Hot Shot: Haase Rips Forehand To Earn Break
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 16:39:00 Z
Watch Hot Shot as Robin Haase defends well before firing a forehand winner up the line to break Alexander Zverev at the Western & Southern Open. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.
Highlights: Federer, Shapovalov, Kyrgios Win At Cincinnati 2018
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 16:38:26 Z
Watch Tuesday highlights of Roger Federer versus Peter Gojowczyk, Denis Shapovalov versus Kyle Edmund and Nick Kyrgios versus Denis Kudla at the Western & Southern Open.
Shapovalov Match Point Celebration Cincinnati 2018
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 16:06:01 Z
Watch Denis Shapovalov book a spot in the third round after victory at the Kyle Edmund on Tuesday at the Western & Southern Open. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.
Novak Chases Career Golden Masters In Cincinnati
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 14:47:00 Z
Novak Djokovic looks to become he first singles player to win all nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, where he is a five-time finalist.
Highlights: Kyrgios Battles Past Kudla In Cincinnati
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 14:39:02 Z
Watch highlights as No. 15 seed Nick Kyrgios scrapes past qualifier Denis Kudla on Tuesday at the Western & Southern Open. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: Peter Staples/ATP World Tour
Highlights: Goffin Stops In-Form Tsitsipas In Cincinnati
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 14:38:39 Z
Watch highlights as 11th seed David Goffin beats Stefanos Tsitsipas, last week's Torotono finalist, on Tuesday at the Western & Southern Open. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: Peter Staples/ATP World Tour
Highlights: Chung Records First Cincinnati Win
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 14:37:49 Z
Watch Hyeon Chung win his first match at the Western & Southern Open on Tuesday against Jack Sock. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: Peter Staples/ATP World Tour
My Masters 1000: Marin Cilic
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:24:00 Z

World No. 7 Marin Cilic joined Stan Wawrinka as the only two players outside the Big Four to have won a Grand Slam singles title and an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title with his triumph at the 2016 Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Here, he discusses his greatest Masters 1000 memories.

What is your favourite Masters 1000 tournament, host city and why?
Probably Cincinnati as I won it there. I had a great time in 2016. I loved it and it was definitely a great time, playing-wise. I definitely enjoy most of them, they’re always at the top of our tennis. I also enjoy Indian Wells, always sunny, always quite nice weather when in Europe it’s quite cold.

Favourite off-court memory from a Masters 1000?
Cincinnati, having that great ice cream over there. They have unbelievable ice cream.

Do you remember your Masters 1000 debut, when was it and where?
My debut was probably in 2008 at Indian Wells. I don’t know if I lost to, maybe Ivan Ljubibic [losing 7-6(7), 7-5].

Best Masters 1000 win?
There are two. Andy Murray in Cincinnati [6-4, 7-5] and Novak [Djokovic, 6-4, 7-6(2)] as well in Paris Bercy [the Rolex Paris Masters in 2016].

Toughest match you’ve played at a Masters 1000?
I don’t know. Maybe I would put a match with Rafa last year in Shanghai [lost 7-5, 7-6(3)] as maybe one of the toughest ones.

Toughest aspect of playing a Masters 1000?
I think as the draw is always so crowded, every match is a tough one, so you have to be ready from the first point. You can have very, very tough opponents from the first round and matches are best-of-three sets, so everything can happen in those kind of conditions and definitely it’s very difficult to win those.

Dream Masters 1000, opponent and stage?
Any Masters 1000, to win a final against the top guys, either Rafa, Roger, Novak, Andy. It doesn’t matter.

Greatest match you’ve ever seen at a Masters 1000?
I would say maybe Rafa and Roger on clay either Monte Carlo [the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters] or Rome [the Internazionali BNL d'Italia]. They were [epic] especially at a younger age, Rafa was just relentless on clay. He played such amazing tennis and always had great runs on clay and those matches with Federer were always extremely entertaining and very exciting to watch.

Day 3 Preview: Del Potro, Djokovic, Wawrinka Return On Wednesday
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:15:00 Z

Juan Martin del Potro’s goals upon returning to competition in early 2016 were understandably modest. After a string of wrist surgeries, the Argentine entered the Delray Beach Open ranked No. 1042 in the ATP Rankings.

That return went better than expected with a run to the semi-finals. Two and a half years later, the Tower from Tandil has risen to a career-high of No. 3 in the ATP Rankings. It is a return the Argentine could not have imagined, hitting the practice courts ahead of his Delray Beach return in 2016. 

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Del Potro skipped last week’s Rogers Cup in Toronto to rest a sore left wrist so the new ATP Ranking is more cause for cautious optimism than outright celebration. He makes his return to the Western & Southern Open on Wednesday when he faces the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals champion Hyeon Chung in the second round. 

Chung handed Jack Sock his eighth straight first-round defeat on Tuesday to set the clash. He and del Potro have never played. The winner will face 2017 Western & Southern Open runner-up, Nick Kyrgios, or Croat Borna Coric in the third round.

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Tenth seed Novak Djokovic has won all ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events except the Western & Southern Open and on Tuesday, took the first steps towards adding a trophy from Cincinnati to his collection with a straight-sets triumph over American Steve Johnson. The 31-year-old has not looked as sharp on the North American hard courts since winning his fourth Wimbledon title. 

After a surprise third-round defeat to #NextGenATP Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Rogers Cup last week, the Serb conceded he was “not really satisfied” with his opening-round victory – a match in which he needed nine match points to close out. 

“Obviously it takes a little bit of time now to get used to the hard courts and get to that top level of performance,” Djokovic said. “I don't think I'm there yet, but hopefully I can get as many matches this week as possible. This has been the tournament that I have never won out of all the Masters events, and I have been trying (smiling). I have another shot. We'll see.”

Djokovic will have the chance to build that momentum when he meets Adrian Mannarino on Wednesday. The Frenchman defeated Djokovic’s Roland-Garros conqueror Marco Cecchinato in the first round. Djokovic leads the pair’s FedEx ATP Head2Head series 3-0.

Former World No. 3 Stan Wawrinka knows there are no easy matches when your ranking has plummeted after two knee surgeries. But the Swiss is finally showing signs he is well on his way back in the second half of 2018.

After a narrow three-set triumph over Nick Kyrgios and a match-points-saving epic against Marton Fucsovics at the Rogers Cup last week, Wawrinka fell to eventual champion Rafael Nadal in two tight sets. He carried his form to Cincinnati, where on Monday, he defeated No. 12 seed Diego Schwartzman to set a second-round clash with a fellow former Top 10 player, Kei Nishikori.

The pair has split eight FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings, with seven of those matches coming on hard courts. Nishikori scored a solid win over #NextGenATP Russian Andrey Rublev in the first round.

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Read & Watch: Shapovalov Fights For Edmund Win In Cincinnati
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 06:49:00 Z

Denis Shapovalov completed day three play at the Western & Southern Open with a highly entertaining second-round victory over British No. 14 seed Kyle Edmund. The Canadian recorded his 25th match win of the season, but didn’t have things all his own way in a 6-4, 7-5 win over one hour and 52 minutes on Tuesday night.

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Shapovalov was aggressive on return, with his backhand return often putting Edmund on the defensive in their sixth FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting of the past 18 months (Shapovalov leads 4-2). Edmund rallied from 0-4 down in second set, saved a match point on his own serve at 4-5 and then saved another three at 5-6, before Shapovalov converted his fifth match point opportunity with backhand volley.

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The 19-year-old Shapovalov will now challenge fellow Canadian Milos Raonic, the 2014 and 2016 semi-finalist, or Malek Jaziri, a lucky loser from Tunisia. Raonic knocked out Serbian qualifier Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-3 in the first round earlier in the day. Shapovalov beat Raonic 6-4, 6-4 in the Mutua Madrid Open third round in May and has never met Jaziri. 

Elsewhere, Germany’s Mischa Zverev will play fifth seed and defending champion Grigor Dimitrov in the second round after knocking out Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina 6-3, 6-4.

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Highlights: Federer Begins Cincinnati 2018 Campaign
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 06:16:53 Z
Watch highlights as seven-time champion Roger Federer begins his Western & Southern Open campaign against Peter Gojowczyk on Tuesday night. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: Peter Staples/ATP World Tour
Highlights: Shapovalov Beats Edmund At Cincinnati 2018
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 06:16:04 Z
Watch highlights as Denis Shapovalov needs five match points to beat Kyle Edmund on Tuesday at the Western & Southern Open. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
Grigor Dimitrov My Story
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 05:58:00 Z
'I felt like my shoulder was getting so heavy'. Grigor Dimitrov recounts his feelings in the closing stages of the 2017 Cincinnati final, where he won his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title, in this edition of My Story, delivered by FedEx.
Federer Fires In Summer Hard-Court Return
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 00:25:00 Z

Roger Federer’s first competitive outing in the American Midwest in three years is off to a flying start with the Swiss seeing off Peter Gojowczyk in the second round of the Western & Southern Open on Tuesday. In his first ATP World Tour event since turning 37 on 8 August, the seven-time champion needed just 72 minutes to defeat the German, 6-4, 6-4.

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The No. 2 seed had not played since squandering a match point in his Wimbledon quarter-final defeat to Kevin Anderson a month ago and admitted to feeling anxious about his US summer hard-court return. But despite a rusty opening service game, in which he rolled down two double faults to face a break point, the Swiss soon hit his straps. 

“I felt good in that first match, to be honest, walking out, hardly any nerves,” Federer said. “I think I knew what I wanted to do, what I had to do. Game plan is very simple. It's straightforward, it's fast-court tennis.

“I'm only feeling better every day that has gone by after Wimbledon. So it's nice to have played a match so my last match is not the Anderson match, so you've kind of turned the page, I guess, in that regard. It's a good thing.”

He served out the opening set 6-4 with a sublime serve-volley reaping the backhand volley winner. When Federer broke in the opening game of the second set he looked to be cruising, with a touch-volley winner edging him to 4-2.

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Saving his best point for the brink of defeat, Gojowzyck – who had defeated Joao Sousa in the first round – pulled off a smash passing shot on his way to holding for 3-4 but it would not distract Federer from the job at hand. He served it out to love to set a third-round meeting with Argentine Leonardo Mayer, an earlier 7-6(7), 6-4 winner over Andy Murray's conqueror, Lucas Pouille.

“I do believe usually it takes two or three matches to get going… like aiming for the lines, finding the rhythm on the serve, being able to serve very accurate, time and time again, getting used to the balls, how the ball flies,” Federer said. “That's why I'm always happy when I clear the first hurdle of any event, because it gives me an opportunity to actually play better the next time around.”

That’s an ominous warning for Mayer. Both prior FedEx ATP Head2Head clashes have gone Federer’s way on hard courts.

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Roger Federer has now won his past 11 matches in Cincinnati. The last man to defeat him was Rafael Nadal in the 2013 quarter-finals.
Nishikori vs Wawrinka: Cast Your Vote!
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 23:29:00 Z

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Fifth Annual Cincy Doubles Showdown Surprises Players, Entertains Fans
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 23:03:00 Z

The ATP World Tour doubles stars, including Jamie Murray, didn't see it coming. Not only were the fans who participated in the fifth annual Western & Southern Open Doubles Showdown on Monday enthusiastic in their support of the craft, but they also played some decent tennis.

“They were some good players that came out and showed us up a little bit. We weren't quite expecting that,” Murray said.

The pros and the recreational players had another good time in Cincinnati, promoting doubles and practising drills and tactics on court together. Wayne Bryan led the activities, and the rec players were alongside the players for much of the two-hour showdown.

“We got to get up close and personal with them so it was very, very awesome,” said Zakiya Kelly, 28, of metro Detroit, who was one of the participants.

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The pros enjoyed themselves, too. “Some of the best players in the world showing off their skills, so a good day for doubles, and we'll be back next year,” Mike Bryan said.

Most recreational players are doubles players, Horia Tecau reminded, so it's important for the pros to reach out to them.

“It's nice for them to see us all on the same court, doing some drills, some tricks. At this tournament, there are a lot of people coming to watch the doubles matches so it's nice to give them an experience to be close to us, play some drills with us. It's nice for them to see the skills that we do on the court, then appreciate it and to come and watch us more,” Tecau said.

Justin Hoyte of FC Cincinnati and ATP World Tour doubles players Murray, Bryan, Tecau, Jean-Julien Rojer, Nikola Mektic, Oliver Marach, Mate Pavic, Artem Sitak, Rajeev Ram, Robert Farah, Bruno Soares, Lukasz Kubot, Marcelo Melo and Juan Sebastian Cabal participated.

In the serious on-court doubles action, Mektic and his partner Alexander Peya advanced past Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta/Joao Sousa 6-3, 5-7, 11-9. Raven Klaasen/Michael Venus had an easier time against Frenchmen Richard Gasquet/Adrian Mannarino, advancing 6-1, 6-2 in only 50 minutes.

Home favourites Sam Querrey/Rajeev Ram beat compatriots Steve Johnson/Frances Tiafoe 7-6(2), 6-3, and Feliciano Lopez/Marc Lopez of Spain prevailed 6-7(11), 6-4, 10-8 against Karen Khachanov/Lucas Pouille.

Highlights: Kyrgios Saves 1MP; Sets Coric Clash
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 22:36:00 Z
Watch highlights as Nick Kyrgios saves match point to beat Denis Kudla at the Western & Southern Open. David Goffin and Hyeon Chung also advance. Photo credit: Peter Staples/ATP World Tour. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.
Risk & Reward, Nick Kyrgios Style
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 20:06:00 Z

After failing to convert three match points at 6/3 in a final-set tie-break, 2017 finalist Nick Kyrgios was faced with the prospect of a disappointing defeat on his return to the Western & Southern Open on Tuesday.

But, after missing his first serve down match point at 7/8, the Aussie produced fearless tennis to navigate his way out of danger. Kyrgios hit a 133mph second serve ace to extend the match and followed it up with a 137mph ace on the following point, before closing out a 6-7(2), 7-5, 7-6(9) win over Denis Kudla, on his sixth match point, after one hour and 58 minutes.

"[In my mind] I don't feel as if I can miss that serve again, so I just go for it," said Kyrgios. "It came off today, but obviously some days it's not going to work. But on days like today, obviously it got me the win.

"I have won a lot of matches doing that... It's high percentage for me. My serve is my best shot. It's high percentage to back myself and go for those serves under pressure. Sometimes you're going to lose, and most of the time, if you back yourself, you win the match."

The Brisbane International presented by Suncorp titlist improved to 20-9 at tour-level in 2018, avoiding a defeat which would have seen him drop 590 ATP Rankings points on 20 August. Kyrgios defeated David Goffin, Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer en route to his maiden ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final last year in Cincinnati.

"It's always good to get a win at a tournament that you know you did previously pretty well in... I'm just happy to get through," said Kyrgios.

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Despite struggling with his movement at times during the first-round encounter, Kyrgios hit 61 winners, including 39 aces, to record his seventh win in 10 matches at the Ohio-based event. The World No. 18 improved his FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Kudla to 2-0, having also won their only previous encounter at the 2015 BNP Paribas Open.

Kyrgios will face Gerry Weber Open titlist Borna Coric for a place in the third round. Coric won 83 per cent of service points and saved both break points he faced to cruise past Daniil Medvedev of Russia 6-2, 6-3 in 70 minutes.

Coric and Kyrgios are tied at 1-1 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, which includes their most recent encounter in Cincinnati. Two years ago, Coric defeated Kyrgios 7-6(2), 4-6, 7-6(6) in the Round of 32.

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After reaching his maiden tour-level final on clay at the 2015 Millennium Estoril Open, each of Nick Kyrgios' six tour-level final appearances have come at hard-court events.

Hot Shot: Kyrgios' Casual Tweener
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 18:47:00 Z
Watch Hot Shot as Nick Kyrgios breaks a backhand slice duel against Denis Kudla with a trademark tweener at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
Read & Watch: Goffin Overcomes Tsitsipas In Cincinnati
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 18:12:00 Z

David Goffin recorded his 10th hard-court victory of the season on Tuesday, beating Rogers Cup finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-5, 6-3 at the Western & Southern Open.

Having lost five of his past seven tour-level matches, including a quarter-final defeat to Tsitsipas at the Citi Open, Goffin posted a much-needed win after 86 minutes. The Nitto ATP Finals runner-up hit 21 winners and saved seven of eight break points to level his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against the #NextGenATP Greek at 2-2.

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Goffin was forced to save three consecutive set points at 4-5 (0/40) before closing out the set, on his fourth set point, two games later. After trading breaks early in the second set, the World No. 11 finished strongly, winning four consecutive games from 2-3 to book his place in the second round.

Tsitsipas, who also reached the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell final in April, drops to 30-20 at tour-level this year. The World No. 15 defeated four Top 10 opponents in consecutive matches at the Rogers Cup last week, before falling to Rafael Nadal in the championship match.

Goffin will meet Frenchman Benoit Paire for a third-round spot. Paire defeated David Ferrer 6-2, 6-2 on Monday.

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Hyeon Chung recorded his maiden victory in Cincinnati, extending Jack Sock's disappointing run of form with a 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 win. After losing on his debut in 2017, reigning Next Gen ATP Finals champion Chung recovered from a set down to beat the American in their first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting after one hour and 54 minutes. The South Korean won 70 per cent of first-serve points and 20 of 29 second-serve return points to advance.

Chung, who owns a 23-11 record at tour-level this season, handed Sock his eighth consecutive loss at tour-level. Although Sock's last tour-level singles victory came at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia on 13 May (d. Ferrer), the American has still enjoyed considerable success in doubles this season, winning four tour-level crowns across three surfaces.

Chung will meet Juan Martin del Potro in the second round. The Argentine rose to a career-high No. 3 in the ATP Rankings on Monday.

Rogers Cup semi-finalist Karen Khachanov recovered from a set down to beat Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 2-6, 6-3, 6-2. The 22-year-old Russian will meet American Sam Querrey in the second round.

Robin Haase also rallied from a set down to book his place in the second round, defeating Filip Krajinovic 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. The Rogers Cup quarter-finalist fired 11 aces and converted six of 12 break points en route to victory.

Marius Copil recorded a shock win, beating German Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-2 in 70 minutes. The Diema Xtra Sofia Open finalist will face seventh-seeded Marin Cilic in the second round.

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On April 2, Chung became the first player from South Korea to break into the Top 20 of the ATP Rankings. The reigning Next Gen ATP Finals champion has reached the quarter-finals or better at eight tour-level events this season.


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