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October 22, 2017

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.

October 22, 2017

Marach/Pavic claims Stockholm title

This was the first ATP Tour title for the Austiran/Croatian duo.

 

 


Highlights:

October 21, 2017

Del Potro turned it around against Verdasco

Can del Potro defend his title vs Dimitrov?

The second semifinal of the Intrum Stockholm Open began with both players exchanging early break of serves. To level 4-4, and win a break back, del Potro had to fight for the longest rally of the match. However, the Spaniard proved too strong at the other end of the court. The set was decided in a tiebreak which Verdasco won by unleashing his attacking game on a wavering del Potro.

The second set brought forth the del Potro that we’ve come to know. His forehand was exceptional and at times the Spaniard wondered what to do. The Argentine broke early and never looked in any kind of trouble. He won the second 6-4.

The third set began with the Spaniard facing a few break points, but he held. Strangely, the next two service games were lost by both players, Verdasco failing to capitalise on an early advantage. The set levelled at 3-3, Verdasco held a crucial 7th game, forcing a mini outburst from the Argentine. His serve was severely under pressure in his next game, which saw a superb lob by the Spaniard over the 6’6” Argentine. Serving to stay in the match at 5-6, del Potro’s service hold was all he would have wanted.

The final set tie break started with a double fault from Verdasco, followed by 6 consecutive points for the Argentine. He won a very closely fought semifinal 6-7 (7-4) 6-4 7-6 (7-1)

Del potro now plays against the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the finals of the Intrum Stockholm Open 2017.

October 21, 2017

Top seed Dimitrov to play Sunday Final

Fognini could not stop the 2013 Champion.

First seed and 6:th seed began semi-finals day at the Intrum Stockholm Open on Saturday. The Italian Fabio Fognini brought out a collection of glorious winners to create opportunities for himself at the start, but it was the Bulgarian who broke first to lead 3-1. Fognini called for medical assistance immediately after for his left knee issue and hip. Dimitrov comfortably held to win the first set 6-3.

The second set began with Dimitrov breaking Fognini and quickly going up 2-0. Fognini fought back to level the set 2-2 after a loose service game from the Bulgarian. Dimitrov’s serve began to falter further when at 3-2 he gave the Italian two break points. After saving the first, he netted a backhand giving Fognini a 4-2 lead. However, he was unable to hold, and on his second chance with a stunning backhand down the line the Bulgarian got his break back. Fognini had huge chances to win the second, and did manage to push it to a tie breaker. But in the end, Dimitrov was just too strong for him.

Dimitrov plays the winner of the next semi finals currently underway between Juan Martin del Potro and Fernando Verdasco.

October 20, 2017

Verdasco to play first Stockholm semi-final

Anderson could not stop the Spaniard

The first set offered very good tennis and no big surprises, since both players took their respectively games. They composed well on the court and fought for each possible ball. Ferdasco’s ”fearhand” ruled today, while Anderson got stuck to his style, hitting the ball from the back of the court. However, the tiebreak was a natural development to decide the winner in the first set. The Spaniard nailed it, closing the tiebreak 7-1

The second set was more or less a copy of the first and ended in another tie-break where again Verdasco stormed to an early lead and again made a clean sweep 7-1.

Verdasco will play last years winner Juan Martin del Potro on Saturday.

October 20, 2017

Defending champion del Potro to semi-final

Sugita put up a brave fight

The game seemed to become a short event when the fourth-seeded Del Potro breaks Sugita two first serves games and wins the first set relatively easy 6-2.

Quick footed Sugita turned around his game in the second set and showed a dazzling forehand and several well placed balls at the base line. Del Potro continued to serve well also in the second set and it had to be decided in a tie-break. The Argentine used a broad spectrum of play and wise decisions that lead him to victory.

Del Potro will now play the second semi-final on Saturday against the winner in tonights last game between Verdasco and Anderson.

October 20, 2017

Dimitrov through in straight sets

Zverev did not manage to out play the 2013 Champion.

October 19, 2017

Defending Champion del Potro delivered

Struff gave all but del Potro came out on top

Juan Martin del Portos games rarely looks spectacular but in the end the tall, quiet Argentinian most often comes out on top.

And so was the case tonight in Stockholm. Jan-Lennard Struff fought hard, played well and seamed to be able to threat ”Delpo”, the title holder in Stockholm.

But in the end, after a tight tiebreak, Juan Martin del Porto managed to pull through, 6-2, 7-6 (6). And after a long autograf session with the fans, the Argentinian made it to the inside ailes of the Royal Tennis Hall in Stockholm where more fans waited to praise him.

After a brief TV interview the Tandil Tower (198 cm) was once agin honored, however this time by the Argentinian ambassador with her family.

Not only does the the 2009 US Open Champion manage to keep the arena full well past 10 pm, he even brings the official civil servants out, that’s how popular Juan Martin del Porto is in Argentina, in Stockholm and around the world.

In Fridays quarter final ”Deplo” will face Yuichi Sugita.

 

October 19, 2017

Zverev steers clear of Troicki

German Zverev through to the QF

 Mischa Zverev had a more comfortable day in Stockholm when he steered clear of Viktor Troicki 62 63 in just over an hour. Zverev will play the winner Dimitrov / Janowicz in the QF on Thursday.

 


October 19, 2017

Zverev steers clear of Troicki

German Zverev through to the QF

 Mischa Zverev had a more comfortable day in Stockholm when he steered clear of Viktor Troicki 62 63 in just over an hour. Zverev will play the winner Dimitrov / Janowicz in the QF on Thursday.

 


October 19, 2017

Second seed Anderson cruises to QF

Strikes 18 aces vs Chung

Second seed and US Open finalist Kevin Anderson secures his QF spot as he dismisses Korean Hyeon Chung in just over one hour. Check out our interview with the happy South African here.

 




Yuichi Sugita of Japan also claimed his spot in the QF by defeating 2009 Stockholm champion Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus.

October 18, 2017

Jack Sock secure his spot in the quarter-finals

Jeremy Chardy could not stop last years runner up.

Jack Sock is to play in the quarter-finals where he will play Fabio Fognini of Italy. Sock defeated Jeremy Chardy in straight sets 6-4 6-4.

Check out the interview with Jack Sock here:

 

October 18, 2017

Zverev turned it around

Zverev overcame Mikael Ymer in a tight three set match

Mikael Ymer pushed it hard in the beginning of the match, delivering some really good shots with nice volleys, long rallies and a couple of winners, which helped him taking the lead 5-1. Left-handed Zverev kept his style with a serve and volley game, but could not make it any further and Ymer closed the set with 6-1.

Mikael started steadily in the second set. The forces were equal, so both players took their respectively games to 3-3. Both players continued delivering some attractive shots when Zverev got the break in the second set. Ymer did not have any intentions to leave it over and he turned the match quickly keeping it level at 5-5. Regardless of the good play, Ymer could not resist to Zverev’s aggressive style to fight for each ball. The German took the second set 7-5.

It did not take much for the Swede to come back in the match, having 3-0 in lead in the third set. In response, Zverev rallied and shined to take the lead at 3-5. With hard points and making it several times to deuce, the Swede fought to 4-5. Afterwards, Mikael called for a medical time out for some adjustments. Zverev served for the match and to Swedish dissapointment he finished it 1-6 7-5 6-4.

Zverev is to meet in the next round the 48th ATP ranked Serbian Viktor Troicki.

October 18, 2017

Fabio Fognini won marathon battle against Elias Ymer

The drama had to be decided in a third set tie-breaker.

Elias Ymer put on the bravest of fights when he faced 27 ranked Fabio Fognini. Fognini claimed the first set 6-4 and it looked to be a comfortable round for the Italian. But the 21 year old Elias Ymer had another idea and claimed the second 6-3.

After Ymer saved 3 match points the set went to a deciding tie-breaker where Fognini came out on top 9-7.

Fognini will play Jack Sock in the quarter-finals.

Interviews below:

October 18, 2017

Verdasco reaches quarter-finals

Plays his 4:th QF in Stockholm

Verdasco looked comfortable on the court today when he play lucky looser Jurgen Zopp. With the 64 62 win over the Estonian he secured his 4:th quarter-final spot in Stockholm.

Check out the interview below:

 

October 17, 2017

Elias Ymer fought for a great win today

Leonardo Mayer could not stop the young Swede on home soil.

Elias Ymer claimed his first singels win at the Intrum Stockholm Open. The home crowd was a bit slow started this Tuesday night but after a tight first set win for the 21 year old Ymer the temperature started to rise. Mayer raised his tempo in the second and pushed Ymer far back behind the base line and got an early break. Elias Ymer did not manage to get back in the set and it started to look like a turn over from the 53 ranked Argentinian.

The third set provided only one break and it was the most crucial one as Elias Ymer had a 5-4 lead and Mayer on serve. Mayer could not deliver his serve to go to the tie-break and the crowd exploded when the match ball provided Elias Ymer as a winner.

Elias Ymer will now play Fabio Fognini on Wednesday.

October 17, 2017

Verdasco cruised to second round

Haase had nothing on Verdasco today

With his compact game, Verdasco made a quick break during the first set. In less than 15 minutes, he took the lead with 4-2. Robin Haase responded well most of the time, with beautiful volleys from time to time. However, the net was not his ally during the first set and the Spaniard made it through with a result 6-3.

Verdasco did not give any chance to the Dutch in the second set. The Spaniard cruised to a 4-0 lead. Haase came back into the match, winning his first game during the second set, changing it to 4-1. The following games were a bitter pill to swallow for Haase. It did not take much for Verdasco to secure a spot in the next round 6-3 6-1.

October 16, 2017

Fognini and Chardy winners today

Fognini to play the winner Ymer vs Mayer

The first match of Tuesday at the Intrum Stockholm Open 2017 began with a tasty bagel.
Frenchman Jeremy Chardy began his tournament with a solid performance over the Italian, Alessandro Giannessi in the opening set in flying colors 6-0 in only 22 minutes.

The second set was more closely fought battle. In the crucial 9th game, the Italian was able to push Chardy to a deuce but the Frenchman held on. Chardy in turn pushed the Italian to two match points, but Giannessi dug deep to hold serve and level the set at 5-5. Giannessi fended off a few more match points on his serve (7 in total) but the Frenchman was too strong for him today. Chardy won 6-0 7-5.

The French Jeremy Chardy, who is now ranked 83 rd in the ATP rankings, will face the American Jack Sock, ranked 21, in the next round.

In his post match on-court interview Jeremy Chardy claimed to be a huge fan of Manchester United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic fan and loving Sweden. Well, welcome to Stockholm Open, Jeremy!

October 16, 2017

Verdasco/Lopez to strong for brothers Ymer

The Spanish duo advances to the second round.

The match started as a perfect balance between the Ymer brothers’ exuberance of youth and the Spanish pairs’ calm aggression.

It was however the young Swedes who got the first break in the first set to lead 3-1. In the next game, however, the Spanish pair brought forth their experience and broke back showcasing some superb team work and hard hitting; at one point Marc Lopez hitting a shot straight back at Mikael forcing a deep gasp from the crowd. Marc Lopez displayed some class net skills proving why he (partnering with Nadal) won Gold at the Beijing Olympics Mens Doubles in 2016. In 37 mins the Spainards led 6-4

The second set began with the local favourites losing their first two service games, the second one by a regulation smash hit way long by Mikael. The fifth game served by Mikael proved to be a crowd pleaser as both pairs displayed some super doubles skills. However, it was not the Swedes’ day as Verdasco and Lopez proved too strong for the young pair. They won 6-4 6-0.

October 16, 2017

Janowicz to big for Zopp

Janowicz to play his second Intrum Stockholm Open after his win against Zopp.

Within the first fifteen minutes of the match, Janowicz gave the crowd a taste of what was to come - a serve 221km/hr which helped close the Poles’ second service game. A lose game from the Estonian followed, giving Jerzy his first break. A grunting crosscourt forehand winner gave Jerzy his first set point which he took in the next point. First set Janowicz 6-1.

Four unreturnable serves from the Pole gave Jerzy his first game. Zopp had to let out his frustration by smacking a few of his water bottles at the changeover. At the change over after 3-2, Janowicz exchanged some heated words with the umpire for having forfeited a point in his last game due to his racquet touching the net.

As the match progressed, Jerzy’s mighty serve seemed to be gaining more power with the Pole hitting 10 aces in the second set alone. But the Estonian didn’t falter. Zopp did well to hold his own and pushed the second set into a tiebreak. Wayward shot playing, including a double fault, helped Zopp take the second set and push the third match of the day into a third.

The third started with Janowicz getting an early break serving 2-1 up. A few tight games later, Zopp found himself serving to stay in the match. He began nervously reaching 0-40 in no time, but a couple of good winners later it he was able to hold. However it was too late for the Estonian by now. Janowicz held to win 1-6 7-6 6-4 in 1 hour 42 minutes.

October 16, 2017

Bolelli overcame Marchenko

It took the Italian 2 h and 13 mins to secure his spot in the main draw.

Having won his qualifying match against Jurgen Zopp yesterday, the hard-hitting Italian Simon Bolelli wasted no time to go 3-0 up in the first set. Playing his flamboyant style of tennis he took the first set 6-3 against the Ukarian, Illya Marchenko. 
 
The Italian struggled to maintain form in the second set. Losing his serve in the 4th game, he gave Marchenko a comfortable lead at 4-1. The Ukarian continued to put pressure on Bolelli’s serve breaking him again in his next service game. Marchenko served the second set out comfortably at 6-1 forcing the second match of the day into an equaliser. 
 
Bolelli’s spirits began to crush at the start of the third with a stark change in body language. Breaks were exchanged in the opening two games. Long rallies dominated points, with Marchenko winning most of them. A Great-Italian racquet smash took place after Bolelli lost his serve for the second time in the decider allowing Marchenko to go up 4-2. Serving for match at 5-4, Marchenko went 0-40 down quickly and lost his serve. What followed was a Bolelli service break and a cry to the Gods up above, “Uno!”, went his shot hit the net cord and dropped on his side. What further followed was Marchenko losing his serve and sending the decider into a tiebreak. 
Bolelli took this as an opportunity to up his game, he dug deep and rushed to a 6-2 lead serving for the match and closing it in 2:13. 

October 16, 2017

Fucsovics and Lacko winners today

Smyczek started off sluggishly and lost his opening game. Fucsovics wasted no time in moving forwarding and bring up set point with a stunning backhand slice volley.

The second set saw Fucsovics playing aggressive tennis, hitting flat, hard and deep and closing points at the net more often. He gave Smyczek very little to work with and took the second 6-0 to close the match in 54 minutes.

October 16, 2017

Nicolas Almagro pulls out

A knee injury stops Almagro from playing in Stockholm

October 15, 2017

Family day was Magic!

The kids day filled up center court.

Intrum Stockholm Open got a flying start and than magic hit the center court. Magician Tobbe Trollkarl entertained the crowd and children's cheering was heard throughout the arena. The cheering was mixed with a few long faces when both Swedes where dismissed in the opening round of the qualifying.

On paper they had impossible tasks as 682 ranked Simonsson took on 191 ranked Zopp. Zopp who has played main draw four times in Stockholm prooved to tough for Simonsson winning 64 62.
The other Swede Karl Friberg, ranked 962, faced top seed  Marton Fucsovics who is closing in on Top 100. Fucsovics won comfortably 60 63 and plays Tim Smyzek  on Monday for a spot in the main draw.

Todays results:

๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ Fuscovics d ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Friberg 60 63
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Smyczek d ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท Robert 76 16 64
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Lacko d ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Galovic 64 63
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kolar d ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท Trungelliti 76 36 63
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Bolelli d ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Ruud 64 64
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Marchenko d ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Napolitano 61 62
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช Zopp d ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Simonsson 64 62
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Janowicz d ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Arnaboldi 67 75 61

October 14, 2017

Check out the draw for Singles & Doubles here!

Simon Aspelin on todays draw and the tournament.



 

October 14, 2017

Check out the draw for Singles & Doubles here!

Simon Aspelin on todays draw and the tournament.



 

October 14, 2017

Qualifying draw is set!

Karl Friberg and Fred Simonsson Swedish WC

Sunday order of play

 

October 13, 2017

Zverev in - Isner out

October 12, 2017

Coming by car to the tournament? Please read this

We do not have a dedicated parking for our visitors this year. If you are coming by car to the tournament be adviced that finding a parking might take longer time than usual.

October 12, 2017

Coming by car to the tournament? Please read this

We do not have a dedicated parking for our visitors this year. If you are coming by car to the tournament be adviced that finding a parking might take longer time than usual.

October 11, 2017

Coming by car to the tournament? Please read this

We do not have a dedicated parking for our visitors this year. If you are coming by car to the tournament be adviced that finding a parking might take longer time than usual.

October 11, 2017

Coming by car to the tournament? Please read this

We do not have a dedicated parking for our visitors this year. If you are coming by car to the tournament be adviced that finding a parking might take longer time than usual.

September 05, 2017

Dimitrov returns to Stockholm Open

The 26-year old Bulgarian is a longtime friend of Sweden and Stockholm Open

On Sunday Grigor Dimitrov clinched  the ATP Masters title in Cincinnati, to date the biggest win of his impressing career.

Today we are proud and happy to announce that Grigor Dimitrov will play Stockholm Open 2017.

The 26-year old Bulgarian is a longtime friend of Sweden and Stockholm Open, last year voted “Tournament of the Year” by the players.

For a few years Stockholm and the “Good-to-Great Academy” was the base for the young Bulgarian and he often refers to Stockholm as “a second home”.

And it was in the Royal Tennis Hall that Dimitrov won his maiden ATP Tour Title, defeating David Ferrer in the 2013 final of Stockholm Open. Since then, Dimitrov has played Stockholm Open every year.

The Cincinnati title bring Dimitrov back to the top-10 ranking, advancing two places to world number 9.

August 21, 2017

Dimitrov returns to Stockholm Open

The 26-year old Bulgarian is a longtime friend of Sweden and Stockholm Open

On Sunday Grigor Dimitrov clinched  the ATP Masters title in Cincinnati, to date the biggest win of his impressing career.

Today we are proud and happy to announce that Grigor Dimitrov will play Stockholm Open 2017.

The 26-year old Bulgarian is a longtime friend of Sweden and Stockholm Open, last year voted “Tournament of the Year” by the players.

For a few years Stockholm and the “Good-to-Great Academy” was the base for the young Bulgarian and he often refers to Stockholm as “a second home”.

And it was in the Royal Tennis Hall that Dimitrov won his maiden ATP Tour Title, defeating David Ferrer in the 2013 final of Stockholm Open. Since then, Dimitrov has played Stockholm Open every year.

The Cincinnati title bring Dimitrov back to the top-10 ranking, advancing two places to world number 9.

December 14, 2016

If Stockholm Open, Tournamnet of the Year 2016

Prestigious award to If Stockholm Open, Tournamnet of the Year 2016

The ATP has announced the Tournaments of the Year in the 2016 ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon is If Stockholm Open and Winston-Salem Open as the most favoured ATP World Tour events in their respective tournament categories.
The Tournament of the Year awards, voted annually by ATP players, recognise the leading standards set across the three tournament categories on the Tour.
For the second successive year and the fifth time overall (since 1986), two events have been named joint winners in the ATP World Tour 250 category. The If Stockholm Open hosted its 48th edition in October, while the Winston-Salem Open was held in August for the sixth year running.
“Considering all the great tournaments across the globe, we are so honoured to win the ATP World Tour 250 Tournament of the Year,” said Simon Aspelin, the If Stockholm Open Tournament Director. “It's a great achievement and a credit to the tournament organisation, the Royal Tennis Club of Stockholm, our sponsors and our volunteers.  On behalf of the organization I would like to say thank you to all the players voting for our tournament and giving us the best feedback we could wish for.”

October 23, 2016

Del Potro โ€“ winner If Stockholm Open

Juan Martin del Potro was too tough for the American Jack Sock today. The Argentine won the final by 7-5 6-1 in front of a full stadium.

Juan Martin del Potro got to lift the trophy at the Royal. Tennis Hall. The 198 cm tall Argentine, who received a wild card to the tournament, has dominated with his forehand during the week and that’s what he did today as well. After the match he got credit from his opponent. - He played very well so it was tough for me today. He served very well, tough to read. He could hold his serve pretty easy and that put more pressure on my serve games, said Jack Sock. The Argentine hasn’t been able to play as much as he would have liked in recent years because of injuries. His last title came 2014 in Sydney. - I've tried to be healthy for a few years and did not expect to win a title here. This win is important for the motivation to continue in the future. He still can’t play his backhand for full but think that he has developed his game thanks to that. - I think I'm playing good tennis with my slice and drop shots. I'm enjoying my time on court.
 
With the victory, he leveled the head to head statistic against Jack Sock to 1-1. He likes being in Stockholm and during the press conference he opened the door to come back. - If I get a wild card again next year I will, he said and laughed.

October 23, 2016

October 23, 2016

Ymer brothers won doubles title

The doubles tournament got a Swedish winnng team in brothers Mikael and Elias Ymer. After winning the final by 6-1 6-1 to Mate Pavic and Michael Venus they could receive their first trophy on the ATP tour in front of the home crowd.

The doubles story began a week ago when Mikael and Elias Ymer sat in the restaurant and the tournament organizers told them they had received a wild card to the doubles main draw.
- We want to thank Simon and Christer for giving us the chance, said Michael Ymer in his speech after the game.

Last time a Swedish team won If Stockholm Open was in 1998 when Nicklas Kulti and Mikael Tillström stood as champions. That the next one would come this week didn’t probably anyone think. In the first round Mikael and Elias saved three match points and in the second match they saved one. Before the final the brothers didn’t feel any pressure.
- We actually said nothing to each other before the game. We did warm up and listened to music in the gym. We felt we had a good chance, we have raised our game every match during the week, says Elias.

Their different roles on the court have become clear during the week and they both feel that they complete each other very well.
- I like to be on the net and play volley so Elias has stayed at the baseline, said Mikael and his older brother Elias agreed.
- We fit well together and today everything worked. Serve, volley and returns. They couldn’t play serve volley at us because we played the ball down on their feet all the time. Sometimes you have a day like this, and today it was mine and Michael's, says Elias.

With the doubles title the brothers have written their names in the history books for all time. And that the first title came here in Stockholm felt extra special for them.
- If Stockholm Open is my favourite tournament. Every time we go into the Royal. Tennis Hall from now on we will see our names Mikael and Elias Ymer on the wall. I’m going to be proud every time I see that, says Elias.

October 22, 2016

October 22, 2016

Sock through to final - again!

Jack Sock was a too tough opponent for Alexander Zverev when the American won the tournament's best match 6-7 7-6 6-4.

The crowd got value for their money on Saturday when they first got to see del Potro – Dimitrov, and then Zverev - Sock. The latter match lasted for two hours and 48 minutes. The players, who played against each other two weeks ago in Beijing – Zverev winner that time – played long rallies and showed varied emotions on court. - It was a very good match, we both had chances. It was great tennis, Sock said to the press afterwards. The American, who is ranked 23 in the world, was reached the final in Stockholm last year as well and he has just positive comments about the tournament. - I love Stockholm. It’s a very hospital tournament. They do such a great job making you feel right at home for sure. He won his first ATP-title in Houston last year. On clay that time and Sock think it’s positive that it is slow conditions here in the Royal. Tennis Hall. - The court is slow and the balls become fluffy pretty quickly and I like it so it helps of course. In the final tomorrow he plays Juan Martin del Potro. He hopes for a different outcome than last year, when he lost to Tomas Berdych, but believe that the match will be tough. - He is a very good tennis player and has been playing great this week. Obviously he hasn’t had the easiest of opponents and he has taken care of the business pretty well. He is serving well and has a big forehand so I’m definitely going to try in his serve games the best I can and then take care of my serve.

October 22, 2016

Del Potro will be back in the top 10 as soon as next year

When Juan Martin del Potro entered this years edition of If Stockholm Open he did not yet know how it feels to win a game in The Royal Tennis Hall. Tomorrow he will play his first ATP-final since January 2014 when he won his 18th title.

No matter the outcome I’m certain that del Potro will be back in the top 10 as soon as next year. Provided that the wrist injury that plagued  him won’t show its ugly face again.

Del Potro has developed his repertoire during the years of playing injured and now plays a lot smarter then before. When he gains enough strength in his wrist to hit a winning backhand he will be a better player than the del Potro that won the US Open in 2009.

Next year del Potro will be one of the fiercest competitors to Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray for the most recognizable awards.

This year he needed a wild card to play in the tournament. That will not be necessary if he comes back next year.

October 22, 2016

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October 21, 2016

Delpo won battle of the giants

On Friday he won the clash against Croatian Ivo Karlovic 6-3 6-4.

Many have guessed Olympic silver medalist Juan Martin del Potro as the final winner of this year's If Stockholm Open, and so far the Argentine hasn’t made anyone disappointed. The match against the 211 cm Ivo Karlovic was over in an hour and eleven minutes and del Potro was solid throughout the match.

The Argentine had a bit of trouble with his legs during the warm-up. - I don’t know what happened. I was just a little cold and needed to wake up. It was very early for me, he said during the press conference.

In the semifinal he meets Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov. The head2head stats is 3-0 for the Argentine.

October 21, 2016

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October 20, 2016

Sock through after big show

Jack Sock is through to the quarterfinals after win against Dustin Brown in three sets 7-6 (5) 4-6 6-4.

There were numerous spectacular rallies during the match and both players showed the crowed some serious trick shots on the centre court at the Royal. Tennis Hall.
- That's how he plays and what I expected but it still chocks you sometimes when he comes up with an incredible shot, said a relieved Jack Sock after the game.

The American, who played 15 games the previous two weeks in China took an injury timeout during the match, for pain in his arm.
- The arm I all good. I just need some rest, said Sock who is ranked no 22 at the moment.

In the quarterfinals he’ll face the Portuguese Gastao Elias, who surprised everyone earlier tonight when he knocked out first seed Gael Monfils.
- His favourite surface is clay and it's quite a slow hardcourt here so it's probably the closest to clay you get indoors. Hopefully I can go out and dictate with my forehand, said Sock who was runner up here last year. 

October 20, 2016

Elias celebrated with a Ronaldo

Which victory gesture did Gastao Elias show the Royal Tennis Hall audience after his huge upset against first seed and world no 7 Gael Monfils?

A Ronaldojump of course! – I had promised a friend to do it if I won, said the 61-ranked Elias after his first win against a top ten player.

The best player he previously defeated was 20-ranked Pablo Cuevas and Elias doesn’t make it a secret that he in the end of tonight’s match started to think that he had a big upset within reach. After 7-6 in first set he lost two match points at 5-1. – I was really nervous in the end when I realised I had the chance to win. The best players can put those feelings aside and don’t get nervous, said the man that already this summer introduced himself to the Swedish crowed when he in Båstad reached semifinl in SkiStar Swedish Open Next year Swedish tennis might get to know him even better.

If the Swedish Davis Cup-team manage to stay in World Group 1 (they have to win over Israel next weekend) Portugal waits in first round 2017. – I guess I’ve to promise not to play as good as tonight, Elias said with a laugh. In the quarterfinal he’ll face the winner of Jack Sock and Dustin Brown

October 20, 2016

October 20, 2016

October 20, 2016

Relaxed Dimitrov through to quaterfinal

On Thursday Grigor Dimitrov won easily against qualifier Jurgen Zopp 6-3 6-2. In the quaterfinal he will face Kevin Anderson.

Grigor Dimitrov and If Stockholm Open are a good combination. The Bulgarian won the tournament 2013 and reached the final 2014. On Thursday he played his first match in this years tournament and it was a relaxed Dimitrov the crowd got to see. He varied his game with dropshots, lobs, volley and slice. He won first set 6-3, and after an early break in the second, it was no doubt about the outcome.

The Bulgarian needed 1 hour and 15 minutes to advance to the quarterfinal. After the game he talked positive about the surface. More about that - and other comments - coming soon here on the website.

October 19, 2016

The doubles success continues

Ymer brothers booked a spot in the doubles semifinal when they saved a match point and won against Lipsky/Fleming.

An hour and a half after Mikael Ymer’s loss to Ivo Karlovic he walked out on court 1 to play doubles together with his brother Elias. The couple, who plays their first ATP doubles tournament, took an early lead and showed the crowed that their Monday win wasn’t a coincidence. They won the first set by 6-3 and it all looked like it was going to be a two-set win for the brothers.

But Lipsky/Fleming came back. They won second set 6-4 and the match had to be decided in a match tiebreak. Mikael and Elias were down 9-10 but saved the match point and turned the match around to a Swedish win 11-9.

In the semifinal they will play winner of Brunstrom/Siljestrom and Huey/Bopanna.

October 19, 2016

Zverev delivered

The upcoming star Alexander Zverev won his first match tonight and is through to quaterfinal. In less than an hour and a half he defeated Adriano mannarino 7-5 6-4.

Stjärnskottet Alexander Zverev blev i kväll klar för kvartsfinal i If Stockholm Open. På knappt en och en halv timme besegrade han Adrian Mannarino med 7-5, 6-4.

Zverev was recently first teenager since 2008 to take an ATP title (St Petersburg) and is clearly one of the biggest favorites of the tournament.
The tournament is his last this year. Together with his team, 19-year-old Zverev decided that after If Stockholm Open he will take a two-month break to prepare his body for next season.

A wise and mature decision that shows the 20-ranked German player is planning long term.

In the quaterfinal he’ll face countryman Tobias Kamke (qualifier in the first round knocked out Elias Ymer) or Radu Albot that upset the fifth-seeded Steve Johnson.

October 19, 2016

del Potro wins first match in Stockholm

It was a David vs Goliath moment when 183 cm Mikael Ymer walked on court followed by Ivo Karlovic and his 211 cm.

del Potro came to the press conference with a humbled expression and was talking about the warmth of the audience. He made his third start at the tournament but this was his first win and he was clearly touched by the win.

Listen to our interview right here!

October 19, 2016

Karlovic topped Ymer in tight match

It was a David vs Goliath moment when 183 cm Mikael Ymer walked on court followed by Ivo Karlovic and his 211 cm.

The statistics tells the story in this match. Young Ymer managed to squeeze 5 winners on the Croatians serve and that was enough to get the break to 5-4 in the first set. Mikael kept his cool and the audience went wild when he won the set point.

Karlovic managed to turn it around a bit in the second and got the break at crucial 4-4 and got the set 6-4. Ymer fought good but couldn't convert when he had 3 break points and Karlovic is still unbeaten in Stockholm.

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October 18, 2016

Sock through after thriller

Jack Sock is through to second round. After being down 4-1 in deciding tiebreak he turned the match around and won 3-6 6-3 7-6(5).

It was a tough start for Sock who was broken immediately in the first set. The American, who won the doubles in Shanghai last week, lost the set but pulled him self together in the second and showed more patience in the rallies. That paid off and he leveled the match to 1-1

In the third Sock took a 4-2 lead but Jazari came back. Both players did eight aces each during the match but Sock won more points as returner. In the tiebreak he was down 4-1 but showed mental strength and managed to win with 7-5. In total Sock won 107 points and Jaziri 101.

Jaco Sock, who won the doubles last year and reached final, will play the showman Dustin Brown next round.

 

 


October 18, 2016

Tough loss for Elias

Elias Ymer didnโ€™t manage to follow up little brother Mikaelโ€™s victory. The Swede lost first round to Tobias Kamke 6-4 6-0.

The match started well for Ymer who took an early lead by 4-1 against Tobias Kamke. But the lead didn’t last. At 4-4 the German broke Ymer and then won the set 6-4.  

Second set started with an early break for the German and that was too much for the Swede who lost 6-0
Elias Ymer now has to focus on doubles where he plays with his brother Mikael. On Wednesday they play second round against Fleming/Lipsky.

October 18, 2016

The breakthrough!

What does the word breakthrough really mean? I looked it upp and read:
”To definitely succeed, prevail and be acknowledged”.

That is exactly what happened to a young boy from Skara today when he played in only the second ATP-tournament of his career here in If Stockholm Open.

In the ATP-ranking you’ll have to scroll down to number 549 to find Mikael Ymer and today he faced a player ranked 509 places ahead of him, a player that previously has been ranked as high as number 7 in the world.
The score? Mikael Ymer-Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 6-1.
Yes, thats right. 6-2, 6-1.

Before the game I envisioned that the defensive strong Ymer would put up a good fight against the left-handed Spaniard. But to imagine that he would actually win? No, not in my wildest dreams. Never could I imagine in what manner Mikael Ymer would dominate his opponent.

In a larger perspective, how big is Ymers upset? It’s easy to get carried away and overvalue this victory so soon after the game ended. But there is no doubt that Mikael Ymers victory is one of the biggest and most entertaining things that has happened Swedish tennis since Robin Söderling won the title at SkiStar Swedish Open 2011.

There is also no doubt that today Mikael Ymer became a household name even outside of the tennis circuit.

To gain recognition is of course an aftermath of a breakthrough.

October 18, 2016

October 18, 2016

Brown charmed everyone today

Brown provided plenty for the hot-shots reel today when he turned it around on Muller.

Gilles Muller looked like a winner by taking the first set 64 but Dustin Brown trashed Mullers service game at 3-5 in the second where Muller was serving. Brown provided some stunning shots to break Muller and take the set.

6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to Brown who will face last years finalist, Jack Sock, or Malek Jaziri.

October 18, 2016

Almagro squeezes through

Nicolas Almagro is through to the second round after a tough win over Yuichi Sugita in three sets 36, 76(1), 63.

The Spaniard was not a happy ccamper on court today and collected a warning in the second set. Sugita could not take advantage of the SPaniard who's temperament was like a roller coaster, as was his game.

Almagro will now face the winner Isner - del Potro.

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October 13, 2016

Ymer brothers dismissed third seeds Rojer/Matkowski

Mikael and Elias Ymer played their first ever doubles match together on the ATP tour and it ended in a bang.

The "Ymers" raced to a 3-0 lead in the first set before Rojer/Matkowski woke up and made it even and took it to a deciding tie-breaker. But the young brothers Ymer stod tall and clamied the first set. The second was a complete turn around and Rojer/Matkowski took it comfortably 61.

The match tiebreak was exciting and while many thought it would be over for the Swedes at 9-6 to Rojer/Matkowski the magic turn around was a fact. When Matkowski double faulted at 9-8 the players changed sides and also the number in favor of the Swedes finishing 11-9.

October 13, 2016

Anderson turned it around

Anderson managed to turn it around against Baghdatis. For long Baghdatis had the upper hand and Anderson was har to recognize in the first set.

The tall Southafrican made 9 aces and is now trough to the second round where he will face Ryan Harrison.

October 13, 2016

Albot and Johnson advances

Radu Albot upsets Steve Johnson in straight sets 63 64.

Adrian Mannarino played first match on center court and faced other lefty Donald Young where the Frenchman came out on top 75 64 and will now face fourth seed Zverev of Germany.

Radu Albot took a big scalp when defeating Steve Johnson 63 64. Albot will play the winner between Elias Ymer and Tobias Kamke.

October 13, 2016

Qualifying completed

On Sunday the qualifying finals were played and the Main Draw is therefore complete. Just like Saturday, all matches of the day were won in straight sets.

Adam Pavlasek made sure this year’s Main Draw will feature a Czech player after he beat Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 6-4, 6-3. Pavlasek will face fellow qualifier Ryan Harrison in the Main Draw. Harrison will be the fifth American in the Main Draw after he won his qualifying final against German Matthias Bachinger. The first set was a tight encounter which Harrison won in tiebreak, but the second set went smoother and in the end the American won 7-6 (4), 6-2.

Tobias Kamke also booked his spot in the Main Draw after claiming victory over fellow German Daniel Brands, 6-3, 6-2. Next up for Kamke is Sweden’s no 1 Elias Ymer.

The last match of the day was a battle of the Baltic between Jurgen Zopp of Estonia and Sweden’s Patrik Rosenholm. After previously have been given two wild cards to the Singles Main Draw, 2016 would be the year when Rosenholm would hopefully qualify for the first time. However, Zopp followed up his strong performance from yesterday against Sam Querrey and won 7-5, 6-4 against Rosenholm in a tight match on Centre Court. Zopp is looking to continue his If Stockholm Open run in his next match against German Benjamin Becker.

October 13, 2016

Family day and qualifying finals on Sunday

The second day of qualifying will feature the qualifying finals which for each winner are worth one spot in the If Stockholm Open Main Draw. On Saturday all qualifying matches were won in straight sets, will we see the first three-set match on Sunday?

The first match on Centre Court features Czech Adam Pavlasek and Marton Fucsovics of Hungary. Both had comfortable wins in the first round, Pavlasek beat promising Swede Carl Söderlund while Fucsovic only spent 46 minutes on the court in his win against Amir Weintraub of Israel.

Sunday’s second match on the Centre Court will be a battle between Estonian Jurgen Zopp and Sweden’s Patrik Rosenholm. The Swede will be looking to take advantage of extra support from his fellow countrymen in the stands, but will face a tough match against Zopp who surprisingly dismissed World no 29 Sam Querrey in straight sets on Saturday. Rosenholm has two previous starts in the Main Draw (through wild cards) and is hoping to qualify for the first time. He got off to a good start with his win against seeded Frenchman Tristan Lamasine.

On court 1 we will start the day with an all-German encounter between Tobias Kamke and Daniel Brands, followed by American Ryan Harrison against yet another German: Matthias Bachinger.

After the four qualifiers have been determined a draw will take place to decide which player the qualifiers will face in the Main Draw. However, from the draw of the Main Draw Singles tournament we already know that one of the four will face Sweden’s no 1 Elias Ymer.

Sunday is also our traditional Family Day at the If Stockholm Open with entertainment on the Centre Court, circus school, free ice-cream and other activities for all children. Free entrance all day!

October 13, 2016

October 13, 2016

Carl Söderlund loses in straight sets

Qualifying wild card Carl Söderlund lost in the opening round of Qualifying Singles against Adam Pavlasek. The promising Swedeโ€™s debut in If Stockholm Open was over in one hour and ten minutes.

The 22-year-old and World no. 87 Czech would in any case have been a very tough task for the 19-year-old Söderlund, and unfortunately Söderlund has not been able to prepare in the way he wished. At the beginning of the week he was ill, and two important training days were lost.

Pavlasek won 6-3, 6-2 and the young Swede simply did not have the power needed to bring the Czech under pressure. In the second set the home favorite had opportunities to break back to 2-3 as well as 3-4, but Pavlasek rose to the challenge and won comfortably in the end. 

October 13, 2016

Swede Patrik Rosenholm to face Zopp for a spot in the MD

Patrik Rosenholm dismissed Tristan Lamasine in straight sets 64 63. Rosenholm now faces Zopp who defeated Querrey earlier today.

This year could be his chance to qualify for the main draw. Today the 28-year old home town favorite defeated the French player Tristan Lamasine in two straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. He will be facing the equally aged Estonian Jurgen Zopp on Sunday.

Both times the 28-year old Rosenholm made it to the main tournament he entered on a wild card. In 2012 he surprisingly defeated the title defender Gael Monfils and two years ago he forced the Australian Bernard Tomic to a decisive set. During the four previous If Stockholm Open qualification rounds, his best achievement came three years ago when he reached the qualifying final.

At that time it took three victories in order to enter the main draw, however this year the qualifications are cut in half with only 16 players, increasing Rosenholm’s chance of qualifying for the main draw for the first time without a wild card.

In the qualifying final he will be facing Jurgen Zopp who surprisingly defeated the 29th ranked Sam Querrey – the American who missed signing up in time for the tournament, but who likes the tournament so much that he applied for the qualification round. Theoretically Zopp is an easier task for Rosenholm than Querrey would have been, but the 237th ranked Estonian is still seen as a slight favorite. He has won all of the three previous matches between the two.

October 13, 2016

Sam Querry out in the qualifiction

World no29 Sam Querry suffered a surrprising first round loss against Jurgen Zopp in the qualification to If Stockholm Open

Querrey, 208 places ahead of Zopp on the ATP Tour ranking lost in two straight sets, 3-6, 3-6. Zopp will now face home player Patrik Rosenholm or Tristane Lamasine from France in the second round.

October 13, 2016

Swede Patrik Rosenholm to face Zopp for a spot in the MD

Patrik Rosenholm dismissed Tristan Lamasine in straight sets 64 63. Rosenholm now faces Zopp who defeated Querrey earlier today.

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August 31, 2016

Olympic silvermedalist del Potro to If Stockholm Open

Olympic silvermedalist Juan Martin del Potro returns to Kungliga hallen for the first time since 2011.

– Del Potro is one of the biggest stars on ATP-tour and I´m so happy that he chooses to play If Stockholm Open, says new Tournament Director Simon Aspelin who earlier this year replaced Robin Söderling.
2009 US Open-champion del Potro and former number four on the ATP-ranking has struggled with injuries during the last years and dropped on the list. Now standing 141 the Argentine needed a wild card to the main draw.

– Six months ago I was not even playing tennis. I had been close to quitting for the last year. So it doesn’t matter if I’m top ten, top 50 or top 100. When I get on the court and see the crowd, hear them cheering for me, it’s amazing. I don’t care about the rankings or winning the tournament,  says Juan Martin del Potro who play homefavourite Steve Johnson in the second round.

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August 25, 2016

Isner and Karlovic to if Stocholm Open

There will probably be many aces in The Royal Tennis Hall this fall. That's an early prediction as Isner and Karlovic joins the entrylist

Along with the world no 22 Isner 6'10" and no 23 Karlovic 6'11" the 21-ranked american Steve Johnson and 2013 champion Grigor Dimitrov will also apear in Stockholm.
Gael Monfils is still the best ranked player in the list, currently no 12 in the world.
The young German Alexander Zverev who has had a great season so far with two ATP finals, Halle and Nice, will also play in If Stockholm Open.

April 18, 2016

Monfils to If Stockholm Open

The spectacular Frenchman will return to If Stockholm Open this fall

The 29 year old french who won If Stockholm Open in 2012 is among a handfull of players who offers the  most attractive and most spectacular tennis on the ATP Tour at the moment.

Since the past fall, Monfils is trained by Mikael Tillström and the Good to Great Academy. And the partnership seams fruitfull. Last week Monnfils reached the final in the ATP Tournamnet i Monte Carlo and since teaming upp with Tillström, Monfils, currnetly number 14 has advanced 5 places on the world rankings.

March 30, 2016

Aspelin new Tournament Director in Stockholm

The 41 year old Swede will replace Robin Söderling, helming the Swedish ATP Tournamnet

Aspelin who has spent a few years in the sales organisation with Lagardère, the company operating If Stocholm Open since 2010, will from now act as Tournament Director.

With the former dubbelspecialist at the helm of the tournamnet Lagardère continues the tradition having a fomer tennis-great in the importatnt role. Both Thomas Johansson and Robin Söderling have preceded Aspelin who won US Open doubles in 2007 and have 12 ATP doubbles titles to his name.

"I'm honnered and happy to get to represent one of the oldest and finest ATP events on the tour as Tournamnet Director".