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Berdych Wants Best Showing Yet In Toronto 2016

Tue, 26/07/2016 - 10:21am
Tomas Berdych hopes to post his best results yet at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Djokovic Looks Ahead To Rogers Cup Toronto 2016

Tue, 26/07/2016 - 10:20am
Novak Djokovic talks about what he learned from Wimbledon and what he'll try to do this week at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Golubev Hat Trick At Binghamton Challenger 2016

Tue, 26/07/2016 - 10:19am
With his racquet in one hand and his hat in the other, Andrey Golubev wins the most improbable of points at the Binghamton Challenger.

Isner, Coric Advance In Toronto

Tue, 26/07/2016 - 10:18am

Top-ranked American John Isner rallied from a set down to oust Israeli Dudi Sela on Monday at the Rogers Cup. In the battle of the 31 year olds, it was the No. 9 seed Isner who landed a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory in Toronto on the back of 15 aces.

Coming off a quarter-final showing in Washington, D.C. last week, the 6'10'' American broke for 2-0 in the second against his 5'9'' opponent to get his first-round match back on track. Having closed out the set, he landed the double break for 4-1 in the decider, going on to close it out in one hour and a half. Isner will next face his countryman, qualifier Ryan Harrison, a 6-3, 6-1 winner over Russia’s Andrey Kuznetsov.

“[Last week’s tough loss at the Citi Open] is behind me now. It took a good 24 to 36 hours for it to get out of my system, but now it’s a new week," Isner said. "Tennis players say it all the time: ‘There’s always next week’ and it’s true. I’m off to a pretty decent start here.”

Borna Coric also progressed after coming from behind to defeat fellow Croatian Ivan Dodig 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. The NextGen star hit 35 winners to advance to the second round in Toronto after two hours and 22 minutes.

“It was a good match from my side," said Coric. "In the first set, I didn’t play my best tennis and I didn’t feel very confident. I got a little bit angry, but in the end it was good because I needed to let it out of my system.”

The 19 year old next faces fifth seed Tomas Berdych. The Czech leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry 2-0. Their most recent meeting was in March at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Indian Wells (Berdych won in straight sets). “I have a very tough second round," said Coric on his next match. "He is the favourite, but I’m going to give my best and try to play better than today.”

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will open his bid for a 30th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown in the second round when he faces Gilles Muller. The Luxembourg native fired 21 aces to advance with a 7-6(5), 6-1 victory over Dmitry Tursunov.


Canadian wild card Peter Polansky also joined the winners' list. The World No. 247 in the Emirates ATP Rankings beat American qualifier Tim Smyczek 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.

The 2016 Citi Open Wrap-Up Quiz

Tue, 26/07/2016 - 4:26am
Fans put their thinking caps on to take an end-of-tournament quiz in Washington.

Fognini Beats Martin In Umag 2016 Final Highlights

Tue, 26/07/2016 - 2:22am
Watch highlights of the 2016 Konzum Croatia Open Umag final, featuring Fabio Fognini and Andrej Martin.

Nishikori Feeling Better Heading Into Toronto 2016

Tue, 26/07/2016 - 12:40am
Kei Nishikori is feeling healthy at the Rogers Cup in Toronto after battling some injuries during the grass-court season. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Isner, Kyrgios Compete On Monday In Toronto

Mon, 25/07/2016 - 11:22pm

•            SPOTLIGHT ON TORONTO: The Aviva Centre at York University is the site of the sixth ATP Masters 1000 level tournament of the season, the Rogers Cup. This year’s field features eight of the Top 12 players in the Emirates ATP Rankings, led by World No. 1 and three-time champion Novak Djokovic, who is playing the tournament for the 10th consecutive year. Other Top 8 seeds include: No. 2 Stan Wawrinka, No. 3 Kei Nishikori, No. 4 Milos Raonic, No. 5 Tomas Berdych, No. 6 Dominic Thiem, No. 7 David Goffin and No. 8 Marin Cilic.

•            DAY 1 PREVIEW: There are 13 singles and two doubles matches on Monday’s order of play. There are four seeds on the action-packed opening day line-up: No. 9 and top American John Isner, #NextGen Aussie No. 11 Nick Kyrgios, No. 12 Bernard Tomic and No. 16 Jack Sock. There are also four Canadians on the schedule, including Wimbledon junior champion Denis Shapovalov, who is the youngest player in the draw at 17. Shapovalov and Kyrgios headline the Centre Court evening session. In the final match, wild card Frank Dancevic squares off with American Sam Querrey, who defeated Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon en route to the quarter-finals. Other Canadian wild cards in action on Court 1 are Steven Diez against Kyle Edmund of Great Britain and Peter Polansky against American qualifier Tim Smyczek.
•            In the opening match on Centre Court, Croats Borna Coric and Ivan Dodig meet for the first time. In the next match on is Yuichi Sugita of Japan against 2014 Rogers Cup semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov. Closing out the day session is Isner against Dudi Sela of Israel. Isner has won the three previous hard court meetings.
•            On Grandstand, there are five matches, leading off with Serbian No. 2 Viktor Troicki against top South African Kevin Anderson. This is their third meeting (tied 1-1). Tomic is the fourth match on against Colombian qualifier Alejandro Gonzalez and Sock follows against countryman Denis Kudla. The two doubles matches feature three Top 10 singles players: No. 5 Stan Wawrinka (w/Dimitrov), No. 8 Tomas Berdych (w/Stepanek) and No. 9 Dominic Thiem (w/Pouille).
•            NOVAK TOP SEED AGAIN: World No. 1 and three-time Rogers Cup champion Novak Djokovic is the top seed for the sixth straight year in Canada. Djokovic has a 30-6 career record in Canada, winning in Montreal twice (2007, ’11) and Toronto in 2012.  He also was runner-up in Montreal last year (l. to Murray). He has a 19-3 match record in Montreal and 11-3 in Toronto. In the last five years Djokovic has won 18 of 21 Rogers Cup matches, with his losses in the 2013 SF (l. to Nadal in a third-set TB), 2014 3R (l. to eventual champ Tsonga) and final last year (l. to Murray). Overall, Djokovic has advanced to the quarter-finals or better eight of nine years in Canada.  Djokovic has held No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for the past 108 weeks since July 7, 2014 and this will be the 209th week (as of July 25) he’s ranked No. 1 in his career, the fifth-most in the history of the Emirates ATP Rankings.
•            MILOS ON THE MOVE: Top Canadian and No. 4 seed Milos Raonic is playing in his first tournament since becoming the first Canadian man to reach a Grand Slam singles final at Wimbledon on July 10. Raonic enters with a 37-9 match record on the season (17-3 on hard) and this is his seventh Rogers Cup main draw appearance   (8-6). He reached the final in 2013 (l. to Nadal) and the quarter-finals in 2012 (l. to Isner) and 2014 (l. to Lopez). Last year he lost in his opening match after 1R bye to Karlovic in two tie-breaks. In the opening week of the season, Raonic captured his eighth career ATP World Tour title in Brisbane (d. Federer) and followed with a SF at the Australian Open (l. to Murray in five sets). In addition to Wimbledon, he also was runner-up at ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l. to Djokovic) and Queen’s Club.
•            NEW FACE IN TOP 10: No. 6 seed Dominic Thiem, who at 22 is the youngest player in the Top 10 Emirates ATP Rankings at No. 9, is the newest addition to the elite group. Thiem broke into the Top 10 on June 6 at No. 7 (from 15) after his semi-final at Roland Garros. He enters the Rogers Cup with four ATP World Tour titles and a 48-14 match record on the season (16-5 on hard). He leads the ATP World Tour in overall match wins and clay match wins (25) and is second in titles. He is the only player to win titles on three different surfaces (clay, grass, hard). He is looking for his first Rogers Cup win, having lost in the 1R the past two years. Here are this year’s ATP World Tour title leaders:
•            2016 MATCH-WIN LEADERS: Dominic Thiem leads the ATP World Tour with 48 match wins followed by Djokovic with 46 and Andy Murray with 40. Raonic (37) and Nishikori (36) round out the Top 5 match wins leaders on the ATP World Tour.
•            DOUBLES WATCH:  Veteran doubles specialist Daniel Nestor is making his record 28th straight tournament appearance. The 43-year-old Canadian will be teaming up with countryman Vasek Pospisil. They have an 8-6 career record together (5-3 in Davis Cup) and this is their first tournament pairing since 2013 Basel. They last teamed up in last year’s 1R Davis Cup tie vs. Japan (won in five sets). Nestor has a 43-25 tournament record, winning both titles in Toronto, in 2000 (w/Lareau) and ’08 (w/Zimonjic). He was runner-up in 1996 and 2002 (w/Knowles) and last year (w/Roger-Vasselin). Last month Nestor improved his title streak to 23 consecutive years by capturing the title in Nottingham (w/Inglot). On Sunday in Washington, Nestor earned his 90th career ATP World Tour level title (w/Roger-Vasselin). He is No. 3 on the Open Era titles list behind Mike Bryan (114) and Bob Bryan (112). The top seeds and five-time champions (2002, ’06, ’10, ’12, ‘15) Bob and Mike Bryan, who are making their 16th straight Rogers Cup appearance. Four of their titles have come in Toronto. They also were finalists in 2008 and 2011.
DAY ONE FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS – In Order of Play by Court
Centre Court
Borna Coric (CRO) vs Ivan Dodig (CRO)                                 First Meeting

Coric 2016 FastFacts:
F(2): Chennai (l Wawrinka); Marrakech (l Delbonis); QF: Estoril (l Kyrgios)
YTD W-L: 18-19 (10-10 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: November 14, 1996
Emirates ATP Ranking: 53
Rogers Cup W-L (Best Result): 0-1 (2015 1st Round)
• Tournament Note: The 19-year-old Croat is making his second straight Rogers Cup appearance. Last year lost in 1R (l. to Tsonga 64 64)
• Began season by reaching 1st ATP World Tour final at Chennai (d. Bautista Agut 76 in 3rd, l. to No. 4 Wawrinka)
• Became 1st teen to play in an ATP final since countryman Cilic at 2008 New Haven (d. Fish)
• Beat Mathieu and Vesely to reach 2nd ATP World Tour final at Marrakech (l. to Delbonis)
• Advanced to Roland Garros 3R for 2nd straight year (d. Fritz and Tomic, l. to Bautista Agut)
• Reached ATP Masters 1000 3R for 1st time at Indian Wells (d. Pouille and Bellucci, l. to No. 7 Berdych)
• After falling to Goffin in 5 sets, clinched Croatia’s 3-2 win over Belgium in Davis Cup 1R (d. Coppejans), then after falling to Isner in straight sets, beat Sock in 4 sets to clinch Croatia’s 3-2 win over United States in Davis Cup QF
CROATS IN TOP 100: Coric is one of four Croats, all competing here, in the Top 100 Emirates ATP Rankings:
No. 12 Marin Cilic
No. 27 Ivo Karlovic
No. 53 Borna Coric
No. 79 Ivan Dodig
Dodig 2016 FastFacts:
QF: Munich (l Thiem)
YTD W-L: 7-12 (2-6 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: January 2, 1985
Emirates ATP Ranking: 79
Rogers Cup W-L (Best Result): 5-3 (2011, 2014 3rd Round)
• Tournament Note: The 31-year-old Croat reached the 3R two years ago in his last appearance (d. No. 14 Isner, Seppi, l. to No. 7 Ferrer). In 2011, also advanced to 3R (d. Chardy, No. 2 Nadal, l. to Tipsarevic)
• Best ATP World Tour singles result is QF at Munich in May (d. Gulbis and Bellucci, l. to Thiem)
• Improved to 6-5 in 5-set tour-level matches with win over Youzhny in Roland Garros 1R (l. to Verdasco in 2R)
• Beat Gimeno-Traver, Giraldo and Muñoz de la Nava en route to Canberra, AUS Challenger final (l. to Lorenzi)
• In doubles w/Melo, advanced to Nottingham final (l. to Inglot/Nestor) and Roland Garros SF (l. to Lopez/Lopez)
• Saved 1 MP vs. Herbert/Mladenovic to reach 1st mixed doubles final at Roland Garros w/Mirza (l. to Paes/Hingis)
• Helped Croatia to 3-2 win over Belgium in Davis Cup 1R, teaming w/Skugor to beat Bemelmans/Goffin
• Retired with back injury in ATP Masters 1000 Miami 1R and W/D from London/Queen’s Club due to illness
[Alt.] Yuichi Sugita (JPN) vs Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)                            First Meeting
Sugita 2016 FastFacts:

YTD W-L: 3-4 (1-2 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: September 18, 1988
Emirates ATP Ranking: 107
Rogers Cup W-L (Best Result): Main Draw Debut
• Tournament Note: One of two Japanese players (Nishikori) in main draw and made his way into field before qualifying began on Saturday when Albert Ramos-Vinolas withdrew. Competing in first career ATP Masters 1000 main draw
• Last week in Washington reached 2R (d. Pospisil in 3rd set TB, l. to Coric)
• Qualified for 1st time at Australian Open (l. to Monfils in 1R) and Halle (d. Fritz, l. to Seppi in 2R)
• Achieved career-high No. 97 in Emirates ATP Rankings on March 21
• Fell in qualifying at Sofia, ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells, ATP Masters 1000 Miami, Stuttgart and Wimbledon
• Captured 6th career Challenger title on home soil at Kyoto, JPN (d. Zhang)
• Advanced to Challenger QFs at Bangkok, THA (l. to Kravchuk) and Busan, KOR (l. to Evans)
Dimitrov 2016 FastFacts:

F(2): Sydney (l Troicki); Istanbul (l Schwartzman); SF: Delray Beach (l Ram); QF(2): Brisbane (l Federer); Acapulco (l Thiem)
YTD W-L: 20-16 (14-8 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 4
Date of Birth: May 16, 1991
Emirates ATP Ranking: 40
Rogers Cup W-L (Best Result): 4-3 (2014 Semi-finalist)
• Tournament Note: The 25-year-old Bulgarian is making his fourth straight Rogers Cup appearance and best result came two years ago when he came in ranked No. 8 (1R bye, d. Young, Robredo, Anderson, l. to eventual champ Tsonga). Last year (d. Dolgopolov, l. to Sock in 2R)
• Snapped 7-match losing streak vs. Top 10 opponents by beating No. 2 Murray in Miami 3R (l. to Monfils in 4R)
• Held 1 MP in Sydney final before falling to Troicki 76 in 3rd set. Also in Istanbul final, led by a set and 5-2 yet lost to Schwartzman 67(5) 76(4) 60
• Advanced to SF at Delray Beach (l. to Ram) and QFs at Brisbane (l. to No. 3 Federer) and Acapulco (l. to Thiem)
• Reached 3R at Australian Open (l. to No. 3 Federer) and Wimbledon (d. Simon, l. to Johnson)
• Suffered 6-match losing streak from May 1 to June 27
[9] John Isner (USA) vs Dudi Sela (ISR)                                           Isner Leads 3-0
11 Winston-Salem (U.S.A.)          Hard     R32        John Isner            7-6(3)  6-2
14 Delray Beach (U.S.A.)              Hard     R16        John Isner             3-6      6-1              7-6(5)
14 Atlanta (U.S.A.)          Hard     F            John Isner             6-3      6-4
Isner 2016 FastFacts:
SF: Houston (l Sock); QF(2): Auckland (l Bautista Agut); Washington (l Johnson)
YTD W-L: 19-13 (9-6 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 10
Date of Birth: April 26, 1985
Emirates ATP Ranking: 16
Rogers Cup W-L (Best Result): 8-6 (2012 Semi-finalist)
• Tournament Note: The 31-year-old American is making his seventh appearance in eight years (except 2010) and best result came in 2012 with SF (1R bye, d. Andujar, Kohlschreiber, Raonic, l. to Gasquet). Last year reached quarter-finals (l. to Chardy in three TBs, held 7 match pts)
• Last week, reached quarter-finals in Washington (l. to Johnson in two TBs). Has 23-20 TB record in ‘16
• Reached 4R at Australian Open (l. to No. 8 Ferrer) and Roland Garros (d. Gabashvili in 5 sets, l. to No. 2 Murray)
• Defeated Groth and Tomic to lead USA to 3-1 win over Australia in Davis Cup 1R; then beat Coric and lost to Cilic as U.S. fell 3-2 to Croatia in Davis Cup QF
• Hit 49 aces and 0 DFs in 4-set win over Tomic, including fastest serve ever in a tour-level match (157 mph)
• Earned 300th win of career over Edmund in Roland Garros 2R on May 25
• Advanced to Auckland QF (d. Querrey, l. to Bautista Agut) and Houston SF (d. Chung, l. to Sock)
• Lost 6 matches 76 in 3rd (5 matches holding MP): Buenos Aires 2R vs. Lajovic (held 1 MP), Rio de Janeiro 1R vs. Pella (held 3 MPs), Indian Wells 4R vs. No. 6 Nishikori (held 1 MP), Miami 2R vs. Smyczek, Geneva 2R vs. Rosol and London/Queen’s Club 2R vs. Muller (held 10 MPs). Also held 1 MP in Wimbledon 3R before falling to Tsonga 19-17 in 5th after 4 hrs., 24 mins.
• Withdrew from ATP Masters 1000 events in Madrid and Rome due to knee injury
AMERICANS IN TOP 100: Isner is one a tournament-high 12 Americans in the main draw and the No. 1 American of six in the Top 100 Emirates ATP Rankings:
No. 16 John Isner
No. 21 Steve Johnson
No. 26 Jack Sock
No. 29 Sam Querrey
No. 57 Donald Young
No. 63 Taylor Fritz
Sela FastFacts
QF(2): Nottingham (l Seppi); Newport (l Baghdatis)
YTD W-L: 9-14 (2-5 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: April 4, 1985
Emirates ATP Ranking: 60
Rogers Cup W-L (Best Result): 0-1 (2009 1st Round)
• Tournament Note: The 31-year-old Israeli is appearing in the main draw for the first time since 2009 (l. to Falla in three sets in1R). Last year lost in 1R qualifying (l. to Dolgopolov in third set TB)
• Reached 1st ATP World Tour QF since 2015 Atlanta at Nottingham (l. to Seppi). Also QF in Newport (l. to Bahgdatis)
• Advanced to Australian Open 3R for 3rd time in career (d. Becker and Verdasco, l. to Kuznetsov)
• Defeated Wu for 20th Challenger title at Shenzhen, CHN (2nd all-time to Lu’s 24)
• Fell in Challenger finals at Happy Valley, AUS (l. to Fritz) and Karshi, UZB (l. to Tepavac 76 in 3rd)
• Captured 1st ATP doubles title in 1st final and with 1st-time partner Cipolla at Istanbul (d. Molteni/Schwartzman)
• Upset by No. 612 Nagy in 5 sets to open Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I tie (HUN d. ISR 3-2)
[WC] Denis Shapovalov (CAN) vs [11] Nick Kyrgios (AUS)    First Meeting
Shapovalov 2016 FastFacts:

YTD W-L: 0-1 (0-1 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: April 15, 1999
Emirates ATP Ranking: 370 (Career-high)
Rogers Cup W-L (Best Result): Main Draw Debut
• Tournament Note: The 17-year-old wild card is youngest player and one of six Canadians in main draw
• Playing in second career ATP World Tour tournament after falling in debut last week in Washington (l. to Lacko in three sets)
• Has climbed over 700 positions in Emirates ATP Rankings since January when he was No. 1,132
• A winner of three Futures titles in the U.S., winning in January and twice in April
• In second career ATP Challenger Tour event in Drummondville in March, reached SF (l. to Evans)
• Currently No. 2 junior in world rankings after winning back-to-back titles at Roehampton and Wimbledon. Also SF at Roland Garros.
CANADIANS IN MAIN DRAW: Shapovalov is one of six Canadians in the main draw:
No. 7 Milos Raonic
No. 101 Vasesk Pospisil
No. 192 Steven Diez
No. 234 Frank Dancevic
No. 247 Peter Polansky
No. 370 Denis Shapovalov
Kyrgios 2016 FastFacts:
W: Marseille (d Cilic); SF(3): Dubai (l Wawrinka); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami (l Nishikori); Estoril (l Almagro); QF: ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (l Nishikori)
YTD W-L: 26-10 (14-4 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1 / Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: April 27, 1995
Emirates ATP Ranking: 19
Rogers Cup W-L (Best Result): 3-2 (2015 3rd Round)
• Tournament Note: The 21-year-old Aussie is making his third straight Rogers Cup appearance. Two years ago in debut (d. Giraldo, l. to No. 9 Murray in 2R) and last year advanced to 3R (d. Verdasco, No. 5 Wawrinka-ret., l. to No. 12 Isner)
• In February at Marseille, became 1st member of ATP’s Next Generation to win an ATP World Tour title (d. Cilic). Held in all 47 of his service games, beating No. 10 Gasquet and No. 8 Berdych en route to title
• Advanced to 1st ATP Masters 1000 QF and SF at Miami (d. Raonic, l. to No. 6 Nishikori)
• Beat No. 4 Wawrinka at Madrid (l. to No. 6 Nishikori in QF) and No. 10 Raonic at Rome (l. to No. 5 Nadal in 3R)
• Reached 2nd week at Wimbledon for 3rd straight year (d. Brown in 5 sets of 2R, l. to No. 2 Murray in 4R)
• Also reached 3R at Australian Open (l. to No. 6 Berdych) and Roland Garros (l. to Gasquet)
• Achieved career-high No. 18 in Emirates ATP Rankings on June 20 (No. 1 Aussie)
• Withdrew from Rotterdam (elbow) and retired in Dubai SF vs. No. 4 Wawrinka (back)
[WC] Frank Dancevic (CAN) vs Sam Querrey (USA)              Querrey Leads 1-0
09 Indianapolis (U.S.A.) Hard     SF          Sam Querrey     6-4         6-4
Other meeting:
07 Sydney Q (Australia) Hard     --            Frank Dancevic  6-3         7-5
Dancevic FastFacts:
2016 Highlights:
YTD W-L: 3-4 (0-0 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: September 26, 1984
Emirates ATP Ranking: 234
Rogers Cup W-L (Best Result): 6-13 (2007 Quarter-finalist)
• Tournament Note: The 31-year-old Canadian is making his 14th main draw appearance in 15 years (except 2011) and best result came in 2007 when he reached quarter-finals (d. No. 75 del Potro, Odesnik, No. 35 Verdasco, l. to No. 2 Nadal in three sets). Also 2R in 2006, 2008 and 2013. Last year lost in 1R (l. to Andujar)
• Appeared in 1st ATP main draw of season at Nottingham as Q (d. A. Ward and Kukushkin, l. to Dolgopolov in 3R). Also qualified in Newport (d. Harrison, l. to eventual champion Karlovic in three sets)
• Advanced to Challenger QFs at Drummondville, CAN (l. to Corrie) and Winnetka, USA (l. to Soeda)
• Captured 6th ITF Futures Circuit singles title at Brcko, BIH (d. Mesaros)
• Reached Brcko, BIH Futures doubles final w/Peric (l. to Miedler/Pichler)
• Lost to Monfils and Tsonga during Davis Cup 1st round in Guadeloupe (FRA d. CAN 5-0)
Querrey 2016 FastFacts:

W: Delray Beach (d Ram); SF(3): Memphis (l Nishikori); Acapulco (l Thiem); s-Hertogenbosch (l Mahut); QF(3): Houston (l Monaco); Wimbledon (l Raonic); Washington (l Monfils)
YTD W-L: 26-16 (14-7 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1 / Career Titles: 8
Date of Birth: October 7, 1987
Emirates ATP Ranking: 29
Rogers Cup W-L (Best Result): 4-5 (2012 3rd Round)
• Tournament Note: The 28-year-old American is making his sixth Rogers Cup appearance and best result came in 2012 when he reached 3R (d. Melzer, No. 17 Nishikori, l. to No. 2 Djokovic). Also 2R in 2010 (l. to Anderson) and last year (l. to Goffin)
• Last week reached QF in Washington (l. to eventual champion Monfils in three sets)
• Earned 1st win over a World No. 1 en route to 1st Grand Slam QF at Wimbledon (l. to No. 7 Raonic), ending Djokovic’s 30-match major win streak and becoming 1st major quarter-finalist from USA since Isner and Roddick at 2011 US Open
• In February, captured 1st ATP World Tour singles title since 2012 and 8th overall at Delray Beach (d. del Potro and Ram)
• Also won 5th career ATP World Tour doubles title and 1st w/Johnson at Geneva (d. Klaasen/Ram)
• Reached SFs at Memphis (l. to No. 7 Nishikori), Acapulco (d. No. 6 Nishikori in 2R, l. to Thiem) and ’s-Hertogenbosch (l. to Mahut). Also played in doubles final at Memphis w/Johnson (l. to Fyrstenberg/S. Gonzalez)
• Defeated French qualifiers Herbert and Pouille to reach ATP Masters 1000 Madrid 3R (l. to No. 5 Nadal)
• Saved 5 MPs to beat Bedene in Auckland 1R & held 2 MPs before losing to Baghdatis in Nottingham 3R
• Retired at 2 sets all in Australian Open 1R vs. Lajovic (cramping) and W/D from Brisbane (right knee)
Viktor Troicki (SRB) vs Kevin Anderson (RSA)       Tied 1-1

11 Washington (U.S.A.) Hard     R16        Viktor Troicki     6-3         6-3
15 Acapulco (Mexico)    Hard     QF         Kevin Anderson 3-6         6-3         6-3
Troicki 2016 FastFacts:
W: Sydney (d Dimitrov); F: Sofia (l Bautista Agut); QF: Rotterdam (l Mahut)
YTD W-L: 20-17 (14-9 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1 / Career Titles: 3
Date of Birth: February 10, 1986
Emirates ATP Ranking: 35
Rogers Cup W-L (Best Result): 4-5 (2011 3rd Round)
• Tournament Note: The 30-year-old Serb is looking to even his career Rogers Cup record (4-5). Best result came in 2011 when he reached 3R (l. to No. 7 Monfils in third set TB). Last year lost in 1R (l. to Youzhny)
• Repeated as Sydney champion by saving 1 MP in 26 61 76(7) win over Dimitrov
• Three days later, saved 2 MPs in 5-set win over Muñoz de la Nava in Aust. Open 1R (l. to Raonic in 3R)
• Also saved 4 MPs in three TB sets win over Cervantes in ATP Masters 1000 Miami 2R (l. to Goffin in 3R)
• Reached Roland Garros 4R for 3rd time (d. Dimitrov, Lajovic and Simon; l. to No. 4 Wawrinka)
• Advanced to Sofia final (l. to Bautista Agut) and Rotterdam QF (l. to Mahut)
• Clinched Serbia’s 3-2 Davis Cup 1R win over Kazakhstan by beating Nedovyesov in straight sets
Anderson 2016 FastFacts:
QF(3): Auckland (l Sock); Nice (l Sousa); Nottingham (l Johnson)
YTD W-L: 5-11 (1-4 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 3
Date of Birth: May 18, 1986
Emirates ATP Ranking: 34
Rogers Cup W-L (Best Result): 7-6 (2014 Quarter-finalist)
• Tournament Note: The 30-year-old South African is making his seventh straight appearance and best result came two years ago when he reached quarter-finals (d. No. Fognini in 2R, No. 4 Wawrinka in 3R, l. to No. 8 Dimitrov in 3rd set TB). Also 3R in 2010 as a qualifier (l. to No. 1 Nadal) and in 2011 (d. No. 4 Murray in 2R, l. to Wawrinka in three sets). Last year lost in 1R (l. to Rosol in two TBs)
• In May, returned following 10-week injury absence & fell in 1R at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (l. to Monfils)
• Received 1R byes and reached QFs at Auckland (l. to Sock), Nice (l. to Sousa) and Nottingham (l. to Johnson)
• As World No. 20, qualified at London/Queen’s Club (l. to Tomic in 1R)
• In Wimbledon 1R, suffered 4th loss of career from 2 sets up and held 1 MP vs. Istomin
• Retired from 2 matches and withdrew from 8 tournaments due to left knee and right shoulder injuries
• Also underwent minor ankle surgery on March 15
[PR] Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) vs Gilles Muller (LUX)         Tursunov Leads 1-0                 
13 Marseille (France)     Hard     QF         Dmitry Tursunov     7-6(7)            1-6              7-5
Other meetings:
03 Bronx CH (U.S.A.)      Hard     R16        Dmitry Tursunov             6-4         7-5
10 Nottingham CH (Great Britain)            Grass    R32        Dmitry Tursunov              6-3  6-7(5)          6-3
Tursunov 2016 FastFacts:
YTD W-L: 1-6 (1-3 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 7
Date of Birth: December 12, 1982
Emirates ATP Ranking: 433
Rogers Cup W-L (Best Result): 4-4 (2006, 2008 3rd Round)
• Tournament Note: The 33-year-old Russian is making his first appearance since 2009 (ret. in 1R vs. Andreev). His best results are 3R in 2006 (d. No. 17 Haas, l. to No. 1 Federer) & 2008 (l. to No. 8 Blake)
• Earned 1st singles win since 2014 ’s-Hertogenbosch by beating Groth in Acapulco 1R (l. to Thiem in 2R)
• Only other main draw win of season came in Irving, USA Challenger 1R (d. Young, l. to Bedene in 2R)
• Retired in Australian Open 1R vs. No. 4 Wawrinka with left foot injury, which sidelined him for much of 2015. Withdrew from Estoril due to hip injury
Muller 2016 FastFacts:
F(2): s-Hertogenbosch (l Mahut); Newport (l Karlovic); SF(3): Sydney (l Dimitrov); Sofia (l Bautista Agut); Nottingham (l Cuevas); QF: London / Queen's Club (l Tomic)
YTD W-L: 24-16 (11-9 on hard)
YTD Titles:  0 / Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: May 9, 1983
Emirates ATP Ranking: 37
Rogers Cup W-L (Best Result): 2-1 (2015 3rd Round)
• Tournament Note: Made debut last year and reached 3R (d. Bester, No. 15 Monfils, l. to No. 3 Murray)
• Reached grass finals at ’s-Hertogenbosch (d. Karlovic, l. to Mahut) and Newport (l. to Karlovic in 3rd set TB after holding 3 MPs). Finished with career-best 13-5 record on grass (most wins on surface this year)
• Saved 10 MPs to beat Isner 36 76(16) 76(7) in London/Queen’s Club 2R (l. to Tomic in QF). Tied Schuettler (2004 Kitzbühel 2R) for most MPs on record saved by winner since Panatta (11) in ‘76 Rome 1R
• Advanced to SFs at Sydney (d. Thiem in 2R, l. to Dimitrov), Sofia (l. to Bautista Agut) and Nottingham (l. to                                                                 Cuevas)
• Rallied from 2 sets down, hit career-high 51 aces and saved 4 MPs vs. Giraldo in Wimbledon 1R (l. to Kuznetsov in 2R)
Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) vs [Q] Ryan Harrison (USA)                Series Tied 1-1
13 Roland Garros (France)           Clay       R128     Ryan Harrison           6-3   6-4                 7-6(4)
16 Australian Open (Australia)   Hard     R128     Andrey Kuznetsov    7-5     6-4    6-4
Kuznetsov 2016 FastFacts:
QF(4): Doha (l Nadal); Marseille (l Cilic); Barcelona (l Kohlschreiber); Geneva (l Rosol)
YTD W-L: 21-13 (13-6 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: February 22, 1991
Emirates ATP Ranking: 45
Rogers Cup W-L (Best Result): Main Draw Debut
• Tournament Note: The 25-year-old is making his tournament debut & one of three Russians in draw
• Advanced to Australian Open 4R (l. to Monfils) and Wimbledon 3R (d. Cuevas in 5 sets and Muller, l. to No. 6 Nishikori)
• Also reached Indian Wells 3R (d. Chardy, l. to No. 4 Wawrinka) and Miami 4R (d. No. 4 Wawrinka in 2R, l. to Kyrgios)
• Set career-highs this season in wins (21) and ranking (No. 39 on April 25)
• Fell to 0-9 in QFs with losses at Doha (l. to No. 5 Nadal), Marseille (l. to Cilic), Barcelona (l. to Kohlschreiber) and Geneva (l. to Rosol)
• Improved to 6-0 lifetime in Davis Cup, winning opening rubber of Russia’s 5-0 sweep over Sweden (d. Arvidsson)
Harrison 2016 FastFacts:
YTD W-L: 5-6 (5-5 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: May 7, 1992
Emirates ATP Ranking: 144
Rogers Cup W-L (Best Result): Main Draw Debut
• Tournament Note: The 24-year-old Shreveport, La. native qualified into his first Rogers Cup main draw with wins over Barry 76 75 and Mischa Zverev 57 63 63
• Last week in Washington, qualified and beat Robert and No. 10 seed Troicki before losing in 3R (l. to Johnson)
• Also qualified and reached 2R at Acapulco (d. Cilic, l. to Marchenko 76 in 3rd) and Indian Wells (d. Lajovic, l. to Cilic)
• Saved 4 MPs to defeat Nedovyesov and qualify for Australian Open (l. to Kuznetsov in 1R)
• Also saved 1 MP to defeat Tiafoe in Memphis 1R (l. to No. 7 Nishikori in 2R)
• Advanced to Tallahassee, USA Challenger SF (d. Rubin, l. to Tiafoe)
• Captured Savannah, USA Challenger doubles title w/Baker (d. Raja/Sharan 10-8 in Match TB)
• At Irving, USA Challenger, saved 10 MPs vs. Rublev in 1R before falling 76 in 3rd on Russian’s 11th MP
[Q] Alejandro Gonzalez (COL) vs [12] Bernard Tomic (AUS)   Tomic Leads 1-0
14 Washington (U.S.A.) Hard     R64        Bernard Tomic  6-3         6-2
Gonzalez 2016 FastFacts:
YTD W-L: 0-4 (0-1 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: February 7, 1989
Emirates ATP Ranking: 163
Rogers Cup W-L (Best Result): Main Draw Debut
• Tournament Note: The 27-year-old Colombian qualified into main draw with wins over [WC] Sigouin 76 64 and local product Bester 61 76. Last year lost in final round of qualifying to Chung 62 61
• Has compiled an 11-14 match record on ATP Challenger Tour, reaching final at Morelos, Mexico (l. to G. Melzer) in February and QFs in Leon in April
• Looking for first ATP World Tour level match win of season (0-4), losing in 1R in Quito and ATP Masters 1000 Miami as a qualifier. Also lost two Davis Cup matches earlier this
Tomic 2016 FastFacts:
F: Acapulco (l Thiem); SF(2): Brisbane (l Raonic); London / Queen's Club (l Raonic); QF(3): Sydney (l Gabashvili); Quito (l Lorenzi); s-Hertogenbosch (l Mahut)
YTD W-L: 23-17 (13-7 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 3
Date of Birth: October 21, 1992
Emirates ATP Ranking: 22
Rogers Cup W-L (Best Result): 4-5 (2015 3rd Round)
• Tournament Note: The 23-year-old Australian is making his sixth consecutive appearance and last year turned in his best result, a 3R showing with wins over Sousa and No. 8 Cilic (l. to Tsonga). In first two years, reached 2R in 2011 (l. to Tsonga) and 2012 (l. to No. 2 Djokovic)
• Reached 5th career final at Acapulco – 1st at an ATP World Tour 500 event (l. to Thiem in 3 sets)
• Achieved career-high of No. 17 in Emirates ATP Rankings on January 11
• Advanced to SFs at Brisbane (d. No. 8 Nishikori, l. to Raonic) and London/Queen’s Club (l. to No. 9 Raonic)
• Reached 4R at Australian Open (l. to No. 2 Murray) and Wimbledon (d. Verdasco in 5 sets of 1R, l. to Pouille 10-8 in 5th)
• Suffered 5-match losing streak from March to May before reaching Roland Garros 2R (d. Baker, l. to Coric)
• Retired in Sydney QF vs. Gabashvili (fatigue), Indian Wells 3R vs. Raonic (right wrist) and Rome 1R vs. Paire (flu)
• Withdrew from ATP Masters 1000 events at Miami and Monte-Carlo due to right wrist injury
[16] Jack Sock (USA) vs Denis Kudla (USA)                                        Kudla Leads 2-1
12 San Jose (U.S.A.)        Hard     R32        Denis Kudla        6-4   6-7(6)           6-3
15 Atlanta (U.S.A.)          Hard     R16        Denis Kudla        7-6(6) 6-3
15 Basel (Switzerland)   Hard     R32        Jack Sock            6-4         6-2
Other meetings:
10 U.S.A. F30 (U.S.A.)     Clay       R32        Jack Sock            7-5         6-4
11 U.S.A. F3 (U.S.A.)       Clay       R16        Jack Sock            6-4         6-2
12 Knoxville CH (U.S.A.) Hard     R32        Denis Kudla        6-3         2-6  7-6(5)
Sock 2016 FastFacts:
F(2): Auckland (l Bautista Agut); Houston (l Monaco); QF: Washington (l Karlovic)
YTD W-L: 20-13 (10-6 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: September 24, 1992
Emirates ATP Ranking: 26
Rogers Cup W-L (Best Result): 3-2 (2015 3rd Round)
• Tournament Note: The 23-year-old American is appearing in main draw for third straight year and last season reached 3R with wins over Mannarino and No. 17 Dimitrov (l. to No. 1 Djokovic). Two years ago, lost in 2R (l. to No. 6 Raonic in third set TB)
• Last week advanced to QF in Washington (l. to Karlovic in two TBs)
• Singles runner-up at Auckland (d. No. 8 Ferrer, ret vs. Bautista Agut) and Houston (d. Isner, l. to Monaco)
• Advanced to Wimbledon 3R for 1st time, losing 8th straight meeting with No. 7 Raonic
• Beat Cilic in 5 sets, rallying from 2 sets for first time but fell to Coric in decider in Davis Cup QF loss to Croatia
• Reached 3R at ATP Masters 1000s in Indian Wells (l. to Thiem), Miami (l. to Raonic) and Madrid (l. to Sousa)
• Won 5-setters over Fritz at Aus. Open (l. to Rosol in 2R) and Haase at Roland Garros (l. to Ramos-Viñolas in 3R)
• Achieved career-high No. 22 in Emirates ATP Rankings on January 18 and comes in No. 26 this week
• ATP Masters 1000 doubles finalist w/Pospisil at Indian Wells (l. to Herbert/Mahut) and Rome (l. to Bryan/Bryan)
• Retired in Auckland final and withdrew from Buenos Aires due to illness
Kudla 2016 FastFacts:
YTD W-L: 8-16 (5-8 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: August 17, 1992
Emirates ATP Ranking: 102
Rogers Cup W-L (Best Result): 0-1 (2015 1st Round)
• Tournament Note: The 23-year-old American qualified last year in his Rogers Cup debut and lost in 1R (l. to countryman Young)
• Advanced to 2R at Brisbane, Australian Open, Memphis, Indian Wells, Miami, Houston, Madrid and Stuttgart
• Earned 1st clay-court win of career on tour by beating M. Zverev 76 in 3rd at Houston (l. to Isner 76 76)
• Qualified at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid and saved 2 MPs to beat Karlovic in 1R (l. to No. 9 Ferrer in 3 sets)
• Achieved career-high No. 53 in Emirates ATP Rankings on May 23
• Fell out of Top 100 on July 11 (from No. 66 to No. 102) after his 4R points from 2015 Wimbledon came off
• Fell to del Potro 61 64 in Delray Beach 1R – Argentine’s 1st match since 2015 ATP Masters 1000 Miami
• Reached Challenger SFs at Savannah, USA (l. to Fratangelo) and Manchester, GBR (d. Groth, l. to Lu)
Court 1
[WC] Steven Diez (CAN) vs Kyle Edmund (GBR)                  First Meeting
Diez 2016 FastFacts:

YTD W-L: 0-2 (0-0 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: March 17, 1991
Emirates ATP Ranking: 192
Rogers Cup W-L (Best Result): Main Draw Debut
Edmund 2016 FastFacts:
QF(2): Doha (l Berdych); London / Queen's Club (l Murray)
YTD W-L: 10-11 (3-4 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: January 8, 1995
Emirates ATP Ranking: 84
Rogers Cup W-L (Best Result): Main Draw Debut
[WC] Peter Polansky (CAN) vs [Q] Tim Smyczek (USA)  First ATP Meeting 
Other meetings:
10 Rimouski CH (Canada)            Hard     R16        Tim Smyczek      6-4         6-2
13 Tiburon CH (U.S.A.)   Hard     SF          Peter Polansky  6-4         7-6(4)
13 Knoxville CH (U.S.A.) Hard     F            Tim Smyczek      6-4         6-2
Polansky 2016 FastFacts:
YTD W-L: 0-1 (0-1 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: June 15, 1988
Emirates ATP Ranking: 247
Rogers Cup W-L (Best Result): 3-8 (2009-10, 2014 2nd Round)
Smyczek 2016 FastFacts:
QF(2): Delray Beach (l Querrey); Houston (l Lopez)
YTD W-L: 7-7 (5-6 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: December 30, 1987
Emirates ATP Ranking: 119
Rogers Cup W-L (Best Result): 1-1 (2014 2nd Round)
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) vs Stephane Robert (FRA)                     First Meeting
Youzhny 2016 FastFacts:

QF(2): Stuttgart (l Thiem); Gstaad (. Brown)
YTD W-L: 10-11 (2-2 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 10
Date of Birth: June 25, 1982
Emirates ATP Ranking: 61
Rogers Cup W-L (Best Result): 12-13 (2007, 2009, 2015 3rd Round)
Robert 2016 FastFacts:
SF: Hamburg (l Klizan)
YTD W-L: 9-9 (2-2 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: May 17, 1980
Emirates ATP Ranking: 58 (Career-high)
Rogers Cup W-L (Best Result): Main Draw Debut

Los 30 De Djokovic Están En Toronto

Mon, 25/07/2016 - 9:19pm

Después de decir un prematuro adiós en la tercera ronda de Wimbledon (p. con Sam Querrey), Novak Djokovic regresa al ATP World Tour en la Rogers Cup de Canadá con más fuerza. Con ganas de sacarse la espina, de demostrar que es el número uno del mundo y, si es posible, ampliar hasta las 30 coronas el récord de títulos ATP World Tour Masters 1000 que en estos momentos ostenta, por delante de Rafael Nadal (28) y Roger Federer (24).

La situación es un tanto extraña para el serbio. Y es que por primera vez desde 2008 arranca la gira de verano en la pista dura estadounidense con algo más de tiempo de lo normal. Aquella derrota en el All England Tennis Club no se producía en la primera semana desde hacía ocho años. No obstante, Djokovic prefiere sacar conclusiones positivas. “Tuve un poco más de tiempo para pasar un buen tiempo con mi familia, reorganizarme un poco y empezar a entrenar en pista dura. Así que miro hacia delante”, revela.

La exigencia de una temporada prácticamente perfecta terminó con ese inesperado resultado sobre la hierba inglesa. “Todo ocurre por una razón, pero obviamente no disfruto perdiendo en la primera semana de un Grand Slam”, apunta Djokovic. Eso sí, nada empaña un curso en el que una vez más está firmando un sobresaliente con seis títulos (Doha, Abierto de Australia, Indian Wells, Miami, Mutua Madrid Open y Roland Garros), además de una final más (Roma).


Así lo valora el jugador nacido en Belgrado hace 29 años. “Obviamente, siempre puedes aprender más de tus derrotas que de tus victorias. Tuve que mirar atrás y traté de entender, no sólo que ocurrió en el partido, sino qué ocurrió en los seis meses antes que condujeron a ese resultado y circunstancias. Un mal resultado en Wimbledon no puede eclipsar los resultados que he tenido en los últimos 15 meses”.

Y si hay un escenario propicio para remontar el vuelo, ese precisamente es el de la Rogers Cup. La pista dura canadiense es un territorio que históricamente se le ha dado bien, consiguiendo incluso levantar el título en su primera participación (d. a Federer). Desde aquella edición de 2007, Djokovic volvió a repetir éxito en 2011 (d. a Mardy Fish) y 2012 (d. a Richard Gasquet).

En total ha resuelto con victoria el 83% de los 36 partidos que ha disputado entre las dos ciudades que se alternan el evento. “Tengo una historia maravillosa en la Roger Cup en Toronto y Montreal. Eso es lo que pasa por mi cabeza ahora mismo. Sólo disfrutar, jugar bien, jugar individual y dobles para pasar el mayor número de horas posibles”, afirma Djokovic que también apela a la prudencia: “No espero nada. Sólo trato de prepararme para actuar en pista lo mejor que pueda”.

En esta edición de la Rogers Cup, el sorteo del cuadro ha deparado que por su mismo lado del cuadro avance el gran ídolo local y reciente finalista en Wimbledon, Milos Raonic. “Es definitivamente uno de los jugadores que vamos a ver mucho en el futuro. Trabaja muy duro. Incorporó a John McEnroe a su equipo, así que realmente está tratando de mejorar dentro y fuera de la pista”, analiza sobre su potencial rival en semifinales. El favorito ya está preparado para Toronto.

Raonic To Build On Breakthrough Run

Mon, 25/07/2016 - 7:51pm

Much has changed for Milos Raonic since he last arrived home to contest the Rogers Cup. Two former World No. 1s being added to the coaching fray and a maiden Grand Slam final appearance only a matter of weeks ago are bringing a new wave of hype to Canada’s great hope.

Contesting his first event since his run to the Wimbledon decider, including the defeat of seven-time former champion Roger Federer en route, Raonic has been careful not to get carried away with the surge in publicity. He arrives in Toronto with his day job first and foremost on his mind. It is a mindset Carlos Moya and John McEnroe have emphasised since joining Riccardo Piatti in the coaching ranks this season.


“For sure there’s been a lot of positive attention after the past few weeks so it’s definitely been fun coming home but at the same time it’s easy to remember I’m here for the tennis so I’ve stayed away from it all and tried to put all my attention to preparing,” the 25 year old said. “At the end of the day, I’m not here for anything other than tennis.”

Seeded fourth this week, Raonic enters with a 37-9 match record on the season (17-3 on hard) in what will be his seventh Rogers Cup main draw appearance. He was runner-up in 2013 (l. to Nadal) and reached the quarter-finals in 2012 (l. to Isner) and 2014 (l. to Lopez). Last year, he lost in his opening match after a first-round bye to Karlovic in two tie-break sets. 

Beyond his runner-up showing at Wimbledon, it has been an impressive season for the Canadian. He opened the year with an eighth ATP World Tour title in Brisbane (d. Federer) and followed it up with a semi-final finish at the Australian Open (l. to Murray in five sets). He was also runner-up at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l. to Djokovic) and Queen’s Club (l. to Murray). It is the defeats, not the victories, which Raonic is learning from most.

“Those losses stick with me a lot more than the wins," he said. "You go back and re-watch and you re-evalute and so forth. I don’t have any intention of watching that [Wimbledon] semi-final match but I have, and will again, watch that final match (l. to Murray) to learn.

“I did a lot of things well but there’s certain things I need to do to improve. I think mentally I could have been better in that situation and that’s what I’m going to strive to do throughout this tournament, to keep getting better.”

Watch Toronto And Cincinnati Live ATP Streaming On TennisTV

Mon, 25/07/2016 - 3:17pm

Rogers Cup (25-31 July)

For the Rogers Cup, the top ATP stars will be at Toronto’s Aviva Centre. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will be present in Canada, gunning for a fourth Rogers Cup crown. He’ll be joined by Stan Wawrinka, Dominic Thiem, Kei Nishikori and home hope Milos Raonic

There’ll be up to four courts of live ATP streaming on TennisTV, with an estimated total of 72 matches. That’s an increase of 75% from last year’s 41-match offering.

As part of those live matches, we’ll be showing doubles right from the start of the week and then all of the quarter-finals, semis and final.

Western & Southern Open (15-21 August)

Three weeks later, live action will come from steamy Cincinnati, Ohio where the Western and Southern Open will be staged once again.

Two-time defending champ Roger Federer is scheduled to be there, alongside Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka.

Over 120 matches across up to seven courts will be covered live on TennisTV during the week, of which around 74 will be ATP contests.

So subscribe now to TennisTV to watch all the live ATP tennis from Toronto, Cincinnati and many more tournaments throughout the rest of 2016.

Monfils Karlovic Final Highlights Washington 2016

Mon, 25/07/2016 - 2:27pm
Gael Monfils tops Ivo Karlovic in the Citi Open final. Photo: Getty Images. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

ATP ACES Presents Grant To Milos Raonic Foundation

Mon, 25/07/2016 - 1:32pm

On Sunday, the ATP ACES For Charity programme presented a $15,000 grant to the Milos Raonic Foundation, ahead of the Canadian's appearance at the Rogers Cup.

"It's going on four years now that I decided to start my foundation, along with my family, to really help disadvantaged kids," said Raonic during his pre-tournament press conference. "We focused on many different things. A few days ago we announced this programme that we're funding and challenging many other people to raise funds for. It's the SportFIT programme and a recreation camp to help kids with cerebral palsy throughout the summer be able to get more active, to be able to socially and physically participate in more activities.

"It's been a great honour for me to have this opportunity not only to make a difference, but also to get to work alongside these kids. Every single time I've gone to Holland Bloorview to see the progress the kids have made, it's been fantastic. It's really been special to have the continuous relationship with Holland Bloorview and to see where we can take this and hopefully make a difference in a few kids' lives. So thank you to the ATP."

To learn more about the Milos Raonic Foundation, click here.

Until August 21, the Milos Raonic Foundation will match every dollar donated to support the SportFIT program at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Click here to support this great initiative.

King Reacts To Winning In Binghamton

Mon, 25/07/2016 - 1:29pm

It’s tough to win two Challengers in a row, even more difficult to do it on two different surfaces. How are you playing now and what’s brought about this confidence?

On court, I think I realized my strengths and it’s not to overpower people, but be smart on the court and play my strengths to the other’s guy weaknesses. It’s worked well the past two weeks. I’m trying to get a high first serve percentage, use my forehand and be aggressive when I can.

It seems like that’s a bit of maturity. What does that say about where your game is now?

I’ve played on the ATP Challenger Tour the past two years and think I was worrying about other guy’s game. [thinking] they’re overpowering me. I was complaining a lot. After my first [Challenger] win in Cali, I said to myself, ‘Darian, you have to stick to it and play your game. You can’t worry about your opponent’s game.’ I spoke to my brother before every match and he looks at their weaknesses. The main thing is to stay in the points when I can and be aggressive when I can. I’ve been mentally tough these past two weeks and this is just a great achievement for me.

Mitchell didn’t have his best day out there, but what were you trying to do today?

I spoke to my brother, who’s my coach, and he told me to stay in the point and attack his forehand. You could see during the match that he was striking his backhand very well and very deep. The smarts on the court is what you have to use: slice to the forehand, loop to the forehand, using different varieties, high first-serve percentage and be aggressive when I can. Mitch didn’t show up today, but it’s all in the sport. Hopefully he can play much better next week and come out with a title.

Cali was your first Challenger final. Are you overwhelmed by the moment or taking it in stride?

I’m taking it in stride. I think I have the game to be up there, but it’s just having that belief in yourself. It’s when you wake up and you’re ready and stoked to play. I came up mentally prepared for it and physically strong every day. And I think I wanted it more than the others. In this sport, you have to be willing to work for it and I think that’s what I’ve been doing well.

How different are you now than you were a couple of years ago?

I think I’ve improved my attitude, being ready for every ball and staying focused on the moment. That’s making a good character for me on the court. Everyone’s liking it and I’m glad everyone is liking it. My brother is traveling with me now and before, I was doing it alone. I’m glad for all the help that I’ve been receiving, for people to keep me calm and focused on the court. I’m really thankful for it.

How are you going to celebrate?

I’ll go back to New York, look for friends and just hang out. Take in the moment, relax and then get back to work. 

Monfils Outlasts Karlovic For D.C. Crown

Mon, 25/07/2016 - 1:26pm

Gael Monfils had his back against the wall on Sunday at the Citi Open, but the charismatic Frenchman would not be denied his first ATP World Tour 500 title.

Monfils rallied past Ivo Karlovic 5-7, 7-6(6), 6-4, saving one championship point for the victory after two hours and 14 minutes. It was Monfils' sixth title in total on the ATP World Tour and first since prevailing in Montpellier two years ago. The runner-up in Washington in 2011 (l. to Stepanek), Monfils takes home 500 Emirates ATP Rankings points and $348,200 in prize money.

"It's a real pleasure for me," Monfils said during the trophy presentation. "When I first came, I saw big names like Arthur Ashe and Yannick Noah and I said 'I want to have my name next to them'. They have been big inspirations for me. Every time I come here, the crowd has been really great to me and amazing."

Monfils pressured Karlovic's serve throughout the title bout, including a 0/40 look at 6-5 in the first set, but was not able to break through until the 10th game of the second. Karlovic served for the title at 5-4 and Monfils came up with his first break of the match at the most opportune of moments. The big-serving Croat sent a volley long on the fourth break point of the game to give Monfils the break back. It marked the first time Karlovic had been broken in 54 service games during the week.

Monfils would go on to save a match point at 6-5 in the tie-break with a service winner and forced a decider three points later. The Frenchman would claim the decisive break at 1-1 in the third set. After 53 consecutive service holds, Karlovic was broken twice in four games, as a backhand approach sailed long. Monfils would eventually clinch the title on his first match point.

Match Point(s) Saved Winners In 2016

 M.P. Saved
 Gael Monfils
 1  Ivo Karlovic
 Dominic Thiem
 Stuttgart  SF
 Diego Schwartzman   Istanbul  QF
 1  Dominic Thiem
 Buenos Aires
 2R, SF
 1, 1
 Martin Klizan
 QF, SF 
 5, 3
 Viktor Troicki
 Roberto Bautista Agut

Monfils edged ahead 3-2 in the FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry. It was their first encounter since the Mutua Madrid Open in 2011. The second seed is the first Frenchman to lift the Citi Open trophy since Arnaud Clement in 2006. Yannick Noah is the only other player from France to win the title, in 1985.

Karlovic, meanwhile, was attempting to become the oldest player to win ATP World Tour singles titles in successive weeks since Ken Rosewall (38 years, 11 months) in Osaka and Tokyo in October 1973. He was bidding to win his eighth title overall, following a successful run on the grass of Newport last week.

"I was serving better in the first two sets," said Karlovic. "I don't know why, but my serve stopped [when serving for the match]. It happens I guess. I'm not used to that. I was going to win and I lost my serve. That is tennis. Of course, every match you have a little bit of pressure. I've dealt with that in many matches and usually I'm able to get over it. Today I couldn't. But it was a great week."

Rejuvenated Djokovic Primed For Toronto

Mon, 25/07/2016 - 1:08pm

Novak Djokovic is in rare territory. Not since 2008 has the Serbian arrived at his first event of the US summer having had so much time to regroup and prepare for the upcoming hard-court swing.

There is good reason for this. Until this year, he had not bowed out before the second week at Wimbledon since 2008. This week’s Rogers Cup in Toronto presents the first litmus test of how he has put the third-round defeat to Sam Querrey behind him.

The top seed has won three of the five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments this season and suffered only three losses in seven months.  Nonetheless, he is keeping hopes in check.


“I don’t expect anything. I just try to get myself ready for performing as best as I can,” the World No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings said. “I had a bit more time because of the early loss at Wimbledon to spend some quality time with family, regroup a little bit and start training on hard court, which I enjoy the most. So I look forward to it.

“I have a wonderful history in the Rogers Cup in Toronto and Montreal. That’s what goes through my mind right now. Just enjoy, play well, play singles and doubles and get as many hours in as possible.”

Djokovic will look to extend his all-time Masters 1000 titles record to 30 in Toronto. The three-time Rogers Cup champion is the top seed for the sixth straight year in Canada, where he enjoys a 30-6 career record. He finished runner-up to Andy Murray in Montreal last year. 

One man who could stand between the 29 year old and a fourth Rogers Cup title this week is home hopeful Milos Raonic. The Canadian arrives fresh off reaching his first Grand Slam final at the All England Club. The pair could meet in the semi-finals.

“You had Milos who played his first Grand Slam final, a couple of close sets with Andy,” Djokovic said. “He’s definitely one of the players that we’re going to see a lot of in future. He works very hard. He’s got John McEnroe in his team so he’s really striving to get better on and off the court.”

As is often the case with great champions, Djokovic isn’t dwelling too heavily on his shock early Wimbledon departure.

“Everything happens for a reason so obviously I didn’t enjoy losing the first week of a Grand Slam,” he said. “On the hand, the next day it was already behind me. 

"Obviously, you can always learn more from your losses than your wins. I had to look back and try to understand, not just what happened in that match, but what happened in the six months prior to that that led to those kind of results and circumstances. A bad loss at Wimbledon cannot overshadow the results I’ve had in the last 15 months.”

Monfils Beats Karlovic For Title At Washington 2016

Mon, 25/07/2016 - 12:21pm
Gael Monfils reflects on beating Ivo Karlovic in the Citi Open final to capture his first ATP World Tour 500-level crown. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Monfils Hits Pristine Shot For Championship Point Washington 2016

Mon, 25/07/2016 - 12:12pm
In the Washington, D.C. heat, Gael Monfils puts some heat on a backhand that gets him to championship point against Ivo Karlovic at the Citi Open. Photo: Citi Open. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Nestor, Roger-Vasselin Take Washington Title

Mon, 25/07/2016 - 11:49am

It took them three match points and nearly two hours, but Daniel Nestor and Edouard Roger-Vasselin emerged with the doubles trophy at the Citi Open on Sunday.

The Canadian-French duo lifted their second team trophy on the ATP World Tour, topping Lukasz Kubot and Alexander Peya 7-6(3), 7-6(4). They previously prevailed at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati last year. They split $108,250 in prize money and 500 Emirates ATP Rankings points.

"I feel fortunate, considering the conditions," said Nestor, who was treated for heat-related fatigue following the match and did not participate in the trophy presentation. "I'm fortunate the humidity wasn't a factor as much, but the heat was pretty terrible. It was an up-and-down match for both teams. We won a couple more big points than they did."

After falling behind an early mini-break, Nestor and Roger-Vasselin reeled off seven of eight points to close out the first set tie-break 7-3. Kubot and Peya refused to go down without a fight in the second, staving off a match point at 5-3 deuce and another in breaking back at 5-4 deuce. The title bout would move to another tie-break, where Nestor and Roger-Vasselin eventually crossed the finish line after one hour and 48 minutes.


For former World No. 1 Nestor, it was his 90th tour-level doubles crown, remaining in third place on the Open Era titles list. The oldest doubles champion in Washington history, he was appearing in a third straight final on the ATP World Tour (2-1), all with different partners and on different surfaces. The 43 year old triumphed on the grass of Nottingham with Dominic Inglot, followed by a runner-up finish last week on the clay of Hamburg with Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi.

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 San Jose
 47 years 
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 Los Angeles
 44 years, 4 months
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Roger-Vasselin, meanwhile, moved to 12-5 in tour-level doubles finals. His first title of the 2016 season came just two weeks after a runner-up finish at Wimbledon, alongside countryman Julien Benneteau.

"We knew we were playing well and had this opportunity because we could play well," said Roger-Vasselin. "We knew we could win through the tie-break. We just had to stay focused on the game. It’s always good to have a title. It’s good for my confidence, it’s good for my ranking, it’s good for prize money, it’s good for everything."

King Wins Second Straight Challenger In Binghamton

Mon, 25/07/2016 - 11:39am


Levene Gouldin & Thompson Tennis Challenger (Binghamton, N.Y.): Sixth seed Darian King of Barbados won his second straight ATP Challenger Tour event over American Mitchell Krueger, 6-2, 6-3. King prevailed earlier this month at the $75,000 event in Cali, Colombia. The 24 year old, currently No. 199 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, will jump to a new career-high ranking of around No. 160 on Monday.

Gimcheon Open Challenger (Gimcheon, Korea): At No. 762 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, qualifier Max Purcell of Australia became the lowest-ranked ATP Challenger Tour winner this year after saving a match point in the final to prevail over sixth seed and fellow Aussie Andrew Whittington, 3-6, 7-6(6), 5-1, retired. The 18 year old was competing in just his 11th professional tournament and third Challenger main draw. He joins Blake Mott as the second teenage Aussie titlist this year on the ATP Challenger Tour. Fittingly, Purcell overtook Mott (No. 721, Launceston) as the lowest-ranked Challenger winner this year.

Aamulehti Tampere Open (Tampere, Finland): Sixth seed Kimmer Coppejans of Belgium rallied from a break down in the final to defeat Aslan Karatsev of Russia, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. The win gives Coppejans his first ATP Challenger Tour title of the year and fourth overall, with his most recent win coming in April 2015 in Mersin, Turkey.

Guzzini Challenger (Recanati, Italy): Second seed Illya Marchenko of Ukraine won the title in a tight two-set match over Ilya Ivashka of Belarus, 6-4, 6-4. The win gives Marchenko his fifth ATP Challenger Tour title and first since prevailing last October in Mons, Belgium. Ivashka was competing in his first Challenger final.


King: “I tried to go to my strong points and his (Krueger) weakness. Mitch was striking his backhand well, so I got my thoughts together and said you have to get to Mitch’s forehand. I kept attacking it and I think it broke down. Tennis is your strength versus your opponent’s weakness and that was my mindset today.”

Coppejans: “My new coach Johan von Herck has worked with me now for several months and we have made some improvements in my game I am very happy for that. Today I had some difficulties with concentration, but I made it through. I suppose Aslan was a bit tired after playing so many three-sets matches here. It was a tight and hard game today.”

“It was a great week for me here in Tampere. The city is beautiful, the tournament is fine and the people have been nice. Today was a great win also. I had some tips about the city and tournament from David Goffin, so I was expecting a nice week”


There are six Challengers on the calendar this week, with the $100,000+H event in Biella, Italy, taking top billing. The tournament returns for the 12th year and features past champions including Dominik Hrbaty and Nicolas Massu. Paolo Lorenzi of Italy, last week’s winner at the ATP World Tour event in Kitzbuhel, is the top seed. Carlos Berlocq, a semi-finalist at last week’s ATP World Tour 250 event in Umag, is the second seed. Andrej Martin of Slovakia, the defending champion and last week’s finalist in Umag, is the sixth seed. A trio of #NextGen stars are also in the draw including fifth seed Karen Khachanov of Russia, Elias Ymer of Sweden and Andrey Rublev of Russia.

The $100,000 tournament in Astana, Kazakhstan, is back for the 11th consecutive year. Two players in the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings are in the draw, with World No. 80 Evgeny Donskoy of Russia as the top seed and World No. 97 Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan as the second seed.

The $75,000 tournament in Segovia, Spain, is back for the 26th straight year and features an illustrious list of past champions including Rafael Nadal, Juan Martin del Potro, Sergi Bruguera and Radek Stepanek. World No. 45 Nicolas Almagro of Spain is the top seed, while World No. 79 Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic is the second seed. Marchenko will also look to keep up his form from Recanati as the third seed.

The $50,000 tournament in Scheveningen, Netherlands, is back for the 26th consecutive year. Past champions include David Goffin and Younes El Aynaoui. Three Top 100 players are in action, with World No. 76 Inigo Cervantes of Spain as the highest-ranked player and World No. 88 Facundo Bagnis Argentina as the third seed. World No. 95 Robin Haase of the Netherlands, a finalist at last week’s ATP World Tour 250 event in Gstaad, is the fourth seed. Another notable name in the draw is top-ranked junior Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, a wild card into the draw.

The $50,000 event in Lexington, Kentucky, returns for the 22nd consecutive year. The list of past champions features several prominent players including John Isner. World No. 55 Adrian Mannarino of France is the top seed and World No. 60 Malek Jaziri of Tunisia is the second seed. A trio of #NextGen stars are also in the draw including sixth seed Quentin Halys of France, and Americans Frances Tiafoe and Stefan Kozlov, the seventh and eighth seeds. Krueger will also look to continue his run of form from Binghamton.

Lastly, the $50,000 tournament in Prague, Czech Republic, is back for the third straight year. World No. 28 Martin Klizan of Slovakia, a winner two weeks ago at the ATP World Tour 500 event in Hamburg, is the top seed. Radu Albot of Moldova, a winner of three ATP Challenger Tour events in the past two months, is the second seed. Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia, last week’s finalist at the ATP World Tour 250 event in Kitzbuhel, is the third seed.

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