Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini overcame a tough test in his Cincinnati Masters opener outlasting Albert Ramos Vinolas 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-5.
The Italian, who was playing his first match since Wimbledon, was paced by 25 aces. He’ll now take on fellow big man Karen Khachanov or Felix Auger-Aliassime who meet on Wednesday.
“I’m happy for the win. I think I served really well. My strokes from the baseline weren’t working the way I wanted them to, but I knew from the beginning it’s been a long time since I played a match, especially on hard, so I expected to feel a little bit weird,” Berrettini said. “But the most important thing was I was there, I fought every point, I tried to put myself in conditions where I could win the match. That’s what I’m most happy about.”
Alexander Zverev was among the washouts, but a host of Americans advanced led by big men John Isner and Toronto finalist Reilly Opelka. Isner set a mark hitting his 13,000th career ace during his 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 win over Cameron Norrie. His 13,004 aces still trails Ivo Karlovic’s all-time record of 13,709.
“I do know that I’m within shouting distance of Ivo and maybe getting that record. We’ll see,” Isner said. “I also saw he might be retiring. If he does retire soon, seems attainable. I would like to hold that record. I’m not going to shy away from that. We’ll see if I can get there.”
Tommy Paul rallied past Cristian Garin, Frances Tiafoe kept his good summer going edging Ugo Humbert in two and Sebastian Korda looked good in a straight set win over Laslo Djere.
Korda’s win set up showdown tonight with Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Hubert Hurkacz, Grigor Dimitrov, Gael Monfils and Marin Cilic also won. Denis Shapovalov fell to Benoit Paire in three.
Today, Toronto champion and tournament favorite Daniil Medvedev begins play against Mackenzie McDonald. Andy Murray returns to meet Hurkacz, and Jannik Sinner faces Isner.
WEDNESDAY CINCINNATI SCHEDULE
Center Court Starts At 10:00 Am
4 Elina Svitolina v Angelique Kerber
Not Before 11:00 AM
Cori Gauff v 2 Naomi Osaka
1 Daniil Medvedev v (WC) Mackenzie McDonald
Lloyd Harris v 3 Alexander Zverev
Not Before 7:00 PM
(Q) Caroline Garcia v 8 Garbiñe Muguruza
Sebastian Korda v 2 Stefanos Tsitsipas
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