Showing posts with label The Hypo Group Tennis International 2008. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Hypo Group Tennis International 2008. Show all posts

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Nikolay Davydenko captures title in Austria

Nikolay Davydenko of Russia returns a ball to Juan Monaco of Argentina (not pictured) during their semi-final ATP Tennis match in Poertschach
Nikolay Davydenko captures title in Austria

Nikolay Davydenko made the most of his French Open tune-up, winning the title at the Hypo Group Tennis International on Saturday.

Ranked fourth in the world and top seed at this claycourt event, the Russian downed No. 2 Juan Monaco, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2, to claim his 13th career championship and second this season.

This marks the sixth career claycourt title for Davydenko, who is the fourth seed at the French Open, which begins Sunday. The 26-year-old, who earned $91,700 for Saturday’s victory, also claimed back-to-back titles here starting in 2005 and was a finalist in 2003.


In addition to running his record at this event to 23-4, Davydenko improved to 34-9 this season and trails only world No. 2 Rafael Nadal (37) in wins.

Coincidentally, Davydenko’s last title came in March at Miami where he beat Nadal in the championship match.

Monaco was the defending champion of this event and was bidding for his fourth career title. The world No. 14 has been to six finals in his career - all on clay.

This was his second final of 2008, though he was forced to retire from the championship match at Vina del Mar against Fernando Gonzalez in February due to an ankle injury.

A native of Argentina, Monaco fell to 4-17 lifetime against players ranked inside the top 10.

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The Hypo Group Tennis International 2008 Final Results: Davydenko Champion

Nikolay Davydenko of Russia holds his trophy after winning the final ATP Tennis match against Juan Monaco (not pictured) of Argentina in Poertschach
The Hypo Group Tennis International 2008 Final Results: Davydenko Champion

Nikolay Davydenko claimed his third The Hypo Group Tennis International Title after defeating Juan Monaco, defending champion, in 3 sets.

As you may know I'm from Argentina so I wanted Juan to win but he had a great tournament anyways and Davydenko is an excelente player, congratulations to both :)

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Singles - Final
[1] N Davydenko (RUS) d [2] J Monaco (ARG) 62 26 62

Doubles - Final
[1] M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) d [2] J Knowle (AUT) / J Melzer (AUT) 75 67(3) 13-11 - Saved 2 M.P.

Photo credit should read DANIEL RAUNIG/AFP/Getty Images

Friday, May 23, 2008

Juan Monaco Saves 3 M.P. to Set Up Davydenko Final in Poertschach

Juan Monaco
Juan Monaco Saves 3 M.P. to Set Up Davydenko Final in Poertschach

Second-seeded Argentine Juan Monaco took a step closer to defending his title at the Hypo Group Tennis International when he defeated No. 3 seed Ivan Ljubicic after a lengthy semifinal tussle 6-4, 6-7(4), 7-6(4).

Watched by Guillermo Vilas, Monaco battled back from a 3-5 deficit and three match points down in the third set to reach the final after 2hr., 54min. The victory avenges Monaco’s five set loss to Ljubicic at Roland Garros two years ago.

“It’s amazing. I don’t remember the last time that I won a match having been match point down,” said Monaco afterwards. “The thing that was very good for me today was that I never gave up; I always kept fighting all the time. In my mind I always think that I can win the match. I think it’s the best preparation for Paris.”


World No. 14 Monaco, who had to win two matches on Thursday to reach the semifinals, captured the title in Pörtschach last year, one of three ATP titles he won in 2007, with victory over Gael Monfils in the final. He also reached the quarterfinals (l. to Horna) on his debut in 2006.

The 24-year-old is through to his second ATP final of the season; he was forced to withdraw with injury before the match began from his first in Vina del Mar earlier in the season, where Fernando Gonzalez was crowned champion. Standing at 23-10 for the season, he has also been a semifinalist in Auckland (l. to Kohlschreiber) and a quarterfinalist in Valencia (l. to Almagro).

World No. 29 Ljubicic, who saved six match points in his dramatic quarterfinal victory over Daniel Gimeno-Traver on Thursday, was through to his third ATP semifinal of the season and was bidding for a place in his first ATP clay court final. He slips to 13-10 for the season.

In the final, he will face top-seeded Russian Nikolay Davydenko, who converted four of nine break points in defeating compatriot Igor Kunitsyn 6-3, 6-2 to reach his fourth final in Pörtschach. Davydenko also won their one previous ATP meeting in three sets on carpet in St. Petersburg four years ago.

The 26-year-old Davydenko is making his seventh appearance at the tournament and has a sparkling record, winning titles in 2005 (d. Melzer) and 2006 (d. Pavel) and finishing as runner-up in 2003 (l. to Roddick).

World No. 4 Davydenko is through to his third ATP final of the season, and his second on clay. He captured his second ATP Masters Series shield in Miami (d. Nadal) and retired against No. 1 Roger Federer in the Estoril final. He now stands at 33-9 for the season, second only to No. 2 Rafael Nadal, who leads the ATP circuit with 37 match wins.

Kunitsyn, currently No. 96 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, was through to his first ATP semifinal since 2006 St. Petersburg (l. to T. Johansson). He now slips to 0-2 lifetime against Top 10 players and to 6-5 for the season.


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AP Photo/ Kerstin Joensson

The Hypo Group Tennis International 2008 Friday Review

Juan Monaco and Nikolay Davydenko
The Hypo Group Tennis International 2008 Friday Review

After yesterday’s sunshine today’s semi-finals at the Hypo Group Tennis International 08, powered by bet-at-home-com, in Pörtschach were once again delayed a little bit by rainfall.

In the first match on the centre court the No 3 of the tournament, Ivan Ljubicic from Coratia, faced the No 2, title holder Juan Monaco (ARG). Regarding the ranking – 14 versus 29 – Monaco, who lives in Buenos Aires, had to count as favourite. This seemed to be affirmed during the first set. Even though took the lead by a break for 2:0 Monaco soon found back into the match and won by 6:4. In set two the Croat suddenly woke up and offered a tough fight – forcing a tie-breaker.

There Ivan Ljubicic once again, like in is quarter final against Daniel Gimeno-Traver, proved his nerves of steel. Thanks to his winning by 7:6(4) a decisive set became necessary. A set that couldn’t have been more dramatic. Ljubicic immediately broke his opponent and played superior serve games. At 5:3 (serve Monaco) he even had three match-points – but couldn’t end the match.
This brought the Argentinian back into the match who promptly re-broke for 5:5. In the final tie-breaker, characterised by many mini-breaks (10 overall) it was then indeed the title holder who was ahead by a nose, winning by 7:6(4). Thus Juan Monaco will face the winner of the Russian semi-final between Nikolay Davydenko – Igor Kunitsyn tomorrow.

A relieved Juan Monaco after the thriller: “It was a really nice game. We had a great fight. The match was an excellent preparation for Paris and I’m looking forward to the second final in Pörtschach in a row. But I’m a bit tired after yesterday’s and today’s matches. Therefore I’ll relax now, watching the second semi-final.”

A prominent guest had fevered along with his countryman Juan Monaco on the stands during the first semi-final – four-times Grand Slam winner (2 x Australian Open, 1 x French Open and US-Open) and uncrowned clay-court-king of the 1970s, Guillermo Vilas. Even more, the tennis legend from Argentina will play on the centre court tomorrow, Saturday. Under the motto “Legends and Hopefuls” the former No 2 in the world will play a double with Carinthian tennis hero Hans Kary and two young players, Patrick Ofner and Jason Peter Platzer.

Prior to this the doubles-final will take place on the centre court from 12.15 on. It will be followed by a 1-set-exhibition by Carinthian tennis talents Patrick Ofner (15 years) and Jason Peter Platzer (13 years). Then on to the appearance of the superstars: Guillermo Vilas will play a double on the side of Ofner versus Hans Kary and Platzer – which will not only guarantee high-class tennis but also a lot of fun. Finally – but not before 14.30 – the big singles-final of the Hypo Group Tennis International 08, presented by bet-at-home.com, will take place.

In the first double of the day on court 2 No 2-seeded Austrians Julian Knowle and Jürgen Melzer faced a countryman, Oliver Marach, and his partner Michal Mertinak from Slovakia. Somewhat surprisingly the Austrian-Slovak pairing won the first set by 6:3. But then the class of Melzer/Knowle, who are getting more and more comfortable in their renewed partnership, gained the upper hand and they took the next two sets by 6:3 and 10:8. Thus they have the chance to reach the final of Pörtschach in their semi-finals-match versus Robin Haase/Rogier Wassen (NED) in the late afternoon.



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The Hypo Group Tennis International 2008 Semifinals Results and 5/24 Order of Play

Juan Monaco
The Hypo Group Tennis International 2008 Semifinals Results and 5/24 Order of Play

Nikolay Davydenko, top seed, and Juan Monaco, second seed and defending champion, will meet in the final on Saturday.

Nikola Davydenko enjoyed a 2 set win over Kunitsyn whiel Juan Monac had a terrific battle with Ivan Ljubicic winning 7-6 in the thirs set.

This is the second final in a row for Juan Monaco and I hope he can take the title again :)

Check out all the results from the The Hypo Group Tennis International and Saturday Order of Play.


Friday, May 23, 2008

Singles - Semifinals
[2] J Monaco (ARG) [3] I Ljubicic (CRO) 64 67(4) 76(4)
[1] N Davydenko (RUS) d I Kunitsyn (RUS) 63 62

Doubles - Semifinals
[1] M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) d [WC] P Oswald (AUT) / J Scherrer (SUI) 63 67(18) 10-3
[2] J Knowle (AUT) / J Melzer (AUT) d R Haase (NED) / R Wassen (NED) 64 16 10-1

Doubles - Quarterfinals
[2] J Knowle (AUT) / J Melzer (AUT) d O Marach (AUT) / M Mertinak (SVK) 36 63 10-8



The Hypo Group Tennis International 2008 Saturday 5/24 Order of Play
Center court 12.00 noon

Marcelo Melo / Andre Sa vs Julian Knowle / Jurgen Melzer

Not Before 2.30 pm

Nikolay Davydenko vs Juan Monaco



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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Ivan Ljubicic Saves 6 M.P. to Set Up Monaco SF Clash

Ivan Ljubicic
Ivan Ljubicic Saves 6 M.P. to Set Up Monaco SF Clash

Third seed Ivan Ljubicic saved six match points and fired 15 aces as he defeated Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(6) to reach the semifinals of the Hypo Group Tennis International on Thursday.

The 29-year-old Ljubicic, who is making his fourth appearance at the event, is through to the semifinals for the first time; his previous best result was a quarterfinal finish (l. to Tabara) in 2001 when it was held in St. Poelten. It is the World No.29’s third ATP semifinal of the season, having finished as runner-up in Zagreb (l. to Stakhovsky) and reached the semifinals in Doha (l. to Wawrinka). He now improves to 13-9 for the season and will face second seed and defending champion Juan Monaco for a place in his first clay court final.


"I'm very happy that tomorrow I have the opportunity to [advance to] play my first clay-court final," said Ljubicic. "It's a fantastic opportunity for me to play matches, win some and, of course, gain points. I didn't play so well this season so every match to me is important, so I'll try to improve my ranking every day."

World No. 14 Monaco captured the title in Pörtschach last year, one of three ATP titles he won in 2007, with victory over Gael Monfils in the final; he also reached the quarterfinals (l. to Horna) on his debut in 2006. The 24-year-old is through to his third ATP semifinal of 2008; standing at 22-10 for the season he also finished runner-up at Vina del Mar (W/O vs Gonzalez) and reached the semifinals in Auckland (l. to Kohlschreiber).

Monaco had earlier eased into the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Jiri Vanek and afterwards, having played two matches in one day, commented: "I'm very happy, also I'm very tired. I don't remember the last time that I played two matches in one day but I'm so happy and I hope to stay playing like this to reach the final here in Pörtschach."

Looking ahead to the semifinal match-up with Ljubicic, Monaco said: "It's going to be difficult, very tough. He's a great player with a lot of experience. He's a great server also. I have played him one time (head-to-head) and I lost, in Paris two years ago. So it's a good time to play again."

Nikolay Davydenko, who is writing a blog for ATPtennis.com this week, also won two matches on Thursday. The two-time former champion and World No. 4 overcame big-serving American John Isner 6-2, 6-7(6), 6-3 in one hour and 58 minutes for a place in the quarterfinals. Isner struck 21 aces, but it was Davydenko who converted three of five break point opportunities to win. World No. 85 Isner dropped to 0-4 lifetime against Top 10 opponents.

Davydenko, who is making his seventh appearance at the event, has captured the title in 2005 (d. Melzer) and 2006 (d. Pavel) after finishing as runner-up in 2003 (l. to Roddick). The 26-year-old, who captured his second ATP Masters Series shield in Miami (d. Nadal) earlier in the season, improved to 32-9 on the season after beating Andreas Seppi 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 win in the last eight. It was the pair's fourth career meeting.

Sixth-seeded Italian Seppi had defeated Israeli 7-5, 6-1 earlier in the day. At a career-high ranking of No. 32, the 24-year-old Seppi was a semifinalist at last week’s ATP Masters Series Hamburg. It was Seppi’s first time past the second round in Pörtschach, having fallen at that stage on his debut last year.

Davydenko will meet Russian compatriot Igor Kunitsyn for the first time since 2004 St. Peterburg, after Kunitsyn also won two matches on Thursday.

The World No. 96 first beat Slovakian qualifier Blaz Kavcic 6-1, 6-4, then fought his way into his first ATP semifinal since 2006 St. Peterburg (l. to T. Johansson) after beating Austrian Jurgen Melzer - who celebrated his 27th birthday today - 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in two hours and 18 minutes.

Melzer, who finished runner-up in 2005, had earlier been presented a birthday cake after his 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 victory over eighth-seeded Dutchman Robin Haase.


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AP Photo/ Kerstin Joensson

The Hypo Group Tennis International 2008 Thursday Review

Juan Monaco
The Hypo Group Tennis International 2008 Thursday

Today, Thursday, it was double-pack-day at the 15th edition of the Hypo Group Tennis International 08, presented by bet-at-home.com, on the Werzer Arena in Pörtschach, since the players had to complete both their last-16-matches as well as their quarter-finals due to the delay the rain had caused in the beginning of the week.

It was a birthday child that started proceedings on the centre court for Jürgen Melzer, last Austrian still standing in the singles main draw, celebrated his 27th birthday. A celbration which his opponent, 21-year-old Dutch talent Robin Haase, obviously didn’t want to join in. But Melzer started into the first games of set 1 aggressively and focused – which was rewarded by an early break when Haase served a double fault at 30:40.


This made the man from Deutsch-Wagram even more self-confident which was proven by another break for 5:2. And even an immediate re-break by the man from the Hague didn’t ruffle Melzer: he broke again to win the first set by 6:3.

The second set didn’t start to the birthday child’s liking since Haase (ranking No 58) managed an early break for 2:1. But the current No 103 in the world overcame his short low and rebroke the Dutchman for 3:3. But then Melzer lost his serve by love and Haase served the set – despite an intermittent 15:40 – out by 6:4.

In the third set Jürgen Melzer presented himself with the best birthday present. Following a break for 3:1 he confirmed this by an impressive serve game while Haase seemed more and more unnerved. And Melzer even added a bonus: another break brought an overall victory by 6:3,4:6 and 6:2 after 1 hour 40 minutes. “I am very satisfied about the way I played. I already showed this in the first set and played even better in the third one. No matter the outcome of the quarter-final match, this day is already a good one”, said a content Jürgen Melzer.

In the third match on the centre court this afternoon, Jürgen Melzer will take on Igor Kunitsyn (RUS) who defeated Slovenian qualifier Blaz Klavcic in two straight sets by 6:1,6:4.

The second match on the centre court rather surprisingly also went over three sets. There the No 1 of the tournament, Nikolay Davydenko (RUS), faced the No 85 in the world, US-American John Isner. After it looked like a walk-through for the No 4 in the world after set 1 (Davydenko by 6:2) the 2,06 metres cannonball server from Greensboro, North Carolina, came back into the match and won the second set in the tie-breaker by 7:6(6). The third set was then decided by the greater experience of the Russian who broke Isner for 5:3 and finally served out the set for the overall score of 6:2,6:7(6) and 6:3.
After the match Nikolay Davydenko said: “It was incredibly hard to return his service. And Isner also scored a lot of aces. The rallies were very short which made it difficult for me. You have to try to stay constant in your game when playing someone like that. But three sets were a good preparation for Paris in any case.” In the quarter-finals, which is planned for late afternoon, the Russian will now play Italian Andreas Seppi won in two straight set by 7:5 and 6:1 over Dudi Sela (ISR).

Title holder Juan Monaco from Argentina has also reached the quarter-finals. The No 2 of the tournament didn’t have any trouble winning over Czech Jiri Vanek (No 92 in the world) by 6:2 and 6:2 on court 2.

In the quarter-finals he will face US-American Robby Ginepri who definitely had to toil harder to defeat Olivier Rochus from Belgium by 4:6,6:2 and 6:3 after 2 hours 11 minutes.

The suprisingly strong Austrian-Swiss double Philipp Oswald/Jean-Claude Scherrer continued its success-run and defeated US-American pair Scott Lipsky/David Martin by 7:6(3) and 6:3. In the semi-finals they will face No 1 seeded Brazilians Marcelo Melo/Andre Sa.

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The Hypo Group Tennis International 2008 Thursday Results and 5/23 Order of Play

Nikolay Davydenko
The Hypo Group Tennis International 2008 Thursday Results and 5/23 Order of Play

Nikolay Davydenko and Juan Mondaco, top seeds at The Hypo Group Tennis International had to play 2 matches today to be able to advance to the semifinals.

In the quarterfinals Davydenko defeated Seppi in 3 sets while Monaco defeated Robby Ginepri in 2 very close sets.

The other 2 players that made it into the semis in Autria are Ivan Ljubicic, who saved 6 match points against Gimeno-Traver, and Kunitsyn, who defeated local player Jurgen melzer.

Check out all the results from The Hypo Group Tennis International and the order of play for Friday.


Thursday, May 22, 2008

Singles - Quarterfinals
[1] N Davydenko (RUS) USA) d [6] A Seppi (ITA) 63 16 63
[2] J Monaco (ARG) d R Ginepri (USA) 75 76(3)
[3] I Ljubicic (CRO) d D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 63 46 76(6) - Saved 6 M.P.
I Kunitsyn (RUS) d J Melzer (AUT) 64 36 63

Singles - Second Round
[1] N Davydenko (RUS) d J Isner (USA) 62 67(6) 63
[2] J Monaco (ARG) d J Vanek (CZE) 62 62
[6] A Seppi (ITA) d D Sela (ISR) 75 61
J Melzer (AUT) d [8] R Haase (NED) 63 46 62
I Kunitsyn (RUS) d [Q] B Kavcic (SLO) 61 64
R Ginepri (USA) d O Rochus (BEL) 46 62 63

Doubles - Quarterfinals
[WC] P Oswald (AUT) / J Scherrer (SUI) d [3] S Lipsky (USA) / D Martin (USA) 76(3) 63
R Haase (NED) / R Wassen (NED) d S Roitman (ARG) / D Sela (ISR) 62 62

The Hypo Group Tennis International Friday Order of Play
Center court 12.45 pm

Ivan Ljubicic vs Juan Monaco
followed by
Nikolay Davydenko vs Igor Kunitsyn
followed by
Marcelo Melo / Andre Sa vs Philipp Oswald / Jean-Claude Scherrer
followed by
Robin Haase / Rogier Wassen vs [Oliver Marach / Michal Mertinak or Julian Knowle / Jurgen Melzer]


Court 2 1.00 pm

Oliver Marach / Michal Mertinal vs Julian Knowle / Jurgen Melzer


AP Photo/ Kerstin Joensson

Nikolay Davydenko Blog: Nikolay Braves Internet Central


Nikolay Davydenko Blog: Nikolay Braves Internet Central

Another day another blog from Nikolay Davydenko... check it out...

had another day off from matches today and with better weather I was able to practice outdoors for 90 minutes, then I headed to the gym, enjoyed the sauna and a swim. As I haven’t caught anything in three days I decided I shouldn't go fishing, but I did finally pick up my laundry! Fresh clothes were needed.

It really has been a relaxing day, but with Eduard and Philip here to practice with they put me through my paces. Eduard has been my coach since I was 11 years old and when I turned professional in 1999 he started travelling with me. I have never contemplated hiring another coach; Eduard understands me, my life and style of play. After all, he is a good player himself so it isn’t a case that he picks up tennis balls and gives advice. He hones his own game hitting with me. He’s been tremendously supportive in tennis and in life.


Tomorrow I might possible play two matches in a day. For sure it will be tough, because if I win I’ll be back on the court inside 90 minutes. The good thing is I’m confident and if I do play two matches it will stand me in good stead for five set matches at Roland Garros next week. Rolf, my physio, worked on my muscles again today and got me into fighting shape. He’s far better as a physio than he is on computers: I had to help him install a web cam on his Skype today.

I’m a big fan of social networking sites and keep in contact with my Russian friends and fellow players such as Marat Safin, Igor Andreev and Dmitry Tursunov. I have my own laptop and my wife Irina has her own too. We don’t have Internet in our hotel room, so each night the hotel lobby turns into one big Internet ‘café’ or a players lounge. All the players can be seen huddled together surfing the net, chatting to friends and generally having fun. It was the same in Hamburg too.

You might have heard that there’s a big soccer game on tonight. It’s the Champions League final, Manchester United versus Chelsea in Moscow. As a Russian, a compatriot of Roman Abramovich and a fan of Andriy Shevchenko I am hoping that Chelsea win. Fingers crossed they do!

Wish me luck tomorrow!

Nikolay

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Ivan Ljubicic Reaches quarterfinals in Austria

Mario Ancic
Ivan Ljubicic Reaches quarterfinals in Austria

Third-seeded Croatian Ivan Ljubicic booked his spot in the quarterfinals at the Hypo Group Tennis International on Wednesday with a 7-6(3), 6-4 victory over Spaniard Ivan Navarro. The 29-year-old Ljubicic is now through to his second quarterfinal at the event, having reached this stage in 2001 when it was held in St. Poelten.

It will be World No. 29 Ljubicic’s third ATP quarterfinal appearance of the season, having finished runner-up in Zagreb (l. to Stakhovsky) and reached the semifinals in Doha (l. to Wawrinka). He now improves to 12-9 for the year, while No. 122 Navarro, who won just his second ATP match of the season with his round one win, drops to 2-5.


World No. 97 Robby Ginepri saved two match points as he upset seventh-seeded Croatian Mario Ancic 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(8) in a first round match carried over from Sunday.

The victory snaps a three match-losing streaking for Ginepri and marks his first clay court victory of the year. The 25-year-old American began the year well, reaching three semifinals in Delray Beach (l. to Blake), San Jose (l. to Stepanek) and Las Vegas (l. to Anderson). However, since then he had won just one ATP-level match.

The 24-year-old Ancic, who was a quarterfinalist on his debut in Pörtschach in 2003 (l. to Sanchez), now slips to 18-8 for the season.

Ginepri now improves to 11-6 for the season and next faces Belgian Olivier Rochus, who defeated Polish qualifier Michal Przysiezny 6-2, 6-4.

Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver was the first player to advance to the quarterfinals after upsetting fifth-seeded American Sam Querrey 6-1, 6-3. It is the first time this season that the World No. 109 has reached an ATP quarterfinal; the 22-year-old improves to 6-4 for the season. World No. 41 Querrey captured his first ATP title in Las Vegas earlier in the season. He drops to 18-11.

Second-seeded Argentine and defending champion Juan Monaco progressed to the second round after his compatriot Carlos Berlocq was forced to retire with a right hamstring injury when trailing 7-6(7), 6-4.

Making his third appearance in Pörtschach, the 24-year-old Monaco reached the quarterfinals (l. to Horna) on his debut in 2006 before capturing the title on his second visit last year, defeating Gael Monfils in the final. Currently No. 14 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, Monaco was a runner-up at Vina del Mar (l. to Gonzalez) earlier in the season. He now improves to 20-10 for the season and faces Jiri Vanek next.

Eighth-seeded Dutchman Robin Haase progressed to the second round, serving eight aces and converting three of seven break points in defeating Argentine Sergio Roitman 7-6(7), 6-4 in 1hr., 33min. World No. 58 Haase, who is making his debut in Pörtschach, has reached four quarterfinals this season in Chennai, Rotterdam, Zagreb and Valencia. He now improves to 14-8 and next will face Jurgen Melzer.

Russian Igor Kunitsyn upset fourth-seeded American Mardy Fish in a first round clash carried over from Monday, firing six aces and converting five of six break point chances to win 6-1, 6-1 after 54 minutes.

World No. 96 Kunitsyn now improves to 4-4 for the season, his highlight being a quarterfinal appearance in Delray Beach (l. to Blake) in February. No. 39 Fish, who reached his second ATP Masters Series final in Indian Wells (l. to Djokovic) in March, now drops to 16-10 for the year.

In the second round, Kunitsyn will face Slovakian qualifier Blaz Kavcic, who battled from a set down to defeat Russian Teimuraz Gabashvili 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(3). It is the World No. 357’s first victory in an ATP main draw.


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The Hypo Group Tennis International 2008 Wednesday Review

Juan Monaco
The Hypo Group Tennis International 2008 Wednesday Review

On the fifth day. Wednesday, the Hypo Group Tennis International on the Werzer Arena in Pörtschach commenced punctually at 11.00, as scheduled, despite cloudy weather conditions.

The initial position for the first match on the centre court was obvious. On the one hand the favourite, No 2 of the tournament and title holder, Juan Monaco (ARG), on the other hand the No 83 in the world, his countryman Carlos Berlocq – who had only just lost to him this year at the Australian Open in three straight sets. But the match was finished even faster than one could have assumed. After Monaco had broken him twice and lead 4:1, Berlocq had to give up due to a thigh injury. Thus the titleholder reached the second round – almost – without resistance.


The following match on the centre court saw Croat Mario Ancic (ranking No 46), who had only returned to the tour in February following a stomach illness, challenge Robby Ginepri (No 97) from the USA. Favourite Ancic, No 7 in Pörtschach, broke Ginepri in the first set for 3:2 and subsequently served the set out for 6:4. The second set was mirror-inverted – this time around it was the man from Fort Lauderdale who broke the Croat, winning by 6:3. The third set then saw break and re-break before the tie-breaker had to decide. There Robby Ginepri proved to be the luckier one and won after fending off two match points by 10:8. Final result: 4:6, 6:3 and 7:6(8) for the US-American.

At the same time the match on court 1 between Sergio Roitman (ARG) and 21-year-old Dutch talent Robin Haase was of special interest from an Austrian perspective since the winner would meet Jürgen Melzer in the second round. The first set brought on the expected tough fight between the No 58 (Haase) and the No 86 (Roitman) which in the end saw Haase up front in the tie-breaker by 7:6(7). In set two one break was sufficient for the Dutchman to win by 6:4. Thus Robin Haase reached the second round by 7:6(7) and 6:4 where he will face the only Austrian still in the tournament, Jürgen Melzer.

Another match on court 1 between the No 9 of the tournament, Mardy Fish (USA) and Russian Igor Kunitsyn, currently ranking No 96, went by rather swift, on the other hand. But the outcome was contrary to what the ranking would have one expect. Kunitsyn literally sweeped the US-American off the court at his Pörtschach debut. Final result: 6:1, 6:1.

The match on court 2 between Blaz Kavcic (SLO) who had fought his way through the qualification into the main draw, thereby defeating Nico Reissig from Salzburg, and Teimuraz Gabashvilil from Russia, No 125 in the ranking. While Gabashvili, 232 places ahead in the ranking, won the first set by 6:4, the Slovenian fought his way back into the match and equaled the score by 6:4. The third set then once again saw a fierce fight that went into the tie-breaker which the outsider, Blaz Kavcic, won rather surprisingly and therefore also the match by 4:6, 6:4 and 7:6(3).

The match on court TB saw a tough fight in the first set between Mischa Zverev from Germany and Israeli Dudi Sela, which the man from Kiryat Shmonna finally won in the tie-breaker by 7:6(2). In the second set the German then virtually went under and didn’t stand a chance. Thus Dudi Sela reached the second round by 7:6(2) and 6:0.

Tomorrow, Thursday, will be a day of superlatives at the Hypo Group Tennis International 08, presented by bet-at-home.com, in Pörtschach. From 11.00 – also live on ORF 1 and Sport plus – Austria’s hope Jürgen Melzer will challenge Dutchman Robin Haase for the entry into round three. This will be followed by the match of the No 1 of the tournament, Nikolay Davydenko, against John Isner (USA). And after another quarter-finals match the participants of which have yet to be decided, one can see the second part of the double feature: should both Melzer and Davydenko have won their matches they will appear once more on the centre court – in their quarter-final matches.

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The Hypo Group Tennis International 2008 Wednesday Results and 5/22 Order of Play

Juan Monaco
The Hypo Group Tennis International 2008 Wednesday Results and 5/22 Order of Play

Finally the rain have the players a break in Austria.
Today all the matches were complete and tomorrow some players will have to play 2 matches if they win the first one.

Juan Monaco, defending champion and second seed, spent very little time on court because his opponent, Carlos Berlocq, had to retired during the first set.

Mardy Fish, 4ths eed, and Mario Ancic, 7th seed, failed to advanced to the second round.
Ancic was waiting since Sunday to play but when he took the court he had to battle really had and even he had 2 match points he lost to Ginepri in 3 sets.

Ivan Ljubicic, 3rd seed, score a 2 set win over Navarro and made it into the quarterfinals. Sam Querrey, 5th seed, who was playing the second round match today like Ljubicic, failed to Gimeno-Traver from Spain.

Check out all the results from the The Hypo Group Tennis International and the order of play for Thursday.


Singles - Second Round
D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) d [5] S Querrey (USA) 61 63
[3] I Ljubicic (CRO) d I Navarro (ESP) 76(3) 64

Singles - First Round
[2] J Monaco (ARG) d C Berlocq (ARG) 41 ret. (right hamstring)
I Kunitsyn (RUS) d [4] M Fish (USA) 61 61
R Ginepri (USA) d [7] M Ancic (CRO) 46 63 76(8) - saved 2 M.P.
[8] R Haase (NED) d S Roitman (ARG) 76(7) 64
D Sela (ISR) d M Zverev (GER) 76(2) 60
[Q] B Kavcic (SLO) d T Gabashvili (RUS) 46 64 76(3)
O Rochus (BEL) d [Q] M Przysiezny (POL) 62 64

Doubles - Quarterfinals
[1] M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) d C Haggard (RSA) / L Zovko (CRO) 61 76(4)

Doubles - First Round
[2] J Knowle (AUT) / J Melzer (AUT) d T Parrott (USA) / F Polasek (SVK) 67(5) 64 10-8
[3] S Lipsky (USA) / D Martin (USA) d M Fish (USA) / R Ginepri (USA) 57 63 10-7
R Haase (NED) / R Wassen (NED) d [4] S Ratiwatana (THA) / S Ratiwatana (THA) 67(0) 63 10-5
O Marach (AUT) / M Mertinak (SVK) d D Young (USA) / M Zverev (GER) 63 62
S Roitman (ARG) / D Sela (ISR) d E Butorac (USA) / A Fisher (AUS) 64 16 10-7
[WC] P Oswald (AUT) / J Scherrer (SUI) d J Isner (USA) / S Querrey (USA) 62 62


Center Court
Jurgen MELZER (AUT) vs Robin HAASE (NED)
Nikolay DAVYDENKO (RUS) vs John ISNER (USA)
Igor KUNITSYN (RUS) or Blaz KAVCIC (SLO) vs Jurgen MELZER (AUT) or Robin HAASE (NED)
Nikolay DAVYDENKO (RUS) or John ISNER (USA) vs Dudi SELA (ISR) or Andreas SEPPI (ITA)

Court 1
Robby GINEPRI (USA) vs Olivier ROCHUS (BEL)
Dudi SELA (ISR) vs Andreas SEPPI (ITA)
Daniel GIMENO-TRAVER (ESP) vs Ivan LJUBICIC (CRO)

Court 2
Jiri VANEK (CZE) vs Juan MONACO (ARG)
Not Before 3pm
Robby GINEPRI (USA) or Olivier ROCHUS (BEL) vs Jiri VANEK (CZE) or Juan MONACO (ARG)


TB Court
Igor KUNITSYN (RUS) vs Blaz KAVCIC (SLO)
Oliver MARACH (AUT)/Michal MERTINAK (SVK) vs Travis PARROTT (USA)/Filip POLASEK (SVK) or Julian KNOWLE (AUT)/Jurgen MELZER (AUT)

Eric BUTORAC (USA)/Ashley FISHER (AUS) or Sergio ROITMAN (ARG)/Dudi SELA (ISR) vs Robin HAASE (NED)/Rogier WASSEN (NED) or Sanchai RATIWATANA (THA)/Sonchat RATIWATANA (THA)

Scott LIPSKY (USA)/David MARTIN (USA) or Mardy FISH (USA)/Robby GINEPRI (USA)vs John ISNER (USA)/Sam QUERREY (USA) or Philipp OSWALD (AUT)/Jean-Claude SCHERRER (SUI)


AP Photo/Fabian Bimmer

Nikolay Davydenko's Hook, Line and Nose!


Nikolay Davydenko's Hook, Line and Nose!
Blog Post May 20th

It might have been raining from the time I woke up until 5pm, but it wasn’t frustrating for me. On my day off, I got to train at the gym for one hour and practice on an indoor court for 90 minutes. For the players competing today, it was terrible… and a terrible day for fishing!

Yes, you’ve guessed it; I’ve been out on the lake again today and caught absolutely nothing! I blame it on the weather. I promise you it hasn’t always been that way. I once caught my father, Vladimir’s, nose with my hook, when casting the rod, at the age of six. There wasn’t any blood, but I cried because I was so scared! My mother and brother thought the whole incident was hilarious.


You see my father has always enjoyed leisurely pursuits and at the age of 59 he likes to relax and watch Russian television programmes. He worked in a factory until 10 years ago. He certainly is different to my mother, Tatjana, who lives her life at 500 miles per hour, never sits down for five minutes and - if you ever visit Portschach – could be your tour guide. In the three days we’ve been here, she has walked around every street and visited every historical monument. She has so much energy.

This week is quite unique to have my whole family here, so I haven’t spent a great deal of time on-site socializing with the players in the lounge and playing card games etc. Tonight we went to an Austrian restaurant. Although I haven’t signed many autographs this week, as Portschach is very, very quiet, I did hear the restaurant owner ringing up his friends and perhaps rival eateries to say he had “Davydenko in his restaurant.” The other funny thing that has happened during my short stay here is that half the people I talk to have asked me about the house I have supposedly bought in Portschach. Yes, it is a lovely and quiet place to be, but I can hand-on-heart say that I haven’t bought any property here.

Normally today I would have watched John Isner, my next opponent, compete but due to the weather I was unable to. We won’t be meeting until Thursday, so I’ll have another practice with Eduard and Philip before I face the big-serving American. I’m in a confident mood right now and well remember my win over John at Indian Wells in March. Like my dad, I’ve had a relaxing day today, so I am hoping the sky clears and I can practice outdoors tomorrow.

Nikolay

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Photo © Nikolay Davydenko


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Nikolay Davydenko Blog: What's Beneath Nikolay's Bathrobe?

Nikolay DavydenkoNikolay Davydenko


Nikolay Davydenko Blog: What's Beneath Nikolay's Bathrobe?
May 19th 2008 - From Hypo Group Tennis International

I've been enjoying the spas at the tournament hotel here in Austria, but I must say they do things a lot differently than in Russia. Back at home they separate the men and women, but here not only do men and women take spas together, many of the hotel guests don't have anything on beneath their robes. Which all makes for some interesting sites. At times it's like watching the Playboy channel. Some of the guests don't like the idea of us wearing shorts, but I'm not ready to adopt all the local customs just yet!


Call me conservative, but I am just not ready to bare all at this point. As you can tell in this photograph (which shows Eduard, his wife, Philip and me) we all have something underneath, and that's the way it's going to stay! This foot spa is one of four or five spas we have to choose from. It's very relaxing.

Today I won my first-round match and after that I did half an hour with my German fitness trainer Rolf Shaaf. It's a great situation because with Rolf (pictured left) I have a fitness trainer and physiotherapist - who can give massage - all rolled into one. We started working together last year and he is with me around the time of Grand Slams and Masters Series. He's a funny guy and also a good friend.

After that I had a rest and then practised for one hour with Eduard and Philip. So no time for fishing today :(

Nikolay

photos © Nikolay Davydenko


Ivan Ljubicic Battles Through in Poertschach

Ivan Ljubicic
Ivan Ljubicic Battles Through in Poertschach

No. 3 seed Ivan Ljubicic (pictured) battled into the second round of the Hypo Group Tennis International, recovering from a set down to defeat Czech qualifier Jan Hajek 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 after a rain delayed start in Pörtschach on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old Croatian fired 12 aces and converted all four break point opportunities he had in sealing his third victory on clay (3-3) this season in 1hr., 37min.

World No. 29 Ljubicic now improves to 11-9 for the season. He was a finalist in Zagreb (l. to Stakhovsky), and also reached the semifinals in Doha (l. to Wawrinka). He is making his fourth appearance at this event and reached the quarterfinals in 2001 when it was held in St. Poelten.


John Isner also advanced on Tuesday, firing 11 aces as he defeated Italian qualifier Simone Vagnozzi 6-3, 6-2. It was the World No. 85’s first ATP victory on clay this season. The American, who was a San Jose quarterfinalist (l. to Garcia-Lopez) earlier in the year, next will face top seed Nikolay Davydenko.

Isner’s compatriot Sam Querrey completed his rain-interrupted match from Tuesday against Austrian Oliver Marach. Play resumed with Querrey trailing 3-6, 5-3, but the 20-year-old was able to fight back, firing 11 aces in total to claim the 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory.

It is World No. 41 Querrey’s first victory in Pörtschach, having lost first round to Gael Monfils on his debut last year. Standing at 18-10 for the season, Querrey has enjoyed success in the first part of the year, highlighted by capturing his first ATP title in Las Vegas (d. Anderson), reaching the semifinals in Delray Beach (l. to Nishikori) and finishing as a quarterfinalist at Masters Series Monte-Carlo (l. to Djokovic).

With the start of play having been so delayed by rain, the remaining matches could not be played due to darkness.


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The Hypo Group Tennis International 2008 Tuesday Results and 5/21 Order of Play

Ivan Ljubicic
The Hypo Group Tennis International 2008 Tuesday Results and 5/21 Order of Play

Things are not looking very good at the The Hypo Group Tennis International.
Very few matches were completed on Tuesday because of the rain and I read that it may be rainy until Thursday.

Three matches from the first round were finished today. Ivan Ljubicic scored a 3 set win. Isner and Sam Querrey were victorious as well.

Let's hope that tomorrow they will have a nice day to be able to catch up because they are getting a little behind the schedule...

Check out the scores from the The Hypo Group Tennis International and Wednesday Order of Play.


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Singles - First Round
[3] I Ljubicic (CRO) 46 60 63
J Isner (USA) d [Q] S Vagnozzi (ITA) 63 62
[5] S Querrey (USA) d [WC] O Marach (AUT) 36 64 64
C Berlocq (ARG) vs [2] J Monaco (ARG) - postponed due to darkness
[4] M Fish (USA) vs I Kunitsyn (RUS) - postponed due to darkness
[7] M Ancic (CRO) vs R Ginepri (USA) - postponed due to darkness
S Roitman (ARG) vs [8] R Haase (NED) - postponed due to darkness
M Zverev (GER) vs D Sela (ISR) 56 - postponed due to darkness
O Rochus (BEL) vs [Q] M Przysiezny (POL) - postponed due to darkness
T Gabashvili (RUS) vs [Q] B Kavcic (SLO) - postponed due to darkness

Doubles - First Round
R Haase (NED) / R Wassen (NED) vs [4] S Ratiwatana (THA) / S Ratiwatana (THA) - postponed due to darkness
J Isner (USA) / S Querrey (USA) vs [WC] P Oswald (AUT) / J Scherrer (SUI) - postponed due to darkness
E Butorac (USA) / A Fisher (AUS) vs S Roitman (ARG) / D Sela (ISR) - postponed due to darkness

The Hypo Group Tennis International Wednesday 5/21 Order of Play

Center Court - Matches Start At: 11:00 AM Local time
Carlos BERLOCQ (ARG) vs Juan MONACO (ARG)
Not Before 12:45pm
Mario ANCIC (CRO) vs Robby GINEPRI (USA)
Ivan NAVARRO (ESP) vs Ivan LJUBICIC (CRO)
Travis PARROTT (USA)/Filip POLASEK (SVK) vs Julian KNOWLE (AUT)/Jurgen MELZER (AUT)

Court 1
Mardy FISH (USA) vs Igor KUNITSYN (RUS)
Sergio ROITMAN (ARG) vs Robin HAASE (NED)
Sam QUERREY (USA) vs Daniel GIMENO-TRAVER (ESP)
Scott LIPSKY (USA)/David MARTIN (USA) vs Mardy FISH (USA)/Robby GINEPRI (USA)
Not Before 6pm
Possible Court Change
John ISNER (USA)/Sam QUERREY (USA) vs Philipp OSWALD (AUT)/Jean-Claude SCHERRER (SUI)

Court 2
Teimuraz GABASHVILI (RUS) vs Blaz KAVCIC (SLO)
Olivier ROCHUS (BEL) vs Michal PRZYSIEZNY (POL)
Marcelo MELO (BRA)/Andre SA (BRA) vs Chris HAGGARD (RSA)/Lovro ZOVKO (CRO)
Robin HAASE (NED)/Rogier WASSEN (NED) vs Sanchai RATIWATANA (THA)/Sonchat RATIWATANA (THA)

TB Court
Mischa ZVEREV (GER) vs Dudi SELA (ISR)
Not Before 2pm
Oliver MARACH (AUT)/Michal MERTINAK (SVK) vs Donald YOUNG (USA)/Mischa ZVEREV (GER)
Eric BUTORAC (USA)/Ashley FISHER (AUS) vs Sergio ROITMAN (ARG)/Dudi SELA (ISR)




AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca




Nikolay Davydenko Blogs from The Hypo Group Tennis International

Nikolay Davydenko
Nikolay Davydenko Blogs from The Hypo Group Tennis International

Nikolay Davydenko, world number 4, is playing this week at The Hypo Group Tennis International, Poertschach, Austria.

In his first post Nikolay talks about why he likes to play in Poertschach, when he arrived and with who... he also post a funny picture of himself fishing ...

This is not the first time Davydenko makes the ATP Blog he did it in 2006 as well so let's see what Nikolay has to say in his first post shall we???.....


Hello again! Welcome to my blog from the Hypo Group International in Pörtschach, Austria. It sure seems a long time since I last blogged from Beijing in September 2006.

I arrived in Pörtschach with my wife, Irina, and other family members on Saturday afternoon after a four-hour trip from Cologne. I first played at the tournament in 2002, when it was contested in St. Pölten, and have returned every year since because I like the atmosphere. The town is very small and quiet, the hotel is within walking distance from the stadium and it really provides perfect preparation for Roland Garros. I’ve also been lucky to pick up a couple of titles here!

My confidence has definitely been fuelled this year by big wins such as at Masters Series Miami in March, and it has been tremendous that Irina, my nephew Philip and brother and coach Eduard have been able to travel with me during the season. Philip is 15 years old and unfortunately lost in qualifying for the event on Saturday, but he has helped me prepare for many tournaments this year, icnluding Indian Wells, Miami and Estoril. This has also helped him get a sense of playing on the ATP circuit. It will stand him in good stead in future years.

Eduard and I practiced for 30 minutes on Saturday before rain spoiled our preparations. We trained again today for only 10 minutes outdoors before running for the indoor courts. After two hours we decided to try our hand at fishing – I was mucking around a little when I tried on my father’s glasses. I just wanted to see what I looked like. We didn’t have any luck and after one hour returned to the club for further practice. With variable conditions, particularly as this time of the year, it can dent your confidence if you play in windy or damp conditions. This week the aim is to win matches and arrive in Paris feeling good about my preparations.

Tonight I’ll take the family to an Austrian restaurant for dinner in the nearby town. It’s been raining so much since I have been here that I apologize for not writing a great deal about what I have been up to in this first blog.

Nikolay


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Photo © Nikolay Davydenko




Monday, May 19, 2008

Nikolay Davydenko and Jurgen Melzer Advance in Austria

Nikolay Davydenko
Nikolay Davydenko and Jurgen Melzer Advance in Austria

Top-seeded Russian Nikolay Davydenko knocked out Austrian wild card Rainer Eitzinger 6-1, 6-1 in just 59 minutes Monday, to take his place in the Hypo Group Tennis International second round.

Davydenko hit three aces, won 31 of 43 service points and coverted five of eight break point opportunities. The World No. 4 is making his seventh appearance at the tournament as has a stellar record with titles coming in 2005 (d. Melzer) and 2006 (d. Pavel), with a runner-up finish in 2003 (l. to Roddick).

Eitzinger, currently No. 268 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, drops to 0-2 lifetime against Top 10 players after losing to David Nalbandian at Vienna in 2005. The Stans resident was contesting his second ATP-level match of the year.


Last week's ATP Masters Series Hamburg semifinalist, Andreas Seppi, the Italian No. 6 seed, who is a career-high No. 32, came through a tricky opening match against Latvian Ernests Gulbis 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 in one hour and 41 minutes. Gulbis, who won seven more points than Seppi, hit nine aces, won 80 per cent of points on first serve.

Austrian Jurgen Melzer, the 2005 runner-up, knocked out American teenager Donald Young 7-5, 6-2 Monday for a place in the Hypo Group Tennis International second round.

Melzer converted six of 16 break point opportunities against the World No. 81, who has won back-to-back matches on the ATP circuit at Memphis and Indian Wells this season. The 26-year-old Melzer, who is making his eighth appearance at the event, lost to Russian Nikolay Davydenko in the final three years ago. He was also a semifinalist in 2004 (l. to Malisse) and twice a quarterfinalist in 2002 (l. to Lapentti) and 2006 (l. to Novak).

Spaniard Ivan Navarro recorded his first ATP win since Delray Beach in February, after defeating American World No. 108 Vince Spadea 6-4, 6-4 in 80 minutes.

Jiri Vanek, who reached the Estoril quarterfinals (l. to Gremelmayr) earlier in the 2008 European clay-court season, beat Dutch wild card Martin Verkerk 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 in one hour and 52 minutes. Verkerk was competing at his first ATP tournament since 2007 Roland Garros. The 29-year-old is winless on the ATP circuit since capturing his second ATP career title at Amersfoort in July 2004 (d. Gonzalez). He underwent right shoulder surgery in October 2004.


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The Hypo Group Tennis International 2008 Monday Results and 5/20 Order of Play

Jurgen Melzer
The Hypo Group Tennis International 2008 Monday Results and 5/20 Order of Play

It was another rainy day at the The Hypo Group Tennis International but today some matches were able to be completed only 3 first round singles matches and 1 doubles match were posponed due to rain.

Nikolay Davydenko, top seed, waisted no time and defeated wild card, Eitzinger, with a doubles 6-1.
Andres Seppi, recent Hamburg Master Series semifinalist, had to battle during 3 set to get passed Gulbis.

Local player, Jurgen Melzer, made it inot the second round with a win over Donald Young.

Mario Ancic's match was posponed again (he was suposted to play on Sunday) because of the rain.

Check out all the scores from The Hypo Group Tennis International and the order of play for May 20th.


Singles - First Round
[1] N Davydenko (RUS) d [WC] R Eitzinger (AUT) 61 61
[6] A Seppi (ITA) d E Gulbis (LAT) 16 64 63
J Melzer (AUT) d D Young (USA) 75 62
J Vanek (CZE) d [WC] M Verkerk (NED) 75 46 62
I Navarro (ESP) d V Spadea (USA) 64 64
D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) d W Eschauer (AUT) 64 62
[5] S Querrey (USA) vs [WC] O Marach (AUT) 36 53 - postponed due to rain
M Zverev (GER) vs D Sela (ISR) 56 - postponed due to rain
[7] M Ancic (CRO) vs R Ginepri (USA) - postponed due to rain

Doubles - First Round
C Haggard (RSA) / L Zovko (CRO) d P Pala (CZE) / J Vanek (CZE) 62 57 10-7
[1] M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) d [WC] R Eitzinger (AUT) / A Sandbichler (AUT) 63 31 ret. (Sandbichler - shoulder)
R Haase (NED) / R Wassen (NED) vs [4] S Ratiwatana (THA) / S Ratiwatana (THA) M Zverev (GER) vs D Sela (ISR) - postponed due to rain



The Hypo Group Tennis International 2008 Tuesday 5/20 Order of Play

Center Court 11.00 am

Jan HAJEK (CZE) vs Ivan LJUBICIC (CRO)
Not Before 12.45 pm
(to be finished 36 53)
Sam QUERREY (USA) vs Oliver MARACH (AUT)
followed by
Mario ANCIC (CRO) vs Robby GINEPRI (USA)
followed by
Mardy FISH (USA) vs Igor KUNITSYN (RUS)


Court 1 11.00 am

Sergio ROITMAN (ARG) vs Robin HAASE (NED)
followed by
(to be finished 56)
Mischa ZVEREV (GER) vs Dudi SELA (ISR)
followed by
Olivier ROCHUS (BEL) vs Michal PRZYSIEZNY (POL)
followed by
Teimuraz GABASHVILI (RUS) vs Blaz KAVCIC (SLO)


Court 2 11.00 am

Simone VAGNOZZI (ITA) vs John ISNER (USA)
followed by
Carlos BERLOCQ (ARG) vs Juan MONACO (ARG)
followed by
Robin HAASE (NED) / Rogier WASSEN (NED) vs Sanchai RATIWATANA (THA) / Sonchat RATIWATANA (THA)
followed by
John ISNER (USA) / Sam QUERREY (USA) vs Philipp OSWALD (AUT) / Jean-Claude SCHERRER (SUI)


Court TB (Not Before 3.00 pm)

Eric BUTORAC (USA) / Ashley FISHER (AUS) vs Sergio ROITMAN (ARG) / Dudi SELA (ISR)
AP Photo/ Kerstin Joensson

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Tomorrow will be “Super Monday” in Pörtschach: all four Austrians – Melzer, Marach, Eitzinger and Eschauer – will compete

Tomorrow will be “Super Monday” in Pörtschach: all four Austrians – Melzer, Marach, Eitzinger and Eschauer – will compete

The second day of the 15th edition of the Hypo Group Tennis International, presented by bet-at-home.com, on the Werzer Arena in Pörtschach started with a delay. The whole morning heavy rain made playing tennis impossible. But at about 13.30 the weather gods showed mercy and an hour later the tournament day started with the third qualification round.

The first match on the centre court saw 19-year-old tennis talent Nico Reissig from Salzburg play against Slovak Blaz Kavcic, two years his elder. But the number 366 proved too big an obstacle for the Austrian No 1188 in the world and the result was a disappointing 2:6 and 0:6 defeat.

That doesn’t change the fact of the “Super Monday” from an Austrian point of view. For tomorrow, Monday, no less than four Austrians will take up their racket on the Werzer Tennis Facilities from 13.00 on.

The beginning will be made by Jürgen Melzer who will play talented US-American Donald Young. Following this, the second Austrian, Tyrolean Rainer Eitzinger, will face an almost unsurmountable obstacle: the No 1 of the tournament and No 4 in the world, Nikolay Davydenko (Rus). Oliver Marach from Graz will then be given an almost equally difficult task, having to play against 20-year-old Sam Querrey from the USA, No 38 in the ranking.

The final single match of the “Super Monday” on the centre court will see the No 3 of the Hypo Group Tennis International 08, cannonball-server Ivan Ljubicic from Croatia, playing versus a qualifier – a hurdle that shouldn’t prove too high. The fourth Austrian on this “Super Monday”, Werner Eschauer from Hollenstein, will meet an opponent of equal strength in Daniel Gimeno-Traver (Spa), which should offer him a fair chance to reach the second round.

Tomorrow, Monday, will also see the start of the free-ticket-special “Free Warm-Up for Semi-Finals and Final”. Each adult who buys a ticket for the semi-finals or the finals during the tournament week on Moday, Tuesday or Wednesday on the spot at the counter in Pörtschach will receive a free ticket for the respective day to watch the matches. Thus the tennis fan not only saves 25 Euro but also gets a “double feature” of exciting tennis action.

Should the two remaining matches scheduled for the centre court and the still open qualification matches be cancelled due to the currently heavy rain, it would be possible that the matches tomorrow will already start at 10.00. For more information please see the Order of Play which will be sent out this evening.

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