Showing posts with label Los Angeles Countrywide Classic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Los Angeles Countrywide Classic. Show all posts

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Djokovic and Stepanek out of Los Angeles

Novak djokovic
Djokovic and Stepanek out of Los Angeles

Novak Djokovic withdrew from the ATP Tour event in Los Angeles.

According to tournament director, Bob Kramer, Djokovic pulled out from the Farmers Classic because of undisclosed personal reasons.

Radek Stepanek, who married Nicole Vaidisova recently, withdrew because of a knee injury.

Andy Murray received a wild card and will be seeded No. 1 when play begins Monday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on the UCLA campus.

Sam Querrey is seeded No. 2 and Marcos Baghdatis is No. 3.

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Los Angeles Farmers Classic Main Draw

Los Angeles Farmers Classic Main Draw

[1WC] Andy Murray (GBR) bye
Qualifier - Teimuraz Gabashvili (RUS)
Karol Beck (SVK) - Alejandro Falla (COL)
Lukas Lacko (SVK) - [5] Ernests Gulbis (LAT)

[4] Feliciano Lopez (ESP) bye
Xavier Malisse (BEL) - Dudi Sela (ISR)
Leonardo Mayer (ARG) - [WC] James Blake (USA)
Benjamin Becker (GER) - [8] Mardy Fish (USA)

[6] Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) - Santiago Giraldo (COL)
Qualifier - Qualifier
Kristof Vliegen (BEL) - [WC] Ryan Sweeting (USA)
[3] Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) bye

[7] Horacio Zeballos (ARG) - Rainer Schuettler (GER)
Qualifier - Robby Ginepri (USA)
[SE] Kevin Anderson (RSA) - Illya Marchenko (UKR)
[2] Sam Querrey (USA) bye

Los Angeles Farmers Classic Qualy Draw

Los Angeles Farmers Classic Qualy Draw

CLEMENT, Arnaud FRA vs SMYCZEK, Tim USA
NISHIKORI, Kei JPN vs COOK, Lester USA
GONZALEZ, Santiago MEX vs BAKER, Jamie GBR
LINDAHL, Nick AUS vs BOGDANOVIC, Alex GBR

PRZYSIEZNY, Michal POL vs HARRISON, Ryan USA
MULLER, Gilles LUX vs GUCCIONE, Chris AUS
ZHANG, Ze CHN vs KPULUN, Sahr Timothy SLE
JOHNSON, Steve USA vs MATOSEVIC, Marinko AUS

DEVVARMAN, Somdev IND vs GONG, Mao-Xin CHN
TURSUNOV, Dmitry RUS vs YANI, Michael USA
SUGITA, Yuichi JPN vs LAPENTTI, Giovanni ECU
BALLERET, Benjamin MON vs EBDEN, Matthew AUS

KUNITSYN, Igor RUS vs WARD, James GBR
OKUN, Noam ISR vs GREGORC, Luka SLO
KELLY, Dayne AUS vs KLAHN, Bradley USA
KOSAKOWSKI, Daniel USA vs BOZOLJAC, Ilija SRB

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Del Potro, Djokovic and the Bryan brothers to play at L.A. Tennis Open title

Del Potro, Djokovic and the Bryan brothers to play at L.A. Tennis Open title

Bob and Mike Bryan announced that they will defend their doubles title next summer at the L.A. Tennis Open at UCLA.
The Bryans recently clinched the 2009 No. 1 ranking by winning the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour final in London. It is the fifth time the Bryans have been ranked No. 1 to end a season.

Juan Martin del Potro, Novak Djokovic have also committed to the 2010 tournament. Defending L.A. singles champion Sam Querrey had said last month he also plans to return.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Sam Querrey beats Carsten Ball to win LA Tennis Open Title

Sam Querrey beats Carsten Ball to win LA Tennis Open Title
Sam Querrey beats Carsten Ball to win LA Tennis Open Title

Sam Querrey defeated Carsten Bell 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 to win the L.A. Tennis Open title.

Querrey was playing in his third straight final and fourth of the season, but he had yet to win a tournament.

"I didn't want to lose three finals in a row. I was a little worried after that second set, I was really mad at myself, but I came back strong in the third."said Querrey.

Querrey had lost in the finals at New Zealand to Juan Martin Del Potro in January, and the last two weeks he came up short in the championship match at Newport, R.I., and Indianapolis.

Ball had to qualify to get into the tournament.

"He started to get a good read on my second serve and was hitting a fair amount of winners and just putting a lot of pressure on me [in the second set]," Querrey said. "Before the third set I just sat down and collected myself and went out in that third set and had a higher first-serve percentage. I didn't want to hit a lot of second serves. That was the key."

Bell was playing his eighth match of the week and he admitted to being a little tired, but didn't consider that a factor in the match.

"I think Sam definitely stepped up his game and started making a lot more first serves and putting a lot of pressure on my serve," said Ball, who was catching a plane Sunday night to fly to a Challenger level tournament in Vancouver, Canada.

Ball said he was "a little disappointed that I lost, but in the big picture it's more than I could have hoped for for this week to be able to be here."


Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Sam Querrey follows Ball into LA tennis showdown

Sam Querrey follows Ball into LA tennis showdown

Carsten Ball stretched his dream run at the Los Angeles Open all the way to Sunday's final, where he faces former junior rival Sam Querrey in a battle of big servers.

Ball will see his 205th ranking rise to 120th should he buck the odds and claim an ATP title ran past Argentine Leonardo Mayer 7-5, 7-6 in their semi-final here.

Querrey reached his third final as many events with an upset of two-time winner and Tommy Haas 6-3, 7-5, with the Californian saving three break points in the final game to ice the win.

"I've been playing a lot of matches recently," said Querrey. "But the more matches you win, the better the confidence.

"I've been doing a lot of running on the track, 200 (metres), 400 (metres), that is starting to pay off. It may also help that I've been feeling pretty hyper on court."

Ball had never played an ATP-level match prior to this week.

Ball fired 10 aces in the 91-minute win over Mayer, also playing the first semi-final of his career.

"I'm really not thinking about the fact that I'm into a final," said Ball, troubled a week ago by a back injury. "I just wanted to win the first round at qualifying and then go match by match.

"It's a surprise to get this far but I'm looking forward to Sunday. Querrey is playing well. But I like the conditions, the court bounces high, that let's you play aggressive and get to the net."

Querrey's "Samurai" cheer squad of shirtless former high school mates with painted chests got up the nose of Haas, who said that he didn't feel that jeering his errors was called for.

"Those guys just showed they have no class, It's up to Sam to take control of the situation if he wants to," said the 31-year-old German who stood 16-3 since May after winning the Halle title and plying a Wimbledon semi-final against Roger Federer.

"This was not the fifth set of a US Open.

"I'm still playing tennis for the big matches," said the former world number two. "For my first summer hardcourt match, I'm pretty pleased.

"But I could tell that after early chances in the second set, I wasn't mentally there at the end. I'm working to peak at the US Open."

Querrey sent over eight aces and saved all five break points he faced. He owns one title (Las Vegas, 2008) from four career finals.




Saturday, August 1, 2009

Haas beats Safin, Querrey upsets Sela in LA

Tommy Haas defeated Marat Safin in LA Tennis Open
Haas beats Safin, Querrey upsets Sela in LA

Tommy Haas defeated Marat Safin 7-6 6-2 and book his place in the semi-finals of the LA Tennis Open.

Haas broke Safin in the fifth and seventh games of the second set to seal victory in one hour and 49 minutes under the floodlights at the LA Tennis Center.

Haas appeared to be in early control of the opening set but was twice broken by the volatile Safin before immediately breaking back in the eighth and 12th games.

Safin squandered three set points in the 12th, twice through unforced errors, before losing the tiebreak 7-3.

“Playing against Safin is never an easy task and he’s a pretty good friend of mine,” Haas told reporters after posting his 16th win in his last 19 matches.

“The first set was kind of crazy and a little bit frustrating because I had a lot of break points which I could never convert.

“But I played a pretty good tiebreak where he gave me a few unforced errors and winning that set was obviously big,” added the German, who won his 12th ATP title in Halle last month.

“When I got that break in the second set, I felt like I was in a pretty good position and I think he mentally kind of gave in a little bit.”

Haas failed to convert five break points in the opening game of the second set before tightening his grip on the match to set up a meeting in the last four with in-form American Sam Querrey.

Querrey upset Dudi Sela 6-3 7-5 breaking his opponent once in each set.

“I served well out there and usually when I serve well I win most of the time,” a smiling Querrey said after dropping only two points on his first serve during the match.

“I couldn’t be happier,” he added, referring to a 2009 campaign featuring finals appearances in his last two events in Newport and Indianapolis.

“I would have liked to have won those two tournaments but I can’t complain about getting into the finals and so far so good here.”


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LA Tennis Open Quarterfinals Tennis Results Friday July 31st

LA Tennis Open Quarterfinals Tennis Results Friday July 31st

Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] T Haas (GER) d [8] M Safin (RUS) 76(3) 62
[6] S Querrey (USA) d [4] D Sela (ISR) 63 75
[Q] C Ball (AUS) d J Isner (USA 64 64 (corrected result)
L Mayer (ARG) d [2] M Fish (USA) walkover (abdominal strain)

Doubles - Semi-finals
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) 62 64

Doubles - Quarter-finals
B Becker (GER) / F Moser (GER) d Y Lu (TPE) / D Vemic (SRB) 64 26 10-8

Friday, July 31, 2009

Mardy Fish withdraws from LA Tennis Open Quarterfinals

Mardy Fish withdraws from LA Tennis Open Quarterfinals

Mardy Fish, the highest-ranked player at the LA Tennis Open, withdrew before the quarter-finals because of an abdominal strain.

Fish had been scheduled to meet Leonardo Mayer in the last eight.

Mayer will now advance to his first ATP semi-final where he will face Carsten Ball, who beat John Isner 6-4 6-4.

Fish was the highest-ranked player in this week’s event where top-seeded German Tommy Haas (22nd) and Marat Safin (55th) were the biggest names in the draw.

Fish rallies to beat Guccione at LA tennis Open

Mardy Fish rallies to beat Guccione at LA tennis Open
Fish rallies to beat Guccione at LA tennis Open

Mardy Fish saved three match points in a tie-breaker and rallied to defeat hris Guccione 6-7 7-6 6-4 and reach the ATP Los Angeles Open quarter-finals.

Fish survived a 16-minute tie-breaker in the second set by denying the Aussie on three match points, the last on a backhand drop volley winner to reach 10-10, and taking his fourth set point when Guccione hit a forehand long.

Fish then broke Guccione to open the third set, the only service break either man surrendered, and then served out to advance.

Guccione took the first set on a backhand winner, capturing the last four points of the tie-breaker, and jumped ahead 3-0 in the second-set tie-breaker before Fish took the next four points, the last on a double fault after an ace for Guccione was overturned on review appeal.

Fish denied Guccione's first match point with a service winner to reach 6-6 and his second opportunity with a forehand winner to 8-8, setting the stage for his drop volley rescue and eventual fightback to victory.

In the next Round Mardy Fish will take on Leonardo Mayer, who upset Igor Kunitsyn 7-6 6-7 6-3.


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Sam Querrey reaches quarterfinals in Los Angeles

Sam Querrey reaches quarterfinals in Los Angeles
Sam Querrey reaches quarterfinals in Los Angeles

Sam Querrey advanced to the quarterfinals of the LA Tennis Open by beating Ryan Sweeting 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3 in the second round.

Querrey has lost in the final round of his past two events, at Newport and Indianapolis. He will continue his bid for a third straight final by taking on Dudi Sela, who advanced with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 win over Robert Kendrick.

Querrey won the first set against Sweeting and then fell behind 5-0 in the second. Querrey rallied to pull even at 5 and hold serve to force the tiebreaker. Sweeting won that 7-5, but Querrey regained control with an early service break in the third set.

“I kind of lost focus in the second set a little bit,” Querrey said. “Then I think he kind of lost focus. He let me right back into it without me really playing well, then he picked it up in the tiebreaker. I was kind of bummed there (at 5-0), but it happens. You’ve just got to stay positive and bounce back and I thought I did a good job of that in the third set.

“He (Sweeting) goes for a lot. You never know what you’re going to get from him so you’ve got to be ready for anything. I was just trying to be consistent out there and make him hit a lot of balls.”

Querrey said he’ll try to use the same game plan against Sela.
But Sela will have a similar mindset after using much the same strategy to beat Kendrick.

“He played a good game to break me in the second set and it was a little tough to see because of the sun,” Sela said. “In the third set, I was returning serve and controlling the points and moving him around and I think he got a little tired.”


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Leonardo Mayer stuns Kunitsyn to reach LA Open Quarters

Leonardo Mayer stuns Kunitsyn to reach LA Open Quarters
Leonardo Mayer stuns Kunitsyn to reach LA Open Quarters

Leonardo Mayer upset Igor Kunitsyn 7-6 6-7 6-3 in the second round of the LA Tennis Open.

Mayer squandered a 5-2 lead in the second set, his opponent fighting back to clinch the tiebreak 9-7, before wrapping up the third to seal victory in two hours, 43 minutes at the LA Tennis Center.

In the first meeting between the two players, Leonardo Mayer powered down nine aces to reach his third ATP quarter-final this season but his first on a hardcourt surface.

“I was a little nervous to close out the match (in the second set) and Igor played pretty well,” Mayer said.

“In the third set, I paid attention to small details and had a couple of points where I was able to break. I was a little bit more relaxed and I served much better.”

The 22-year-old Argentine will next face Mardy Fish, who defeated Chris Guccione 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (14/12), 6-4 .


Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Isner on top in L Open, Safin and Haas also advance

John Isner
Isner on top in L Open, Safin and Haas also advance

John Isner scored a 6-3 7-6 victory over Marcos Baghdatis in the second round of the LA Open.

A day after upseting Benjamin Becker, Isner overcame Baghdatis and a late ankle injury with another confident display at the LA Tennis Center.

Although Baghdatis saved five match points in the second set tiebreak, Isner scraped through 13-11 to seal the win in one hour and 50 minutes of play.

“I stayed calm and didn’t panic even though I had two match points on my serve in the tiebreak. It was a high-quality match and I played well.” Isner said.

John sprained his left ankle as Baghdatis levelled the tiebreak at 10-10, prompting his opponent to rush across the net after Isner fell to the ground at the baseline.

“He hit a serve out wide and then he hit a shot behind me and my left foot went the other way,” Isner said. “I thought it was worse than it is. But I have tomorrow off and I will see how it feels.

“This is my favourite time of the year and I enjoy playing on hard courts. I was serving and hitting my forehand really well. I was happy to come out with a victory.” he added.

Isner unleashed 11 aces to advance to his fourth quarter-final this year and will next meet Carsten Ball, who beat Dmitry Tursunov after the Russian retired hurt with a back injury while trailing 4-6 1-0 in their encounter.

Marat Safin also advanced after defeating Ernests Gulbis 2-6 6-3 6-4.

Safin trailed 0-2 in the final set before twice breaking Gulbis and then serving out for victory in one hour, 45 minutes.

The Russian will next face Tommy Haas, who crushed Jesse Levine 6-1 6-3.



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LA Tennis Open Wednesday July 29th Results

LA Tennis Open Wednesday July 29th Results

Singles – Second Round
[1] T Haas (GER) d [WC] J Levine (USA) 61 63
[Q] C Ball (AUS) d [3] D Tursunov (RUS) 64 01 ret. (left ankle)
[8] M Safin (RUS) d E Gulbis (LAT) 26 63 64
J Isner (USA) d M Baghdatis (CYP) 63 76(11)

Doubles - First Round
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d [WC] C Ball (AUS) / K Van't Hof (USA) 75 62
E Gulbis (LAT) / D Tursunov (RUS) d [2] B Soares (BRA) / K Ullyett (ZIM) 62 64
J Coetzee (RSA) / J Erlich (ISR) d [3] M Damm (CZE) / R Lindstedt (SWE) 64 64
D Istomin (UZB) / L Mayer (ARG) d E Butorac (USA) / S Lipsky (USA) 76(5) 67(4) 10-4
M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) d R Ginepri (USA) / J Kerr (AUS) 63 62
B Becker (GER) / F Moser (GER) d J Isner (USA) / S Querrey (USA) w/o (Isner - left ankle)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Marat Safin beats Robby Ginepri at Los Angeles Open

Marat Safin beats Robby Ginepri at Los Angeles Open
Marat Safin beats Robby Ginepri at Los Angeles Open

Marat Safin defeatedr Robby Ginepri 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. The Russian was able to come from behind win to reach the second round of the Los Angeles Open.

Safin lifted his own spirits as he made a respectable showing in what is meant to be his final season in the game at age 29.

Safin was fresh from an exhibition win 24 hours earlier against Pete Sampras.

"If you beat Pete Sampras you know you have a good chance of beating Robby Ginepri," he joked.

"Robby is playing really well, coming from a title last week. He's a tough player. The match was well-played from both of us. I got up a break in the beginning of the second set and that helped me to turn the match around."

Marat Safin notched eight aces and broke Ginepri five times while losing his own serve on four occasions.

Marcos Baghdatis claimed his first ATP victory in a month with a 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 first-round win over Frank Dancevic.

Baghdatis came good after going out in the first round last week in Indianapolis as he began his summer hardcourt season. He will next face John Isner, who upset Benjamin Becker 7-6 7-6.


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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Levine advances to second round at Los Angeles

Levine advances to second round at Los Angeles

Jesse Levine beat Bobby Reynolds 6-2, 6-3 in the opening round of the L.A. Tennis Open.

Levine won for the sixth time in nine matches, and will face Tommy Haas in the second round.

“I felt I played well,” Levine said. “My first-serve percentage was pretty high and I was hitting the ball really good.”

If he advances further, Levine could have a rematch with Marat Safin for the first time since beating him in the opening round at Wimbledon.

Levine said he ran into Safin on Sunday and often-mercurial Russian “just said hi. I was a little nervous about because he’s three times as big as me, but he just said hi.”

In other first round matches, Chris Guccione beat Kevin Kim, 6-1, 6-4, and Robert Kendrick overwhelmed Vince Spadea, 6-0, 6-0.





Monday, July 27, 2009

LA Tennis Open: Wild Cards Win Openers In Los Angeles

LA Tennis Open: Wild Cards Win Openers In Los Angeles

Chris Guccione, a wild card at the LA Tennis Open, scored a 6-1, 6-4 win over Kevin Kim at the ATP World Tour 250 tennis tournament.

Guccione served 11 aces and won all of three of his break point chances to secure the win in 50 minutes.
The Aussie earned his place in the main draw after defeating Donald Young 11-9 in the final of the ninth annual Wild Card Shoot-Out.

Guccione will next face Mardy Fish, who has won their two previous tour-level meetings.

Jesse Levine, another wild card, set up a second-round confrontation with top seed and two-time Los Angeles champion Tommy Haas after easing past countryman Bobby Reynolds 6-2, 6-3 in one hour.

"I felt like I played well. The conditions were really good," said Levine. "Today my first serve percentage was really high. I didn't give too many looks for Bobby. Overall I think it was a very solid match from my part."

The 21 year old had gone winless in tour-level play through the beginning of June but has now won at least one match in each of his past four main draw appearances. He reached the third round as a qualifier at Wimbledon, where he posted a first-round upset over former World No. 1 Marat Safin, followed with a quarter-final appearance at Newport (l. to R. Ram) and last week reached the second round in Indianapolis (l. to Gicquel).

Despite losing to Haas last year at the hard-court tournament in Indianapolis, Levine looked ahead to his upcoming match against the German: "Against Tommy I am clearly the underdog. We have practiced many times in Bradenton, so he knows my game and I know his. It should be a good match."


LA Tennis Open Monday Results July 27th

LA Tennis Open Monday Results July 27th

Singles – First Round
[WC] C Guccione (AUS) d K Kim (USA) 61 64
[WC] J Levine (USA) d B Reynolds (USA) 62 63
V Spadea (USA) vs R Kendrick (USA)

Doubles - First Round
[WC] M Baghdatis (CYP) / D Sela (ISR) vs I Kunitsyn (RUS) / M Safin (RUS)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

LA Tennis Open Main Draw

LA Tennis Open Main Draw

[1] Tommy HAAS (GER) - BYE
[WC] Jesse LEVINE (USA) vs Bobby REYNOLDS (USA)
Yen-Hsun LU (TPE) vs Ernests GULBIS (LAT)
[SE] Robby GINEPRI (USA) vs [8] Marat SAFIN (RUS)

[4] Dudi SELA (ISR) - BYE
Vincent SPADEA (USA) vs Robert KENDRICK (USA)
[WC] Taylor DENT (USA) vs QUALIFIER
Denis ISTOMIN (UZB) vs [6] Sam QUERREY (USA)

[7] Benjamin BECKER (GER) vs John ISNER (USA)
Frank DANCEVIC (CAN) vs Marcos BAGHDATIS (CYP)
QUALIFIER vs Marc GICQUEL (FRA)
BYE - [3] Dmitry TURSUNOV (RUS)

[5] Igor KUNITSYN (RUS) vs QUALIFIER
Leonardo MAYER (ARG) vs QUALIFIER
[WC] Chris GUCCIONE (AUS) vs Kevin KIM (USA)
BYE - [2] Mardy FISH (USA)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Exclusive Video: Juan martin del Potro Los Angeles Champion

Exclusive Video: Juan martin del Potro Los Angeles Champion

Thanks to Kai from Diego Junqueria Blog we have 2 exclusives video, for ATP mens Tennis and Juan Martin del Potro Blog, from Los angeles.
Kai went to the tournament almost the whole week and she took hundreds of pictures, that we will be posting here in a few day but now we have 2 videos.
The first one if the trophy ceremony and the second points between Juan Martin and Andy Roddick... check them out...