Wawrinka Escapes, Nadal Strong, Loaded Schedule Thursday at ATP Cincinnati Including Murray
by Staff | August 17th, 2016, 11:00 pm

Some players needed to double-up in matches due to rains earlier in the week, but all nine of the Top 10-seeded players in action made it safely through on Wednesday in Cincinnati, led by a tired Olympics gold medal champ Andy Murray who worked past Juan Monaco 6-3, 6-2 in the late-night match.
Other Top 10-seeded winners were No. 2 Stanislas Wawrinka coming from a set down to beat American Jared Donaldson 2-6, 6-3, 6-4; No. 3 Rafa Nadal looking strong in beating Pablo Cuevas 6-1, 7-6(4); No. 4 Milos Raonic outdueling John Isner 7-6(5), 7-6(5); No. 5 Kei Nishikori rolling Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-2; No. 6 Tomas Berdych defeating Marcel Granollers 6-3, 7-6(4); No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga topping American big man Reilly Opelka 7-6(5), 7-6(3); No. 8 Dominic Thiem defeating Aussie John Millman 7-5, 6-1; and No. 9 Gael Monfils rolling Marcos Baghdatis 7-5, 6-0.

“I think I played well,” said Nadal, who lost to Cuevas in their last meeting. “I think I played a good match against a tough opponent in the first round for me for sure. After coming from Rio and after the marathon that I had, it’s a very important victory for me. So I’m very happy.”

Upset-makers were Aussie Bernard Tomic coming from a set down to beat No. 11 David Goffin 3-6, 7-5, 6-4; South African Kevin Anderson routing an injured No. 13 Richard Gasquet 6-2, 6-4; Croat Borna Coric outlasting No. 14 Nick Kyrgios 7-6(2), 4-6, 7-6(6); France’s Nicolas Mahut in three beating No. 15 Roberto Bautista 7-6(2), 2-6, 6-3; and Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov coming from a set down to beat No. 16 Feliciano Lopez 5-7, 6-3, 7-6(6).

Tomic will next face Nishikori.

Wawrinka after narrowly defeating the 19-year-old Donaldson will next meet Dimitrov.

Highlights of Thursday’s schedule in Cincinnati is (3) Wawrinka vs. Dimitrov, (3) Nadal vs. Coric, (1) Murray vs. Anderson, (7) Tsonga vs. Johnson, (4) Raonic vs. Mahut, and (5) Nishikori vs. Tomic.

CENTER COURT start 11:00 am
ATP – G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs [2] S. Wawrinka (SUI)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [Q] D. Gavrilova (AUS) vs [3] S. Halep (ROU)
ATP – B. Coric (CRO) vs [3] R. Nadal (ESP)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [1] A. Murray (GBR) vs K. Anderson (RSA)

Not Before 8:30 pm
WTA – [5] A. Radwanska (POL) vs [10] J. Konta (GBR)

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37 Comments for Wawrinka Escapes, Nadal Strong, Loaded Schedule Thursday at ATP Cincinnati Including Murray

Willow Says:

I Cant seem to summon up much enthusiasm for Cincy, ATM im still on Olympic mode, unless either Andy or Rafa who must both be spent make the final, just hope they dont over play, would like everybody fit for the USO, and to see a competitive final GS of the year ….

Daniel Says:

Yeah, still in watching Olympics non stop. Forget to watch Cincy macthes. But looks like all the finalists in Olympics did well, Murra, Nadal and Kei won relativelly easy.

Dimitrov also gets 2 wins for a change and Coric veating Kyrgios in a close on to face Nadal today.

Willow Says:

YAY John and Ali Brownlee winning Gold and silver medals, two Brits, and two Yorkshire men, as Okie would say yiperdy skiperdy ;-) ….

Okiegal Says:

@Willow…….I like your version of YIPPY SKIPPY better than mine……lol

Margot Says:

Interesting Alistair Brownlee, who defended his gold, supported MMT’s take on the importance of mental state. Dismissed the idea that it plays a part and simply said he was better prepared.

Willow Says:

LOL Okie Two Yorkshire Brits winning Gold and Silver in the Olympic triathlon, it really doesnt get much better, our guys and gals are doing so well, happy days ;-)) ….

Willow Says:

Nice stat Giles many thanks ;-)) ….

AndyMira Says:

@M…Rafa not look good in the 1st set..maybe he’s already received your ‘warning’ e mail??

Wog Boy Says:

No wonder Borna likes to practice and hang out with Nole, he thought him thing or two how to play Rafa.

Colin Says:

Well, I wish I hadn’t decided to watch Coric/Nadal. I rather expected Coric would not be able to post two good performances in a row, but he didn’t have to. He needed only to keep the ball in play while his opponent self-destructed. After the Olympics Rafa might have done better to take the rest of the year off like Roger.

Giles Says:

Why did joker pull out of Cincy? Probably still drowning his sorrows after his no show at the Olympics and Wimbledon. Poor joker!

Felipe Says:

It would be interesting having a Master 1000 with at leats 5 of the names that all expect to take over the rankings, Thiem / Dimitrov / Coric / Nishikori and Raonic.

Giles Says:

Well done Bernie. Buzz off cheat!

Wog Boy Says:

“Why did joker pull out of Cincy? Probably still drowning his sorrows after his no show at the Olympics and Wimbledon. Poor joker!”

This year eight finals, seven won, 2 GS, 4 masters..can you remind me what has Rafa won this year, last year…entire Mediterranean Sea is not enough for him to drown his sorrows..besides, Nole is a good man and gave Rafa a chance to catch up with masters titles, but to not avail.

Wog Boy Says:

26 : 23

More to come..

Khb Says:

Interesting. Fedal fanboys still weeping because Djoker would rather not play a losing Fed & Nadal. It was getting boring with such weak GOATS in his way.
Just kidding. Nothing makes me happier than seeing Novak doing nothing & be #1.

AndyMira Says:

Another good win by Andy…Very impressive perfomance by him despite a minor shoulder concern..

PS..M..I think you should give up your plan for him to go home..he’s on the mission right now..And this is the right time and place to execute them..I think he wants to make up for the lost point when he had to withdrew from Toronto…Besides he’s a very very fit and healthy[despite a minor shoulder issue]..and he has time to recover and recharge his battery in just one week..He’ll do fine..Don’t worry Aunty!

Daniel Says:

Wawrinka, Nadal and Tsonga lost today, and Kei is losing to Tomic.

Wawa seems done, think next year he will be low top 10 or out of it, same as Berdych. Ferrer already is gone, Tsonga also seems on his last hurrah. Next year we’ll sure have some new faces in top 10.

Let’s see how Raonic and Thiem will fare later on.

Markus Says:

Daniel, don’t you think Federer may have to be included in that departing top 10 list?

chrisford1 Says:

Wog Boy has a dilemma, it’s Serbia vs. Australia in the basketball semis. Who to root for??
And we have Serbia and Croatia battling for water polo gold..Let’s all hope it doesn’t start another Balkan War.

Margot Says:

AM: Very glad Rafa took my advice but WTH is Andy up to?
*Furiously sending new email*…..;)
Daniel: Rio looks stunningly beautiful. Especially where the rowing took place. Words fail me about those American swimmers tho. What on earth? Very lucky not to be charged.

Wog Boy Says:

No, not really, my only dilema is whether Serbia can beat Australia since they are too good this time around with all NBA players. I do respect Australia but always cheer Serbia. Serbia didn bring it’s best team to Rio and yet we made SF, one step from the final with Dream Team. We already played and beat Croatia in QF to make it to SF and it wasn’t new Balkan war, but very close match:)
I was i contact all the time with my nephew in Belgrade during that match, who is good basketball player himself and played for Red Star, and he had ten of his friends with him watching the match, they almost demolished apartment after we beat Croatia:))
As for water polo, our matches are always close and Croatia is defending gold from London, but how good Yugoslavia was in team sports you can see by few countries that came out of Yugoslavia are competing for medals, particularly in water polo where three of four semi finalists were part of Yugoslavia (Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia).
And in volleyball girls deserves all accolades by beating heavy favorites Russia and USA (3:2 last night) to make final, where they play against China for gold.

Margot Says:


Am what a shame you can’t join me on my new sofa watching this MARVELLOUS show together….;)

Wog Boy Says:

This was icing on the cake yesterday in Rio, world #1 in the world (USA) was beaten by world #6 in the world (Serbia), girls were so happy at the end, they fell on the floor in disbelief, including the coach, just check last bit of this five minutes video about the match:


AndyMira Says:

@M….Chill okay?You have to delete your new email..Andy seems serious in Cincy..and he serious to catch up with novak..let’s think for a minute..he’s already lost 1000 points by withdrew from Toronto[to focus on Oly]..and it’s paid off after he win gold right?Like i said up there..now is the good time to regain that 1000 points M..last year he lost in semi..and this year both Roger[winner] and novak[runner up] is not there so he’s the clear favourite to win Cincy M..and i think he will…he’s soooo good…About his fitness,don’t worry about it M…he’s one of the most fittest player on tour…he have time to recuperate and regain back his fitness M..he has the best team to help him…and a fit player don’t need much time to recharge their battery M..a week will do..

PS..Who said i’m not there with you atm M?That what’s good about VIRTUALITY world M..i only have to imagine and i’m there already…he he he..

Willow Says:

Wogboy / Chris Ford 1 I Love watching water polo, and i havent seen any so far this Olympics, so im pleased to know there will be some on today, thanks for the info ….

Giles Says:

August 18th 6.03 pm. Nadal has been out of competition for 2 months with a wrist injury. OGs was the first competitive event he participated in. How on earth is he expected to win Masters titles or anything else is beyond me. Saying joker is a good man and gave Rafa a chance to catch up with Masters titles but to no avail. Ridiculous and nonsensical statement.
I repeat poor joker for missing out on OG. He will never complete the Career Golden Slam now. Neither will fed. Hee Hee

Van Persie Says:

Perhaps Nole will never win the Gold Medal. Who knows? But Rafa also misses the WCT….is there any chance for this year?

Wog Boy Says:

What stopped Rafa from winning GS or any masters title in 2015, wrist, knee, back, mental or what injury? Though it wasn’t really lthat bad year, he managed to win 3 (three) 250 titles..Nole won 3GS, 6 masters, WTF (fourth in a row) in the same year..

Wog Boy Says:

I have to say sorry to other Rafa fans for having a go at Rafa, I wouldn’t do it, but it is only reaction and not action, provoced by idiotic posts of that passionate Nole hater.

Wog Boy Says:

^^ “provoked”

Giles Says:

August 19th at 10.29am. Just habitual belligerence is your middle name. Now go google. Lol

Daniel Says:

Margot, I can complain, I live 1 block away from where the rowing is: Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas (Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon). Ipanema itself is amazing, an almost straight 600 m large rectangular 1 km land between the beach and Lagoon. South zone of Rio is stunning, a lot of green in contrast with the white buildings. The atmosphere this games are great, city is safe (if only could it be like this all year long) and people from everywhere.

Daniel Says:

Markus, Federer will be out of top 10 end of this year. This 6 months out just won’t do it. Not even including him anymore. But if he plays he can be back there, while the others I don’t think so (Wawa, Ferrer, Berdych and Tsonga), their best days are gone. Fed’s B-, C+ game still is good enough for top 10.

Margot Says:

Ipanema sounds wonderful Daniel and looks wonderful too of course.
The British rowers were saying what an amazing experience it was to be there on that stretch of water with “Christ The Redeemer” and the mountains as backdrop.

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