Nadal, Zverev Open Play Wed In Cincinnati; Delpo Beats Berdych, Raonic Withdraws
by Staff | August 16th, 2017, 2:09 am
  • 56 Comments

Top seed Rafael Nadal is set to ascend to the No. 1 ranking on Monday, but before then he’s still working on the court. Nadal opens play Wednesday night in Cincinnati against Richard Gasquet. Nadal has won all 14 meetings with the French though they haven’t met since 2015 Basel.

With all the withdrawals including 7-time winner Roger Federer, Nadal is the only former champion in the field.

“Obviously it’s bad news for the event that Roger is not playing. For me personally obviously to be back to that position is something special,” Nadal said on Monday.

But he’s happy to be back at No. 1.

“A lot of things have happened since the last time I was in this spot. Injuries and some tough moments, of course, but I have held the passion and the love for the game, and that’s why I have the chance to be back in that position again. So I’m just trying to enjoy the moment and just trying to be ready to compete well here. That’s the most important thing for me now.”

Also on Wednesday, the streaking Alexander Zverev takes on American phenom Frances Tiafoe. Zverev has 10 straight matches, 11 straight in Masters events.

“I feel well on court. I feel very confident,” Zverev said. “Obviously, feeling good about my game as well. I won both first rounds in Washington and Montreal 7-6 in the third and then after that I haven’t lost a set the whole tournament.

“I think winning those kinds of matches helps as well. I really hope I don’t face 7-6 in the first round here again even though it’s kind of a good-luck charm. Would be nice to have a two-setter, maybe.”

Grigor Dimitrov faces Feliciano Lopez and Juan Martin del Potro is in action against American Mitchell Krueger.

Delpo advanced on Tuesday with a tough 3-6, 7-6(1), 6-0 over fellow 2-time Cincinnati semifinalist Tomas Berdych

“During the second set, in the end, I played my best tennis,” said del Potro. “I hit so sure with my forehand. I made good serves and I took all my chances to win… Mentally, I was strong enough to keep fighting and I think he got down after losing that second set. Then, when I broke his serve early in the third [set], my game started improving and I played much better than him.”

American Jared Donaldson continued his strong rise beating Roberto Bautista Agut. John Isner took out countryman Tommy Paul in the second round. But Jack Sock fell to Yuichi Sugita and David Ferrer bested Steve Johnson.

Nick Kyrgios was also an impressive straight set winner over David Goffin.

In other second round play, Domimic Thiem knocked out Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-2 while Ivo Karlovic upset Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 7-6(9)

Adding to the spate of withdrawals, Milos Raonic had to pull out of the event because of a left wrist injury.

“My wrist injury has not healed. I always play well in Cincinnati & will miss the great fans,” Raonic posted on social media.

With Raonic out, just 3 of the Top 10 are playing in the Cincinnati draw.

WEDNESDAY CINCINNATI SCHEDULE
CENTER start 11:00 am
ATP – [7] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs F. Lopez (ESP)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [9] V. Williams (USA) vs [Q] A. Barty (AUS)
ATP – [WC] F. Tiafoe (USA) vs [4] A. Zverev (GER)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – [1] K. Pliskova (CZE) vs [LL] N. Vikhlyantseva (RUS)

Not Before 8:30 pm
ATP – [1] R. Nadal (ESP) vs R. Gasquet (FRA)


You Might Like:
Roger Federer Withdraws From Cincinnati
Wimbledon Men’s Draw Preview: Djokovic With Federer, Raonic, Nishikori; Murray Looks Good
Zverev Beats Anderson for 4th 2017 Title at Washington
2016 Finalist Milos Raonic Withdraws From Indian Wells
Alexander Zverev Found His US Open Loss To Borna Coric Very Upsetting

Don't miss any tennis action, stay connected with Tennis-X

Get the FREE TX daily newsletter

56 Comments for Nadal, Zverev Open Play Wed In Cincinnati; Delpo Beats Berdych, Raonic Withdraws

skeezer Says:

Good win by Delpo.
Nobody is safe playing against Dr. Ivo.


Humble Rafa Says:

This year’s tournament will be won by Dopey Cheatopova and Healthy Humble.

One is good for tennis, other is not.


SG1 Says:

Shriekapova…Screamapova…fine. Cheatapova…I’m not really buying it.

Anyway, she won’t win anything more at this point in her career. There are too many good young players in the mix.

As for who is good for tennis and who’s not, that’s debatable. Rafa’s game isn’t exactly easy on the eyes and it’s damned hard on the body. I really like Rafa. Of this generation of players, he’s they guy I generally pull for. But, it would make me cringe to see 7 and 8 year old kids running around with borderline Western grips hitting reverse forehand after reverse forehand. The other issue I have with Rafa is that he’s not so humble as he initially appeared. Back in the mid 00′s, you never heard him say a word. He just went out there and competed like no one ever has. These days, there’s a lot of stuff he says that sound suspiciously “excuse-like”.


SG1 Says:

Wouldn’t surprise me if Zverev won the USO this year…unless Fed was playing possum in Montreal (which I seriously doubt).


Daniel Says:

DelPo x Dimi will play R16, with the winner potentially the favorite to reach finals if Zverev is spent.


Daniel Says:

Kyrgios also winning first set. Maybe seeing Zvreve and Thiem outshining him, will trigger something in him to be able to reach his full potential. Suddenly he may find a new love for tennis.
That would be great, if he start delivering.

What all this guys have to see is that next 3 and half months is a huge oportunity. With no Djoko, Wawa, Kei, possibly no Cilic, Murray, Raonic not as good as he was last year, Berdy and Tsonga on a down road, is a huge chance for the young ones.

Even Tomic should get slap in the face by somebody and wake the F up.


BBB Says:

I find myself rooting for Kyrgios. Go figure.


Okiegal Says:

Sasha and Francis…. a set a piece. Z looking tired atm. Should be an interesting 3rd set. We will see….


Daniel Says:

As expected, Zverev is already thinking in USO and some 13 days rest.


Daniel Says:

Muller just lost, so Nadal path to the tile will be: Gasquet, Ramos-Violas, Kyrgios/Karlovic, Thiem/Querrey and DelPo/Dimi final.

Very winnable, can’t see him losing before QF. But from there on he may face players he already lost before: Kyrgios, Query and DelPo.


SnotNosedKid Says:

Humble Rafa Says:
“This year’s tournament will be won by Dopey Cheatopova and Healthy Humble.

One is good for tennis, other is not.”

——————————————————————————–

Cheatapova good for tennis? How?


Andrew Miller Says:

Tiafoe ousts Alex Zverev. Tiafoe’s overdue, a good win for him in front of a USA crowd over the consensus leader/star of the next generation of excellent ATP players/stars. Jared Donaldson also pulled out another win, which is great.


rognadfan Says:

Ok, the arogant ‘humble Rafa’ needs to remember that he got a cupcake draw with handle, but there is high chance he will choke on either the handle or the paper wrap.


Humble Rafa Says:

I am not touching hot plates this week. I am not walking under short roofs (Wimbledon, I remember what you did to my head). Lot of things I am not doing to stay healthy unlike the swooshes who are quitting.

Everyone is getting injured.


Willow Says:

SG1 While i agree with what your saying to an extent, Rafa has to stomach enough negativity from the naysayers, here, there and everywhere, and i will admit he does say and do things that get up even my nose at times, and as for the humble bit he was quite testy in his interview after losing to Shapovalov last week, and he was crucified for that, so hes damned if he does and damned if he doesnt, please dont lay it on too thick he aint perfect, but he does his best ….


Markus Says:

Cupcake draws and luck do not apply when it comes to Rafa. Those are reserved only for Federer.


Willow Says:

A Draw is a draw, Nadal / Federer/ Djokovic whomever, are not responsible for the draws, or the way they pan out, and it aint their faults if other players are injured, its such a pointless tedious subject ….


J-Kath Says:

SG1:

Not convinced that any of the “young” players have the stamina for 5-setters yet. Likely to be Fed. or Rafa.


madmax Says:

Willow Says:
A Draw is a draw, Nadal / Federer/ Djokovic whomever, are not responsible for the draws, or the way they pan out, and it aint their faults if other players are injured, its such a pointless tedious subject ….

August 17th, 2017 at 8:30 am

Willow, you have to admit, occasionally you have really been negative about the draws, but please, after this statement, don’t talk about cup cake draws for Federer.

This is a complete walk in the park for Rafa. No question. This masters tournament is a joke at best.


madmax Says:

Markus Says:
Cupcake draws and luck do not apply when it comes to Rafa. Those are reserved only for Federer.

August 17th, 2017 at 7:57 am

Funny Markus. I get tired of hearing about these cupcake draws. This is the weakest range of players and if Rafa does not win this, well, nothing more on the matter.

He is one lucky boy.


Willow Says:

Madmax come on, im one of the first to defend Federer, and i dont believe ive said anything about cup cake draws, the post above is a generalisation, i just defend my favorite too sometimes ….


Willow Says:

Fed cant be at fault anymore than Nadal jeez ….


Willow Says:

I Dont believe i once said last week that Federer had a cup cake draw …..


skeezer Says:

Cupcake draws started with t4t, aka hawkeye wants to blame Feds draws as “lucky”.
If we use those parameters then Rafa’s draw is not cupcake size, its wedding cake size, with sparkling lit candles spelling “lucky” on top.


Willow Says:

I Think my post above was pretty neutral, nothing that couldnt be considered as being objective, maybe others should try it pftt ….


Markus Says:

Willow, everybody here knows you love Nadal but you have never been biased as to invoke the cupcake and luck arguments when Federer wins. You have regularly congratulated Roger without any coloration like his other fans do.


Willow Says:

Thankyou Markus ….


rognadfan Says:

“A draw is a draw. Period”. In reality no cupcake draws. But people have been chanting “cupcake”, ‘fixed’ and what not draws all over TX when it comes to Federer. So, I just wanted to provide some sarcastic taste of their own medicine to them.

Nothing against the Rafael Nadal, the beast. As someone (also lefty) who wants approach the game like him,I love watching him play.

But That said, this year’s cincy surely lacks several of the top guys. So, obviously a tournament with relatively weaker field. Takes nothing away from anyone though.

For Rafa, if you start with the metaphor of a cupcake, his performance in lot of matches post- 2014 can be described as ‘choking on the cake’s paper’.
You can’t deny that. Like Muller in Sapovalov, Muller to name the latest two. I expected both of those matches to be very straight forward, with not much competition; certainly to the point we witnessed. Yes, Muller was playing great on grass and he is left with an accurate serve. But Rafa was playing awesome too and it was already the 4th round; a lot of grass had died by then. And he returns 1000 times better than Muller. How did he choke on that.

Shapovalov may be was just an unknown that caught him by surprise + it’s a hard court, pretty fast, and Shapovalov too happened to be lefty (trust me right handers, even lefty guys don’t want to play with lefty. Not because your FH goes to their FH but, the spins that comes out from the other side make it awkward). So, I thought in Montrael Rafa could give himself a break for losing (ironically he was most upset there, may be because Shapovalov was >100 ranked on paper?). But Wimby? I think he should’ve been much more upset there.


Willow Says:

My earlier post which Madmax answered actually saw things from the angles of both sets of fans, which was what is still continuing to irritate me, i might of said last week about the second semi between Zverev and Shapavolov being shown later was unfair, as upposed to Federes being shown so much earlier, BUT THAT IS ALL ….


Willow Says:

^Furthur more Markus thankfully got it, but with others it fell on deaf ears, not everyone whos a Nadal fan is actually some biased Federer hater, and YES, YES, YES, i know that works the other way around too, but some choose to believe otherwise, SILLY, SILLY FORUM ….


t4t Says:

Don’t forget guys and gals, skeezer brazenly claimed Cincy is the fastest court despite even the link he posted proving otherwise. So no surprise that he now once again blatantly disregards facts and would have us believe that it is Nadal who is lucky, not Fed. Ha ha ha! Hilarious!!!!!


Markus Says:

Yes indeed, Willow, “SILLY, SILLY FORUM” and we all know who make it so. It’s the same people who do it in virtually every comment they post in here. And they think they are funny because they even laugh at their own post.


Markus Says:

…and they are very sensitive, they get so hurt when somebody calls them what they really are like you called them once, “stupid”.


Margot Says:

Sorry all you folks with a sweet tooth but I’d quite like to ban “cup cakes.” And sorry all you animal lovers but “GOATS” would be on my list too. And sorry to all you who work out, but “weak era” would have to go too.
There yo’ all….see it’s easy….peace has now broken out on tennisx! ;)


skeezer Says:

Hawkeye,
LOL coming from the “it” that was pushing “lucky” and “cupcake draw”. Now the fact that THIS draw is your definitive description of it you don’t want to talk about it. Why? It’s like trying to argue the “weak era” lol. You can’t.


J-Kath Says:

Hawkeye? Isn’t he the friend who beams when he calls the ball out?


Truth Says:

Roddick claims that the Roddick era was a strong era compared to the Djoker/Nadal era. Hey, if you believe Roddick, why do you avoid any mention of Roddick?
If you think you ” real Murray and Fed fanatics” are all about love and positive comments, then, hahahaha to you. Fed and Roddick are the biggest smarmy haters of the jealous weak era., and Roddick couldn’t even compete with journeymen on fast courts, let alone on clay.


Truth Says:

Fed fan was the one that barked “cupcake draw” every time Djoker played.


skeezer Says:

Looks like Nick will take down Dr Ivo…


t4t Says:

Markus @10.26 am
Thank you Markus for confirming that Willow did call me stupid. She brazen facedly denied it but I did not labor the point as her post was there for all to see. Now dear Markus has voluntarily stepped forward and proved that Willow is no fan of Verity( to put it euphemistically!)
Thank you once again Markus!.


t4t Says:

Willow is very negative and complains in almost every post. She projects herself as a victim while actually bullying others. She called me stupid and called this forum silly, silly!
It further appears from her posts that she wants to curry favor with fans of other stars so she discounts Nadal and attacks objective posters like me as well as loyal Nadal fans like Giles. Pathetic!


skeezer Says:

Nadal out. Cupcake draws aren’t for everyone. So much for being #1.
Mighty Nick so unpredictable. When he wants to compete, he can compete with the best. Too bad his attitude isn’t as good as his talent.


Daniel Says:

So, Kyrgios is the GOAT, only player to not have a losing HxH with Big 3;-)

- 1-1 HxH with Federer
- 2-2 HxH with Nadal
- 2-0 HxH with Djoko


J-Kath Says:

Daniel:

Presume you know Murray has a winning H2H with Kyrios – in fact if I’m not mistaken its 5-0.


Margot Says:

Tsk! tsk! Daniel. Short term memory loss?……;
Skeeze: TBF to Naughty Nick, he’s had a load of injuries.
Kath: Re Andy at USOpen. Do hope he’s being a “wise virgin” and not a “foolish” one. And hope he gets the cup cakeiest draw EVER!


skeezer Says:

“And hope he gets the cup cakeiest draw EVER!”
Lol Margot!

“…attacks objective posters like me..”
Oh man..just spewed my coffee out on my shirt and laughed at the same time. Trust me, it doesn’t work.


J-Kath Says:

Margot: “Cup cakeiest draw”, my dear? Ouch! Cat’s ass close to fire – 100 lines coming up for Andy: “Must listen to Mummy in future”…


Giles Says:

t4t. Absolutely spot on.


Daniel Says:

I know J-K and Margot, that’s why I didn’t include Murray and said only Big 3, just for the fun of the comment. Since Fedalkovic fans are the ones who mention GOAT back and forth more often, me included;-)

Murray, as always, handles the tall big serves the best: Isner, Karlovic, Cilic, Raonic, DelPo, and others.


t4t Says:

skeezer @ 11:10 pm says ….”Cupcake draws aren’t for everyone”.
Thank you skeezer for agreeing with me. They are reserved for Fed.


t4t Says:

skeezer says I am an electronic line calling device. So what is he? The net cord? Lucky net cord?


Truth Says:

Frauderer lost a lot but the Kool Aid drinkers like pretending that he was injured and elderly since 2008.
He was no number 1 legend or authentic sweetheart, and he knew no real tennis fan was fooled.
Roddickgirl and Hewitt faded into obscurity in 2005, but Djoker & Nadal “outlasted” angel Fed.
Rusty was mowing his lawn for real because he was kicked out of tourneys so often.
Fed had trouble staying #1 because he couldn’t do much on clay & most everyone were injured.
In 2006, an unbanned Roddick was called a tennis hero, for being a walkover to Fed. Not anymore.
Lies can’t save Fed now.
In 2017, most of the top 10 were injured and Djoker was both injured & castrated by his brother and “guru”.
Fed fans creamed their panties when Kyrgios beat a down and out Djoker but then Kyrgios suddenly earned their “respect” when beating their god. So fake…


Willow Says:

t4t me currying favour lol that will certainly be the day, you were not actually here when i have had some rather unsavory posts in my direction from that Novak fan base,and his fellow fans joining together, i wont name names as they are not here at the moment, and where did i attack you personally pray tell ? what i was doing was defending myself when Madmax claimed i said something i didnt about the draws,as i dont believe in cup cake draws, i believe you can only beat whos in front of you, and that goes for all the players, and its certainly not Rafas fault that players are injured or missing ….


Willow Says:

I Play the victim when its me doing the bullying, and im trying to curry favour with the fans of other players, how can i curry favour if im a bully, hmm strange one that ?


Leave Your Comment [guidelines]

Top story: Dzumhur Wins 1st ATP Title for Bosnia and Herzegovina at St. Petersburg