Federer Makes Winning Return To Cincinnati

CINCINNATI, August 15, 2018

There were 10 first round and three second round ATP singles matches on Tuesday’s schedule at the Western & Southern Open. Leading the way was World No. 2 and 7-time champion Roger Federer, who is making his first Cincinnati appearance since 2015.

Federer’s first match since turning 37 on August 8 headlined the evening session, in which the Swiss maestro defeaeted Peter Gojowcyzk from Germany 6-4, 6-4. The Basel native fired 12 aces, winning 79 per cent of his first service points to advance in one hour and 12 minutes.

“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,” Federer said.

The highest ranked player in the draw of the ATP Masters 1000 event will next take on Leonardo Mayer of Argentina, who beat Lucas Pouille of France 7-6(7), 6-4.

Denis Shapovalov also advanced to the third round, beating No. 14th seeded Briton Kyle Edmund 6-4, 7-5. The encounter lasted one hour and 52 minutes.

1) The title defenses will begin Wednesday afternoon for the 2017 Western & Southern Open champions. WTA winner Garbiñe Mugurza will face Lesia Tsurenko while men’s champion Grigor Dimitrov will battle Mischa Zverev.
2) The winner of the last five women’s Grand Slam events will be on court today: Angelique Kerber (’18 Wimbledon) plays Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Simona Halep (’18 French Open) plays Ajla Tomljanovic, Caroline Wozniacki (’18 Australian Open) plays Kiki Bertens, Sloane Stephens (’17 U.S. Open) plays Tatjana Maria, and Muguruza (’17 Wimbledon) plays Tsurenko.
3) A win by Novak Djokovic against Adrian Mannarino would be his 28th at this tournament. That would tie the five-time W&S Open finalist with Lleyton Hewitt for most match wins in the Open Era by a player who has not won this title.

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Australian Nick Kyrgios, the 2017 runner-up, thundered home a men’s singles tournament record 39 aces in today’s victory, eclipsing the previous record of 38 set by John Isner on Monday. Prior to this year, the record of 35 had been reached by Ivo Karlovic on three occasions.

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ATP Singles – First Round
[11] David Goffin (Belarus) d Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece) 7-5 6-3
[15] Nick Kyrgios (Australia) d [Q] Denis Kudla (USA) 6-7(2) 7-5 7-6(9)
Hyeon Chung (Korea) d Jack Sock (USA) 2-6 6-1 6-2
Milos Raonic (Canada) d [Q] Dusan Lajovic (Serbia) 6-3 6-3
Karen Khachanov (Russia) d Albert Ramos-Vinolas (Spain) 2-6 6-3 6-2
Borna Coric (Croatia) d [Q] Daniil Medvedev (Russia) 6-2 6-3
Mischa Zverev (Germany) d Damir Dzumhur (Bosnia-Herzegovina) 6-3 6-4
[Q] Marius Copil (Romania) d Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany) 6-4 6-2
Robin Haase (Netherlands) d Filip Krajinovic (Serbia) 4-6 6-2 6-3
Marton Fucsovics (Hungary) d [Q] Hubert Hurkacz (Poland) 4-6 6-3 7-6(6)

ATP Singles – Second Round
[2] Roger Federer (Switzerland) d Peter Gojowczyk (Germany) 6-4 6-4
Denis Shapovalov (Canada) d [14] Kyle Edmund (Great Britain) 6-4 7-5
Leonardo Mayer (Argentina) d [16] Lucas Pouille (France) 7-6(7) 6-4

ATP Doubles – First Round
Feliciano Lopez (Spain) / Marc Lopez (Spain) d Karen Khachanov (Russia) / Lucas Pouille (France) 6-7(11) 6-4 10-8
Sam Querrey (USA) / Rajeev Ram (USA) d Steve Johnson (USA) / Frances Tiafoe (USA) 7-6(2) 6-3
Nikola Mektic (Croatia) / Alexander Peya (Austria) d Pablo Carreno Busta (Spain) / Joao Sousa (Portugal) 6-3 5-7 11-9
Raven Klaasen (South Africa) / Michael Venus (New Zealand) d Richard Gasquet (France) / Adrian Mannarino (France) 6-1 6-2

WTA Singles – Second Round
[9] Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) d Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) 6-3 6-3
[15] Elise Mertens (Belgium) d Magdalena Rybarikova (Slovakia) 6-4 6-2
Kiki Bertens (Netherlands) d CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) 6-2 6-0
Maria Sakkari (Greece) d Naomi Osaka (Japan) 6-3 7-6(8)
[Q] Petra Martic (Croatia) d [12] Daria Kasatkina (Russia) 4-6 6-4 6-3
[Q] Tatjana Maria (Germany) d [Q] Allie Kiick (USA) 5-7 6-3 6-3
[LL] Camila Giorgi (Italy) d Anastasija Sevastova (Latvia) 6-2 6-3
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) d Aleksandra Krunic (Serbia) 6-1 6-0
Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) d [Q] Ana Bogdan (Romania) 6-3 6-2
[Q] Kaia Kanepi (Estonia) d [Q] Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 2-6 6-3 6-1
[16] Ashleigh Barty (Australia) d [WC] Marketa Vondrousova (Czech Republic) 6-3 7-5
[WC] Amanda Anisimova (USA) d Timea Babos (Hungary) 6-3 6-4

WTA Singles – Second Round
[5] Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) d [WC] Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) 7-6(1) 4-6 6-4
[6] Caroline Garcia (France) d [WC] Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) 6-4 7-5
[8] Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) d Serena Williams (USA) 6-3 2-6 6-3
Kristina Mladenovic (France) d [Q] Viktoria Kuzmova (Slovakia) 6-3 6-0

WTA Doubles – First Round
[5] Nicole Melichar (USA) / Kveta Peschke (Czech Republic) d Monique Adamczak (Australia) / Lyudmyla Kichenok (Ukraine) 6-1 6-3
[6] Elise Mertens (Belgium) / Semi Schuurs (Netherlands) d Ajla Tomljanovic (Australia) / Saisai Zheng (China) 6-3 6-2
[7] Lucie Hradecka (Czech Republic) / Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) d Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) / Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic) 5-7 4-4 (ret. – left thigh)
[ALT] Kaitlyn Christian (USA) / Sabrina Santamaria (USA) d [8] Irina-Camelia Begu (Romania) / Monica Niculescu (Romania) 7-5 7-5
Nadiia Kichenok (Ukraine) / Anastasia Rodionova (Australia) d Dalila Jakupovic (Slovakia) / Renata Voracova (Czech Republic) 7-6(5) 6-1
Johanna Konta (Great Britain) / Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia) d Raquel Atawo (USA) / Anna-Lena Groenefeld (Germany) 6-1 6-0
Alizé Cornet (France) / Aleksandra Krunic (Serbia) d [WC] Lauren Davis (USA) / Nicole Gibbs (USA) 6-0 6-1
Shuko Aoyama (Japan) / Lidziya Marozava (Belarus) d Daria Gavrilova (Australia) / Anett Kontaveit (Estonia) 6-4 6-0

WTA Doubles – First Round
[1] Barbora Krejckikova (Czech Republic) / Katerina Siniakova (Czech Republic) vs Raluca Olaru (Romania) / Vera Zvonareva (Russia) 4-6 6-4 10-7