Zverev Downs Dimitrov, Thiem Advances, Tsonga Withdraws; Wawrinka, Nishikori Tuesday In Rome
by Staff | May 9th, 2016, 8:55 pm

With the top players enjoying a day off, the young guns of the ATP had the stage to themselves Monday in Rome, and the didn’t disappoint.

Nineteen-year-old Alexander Zverev posted the best win of the day defeating Grigor Dimitrov handily 6-1, 6-4. The wins sets the German up with Roger Federer on Wednesday.

Dominic Thiem needed three sets to oust Alexander Dolgopolov 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. “I had a very good start to the season, and now it’s getting a little bit tougher,” said Thiem. “I didn’t play well over the past two weeks, but I had a good win today. I hope it’s a little bit of a turnaround again.”

Nick Kyrgios (Caruso) and Milos Raonic (Checcinato) both won to set up a tantalizing second round showdown.

“I’m confident going forward, but at the same time Raonic’s got one of the best serves in the world,” said Kyrgios. “If he’s having a lights-out day when he does everything, you can’t really do too much. I’m going to go out there and do what I have been doing and just compete. If I happen to win, I win.”

Added Raonic,” He has a lot of firepower. He can do a lot of different things. It’s about sort of getting ahead in the points before he does, because that’s where I’d say both of our games excel at is that aggressive tennis. It’s about who can take control of the points first.”

Jack Sock also joined on the uprising beating Guido Pella.

The lone upset of the day was Thomaz Bellucci taking out Gael Monfils 6-3, 7-6. A day after Gilles Simon withdrew from the event, so too did Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who cited an adductor for his withdrawal.

“I just stretched my adductor this morning,” said Tsonga. “I was sick when I left Madrid for two days, and I came here and I tried to play a little bit to see how it goes, and this morning I just stretched a little bit my adductor. So I will take rest and recover for the next step. I hope it’s going to be all right.”

But the news wasn’t all bad for France as Richard Gasquet go through, though at the expense of countryman Julien Benneteau.

Tuesday will see French Open champion Stan Wawrinka in action against good friend Benoit Paire. David Ferrer also debuts along with Kei Nishikori and Tomas Berdych.

CENTER COURT start 12:00 noon
WTA – J. Jankovic (SRB) vs E. Bouchard (CAN)
ATP – V. Troicki (SRB) vs [6] K. Nishikori (JPN)
ATP – [Q] F. Volandri (ITA) vs [9] D. Ferrer (ESP)

Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – [1] S. Williams (USA) vs A. Friedsam (GER)

Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – B. Paire (FRA) vs [4] S. Wawrinka (SUI)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
ATP – [8] T. Berdych (CZE) vs A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)
ATP – P. Kohlschreiber (GER) vs [Q] I. Cervantes (ESP)
WTA – S. Lisicki (GER) vs D. Gavrilova (AUS)
WTA – [8] C. Suรกrez Navarro (ESP) vs T. Pereira (BRA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – J. Sock (USA) vs [12] D. Goffin (BEL)

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48 Comments for Zverev Downs Dimitrov, Thiem Advances, Tsonga Withdraws; Wawrinka, Nishikori Tuesday In Rome

Wog Boy Says:

Sorry, you can’t get access to article unless you are subscribed:(
Pity, the reporter belted Tomic properly:)

Hideo Says:

It appears that only video is reserved for subscribers, I could read article without a problem. And yes, Tomic got what he deserves.

Wog Boy Says:

Thanks for info Hideo,
For some reason I couldn’t open it though I read it in the newspaper itself.

Van Persie Says:

Well done, Sascha. Fed next. My money on Zverev

Margot Says:

Excellent to see Dom, Nick and Sascha all got through. Come on the “boys!”
Until you meet Andy, of course….;)

Margot Says:

Hey jalep, Gulbis won a match….;)

danica Says:

I totally forgot about Gulbis!!!

chrisford1 Says:

Seasons 1/3rd over. Just as with the rolling 52 week rankings points total, Djokovic has lapped the field so far in the Race to London YEC based om this years points. He has 5350, Rafa 2660, Andy 2525, then Kei with 2140.
You need 6810.
In all likelihood, Djokovic will lock in a Barclay’s spot at the French Open.
Monfils is 6th, Thiem is 7th so far, Kyrgios is 11th, Federer 14th.

jatin Says:

Fed was scheduled to play today but asked stan to play instead. He is still not sure about his back.
Had a good and long practice session today though. Hope everything is going fine with his back :(

MMT Says:

I was in a press conference with Zverev in DC last year, and he struck me as very mature and clear minded for 18-year old. I asked him what it would be like to play his brother on tour, and he said, although victory would be more coveted against his brother because of the familiarity, it would also be difficult to celebrate because it’s against someone he hopes does well, just maybe not against him on the day. I found this response to be very honest and insightful.

As for his game – I’m not sold on him just because I don’t see him as having sufficient movement to at his height to compete with the most mobile of top players, who would be able to expose that limitation on movement by stretching the point out and putting the ball where it’s difficult to attack. Ironically, Dimitrov is just the sort of player that should elicit these difficulties, but like Berdych against Federer, it really depends on how hard Zverev is belting the ball on the day, and how consistently a player like Dimitrov can find the spots on the court that give him trouble.

I think Federer will beat him, but his has so much easy power that there is always the possibility that he can hit him off the court. Not having played very much since Australia, rust and fitness will be the key to whether he can find solutions, whereas Zverev just needs to beat him into submission. Easier said than done, but a possibility.

courbon Says:

Jatin, I heard Fed first asked Rafa to play instead-Rafa just raised his eyebrow and Fed got the message.Then he asked Novak and Novak said:Dear Rog, you remember that finger in 2011 RG? Here is one for you!
And then he went to Stan-Stan, “the cry baby” graciously agreed for a small fee of 200k to play day ahead…
it could be just a rummor, I don’t know…

Wog Boy Says:

Another WO is coming tomorrow..this is just to strengthen the case..

Daniel Says:

LOL Courbon, the Djoko “finger” part was spot IN.

I found it strange when checked draw and none of Big 4 are playing today, Djoko and Murray was expected, Nadal usually asks for late start as well. But Fed should play, hope he is able to play. We shoyld know in a few hours if he is gonna withdraw or not.

courbon Says:

Daniel, I could not resist!
I honestly hope Fed cure his back,like him or not,he is part of BIG 4, which I think personally, is the best thing that happened in tennis.
Getting ready for Olympics?

jalep Says:

Margot, the poor old Gulbis bandwagon is rusting in an alley somewhere – abandoned.

Danica – Big respect to Kukushkin! cheers.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Wow, I would think the normal human reaction would be sympathy towards an injured sportsman, especially an aging one without much time left in his career, and with a career notable for iron-man durability.

But apparently not!

courbon Says:

TV-Lost the sense of humor?

MMT Says:

There is a history of precipitating retirements in tennis: in 1982 the Grand Prix tour insisted that Bjorn Borg commit, in advance, to his entire schedule for the season. He asked for some more time, but they refused, and he was forced to qualify for Monte Carlo. He did, and won his first two rounds (including a win over his RG nemesis Adriano Panatta), but then lost in the quarterfinal round to Yannick Noah (who would go on to win Roland Garros a year later – the last major won by a Frenchman). 8 months later he retired for good. No chance tennis today does something similarly draconian to Federer.

There is also a comical anecdote concerning Panatta – John Feinsten reported in “Hardcourts” that the draw for the Italian Open was so grotesquely rigged that Panatta would sit in on the draw as it was happening, rendering final judgment on whether he would play the opponent he was drawn to play, which (not surprisingly) frequently devolved into 2-3 rounds of selections before Panatta was satisfied.

Giles Says:

Joker fans very chirpy these days, no?

Tennis Vagabond Says:

could be courbon, i guess it all depends on the mood one brings in the moment.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

could be courbon, i guess it all depends on the mood one brings in the moment.

courbon Says:

Tv-Fair enough

jalep Says:

Watching Ferrer (right now) struggle and lose a set to Pippo Volandri is enough for me. I’m a Sascha Zverev fan – perhaps premature – anyway, I think he’s got a very good shot at Fed but I don’t take pleasure in Federer losing, I like Sascha getting the win, however.

Okiegal Says:

Strange sleeves on Volandri’s shirt……very different!

C’mon Daaveed!! Sometime the Spaniards get off to a slow start, no??

Van Persie Says:

… Feds “iron-man durability”… he’s playing like an iron maiden lately…sorry, could not resist

Tennis Vagabond Says:

ok, that’s pretty funny

Okiegal Says:

Daveed, get your big girl panties on and take it to the home crowd……you can do it….go three please!!

jalep Says:

Badass sleeves, Okie!

Okiegal Says:

Taking a break from tennis…..it’s time for The Old and The Breathless”….I relate to this soap! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘™๐Ÿ‘™๐ŸŽพ๐ŸŽพ

jatin Says:

I know that post was intended to be humorous. But its tough to find humor these days regarding Fed.
I was following various sources to find even the tiny bit of details about his condition. And the news is not very encouraging.
There were some fan’s post who get to see Fed practicing Live
But even, they are saying he didn’t took part in competitive practice at all.

According to tennisworldusa

“The Swiss, who had a practice session in Rome earlier today, apparently isnโ€™t certain of playing his second round match tomorrow, as itโ€™d been previously scheduled.”


These are not encouraging signs as it could mean the back injury has not been cured completely and it could definitely hinder his chances of even participating in Roland Garros and possibly ending his consecutive slam appearance streak.

Things are not looking good at the moment :(

I hope his condition improves. But……

Okiegal Says:

Yes, jalep, they are….a little odd for tennis gear….but things are a changin’! I wish Rafa would go back to sleeveless, maybe he wouldn’t fiddle fart around with them so much…..precious time a tickin’ away…..๐Ÿ˜‰

Okiegal Says:

I hope his back improves too. Tournaments just not the same w/o Fed, Andy, Rafa, Joker, Wa Wa…Yep, I am partial to the older guys…..being old and all!! Lol Oh, to be young again…. I would be able to outrun a tornado!

gonzalowski Says:

This Zverev photo is a bit gay isnยดt it? :)

fair enough, it sounds good to me

jalep Says:

I don’t know who makes the brand of gear with the skull on it, Okie. If he’s stop moving for a second I could read it! Simone Bolelli and many others wear the same. I’m too lazy to google.

These matches aren’t all that compelling atm. Off for a bike ride, Okie. ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿšต stay safe.

Van Persie Says:


Well, he might be gay. Who knows? Anyway, The females from TX will not have the opportunity to “try” him

RZ Says:

Lucky loser Pouille is indeed lucky! Replaces Tsonga in the draw, gets a bye and then knocks off Gulbis.

Margot Says:

Hey jalep, Gulbis lost a match…;)
The French oldies must be making sure they’re fighting fit for RG. Last chance saloon.

RZ Says:

@Margot – nice to see one of the French oldies – Benneteau – back on court again with a good win over Klaasen/Ram.

courbon Says:

Jatin-Thank you for the link.I didn’t know that was that bad…
I really hope he recovers because this year and maybe next, is last chance to play top flight tennis

J-Kath Says:

Federer is still listed to play tomorrow. The first match

Vami Says:

It’s Hydrogen’s gear. I like it. That German Struff wears it too. He had those bolts on his shirt and the skull and the colours were dangerously close to “something” last time I saw him… I mean him being German and all (reminded me of certain uniforms), but I thought his shirt was great. The gear is Italian.


Margot Says:

I was on the New York subway once and I saw a guy with a bolt in his head! I kid you not. Truly freaky. So I’m not liking that outfit…..much ;)
Lol just saw Stan have the most impressive tantrum. I thought for a moment Magnus would get under his seat.

Okiegal Says:

That gear is scary…..My brother-in-law’s tattoo was a skull and cross bones…..covered his entire back. He said he had wished a thousand times he hadn’t done it. He also had a Dolores tat on his arm…..and he married a Charlotte……..

Jun Says:

Not sure if this has been posted here… Novak’s practice session in Rome!

Notice the good exchange between Novak and Andy in the first 30 seconds.


Daniel Says:


Heard rumors that pre sales tickets for Olympics here in Rio are more expensive than Wimbledon finals, people are gong insane. There are some wealth people from Sao Paulo who are paying a lot.

Think I gonna have to give a kidney to see top players.

Daniel Says:

jatin, bad news indeed, we’ll know for sure tomorrow.

Can’t believe Fed could skip a Slam, his almost and entity in those. Times catches us all, and for sportsmen, injury always wins in the end. Some sooner than later.

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