Ivanisevic downs Krajicek just like before
04-08-2005, 06:35 AM
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Ivanisevic downs Krajicek just like before
ATP Champions Doha Thursday results

April 7, 2005


Goran Ivanisevic revived memories of his 15-13 final set win against Richard Krajicek in the 1998 Wimbledon semifinals with a 7-6, 4-6, 10-5 (on a Champions’ Tie-Break) victory on day one in Doha.

Both men smashed their serves down throughout, but there were no shortage of rallies from the baseline.

Ultimately it was Ivanisevic who found the shots when he needed them most to win the opening match of the tournament.

Elsewhere, Cedric Pioline put a slow start behind him to defeat Petr Korda 2-6, 6-4, 10-6 (on a Champions’ Tie-Break) and Sergi Bruguera stormed past Henri Leconte 6-2, 6-3.

In the final match of the day, Pat Cash produced a stunning fight-back to upset Thomas Muster 6-7(3), 6-4, 10-7 (on a Champions’ Tie-Break).

The players in each group face off in a round-robin format, and the top player from each group will contest Sunday’s final. Those who finish second in each group will play off for third and fourth places respectively.

Matches are contested over the best of three sets, with the deciding set taking the form of a Champions’ Tie-break. The first player to reach 10 points in the Champions’ Tie-break is the winner. If the score is level at 9-all, a two-point advantage is required.

The event in Doha is one of a number of new steps on the Road to London in 2005. Tournaments in Frankfurt (Germany), Hong Kong (China), Novi (Croatia), Monte Carlo (Monaco) and a second event in Germany, have all been added to the Champions Tour calendar.

John McEnroe won the first event on the Delta Tour of Champions – the European section of the worldwide ATP Champions Tour – when he triumphed in Frankfurt in February.

Players will compete for points throughout the year to qualify for The Masters at the Royal Albert Hall in London, November 29 – December 4. The top ten players in the Stanford Financial Champions Tour Rankings after all events are complete will qualify automatically. The field in London will increase to 12 with the addition of two wild cards.

To be eligible to compete on the ATP Champions Tour, players must have been either a World No.1 during their competitive playing careers, a Grand Slam singles finalist, or a singles player on a victorious Davis Cup team, and no longer active on the ATP tour. Each event can also invite two players of its choice to take wild cards.


Having never been to Doha before, Richard Krajicek was understandably looking forward to the trip.

After his luggage missed his connecting flight (causing him to buy new clothes that his opponent Goran Ivanisevic spent the entire day laughing at), losing at golf to his friend Ronald de Boer (the Dutch international footballer), and going down on a Champions’ Tie-Break to Ivanisevic, he could have been forgiven for changing his mind.

Not Krajicek.

“I’m still smiling,” he said.

Group A
Matches won/lost (sets)
Sergi Bruguera 1-0 2-0
Goran Ivanisevic 1-0 2-1
Richard Krajicek 0-1 1-2
Henri Leconte 0-1 0-2

Group B
Pat Cash 1-0 2-1
Cedric Pioline 1-0 2-1
Thomas Muster 0-1 1-2
Petr Korda 0-1 1-2

Match Schedule:

Thursday, April 7
Starting at 6pm
Pat Cash vs. Cedric Pioline
Sergi Bruguera vs. Goran Ivanisevic
Thomas Muster vs. Petr Korda
Richard Krajicek vs. Henri Leconte

Delta Tour of Champions Points Allocation
Winner – 400 points
Finalist – 250 points
3rd place – 200 points
4th place – 125 points
5/6th place – 80 points
7/8th place – 60 points

1. John McEnroe 400
2. Cedric Pioline 250
3. Goran Ivanisevic 200
4. Mikael Pernfors 125
5. Pat Cash 80
6. Anders Jarryd 80
7. Jim Courier 60
8. Henri Leconte 60


February 24-27 Frankfurt, Germany (Deichmann Champions Trophy)

Winner: John McEnroe; Runner-up: Cedric Pioline

April 7-10 Doha, Qatar * (Qtel ATP Champions)
April 14-17 Hong Kong, China * (Chevalier ATP Champions)
May 6-10 Rome, Italy (Delta Tour of Champions Rome)
June 15-18 Novi, Croatia (Croatian Classics)
August 2-6 Algarve, Portugal (Vale do Lobo Grand Champions Millennium BCP

August 9-13 Graz, Austria (S-Tennis Masters)
September 15-18 Paris, France (Trophee Jean Luc Lagardere)
September 22-25 Monte Carlo, Monaco (Monte Carlo Legends - TBC)
October 13-16 Eindhoven, Holland (Alex Tennis Classics)
October 27-30 Essen, Germany (Deichmann Champions Trophy)
November 10-13 Luxembourg (TBC)
Nov 29 – Dec 4 THE CHAMPIONS MASTERS (London, England)

* Doha and Hong Kong are part of the worldwide Champions Tour and count in the Stanford Financial Champions Tour Rankings, but are not officially sanctioned by the Delta Tour of Champions (which specifically covers European events).

Stanford Financial Champions Tour Final Rankings 2004
1 Jim Courier 1380
2 Thomas Muster 930
3 Sergi Bruguera 600
4 Richard Krajicek 575
5 Mats Wilander 530
6 Boris Becker 525
7 Guy Forget 455
8 Goran Ivanisevic 400
9 Michael Stich 325
10 Pat Cash 285
11 Emilio Sanchez 260
12 Henri Leconte 245
13 Omar Camporese 200
14 Mikael Pernfors 180
15 John McEnroe 140
16 Petr Korda 80
16 João Cunha Silva 80
16 Alex Antonitsch 80
16 Jan Siemerink 80
20 Paolo Cane 60
20 Cedric Pioline 60
20 Filip Dewulf 60

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