Portugal Open 2014: Daily Scores, Results and Updated Schedule
The European clay court season is continuing a big buildup to Roland Garros with the highly anticipated Portugal Open in Oeiras.
The event, recently renamed from the Estoril Open, is wide open for the taking. Last year’s winner, the surging Stanislas Wawrinka, has elected not to defend his title, and it seems just about anyone in the field has a shot at claiming victory.
While Wawrinka’s presence will be missed, this event will not suffer from a lack of notable names. Tomas Berdych, the No. 6 ranked player in the world, decided to make a late entry into the tourney and is now a favorite to earn a championship in Portugal.
Milos Raonic is another marquee, top-10 star that will push Berdych for the title. The Canadian is coming off a tough loss to Wawrinka in Monte-Carlo and should be hungry to claim his first title of the season.
There is also an abundance of talented players, such as Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who recently pushed Novak Djokovic to the edge, and former back-to-back champion Albert Montanes, who will make this event extremely interesting.
Keep reading to check out the complete draw, the upcoming schedule of matches, daily recaps and more for the 2014 Portugal Open.
Draw for 2014 Portugal Open
Day 7 Results
Day 7 Results
C. Berlocq def. (1) T. Berdych; 0-6, 7-5, 6-1
Day 7 Recap
Carlos Berlocq did the unthinkable on Sunday in Oeiras and overcame Tomas Berdych in rather dominant fashion after an early struggle and took him his second ATP World Tour title.
The match started off predictably enough. World No. 6 Berdych was simply dominant to start things thanks to his serve and made it look like an ugly affair was set to unfold.
It was, but not in a way any could have predicted.
For Berlocq, who had not defeated a player in the top 10 this year or gone beyond the second round in his first seven tournaments, the ugly start was par for the course. Rather than succumb, he continued to play with intensity and broke the first game of the second set.
It was a back-and-forth affair in the second, but Berlocq was able to hit tough shots from deep and reply whenever Berdych made a rally. He broke at 6-5 and never looked back.
After an excruciating second set and complaints about Berlocq's noisy play, Berdych succumbed in the third. Berlocq was too hot and broke Berdych three times to claim the title.
Day 6 Results
Day 6 Results
(1) T. Berdych def. V. Hanescu; 6-2, 6-2
C. Berlocq def. D. Gimeno-Traver; 7-6(6), 6-2
Day 6 Recap
Sunday's Portugal Open final is all set following Saturday's semifinal action. Despite a slew of upsets in the early rounds, chalk held up on Day 6 as top-seeded Tomas Berdych steamrolled past Victor Hanescu, winning comfortably in straight sets.
The Czech star recorded five aces and converted on all four of his break point chances in the match.
It certainly didn't help that Hanescu had no answer for Berdych's powerful serve. Berdych would win 33-of-43 total service points for the match, including 24-of-28 on his first serve.
In Saturday's second semifinal, Carlos Berlocq capitalized on his serve to knock out Daniel Gimeno-Traver in straight sets. Berlocq struggled immensely with his second serve, winning just 7-of-17 points, but rarely had to rely on it, winning 41-of-51 points on his first serve.
Gimeno-Traver was able to save four break points on his serve, but was only able to convert on 1-of-3 for the match.
It appeared like the match could have gone either way during the opening set tiebreak, but Berlocq gained tremendous momentum from his clutch play in the extra session and went on to control the tempo.
Berdych will certainly have to respect Berlocq's abilities on Sunday, but if the top seed can continue to serve the way he was on Saturday, he'll be a heavy favorite to pick up his second ATP singles title of 2014.
The world No. 6 was the best player in the draw coming into the week and remains the most talented player left heading into the tournament final.
Day 5 Results
Day 5 Results
V. Hanescu def. G. Elias; 6-1, 7-5
C. Berlocq def. (2) M. Raonic; 7-5, 6-4
(1) T. Berdych def. L. Mayer; 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
D. Gimeno-Traver def. (3) M. Granollers; 6-1, 6-2
Day 5 Recap
The quarterfinals of the 2014 Portugal Open were downright wild. There were two major upsets and the top seed in the tournament survived an early scare on Friday to make this one of the most interesting rounds of the event.
Daniel Gimeno-Traver didn’t break much of a sweat taking down third-seeded Marcel Granollers in Oeiras, handily beating his Spanish countryman in straight sets.
The result was a disappointing exit for Granollers, who had upset Albert Montanes—a former back-to-back champion here—in an epic three-set battle to reach the final eight. It seems Granollers gave everything he had in that match and had little left in reserve for Friday’s showdown.
The other major upset was Carlos Berlocq’s shocking defeat of No. 2 Milos Raonic. Raonic, ranked No. 9 in the world according to the ATP standings, wasn’t able to get the job done against his less heralded opponent.
The Canadian lost in straight sets to the Argentinian, who was simply better in the quarterfinals. Raonic had his serve broken on four occasions and sent just six aces over the net in the match.
Gimeno-Traver and Berlocq will meet in the semifinals to see who will be the unlikely contestant to advance to the finals.
Berdych, ranked No. 6 on the planet, had trouble with Leonardo Mayer during his match on Friday. He dropped the first set to the Argentine challenger, but recovered to win two in a row.
He will face Victor Hanescu in the semifinals after the Romanian dropped Gastao Elias—the last remaining Portuguese competitor—in straight sets.
Day 4 Results
Day 4 Results
Round of 16
(1) T. Berdych def. S. Devvarman; 6-3, 6-2
(2) M. Raonic def. P. Cuevas; 6-3, 6-2
G. Elias def. (4) G. Garcia-Lopez; 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
C. Berlocq def. L. Kubot; 6-4, 6-3
L. Mayer def. A. Golubev; 6-1, 7-6(3)
V. Hanescu def. P. Carreno Busta; 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
Day 4 Recap
Top seeds Tomas Berdych and Milos Raonic rolled in the round of 16 on Thursday, winning in straight sets by identical scorelines to advance to Friday's quarterfinals.
Berdych blasted six aces and saved three critical break points in his comfortable win over Somdev Devvarman, while Raonic dominated on serve against Pablo Cuevas, who won just 11-of-47 points on return for the match.
Thursday's lone upset saw Gastao Elias take out fourth-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in a hard-fought three-set battle. Elias doubled faulted four times and managed to put just 43 percent of his first serves in play, but was able to convert on 5-of-7 break points.
Elias will have a shot to continue his impressive run on Friday against Victor Hanescu, who knocked off Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta in three sets on Thursday.
While Berdych looks like a lock to reach Sunday's final, Raonic will likely have a tough time in the semifinals against either third-seeded Marcel Granollers or Daniel Gimeno-Traver.
It remains to be seen who will emerge from Friday's quarterfinal action, but regardless, we'll be guaranteed a first-time winner this weekend.
Day 3 Results
Day 3 Results
G. Elias def. F. Volandri; 6-4, 6-3
Round of 16
D. Gimeno-Traver def. R. Machado; 6-3, 7-6 (2)
(3) M. Granollers def. A. Montanes; 6-3, 7-5(5), 6-2
Day 3 Recap
The third day of the 2014 Portugal Open was a relatively quiet one, with only three matches taking place.
The biggest match of the day involved third-seeded Marcel Granollers battling with Albert Montanes for the right to advance.
Montanes, a back-to-back champion in this event back in 2009 and 2010, showed off his veteran savvy against his younger countryman. He came out scorching with a 6-3 first set victory and had Granollers on the ropes in the second, but ultimately came up short in a back-and-forth second set.
Granollers would ultimately live up to his billing as a high seed in the tournament, parlaying the momentum from his second set to oust his feisty opponent in the third and final set.
Gastao Elias earned a matchup with fourth-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez after his victory over Filippo Volandri. The Portugese native made quick work of his Italian opponent in Oeiras, needing just two sets to move on to the next round.
Rounding out the day was Daniel Gimeno-Traver’s victory over Rui Machado. The Spanish victor blitzed through the first set, but needed a tiebreak to overcome his Portuguese opponent in the second.
Gimeno-Traver will now play Granollers in the second round and it promises to be a good battle. Check back for the results of that and much more as the 2014 Portugal Open continues throughout the week.
Day 2 Results
Day 2 Results
R. Machado def. (5) D. Tursunov; 6-0, 6-0
L. Mayer def. (6) J. Sousa; 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
L. Kubot def. (7) T. Gabashvili; 6-3, 7-5
V. Hanescu def. R. Albot; 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
S. Devvarman def. M. Ebden; 6-2, 6-3
D. Gimeno-Traver def. A. Gonzalez; 6-4, 6-1
C. Berlocq def. T. Daniel; 6-3, 6-2
P. Cuevas def. A. Nedovyesov; 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
A. Montanes def. R. Carballes Baena; 7-6(4), 6-3
Day 2 Recap
Tuesday's first-round action at the Portugal Open featured a handful of upsets as seeded players Dmitry Tursunov, Joao Sousa and Teymuraz Gabashvili all fell in their opening matchups.
The fifth-seeded Tursunov was overwhelmed from the start against Rui Machado, winning just 18-of-70 total points in a jaw-dropping straight-sets loss. Tursunov was unable to save a single break point in the loss and won just 7-of-32 points on his serve.
Sousa won the opening set of his first-round clash with Leonardo Mayer, but struggled with his second serve down the stretch and finished the match converting just 2-of-9 break points.
Mayer will gear up for Day 1 winner Andrey Golubev in Round 2.
Gabashvili, who was coming off a quarterfinal appearance at the Barcelona Open, lost in straight sets to Polish veteran Lukasz Kubot, who converted on all four of his break points to close seal the upset.
Another Day 2 winner, Somdev Devvarman cruised past Matthew Ebden on Tuesday to set up a second-round matchup with overall top seed Tomas Berdych.
With Round 1 in the books, second-round action will get underway on Wednesday and continue on Thursday as top seeds Berdych, Milos Raonic, Marcel Granollers and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez kick off their journey through the draw.
Day 1 Results
Day 1 Results
A. Golubev def. A. Mannarino; 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
P. Carreno Busta def. (8) M. Kukushkin; 6-1, 7-6 (7)
Day 1 Recap
The men’s singles tournament at the 2014 Portugal Open started off relatively slowly, with only two matches to get things underway on Monday.
However, each of the battles was exciting and a great sign of things to come at Oeiras.
The action began with a three-set battle between Andrey Golubev and Adrian Mannarino, which was ultimately decided in favor of Golubev.
The Kazakh star opened up the first set with a convincing 6-3 victory, but dropped the second to his French opponent by the same margin. The deciding set was an ugly one, with neither contestant capitalizing on many of the ample opportunities the other provided. The 26-year-old Golubev ultimately took control, however, and finished off his 25-year-old opponent.
There was also a mild upset, as Pablo Carreno Busta eliminated the No. 8 seed in this event, Mikhail Kukushkin. The Spaniard won the first set easily and battled through a grueling second one to oust the slumping Kazakh.
Kukushkin has now lost his last eight matches and is in dire need of a turnaround.
Carreno Busta and Kukushkin were neck-and-neck in the ATP rankings coming into this matchup, with the victor sitting at No. 60 and the loser at No. 59, although that is likely to change after the results of this match.
The stage is certainly set for a wild ride this week in Oeiras, so stay tuned.