There may not be any Americans in the Top 10 this week (again), but the U.S. players are off to a good start at the Cincinnati Tennis Masters thus far.
Andy Roddick, who’s been fighting a mild strain of mono, fended off Sergiy Stakhovsky in three sets last night 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-1. It wasn’t pretty but for Roddick, who now ranks No. 13, a win is a win. He now takes on Thiemo de Bakker on Wednesday with a chance at Robin Soderling Thursday.
“He’s certainly capable of hitting big serves and shots, it’s just a matter of not playing the loose games,” Roddick said of de Bakker. “I think that’s the difference, or it has been the difference the two times we’ve played. He’s certainly can hit the ball big, and he’s certainly a very dangerous opponent.”
Sam Querrey has had an up-and-down summer. Yesterday was a decidedly up day after he pounded Phillip Petzschner 6-1, 6-4. Taylor Dent opened with an impressive win over Feliciano Lopez, and his reward is top seed Rafael Nadal tomorrow. Robby Ginepri was also a late-night winner in three sets over Somdev Dewarman as the red, white and blue went 4-0 on Monday.
Today, after missing Toronto to rest his shoulder, John Isner returns against Lukas Kubot at night. James Blake opens the day against Denis Istomin (winner to play Roger Federer), Mardy Fish meets Gilles Simon and Donald Young will be the heavy underdog against Ernests Gulbis.
Also Tuesday, No. 7 Tomas Berdych is the highest seed in action, he’ll play Paul-Henri Mathieu.
Some other matches of interest: Mikhail Youhzny v. Richard Gasquet, David Nalbandian v. Ivan Ljubicic, Marcos Baghdatis v. Tomaz Bellucci.
Matches will be televised on the Tennis Channel today and tomorrow in the U.S.
TUESDAY CINCINNATI SCHEDULE
STADIUM start 11:00 am
[Q] D Istomin (UZB) vs [WC] J Blake (USA)
Not Before 1:00 PM
G Simon (FRA) vs [WC] M Fish (USA)
P Mathieu (FRA) vs  T Berdych (CZE)
Not Before 7:00 PM
J Isner (USA) vs L Kubot (POL)
[WC] R Ram (USA) / B Reynolds (USA) vs R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK)
GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
[Q] A Falla (COL) vs  G Monfils (FRA)
R Gasquet (FRA) vs  M Youzhny (RUS)
M Baghdatis (CYP) vs T Bellucci (BRA)
L Hewitt (AUS) vs Y Lu (TPE) – Possible Court Change
Not Before 7:00 PM
 I Ljubicic (CRO) vs D Nalbandian (ARG)
COURT 3 start 11:00 am
H Zeballos (ARG) vs P Kohlschreiber (GER)
M Llodra (FRA) vs J Benneteau (FRA)
E Gulbis (LAT) vs [WC] D Young (USA)
T Bellucci (BRA) / M Melo (BRA) vs F Lopez (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) – After appropriate rest
COURT 4 start 11:00 am
N Almagro (ESP) / J Tipsarevic (SRB) vs F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK)
[Q] F Mayer (GER) vs J Chardy (FRA)
Not Before 2:00 PM
[WC] R Ginepri (USA) / R Sweeting (USA) vs T Robredo (ESP) / R Stepanek (CZE)
W Moodie (RSA) / D Norman (BEL) vs R Lindstedt (SWE) / H Tecau (ROU)
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