If Stockholm Open 2013: Daily Scores, Results and Schedule
As tennis continues to round out its season, many of the top players in the world will be looking at the If Stockholm Open to add to their win total.
Led by world No. 3 David Ferrer, this field includes eight of the top 30 players in the ATP rankings, as well as a number of young underdogs looking to win their first tournament.
One person to keep an eye on is 20-year-old Bernard Tomic, who has the skill to make a deep run despite coming in unseeded.
The indoor event features a hard surface that will play a key factor in the tournament as each player competes for 250 points and the winner's share of €530,165.
Any of the 28 challengers have a chance of coming away with a title, so make sure to follow along with all of the action over the course of the week.
Day 1 Scores
Nils Langer def. Patrik Rosenholm; 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
Joachim Johansson def. Damir Dzumhur; 6-2, 6-1
Marius Copil def. Daniel Cox; 6-3, 6-4
Milos Sekulic def. Julian Reister; 6-3, 2-2 (ret.)
Pablo Carreno Busta def. Jurgen Zopp; 5-5 (ret.)
Igor Sijsling def. Tobias Kamke; 6-4, 6-2
No. 6 Benoit Paire def. Santiago Giraldo; 6-4, 6-4
Day 1 of the main draw started with the final rounds of qualifying, which featured a few surprises.
Julian Reister was the top seed in the qualifying bracket but he had seven double faults early on and was eventually forced to retire with an injury.
One player who could surprise people is Joachim Johansson. The local star has not even competed in a main tournament this season but he dominated Damir Dzumhur thanks to 14 aces, and has a winnable first match against Alejandro Falla in the first round.
Of course, fans care more about the main draw, although there was not much excitement on the first day.
Benoit Paire was the biggest name in action but he did not look great on Monday. The French player relied heavily on his second serve after struggling with accuracy and barely survived with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Santiago Giraldo.
He will hope to have a better performance against some of the top competition that will start their runs in the coming days.
Day 2 Scores
No. 5 Ernests Gulbis def. Jeremy Chardy; 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(3)
Jack Sock def. Bernard Tomic; 6-4, 6-2
Jan-Lennard Struff def. Milos Sekulic; 6-3, 6-0
Joachim Johansson def. Alejandro Falla; 6-1, 6-3
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. Nils Langer; 7-6(5), 6-3
No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov def. Marius Copil; 6-3, 6-4
The great thing about these smaller tournaments is that many exciting matchups can occur right away in the early rounds. That is what happened in a few matches on Tuesday.
Ernests Gulbis was involved in undoubtedly the best match of the day against Jeremy Chardy, two players ranked in the top 40 in the world. There were a lot of mistakes, but the difference in this match was Gulbis' ability to win the points when it mattered.
The No. 5 seed faced 12 break points in the match and incredibly won 10 of them, saving himself time and again to stay ahead. Gulbis then won the final set in a tiebreak to advance to the second round where he will face Igor Sijsling.
Another notable match featured American Jack Sock pulling a minor upset over Bernard Tomic. These two youngsters battled hard, but Sock was excellent on returns and defeated the Australian in straight sets.
Of course, some competitors advanced with ease, including No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov. The 22 year old did was not broken once and cruised to a straight-set victory over Marius Copil. In a wide open tournament, Dimitrov showed that he is capable of making a deep run.
More top players get started on Wednesday, including No. 3 Jerzy Janowicz and No. 8 Ivan Dodig.
Day 3 Scores
Fernando Verdasco def. No. 8 Ivan Dodig; 6-7 (2-7), 6-1, 6-4
Jarkko Nieminen def. Benjamin Becker; 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3)
Kenny De Schepper def. Markus Ericksson; 6-4, 5-7, 7-5
No. 6 Benoit Paire def. Pablo Carreno Busta; 6-4, 6-4
No. 3 Jerzy Janowicz def. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez; 6-2, 6-1
Two of the three seeded players in action booked trips to the quarterfinals in Stockholm on Wednesday, as third-seeded Jerzy Janowicz and sixth-seeded Benoit Paire each earned straight-sets victories in their second-round matches.
The top-ranked Pole was awfully impressive on his first-serve points and at his best when he had to be on his chances to break.
Paire wasn't overwhelming by any means, but the up-and-coming Frenchman took advantage of his chances to break Busta, cashing in on four of six break-point opportunities and saving six of eight break points on his own serve.
Eighth-seeded Ivan Dodig was the lone upset victim on Day 3, dropping the final two sets of his first-round clash with Fernando Verdasco despite taking the opening set in a tiebreaker.
Dodig missed all six of his break-point chances in the match.
Outside contenders Jarkko Nieminen and Kenny De Schepper both advanced to the second round after going the distance on Wednesday. Nieminen was able to fend off experienced German Benjamin Becker in a final set tiebreaker.
Day 4 Scores
No. 1 David Ferrer def. Jack Sock; 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
No. 2 Milos Raonic def. Joachim Johansson; 6-2, 7-6 (3)
Kenny De Schepper def. No. 4 Kevin Anderson; 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3
No. 5 Ernests Gulbis def. Igor Sijsling; 6-3, 7-6 (3)
No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov def. Jan-Lennard Struff; 6-1, 6-3
Fernando Verdasco def. Jarkko Nieminen; 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
Jack Sock gave top seed David Ferrer all he could handle in Stockholm during Thursday's Round 2 action, taking the first set by a score of 6-4.
The 21-year-old American took advantage of his superior power on both groundstrokes and serves against Ferrer on the hard-court surface, staying aggressive and applying the pressure to his heavily favored foe.
Unfortunately, that strategy backfired when Sock became more erratic, and won just seven of 15 service points in the deciding third set.
It was still an encouraging result for Sock, who flashed some of the promise that has him tabbed as a possible star in the making.
A big upset occurred when the ATP's No. 96-ranked player Kenny De Schepper topped tournament fourth seed Kevin Anderson in three sets.
The match of dueling 6'8" players featured a combined 33 aces, but the unseeded underdog was just a bit better. He won 107 total points to Anderson's 105.
Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco continued his stellar form by topping 2011 runner-up Jarkko Nieminen, but he has to face Ferrer in the impending quarterfinals.
Grigor Dimitrov was the only one among the top-seeded players who had a rather drama-free experience on Day 4, rolling in straight sets in his second-round match versus Jan-Lennard Struff.
No. 5 seed Ernests Gulbis needed a tiebreaker in the second set, but had relatively little trouble in ousting Igor Sijsling. A similar scenario applied to second seed Milos Raonic, but he still advanced against qualifier Joachim Johansson in the final match on centre court.
Day 5 Scores
No. 1 David Ferrer def. Fernando Verdasco; walkover
No. 5 Ernests Gulbis def. No. 3 Jerzy Janowicz; 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov def. Kenny De Schepper; 6-4, 6-2
No. 6 Benoit Paire def. No. 2 Milos Raonic; 7-6(3), 6-3
While Day 5 featured a couple of upsets, the players still set up what should be an excellent pair of semifinal matches.
Ernests Gulbis started things off on a day with a strong effort against a mistake-prone Jerzy Janowicz. The No. 3 seed only got 54 percent of his first serves in play, which led to seven double faults in the match. Gulbis was solid in the final set and did not face a break point to close out the narrow victory.
He will face David Ferrer in the semifinals, who advanced when Fernando Verdasco withdrew due to injury.
On the other side of the bracket, Grigor Dimitrov proved that he will be hard to beat after dominating with his serve. He won 36 of his 43 service points and was rarely in trouble against the unseeded Kenny De Schepper.
Benoit Paire rounds out the semifinals after earning an upset win over Milos Raonic. The big difference in this match came between the first and second serves for Raonic. While he won 83 percent of serves on first point, that went down to only 28 percent on the second.
This allowed Paire to advance and continue trying to win his first career title.
Day 6 Scores
No. 1 David Ferrer def. No. 5 Ernests Gulbis; 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov def. No. 6 Benoit Paire; 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
Fans in attendance in Stockholm were treated to an excellent day of tennis as both semifinal matches were extremely competitive.
In the first match, David Ferrer struggled early against Ernests Gulbis, who won the first set after saving eight of his nine break points. The Latvian player was also excellent at returns and appear to be in control of the match.
However, Ferrer came back strong in the second set thanks to some sloppy play by Gulbis. He then turned it on with an impressive showing in Set 3, winning 16 of his 18 service points to close out the victory.
He will hope to keep this momentum going against Grigor Dimitrov in the final.
The No. 7 seed defeated Benoit Paire in another competitive match that needed three sets to decide a winner. Like the first contest of the day, the winner of the opening set did not win the match.
Paire was nearly flawless with his serve in the first set, totaling six aces to earn the narrow win. The problem is Dimitrov caught up and was difficult to stop, winning 76 percent of first-serve points in the match to pull away in the final sets.
The Bulgarian will now try to win his first career title in a matchup against the No. 3 player in the world.
Day 7 Scores
No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov def. No. 1 David Ferrer; 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
Grigor Dimitrov won his first career ATP singles title on Sunday in Stockholm, battling back from a one set to love hole to beat top seed David Ferrer at the 2013 If Stockholm Open.
The seventh-seeded Dimitrov saved nine of 12 break points and won 65 percent of his first-serve points en route to winning in three hard-fought sets. Ferrer had three chances to break Dimitrov's serve in the final frame, but the 22-year-old Bulgarian stepped up each time and held on to win.
The milestone victory has to give Dimitrov tons of confidence as he prepares to close out 2013 on a high note and carry his momentum into 2014.
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