Federer Wins In Summer Debut; Djokovic, Delpo, Wawrinka v Nishikori Wed.
by Staff | August 15th, 2018, 12:19 am

Roger Federer cruised in his first hard court match of the summer. The 7-time champion needed just 74 minutes to beat Peter Gojowzcyk 6-4, 6-4.

“I felt good in that first match, to be honest, walking out, hardly any nerves,” Federer said. “I think I knew what I wanted to do, what I had to do. Game plan is very simple. It’s straightforward, it’s fast-court tennis.

“I’m only feeling better every day that has gone by after Wimbledon. So it’s nice to have played a match so my last match is not the Anderson match, so you’ve kind of turned the page, I guess, in that regard. It’s a good thing.”

It was Federer’s first hard court match since a stunning opening round loss to Thanasi Kokkinakis at Miami, and a first match in Cincinnati since 2015.

Federer, who has won his 11 matches in Cincinnati, will have the day off on Wednesday before returning on Thursday to face Leonardo Mayer. The Argentine Mayer upset the man who beat Andy Murray, Lucas Pouille, 7-6, 6-4.

2017 finalist Nick Kyrgios saved a match point and cracked 39 aces to beat Denis Kudla 6-7(2), 7-5, 7-6(9). Up next for the Aussie tomorrow is Borna Coria who blew out qualifier Andrey Medvedev 6-2, 6-3.

“[In my mind] I don’t feel as if I can miss that serve again, so I just go for it,” said Kyrgios of the second serve ace he hit down match point. “It came off today, but obviously some days it’s not going to work. But on days like today, obviously it got me the win.

“I have won a lot of matches doing that… It’s high percentage for me. My serve is my best shot. It’s high percentage to back myself and go for those serves under pressure. Sometimes you’re going to lose, and most of the time, if you back yourself, you win the match.”

Stefanos Tsitsipas was the story of the Canadian Open, but after his final run in Toronto, the 20-year-old had nothing left today against the steady David Goffin who overcame three set points in the first to win 7-5, 6-3.

Australian Open semifinalist Hyeon Chung kept Jack Sock in a downward spiral with a 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 over the American. Sock, who was bothered by a back issue, has now lost his last eight matches.

Big men Karen Khachanov and Milos Raonic were also winners on the day. Denis Shapovalov ousted Kyle Edmund in the final match of the night.

No. 8 seed Dominic Thiem withdrew with an illness. He was replaced by Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

On Wednesday, Novak Djokovic resumes his bid for a first Cincinnati title against Adrian Mannarino. Juan Martin del Potro will face Chung and in the match of the day, Stan Wawrinka collides with Kei Nishikori.

Kevin Anderson, Marin Cilic, Alexander Zverev and Grigor Dimitrov are also in action.

CENTER Starts At 11:00 Am
3 Alexander Zverev vs Robin Haase
Not Before 1:00 PM
Lesia Tsurenko vs 7 Garbiñe Muguruza
Mischa Zverev vs 5 Grigor Dimitrov

Not Before 7:00 PM
1 Simona Halep vs (Q) Ajla Tomljanovic
Not Before 8:30 PM
Hyeon Chung vs 4 Juan Martin del Potro

GRANDSTAND Starts At 11:00 AM
(Q) Tatjana Maria vs 3 Sloane Stephens
Not Before 12:30 PM
10 Novak Djokovic vs Adrian Mannarino
4 Angelique Kerber vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Not Before 7:00 PM
Kei Nishikori vs (WC) Stan Wawrinka
(O) Xinyun Ha/nDarija Jurak vs (G) Kaitlyn Christian/Sabrina Santamaria

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25 Comments for Federer Wins In Summer Debut; Djokovic, Delpo, Wawrinka v Nishikori Wed.

skeezer Says:

Good to see the Maestro back in action.
Great day of Tennis lined up. Chung vs Delpo first rd? Whoa!

Humble Rafa Says:

Why do you like to see losers in action? I played well last week. Did you see that?

FedExpress Says:

To have such kind of choking abilities like Cilic is a skill itself.

Pamela Says:

Humble Rafa…. did you see the interview after his win in Toronto against the Greek teenager? The commentator was trying to point out how in 2005, the last time Rafa won in Canada, he was playing against an older top player.. the commentator pointed out that now Rafa was the elder statesman and how did it feel now that he was to play a young up and comer. All Rafa had to do was respond to the question. Yet, he spent his time patting himself on the back and lamenting about all his injuries and how here he was playing the final. Not one word about his opponent. As you speak for Rafa… why does he do that? why can’t he respond to the question and not talk about himself for once? Truly, just curious, not looking for a fight…

Mystic - Willow Says:

Pamela Rafa said what a bright future Sissy has ahead of him, so not all true, having said that i doubt HR is a Rafa fan or even a tennis fan to be honest ….

FedExpress Says:

A. Zverev out, loses to Haase. He is so up and down.

Nole loses first set to Adrian.

BBB Says:

Djoker looks miserable out there. He looks as though it’s 100 on the court and he’s pushing the ball.

Humble Rafa Says:

To have such kind of choking abilities like Cilic is a skill itself.

I am told that skill comes naturally for dopers. I cannot confirm that myself since I am clean.

FedExpress Says:

Adrian, wtf??!?!

Nole took MTO and Adrian self imploding afterwards.

BBB Says:

Adrian looked like he was already on a downward trajectory.

FedExpress Says:

After the magic pills which Nole took he didnt lose a game.

Once a faker, always a faker

BBB Says:

What magic pill did he take to go up 5-2 in the second?

Okiegal Says:

Muguruza has a different kind of costume on today….

BBB Says:

I’m not a fan of Stella’s stuff for Adidas generally. But I at least liked the shape of the dresses she had for Mugu and Woz.

This boxy thing she’s got going at the moment is fugly.

Giles Says:

Hey Pamela. Where did you dig up all that bs from?

FedExpress Says:

Muguruza like Stan. Hot and cold. Either very good or very bad. No inbetween.

Truth Says:

Fed fan talks about fake? Lmao Twilight Zone.
The only way Fed wins is if everyone is personally in tatters.
No wonder Djoker can win Masters so quickly. No doubt, he’ll win all Masters.
Fed depended on exhausted turkeys that fluked slams *cilic, roddick 😁🤣🤣 Funny, Fed talks so much about Djoker when he feels threatened by Wimbledon wins.

skeezer Says:

Thanks for the insightful post on Rafa. It is refreshing to see someone else who can find news on Rafa that is not so pixie dusted with infatuation.

ChrisFord1 Says:

Dokovic keeps starting slow. I thought he learned his lesson from 2013, and had made a conscious effort to always try and take the 1st set after that…until things fell apart 2nd half of 2016. He is back, but he has to get to that 1st set ready and work to get it – because he can’t do that with Rafa, who in beast mode at present. Or Fed or some hot young gun, for that matter.

Okiegal Says:

@ Pamela….. yeah, thanks! Lol
@Giles….. Time to get the old shovel out and start digging! Lol

Daniel Says:

With Inner out and Thiem withdrawing Djoko guarantee Top #8 seed for USO after todays victory. Unless Goffin (which is the only player below him that can surpass him) reaches final and Djoko loses next round.
If Djoko reaches semis, (beating Dimitrov next round, who defends title) he passes him in ranking also.

So, 95% chance Djoko gets the top #8 seed for USO if he beats Dimi next round.

FedExpress Says:

No play today due to rain so Delpo-Chung have to play tomorrow

But the forecast says rain all day.

Mystic - Willow Says:

Skeezer im not infatuated with Rafa, and ive never pixie dusted him either, and granted he aint no saint, what im saying is that he did actually give Sissy alot of credit, and also said what a bright future he has ….

Mystic - Willow Says:

Gets so tiresome that people believe that been a Rafa fan, must mean your infatuated with what he looks like, i mean the mans an all time great with 17 GS for goodness sake ….

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