Murray Shocks Federer, Roddick Wins at Cincinnati Tennis Masters

Posted on August 17, 2006

MASON -- August 16, 2006 -- Andy Murray recorded the biggest win of his young career when he ousted World No.1 and defending champion Roger Federer 7-5, 6-4 at the Western and Southern Financial Group Masters on Wednesday. The loss snaps Federer's 55-match win streak in North America and marks only his second loss this season on hard courts.

Murray forced an astounding 14 break points, capitalizing on half of them, against the Swiss star. The 19-year-old Brit continued his impressive form as of late, collecting his 19th win in 24 matches.

Federer, who couldn't seem to find a groove on the Cincinnati courts, was coming off his seventh title of the year and his 11th ATP Masters Series shield in Toronto.

"I knew that my expectations were not to win the tournament here; they were to survive a few rounds," said the top-seeded Federer. "So that's why I'm not disappointed after this loss. I'm actually pretty happy I won a match here. Winning back-to-back Masters Series, 12 matches in 13 days, it's just basically something of the impossible."

Murray, who is ranked a career-high No.21, moves into the Round of 16 where he'll face the winner of Dmitry Tursunov and No.15 seed Robby Ginepri, in action later this evening.

Fan favorite and No.6 seed James Blake also crashed out of the tournament on Wednesday. Former World No.1 Juan Carlos Ferrero downed the top American 6-2, 6-4 in just over an hour. Ferrero broke Blake three times on eight chances and has now won two rounds at a tournament for the first time since April.

"I think it felt really good in the court," said Ferrero, a Cincinnati semifinalist in 2002. "I did everything in the court?played solid, played strong. I tried to take first advantage in the point, and I think that was the key."

Second seed Rafael Nadal won 88 percent of his first service points and faced no break points as he defeated qualifier Hyung-Taik Lee 6-4, 6-3 in 1 hour, 19 minutes. Nadal evened his record in Cincinnati at 2-2 and won his 20th ATP Masters Series match of the season. The Spaniard advances to the Round of 16 for the first time where he will face No.14 seed Tommy Haas.

Haas, a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 winner over Gilles Simon, fired 13 aces and saved four of seven break points during the 1-hour, 48-minute match. The German is making his eighth appearance in Cincinnati and posts a tournament record of 11-7.

Other Wednesday winners include No.4 seed Ivan Ljubicic and No.6 seed Marcos Baghdatis. Ljubicic took out Russian Mikhail Youzhny, while Baghdatis outlasted French phenom Gael Monfils 7-6(8), 2-6, 6-1 in 2 hours, 18 minutes. Monfils held a 6-1 lead in the first-set tie-break before the Cypriot countered to win five consecutive points.

Tenth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer also advanced when 20-year-old compatriot Nicolas Almagro crumbled under pressure, 4-6, 7-6(1), 6-0, while youngter Novak Djokovic also failed to maintain a 4-1 first-set lead, falling to Florent Serra in straight sets.

Of the eight Americans who entered the Western and Southern Financial Group Masters draw, only two -- Andy Roddick and Robby Ginepri -- are left standing after two rounds of action. Roddick defeated Belgian Kristof Vliegen 6-4, 6-4, while Ginepri dismissed Dmitry Tursunov of Russia 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday evening.

Roddick broke Vliegen early in the first set and never looked back. Roddick improves his career record in Cincinnati to an impressive 20-5, which includes a championship in 2003 and a runner-up finish last year to Federer.

"I hit the ball well tonight," said Roddick, the No.9 seed. "I felt like the match was played on my terms, which was good. I felt like I was forcing the issue. So I'm happy, and I hope I can keep that going."

Ginepri seemed to find the form that brought him much success last summer, as he cruised past Tursunov in just over an hour. Ginepri, the No.15 seed, fired eight aces and never faced a break point.

"Before the match I felt really good, like it was going to be a really progressive match for me," said Ginepri. "I felt confident before I even went into it. That's how I was feeling last summer. I think it just helps when I get matches under my belt."

"I like seeing all my boys do well. It's a shame James (Blake) and Mardy (Fish) went down today, but hopefully Andy (Roddick) and I can prevail throughout the tournament."

Ginepri will next face 19-year-old Andy Murray, who took down defending champion and World No.1 Roger Federer earlier in the day.

Seeds Tommy Robredo and Fernando Gonzalez also scored victories on Wednesday. Seventh seeded Robredo, the ATP Masters Series Hamburg champion, ousted Max Mirnyi 6-4, 6-4, and Gonzalez, the No.13 seed edged American wild card Mardy Fish 7-5, 7-5. Robredo's Round of 16 opponent will be Frenchman Florent Serra, while Gonzalez takes on wild card Stanislas Wawrinka, an upset winner over No.3 seed David Nalbandian.
-- ATP