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November 30, 2018

Tsitsipas maiden Crown in Stockholm

The final of Intrum Stockholm Open 2018 offered a titanic battle between World no.16 Stefanos Tsitsipas’ one-hand backhand and World no.145 Ernests Gulbis’ powerful forehand. The net was Tsitsipas ally in the dramatic and decisive moments.

#NextGenATP Stefanos Tsitsipas started the first game of the set by serving first. At 40-40, the Latvian qualifier Gulbis had a chance for an early break, but his forehand shot hit the net cord. Shortly afterwards, the Greek took his first game. A great rally with Gulbis’ forehand and Tsitsipas’ one-hand backhand entertained the crowd. Levelled at 2-2, the Greek impressed with a fabulous over-head smash, followed by a backhand down the line winner. Gulbis responded with a well-composed offensive baseline play. Both players held on their respective games, with the Latvian displaying some attractive tennis with overhead smash shots and unreturnable forehand winners. The suspense escalated at 4-5, when Gulbis, serving to stay in the set, started having trouble with his first serve. An elegant volley was unluckily called out for him at 40-15. Minutes later, Tsitsipas cruised and closed the first set at 6-4.

Brimming with confidence, Tsitsipas opened the second set. The third game lent itself to some extraordinary hitting from both players. Tsitsipas looking to break early on, came close but the Latvian held an important service game. Some great rallies and a smart disguised drop-volley later, the Latvian levelled the second set 3-3. Determined to level at 4-4, Gulbis played a solid aggressive game despite Tsitsipas forcing a deuce. Both men showed their offensive play with lengthy rallies and fast serving. Serving to stay in the match, Gulbis opened proceedings with two errors, helping Tsitsipas reach 0-30 fairly fast. Next an easy volley was hit into the net, and that brought up match point for the young Greek in just 1 hour and 20minutes. Next point Gulbis gifted Tsitsipas by hitting a volley into the net.

This is Stafanos Tsitsipas’ first final victory this year having lost the first two to World no.1 Rafeal Nadal. He has been loved in Swedish capital, and teh croud hopes he returns again next year.

November 09, 2018

Tsitsipas maiden Crown in Stockholm

The final of Intrum Stockholm Open 2018 offered a titanic battle between World no.16 Stefanos Tsitsipas’ one-hand backhand and World no.145 Ernests Gulbis’ powerful forehand. The net was Tsitsipas ally in the dramatic and decisive moments.

#NextGenATP Stefanos Tsitsipas started the first game of the set by serving first. At 40-40, the Latvian qualifier Gulbis had a chance for an early break, but his forehand shot hit the net cord. Shortly afterwards, the Greek took his first game. A great rally with Gulbis’ forehand and Tsitsipas’ one-hand backhand entertained the crowd. Levelled at 2-2, the Greek impressed with a fabulous over-head smash, followed by a backhand down the line winner. Gulbis responded with a well-composed offensive baseline play. Both players held on their respective games, with the Latvian displaying some attractive tennis with overhead smash shots and unreturnable forehand winners. The suspense escalated at 4-5, when Gulbis, serving to stay in the set, started having trouble with his first serve. An elegant volley was unluckily called out for him at 40-15. Minutes later, Tsitsipas cruised and closed the first set at 6-4.

Brimming with confidence, Tsitsipas opened the second set. The third game lent itself to some extraordinary hitting from both players. Tsitsipas looking to break early on, came close but the Latvian held an important service game. Some great rallies and a smart disguised drop-volley later, the Latvian levelled the second set 3-3. Determined to level at 4-4, Gulbis played a solid aggressive game despite Tsitsipas forcing a deuce. Both men showed their offensive play with lengthy rallies and fast serving. Serving to stay in the match, Gulbis opened proceedings with two errors, helping Tsitsipas reach 0-30 fairly fast. Next an easy volley was hit into the net, and that brought up match point for the young Greek in just 1 hour and 20minutes. Next point Gulbis gifted Tsitsipas by hitting a volley into the net.

This is Stafanos Tsitsipas’ first final victory this year having lost the first two to World no.1 Rafeal Nadal. He has been loved in Swedish capital, and teh croud hopes he returns again next year.

November 09, 2018

Tsitsipas maiden Crown in Stockholm

The final of Intrum Stockholm Open 2018 offered a titanic battle between World no.16 Stefanos Tsitsipas’ one-hand backhand and World no.145 Ernests Gulbis’ powerful forehand. The net was Tsitsipas ally in the dramatic and decisive moments.

#NextGenATP Stefanos Tsitsipas started the first game of the set by serving first. At 40-40, the Latvian qualifier Gulbis had a chance for an early break, but his forehand shot hit the net cord. Shortly afterwards, the Greek took his first game. A great rally with Gulbis’ forehand and Tsitsipas’ one-hand backhand entertained the crowd. Levelled at 2-2, the Greek impressed with a fabulous over-head smash, followed by a backhand down the line winner. Gulbis responded with a well-composed offensive baseline play. Both players held on their respective games, with the Latvian displaying some attractive tennis with overhead smash shots and unreturnable forehand winners. The suspense escalated at 4-5, when Gulbis, serving to stay in the set, started having trouble with his first serve. An elegant volley was unluckily called out for him at 40-15. Minutes later, Tsitsipas cruised and closed the first set at 6-4.

Brimming with confidence, Tsitsipas opened the second set. The third game lent itself to some extraordinary hitting from both players. Tsitsipas looking to break early on, came close but the Latvian held an important service game. Some great rallies and a smart disguised drop-volley later, the Latvian levelled the second set 3-3. Determined to level at 4-4, Gulbis played a solid aggressive game despite Tsitsipas forcing a deuce. Both men showed their offensive play with lengthy rallies and fast serving. Serving to stay in the match, Gulbis opened proceedings with two errors, helping Tsitsipas reach 0-30 fairly fast. Next an easy volley was hit into the net, and that brought up match point for the young Greek in just 1 hour and 20minutes. Next point Gulbis gifted Tsitsipas by hitting a volley into the net.

This is Stafanos Tsitsipas’ first final victory this year having lost the first two to World no.1 Rafeal Nadal. He has been loved in Swedish capital, and teh croud hopes he returns again next year.

October 21, 2018

Tsitsipas maiden Crown in Stockholm

The final of Intrum Stockholm Open 2018 offered a titanic battle between World no.16 Stefanos Tsitsipas’ one-hand backhand and World no.145 Ernests Gulbis’ powerful forehand. The net was Tsitsipas ally in the dramatic and decisive moments.

#NextGenATP Stefanos Tsitsipas started the first game of the set by serving first. At 40-40, the Latvian qualifier Gulbis had a chance for an early break, but his forehand shot hit the net cord. Shortly afterwards, the Greek took his first game. A great rally with Gulbis’ forehand and Tsitsipas’ one-hand backhand entertained the crowd. Levelled at 2-2, the Greek impressed with a fabulous over-head smash, followed by a backhand down the line winner. Gulbis responded with a well-composed offensive baseline play. Both players held on their respective games, with the Latvian displaying some attractive tennis with overhead smash shots and unreturnable forehand winners. The suspense escalated at 4-5, when Gulbis, serving to stay in the set, started having trouble with his first serve. An elegant volley was unluckily called out for him at 40-15. Minutes later, Tsitsipas cruised and closed the first set at 6-4.

Brimming with confidence, Tsitsipas opened the second set. The third game lent itself to some extraordinary hitting from both players. Tsitsipas looking to break early on, came close but the Latvian held an important service game. Some great rallies and a smart disguised drop-volley later, the Latvian levelled the second set 3-3. Determined to level at 4-4, Gulbis played a solid aggressive game despite Tsitsipas forcing a deuce. Both men showed their offensive play with lengthy rallies and fast serving. Serving to stay in the match, Gulbis opened proceedings with two errors, helping Tsitsipas reach 0-30 fairly fast. Next an easy volley was hit into the net, and that brought up match point for the young Greek in just 1 hour and 20minutes. Next point Gulbis gifted Tsitsipas by hitting a volley into the net.

This is Stafanos Tsitsipas’ first final victory this year having lost the first two to World no.1 Rafeal Nadal. He has been loved in Swedish capital, and teh croud hopes he returns again next year.

October 21, 2018

BAMBRIDGE & O'MARA WINS DOUBLES

British Duo claim the title in Stockholm.

The last day of Intrum Stockholm Open began with the final of doubles between the British duo Luke Bambridge / Johnny O'Mara and Marcus Daniell / Wesley Koolhof (New Zealand/ Netherlands). The British duo Bambridge / O'Mara got a few perks earlier this year, winning their first ATP tour in Eastbourne since they had paired as a team. Their opponents Daniell / Koolhof managed to score 11 wins and 10 losses as a team this year. It was the first final ever for Daniell / Koolhof as a team in doubles.

The match started with both pairs breaking each other’s service games. The result was pretty even, games often reaching 40-40. The big fight was on and both pairs kept on holding the service game for a long time. The first break came in the 11th game, when Bambridge / O'mara scored and managed to break Daniell / Koolhof's serve with three break points. The British duo closed the set at 7-5.

The second set started well for the New Zealander Daniel and the Dutch Koolhof. They held and then broke which gave them an advantage. Both pairs held their service games well. In the sixth game, there was a chance to break when Daniell / Koolhof won back two break points through strong shotmaking. However, it ended without success and Bambridge / O'Mara took home there servis. It proved necessary tie-break to determine this final.

Bambridge / O'mara did their best with a solid performance to save four set points. After a dramatic second set tie, the British duo took home the second set and thus also the title as the Double’s Champion in the Intrum Stockholm Open 2018.

Congratulations to the pair who took their second title for the season!

October 20, 2018

GULBIS SURPRISE OF THE TOURNAMENT

Qualifyer Ernests Gulbis enters first final in Stockholm.

The second semi final of Day 6 of the Intrum Stockholm Open was played between No.1 Seed John Isner and the qualifier Ernests Gulbis (LAT). Gulbis will be looking to better his record, this being his first ATP semi final appearance since Oct 2015 in Vienna. Isner, on the hand, would be looking to enter his first final since becoming a father to daughter Hunter in September. Their head to head is tied at 3-3.

Achieving his career high ATP ranking of no.8 this year, Isner won the toss and elected to serve. He was also the first to win a break point on a loose opening service game from Gulbis. An interesting fact for qualifiers is that they are 8-2 in ATP Tour finals, an all-time best. For Gulbis, 5 of his last 7 wins in Grand Slams have come in as a qualifier. He would really be looking to go all the way in Stockholm. However, today Isner seemed to have his eyes on the prize. Going 3-0 up, Isner’s service game looked on and strong. Gulbis struggled to find his good form as he had yesterday against Jack Sock in a thrilling 3-setter, and conceded a second service game giving Isner a huge advantage at 4-0. Serving for the third time in the set, Gulbis finally got on the board, but the American was too solid and won the first set 6-1 in a little under half an hour.

Second set opened with things looking up for Gulbis. A lovely passing shot on Gulbis’ forehand side enabled him to get a much-needed break early on which he soon consolidated to go 3-0 up. Serving to go 4-1 up in the second, Gulbis looked his strongest, as signs of fatigue for Isner started to creep in. Isner who played a lenghty 3 tiebreaks against fellow-American Tennys Sandgren last evening hoped to wrap up the match fast, but it was not to be. At the change of ends, Isner sat towel in hand, shaking his head in disbelief at being 2-5 down. Serving to stay in the second set, Isner and Gulbis delighted the crowd with a series of backhand slices, almost teasing one another to come to the net. Gulbis charged in and Isner hit a down-the-line winner. At set point, the Centre Court crowd really got into the match, excited at the prospect of a third. Gulbis won the set 6-3 after hitting a resounding ace.

Set 3 began with both players holding serves well. Isner seemed to have changed his game and appeared more on the offensive. Errors began to creep in from the Latvian’s racquet, especially on break points. However, he played a very confident and aggressive service game to level the third set 3-3 and gain crucial momentum. Gulbis earned his first opportunity to break at 0-40 3-3, which he took on his third attempt. A first racquet smash came from Isner a point later who hit a regulation forehand into the net. Lonf rallies dominated the next game and soon Isner found himself serving to stay in the match at 3-5 down. At 15-30, a scintillating cross court back hand winner brought up Gulbis’ first match point. A smash hit hard from the baseline by the 6’7” American, denied Gulbis the second match point. Gulbis was third time lucky and won the match 6-1 6-3 6-3 to enter his first Intrum Stockholm Open final.

In the post-match interview, Gulbis thanked the Stockholm crowd for their support. He said his return game was strong, and that his 2-weeks of preparation before this tournament was a good decision. Talking about his chances against Tsitsipas, Gulbis said it would be a tough match and expected a few long rallies.

The finals of the Intrum Stockholm Open will be played between Greece’s Stefanis Tsitsipas and Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis.

October 20, 2018

Tsitsipas dismisses Fognini

Fognini offered attactive tennis, but NextGenATP star Tsitsipas was too good.

The first semi-final singles on Day 6 at Intrum Stockholm Open was played by the World No. 16 #NextGenATP Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas and the World No. 14 Italian Fabio Fognini. The 2nd seeded Fognini lost the chance to become the first Italian on record to win 4 titles in a season, while the Greek is cruising with flying colours into his second final season, after the Toronto final in August.

The 3rd seeded Tsitsipas raised the expectations in the beginning of the first set with his powerful serve. Fognini, on the other hand, played great forehand winners, combined with elegant volleys. The suspense escalated when the Italian utilised his forehand to great effect, taking winners, while Tsitsipas offered brilliant groundstroke winners with his backhand. At 3-3, the Italian started having problems in responding to his opponent’s solid serve. Later on a mistake cost the Italian the first break of the set, the Greek took the lead at 5-3. Realizing his mistakes quite quickly, Fognini scored 15-40, nailing a brilliant backhand winner. A double fault cost the Italian and gave the Greek the opportunity to win the set quickly. However, Tsitsipas caught it up and managed to close the set 6-3.

Tsitsipas started the second game on well and soon shot to 40-15 on Fognini’s serve. Flying into some unreturnable ground strokes from the baseline, the Italian finally took his own game. The Greek kept surprising and pressing, while enjoying the crowd cheering him on. It did not make it easier for the extravagant Italian and an early break in the second set came as it was expected. #NextGenATP Tsitsipas scored quickly to get a 4-1 lead, responding very well with one-hand backhands from the baseline. Fognini could not manage to come back on track and major faults from the baseline changed the result to 5-2 in favour of Tsitsipas. With no challenges remaining, the Greek was serving for the match and closed it quickly to win 6-2. Final match score 6-3, 6-2.

In the final, Stefanos Tsitsipas will meet the winner of the match between the 1st seeded American John Isner and the Latvian surprise of the tournament, Ernests Gulbis.

October 19, 2018

Gulbis ousts Sock - second semis in Stockholm

The fourth match of Day 5 was played between American world no.18 Jack Sock and Latvian world no. 145 Ernests Gulbis.

In their head-to-head match-up, Sock leads 1-0. Sock is a familiar face at the Stockholm Open having made finals in both 2015 and 2016. In his match against Gulbis, Sock is attempting to reach his 1st semi-final since last years’ Nitto ATP Finals in London. Gulbis last made the semi-finals in Stockholm in 2013, losing to Spain’s David Ferrer. Both men will want this win for their confidence.

The match started with the hawk-eye being put into play early on. Within the first 5 games, line calls had been challenged 4 times. Long rallies and strong baseline play dictated the set. Both men held serve, but Jack Sock was the first to land a break point in the crucial 7th game. With a backhand hit into the net, Gulbis lost his serve to give Sock a much-needed advantage. The 9th game seemed to have everything - Sock’s rocket-like returns, some of which earned loud gasps from the crowd, Gulbis’ tweener, smooth drop volleys, and Sock’s costly miss-hit at set point. Things did not go too bad for Jack Sock, who took no time to win the set 6-4.

Second set started with Gulbis wasting no time in earning a break early on to go up 2-0. Sock’s concentration began to falter a bit and at 2-5 he gifted Gulbis his first set point. But Sock quickly turned that around with a deceptive second serve ace at 168 kmph, and later won the game. Serving for the set, the Latvian made it look easy dropping just one point to win the second set 6-3.

The deciding set saw an aggressive show from the Latvian. Sock serving at 15-30 2-2, a whip of a crosscourt forehand winner from Gulbis, set up the momentum for him to take an early break in the third and final set. At having his serve broken, Sock was furious, hitting his foot with his racquet repeatedly. Gulbis held well at 4-2 to ensure his second break was consolidated. He broke again at 5-2 to serve for the match. Strangely, Gulbis lost his serve as a confident and aggressive Jack Sock took charge. Serving for the match a second time, Gulbis relied completely on his heavy serves and won the final set 6-4.

In his post-match interview he said the atmosphere on the court was great and thanked the Stockholm crowd for their support. On being asked who he’ll prefer in the semi-finals, Isner or Sandgren, Gulbis replied, “I don’t care!”

Ernests Gulbis enters his second Stockholm semi-finals and plays the winner of John Isner and Tennys Sandgren being decided later tonight.

October 19, 2018

The young Greek displays his calm against Kohlschreiber

The second singles match of Day 5 of the Intrum Stockholm Open was played between World no. 35 Philipp Kohlschreiber and World no.16 #NextGenATP star Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The German, Kohlschreiber, in his match yesterday, had saved 6 match points against Spain’s Fernando Verdasco. 20-year old Greek Tsitsipas, is currently the youngest in the Top 20. In the head-to-head contest Tsitsipas leads the German 1-0.

The first set started well with both players exhibiting some exquisite single-hand backhand winners. The young Greek was first to break, at the vital fourth game to go 3-1 up with a great backhand down the line winner. Opening point of the 6th game saw Tsitsipas delight the crowd with a great forehand return, which was called out. He challenged the out call, and to the crowd’s surprise it was overturned. Tsitsipas looked most dangerous on his serve, using the court at his disposable to hit winners freely. He was also incredibly lucky with the hawk eye this afternoon, as three of his challenges called out were in fact barely IN, winning him all three points. With great talent and a bit of luck on his side, the Greek took the first set 6-3.

Kohlschreiber began the second set in a more aggressive manner. Tsitsipas’ first game of the second set started with Kohlschreiber winning a break point, however a rocket of serve by the Greek brought the game to deuce. The German, however, held on and broke Tsitsipas early one.

The hawk-eye was not as lucky for Tsitsipas in the second set, as he used up all of them early on, and with no success. Serving to go up 3-0, Kohlschreiber displayed some vintage hitting at the net. The errors started occurring from the young Greek’s racquet, maybe signs of early nervousness kicking in. His down the line hitting, which was on target in the first set, lacked accuracy on the second. Serving for the set at 5-3, the German lost his serve to a resurgent Tsitsipas. Second set reached a much-deserved tiebreak as the set was very closely fought. Kohlschreiber opened proceedings for the tie-break but it was the Greek who won the first mini-break. At the changeover, Kohlschreiber could be seen shaking his head in annoyance. On Kohlschreiber’s serve Tsitsipas received his first match point. On his second attempt a return serve was hit long by the German and the Greek went on to win his match 6-3 7-6.

In his post-match interview, he mentioned that he showed a lot of passion and character, and waited for the opportunities rather than getting agitated. He rated Stockholm as his third favourite place to play, after Toronto and Rome. He has fond memories of his last visit to Stockholm, where he had his happiest day when he found gluten-free pizza!

He now plays Fabio Fognini in his first Intrum Stockholm open semi-finals.

October 19, 2018

Fognini through to semi-final

In a match filled with spectacular tennis Chung was forced to retire.

October 18, 2018

Gulbis to strong for Shapovalov

Gulbis wins over Shapovalov at the stroke of midnight.

The final match on day 4 on Center Court at the Intrum Stockholm Open was the first meeting between Canadian rising star, the 19-year old Denis Shapovalov and 30-year old Latvian Ernests Gulbis. Early on in the match, the youngster displayed his service accuracy and agility at the net. However, Gulbis was the first to taste blood. He broke the young left-hander early on to go up 2-1. Trailing 15-40 at his own serve, a great engaged ensued and Gulbis won the point with a backhand cross-court winner. He won 3 straight points after that to prevent Shapovalov from breaking. At 3-1 30-30 Gulbis hit a down the line winner to gain a break point. He broke Shapovalov a second time to consolidate his first set breaks. Gulbis displayed some phenomenal hitting, including a fierce cross-court winner to bring up set point. After 37 minutes, the Latvian took the first set 6-2.

The second set had more from Denis, who displayed some bold shot playing. For starters, he held him serve much better than the first set. His attitude seemed positive and he seemed to grow more and more in confidence with each passing game. In fact, both players delighted the crowd with a number of lengthy rallies. The quality of the shots reached its peaked, and Gulbis again got in front with a crucial 9th game break. At the stroke of midnight Ernests Gulbis took match point and won the match 6-2 6-4.

In his post match interview, Gulbis thanked the crowd for staying way into the night to support him. He said he liked the way he served and played.

Ernests Gulbis next plays the American world no. 17 Jack Sock in the Intrum Stockholm Open quarter finals day.

October 18, 2018

ISNER SERVES HIS WAY INTO THE QUARTER-FINALS

The fourth match of Day 4 began with an all-American face-off. World no. 10, John Isner opened serve against Stockholm Open debutant World no. 102 Bradley Klahn.

Isner, playing his first tournament since becoming a father to baby girl Hunter, started proceedings in the usual Isner-way – with blistering first serves! However, the 28-year old Klahn stood his ground firmly and gave Isner a good fight. At 15-15 5-5 Klahn hit a beauty of a forehand down the line. The first set seemed tight as netiher played conceded any break point. Deep and hard-hitting shots were exchanged, and after 38 minutes, the inevitable tie break began. A classic serve wide-open and volley combination took Isner to a comfortable 4-1 lead. Klahn set up a great point but netted his volley to give Isner a further lead. Isner served a rocket at 231 kmph to go 6-2 up. A final ace at 226 kmph gave him the first set. 

Second set began in the same style with both players serving unreturnable serves. Opening the game at 2-2, Klahn won a great exchange of volleys at the net, proving both players were as agile at the net, as strong with the serve. Till 4-4, neither players had had their serves broken. Serving at 4-5, Isner won the game with 4 consecutive aces, adding to his current tally of 10,000+ aces, making him the 4th player to reach this milestone since ATP started tracking aces in 1991 (Davis Cup and Olympic matches before 1998 not included)! As the trend goes in matches played by big servers, the second set too went into a tiebreak with neither playing able to break. Left-handed Klahn ripped a forehand down the line to even the tie break 2-2, the crowd really got into the match at this point. Trailing 4-5, Klahn ripped a second forehand down the line with even more force. A line call called in troubled Isner and before he knew it Klahn out of nowehere returned a 205 kmph serve and got himself a set point, which he won with this next serve. Second set Klahn 7-6. 

Third set, and Isner seemed to be very angry with himself for letting the second set go out of hand. The final set seemed poised at 3-3. Isner thought he won a rare break point, but Klahn challenged and the point wwas replayed. As the errors from Isner’s raquet crept up, Klahn on the other end of the court seemed to grow in confidence. Neither player broke the other, and the third set also reached a deciding tiebreak. Isner’s serve-and-volley game was super strong in the tie break and it enabled him to win this third set with a brutal 231 kmph serve. Third set and match, John Isner. 

In his post-match interview, Isner said he didnot expect the match to be this tough. He thought hawk-eye was not in his favour tonight. He expects to improve more on this movement on court in his next match. 

John Isner plays Tennys Sandgren in the quarter finals tomorrow.

October 18, 2018

Kohlschreiber denies Verdasco

Kohlschreiber saves 7 match points to go into the Quarter-finals

The third match of Day 4 at the Intrum Stockholm Open was played between the Spaniard, World no. 29 Fernando Verdasco and the German World no 35 Philipp Kohlschreiber. The two 34-year olds have a tight head-to-head, levelled at 4-4.

Verdasco, hoping to reach his 5th Stockholm Open quarter-finals started the match by serving first. Both men started strong with flying forehands, down-the-line winners, and delicate drop volleys. At 2-2 30-40, a lucky net cord brought up the first break point of the match for the Spaniard, and Kohlschreiber helped him get it by netting a loose forehand. First break went to Verdasco. A brief resurgence by Kohlschreiber came at 15-15 2-4 when he hit two over-head shots with gusto to go 3-4 up. But Verdasco’s game was solid and he wrapped up the first set 6-4.

Second set began with an early break for the Spaniard. The German seemed to be out of ideas, and soon at 3-5, he handed the Spaniard his first match point. A wayward forehand forced a deuce. Soon Verdasco was gifted his second match point, a point which gave the match its longest rally and ended in the Spaniard netting an explosive forehand. Third match point ended with Verdasco badly timing a forehand and sending it long; his frustration visibly growing. On a fourth match point, Kohlschreiber brought out a grinding forehand winner to which Verdasco had no answer. Deuce again! Fifth match point, Verdasco hit a forehand long. A sixth and final deuce followed and Kohlschreiber held his serve. On his own serve, Verdasco earned one more match point, but Kohlschreiber sneekily snatched the game and second set away. 7-5 Kohlschreiber.

Set three brought forth the German’s resurgence one more time. He seemed determined and focussed. There were hard forehand winners coming from one side and a few extra errors coming from the other; the momentum of the match clearly in Kohlschreiber’s favour. Nonetheless, both men held serve to take a very closely fought third set into a much-deserved tiebreak. Things looked up for Verdasco who at 4-3 had a huge opportunity to go 5-3 up, but he netted a running volley. An unusual double fault followed and soon the German had match point. At match-point an ace was questioned by Verdasco, but the call stood and Philipp Kohlschreiber was the winner of the evening after 2:43 minutes.

He next meets Greek young rising star, Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Quarter Finals.

October 18, 2018

Fognini powered through

Fognini set for second straight Intrum Stockholm Open quarter-final

Thursday's second match on Centre Court was a second round match between Lukas Lacko, of Slovakia, and Fabio Fognini from Italy. The players have met twice before at the professional level. Both meetings were won by Fognini, but the most reccent meeting was in Miami in 2014.

Fognini has had a strong year and has been the first Italian male player since 1977 to win at three titles during a season and if he wins the Intrum Stockholm Open (or any of the remaining tournaments of 2018) he will be the first Italian ever to win four titles during a season. However, it may be a challenge because he has never won an ATP tournament indoors. Fognini reached the semifinal of last year's Intrum Stockholm Open (loss against Grigor Dimitrov) in his Stockholm debut.

Slovak Lukas Lacko reached the final in Eastbourne this year, which was his second ATP final in his career. So far, he lacks ATP titles, but has been more successful at Challenger level with a total of 12 titles in his career.

In the first set, Fognini broke Lacko to take a 3-2 lead, finishing the game with a smooth backhand winner. The players then made no mistakes in their own service games and eventually the Italian closed out the set 6-4. Not without problems, however, as he had two break points against him in the final game, but Fognini managed to keep his head cool during the important moments.

At the start of the second set, Fognini had a break point against him at 1-0 Lacko, but once again got out of trouble and instead he ended up winning the subsequent game after beautiful tennis from Fognini's side where he used the whole court to outmanouvre Lacko. 2-1 Fognini, who now definitely commanded the match. The Italian had by now turned up his game one notch from the baseling hitting a number of winners along the lines, especially on the backhand side. Lukas Lacko had a number of break opportunities to get back in the set, but in the end, Fabio Fognini was the better player and finally won the match 6-4, 6-4.

In Friday's quarterfinals, Fognini will face South Korean Hyeon Chung. It will be their first meeting on the ATP tour.

October 18, 2018

Sandgren claims quarter-final spot

Otte of Germany had his sights set on a first ever quarter final on the ATP tour but it was the American Sandgren who claimed it in the end.

Thursday's first match on the Centre Court, was a three-set battle between German Oscar Otte and American Tennys Sandgren. Both participate in the Intrum Stockholm Open for the first time, where Otte, ranked 193, qualified into the Main Draw. Otte is playing his second ATP level competition, while the higher ranked Sandgren has had his best year in 2018, reaching the quarterfinals in the Australian Open and the ATP final in Houston.

The match began evenly with few break opportunities. The Americans had good chances of breaking the German in the sixth game, but the German handled the pressure to hold serve to 3-3.

A break for Sandgren seemed more likely than one for Otte in the following games, but instead Otte broke Sandgren's serve to 6-5. The German got himself three straight break points at 0-40 and although Sandgren managed to save one of them three proved too much. Otte struggled to serve out the set in the following game where he failed to win a point and thus the first set was settled in a tiebreak. Sandgren was in the driver's seat early on in the decider, which he eventually won by 7-4.

In the second set, Sandgren had two consecutive break points at 1-1, but Otte managed to untie the knots. In the following game, instead, Otte ha a break point and broke Sandgren after a double fault by the American, taking the lead in the second set 3-1. Otte was serving to clinch the second set at 5-3. Unlike the first, the German was now cool and evened the match with an ace on his first set point.

The third set was an even affair from the strt until the American later broke the German's serve to 4-2. In the following game he had two break points against him, but kept his nerves together and moved to a 5-2 lead. Eventually Tennys Sandgren became too difficult for Otte, and the American comfortably served home the third set and the match 7-6, 3-6, 6-3.

In Friday's quarterfinals, Tennys Sandgren will face the winner of first seed John Isner and Bradley Kahn. Since both potential opponents are Americans (like Sandgren), it is thus guaranteed that there will be at least one American in the semi-finals of this year's Intrum Stockholm Open.

October 17, 2018

Jack Sock dismissed Elias Ymer

The home crowd cheered for Elias Ymer but it was the American that came out on top after todays three set battle on center court.

October 17, 2018

Tsitsipas to strong for Millman

Tsitsipas came out on top in his Stockholm debute when Millman put up a fight to three sets.

October 17, 2018

Shapovalov cleared Polansky

Denis Shapovalov has now made his Intrum Stockholm Open debute in a winning fashion.

October 17, 2018

Gulbis to good for Ymer

The first match of the evening session was played between home favourite Mikael Ymer (289) and the Latvian Ernests Gulbis (145).

The younger of the Ymer brothers, Mikeal started the match with a very excited Stockholm crowd cheering him on despite losing his opening game. Gulbis opened his service game with a combination of blistering forehand winners and delicate drop shots. At 3-2 the level of the match was phenomenal with some great passing shots mostly from Ymer’s side of the court. The young Swede was giving Gulbis a very good fight, coming a point away from breaking in the 8th game; but the Latvian held on. In the next game the Latvian had a set point, but the Swede held on thanks to a powerful backhand down-the-line winner. Gulbis comfortably sitting on 3 match points lost his concentration and served two double faults. He was visibly upset with the level of noise from the backside of the court. Set point was dramatic with Ymer talking a bad fall in order to return a heavy forehand from the Latvian. First set in the bag for Gulbis 6-4.

Set 2 began with a resurgent Ymer and his even louder cheering squad. He earned his first break point early on in the second, but couldn’t convert, and after a 7-minute game, the Latvian held on to win a very tense second game of the second set. The momentum seemed to be in Gulbis’ favour, as he was the first to break in the fifth game. After a very hotly contested second set, Gulbis won 6-3.

In his postmatch interview, the Latvian in his trademark manner mentioned the very bad drop shots in between the very good ones too! He next plays the winner of the all-Canadian contest between Peter Polansky and rising star Denis Shapovalov.

October 16, 2018

Gulbis to good for Ymer

The first match of the evening session was played between home favourite Mikael Ymer (289) and the Latvian Ernests Gulbis (145).

The younger of the Ymer brothers, Mikeal started the match with a very excited Stockholm crowd cheering him on despite losing his opening game. Gulbis opened his service game with a combination of blistering forehand winners and delicate drop shots. At 3-2 the level of the match was phenomenal with some great passing shots mostly from Ymer’s side of the court. The young Swede was giving Gulbis a very good fight, coming a point away from breaking in the 8th game; but the Latvian held on. In the next game the Latvian had a set point, but the Swede held on thanks to a powerful backhand down-the-line winner. Gulbis comfortably sitting on 3 match points lost his concentration and served two double faults. He was visibly upset with the level of noise from the backside of the court. Set point was dramatic with Ymer talking a bad fall in order to return a heavy forehand from the Latvian. First set in the bag for Gulbis 6-4.

Set 2 began with a resurgent Ymer and his even louder cheering squad. He earned his first break point early on in the second, but couldn’t convert, and after a 7-minute game, the Latvian held on to win a very tense second game of the second set. The momentum seemed to be in Gulbis’ favour, as he was the first to break in the fifth game. After a very hotly contested second set, Gulbis won 6-3.

In his postmatch interview, the Latvian in his trademark manner mentioned the very bad drop shots in between the very good ones too! He next plays the winner of the all-Canadian contest between Peter Polansky and rising star Denis Shapovalov.

October 16, 2018

Sandgren ousts Pouille

Today’s third match on Centre Court was played between fifth seed Lucas Pouille of France and Tennys Sandgren of USA. This was the first time both players were meeting each other in an ATP tournament.

Both players have had interesting years so far - Pouille having defeated Andy Murray for the first time in five meetings in the Cincinnatti Open in August and Tennys Sandgren has had the best run of his career so far in the Australian Open reaching the Quarter Finals. Prior to this, Sandgren had never won a Grand Slam match, having only qualified twice for the main draw of any Grand Slam event and having lost in the first round both times.

The first game of the first set lasted 5-mins with Pouille holding a vital game. But the Frechman soon conceded his serve to trail 1-3. A handful of solid base line exchanges peppered the set, with a few winners being very close to the side lines – coming mostly from Sansgren’s racquet. The hawk-eye was put to use twice during the set, both times by the American. Although Pouille is the more experienced of the two, it was mostly Sandgren who showed confidence and aggression and took more chances than the error-fuelled Frenchman. Sandgren won the first set 6-4.

Tennys continued this similar style of play into the second set moving quickly to 3-1. As his shots gained more power and Pouille at the other end seemed to have no answers. Trailing 2-4 in the second Pouille played a much-needed 7th game to prevent Sandgren from serving for the match. Sandgren seemed to lose his rhythm a bit but quickly regained his confidence by holding the next game to love. In the next game Pouille saved a match point to hold. Sandgren finally triumphed by 6-4 6-4.

In his post match interview, Tennys thanked the swedish crowd for their support and said his first time playing in sweden has proved to be very good. He was happy with his serve today and is looking forward to his next opponent in the second round of the Intrum Stockholm Open.

October 16, 2018

Verdasco moves into second round

Tuesday's second match on Center Court was the match between Fernando Verdasco from Spain and Matthew Ebden from Australia, which was their first meeting on the ATP tour. Ebden fresh from a great week after advancning to the quarterfinals last week in Shanghai.

Ebden participates in Intrum Stockholm Open for the first time, while Verdasco is a familiar face to the crowd with his eighth start. As late as last year, he reached the semifinal where he was defeated by last year’s tournament winner Juan Martin Del Potro after a very competitive match in three sets. The Australian got off to the best start by breaking the Spaniard's serve in the fourth game for a 3-1 lead. At 4-2 in Ebden's serve, Verdasco returned came back into the match by breaking Ebden to 4-3 after powerful shots from his forehand side. Verdasco had by now gained momentum and quickly held serve to 4-4 and then a new break to 5-4 for Verdasco after a double fault by Ebden on the Spainard's second break point. Verdasco now played better while Ebden made some unforced errors. The Spaniard held serve to take home the first set 6-4, a strong comeback after being down 2-4.

In the third game in the second set, Verdasco broke Ebden's serve without losing av point. During the changeover Ebden took a medical timeout and he was obviously affected by something, because during the next game Verdasco once again didn’t lose a point. In the fifth game in his own serve, the Australian seemed low on energy, but still managed to win it comfortably to make it 3-2 Verdasco. The rest of the match became a relatively one-sided story where Verdasco easily went to victory with 6-2 in the second set and a total of 6-4, 6-2. During the victory interview, Verdasco said the Ebden felt dizzy during the second set, but at the same time Verdasco played really well from the second half of the first set to the end of the match. He now moves into the second with good self-confidence where he faces the winner in the meeting between Alex de Minaur and Philipp Kohlschreiber.

October 16, 2018

Chung defeats Fritz

South Korea's Hyeon Chung, ranked 27th in the world, who got his major breakthrough last winter by winning the Next Gen final in Milan and reaching the semi-final in the Australian Open, took relatively easy home his first match at Intrum Stockholm Open against American Taylor Fritz, ranked 56.

Chung who got the last wild card in this year's competition showed strength and determination when serving home first set with 6-2.

With position 2-1 in the second place, the American called for medical attention and complained of back pain. After that, the Korean took more and more over the match while Fritz continued to grimace and clearly show he was hurting.

Despite the obvious pains in his back, Fritz fought throughout the game but did not get any breakthrough, and eventually turned out to be defeated by Chung with the score 6-2, 6-2.

Chung and Fritz met earlier this year in Atlanta. Even then, Chung won.

Now the American is waiting for Denis Kudla in the second round.

October 16, 2018

Elias Ymer magic turn-around

Swedens No 1 player Elias Ymer played his first match against Maximilian Marterer of Germany on Monday.

The Swedish wild card Elias Ymer made a great opening at the Intrum Stockholm Open this year. In a thrilling third set, Elias secured his place in the second round by winning over the German Maximilian Marterer, World No.67. “I love playing here, thanks for the great support, were Elias first words on the tennis court after the win.

Tough first set for the Swede

The Swede showed a well-composed game, covering mainly from the backcourt and offering stunning forehands. Both players offered some good rallies and a good fight for each possible point. The German delivered better and managed to get the crucial break at four all and held serve to claim the first set 6-4.

The match took another direction when the German stormed into the second set and managed to take Elias’ s first game on serve. Thrilling rallies took them both down to the path of the 9:th game where a second serve ace from Ymer lead the way to a 7-5 set win.

Supporting his countryman, the whole Royal tennis hall was shouting Elias’s name when he was trying to sneak the game from Marterer in the start of the third set. Ymer lost his fast-track from the second set and the German came quickly to a 2-0 lead. Ymer tried to catch and the Swede’s weapon, his backhand, cam to his rescue a couple of times and helped him close the gap to 5-4.

After around 2 hours and half hours, some fresh energy infused Elias’s game and he managed to break Marterers serve and even the result to 5-5. The exaltation of the crowd became even bigger, when the Swede took the lead 6-5. A few brilliant points decided the whole match and Ymer made his way into the second round with 4-6, 7-5, 7-5. 

October 15, 2018

Elias Ymer magic turn-around

Swedens No 1 player Elias Ymer played his first match against Maximilian Marterer of Germany on Monday.

The Swedish wild card Elias Ymer made a great opening at the Intrum Stockholm Open this year. In a thrilling third set, Elias secured his place in the second round by winning over the German Maximilian Marterer, World No.67. “I love playing here, thanks for the great support, were Elias first words on the tennis court after the win.

Tough first set for the Swede

The Swede showed a well-composed game, covering mainly from the backcourt and offering stunning forehands. Both players offered some good rallies and a good fight for each possible point. The German delivered better and managed to get the crucial break at four all and held serve to claim the first set 6-4.

The match took another direction when the German stormed into the second set and managed to take Elias’ s first game on serve. Thrilling rallies took them both down to the path of the 9:th game where a second serve ace from Ymer lead the way to a 7-5 set win.

Supporting his countryman, the whole Royal tennis hall was shouting Elias’s name when he was trying to sneak the game from Marterer in the start of the third set. Ymer lost his fast-track from the second set and the German came quickly to a 2-0 lead. Ymer tried to catch and the Swede’s weapon, his backhand, cam to his rescue a couple of times and helped him close the gap to 5-4.

After around 2 hours and half hours, some fresh energy infused Elias’s game and he managed to break Marterers serve and even the result to 5-5. The exaltation of the crowd became even bigger, when the Swede took the lead 6-5. A few brilliant points decided the whole match and Ymer made his way into the second round with 4-6, 7-5, 7-5. 

October 15, 2018

We are set for main draw!

The 50:th edition of the Intrum Stockholm Open is ready. The qualifying finals where played on Monday.

We congratulate and welcome Oscar OTTE, Alexei POPYRIN, Ernests GULBIS and Peter POLANSKY to the main tournament as a winner of the qualification. We also welcome Jurgen ZOPP back as Lucky Loser (LL). They have now all been drawn to their positions in the main tournament.

Oscar OTTE (Q) vs. Jurgen ZOPP (LL)
Mikael YMER vs. Ernests GULBIS (Q)
Peter POLANSKY (Q) vs. Denis SHAPOVALOV
John MILLMAN vs. Alexei POPYRIN (Q)

Jurgen ZOPP was drawn of the two runner up from the qualification finals with highest ranking.

October 15, 2018

Hyeon Chung recieves final wild card in Stockholm

With Chung Intrum Stockholm Open have 8 top-30 players.

October 14, 2018

Hyeon Chung recieves final wild card in Stockholm

With Chung Intrum Stockholm Open have 8 top-30 players.

October 14, 2018

Hyeon Chung recieves final wild card in Stockholm

With Chung Intrum Stockholm Open have 8 top-30 players.

October 13, 2018

Hyeon Chung recieves final wild card in Stockholm

With Chung Intrum Stockholm Open have 8 top-30 players.

October 13, 2018

Hyeon Chung recieves final wild card in Stockholm

With Chung Intrum Stockholm Open have 8 top-30 players.

October 12, 2018

Hyeon Chung recieves final wild card in Stockholm

With Chung Intrum Stockholm Open have 8 top-30 players.

October 12, 2018

The official player acceptance list for Doubles

Below you will find the official player acceptance list for Doubles this year in Stockholm!

Acceptance list

October 09, 2018

October 04, 2018

October 02, 2018

September 07, 2018

August 22, 2018

Del Potro defends his Stockholm Title

Del Potro to strong for Dimitrov as the Argentinian claimed his 20:th ATP Tour Title in Stockholm.

The Intrum Stockholm Open got its much deserved “dream final” with the current world number 9 Grigor Dimitrov against US Open 2017 semi-finalist Juan Martin del Potro.

With a huge crowd following, Del Potro managed to create his first big opportunity breaking Dimitrov in his third game to go up 3-2 in the opening set. The Argentine had to fight off a couple of break points in his next service game, but he comfortably held and won the first set 6-4.

The Bulgarian opened the second set well, however he quickly faltered on his second service game giving Del Potro an early lead. Looked like del Potro had the match in control, but a rally of ruthless forehands between the two gave the Bulgarian break point. Del Potro brought his huge service game to the fore, and held on at 4-2. Dimitrov then played a very loose game giving the defending champion a comfortable lead at 5-2 and the opportunity to serve out the dream finals. Del Potro displayed his lethal serve one last time in the last game of the tournament and won 6-4 6-2.

August 22, 2018

Del Potro defends his Stockholm Title

Del Potro to strong for Dimitrov as the Argentinian claimed his 20:th ATP Tour Title in Stockholm.

The Intrum Stockholm Open got its much deserved “dream final” with the current world number 9 Grigor Dimitrov against US Open 2017 semi-finalist Juan Martin del Potro.

With a huge crowd following, Del Potro managed to create his first big opportunity breaking Dimitrov in his third game to go up 3-2 in the opening set. The Argentine had to fight off a couple of break points in his next service game, but he comfortably held and won the first set 6-4.

The Bulgarian opened the second set well, however he quickly faltered on his second service game giving Del Potro an early lead. Looked like del Potro had the match in control, but a rally of ruthless forehands between the two gave the Bulgarian break point. Del Potro brought his huge service game to the fore, and held on at 4-2. Dimitrov then played a very loose game giving the defending champion a comfortable lead at 5-2 and the opportunity to serve out the dream finals. Del Potro displayed his lethal serve one last time in the last game of the tournament and won 6-4 6-2.

August 16, 2018

Del Potro defends his Stockholm Title

Del Potro to strong for Dimitrov as the Argentinian claimed his 20:th ATP Tour Title in Stockholm.

The Intrum Stockholm Open got its much deserved “dream final” with the current world number 9 Grigor Dimitrov against US Open 2017 semi-finalist Juan Martin del Potro.

With a huge crowd following, Del Potro managed to create his first big opportunity breaking Dimitrov in his third game to go up 3-2 in the opening set. The Argentine had to fight off a couple of break points in his next service game, but he comfortably held and won the first set 6-4.

The Bulgarian opened the second set well, however he quickly faltered on his second service game giving Del Potro an early lead. Looked like del Potro had the match in control, but a rally of ruthless forehands between the two gave the Bulgarian break point. Del Potro brought his huge service game to the fore, and held on at 4-2. Dimitrov then played a very loose game giving the defending champion a comfortable lead at 5-2 and the opportunity to serve out the dream finals. Del Potro displayed his lethal serve one last time in the last game of the tournament and won 6-4 6-2.

June 19, 2018

Del Potro defends his Stockholm Title

Del Potro to strong for Dimitrov as the Argentinian claimed his 20:th ATP Tour Title in Stockholm.

The Intrum Stockholm Open got its much deserved “dream final” with the current world number 9 Grigor Dimitrov against US Open 2017 semi-finalist Juan Martin del Potro.

With a huge crowd following, Del Potro managed to create his first big opportunity breaking Dimitrov in his third game to go up 3-2 in the opening set. The Argentine had to fight off a couple of break points in his next service game, but he comfortably held and won the first set 6-4.

The Bulgarian opened the second set well, however he quickly faltered on his second service game giving Del Potro an early lead. Looked like del Potro had the match in control, but a rally of ruthless forehands between the two gave the Bulgarian break point. Del Potro brought his huge service game to the fore, and held on at 4-2. Dimitrov then played a very loose game giving the defending champion a comfortable lead at 5-2 and the opportunity to serve out the dream finals. Del Potro displayed his lethal serve one last time in the last game of the tournament and won 6-4 6-2.

June 07, 2018

Del Potro defends his Stockholm Title

Del Potro to strong for Dimitrov as the Argentinian claimed his 20:th ATP Tour Title in Stockholm.

The Intrum Stockholm Open got its much deserved “dream final” with the current world number 9 Grigor Dimitrov against US Open 2017 semi-finalist Juan Martin del Potro.

With a huge crowd following, Del Potro managed to create his first big opportunity breaking Dimitrov in his third game to go up 3-2 in the opening set. The Argentine had to fight off a couple of break points in his next service game, but he comfortably held and won the first set 6-4.

The Bulgarian opened the second set well, however he quickly faltered on his second service game giving Del Potro an early lead. Looked like del Potro had the match in control, but a rally of ruthless forehands between the two gave the Bulgarian break point. Del Potro brought his huge service game to the fore, and held on at 4-2. Dimitrov then played a very loose game giving the defending champion a comfortable lead at 5-2 and the opportunity to serve out the dream finals. Del Potro displayed his lethal serve one last time in the last game of the tournament and won 6-4 6-2.