Murray Slogs Through Anderson To Win 600th, Nadal Ousted By Coric, Nishikori Falls In Cincinnati
by Staff | August 19th, 2016, 12:19 am

After a busy 23 hours of on court time Rio, Rafael Nadal finally ran out of gas today at the Cincinnati Masters, falling to 19-year-old Borna Coric 6-1, 6-3.

“He started the match very well, and I thought it was going to be very different,” Coric said. “But that’s tennis. One day you’re going to play well, one day you’re not going to play well.”

Coric had no trouble at all with Nadal who misfired 29 unforced errors as Coric dominated breaking out to a 6-1, 4-0 lead before Rafa came back to make it respectable.

Late in the second, Nadal had to get treatment on his elbow and wrist area, but retiring was never an option.

“Too tired,” Nadal said. “Elbow, shoulder. Two and a half months without competing and especially without practicing, and to do what I did in the Olympics and come here. Too much.

“He didn’t give me many chances. He was playing his serve huge,” he added. “I need to be in better shape to compete.”

Coric, who picks up his second career win over Rafa, moves into his first Masters quarterfinal and in doing so becomes the first teen to reach this stage at a Masters since 2008 Cincinnati when 19-year-old Gulbis made it that far.

Coric will meet his countryman and Davis Cup teammate Marin Cilic who lost just three points on his first serve to beat Tomas Berdych 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. The subplot of the match was the fact that Cilic’s ex coach Goran Ivanisevic made his debut in the Berdych coaching camp!

Staying in the bottom half, Grigor Dimitrov continued his mastery on Stan Wawrinka winning his fourth straight over the Swiss 6-4, 6-4.

“I need matches like that,” said Dimitrov. “I need 10 or 12 more of those matches to sustain that level and also to send a statement not only for me, but towards everyone. I’m here to play and here to compete.”

Dimitrov will be out for revenge against Steve Johnson who beat the Bulgarian at Wimbledon. Johnson saved two set points in the second to upset Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 7-6(6). The win put Johnson into his first career Masters quarterfinal and he will also replace John Isner as the No. 1 ranked American on Monday.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet. I just found out, so it’s an honour,” Johnson said. “John has held that spot for a while (July 2013), and I’m just glad that there are a bunch of Americans pushing towards the top.”

Due to a back injury, Gael Monfils gave Dominic Thiem a walkover. After his day off, Thiem will face Milos Raonic who bested Yuichi Sugita 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.

Bernard Tomic also scored an upset knocking out bronze medalist Kei Nishikori 7-6(1), 7-6(5). Andy Murray will be next for the Australian who has never won a set in five meetings with the World No. 2.

“He had a good win today against Nishikori,” Murray said. “He’s a talented player. We’ve had some tough matches. He plays with a lot of variety.”

After about an 80-minute rain delay, Murray, battling a head cold he picked up in Rio, overcame an early break and some sluggishness with his shoulder to beat Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-2 and avenge his US Open loss to the South African.

“Kevin has had some tough injuries to deal with this year and is starting to sort of gradually get back to the level he was playing at last year. It takes time,” Murray said. “For me, I’m coming off the best few months of my career, so it’s slightly different circumstances.”

Murray has now won 20 straight matches and this win marked the 600th of his career.

CENTER COURT start 11:00 am
ATP – S. Johnson (USA) vs G. Dimitrov (BUL)
Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [9] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs [2] A. Kerber (GER)
ATP – [12] M. Cilic (CRO) vs B. Coric (CRO)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – [5] A. Radwanska (POL) or [10] J. Konta (GBR) vs [3] S. Halep (ROU)
Not Before 8:30 pm
ATP – [1] A. Murray (GBR) vs B. Tomic (AUS)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
WTA – [15] K. Pliskova (CZE) vs [7] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)
Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – [4] M. Raonic (CAN) vs [8] D. Thiem (AUT)
Not Before 2:30 pm
WTA – [4] G. Muguruza (ESP) or [16] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [Q] T. Babos (HUN)

You Might Like:
Wawrinka Escapes, Nadal Strong, Loaded Schedule Thursday at ATP Cincinnati Including Murray
Cincinnati Preview: Federer, Nadal Renew Hardcourt Rivalry in Loaded Field
Nishikori Stops Del Potro’s DC Streak At 2am; Roanic, Zverev Advance But Thiem, Dimitrov Out
Federer Needs 3 Again In Shanghai, Faces Nishikori Next; Del Potro Retires, Djokovic v Anderson Friday
Federer, Nadal Open Play Wednesday In Montreal; Thiem Tamed By Schwartzman

Don't miss any tennis action, stay connected with Tennis-X

Get the FREE TX daily newsletter

48 Comments for Murray Slogs Through Anderson To Win 600th, Nadal Ousted By Coric, Nishikori Falls In Cincinnati

AndyMira Says:

I have to say,i’m puzzled by Rafa’s decision..he took a very big risk by playing here when knowing his body maybe will take a blow from too much tennis in such a short time after the comeback..and like he said,now he paid for it…Hopefully everything will be back to normal in USO..

PS…Andy have a good chance to win Cincy and keep on the momentum going..once you’re ‘zoning’ and in momentum,it’s hard to stop and be stopped…C’mon Andy!!

Wog Boy Says:

Invited by who, Team8 and Roger Federer? Why would Nole advertiise Roger Federer and his privately owned agency which is behind idea and the owner of Laver Cup, nothing more but exhibition match using the name of great RL intended to start in 2017. That is job for the members of Roger stable…and Rafa..

Ronn Says:

Shoulda skipped Cincy and then play the US. Bad decision by Rafa.

Travis Bickle Says:


An interesting H2H for you… this one is officially a teenager ;-)

Good photo too! Thinning hair and gaunt-looking face…
The end is nigh for R.N. Parera.

Looks like picadors have done their job, banderilleros have planted banderillas in the humble bull shoulders, and the matador has arrived to finish the humble bull!

skeezer Says:

““Too tired,” Nadal said. “Elbow, shoulder….”

Sign of age and wear, no doubt now. The results of his muscle tennis is showing more and more nowadays. Not much of a predictor, but I doubt we will be seeing Rafa play a full season anymore. He style of play has wreaked havoc on his Bod…too bad, a great warrior, wrong technique for longevity in this game.

Giles Says:

TB. No matter. Coric is a good player, pity he hasn’t won anything of substance unlike Rafa who went on the rampage from the age of 17 beating fed the Goat and winning the FO.
skeezer. How is your old man doing? How’s his knee, back etc? Bet you’re bored with life ATM. I believe fed is out till next year.

Willow Says:

Not getting defensive or anything, merely using a comparison, but its Funny whenever Rafas injured people predict the end, but whenever Delpos injured people predict a top 10 ranking, GS, great things etc, ones ranked number 5, the others ranked ?, people said the same thing when Rafa won 3 GS in a year, and was ranked no1, and the other guy had just returned to tour, strange very strange ….

Giles Says:

TB and skeezer. BTW are you aware that Rafa has just won a Gold Medal in doubles?
He has 2 Gold medals now, one in singles and the other in doubles. How about your faves? Still scraping the barrel. 😜

skeezer Says:

Rafa just turned 30, not 35.
Fed @ or around 30 years of age won his Seventh Wimbledon, second Olympic Medal and return to No. 1 and won another WTF.

Giles Says:

Yeah yeah yeah, fed did this and fed did that. Rafa is still playing while fed is out till 2017!!!
Fed never won a singles Gold Medal did he? How many OGs did he attend? This is Rafa’s second OG I believe and he has achieved the maximum, gold in singles and dubs.

Giles Says:
Yep, the most awesome player ever.
Vamos Champ!

chrisford1 Says:

Willow – “but its Funny whenever Rafas injured people predict the end, but whenever Delpos injured people predict a top 10 ranking, GS, great things etc, ones ranked number 5”

There is a difference, though I agree Rafa has held off the doomsayers for a while and I would not be surprised if he has one more comeback left in him. The difference is Delpo has more power and leverage than his wrists were able to handle. Aside from that, all body parts, all desire to play again were fully in place.
With Nadal, you have a machine built by Uncle Toni to be teen and young man winner at the expense of wear and tear on several body parts. Accumulated injuries. Not a problem at 18, even 26, but like similar style of play 30-ish ATP pros, he is being hit with chronic injury effects to several body parts. Feet ankles, knees. Back problems. Wrist and shoulder injury. And with time, acceptance of injury and missing time and being a poor player while coming back the last few times. To avoid it eating him up, less burning desire now to comeback like he did from earlier injuries where each missed match gave him anguish – to “it is what it is” “even losing I see many positives to my play, no?”
His output has fallen way off since 2013.

chrisford1 Says:

Van Persie and Giles – Notice that Rafa will be attending both the Fed owned Team8 Laver Cup rollout and the Armani/ND Foundation exo/fashion show.
Nadal is on good terms with both guys. He is also the Armani celebrity men’s underwear model.

Daniel Says:

Agree CF1, the difference now is a cumulative effect. He just is not competitive as he once was, similar with Federer.

Nadal hasn’t won a HC title since forever, think his last won was Doha 2014. and he has very few finals on HC as well in that spam, specially the big titles.

Raonic won today and so did Dimitrov, being a great week for Dimi so far, he could reach finals, which would be great for whimper USO.

This seems another Murray title, he is on a roll: title in Queens, WImby, and Olympics, last 3 tourney he played, onus title in Rome and finals in Madrid and RG. 6 finals in a row with 4 titles.Et’s see if he makes 1 more tonight.

Giles Says:

Coric bt Rafa yesterday. Seems he paid the price. He’s got some fancy tape job on both knees, and being schooled by Cilic ATM.

Willow Says:

Yeah i think Fedals best days are behind them, and im ready for change, but im still not bying into the Delpo hype of this amazing run people still believe he will go on, the one people predict every time he plays, i mean i like the guy, but his results are one offs, where he will beat an elite player, then lose to a player you would expect him to beat handily, i think i would put money on Federer or Nadal before Delpo to have one last hurrah sorry ….

And Chris Ford 1 you missed my point ….

Daniel Says:

Coric just retired against Cilic after losing first set 6-2, just when I enter fromhot to watch the match, Dimi x Cilic n e semi and the other Probably Murray x Raonic, can’t see Murray losing to Tomic.

Daniel Says:

The thing with DelPo is that he missed too much time, so his milage is smaller., pLus you have ti see his BH evolution from when he first return to play this season and how he hit it in OG. That is the thing can give hope for him. HIs BH is improving by the day and didn’t break down against Djoko nor Nadal. Actually the shot he has to wrk on now is his FH cross court on the run, because covering that wing is where he is most vulnerable. Hope he didn’t have to face any of the top players pre R16 in USO. He needs some 2 or 3 easier rounds there.

Margot Says:

Daniel, this is quite possibly working out as Andy’s best year ever.

RZ Says:

Hi all, I’m back from vacation! My trip and resulting time off the grid once again worked out quite nicely for Andy as I predicted so I will have to go on vacation again during the U.S. Open and the WTF. :-)

Margot Says:

RZ: compulsory, all year round holidays are needed for you my dear! Off you go…;)

chrisford1 Says:

My point was, Willow, that experts and writers join fans in saying if the wrists are fixed, Juan can be a Top 5 guy again. Lot of upside. With Rafa, the same people say “glass half empty”. This is due to all sorts of chronic injury ailments hounding Rafa without letup, and his comebacks since 2013 have been long and laborious – while at the same time Rafa has become more accepting of losing much more often. He is a legend now in his twilight.
They think Juan is more likely to win a big event than Rafa (or Fed).

RZ Says:

@Margot, if I had the funding, I would do it!

RZ Says:

Noticed that Cilic beat Berdych in Berdych’s first match with Cilic’s old coach. The Birdman doesn’t have a good record when it comes to playing his new coach’s former charges.

Wog Boy Says:

Some wise man said something like “if you want to know your future you have first to get to know your past”.

CF1 and Daniel have a point, it is enough to have quick look at his last three years (pretty decent span), Rafa is going from bad to worse and he is 30 years old, just not comparable with Delpo’s situation.
Nobody hates Rafa (though he has some rough and nasty fans) just calling a spade a spade, nobody is saying he won’t have another great come back, but as the time is passing it is less less and less likely, he is still second most successful player in the history of tennis, that should make his fans happy.

For the record, I did cheer him not Nishikori, but after he made that complain against Nishikori I remembered why he stopped being my second favorite in WTF 2010 match against Nole and his behavior towards chair umpire for allowing Nole to try to sort out his problem with contacts lenses, that was very low from Rafa.

Wog Boy Says:

The only appropriate final in men’s basketball at olympics:

USA : Serbia

Good job boys, now arogant Bogut can think about his mistake that fired up boy when he said before the match that “Croatia means same to him as Australia” so the boys decided to send him same way as Croatia two days ago, my dilema has been wrong, that was master and apprentice match:)

Wog Boy Says:

^^ “fired up boys”

courbon Says:

Wog Boy- I stayed all night two watch-Serbia very good indeed.
But as in last two Olympics, I can not see them beating USA…
One can hope, no?

Wog Boy Says:


Sale Djordjevic (the coach) told them, there is only two ways we can play the game, we can go out just to play, or to go out to play to win.

The odds against Americans are probably 90:10 in their favour, but that doesn’t mean they should come out just to play, they have to come out to play to win and sell their skin as expensive as they can. Individualy this is the weakest Serbian team in the last 20 years (Bobi Marjanovic and Bjelica are not in Rio) but they have enormous team spirit that keeps them moving forward and that’s what I expect them to do, to make us proud against Dream Team, nobody expect them to win, just to wear their hearts on their sleeves.

Daniel Says:

Murray wins and set another Raonic clash

AndyMira Says:

Another good win for Andy..Good because even with he’s clearly in pain but still managed to came out on top..although a little bit concern with his back pain..hope it was not too serious..not when USO is around the corner…

@M…still furiously email Andy?You should…the other day was shoulder and today is his back…although i doubt he’ll listen..sorry much as he loves his Aunty but his eyes were set on Cincy crown atm..

@RZ…Yo sis,welcome back!Although i have to agree with you..everytime you go away,he won…and i bet with my chicken grave that Margot would gladly funding you come USO,she will do anything for his darling Andy…’sides she’s in very good term with FedEx nowadays..

*Cackle furiously in the background!Keh!keh!keh!*

Margot Says:

Last night I sent an urgent message to Andy via pigeon post, against your advice I know, but the old ways are the best…;) Milos will be a step too far now. Besides 1) Jamie Delgardo said Andy is “running on fumes” and 2) RZ will be watching…eek!
@Wog Boy
Our women’s hockey team just won a gold, against the big, big favourites, so anything is possible, on a penalty shoot out too, hope those prima donnas in the English football squad were watching. Time and time again all the athletes speak about the importance of being part of a team. No wonder Andy loves the Davis Cup so much. Tennis is a lonely sport.

Margot Says:

And AM “chicken grave?” You got me there!

Willow Says:

Wogboy Chris Ford 1 its my point that got missed, i never said anyone hates Nadal, and he has some nasty fans as all groups do, and at the moment Rafa inspite of all his injuries still is a top 5 player, Delpo is ranked where ?, he can have an amazing win against any elite player dont get me wrong, but then lose to a player you would expect him to beat handily, he hasnt made a final of a GS or a Masters since ?, people said Nadal was finished right after he won 3 GS in a year, so its exactly right you cant compare the two, where is this amazing run Delpos going to have that people keep talking about but never seems to happen ??, and top 5 is rather unrealistic IMO, i would say top 30 perhaps 20 at best, nothing to suggest to me hes a top 10 / 5 player at the moment ….

Willow Says:

Waves to Courbon up there ;-) ….

Margot our gals dragged victory out of the jaws of defeat, and were completely out played, bood, sweat, and tears went into that win last night, AMAZING, and BTW go Andy, think he needs a rest now though ….

Okiegal Says:

@Margot…..I ran into a good friend of mine that just got back from Cincy. She knows I’m a Rafa fan and she took pix for me. Her husband is a tennis coach and the both play. She said Andy was playing so awesome…..they were very impressed with him of everyone they saw play. She also told me that Cincy venue was the best place to go to watch……you can get very close to players, way cheaper than the USO…… they’ve been there too. She loved Cincy better than anywhere she has ever been. I could drive it …..14 hrs from my home.
I am gonna plan a trip there next year…..providing Rafa is there…….I am very concerned about Rafa and his career atm…..hopefully his problem now was caused by too many hours on court…….I thought you might enjoy some kind words about Andy.

Margot Says:

They were amazing weren’t they? And they never thought they would lose. Mental strength, I think.
Thank you for those very kind words indeedy. I think/hope Andy will lose the next one, “out of gas” and the “big” ones coming up fast. Apparently Kim and Sophia will be in New York too. That should give him a boost. Haven’t seen him play, time wrong here.
Has your friend been to Indian Wells? That’s the one I really fancy. The setting is so beautiful and again you can get up close and personal to the players there too.
Whatever happens to Rafa from here on in, he is the GOAT of clay, that can’t be taken away from him and I doubt his extraordinary record will ever be surpassed.

AndyMira Says:

@M….Andy sent me a message VIA FACEBOOK..PLEASE REPEAT AFTER ME..VIA FACEBOOK a while ago,he said to tell you “don’t worry my beloved Aunty,it’s true i’m running on fumes right now but i’ve also got a spare GTR TURBO that i always keep in my backpocket and i will use it against Raonic tomorrow,please don’t worry Aunty..I love you…Yours sincerely..Your darling Andrew”..

@As for RZ…Sis,you don’t have a choice but hide behind Margot sofa for a while..we don’t want to jeopardize any chance that Andy may get..

PS..Yes M..chicken’s wayyyy safer…heck M..i don’t want to get a visit from my late mom and dad in my dream!

AndyMira Says:

Oppss!PS2]…Andy also told me that your trusty pigeon NEVER get there M!Hah!…i thought as it ever occurred to you that she maybe stumbled into a tall,dark and hairy and handsome pigeon on the way?And decide to take a vacation together to Galapagos?

*More cackle furiously!Keh!Keh!Keh!Keh!*

Okiegal Says:

@Margot, I too think Indian Wells would be a good venue too. I will ask her, they do go to a lot of tournaments. They watch a lot of collegiate tennis. For me 14 hrs by car is better than over twenty hrs to California. The drive out west is boring and lots of desert. The farthest I have been west is Las Vegas… that’s an experience. Yep he is the GOAT of Clay……can’t ever take that away from him! The big one is coming up….oh my, will they be ready?? Too put a big link in the chain of events….very worried for the super tired players. Oh, my friend said regarding Andy, that he always managed to come through on the big points……

Okiegal Says:

^^^^Should be to put a kink in the chain and not a link in the chain….

Willow Says:

Wogboy i do appreciate Chris Ford 1 is a fellow Novak fan so its understandable that you will agree with him, but theres nothing in my post i dont stand by, and nothing i need to apologize for ….

chrisford1 Says:

I believe Margot would find a trip to Indian Wells money well spent. “The 5th Major” plus all the tennis sideshow stuff and lots to do besides tennis in the vicinity.

Wog Boy Says:

Where did you get from that you have to apologize and for what?
Whether CF1 or Daniel are Nole fans or not is irrelevant. I posted my opinion that happened to agree with theirs, that’s all. Never mentioned you nor asked you to apologize, so I don’t see the point of your post.

Wog Boy Says:

It wasn’t new Balkan war , but we’ve shown the door to Croatia, finally the got rid of the monkey from our back, best team of the world kept missing on Olimpic gold until Rio, Olympic gold in water polo is finally ours, masterfully played match, 11:7. Good on you boys.

Wog Boy Says:

Curiosity for you CF1, with this title we are currently owning all relevant titles, something like calendar Grand slam, World champions, World league, European champions and Olympic champions, what a generation of players, one in a life time, and we don’t even have a sea:))

Top story: After Withdrawals, Kvitova, Pliskova, Brady Lead Doha Field