Murray Fights Off Tiafoe At Cincinnati Masters, Canadians Advance

by Staff | August 23rd, 2020, 1:18 am
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Andy Murray made the most of his 2020 debut getting past Frances Tiafoe 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-1 in the opening round of the Cincinnati Masters, the first ATP event in over five months which is being held in New York. The 2-time Cincinnati champion was down a mini-break in the first set tiebreak before storming back.

The Scot let down in the second before running away with the match against the 23-year-old American after nearly 2-and-half hours.

“I thought I moved well today. That was probably the thing I was most happy with and probably the thing I was most apprehensive about going into the match,” said Murray. “I thought I moved pretty well. My tennis could have been better. I did some things well at the end, but I could definitely improve in terms of my game.”

Up next on Monday will be Alexander Zverev.

“Obviously been up at the top of the game for a number of years now,” said Murray of the German. “It will be a good test for me, for sure… He moves well for a big guy, solid off the ground. Has struggled at times with his serve. When he’s serving well, he’s obviously one of the top players in the world.”

Murray’s countrymen Kyle Edmund and Cameron Norrie both fell to giants Kevin Anderson and Reilly Opelka, respectively.

It was a great day for Canadian men. The trio of Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Milos Raonic went 6-0 in sets Saturday.

Shapovalov hammered former champion Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-3.

“I don’t think I could have played much better. It was a really tough draw to play Marin first round. He’s such an amazing player, and he’s proven that time and time again,” Shapovalov said. “It was definitely not easy for both of us out there, so I’m really happy to get a win against him and start back really strong.”

Earlier, Auger-Aliassime overcame an early break to power past Nikolaz Basilashvili 6-4, 6-1 and Raonic rocked Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-4.

“I am the first winner of 2020 part two, post COVID… I am happy to be playing again and to get a win,” Auger-Aliassime told “I felt really good. Even though I had some nerves, starting again in different conditions than we are used to, I did the work in the last month and I felt like I had the resources in me to get the win today.”

On Sunday, John Isner, Stefanos Tsitsipas, David Goffin and Russian Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov are in action.

11:00 am
Anett Kontaveit (EST) vs. Daria Kasatkina (RUS)
Laura Siegemund (GER) vs. Marketa Vondrousova (CZE)
Not Before 3:00 pm
John Isner (USA) vs. Hubert Hurkacz (POL)
Not Before 5:00 pm
Kevin Anderson (RSA) vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE)
Not Before 7:00 pm
Alizé Cornet (FRA) vs. Sofia Kenin (USA)

11:00 am
Casper Ruud (NOR) vs. Diego Schwartzman (ARG)
Daniel Evans (GBR) vs. Andrey Rublev (RUS)
Not Before 3:00 pm
Sloane Stephens (USA) vs. Caroline Garcia (FRA)
Karolina Pliskova (CZE) vs. Veronika Kudermetova (RUS)
Not Before 7:00 pm
Borna Coric (CRO) vs. David Goffin (BEL)

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