Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships 2014: Daily Scores, Results and Schedule
The second tennis Grand Slam of the 2014 season is still months away, but several of the sport's biggest stars have traveled to Dubai to put on a show for the fans and hopefully come away with the top prize in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship.
With names like Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro all gracing the court in Dubai, it's sure to be a tough competition that could have a familiar face atop the leaderboard at the end.
Though it may not mean as much as other major tournaments like the French Open taking place in May, players will still be going all out trying to stake their claim as the top athletes in the world.
Action may have already started in Dubai, but here is a look at the results as a huge tournament looks to crown a champion throughout the week.
Day 6 Results
Day 6 Results
(4) Roger Federer def. (3) Tomas Berdych; 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
(2) Rohan Bopanna & Aisam-uh-Haq Qureshi def. (1) Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic; 6-4, 6-3
It was a day of upsets, at least based on seeds, in the final round of the 2014 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
Things started with the doubles final between top-seeded Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic being taken down in straight sets by second-seeded Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-uh-Haq Qureshi.
This was the second matchup between these two pairs in 2014, with Nestor and Zimonjic coming out on top in January. But Bopanna and Qureshi were able to avenge that loss with a dominant performance in Dubai.
That was just the appetizer for the men's final between No. 3 seed Tomas Berdych and No. 4 seed Roger Federer.
Federer was coming off the high of taking out Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals, possibly opening himself up for a letdown against Berdych. Things didn't start well for Federer, who dropped the first set and was against a wall in the second.
He caught fire late in the second set, collecting five aces and winning 86 percent of his first serves. Federer would finish Berdych off in the third set to collect his first individual tournament win in 2014.
Day 5 Results
Day 5 Results
(4) Roger Federer def. (1) Novak Djokovic; 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
(3) Tomas Berdych def. (7) Philipp Kohlschreiber; 7-5, 7-5
(1) Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic def. Daniel Brands & Florian Mayer; 7-6, 7-6
(2) Rohan Bopanna & Aisam-uh-Haq Qureshi def. Tomasz Bednarek & Lukas Dlouhy; 6-2, 6-0
In the marquee semifinal pitting Novak Djokovic against Roger Federer, it was the Serbian star who jumped out to the early lead by winning the first set.
Federer deserves a boatload of credit for fighting back, though. He won 93 percent of the points on his first serve and scored a key break to win the second set. Then he proceeded to get two breaks while fending off four of Djokovic's to get the win.
He will face Tomas Berdych in the championship match. The Czech star converted three of seven break point opportunities and won 72 percent of points on serve in a narrow straight-sets triumph over Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Federer holds an 11-6 edge over Berdych in 17 career meetings, but Berdych has won the last two.
On the doubles side, the top two seeds advanced to the final.
Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic got a serious test from Daniel Brands and Florian Mayer. The experienced doubles tandem came up big on the crucial points in the two tiebreakers to avoid the upset bid from the Germans.
The trip through the semifinals was easier for second-seeded Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi. They dropped just two games, broke five times and won 60 percent of the points as they cruised past Tomasz Bednarek and Luksa Dlouhy.
Day 4 Results
Philipp Kohlschreiber (7)
Novak Djokovic (1)
Mikhail Youzny (6)
Tomas Berdych (3)
Roger Federer (4)
Rohan Bopanna/Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (2)
Mahesh Bhupathi/Denis Istomin
5-7, 7-6(3), 10-7
Daniel Nestor/Nenad Zimonjic
Roberto Bautista Agut/Igor Sijsling
Day 3 Recap
Day 4 of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships was a thrilling one, although one of the marquee singles matches was not able to be played.
Top seed Novak Djokovic earned a walkover against Mikhail Youzny after the Russian withdrew due to illness.
The Serbian superstar will now face Roger Federer in what has been the most anticipated matchup since the draw was released for this tournament.
Federer advanced with a straight sets win over Lukas Rosol, a refreshing sight for the aging Swiss legend. Fed notably struggled in the second round in Dubai, needing a comeback and third set to advance past Radek Stepanek.
After that second-round victory, Fed told CNN:
I couldn't find the right balance between offense and defense. It was almost a bit too late for everything, but I kind of hung around and I took the positives out of the match.
The No. 4 seed clearly took lessons from that close call and applied it to his game ahead of Thursday’s matchup with Rosol. Fed will have to be better than ever to knock off Djokovic for the first time since a meeting in Cincinnati back in 2012. Nole will be looking to even up their lifetime series, as the 17-time Grand Slam champ holds a slight 16-15 edge in head-to-head matchups.
On the other side of the bracket will be Tomas Berdych and Philipp Kohlschreiber, who both won their Day 4 matches.
Neither had much difficulty, as the third-seeded Berdych advanced past No. 6 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets. Kohlschreiber, the seven seed in this event, blasted past Malek Jaziri in a lopsided showdown.
The doubles portion of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship was also a treat for fans.
Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi narrowly edged Mahesh Bhupathi and Denis Istomin after a three-set brawl. The victorious pair needed a Super tie breaker to move on to the semifinals.
Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic will be joining them there, as the duo eliminated Roberto Bautista Agut and Igor Sijsling in straight sets on Thursday.
Day 3 Results
|Tomas Berdych (3)||Sergiy Stakhovsky||6-2, 6-1|
|Malek Jaziri||Somdev Devvarman||6-3, 7-5|
|Philipp Kohlschreiber||Andreas Seppi||6-3, 6-3|
|Jo Wilfried-Tsonga (5)||Nikolay Davydenko||W|
|Lukas Rosol||Dmitry Tursunov (8)||6-4, 7-6(4)|
|Mikhail Youzhny (6)||James Ward||6-1, 7-6(3)|
|Roger Federer (4)||Radek Stepanek||6-2, 6-7(4), 6-3|
|Novak Djokovic (1)||Roberto Bautista Agut||6-1, 6-3|
|Mahesh Bhupathi/Denis Istomin||Oliver Marach/Florin Mergea||4-6, 6-3, 16-14|
|Tomasz Bednarek/Lukas Dlouhy||Lukas Rosol/Andreas Seppi||6-2, 6-4|
Day 3 Recap
The surprises continued on Day 3 in Dubai with yet another player being forced to withdraw due to injury.
No, Nikolay Davydenko isn't the same caliber of player as Juan Martin del Potro, but his departure from the tournament still sent shockwaves through the tennis world. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won after a walkover by Davydenko in Dubai to advance to the quarterfinals.
BA Tennis World highlighted the result on Twitter:
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is through to the #DDFTennis QF after receiving a walkover from Nikolay Davydenko. Awaits winner of Berdych v Stakhovsky.— BATennisWorld (@BATennisWorld) February 26, 2014
The withdrawal for Davydenko ends the tournament for the Russian, who reached a career-high of No. 3 in the world in 2006 and wasn't ranked in Dubai.
Tumaini Carayol of Tennis View Magazine commented on the unfortunate fall of Davydenko:
Davydenko's career is a real shame. Getting old etc. is normal, but the downfall began exactly as he just looked like a genuine competitor— Tumaini (@tumcarayol) February 26, 2014
While Davydenko has yet another unfortunate finish to a tournament on his resume, Tsonga moving through to the next round marks yet another favorite continuing on.
And as the account Tennis Tipster notes, the break is much needed for Tsonga:
Tsonga gets a much needed day off with a walkover after Davydenko pulls out with a rib injury #ATP— Tennis Tipster (@TastyTennisTips) February 26, 2014
As for Tsonga's next opponent, Tomas Berdych put together one of the most dominant performances of the day over Sergiy Stakhovsky.
Berdych's win never looked in doubt as he powered through Stakhovsky and into the next round. Tennis TV provides an infographic of Berdych's masterful performance:
Just below the official score, which is already telling of how overpowering Berdych was, the time of the match is listed. And yes, it does read 57 minutes.
While Tsonga comes in with plenty of rest, Berdych didn't exactly have to work hard during his match leading up to a battle with the No. 10 player in the world.
In the later singles matches of the day, Lukas Rosol pulled off a mild upset over No. 8 Dmitry Tursunov to advance. Both No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 4 Roger Federer also remained in top form with huge wins.
While Djokovic rolled in his match, Federer had to go to a third set and overcome a 2-0 deficit in the final set, as Tennis.com's official Twitter account points out:
Federer, a point away from trailing 0-3 in the 3rd, wins 6 of last 7 games to beat Stepanek 6-2, 6-7, 6-3. #RacquetReaction to come.— TENNIS.com (@Tennis) February 26, 2014
As for the doubles bracket, the day for Rosol didn't turn out quite as well. After knocking off Tursunov, he was paired up with Andreas Seppi, who lost his second match of the day to Tomasz Bednarek and Lukas Dlouhy.
Mahesh Bhupathi and Denis Istomin downed Oliver Marach and Florin Mergea in one of the most exciting matches of the day. After dropping the first set, Bhupathi and Istomin fought back to get to three sets where they pulled out a 16-14 win to advance.
The action continues on Day 4 as tennis' top stars will once again look to wow the fans in Dubai on Thursday. After several rounds of thrilling and sometimes shocking action thus far, Day 4 guarantees to be another sensational one.
Day 2 Results
|Somdev Devvarman||Juan Martin del Potro (2)||7-6 (3), 0-0|
|Tomas Berdych (3)||Marius Copil||6-3, 6-4|
|Mikhail Youzhny (6)||Michal Przysiezny||6-3, 6-4|
|James Ward||Teymuraz Gabashvili||2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (6)|
|Malek Jaziri||Igor Sijsling||0-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4)|
|Lukas Rosol||Daniel Brands||7-6 (4), 6-4|
|Sergiy Stakhovsky||Ivan Dodig||7-6 (6), 6-7 (4), 6-2|
|Radek Stepanek||Michael Russell||5-7, 6-3, 6-1|
|Novak Djokovic (1)||Denis Istomen||6-3, 6-3|
|Nikolay Davydenko||Andrey Golubev||7-6 (6), 6-4|
|Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (5)||Victor Hanescu||6-2, 6-4|
|Daniel Nestor/Nenad Zimonjic (1)||Omar Awadhy/Hamad Abbas Janahi||6-4, 6-0|
|Daniel Brands/Florian Mayer||Julian Knowle/John Peers||6-3, 4-6, 10-8|
|Roberto Bautista Agut/Igor Sijsling||Jonathan Marray/Dmitry Turunov||6-3, 4-6, 10-2|
|Lukas Rosol/Andreas Seppi||Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowksi (3)||7-6(4), 7-6(5)|
Day 2 Recap
While there weren't many upsets on Day 2 of the competition, one of the biggest stories coming out of Tuesday in Dubai was from one of the biggest favorites.
Juan Martin del Potro came into the tournament with hopes of contending for a title against the likes of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, but he was forced to withdraw in the first round against Somdev Devvarman due to a wrist injury, according to Sports Illustrated:
Juan Martin del Potro retires in 1R Dubai due to his left wrist pain. Going straight to the Mayo Clinic to see doctor. #atp— Beyond The Baseline (@SI_BTBaseline) February 25, 2014
This isn't the first time that del Potro has been hampered by a wrist injury. Back in 2010, he needed surgery to repair damage in his right wrist and missed time on the tour.
Del Potro was in tears following his withdrawal in Dubai and spoke about his injury after the first round, per Barry Flatman of the Sunday Times:
Very bad news from Juan Martin del Potro: "I'm feeling similar pains to the other hand and what I felt four years ago."— Barry Flatman (@Barry_FlatmanST) February 25, 2014
DelPo contd :"My wrist is hurting a lot, and everybody knows what's happened to me four years ago with my other wrist."— Barry Flatman (@Barry_FlatmanST) February 25, 2014
Nothing has been announced yet as to whether del Potro will miss time with his injury or require surgery, but he is already ousted from the tournament due to his withdrawal, meaning Devvarman will advance.
As for the other favorites coming in, Djokovic had a much easier day with a straight-sets win over Denis Istomin to remain in the Dubai Championships after losing out in the doubles bracket on the first day.
The No. 2 player in the world came out with a clean win, but he didn't always look like his normal self, per Tennis.com:
Novak Djokovic showed signs of rust, but was still too sharp for Denis Istomin. Peter Bodo reacts to Novak's win: http://t.co/slV04pp3P9— TENNIS.com (@Tennis) February 25, 2014
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also eased into the second round with a win in straight sets. After a resounding first-set win, 6-2, Victor Hanescu attempted to stage a comeback in the second set but couldn't overcome the power of the No. 5-seeded player in Dubai.
On the doubles side, the favorites also held suit. Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic came in as the No. 1 seed and made easy work of Omar Awadhy and Hamad Abbas Janahi. With six aces and forcing their opponent to go 0-of-19 in first-return points won, Nestor and Zimonjic looked the part on Day 2.
Three other pairs came out and advanced, but no team looked quite as dominant as Nestor and Zimonjic. The No. 3 team in the tournament of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski fell in the first round in straight sets.
With several of the top singles players in the world returning to the court on Day 3 of the tournament, it's only going to get hotter in Dubai as the tournament rolls on.
Despite the loss of del Potro for the remainder of the Championship, some of tennis' great players will continue to take the court on Wednesday.
Day 1 Results
|Dmitry Tursunov (8)||Lukas Lacko||7-5, 6-1|
|Roberto Bautista Agut||Adrian Ungur||6-1, 6-3|
|Andreas Seppi||Florian Mayer||4-6, 6-1, 7-5|
|Roger Federer (4)||Benjamin Becker||6-1, 6-4|
|Philipp Kohlschreiber (7)||Thiemo de Bakker||6-3, 6-3|
|Rohan Bopanna/Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (2)||Nikolay Davydenko/Victor Hanescu||6-1, 5-7, 10-8|
|Juan Martin del Potro/Radek Sepanek||Ivan Dodig/Mikhail Youzhny||6-3, 7-5|
|Tomasz Bednarek/Lukas Dlouhy||Novak Djokovic/Carlos Gomez-Herrera||7-5, 1-6, 10-5|
Day 1 Recap
It wasn't a huge day for upsets in the singles bracket, but one of the best players in the world proved he came to play with a convincing win in the first round.
Roger Federer made it all the way to the semifinals of the Australian Open before being ousted by Rafael Nadal, but Fed showed he was still capable of making late runs. While it's not as big of a stage, Federer continued his winning ways on Monday with a win over Benjamin Becker.
Federer spoke about the win during a press conference, via the Dubai Championships official Twitter account:
The Swiss player looked like his old self on the court during his win over Becker. During a long exchange back and forth, Federer went behind the baseline and drilled a shot back between the legs that sailed over Becker's head for the point.
Todo Tennis provides a look at the spectacular play from Federer that might look familiar to tennis fans:
While it was a great day for Federer, several other singles matches took place with No. 8 seed Dmitry Tursunov won a tough first set against Lukas Lacko and pulled away in the second to win. Philipp Kohlschreiber also won as the No. 7 seed to advance over Thiemo de Bakker in straight sets.
Along with the singles action, three doubles matches took place on the first day of competition with quite a few famous faces gracing the court.
Novak Djokovic is one of the best singles players in the world, but his experience as a doubles partner in Dubai didn't last very long. Djokovic and teammate Carlos Gomez-Herrera dropped a three-set match against Tomasz Bednarek and Lukas Dlouhy:
Djokovic might have been knocked out early, but Juan Martin del Potro and his teammate Radek Stepanek made quick work of Ivan Dodig and Mikhail Youzhny in their opening match.
Del Potro is currently the No. 5 player in the world in singles and has been playing inspired tennis as of late thanks to a recent run by Stanislas Wawrinka, who won the 2014 Australian Open. The Argentine player said he believes the tennis world is changing, per Ashley Hammond of gulfnews.com:
After Wawrinka won the Australian Open, the rest of the players now believe more than in the past and we just have to wait for our moment like I did in 2009, when I played in the US Open.
He [Wawrinka] gave hope to the tennis world. It’s nice to see other names winning Grand Slams for the tennis world and the tennis people and not the same guys as always. Djokovic, Federer and Nadal deserve to win, but — if you have different players winning the Grand Slams — it’s more important for tennis.
With del Potro leaving his mark in the doubles bracket, he will look to do the same later in the tournament as the No. 2 seed.
Thanks to a recent streak of great play and an extra bit of inspiration, del Potro looks like a favorite to win it all in Dubai. But with a stacked field that includes both Federer and Djokovic, the entire tournament is up for grabs as it turns toward Day 2 on Tuesday.
Tomas Berdych, del Potro, Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will all be on the court during Day 2 vying for a chance to continue on in Dubai. With perhaps an even more enticing day of action set for Tuesday, the top competitors will look to heat up en route to a tournament title.