Gerry Weber Open 2014: Daily Scores, Results and Schedule
Fresh off an exciting finish at the 2014 French Open, the top stars in men's tennis competed in the 2014 Gerry Weber Open in Germany and looked to make a seamless transition from a clay court to a grass court.
The field was stacked with the game's best from the men's side, but it was Roger Federer who showed his dominance on grass by beating Alejandro Falla in straight sets. Unlike Rafael Nadal, who lost early in the tournament, Federer had the benefit of extra rest on his side due to the upset loss early on at the French Open.
In fact, the rest helped Federer play up to the level that he always has on grass. Ian Horne of LiveTennis.com pointed to the stat sheet before the tournament to explain just how good Federer is on grass surfaces:
Since 1973, Federer is the ATP's Win-Loss Index leader for career grass court matches. The 17-time slam winner's record on the surface currently stands at 122-18, and he's been able to pick up 13 titles in the process. Seven of these have been won at Wimbledon, where he's been able to stamp his mark on the game and earn a reputation as the King of the Lawns (which doesn't quite have the same ring to it as Rafael Nadal's King of Clay moniker).
Federer's Win-Loss Index stands at 0.871 (matches won per matches played) on grass, and he's followed on that list by John McEnroe (119-20 record) and Bjorn Borg (61-11 record).
Nadal, who missed the tournament last year, didn't want to miss it again. He triumphed at the French Open for the ninth time in the past decade, but the Spaniard was unable to carry that momentum forward at Halle.
After winning the French Open, Nadal told Horne before the tourney that he'd be making the trip to Germany:
I am going to Halle tomorrow. I want to try to play well again in Wimbledon. I'm healthy. That's the most important thing, I feel…For me, is a tournament I really love so much, so after the match of today and after how tired I am, after a little bit the back problem that I had during the whole tournament, is in a strong position to go to Halle.
The tournament started on Monday, June 9, and there was plenty of great tennis at the 2014 edition of the Gerry Weber Open.
Day 7 Results
Day 7 Results
No. 2 Roger Federer defeated Alejandro Falla, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3)
Day 7 Recap
After one of the most exciting editions of the Gerry Weber Open in recent memory, the 2014 tournament concluded in grand fashion when No. 2 seed Roger Federer handed Alejandro Falla a straight-set loss, winning by the score 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3).
Federer dominated each set early, but Falla was not going to lose that easily. As well as the Colombian played on Sunday, the Swiss star was much stronger along the baseline and had his serve on point.
While it is clear the Federer needs to work on the consistency of his speed and return at times, he has built serious momentum heading into the 2014 Wimbledon tournament starting on Monday, June 23.
An early exit from the French Open had many fans and experts questioning how he would handle the grass at Wimbledon, but a tournament win at the 2014 Gerry Weber Open is the right way to prepare for the Grand Slam.
Day 6 Results
Day 6 Recap
No. 2 Roger Federer defeats No. 4 Kei Nishikori, 6-3, 7-6 (4)
Alejandro Falla defeats Philipp Kohlschreiber, 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-4
Day 6 Results
The 2014 Gerry Weber Open has been an exciting tournament featuring plenty of action, and it’s only getting better as the even heads to the final on Sunday.
In the first qualifying spot for the final, No. 2 seed Roger Federer defeated No. 4 seed Kei Nishikori, 6-3, 7-6 (4). Federer looked dominant throughout the matchup with his serve and along the baseline.
With No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal being knocked off early, the road to another tournament championship has been cleared for the Swiss legend.
Federer will take on Alejandro Falla on Sunday. Falla defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber, 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-4, and looked to be playing his best tennis despite taking the easiest route possible to this point.
While this isn’t the ideal final, the hope for tennis fans is that Federer takes the win and build momentum heading into Wimbledon. The major tournament is always better with a star like Federer playing well.
Day 5 Results
Day 5 Results
(4) K Nishikori defeats S Johnson; 6-1, 7-6 (4)
A Falla defeats P Gojowczyk; 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2)
P Kohlschreiber defeats D Brown; 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (16)
(2) R Federer defeats Y Lu; retired
All eyes were on Roger Federer on Day 5, but fans in attendance didn't get to see the star in action. His opponent, Yen-Hsun Lu, pulled out ahead of their match with a back injury. Federer will move on to the semis to face Kei Nishikori, who defeated American Steve Johnson on Day 5.
By far the most exciting match of the action on Friday was Phillip Kohlschreiber against Dustin Brown.
The match last two hours and 11 minutes. Kohlschreiber was at a 2-5 deficit in the tie-break before saving five match points starting at 6-7. The German has had success on lawn courts in ATP World Tour play, and while he was given a scare by his countryman on Day 5, he was still able to win.
Kohlschreiber, the 2011 champion, was at a disadvantage of sorts from the start. Brown was coming off a performance on Day 4 that saw him knock out No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal.
The semifinals are now set. Kohlschreiber will take on Alejandro Falla, who defeated Peter Gowjowczyk on Day 5. Nishikori will face Federer.
Day 4 Results
Day 4 Results
D Brown defeats (1) R Nadal; 6-4, 6-1
Y Lu defeats I Karlovic; 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3)
(2) R Federer defeats J Sousa; 6-7 (8), 6-4, 6-2
S Johnson defeats T Gabashvili; retired
Day 4 was all about two of the brightest stars of men's tennis—Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The two had strikingly different results, however.
Federer dropped the first set to Joao Sousa before coming back to win the next two sets and the match. Federer's early exit from the French Open helped him in the match, as his fresh legs and powerful strikes allowed him to get the advantage over Sousa after he overcame some rust in the first set.
Federer will play Yen Hsun-Lu in the next round.
French Open champion Nadal couldn't repeat his success in the Gerry Weber Open. On court, Nadal is the king. On grass, Nadal couldn't bring it all together.
Dustin Brown dominated him from start to finish, winning in straight sets. Brown's power and speed were evident advantages over Nadal, who was likely still tired after going in the distance at Roland Garros.
Brown, the surprising victor, will play Philipp Kohlschreiber in the next round.
Day 3 Results
Day 3 Results
Philipp Kohlschreiber defeats Pierre-Hugues Herbert, 6-2, 6-4
No. 4 Kei Nishikori defeats Gael Monfils, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
Alejandro Falla defeats Robin Haase, 7-6 (1), 6-4
Peter Gojowczyk defeats No. 3 Milos Raonic, 6-4, 6-4
Day 3 Recap
Day 3 of the 2014 Gerry Weber Open featured five marquee matchups that men’s tennis fans enjoyed. The grass courts in Halle, Germany are a great way for players to start the transition from the clay of Roland Garros.
With Wimbledon approaching fast, getting acclimated to grass is a top priority.
The biggest winner of the day was No, 4 seed Kei Nishikori who defeated Gael Monfils, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. Monfils played well at the French Open, but Nishikori proved to be too strong on Wednesday.
The biggest loser of the day was No. 3 seed Milos Raonic. The talented player followed up a strong performance at the French Open with a straight-set loss to Peter Gojowczyk, 6-4, 6-4.
While there was plenty of success for players like Philipp Kohlschreiber and Alejandro Falla on Day 3, the fans are ready to watch No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal and No. 2 seed Roger Federer take the court.
If Day 4 is more exciting than Wednesday, tennis enthusiasts won’t want to miss the action.
Day 2 Results
Day 2 Results
R Haase defeats (5) R Gasquet; 6-4, 6-4
I Karlovic defeats (6) M Youzhny; 6-3, 6-4
S Johnson defeats A Olivetti; 6-4, 6-2
G Monfils defeats B Becker; 6-1, 7-5
T Gabashvili defeats I Marchenko; 6-7 (9), 6-4, 7-6 (4)
A Falla defeats L Kubot; 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
Y Lu defeats M Pavic; 7-6 (2), 6-7 (11), 7-6 (5)
The story of Day 2 was the downfall of the seeded players. Jerzy Janowicz, the No. 8 seed, fell on Day 1. Continuing the trend, Richard Gasquet (No. 5) and Mikhail Youzhny (No. 6) fell on Tuesday. Following their defeats, every seeded player that has been in action at Halle as lost thus far.
Two matches stuck out on Day 2. Teymuraz Gabashvili dropped the opening set to Illya Marchenko, 6-7 (9) before rallying back in the second set to earn an easy 6-4 victory.
Marchenko didn't go down easily, however. He fought hard in the third and final set before dropping it, 7-6 (4). Gabasvhili will face American Steve Johnson in the next round of play.
The second match that opened eyes was Yen-Hsun Lu's defeat of Mate Pavic. Each set was a marathon, especially the second set. Ironically, the second set was the longest—6-7 (11)—but Pavic was able to pick it up.
Lu showed great resilience in fighting back after losing that set. Losing a set that long can both tire out a player and deflate his confidence level. Lu fought back extremely well and earned the third set. He'll square off against Ivo Karlovic in the next round.
Day 1 Results
Day 1 Results
D Brown defeats A Kuznetsov; 6-3, 6-4
P Gojowczyk defeats M Przysiezny; 7-5, 6-4
P Kohlschreiber defeats A Seppi; 6-3, 6-4
P Herbert defeats (8) J Janowicz; 7-6 (5), 6-2
J Sousa defeats J Struff; 6-4, 6-2
The opener of the grass-court tournament didn't feature any huge names, but one relatively large one went down early.
No. 8 seed Jerzy Janowicz fell to Pierre-Hugues Herbert, and the former didn't look good in the two-set defeat. This marks his ninth first-round loss in 12 tournaments this year, and an early exit from Halle is certainly not ample preparation for Wimbledon.
Andy Murray was able to take care of Philipp Kohlschreiber at Roland Garros, but Kohlschreiber bounced back on Day 1 of this tournament against Andrea Seppi. Seppi received a medical timeout during the match, but Kohlschreiber kept focused and continued his impressive run of tennis. He and Herbert will square off in the next round.
Joao Sousa won the final match of the day. He took care of business against Jan-Lennard Struff, 6-4, 6-2. Sousa had been mired in a slump of seven straight losses prior to the victory.
Sousa will take on Roger Federer in the next round. Federer, arguably the top player on grass in men's tennis history, will look to put Sousa back to his losing ways.