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Hall of Fame Tennis Championships 2014: Daily Scores, Results and Draw Schedule

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJuly 7, 2014

Hall of Fame Tennis Championships 2014: Daily Scores, Results and Draw Schedule

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    For tennis fans in the United States, the 2014 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships is one of the most important events on the calendar each year. As the only professional tournament played on grass in North America, it’s a great follow-up for Wimbledon.   

    The event is held at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, and follows a long lineage that dates back to 1881. The original tournaments on this surface were the precursor for what is now known as the U.S. Open.

    While the event may be steeped in history, this year’s field is stacked with top American and international stars. Not only has defending champion Nicolas Mahut returned, but there are also other big names like John Isner, Lleyton Hewitt, Ivo Karlovic and many others.

    When asked about the talent expected to compete, tournament director Mark Stenning told Carolyn Thornton of the Providence Journal about the excitement about this weekend and the upcoming Hall of Fame inductions:

    From my perspective, we have an eclectic field of young guys that have really made a mark. And then as we get closer to Hall of Fame weekend, we are expecting 17 past Hall of Famers, which is pretty incredible, and that’s not counting the five new Hall of Famers. So by [next] Saturday, 22 Hall of Famers will be on site, and it’s not uncommon to be walking along the brick pathway and have Nick Bollettieri or Chris Evert walk on by. In Newport, in Rhode Island, it’s a dream.

    There is a genuine buzz around this year’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.

    Many fans expect Mahut to defend his title at the event, but with Isner taking the No. 1 seed and Karlovic earning the No. 2 seed, the road to a championship for anyone will be arduous. The winner of this event will have earned it.

    With the U.S. Open scheduled for late August, players can start building momentum now in order to be playing their best when the tour heads to Flushing Meadows for the final Grand Slam of the year.

    Check back here as the tournament progresses for all the updated scores, results and schedule for the entire 2014 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.

     

    *Stats via ATPWorldTour.com.

Schedule/Draw

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    SeedPlayer
    1John Isner (USA)
    2Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
    3Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)
    4Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
    5Donald Young (USA)
    6Steve Johnson (USA)
    7Jack Sock (USA)
    8Adrian Mannarino (FRA)

     

    Click here for the updated men's draw and here for the full schedule, via ATPWorldTour.com. 

Day 7

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    Day 7 Results

    No. 3 Lleyton Hewitt def. No. 2 Ivo Karlovic, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6

     

    Recap

    It was an epic struggle, especially after the first set, but Lleyton Hewitt is your 2014 Hall of Fame Championship winner. 

    After winning the first set comfortably, Hewitt battled Ivo Karlovic through two tiebreakers, losing the first but winning the tense second one to wrap up the title. Hewitt survived the huge service game of Karlovic, as the No. 2 seed ripped off an astonishing 26 aces. Hewitt's serve wasn't as powerful, no, but he did win 88 percent of his first service points.

    Before the match, Hewitt spoke of playing the 6'11" man with the big serve.

    "There's not a lot I can do until I go out there and play," Hewitt told the Associated Press, via ESPN. "I'm not going to find a lot of 7-foot guys to come and serve at me. The last couple of years I've played pretty good against [John] Isner here."

    Isner, of course, is another big man with a big serve. Perhaps facing him throughout the years properly prepared Hewitt for the fight that was to come. 

    A fight Hewitt would win, earning his second title of the season along the way. 

     

Day 6 Results

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    Day 6 Results

    No. 3 Lleyton Hewitt def. No. 7 Jack Sock, 6-1, 6-2

    No. 2 Ivo Karlovic def. Samuel Groth, 6-4, 6-4

     

    Recap

    Lleyton Hewitt may want to purchase a summer home in Newport, Rhode Island, for all of the time he's spent there. With a straight-set victory over Jack Sock, the Australian star advanced to his third final in as many years.

    Hewitt will be hopeful that his luck is different this time around after he dropped the 2012 final to John Isner and fell to Nicolas Mahut in 2013.

    If he plays as well as he did in the semifinal, he shouldn't have anything to worry about.

    Sock couldn't muster a single break-point opportunity against Hewitt, losing 14 of his 23 first-service return points and 14 of his 19 second-serve return points. Sock was equally dreadful on serve. The American won a scant 47 percent of his first serves and 50 percent of his second serves.

    It was about as comprehensive an ATP Tour match as you're gonna see in a semifinal.

    Hewitt will meet Ivo Karlovic in the final. The two famously met in the first round at Wimbledon in 2003, a year after the Aussie reigned supreme at the All England Club. Karlovic, who was only a qualifier, upset the defending champion in four sets.

    The 35-year-old Croatian also won in straight sets on Saturday, taking out Samuel Groth. Both guys were great on their first serve, but the biggest difference between the two was their second serves. Groth only won 43 percent of his second-serve points, compared to 57 percent for Karlovic.

    Karlovic's massive combination of height and serve will be the biggest obstacles for Hewitt in the final.

    "There's not a lot I can do until I go out there and play," he said, per The Associated Press, via ESPN.com. "I'm not going to find a lot of 7-foot guys to come and serve at me. The last couple of years I've played pretty good against Isner here."

    Hewitt and Karlovic have met on five occasions, with the latter winning four times.

Day 5 Results

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    Day 5 Results

    No. 3 Lleyton Hewitt def. No. 6 Steve Johnson, 6-4, 6-4

    No. 7 Jack Sock def. No. 1 John Isner, 6-4, 7-6

     

    Recap

    Without question, the biggest story as the quarterfinals continued was top seed John Isner being eliminated from the tournament. Of course, the second biggest story was the amazing month that Jack Sock is having. 

    Sock, of course, won the Wimbledon doubles title alongside Vasek Pospisil, and now he's built on that with a huge upset of Isner. Just how huge?

    According to Ken Powtak of the Associated Press, via ABC News, "Isner won the 2011 and 2012 Hall of Fame titles and had victories in 14 of his previous 15 matches on Newport's grass courts."

    Beating Isner and his big serve is difficult enough. But also beating him at a tournament where he's had success on a court he likes, in straight sets?

    Well, that's just darn impressive. 

    In the other match, No. 3 seed Lleyton Hewitt handled his business against No. 6 Steve Johnson in straight sets. It was a steady, well-rounded victory from Hewitt, who took his opportunities when the presented themselves, winning three of four break points.

     

Day 4 Results

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    Day 4 Results

    Samuel Groth def. No. 4 Nicolas Mahut, 6-3, 6-4

    No. 2 Ivo Karlovic def. Dudi Sela, 7-6, 7-5

     

    Recap

    Neither of the two top players in action on Thursday had an easy go of it as the quarterfinals commenced. But while one man survived a tough, knock-down, drag-out affair, the other fell. 

    Ivo Karlovic battled through a tiebreaker and a brutal second set to defeat Dudi Sela in straight sets, but defending champion Nicolas Mahut was brushed aside in a surprising manner by Samuel Groth, also losing in straight sets. 

    "I was little bit tired," he told Ken Powtak of the Associated Press after the match, via ABC News.

    "I played a lot from clay (season), and I played the whole grass season," he added. "The thing is he played well. To win I had to play my best, and that was not the case today."

    While Mahut slammed 10 aces, it was Groth's return game that won the day, as he won 34 percent of his first return points and 53 percent of his second return points.

    Karlovic, on the other hand, won with a strong service game, smacking nine aces and winning 84 percent of his first service. That was the difference in a match that featured just one break point, as the two players were incredibly evenly matched throughout. 

     

Day 3 Results

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    Day 3 Results

    No. 4 Nicolas Mahut def. Luke Saville, 6-4, 6-2

    No. 1 John Isner def. Austin Krajicek, 6-3, 6-3

    No. 3 Lleyton Hewitt def. Ante Pavic, 6-2, 6-2

    No. 2 Ivo Karlovic def. Sergiy Stakhovsky, 7-5, 7-6(3)

    No. 6 Steve Johnson def. Tatsuma Ito, 6-3, 2-0

    No. 7 Jack Sock def. Rajeev Ram, 7-5, 6-2

    Samuel Groth def. Malek Jaziri, 7-6(7), 7-6(3)

    Dudi Sela def. No. 8 Adrian Mannarino, 6-3, 6-1

     

    Recap

    Day 3 was about as routine as it gets in Newport, Rhode Island at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, with just one seed falling victim to an upset in the slate of matches that set the quarterfinals in stone.

    Otherwise known as John Isner's stomping grounds, the American and No. 1 seed breezed by fellow countryman Austin Krajicek while wowing onlookers with thunderous serves his opposition could not hope to adequately handle.

    "I hit the one 140 and heard the crowd `oohing and ahhing,' so I looked," he said after raising his career record on Newport's grass courts to 15-3, per The Associated Press, via Fox Sports. "I went after the next one and I think the gun was a little off."

    There are few signs that Isner will fail on his quest for his third title in four years, although his quarterfinals dance with friend and No. 7 seed Jack Sock will put his form to test.

    Sock moved past Rajeev Ram with relative ease on Wednesday. Ditto for No. 2 seed Ivo Karlovic over Sergiy Stakhovsky, even if the last set on paper appeared a bit difficult.

    The lone upset on the day saw No. 8 seed Adrian Mannarino take a stunning dive in just 50 minutes to Dudi Sela. If that's a precursor to how the more evenly matched quarterfinals are set to go, fans are in for a real treat as Isner looks to further his resume.

     

     

Day 2 Results

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    Day 2 Results

    No. 1 John Isner defeats Wayne Odesnik, 6-3, 7-6 (6)

    No. 3 Lleyton Hewitt defeats Ryan Harrison, 1-6, 7-5, 6-4

    No. 4 Nicolas Mahut defeats Facundo Arguello, 7-6 (1), 6-4

    No. 7 Jack Sock defeats Alex Kuznetsov, 6-4, 6-3

    No. 8 Adrian Mannarino defeats Jimmy Wang, 6-2, 6-4

    Austin Krajicek defeats Tim Smyczek, 7-6 (7), 6-1

    Sergiy Stakhovsky defeats Farrukh Dustov, 6-3, 6-2

    Ante Pavic defeats Marius Copil, 7-6 (0), 6-4

    Luke Saville defeats Peter Polansky, 6-4, 6-2

     

    Day 2 Recap

    After another wild day at the 2014 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, several of the top names in the tournament have now advanced to the second round and will be looking to build momentum heading into the Round of 16.

    No. 1 seed John Isner, No. 4 seed Nicolas Mahut and No. 8 seed Adrian Mannarino were all victorious on Tuesday. Through the first round, none of the aforementioned players have dropped a set to their challengers.

    The day also featured unseeded players like Austin Krajicek, Sergiy Stakhovsky, Ante Pavic and Luke Saville all secure their place in the next round as well. None of the above players dropped a set on Tuesday, either.

    Day 3 will see the star of the second round and stars like No. 2 seed Ivo Karlovic returning to the court to continue asserting his dominance. With the majority of the top seeds playing well, this tournament will get better with each passing day.

Day 1 Results

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    Day 1 Results

    No. 2 Ivo Karlovic defeats Robby Ginepri, 7-6 (2), 6-2

    No. 6 Steve Johnson defeats Clay Thompson, 6-1, 6-2

    Malek Jaziri defeats Ricardas Berankis, 7-5, 6-3

    Dudi Sela defeats Michal Przysiezny, 6-1, 7-6 (2)

    Rajeev Ram defeats Matthew Ebden, 6-2, 7-5

    Tatsuma Ito defeats Mitchell Krueger, 7-6 (7), 6-1

    Rajeev Ram defeats Matthew Ebden, 6-2, 7-5

     

    Day 1 Recap

    Day 1 of the 2014 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships was an exciting showcase of what tennis fans should expect over the next several days of action.

    Monday was dominated by the play of No. 2 seed Ivo Karlovic. Not only did the 6’10” star dominate Robby Ginepri in the first round, 7-6 (2), 6-2, but he also set the stage for a strong performance throughout the tournament.

    No. 6 seed Steve Johnson was the only other ranked player in action on Day 1, and his victory was even more lopsided, beating Clay Thompson, 6-1, 6-2.

    While tough players such as Malek Jaziri, Rajeev Ram, Tatsuma Ito and Dudi Sela deserve credit for their victories in the first round, the focus has already shifted to Day 2 and the first match for some of the biggest names in the tournament.

    With John Isner and Nicolas Mahut in action, tennis fans won’t want to miss Tuesday’s battles.

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