Published: Fri, August 17, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Federer cruises, Tsitsipas falls in Cincinnati

Federer cruises, Tsitsipas falls in Cincinnati

'I would add more best of five sets matches in finals, ' Federer told the Tennis Channel when asked what rule he would change.

Andy Murray remains hopeful that he can prove his fitness and compete at the US Open later this month after being knocked out of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati in the first round by Lucas Pouille.

Serena Williams has opened up on how her pursuit of perfection can lead to unrealistic expectations, both in tennis and as a mother. "Right now I'm just managing it". "I think I always played her at her best level the matches before, so it was always tough". It's like a mental game, as well, you know, still staying there and be focusing on every point. "It doesn't feel like I have been away for so long here from Cincinnati", he said. "I'm getting there, and I'm going to just continue to work hard, and hopefully I'll start winning more matches".

After suffering the worst defeat of her career to Johanna Konta in San Jose, Williams withdrew from the Rogers Cup for personal reasons, and later revealed she had been struggling with the emotional challenges of balancing motherhood with her career.

Former world No. 1 Murray, whose ranking plummeted into the 800s last month but has now risen to 375th, has fallen at the first hurdle in two of the four tournaments he has contested this year.

'So for the players as well and to attract more people and viewers of a younger audience we have to keep tennis matches dynamic and shorter'.

Nick Kyrgios served 39 aces, including one to save match point, to power into the second round with a dramatic 6-7, 7-5, 7-6 win over Denis Kudla.

On the men's side, Kei Nishikori beat Andrey Rublev 7-5, 6-3; 13th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta knocked off Richard Gasquet 6-3, 2-6, 6-3; and Peter Gojowczyk downed Joao Sousa 2-6, 6-4, 7-5.

Pliskova had never won a set against Radwanska in seven prior meetings but cruised to the win over the 29-year-old Pole, who is working her way back from injuries.

The Australian Open semi-finalist Hyeon Chung won the last five games to beat Jack Sock 2-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Third seed Alexander Zverev will meet Robin Haas in the second round, while Milos Raonic advanced to face Tunisian lucky loser Malek Jaziri.

Sam Querrey ground out a 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-5) win over fellow American John Isner, sealing the victory with an ace.

Ashleigh Barty stopped wild card Marketa Vondrousova 6-3 7-5.

After two knee surgeries, three-time major champion Wawrinka looks to be returning to his best form following Monday's 6-2 4-6 6-3 win.

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