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SMYCZEK SECOND AMERICAN INTO QUARTERFINALS French Veteran Jeremy Chardy Schools American Teen By STEVE DORSEY [frame align="left"] [/frame][frame align="right"] [/frame] Delray Beach, Fla. – Wild card Tim Smyczek rallied from a sluggish start to oust No. 7 seed Donald Young in an all-American matchup, but his wild-card compatriot Noah Rubin was sent home by No. 5 seed Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in straight sets Thursday afternoon in second-round action at the ATP World Tour’s Delray Beach Open. Chardy is one of only three seeds still alive in the 32-player singles draw. Thursday was the first time that Smyczek and Young had faced each other on the ATP World Tour, but they are no stranger to each other, having met 12 previous times on the Challenger and Futures circuits. Young won eight of those head-to-head meetings, but Smyczek’s win here is the 28-year-old American’s third in a row dating to 2013. “We know each...

DOWN BUT NOT OUT Dimitrov Rallies To Quarterfinals By STEVE DORSEY [frame align="left"] [/frame][frame align="right"][/frame] Delray Beach, Fla. – Grigor Dimitrov knows all too well that any good player will have those so-called off days when the right stuff just isn’t there. The great ones often somehow find a way to win despite themselves, however. Dimitrov might be trending in that direction, if the 24-year-old Bulgarian’s 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 second-round win Wednesday night against upset-minded Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia-Herzegovi at the ATP World Tour’s Delray Beach Open is an indication. Dimitrov had an up-and-down 2015 season in which he dropped out of the Top 20 of the ATP World rankings. He arrived at Delray Beach ranked No. 27 in the world and won his first-round match against Dudi Sela in straight sets. He criticized his play Wednesday night, however, and yet still found a way to fight off the determined Dzumhur, who...

BECKER, RAM OVERCOME ADVERSITY Backs To The Wall, Veterans Storm Back By STEVE DORSEY [frame align="left"][/frame][frame align="left"][/frame][frame align="left"][/frame][spacer size="5"] Delray Beach, Fla. – Benjamin Becker appeared headed to a second-round exit Wednesday afternoon at the ATP World Tour’s Delray Beach Open when momentum suddenly switched to the German’s side of the court. Becker was down a set and trailing 4-love in the second set, but battled back to win the set in a tiebreaker en route to a 5-7, 7-6(1), 6-3 win against American Steve Johnson, the No. 6 seed here this week. “At 4-love I just tried to hang in there,” Becker said. “I lost a little of my rhythm after I got angry at myself. I got a little bit lucky. Down two breaks, 4-love, the chances are very slim, but I played a great game to come back to 4. And then you know, all of a sudden...

DOMINATION FOR DELPO Argentine Plays Second Round on Thursday Night at 8:00 PM By STEVE DORSEY [frame align="left"][/frame] Delray Beach, Fla. – Juan Martin Del Potro’s return to the ATP World Tour for the first time in almost a year was a successful one Tuesday night as the former World No. 4 registered a first-round win in the nightcap of a drama-packed second day at the Delray Beach Open. Del Potro’s 6-1, 6-4 win against American Denis Kudla was an emotional triumphant return from an 11-month hiatus as he recovered from a second surgery on his left wrist last year. It capped a hectic and wild day that included the top two seeds – No. 1 Kevin Anderson and No. 2 Bernard Tomic – being ousted while failing to win a single set. Wild card entry Tim Smyczek’s 6-3, 6-3 win against teenager Taylor Fritz opened the evening session and put...

Americans Upset Top Seeds Anderson and Tomic Go Down In First Round By STEVE DORSEY [frame align="left"][/frame][frame align="left"][/frame][frame align="left"][/frame][spacer size="5"] Delray Beach, Fla. – Austin Krajicek was sent on a light-hearted public relations scavenger hunt through Delray Beach last Saturday to find out who his first-round opponent would be at the ATP World Tour’s Delray Beach Open. His final clue divulged, perhaps to the dismay of Krajicek, that he would face South African Kevin Anderson, the No. 14-ranked player in the world and the top seed here this week. That pairing proved not to be as daunting as Krajicek might have thought, however. The 25-year-old American pulled off the first of back-to-back upsets Tuesday afternoon when Anderson retired after losing the first set 7-6(3) because of a right shoulder injury. Following Krajicek’s upset, American Rajeev Ram strode onto the Stadium Court at the Delray Beach Tennis Center and delivered another stunner...

 DIMITROV DOMINATES, SMITH UPSETS KARLOVIC Grigor’s Debut A Success; Defending Champ Karlovic Upset By STEVE DORSEY [frame align="left"][/frame] [frame align="left"][/frame] [frame align="left"][/frame][spacer size="5"] Delray Beach, Fla. – It didn’t take long for the first upset to occur at the Delray Beach Open. The first day of the ATP World Tour tournament concluded when Aussie qualifier John-Patrick Smith stunned defending champion Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 in Monday’s nightcap on the Stadium Court at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. “I felt from the start (of the match) I had a chance,” said Smith, who arrived here with an ATP World Tour ranking of No. 135. “Basically, from the get-go I played well.” Smith’s win denied Karlovic, who is ranked No. 26 in the world, his 300th career win. It was Karlovic’s first match since retiring in the first round at the Australian Open because of a right knee injury, and there was evidence that the...

TEAM USA RECLAIMS DELRAY BEACH CUP FROM INTERNATIONALS Fish and Blake Bring Firepower In 6-3 Win By STEVE DORSEY [frame align="left"] [/frame][frame align="left"] [/frame][frame align="left"] [/frame][frame align="left"] [/frame] Delray Beach, Fla. – James Blake and Mardy Fish carried a short-handed Team USA to an impressive victory Sunday when both Americans won their respective matches to complete a 6-3 win against Team International in the ATP Champions Tour event that was a prelude to the ATP World Tour’s Delray Beach Open that begins Monday. Blake’s 6-3, 7-5 win against Emilio Sanchez clinched the Delray Beach Cup title for the Americans, and Fish put the finishing touches on the victory with a 6-3, 6-4 win against Wayne Ferreira in the final match of the three-day round-robin tournament at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. The third player for Team USA, Aaron Krickstein, had to withdraw with a leg injury after losing his...

Lone American Qualifier Novikov Reaches Main Draw He Draws Another Qualifier In First Round By STEVE DORSEY [frame align="left"][/frame][frame align="right"][/frame] Delray Beach, Fla. – As Mardy Fish was putting the finishing touches on a Team USA victory Sunday afternoon in the ATP Champions Tour on the Stadium Court at the Delray Beach Tennis Center, next door on Court 1 another American was penciling his name into the main draw of the ATP World Tour’s Delray Beach Open that begins Monday. Dennis Novikov, a 22-year-old American, became the fourth and final qualifier to earn a berth in the Delray Beach Open main singles draw when he delivered a blistering ace on the final point of a 7-6(0), 3-6, 7-6(6) win against Italian Luca Vanni. “Go USA,” Novikov, the only American qualifier here, said when informed of the Team USA Champions Tour title. The other qualifiers who also won Sunday to earn a spot...

BLAKE WINS A PAIR ON CHAMPIONS SATURDAY By STEVE DORSEY [frame align="left"] [/frame][frame align="right"] [/frame] Delray Beach, Fla. – James Blake and Mardy Fish have been asked to carry the load for Team USA at the ATP Champions Tour’s event at the Delray Beach Open this weekend, and they have responded in grand fashion. Team USA’s three-man team was reduced to just Blake and Fish on Saturday after fellow American Aaron Krickstein had to withdraw because of a leg injury he sustained Friday night in the first round of the three-day round-robin event. Blake and Fish, however, answered the call by sweeping their matches Saturday to give the Americans a commanding 4-2 lead against Team International heading into Sunday’s final matches. Blake, 36, began his day early Saturday afternoon with a 7-5, 6-2 win against Sebastien Grosjean and then put the finishing touches on Team USA’s effort with a 6-2,...