Rafael Nadal Rolls Past Gasquet; Tired Zverev Ousted By Tiafoe; Dimitrov-Delpo Thurs
by Staff | August 17th, 2017, 1:29 am
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Top seed Rafael Nadal maintained his dominance over Richard Gasquet Wednesday night in Cincinnati cruising to a 6-3, 6-4 victory, his 15th straight over the Frenchman.

Nadal, the lone former champion in the field, returns Thursday night to face countryman Albert Ramos Vinolas.

“I work every day to play better. It’s obvious that was an important start for me, a good one. Now I have another opportunity tomorrow to go on court and play another match. I hope to be ready to play well tomorrow. I think I can do it, because I have been practicing well,” Nadal said.

No. 3 seed Alexander Zverev saw his summer run come to an end at the hands of 19-year-old Frances Tiafoe who stunned the German 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Zverev entered riding a 10-match win streak after titles in Washington and then Montreal on Sunday, and appeared on his way to another victory after taking the first set. But the American teen took advantage of a tiring 20-year-old Zverev who had nothing to offer after the first set.

“I’m completely dead right now. I have been dead for the past two days,” admitted Zverev. “I finished the match. Could have easily pulled the plug in the second set. But I’m not going to retire just because I’m tired. And he’s too good of a player to beat him when I’m in this stage.

“I just played what, 12 matches in a two week span? I have won one ATP 500 event and one ATP 1000 event in the last two weeks. I beat a lot of Top 10 players and have beaten a lot of great players, a lot of tough matches. I’m not a machine. So I’m tired, yeah. There is no hiding it.”

For the effort, Tiafoe picked up his first career Top 10, the biggest of his young career for the world No. 87.

“These are wins that definitely can change your career the right way,” Tiafoe said. “This is a big relief for me. We grew up together playing junior Grand Slams, playing Under-12s, Under-14s. I have known him for forever. Seeing him rise like that, I was, like, ‘Maybe I can do the same’. Then he beat me twice, and I was, like, ‘All right, maybe I can’t’. So me beating him today made me feel pretty good.”

Tiafoe meets countryman John Isner in a rematch of their US Open epic won by big John in a fifth set tiebreaker.

Nick Kyrgios continued his return to form beating Alex Dolgopolov. David Ferrer need 3 to take down Janko Tipsarevic and Adrian Mannarino stayed hot ousting Sam Querrey in an upset.

Pablo Carreno Busta, Grigor Dimitrov and Juan Martin del Potro were also winners. Dimitrov and del Potro meet Thursday in one of the better third round matches.

In the field, just 2 of the Top 10 players remain – Nadal and Thiem.

THURSDAY CINCINNATI SCHEDULE
CENTER start 11:00 am
ATP – [7] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs J. del Potro (ARG)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [4] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs [16] M. Keys (USA)
ATP – [14] J. Isner (USA) vs [WC] F. Tiafoe (USA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [1] R. Nadal (ESP) vs A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)


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19 Comments for Rafael Nadal Rolls Past Gasquet; Tired Zverev Ousted By Tiafoe; Dimitrov-Delpo Thurs

FedExpress Says:

Cant see any1 beating Rafa from this field. Rafa couldnt have hoped for a better chance to grab a HC masters titles when the top guys are absent.


Lylenubbins Says:

I saw Thiem thrash Fognini Tuesday night, he might be able to beat Rafa. The guy is like Federer hitting with Rafa like spin, also unreal foot speed. Rooting for my boy Rafa though.


Willow Says:

Lylenubbins Rafa has to get through ARV first, so i wouldnt count my chickens, but like you i hope he gets there, and nice to see another Rafa fan here, as there doesnt seem to be any left on this forum ….


lylenubbins Says:

Willow: agree ARV no cakewalk. Also after that he has Kyrgios and then Thiem.

“Winning Masters hard, no?”


FedExpress Says:

But a bit easier when you have not to face Murray, Nole and Federer on HC.


t4t Says:

Unfortunately this Nadal is not the super Nadal of yore. After 2014, he is different.


Willow Says:

Delpo and Dimi are as slow as molases between points ….


Daniel Says:

Grigor beating Delpo coming from a break down in second set. Looks interesting. Either him or Isner will be in finals for sure to face Nadal / Thiem or Kyrgios.


J-Kath Says:

Willow:

For what it’s worth, I’m a Rafa fan right now!!!!


Humble Rafa Says:

Delpo and Dimi are as slow as molases between points

I hate competition from these guys. I will make mine even longer.


rognadfan Says:

Yeah HR, and when you and delpo play, one wants to sleep between almost every point. :)


Okiegal Says:

@JK…..that makes me happy! I usually back someone whenR Rafa is out and Andy has always been my go to guy. If Rafa gets beat I will have to ponder a fill in………but I always cheer for someone…..and don’t faint, but sometimes it has been Roger!


Okiegal Says:

@rognadfan….When Rafa and Novak were playing each other often….heck I could cook a meal, clean house between points! Oh I could also flip channels back and forth and watch my favorite soap opera!! Lol


Willow Says:

J-Kath good on you girl ;-)

Okie lol nice one ;-)


Okiegal Says:

Rain rain go away….you’re making it impossible for me to watch Rafa play!!!! ☔️☔️☔️☔️ It could be worse, there could be one of these🌪!! Eeek!!!


rognadfan Says:

@Okiegal
Hehe. I can say almost the exact same thing!


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Okiegal Says:

@rognadfan……👍👍👍


Daniel Says:

How is the schedule going to be for Nadal and Kyrgios QF and than semis? They are schedule to play their opponents R16 tomorrow and no QF, so they will plays QF and Semis on Saturday, or are they going to postpone Finals for Monday?

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