. The Spaniard had earlier beaten Jan-Lennard Struff 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(3) in the second round. The pair had resumed at 1-1 in the third set
Isner, Sock, Sela, Becker in Atlanta Semis
.@JackSock takes on Lukas #Lacko In the @BBTatlantaopen QFs starting at 7pm ET. Tune in: http://t.co/KAVmfjchgX #atp pic.twitter.com/j4RkKdmpuN— ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) July 25, 2014
In Atlanta, USA – John Isner will look to book a spot in his fourth BB&T Atlanta Open final after ousting Marinko Matosevic 7-6(8), 6-4 in Friday’s quarter-finals. The 6’10” American fired 17 aces, increasing his tournament total to 47, winning 84 per cent of his first-serve points and converting on two of five break point opportunities. Isner face countryman Jack Sock in the semi-finals and avenge a quarter-final defeat at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships two weeks ago.
Sock rallied from an early 1-4 deficit to dispatch Lukas Lacko 7-6(6), 6-2 on Friday, needing 81 minutes and four breaks of serve. The American rising star is in the midst of a career-best year, having contested his fifth quarter-final of 2014. In other action, Dudi Sela won his 100th tour-level match, surviving a one hour and 42 minute battle with fourth seed Vasek Pospisil 7-5, 1-6, 6-2. The Israeli advances to his fifth ATP World Tour semi-final where he will face Benjamin Becker who will seek to advance to his second final of the year after earning a convincing 6-4, 6-2 win over Thiemo de Bakker.
Croatian Open Men's Singles Quarterfinal Friday July 25
2-Tommy Robredo beat Pablo Carreno 6-1 6-4
Pablo Cuevas beat Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-3 4-6 6-2
3-Marin Cilic beat 5-Lukas Rosol 6-0 6-2
1-Fabio Fognini beat Borna Coric 5-7 7-6(4) 6-3
Gstaad Open Men's Singles Quarterfinal Friday July 25
Pablo Andujar beat 2-Marcel Granollers 7-5 6-3
Juan Monaco beat Thomaz Bellucci 7-6(1) 6-1
4-Fernando Verdasco beat Viktor Troicki 6-4, 6-7(7) 6-1
7-Robin Haase beat 1-Mikhail Youzhny 3-6 6-1 6-4
Atlanta Open Men's Singles Quarterfinal Friday July 25
1-John Isner beat 8-Marinko Matosevic 7-6(8) 6-4
Jack Sock beat Lukas Lacko 7-6(2) 6-2
Benjamin Becker beat Thiemo de Bakker 6-4 6-2
Dudi Sela beat Vasek Pospisil 7-5 1-6 6-2
Coric, 17, Sets Quarter-final Clash with Top-seed Fognini in Croatia Open
atpworldtour.com: July 24 2014 Umag, Croatia - Seventeen-year-old Croat Borna Coric reached his first ATP World Tour quarter-final at the Vegeta Crotia Open Umag. Coric, who upset No. 7 seed Edouard Roger-Vasselin on Monday for his first ATP World Tour main draw win, defeated Argentine qualifier Horacio Zeballos 7-6(4), 6-3 on Thursday. He saved all three break points faced.
Teenagers have been making their mark in recent weeks. Nick Kyrgios, 19, advanced to the Wimbledon quarter-finals earlier this month with an upset win over World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, and 17-year-old Alexander Zverev broke through to reach the semi-finals last week in Hamburg. Coric finished 2013 as the No. 2 junior, behind Zverev.
Coric will next face top seed and returning finalist Fabio Fognini. The Italian finished strongly to close out a 7-6(2), 6-0 win over Spaniard Albert Montanes in 69 minutes. Two seeds fell in second-round action Thursday. Fourth seed Joao Sousa lost to Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in just under two hours, while sixth seed Andreas Seppi bowed out against Uruguayan qualifier Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 6-1.
Gabashvili and Cuevas will face off for a place in the semi-finals at this ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament. Cuevas, 28, claimed his first singles title two weeks ago in Bastad.
Borna Coric, 17, reaches first career #ATP QF in @CroatiaOpenUmag def #Zeballos 76(4) 63 Thur http://t.co/Hi4zOSGoom pic.twitter.com/SRclmlbTa5— ITS Tennis News (@itennisschool) July 25, 2014
Youzhny Opens Gstaad Open Title Defense; Isner Outlasts Ginepri in Atlanta 2nd Rd
atpworldtour.com: July 24 2014 Gstaad, Switzerland - Top seed Mikhail Youzhny opened his title defense at the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad on Thursday with a 6-3, 6-4 second-round victory over Kenny de Schepper. The Russian won the ninth of his 10 ATP World Tour titles last year with victory over Robin Haase in the final. Youzhny advanced in 70 minutes on his return, winning 75 per cent of his service points and breaking de Schepper twice from seven opportunities.
The 32-year-old Youzhny improved to an 11-14 match record on the season and goes on to face seventh seed Haase, who edged Swiss wild card Henri Laaksonen 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 in two hours and 18 minutes. Wild card Viktor Troicki also reached the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Andrey Golubev. The Serb saved six of the seven break points he faced to prevail in 67 minutes in the pair’s first meeting.
In Atlanta, Georgia, top seed and defending champion John Isner survived a strong push from fellow American Robby Ginepri in the second round of the BB&T Atlanta Open on Thursday night, advancing to the quarter-finals 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-5 on a rain-interrupted day at Atlantic Station.
After losing the first set, Isner, who fired 30 aces, clinched the second-set tie-break and converted the third set's lone break point in the 11th game. He would go on to close out the match on his serve. The 29 year old next faces eighth seed Marinko Matosevic, who reached his fifth quarter-final of 2014 when he defeated American Tim Smyczek 6-4, 7-5 in 95 minutes.
Dutchman Thiemo De Bakker completed a 6-4, 7-5 victory over No. 2 seed and returning finalist Kevin Anderson in the day's first match, interrupted by rain. The 142nd-ranked De Bakker created 13 break point chances and converted three times against World No. 17 Anderson, who lost to John Isner in last year’s final. De Bakker, who stepped into the main draw as a lucky loser, will next face German Benjamin Becker, who ousted No. 7 seed Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4, 6-3 in one hour and 18 minutes.
#ATP Top-seed @JohnIsner survives US compatriot #RobbyGinepri @BBTatlantaopen 46 76(5) 75 R2 http://t.co/Hi4zOSGoom pic.twitter.com/UHOOtFdf3J— ITS Tennis News (@itennisschool) July 25, 2014
Atlanta Open Men's Singles Second Round Thur July 24
1-John Isner beat Robby Ginepri 4-6 7-6(5) 7-5
8-Marinko Matosevic beat Tim Smyczek 6-4 7-5
Thiemo de Bakker beat 2-Kevin Anderson 6-4 7-5
Benjamin Becker beat 7-Lu Yen-Hsun 6-4 6-3
Gstaad Open Men's Singles Second Round Thur July 24
Viktor Troicki beat Andrey Golubev 6-3 6-4
7-Robin Haase beat Henri Laaksonen 6-4 1-6 7-5
1-Mikhail Youzhny beat Kenny De Schepper 6-3 6-4
4-Fernando Verdasco vs. Jan-Lennard Struff 3-6, 6-3, 1-1 susp
Croatian Open Men's Singles Second Round Thur July 24
Borna Coric beat Horacio Zeballos 7-6(4) 6-3
Teymuraz Gabashvili beat 4-Joao Sousa 3-6 6-4 6-2
Pablo Cuevas beat 6-Andreas Seppi 6-3 6-1
1-Fabio Fognini beat Albert Montanes 7-6(2) 6-0
2-Tommy Robredo vs Pablo Carreno Busta
@TRobredo bids for second title at @CroatiaOpenUmag sets to play #PabloCarrenoBusta in 2nd rd http://t.co/e3JpUcT6QS pic.twitter.com/KGoiB1NArE— Beejong Sisson (@BeeyongSison) July 24, 2014
Monaco, Bellucci Reach Gstaad Quarters; Cilic Wins Umag Opener, Faces Rosol Next
atpworldtour.com: July 23 2014 In Gstaad, Switzerland - Juan Monaco reached his third ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season on Wednesday as he upset third seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 in the second round of the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad. The Argentine converted five of his 11 break points and capitalized on a 43 per cent first serve from his opponent for victory in just over two hours.
The 30 year old is chasing his ninth ATP World Tour title and goes on to face two-time former champion Thomaz Bellucci for a place in the semi-finals. Bellucci also pulled an upset, ousting fifth seed Federico Delbonis 6-4, 6-4 in 84 minutes. The 26-year-old Bellucci won his first ATP World Tour title five years ago as a qualifier in Gstaad (d. Beck) and lifted the trophy once again in 2012 (d. Tipsarevic).
In a first-round match carried over from Tuesday, Swiss wild card Henri Laaksonen edged Gianni Mina 7-6(5), 7-6(3) to claim his first tour-level win of the season.
In Umag Croatia, third seed Marin Cilic opened his Vegeta Croatia Open Umag bid with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Igor Sijsling on Wednesday. The Croatian advanced in 68 minutes, striking 11 aces and winning 82 per cent of his service points.
The 25-year-old Cilic lifted the trophy at this ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament in 2012 with victory over Marcel Granollers and was runner-up in 2011 (l. to Dolgopolov). In the quarter-finals, Cilic will face fifth seed Lukas Rosol, who finished strongly to beat Pere Riba 7-6(4), 6-1 in 74 minutes. Cilic takes a 2-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head lead into the contest, including a victory over Rosol this year in Rotterdam.
#ATP @CroatiaOpenUmag @MarinCilic reach QF def. #IgorSijsling 75 63 faces @LukasRosol420 next http://t.co/Hi4zOSGoom pic.twitter.com/a8xY3Zqt1S— ITS Tennis News (@itennisschool) July 23, 2014
Gstaad Open Men's Singles Second Round Wed July 23
Juan Monaco beat 3-Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2 2-6 6-4
2-Marcel Granollers beat Yann Marti 6-1 6-4
Pablo Andujar beat Blaz Rola 6-3 6-3
Thomaz Bellucci beat 5-Federico Delbonis 6-4 6-4
R1: Henri Laaksonen beat Gianni Mina 7-6(5) 7-6(3)
Croatian Open Men's Singles Second Round Wed July 23
2-Tommy Robredo beat Albert Ramos 6-4 6-4
Pablo Carreno beat 8-Carlos Berlocq walkover
5-Lukas Rosol beat Pere Riba 7-6(4) 6-1
3-Marin Cilic beat Igor Sijsling 7-5 6-3
Atlanta Open Men's Singles Wed July 23
R2: Lukas Lacko beat 6-Denis Istomin 5-7 6-1 6-4
R2: 4-Vasek Pospisil beat Illya Marchenko 7-5 6-3
R2: Jack Sock beat Michael Venus 6-4 6-2
R1: 7-Lu Yen-Hsun beat Alex Kuznetsov 6-4 6-4
Swiss Marti Outlasts Gimeno-Traver; Bellucci, Haase Win Gstaad Openers
atpworldtour.com: July 22 2014 In Gstaad, Switzerland, two-time former champion Thomaz Bellucci lost five of his first service points in a 6-3, 6-4 victory over qualifier Gerald Melzer on Tuesday at the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad. Top seed and defending champion Mikhail Youzhny will open his campaign against Kenny de Schepper after the Frenchman beat Filippo Volandri 6-3, 7-6(3) in 75 minutes.
Seventh seed Robin Haase battled to a 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-3 victory over Aleksandr Nedovyesov. The Dutchman converted three of his six break points to prevail in one hour and 51 minutes. Pablo Andujar advanced when his opponent, sixth seed Gilles Simon, was forced to retire due to illness. Andujar had been leading 6-2, 3-2 and goes on to face Blaz Rola, who beat qualifier Fabiano De Paula. Swiss wild card Yann Marti held his nerve for a tense 5-7, 7-6(7), 7-6(5) victory over Daniel Gimeno-Traver.
Coric, 17, Wins First ATP Tour Match in Croatian Open; Rosol, Berlocq Advance
atpworldtour.com: July 22 2014 - In Umag, Croatia, fifth seed Lukas Rosol survived a first-round scare on his debut at the Vegeta Croatia Open Umag on Tuesday, battling past Diego Sebastian Schwartzman 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(2). The Czech served nine aces and broke serve four times as he claimed victory in just over two hours.
Eighth seed and three-time quarter-finalist Carlos Berlocq opened his campaign with a 7-6(4), 6-3 victory over qualifier Andrej Martin. Home favourite and 2012 champion Marin Cilic will face Igor Sijsling in his opening second-round match after the Dutchman finished strongly to beat Julian Reister 7-6(2), 6-7(3), 6-2.
Top seed Fabio Fognini will take on Albert Montanes, who denied teenage sensation Alexander Zverev another tournament run with a 6-4, 6-4 win. Zverev reached the semi-finals in last week’s German Open in Hamburg. Spaniard Pere Riba rallied to defeat another young gun, 21-year-old Jiri Vesely, coming back for a 6-7(7), 6-3, 6-3 victory after two hours and five minutes. Albert Ramos-Vinolas joined his countryman in the second round as he beat Frenchman Benoit Paire 7-5, 6-3.
Sixth seed Andreas Seppi finished strongly to see off fellow Italian Marco Cecchinato 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-1. Seppi has reached the semi-finals three times at this ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament, including last year (l. to Robredo). He is bidding to win his first ATP World Tour title since 2012.
On Monday young Croatian 17 year-old Borna Ćorić claimed his first career ATP Tour victory defeating Frenchman Edouardo Roger-Vasellin 6-2 6-4. Coric, a former junior World No. 1 and US Open champion, saved all five break points he faced and hit eight aces to beat seventh seed in one hour and 38 minutes.
Ginepri Defeats Stakhovsky in Atlanta 1st Rd
.@JohnIsner all in for Emirates Airline @USOpenSeries, starting at @BBTatlantaopen. Read/TV: http://t.co/jVX0jiGVp8 pic.twitter.com/FoBMs3hkyW— ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) July 22, 2014
atpwroldtour.com: July 22 2014 - In Atlanta, USA, Georgia’s Robby Ginepri set a second-round clash with top seed and defending champion John Isner after recording his first tour-level win in more than a year on Tuesday at the BB&T Atlanta Open. The 31 year old finished strongly against Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky, 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-0, as he converted all three of his break point chances in the decisive set.
Americans Jack Sock and Tim Smyczek both cruised through their first-round matches earlier Tuesday. Sock defeated Colombian Alejandro Gonzalez 6-2, 6-4 in 66 minutes, while Smyczek needed just 53 minutes to complete a 6-0, 6-2 rout of fellow American Ryan Harrison.
The 21-year-old Sock, who reached his first ATP World Tour semi-final two weeks ago in Newport, will next face 349th-ranked qualifier Michael Venus of New Zealand. Smyczek, 26, will meet eighth-seeded Marinko Matosevic. The Australian also recorded a 6-0, 6-2 victory Tuesday, dismissing last week’s Bogota semi-finalist Victor Estrella Burgos in 43 minutes.
Dutch lucky loser Thiemo de Bakker will face No. 2 seed and returning finalist Kevin Anderson in the second round after defeating Canadian qualifier Steven Diez 6-1, 6-2. Sixth seed Denis Istomin also advanced, defeating American lucky loser Rajeev Ram 6-1, 6-4. He next meets Lukas Lacko, a 6-2, 7-5 winner over the University of Georgia's Nathan Pasha, who was making his ATP World Tour debut.
Atlanta Men’s Singles First Round Tuesday July 22
Robbie Ginepri beat Sergey Stakhovsky 7-6(3) 3-6 6-0
8-Marinko Matosevic beat Victor Estrella 6-0, 6-2
Tim Smyczek beat Ryan Harrison 6-0, 6-2
6-Denis Istomin beat Rajeev Ram 6-1, 6-4
Benjamin Becker beat Matthew Ebden 6-4 6-2
Thiemo De Bakker beat Steven Diez 6-1 6-2
Gstaad Men's Singles First Round Tuesday July 22
Yann Marti beat Daniel Gimeno-Traver 5-7 7-6(7) 7-6(5)
Pablo Andujar beat 6-Gilles Simon 6-2 3-2 ret.
Jan-Lennard Struff beat Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-2 1-0 ret.
7-Robin Haase beat Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-4 6-7(3) 6-3
Blaz Rola beat Fabiano De Paula 6-4 6-4
Kenny De Schepper beat Filippo Volandri 6-3 7-6(3)
Thomaz Bellucci beat Gerald Melzer 6-3 6-4
Gstaad Men's Singles First Round Monday July 21
Andrey Golubev beat Inigo Cervantes 3-6 6-3 7-6(4)
Juan Monaco beat Victor Hanescu 6-4 7-5
Viktor Troicki beat 8-Dominic Thiem 7-6(4) 6-4
5-Federico Delbonis beat Dustin Brown 6-3 6-3
Croatian Open Men's Singles First Round Tuesday July 22
Horacio Zeballos beat Ante Pavic 6-4 6-7(2) 6-1
Pablo Cuevas beat Mate Delic 4-6 6-4 6-4
Igor Sijsling beat Julian Reister 7-6(2) 6-7(3) 6-2
5-Lukas Rosol beat Diego Schwartzman 6-3 3-6 7-6(2)
8-Carlos Berlocq beat Andrej Martin 7-6(4) 6-3
Croatian Open Men's Singles First Round Monday July 21
Pablo Carreno beat Paolo Lorenzi 4-6 6-1 7-5
Borna Coric beat 7-Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-2 6-4
Isner Saves 2MP Beating Anderson in Atlanta 3-set Marathon Final (Video)
atpworldtour.com: July 28 2013 Atlanta - John Isner took an early lead in the Emirates Airline US Open Series with victory in the tallest final in ATP World Tour history on Sunday at the BB&T Atlanta Open. Top seed Isner, 6’10”, saved two match points to defeat 6’8” second seed Kevin Anderson 6-7(3), 7-6(2), 7-6(2) in two hours and 54 minutes - the longest best-of-three sets final on the ATP World Tour this season. Full article
Youzhny Wins Gstaad for 9th Career Title
atpworldtour.com: July 28 2013 Gstaad, Switzerland - World No. 33 Mikhail Youzhny became the first Russian champion in 18 years at the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad on Sunday. The Moscow native lifted his ninth ATP World Tour trophy as he defeated Robin Haase 6-3, 6-4 in the final. It is the 12th time this year that a player aged 30-over has won an ATP World Tour title. Read article > Daily Scoreboard
Robredo Halts Fognini Win Streak in Croatian Open Final
atpworldtour.com: July 28 2013 Umag, Croatia - The resurgence of Tommy Robredo took another step forward Sunday as he captured his second title of the year at the Vegeta Croatia Open Umag. The veteran Spaniard finally halted Fabio Fognini’s 13-match winning streak, beating the Italian 6-0, 6-3 in the clay-court final. Robredo began the year at World No. 114 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, having tumbled down the order due to injury. Full article