Brasil Open 2014: Daily Scores, Results and Schedule
Some of the world's best tennis players will descend on Sao Paulo, Brazil for the 2014 edition of the Brasil Open.
While big names such as Rafael Nadal will not be in attendance, the indoor clay tournament has more than $470,000 on the line and acts as a critical juncture for players to earn points as an ATP World Tour 250 event.
The tournament's second year in Sao Paulo after 11 in Costa do Sauipe figures to be an exciting one for fans around the world, as big names like Nadal—the 2013 winner—have put on impressive displays before making runs at larger events.
This year's biggest name is Germany's Tommy Haas, who will make his first appearance in the tournament at the age of 35. He enters after reaching the Zagreb final earlier in the month and is in hot pursuit of ATP World Tour title No. 16.
That said, Haas recently had his momentum derailed at the Delray Beach Open in Las Vegas on Wednesday when he lost to unranked qualifier Steve Johnson. He blamed his inability to adjust as the reason for his stunning loss, via Dave George of the Palm Beach Post:
I just made too many easy unforced errors. I struggled a little bit with really focusing and seeing the ball at certain times with the lights and a lot of distractions for me.
Tough conditions, you know. You play a day match yesterday and it’s completely different here playing at night. … It’s not an excuse. It’s the same for both players and some adjust better than others, but there’s always something.
Haas must rebound in a hurry, because his biggest competition is No. 2 seed Nicolas Almagro, who owns a 20-5 record at the tournament and has taken home the top prize three times (2008, 2011, 2012).
Other notable names include Thomaz Bellucci and Juan Monaco to round out what is a sneaky-deep field. Fans around the globe will not want to miss the clay-court action when things kick off in Sao Paulo.
No. 1 Tommy Haas
No. 2 Nicolas Almagro
No. 3 Marcel Granollers
No. 4 Juan Monaco
No. 5 Robin Haase
No. 6 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez
No. 7 Leonardo Mayer
No. 8 Santiago Giraldo
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*All information courtesy of ATPWorldTour.com.
Day 6 Results
Day 6 Results
Federico Delbonis def. Paolo Lorenzi; 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
After moving past Thomaz Belluci is the semifinal, Federico Delbonis of Argentina has won his first ATP title by upending Paolo Lorenzi in the final in Sao Paulo.
The match lasted just over two hours as Lorenzi fought to stay alive, but Delbonis broke the serve in the final set to cruise his way toward the biggest win of his career to date.
The final match encapsulated Delbonis' tournament as a whole as he was able to hang on to beat Belluci and three-time winner and No. 2 seed Nicolas Almagro earlier in the tournament.
The Associated Press, via ESPN, captured Delbonis' reaction after the match:
"To tell you the truth, I have no words," Delbonis said. "I played well match after match. It was a great result in the end."
As a result, Delbonis will move up to No. 45 in the ATP rankings.
Day 5 Results
Day 5 Scores
Paolo Lorenzi def. Tommy Haas; 6-3, 3-2 (Retired)
Federico Delbonis def. Thomaz Belluci; 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-4
Day 5 of the 2014 Brasil Open started off with a major upset. The tournament’s top seed, Tommy Haas, was forced to retire with a shoulder injury and lost to Paolo Lorenzi 6-3, 3-2 in the semifinals.
As per the Associated Press (via ESPN), Haas “felt a lot of pain” early on, but the 35-year-old gritted through an injury timeout-riddled first set. He eventually succumbed to the injury midway through the second.
The veteran spoke about his history of injuries after the match, as per the AP:
I've had three shoulder injuries and one elbow injury, so my shoulder is not the youngest, not the way it needs to be. I'm very happy that I can still play at a high level, but sometimes the shoulder is very, very tired, very, very stiff, and it tells me not to continue. But I'll try to play as long as I can, hopefully for the rest of the season, then we will see.
Lorenzi advanced to his first-ever ATP final with the victory and the 32-year-old will be looking to claim his maiden title with a win over Federico Delbonis.
The Italian finalist told the AP that he was surprised to be in the championship: "When I started this tournament I never thought that I would be playing in the final. Now tomorrow let's see what happens. Right now I'm just happy to be in this final here in Brazil."
Delbonis’ semifinal matchup lasted a lot longer than the one his upcoming opponent blitzed through.
The Argentine knocked off Thomaz Belluci, the last remaining Brazilian in the Sao Paulo-based event. Delbonis gutted out a tough 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-4 three-set win on Saturday afternoon.
It’s not the marquee matchup of Haas against Nicolas Almagro that most envisioned when the draw was released, but it should be a great battle between two hungry opponents.
Day 4 Results
Day 4 Scores
(4) Juan Monaco def. Albert Ramos; 7-6(4), 2-6, 7-5
Paolo Lorenzi def. Rogerio Dutra Silva; 6-4, 6-3
Martin Klizan vs. (3) Marcel Granollers...In progress
Thomaz Bellucci vs. Andreas Haider-Maurer...Not before 5:30 p.m. ET
Day 4 in Sao Paolo marks the conclusion of second-round action at the 2014 Brasil Open. In Thursday's opening match, fourth-seeded Juan Monaco survived a valiant effort from unseeded Spaniard Albert Ramos, who broke Monaco's serve twice in the second set to force a decisive stanza.
The Argentine would recapture the momentum in the final set, cashing in on both of his break points to secure a berth in the quarterfinals.
The win over Ramos was Monaco's first in four tries.
The afternoon session concluded with Italy's Paolo Lorenzi knocking off Rogerio Dutra Silva in straight sets. Lorenzi converted on all four of his break point chances and picked Dutra Silva's serve apart en route to the comfortable win.
He would win 47 percent of his return points and 59 percent of the total points for the match.
Day 3 Results
Day 3 Scores
Horacio Zeballos def. Guido Pella; 6-3, 6-4
Federico Delbonis def. (2) Nicolas Almagro; 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
Albert Montanes def. Joao Souza; 6-4, 2-3, retired
(1) Tommy Haas def. Potito Starace; 7-6(2), 6-3
Horacio Zeballos of Argentina defeated countryman Guido Pella with a workmanlike performance. He won 84 percent of points on his first serve and converted three break points en route to a straight-set victory and a spot in the quarterfinals.
The second match of the day featured a major upset as Nicolas Almagro fell to the third Argentine in action on Day 3, Federico Delbonis. The tournament's second seed won the first set but Delbonis saved all nine break points while securing three breaks against Almagro over the final two sets to advance.
In the evening session, both Tommy Haas and Albert Montanes advanced. Haas knocked off Potito Starace in straight sets while Montanes was able to get through via a retirement from Joao Souza midway through the second set of their match.
Day 2 Results
Day 2 Scores
Rogerio Dutra Silva def. No. 6 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez; 1-6, 7-5, 6-3
Thomaz Bellucci def. No. 8 Santiago Giraldo; 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
Martin Klizan def. Guilherme Clezar; 6-4, 6-3
Federico Delbonis def. Filippo Volandri; 6-1, 6-2
Albert Ramos def. Gastao Elias; 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
Albert Montanes def. Aljaz Bedene; 6-2, 6-2
Andreas Haider-Maurer def. Julian Reister; 6-2, 4-6, 6-1
Potito Starace def. Alejandro Gonzalez; 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
Paolo Lorenzi def. Pere Riba; 7-5, 6-3
After just three first-round matches the previous day, Tuesday's action saw a ton more action on the clay courts of São Paulo, Brazil. Two of three seeded players were knocked out even before Day 2 got started, and two more such players fell victim to disappointing upsets.
No. 6 seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez cruised to a 6-1 win in the first set but was blitzed by Rogerio Dutra Silva, who was playing some inspired tennis in his native country to claim victory in three sets. Garcia-Lopez served badly through the first two sets, and Dutra Silva hit 75 percent of his first serves in during the decisive set, which he won handily 6-3.
Another native of Brazil in Thomaz Bellucci managed to topple eighth seed Santiago Giraldo despite dropping the first set 6-4. Bellucci seems to have a knack for playing well in this event, having reached the quarterfinals in four of his past five appearances, per ATPWorldTour.com.
Not every local product was fortunate to advance, though. Qualifier Guilherme Clezar fell to Martin Klizan 6-4, 6-3 as one of the notable straight-set showdowns on the day.
The others who cruised through to the second round were Federico Delbonis (6-1, 6-2 over Filippo Volandri), Albert Montanes (6-2, 6-2 versus Aljaz Bedene) and Paolo Lorenzi, who took down Pere Riba after tense first set, 7-5, 6-3.
A trio of three-set specials characterized the remainder of Friday's competition. Alejandro Gonzalez jumped out to a 6-4 first-set win but succumbed to Potito Starace. The determined Italian won the following sets 6-2, 6-3 and converted five of eight break-point chances in that span.
Lackluster serving and a failure to capitalize on two break opportunities cost Andreas Haider-Maurer the second set in his matchup with Julian Reister, but he won the opening set 6-2 before dropping just one game in the third.
Finally, a true back-and-forth exchange of prowess between Albert Ramos and Gastao Elias saw Ramos come out on top with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 triumph.
Day 1 Results
Day 1 Scores
Joao Souza def. No. 5 Robin Haase; 7-5, 6-4
Guido Pella def. No. 7 Leonardo Mayer; 7-6(4), 6-7(3), 7-6(4)
Horacio Zeballos def. Pablo Cuevas; 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-3
Main Draw Qualifying
Gastao Elias def. Dusan Lajovic; 7-5(5), 6-3
Rogerio Dutra Silva def. Diego Sebastian Schwartzman; 6-4, 6-2
Pere Riba def. Maximo Gonzalez; 6-2, 6-4
Potito Starace def. Facundo Bagnis; 6-2, 7-6(2)
Day 1 at the 2014 Brasil Open in Sao Paulo featured plenty of excitement and a pair of upsets as fifth-seeded Robin Haase and seventh-seeded Leonardo Mayer were both sent home in the opening round.
Mayer fell to compatriot Guido Pella in the day's most thrilling match. Not only did the two South Americans go the distance, but each set also required a tiebreak.
In addition to his clutch play in the extra sessions, Pella's ability to step up on break points was also the difference. He saved six of seven break points for the match.
That match between Leo Mayer and Pella is absolutely fantastic. 2 aggressive players squaring off is always great to watch. :)— Caro Paquin (@caropaquin80) February 24, 2014
Haase was even less fortunate than Mayer, failing to convert on all four of his break chances and struggling with this serve against Brazilian Joao Souza. The Dutchman only put 58 percent of his first serves into the box and didn't help his cause by winning just 45 percent of his second-serve points.
The two surprising results open up the draw for both the favorites and the underdog challengers looking to make a deep run this week.
Neither Pella nor Souza will have to play another seeded player until the quarterfinals.
In Monday's final first-round matchup, Horacio Zeballos saved eight break points and overcame 18 aces from Pablo Cuevas to advance to the second round, where he'll face off against Pella.