Djokovic Overcomes Slow Start In Rainy Cincy, Zverev Stays Winless; Federer Returns Thurs
by Staff | August 16th, 2018, 1:09 am

Novak Djokovic has never won the Cincinnati Masters, and after dropping the opening set to Frenchman Adrian Mannarino it looked like it was going to stay that way. But the Serb picked him game up and cruised from there to a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 victory.

“I think it adds more to the motivation rather than pressure,” Djokovic said of being the first to win all nine Masters. “I really want to win this tournament, and I have been trying. I’m still in the tournament this year, and hopefully I can get a shot at the title.

“But I need to definitely play better than I have in the first couple matches. I have been training a lot and trying to find the game and the level of tennis that I want to be on. I am motivated to get far in this tournament, without a doubt.”

Djokovic also needed medical attention in the second set for an upset stomach.

“I wasn’t feeling well. I didn’t have a great night and wasn’t feeling that well for the first set and a half,” Djokovic said. “I kind of made it through, and with the help of the doctor and God I’m just happy that I managed to overcome the challenge.

“Credit to him playing well in the first set, but I wasn’t myself. On the court I had difficulty moving around and just hitting the ball, making a lot of unforced errors. The second part of the second set and third set it was already much better. I will try to take that into next match.”

To continue, Djokovic will have to knock out the defending champion Grigor Dimitrov tomorrow. The Bulgarian won over Mischa Zverev 7-6(5), 7-5. Djokovic is 7-1 against Dimitrov.

The Zverevs in general had a bad day. Younger Alexander was dumped by Robin Haase 5-7, 6-4, 7-5. Alexander falls to 0-4 at Cincinnati and he’ll go into the US Open on a 2-match losing streak.

Stan Wawrinka enjoyed a solid win beaten Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-4.

Kevin Anderson, Milos Raonic, Marin Cilic and Karen Khachanov were among to the big men to advance.

2017 finalist Nick Kyrgios also was a winner as was David Goffin.

After a lengthy rain delay mid-afternoon, a final deluge just before 11pm finished off play as Juan Martin del Potro and Hyeon Chung never got started after warmup.

More in is in the forecast for third round Thursday. If the weather allows, 7-time champion Roger Federer returns to face Argentine Leonardo Mayer.

Raonic will take on fellow Canadian Denis Shapovalov and Cilic challenges Khachanov.

CENTER start 11:00 am
ATP – Milos Raonic (CAN) vs Denis Shapovalov (CAN)
Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA to finish – [1] Simona Halep vs [Q] Ajla Tomljanovic (Australia) 4-6 6-3 4-3
WTA – [4] Angelique Kerber (GER) vs [13] Madison Keys (USA)
ATP – [10] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs [5] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)
Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – Leonardo Mayer (ARG) vs [2] Roger Federer (SUI)
Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – [1] Simona Halep (ROM) or [Q] Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) vs [16] Ashleigh Barty (AUS)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
WTA – [8] Petra Kvitova (CZE) vs Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)
Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP to finish – Hyeon Chung (KOR) vs [4] Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) 0-0
ATP – Karen Khachanov (RUS) vs [7] Marius Cilic (CRO)
WTA – [15] Elise Mertens (BEL) vs [3] Sloane Stephens (USA)
ATP – Marton Fucsovics (HUN) vs [WC] Stan Wawrinka (SUI)
Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – Anett Kontaveit (ESP) vs Kiki Bertens (NED)

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28 Comments for Djokovic Overcomes Slow Start In Rainy Cincy, Zverev Stays Winless; Federer Returns Thurs

Giles Says:

Joker says, “ No shot clock …. I don’t like it”. Lol

FedExpress Says:

Today raining all day
Tomorrow raining all day
Saturday also raining all day

lol. when will they play?

skeezer Says:

You better hope your Love wins as many titles as he can now, the shot clock is coming wether you like it or not.

Okiegal Says:

I thought Rafa did great with the shot clock.I think just one TVW?? Great outstanding athletes can adjust to anything. He explained his stand on it in his last presser… y’all know the one where he was patting himself on the back??? Are you serious?? He elaborated on The Fly’s tennis skills about how good he was. Back to the shot clock, he says he likes to think about his serve, so he’s gonna have to think faster. I thought he adjusted nicely to it…..Having said that I think it’s affecting his first serve a little bit….but the more matches he has under his belt, it will start to become second nature to him. He’s played slow his entire career… yes he’ll have to adjust his game and he will…. ..

skeezer Says:

“Great outstanding athletes can adjust to anything”
Well said OK, agree. That includes any surface, conditions, indoors, outdoors, sand, dirt, mud, wind, rain, no rain, snow, sleet, clouds, AND…. a time clock!

j-kath Says:

Sounds OK?
What does TX folks think?

ChrisFord1 Says:

Now if Rafa could only adjust to playing indoors.
“Why no sky? Now I lose, no?”

Mystic - Willow Says:

Theres another all time great that apparantly doesnt care for the shot clock as Giles said, but like all the rest will have to adjust ….

Mystic - Willow Says:

Some love the roof even when a tournament is supposed to be played outdoors ….

ChrisFord1 Says:

Talking about Rafa reminds me of dirt. And not the kind in his dirtpens.

If Rafa is talking about playing as long as possible, “age 35 maybe 40 is possible for some players,” what about Xisca and her biological clock?

And, on Djokovic, does anyone have insight on why UniQlo dumped him for Federer?
Is it related to any personal moral messiness being part of Novaks falling from the top after the 2016 French Open?

Finally, on why Kyrgios is no tool like Bernard Tomic..Even when he tanks and shows some of his boorish side, he has an amusing sense of humor and shows heart.
Got a point violation for singing a NSFW song to fans. At 3-0 in the 2nd set, yelling to his box he had not yet begun to tank, and it would be a great tanking. (after the match he said his goal was 0-6 so he could serve 1st in the 3rd) When Coric was taking so long to serve he was boring Nick, he was commenting on how it was not like McDonalds, paraphrasing, “when I’m hungry I want my food, now, and McDonalds is so good at that!” And telling a fan encouraging him, “You know, when I’m healthy, I’m actually a pretty good player.”

Okiegal Says:

Yep, Skeezer Rafa can do it all! The roof might cause him a problem…….just like clay causes some great athletes probs…. but Rafa has that surface mastered better than most…..So every great athlete can have their nemesis…..Rafa will master thqe shot clock too!! 80 titles… he’s doing something right to adjust to all the elements the sport of tennis brings….


Django Says:

Some tournaments should change the rules.

Giles Says:

Hey skeezer. My love loves the shot clock. Lol

Mystic - Willow Says:

Somebody has an obsession with Nadals love life, by the way Federer always has and always will be way more loved than Djokovic its not even close ….

Giles Says:

CF1. FOS as usual!

FedExpress Says:

Dont think they will play the final on Sunday

BBB Says:

I mean, it’s not going out on a limb to ask if Rafa has a touch of OCD, and if so, then this kind of change is perturbing in a way it wouldn’t be to people who don’t have it. He’ll need to suck it up, but this too shall pass.

Daniel Says:

Damm, did not expect Dimi winning a 6-2 set on Djoko who didn’t have a single BP so far. He will have to do in 3 or another year and no Cincy title for him.

FedExpress Says:

Dimi already with a break in the 2nd.

dont chole like you did vs Murray some years back.

How did Nole win Wimbledon? And beat Nadal along the way?

This guy doesnt seem to have gained confidence by winning a GS. He looks so down and out.

FedExpress Says:


that smash by dimi on BP.
absolute embarassing.

GSM Nole.

Daniel Says:

Dimi feeding slices to Djoko’s BH who is unable to do anything with it and missing a lot.

But even so, with a Djoko like smash on BP miss by Dimi who didn’t wait for the ball to kick, Djoko breaks back.

FedExpress Says:

Choke and Dimitrov. Two synonyms.

FedExpress Says:

after a break down Nole will serve for the set.

Dimitrov you bloody choker. You dont disappoint.

Humble Rafa Says:

Choke and Dimitrov. Two synonyms.

In other news, Monday follows every Sunday. Has been doing it with consistency and excellence since the beginning of time.

Giles Says:

Thank goodness Rafa is out of this debacle. ROFL

Humble Rafa Says:

If the Arrogant One who controls the schedule has to play twice in a day, they would have me playing 5 rounds in one day. Glad I skipped.

I am slowly impressed with how well I am managing my schedule. Some people could learn from me, I think.

Humble Rafa Says:

Congratulations to Skeeze again. Staff brought to my attention that today is black cat appreciation day.

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