Topshelf Open 2014: Daily Scores, Results and Schedule
While the likes of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer won't be present in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, for the 2014 Topshelf Open, plenty of talented men's players will be taking part in this grass-court tournament.
David Ferrer earned the No. 1 draw for the tournament, via Topshelf Open's official website headlining four Spaniards who earned spots in the draw:
World number four David Ferrer will headline this year’s edition of the Topshelf Open in Rosmalen. The Spaniard will return to defend his title on the Dutch grass courts from 16-22 June, but will face stiff competition in this year’s event. Stanislas Wawrinka, John Isner and Marcos Baghdatis will certainly give Ferrer a run for his money. Not to mention crowd favorite Gael Monfils, who is a wildcard entree.
Ferrer won't be competing, however, as he has withdrawn from the tournament with stomach problems, reports the tournament's official Twitter account.
This leaves a hole at the top of the draw. Now, the tournament is fair game. While the field is strong, Ferrer was considered a heavy favorite considering his past success in the tournament.
Who will win this ATP World Tour tourney? Keep checking back here throughout the course of the tournament to stay up to date on the action.
Day 7 Results
Day 7 Men's Results
(3) Roberto Bautista Agut def. Benjamin Becker, 2-6 7-6(2) 6-4
Day 7 Women's Results
Coco Vandeweghe def. Jie Zheng, 6-2 6-4
Roberto Bautista Agut took home the title on the men's side of the 2014 Topshelf Open on Saturday with a thrilling comeback win over Benjamin Becker.
For Bautista Agut, it marks his first ATP title on grass, while the form of the triumph itself was rather predictable for the man who seems a surefire bet for ATP's Most Improved after starting the year ranked No. 73 before climbing to No. 22.
Becker dominated the serve early and broke Bautista Agut twice in the first set, but the Spaniard bounced back in the tiebreak of the second set to take control. Once Bautista Agut's momentum was established, Becker was unable to reel the match back in the remainder of the way.
On the women's side, Coco Vandeweghe continued her strange week that started in the qualification rounds before having to move past a path to the final that included five Top 20 opponents.
After her triumph, Vandeweghe admitted that the extra practice time in the qualifiers helped her adjust to her current form, as captured by the WTA's official website:
I usually take tournaments one match at a time, so early in the week I was just focused on being prepared for my first match in the qualification. I had basically flown in the day before the qualification, so I didn't have any practice on the courts here, or anything like that.
Once I took care of that first match I just went from there, and I got more and more comfortable on the courts. I played a ton of points and games, and a lot of long matches and three-setters as well.
The final match took just 70 minutes, as Vandeweghe stormed her way to eight aces, broke Zheng three times and won first service at a 27-of-28 mark.
Day 6 Results
Day 6 Men's Results
Benjamin Becker def. Joao Souza, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
(3) Roberto Bautista Agut def. (8) Jurgen Melzer, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)
Day 6 Women's Results
Coco Vandeweghe def. (8) Klara Koukalova, 6-4, 6-2
Jie Zheng def. Magdalena Rybarikova, 6-1, 6-3
The men's and women's semifinals at the Topshelf Open provided little drama with three of the four matches being decided in straight sets, though Benjamin Becker's victory over Joao Souza did need a tiebreaker in the second set.
Despite the lack of individual match drama, Coco Vandeweghe's upset win over Klara Koukalova was the surprise of the day. The 22-year-old American is looking for her first career singles title and will get the chance against veteran Jie Zheng, who used to be a top-15 player in the world.
On the men's side, Becker and Roberto Bautista Agut are two veteran journeymen who have one singles title between them in 11 professional seasons.
Day 5 Results
Day 5 Results
J Sousa defeats T de Bakker; 6-4, 6-2
B Becker defeats (6) V Pospisil; 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5), 6-4
Only two matches were on the schedule for Day 5's quarterfinals action. One of them was a straight-set victory. The other was quite the marathon.
Joao Sousa took care of Thiemo de Bakker with ease. The Portuguese qualifier will now take on Benjamin Becker in the next round. The German won a marathon against Vasek Pospisil after dropping the first set, 6-7 (3).
Becker last won an ATP title here in 2009, but getting to his first semi-final in 2 1/2 years wasn't easy. Pospisil obviously provided stellar competition, but even the weather got in Becker's way. The match was delayed 90 minutes midway through the second set because of rain.
Regardless, Becker prevailed after the stoppage ended.
February 2012 is the last time Becker appeared in the semifinals of a tournament. He and Sousa will go at it for a chance to play in the final.
Day 4 Results
Day 4 Results
(2) F Verdasco defeats J Huta Galung; 7-5, 6-3
(8) J Melzer defeats L Lacko; 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
(6) V Pospisil defeats J Struff; 6-4, 6-2
(7) N Mahut defeats S Johnson; 6-2, 7-6 (4)
J Sousa defeats M Pavic; 6-2, 6-4
(3) R Bautista Agut defeats M Ebden; 7-5, 7-6 (1)
B Becker defeats D Sela; 6-2, 7-5
T de Bakker defeats (5) Tursunov; retired
Day 4 of the Topshelf Open featured a full slate of matches, and for the most part, the outcomes were predictable. Dmitry Tursunov was the only seeded player to drop his match, but that's because he retired with an injury before play even began against Thiemo de Bakker.
The five other seeded players in action took care of business against their unranked opponents. Vasek Pospisil had the easiest go of things, taking down Jan-Lennard Struff in straight sets.
Jurgen Melzer had to come from behind to win his match against Lukas Lacko. Lacko picked up the first set before Melzer turned it on to take the second and third. Lacko faltered down the stretch, but Melzer seemed to get better as the match went on.
Roberto Bautista Agut never trailed in terms of sets in his match against Matthew Ebden, but Ebden certainly didn't go quietly. Both sets were rather lengthy, but Bautista Agut prevailed with some clutch play.
The quarterfinals are now set. The field has been whittled down to the eight winners from Day 4 action. An updated schedule can be found here.
Day 3 Results
No. 2 Fernando Verdasco def. Paul-Henri Mathieu; 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
No. 7 Nicolas Mahut def. Kimmer Coppejans; 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Jan-Lennard Struff def. Lukas Rosol; 6-4, 6-2
No. 8 Jurgen Melzer def. Alejandro Falla, 6-4, 6-3
No. 3 Roberto Bautista Agut def. Daniel Gimeno-Traver; 6-1, 6-3
Mate Pavic def. Alejandro Gonzalez; 7-6(4), 6-3
Joao Sousa def. Paolo Lorenzi; 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Garbine Muguruza def. Yvonne Meusburger; 6-4, 6-1
Magdalena Rybarikova def. Andrea Petkovic; 6-4, 6-7(4), 7-5
Yaroslava Shvedova def. No. 2 Dominika Cibulkova; 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
No. 1 Simona Halep def. Olga Govortsova; 7-5, 6-2
Vania King def. No. 3 Eugenie Bouchard; 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
No. 4 Carla Suarez Navarro def. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova; 6-4, 6-2
Day 3 Recap
While no surprises came on the men's side for the day, the women's bracket saw two huge upsets.
Coming off another tremendous run in the French Open, Eugenie Bouchard was upset in the first round of the Topshelf Open by American Vania King. After pulling out the first set decisively, Bouchard crumbled in the final two and lost both by a tally of 6-3.
Bouchard played well on the hard court in the Australian Open and the clay surface in Roland Garros. But with just one competitive match at the Topshelf Open, the Canadian doesn't have much time to recover heading into Wimbledon.
Another potential favorite, No. 2 Dominika Cibulkova, was also ousted in the first round. Her loss to Yaroslava Shvedova came with countless mistakes and comebacks, but she was eventually undone in the third and final set.
Two more familiar names for tennis fans held suit on the women's side. Both Simona Halep and Garbine Muguruza continued their strong showing as of late with easy wins over their opponents.
On the men's side, every favorite advanced. Though two of the top overall seeds had to work through three sets to clinch, all four in the men's bracket nailed down wins on Day 3 of the tournament.
With players like Halep, King and Mahut all taking the court yet again on Day 4, the excitement is just heating up in the Topshelf Open. After quite a few upsets early in the women's bracket more could be in store for Thursday's action.
Day 2 Results
Day 2 Results
T de Bakker defeated I Sijsling; 6-4, 7-6 (4)
(6) V Pospili defeated D Lajovic; 6-4, 7-5
(5) D Tursunov defeated B Klahn; 6-3, 7-6 (3)
S Johnson defeated K De Schepper; 7-6 (3), 7-5
L Lacko defeated V Hanescu; 6-3, 6-4
M Ebden defeated A Mannarino; 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
B Becker defeated (4) M Granollers; 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
Marcel Granollers (No. 4) was the first seed to fall on-court, beaten in three sets by 2009 champion Benjamin Becker.
The Spaniard had edged the first set 6-4 but Becker, aiming to repeat his run from five years ago, hit back with a single break in each of the next two sets to emerge victorious.
Two other seeds advanced on Day 2, as Vasek Pospisil (No. 6) and Dmitry Tursunov (No. 5) both ousted their opponents.
Pospisil broke Dusan Lajovic twice in their rain-delayed match. The Canadian looked strong in the contest, even after the delay, and appeared in new form following the eight-match losing streak he was mired in prior to last week's win at The Queen's Club.
Pospisil awaits the winner of Lukas Rosol and Jan-Lennard Struff in the next round.
Tursunov, 31, is a former champion of this event. He won back in 2011.
He started another potential championship run on the right foot on Day 2, defeating Bradley Klahn. He converted two of his seven break points during the match.
Tursunov will face Thiemo de Bakker in the next round after he took care of Igor Sijsling.
Day 1 Results
Day 1 Results
J Huta Galung defeated A Nedovyesov; 6-2, 1-0 (retired)
D Sela defeated B Paire; 6-4, 7-6 (2)
Day 1 kicked off in a relatively quiet manner, with just two matches taking place at the Topshelf Open.
Dudi Sela began his tournament with a strong finish against Benoit Paire. Sela had previously struggled on grass; this was his first win in nearly two years on the surface. He awaits the winner of Marcel Granollers and Benjamin Becker in the next round.
Jesse Huta Galung defeated Aleksandr Nedovyesov as the latter retired in the second set with a back injury. Huta Galung broke serve on three of five occasions.
He awaits the winner of Fernando Verdasco and Paul-Henri Mathieu.