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Nishikori Ready To Continue Climb In Cincy

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 11:07pm

Kei Nishikori has firmly entrenched himself in the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings, but he believes he’s ready to start moving even higher.

The World No. 7 in the Emirates ATP Rankings is the fifth seed at the Western & Southern Open and will face Mikhail Youzhny in his opening match. Having entered this summer without beating a Top 5 player since defeating Novak Djokovic in the 2014 US Open semi-finals, he's now recorded two of these wins in the past month over Stan Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal.

The Japanese star credited his work with Michael Chang over the past three years with a vast improvement in his game. Eight of his 11 ATP World Tour titles have come since he began working with the Hall of Famer in January 2014, as well as four of the five occasions where he’s reached the quarter-finals or better at a Grand Slam.

“It’s been working well. My tennis is much more consistent and also more aggressive. I try to come in a little more now,” said Nishikori. “He also has a great eye for all the players and searches for a lot of things about them.”

But Nishikori is far from content. He’s eager to begin correcting his FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalries with Andy Murray (1-7) and Novak Djokovic (2-10) in order to start regularly winning the biggest titles on the ATP World Tour.

“I lost to Andy a little bit easily in the Olympics and also lost to Djokovic in two sets in Toronto, so I still have many things to work on to beat those two guys,” said Nishikori. “But slowly, I think I’m getting there.”

Nishikori arrives in Cincinnati after prevailing over Nadal to secure a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics, giving Japan its first-ever Olympic medal in tennis.

“I think he was playing good, but maybe he wasn’t 100 per cent. He was playing a lot of matches, doubles and singles, but I think I played really good tennis,” said Nishikori. “But the week was a great experience and it was a big honour to get a medal."

Nadal Set For Cincinnati Return

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 10:57pm

Former champion Rafael Nadal is back in Cincinnati this week ready to make his eagerly anticipated return to the ATP World Tour. The 2013 Western & Southern Open winner begins his campaign against Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas in the second round, his first match on tour since May.

The 30-year-old Mallorcan arrives in the United States fresh from claiming a second Olympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro, this time in doubles with good friend Marc Lopez. Nadal admitted he was pleasantly surprised at how well his wrist had responded to playing for the first time since having to withdraw from Roland Garros.

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“Two and a half months without competing and to be able to arrive there with no practice at all and be able to win the matches that I won in singles and doubles was a great thing,” he said. “In Mallorca I have had five weeks, almost six weeks with the wrist immobilised.

“Just weights and some therapy with the physio and all the things that I could do to try to accelerate the process a little ... Looks like after a marathon for me in the Olympics that the wrist resisted, so that’s great news for me.”

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Nadal is determined to improve on a third-round exit to countryman Feliciano Lopez last year, having missed the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in 2014. He has claimed two of three FedEx ATP Head2Head encounters with Cuevas but lost their most recent showdown, a narrow three-set semi-final defeat in Rio on clay in February.

“Cincinnati is a Masters 1000. It’s a big event … it’s obvious that’s going be tough,” he said. “I am here to try my best and I am here to play at the highest level that I could.

“I’m going to try to have a good practice this afternoon to be competitive for tomorrow.”

Raonic Eager For More McEnroe Input

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 9:20pm

After getting to the Wimbledon final with former ATP World No. 1 John McEnroe on his team, Milos Raonic has reunited once again with the tennis legend.

Raonic and McEnroe spent 10 days together on the practice court in New York before the Canadian arrived at the Western & Southern Open. Although McEnroe’s fiery nature is a contrast to the generally laid-back Raonic, as well as his more full-time coaches Riccardo Piatti and Carlos Moya, the Canadian wants to hear more from the 77-time tour-level titlist.

“He’s very intense and passionate, so there’s a clear and underlying message that you’re always taking away. He has clear communication with Riccardo, Carlos and myself, making sure we all have the same objectives and we’re on the same page,” said Raonic. “It’s been positive. He has a good idea of what I need to do to make that next step forward.”

McEnroe has been making small, yet profound changes to Raonic’s game and attitude. Those were on full display at Wimbledon, with Raonic making more of an effort to rush the net and showing more emotion than he typically does.

“Sometimes I can be a stone-faced guy and I need to face that with a little more intensity,” Raonic admitted. “It was a big point of emphasis when John came along. He told me not to just let things go by and that I have to impose myself.”

Raonic and McEnroe will also work together the week before the US Open and McEnroe plans to assist the Canadian in between his commentating duties during the tournament. The US Open remains the lone Grand Slam that Raonic hasn’t reached the quarter-finals of, but he’s confident in changing that this year.

“It’ll be similar to the setup we had during Wimbledon where he can come on off days and maybe before matches, as well as during my matches if he has time,” said Raonic. “But I’ve made a bigger improvement mentally over a short period of time. We’ve been doing some good work and I think I’m making some good steps forward.”

The Best Hard-Court Returner Of All-Time Is...

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 9:20pm

Who is the best hard-court returner of all-time?

Our sport is currently in the “Golden Age of the Returner”, and with the Western & Southern Open, an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 hard-court tournament, taking place this week, the discussion is a timely one.

Specific categories like this began being recorded in 1991, but the ingredients for this recipe have always been predicated on a quick split step, a short backswing, leaning on the return and delivering the ball back to the server with interest.

An Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers analysis reveals that current World No. 1 Novak Djokovic actually takes the honours in this area, with World No. 2 Andy Murray hot on his heels.

Almost nothing separates Michael Chang and Andre Agassi for third and fourth on the list, with Stefan Edberg surprisingly coming in fifth place.

Other notables in the Top 10 include Jimmy Connors at seventh, Lleyton Hewitt at eighth, Guillermo Coria at ninth and David Ferrer rounding out the Top 10. Overall, fewer than three percentage points separate the Top 10 in this specific return category.

Top 10 Hard-Court Returners

 No.   Player   Return Game Winning Percentage   1   Novak Djokovic  32.6%  2  Andy Murray   32.4%   3  Michael Chang  32.2%  4  Andre Agassi  32.2%  5  Stefan Edberg  31.2%  6  Christian Bergstrom  30.4%  7  Jimmy Connors  30.3%  8  Lleyton Hewitt  30.1%  9  Guillermo Coria  30%  10  David Ferrer  29.8%

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Focus: Djokovic and Murray

Djokovic has won 33 per cent of his return games on hard courts in his career, powering the Serbian to two US Open titles and six finals. He has won a commanding 84 per cent of his hard-court matches in his career and is currently 33-2 on hard courts in 2016.

Hard Courts: Return Games Won and Category Ranking

 Year  Djokovic  Murray  2015  36.9% (1st)  31.9% (2nd)  2014  34.2% (1st)  32% (2nd)  2013  34.3% (1st)  33% (2nd)  2012   36.6% (1st)  32.4% (2nd)  2011   41% (1st)  37.2% (2nd)  2010   31.8% (1st)  31.5% (3rd)  2009  29.8% (2nd)   35% (1st)   2008   27.3% (7th)  30.2% (3rd)  2007  28.7% (4th)   31.5% (3rd)  2006   Not Ranked   32.6% (1st)

The Infosys Information Platform identified that Murray has led the ATP Stats LEADERBOARD in return games won on hard courts two times, 2006 and 2009. Djokovic has been at the top of the tree for the past six years, with Murray taking the second spot in five of them.

Return prowess on hard courts is about precise execution from the returner, immediately creating pressure on the server, especially with depth, direction and power. Players at all levels of the game can copy the simple, high percentage technique and tactics of Djokovic and Murray to help break serve more often in their own matches.

Tennis Family Mourns Andrew Florent

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 8:55pm

The Tennis world is remembering Andrew Florent as a charismatic, generous and fun-loving personality after the Australian doubles specialist passed away Tuesday, aged 45.

Florent waged a spirited fight after first being diagnosed in January 2013 with bowel cancer, which subsequently spread to his liver. At the time he was told he had between three and 18 months to live, but he fought on bravely for 3 1/2 years and even competed in the legends' doubles at the 2014 Australian Open.

Florent is survived by his wife Rachael and their two sons, Ollie, 18, and Jai, 15.

“Flory could light up a room like no other. He was the life of the party and never took himself too seriously,” said his close friend and former partner Paul Kilderry. Long-time doubles partner Josh Eagle said Florent had an “insatiable zest for life”.

“He was one of a kind. Everybody loved Flory,” said fellow Australian doubles specialist David Macpherson, who partnered Florent for two seasons. “He was jovial, witty and as positive a life force as you would ever meet. He was very generous and derived a lot of enjoyment from doing things for other people.”

Florent turned pro in 1990 and played through 2003, finishing with 211 doubles match wins and winning three titles: St. Poelten (1994 and ‘99) and Adelaide (1998). He reached a career-high Emirates ATP Doubles Ranking of 13 in 2001.

But Florent will perhaps best be remembered as a larger-than-life character beloved for his high jinks and camaraderie. Stories of his playfulness are legendary…

One of Florent’s favourite stops on the ATP World Tour was the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, during which the annual players’ revue is held. Florent loved nothing better than to get in character and entertain his peers on stage. “That was his number one reason for wanting to play Monte-Carlo,” Eagle said. “He wanted to be front and centre in the show and he absolutely loved it. While others were shying away from taking the stage, his M.O. was to make the players laugh and smile.”

At Scottsdale in 1997, Eagle and Florent were on the wrong end of a hiding from Rick Leach and Jonas Bjorkman. Sitting at the changeover with their opponents about to serve for the match, the Aussies donned Incredible Hulk masks to play out the final game. “You wouldn’t’ get away with that today, but the crowd on centre court loved it,” Eagle said. “And Rick and Jonas weren’t at all annoyed. They knew that was Flory just having a bit of fun.”

At a Challenger in Chinese Taipei in 1994, Eagle and Florent drew the local wild cards, who had never played on the tour. Florent insisted that he and Eagle go out to ‘celebrate the draw’. They arrived home at 6am and proceeded to lose the match 7-6 in the third later that day.

Tributes to Andrew Florent

Paul Kilderry
“Flory had a unique ability to connect with people from all walks of life. He was one of the friendliest players on tour and had amazing relationships with everyone, from the top ranked, to lowest ranked and all staff members. Flory never had a bad word to say about anybody and was an awesome mate to all of his fellow Aussie players

 “Flory could light up a room like no other. He was the life of the party and never took himself too seriously. Often when you would get to an event, people would ask, ‘Is Flory coming this year?’ That could be anyone from the drivers to accreditation staff or the tournament director.

 “Flory was an amazing natural athlete after a very good junior career focused on his doubles. His volleys were a throwback to the great Aussie volleyers of the past.”

RIP Florrie ♥️

Stars Entertain Fans At ATP Doubles Showdown Cincinnati 2016

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 8:04pm
Top doubles players interact with fans and show off their skills at the ATP Doubles Showdown at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

Gasquet, Goffin Gain Winning Starts In Cincy

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 7:08pm

Frenchman Richard Gasquet returned to the ATP World Tour on Tuesday with a tight three-set win over countryman Adrian Mannarino 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-1 at the Western & Southern Open. The 30 year old won almost 80 per cent of his first-serve points and overcame 32 unforced errors to fight into the second round, where he'll face South African Kevin Anderson.

It was Gasquet's first match since 4 July when he retired six games into his Wimbledon fourth-round contest against countryman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Gasquet leads his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against Anderson 5-2, but Anderson's two wins have come the two times they've played on hard courts (Australian Open 2015, Miami 2014).

Cincinnati continued to be a positive stop for Belgian David Goffin. The 11th seed moved into the second round in Ohio for the third consecutive year by dismissing Georgian qualifier Nikoloz Basilashvili 7-5, 6-3.

Goffin has reached the third round at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament the past two years, falling to Novak Djokovic both times. The 5'11” right-hander will next face Aussie Bernard Tomic, who hit eight aces to beat Portugal's Joao Sousa 6-4, 6-3.

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In a battle of the wily veteran against the young up-and-comer, Mikhail Youzhny got the better off #NextGen player Taylor Fritz 6-1, 6-3 in 72 minutes.

The 34-year-old Russian qualifier saved all five break points and broke the 18 year old four times. In the second round, Youzhny, No. 68 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, will meet fifth seed Kei Nishikori. Their FedEx ATP Head2Head series is tied at 1-all.

Inspired By Hewitt, Tomic Finds His Focus

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 4:07pm

Five years ago, Australian tennis looked to have found its successor to former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt when 18-year-old Bernard Tomic burst onto the scene as a qualifier at Wimbledon, making a run to the quarter-finals.

Three years earlier, Tomic had become the youngest-ever Australian Open boys’ champion aged 15. He then looked to be taking the first step towards realising his potential in 2011 as he ousted World No. 5 Robin Soderling at SW19 before his run ended in four sets against Novak Djokovic.

However, it’s been a rocky road both on and off the court since then for Queensland’s Tomic. He would go on to break the Top 30 of the Emirates ATP Rankings in the summer of 2012, but admitted that a lack of professionalism, coupled by injury woes in 2014, derailed his progress on the ATP World Tour.

Speaking to ATPWorldTour.com, Tomic admitted that success may have come too early in his career. “Having success at a young age is a great thing. It's a hype, a big feeling, but sometimes it can put you down,” he said.

“I think I got a little bit lazy and stayed around the 30-50 mark in the rankings for that year when I was 19, 20. I managed to reach a career-high of 27 at the age of 19, but I felt like I was not giving my best and not performing at my 100 per cent level. That's something that I realised only the past few years or so.”

Off-court transgressions together with frustrations on the court led people to make quick judgments about Tomic and his demeanor. But sit down with the 23-year-old Tomic and you engage with a polite, well-mannered, mature, committed and thoughtful individual.

"I've had a few hiccups on the way, but I'm that sort of a personality,” he said. “Everyone's different. I enjoy being out playing matches, competing and training. It's an amazing sport. I've definitely learned a lot from the age of 18 and that's made me improve so much in the past two years.

"You should always remember to not judge a book by its cover. Sometimes people meet me in Australia and say, 'Hey, you're not that person that everyone thinks you are.' I think maybe the media turned it around and I think with having so much hype and aggression at a young age, they really expected a lot of big things from me. They forgot that we're in the toughest era of tennis and you have to earn your spot in the Top 10 in the world. That's something that I'm trying to achieve.”

Enter Hewitt. The two-time Grand Slam champion is credited by Tomic as being the driving force behind getting his career back on track in the past 18 months. Hewitt, who retired from professional tennis at the start of 2016, has taken on the role of Australia’s Davis Cup captain as well as mentor and coach to Tomic.

Hewitt was famed for his competitiveness and left no stone unturned during his illustrious career. Under the Aussie stalwart’s guidance, Tomic has found the drive, desire and work ethic he hopes will take him to the top of the Emirates ATP Rankings. 

“I've learned a lot [from Hewitt] and the biggest thing is how he got to World No. 1 and how hard he worked; the commitments and the sacrifices he had to make. That's something that I need to do,” said Tomic. “At this level of tennis now, it's so tough out there and there are so many good guys in the Top 10, you need to really compete and work hard.

"All the time he's encouraging me to do more and more and to make sure I've done the work. He's just so positive, Lleyton himself. I feel like at the end of the year I can do a good pre-season with him and have a good training block before the Australian summer.”

The renewed focus has seen Tomic spend the past 11 months hovering in and around the Top 20 and now with three ATP World Tour titles on his resume. This week he competes at the Western & Southern Open, looking to make another deep run at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 after quarter-finals in Indian Wells and Shanghai last year. From there, Tomic is eyeing the Top 10 and a strong run at the US Open.

"The past two years have been pretty up for me. I can take a lot of positive things from it. I'm 23 now and hopefully have a great future the next six to seven years. I'm improving all the time. I need this next few years to be more professional really and target being a consistent Top 10 player,” said Tomic.

"It's very, very tough [going from Top 20 to Top 10]. I managed to get from 80 in the world last year to 17 - my career-high. The next positive for me is really doing well at a Slam, maybe at the US Open, having a good run there and using my seeding in the draw to really open up a good tournament for me.

"I'd love to win a Grand Slam or two. I know I have it in me and I know I have to focus these next few years. I had a big chance this year at Wimbledon to maybe make another quarter-final to play Berdych. I've played many, many times the third and fourth rounds of Grand Slams and been very consistent up to that stage. But to play in the semi-final of Grand Slams and push for a final is something that I need to break and I need to achieve.

"I have to stay healthy and I have to get that block of being a Top 15 seed in the tournament. But until then you really have to work on the other tournaments - win those, make a lot of points - because we know this tour is not just one or two weeks. We have to perform throughout the whole year if you want to have any success or chance at doing well in the majors.” 

Opelka Talks Saving Match Points, Buying Couches In Cincy

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 2:30pm
Reilly Opelka reveals the story behind the Twitter banter between him and fellow Americans Taylor Fritz and Tommy Paul regarding a couch after his first-round win at the Western & Southern Open on Monday.

Gasquet FedEx ATP Player Profile 2016

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 2:20pm
What's the best tennis advice Richard Gasquet has ever received?

Behind The Scenes At Los Cabos 2016

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 11:04am
ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot goes behind the scenes at the 2016 Abierto Los Cabos, including interviews with Bernard Tomic and Feliciano Lopez.

Emirates ATP Rankings 15 August 2016

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 11:03am
Check out the latest Emirates ATP Rankings as of 15 August 2016.

Wawrinka, Monfils, Isner Begin Cincinnati Campaigns Tuesday

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 9:37am

World No. 4 Stan Wawrinka headlines Tuesday's action as one of 16 singles matches on the schedule. Wawrinka enters as the No. 2 seed for the first time in his career in Cincinnati. In his last tournament at ATP Masters 1000 Toronto, Wawrinka advanced to the semi-finals (l. to Nishikori). In his 10th appearance in Cincinnati, the 31-year-old Swiss will face 19-year-old wild card and #NextGen star Jared Donaldson for the first time. Wawrinka has had proven success in Cincinnati in years past, reaching two quarter-finals (in 2014-15) and a semi-final run in 2012, giving him a 12-9 record.  Donaldson, who is into the second round for the second straight year, is trying to post his first career Top 10 win (0-1).

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First on Center Court is another #NextGen wild card, Taylor Fritz, who faces 34-year-old qualifier Mikhail Youzhny of Russia. While Fritz makes his Cincinnati debut, Youzhny holds a 12-12 record in Ohio, with his best appearance the quarter-finals 11 years ago (l. to Roddick). The 18-year-old Fritz, who is the youngest player in the draw and in the Top 100 Emirates ATP Rankings at a career-high No. 54, is coming off a quarter-final in Atlanta (l. to Isner) in his last tournament.

Following on Center Court is Fabio Fognini and 2013 finalist John Isner, who meet for the first time in almost four years. Isner won the previous meeting in three sets in the 1R of Valencia in October 2012. Last month Fognini claimed his fourth career ATP World Tour title in Umag (d. A. Martin) and last week he reached the 3R at the Rio Olympics (l. to eventual gold medalist Murray in three sets). Isner is coming off his first ATP World Tour final of the season in Atlanta on Aug. 7 (l. to Kyrgios in two tie-breaks). Isner has been the top American in the Emirates ATP Rankings every week since July 29, 2013. He is ranked at No. 22 this week, one spot ahead of Steve Johnson.

On Grandstand, No. 9 seed Gael Monfils brings a 2-1 head-to-head record against Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain. Both players have made the quarter-finals or better in seven tournaments this year, with Monfils winning his biggest career ATP World Tour title at the 500 level event in Washington last month. Carreno Busta has reached finals in Sao Paulo and Estoril and last week he advanced to his first ATP World Tour hard court semi-final in Los Cabos.

The four matches on Stadium 3 include No. 13 seed Richard Gasquet against lucky loser Adrian Mannarino, followed by No. 2 American Steve Johnson against Federico Delbonis. #NextGen star Alexander Zverev, a two-time finalist in 2016, takes on Japanese qualifier Yuichi Sugita, then No. 15 seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain faces Nicolas Mahut of France. 

There are eight other matches on four outside courts, including last week’s Los Cabos finalists No. 16 seed Feliciano Lopez (vs. Mischa Zverev) and Ivo Karlovic (vs. Juan Monaco). Both are on Court 4. The 37-year-old Karlovic defeated the 34-year-old Lopez in the oldest combined ATP World Tour final since 1977 Hong Kong (Ken Rosewall d. Tom Gorman, 74 years combined).

DAY 3 FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS – In Order of Play by Court

CENTER COURT

[WC] Taylor Fritz (USA) vs [Q] Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) First Meeting

Fritz 2016 FastFacts

F: Memphis (l. to Nishikori); QF(2): Acapulco (l. to Querrey); Atlanta (l. to Isner)
YTD W-L: 12-15 (10-9 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: October 28, 1997
Emirates ATP Ranking: 54 (Career-high)
Cincinnati W-L (Best Result): Main Draw Debut

• Tournament note: The 18-year-old Californian is youngest and one of five teenagers in main draw (teenagers 3-0 so far in first two days). He is making his tournament debut. One year ago at this time ranked No. 679
• Reached 1st ATP final in 3rd tour-level event at Memphis as WC (d. Berankis in 3 sets, l. to No. 7 Nishikori)
• At 18 years, 109 days, became youngest ATP finalist since Nishikori won 2008 Delray Beach (18 years, 50 days). Also youngest American in an ATP World Tour final since 17-year-old Chang won 1989 Wembley
• Youngest player in Top 100 of Emirates ATP Rankings, rising to a career-high No. 54 this week
• In February, advanced to 2nd ATP QF at Acapulco as Q (d. Chardy and Estrella Burgos, l. to Querrey)
• Reached QF in Atlanta after defeating fellow Americans Smith and Fratangelo before falling to Isner
• Saved 1 MP to beat Martin in Stuttgart 1R before falling to No. 3 Federer in 3 sets
• Rallied from 04 down in 3rd to beat M. Zverev and qualify for 1st major at Australian Open (l. to Sock in 1R)
• Started season by capturing 3rd ATP Challenger Tour title at Happy Valley, AUS (d. Sela)

Youzhny 2016 FastFacts
QF(2): Stuttgart (l. to Thiem); Gstaad (l. to Brown)
YTD W-L: 11-12 (3-3 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 10
Date of Birth: June 25, 1982
Emirates ATP Ranking: 68
Cincinnati W-L (Best Result): 12-12 (2005 QF)

• Tournament note: The 34-year-old Russian is making his 13th main draw appearance in 14 years after qualifying with wins over Berankis 63 64 and Baker 64 61. He made 12 straight showings from 2003-14 before losing in the final round of qualifying last year. His best result is QF in 2005 (l. to No. 5 Roddick)
• Has jumped from No. 127 at end of last season to No. 68 this week in Emirates ATP Rankings
• In June, reached 1st ATP QF since 2015 Zagreb at Stuttgart (d. Lopez and Stakhovsky, l. to Thiem 75 in 3rd), then notched 2nd QF at Gstaad (l. to Brown)
• Advanced to Nottingham 3R (l. to Muller) before reaching Wimbledon 2R (l. to A. Zverev in 5 sets)
• Won 30 of 32 sets to sweep 3 consecutive ATP Challenger Tour titles in January
• Captured 2 titles in Bangkok, THA (d. Soeda and Pavlasek), followed by title at Manila, PHI (d. Chiudinelli)
• Illness forced walkover vs. Bautista Agut in Indian Wells 2R and retirement vs. Bellucci in Munich 1R

Fabio Fognini (ITA) vs John Isner (USA) Isner Leads 1-0
12 Valencia (Spain) Hard R32 John Isner 6-3 6-7(4) 7-5

Fognini 2016 FastFacts:
W: Umag (d. A. Martin); SF: Munich (l. to Kohlschreiber); QF(2): Auckland (l. to Tsonga); Barcelona (l. to Nadal)
YTD W-L: 18-15 (5-4 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1 / Career Titles: 4
Date of Birth: May 24, 1987
Emirates ATP Ranking: 38
Cincinnati W-L (Best Result): 4-5 (2014 QF)

• Tournament note: The 29-year-old Italian is making his sixth straight tournament appearance and his best result is quarter-finals in 2012 (l. to No. 7 Raonic)
• Last month earned his fourth career ATP World Tour title in Umag (d. A. Martin), his first since 2014 Vina del Mar. All four titles have come on clay
• Last week at Rio Olympics reached 3R (l. to eventual gold medalist Murray in three sets)
• Lost to eventual champions in Munich SF (l. to Kohlschreiber) and Barcelona QF (l. to No. 5 Nadal)
• Saved 2 MPs in 64 26 76(3) win over Sousa in Auckland 1R (l. to No. 10 Tsonga in QF)
• Won 5-setter vs. Delbonis before losing 5-setter vs. Lopez at Wimbledon
• In defense of Australian Open doubles title w/Bolelli, lost to Mannarino/Pouille in 2R
• Retired vs. Gimeno-Traver in Rio de Janeiro 2R and withdrew from 3 events due to abdominal muscle strain

Isner 2016 FastFacts:
F: Atlanta (l. to Kyrgios); SF: Houston (l. to Sock); QF(2): Auckland (l. to Bautista Agut); Washington (l. to Johnson)
YTD W-L: 23-15 (13-8 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 10
Date of Birth: April 26, 1985
Emirates ATP Ranking: 22
Cincinnati W-L (Best Result): 10-8 (2013 Runner-up)

• Tournament Note: No. 1 American’s best result came in 2013, when he defeated 4 players ranked in the Top 11 (No. 11 Gasquet, No. 10 Raonic, No. 1 Djokovic, No. 7 del Potro) to reach final before falling to No. 3 Nadal
• Reached first ATP World Tour final of season and 21st of career (10-11) in Atlanta, where he was a three-time defending champ, before losing to Kyrgios in two tie-breaks (24-24 in TBs this season)
• Reached quarter-finals in Washington (l. to Johnson in two TBs)
• Reached 4R at Australian Open (l. to No. 8 Ferrer) and Roland Garros (d. Gabashvili in 5 sets, l. to No. 2 Murray)
• Defeated Groth and Tomic to lead USA to 3-1 win over Australia in Davis Cup 1R; then beat Coric and lost to Cilic as U.S. fell 3-2 to Croatia in Davis Cup QF
• Hit 49 aces and 0 DFs in 4-set win over Tomic, including fastest serve ever in a tour-level match (157 mph)
• Earned 300th win of career over Edmund in Roland Garros 2R on May 25
• Advanced to Auckland QF (d. Querrey, l. to Bautista Agut) and Houston SF (d. Chung, l. to Sock)
• Lost 6 matches 76 in 3rd (5 matches holding MP): Buenos Aires 2R vs. Lajovic (held 1 MP), Rio de Janeiro 1R vs. Pella (held 3 MPs), Indian Wells 4R vs. No. 6 Nishikori (held 1 MP), Miami 2R vs. Smyczek, Geneva 2R vs. Rosol and London/Queen’s Club 2R vs. Muller (held 10 MPs). Also held 1 MP in Wimbledon 3R before falling to Tsonga 19-17 in 5th after 4 hrs., 24 mins.
• Withdrew from ATP Masters 1000 events in Madrid and Rome due to knee injury

2R - [WC] Jared Donaldson (USA) vs [2] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) First Meeting

Donaldson 2016 FastFacts:

YTD W-L: 5-8 (5-7 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: October 9, 1996
Emirates ATP Ranking: 122 (Career-High)
Cincinnati W-L (Best Result): 2-1 (2015-16 2R)

• Tournament note: The 19-year-old Rhode Island native is making his second straight appearance in 2R as a wild card. Last year came in ranked No. 153 and defeated Mahut in 1R (l. to Janowicz in 2R). On Monday, opened with 63 76 win over Almagro
• Playing sixth straight week and qualified in Los Cabos last week (l. to Benneteau in 1R). Previous week in Atlanta (d. Groth, l. to eventual champion Kyrgios in 2R)
• Reached 3R of an ATP Masters 1000 event for 1st time at Toronto as Q (d. Millman and Fognini, l. to No. 7 Raonic)
• Earned 1st win of season at Washington as Q (d. Millot, l. to Matosevic)
• Achieved career-high No. 122 in Emirates ATP Rankings last week
• Lost 3-setter to Basilashvili in final round of Roland Garros qualifying for 2nd straight year
• Advanced to 3rd Challenger final of career at Savannah, USA (d. G. Melzer and Young, l. to Fratangelo)
• Withdrew from 3 grass-court Challengers and Wimbledon qualifying due to shoulder injury

Wawrinka 2016 FastFacts:
W(3): Chennai (d. Coric); Dubai (d. Baghdatis); Geneva (d. Cilic); SF(2): Roland Garros (l. to Murray); ATP Masters 1000 Toronto (l. to Nishikori); QF(2): Marseille (l. to Paire); ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l. to Nadal)
YTD W-L: 31-11 (18-5 on hard)
YTD Titles: 3 / Career Titles: 14
Date of Birth: March 28, 1985
Emirates ATP Ranking: 4
Cincinnati W-L (Best Result): 12-9 (2012 SF)

• Tournament Note: The 31-year-old Swiss enters 2R after receiving a bye as No. 2 seed. His best result is SF in 2012 and QF past two years
• On a 10-match win streak in finals after beating Cilic 64 76(11) for 1st Swiss title at Geneva in May
• Also beat Baghdatis 64 76(13) to win ATP World Tour 500 event in Dubai
• Captured 3rd straight Chennai title (d. Coric), increasing win streaks at event to 12 matches and 24 sets
• Enjoyed 400th career win in Australian Open 3R on Jan. 23 (d. Rosol) before falling in 4R (l. to Raonic in 5 sets)
• In defense of Roland Garros title, won 5-setter over Rosol in 1R and reached SF (l. to No. 2 Murray)
• Appeared in 46 consecutive Grand Slam main draws since making major debut at 2005 Roland Garros
• Advanced to ATP Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo QF (d. Kohlschreiber and Simon, l. to No. 5 Nadal)
• Saved 2 MPs to beat Stakhovsky 64 46 76(8) in Marseille 2R and came within 2 points of losing to Stakhovsky in Dubai 1R before earning 57 63 75 win

GRANDSTAND

[9] Gael Monfils (FRA) vs Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)     Monfils Leads 2-1

14 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay R32 Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3 7-6(6)
15 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R128 Gael Monfils 6-4 6-4 7-5
16 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (U.S.A.) Hard R64 Gael Monfils 7-5 7-6(1)

Monfils 2016 FastFacts:
W: Washington (d. Karlovic); F(2): Rotterdam (l. to Klizan); ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l. to Nadal); SF: Toronto (l. to Djokovic); QF(3): Australian Open (l. to Raonic); ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l. to Raonic); ATP Masters 1000 Miami (l. to Nishikori); Rio de Janeiro Olympics (l. to Nishikori)
YTD W-L: 33-11 (26-7 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1 / Career Titles: 6
Date of Birth: September 1, 1986
Emirates ATP Ranking: 11
Cincinnati (Best Result): 8-8 (2011 QF)

• Tournament Note: The No. 2 Frenchman turned in his best result in 2011 when he reached QF (l. to No. 1 Djokovic in three sets). Also 3R in 2005 debut and in 2014
• Comes in after reaching QF at Rio Olympics last week (l. to Nishikori in third set TB). Has a 12-2 record this summer since 1R loss at Wimbledon (l. to Chardy in five sets) 
• Won ATP World Tour 500 level title in Washington (d. Karlovic, saved 1 MP), biggest of his career and sixth overall (6-19). It was also his first title on U.S. soil (1-2) and first this season. Followed with SF at ATP Masters 1000 Toronto (d. No. 7 Raonic in QF, l. to eventual champion Djokovic)
• Reached 3rd ATP Masters 1000 final at Monte-Carlo (d. No. 9 Tsonga, l. to No. 5 Nadal in 3 sets)
• Also reached ATP Masters 1000 QFs at Indian Wells (l. to Raonic) and Miami (l. to No. 6 Nishikori after 5 MPs)
• Advanced to 1st Australian Open QF in 11th appearance (l. to Raonic)
• Lost to Klizan in Rotterdam championship match in February
• Won 8th straight Davis Cup match to open France’s 5-0 sweep of Canada in 1R (d. Dancevic)
• Withdrew from Marseille (right leg), Munich (groin strain), Roland Garros (virus) and Halle (virus)

Carreno-Busta 2016 FastFacts
F(2): Sao Paolo (l. to Cuevas); Estoril (l. to Almagro); SF: Los Cabos (l. to Lopez); QF(4): Quito (l. to Belluci); Marrakech (l. to Delbonis); Geneva (l. to Wawrinka); Umag (l. to Elias)
YTD W-L: 25-19 (5-5 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: July 12, 1991
Emirates ATP Ranking: 48
Cincinnati W-L (Best result): Main Draw Debut

• Tournament note: The 25-year-old Spaniard is making his Cincinnati debut
• Last week turned in a career-best on hard courts with SF in Los Cabos (l. to Lopez)
• Defeated 4 countrymen en route to 1st ATP World Tour singles final at São Paulo (l. to Cuevas)
• Beat Verdasco, Simon and Paire en route to 2nd final at Estoril (l. to Almagro 67 76 63)
• Has established career-highs this season in wins (25) and ranking (No. 43 on May 9)
• Advanced to QFs at Quito (l. to Bellucci in 3 sets), Marrakech (l. to Delbonis), Geneva (l. to No. 4 Wawrinka) and Umag (l. to Elias)
• Won 1st ATP doubles title at Quito w/Duran (d. Bellucci/Demoliner)
• Runner-up w/Marrero at Rio de Janeiro (d. Melo/Soares, l. to Cabal/Farah) and São Paulo (l. to Peralta/Zeballos)

STADIUM 3

[LL] Adrian Mannarino (FRA) vs [13] Richard Gasquet (FRA) Gasquet Leads 1-0

11 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R64 Richard Gasquet 6-3 7-6(4) 6-4

Mannarino 2016 FastFacts:
SF: Nice (l. to Thiem); QF(4): Newport (l. to Muller); Sofia (l. to Bautista Agut); Delray Beach (l. to Dimitrov): ’s-Hertogenbosch (l. to Karlovic)
YTD W-L: 23-20 (11-10 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: June 29, 1988
Emirates ATP Ranking: 58
Cincinnati W-L (Best Result): 0-2 (2013, 2015 1R)

• Tournament Note: The 28-year-old Frenchman enters the draw as a lucky loser and is looking for his 1st main draw win in Cincinnati. Lost in 1R in 2013 as a qualifier (l. to Chardy) and last year (l. to Seppi)
• Advanced to SF at Nice (l. to Thiem) and QFs at Newport (l. to Muller), Sofia (l. to Bautista Agut), Delray Beach (l. to Dimitrov) and ’s-Hertogenbosch (l. to Karlovic)
• Reached 3R at ATP Masters 1000s in Indian Wells (d. Paire, l. to Isner) and Miami (d. Querrey, l. to Kuznetsov)
• Qualified at London/Queen’s Club and advanced to 2R (d. Garcia-Lopez, l. to Johnson)
• In doubles, reached Australian Open SF w/Pouille (d. Bolelli/Fognini and Rojer/Tecau, l. to J. Murray/Soares)
• Entered Melbourne with 1-9 Grand Slam doubles record and 0-1 record overall w/Pouille
• Captured 11th ATP Challenger Tour title to start season at Noumea, CAL (d. Falla)

Gasquet 2016 FastFacts:
W: Montpellier (d. Mathieu); QF(2): Marseille (l. to Kyrgios); Roland Garros (l. to Murray)
YTD W-L: 22-9 (9-3 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1 / Career Titles: 13
Date of Birth: June 18, 1986
Emirates ATP Ranking: 15
Cincinnati W-L (Best Result): 9-9 (2015 QF)

• Tournament Note: French No. 3 enters Cincinnati as No. 13 seed in his 1st tournament since Wimbledon. Best result came last year when he reached QF (d. No. 9 Cilic in 3R, l. to No. 2 Murray)
• In February, won 1st ATP World Tour title of season in Montpellier (d. Mathieu), his 13th career crown
• Advanced to Roland Garros QF for 1st time in 13th appearance (d. Kyrgios and No. 6 Nishikori, l. to No. 2 Murray)
• Moved into 2nd among Frenchmen in Open Era with 13 titles (Noah 23) by winning 3rd in Montpellier (d. Mathieu)
• Reached R16 at ATP Masters 1000 events in Indian Wells (l. to Cilic), Miami (l. to No. 7 Berdych), Madrid (l. to No. 6 Nishikori) and Rome (l. to No. 6 Nishikori)
• Clinched France’s Davis Cup 1R win over Canada in doubles w/Tsonga (d. Bester/Pospisil)
• Back injury forced withdrawal from Doha and Australian Open, as well as retirement in Wimbledon 4R vs. Tsonga
• Also withdrew from Rotterdam (flu), Barcelona (rib) and ATP Masters 1000 Toronto (abdominal)

Steve Johnson (USA) vs Federico Delbonis (ARG) First Meeting

Johnson 2016 FastFacts

W: Nottingham (d. Cuevas); SF: Washington (l. to Karlovic); QF(3): London/Queen's Club (l. to Cilic); Newport (l. to Young); Rio de Janeiro Olympics (l. to Murray); 
YTD W-L: 23-20 (11-11 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1 / Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: December 24, 1989
Emirates ATP Ranking: 23
Cincinnati W-L (Best result): 2-1 (2014 3R)

• Tournament Note: No. 2 American arrives in Cincinnati after reaching singles QF at Rio Olympics (l. to eventual gold medalist Murray in third set TB). Earned doubles bronze medal (w/Sock). In his previous main draw appearance two years ago, reached 3R (d. No. 13 Gulbis in 2R, l. to No. 7 Raonic in third set TB). Lost in final round of qualifying in 2011, 2013 and last year
• Captured 1st ATP World Tour singles title at Nottingham (d. Cuevas) in June and maiden doubles crown at Geneva in May w/Querrey (d. Klaasen/Ram)
• Reached Grand Slam 4R for 1st time at Wimbledon (d. Dimitrov, l. to No. 3 Federer)
• Achieved career-high No. 21 in Emirates ATP Rankings on July 18 (No. 23 this week)
• Beat Isner 76(7) 76(15) to reach Washington SF (l. to Karlovic)
• Snapped 0-13 start to career vs. Top 10 players at London/Queen’s Club (d. No. 10 Gasquet in 1R, l. to Cilic in QF). After 6-14 start, has compiled 17-6 record since Queen’s in mid-June
• Advanced to Australian Open 3R for 2nd straight season (d. Bedene and Bellucci, l. to No. 8 Ferrer)
• Saved 1 MP to defeat Millman in Delray Beach 1R before squandering 75 40 lead vs. Becker in 2R
• Reached Memphis doubles final w/Querrey (l. to Fyrstenberg/S. Gonzalez)

Delbonis 2016 FastFacts

W: Marrakech (d. Coric); SF(2): Bucharest (l. to Pouille); Istanbul (l. to Schwartzman); QF(3): Rio de Janeiro (l. to Cuevas); Sao Paulo (l. to Cervantes); Geneva (l. to Cilic)
YTD W-L: 23-15 (7-6 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1 / Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: October 5, 1990
Emirates ATP Ranking: 43
Cincinnati W-L (Best result): 0-1 (2014 1R)

• Tournament Note: The No. 1 Argentine is aiming for his first win in Cincinnati. In his previous appearance two years ago, lost to Monfils in three sets in 1R
• In April, did not drop a set en route to 2nd career ATP World Tour singles title at Marrakech (d. Coric)
• Earned biggest win of career by ranking over No. 2 Murray 76 in 3rd en route to Indian Wells 4R (l. to Monfils)
• Reached Grand Slam 3R for 1st time in 10th major at Australian Open (d. Karlovic and Olivo, l. to Simon)
• Achieved career-high No. 33 in Emirates ATP Rankings on May 9 (No. 43 this week)
• Advanced to SFs at Bucharest (l. to Pouille) and Istanbul (l. to Schwartzman), as well as QFs at Rio de Janeiro (l. to Cuevas), São Paulo (l. to Cervantes) and Geneva (l. to Cilic)
• Fell to 0-5 lifetime on grass with 5-set loss to Fognini in Wimbledon 1R

[Q] Yuichi Sugita (JPN) vs Alexander Zverev (GER) First Meeting

Sugita 2016 FastFacts

YTD W-L: 4-6 (2-4 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: September 18, 1988
Emirates ATP Ranking: 102
Cincinnati W-L (Best result): Main Draw Debut

• Tournament Note: Making Cincinnati main draw debut after qualifying with wins over Pella and Edmund
• Qualified for 1st time at Australian Open (l. to Monfils in 1R) and Halle (d. Fritz, l. to Seppi in 2R)
• Achieved career-high No. 97 in Emirates ATP Rankings on March 21
• Fell in qualifying at Sofia, ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells, ATP Masters 1000 Miami, Stuttgart and Wimbledon
• Captured 6th career Challenger title on home soil at Kyoto, JPN (d. Zhang). Has 10-7 record in Challengers
• Advanced to Challenger QFs at Bangkok, THA (l. to Kravchuk) and Busan, KOR (l. to Evans)

Zverev 2016 FastFacts

F(2): Nice (l. to Thiem); Halle (l. to Mayer); SF(3): Montpellier (l. to Mathieu); Munich (l. to Thiem); Washington (l. to Monfils); QF: Rotterdam (l. to Monfils)
YTD W-L: 32-19 (13-10 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: April 20, 1997
Emirates ATP Ranking: 27
Cincinnati W-L (Best result): 0-1 (2015 1R)

• Tournament Note: This is the 1st year the 19-year-old has earned direct entry in main draw. Last year, he entered as a qualifier and fell in 1R (l. to Coric in third set TB)
• Has established career-highs this season in wins (32) and ranking (No. 24 on August 1)
• Became youngest player to beat Federer since Nadal at 2005 Roland Garros en route to Halle final (l. to F. Mayer)
• Played five 3-setters en route to 1st ATP World Tour final at Nice (d. Simon in QF after saving 2 MPs, l. to Thiem)
• Reached SFs at Montpellier (d. Vanni in 1R after saving 1 MP, l. to Mathieu), Munich (l. to Thiem) and Washington (l. to Monfils)
• Youngest player to break into Top 30 of Emirates ATP Rankings since Nadal the week of March 7, 2005
• Advanced to 3R at Roland Garros (l. to Thiem in 4 sets) and Wimbledon (d. Youzhny in 5 sets, l. to No. 9 Berdych)
• Beat Dimitrov and Simon en route to ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells 4R (l. to No. 5 Nadal after holding 1 MP)
• Appeared in 2nd ATP doubles final with older brother Mischa at Montpellier (l. to Pavic/Venus)
• In Davis Cup debut, fell to No. 7 Berdych in 4h, 20m and Rosol in deciding rubber (CZE d. GER 3-2 in 1R)

Nicolas Mahut (FRA) vs [15] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)         Series Tied 1-1
14 s-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands) Grass QF Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3 4-6   6-3
15 s-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands) Grass R16 Nicolas Mahut 6-2 6-4
Other meetings:
10 Rennes CH (France) Hard R16 Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4 6-7(6) 6-4
11 Cherbourg CH (France) Hard QF Nicolas Mahut 6-4 6-4
11 Sarajevo CH (Bosnia & Herz.) Hard R16 Nicolas Mahut 6-4 3-6   6-2
11 Rennes CH (France) Hard QF Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4 7-5

Mahut 2016 FastFacts

W: s-Hertogenbosch (d. Muller); SF: Rotterdam (l. to Klizan); QF: Sydney (l. to Troicki); 
YTD W-L: 17-14 (7-8 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1 / Career Titles: 4
Date of Birth: January 21, 1982
Emirates ATP Ranking: 42
Cincinnati W-L (Best result): 0-3 (2006, 2014, 2015 1R)

• Tournament Note: The 34-year-old Frenchman is bidding for his 1st win in main draw after 1R losses in 2006 (l. to Fish), 2014 (l. to Matosevic) and last year (l. to Donaldson). This is his 1st singles event since Wimbledon
• Captured 3rd ’s-Hertogenbosch singles title, improving to 18-2 lifetime at event (d. Tomic, Muller, Querrey)
• Reached 4R for 1st time in 43rd Grand Slam singles appearance at Wimbledon (d. Ferrer and Herbert, l. to Querrey)
• Won 10 straight sets to qualify and reach Rotterdam singles SF (d. Troicki, l. to Klizan after holding 3 MPs)
• Also qualified and reached singles QF at Sydney (d. Seppi, l. to Troicki)
• Became World No. 1 in doubles on June 6 – 2nd Frenchman to top rankings in doubles or singles (also Noah)
• Captured 2nd major title at Wimbledon w/Herbert, beating Benneteau/Roger-Vasselin to win 1st All-French Grand Slam men’s doubles final in Open Era and become 2nd All-French Wimbledon champions (also Clement/Santoro in 2007)
• Swept ATP Masters 1000 doubles titles w/Herbert at Indian Wells (d. Pospisil/Sock), Miami (d. Klaasen/Ram) and Monte-Carlo (d. J. Murray/Soares). Saved 1 MP in Monte-Carlo QF win over Inglot/A. Murray
• Frenchmen became 2nd team to win 1st 3 ATP Masters 1000 titles of season (also Bryan/Bryan in 2014)
• Also repeated as London/Queen’s Club champions w/Herbert and lead tour with 5 team titles in 2016 (d. Guccione/Sa)
• Enjoyed 19-match win streak in doubles, including Rotterdam title w/Pospisil (d. Petzschner/Peya)
• Retired vs. Granollers in Roland Garros 2R due to left knee injury

Bautista Agut 2016 FastFacts
W(2): Auckland (d. Sock); Sofia (d. Troicki); QF(5): Chennai (l. to Coric), Rotterdam (l. to Klizan), Dubai (l. to Baghdatis) and London/Queen’s Club (l. to Raonic); Rio de Janeiro Olympics (l. to del Potro)
YTD W-L: 34-14 (23-7 on hard)
YTD Titles: 2 / Career Titles: 4
Date of Birth: April 14, 1988
Emirates ATP Ranking: 17
Cincinnati W-L (Best result): 2-2 (2014-15 2R)

• Tournament Note: Enters Cincinnati after reaching QF at Rio Olympics (l. to del Potro). Looking to reach 2R here for third straight year (2R in 2014-15)
• Captured 3rd and 4th ATP World Tour titles, respectively at Auckland (d. Sock) and Sofia (d. Troicki)
• Saved 1 MP to beat No. 10 Tsonga in Auckland SF, snapping 17-match losing streak to Top 10 opponents
• Beat No. 9 Tsonga again 76 in 3rd to reach ATP Masters 1000 Miami 4R (l. to No. 6 Nishikori)
• Reached 4R at Australian Open (d. Cilic, l. to No. 6 Berdych in 5 sets) and Roland Garros (d. Coric, l. to No. 1 Djokovic)
• Advanced to QFs at Chennai (l. to Coric 76 in 3rd), Rotterdam (l. to Klizan after 5 MPs), Dubai (l. to Baghdatis) and London/Queen’s Club (l. to No. 9 Raonic)
• Withdrew from Munich due to meniscus injury

OTHER 1ST ROUND FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS 

COURT 9

[11] David Goffin (BEL) vs [Q] Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) First Meeting


Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) Verdasco Leads 3-2
12 Sao Paulo (Brazil) Clay QF Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6(5) 6-3
12 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R64 Fernando Verdasco   7-6(4)  5-7 7-6(5) 6-4
13 Eastbourne (Great Britain) Grass R16 Fernando Verdasco 6-4 6-0
14 Bastad (Sweden) Clay R16 Fernando Verdasco 6-1 7-5
16 Bastad (Sweden) Clay F Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3 6-4

COURT 4

[16] Feliciano Lopez (ESP) vs [Q] Mischa Zverev (GER)       Lopez Leads 1-0

15 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) Hard R16 Feliciano Lopez 6-3 7-6(4)
Other meeting:
09 Sunrise CH (U.S.A.) Hard QF Feliciano Lopez 6-3 6-1

Ivo Karlovic (CRO) vs [PR] Juan Monaco (ARG)   Karlovic Leads 2-0
11 ATP Masters 1000 Montreal (Canada) Hard R64 Ivo Karlovic 6-7(2) 6-3 7-6(5)
14 Dusseldorf (Germany) Clay QF Ivo Karlovic 6-4 3-6 6-3

COURT 7

[Q] Malek Jaziri (TUN) vs [Q] John Millman (AUS) First Meeting

[Q] Jiri Vesely (CZE) vs Marcel Granollers (ESP) First Meeting

COURT 10

Joao Sousa (POR) vs Bernard Tomic (AUS) Tomic Leads 1-0

15 ATP Masters 1000 Montreal (Canada) Hard R64 Bernard Tomic 6-3 6-3

Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) vs Vasek Pospisil (CAN) Baghdatis Leads 2-1
15 Atlanta (U.S.A.) Hard QF Marcos Baghdatis 6-4 7-6(5)
15 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) Hard R16 Vasek Pospisil 7-6(2) 3-6   6-3
16 Dubai (U.A.E.) Hard R16 Marcos Baghdatis 6-4 6-2

Nadal Reflects On Injury Comeback

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 9:32am
Ahead of his opening match at the Western & Southern Open, Rafael Nadal talks about capturing gold in Rio and bringing his current form to Cincinnati.

Murray Talks Rio And Quick Turnaround

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 9:24am
Ahead of his opening match at the Western & Southern Open, Andy Murray reflects on his gold medal performance in Rio and having to quickly prepare to play in Cincinnati.

InfoSys ATP Beyond The Numbers Hard Court Returns

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 9:15am
Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers examines the best returns on hard courts.

Kyrgios Hits Stunner In Cincinnati 2016 Hot Shot

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 8:53am
Watch Hot Shot as Lucas Pouille produces a world class volley in a difficult position, but Nick Kyrgios comes up with a stunning winner on Monday at the Western & Southern Open. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: Getty Images

Benneteau Cuevas Win In Cincinnati 2016 Monday Highlights

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 8:52am
Watch Monday highlights of Julien Benneteau versus David Ferrer, Pablo Cuevas versus Sam Querrey and more at the Western & Southern Open. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: Getty Images

Murray Back From The Brink In 2015 Cincinnati Classic Moment

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 8:05am
In this Cincinnati Classic Moment, Andy Murray rallies from 2-5 down in the third set and saves one match point in a 4-6, 7-6(3), 7-5 win over Grigor Dimitrov. Watch the Western & Southern Open live online at tennistv.com.

Kyrgios Impresses In Cincy Opener

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 4:12am
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Nick Kyrgios needed only 67 minutes to get past Frenchman Lucas Pouille 6-2, 7-5 and move into the second round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati on Monday evening.

The Aussie was locked in from the start of Monday's final match on center court. Kyrgios, the 14th seed at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament, hit 29 winners, including 16 aces, and broke Pouille three times in the first-round contest. At 5-all in the second set, the 21 year old ripped a backhand pass to break Pouille. He celebrated with a “Let's go!” shout. Kyrgios finished the match with his 16th ace.

The top-ranked #NextGen player will next face another #NextGen member in Croatian Borna Coric.

Reilly Opelka keeps checking off the milestones this month.

Two weeks ago, the 18-year-old American used a wild card to grab his first ATP World Tour singles win at the BB&T Atlanta Open. On Monday, the Florida resident grabbed his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 victory at the Western & Southern Open.

Opelka, who also received a wild card in Cincinnati, saved two match points and hit 18 aces to prevail past Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(9). The 6'11” Opelka, No. 364 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, took advantage of his only break point of the second set and broke Chardy at 6-5. Neither player lost his serve in the third set, and Chardy had match points at 6/5 and 8/7 in the tie-break. But Opelka erased them both and earned a mini-break at 9/9 to serve for the match.

The right-hander will face another Frenchman in the second round, seventh seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who's trying to reach the third round in Cincinnati and achieve best result at the Masters 1000 tournament.

Grigor Dimitrov saved both break points and won almost 80 per cent of his first-serve points to beat Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-1, 6-3. The Bulgarian will next face 16th seed Feliciano Lopez or German qualifier Mischa Zverev.

DOUBLES

Canadian Milos Raonic earned his second doubles win of the season when he and Serbian Nenad Zimonjic came back to beat the French team of Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 4-6, 7-5, 10-3. Raonic/Zimonjic will next face eighth seeds Rajeev Ram and Raven Klaasen.

Pablo Cuevas, who beat Sam Querrey in singles on Monday, made it two-for-two when he and Marcel Granollers advanced to the second round with a 6-2, 6-4 win against Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Alexander Peya of Austria. Cuevas/Granollers will next meet third seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares.