Djokovic, Wawrinka Monday Winners In Cincinnati, Murray Out; Federer Set For Summer Debut
by Staff | August 13th, 2018, 11:41 pm

Several of the top names in tennis were action on Monday at the Cincinnati Masters. And the results were mixed.

Two-time tournament champion Andy Murray made his 2018 Masters debut but struggled in a 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 loss to Lucas Pouille. The French who once beat Rafael Nadal at the US Open, fell last week to teen Felix Auger-Alissiame. But this afternoon, opened and finished strong in his first career win over the Scot.

“I’m very happy, especially with the way I fought until the end,” Pouille said. “I tried to do my best in the third set and then until the end I played very aggressive and I’m very pleased with that.”

Murray, who had played so well in the second, opened the third by double-faulting a quick break away. And Pouille hung on.

“Today’s start of the match was not good at all,” Murray said. “It was a pretty bad first set and then after that, you know, got a little bit better. I physically felt okay. You know, it’s quick conditions here. I feel like he was a little bit sharper than me out there. I maybe wasn’t reacting as quickly to some shots I would have liked.

“I only lost four more points in the match than him. It was tight. He’s a Top 20 player,” he added. “If I can improve by 10, 15 percent, you turn a lot of those matches around.”

Miami champion and 2017 semifinalist John Isner fell in a minor upset to countryman Sam Querrey in a final set breaker 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-6(5). Querrey failed to serve it out at 5-4 in the third, but hung in the breaker to snap a string of 8 straight losses in final set breakers.

Isner has now lost three of his last four matches.

Stan Wawrinka picked up a good win beating Diego Schwartzman 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. Next for Stan is Kei Nishikori who got past Andrey Rublev 7-5, 6-3.

In a marquee NextGen clash, Denis Shapovalov edged Frances Tiafoe 7-6(6), 3-6, 7-5.

And in the evening, Novak Djokovic needed NINE match points to finally put away Steve Johnson 6-4, 7-6(4). Djokovic, who needs a Cincinnati title to complete the set of nine Masters, was up a break in the second before going down a break in the second.

On Tuesday, 7-time champion Roger Federer makes his summer hard court debut against German Peter Gojowczyk.

“I’ve been practicing on hard courts, so it’s not like I haven’t played on hard courts for forever,” said Federer who hasn’t played on hard since Miami. “I feel I am really ready to go. Anxious actually. Cincy has been a great tournament for me in the past. It’s great to be back and hopefully I can play a good tournament.”

2017 finalist Nick Kyrgios and his bad hip will take on Denis Kudla. Australian Open semifinalist Hyeon Chung challenges the reeling Jack Sock. Fellow Melbourne semifinalist Kyle Edmund faces Shapovalov. And Greek phenom Stefanos Tsitsipas takes on David Goffin.

CENTER Starts At 11:00 AM
Hyeon Chung vs Jack Sock
Not Before 1:00 PM
9 Karolina Pliskova vs Agnieszka Radwanska
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs 11 David Goffin

Not Before 7:00 PM
Peter Gojowczyk vs 2 Roger Federer
Not Before 8:30 Pm
8 Petra Kvitova vs Serena Williams

GRANDSTAND Starts At 11:00 AM
Naomi Osaka vs Maria Sakkari
15 Nick Kyrgios vs (Q) Denis Kudla
Kiki Bertens vs CoCo Vandeweghe
Not Before 7:00 PM
5 Elina Svitolina vs (WC) Svetlana Kuznetsova
Not Before 8:30 Pm
Denis Shapovalov vs 14 Kyle Edmund

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16 Comments for Djokovic, Wawrinka Monday Winners In Cincinnati, Murray Out; Federer Set For Summer Debut

Hannah Says:

Sad that Murray’s out but the process of recovery can take a long time. Hopefully he will regroup and be fit and firing for US Open!

j-kath Says:

Hannah: In 5-setters he’s got more time to win….(provided he gets an early set) however, the reverse of the coin is tiredness.

Truth Says:

Fed bragged about how wonderful he played.
Clown bashed Djoker about not playing enough, and
giggled at his 2 year misery.
Then Fed skipped many tournaments to avoid losing to Djoker
and suddenly, decided to clap for Djoker during ’18 Wimbledon final.
No one needs your pity after your enjoyment of Djoker’s disastrous personal life, Fed.
Go back to talking about how many times you beat Nadal.

Margot Says:

Andy was unable to rotate his hip, which impeded his backhand, his movement and his serve. Seemed to fade in the third set too. Awful shame.

SG1 Says:


It’s bad karma to wish bad things on your peers. I’m sure Roger is happy that Novak is 7 slams behind him but I don’t think he wishes him any ill will in terms of injury or personal adversity.

Do you really believe this or do you write this stuff to get a rise out of people like me? As for this record against Nadal, it’s a whole lot more respectable than it was at the beginning of 2016.

Mystic - Willow Says:

Posters dont have to apologize for not liking a player, or rooting against them, but hopefully niether the fans nor the players wish any ill will on anybody ….

Humble Rafa Says:

Hopefully he will regroup and be fit and firing for US Open!

Don’t get your hopes up. He is playing injured. Humble being the humble person I am, is worried that he has not fully healed and will get injured again if he continues playing. He doesn’t look recovered from his injury.

j-kath Says:

Margot: Didn’t see the Andy match – but what Andy says (on a couple of articles); others say – (not Tennis X contributors but handful of friends who support him) he looked physically OK…

hence …..essentially he looked fit
…in a couple of articles Andy said he’d been paying a lot of attention to being fit – but little to practising…

…..a bit confusing……

j-kath Says:

PS: Andy is playing Shenzhen in September – so is Sit+Sip – the young Greek.

BBB Says:

Wow, Mirka looks good. She actually looks better not all glammed up – ponytail and plain T shirt.

Daniel Says:

Saw a bit of Murray match in second set and some points he was as good as ever. Return also on point. But his second serve was pretty attackable, Pouille was eaten it for supper and sometimes he was touching his rips and looked a bit late to shots.

Fed a break up, saving several BPs already, But Gojow is return inside the court with a great timing on Fed’s serve.

Fed serving for 1st set.

FedExpress Says:


Margot Says:

Kath: Andy can say what he likes but at the moment his movement is compromised.
I really do hope people have no expectations of his performance at the USOpen. I don’t expect him, short of a miraculous draw, to get out of the first week.
The AO seems a more realistic prospect, but even then, I’m not very hopeful.

j-kath Says:

Margot: Andy usually says what he thinks but then there is wishful thinking. The fact that he has already signed up for Shenzhen makes me wonder if he might pull out of the US Open. Hence I’m not renewing a tennis package just yet – I’m way behind on a pile of work anyway so will continue to tinker with tennis for a bit longer.

ChrisFord1 Says:

I don’t want to see Andy injure himself before he is fit to play. He was smart to skip Wimbledon with it’s high injury/reinjury rate due to grass surface. I think he showed he is not ready to play the USO in full health.
He should have no pressure on himself. 3 majors, 2 gold medals, 1 Championship, 14 Masters means he was easily the 4th best of his era and in the top dozen players ever.

j-kath Says:

ChrisFord 1:

Yes and No. Andy wants to get back in the mix – which is possibly why he wants to ignore the fact that he is trying hard too soon…..

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