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BB&T Atlanta Open 2014: Daily Scores, Results and Draw Schedule

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 20, 2014

BB&T Atlanta Open 2014: Daily Scores, Results and Draw Schedule

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    Although the 2014 BB&T Atlanta Open isn't the most highly regarded event on the ATP Tour schedule, it's not lacking in star power. John Isner, Gael Monfils, Kevin Anderson and Sam Querrey highlight this year's field.

    With the 2014 U.S. Open on the horizon, these warm-up tournaments are a critical part of the process heading into Flushing Meadows. Acclimatizing to the hot, hard-court conditions one will find at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center can be an invaluable asset.

    Isner enters as the defending champion, having beaten James Blake in the quarterfinals, Lleyton Hewitt in the semifinals and then Kevin Anderson after three tiebreaks in the final last year.

    In a conference call, the 29-year-old American spoke about how important U.S. Open preparation can be, via Rory Glynn of The Cincinnati Enquirer:

    It's been a stretch of the season where in the past I've done extremely well, and it's helped my season out quite a bit. Obviously, the main goal is you want to play a lot of matches, you want to win a lot of matches, but you want to be 100 percent ready for the big one in New York. So for me I'm taking it a tournament at a time.

    Isner's progress in Atlanta will be tracked by more than a few tennis fans in the U.S.

    Atlanta may also help Anderson, in part, get over his problems at the U.S. Open. He's never advanced past the third round, which is a poor record for a player of his ability. Monfils has also had trouble in Flushing Meadows—his quarterfinal appearance in 2010 notwithstanding.

    Those two will undoubtedly hope to build momentum in this tournament and use it in the weeks to come.

    The BB&T Atlanta Open won't garner a ton of attention beyond the diehard followers, but it should be an enjoyable week of tennis.

Schedule/Draw

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    Seeded Players

    SeedPlayer
    1John Isner (USA)
    2Kevin Anderson (RSA)
    3Gael Monfils (FRA)
    4Vasek Pospisil (CAN)
    5Radek Stepanek (CZE)
    6Denis Istomin (UZB)
    7Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)
    8Marinko Matosevic (AUS)
    9Sam Querrey (USA)

    Note: Radek Stepanek withdrew from the tournament, meaning the BB&T Atlanta Open will be without a No. 5 seed, as per Federico Coppini of Tennis World

     

    You can view the schedule for each day of the tournament here on ATPWorldTour.com as well as the entire men's singles draw here.

Day 8 Results

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    Day 8 Results

    No. 1 John Isner def. Dudi Sela; 6-3, 6-4

     

    Day 8 Recap

    After a huge run to the final match at the Atlanta Open, John Isner was simply dominant on Sunday.

    The American cruised to victory to clinch his ninth ATP title and second of the season. Sunday marked Isner's fourth trip to the Atlanta Tennis Championships final, with the victory making it back-to-back titles for the North Carolina native.

    Following the rousing victory, Isner shared his thoughts on the tournament, per the ATP Staff:

    “This is my favorite time of year,” he said. “I’m off to a very good start again. I look forward to playing Washington D.C. again. I’ve played well there my whole career.”

    Isner crushed Sela in straight sets most notably through his splendid serving. During the first set, Isner crushed nine aces while Sela was unable to net just one.

    By the final count, the No. 1 seed blistered 15 aces and never had his serve broken on Sunday. The difference between the two players serves was astounding, with Isner's second serve registering 114 mph compared to Sela's first coming in at 100 mph, according to ESPN Tennis.

    While he still has room for improvement on the Grand Slam stage to prove he's one of the best in the world, Isner showed just how great he can be on the hard court. As the U.S. Open nears, he might be one to watch to surprise on the huge stage.

Day 7 Results

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    Day 6 Results

    No. 1 John Isner def. Jack Sock; 7-5, 6-4

     

    Day 6 Recap

    After two matches that gave the world No. 12 serious issue, John Isner returned to form Saturday in a semifinal encounter with fellow American Jack Sock to reach the final for the fourth time in the Atlanta Open's five-year history.

    Isner dug deep in front of a home crowd when it mattered most. The former Georgia University star fired off eight aces and won 73 percent of the total service points. Continued pressure and a creep toward the net caused Sock to implode multiple times, including three unforced errors late in the first set and two double faults in the second that eventually led to a final ball in the net.

    "I've made four finals here. Winston-Salem is my hometown. This feels like my hometown because I went to school here," Isner said, per Matt Winkeljohn of The Associated Press, via ABC News. "I feel like it's my time of year to play well, and start picking up the pace a little bit."

     

Day 6 Results

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    Day 6 Results

    No. 1 John Isner def. Marinko Matosevic; 7-6(8), 6-4

    Jack Sock def. Lukas Lacko; 7-6(6), 6-2

    Benjamin Becker def. Thiemo de Bakker; 6-4, 6-2

    Dudi Sela def. No. 4 Vasek Pospisil; 7-5, 1-6, 6-2

     

    Day 6 Recap

    After John Isner needed three sets to beat Robby Ginepri, the top seed had problems again in the quarterfinals against Marinko Matosevic. 

    While Isner had an incredible 17 aces in the win, he only got 49 percent of his first serves in play. Meanwhile, he could only forced two breaks in the competition and only barely escaped the first set with a narrow tiebreak win.

    Still, he was able to do what he needed to earn the straight-set victory and move into the semifinals. He will now face Jack Sock, who did his part to win the important points against Lukas Lacko.

    Sock won the first set on a close tiebreak and converted all four of the break points he saw in the match. This was enough to force a semifinal between two of the best Americans in the world.

    In the third quarterfinal, Benjamin Becker used a great serving performance to get past Thiemo de Bakker. Not only did he have six aces with no double faults, but he was able to win an incredible 20 of 24 points on his second serve.

    Finally, Dudi Sela pulled off the biggest upset of the day with his win over No. 4 Vasek Pospisil. The Israeli competitor got off to a strong start by attacking his opponents second serve, but he struggled in the second set when he only won 10 of 36 total points.

    Fortunately, he was able to bounce back in the third set by converting all three of his break points, completing the upset over the Canadian.

    Both Sela and Becker are looking to keep their surprise runs going into the finals, but it will take some more consistent play for either of them to win another match in this tournament.

Day 5 Results

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    Day 5 Results

    Thiemo de Bakker def. No. 2 Kevin Anderson; 6-4, 7-5

    No. 1 John Isner def. Robby Ginepri; 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5

    Benjamin Becker def. No. 7 Yen-Hsun Lu; 6-4, 6-3

    No. 8 Marinko Matosevic vs. Tim Smyczek; 6-4, 7-5

     

    Day 5 Recap

    It was far from pretty, but John Isner avoided seeing his name added to the growing list of upsets in Atlanta Thursday by pulling through from a set down with two clutch saves on match points to down Robby Ginepri.

    The 29-year-old Isner, a local product after starring at the University of Georgia, stormed back after losing the first set and fired off 30 aces total to overcome Ginepri's bid to upset the tournament's top seed in two hours and 26 minutes.

    No. 8 Marinko Matosevic managed to fend off a tenacious Tim Smyczek in one hour and 35 minutes by converting 5-of-7 break points. As a reward, he'll get a shot at Isner Friday.

    The other two seeds in action were not as fortunate.

    No. 7 Yen-Hsun Lu was ousted in just one hour and 18 minutes by German Benjamin Becker, which sets up a crash course with Thiemo de Bakker—who goes to Friday's quarterfinals riding high after downing No. 2 seed Kevin Anderson.

    The No. 17 player in the world and returning finalist simply looked off for the duration of the match, and he confirmed as much after the fact to the media, per ATP's official website:

    "I didn't feel like my normal serve out there," said the South African Anderson. "I felt a step behind the whole match. I thought [De Bakker] played well, hit the ball quite big. I was disappointed with how I played today."

    It makes for quite an interesting slate of matchups, especially with Isner—the defending champ—a bit wobbly and understanding that seed has meant little so far.

Day 4 Results

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    Day 4 Results

    Jack Sock def. Michael Venus; 6-4, 6-2

    Lukas Lacko def. No. 6 Denis Istomin; 5-7, 6-1, 6-4

    No. 4 Vasek Pospisil def. Illya Marchenko, 7-5, 6-3

    Yen-Hsun Lu def. Alex Kuznetsov; 6-4, 6-4

    Dudi Sela def. No. 9 Sam Querrey; 6-2, 6-4

    No. 1 John Isner def. Robby Ginepri; 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-5

     

    Day 4 Recap

    Wednesday saw the first major upset of the tournament as Denis Istomin fell.

    The No. 6 seed was ousted by Lukas Lacko after a tough first set 7-5 win. Lacko then rolled over the next two sets by allowing just five games won to advance to the next round.

    After five double faults in the opening set, Lacko cut down on the mistakes with just one in the next two. As for Istomin, the Uzbek committed five double faults and had his serve broken twice in the final two sets.

    The man Istomin plays next is another player on a hot streak as of late.

    American Jack Sock earned a convincing win over Michael Venus in front of the home crowd in Atlanta. Sock drubbed Venus in straight sets by saving two break points and breaking the New Zealand player three times.

    Sock spoke about his summer thus far, per Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

    “Summer’s going pretty well so far,” Sock said. “Confidence is probably the highest it’s been in my career.”

    The 20-year-old is sharing that success with Vasek Pospisil, his doubles partner. Sock and Pospisil are fresh off a Wimbledon doubles title, but have clearly found individual success as well.

    Pospisil comes in as the No. 4 player and had his hands full with Illya Marchenko. The Canadian triumphed over Marchenko by saving a break point in the second set and running away with the match.

    As for Pospisil's next opponent, the 24-year-old will be facing a player that already downed a seeded player. Dudi Sela trounced No. 9 Sam Querrey in straight sets and was a surprise player emerging from the match.

    More surprises could be on tap for Thursday with several contenders returning to the court. Pospisil and Sock return as the No. 1 seed in the doubles against Benjamin Becker and Frank Moser and continue their prosperity as a pair.

    On the singles side, all four matches will include seeded players. None will be more important than No. 1 John Isner, with the American serving as the crowd favorite against wild card Robby Ginepri, also from the USA.

    Needless to say, the excitement doesn't stop after Wednesday's action with the slate set for Day 5 in Atlanta.

Day 3 Results

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    Day 3 Results

    Lukas Lacko def. Nathan Pasha; 6-2, 7-5

    Robby Ginepri def. Sergiy Stakhovsky; 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-0

    Tim Smyczek def. Ryan Harrison; 6-0, 6-2

    No. 6 Denis Istomin def. Rajeev Ram; 6-1, 6-4

    Jack Sock def. Alejandro Gonzalez; 6-2, 6-4

    Illya Marchenko def. John-Patrick Smith; 6-4, 6-4

    Thiemo de Bakker def. Steven Diez; 6-1, 6-2

    No. 8 Marinko Matosevic def. Victor Estrella Burgos; 6-0, 6-2

    Benjamin Becker def. Matthew Ebden; 6-4, 6-2

     

    Day 3 Recap

    Void of a wealth of seeded players on Tuesday, every top athlete on the court took care of business.

    The highest-ranked player was No. 6 Denis Istomin, who routed Rajeev Ram in straight sets. Istomin allowed just five games won int he match thanks in large part to his service game.

    The 27-year-old finished with eight aces—six coming in the first set—compared to just two from Ram. While his opponent committed three double faults, Istomin came away clean on the stat sheet in the category.

    Istomin will now face Lukas Lacko in the next round after the easy win and might just have a date with John Isner if he wins his next two matches.

    As for the other seeded player, Marinko Matosevic trounced his opponent in similar fashion. The No. 8 seed allowed just two games won by Victor Estrella Burgos and broke Burgos' serve five times on the match.

    Matosevic now faces Tim Smyczek, who also won his opening match with a 6-0, 6-2 victory. The two have faced of twice in their careers, with Smyczek taking the most recent match back in 2012 with a 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-6(6) win.

    Following Tuesday's action, Wednesday will see the return of Canadian No. 4 Vasek Pospisil to Atlanta and American No. 9 Sam Querrey. Another player to watch will be Jack Sock, a 21-year-old American who easily won his first match in straight sets.

    After Sock and Pospisil won the Wimbledon doubles title, both will look to find individual success in Atlanta. With both players part of the No. 1 doubles team entering the tournament, they have plenty of chances to win at the BB&T Open.

     

    Stats on this slide courtesy of BBTAtlantaOpen.com.

Day 2 Results

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    Day 2 Results

    Steven Diez def. Thiemo De Bakker 6-7 (5), 2-0 (retirement)

    John-Patrick Smith def. Kevin King 6-2, 6-1

    Michael Venus def. Rajeev Ram 5-7, 6-3, 7-5

    Sam Querrey def. Steve Johnson 7-6(3), 7-5

    Illya Marchenko def. Alex Kuznetsov 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

    Dudi Sela def. Donald Young 6-3, 6-0

     

    Day 2 Recap

    Steven Diez caught a break at the Atlanta Open as he moved on to the next round by virtue of a match retirement from Thiemo De Bakker. It was going to be tough for Diez, as De Bakker's serve was on point, with 10 aces on the day before his eventual demise.

    John-Patrick Smith dominated Kevin King, winning the match in just under an hour. He won 75 percent of his first-service points, and saved all three of his break points over the two sets of play. King was unable to hold off Smith when it counted, losing four of his eight break points in the match, allowing his opponent to cruise to victory.

    Michael Venus had the toughest contest in the early games, defeating Rajeev Ram over three back-and-forth sets. Both players had relatively strong serves on the day, with Ram edging out Venus in aces, 9-8.

    The key to Venus' victory came in break points, as he forced Ram to drop four of six over the course of the match. 

    In the later spate of matches, Sam Querrey went about as far as one can go for a two-set victory, overcoming the spirited play of Steve Johnson to move onto the next round. 

    Illya Marchenko defeated Alex Kuznetsov over three hard-fought sets, with the latter player failing to save any of his four break points.

    24-year-old American Donald Young didn't look good at all in his match, winning just three games in a two-set defeat to Dudi Sela. Young won just 55 percent of his first-serve points, and was completely ineffective throughout the match, even though Sela gave him ample opportunity with five double faults.

     

    Stats on this slide courtesy of BBTAtlantaOpen.com.

Day 1 Results

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    Day 1 Results

    Thiemo de Bakker def. Facundo Mena; 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

    Alex Kuznetsov def. Michael Shabaz; 6-3, 6-2

    Steven Diaz def. Ryan Shane; 6-3, 7-5

    Illya Marchenko def. Fritz Wolmarans 6-4, 6-3

    Rajeev Ram def. Jean Yves-Aubone 6-3, 6-2

    Michael Venus def. Francis Tiafoe 6-3 6-7(3), 7-6(3)

    John-Patrick Smith def. Juan-Carlos Spir 7-6(7), 7-6(5)

    Kevin King def. Beck O'Shaughnessey 6-3, 6-2

     

    Day 1 Recap

    Sunday was all about the qualifiers in Atlanta. The final field is nearly set for the BB&T Open, with six spots needing to be filled. Thiemo de Bakker, Alex Kuznetsov and Steven Diaz grabbed the first three before Mother Nature decided to step in.

    The forecast, via Weather.com, for the greater Atlanta metropolitan area didn't look good coming into the day, so the threat was looming.

    Once the day's first round of matches concluded, the weather failed to cooperate, with the rain really coming down at Atlantic Station. As the tournament's Twitter account chronicled, workers were hurrying to try to dry off the courts, but play was once again suspended.

    At least the three aforementioned players were able to get their matches in.

    De Bakker beat Facundo Mena in three setsthis despite the Dutchman completing only 45 percent of his first serves and picking up four double faults. Mena wasn't much better, double-faulting six times. De Bakker was much better on second serve than his opponent (52 percent of second-service points won compared to 41 percent for Mena).

    Kuznetsov made quick work of Michael Shabaz. He recorded an impressive 12 aces, winning 87 percent of his first serves. When you do that, you're almost always going to win. Only once did Shabaz have a break-point opportunity, but Kuznetsov held.

    As good as Kuznetsov was on serve, that's about as unpredictable as Ryan Shane was. His six aces were completely offset by his 11 double faults. Diaz had 15 break-point opportunities, winning six.

    Results will be updated once play begins again.

     

    Note: All stats are courtesy of ATPWorldTour.com, unless otherwise noted.

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