IPTL Dubai UAE
Micromax Indian Aces Crowned Champions
iptlworld.com: December 13 2014 Dubai, UAE - Micromax Indian Aces, who charmed tennis lovers in Manila, Singapore, New Delhi and Dubai, were today crowned champions of the inaugural Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League presented by Qatar Airways after an exhilarating last match witnessed by thousands of fans in Dubai.
The concluding match of the professional team tennis competition witnessed the Aces, who officially clinched the crown yesterday, going down 29 - 15 to the Royals, who played enthusiastically on home turf.
Kristina Mladenovic showed stunning form in the opening set against Ana Ivanovic but the Indian Aces player won a bracing shootout 5 – 6. Nenad Zimonjic, the best in the business on a doubles court, powered Mladenovic to pound Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza 6 -2. Zimonjic was joined by Novak Djokovic and later by Goran Ivanisevic in a set that witnessed fascinating volleys and intelligent rallies from both pairs. The Royals won the set 6 – 2.
In the Past Champions’ set, Ivanisevic played against Cedric Pioline before an appreciative crowd that loved the enjoyable set. Ivanisevic won 6 – 5, very much in charge in a shootout. Djokovic met Monfils and gave spectators a fresh demonstration of his World No.1 status, trouncing the Indian Ace 6 – 0 in style.
Day 12 Match 24: December 13, 2014
Musafir.com UAE Royals 29 – 15 Micromax Indian Aces
Women’s Singles: Kristina Mladenovic 5 – 6 Ana Ivanovic
Mixed Doubles: K.Mladenovic/N.Zimonjic 6 – 2 S.Mirza/R.Bopanna
Men’s Doubles: G.Ivanisevic/N.Zimonjic 6 – 2 G.Monfils/C.Pioline
Men’s Legend Singles: Goran Ivanisevic 6 – 5 Cedric Pioline
Men’s Singles: Novak Djokovic 6- 0 Gael Monifils
Final Standings 2104 IPTL
1. Micromax Indian Aces 12 8 0 4 39
2. Musafir.com UAE Royals 12 7 0 5 37
3. Manila Mavericks 12 6 0 6 35
4. DBS Singapore Slammers 12 3 0 7 24
Day 12 Match 23
Manila Mavericks Rout DBS Slammers 30 -15
iptlworld.com: December 13 2014 Dubai, UAE On the last and final day of the Coca-Cola IPTL presented by Qatar Airways in Dubai, the Manila Mavericks played powerfully against the DBS Singapore Slammers, winning the match convincingly in more ways than one.
In the Legends Singles, Mark Philippoussis dominated the set but Pat Rafter made an impressive comeback to level scores at 5 – 5. Philippoussis won the shootout for the Mavericks. Weaving German magic, Philipp Kohlschreiber came on for the Mavericks as an alternate for Tsonga, stunning Tomas Berdych 6 – 2 in the Men’s Singles.
The in-form duo of Kirsten Flipkens and Daniel Nestor took to the court for the mixed doubles and earned a deserving 6 – 1 win against Nick Kyrgios and Daniela Hantuchova.
Nestor came back with Kohlschreiber to play against Lleyton Hewitt and Bruno Soares, leaving a solid impression on the crowds yet again with impressive moves and rallies, taking the set 6 – 4. Flipkens played against Hantuchova in the last and final set and took her down 6 – 3.
Day 12 Match 23: December 13 2014
Manila Mavericks 30 – 15 DBS Slammers
Men’s Legend Singles: Mark Philippoussis 6 – 5 Patrick Rafter
Men’s Singles: Philipp Kohlschreiber 6 – 2 Tomas Berdych
Mixed Doubles: K.Flipkens/D.Nestor 6 – 1 D.Hantuchova/N.Kyrgios
Men’s Doubles: P.Kohlschreiber/D.Nestor 6 – 4 L.Hewitt/B.Soares
Women’s Singles: Kirsten Flipkens 6 – 3 Daniela Hantuchova
Day 11 Match 22
DBS Slammers Edge UAE Royals 23 - 21
iptlworld.com: December 12 2014 Dubai, UAE - Day two of the Coca Cola IPTL presented by Qatar Airways saw sensational shot-making and superb shootouts as the DBS Singapore Slammers pulled off a dramatic win against the fancied Musafir.com UAE Royals in Dubai.
Daniela Hantuchova showed stunning form winning the first set handsomely against Kristina Mladenovic and helping the Slammers earn vital points. A classic rematch between giants of the past Patrick Rafter and Goran Ivanisevic saw the latter playing some remarkable tennis and winning the set 6 – 1 to the delight of the home crowd.
In form Nenad Zimonjic and Kristina Mladenovic dominated the Mixed Doubles set against Bruno Soares and Hantuchova, winning 6 – 4 in fine fashion for the Royals. Lleyton Hewitt and crowd favourite Nick Kygrios took on Zimonjic and Marin Cilic in a set that witnessed a powerful showdown and adrenalin-pumping tennis by the Slammers who won 6 – 3. In the men’s singles set, a brilliant Tomas Berdych beat world no. 1 Novak Djokovic 6 – 5 in a set that entered an exhilarating shootout.
Day 11 Match 22: December 12 2014
Musafir.com UAE Royals 21 – 23 DBS Singapore Slammers
Women’s Singles: Kristina Mladenovic 1 – 6 Daniela Hantuchova
Men’s Legend Singles: Goran Ivanisevic 6 – 1 Patrick Rafter
Mixed Doubles: K.Mladenovic/N.Zimonjic 6 – 4 D.Hantuchova/D.Nestor
Men’s Doubles: M.Cilic/N.Zimonjic 3 – 6 L.Hewitt/N.Kyrgios
Men’s Singles: Novak Djokovic 5 -6 Tomas Berdych
Day 11 Match 21
Micromax Indian Aces Maintain Lead with Victory Over Manila Mavericks on Day 11
iptlworld.com: December 12 2014 Dubai, UAE - The second day of the Coca Cola IPTL presented by Qatar Airways in Dubai witnessed a calm and confident Micromax Indian Aces triumphing over the Manila Mavericks, despite a number of admirable efforts from Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Daniel Nestor and Kirsten Flipkens.
The past champions’ singles was interrupted by injury when player-coach Fabrice Santoro hurt his thigh but it wasn’t enough to knock off his groove as he took the first set comfortably against consistent Mark
Philippoussis. Gael Monfils came in next, playing at his best against Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and taking the set 6 – 2. The experienced doubles pair of Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza competed against Daniel Nestor and Kirsten Flipkens in a strong set, taking them down 6 – 4.
Ana Ivanovic came on to play Women’s Singles for the Aces while Flipkens represented the Mavericks in a set that witnessed a number of impeccable moves and dazzling shot making. Ivanovic won 6 – 3. Rohan Bopanna and Gael Monfils took on a focussed Tsonga and Nestor in the last set that went into overtime. The Mavericks won 11 games in total until the Aces won one game to reach a total of 4 and the set stopped.
“For the inaugural year of the IPTL, it’s the best situation for the event that the championship is going down to the wire, and will be decided on the last day. We have to stay focused. It’s one match away. We have to just relax tonight, get some rest and continue to play with full power tomorrow,” said Santoro.
Day 11 Match 21: December 12, 2014
Micromax Indian Aces 28 – 23 Manila Mavericks
Men’s Legend Singles: Fabrice Santoro 6 – 3 Mark Philippoussis
Men’s Singles: Gael Monfils 6 – 2 Jo Wilfried Tsonga
Mixed Doubles: S.Mirza/R.Boppana 6 – 4 K.Flipkens/D.Nestor
Women’s Singles: Ana Ivanovic 6 – 3 Kirsten Flipkens
Men’s Doubles: R.Bopanna/G.Monfils 3 – 6 D.Nestor/J.Tsonga
Day 10 Match 20
Djokovic, Wozniacki, UAE Royals Edge Manila Mavericks in Dubai Thriller 26 – 25
iptlworld.com: December 11 2014 Dubai, UAE - In Dubai’s second match of the inaugural Coca Cola IPTL presented by Qatar Airways, the United Arab Emirates welcomed its team, the Musafir.com UAE Royals, to their first home match played against the Manila Mavericks at the Hamdan Sports Complex.
Caroline Wozniacki met Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens in the opening set. The World No. 8 Dane ruled from the beginning and gave the Royals a solid start with a 6 – 2 victory. In the Legend’s Set, Goran Ivanisevic played against an in-form Mark Philippoussis in a heady set up that witnessed the Mavericks taking their first set in the course of a shootout.
With his exquisite combination of shots, World No. 12 Jo-Wilfred Tsonga played remarkably against World No. 1 Novak Djokovic. The set went into a shootout, which Tsonga won for the Mavericks. Playing against Nenad Zimonjic and Kristina Mladenovic, the experienced Mixed Doubles pair of Flipkens and Nestor won their set 6 – 4 at ease, taking the match to an interesting 20 – 20 overall. In a top quality Doubles Set that went into an exciting shootout, Zimonjic and Marin Cilic won their important encounter against accomplished Tsonga and Nestor.
Day 10 Match 20: December 11, 2014
Musafir.com UAE Royals 26 – 25 Manila Mavericks
Women’s Singles: Caroline Wozniacki 6 – 2 Kirsten Flipkens
Men’s Legend Singles: Goran Ivanisevic 5 – 6 Mark Philippousis
Men’s Singles: Novak Djokovic 5 – 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Mixed Doubles: K.Mladenovic/N.Zimonjic 4 – 6 K.Flipkens/D.Nestor
Men’s Doubles: M.Cilic/N.Zimonjic 6 – 5 D.Nestor/J.Tsonga
Day 10 Match 19
League Leaders Micromax Indian Aces defeat DBS Slammers 28 – 24 in Dubai Leg
iptlworld.com: December 11 2014 Dubai, UAE - The last and final leg of the inaugural Coca-Cola IPTL presented by Qatar Airways kicked off in Dubai on Thursday. The players were quick in getting into the groove with some explosive tennis on display in the UAE. Dominating from the very beginning, the Micromax Indian Aces beat the Singapore Slammers 28 – 24.
The first five apiece set went into a shootout between Ana Ivanovic and Daniela Hantuchova. World No. 5 Ivanovic won for the Aces, giving the team an early lead. “We played on a slower and softer court, so it was a little more difficult to play and return. You get more time. As a team we get our energy from the bench and keep each other charged up. It’s fun! The serve and volley towards the end was for Pete (Sampras),” Ivanovic said.
Fabrice Santoro took on Patrick Rafter in a set where the Frenchman played sharp, dominating tennis. Though Rafter bravely won three games after being down 5 – 0, the set eventually went to the Aces. Hantuchova took to the court with Bruno Soares for the mixed doubles against the all-Indian pair of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna.
Both highly consistent teams entered a shootout won by the Aces. In a set that witnessed great reflexes and several sensational tennis moves, Bopanna returned to the court with Gael Monfils against Soares and Lleyton Hewitt. The Aces triumphed with 6 – 3. Monfils faced Tomas Berdych in the final Men’s Singles set, which the latter led from the beginning. The set went into overtime and was won by Berdych 8 – 4.
“We know there is pressure but we know what we have to do. That is to win! We will make it. All my team members are special, they give out a lot of positive energy and are all great,” the ever-entertaining Monfils said after the match.
Day 10 Match 19: December 11, 2014
Micromax Indian Aces 28 – 24 DBS Singapore Slammers
Women’s Singles: Ana Ivanovic 6 – 5 Danilela Hantuchova
Men’s Legend Singles: Fabrice Santoro 6 – 3 Patrick Rafter
Mixed Doubles: S.Mirza/R.Bopanna 6 – 5 D.Hantuchova/B.Soares
Men’s Doubles: G.Monfils/R.Bopanna 6 – 3 L.Hewitt/B.Soares
Men’s Singles: Gael Monfils 4 – 8 Tomas Berdych