Rain Wreaks Havoc In Cincinnati; Federer Scheduled Twice Fri, Djokovic-Dimitrov To Finish
by Staff | August 16th, 2018, 11:42 pm
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As it has most of this hard court summer, rain is again causing problems for the pro tour. Today in Cincinnati, just 11 of 20 matches scheduled were completed, and only three of those were on the men’s side.

Juan Martin del Potro was still a round behind but he quickly took care of Hyeon Chung 6-2, 6-3. He was scheduled to play later against Nick Kyrgios but that was cancelled.

“I am happy to beat these young players,” del Potro said. “He has a big future, and he is a nice player. I am glad to go through.”

Also finishing before the rains were Pablo Carreno Busta who ousted Robin Haase 6-4, 6-2. And Milos Raonic knocked out countryman Denis Shapovalov 7-6(6), 6-4 in an all-Canadian affair.

“I think I got myself into more points on his serve than he did on mine. I think that was an important thing.” Raonic said. “It was the thing I struggled with most last time we played, so I definitely made sure to focus on that and sort of try to change that a little bit.”

Novak Djokovic and defending champion Grigor Dimitrov got underway in the evening, and the Bulgarian raced out to a set and a break lead, closing in on his first win over Djokovic in over five years. But Djokovic turned things around winning the last five games to level at 2-6, 6-3. After a 90-minute or so delay, the match resume and Djokovic went up a break 2-1 before a final rainstorm ended play for the night just after 10pm.

Also stopped in progress was Marin Cilic and Karen Khachanov who were knotted at 1-all in the third and Stan Wawrinka-Marton Fucsovics had just got underway at 2-1.

On Friday, with the third round and the quarterfinals scheduled, 7-time champion Roger Federer will have to win two full matches to stay alive. As will Kevin Anderson.

If they both win, Federer and Wawrinka would meet in the quarterfinals Friday night.

FRIDAY CINCINNATI SCHEDULE
CENTER Starts At 11:00 AM
1 Simona Halep v 16 Ashleigh Barty
10 Novak Djokovic v 5 Grigor Dimitrov
Leonardo Mayer v 2Roger Federer
Milos Raonic v Novak Djokovic or Grigor Dimitrov

Not Before 7:00 PM
13 Madison Keys v Aryna Sabalenka
Marton Fucsovics or Stan Wawrinka v Leonardo Mayer or Roger Federer

GRANDSTAND Starts At 11:00 Am
15 Nick Kyrgios v 4 Juan Martin del Potro
Marton Fucsovics v (WC) Stan Wawrinka
8 Petra Kvitova v 15 Elise Mertens
Elina Svitolina or Amanda Anisimova v Anett Kontaveit or Kiki Bertens
Kevin Anderson or David Goffin v Nick Kyrgios or Juan Martin del Potro


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110 Comments for Rain Wreaks Havoc In Cincinnati; Federer Scheduled Twice Fri, Djokovic-Dimitrov To Finish

FedExpress Says:

Cancel the tournament all together.

Final will be played on Tuesday at this pace.


thean_huat Says:

…. is it too much of a financial burden to instal a re-foldable transparent cover over the PLAYING AREA at center court like in some European (?) tournaments? ….


Daniel Says:

This schedule won’t hold. The forecast untill Tuesday is awfull. Only Sunday has no rains. Today and tomorrow a lof of rain. They have to scheduke 8 matches at the same time regarldess os ticket selling. At this pace is just one match per session (day and nigth) if any.

Can’t see the tournament finishing on sunday, unless they play both semis early and final at night. That assuming they finish the next 6 R16 matches (at least Djoko and Cilic match need only a set to finish) + 4 QF today and tomorrow.

With this weather and WTA tourney also, hard to see


FedExpress Says:

Nole, just finish the choker Dimi

I wanna see Federer.


FedExpress Says:

Delpo the cheater at it again


Mystic - Willow Says:

Almost 9 minutes Delpo took to change his clothes, never thought id say this but i felt for Kyrigios, as that was ridiculous ….


FedExpress Says:

And Kyrgios gets broken

2DFs, two tweeners, code violation after hitting the ball in frustration. And that all in one game.


Mystic - Willow Says:

Loss of composure from NK, shame as this has been quite a good match ….


FedExpress Says:

Kyrgios tanking


FedExpress Says:

BP Dimitrov

and mugs up in true Federer fashion


FedExpress Says:

And Kyrgios broken again. Disgusting cheat that Delpo fellow.

It all started way back in 2009. Remember when he challenged a call in the USO final way too late?


FedExpress Says:

from late challenges to fake MTO to long toilet breaks. Delpo is the complete package in breaking momentums


FedExpress Says:

Delpo and Nole win.


FedExpress Says:

Cilic also wins.


chofer Says:

“One of my biggest dream as a kid was to one day play a Davis Cup final in front of my home crowd. Sadly I’ll never have the chance to experience Davis cup like I grew up watching it😢 I still hoped tradition and history would win over money, but I guess that’s where we are now..

-Felix Auger

RIP Davis Cup


chofer Says:

FedExpress

You’re a crybaby. Always.

Roger don’t sederve you.


chofer Says:

deserve”


AndyMira Says:

Smart move from DelPo to rattled Nick & his service rythmn/mood…Just took a long toilet break,and just let Nicky destroyed himself after that…Wonder why he didn’t do it earlier,it could save him a lot of energy considering he has to play later at nite…


FedExpress Says:

Nobody deserves Federer, chofer.


FedExpress Says:

Stan vs Fed would be a blockbuster.


FedExpress Says:

2 BPs by playing aggresive

Hope he remains that way and doesnt became tentative


Giles Says:

^^^ No it wouldn’t. It would be a tank buster for sure! That’s what Wawa does against fed.


FedExpress Says:

2nd serve. Bumped into the net. Sigh.


chofer Says:

AndyMira

It’s been a long time Nick destroys himself, toilet break or not.


Giles Says:

Come on Leo!


chofer Says:

Fortunately, a similar talent like Tsitsipas has arrived to fix that. He has a head and the will Kyrgios lacks.


chofer Says:

Giles

Both camps of Fedal are funny. Taking a set off Fed would be a high achievement for someone as irregular as Leo.


chofer Says:

Delpo’s left wrist still bothers him in some news.

I think he either loses to Goffin or gives a W.O. USOpen is approaching. I’d say the smart move would be the latter. He defends a lot of points there.

With this terrible schedule, plus rain, plus MUSIC OUT LOUD DURING MATCHES, Cincy has become a laugh. It’s like the opposite of Indian Wells.

Rafa must have checked the weather earlier. The smartest move of the week belongs to him.


Giles Says:

^^^ No, not funny, but hopeful. Lol


FedExpress Says:

Break Federer

Come on.


chofer Says:

Save your hopes for Stan, then. As far as I could see him, he was playing excellent thus far.


AndyMira Says:

I know Chofer…That’s why i feel a little bit glad DelPo did that…Nicky don’t want to be there…He’s so miserable…Mentally,physically,emotionally…DelPo just did him a favour…U don’t want to play tennis,then i’ll help ya mate!…


chofer Says:

AndyMira

Believe me, as a former supporter of Kyrgios, it hurts to see so much talent wasted. But it’s like that. Take him or leave him. I left around 2016. I take care of my health.


Giles Says:

Luv this tweet – “ Mother Nature and Nadal continue to win.”


FedExpress Says:

The classic dominance of Federer in the 1st set. Hope he doesnt fold in the 2nd set as he most often does like he loses focus or puts the foot off the pedal.


chofer Says:

FedExpress

You have to stop being so alarmist, really. But the night match with Stan should be a scorcher! Bring on your cardiac pacemaker next.


Daniel Says:

Fed in efficient mode. He knows he will have to play again in 5 hours against most likely Stan which is always kind of tense, so he is getting the job done quickly. Started missing a few BH but now everything is working.

Djoko x Raonic right after.


chofer Says:

Daniel

The Old Fox knows how to plays these.


Daniel Says:

Fed with BP’s in all Meyer`s games. Pressure.


chofer Says:

You have to add NEITHER ONE of them could practice bc of rain. Federer doesn’t need that much of that.

It yhink Anderson easy loss had to do with that.


AndyMira Says:

Yeah Chofer..I understand…U have no idea how much i want to keep support him coz he’s half Malaysian…But,i’ve reached to the point of ‘sick & tired’ when it comes to Nicky…I despised very much his behaviour..xcept when he shows his softer side sometimes…Other than that…A big NO for me…


chofer Says:

I also think Cincy would have killed Rafa’s chances with all the stops and starts. He’s one who really loves practicing a LOT before matches.

If the weather is ok at the US Open, he has to be the favorite. Let’s see.


FedExpress Says:

Leo playing better now.


chofer Says:

AndyMira

I undesrtand you. I don’t hate him, like some people do. I think he’s a good guy deep inside. He’s just annoying to support to. A lost cause.


FedExpress Says:

And is pumped up now. Please no hiccup Fed. Please.


chofer Says:

For some reason I’ve only seen Kyrgios pumped up and concentrated against Federer, whether is a pro or an exo. I think, deep inside, he believes he belongs in the same sentence… at least for a match. Who knows. Their matches have been all very good.


chofer Says:

FedExpress

Leo Mayer is OUR lost cause. Has ALL the tools. He’s quick. Knows hoe to volley. Vey good hands. He’s just prone to anxious attacks. Delicate head. Starts missing. Match point. Game over.


FedExpress Says:

Wawrinka almost in the quarters


AndyMira Says:

Yeah Chofer!…A lost cause!Hahaha…Sometimes,i think it is sooo unfair to other players who really wants to win so bad,but this talented brat just ‘won’t’ let them win!…And he’s only play half heartedly out there!…Urgh!!…


chofer Says:

He hits very flat. Takes many risks. Die with them.
There’s no way he’s winning this. He HAD the opportinity years ago, in Shangai, to beat his idol (Federer is his idol, btw)
He had match point. He lost. He cried all the way to Argentina.
He’s like that.


FedExpress Says:

atrocious returning games by Federer so far


chofer Says:

Andy

He has the misfortune to be taught a sport he doen’t like. He was chubby when kid. He couldn’t play basket, the sport he truly loves. Has hands so quick his parents gave him a racquet. Was so good with it he didn’t need to run that match. He lost weight. But doesn’t love this. He STILL doesn’t run that much. He hates running.

WRONG SPORT!


chofer Says:

Watch out for Stan, people. Watch out.

Not here in Cincy. At the UsOpen. Poor the high seeded he LANDS in the path with him.

Think of that wjen you’re all making predictions.

I told you first.


FedExpress Says:

FH errors like there is no tomorrow


chofer Says:

There’s still a TB, you know.


FedExpress Says:

3-0 Fed


ChrisFord1 Says:

Chofer…What???

Had he gone into B-ball, he would have been a dime a dozen league or NCAA player, running just as much. A long shot to ever make money as a basketball pro.
Worth many millions as a tennis player. Can beat the best on a good day, serve clicking, when he is healthy and still years away from his peak time.
Nick is no Bernard Tomic, and while an ass, he is not as mean spirited an ass as Leyton Hewitt was in his heyday.
More millions in Asian endorsements.
He’s a rich man already!
AND IN THE RIGHT SPORT!! (for the money factor alone, without factoring in the other rewards)


FedExpress Says:

5-5 after Fed mugs up a FH


AndyMira Says:

Yeah Chofer!…I remember seen him as a kid..chubby & cute…But,i always thought that he has the power over everythings that happened in his life…I have a feeling that he has his family by his forefinger only…That’s why i don’t understand why he let himself ‘trapped’ in the sport that he despise so much…The choice is always on him,isn’t it?


FedExpress Says:

MP Fed on Mayers serve

saved


skeezer Says:

Fed through. Not an easy day with the conditions.


chofer Says:

ChrisFord

I’m not inveting the story. He said so. Wrong sport considering his wishes, not his “talents” He doesn’t like tennis and he told so. He plays a sport he doen’t like.

And why bring Tomic to the discussion? I’m not defending the guy! I’m just telling it how it was based on a well known published article in The New York Times Magazine.

Why are you so surprised??


chofer Says:

Federer on his long history with buddy Wawrinka: “A lot of things have happened. We’ve have five kids together. Not together, but separately.”

Ok.


Margot Says:

What’s up with Nick’s knees? dearie me, an old man already, groin, shoulder now knees. Posture awful. Keeping medics round the world very busy.


chofer Says:

Hi Margot!

How are you? Same old same old. How’s Andy’s hip? Wawrinka is now recovered. Have faith!


Margot Says:

Hi Chofer! Good thanks. You? Your Delpo looking good. Interesting what you are saying about Stan. Has looked a different player this week. Lost weight too, it seems to me. Used to call him “Beefy Boy.” Not so beefy now. Andy looked crocked to me, couldn’t rotate his hip which stymied his movement, backhand and serve. But apart from that he seemed fine :(


chofer Says:

Oh, just wait. Patience.

Stan always seemed good looking to me. One of the few “some pounds” don’t look bad on him! Unlike that figerator cough* that is cough* Raonic* freakin washing machine* cough.

Delpo is BAD. Not hitting his two handed backhand AT ALL. Wrists bothering him, still. Some day some people here will have to knee before him and say sorry *cheatin giant* because, half of him functioning is NUMBER 3 in the world. Imagine him with his OTHER half working!!


Daniel Says:

Why Djoko math hasn’t started yet? It was suppose to start right after Fed. Or him and Raonic are not ready yet?


Margot Says:

He hit some winning back hands tho., didn’t he? Took care of Nick who was his usual flashy self, but always dangerous. Was just thinking here we are, end of another tournament and it’s Fed, Djok, Delpo, Cilic, your fridge, Beefy and Goff. No surprises here. Have seen Stan at Queens and much better looking in the flesh.


ChrisFord1 Says:

chofer – I brought Tomic in because media loves to bin them together as “hate tennis, bad attitude types”, when they are different, I think in how they cope.

Fed, Novak, Delpo get hosed by the weather and a huge reluctance by organizers to give up their Sunday finals schedule.


chofer Says:

Raonic still de-frigerating. Have mercy, Daniel.


chofer Says:

Margot

Beef is good in the flesh. So much proteins there, I hope(?)
My fridge is in better shape than him, thanks.


Margot Says:

Yeah, lots of muscle behind those huge shots. But will Fed turn him into a lamb? Well then, looking forward to seeing your fridge on the tour…..


Margot Says:

And we’re off Daniel, at last!


chofer Says:

Fridge is playing Djoko now. Easy strategy: just un-plugged him.
Stan is goos looking on TV, I can’t imagine in person. Let’s not.


chofer Says:

I think Federer will win, but Stan is no lamb no more.


chofer Says:

Oh, there’s sun in Cincy. Why not play QFs. Sfs and F today? I have work on weekend!


Margot Says:

Off to watch some paint dry, a tad more interesting. Night chofer. Nice talking to you :)


chofer Says:

kThanls Margot! Night!


chofer Says:

WOW! I’ve never seen Djoko so mad with a fridge!


Daniel Says:

Djoko breaks bak but Ronic already 0-30 on Djoko’s serve.


FedExpress Says:

What kind of chokers are these genless players?

Dimitron, Raonic, Nishikori.

No cojones whatsoever


FedExpress Says:

2 SPs Nole


FedExpress Says:

Set Nole

Chokic outchoked Chokovic


Daniel Says:

Cilic a set up and a break and Djoko takes first set breaking Raonic last 2 games after Raonic served for the set 5-4.

Hoping for Djoko x Cilic semis and Fed x DelPo. 4 of top 5 USO contenders together with Nadal making them most likely champion to rise from.

Krygios, not gonna happen, and Zverev Jr only when I see he at least reach a Slam semis. Thiem is out of form, Dimi mentally bad (almost always) and Anderson is just not gonna win a Slam.
Murray still finding his fitness and form. Next year hope he will be fully back and ready to contend for Masters and Slams again.


FedExpress Says:

WTF are Mertens and kvitova doing

Kvitova led 5-0 in the first, begged back to 5-5 and won the set 7-5

Mertens led with double break 4-1, then 5-3 with one break and got begged back to 5-5, in the end won 7-5

3rd set WTA set. Breaks breaks breaks


FedExpress Says:

How tf did Kvitova beat Serena?


FedExpress Says:

Pheww.

She did it in the end.

And Raonic again up a break.


FedExpress Says:

Go home Raonic

Was break up in the 3rd

Now Nole serves for it.

Another choker awaits in form of Cilic.


BBB Says:

This dude is not good for my blood pressure.


BBB Says:

Well that was unexpected.


FedExpress Says:

Wtf is happening?


FedExpress Says:

All Bps by Fed. but cant break him.


Daniel Says:

Yeah, Fed finally breaks Wawa in third set, serving 4-2 up now.


fred stone Says:

Tough match, but the old man moves on…


FedExpress Says:

Yesss. You beauty.

But this was taxing. Wawrinka was clutch 2 1/2 sets. Refused to get broken

I dont how much Fed will have left for Goffin. I hope its enough.


jatin Says:

Its was a rare kind of treat to see Fed playing twice a day. I saw one match before sleeping and the other when I wake up. It was unique in a way :)
Fed was rushing in his first match against Mayer, played some great first strike tennis in the 1st set and dig deep enough to get the tie Breaker in the 2nd.

He changed his tactics against Stan, serve and volleyed a lot but had some unusual lows in this match as well, it was like watching Anderson match all over again where he lost his forehand somewhere in between but hanged tough in the 2nd set TB and showed some of his vintage form in the 3rd set. Stan meanwhile played like STAN we all know and love. He was ruthless in his ground-strokes and comes 2 points away from taking this match at one point.
The shot which comes stand out in this match was Fed’s serve. He committed 19 Unforced Errors in the 2nd set alone with vast majority from his forehand side but didn’t faced a single break point at any point. His serve is all about precision and placement these days and he can do anything with it literally. Be it his first or second, he was unbreakable today. And there is another interesting fact “He has held 89 straight games in Cincinnati, dating back from 2014 final against David Ferrer”.

We are now one match away from Fed vs Novak final. I hope both of them will sail through their next match and we finally get to see another installment of their awesome Rivalry.


FedExpress Says:

jatin, Fed plays at night again and the final is at daylight.

Will be tough to recover a d regroup.


Giles Says:

^^ Aww poor baby. Lol


skeezer Says:

Gikes,
Your compassion is unparalleled. If Rafa was playing two matches in a day you would be scouring twitter for complaints to post. So chill bro.
Fed is not winning this tourny anyhow.


Mystic - Willow Says:

Hes playing well enough to win it IMO ….


Okiegal Says:

Skeezer is in non- jinx mode. I get like that too……prefer to do my bragging after the win, not before……But as a non fan, I think he will win. When it gets down the to the wire, he’s just so tough mentally. His serving ability in tight spots…… WOW!! I hope it’s Joker and Fed……just because…..We will see.


Giles Says:

Hey skeezer. FYI I’m backing fed.


Okiegal Says:

@Giles…. Thanks for the link!!

@Skeezer….


Okiegal Says:

Oops….sent before i meant to. Skeezer, should it be Joker/Fed final, I’m in Fed’s corner…I prefer him over Novak. Mainly because Roger and Rafa were so cute together at Laver Cup!! Woot woot!! LOL


Mystic - Willow Says:

Agree with you Okie ….

Thanks for the link Giles ;-) ….


Giles Says:

Oki & Willow. You’re welcome. :)


Okiegal Says:

@Giles…..👍👍💪💪

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