6- Time Champion Roger Federer In Action Tonight In Cincinnati; Venus, Isner, Berdych Also Today
by Tom Gainey | August 18th, 2015, 10:53 am
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Roger Federer begins his summer swing tonight in Cincinnati against Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut. The Swiss, who hasn’t hit a ball since the Wimbledon final, is a 6-time champion at the event.

Federer is 3-0 in matches (8-0 in sets, 48-20 in games) against Roberto Bautista Agut going into their match at 7 pm on Center Court. Federer just turned 34 last week.

Also on the schedule are second-round matches featuring No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych and US Open champion No. 7 seed
Marin Cilic. Still seeking a place in the second-round are No. 9 seed Milos Raonic, No. 15 seed Kevin Anderson, and former Top 10 players Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Fernando Verdasco, who meet each other in the second match on Stadium 3.

Good friends and frequent doubles partners John Isner and Sam Querrey will play one another for the fifth time on the ATP World Tour today. Querrey leads his FedEx Head 2 Head 3-1 against the 11th-seeded Isner, most recently upsetting his fellow American 7-6(3), 7-6(2) in the 2015 Memphis quarter-finals. However, the 2013 Cincinnati finalist Isner has been the better player this summer, posting an 11-2 record across the North American hard courts of Atlanta (W), Washington (F) and Montréal (QF). Querrey is 2-2 over the same stretch. Isner and Querrey have been partners far more often than they’ve been opponents, teaming for at least two doubles tournaments each season since 2008. The Americans are 53-39 lifetime, winning the ATP Masters 1000 title at Rome in 2011 and an ATP World Tour 500 title at Memphis in 2010.

Borna Coric and Alexander Zverev, the youngest players in the Top 100 Emirates ATP Rankings will meet for the first time on the ATP World Tour. The 18-year-olds played once in singles on the ITF Junior Circuit, with Coric defeating Zverev 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 in the 2013 US Open semifinals. Coric went on to win the US Open title in the final tournament of his junior career, but he finished 2013 ranked No. 2 in the junior rankings behind Zverev. Now 38th and 85th respectively in the Emirates ATP Rankings, Coric (2014 Basel, 2015 Dubai) and Zverev (2014 Hamburg, 2015 Bastad) have each reached two ATP World Tour semi-finals. Coric is seeking his first win of the North American summer hard court circuit, while Zverev was a quarter-finalist in Washington and qualified for the Cincinnati main draw by beating No. 7 seed Benjamin Becker 6-4, 6-2 and No. 10 seed Denis Istomin 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

Women’s highlights today include Venus Williams against Ana Ivanovic, Washington champ Sloane Stephens takes on Miami finalist Carla Saurez Navarro and Lauren Davis meet Victoria Azarenka.

Yesterday, despite a lengthy rain delay many of the matches were completed. Mardy Fish collected his first win since his heart ailing crushing Viktor Troicki 62, 62.

“I was a little surprised at my level,” said Fish. “I hadn’t practised a ton or particularly well for a little while. I was struggling with my serve. A friend of mine came in a couple days and helped, but it was still sort of a struggle even yesterday to sort of find my serve. I was obviously real happy with the level.”

Fish will face Canadian Open champion Andy Murray on Wednesday.

Ivo Karlovic beat Gilles Simon, Jack Sock blew out Bjorn Frutangelo and young Aussies Bernard Tomic and Thanasi Kokkinakis were winners.

On the women’s side, Venus outlasted Zarina Diyas and Madison Keys upended No. 12 seed Timea Bacsinszky 6-4, 6-3.

“It was a lot to do with learning from what happened at the French Open,” Keys said. “I think at the French she was able to kind of get me with slices and higher balls and things like that.

“But tonight it was just really a big thing about patience and staying with her mentally.”

Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza and former US Open champion Sam Stosur also lost.

TUESDAY CINCINNATI SCHEDULE
CENTER start 11:00 am
WTA – [10] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs S. Stephens (USA)
ATP – [11] J. Isner (USA) vs S. Querrey (USA)

Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – [11] A. Kerber (GER) vs B. Bencic (SUI)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – R. Bautista Agut (ESP) vs [2] R. Federer (SUI)

Not Before 8:30 pm
WTA – V. Williams (USA) vs [6] A. Ivanovic (SRB)


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65 Comments for 6- Time Champion Roger Federer In Action Tonight In Cincinnati; Venus, Isner, Berdych Also Today

sienna Says:

where is breakdown and Sean prediction. This is the real Masterserie tournement.not some over rated 500 event.


Wog Boy Says:

God job Kokk, next one is Gasquet or your “former” mate Nick the Kid..


Wog Boy Says:

^^ “good” and not “god”


Tennis Vagabond Says:

What a loaded field this week. Very exciting, and great to have Fish back. He’s not the most exciting interview, but he sure is an exciting player when he’s on a streak.

Milos/Rafa is a big match for both. Only the winner will go into USO with a shot.

Then, other great early match ups: gasket (currently taking it to) Kyrgios – winner gets KKKK, Cornic/ Zverev, possibly Goffin/Tsonga 2nd round, Dmitrov/ Pospisil.

Plus, possible Stab/ Novak and Rafa/ Fed in quarters.

Love the Masters tourneys. No flotsam.


jalep Says:

Nick the Kid isn’t doing too well this match, WB.

Coric though, has taken the 1st set from A.Zverev.


Wog Boy Says:

jalep,

Yeah, I noticed that too, Gasquet is crashing Nick, I am watching Zverev and rooting for him but he is set behind:(


jalep Says:

Really like Zverev potential too, WB.

He’s just getting on a roll 2nd set ;)


jalep Says:

OH NO! Tennis channel is going to broadcast Isner Querrey and leave the Zverev v Coric match. Drat. was just settling in with my coffee.

That’s it. I’m seeking asylum in Canada.


Wog Boy Says:

He missed easy volley for the second break.


Wog Boy Says:

Come to Australia?:)


Wog Boy Says:

Coric positioning on return of serve is very similar to Rafa’s.


Wog Boy Says:

jaler, I am not trying to rub the salt in open wound, but these two are playing really nice tennis, joy to watch.


Wog Boy Says:

^^ jalep:(


Daniel Says:

My TV was showing Zverev Coric as well but now shifted to Verdasco x Tsonga. Would prefer to watch the end of the other match.


Wog Boy Says:

Daniel and jalep, come to Belgrade, they are showing Coric/Zverev in the pub I am at the moment..


Markus Says:

ESPN3 has the Zverev/Coric match.


Wog Boy Says:

I might be wrong, but this court doesn’t look too fast to me.


courbon Says:

Wog Boy, leave Monica Belucci to me-we are neighbours…stick to the Nicole Kidman, that is in your backyard.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Courbon i thought Eva Mendes was your personal favorite?….


courbon Says:

You are right Gypsy, but Monica is close third…


Wog Boy Says:

Courbon,
Monica is too old, besides I never liked Nicole Kidman. Either Monica Bellucci or “mutna i ‘ladna reka Morava”;)


jalep Says:

Did Sascha wink at Coric after hitting that ace to go up 3-0? I saw it.

Coric more a little better and more patient off the ground. At least they let me see the tb.

Coric wins it. Bye, Sascha…


Gypsy Gal Says:

So whos second your wife by any chance?….


Wog Boy Says:

^^ should say “to old for you” just right form:)

My man just lost:( not a good week for me:(


Wog Boy Says:

jalep,

Coric plays better defense, Zverev has to come closer to the base line and be more agressive, nice match.


Markus Says:

Interesting to watch two upcoming teenagers play against each other. I wasn’t too impressed. Too many errors by both. Coric may be a little bit better.


Wog Boy Says:

Courbon, if you are wondering where I watched the match it was “Kod Konja” beautiful evening, so many nice people are walking around…and my wife gave free night:)


jalep Says:

Dimitrov v Pospisil is in a 1st set tb. Maybe TC will show it because Querrey won finally?

Markus, I have Century Link and they don’t carry ESPN3 :/ travesty of justice. corporate bonkers.

Ah no, they will show Tsonga Verdasco.

WB… I wish!


Wog Boy Says:

^^^ This is it, I wan’t post anymore tonight, too many “Tuborgs” too many mistakes..


jane Says:

coric won! also querey beat isner in straight sets.
did anyone see the nick/gasquet match? quite the rout.


courbon Says:

Wog Boy: Hot August, mini skirts…there is no better view of ‘ Belgrade’ then Kod Konja….you lucky bastard.

Gypsy, second position is a secret…


Gypsy Gal Says:

Courbon ah come on your amongst friends ;-)….


jalep Says:

Agree WB. And Zverev did just that (came in closer) and played more confidently and aggressive in WaDC 2nd round match. He was wary and tentative today from what I saw in the last set and TB – reminded me of his 1st round match in WaDC.

Good win for Borna


Gypsy Gal Says:

Great tennis today,glad all the players are fit for this tournament….


jalep Says:

Just caught a bit of it, jane. Was busy and thought the match would last but it was over so quick – Gasquet Kyrgios match.

Forced to watch Verdasco v Tsonga but keeping track of Vasek. Dimitrov got the first set :/

Come on Vasek!


jalep Says:

Tsonga Verdasco is actually good. should add.


courbon Says:

Gypsy, it would be Christina Hendricks ( Mad Men )°.;;;
You leave wife out of those lists-it is a fantasy lists!


Gypsy Gal Says:

Courbon ive never heard of her,im not letting you men have all the fun,ill have to think of my top 3 men now,i think you know number 1 though lol….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Shes gorgeous just googled pictures,you tennis-x men have great taste in women….


jane Says:

absolutely nothing on t.v. here, jalep. : / i don’t have a really extended cable pckg right now because we watch so little t.v., but apparently our provider is supposed to be changing soon so that we can pick and choose more, which will be great. not even vasek’s on t.v., grrr. c’mon vashy!!


Daniel Says:

Christina “The Breast” Hendricks. Ginger bombshell. Very sexy lady.

Looks like Djoko’s deaw is oppening already😜
No Isner late, possibly no Tosnga R16.

Indeed Wog Boy, I was thinking the same yesterday, that court didn’l look as fast as in the past. Maybe os the dumo weather or they changed balls. It used to be pretty quick and low bouncing.


jane Says:

oh well, it’s not looking like popsicle’s day. : / so close and he had the break. darn it!


jalep Says:

jane, Vashy lost :/

It’s frustrating. Tried to pirate a stream like I used to and my laptop gave a virus warning and froze — too risky.

Verdasco wins, wow. Bye, Jo :/

That has to be all for me today.


courbon Says:

Daniel, she has big breast? Never noticed…


RZ Says:

@Jalep – for a match you were forced to watch, there are much worse possibilities than Verdasco vs Tsonga.


Daniel Says:

Raonic about to lose first set tiebreaker. Too many unforced errors for him and he is not able to do nothing in Lopez second serves, I thibk Lopez is 82% points won on those, more than his first serve points won.

But they usually go the distance, let’s see if Milos can force a third.


Daniel Says:

Roanoke having lower back massage on court. Oddly mine is hurting as well from yesterday workout. Too many deadlifts. I need a massage too;-)

This doesn’t look good for this tourney, don’t know even if he will be there toppled Nadal.


Daniel Says:

Raonoke?! crazy correcor LOl


Daniel Says:

Lopez to serve for the match now.

Cilic wins first set.


Daniel Says:

Roanoke with 2 consecutive first round exits no chance for US Open. He is currently #9 but looks like Ferrer won’t be ready for USO so Raonic will be #8 seed. Who ever gets him in Quarters gets an easy draw.

Right now I want Fed to get Kei (#4) for semis and Raonic (#8) in Quarters. That would be his best possible draw, with Murray in Djoko’s half, this way he only have to possibly face one of them in finals.


Markus Says:

Roanoke has taken huge backward steps since his foot problem. He is not even a fast mover to begin with. This lost generation is cursed.


Daniel Says:

Oh, this assuming Fed get back to #2 the week;-)


Daniel Says:

Yeah Markus, lost indeed. That’s why I think USO is not going to be as open as some think. Can’t see Ronic nor Kei nor Cilic taking it now. Wawa has to face Djoo and have a good showing there or even win to get a chance. To me it will be one of top 3, 50% Djoko, 30% Murray and 20% Fed. And that depends on Fed’s performance this week.


Markus Says:

Hopefully, Roger’s firat week will be studded with members of the Lost Generation.


Daniel Says:

Actually Markus, his second week has to be so;-)


jalep Says:

@RZ

Yeah, that’s why I amended that. It was a good match ;)

My edginess today was really down to USTA and Tennis Channel not being able to come to some sort of agreement = no WTA TC coverage for Cincy. There were some good matches today. Bencic v Kerber, in particular :/


Jock-KatH Says:

Fed’s match was scheduled too late for UK/Europe tennis fans to watch but can’t find any posts from TX North American posters??? There are glowing reports in the press – just wondered what you all thought……..?


Wog Boy Says:

JK,
I watched first set and it was nothing glowing in Rogers game, lucky for him the other player couldn’t take advantage of very rusty Roger. His first service percentage was ridiculously low, the only part of his game that clicked was return and that saved him in the first set, hasn’t seen second, fell asleep.


FedExpress Says:

what about the stat that he only lost one point on the 1st serve and didnt face any break point on his serve.yes his 1st serve % was low but he did what was expected. no need to peak in the 1st round.


Jock-KatH Says:

Thanks guys – Wog Boy – you falling asleep says it all.


Purcell Says:

Expected rust from Fed and got it, as he himself said in presser. Serve gradually came back in set 2. However, startled to see aggressive and intimidating tactic on BA’s second serve. Rushing in practically to the net for ROS. Bodo mentions this on er….ESPN?
Will he be able to continue with this tactic as he faces different opponents?


SG1 Says:

The tactic of attacking on ROS is just that…a tactic. It’s meant to keep an opponent honest on serve. He can get away with this tactic against a player who’s game doesn’t really trouble him like BA. Trying to do this consistently against Novak or Murray…very very tough (maybe even crazy). It’s a tactic you mix in once in a while so on a big point, the server has it in his mind that he can’t puff the 2nd ball in. Maybe it eventually draws some DF’s. Maybe Fed wins a point or two with the element of surprise. This however, isn’t a sustainable tactic against the upper echelon guys.


Purcell Says:

This is precisely what I meant.


Daniel Says:

Ball kid crushed a bug who was bothering hardy on court. They went laughing;-)


SG1 Says:

Purcell,

Yes. I’d expect Federer to continue doing this. It’s a solid tactic if used judiciously. Federer has to be careful about doing this though. Sometimes players are frustrated and try to get overly aggressive. The value of the tactic comes from knowing when to use and having the courage to use it on a point that matters.

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