Sunday 18 October 2015
18:10:15: Just like 2 weeks ago, I lost against de Schepper once again. This time the final score was 3/6 3/6. This means I will not get the matches I hoped for before playing my home tournament in Basel.
is just 1-6 in Vienna though with a new surface this year maybe that is an irrelevant stat.
faces fellow leftie Jiri Vesely in R1 on Monday. "In the draw you could get worse but it will not be easy of course," he said. G. Melzer has won just 1 of his 5 previous matches in Vienna though with a new surface this year that may be an irrelevant stat.
faces Radek Stepanek in R1 on Monday. "There are certainly worse draws than Stepanek but I will try to put up my best performance against him and give myself a chance. I'm confident in my game and at least I know that I have already beaten top 100 players this year," he said.
retired with gastroenteritis in qualifying at the Santiago challenger.
made it back to back challenger titles with a 6/3 6/4 win over Dustin Brown in today's final in Fairfield. Fritz didn't drop a set all week and was broken only once. "I served a lot better than last week. In Sacramento I was off in some service games. This week I served really well and played great tennis all around. It's surprising because this week the scorelines would suggest that it was much easier for me. But the draw was much tougher. I played a seed every round besides the first round and that just shows how much better I played," he said. "I didn't see a difference in the amount of times he's coming to net from last week," Fritz added, referring to his rematch against Brown having saved three match points in the Sacramento second round. "Every time he made a first serve or hit a second serve into the body, I assumed he was coming in and tried to put it in a corner or just low. When I put it low, sometimes he'd miss it and other times he'd hit it too good.”
landed the Corrientes challenger title with a 3/6 7/5 6/4 win over compatriot Diego Schwartzman, who led by a set and a break at one stage. “It was a very difficult match. I tried to impose my game and I did it.I felt very comfortable in the city, also at the tournament. I want to thank everyone for the attention that they have given me. It fills me with pride to be able to join the players with the most Challenger titles. It was a very special week for me.”
was on court for over three and half hours as she beat Zanevska and Kanepi in Moscow today. "Quick teleportation after semifinal in Linz and two wins in Moscow.
Time to relax -> continues tomorrow!"
"I like to play in Moscow, so I'm in a good mood going there."
had the physio out during his 6/3 7/5 win over Villanueva in Santiago.
retired in Moscow with a virus.
Q: Your expectations for the Kremlin Cup: Istomin: I can say that it will be hard because there are a lot of top 100 hundred players. Everyone wants to and can win so the tournament will be exciting. My task for the next few days is to restore my physical condition after Tashkent. It will be a difficult match against Bedene but the odds of winning are in my favour and I will try to take advantage of them.
barely survived the challenge of M. Pavic in qualifying today: “I was losing 3-1 in the third, but that game .... you need to be ready to fight, every day, every match, and today was the same. I was really focused on my game and I’m really happy for that.”
on facing A. Zverev in the opening round: "I've had a very good year. I have trained very well and prepared myself in the best way during the week with other Swedish players. I will probably be nervous, but I will do my best to take advantage of the opportunity I have."
"Made my first final this week in Egypt, hopefully many more to come!"
landed his second successive futures title, beating compatriot Carlos Gomez-Herrera 5/7 7/5 6/2 in today's final in Madrid. "Very happy with the victory. It seems that the streak continues."
has withdrawn from the Bangalore challenger with a fever. Lakshit Sood comes in as a lucky loser.
has withdrawn from the Ningbo challenger, citing fatigue. Florian Fallert, who took a MTO in his qualifying loss earlier today, comes in as a lucky loser.
Q: You won the title in St. Petersburg in 2011 and you are the defending champion here in Moscow. What makes Russia so special for you?
Cilic: In Russia, generally, I had always good times and people would welcome me here very nicely. I had good results and good memories are connected to St. Petersburg back to 2007 when it was my first time that I reached the top 100 and here in Moscow I enjoy to come back. Goran Ivanisevic was playing with [Yevgeny] Kafelnikov classic finals…[It probably] sticks to the people. And it feels very good here.
Q.: Who would you like to play against here, in Moscow? What is your motivation?
Cilic: Last year I had in the first round a good match against Evgeny Donskoy. Now he has a tough time with an injury. He is playing better. I played him at the US Open, it was a good match. You know, for the tournament, for Russians, it is great to play against a Russian player, the atmosphere is more enjoyable even if I might be on the other side. I’d like to play in front of a big crowd. For sure, I would like to meet in the final, if, of course, I make it to the final, with [Mikhail] Youzhniy. It would be great to play against him.
is through to the final round of qualifying in Moscow. "I feel well now. I always play well at the ‘Kremlin Cup by Bank of Moscow’. I hope I can go on like this. It is not my first time playing here, it gives me extra confidence: I go on court and I feel free and show my game," he said.
is through to the final round of qualifying in Moscow. "It is always a pleasure to play at home, especially when Kremlin Cup by Bank of Moscow is one of my favorite tournaments.I grew up here, it is nice to feel the support of my relatives and fans. My family is here with me, my wife and daughter, my friends as well," he said.
took a MTO at 1-2 in the third set of her 4/6 7/5 6/7 loss to Vogt in Luxembourg. (Twitter) "Tereza Smitkova cried of pain and frustration, saved 3 MPs to force the match to the 3rd set TB and eventually lost."
took a MTO at the end of the second set of his 6/2 6/7 2/6 loss to Tabatruong at the Brest Challenger in France today.
had the physio out after just five games before going on to lose 4/6 3/6 to Kasatkina in Moscow.
had the physio out after just five games before going on to lose 2/6 2/6 /6 3/6 to M. Zverev in Stockholm qualifying today.
"We could not win today but it's been a good week! Ciao Hong Kong!"
and Spears beat Hlavackova/Hradecka to land the doubles title in Linz.
stretched her unbeaten streak indoor to 15 matches after winning in Paris and Moscow last year, and overcame thigh problems to take the title here in Linz.
"My legs were not so great today," said the former 13th-ranked Russian, who had her left upper leg taped before the match started and needed treatment on her other leg between sets. "But it's a final so you try not to think about it."
received his wild card into Moscow as an exchange for Andrey Rublev getting one into Istanbul earlier this year.
faces Kevin Anderson in R1. “It couldn’t have come any worse. This will be a tough match. Kevin Anderson is playing his best season yet. His whole game strategy evolves around his monster services but also from his aggressive base line play. But this is a strong tournament where you have to play your best if you want to be able to compete. I will be going into the match versus Anderson with that in mind.”
warmed up for his singles match on Monday with a couple of qualifying wins in doubles partnering R. Ram.
returns in Vienna after retiring with a wrist injury in Shenzhen late last month. Gulbis, who has lost his last 6 matches, withdrew from both Tokyo and qualifying in Shanghai since though judging by this return he hit in practice his wrist is 100% (see link).
landed the Rennes challenger title with a 5/7 7/5 6/4 win over Igor Sijsling.
lost out again in a futures final, the 6th in his career, going down to Niels Desein in France today (0-4 in 2015).
"6-0 1-0 up guy retired, so into last round Q's tomorrow."
was beaten by Dusan Lajovic in R2 of qualifying. "This is how first match back feels like."
qualified for the Vienna main draw with wins over #245 Miljan Zekic (5/1 ret) and #251 Jan Satral (6/3 7/6). Struff had an easy win over Zekic who retired with blurred vision but was forced to work hard against Satral, having to come from 2/5 down in the second set before snatching the set in the tie break. Struff also saved 4 set points in the set and recovered from 0-5 down in the tie break.
"Made a new friend today at Vienna's Spanish Riding school! #Lipizzaner #Horses."
"Practice with Alison Van Uytvanck."
after her loss to Pavlyuchenkova: "She played so good today. She really deserved it."
landed the Linz title with a comfortable, straight sets victory over Anna-Lena Friedsam, who committed a few too many errors in her first WTA Tour final and was outclassed by the Russian in the end. Pavlyuchenkova wore strapping in her left thigh once again but moved well enough throughout the match and was rarely threatened by the German, who was easily overpowered and won just 6/21 points behind her second serve. The Russian conceded just one break point to cap an excellent week in which she held serve in 39/48 service games. "The physio helped be get through this week as my legs weren't great," said Pavlyuchenkova, who took a MTO at the end of the first set. Pavlyuchenkova 6/4 6/3.
qualified for the Vienna main draw with straight sets wins over #419 Jaume Munar Clar (6/1 6/2) and #93 Nikoloz Basilashvili (6/4 7/5). Sugita didn't face a break point against Munar but was broken a couple of times against Basilashvili, including when he served for the match at 5/4 in the second set. He was good on return though in both matches, breaking Munar 5 times and Basilashvili on 4 occasions.
and Shvedova beat Arruabarrena and Klepac in two close sets for the Hong Kong title. In a match with 10 breaks, Cornet and Shvedova both struggled with their serves, tallying 12 double faults in all and having to serve for the match twice. But their shotmaking ability in the rallies was a level above that of the Spanish/Slovenian pair especially at the key moments, while Klepac's execution was particularly spotty. Shvedova said afterwards: "I was very nervous, and Alizé probably also. Us being nervous [was] because we wanted to win it—it's because it's a nice tournament in a nice place here. I want to thank Alizé... Because my partner [Dellacqua] was not able to come here, but you were willing to play with me. You were very happy to say yes to me." Cornet and Shvedova 7/5 6/4.
was beaten in the final round of qualifying in Vienna but has delayed retiring from the sport after experiencing a strong 2015 season in which he defeated a top five player for the first time in his career.
During an interview with German website Tennisnet, the world No.108 said that he still has the hunger to play the sport.
“Actually, the hunger is still there. I get up every morning happy and really please to go training”. He said.
The German has also hinted that he may continue beyond 2016 until 2017.
landed his maiden futures title, beating Andriej Kapas in 3 sets in the final in Germany today. “I am just happy,” he said. “Bad Salzdetfurth seems to be a good place for me,”
"The first set went quick," Tsonga said after his defeat by Djokovic. "It's not easy to stop him. He is really consistent on his return. Today I didn't serve well enough, especially in the first set. After that, in the second, I served a little bit better, and it gave me the opportunity to have a chance on his serve. But finally I was not able to do it, and he broke me at 4-all. I'm very satisfied. To come back at your best level, it's always a long process. I'm happy today to be back really close to the Top 10. Like I said just before, it gave me energy to continue to work hard and try to achieve other good things."
landed the Shanghai title with a comfortable straight sets win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. This was another dominant display from Djokovic who just looks unplayable right now. The Serb quickly raced out into a double break lead and never looked back. He served well, moved well and get everything back as usual. Tsonga made more of a fight of it in the second set but he was never really able to get Djokovic on the back foot. "Today the key was to get as many serves back into play to Jo because he has one of the biggest serves in the game," said Djokovic. "He has shown that in the second set, with some break points early in the set. He came up with some aces, some big serves. Generally I felt always in control of the match. I felt like I've done everything right. I've won many of my service games very comfortably. I didn't allow him to get into the rhythm, get into the match. Today's match, and overall the tournament, it's gone incredibly well for me." Djokovic 18w 8ue; Tsonga 17w 27ue. Djokovic 6/2 6/4.
"Lost in quarters of the Corrientes challenger. Opponent was just too good on the day. Happy with the way I'm playing, but there is still room for improvement. Next stop Santiago!!"
justified his wild card with two fine wins in qualifying over #225 Riccardo Bellotti and #108 Michael Berrer. Miedler, a 19yo Austrian currently ranked 525, came from a set down to beat Bellotti 3/6 6/4 6/4 but won in great style against Berrer 6/4 6/4 without facing a break point. Miedler has reached 4 futures finals this year but never played at challenger or main tour level before. "To have managed to qualify here feels really good. It is the best feeling I've ever had as a tennis player. I am very satisfied with my performance today. I won and presented myself very well," he said.
and Sancic saved a couple of match points in edging out Koolhof/Middelkoop 6/4 2/6 14-12 to win the doubles title at the Rennes challenger.
and Langer beat Myneni/Singh to win the Ho Chi Minh City doubles title. "New title in doubles with Nils Langer!"
was the first man through qualifying, winning comfortably in straight sets against Marco Chiudinelli and Ruben Bemelmans. de Schepper held serve throughout both matches, sending down 21 aces and saving all 3 break points faced. He was excellent on return too with 6 of 8 break points converted.
has made it through to the final round of qualifying in Moscow with very easy straight sets wins over Russians Alexander Igoshin and P. Davydenko. "It's my first time in Moscow and I am really enjoying it!" he said.
rates his current play quite highly: "I'm playing top five, eight tennis right now, I'm feeling the ball amazing, and beating quality players comfortably in the past rounds so I'm enjoying the time I had this week. I'm very, very confident and I'd love to say to finish top 15 this year, it's very close. But who knows? If I keep playing the tennis I'm playing, even higher than that is possible, I think."
on her loss to Jankovic, in which she took an MTO in the third set: "I tried today all I could. I mean, I was fighting until the last point, but you know, some days you have a little bit pain everywhere in your body. I really tried to give everything I could today."
after beating Kerber: "I had an amazing week in Hong Kong. It has been unbelievable—Hong Kong is such a beautiful city. This is my second time here, and I'm falling in love with it as well. Angie, thank you so much for letting me win today. You have beaten me so many times, and I'm lucky to win tonight... You guys could see how well she fought, and how well we both fought. I thought she was like a Chinese Wall at times—I could not make a winner. It's amazing how well she plays and how well she runs down those balls."
was disarmingly frank about what has gone wrong this season since Australia: “I think I lost a little bit of confidence after that match. Ever since then I was working a little bit also on my racquet, so everything just took its time, and I had a lot of changes on and off the court. I think it took a lot of attention off my goals, and derailed me a little bit from what I wanted to do this year. I started lacking a little bit in practice, on fitness level, I started dropping a little bit ….. Hopefully I’ve learned enough not to make the same mistake again.”
outlasted Kerber in a nervy three-set battle to win the Hong Kong title. Both took unusual risks to try to seize control of rallies and shorten points, leading to some thrilling shotmaking but also a litter of errors. Jankovic was slow to find the range on her forehand and hit 11 double faults—2 of them coming on break points and 2 more in the second-set tiebreak. But the Serb anticipated well and was ultimately the more patient player, managing to sustain sufficient physical and mental effort throughout the match. The German made the better start, but her footwork, accuracy, and decisionmaking all deteriorated badly. After repeatedly hunching over between points, at 0/3 in the third Kerber called the physio, leaving the court for a medical evaluation and MTO. Jankovic was broken 6 times in the first two sets, but didn't face a break point in the third. (Forum extract) "Smart junkballing by JJ... Angie looked completely exhausted in the third." Jankovic 3/6 7/6 6/1.
on today's win against Zapata Miralles: "It's one of those classics when you feel you won the first set easily [then drop in level]. It has happened 100 times and it will happen 100 more, haha. But I managed to get out and take a nice win." On next opponent Krajinovic: "I know nothing about him. I've seen him on TV sometimes. I'll check around with Söderlund and Good to Great trainers and see if they have something to say."
had the physio out at the end of the first set before going on to lose 6/1 6/7 3/6 to Kania in Luxembourg qualifying today.
practicing ahead of the final in Linz (see link).
and Melo after their doubles win over Bolelli/Fognini. "The last two weeks have been great. We've played some really good tennis together. I've enjoyed my time with him on the court. It's been a lot of fun on and off the court. When you win this much, it's good out there," said Klaasen.
"For sure I expected us to have good results. But I have to be honest, I never expected to win two tournaments at this level. I think we combine really well together. Raven has a really good volley and he knows how to cover a lot of the net. I also have a good volley, so passing us at the net is not that easy. We have fun and that's the most important thing for me," said Melo.
has withdrawn from Moscow with a right shoulder injury. A lucky loser will reach the main draw, and the seeds have been reshuffled, with Mladenovic being awarded the ninth seed.
retired in a qualifying match at the ITF event in Brisbane today.
retired 3/6 0/3 down in the final of the ITF event in Antalya today.
"Even we played bad, and we lost a final ..... See you in London guys! @BolelliSimone."
and Melo landed the Shanghai doubles title with a comfortable 6/3 6/3 win over Bolelli/Fognini, who were no real threat in the end after breaking to get an early 2/0 lead in both sets. "We actually got off to a shaky start," said Klaasen. "I lost my serve straight out the gate. We managed to get a break back early and that kind of settled me down. Marcelo's pretty experienced, he's good in these situations. Once we got our momentum going, we felt good out there. We're very happy with the result today."
"Next stop Luxembourg!"
took a MTO at 0-3 in the second set of his 3/6 1/6 loss to Nevolo in Las Vegas last night.
took a MTO at 0-3 in the third set of his 6/1 2/6 1/6 loss to T. Ito in Moscow qualifying today.
took a MTO at 2-3 in the second set of his 2/6 5/7 loss to Zhizhen Zhang in Ningbo qualifying this morning.
landed the Ho Chi Minh City challenger title with a 7/5 6/3 win over Jordan Thompson. “It has been a good week and I am happy with my progress. Still, a long way to go,” he said.
after her win over Kovinic: "I saw her here and she played really great tennis this week, so I didn't really expect to have an easy match or anything. But I was really solid from the beginning. I think I was just using the conditions a little bit better today, and maybe that's why the score was like that."
"Practicing in #Ningbo for Yinzhou Bank Cup."
defeated Danka Kovinic in straight sets to claim the Tianjin title and secure her spot at the end-of-season WTA Finals for the fifth year in a row. The Pole, who didn't drop a set all week, was dialed in from the start and held serve throughout the 58-minute match, using her variety and fleet-footed court coverage to blunt the power of her Montenegrin opponent and forcing her into making errors. A. Radwanska was playing with her right shoulder taped. (Forum extract) "Aga is in top form and was choosing the right shots. Kovinic was completely outsmarted here." A. Radwanska 6/1 6/2.
landed the $25k Makinohara challenger on artificial grass after upsetting #181 Riko Sawayanagi in the final. Sawayanagi, who shortened from 1.60 into 1.38 in the pre-match betting market, received a MTO after the second set. It was Kawa's first title on a surface other than clay. Both players will remain in Japan to play in the $25k Hamamatsu challenger next week. Kawa 6/7 6/2 7/6.
"6/4 3/6 6/3 today against N. Broady! Happy with the way I played today!" (Twitter) "What seemed to be a cakewalk for Richel Hogenkamp turned out a tough battle."
"Death really puts things into perspectives... Enjoy every moment you get with your loved ones."
retired with a lower back injury after losing the first-set tiebreak to Tena Lukas in Luxembourg qualifying.
retired with a left thigh injury down 5/7 1/4 in her Luxembourg qualifying match against Coin.
"Really Happy 2 Win My Semis 2day In Singles... Was An Up & Down Match All The Way, That Cud Have Easily Gone The Other Way...Ull Def Be Hearin More From #TheBoi @FTiafoe... #CoolGuy, Great Player & That @ 17 Years Old... #Talented #LilBro... Its The...Last, But Not Least.. Again Its Been A Pleasure Out There Wid #CarstenBall, Somehow Squeakin Out The "W" 10-8 In Da 3rd.. #TeamBrownBall."
"Final trip of the season #Vegas #Monterrey #Mexico."
(courtside view): "Despite the scoreline the match was over in just over an hour ....[Guccione] Extremely limited gameplay, but oh what a sledgehammer of a serve .... Marterer is one of the world's best youngsters indoors and showed his class."
(courtside view, vs M. Eriksson): "Not so much to say about this. Class distinction was obvious on the court and the former junior champion at Wimbledon looked very dangerous and played well from the first ball. Eriksson had great difficulty accomplishing anything from his backhand side and the Hungarian was smart enough to see this."
(courtside view, vs Milton): "Doubles specialist Michael Venus has a very good singles game, and were it not for a very limited backhand the New Zealander would be in the top tier of the Challenger tour. He serves really hard and it all developed into a tight battle that had to be decided by two tiebreaks. Worthy winner."
(courtside view): "32-year-old Alekseenko has never been higher ranked than 497 in the world and it felt unworthy that he stood on the same tennis court as the former world nine Nicolas Almagro .... Enough of unworthy things, Almagro will easily qualify here, everything else should be considered a shock of major proportions ....Quarterfinal at least?"
(courtside view, vs Simonsson): "Doubles specialist Mate Pavic has a fantastic serve and volley game which the audience got to witness on Saturday. The Croatian with his serve and volley never gave Fred Simonsson a chance to create any rhythm in the match and it seemed that the Swede was unhappy."
(courtside view): "The German had no major problems with Adaktusson who did not seem to thrive on the court. Petzschner was broken in his first service game to 0 but then coped very easily afterwards, with good serve and volleying. The former world-ninth in doubles is well down on the singles rankings after injury but is able to win several matches during his stay in Stockholm. A style that oozes class and a delight to the eye."
(courtside view, vs Badanov): "Stable performance by the Swede who had no trouble against the Ukrainian who is more used to the futures tour. Set for a much tougher task in the next round when he plays against Filip Krajinovic. The Ukrainian was by no means good but you should not take away from Söderlund here, he played with maturity and did not make many mistakes during the match."
(courtside view, vs Giner): "Today's big bang. The Spaniard is ranked more than 700 places better, but like so many Spaniards he is extremely limited on hardcourt and better on clay. Sekulic played really well and tidily throughout the match and never gave space for his opponent to really get into it."
(courtside view, vs Veger): "Stable performance for the Serb who has a most favourable draw. Saved 10/11 break points and was simply the better player on the court. Not much to say about it really."
SANTIAGO challenger: Arguello (?), Olivo (?) and J. Hernandez (?).
LAS VEGAS challenger: Edmund (?), Falla (left knee), C. Smith (?) and Sandgren (hip).
BANGALORE challenger: Bhambri (fatigue), Musialek (?), Jaime Pulgar-Garcia (?) and Reid (injured in a futures match this week).
BREST challenger: Golubev (?), Benneteau (groin), Brands (?), Hanescu (took a fall last week) and Hernych (knee).
NINGBO challenger: Chung (?) and Duckhee Lee (?).
after her win over Flipkens: "My concentration dropped a little bit in the second set. I woke up this morning with my leg feeling tight so I strapped it up for prevention, especially with Moscow in mind coming up next week. My body isn't really coping very well, so that's a little upsetting, but I will try my best to recover for tomorrow. I was quite slow today."
after her win over Larsson: "I like it here. I played a good match and was really proud of my serve. The match had a lot of ups and downs."
took a MTO at 2-5 in the second set before coming through 6/4 6/7 6/1 against I. Arvidsson in Stockholm.