AEGON Championships 2014: Daily Scores, Results and Schedule
A handful of men's tennis' top stars will descend on the Queen's Club in London this week for the 2014 AEGON Championships, an ATP World Tour 250 series event and one of the premier Wimbledon tune-up tournaments.
While there hasn't been a repeat champion at the Queen's Club in West Kensington since Andy Roddick won three straight titles from 2003 to 2005, Great Britain's Andy Murray will look to secure back-to-back crowns this June as the No. 3 seed in the men's singles draw.
Following his disappointing semifinal exit at the 2014 French Open last week, Murray admitted he's looking forward to the grass-court season, which presents much different challenges than the clay, per The Guardian's Kevin Mitchell:
It’s completely different because it is impossible for the ball to bounce that high [on grass]. It is also easier to get free points on your serve and grass favors the person who hits the flatter ball. It is completely different.
As a three-time winner on the Queen's Club grass and the reigning Wimbledon champion, Murray will be the favorite to hoist the trophy this weekend. However, the two-time Grand Slam winner and world No. 5 could potentially face tough obstacles in top seeds Stanislas Wawrinka and Tomas Berdych.
Adding to the challenge of getting through a difficult draw, Murray has just begun a new coaching partnership with former women's world No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo. Murray announced the hire at Roland Garros, with the Frenchwoman admitting that the Scotsman's interest was "a bit of a surprise," per BBC Sport:
"I guess it is a big story and a step forward [for female coaches] but that is not my big concern right now. I'm happy about the new challenge. I want to help Andy, it is the only thing I have in mind right now."
In addition to top-10 players Wawrinka and Berdych, 2012 champion Marin Cilic and 2011 finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are contenders to watch for this week. Both players have achieved success at this venue in the past and possess big-time grass-court games.
Regardless of who claims the title in Sunday's final, this week's tournament is sure to have a significant impact on the upcoming Grand Slam at Wimbledon. After all, Murray's win at the Queen's Club a year ago propelled him to his breakthrough performance at the All England Club last summer. And we've seen other AEGON Championship winners go on to win Wimbledon as well, including Rafael Nadal in 2008 and Lleyton Hewitt in 2002.
For Murray and the other contenders taking part in this year's draw, the grass-court preparation will be key ahead of the season's marquee fortnight.
No. 1 Stanislas Wawrinka
No. 2 Tomas Berdych
No. 3 Andy Murray
No. 4 Grigor Dimitrov
No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
No. 6 Ernests Gulbis
No. 7 Kevin Anderson
No. 8 Alexandr Dolgopolov
No. 9 Marin Cilic
No. 10 Feliciano Lopez
No. 11 Vasek Pospisil
No. 12 Dmitry Tursunov
No. 13 Nicolas Mahut
No. 14 Jeremy Chardy
No. 15 Radek Stepanek
No. 16 Julien Benneteau
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Click here to view the updated draw, via ATPWorldTour.com.
Day 7 Recap
Day 7 Scores
(4) Grigor Dimitrov def. (10) Feliciano Lopez; 6-7(8), 7-6(1), 7-6(6)
Day 7 Recap
Sunday's singles championship at the Aegon Championships certainly lived up to its potential as Grigor Dimitrov and Feliciano Lopez went toe-to-toe for nearly three hours in the tournament's most dramatic match.
In the end, it was Dimitrov coming from behind to defeat Lopez in a thrilling third-set tiebreak.
All three sets required a tiebreak on Sunday as both players were impressive on serve. There were only two breaks of serve for the entire match.
Dimitrov's serve was by far his biggest weapon. He recorded 27 aces for the match and won 86 percent of his first-serve points over three hard-fought sets.
Lopez was every bit as effective on Sunday, and could have easily come away with the title had he performed slightly better on some of the key points late. He was flattened in the second-set tiebreak and conceded momentum to Dimitrov. But even after that turning point, Lopez had his chances in the decider.
The victory marks Dimitrov's third ATP singles title of 2014 and the fourth of his career. As a result, the 23-year-old Bulgarian is clearly a player to watch for heading into Wimbledon. His game translates well to the fast-playing grass and his confidence is soaring.
For Lopez, the loss has to sting. However, the Spaniard can be encouraged by his strong play and deep run on the London grass.
Day 6 Recap
Day 6 Scores
(4) Grigor Dimitrov def. (1) Stan Wawrinka; 6-2, 6-4
(10) Feliciano Lopez def. (15) Radek Stepanek; 7-6(7), 6-4
Day 6 Recap
Sunday's Aegon Championships singles final at the Queen's Club is all set after Saturday's semifinal action.
In the first semifinal clash, fourth-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov upended top seed Stan Wawrinka, Dimitrov recorded nine aces and saved all four of the break points he faced in the convincing straight-sets win.
Saturday's second semifinal showdown featured plenty more drama, though, as Spain's Feliciano Lopez outlasted Czech challenger Radek Stepanek in a thrilling first-set tiebreak. Lopez pulled away in the second set after breaking Stepanek on his sixth try.
Lopez and Dimitrov have met just once before, with the lone meeting coming at the Queen's Club back in 2010. The Spaniard won that much in straight sets, but Dimitrov is a different player at this point in his career. The No. 4 seed was still a teenager the last time they met.
While Dimitrov will look to become the first Bulgarian to win this event, Lopez will try to become just the third Spaniard in history to triumph on the London grass at the Queen's Club.
Day 5 Recap
Day 5 Results
|No. 1 Stan Wawrinka def. Marinko Matosevic, 7-5, 6-3|
|No. 10 Feliciano Lopez def. No. 2 Tomas Berdych, 6-4, 7-6 (9-7)|
|No. 4 Grigor Dimitrov def. No. 8 Alexandr Dolgopolov, Retired|
|No. 15 Radek Stepanek def. No. 7 Kevin Anderson, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2|
Day 5 Recap
The quarterfinals of the AEGON Championships provided its share of drama, though top-seeded Stan Wawrinka had no problems making it to the semifinal round with a victory over unranked Marinko Matosevic.
Wawrinka has been on fire in this tournament, winning all three matches without dropping a set. He did get a reprieve in his first match against Marcos Baghdatis, who retired early in the first set.
The No. 1 seed will be matched up against Grigor Dimitrov after the 23-year-old was able to advance when Alexandr Dolgopolov retired prior to the match with a quad injury, according to the Associated Press (via IBNLive.com).
In the other semifinal, Feliciano Lopez will take on Radek Stepanek after both players endured difficult tests on Friday. Lopez won in straight sets against Tomas Berdych but needed a tiebreaker in the second set.
Stepanek needed all three sets to pull off the mild upset over Kevin Anderson, though he did bounce back nicely by losing just five games in the final two sets after looking overmatched early.
Wawrinka is looking to win his fourth singles event of the year and build momentum heading into Wimbledon on June 23.
Day 4 Recap
Day 4 Results
No. 1 Stan Wawrinka defeats Sam Querrey, 6-2, 6-2
No. 2 Tomas Berdych defeats Adrian Mannarino, 7-6 (2), 6-4
No. 15 Radek Stepanek defeats No. 3 Andy Murray, 7-6 (10), 6-2
No. 4 Grigor Dimitrov defeats Edouard Roger-Vasselin, 7-6 (3), 6-4
Marinko Matosevic defeats No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-2, 6-4
No. 7 Kevin Anderson defeats Sergiy Stakhovsky, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (4)
No. 8 Alexandr Dolgopolov defeats Jarkko Nieminen, 6-4, 4-2
No. 10 Feliciano Lopez defeats Kenny De Schepper, 7-6 (3), 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3)
Day 4 Recap
The road to Wimbledon travels through Queen's Club in London for many players, and Day 4 of the 2014 AEGON Championships saw several marquee matchups and even a monumental upset.
Starting with the bad news first, No. 3 seed Andy Murray was stunned by No. 15 seed Radek Stepanek, 7-6 (10), 6-2. After a stellar performance at the French Open, Murray was a favorite to win it all in London, but came up short.
No. 5 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was also upset on Thursday, losing to Marinko Matosevic, 6-2, 6-4.
On the positive side, top seeds like No. 1 Stan Wawrinka, No. 2 Tomas Berdych and No. 4 Grigor Dimitrov all advanced to the next round with strong straight-set victories.
Also advancing was No. 7 seed Kevin Anderson, No. 8 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov and No. 10 seed Feliciano Lopez.
After yet another day of intense action at the Queen's Club, the focus has now turned to Day 5.
With many of the top seeds moving on to the next round, the excitement over the potential matchups should have tennis fans enthralled.
Day 3 Recap
Day 3 Scores
(1) Stan Wawrinka def. Marcos Baghdatis; 3-2, retired
(3) Andy Murray def. Paul-Henri Mathieu; 6-4, 6-4
(5) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga def. David Goffin; 7-6(5), 6-2
Kenny De Schepper def. (6) Ernests Gulbis; 7-6(3), 7-5
(8) Alexandr Dolgopolov def. Denis Istomin; 7-6(3), 7-6(7)
(10) Feliciano Lopez def. Lleyton Hewitt; 6-3, 6-4
Sergiy Stakhovsky def. (11) Vasek Pospisil; 6-4, 6-4
Jarkko Nieminen def. (12) Dmitry Tursunov; 7-6(3), 7-6(3)
Edouard Roger-Vasselin def. (13) Nicolas Mahut; 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(5)
(15) Radek Stepanek def. Bernard Tomic; 7-6(4), 7-6(5)
Marinko Matosevic def. Lukas Lacko; 7-6(3), 6-3
Adrian Mannarino def. Victor Estrella Burgos; 6-1, 6-2
Day 3 Recap
Wednesday marked the conclusion of second-round singles play at the 2014 Aegon Championships, and while the favorites all escaped to the round of 16, a handful of top seeds were eliminated, including sixth-seeded Latvian Ernests Gulbis.
The 25-year-old was fresh off a run to the French Open semifinals last week and appeared to be out of gas on the big points late in his straight-sets loss to Kenny De Schepper.
Meanwhile, four-time tournament champion Lleyton Hewitt was dispatched by 10th-seeded Feliciano Lopez, who won comfortably in straight sets.
The top overall seed and 2014 Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka barely broke a sweat in his opening-round match against Marcos Baghdatis as the unseeded challenger retired just five games into the opening set.
Defending champion Andy Murray was on court for much longer, but earned the same result, defeating France's Paul-Henri Mathieu in straight sets.
The action at the Queen's Club in London will only heat up on Day 4 as round-of-16 play begins and the tournament heavyweights continue their march to what they hope will be a title.
Day 2 Recap
Day 2 Scores
Marinko Matosevic def. (9) Marin Cilic; 6-4, 6-4
(10) Feliciano Lopez def. Dusan Lajovic; 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-1
(11) Vasek Pospisil def. Paolo Lorenzi; 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
(12) Dmitry Tursunov def. Igor Sijsling; 6-3, 6-4
(15) Radek Stepanek def. Mikhail Kukushkin; 6-4, 6-1
Victor Estrella Burgos def. (16) Julien Benneteau; 6-7(3), 6-3, 7-6(3)
Marcos Baghdatis def. Bradley Klahn; 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-1
Denis Istomin def. Farrukh Dustov; 7-6(9), 6-3
Jarkko Nieminen def. Benoit Paire; 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(1)
Edouard Roger-Vasselin def. Evgeny Donskoy; 6-3, 6-7(9), 6-1
David Goffin def. Dominic Thiem; 6-4, 6-2
Lukas Lacko def. Matthew Ebden; 7-6(10), 5-7, 6-4
(2) Tomas Berdych def. James Duckworth; 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-4
(4) Grigor Dimitrov def. James Ward; 7-5, 6-3
(7) Kevin Anderson def. Daniel Evans; 6-2, 6-3
Sam Querrey def. Denis Kudla; 6-4, 6-3
Day 2 Recap
Seven of the nine top seeds in action at the Queen's Club on Tuesday prevailed, but 2012 champion Marin Cilic was Day 2's biggest victim, bowing out of the first round in a stunning straight-sets loss to Marinko Matosevic.
Matosevic broke Cilic once in each set and saved both of the Croat's break points en route to the victory.
The loss marks Cilic's earliest loss at the Aegon Championships in eight appearances.
There were three second-round matchups scheduled on Day 2, with fourth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov and seventh-seeded Kevin Anderson both marching on to the round of 16 via comfortable straight-sets wins.
Tenth-seeded Feliciano Lopez finished up his first-round match against Dusan Lajovic, dropping the second set in a tiebreak before cruising to a 6-1 win in the deciding set. Lopez goes on to face four-time tournament champion Lleyton Hewitt.
Day 1 Recap
Day 1 Scores
(13) Nicolas Mahut def. Marsel Ilhan; 6-3, 6-4
Sam Querrey def. (14) Jeremy Chardy; 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 7-6(5)
Lleyton Hewitt def. Daniel Gimeno-Traver; 6-3, 6-3
Daniel Evans def. Jurgen Melzer; 6-3, 6-7(5), 7-6(2)
Bernard Tomic def. Tim Smyczek; 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
Adrian Mannarino def. Daniel Cox; 7-5, 6-2
James Duckworth def. Dudi Sela; 0-6, 7-6(5), 6-4
Paul-Henri Mathieu def. Aljaz Bedene; 7-6(2), 6-4
Sergiy Stakhovsky def. Daniel Brands; 7-5, 6-2
Denis Kudla def. Michael Russell; 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
Kenny De Schepper def. Somdev Devvarman; 6-4, 7-5
James Ward def. Blaz Rola; 7-5, 6-4
Day 1 Recap
Monday marked the first day of play at the AEGON Championships. However, none of the big names were in action as only three seeded singles players were scheduled to take to the courts at the Queen's Club.
Nonetheless, there was plenty of buzz, as noted by The Times' Neil Harman on Twitter:
"Stunning first day crowds at Queen's Club. Never seen it quite this jammed on Monday. Lovely conditions, too."
Thirteenth-seeded Frenchman Nicolas Mahut looked strong en route to advancing to the second round. But his countryman, 14th-seeded Jeremy Chardy wasn't so fortunate, losing a thrilling three-setter to American Sam Querrey on Day 1.
All three sets went to a tiebreak, but it was Querrey, who won this tournament in 2010, excelling on the big points late in the second and third sets to earn a hard-fought victory.
Meanwhile, Great Britain's Daniel Evans won a fantastic three-set match against Jurgen Melzer. The Austrian veteran won a dramatic second-set tiebreak to force a deciding set, but wasn't able to overcome Evans in the final moments, falling in the third-set tiebreak.
Australia's James Duckworth earned an incredible comeback win on Monday. After dropping the first set of his matchup with Dudi Sela 0-6, Duckworth rallied to win the second set in a tiebreak before breaking Sela in the deciding set to survive and advance.
Duckworth won only 45 percent of the points over the course of the match, but he won thanks to his clutch play down the stretch.
With the top six seeds each earning a first-round bye this week, tennis fans will have to wait a little bit longer to catch the favorites in action. First-round action will continue on Day 2 as the draw is narrowed down to the final 32 players.