BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy 2014: Daily Scores, Results and Schedule
Some of the top tennis players in the world will continue their clay-court season by attempting to win the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy in Bucharest, Romania.
Lukas Rosol will look to defend his title after winning his first career event a year ago. After winning the 2013 tournament with a straight-sets victory over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, he was proud of his effort, via ATPWorldTour.com:
It could not be better this week. I came here from a full two weeks of practice. I didn't know what to expect of myself. So I’m pretty satisfied with this result… I will remember this week. It was very emotional for me and is something special. I found a way to beat some good players and succeed.
He will try to take home another title, but he enters the tournament unseeded thanks to an inconsistent start to the 2014 season. It will truly be an uphill battle to get through a difficult draw to the finals.
Also looking to make an impact in this tournament is Grigor Dimitrov. The 22-year-old phenom is the No. 1 seed for the first time in his career, and he is hoping to make it count.
Dimitrov has climbed to No. 16 in the world rankings thanks to a win at Acapulco and a quarterfinals appearance at the Australian Open. He has the talent and the confidence necessary to pull out another tournament win at this event.
Mikhail Youzhny, Gael Monfils, Vasek Pospisil and others are certain to create a challenge as well, but the name to really look out for is Gilles Simon. The No. 4 seed in the tournament has won this event three times in his career in 2007, 2008 and 2012.
The French veteran knows what it takes to be successful on this stage and will not go down without a fight.
All of these competitors will hope to get 250 points and their share of €426,605 for a win while also gaining valuable experience heading into Roland Garros. This is certain to create an exciting tournament, so follow along for daily updates at Bucharest.
Schedule and Draw
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Day 7 Results
No. 1 Grigor Dimitrov def. Lukas Rosol, 7-6(2), 6-1
No. 1 Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau def. No. 3 Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski, 6-4, 6-4
Top-seeded Grigor Dimitrov won his third ATP title by defeating defending champion Lukas Rosol. Dimitrov did not lose a set all week, and will rise to No. 13 in the world rankings after this victory.
Dimitrov was broken in the third game of the first set, but recovered to force a tiebreaker that he eventually won in convincing fashion. The final set was a seven-game romp, as Dimitrov needed just 25 minutes to claim the title. According to ATP.com, Dimitrov believes the title was the pay-off for his work ethic, one that has led to a steady climb up the world rankings:
“It feels good to have won,” said Dimitrov. “I lifted my game, not having been happy with my previous matches in the tournament. I knew I had to lift my level, especially after the first set. Lukas is a very good winner, who hit some outstanding winners. It was a pleasure to play in front of Ilie Nastase and other greats."
The clay court victory should give Dimitrov some confidence headed into the French Open, where he has never advanced further than the third round. However, coming off a quarterfinals appearance in the Australian Open, his best career finish at a grand slam, Dimitrov stands out as a dark-horse to watch in Paris this summer.
Day 6 Results
No. 1 Grigor Dimitrov def. No. 3 Gael Monfils; 5-1, Ret'd
Lukas Rosol def. Robin Haase;3-6, 6-1, 6-3
No. 1 Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau def. No. 4 Jamie Murray/John Peers; 2-6, 7-6(3), 10-8
No. 3 Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski def. Denis Istomin and Lukas Rosol; 3-6, 6-3, 11-9
Grigor Dimitrov is on his way to the final after a quick affair on Saturday. Gael Monfils twisted his ankle before the match and hardly made it 15 minutes on the court before retiring with the margin at 5-1 in favor of Dimitrov.
Despite the win, Dimitrov was respectful in his post-match observations, per atpworldtour.com:
It is disappointing for Gael. As much as I am happy, it is an undeserved win and unfortunately it had to end that way. I saw what happened. I hope he will be okay for the coming weeks. I am confident, having beaten some good players. I have to be prepared as I know what to expect from him (Rosol). It will be a good feeling walking out onto centre court tomorrow.
Dimitrov has to pass another test in the final against Lukas Rosol, the defending champ and a player he has never encountered.
Rosol has now won nine straight matches at the tournament thanks to a victory over Robin Haase that took one hour and 47 minutes. A bit sloppy at first, Rosol pulled it together in a comfortable environment and is off to the final once more.
Day 5 Results
No. 1 Grigor Dimitrov def. Sergiy Stakhovsy, 6-3, 6-4
Lukas Rosol def. No. 4 Gilles Simon, 7-6, 6-2
No. 3 Gael Monfils def. Paul-Henri Mathieu, 3-6, 7-6, 6-2
Robin Haase def. Denis Istomin, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3
No. 1 Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau def. Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins, 7-6, 7-6
Denis Istomin and Lukas Rosol def. No. 2 Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen, 6-3, 3-6, 10-5
Well, it is safe to say Lukas Rosol had a good day on Friday.
Not only did last year's winner of this tournament knock off one of the favorites, Gilles Simon, he also advanced to the doubles semifinals with partner Denis Istomin.
Rosol and Simon battled in the first set but the challenger was able to earn the crucial win and seemingly take the life out of Simon. For the match he forced 12 break points, converting five of them and generally keeping Simon off balance.
While Simon bowed out, the No. 1 seed Grigor Dimitrov and the No. 3 seed Gael Monfils each moved on. Dimitrov allowed just two break points in the entire match, conceding one, while Monfils smashed five aces and won 71 percent of his first-service points.
Rosol's double partner, Istomin, couldn't keep his singles tournament going, winning the first set against Robin Haase before dropping the next two. A bittersweet day, surely.
Dimitrov will now take on Monfils in the semifinals, while the upstarts, Rosol and Haase, will battle for the other spot in the final.
Day 4 Results
Denis Istomin def. Adrian Ungur; 4-6, 6-0, 6-3
Robin Haase def. No. 2 Mikhail Youzhny; 6-3, 6-3
No. 3 Gael Monfils def. Ricardas Berankis; 6-1, 6-3
Paul-Henri Mathieu def. Marius Copil; 6-3, 6-2
No. 3 Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski def. Julian Knowle/Vasek Pospisil; withdrawal
No. 4 Jamie Murray/John Peers def. Daniele Bracciali/Andreas Seppi; 6-1, 6-2
Several favorites have already taken a tumble in the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy, but Day 4 brought one of the biggest upsets of the entire competition.
No. 2 Mikhail Youzhny came into the tournament with hopes of winning his first singles title this season after winning two last year, but was no match for Robin Haase. The 27-year-old controlled the match throughout and got past Youzhny in straight sets.
The Nastase Tiriac Trophy official Twitter account provides highlights of the exhilarating match.
As huge as the victory was for the Dutch player, Haase now has to move on and play Denis Istomin, who also put together his own grueling victory on Thursday over Adrian Ungur.
After going down in the first set, 4-6, Istomin surged in the next two sets to advance. The Uzbek player finished off the match with three aces in the final set to clinch the victory and set up a duel with the fellow 27-year-old.
The other lone seeded player on the day was No. 3 Gale Monfils, who ousted Ricardas Berankis in straight sets. Claiming a 6-1, 6-3 win, the former No. 1 French player has once again navigated his way through a good field into the third round of the tournament.
On the doubles side, both seeded teams showed their dominance, one a little more than the other. Seeing as how No. 4 Jamie Murray and John Peers actually had to take the court on Day 4, the duo had to actually work against Daniele Bracciali and Andreas Seppi.
Their dismissal of the unseeded duo was nearly as pain-free as the walk-through that No. 3 Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski received on Thursday.
Friday's action will see defending champion Lukas Rosol return to action against another seeded player in No. 4 Gilles Simon. The Czech player has carved his way through the tournament thus far, but will need a nearly perfect match to down Simon.
Both the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams in Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau along with Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen, respectively, will also take the court on Friday. With Day 5 promising to bring nearly as much unpredictability as Day 4, the suspense is boiling over in the Nastase Tiriac Trophy.
Day 3 Results
No. 1 Grigor Dimitrov def. Jiri Vesely; 7-6(5), 6-2
Lukas Rosol def. No. 8 Jarkko Nieminen; 6-2, 6-4
No. 4 Gilles Simon def. Victor Hanescu; 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
Sergiy Stakhovsky def. Carlos Berlocq; 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-2
No. 1 Jean-Julien Rojer/Horia Tecau def. Nicolas Mahut/Adrian Mannarino; 6-0, 6-4
Colin Fleming/Ross Hutchins def. Martin Emmrich/Christopher Kas; 7-5, 6-3
No. 3 Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski def. Santiago Gonzalez/Scott Lipsky; 6-1, 7-6(4)
Daniele Bracciali/Andreas Seppi def. Victor Crivoi/Adrian Ungur; 6-3, 6-2
This can't officially be called Grigor Dimitrov's coming out party, but he's certainly showing off his potential early in the tournament.
The 22-year-old won easily in straight sets over Jiri Vesely to advance on Wednesday in the first clash between the two players. Dimitrov spoke about the difficulty of getting a feel on the court against another young player, per the ATP official website:
It's never easy when you play someone for the first time. He's a player I've been observing in the past couple of months so I knew what to expect. He's a big guy, great serve and he gave me a really hard first set. I had to come up with some really good shots. I'm happy that I finished in two sets. It was a good first match for me.
While it's a much smaller tournament than any of the Grand Slams or even against notable competition like Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic, Dimitrov is hoping to come away with a title before the French Open.
As for the other favorites in the tournament, Lukas Rosol continued his reign at the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy. While he isn't seeded, the defending champion made easy work out of No. 8 Jarkko Nieminen, defeating him in straight sets and allowing a total of six games won by the No. 8 seed.
It's been a nice bounce back tournament for Rosol, who was ousted by eventual Monte Carlos Masters runner-up Roger Federer earlier this month.
As for the doubles, it was chalk once again for the top seeds as No. 1 Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau took a pain-free straight set win. Meanwhile, No. 3 Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski had to work slightly harder to pull out their second set, but still advanced to the next round.
The No. 1 seed will return to the court on Thursday in the doubles bracket along with every other top-four duo. In the singles bracket, No. 2 Mikhail Youzhny and No. 3 Gael Monfils will get back out on the court as the only to ranked players taking part in the action.
Day 2 Results
Adrian Ungur def. No. 5 Vasek Pospisil; 5-7, 6-2, 6-1
Carlos Berlocq def. No. 6 Andreas Seppi; 6-0, 2-6, 7-6(4)
Marius Copil def. Adrian Mannarino; 6-1, 6-4
Victor Hanescu def. Dudi Sela; 6-3, 6-4
Robin Haase def. Matthew Ebden; 6-4, 6-3
Paul-Henri Mathieu def. No. 7 Nicolas Mahut; 6-3, 6-1
Denis Istomin def. Thomaz Bellucci; 7-6(6), 7-6(6)
Lukas Rosol def. Filippo Volandri; 6-1, 7-6(6)
Ricardas Berankis def. Nikoloz Basilashvili; 6-7(2), 6-3, 6-4
No. 4 Jamie Murray/John Peers def. Tomasz Bednarek/Mate Pavic; 6-3, 6-4
Denis Istomin/Lukas Rosol def. Lukas Dlouhy/Jonathan Marray; 7-6(6), 7-5
After what was a strong day for some of the top seeds on Day 1 of the tournament, Day 2 took a turn for the worse for a few of the tournament favorites.
Coming into the competition, Vasek Pospisil had hopes of turning around a tough season. The 23-year-old player had lost five straight matches following the Australian Open, per Ricky Dimon of The Grandstand, and saw that streak continue on Tuesday.
A day after winning in the doubles bracket with Julian Knowle, Pospisil was ousted by the more experienced Adrian Ungur, who became a crowd favorite throughout the match, as Canada's Tennis News points out.
Apart from Pospisil being upset, both No. 6 Andreas Seppi and No. 7 Nicolas Mahut were also shut down in their efforts to advance. Both came in with hopes of knocking off Lukas Rosol to become champions at the tournament, but two of many to make early exits in the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy, per ESPN Tennis.
On the doubles side, no surprises occurred as No. 4 Jamie Murray and John Peers won in straight sets. Denis Istomin and Lukas Rosol also pulled off a straight set win, as Rosol continued his dominance at the tournament in both singles and doubles.
Wednesday's action will see Rosol return to the court in singles as he takes on No. 8 Jarkko Nieminen, eyeing another possible top seed getting dropped in the competition. No. 1 Grigor Dimitrov will also be up against Jiri Vesely as the young player looks to make a late tournament run before his next Grand Slam.
As for the doubles, four more matches will take place on the third day of the tournament, with No. 1 Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau taking the court. After the action taking place on Tuesday, no player or doubles duo is safe in the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy.
Day 1 Results
No. 4 Adrian Ungur def. No. 8 Jaroslav Pospisil; 6-4, 6-4
No. 3 Paul-Henri Mathieu def. No. 7 Radu Albot; 6-3, 6-1
No. 6 Ricardas Berankis def. Mirza Basic; 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
Nikoloz Basilashvili def. Henri Laaksonen; 6-7(4), 6-1, 6-4
No. 8 Jarkko Nieminen def. Leonardo Mayer; 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(4)
Jiri Vesely def. Jeremy Chardy; 7-6(3), 6-0
Sergiy Stakhovsky def. Patrick Ciorcila; 2-6, 6-2, 6-1
There were surprises right away in this competitive tournament as the first day of action solidified the main draw with the final rounds of qualifying while the first few matches in the round of 32 were completed as well.
Jeremy Chardy was the first big name to go down after the talented competitor was seen as a possible sleeper who could challenge top-seeded Grigor Dimitrov. However, he and Jiri Vesely put on a great serving demonstration as neither side was able to force a break in the first set.
When Vesely won the tiebreak, Chardy seemed to fall apart and could not win a single game in the second set. Vesely was extremely accurate all day long and ended up winning 32 of 38 first-serve points. He will now get the chance to knock off Dimitrov in the second round.
Meanwhile, Leonardo Mayer gave No. 8 Jarkko Nieminen all he could handle in a match that went to a tiebreak in the third set.
Nieminen scored the big points when it counted, saving eight of 11 break points and coming through in the final tiebreak. Mayer then could not overcome his eight double faults while only getting 52 percent of first serves in play.
Sergiy Stakhovsky also overcame a terrible first set to dominate Patrick Ciorcila in the final two to advance to the next round. He will now face the winner of Carlos Berlocq and Andreas Seppi.
In the qualifying matches, Nikoloz Basilashvili continued his Cinderella story into the main tournament after going through his draw as an unseeded competitor. The 22-year-old from Georgia defeated top seed Tobias Kamke in an earlier round and will now look to keep his run alive against fellow qualifier Ricardas Berankis.
Gael Monfils looms for the winner, but either one would be satisfied earning a victory in the first round.
Adrian Ungur also qualified for the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy, but the real person to watch out for is Paul-Henri Mathieu. The 32-year-old veteran has won plenty of matches in his career and was once ranked in the top 20 in the world. He should give Nicolas Mahut trouble in the opening round.
The tournament continues Tuesday with a number of seeded players in action including Mahut, Seppi and Vasek Pospisil. Any of these competitors have a chance to go the distance, but they cannot overlook the challengers in the early rounds.