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[frame align="left"][/frame] JOHNSON CONTINUES HIS MAGICAL RUN Anderson Continues His March on "Home" Court By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH –The final four is set for the ATP World Tour Delray Beach Open. The semifinals for the 22nd annual event will include three of the top eight seeds and a 24-year-old American qualifier who has caused a stir here this week in his second year as a professional. The two evening quarterfinal matches Friday went as expected, with No. 2 seed John Isner and No. 7 seed Marin Cilic advancing to set up one semifinal matchup on Saturday. The other side of the semifinal bracket includes No. 4 seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa and American qualifier Steve Johnson, who registered his second consecutive win against a seeded player. Isner, the world’s highest ranked American at No. 13 and the No. 2 seed here, was stretched to three sets for his third consecutive...

[frame align="left"][/frame] Isner Survives 3-Setter To Advance To Quarters Red Hot Cilic Smashing Through Draw By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH – John Isner, playing in only his second match in more than a month, avoided a gallant upset bid by Dudi Sela of Israel by winning a drama-packed third-set tiebreaker Thursday night at the ATP World Tour Delray Beach Open. There was another surprising development here, however, at the Delray Beach Tennis center. The injury bug struck again when No. 3 seed Kei Nishikori of Japan was forced to retire because of a hip injury during the first set of his second-round match, the fifth player this week forced to retire from a match because of illness or injury. Isner, ranked No. 13 in the world and the No. 2 seed here, squandered four match points in the third set after leading 4-1, but the 6-foot-10 American rallied from a 5-2 deficit...

[frame align="left"][/frame] LITTLE KNOWN AMERICAN UPSETS TOP SEED HAAS Hewitt Retires With Shoulder Injury By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH – It’s inaccurate to label it a curse, but being awarded the No. 1 seed at the ATP World Tour tournament here certainly has been a bad omen during the 22-year history of the event. Only once has a No. 1 seed won here – Mardy Fish in 2009 – and that menacing beast reared its head again Wednesday night when former collegiate standout Steve Johnson pulled off the first major singles upset at the Delray Beach Open, ousting top-seeded and world No. 12 Tommy Haas 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(2). It’s the second time this season that Johnson has beaten a Top 20 player, the other coming last month in Auckland against then-No. 20 Kevin Anderson. “I’ve had a few wins I’ll never forget, and this is one of them,” said Johnson, a two-time...

[frame align="left"][/frame] Haas, Hewitt, Baghdatis Lead Parade Of Winners In Delray Beach The primetime lineup starred in the afternoon session By Hayley Byrnes No.2 seed John Isner fought back from a set down, relying on 20 aces to put away fellow countryman Michael Russell at the Delray Beach Open Tuesday night. Isner, the top-ranked American, led 2-0 until he was broken at 4-3 in the first set. Russell, who played at the top of his game in reaching the Memphis semifinal last week, kept up his aggressive play to take the first set, 6-4. Isner won the second set, 7-6, in a tie break thanks to nine aces, and coasted home to take the final set, 6-2. Isner had been on the sidelines since injuring his ankle in January’s Australian Open, but still viewed the Delray Beach Open a tournament he is capable of winning. “I felt good out there, and even...

[frame align="left"][/frame] LOPEZ FIGHTS BACK, MOWS DOWN QUERREY Feliciano Lopez dropped the first set Monday but battled back to dispatch SamQuerrey By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH – It was not a good day for Americans in the main draw on the first day of play at the ATP World Tour Delray Beach Open. Spaniard  Feliciano Lopez rallied from a set down to defeat American Sam Querrey in the final match of the first day of action at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. Lopez, who last played this event in 2002 when he lost in the quarterfinals, ousted Querrey 4-6,  6-2, 6-3. Lopez, who is ranked No. 27 in the world and the No. 6 seed here, next faces Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, who defeated American Jack Sock in straight sets Monday afternoon. Those were the only two main draw singles matches contested Monday. “This is the first match I’ve played outdoors this season, and...

[frame align="left"][/frame] Team USA Clinches Victory Despite Ivanisevic Win Sunday Finale Matches Grand Slam Winners Roddick & Ivanisevic By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH – Former World No. 1 and South Florida native Andy Roddick appropriately put the finishing touches Sunday on a Team USA rout of Team International at the ATP Delray Beach Open Champions Tour event. Roddick, who attended high school at nearby Boca Raton Prep and played his first ATP World Tour tournament at the Delray Beach Tennis Center, defeated Goran Ivanisevic 6-4, 6-3 in the last of nine matches contested here over three days. Roddick’s straight-sets victory was the eighth for Team USA, with Ivanisevic collecting Team International’s only win in the format implemented for the first time this year. Aaron Krickstein’s 6-1, 6-4 win against Mikael Pernfors and Jan-Michael Gambill’s forfeit win over injured Mats Wilander in Sunday’s other matches gave Team USA a sweep of the final day’s...

[frame align="left"][/frame] Team USA Clinches Victory Despite Ivanisevic Win Sunday Finale Matches Grand Slam Winners Roddick & Ivanisevic By STEVE DORSEY DELRAY BEACH – Two players with local connections notched victories Saturday night to give Team USA a victory over Team International in the ATP Champions Tour Delray Beach Open. Aaron Krickstein of nearby Boca Raton and Boca Prep graduate Andy Roddick won their evening matches in straight sets to give Team USA a 5-1 lead in the nine-match format that was implemented for the first time this year at the annual event at the Delray Beach International Tennis Center. With only three matches remaining, the Americans can’t be over-taken for the team title. Roddick clinched the team title for the Americans with an ace on match point in his 6-3, 6-2 win against Sweden’s Mikael Pernfors in the nightcap match. Krickstein set up the title-clinching match with a 6-1, 6-1 win...

[frame align="left"] [/frame] Andy Roddick and Jan-Michael Gambill led the Americans to a 2-0 win in the first night of ATP Champions Tour action By Steve Dorsey DELRAY BEACH – Andy Roddick’s return to South Florida and Jan-Michael Gambill’s  ATP Champions Tour debut were successful Friday night in the opening round of the Delray Beach Open at the Delray Beach International Tennis Center. Gambill defeated Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia 6-3, 5-7 (10-8) in the opening match, then Roddick, only a year removed from retirement on the ATP World Tour, won the nightcap match against Mats Wilander 6-3, 6-3 to give the USA a 2-0 lead against Team International after Day 1 of the three-day Champions Tour tournament. Roddick, who attended high school only a few miles away at Boca Raton Prep and was the runner-up at the Delray ATP World Tour event in 2002, said he enjoys returning to play in...

International Tennis Tournament Offers Free Tickets to Our Nation’s Heroes Free Grandstand Tickets for United States Law Enforcement, Emergency Services and U.S. Military Personnel to Attend The Delray Beach Open By the Venetian® Las Vegas WHAT: The international tennis tournament, kicking off on Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day weekend and running through February 23, is an event like no other with legendary tennis matches, live entertainment and VIP experiences.  All United States Law Enforcement, Emergency Services and U.S. Military Personnel are invited to join in the excitement and attend sessions throughout the event to see Andy Roddick, Goran Ivanisevic, John Isner, the Bryan Brothers and more. Redeem free tickets at the Delray Beach Tennis Center Box Office by presenting an official department ID or badge. Business cards and pay stubs will not be accepted as forms of ID. Tickets are limited to two grandstand per session per ID and...

The Delray Beach Open Proudly Announces Ulysse Nardin as Official Timepiece Sponsor Luxury Swiss Watch Manufacturer Brings Timeless Elegance to the Event Boca Raton, Fla. (January 27, 2014) – The Delray Beach Open is proud to announce Ulysse Nardin as the official timepiece sponsor of the 2014 event. The 10-day tournament, which is expected to attract more than 50,000 spectators to Delray Beach and Palm Beach County, Florida from all over the U.S., kicks off on Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day weekend and runs through February 23rd. As the exclusive timepiece sponsor, Ulysse Nardin commissioned the official event countdown clock on tournament’s website, and will display oversized branded clocks on the stadium court showing the time and length of each match. Ulysse Nardin will showcase an array of luxurious timepieces throughout the event and will be onsite to educate attendees about the company’s marine heritage and industry...