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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Ivo Karlovic beats Verdasco to retain Nottingham title

Ivo Karlovic
Ivo Karlovic beats Verdasco to retain Nottingham title

Croatian Ivo Karlovic won the Nottingham Open for the second successive year on Saturday, beating Spain’s Fernando Verdasco 7-5 6-7 7-6 in a closely-fought final.

The match was moved indoors after heavy rain made play impossible on the outdoor grass.

Serving dominated the final and in the first set the only break of serve came in the 12th game.
Third seed Verdasco had the upper hand in the second set, producing powerful and accurate serves to keep Karlovic at bay and winning the tiebreak 7-4.


After an exchange of breaks in the deciding set, the title came down to another tiebreak. A double fault from world number 21 Verdasco at 8-8 gave fourth seed Karlovic the opportunity to seal victory.

“It was difficult, he was playing really well,” Karlovic told a news conference. “It just came down to one or two points. It was a close match. I’m very happy to have won here and I can go to Wimbledon with confidence.”

The 2.08-metre Karlovic faces German Simon Stadler in the first round at Wimbledon, which starts on Monday.

From next year, the Nottingham ATP tournament event will be combined with the women’s event in the southern English seaside resort of Eastbourne.

(Writing by Clare Fallon in Eastbourne, Editing by Justin Palmer)


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Friday, June 20, 2008

Defending Champion Karlovic, Verdasco Reach Final

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Defending Champion Karlovic, Verdasco Reach Final

No. 4 seed and defending champion Ivo Karlovic advanced to the final of The Slazenger Open with a tight 7-6(4), 7-6(4) win against eighth-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils in Nottingham on Friday.

While both players managed two breaks of serve apiece, Karlovic fired 11 aces and won 77% of points behind his serve to avenge his straight sets loss to Monfils at Masters Series Monte-Carlo in April.

Monfils, currently No. 32 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, was playing in his first tournament since reaching the semifinals at Roland Garros (l. to Federer). He was looking to reach his sixth ATP final and now drops to a 13-9 season record.


The 29-year-old Karlovic is now through to his sixth ATP final; his most recent title came in Stockholm in October last year (d. T. Johansson) and his overall record stands at 3-2.

"I'm pleased that I'm in the final and also with the way I was playing, I was pretty happy," said Karlovic.

World No. 22 Karlovic, who was a quarterfinalist at Queen’s Club last week (l. to Nadal in three tie-break sets), now improves to an 11-1 lifetime record in Nottingham after recording his 30th (30-14) victory on grass. He captured the title last year with victory over Arnaud Clement in the final.

The 6’10’’ Croat has served 72 aces this week, including 27 in his second round win against Sam Querrey, to take his season total to a circuit-best 519.

In the final, Karlovic will face third-seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, who dismissed the prospect of an all-Croatian final by cruising past Marin Cilic to reach his first grass court final with a 6-3, 6-1 victory. Karlovic and Verdasco have met twice before; their two previous meetings came on hard court with Verdasco winning at ATP Masters Series Indian Wells in 2006 and Karlovic leveling their series with a win at ATP Masters Series Paris last year.


"Tomorrow I have a very tough opponent and I will try to do my best and try to return his serves but it's not easy," conceded Verdasco. "I know that he will serve and volley and he will go to the net everytime he can and I need to be prepared to play short points and be very fast."

Verdasco, who achieved a career-high ranking of No. 20 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings last week (currently No. 21), is through to his fifth ATP final and has a 1-3 record; his lone title victory came in Valencia 2004 (d. Montanes).

The 24-year-old, who reached the Wimbledon fourth round in 2006 (l. to Stepanek), improves to 18-11 on grass. This season his best results have come on clay, reaching the quarterfinals at Valencia (l. to Ferrer) and Masters Series Hamburg (l. to Federer).

"It's impossible to be in a mood other than happy," said Verdasco. "For Spanish players it's special for us to be in the finals on grass. I think we are getting better on these kind of courts."

Nottingham debutant Cilic, who was a semifinalist in Chennai (l. to Youzhny) at the beginning of the season, drops to a 17-16 match record in 2008. The 19-year-old, who defeated No. 2 seed Paul-Henri Mathieu in the first round this week, was looking to reach his first ATP final.



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Nottingham The Slazenger Open Semifinal Scores and June 21 Order of Play

Ivo Karlovic
Nottingham The Slazenger Open Semifinal Scores and June 21 Order of Play

The Slazenger Open final will be played between Ivo Karlovic and Fernando Verdasco. It looks like the spaniards are getting better on grass, first Nadal wins the title in Queens and this week Verdasco and Ferrer (at Ordina Open) are in the final :)

Singles - Semifinals
[4] I Karlovic (CRO) d [8] G Monfils (FRA) 76(4) 76(4)
[3] F Verdasco (ESP) d M Cilic (CRO) 63 61

Doubles - Semifinals
[4] B Soares (BRA) / K Ullyett (ZIM) d P Hanley (AUS) / T Perry (AUS) 64 64
[3] M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) vs [2] J Coetzee (RSA) / J Murray (GBR)

Saturday June 21 Order of Play
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Ivo Karlovic advances to Nottingham finals

Gael Monfils
Ivo Karlovic advances to Nottingham finals

Ivo Karlovic, defending champion, advanced to the final of the Nottingham Open today with a 2 close sets win over Gael Monfils. The score was 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4).

Karlovic, who fired 11 aces, and Monfils lost their serve 2 times during the match.
The Slazenger Open is one of the warmup tournaments for Wimbledon.

Ivo Karlovic will face the winner of Fthe other semifinal between Fernando Verdasco, third seed, and Marin Cilic.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Ivo Karlovic and Gael Monfils Fire into Semifinal at Nottingham

Ivo Karlovic
Ivo Karlovic and Gael Monfils Fire into Semifinal at Nottingham

Fourth-seeded Croatian Ivo Karlovic continued his title defense at The Slazenger Open on Thursday, after defeating No. 7 seed Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in one hour and 51 minutes. The 29-year-old Karlovic, who entered the Nottingham grass-court tournament with 447 aces from 29 matches this year, has now hit a further 61 aces in three matches en route to the semifinals.

Karlovic improved to 17-15 on the season, highlighted by a semifinal run at Rotterdam in February (l. to Llodra) and quarterfinal finish last week at Queen’s Club (l. to Nadal). The 6’10” Croat has a 10-1 lifetime record in Nottingham. Last year he beat Frenchman Arnaud Clement for the title. Karlovic has a 29-14 career mark on grass courts.


Seppi, who had previously beaten the 6’10” Croatian at Barcelona in 2007, dropped to 19-17 on the season. The World No. 30 achieved a career-best ATP Masters Series showing last month in Hamburg by reaching the semifinals (l. to Federer) and followed it up with a quarterfinal performance at Poertschach (l. to Davydenko). Two years ago, the 24-year-old reached the Nottingham semifinals (l. to Bjorkman). He has an 11-10 career record on grass courts.

Gael Monfils will hope to replicate his 2008 ATP Masters Series Monte-Carlo win over Ivo Karlovic in the semifinals, after the eighth-seeded Frenchman overcame American qualifier Vince Spadea 7-6(4), 6-2 in 77 minutes on Centre Court.

The 21-year-old Roland Garros semifinalist improved to 11-8 lifetime on grass-courts and 13-8 on the season. The 33-year-old Spadea, who is working with Italian Davide Sanguinetti during the grass-court season, also reached the Nottingham quarterfinals on his debut in 1996 (l. to Woodbridge).

Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, the No. 3 seed, advanced to the semifinals for the first time this season as he defeated French No. 5 seed Gilles Simon 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 in one hour and 35 minutes. He converted on four of his five break point chances, while Simon went three for eight on his opportunities.

Verdasco, whose previous best finish on grass were quarterfinal efforts at Halle and 's-Hertogenbosch four years ago, now improves to a 17-11 career record on grass. He also reached the Wimbledon fourth round in 2006 (l. to Stepanek).

The 24-year-old attained a career-high ranking of No. 20 last week following solid results during the European clay court circuit. He reached the quarterfinals at Valencia and Masters Series Hamburg, and the fourth round at Roland Garros.

Verdasco will attempt to reach an ATP final for the first time since last October in St. Petersburg (l. to Murray) when he faces Croatian teenager Marin Cilic. The Spaniard booked his place in that final courtesy of a straight-sets semifinal win over Cilic.

Cilic eased past 2001 Nottingham champion Thomas Johansson 6-1, 6-2 in just 54 minutes in his quarterfinal match. The 19-year-old, who is making his Nottingham debut this week, has an 18-15 season record. He reached the Chennai semifinals and Australian Open fourth round in the first month of the season, and afterwards ranked a career-high No. 38 on January 28.


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Nottingham The Slazenger Open Quarterfinal Scores and June 20th Order of Play

Fernando Verdasco
Nottingham The Slazenger Open Quarterfinal Scores and June 20th Order of Play

Fernando Verdasco, 3rd seed, is the highest remaining seed at The Slazenger Open and today made it into the semifinals with a 3 set win over frenchman, Gilles Simon.

Ivo Karlovic, 4th seed and defening champion, also had to go the distance to get passed Andres Seppi and into the semis.

Karlovic and Verdasco were joined by Gael Monfils and Marin Cilic.

Check out all the results from the The Slazenger Open and the order of play for Friday.


Thursday, June 19, 2008

Singles - Quarterfinals
[3] F Verdasco (ESP) d [5] G Simon (FRA) 63 26 63
[4] I Karlovic (CRO) d [7] A Seppi (ITA) 63 36 64
[8] G Monfils (FRA) d [Q] V Spadea (USA) 76(4) 62
M Cilic (CRO) d T Johansson (SWE) 61 62

Doubles - Quarterfinals
[2] J Coetzee (RSA) / J Murray (GBR) d G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) 64 46 10-8
P Hanley (AUS) / T Perry (AUS) d S Bolelli (ITA) / A Seppi (ITA) 46 76(4) 10-4


Nottingham The Slazenger Open Friday June 20th Order of Play
Central Court - 12:00pm
Gael MONFILS (FRA) vs Ivo KARLOVIC (CRO)
Fernando VERDASCO (ESP) vs Marin CILIC (CRO)
Paul HANLEY (AUS)/Todd PERRY (AUS) vs Bruno SOARES (BRA)/Kevin ULLYETT (ZIM)
Marcelo MELO (BRA)/Andre SA (BRA) vs Jamie MURRAY (GBR)/Jeff COETZEE




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Ivo Karlovic advances to Nottingham semifinals

Ivo Karlovic
Ivo Karlovic advances to Nottingham semifinals

Ivo Karlovic is one step closer to defend his 2007 title after beating Andreas Seppi 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 and claiminga spot at the Nottingham Open semifinals.

Karlovic, 4th seed, will face Gael Monfils, 8th seed, who defeated Vincent Spadea for 7-6 (4), 6-2.

Nottinghma is one of the grass court warmup tournaments before Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam of the year.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Nottingham: Karlovic, Verdasco, Simon Reach Quarterfinals

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Nottingham: Karlovic, Verdasco, Simon Reach Quarterfinals

Fourth-seed and defending champion Ivo Karlovic struck 27 aces to snap a two-match losing streak against American Sam Querrey at The Slazenger Open in Nottingham on Wednesday.

Karlovic didn’t face a break point as he recorded his 16th win of the season, 7-6(3), 7-6(14). He set up his fifth match point of the second set tie-break with an ace at 14-all, and then closed out the victory in one hour and 51 minutes.

Querrey, who had beaten Karlovic at Indianapolis and Memphis last year, had held four set points in the 30-point tie-break but failed to convert. He won 17 of 82 points on return of serve during the match.


Karlovic improves to a 9-1 event record with his seventh straight match win in Nottingham. In addition to last year's title win (d. Clement), he advanced to the quarterfinals in 2005 (l. to O. Rochus). The 29-year-old's best ATP performance this season came in February at Rotterdam, where he reached the semifinals (l. to Llodra), but he also achieved a quarterfinal finish last week at Queen’s Club (l. to Nadal).

In the quarterfinals, Karlovic will face Italian No. 7 seed Andreas Seppi, who saved one match point en route to a 6-1, 4-6, 7-6(7) win over Argentine Eduardo Schwank. Seppi reached the Nottingham semifinals in his only other event appearance, two years ago (l. to Bjorkman).

Fifth-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon was equally as aggressive on serve, hitting 18 aces and winning 51 of 59 points on first serve, to defeat Australian qualifier Samuel Groth, who was playing his second career ATP match, 6-7(1), 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and one minute. Simon, who clinched his third career ATP title at Casablanca in May (d. Benneteau) improved to 19-14 on the season and 6-6 lifetime on grass-courts.

Simon will next meet third seed Fernando Verdasco of Spain in the quarterfinals. The pair has met on two occasions, with Verdasco winning their last clash in the 2007 US Open second round. Verdasco booked his place in a third ATP quarterfinal, after ATP Masters Series Hamburg (l. to Federer) and Valencia (l. to Ferrer), after beating American Bobby Reynolds 6-2, 6-3 in 59 minutes.

Top seed Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic was forced to withdraw due to a rib injury prior to his second round match against American qualifier Vince Spadea, who goes on to meet eighth-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils. The Roland Garros semifinalist defeated French compatriot Julien Benneteau 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in one hour and 45 minutes. He improves to 10-8 lifetime on grass-courts. Monfils reached the Wimbledon third round in 2005 (l. to Ancic) and 2007 (l. to Davydenko).

Croat Marin Cilic advanced to his third quarterfinal of the season with a 6-4, 6-4 win over British qualifier Alex Bogdanovic. The 19-year-old will next face 33-year-old Swede Thomas Johansson in a first career meeting between the two players. Johansson won the Nottingham title in 2001 (d. Levy) and reached the final for a second time in '04 (l. to Srichaphan).


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Nottingham The Slazenger Open Wednesday Scores and June 19th Order of Play

Andreas Seppi
Nottingham The Slazenger Open Wednesday Scores and June 19th Order of Play

It was a pretty good day for the seeds at The Slazenger Open on Wednesday.
Five of the six seeds that were in action today advanced to the quarterfinals.

Radek Stepanek, top seed, was the only casualty today in Nottingham but stepanek didn't lose, he was forced to retire for the tournament with a rib injury giving qualifier, Vincent Spadea a free ticket to the next round.

Fernando Verdasco, Ivo Karlovic, Gilles Simon, Andres Seppi (who saved a match point) and Gael Monfils were the seeds that made it through.

Check out all the scores from The Slazenger Open and Thursday Order of Play.


Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Singles - Second Round
[Q] V Spadea (USA) d [1] R Stepanek (CZE) W/O (ribs)
[3] F Verdasco (ESP) d B Reynolds (USA) 62 63
[4] I Karlovic (CRO) d S Querrey (USA) 76(3) 76(14)
[5] G Simon (FRA) d [Q] S Groth (AUS) 67(1) 64 64
[7] A Seppi (ITA) d E Schwank (ARG) 61 46 76(7) - saved 1 M.P.
[8] G Monfils (FRA) d J Benneteau (FRA) 36 64 62
M Cilic (CRO) d [Q] A Bogdanovic (GBR) 64 64

Doubles - Quarterfinals
[3] M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) d J Benneteau (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) 63 64
[4] B Soares (BRA) / K Ullyett (ZIM) d S Lipsky (USA) / D Martin (USA) 75 62
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) vs [2] J Coetzee (RSA) / J Murray (GBR) 46 23 - to resume Thursday
P Hanley (AUS) / T Perry (AUS) vs S Bolelli (ITA) / A Seppi (ITA) - rescheduled to Thursday


The Slazenger Open Thursday, June 19th, Order of play
Center Court - 11:30am
Ivo KARLOVIC (CRO) vs Andreas SEPPI (ITA)
Vincent SPADEA (USA) vs Gael MONFILS (FRA)
Not After 14:45 - Posible court change
Paul HANLEY (AUS)/Todd PERRY (AUS) vs Simone BOLELLI (ITA)/Andreas SEPPI (ITA)
Not Before 16:30
Gilles SIMON (FRA) vs Fernando VERDASCO (ESP)
Not Before 18:00
Thomas JOHANSSON (SWE) vs Marin CILIC (CRO)

Court 1 - not before 18:00
Guillermo GARCIA-LOPEZ (ESP)/Fernando VERDASCO (ESP) vs Jeff COETZEE (RSA)/Jamie MURRAY (GBR) to be finished - 46 23

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Radek Stepanek a doubt for Wimbledon with rib injury

Radek Stepanek
Radek Stepanek a doubt for Wimbledon with rib injury

Radek Stepanek, 15 in the ATP Ranking, migh have to skip Wimbledon next week.
Stepnaek had to pull out of the Nottingham Open today, June 18th, with a torn muscle under his rib.

In the second round Radek was going to meet Vince Spadea but after retiring he said that he will travel to London for scans on the injury.

This is what Radek Stepanek said about his injury:


“It is not a great moment to have this happen because I am feeling that I am playing really well in the last months and trying to get back to the top 10,”

“I love to play on the grass so it’s quite disappointing.

“I can only do my best to get better as soon as possible and try to get better for Wimbledon.”

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Ivo Karlovic advances to quarterfinals in Nottingham

Ivo Karlovic
Ivo Karlovic advances to quarterfinals in Nottingham

Defending champion Ivo Karlovic of Croatia defeated Sam Querrey of the United States 7-6 (3), 7-6 (14) Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Nottingham Open.

Fifth-seeded Gilles Simon of France also won his second-round match, defeating Samuel Groth of Australia 6-7 (1), 6-4, 6-4.

Earlier Wednesday, top-seeded Radek Stepanek pulled out of the Wimbledon warmup tournament with a rib injury. He said he may not be fit to play in next week’s Wimbledon.


His withdrawal came a day after sixth-seeded Dmitry Tursunov of Russia was kicked out for storming off the court during a doubles match after disputing a line call.

Tursunov and Chris Haggard of South Africa were trailing 6-4, 3-1 to Italian pair Simone Bolelli and Andreas Seppi. ATP rules state that no player can leave the court without the umpire’s consent.

Stepanek said he was diagnosed with a muscle tear after defeating American John Isner on Tuesday, and was in pain Wednesday after hitting practice shots.

Stepanek is seeded 16th at Wimbledon, which starts Monday.

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Dmitry Tursunov kicked out of Nottingham tournament

Dmitry Tursunov kicked out of Nottingham tournament
Dmitry Tursunov kicked out of Nottingham tournament

Russian Dmitry Tursunov has been kicked out of the Nottingham Open grasscourt tournament after storming off court in a doubles match.

Men’s tennis governing body the ATP confirmed on Wednesday that sixth seed Tursunov had been withdrawn from his scheduled second round singles match against Swede Thomas Johansson.

Tursunov was defaulted from the doubles on Tuesday when he and South African partner Chris Haggard were trailing 6-4 3-1 to Italian pairing Simone Bolelli and Andreas Seppi.


The Russian had disputed a line call and then walked off court, breaking ATP rules which state no player can leave the court without the consent of the umpire.

“The ATP rulebook states that at the discretion of the supervisor, one or both players may be withdrawn from all other events, if any, in that tournament,” an ATP statement said.

“After reviewing the situation the ATP supervisor has withdrawn Dmitry Tursunov from the singles tournament.”

Johansson will receive a walkover into the quarter-finals while Tursunov, who is the 25th seed at next week’s Wimbledon, will lose his prize money and can expect a fine of up to $5,000.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Gael Monfils and Alex Bogdanovic march on in Nottingham

Alex Bogdanovic
Gael Monfils and Alex Bogdanovic march on in Nottingham

French Open semi-finalist Gael Monfils is through to the second round of The Slazenger Open after a straight sets victory over Australia’s Chris Guccione on Tuesday.

Frenchman Monfils, ranked 32 in the world, wrapped up his first match at Nottingham 7-6 6-4. The 21-year-old had to save three break points in the opening set before taking the tiebreak 7-4.

A single break in the second set saw him safely into the second round. He now faces fellow Frenchman Julien Benneteau in the second round. Joining them in the second round is another Frenchman, Gilles Simon, who beat Donald Young of the USA 6-1 6-4.


British number two Alex Bogdanovic is through to round two after a straight sets victory over fellow Brit James Ward. Speaking after the match Bogdanovic was pleased with his performance: “It’s nice to get another match here in Nottingham, I thought I played well today but it’s always tough to play another British player. I’ve got a tough match against Marin Cilic next who is a big serving player but I’ve taken a lot of confidence from my performances so far so I’m going to go out there and enjoy it.”

Top seed Radek Stepanek had a comfortable first round win over American John Isner, 6-3, 6-2 and will now face American Vince Spadea, who beat Britain’s Alex Slabinsky 6-1, 7-5.

Former champion in Nottingham, Thomas Johansson is also through to the second round after his opponent, Japan’s Kei Nishikori retired through injury. Johansson had just taken the first set 7-5 when Nishikori had to stop due to an abdominal strain.

Also through to the second round is Argentinean Eduardo Schwank, who beat Denmark’s Frederik Nielsen 6-3 6-3. Spain’s Fernando Verdasco completed the set of first round winners, beating Brazilian Marcos Daniel in straight sets.

In the doubles, French pair Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut beat Russia’s Igor Kunitsyn and American Jim Thomas 4-6 7-6 10-7. Also through to the second round are fourth seeds Bruno Soares of Brazil and Kevin Ulyett of Zimbabwe, who beat British pair James Auckland and Jamie Delgado 6-4 6-4.

The final doubles match on centre court saw the British pairing of Alex Bogdanovic and Ross Hutchins take on The Artois Championships finalists Marcello Melo and Andre Sa. Bogdanovic and Hutchins claimed the first set 6-3 but were a break down in the second set before play was suspended because of a downpour. On resumption the Brazilians claimed the second set and in the Championship tiebreak were too strong for the British pair. Melo and Sa will play Benneteau and Mahut in the quarter finals.

Italian pair Simone Bolelli and Andreas Seppi will face Hanley and Perry, who defeated the top seeds yesterday, in quarter finals after South Africa’s Chris Haggard and Russia’s Dmitry Tursunov defaulted with the score at 6-4 3-1 to the Italians.

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Radek Stepanek and Fernando Verdasco Win On Nottingham Debuts

Radek Stepanek
Radek Stepanek and Fernando Verdasco Win On Nottingham Debuts

Top seed Radek Stepanek marked his Nottingham debut with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over American John Isner at The Slazenger Open on Tuesday. The Czech player fired eight aces to Isner’s seven and broke serve three times to win their first meeting in just 49 minutes.

World No. 15 Stepanek has reached the semifinals or better at four ATP events this season, including a runner-up finish at San Jose (l. to Roddick) and a semifinal showing at ATP Masters Series Rome (d. Federer, ret vs Djokovic). In the second round he will face American qualifier Vincent Spadea, who defeated British wild card Alex Slabinsky 6-1, 7-5.


Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, the No. 3 seed, also posted a win in his Nottingham debut as he defeated Brazil's Marcos Daniel 6-4, 7-6(3). Verdasco next faces American Bobby Reynolds, whom he eased past in straight sets last year at Wimbledon.

The 24-year-old Verdasco reached a career-high ranking of No. 20 last Monday (currently No. 21), backed by solid results during the European clay court circuit. He advanced to the quarterfinals at Valencia and Masters Series Hamburg, and the fourth round at Roland Garros.

Fifth-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon booked his place in the second round after converting three of six break points to defeat American Donald Young 6-1, 6-4, handing the 18-year-old his fourth straight ATP level defeat. World No. 29 Simon, who was a quarterfinalist in Nottingham in 2006 (l. to Gasquet), captured his third ATP title in Casablanca (d. Benneteau) last month. He next will face Australian qualifier Samuel Groth, who knocked out British wild card Jamie Baker 7-6(7), 6-3.

Gael Monfils, the No. 8 seed from France, advanced through the first round with a 7-6(4), 6-4 victory over Australian Chris Guccione. Monfils served 11 aces and capitalized on one of five break points to win their first meeting after 1 hr., 12 min.

World No. 32 Monfils is contesting his first event since reaching the Roland Garros semifinals, where he fell in four sets to Roger Federer. The 21-year-old, who improves to 11-8 for the season, is through to the second round in Nottingham for the first time, having fallen to Karol Beck on his debut in 2005.

Thomas Johansson, the champion of 2001 (d. Levy), reached the second round for the first time in three years after advancing past Kei Nishikori when the Japanese teenager retired with an abdominal strain trailing 5-7.

World No. 271 Alex Bogdanovic flew the flag for British hopes, defeating his compatriot James Ward 6-3, 6-4 to win his first ATP level match of the season. The 24-year-old is making his fifth appearance in Nottingham and will look to reach the quarterfinals for the first time when he faces Marin Cilic in the second round.

Argentine Eduardo Schwank, playing in his first ATP match on grass, advanced to the second round with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Danish lucky loser Frederik Nielsen, who had replaced Frenchman Michael Llodra in the draw.




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Nottingham The Slazenger Open Tuesday Scores and June 18th Order of Play

Fernando Verdasco
Nottingham The Slazenger Open Tuesday Scores and June 18th Order of Play

On Tuesday, Llodra had to withdraw from The Slazenger Open and was replaced by Lucky Loser, Nielsen.
Nielsen lost in the first round against Eduardo Schwank of Argentina.

Four seeded players were on court today and all of them were victorious.

Radek Stepanek, top seed, advanced with a 2 set win over Isner.
Fernando Verdasco, who recently posed naked for a magazine, also enjoyed a 2 set win. Verdasco defeated Marcos Daniel from Brazil.

Gilles Simon, defeated Donald Young while Gael Monfils, who is dating Dominika Cibulkova, got passed Chris Guccione in 2 close sets.

Check out all the scores from The Slazenger Open and Wednesday order of Play.


Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Singles - First Round
[1] R Stepanek (CZE) d J Isner (USA) 63 62
[3] F Verdasco (ESP) d M Daniel (BRA) 64 76(3)
[5] G Simon (FRA) d D Young (USA) 61 64
[8] G Monfils (FRA) d C Guccione (AUS) 76(4) 64
T Johansson (SWE) d [Q] K Nishikori (JPN) 75 ret. (abdominal strain)
[Q] S Groth (AUS) d [WC] J Baker (GBR) 76(7) 63
[Q] A Bogdanovic (GBR) d [WC] J Ward (GBR) 63 64
E Schwank (ARG) d * (LL) F Nielsen (DEN) 63 63
[Q] V Spadea (USA) d [WC] A Slabinsky (GBR) 61 75

* (LL) F Nielsen replaced M Llodra (FRA

Doubles - First Round
[2] J Coetzee (RSA) / J Murray (GBR) d E Butorac (USA) / B Reynolds (USA) 76(6) 46 10-8
[4] B Soares (BRA) / K Ullyett (ZIM) d [WC] J Auckland (GBR) / J Delgado (GBR) 64 64
S Bolelli (ITA) / A Seppi (ITA) d C Haggard (RSA) / D Tursunov (RUS) 64 31 def.
J Benneteau (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) d I Kunitsyn (RUS) / J Thomas (USA) 46 76(5) 10-7
[WC] A Bogdanovic (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR) vs [3] M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA)


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Radek Stepanek advances at Nottingham

Radek Stepanek
Radek Stepanek advances at Nottingham

Top-seeded Radek Stepanek beat John Isner of the United States 6-3, 6-2 Tuesday to advance to the second round of the Wimbledon tune-up tournament at Nottingham.
The 15th-ranked Czech next plays qualifier Vincent Spadea of the United States, who beat wildcard Alexander Slabinsky of Britain 6-1, 7-5.

Fifth-seeded Gilles Simon of France ousted American Donald Young 6-1, 6-4, and eighth-seeded Gael Monfils of France defeated Australian Chris Guccione 7-6 (4), 6-4.
In other first-round matches, Thomas Johansson of Sweden went through when qualifier Kei Nishikori of Japan retired after losing the first set 7-5, and qualifier Samuel Groth of Australia beat wildcard Jamie Baker of Britain 7-6 (7), 6-3.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Cilic Upsets No. 2 Seed Mathieu; Karlovic Advances

Paul-Henri Mathieu
Cilic Upsets No. 2 Seed Mathieu; Karlovic Advances

World No. 55 Maric Cilic caused an upset on Monday at The Slazenger Open in Nottingham, rallying from a set down to defeat second-seeded Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu 1-6, 6-4, 6-3.

The Croatian fired 15 aces and converted two of three break points to record his first win in four matches against Mathieu. The Frenchman had won all three of their previous meetings this year, including last week at Queen’s Club.

The 19-year-old Cilic has reached the quarterfinals or better at two events this season, his best result being a semifinal finish at Chennai (l. to Youzhny) in January. No. 16 Mathieu, a semifinalist in Marseille and Munich earlier in the season, was making his fourth appearance in Nottingham. He reached the quarterfinals last year (l. to Bjorkman).


No. 4 seed and defending champion Ivo Karlovic defeated two-time former champion Jonas Bjorkman 6-3, 6-4 for a spot in the second round. The Croatian serve 15 aces and converted two of three break points to seal victory in 1 hr., 5min.

World No. 22 Karlovic, who defeated Arnaud Clement in the final last year, reached the quarterfinals at The Artois Championships last week (l. to Nadal) and was also a semifinalist (l. to Llodra) in Rotterdam earlier in the season.

The 36-year-old Bjorkman was making his 11th appearance at the event; he captured the title in 1998 (d. Black) and 2002 (d. Arthurs), also finishing as runner-up in 2006 (l. to Gasquet).

Karlovic next faces American Sam Querrey, who defeated Colombian lucky loser Alejandro Falla 6-3, 6-4 on his Nottingham debut.

Seventh-seeded Italian Andreas Seppi booked his place in the second round with a hard fought 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory against Israeli Dudi Sela. Currently a career-high No. 30 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, Seppi made his season debut on grass last week at Queen’s Club, reaching the second round. The 24-year-old has reached the quarterfinals or better at three events this season, including a semifinal finish at Masters Series Hamburg (l. to Federer).

Russian Dmitry Tursunov, the No. 6 seed, went three for 10 on his break point opportunities to secure a 7-5, 6-4 win over Yen-Hsun Lu. Tursunov is making his third event appearance, and reached the semifinals last year (l. to Karlovic).

Other winners Monday included Frenchman Julien Benneteau, who eased past Italian Simone Bolelli 6-1, 6-4, and American Bobby Reynolds, who defeated France's Nicolas Mahut 7-5, 4-6, 6-4. Mahut had led the ATP circuit in match wins on grass last year after reaching the finals at Queen's and Newport.



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