PBZ Zagreb Indoors 2015: Daily Scores, Results and Draw Schedule
The 2015 PBZ Zagreb Indoors kicked off on Monday, one of the last major European tournaments on hard courts before the start of the clay season.
With most of the world's top players already preparing for the French Open, the Zagreb Indoors offers the chance for some of the fringe contenders to showcase their talents and have a real shot at a major ATP title.
Local hero Marin Cilic has won four of the last six editions but will not be defending his title in Zagreb, Croatia, due to injury. The hometown fans still have a strong contender for the title, though, in Ivo Karlovic.
Read on for full recaps, results and the schedule of the 2015 PBZ Zagreb Indoors.
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Day 7 Recap
Men's Singles Final
(3) Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. (5) Andreas Seppi: 7-6(4), 6-3
Men's Doubles Final
(2) Marin Draganja and Henri Continen def. Fabrice Martin and Purav Raja: 6-4, 6-4
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez clinched a straight-sets victory over Italy's Andreas Seppi to win the Zagreb Indoors final on Sunday, coming back from a 4-1 deficit in the first-set tiebreaker to begin his resurgence.
The Spaniard won six successive points to bounce back from that opening-set stumble before claiming the fourth ATP title of his career.
The pair were evenly matched in almost every regard on Sunday, with Garcia-Lopez trumping Seppi's four aces with five of his own, per the official ATP World Tour website.
However, one area in which Garcia-Lopez was the clear victor came in first-service points won, winning 75 percent of his while Seppi could only manage 66 percent.
However, Seppi proved to be the more generous combatant when it came to unforced errors, contributing no less than 40 of his own.
Per The Associated Press, the Zagreb champion said of his triumph:
This was very emotional. He played good tennis to get to 4-1 in the tiebreaker, and I think it was very important to win the long rally at 4-3. When I broke back in the second set I think he was very disappointed. I have never played good against him, I was not in good shape. His style is not good for my game, he is solid from both sides. Today I tried to change the rhythm.
Another area in which Garcia-Lopez was the clear victor came in first-service points won, winning 75 percent of his while Seppi could only manage 66 percent.
Needless to say it was a compelling performance and one he will use to carry momentum moving forward.
Day 6 Recap
Men's Singles: Semifinals
(3) Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. Marcos Baghdatis; 6-4, 6-4
(5) Andreas Seppi def. (8) Marcel Granollers; 7-5, 6-1
Garcia-Lopez and Baghdatis engaged in a highly entertaining battle that featured plenty of momentum swings with six breaks of serve. There were a couple chances for the Cypriot to gain control but he was never able to fully capitalize.
The biggest difference in an otherwise level match was the Spaniard's returning on second serves. He won 68 percent of those points, which helped him create nine break chances. He converted four and that was enough to advance.
He'll need to clean up his own serving in the championship match, though. The No. 3 seed finished with five double faults as compared to just two aces. Giving away that many free points can often come back to haunt a player, especially in a final.
He was pleased with his performance as a sluggish start, as noted by the Associated Press (via IBN Live).
"After I broke back in the beginning of the first set I found very good rhythm," Garcia-Lopez said. "I am very happy to be in the final."
Seppi and Granollers were also involved in a close contest for the first set. The No. 5 seed was able to come up with a couple clutch moments during the tiebreak and was able to carry that momentum into a much easier second set.
Like Garcia-Lopez, the most impressive fact of Seppi's performance was his returning. He earned three break points in the second set and cash in on all of them to ease to the finish line. Granollers' level had dropped off after he failed to win the opening set, too.
Sunday will mark the fifth career ATP Tour meeting between Garcia-Lopez and Seppi. It's the first since 2012, though. The Italian won all four of the previous clashes while dropping just a single set in the process. It will be the first title of the season for either player.
Based on the way the semifinals played out, the player who's able to serve more efficiently in the final is likely to come out on top. That should give the slight edge to Seppi but it wouldn't be a surprise if they go the distance before a winner emerges.
Day 5 Recap
Men's Singles: Quarterfinals
No. 3 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. No. 7 Viktor Troicki 6-1, 6-7(5), 7-5
No. 5 Andreas Seppi def. Ricardas Berankis 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(6)
Marcos Baghdatis def. No. 6 Mikhail Youzhny 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
No. 8 Marcel Granollers def. Igor Sijsling 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
Men's Doubles: Semifinals
Fabrice Martin/Purav Raja def. No. 4 Sergey Betov/Alexander Bury 3-6, 6-1, 10-6
No. 2 Marin Draganja/Henri Kontinen def. Sergiy Stakhovsky/Viktor Troicki 7-6(0), 6-4
Day 5 Recap
The PBZ Zagreb Indoors field was whittled down even further Friday as several intriguing players punched their ticket to the semifinals.
It was an extremely exciting and competitive day of tennis as all four singles matches went to a decisive third set. It started with No. 3-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez carrying over his solid Australian Open form by defeating seventh-seeded Viktor Troicki of Serbia.
According to ATPWorldTour.com, the Spanish winner felt great about his quarterfinal performance.
I am really happy now to play my first semifinal of the year in an ATP event,. I am really happy also because I played a really good match against Viktor. He started the year playing really good, winning in Sydney. I have also started the year playing well so I knew it would be a difficult match.
That was followed up by No. 5 seed Andreas Seppi beating Lithuanian upstart Ricardas Berankis in a third-set tiebreak. The Italian favorite was pushed to the brink, but he found a way to come out on top and perhaps establish himself as the favorite to take the title.
In the other half of the bracket, Garcia-Lopez will have to face Marcos Baghdatis in the semis. The 2007 PBZ Zagreb Indoors champion outlasted 2012 champ Mikhail Youzhny in a battle of veterans who have had success in the Croatian event.
Despite being unseeded, the native of Cyprus has scored some impressive victories already in this tournament as he knocked off top-seeded Ivo Karlovic in the second round as well.
To wrap up Day 5, eighth-seeded Marcel Granollers narrowly avoided an upset at the hands of unseeded Igor Sijsling, which means he will clash with Seppi in the semis for the right to take on either Garcia-Lopez of Baghdatis in what promises to be a hotly contested final.
While the PBZ Zagreb Indoors event may not be stacked with elite players, most of them are very evenly matched, which has made for an extremely tight tournament.
Based on the manner in which Day 5 played out, that isn't likely to change over the next two rounds.
Day 4 Recap
Men's Singles: Round of 16
Marcel Granollers (8) defeats Ivan Dodig: 7-6, 4-6, 6-3
Igor Sijsling defeats Adrian Mannarino (2): 7-6, 4-6, 6-1
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez defeats Damir Dzumhur: 6-1, 6-1
Viktor Troicki (7) defeats Go Soeda: 6-3, 6-1
Andreas Seppi (5) defeats James Ward: 7-5, 6-7, 6-3
Ricardas Berankis defeats Gilles Muller: (4) 3-6, 7-6, 6-4
Men's Doubles: Quarter-Final
Sergey Betov and Alexander Bury defeats Blaz Kavcic and Franko Skugor: 7-6 6-3
Fabrice Martin and Purav Raja defeats Robert Lindstedt and Marcin Matkowski (1): 6-3, 3-6, 10-8
Sergiy Stakhovsky and Viktor Troicki defeats Matin Emmrich and Andreas Siljestrom: 4-6, 6-3, 10-4
Two of the favourites for the Zagreb crown were knocked out on Thursday as Adrian Mannarino and Gilles Muller exited the competition.
Mannarino was defeated by world No. 100 Igor Sijsling in three sets. Muller lost his match to Ricardas Berankis in similar fashion, being edged out in his final set 6-4.
Frenchman Mannarino had seemed to have weathered the storm after losing his opening set on the tiebreaker. He recovered in the second to win 6-4 but was shocked by the outsider in the final gambit, as he was destroyed 6-1.
Sijsling's serve was all important on the night, hitting eight aces and recording an 80 percent success rate on his first serve, per ATPWorldTour.com.
Britain's James Ward met his match against Andreas Seppi with the fifth seed being too strong on the hard court. Seppi came back from 2-0 down in the first to power through and capture the set, only for Ward to rally and retaliate, winning a tense tiebreak in the second.
But the Italian finished the job in style as the British No. 2 crashed out. Ward did bring the best out of his opponent, though, and pushed him to the maximum. It was a fine display by the non-seeded Londoner.
There were also wins for Marcel Granollers, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and seventh seed Viktor Troicki, who all made it through safely to the next round.
In the doubles, there was a shock exit for top seeds Robert Lindstedt and Marcin Matkowski, losing out to Fabrice Martin and Purav Raja in an epic encounter.
The final set lasted 18 games as Martin and Raja edged the tie, winning the final set 10-8.
Day 3 Recap
Men's Singles: Round 2
Mikhail Youzhny (6) defeats Sergiy Stakhovsky: 6-2, 6-1
James Ward defeats Antonio Veic (W): 6-2, 6-4
Marcel Granollers (8) defeats Jurgen Melzer: 6-2, 7-6 (3)
Ivan Dodig defeats Mate Delic (W): 6-2, 6-3
Igor Sijsling defeats Frank Dancevic (Q): 6-4, 7-5
Marcos Baghdatis defeats Ivo Karlovic (1): 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (7)
Men's Doubles: Quarter-Final
Marin Draganja (2) and Henro Kontinen defeats Gilles Muller and Igor Sijsling: 7-5, 6-4
Men's Doubles: Round 1
Robert Lindstedt (1) and Marcin Matkowski defeat Jesse Huta Galung and Dominik Meffert: 6-3, 2-6, 10-8
Victor Troicki and Sergiy Stakhovsky defeat Andre Begemann (3) and Robin Haase: 6-4, 7-6 (6)
Cypriot veteran Marcos Baghdatis provided the shock of the tournament on Wednesday, knocking out top seed Ivo Karlovic in three hard-fought sets, with the eventual winner twice winning the tie-break.
Karlovic had dominated the first set and looked to be on his way to an easy win, but Baghdatis found his composure in the second set with excellent defensive tennis and opened up his serve game in the third.
Hometown favourite and top seed Karlovic found much success with his serve, finishing with 26 aces, but mistakes started to creep into his game in the second set, culminating with a loss in the tie-break. Incredibly enough, Baghdatis only managed a single break chance and didn't convert, but he didn't give up a single break in the final two sets and frustrated Karlovic with superb defense in the tie-breaks.
Fending off a match point, the Cypriot clebrated like a madman after the match. He'll now meet sixth seed Mikahil Youzhny in the third round.
Youzhny made quick work of Sergiy Stakhovsky on Wednesday, giving the Ukrainian just three sets to advance to the third round in just over an hour.
The Russian was simply phenomenal on his second serve and controlled every single rally from the baseline, forcing his opponent into a plethora of unforced errors.
Youzhny told the Associated Press (for ESPN) he didn't have it easy on Wednesday, however, saying: "It was much tougher than it seems. I had to save two break points early into the match, and every game was a battle."
Stakhovsky won one of his three games on Youzhny's serve and at times exposed the Russian's fatal flaw, a lack of a powerful first serve. Said issue could come back to haunt Youzhny when the competition stiffens in the latter rounds.
Marcel Granollers had no such issues, hitting 11 aces to take care of Jurgen Melzer in two sets.
The Spanish star predictably dominated the first set with strong service games but started to lose the pedals a bit in the second, eventually winning a tie-break. Sloppy returns and several backhand misses from the baseline are a minor concern, but the eight-seed still looks like a strong contender for the title.
Day 2 Recap
Men's Singles: First Round
Mikhail Youzhny (6) defeats Blaz Kavcic: 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
Marcos Baghdatis defeats Toni Androic: 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-3
Damir Dzumhur defeats Michael Berrer: 6-2, 0-6, 7-5
Go Soeda defeats Matthias Bachinger: 7-6(4), 7-5
Viktor Troicki (7) defeats Illya Marchenko: 4-6, 7-6(3), 7-6(3)
Andreas Seppi (5) defeats Robin Haase: 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
Men's Doubles: First Round
Blaz Kavcic and Franco Skugor defeat Lukas Lacko and Alessandro Motti: 6-4, 6-4
Martin Emmrich and Andreas Siljestrom defeat Ricardas Berankis and Adrian Mannarino: 7-6(4), 6-2
Marin Draganja and Henri Kontinen defeat Borna Coric and Ivan Dodig: 6-3, 6-4
Roger Federer's Australian Open conqueror Andreas Seppi was taken to three sets in the opening round of the 2015 PBZ Zagreb Indoors on Tuesday but eventually prevailed against Robin Haase.
The fifth seed in Croatia, Seppi won the first set with relative ease only to lose the second set as Haase took momentum taking two breaks of serve.
However, the Italian rallied and avoided a shock by taking the third set 6-4, and he moves into the second round where he could potentially face Brit James Ward.
Sixth seed Mikhail Youzhny was also pushed all the way in his opening round and had to come back from a break down in the deciding set to beat Slovenia's Blaz Kavcic.
The 2012 Zagreb champion had lost the second set 6-1 to see Kavcic claim the initiative and the Russian was staring at a loss at 4-3 down in the final set.
However, the Russian rallied to take victory, his first singles win of the season, but he admitted to not being at his best, per Tennis.com:
It was up and down for me, I made too many mistakes in the second set, but finally found the way. Yes, it has been a while since I've won a match, but I haven't played that many tournaments since then.
Viktor Troicki responded well to losing his opening set to Illya Marchenko, but the seventh seed still needed two tiebreak wins to take his victory in three sets.
Meanwhile, Cyprus' Marcos Baghdatis lost his own tiebreak in the first set to Toni Androic,but bounced back to win the next two with ease and go through to round two where he must get past top seed Ivo Karlovic.
Day 1 Recap
Men's Singles: Final Qualifying Round
Sergiy Stakhovsky defeats Borna Coric: 6-2, 6-4
Ricardas Berankis defeats Lukas Lacko: 6-0, 6-2
Matthias Bachinger (5) defeats Uladzimir Ignatik: 6-3, 7-6 (3)
Illya Marchenko (6) defeats Marius Copil: 6-4, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5)
Michael Berrer (3) defeats Aldin Setkic: 6-4, 7-6 (4)
Frank Dancevic (7) defeats Norbert Gombos (4): 5-7, 6-4, 7-5
Frank Dancevic and Norbert Gombos served up a fantastic encounter between seeded contenders to start the 2015 PBZ Zagreb Indoors, with the Canadian eventually emerging victorious after three hard-fought sets.
Gombos had a chance to win the match up 5-4 in the final set but failed to convert a match point, and Dancevic made him pay dearly, riding a wave of momentum to an emotional win.
The duo put up a serving display on Monday, combining for 33 aces in just three sets. Gombos had difficulty controlling his second serve, however, and his six double faults ultimately cost him.
The Slovak hit nine of his 16 aces in the opening set, a dominant display that unsurprisingly ended in victory, but the engine soon started to stutter. A single poor serve game was enough to gift Dancevic a break in the second set, setting up a pivotal decider.
In that final set, the Canadian fought back from an early setback and converted both of his break points, keeping his calm even in the ninth game, when faced with a match point.
Dancevic will play Igor Sijsling in the first round, avoiding one of the top seeds for the main tournament.
The final qualifying round saw few surprises, although the home crowd will have been disappointed with the performance of Borna Coric. Former champion Sergiy Stakhovsky gave the 18-year-old few chances to shine, putting him under tremendous pressure from the opening exchange.
In-form Andreas Seppi starts his campaign on Tuesday, going up against Robin Haase, while top seed Ivo Karlovic won't see any action until Round 2.
Defending champion Marin Cilic is in Zagreb as a spectator, and he told ATPWorldTour.com he's not happy with how his recovery from injury is going: "I am having a slow recovery which is not easy to cope with. I have to wait another 10 days before I can start hitting tennis balls. It is a tough time, but I am looking forward to the rest of the season. Hopefully it will be OK when I start playing."
Marcos Baghdatis is another strong candidate for the title, and if he can get past wildcard Toni Androic, he'll meet Karlovic in the second round.