Rain Stops Rafa, Dimitrov Dumps Delpo, Isner, Ferrer Advance At Cincinnati
by Staff | August 18th, 2017, 1:08 am

On a very wet day at Cincinnati, six of the eight scheduled third round matches were completed, leaving two to finish on Friday.

Grigor Dimitrov began the day posting his first career win over Juan Martin del Potro who was visibly struggling with the heat by the end of the match in a 6-3, 7-5 defeat.

“He’s a tricky opponent… a super-experienced player,” said Dimitrov. “I definitely had to stay away a little bit from that forehand. I knew if I keep the ball low on his backhand side and just kind of work my way into the court, it would have been the right thing to do.I think I did this thing very, very well today. The short slice really made him very uncomfortable, and he was giving me a lot of short balls, so I could start moving him with my forehand. It was also a bit of a mind game, because we know our game pretty well.”

Dimitrov, who made the semifinals a year ago, now faces the surprising Yuichi Sugita. The Japanese star stunned Jack Sock then on Thursday knocked out young Russian Karen Khachanov 6-7(0), 6-3, 6-3.

In an American generational showdown, John Isner took down Frances Tiafoe 7-6(4), 7-5. The 2013 finalist now meets a third straight wildcard countryman in Jared Donaldson on Friday in the quarterfinals.

The 20-year-old Donaldson reached his first career ATP final defeating Nikolaz Basilishvili 6-4, 7-6(4).

“I played Jared once,” said Isner. “It was on grass a couple years ago, so it’s been a while since we played. I can’t really take much stock into that match. He was two years younger than he is now. He’s playing some very good tennis. It’s very impressive to see. He works really hard.

“I don’t know if you guys agree, maybe he doesn’t quite get the credit that some of the other young guys that he’s with, and he’s the highest-ranked one right now. He’s certainly doing all the right things. I see him on the practice court. I see him working on his game, doing stuff in the gym. He has a good team around him. I think Jan-Michael Gambill is obviously doing a very good job for him.

“Tomorrow’s match will be tough, but I’m playing well, and I expect it to be a very tough match for him, as well. Just look forward to it. It’s going to be a good match.”

David Ferrer continued his return to form topping countryman Pablo Carreno Busta 6-4, 6-4. Next for Ferrer is No. 3 seed Dominic Thiem who was a 7-6, 7-6 victory over Adrian Mannarino.

“Against Ferrer it’s going to be a long and physically tough match,” said Thiem. “He’s playing way better again, including a great match against Federer last week. It’s going to be really tough but I’ve got some more confidence again and I hope I’m ready.”

In the evening, Nick Kyrgios and Ivo Karlovic were suspended at 4-3 in the first set while Rafael Nadal and Albert Ramos-Vinolas never got on the court as continued rain forced the cancellation of all play just after 11pm.

So tomorrow, Nadal is looking to have to win two matches to keep his hopes for a second Cincinnati title alive.

CENTER start 11:00 am
WTA – [4] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs [8] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)

Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – [1] R. Nadal (ESP) vs A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 00
ATP – [7] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs Y. Sugita (JPN)
ATP – [WC] J. Donaldson (USA) vs [14] J. Isner (USA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – [7] J. Konta (GBR) vs [2] S. Halep (ROU)

Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – [1] R. Nadal (ESP) or A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs N. Kyrgios (AUS) or I. Karlovic (CRO)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
ATP – J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs [3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)

Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs I. Karlovic (CRO) 34

Not Before 3:30 pm
WTA – [1] K. Pliskova (CZE) or [Q] C. Giorgi (ITA) vs [6] C. Wozniacki (DEN)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [3] D. Thiem (AUT) vs D. Ferrer (ESP)

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19 Comments for Rain Stops Rafa, Dimitrov Dumps Delpo, Isner, Ferrer Advance At Cincinnati

Giles Says:

Weather a real bummer. Sure to scupper Rafa’s chances going forward. To play 2 matches in the Cinci heat…. ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ซ

Willow Says:

Best to not think too far ahead, Rafa will only be thinking about ARV ….

Willow Says:

So sad about the terrorist attacks in Barcelona, Rafa will be feeling this, knowing how much he adores that place ….

Giles Says:

Yes he’s extremely upset.

Nits Says:

Rafa and Kyrgios all set for second match of the day Vamos

Nits Says:

First set almost gone for Nadal

Okiegal Says:

Eeek……Nicky on fire!! This is gonna be a quick one……..I am afraid…..

Daniel Says:

Returned from the movies in the time to see the tense ending. After Nadal broke saving MP for 5-5 thought he would make a comeback. Oddily he made 3 unforced errors in a row to get broken.

Congrats Kyrgios, winning 4 sets in one day after losing first set to Karlovic. Now he could breakthrough and win his first masters, if he is not too spent.
It would be great, maybe the Zverev and Thiem success trigger something in him.

As for Nadal, another HC tourney and no title.
Untill RG he had a 43-6 record on the season with 4 titles in 10 tourneys, 7 finals.

Now he is 6-3 after RG in 3 tournaments, with 5 more, maybe 6 to be played, not even a single QF.

Said it before, is just a matter of time for Federer to get back to #1 as long as he is healthy, he wins more points than Nadal second half of the season. Best chance for Nadal is USO with best of 5 format and day in between rest, top seeds and easy first rounds. After that, he won’t be favorite in any tournament on fast courts and indoor Hard.

Nadal will enter USO with 7645 pts and Federer 7145, but Nadal defends 180 from USO last year, so the gap is actually 320 pts during USO. Meaning Federer will have to achieve at least semis or beyond and Nadal lose in QF. The deeper Nadal go, Federer will need a round above in later stages.

FedExpress Says:

Wow. Kyrgios destroyed Nadal.

Think he is jealous (in a positive way) of Zverevs success. He achieved more in a short span of time than Kyrgios has. Above that he is 2 years younger.

skeezer Says:

Thanks for the update on the points race๐Ÿ‘

Tennisfansince1976 Says:

Rafa got rolled. I didn’t think he looked particularly sharp. Kyrgios did and the match was sort of routine barring the a bit if nerves at the end. One interesting thing about this stretch where a lot of top players are done for the year, fragile or not as consistent as they once were is that there are lots of points up for grabs that were almost always taken by the big 4. Other than Ferrer no player left in Cincinnati has ever won a masters 1000.

Okiegal Says:

Go “big” John!!!!

Van Persie Says:

Agree, Okie!

Go John! Not the biggest fan of his game but he’s a nice guy. Also like his childish face.

Van Persie Says:

^ He’s my fave giant in tennis

Margot Says:

Sorry gals, anyone but Isner! I’d rather watch paint dry TBH.

Rennie Says:

Daniel, the Kyrgios loss was a quarter-final. However your point is well made in that Nadal has not impressed since the clay season. True, he kept his sets-won streak going until he ran into Muller at SW19 in the fourth round but he hasn’t had a sniff of a semi-final place since Roland Garros.

Of thirteen tournaments played this season, he has made it to the semi-final seven times. However, the record shows that he has done this in four out of five clay events and just three from eight others.

Could 2017 be the year in which the incumbent No. 1 has a thoroughly miserable time of it? Andy Murray enjoyed the tail-end of 2016 with that Djokovic win at WTF but this year has been a lugubrious litany for sure. And now Nadal – who has won just one slam title away from clay since 2010 (though it was the US Open, in 2013) – takes over at a time when he seems once again to be mired in mediocre form. Things have not gone well for him at Flushing Meadows since that 2013 title run. This time around, I do not fancy his prospects much.

Daniel Says:

I hear you Rennie and after that 2013 titles is not like he is losing to other Big 4 and Wawa. But their absence in this year, reduces the number of potential quality players.

Even so, seems Murray will play so Nadal can get Federer in semis and Murray finals (if Murray gets a soft draw to play himself into form).

And both this masters showed that on this courts Nadal still struggles.

Willow Says:

Agree with Margot, Johns a lovely guy, but his tennis is not sorry gals ….

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