February 2014

Olivetti Squeaks by Herbert at Cherbourg Challenger

February 27, 2014

Frenchman Albano Olivetti skunked his doubles partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert at the Cherbourg Challenger this afternoon in a match that almost defies analysis. The fifth-seeded Herbert edged his fellow countryman in almost every statistical category on the score sheet, but lost the second-round matchup. The monster-serving Olivetti advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 […]

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Gulbis Upsets Tsonga to Win Open 13 at Marseille

February 23, 2014

Latvian Ernests Gulbis powered his way past defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (5), 6-4 to win the Open 13 at Marseille Sunday afternoon. It was a final that wasn’t as close as the score would indicate. With his fifth career title, the third-seeded Gulbis improved to 5-0 in ATP Tour championship matches and 2-3 against […]

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Nishikori Defeats Karlovic to Repeat at Memphis

February 16, 2014

Defending champion and top seed Kei Nishikori defeated big-serving Croat Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 7-6 (0) in the final of the U.S. National Indoor Championships Sunday afternoon in Memphis. It was Nishikori’s fourth career title in six final appearances and first under the tutelage of former American standout Michael Chang, who won the 1989 French Open. […]

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Gasquet Dispatches Olivetti to Reach Open Sud de France Semifinals

February 7, 2014

Top-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet ended the hopes of big-serving qualifier Albano Olivetti, defeating his fellow countryman 6-4, 6-2 Friday night to advance to the semifinals of the Open Sud de France in Montpellier. Gasquet’s superb shotmaking and all-court coverage were too much for the 6-foot-8 Olivetti, who had 13 aces, but failed to force a […]

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Olivetti Edges De Schepper at Montpellier in Battle of French Tall Boys

February 5, 2014

Frenchman Albano Olivetti defeated fellow countryman Kenny De Schepper 4-6, 7-6 (2). 6-4 in the first round of the Open Sud de France in Montpellier Tuesday night. Both Olivetti and De Shepper stand 6-feet-8 — only Ivo Karlovic (6-11) and John Isner (6-10) are taller — and serve big. In Olivetti’s case, really big. The […]

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