2011 Legg Mason Tennis Classic: Radek Stepanek Upsets Gael Monfils To Win Title

Radek Stepanek upset top-seeded Gael Monfils in straight sets to win the 2011 Legg Mason Tennis Classic.

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Legg Mason Tennis Classic Results: Radek Stepanek Upsets Gael Monfils To Win Championship

An unseeded player has won the 2011 Legg Mason Tennis Classic championship. Radek Stepanek, who sat just outside the top 50 in the ATP rankings prior to this week, completed a surprising run through the draw, upsetting top seed Gael Monfils, 6-4 6-4, to take the ATP Washington title.

Stepanek was a heavy underdog to Monfils entering the match, but looked like the much better player in Sunday's championship. He broke Monfils' serve early in both sets and was able to hold on all his service games, despite Monfils' returning ability. This was the first title for Stepanek since 2009.

Stepanek advanced through the draw by defeating No. 5 seed Fernando Verdasco in the quarterfinals, then ending upstart American Donald Young's run in the semifinals. He becomes the second straight unseeded player to win in D.C., joining David Nalbandian last year.

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2011 Legg Mason Tennis Classic Results: Gael Monfils, Radek Stepanek Advance To Finals

There will be no All-American Final in the 2011 Legg Mason Tennis Classic. Top seed Gael Monfils outlasted American John Isner in one rain-delayed semifinal, and wily veteran Radek Stepanek easily handled American youngster Donald Young in the day's earlier semifinal.

Monfils defeated Isner 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6) in a match halted by rain for an hour, then delayed twice more by DC downpours, prior to it's conclusion at 1:15 A.M. The match between the ultra-athletic Monfils and cannon-serving Isner was competitive and nail-biting, as the previous five matches between the two have also been. With the win, Monfils evens the count with Isner, each having taken three matches against the other in their careers.

Monfils will take on 54th-ranked Radek Stepanek in the final. The 32-year-old Stepanek easily dismissed 22-year-old American Donald Young, 6-3, 6-3. After looking impressive in winning his first four matches at the 2011 Classic, Young played extremely sloppy in the semifinal loss.

Monfils will be playing for his fourth career title in Sunday's championship. Stepanek, looking for his fifth title, has beaten Monfils just twice in seven previous meetings, most recently losing to the Frenchman just two weeks ago.

Today's final from the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center will be aired at 3:00 P.M. on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com.


Legg Mason Tennis Classic 2011 Times And TV Schedule For Saturday's Semifinals

Could we be looking at an All-American Sunday final of the 2011 Legg Mason Tennis Classic to be played at William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park? American's John Isner and Donald Young continued their surprise runs through the Classic Friday, winning their quarterfinal matches and moving one step closer to an apt all-USA final of the ATP tournament held in the Nation's Capitol. Saturday's complete semifinal schedule is below:

Singles matches:

Donald Young (USA) vs Radek Stepanek (CZE) [Not before 3:00 PM, ESPN2]

Gael Monfils (FRA) vs John Isner (USA) [7:00 PM, Tennis Channel]

Doubles play begins at 12:45:

Marcelo Melo (BRA)/Bruno Soares (BRA) vs Michael Llodra (FRA)/ Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) [In Progress]

Robert Lindstedt (SWE)/ Horia Tecau (ROU) vs Tommy Haas (GER)/ Radek Stepanek (CZE) [begins after the conclusion of the 7:00 P.M. Monfils/Isner match]

For more on the tournament, head over to the SB Nation page on the event, and check out our Tennis blog The Daily Forehand.


2011 Legg Mason Tennis Classic Results: Americans Donald Young, John Isner Advance To Semifinals

The impressive run of two American players continued Friday at the 2011 Legg Mason Tennis Classic, as both John Isner and Donald Young won, advancing to Saturday's semifinal matches.

Isner, a finalist at this tournament in 2007, defeated third-seeded Viktor Troicki Friday, 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-1. With the win, Isner advances to his third straight ATP semifinal. He will now face No. 1 seed Gael Monfils, who dispatched Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the semis.

Isner's run is impressive, but the strong play of lefty Donald Young on his way to the semifinals might be the real story of the tournament so far. Young, who turned pro at age 14 much to the chagrin of critics, beat last year's Legg Mason runner-up, Marcos Baghdatis, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) to advance to the first ATP semifinal of his career. Young will now face the Czech Republic's Radek Stepanek in the semis. Stepanek defeated fifth-seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the quarterfinals 6-4, 6-4.

Anyone else pulling for the all-American Isner/Young final, fittingly played in the Nation's Capitol?

For more on the tournament, head over to the SB Nation page on the event, and check out our Tennis blog The Daily Forehand.


2011 Legg Mason Tennis Classic Results: Donald Young Advances To Quarterfinals, James Blake Falls

The Legg Mason Classic is still rolling on at the Fitzgerald Tennis Center at the Rock Creek Park in Northwest D.C.. The most interesting match that took place on Thursday was between two competitors that are very close both on and off the court.

John Isner and James Blake are doubles partners when they aren't playing singles, and when they are of the court, they are very close friends and neighbors. But on Thursday, they had to play each other for a shot at the quarterfinals at the Legg Mason. In the end it was Isner who outlasted Blake, beating him in a third set tie break 7-6, 1-6, 7-6. According to ESPN.com, a third set tie break is something that Isner is pretty familiar with, particularly at this tournament.

"It's bizarre. It's hard to explain," said Isner, the Legg Mason runner-up in 2007. "I find myself in that situation, really, more times than not, especially on that center court. So it's definitely something that I'm accustomed to."

They played two matches on Thursday, so here are the rest of the results form Thursday's action.

Donald Young def. Michael Russell 6-3, 6-3

(12) Thomaz Belluci def. Tommy Haas 7-6, 3-6, 6-3

(7) Marcos Baghdatis def. Somdev Devvarman 6-2, 0-6, 7-5

(15) Dmitry Tursunov def. Flavio Cipolla 6-1, 6-4

(1) Gael Monfils def. Ryan Sweeting 6-3, 7-6


Monfils def. Tursunov 6-2, 7-6

Baghdatis def. Belluci3-6, 6-3, 6-2

Fernando Verdasco def. Nikolay davynedko 6-4, 7-5


2011 Legg Mason Tennis Classic Results: Fernando Verdasco, Donald Young Advance

The Legg Mason Tennis Classic continues at the Fitzgerald Tennis Center at Rock Creek Park in Northwest D.C., and some of the sport's stars are taking part in the event.

The big story from Wednesday's action is probably Donald Young, the young American who continues to work his way through the tournament. He wasn't given too much of a chance to win, but the further he gets, the more the crowd will get behind him. He didn't get to complete his match against Jürgen Melzer on Wednesday, but after earning a break in the third set, Melzer retired.

Here are Wednesday's results:

Donald Young def. Jürgen Melzer 6-7, 6-4, 3-1 (ret.)

Fernando Verdasco def. Marinko Matosevic 6-4, 6-4

Nikolay Davydenko def. Matthew Ebden 6-3, 7-5

Viktor Troicki def. Ryan Harrison 7-5, 6-2

Michael Russell def. Xavier Malisse 7-6, 2-3 (ret.)

Radek Štěpánek def. Wayne Odesnik 6-1, 6-1

We'll be covering the Legg Mason in this stream, but for more on the tournament, head over to the SB Nation page on the event, and check out our Tennis blog The Daily Forehand.


2011 Legg Mason Tennis Classic Results: James Blake Upsets David Nalbandian

Some of the matches in the second round of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic at the Fitzgerald Tennis Center at Rock Creek Park in Northwest D.C. and the big story surrounds American James Blake. Blake upset No. 8 seed and defending Champion David Nalbandian with a pretty thorough 6-2, 6-4 romp. According to Liz Clarke of the Washington Post, Blake knew that he had to go all out all match if he wanted to walk away with a win against Nalbandian.

Asked if he felt he had made a statement through his commanding performance, Blake said: “The only statement I was making is how much I respect David Nalbandian. I couldn’t let off the accelerator for one second. I know how talented he is.”

The other big result from the second round so far was (11) John Isner running away from Tobias Kamke 6-1, 6-3. There were also some first round matches still going on, and that included American Ryan Harrison outlasting Mischa Zverev 6-4, 1-6, 6-1.


Legg Mason Tennis Classic Results: James Blake Among Those Advancing On Monday

The first day of the 2011 Legg Mason Tennis Classic is in the books. The men advancing in singles play on Day 1 include American James Blake, who easily coasted past Tatsuma Ito, 6-3, 6-3, on the main stadium court. Blake advances to face No. 8 seed and defending champion David Nalbandian.

Here are the other results from Day 1 from the Fitzgerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park.

  • Radek Stepanek def Phillip Petzschner, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-0. Stepanek now faces Wayne Odesnik.
  • Donald Young def Artem Sitak, 6-0, 6-3. Young now faces Jurgen Melzer.
  • Igor Kunitsyn def Gillen Muller, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5). Kunitsyn now faces Jarkko Nieminen.
  • Chris Guccione def Alejandro Falla, 7-6, 6-3. Guccione now faces Kevin Anderson
  • Michael Russell def Ivo Karlovic, 6-4, 7-6 (4). Russell now faces Xavier Malisse.
  • Marinko Matosevic def Richard Berankis, 6-3, 6-1. Matosevic now faces Fernando Verdasco.
  • Matthew Ebden def Rajeev Ram, 6-1, 3-2 (Ret.). Ebden now faces Nikolay Davydenko.

Legg Mason Tennis Classic: Mardy Fish Withdraws, According To Report

The 2011 Legg Mason Tennis Classic will be without much American starpower. Mardy Fish, the surging American player who was seeded second, has joined Andy Roddick on the sidelines, according to the Associated Press' Howard Fendrich. Fish had a bruised right heel and clearly didn't want to stress it after losing in the finals at ATP Los Angeles on Sunday.

Fish's departure is good fortune for lucky loser Wayne Odesnik, who will take his place and his bye in the draw. Odesnik was one of the highest seeds in qualifying, but lost to Rajeev Ram over the weekend. He also unleashed an embarrassing sequence of handshakes and non-handshakes after losing the match. Now, he'll be rewarded for it.

Odesnik will face the winner of Monday's match between Philipp Petzschner and Radek Stepanek in the second round on Tuesday.

For more on the 2011 Legg Mason Tennis Classic, keep up with this StoryStream.


Legg Mason Tennis Classic Schedule For Monday: James Blake Headlines Singles Action

The 2011 Legg Mason Tennis Classic will begin in earnest on Monday after qualifying wrapped up over the weekend. French tennis star Gael Monfils assumes the No. 1 overall seed with the withdrawal of Andy Roddick, while surging American Mardy Fish will be the No. 2 seed. Neither player will be in action on Monday, though, since all 16 seeded players receive byes to the second round.

Therefore, the unseeded players will headline Monday's schedule. James Blake, once one of the top American players in the world, is the man to watch on Monday night, as he will take on Japanese player Tatsuma Ito at around 7 p.m. on the stadium court at Willing H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center on 16th Street. Here is the rest of Monday's singles schedule.


4 p.m.: Radek Stepanek vs. Philipp Petzschner

Not before 5:30: Donald Young vs. Artem Sitak

Not before 7 p.m.: James Blake vs. Tatsuma Ito

GRANDSTAND, starting at 4 p.m.

Gilles Muller vs. Igor Kunitsyn

Alejandro Falla vs. Chris Guccione

(later) Ivo Karlovic vs. Michael Russell

COURT 1, starting at 6 p.m.

Marinko Matosevic vs. Richard Berankis

Rajeev Ram vs. Matthew Ebden


Legg Mason Tennis Tournament Starts Saturday Without Andy Roddick

The 2011 Legg Mason tennis tournament kicks off this weekend at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park in North West Washington, D.C.. The field includes a lot of big tennis names, including Gael Monfils, Mardy Fish, Fernando Verdasco, James Blake and last year's champion David Nalbandian.The doubles field features a lot of big name players as well, but is headlined by the Bryan Brothers Bob and Mike.

Unfortunately, arguably the tournament's biggest draw year in and year out Andy Roddick will not be in the field this year as he recovers from an abdominal injury, according to Howard Fendrich. But there will still plenty of people worth seeing, and since the tournament is right in your backyard (presumably) it is still worth checking out.

For more information on the Legg Mason Tennis Tournament at Rock Creek Park, including where to buy tickets, check out the official tournament website. We'll be covering the tournament all week in this StoryStream.

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