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KARLOVIC, MANNARINO, LU INTO THE QUARTERS Lu Stuns Top Seeded Kevin Anderson In Nightcap BY STEVE DORSEY [frame align="left"][/frame][frame align="right"][/frame] DELRAY BEACH, FL. – Another stunning upset occurred in the nightcap match for the second consecutive day at the ATP World Tour Delray Beach Open. Twenty-four hours after No. 2 seed John Isner was ousted in his first-round match, Yen-Hsun Lu of Taipei defeated No. 1 seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa 7-6(6), 6-3 Wednesday night to close out the second round of play at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. It’s the first time since 2006 that the top two seeds have failed to reach the quarterfinal round at Delray Beach. The three other seeds in singles action Wednesday – No. 4 Ivo Karlovic, No. 5 Adrian Mannarino and No. 7 Steve Johnson – each won to advance to Friday’s quarterfinals. The 31-year-old Lu, who lost his first-round match at Memphis...

MAGIC RETURNS: MATOSEVIC UPSETS ISNER Anderson, Teens Move Into Second Round BY STEVE DORSEY [frame align="left"][/frame][frame align="right"][/frame] DELRAY BEACH, FL. – Aussie Marinko Matosevic registered a stunning upset against No. 2 seed and top-ranked American John Isner Tuesday night after an unprecedented three teenagers advanced to the second round of the ATP World Tour Delray Beach Open. Matosevic followed No. 1 seed Kevin Anderson’s 6-3, 6-3 victory over John-Patrick Smith in the early evening match at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center with a 6-4, 6-4 win against a very disappointed Isner, who entered the tournament with a No. 19 ATP world ranking. “I struggled with my serve at times, but I felt like I was the better player,” said Matosevic, who arrived here ranked No. 78 in the world. “I had so many chances in the second set, and I felt I returned great tonight, returned his serve well...

TOP SEEDS MOVE ON IN DELRAY Dolgopolov and Karlovic Survive By STEVE DORSEY [frame align="left"][/frame] [frame align="left"][/frame] [frame align="left"][/frame] DELRAY BEACH, FL. – Both of the seeded players in action Monday survived the first day of the ATP World Tour Delray Beach Open. Alexandr Dolgopolov, the No. 3 seed here this week, won in straight sets, and No. 4 seed Ivo Karlovic advanced to the second round with a three-set victory at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. Dolgopolov ousted Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili 7-6(4), 6-3 in the afternoon, and Karlovic finally figured out how to beat nemesis Dustin Brown when the Croatian closed out the first day of play with a hard-fought 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-2 win in the nightcap against the 30-year-old German who is ranked No. 97 in the world. The past seven months have been somewhat of a roller-coaster journey for Dolgopolov. The top-ranked Ukrainian on the ATP World Tour was having...

Ginepri Upends Top Seed In Qualifying Draw Four Americans Reach Final Round [frame align="left"][/frame][frame align="right"][/frame] Four Americans remained in the running for the four spots in ATP World Tour singles main draw by winning their qualifying matches Sunday. Former University of Kentucky standout Eric Quigley needed three sets to beat former Ohio State star Chase Buchanan 4-6, 7-6(7), 7-6 (3) in the first of two All-American match ups while Bradenton’s Sekou Bangoura also needed three sets to defeat Wake Forest freshman Noah Rubin 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. Former world No. 16 Robby Ginepri dispatched No. 1 seed Aljaz Bedene of Slovakia in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, to reach the final round, and Alex Kuznetsov ousted Chuhan Wang of China 6-4, 7-6(5). A pair of rising teenage stars also advanced on Sunday. Thanasi Kokkinakis, the 18-year-old Australian already ranked No. 145 in the world, was a 6-3, 6-2 winner over Guido Andreozzi...

Philippoussis leads Internationals Past Americans, 6-3 James Blake Goes 3-0 for the Americans By STEVE DORSEY [frame align="left"][/frame][frame align="right"][/frame] DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – James Blake did all he could do for Team USA, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the depth of Team International at the ATP Champions Tour Delray Beach Open. Blake, who was making his Champions Tour debut, accounted for all three of the Americans’ victories during the three-day round-robin tournament as Team International collected the championship trophy by winning six of the nine matches at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. Team USA won the title last year, the first time that the team format was implemented at the Delray tournament. Blake capped his first Champions Tour event by rallying to defeat Goran Ivanisevic in a three-set tiebreaker 6-7(3), 6-1 (10-4) in the final match of the tournament. Ivanisevic won both of his other matches and was...

BLAKE KEEPS AMERICANS IN THE FIGHT Ivanisevic Leads Team International to 4-2 Win By STEVE DORSEY [frame align="left"] [/frame][frame align="right"][/frame] DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – James Blake saved the day for the Americans on Saturday at the ATP Champions Tour Delray Beach Open. Blake’s 7-5, 6-2 win against Mikael Pernfors in the nightcap kept alive Team USA’s chances at winning the team title, but the Americans will need to win all three of their matches Sunday to capture the title for the second consecutive year. “Sometimes you’re the one who’s got to pick the guys up and sometimes you’re the one who needs to be picked up, so I did my part today,” said Blake, who has accounted for both of Team USA’s victories here this weekend. “It’s fun to be part of a team. I think it makes this event a little more exciting when you have a team concept.” Last year was...

[frame align="left"][/frame]Hanescu, Ginepri and Top Seeds Advance Into Second Round of Qualies Former ATP Top 25 Players Grinding it Out Victor Hanescu  has won more than $4 million on the ATP World Tour, reaching as high as world No. 26 in 2009, but on Saturday the 33-year-old was battling through qualifying in hopes of reaching the Delray Beach main draw. These days Hanescu, who has never played in a Delray Beach, has dropped to No. 139 in the world.  He is trying to reach his first ATP main draw of the year. Robby Ginepri is a similar story. Once the No. 2 American after reaching a career-high No. 15 in 2005— a decade ago—the 32-year-old Ginepri swatted aside 23-year-old Gianni Mina of France, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round of qualifying. Hanescu, the No. 2 seed, needed three sets to dispatch James McGee of Ireland, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, to move...

ATP CHAMPIONS TOUR COMPETITION TIED AT 1-1 USA Jumps Out To Lead But Internationals Rebound [column size="1-3" last="0" style="0"][frame align="none"][/frame][/column] [column size="1-3" last="0" style="0"][frame align="none"][/frame][/column] [column size="1-3" last="1" style="0"][frame align="none"][/frame][/column] DELRAY BEACH – Friday night’s opening rounds of the ATP Champions Tour featured two vastly different story lines. James Blake, representing Team USA and playing in his first ATP Champions Tour event, came from behind to win in a tiebreaker, while Team International’s Goran Ivanisevic won handily, reversing his fortunes from last year’s first round. In the 2015 opener, Blake defeated Mark Philippoussis of Australia 6-7, 6-3, 10-8 but Team USA’s lead was quickly erased when Ivanisevic defeated Brad Gilbert 6-2, 6-4 in the nightcap. The format for the Champions matches Team USA (Blake, Gilbert and Justin Gimelstob) against Team International (Philippoussis, Ivanisevic and Mikael Pernfors) in nine round-robin matches spanning three days, with each match counting a point. Though Blake...

ANDERSON AND ISNER TAKE TOP SEEDS Isner Plays Opening Match Tuesday Evening [column size="1-3" last="0" style="0"] [/column] [column size="1-3" last="0" style="0"] [/column] [column size="1-3" last="1" style="0"] [/column] Top 20 players Kevin Anderson (No. 15) and John Isner (No. 18) are the top two seeds in the 23rd annual Delray Beach Open By The Venetian® Las Vegas. Play gets underway on Monday (Feb. 16) . Anderson, a local resident who lives in Gulfstream next to Delray Beach, won the 2012 Delray Beach ATP event while Isner, the top-ranked American, is a three-time semi-finalist. Anderson drew a qualifier in the first round while Isner will play Marinko Matosevic, an Australian who was runner-up to Anderson in Delray Beach in 2012. That match is scheduled for Tuesday at 8:00 pm at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center. Overall, four of the five top-ranked Americans are in the draw. That includes No. 6 Sam Querrey, No. 7 seed Steve...

DEL POTRO WITHDRAWS WITH INJURY Wildcards Go To Americans Stefan Kozlov and Denis Kudla [frame align="left"][/frame][frame align="right"][/frame] DELRAY BEACH: Juan Martin del Potro has informed the Delray Beach Open By The Venetian® Las Vegas that he is unable to play in the tournament this week due to a recurring wrist injury. Del Potro, who had off-season wrist surgery, opened the season in Sydney, but then pulled out of the Australian Open. He has not played since."There are two things you can't control - the weather and the health of players," said tournament director Mark Baron. "That being said, we have a great field which includes four of the top five Americans, our 2012 returning champion in Kevin Anderson and the greatest doubles team in the history of the game - the Bryan Brothers." "We have two of the most fun players to watch in Ivo Karlovic and Alexandr Dolgopolov, and...