Kremlin Cup; Stockholm Open; Vienna Open
Kremlin Cup Men’s Singles Final Sunday Oct 19
2-Marin Cilic beat 5-Roberto Bautista-Agut 6-4 6-4
Stockholm Open Men’s Singles Final Sunday Oct 19
1-Tomas Berdych beat 2-Grigor Dimitrov 5-7 6-4 6-4
Vienna Open Men’s Singles Final Sunday Oct 17
2-Andy Murray beay 1-David Ferrer 5-7 6-2 7-5
Murray Captures Vienna Open, Rallies Past Ferrer in Thrilling Final
atpworldtour.com: October 19 2014 Vienna, Austria - Andy Murray became the fifth active player to lift 30 trophies on Sunday at the Erste Bank Open as he continued his bid to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for a seventh straight year.
Second seed Murray recovered to beat top seed David Ferrer, who is just one place lower than the Scot (No. 8) in the Emirates ATP Race To London, 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 in two hours and 42 minutes to capture the Vienna title. Murray is now 110 points ahead of No. 9-placed Ferrer in the battle for a berth at next month’s season finale.
Ferrer, who had beaten Murray in last week’s Shanghai Rolex Masters third round, secured the first service break for a 4-2 lead, but Murray immediately bounced back. Two loose forehands cost Murray, when he served at 5-6.
Murray saved all six break points he faced in the second set, which included breaks of the Ferrer serve in the third and seventh games. Murray won five straight games en route to a 2-0 lead in the decider, before Ferrer mounted a comeback.
Ferrer regrouped and took a 4-2 lead, only to be broken to 15 in the seventh game. The Spaniard served for the championship at 5-3, but was broken to 15 when he hit his seventh double fault of the pair’s 14th meeting. Murray grew in confidence to win four straight games, ending with an ace.
Berdych Dethrones Dimitrov in Stockholm
atpworldtour.com: October 19 2014 Stockholm, Sweden - Tomas Berdych rallied past defending champion Grigor Dimitrov 5-7 6-4 6-4 to claim the If Stockholm Open crown on Sunday, further boosting his Emirates ATP Race To London hopes. The Czech held his ground in seventh position, gaining a net total 160 points.
A semi-finalist in 2011, 29-year-old Berdych is seeking to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the fifth consecutive year. He claimed his 10th tour-level title and fourth straight on indoor hard courts. The champion in Stockholm in 2012 as well, he is the ninth player to win multiple titles in the 45-year history of the tournament. James Blake most recently achieved the feat in 2005-06.
Dimitrov, who is also in contention for the season finale, to be held 9-16 November at The O2 in London, remains in 11th position, 330 points behind Andy Murray for the eighth and final berth. The Bulgarian was bidding to claim his fourth title of the year, following triumphs in Acapulco, Bucharest and London/Queen's Club.
Cilic Conquers Bautista-Agut, Kremlin Cup
atpworldtour.com: October 19 2014 Moscow, Russia - Marin Cilic will make his Barclays ATP World Tour Finals debut next month, but first the Croat had business to take care of in Moscow. The latest qualifier of the season finale, Cilic topped Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4 for the Kremlin Cup by Bank of Moscow title on Sunday.
The 26 year old won his first title since claiming his maiden Grand Slam championship at the US Open six weeks ago, improving to 54-18 this year. Only Roger Federer owns more match victories (61) on the ATP World Tour. It was the second seed’s fourth crown in 2014, 13th overall and sixth on indoor hard. He also emerged victorious in Delray Beach and on home soil at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors this year
Cilic, who became the second Croatian champion in Moscow, following coach Goran Ivanisevic’s triumph in 1996, rallied from a set down in defeating 2013 runner-up Mikhail Kukushkin in Saturday’s semi-finals.
Kremlin Cup Men's Singles Semifinal Saturday Oct 18
2-Marin Cilic beat Mikhail Kukushkin 4-6 6-3 6-2
5-Roberto Bautista beat 3-Ernests Gulbis 6-4 6-4
Stockholm Open Men's Singles Semifinal Saturday Oct 18
1-Tomas Berdych beat Matthias Bachinger 7-6(7) 6-4
2-Grigor Dimitrov beat Bernard Tomic 6-3 7-5
Vienna Open Men's Singles Semifinal Saturday Oct 18
1-David Ferrer beat 4-Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 2-6 7-6(3)
2-Andy Murray beat Viktor Troicki 6-4 6-3
Dimitrov Denies Tomic, Sets Stockholm Open Final Clash with Top-seed Berdych
atpwworldtour.com: October 18 2014 Stockholm, Sweden - Defending champion Grigor Dimitrov added 60 points to his tally by defeating Bernard Tomic 6-3, 7-5. The Bulgarian is No. 11 in the battle for a spot at The O2 in London next month. One break was enough in the first set for the second-seeded Dimitrov, who faced no break points that set.
Tomic imposed himself early in the second set to take a 4-1 lead. The Australian was unable to convert two set-point opportunities on Dimitrov’s serve and, when Tomic served for the set at 5-3, a double fault proved costly. Seven aces helped the Bulgarian win the 79-minute encounter and reach the final in the Swedish capital where he won his maiden ATP World Tour title last year.
Top seed Berdych defeated qualifier Matthias Bachinger 7-6(7), 6-4 for his 50th win of the season and a spot in the Stockholm final. The London contender also added 60 points towards the Race, where he currently sits in seventh position.
In their first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting, 2012 champion Berdych was broken for the first time this week as Bachinger took a 4-3 lead in the first set. When serving for the set, the German was broken and Berdych levelled it for 5-5. In the eventual tie-break, Berdych was forced to save a set point before winning the first set 7-6(7).
Berdych broke in the third game of the second set for a 2-1 lead, but his opponent later converted his third break point opportunity of the set to level at 4-4. With a 142 km/h forehand winner on break point, the Czech got the break back for a 5-4 lead. Berdych converted his first match point opportunity to reach his 24th Tour-level final in 85 minutes.
Murray, Ferrer in Vienna Open Final
atpwworldtour.com: October 18 2014 Vienna, Austria - Andy Murray will meet fellow Barclays ATP World Tour Finals contender David Ferrer in the Erste Bank Open final on Sunday. Although Murray leads Ferrer 7-6 in the FedEx ATP Head2Head, Ferrer won their most recent meeting 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 at last week’s Shanghai Rolex Masters.
Both players moved up one spot in the Emirates ATP Race To London with three spots left up for grabs at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, to be held at The O2 in London next month. Murray is now up to No. 8 and Ferrer up to No. 9, with Milos Raonic dropping to No. 10. Murray reached his second final of the year with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over qualifier Viktor Troicki in 83 minutes on Saturday. It was his sixth straight win over the Serbian.
Top seed David Ferrer fought back from a 2-4 deficit in the deciding set to beat fourth seed Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(3) in two hours and 27 minutes. Ferrer, who has been making his first appearance this week at the ATP World Tour 250 event since 2004, has a 21-24 record in title matches. Ferrer, 32, will be bidding to lift his second trophy of 2014, after Buenos Aires (d. Fognini) in February.
Cilic, Bautista-Agut Vie for Kremlin Cup
atpwworldtour.com: October 18 2014 Moscow, Russia - Fifth seed Roberto Bautista Agut reached his third final of the season after a 6-4, 6-4 triumph over third seed Ernests Gulbis at the Kremlin Cup by Bank of Moscow on Saturday. He will meet second seed Marin Cilic for the title.
Bautista Agut, in 15th position in the Emirates ATP Race To London, claimed 75 per cent of his service points and did not drop serve through 10 service games against Gulbis. He broke the Latvian once in each set to close out the match in 82 minutes.
In his quest for a third title, Bautista Agut faces fellow 26-year-old Cilic. The World No. 8 was stretched by last year's runner-up, Mikhail Kukushkin, before prevailing 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in their semi-final clash. After failing to convert on eight break opportunities against Kukushkin in the opening set, Cilic broke once in second and third sets to secure victory in two hours and 12 minutes. Cilic fired 10 aces and won 75 per cent of his first-service points.
Earlier in the day, it was announced that Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion, had clinched his berth in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, joining Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka in the elite eight-man field. Cilic, who also lifted trophies in Delray Beach and Zagreb this season, is the first Croat since Ivan Ljubicic in 2006 to qualify for the season finale.
Kremlin Cup Men’s Singles Quarterfinals Friday Oct 17
2-Marin Cilic beat 6-Tommy Robredo 6-3 6-3
3-Ernests Gulbis beat 8-Andreas Seppi 7-6(6) 4-6 7-6(3)
5-Roberto Bautista-Agut beat Richard Berankis 7-5 6-3
Mikhail Kukushkin beat 7-Mikhail Youzhny 1-6 7-6(5)6-0
Stockholm Open Men’s Singles Quarterfinals Friday Oct 17
1-Tomas Berdych beat Marius Copil 6-2 6-2
2-Grigor Dimitrov beat Jack Sock 5-7 6-4 6-3
Matthias Bachinger beat Adrian Mannarino 4-6 6-1 6-4
Bernard Tomic beat 7-Fernando Verdasco 0-6 6-4 7-6(6)
Vienna Open Men’s Singles Quarterfinals Friday Oct 17
1-David Ferrer beat 6-Ivo Karlovic 7-6(5) 6-4
2-Andy Murray beat Jan-Lennard Struff 6-2 7-5
4-Philipp Kohlschreiber beat Benjamin Becker 6-4 7-6(3)
Viktor Troicki beat Thomaz Bellucci 7-6(4) 6-7(2) 6-2
Murray, Ferrer Win in Straight Sets; Troicki, Kohlschreiber in Vienna Semifinals
atpworldtour.com: October 17 2014 Vienna, Austria -
Andy Murray and David Ferrer both advanced to the semifinals of the Erste Bank Open on Friday. The Scot notched a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Jan-Lennard Struff while Ferrer cut down 6’11 Ivo Karlovic 7-6(5) 6-4 in one hour and 25 minutes.
The 27-year-old Murray, who lifted the Shenzhen trophy (d. Robredo) three weeks ago, is bidding to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for a seventh consecutive season. He added 45 points to his tally by advancing to the Vienna semi-finals, and overtook Ferrer for ninth position in the Race. Ferrer, the Vienna top seed, can only add points to his Race tally by reaching this week's final
Viktor Troicki set up a semifinal clash with Murray after the qualifier defeated Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil 7-6(4), 6-7(2), 6-2 earlier in the day. This is the 28-year-old Troicki's first appearance in an ATP World Tour semi-final since Moscow 2011, when he finished runner-up to countryman Janko Tipsarevic.
Fourth seed Philipp Kohlschreiber emerged the winner in an all-German quarter-final clash with Benjamin Becker 6-4, 7-6(3). The 31 year old struck 11 aces and won 67 per cent of his service points to claim the victory in 84 minutes.
Dimitrov, Tomic in Stockholm Semis
atpworldtour.com: October 17 2014 Stockholm, Sweden - Defending champion Grigor Dimitrov survived a tough test against young gun Jack Sock in the If Stockholm Open quarter-finals on Friday. Dimitrov, the second seed, advanced with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 victory against the American.
Dimitrov goes on to face World No. 76 Bernard Tomic, who advanced to the semi-finals as he recovered from a slow start to beat Fernando Verdasco 0-6, 6-4, 7-6(6) in just over two hours.
The 21-year-old Tomic came into Stockholm having won just two main draw matches in his past seven events, since lifting the second ATP World Tour trophy of his career in Bogota (d. Karlovic).
Qualifier Matthias Bachinger reached his second ATP World Tour semi-final after a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 defeat of Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.
Bautista-Agut Denies Berankis, Gulbis Tops Seppi in Kremlin Cup
atpworldtour.com: October 17 2014 Moscow, Russia - Fifth seed Roberto Bautista Agut reached his fifth ATP World Tour semi-final of the season on Friday as he defeated qualifier Ricardas Berankis 7-5, 6-3 at the Kremlin Cup by Bank of Moscow. Berankis had upset top seed Milos Raonic in the second round, but was denied on 12 of his 13 break points against Bautista Agut as the Spaniard claimed victory in one hour and 38 minutes.
Bautista Agut goes on to face Ernests Gulbis, who edged eighth seed Andreas Seppi 7-6(6), 4-6, 7-6(3). The Latvian fired 17 aces, but won eight fewer points than Seppi as he snatched victory in two hours and 28 minutes.
Kremlin Cup Men's Singles Second Round Thursday Oct 16
7-Mikhail Youzhny beat Juan Monaco 6-3 7-6(6)
3-Ernests Gulbis beat Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-3 7-6(3)
Ricardas Berankis beat 1-Milos Raonic 6-3 4-6 6-3
5-Tommy Robredo beat Filip Krajinovic 6-3 6-4
Mikhail Kukushkin beat 4-Fabio Fognini 6-4 6-2
Stockholm Open Men's Singles Second Round Thursday Oct 16
1-Tomas Berdych beat Dustin Brown 7-5 6-3
Matthias Bachinger beat 5-Leonardo Mayer 7-6(3) 6-7(4) 6-3
Jack Sock beat 6-Jeremy Chardy 7-6(3) 6-3
Marius Copil beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4 6-3
Vienna Open Men's Singles Second Round Thursday Oct 16
2-Andy Murray beat Vasek Pospisil 6-4 6-4
1-David Ferrer beat Tobias Kamke 7-5 6-1
Jan-Lennard Struff beat Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-6(6) 2-6 7-6(3)
Thomaz Bellucci beat 3-Feliciano Lopez 6-7(9) 6-1 6-4
Benjamin Becker beat Robin Haase 6-3 6-3
Viktor Troicki beat 5-Lukas Rosol 6-3 6-2
Ferrer, Murray Gain Quarterfinal in Vienna; Bellucci Ousts Lopez; Rosol Falls
atpworldtour.com: October 16 2014 Vienna, Austria - Top seeds David Ferrer and Andy Murray continued their bids to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals with victories in the Erste Bank Open second round on Thursday. Ferrer, the No. 1 seed, weathered a tough first set against German Tobias Kamke before advancing 7-5, 6-1.
Ferrer, who faces sixth seed Ivo Karlovic in the quarter-finals, is bidding to qualify for the season finale for a fifth straight year. He must reach the Vienna final in order to add to his point total in the Emirates ATP Race To London.
Murray, seeded second in his tournament debut, recorded his win over Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 6-4. The 27-year-old Scot surrendered one break to his Canadian opponent but broke thrice to claim their first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting. Murray next battles Jan-Lennard Struff, 7-6(6), 2-6, 7-6(3) winner over Sergiy Stakhovsky, for a semi-final berth. In the Race To London, Murray sits in 10th position, one behind Ferrer.
Viktor Troicki reached his second ATP World Tour quarter-final in four weeks as he upset fifth seed Lukas Rosol 6-3, 6-2 in the second round. The 28-year-old Troicki was also a quarter-finalist at the Shenzhen Open last month (l. to Giraldo) and, after qualifying into the main draw in Vienna, goes on to face Thomaz Bellucci who recorded his second straight win over Feliciano Lopez 6-7(9), 6-1, 6-4 in their second-round battle.
Lopez entered the week at a career-high No. 14 in the Emirates ATP Rankings after a semi-final showing at the Shanghai Rolex Masters. Benjamin Becker set an all-German quarter-final with fourth seed Philipp Kohlschreiber after beating Robin Haase 6-3, 6-3 in 58 minutes. The 33-year-old Becker is coming off a strong showing in the ATP World Tour Asian Swing, reaching the quarter-finals in Kuala Lumpur (l. to Gulbis) and the semi-finals in Tokyo (l. to Nishikori).
Berdych Advance in Stockholm; Sock Sets Quarterfinal Clash with Dimitrov
atpworldtour.com: October 16 2014 Stockholm, Sweden - Top seed Tomas Berdych opened his campaign for a second title at the If Stockholm Open with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Germany's Dustin Brown on Thursday. The 29-year-old Czech saved all three break points he faced during the 83-minute match, and claimed 78 per cent of service points.
The 2012 champion (d. Tsonga) continues his push to qualify for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for a fifth straight year. He is currently No. 7 in the Emirates ATP Race To London. Meeting Berdych in the Stockholm quarter-finals is Marius Copil, who won his second-round contest against fellow qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 6-3 in 71 minutes.
Jack Sock set a quarter-final clash with defending champion Grigor Dimitrov as he upset sixth seed Jeremy Chardy 7-6(3), 6-3 in the second round. The American fired 14 aces, to 13 from Chardy, and converted his only break point chance to prevail in 79 minutes.
Another seed fell as qualifier Matthias Bachinger defeated fifth seed Leonardo Mayer 7-6(3), 6-7(4), 6-3 in just over two hours. The German had won just one tour-level match this season coming into Stockholm and goes on to face fourth seed Alexandr Dolgopolov or Adrian Mannarino in the quarter-finals.
Berankis Upsets Raonic in Kremlin Cup; Robredo, Gulbis, Youzhny Advance
atpworldtour.com: October 16 2014 Moscow, Russia - World No. 116 Ricardas Berankis recorded his first Top 10 win Thursday at the Kremlin Cup by Bank of Moscow as he upset Barclays ATP World Tour Finals hopeful Milos Raonic 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the second round. The Lithuanian qualifier withstood 15 aces from Raonic and broke the Canadian’s famed serve four times as he battled to victory in one hour and 53 minutes.
Raonic was not the only seed to tumble on Thursday. World No. 74 Mikhail Kukushkin ousted fourth seed Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-2 in 76 minutes. The Kazakhstani is coming off an impressive showing in Shanghai, where he stretched Novak Djokovic to three sets in the third round.
Seeds Ernests Gulbis and Tommy Robredo fared better, with No. 3 Gulbis advancing to the quarter-finals after a 6-3, 7-6(3) victory over Daniel Gimeno-Traver, and the sixth-seeded Robredo setting a quarter-final clash with Marin Cilic after beating Filip Krajinovic 6-3, 6-4 in 59 minutes.
This season, Gulbis added trophies from Nice and Marseille to his trophy case, and recorded back-to-back wins over Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych en route to the Roland Garros semi-finals (l. to Djokovic). The Latvian reached the semi-finals in Kuala Lumpur three weeks ago.
The 32-year-old Robredo recently finished runner-up at the inaugural Shenzhen Open, squandering five match points in defeat to Andy Murray, and has a 38-23 match record on the season. The 32-year-old Robredo is nearing the 500-wins milestone, improving his career tally to a 496-313 mark.
In the day's final match, seventh seed Mikhail Youzhny recorded his second victory in as many weeks against Argentine Juan Monaco 6-3, 7-6(6). The 2009 champion (d. Tipsarevic) goes on to face Mikhail Kukushkin for a berth in the semi-finals.
Kremlin Cup Men's Singles Wednesday Oct. 15
R2: 2-Marin Cilic beat Evgeny Donskoy 6-3 3-6 6-3
R2: 8-Andreas Seppi beat Ivan Dodig 7-5 7-6(3)
R2: 5-Roberto Bautista beat Samuel Groth 7-6(5) 7-6(4)
R1: 7-Mikhail Youzhny beat Victor Baluda 6-3 6-4
R1: 5-Tommy Robredo beat Pedja Krstin 7-6(6) 6-4
Stockholm Open Men's Singles Wednesday Oct. 15
R2: 2-Grigor Dimitrov beat Teymuraz Gabashvili 7-5 7-6(4)
R2: 7-Fernando Verdasco beat Jarkko Nieminen 6-3 6-4
R2: Bernard Tomic beat 3-Kevin Anderson 7-6(4) 6-4
R1: Dustin Brown beat Christian Lindell 6-4 7-6(3)
R1: Jack Sock beat Andrey Golubev 6-1 4-6 6-0
R1: Pierre-Hugues Herbert beat Pablo Carreno 7-6(3) 6-4
Vienna Open Men's Singles Wednesday Oct. 15
R2: 4-Philipp Kohlschreiber beat Carlos Berlocq 3-6 6-1 6-4
R2: 6-Ivo Karlovic beat Jurgen Melzer 6-4 7-6(1)
R1: Sergiy Stakhovsky beat Miloslav Mecir Jr. 6-2 4-6 6-3
R1: 5-Lukas Rosol beat Lukas Lacko 6-2 6-4
R1: Tobias Kamke beat Simone Bolelli 3-6 6-3 6-4
Cilic Avoids Upset in Moscow Opener; Dimitrov Opens Stockholm Title Defense;
atpworldtour.com: October 15 2014 Stockholm, Sweden - Grigor Dimitrov began defence of his maiden ATP World Tour crown on Wednesday and advanced to the If Stockholm Open quarter-finals with a 7-5, 7-6(4) triumph over Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili.
The second seed converted all three break points against his 29-year-old opponent and served at 62 per cent during the second-round encounter. Since winning in Stockholm last year, the 23-year-old Bulgarian has claimed titles in Acapulco, Bucharest, and at The Queen's Club in London.
Jack Sock, who is currently at a career-high No. 51 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, hit 11 aces past Andrey Golubev on Wednesday in a 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 win over one hour and 44 minutes in the first round.
Seventh seed Fernando Verdasco defeated Jarkko Nieminen in the second round for a second straight year, recording a 6-3, 6-4 victory against the Finn. The Spaniard next faces Australian Bernard Tomic, who upset third seed Kevin Anderson 7-6(4), 6-4 to remain undefeated in three FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings with his South African opponent. Pierre-Hugues Herbert booked his second-round berth by downing Pablo Carreno Busta 7-6(3), 6-4 in their first meeting.
In Moscow, reigning U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic survived a tough test against Evgeny Donskoy in his opener at the Kremlin Cup by Bank of Moscow on Wednesday, edging the Russian wild card 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the second round.
Cilic, who was down a break early in the third set, broke his opponent three times and struck eight aces during the encounter lasting one hour and 52 minutes. Cilic was coming off a first-round loss to fellow Croat Ivo Karlovic at last week's Shanghai Rolex Masters.
Fifth seed Roberto Bautista Agut and his fellow Spaniard, the sixth-seeded Robredo, also advanced in Moscow on Wednesday. Bautista Agut reached the quarter-finals after he beat Sam Groth 7-6(5), 7-6(4) in 84 minutes. Groth hit 19 aces and saved both break points he faced. The pair had previous met on two occasions on the ITF Futures circuit.
Robredo, who is competing at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament for the first time in 12 years, defeated qualifier Pedja Krstin 7-6(6), 6-4 in a first-round match. Mikhail Youzhny, the 2009 titlist and this week's seventh seed, beat qualifier Victor Baluda 6-3, 6-4 for a spot in the second round. Baluda was making his ATP World Tour main draw debut. Italian Andreas Seppi, the eighth seed, secured his place in the last eight after defeating Ivan Dodig 7-5, 7-6(3).
In Vienna, Austria, Lukas Rosol snapped a six-match losing streak on the ATP World Tour on Wednesday by defeating Lukas Lacko in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 at the Erste Bank Open.
Sixth seed Ivo Karlovic ended Jurgen Melzer's bid for a third Vienna title with a 6-4, 7-6(1) defeat of the Austrian in one hour and 38 minutes. The 35-year-old Croat smacked 21 aces past the 33-year-old Melzer, who missed last year's tournament due to injury. Melzer lifted back-to-back trophies in Vienna in 2009 and '10.
German Tobias Kamke also advanced, beating Italian Simone Bolelli 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to set up a second-round clash with top seed David Ferrer. In his best 2014 showing, the 28-year-old Kamke reached the quarter-finals of the ATP World Tour 500 event in Hamburg in July. In one of the day's final matches, Philipp Kohlschreiber battled past Argentina’s Carlos Berlocq 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 for a place in the quarter-finals. The fourth seed improved to 5-3 in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series with Berlocq.
Kremlin Cup Men's Singles First Round Tuesday Oct 14
Mikhail Kukushkin beat Karen Khachanov 6-7(3) 6-0 6-2
Samuel Groth beat Andrey Rublev 7-6(4) 7-5
Ricardas Berankis beat Aslan Karatsev 6-3 6-4
Juan Monaco beat Paolo Lorenzi 6-3 5-7 6-3
Evgeny Donskoy beat Dudi Sela 6-4 6-0
Ivan Dodig beat Pere Riba 6-4 6-2
Stockholm Open Men's Singles First Round Tuesday Oct 14
Marius Copil beat 8-Joao Sousa 7-6(4) 4-6 6-4
7-Fernando Verdasco beat Marinko Matosevic 6-3 3-6 6-3
Adrian Mannarino beat Marcos Baghdatis 2-6 6-2 6-4
Matthias Bachinger beat Igor Sijsling 2-6 7-6(3) 6-4
5-Leonardo Mayer beat Donald Young 6-4 6-4
Vienna Open Men’s Singles First Round Tuesday Oct 14
6-Ivo Karlovic beat Federico Del Bonis 6-7(1) 7-6(9) 7-6(2)
Benjamin Becker beat Victor Hanescu 4-6 6-1 6-3
Viktor Troicki beat Victor Estrella 6-0 6-3
Jurgen Melzer beat Norbert Gombos 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
Jan Lennard Struff beat 7-Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3 6-4
Vasek Pospisil vs. Daniel Brands 6-3, 6-7(3), 7-6(2)
Thomaz Bellucci beat Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-1 6-4
Robin Haase beat 8-Dominic Thiem 6-3 3-6 6-3
Mayer Advances in Stockholm; Karlovic, Melzer, Bellucci into 2nd Round in Vienna
atpworldtour.com October 14 2014 Stockholm, Sweden - Fifth seed Leonardo Mayer recorded his 28th match win of the year on Tuesday for a place in the If Stockholm Open second round.
Mayer bounced back from squandering five match point opportunities against Roger Federer at last week’s Shanghai Rolex Masters by beating Donald Young 6-4, 6-4. He won his first ATP World Tour title at Hamburg in July (d. Ferrer). Adrian Mannarino withstood 11 aces from Marcos Baghdatis to beat the 2009 champion 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. The Frenchman saved 12 of 14 break points for victory in just over two hours.
In Moscow, Russia, second seed Marin Cilic will begin his quest for a 13th ATP World Tour title at the Kremlin Cup by Bank of Moscow against wild card Evgeny Donskoy.
Cilic, who is appearing at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament for the first time since 2007, has lifted three trophies this year and is attempting to qualify for the next month’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the first time. Donskoy lost three of his first service points in a 6-4, 6-0 first-round win over Dudi Sela.
Sam Groth fired 20 aces past 16-year-old Andrey Rublev in a 7-6(4), 7-5 win to set up a clash against fifth seed Roberto Bautista Agut. Ivan Dodig hit 12 aces past Pere Riba in a 6-4, 6-2 victory over 53 minutes. He will next play eighth seed Andreas Seppi. Dodig and Marcelo Melo are attempting to qualify for the doubles competition at the prestigious season finale at The O2 in London from 9-16 November.
In Vienna, Austria, Jurgen Melzer made a welcome return to his hometown tournament, the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, rallying past lucky loser Norbert Gombos 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in first-round action.
The 33-year-old Melzer will take a 4-1 FedEx ATP Head2Head record into his next match against 35-year-old Ivo Karlovic, though the Croatian claimed their most recent meeting at the 2012 Australian Open.
Karlovic out-aced and out-fought Federico Delbonis in a gruelling two hour, 26-minute duel earlier in the day. He struck 29 aces past Delbonis, who hit 13 aces, in a 6-7(1), 7-6(9), 7-6(2) first-round victory that had no break point opportunities. The giant Croatian has now hit 1,049 aces in 57 matches this year according to ATP MatchFacts.
Third seed Feliciano Lopez will meet Thomaz Bellucci in the second round. Bellucci won the clash of Vienna debutants Tuesday by beating Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-1, 6-4. Lopez is appearing at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament having reached the semi-finals at last week’s Shanghai Rolex Masters, which thrust him up to No. 14 in the Emirates ATP Race To London. Jan-Lennard Struff saved all three break points he faced to knock out seventh seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-4.
Kremlin Cup Men’s Singles First Round Monday Oct 13
5-Roberto Bautista-Agut beat Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3, 6-4
Daniel Gimeno-Traver beat Jiri Vesely 7-5 6-3
Filip Krjinovic beat Malek Jaziri 6-4 6-2
8-Andreas Seppi beat Dusan Lajovic 7-5 6-4
Stockholm Open Men's Singles First Round Monday Oct 13
Jarkko Nieminen beat Albert Ramos 6-4 6-4
Teymuraz Gabashvili beat Alejandro Falla 6-2 6-4
Vienna Open Men's Singles First Round Monday Oct 13
Carlos Berlocq beat Gerald Melzer 6-3 7-6(2)
2013 Kremlin Cup; Stockholm Open; Vienna Open
Dimitrov Wins First Career Title in Stockholm; Haas Beats Haase in Vienna Final; Gasquet Takes Kremlin Cup
atpworldtour.com October 20, 2013 Stockholm, Sweden - Grigor Dimitrov captured his first ATP World Tour title on Sunday, battling back to stun David Ferrer 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the If Stockholm Open final. The 22 year old becomes the eighth first time champion in 2013, converting his first match point to seal the victory in two hours and 14 minutes. He becomes the first Bulgarian to win on the ATP World Tour in the Open Era.
In Vienna, Tommy Haas kept his distant hopes alive in the Emirates ATP Race to London, edging Robin Haase 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in a tight affair in the Erste Bank Open final, on Sunday. A champion at the BMW Open, in Munich, in early May, Haas becomes the 13th player to win multiple titles on the ATP World Tour in 2013.
In Moscow, Richard Gasquet moved to No. 9 in the Emirates ATP Race To London after winning his third ATP World Tour title of the season on Sunday. The Frenchman leapfrogged countryman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after defeating Mikhail Kukushkin 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in a tense Kremlin Cup final, gaining a net total of 160 points.