Power Horse Cup 2014: Daily Scores, Results and Dusseldorf Open Schedule
The ATP Tour makes a stop at the Rochusclub in Dusseldorf, Germany, where, with the French Open on the horizon, some of the sport's top players will tune up in the second year of the ATP 250 tournament.
A final chance for players to perfect their form before the French Open, Juan Monaco won the inaugural tournament a year ago and desperately needs a similar performance to rebound.
Monaco enters Dusseldorf after a crushing defeat at the hands of Rafael Nadal in Madrid, but is dialed in on turning things around this week after a visit with the Pope at the Vatican, as captured by the ATP World Tour's website:
Now I'm going to be focused for my next tournament, my next practice [sessions], but with so much love inside me. I will go to Dusseldorf and Roland Garros, two very important tournaments, especially Roland Garros, which I wait all year for. I hope that the Pope's blessing gives me luck, but above everything else to be healthy.
The rest of the field, which consists of eight top seeds, obviously has other plans. No. 1 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber expects to be the favorite as he competes on his home turf.
Make sure to catch the tournament in Dusseldorf in the coming week. Momentum gained there can certainly snowball into something special with bigger affairs coming on the schedule.
Schedule and Draw
|1||Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)|
|2||Marcel Granollers (ESP)|
|3||Andreas Seppi (ITA)|
|4||Joao Sousa (POR)|
|5||Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)|
|6||Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)|
|7||Ivo Karlovic (CRO)|
|8||Igor Sijsling (NED)|
*Click here to view the daily schedule for the Power Horse Cup, via ATPWorldTour.com.
*Click here to view the updated draw for the men's singles competition, via ATPWorldTour.com.
Day 6 Recap
(1) Philipp Kohlschreiber def. (7)Ivo Karlovic; 6-2, 7-6(4)
The tournament's top seed came through, as Philipp Kohlschreiber earned his fifth ATP World Tour trophy after defeating Ivo Karlovic, 6-2, 7-6(4) in Saturday's final.
This marked a great improvement in Kohlschreiber's outings at the Dusseldorf Open, with his best finish before his win coming in the form of a defeat during the round of 16 in 2013.
Karlovic gained the early upper hand in the match, winning the first game; however, Kohlschreiber wouldn't be denied, winning the next five games, losing just five of his service points.
Near the back half of the second set, Kohlschreiber was given a scare, as he began to falter and allowed Karlovic to force a tiebreak.
The nervous Kohlschreiber came back strong in the end to close out his opponent and earn his title.
Kohlschreiber commented on his victory during a press conference with ATPWorldTour.com after the match:
I was lucky to guess the right sides, the right corners on his serve. I had a pretty good feeling, so after the second break I knew the first set was mine.
After I got the break [in the second set], I possibly thought too much about winning the title. I got a little bit nervous, but I came back very strong in the tie-break. I got lucky at the end, when he missed a forehand close to the line.
Karlovic weighed in as well, "At the beginning he played unbelievably well. I was struggling a little bit with a back problem, so I couldn't hit as hard as I normally do. But it was a good week. I didn't expect five matches here, so I am very happy to have reached the final."
The French Open is next on the slate for each of these players. There's a very strong field awaiting them in Paris, and we'll see if their momentum can carry them through.
Day 5 Recap
(1) Philipp Kohlschreiber def. Mate Delic; 7-5, 4-6, 6-1
(1) Philipp Kohlschreiber def. Denis Istomin; 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
(7) Ivo Karlovic def. Jiri Vesely; 7-6, 7-6
Kohlschreiber was forced to pull off double duty on Friday in order to get the tournament back on schedule. With the French Open starting on Sunday, the event needed to ensure everything was in place for a Saturday final.
The heavy workload wasn't enough to slow down the top seed. First, he edged Delic, an unheralded qualifier, in three sets. Then, after a few hours to recuperate, he returned to the court to face off with Istomin. It another another match that went the distance before the German came out on top.
In the other semifinal, it was a typical Karlovic match. Both sets went to tiebreakers before the big-serving Croatian was able to edge Vesely. That ability to hold is what makes him such a tough draw at the Grand Slam events.
The final on Saturday will mark the fourth meeting between Kohlschreiber and Karlovic, who holds a 2-1 edge. That said, it's the first time they've faced since 2011 and all of the previous encounters were on hard courts.
Day 4 Recap
Denis Istomin def. (3) Andreas Seppi, 6-3, 6-4
(7) Ivo Karlovic def. Juan Monaco, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Jiri Vesely def. Jurgen Melzer, 6-1, 6-1
There will be a new champion crowned at the Dusseldorf Open this year, as No. 7 seed Ivo Karlovic knocked out Juan Monaco. To say Monaco struggled with Karlovic's serve would be an understatement, as Karlovic ripped a whopping 19 aces.
Meanwhile, Jiri Vesely knocked off Jurgen Melzer to reach the semifinals, another feather in his cap this season. Vesely was gracious in victory, however, noting per ATPWorldTour.com that perhaps his opponent didn't have his best stuff on the day:
'Jurgen didn’t play well,' said Vesely. 'He was missing a lot. He was nervous at the beginning. I started pretty well. I was trying to hold him at the baseline and tried to serve very good, which I did today, and that was one of the keys that helped me win the match.'
Vesely made the fifth-biggest jump in the Top 100 from the start of 2013 to 2014, climbing 176 spots from No. 260 to No. 84. He was the recipient of the ATP Star of Tomorrow presented by Emirates in 2013, which is awarded to the youngest player in the Top 100.
'It’s amazing,' he said of reaching the semi-finals. 'It was one of my goals this year to reach the final rounds of an ATP event, and I’m very happy that I made it right before the French Open and I’m looking forward to my next match.'
There was also a pretty big upset on an eventful day (despite just three singles matches being contested), as Denis Istomin knocked off 3-seed Andreas Seppi. Istomin played his best when it counted, converting three of his six break point opportunities while saving all but one of the four break point chances Seppi had.
Day 3 Recap
Day 3 Results
(1) Philipp Kohlschreiber def. Teymuraz Gabashvili, 6-3, 6-1
(3) Andreas Seppi def. Adrian Mannarino, 6-2, 6-1
Jiri Vesely def. Nicolay Davydenko, 6-1, 7-6
(7) Ivo Karlovic def. Nikola Milojevic, 6-4, 7-5
Jason Kubler def. Alessandro Giannessi, 7-5, 3-6, 6-1
Mate Delic def. Dustin Brown, 6-3, 6-0
Denis Istomin def. Jason Kubler, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
Jurgen Melzer def. (4) Joao Sousa, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4
Juan Monaco def. (2) Marcel Granollers, 6-1, 6-2
Tuesday was a great day for Jason Kubler, until it wasn't.
The player opened the day by winning a first-round match that had been postponed against Alessandro Giannessi, but things were bleaker later on, as he won the first set against Denis Istomin but dropped the next two.
It also wasn't a great day for several seeded players. No. 4 Joao Sousa couldn't survive a three-set bout with Jurgen Melzer, while No. 2 Marcel Granollers was brushed aside by Juan Monaco, who it should be mentioned is the reigning champion at this tournament. And he's red-hot, having dropped just six games in two matches.
The other major storyline on the day was Philipp Kohlschreiber cruising to victory over Teymuraz Gabashvili. After the match, Kohlschreiber summarized his performance for ATPWorldTour.com, saying, "I had a really good start and I’m very happy with the performance. Most of my victories and big wins have come in Germany. It’s a great opportunity to play in my country."
He certainly has appeared to be comfortable at this tournament thus far. But if Monaco's performances are any indication, Kohlschreiber will have a very serious mountain to overcome if the two eventually cross paths.
Day 2 Recap
Day 2 Results
Denis Istomin def. (6) Jarkko Nieminen, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2
Juan Monaco def. Benjamin Becker, 6-2, 6-1
Mate Delic def. Michal Przysiezny, 7-5, 7-5
Nikolay Davydenko def. Dudi Sela, 6-3, 6-1
Another day, another upset in Dusseldorf.
Much like Igor Sijsling and Yen-Hsun Lu before him, No. 6 Jarkko Nieminen bowed out in the first round, losing a tough three-set match to Denis Istomin. Nieminen was the runner-up in this tournament a year ago, so this result had to have been hugely disappointing.
One of the more positive results on the day, however, was Juan Monaco winning his first match, as the Associated Press noted, via ESPN:
A former top 10 player, Monaco has struggled with a right-wrist injury and has fallen to No. 54.
But he easily disposed of Becker, who is not comfortable on clay.
Monaco says that as defending champion in Duesseldorf he feels 'comfortable here, everything is familiar.'
Mate Delic survived one of the more hotly contested matches of the day, needing to win both sets by a 7-5 score over Michal Przysiezny. Nikolay Davydenko won his match much more easily, winning 70 percent of his first service points and controlling the match from start to finish.
Day 1 Recap
Day 1 Results
Jiri Vesely def. No. 8 Igor Sijsling; 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
Jurgen Melzer def. Pablo Carreno Busta; 6-4, 6-1
Teymuraz Gabashvili def. Dusan Lajovic; 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Dustin Brown def. No. 5 Yen-Hsun Lu; 7-6 (3), 6-2
Nikola Milojevic def. Mirza Basic;6-2, 5-7, 6-4
The festivities in Dusseldorf got off to a bang on Monday with two noteworthy upsets.
No. 8 Igor Sijsling was bounced in rather quick fashion in the first round by young Czech Jiri Vesely, who converted three of seven break points for the upset win. He told the media after the fact that the match was more difficult than recent bouts with Sijsling, per the ATP World Tour's website:
"I played Igor in Indian Wells [in March] and it wasn’t an easy match," said Vesely. "Today on clay he was playing even better. He was making me run. I was very happy that I was serving really well and that I was able to win."
Dustin Brown was able to overcome No. 5 Yen-Hsun Lu in just over one hour and 23 minutes to keep himself alive in a field he could very much upset.
Jurgen Melzer made his tournament debut and cruised past Pablo Carreno Busta in rather dominant fashion. He'll face No. 4 Joao Sousa in the second round, while Teymuraz Gabashvili will meet No. 1 Philipp Kohlschreiber after a first-round triumph over Dusan Lajovic.
Things are just getting started, but after the action of Day 1 it's clear this tournament promises plenty more excitement.