Zverev’s 20 Double Faults Keeps Him Winless In Cincinnati, Clown Kyrgios Out; Djokovic, Federer v Qualifiers Thurs.
by Staff | August 15th, 2019, 12:13 am

Five tries and Alexander Zverev is still winless in Cincinnati. The German No. 1 fell in his fifth straight 3-set defeat going down to 19-year-old qualifier Miomir Kecmanovic 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-4.

Zverev, who struggled last week with his serve, today mixed in a career-high total of 20 double faults!

Kecmanovic was the direct beneficiary as the Serb collected his first career Top 10 win.

“It means a lot because I also broke into the Top 50 today. So it’s a really special moment for me. I’m really happy that I was able to play the way I did. I worked a lot, I practised a lot. To see everything come together and happen, it’s really special,” Kecmanovic said. “I definitely just tried to go for everything. As I said, I had nothing to lose, really. He was the favourite, and it obviously helped me that he didn’t serve as well as he does usually.

“I tried to stay calm. I tried to just use my chances and thankfully it paid off.”

Fellow Top 10er Stefanos Tsitsipas also went down losing to Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-6(6).

“It was a great match, he is such a good player,” Struff said to ATPTour.com. “I managed to win in Barcelona, so I knew I had a good chance. I had a chance to serve it out at 6-4, 5-4, but he broke back and that’s the quality he has. The quality I had today was coming back from that: the chance to win the match in two sets, then at 6/3 in the tie-break and then from 6/6. He was playing very well. I was telling myself, ‘I have to go for it, otherwise I won’t win.’

“I’ve been working hard with my team, on my fitness, and it’s all finally paying off and I’m playing with greater consistency.”

The Greek who just turned 21 has now lost his last three matches.

Kei Nishikori also exited in part due to illness and in part to his countrywoman Yoshihito Nishioka who picked up his first Top 10 win with a 7-6(2), 6-4 result.

“I was so excited to play with him because he’s the hero of Japanese tennis. I couldn’t sleep yesterday,” said Nishioka. “I was watching him when I was a junior and learning many things from him. I just was trying my best against my hero. I’m very happy today, but most happy about playing with him.”

And now he’s part of the tennis party in Japan, or at least he hopes.

“I want to check the morning news tomorrow to see what they’re going to say. Hopefully many spotlight on me,” said Nishioka. “In Japanese tennis, the only famous players are Kei and Naomi. I want to change that. Hopefully [fans] are going to maybe watch me after the match today.”

In other results, former semifinalist Stan Wawrinka lost to qualifier Andrey Rublev 6-4, 6-4. 2018 semifinal David Goffin advanced over Guido Pella.

Daniil Medvedev, Roberto Bautista Agut and Richard Gasquet were also winners.

In the late match, Karen Khachanov came from set a down to defeat former finalist Nick Kyrgios 6-7(3), 7-6(4), 6-2. Kyrgios kept a running dialogue throughout the match with the chair and the crowd.

After dropping the second set, Kyrgios got a point penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct for verbal. He left the court for a bathroom break but it was really to smash two racquets in the player locker room hallway which the cameras picked up. Upon returning, he was hit with a time violation as he wrapped his grip while Khachanov was at the ready to serve and start the set.

He later tried an inexplicable tweener volley down break point in the third, and that was it.

Kyrios then called chair ump Fergus Murphy a “F-ing tool” after shaking hands with Khachanov. Fines to come.

Through all the drama, Khachanov stayed calm.

In third round play tomorrow, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer face qualifiers. Djokovic will meet Pablo Carreno Busta while Federer faces Rubelv in a first-time meeting.

There are no Top 10 seeds left on the bottom half with Goffin and Bautista Agut the highest ranked players remaining.

CENTER COURT start 11:00 am
ATP – Diego Schwartzman (Argentina) vs [PR] Richard Gasquet (France)
Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – Venus Williams (USA) vs Donna Vekic (Croatia)
ATP – [2] Roger Federer (Switzerland) vs [Q] Andrey Rublev (Russia)
Night Session – Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [1] Novak Djokovic (Serbia) vs [Q] Pablo Carreno Busta (Spain)
Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – [7] Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) vs Sofia Kenin (USA)

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27 Comments for Zverev’s 20 Double Faults Keeps Him Winless In Cincinnati, Clown Kyrgios Out; Djokovic, Federer v Qualifiers Thurs.

Tennis Fan Says:

FAA and Zverev should have a serving contest to see who can serve more double faults. It’s the ATP tour, the top echelon of tennis and guys are serving 20 double faults.

skeezer Says:


SG1 Says:

And it’s not like they’re going for huge 2nd serves.

SG1 Says:

The Medvedev-Struff match has potential.

SG1 Says:

Have to think that if FAA’s serve was better, he’d be right there knocking on the Big 3’s door.

skeezer Says:

Just sayin….you ever had TWENTY DF’s in a 3 setter? That is 20 points he spotted..

Django Says:

So glad Clown-gios is out. What a waste he is.

skeezer Says:

He’s a waste when he behaves like this….

j-kath Says:

Goodness, what’s wrong with the Fed. this evening?

van orten Says:

Fed again at his best .. losing to a nobody ..

FedExpress Says:

You can say whatever you want but Wimbledon final destroyed Feds confidence forever.

van orten Says:

he should win matches being match points down for a change

skeezer Says:

Bad serving day.
Credit to the Kid…he played very well.

van orten Says:

Watch rublev getting destroyed next match ..

Tryth Says:

People mock Novak for losing terribly here.
Look at Fred. Down match points and still losing.

Daniel Says:

Could not see the match, but seems a bad dat at the office. Heard he was rushing some points and Rublev returned great.

Path is wide open for Djoko 2nd Masters Sweep. Kachanov who may threaten him also lost.

Maybe the Agut x Goffin finals can have some intrigue, but if Djoko is ON we saw how he destroywd them in the past. He will pretty easy from now on.

chrisford1 Says:

FedExpress Says:
You can say whatever you want but Wimbledon final destroyed Feds confidence forever.

I doubt it.
The blown match points will stick in his craw, especially if Djokovic passes him in Slams or ties or has other things that are weighed besides Slamcount – but he’s 38, he has a shot at being friggin #1.
Everyone inc. Novak and Rafa consider him a dangerous opponent, more natural talent than either. (Or anyone).
He makes a ton of money, basks in love wherever he goes, will almost certainly be in his 5th Olympics.

Van Persie Says:

With Fed so early out in Cincy, I think Nole could assure Nr. 1 ranking for end of this year only by winning or reaching finals in Cincy and with a good run at US Open.
Nole has many points to defend in autumn, but it is not Rafas best time of the year and doubt Fed will be a able to surpass Nole with ranking points.
Happy Nole is smarter this year, will skip RodLaver cup, and will play Tokyo instead.

Van Persie Says:

Nole is now huge fave to reach another historical achievement: double Master sweep. I think he will do it, do not see any one left from rhis draw stopping him, but hey, one can never know.

Nole, idemoo!

Van Persie Says:

Fed could only hope for Nr. 1 at the end od this year by winning US Open. Really doubt this will happen.

Emilia Says:

To Van Persie

I agree with you. What Fed achieved nobody can take it from him but Nole is the coming man.


Wog Boy Says:

“Bad serving day.”

Really, wiith 65% first serve in and only 2 DFs, defending only 1 BP, losing easy in stright sets to #31 in the world on the surface that suits him the most and tournament that he is the King of?!

I would say he forgot to take magic potion. That happens at the old ages;)

On the second thought, 38 years old and his mate Nick the Clown tanked in order to avoid Nole, wouldn’t be first time?!

Wog Boy Says:

Correction, Russian is #70 in the world, qualifier, really?
“Tanking” is written all over this match, even more obvious after listening 38 years old praising Russian.

Daniel Says:

“Fed could only hope for Nr. 1 at the end od this year by winning US Open. Really doubt this will happen.”

Agree VP. Said this a while back also.

But the only real contenders for this year USO os Djoko, Nadal and Federer. Thiem a very distance 4th (just because he win IW 6 matches) and Tsisi a dark horse.

Evertbody elae has no chance. Cilic, Zverev, Anderson, Wawa, Dimi are not on firm. DelPo injured, Raonic, Isner, Nishikor best days are over.

Kachabov and all the 20-24 range are too inconsistant and some mental fragiles (Mesvedes, Rublev, Shapo…)

Will be very surprised if either of Big 3 loses before semis. And the question is on which side Fed will land.

We thought there was a change in the guard but looks loke more and more Big 3 are setting themselves apart from evertbody else.

Daniel Says:

Djoko was impressive yesterday, had it not for PCB fine BH DTL winners the score would be more loopsided and he was hitting clean. Hard to beat him in this form here and USO.

And if he does get 17, he can end the GOAT debate for good next year, it could be his 4th tear with 3 Slams win per season, not even Federer dis that with 3. 2 more Slams in 2020 with one of them being RG for 2nd career Slams plus 2nd career masters, the 310 weeks that will sure follow, plus the 6th year end this year with grasp; add an Olympic and voilá, there will nothing left to discuss.
He already has the edge on Fedal HxH for a bonus.

He could have the most complete body of work of the 3 with no gap, as with his game.

Van Persie Says:

Yes Daniel, you said it a while ago already, that USOpen will bw the deciding tournament.
I would add, US Open is crucial for Fed and Rafa, in order to have a shot at Nr. 1 ranking.
My bad, I kind of neglected Rafa, who is the closest now to Nole, and, he has no points to defwnd in autumn.

chrisford1 Says:

In the “how sick is that???” league of stats, If Djokovic wins Cincinnati, next year he would be going for his 3RD!!! Masters Slam needing only Monte Carlo and another Cincy Title.
Then it could truly get daunting!!!
For his 4th Masters Sweep (add Championships too, it looks better….) Novak would need YET another Cincy and Monte Carlo title, AND his 4th at Madrid. (Over his last 4 or so years)
A triple Masters Sweep seems quite possible. A 4th, unlikely- but possible.

He and Rafa go for a double career Slam in 2020, yet again.

And about the only thing Djokovic lacks on his bucket list is Olympic success past one piddly bronze medal his 1st Olympics

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