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Nadal Withdraws From Cincinnati

  • Posted: Aug 12, 2019

Nadal Withdraws From Cincinnati

Spaniard won his 35th ATP Masters 1000 title in Montreal

Rafael Nadal’s chase for a 36th ATP Masters 1000 title will have to wait. The Spaniard pulled out of the Western & Southern Open on Sunday, citing fatigue after winning his record-extending 35th Masters 1000 title earlier at the Coupe Rogers in Montreal.

Nadal beat Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-0 to record more history at the Canadian Masters 1000. It was the fifth time (2005, 2008, 2013, 2018) the World No. 2 has hoisted the trophy in Canada.

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The 33-year-old leads the ATP Tour in wins this season with 41 (41-6) and is in first place in the ATP Race To London, an indicator who will finish year-end No. 1. Nadal has three tour-level titles this year (Rome, Roland Garros). He is next scheduled to compete at the season’s fourth and final Grand Slam, the US Open, which begins 26 August.

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Kyrgios, Felix Begin Cincy Stays On Monday; View Preview & Schedule

  • Posted: Aug 12, 2019

Kyrgios, Felix Begin Cincy Stays On Monday; View Preview & Schedule

Aussie looking to recreate his 2017 run to the final

Nick Kyrgios will be pulling double duty at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, which, if you’re looking for a positive superstition, is a good thing for his singles chances.

Kyrgios also played singles and doubles at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C., and although he and Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, his Cincy partner as well, fell in their opener, Kyrgios went onto win his second ATP 500 title of the season (Acapulco) in the U.S. capital.

The Aussie remains in friendly U.S. territory this week as it was only two years ago when Kyrgios made the ATP Masters 1000 final in Cincinnati (l. to Dimitrov). He’ll try to start another memorable run against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego in their first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting.

The 24-year-old Italian, however, is having his best season. He cracked the Top 50 of the ATP Rankings earlier this month and won his first ATP Tour title in June at the Turkish Airlines Open Antalya (d. Kecmanovic). This will be Sonego’s first hard-court match since March in Miami.

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#NextGenATP Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime will miss the home support he received at the Coupe Rogers in Montreal last week, but the 19-year-old likely will be pleased to have the spotlight on someone else in Ohio. Auger-Aliassime made the third round of his home Masters 1000 event (l. to Khachanov).

He’ll look to begin a new winning streak against #NextGenATP Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic in what could be a preview of what fans could see at the Next Gen ATP Finals, to be held 5-9 November in Milan.

Auger-Aliassime (second) and Kecmanovic (seventh) are both inside the top eight of the ATP Race To Milan, which will determine seven of the eight players who compete at the 21-and-under event. The eighth position is reserved for an Italian wild card.

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Other notable matches include Andy Murray beginning his singles comeback after four weeks of doubles success. The Brit meets Richard Gasquet for the 12th time in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series (Murray leads 8-3).

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Twelfth seed Borna Coric faces big-serving American Reilly Opelka in the final match on Centre Court, and 14th seed Marin Cilic, the 2016 champion (d. Murray), will look to kickstart another successful week in Cincinnati against Moldovan Radu Albot.

Schedule – 12 August 2019 Monday
CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am

WTA Match
WTA Match
[WC] Andy Murray (GBR) vs [PR] Richard Gasquet (FRA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA Match

Not Before 8:30 pm
[WC] Reilly Opelka (USA) vs [12] Borna Coric (CRO)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
[14] Marin Cilic (CRO) vs Radu Albot (MDA)
[Q] Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB) vs Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN)
WTA Match

Not Before 7:00 pm
Nick Kyrgios (AUS) vs Lorenzo Sonego (ITA)

Not Before 8:30 pm
WTA Match

View the remainder of Monday’s schedule here.

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Isner Finds A Break… Just In Time

  • Posted: Aug 12, 2019

Isner Finds A Break… Just In Time

American looking to reach second #ATPMasters1000 final of the season

John Isner broke at exactly the right time on Sunday to start his Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. The 13th seed broke Dusan Lajovic for the first time as the Serbian served to stay in the match at 5-6 in the third set and advanced 7-6(3), 1-6, 7-5 at the season’s seventh ATP Masters 1000 tournament.

Lajovic had saved all four break points prior to that. Isner, the 2013 finalist and 2017 semi-finalist, hit 27 aces and won 80 per cent (59/74) of his first-serve points.

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The top-ranked American will next meet the winner between Spanish qualifier Pablo Carreno Busta and Frenchman Gilles Simon.

#NextGenATP Aussie Alex de Minaur improved to 3-1 against Italy’s Marco Cecchinato in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series with a 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-2 win. The BB&T Atlanta Open champion will next meet the winner between American Reilly Opelka and 12th seed Borna Coric of Croatia.

“These wins are often the ones that count the most,” De Minaur said. “To be able to come back from not playing my best tennis and turn it around… I’m really happy to get the win.”

In doubles, seventh seeds Henri Kontinen/John Peers escaped past Felix Auger-Aliassime/Matteo Berrettini 7-6(5), 2-6, 10-4, and fifth-seeded Frenchmen Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut advanced past Croatians Nikola Mektic/Franko Skugor 6-3, 6-7(6), 12-10.

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Nadal Passes Djokovic For Top Spot In ATP Race To London

  • Posted: Aug 12, 2019

Nadal Passes Djokovic For Top Spot In ATP Race To London

Spaniard lifts his 35th ATP Masters 1000 title in Montreal

If the ATP Tour calendar is a racetrack, the best tennis players in the world are more than halfway to the finish line. But two superstars have pulled away from the pack in pursuit of first place. And on Monday, Rafael Nadal will pass Novak Djokovic for the lead in the ATP Race To London, giving him the edge in the battle for the year-end No. 1 ATP Ranking.

Nadal captured his record-extending 35th ATP Masters 1000 title on Sunday with a straight-sets victory against Daniil Medvedev at the Coupe Rogers, giving him 1,000 points in the Race, which will move him 500 points ahead of second-placed Djokovic. 

“I am never too confident. I always respect every situation and every opponent,” Nadal said. “That’s why I’m always putting my 100 per cent attention.”

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If the 33-year-old advances to the final of the Western & Southern Open, he will hold onto the top spot regardless of Djokovic’s efforts in Cincinnati, where the Serbian is the defending champion. It has been an exciting back-and-forth battle all year between the two legends of the sport, and the tension will only build as the season continues forward.

If Nadal finishes the season atop the ATP Rankings, he will tie Djokovic, Roger Federer and Jimmy Connors for the second-most year-end No. 1 finishes in history behind only Pete Sampras (6). Djokovic, however, is trying to match Sampras’ record.

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 Pete Sampras  6
 Jimmy Connors  5
 Novak Djokovic  5
 Roger Federer  5
 Ivan Lendl  4
 John McEnroe  4
 Rafael Nadal  4

What’s most important to Nadal is that after some early-season health struggles, he is healthy and playing good tennis, as evidenced by his performance in Montreal. The lefty has made at least the semi-finals in his past eight tournaments.

“I am healthy for a while. Since Madrid I think I have been improving in all terms, especially on the body. The body is feeling better,” Nadal said. “That makes me play better, too, because my mind is focused on tennis, not thinking about if I can do this thing or another thing.”

Nadal finished his run in Canada in exceptionally strong form, winning eight of the final nine games against Medvedev. The Spaniard knew that the Russian had shown a high level all week, making the final without dropping a set. So Nadal, as always, kept his foot on the gas.

“In this sport you are never under full control. Things change very quickly. When you play against almost every player, when you play Masters 1000s, every single match is tough. Everybody has the potential to cause problems and everybody is dangerous,” Nadal said. “Even if you are winning, especially today I was winning 6-3, 4-0, I know I have an advantage, but of course I cannot be 100 per cent calm knowing that I [am] going to win the match.”

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The 83-time tour-level titlist enjoyed the atmosphere, too, as the Montreal fans showed their love for Nadal from the moment he arrived. It is his third victory in Montreal, and his fifth in Canada.

“Every single place has a different atmosphere, different feeling. Every place is special by itself. But honestly here, I think they are very passionate about the sport. They are very passionate about tennis,” Nadal said. “I always felt when I have been playing here, [there has] always an unbelievable atmosphere out here, full crowd. That’s so important for our sport and for me personally.”

Nadal won his first hard-court title at 2005 Montreal, defeating Andre Agassi in the final. And one thing has remained a constant for him in this city: his driver, Jacque.

“He is not only a good luck charm, [he] is a great man. I am super happy when I see him, always,” Nadal said. “We know each other since a long time. It’s great to have him around.”

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Rogers Cup: Rafael Nadal crushes Daniil Medvedev to win fifth title in Canada

  • Posted: Aug 12, 2019

Rafael Nadal retained his Rogers Cup title with a dominant victory over Russia’s Daniil Medvedev.

Spaniard Nadal, an 18-time Grand Slam champion, wrapped up a 6-3 6-0 win in one hour 10 minutes in Montreal for his fifth Canadian crown.

Victory secured his 35th Masters 1,000 tournament win and it marked the first time he has defended a non-clay title.

“I think I played a solid match. It was my best match of the week without a doubt,” said 33-year-old Nadal.

“It’s so important to be back on hard courts and to win a big title. It’s just about enjoying this one.”

Eighth seed Medvedev spurned a break point in the opening game of the match and was made to pay for his missed opportunity when he lost his serve as Nadal went 3-1 up.

The remainder of the first set stayed on serve, with world number two Nadal once again surviving a break point.

But Medvedev, who beat two top 10 players on his way to the final, lost his way in a second set in which he made four double faults, sending a backhand long on Nadal’s first match point.

In total, world number nine Medvedev committed 22 unforced errors throughout the match.

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Nadal Leads Medvedev In Montreal Final

  • Posted: Aug 11, 2019

Nadal Leads Medvedev In Montreal Final

Spaniard going for third tour-level title of the season

Rafael Nadal is one set away from a record-extending 35th ATP Masters 1000 title. The Spaniard leads Daniil Medvedev 6-3 on Sunday at the Coupe Rogers, breaking the Russian in the fourth game when Medvedev double faulted.

The first-time finalist was matching Nadal from the baseline in the early going, teasing the crowd with gut-busting rallies of 24 shots and 32 shots in the opening game. But Nadal found his way to net more often as the set progressed (8/10), striking high and heavy forehands in windy conditions, and he benefitted from the slightest dip in level from Medvedev.

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The World No. 8 and Nadal are facing off for the first time in the final of the season’s sixth Masters 1000 tournament. Nadal, a four-time champion (2005, 2008, 2013, 2018), is looking to win his third tour-level title of the year and his first hard-court crown of the season.

Medvedev is going for his second ATP Tour title of the year and his fifth overall (4-4). If Medvedev can come back, he’d become the ninth player to win a maiden Masters 1000 title during the past 20 events in the series.

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Rogers Cup: Bianca Andreescu wins title as Serena Williams retires injured

  • Posted: Aug 11, 2019

Serena Williams retired with a back injury in the final of the the Rogers Cup in Toronto, handing the title to Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu.

Williams, 37, was left in tears after suffering back spasms as 19-year-old Andreescu comforted her courtside.

The American was a break down at 1-3 in the first set when she withdrew.

“I’m sorry I couldn’t do it today, I tried,” said the 23-time Grand Slam champion. “It’s been a tough year, but we’ll keep going.”

Andreescu, who won her first WTA title at Indian Wells earlier this year, becomes the first Canadian to win the Rogers Cup women’s singles title since 1969.

“Serena, you made me cry. I know how it is to pull out of tournaments, it’s not easy,” she said.

“This wasn’t the way I expected to win. You are truly a champion. I’ve watched you win so many times, you are truly a champion on and off the court.

“I’m speechless right now. This has been a dream come true.”

Williams’ only previous retirement in a singles final came at the Rogers Cup in 2000 – the year Andreescu was born.

Williams was seeking to win her first title since returning to competition in 2018 after the birth of her daughter.

The US Open, where Williams will hope to win her 24th Grand Slam title, starts on 26 August.

She reached the Wimbledon final last month – losing to Simona Halep – but struggled with a knee injury earlier in the year.

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Murray adds Zhuhai and Beijing events to singles plans

  • Posted: Aug 11, 2019

Former world number one Andy Murray is to step up his return to singles by playing events in Zhuhai and Beijing.

The Briton will make his singles return at this week’s Cincinnati Masters – seven months after fearing he might have to retire.

He has added the tournaments in China in September and October to his schedule but has not committed to playing singles at the US Open.

The final major of 2019 starts on 26 August in New York.

The tournament in Zhuhai starts on 23 September, with the Beijing event the following week.

“As I look to play more singles events later in the year, I’m happy to announce I’ll be playing at the inaugural Zhuhai Championships,” Murray said.

The Scot broke down in tears at a news conference at the Australian Open in January as he discussed a hip injury that looked likely to end his career.

The three-time Grand Slam winner had a resurfacing operation later that month and returned to doubles action in June.

He has since said he is pain free and feels the time is right to return to singles.

Murray’s last singles match was a five-set loss to Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in Melbourne.

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Nadal gets walkover to reach Montreal final against Medvedev

  • Posted: Aug 11, 2019

Rafael Nadal reached the final of the Rogers Cup without playing a shot after Gael Monfils withdrew from their semi-final with an ankle injury.

Monfils had been hoping to face Spain’s world number two some five hours after completing a rain-delayed quarter-final against Roberto Bautista Agut.

But the Frenchman hurt his ankle in that 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7-2) win and had to withdraw from the Montreal tournament.

Nadal will plays Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in Sunday’s final.

Sixth seed Medvedev beat compatriot Karen Khachanov 6-1 7-6 (8-6).

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Williams to face Andreescu in Toronto final

  • Posted: Aug 11, 2019

Serena Williams beat qualifier Marie Bouzkova to set up a Rogers Cup final in Toronto against Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu.

Bouzkova started strongly before being overpowered 1-6 6-3 6-3 by 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams.

Andreescu beat American Sofia Kenin 6-4 7-6 (7-5) in the other semi-final and is the first Canadian woman to reach the final of the tournament since 1969.

“I just felt like crying after because I’m just so happy,” she said.

Czech Bouzkova, 21, had said before the match she would be playing her idol but she showed no signs of being intimidated, in what was her first WTA semi-final appearance, and took the first set 6-1.

Williams admitted she had to “make some adjustments, mostly mentally,” after that first set.

She will now be seeking to win her first title since returning to competition in 2018 after the birth of her daughter when she faces Andreescu on Sunday.

The 19-year-old, competing for the first time since withdrawing from the French Open with a shoulder injury, won her maiden WTA title at Indian Wells in March.

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