The 2014 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament featured several big names in men's tennis, headlined by No. 1 seed and defending champion Juan Martin Del Potro.
It marked the Argentine's first appearance in nearly a month since a disappointing Round 2 loss at the Australian Open. With arguably the most powerful forehand on the ATP and a massive serve, Del Potro seems destined for success yet again on the indoor hard courts of Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
James Buddell of ATPWorldTour.com reports that Del Potro didn't play tennis for 20 days due to a nagging wrist injury after his five-set loss in Melbourne to Roberto Bautista Agut, as Del Potro described how he sought medical attention:
I had played well in Sydney, but when I got to Melbourne the surface was faster and the balls were different. I started to feel something wrong at the beginning of the tournament [against Rhyne Williams]. After my five-set match against [Roberto] Bautista Agut, that is when I sought advice from my doctor.
It didn't seem like Del Potro was quite fit enough to defend the trophy, as he lost in the quarterfinals to Ernests Gulbis. Fellow power player in No. 3 seed Tomas Berdych wound up with the singles title this time around, defeating Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-2 in the final.
Andy Murray, who was seeded second and was the 2009 tournament champion, fell to Cilic in the quarterfinals.
French compatriots Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga were the fourth and fifth seeds respectively, but Cilic beat Tsonga in the second round en route to the final, while Philipp Kohlschreiber disposed of Gasquet at the same juncture.
The complete draw for the tournament can be viewed at ATPWorldTour.com, along with match stats and further information about the competitors.
Read on to find out how the tournament unfolded throughout the week, with scores and results from each stage of this exciting first entry in the ATP's annual 500 series.