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Tsonga Withstands Johnson For Hot Shot Cincinnati 2016

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 6:32am
Watch Hot Shot as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga survives some outstanding defense from Steve Johnson. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: Getty Images

Cincinnati 2016 Wednesday 2R Highlights

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 4:22am
Watch as Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray prevail in Cincinnati second-round action. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: Getty Images

Murray Hits Running Hot Shot Cincinnati 2016

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 3:44am
Watch Hot Shot as Andy Murray imitates Pete Sampras' vintage running forehand against Juan Monaco. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: Getty Images

Murray Quick Off The Blocks In Cincinnati

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 3:10am

Andy Murray made quick work of Juan Monaco in the second round of the Western & Southern Open on Wednesday, winning 6-3, 6-2 to stretch his career-best winning streak to 19 matches. The top seed improved to 47-6 on the year.

“It’s really humid here, quite different conditions to Rio,” said Murray, who is coming off a gold-medal performance at the Rio Olympics. “The court here is pretty fast. Rio was a lot slower than this. It took a bit of time to get into it, but I did all right.

“I did two short sessions yesterday and two short sessions today. I sometimes find that rather than doing one long session, if you're going into new conditions, it's a bit easier to do a couple of shorter sessions. I feel like I get my timing a bit quicker that way.”

Murray, who is top seed at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event for the first time, was at his efficient best on Center Court, controlling play from all parts of the court. The Brit only lost four points after landing a first serve (20/24) and was clinical in the forecourt (8 of 9 net points won). He finished with more winners (15-11) and fewer unforced errors (17-20) than his opponent.

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Monaco was taking to the court for the second time on the day, having finished off Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 6-4 in a rain-delayed first-round match hours before facing Murray. The Argentine dominated the towering Croatian, winning 82 per cent of points on his own delivery and neutralising Karlovic’s vaunted serve (2/5 on break points). However, he was unable to find solutions against Murray, dropping serve four times to succumb in 77 minutes. He now trails 2-5 in his FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry against Murray.

Murray’s next opponent will be Kevin Anderson, who upended No. 13 seed Richard Gasquet 6-2, 6-4 in 79 minutes. The South African hit 17 aces and no double faults, and broke the Frenchman four times to score his third win in eight FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings with Gasquet.

Yuichi Sugita was a two-time winner on Wednesday. During the day session, he downed #NextGen star Alexander Zverev 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-2 in their first-round encounter. At night, the speedy Japanese saw off Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 7-5 to book a place in the last 16.

Nadal Avenges Defeat, Coric Edges Kyrgios

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 11:34pm

Rafael Nadal won his first ATP World Tour match since May, dismissing Pablo Cuevas in the second round of the Western & Southern Open on Wednesday. His 6-1, 7-6(4) win avenged a defeat to the Uruguayan in February to improve the Spaniard’s FedEx ATP Head2Head record between the pair to 3-1.

The 2013 champion had arrived in Cincinnati with hard-court matches under his belt, having claimed the Olympic doubles gold medal with Marc Lopez in Rio de Janeiro before falling in the bronze medal play-off to Kei Nishikori in the singles.

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“I think I played well,” Nadal said. “I think I played a good match against a tough opponent in the first round for me for sure.

“After coming from Rio and after the marathon that I had, it's a very important victory for me. So I’m very happy.”

Cuevas won the pair’s semi-final clash on clay in Rio de Janeiro en route to the title earlier in the season but this would mark their first meeting on hard courts. It was Nadal who made the quicker start of the two, breaking twice to race through the opening set in just 26 minutes.

Cuevas mounted more of a challenge in the second where he held break points in three of Nadal’s service games, including a set point at 5-4. Nadal held strong to force the tie-break and sealed the result on his first match point to set up a third-round meeting with Borna Coric, who downed fellow #NextGen player and No. 14 seed Nick Kyrgios.

The Spaniard later acknowledged the stabilising influence his support team had had through his many ups and downs. “Well, I always had a team spirit,” he said. 

“I always enjoyed playing more for a team than just myself. Even the same when I was a kid playing football.

“So always with my team I always had a great relationship. When we are on court it's normal you have the feeling with them.”

Coric showed impressive resolve in beating Kyrgios 7-6(2), 4-6, 7-6(6). The Croatian teen was broken while serving for the match at 5-3 in the deciding set, then saved match point at 6-5 in the tie-break before beating Kyrgios for the first time in two FedEx Head2Head meetings. Coric struck 16 aces and saved five break points in the two-hour, 32-minute win. He upset Nadal in Basel in 2014, but the Spaniard got his revenge at the US Open the following year.

“It was a very good match. I’m extremely happy with my performance. I was lucky at times and unlucky at other times, but overall I was brave on the big points,” Coric said. “I will have this pressure to perform for the next 10 years or more, but I don’t have any problems with it. I see it as a challenge.”

Nishikori Encouraged By Cincy 2R Win 2016

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 11:17pm
Kei Nishikori talks about his second-round win at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Thiem Returns With A Cincy Victory

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 10:57pm

Eighth seed Dominic Thiem booked his first career win at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati on Wednesday. The 22-year-old Austrian won his first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting against Aussie qualifier John Millman 7-5, 6-1 to advance to the third round. He will next face ninth seed Gael Monfils, who broke Marcos Baghdatis six times to win 7-5, 6-0 in 71 minutes.

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Thiem, No. 9 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, won 80 per cent of his first-serve points and broke the 27-year-old Millman six times. The win improves his chances of reaching the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at The 02 in London for the first time. He is currently in sixth place in the Emirates ATP Race To London.

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The win also gives Thiem his first victory since 29 June when he beat German Florian Mayer in the first round at Wimbledon. Thiem lost his first-round match at the Generali Open in Kitzbuhel and retired after five games at the Rogers Cup because of a hip injury.

The Austrian leads his FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry against Monfils 1-0, a three-set semi-final victory last year on clay at Konzum Croatia Open Umag. Monfils also has his eye on qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the first time. The Frenchman is in eighth place, just in front of Tomas Berdych.

Berdych, the No. 6 seed, set up a third-round meeting with Marin Cilic by downing Marcel Granollers 6-3, 7-6(4). It was Granollers' second match of the day after the Spaniard beat Jiri Vesely in a rain-delayed first-round match. Cilic breezed past wild card Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-1 in under one hour. He trails the FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry against Berdych 4-6.

The #NextGen Pokémon Challenge Is On!

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 9:04pm

They are keen competitors on the court, and possibly even more so off it! We set the #NextGen stars against each other to try and catch as many Pokémon as they could in 15 minutes around the grounds of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

Nick Kyrgios, Taylor Fritz, Sascha Zverev, Borna Coric and Kyle Edmund took on the challenge, and they had a little help. Fans took part in a prize draw to have the chance to play Pokémon Go alongside some of their favourite tennis players.

Watch the video to see who will catch ‘em all!

Wawrinka Rallies Against Donaldson In Cincinnati

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 7:50pm

Stan Wawrinka overcame stiff resistance from young American Jared Donaldson at the Western & Southern Open, winning 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 to move into the third round. The match was played over two days as rain interrupted play on Tuesday with the Swiss down a set.

Wawrinka, No. 4 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, had not played since losing in the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup to Kei Nishikori. On Tuesday, the 19-year-old Donaldson took advantage of the Swiss’ layoff by breaking twice to claim the opening set. Wawrinka raced to a 3-0 lead in the second set before rain halted play and maintained his momentum when play resumed on Wednesday. He only dropped one first-serve point in the final set and scored a decisive break of serve in the fifth game before prevailing in just under two hours.

Next up for the second seed is Grigor Dimitrov, who battled past Feliciano Lopez 5-7, 6-3, 7-6(6). Dimitrov dropped serve twice to lose the opening set, but held the rest of the way to secure victory in two hours and 35 minutes. Dimitrov leads Wawrinka 3-2 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry and has won their past three meetings. Wawrinka's lone hard-court win over the Bulgarian came at the Australian Open in 2011, their first tour-level clash.

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga downed 6’11” Reilly Opelka 7-6(5), 7-6(3) in the second round. Neither man dropped serve in the one hour, 43-minute match. Both players combined for 19 aces. Tsonga won 91 per cent of first-serve points but was denied by Opelka on each of his seven break point chances. The margin of victory was only five points. Tsonga won 80 points while the 18-year-old Opelka took 75.

Taking on Tsonga in the third round will be Steve Johnson, who survived 15 aces to win 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(5) against French veteran Julien Benneteau. After faltering on serve twice in the opening set, Johnson did not concede a break point to Benneteau the rest of the way and claimed victory in two hours. Johnson won his lone previous meeting with Tsonga, also in a deciding tie-break (2015 Winston-Salem).

Murray, Nadal, NextGen & Doubles Stars Connect With Fans In Cincinnati

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 7:47pm
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Western & Southern Open - Cincinnati, Ohio

Top seed Andy Murray and third seed Rafael Nadal met crowds of fans at their Western & Southern Open autograph signings, while second seed Stan Wawrinka helped out at the draw ceremony.

John Isner visited the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, spending time playing games and chatting with the children, signing autographs and taking photos at the hospital, which is ranked among the Top 3 pediatric hospitals in the United States. Read More

“I had the best time spending the afternoon at Cincinnati Children's Hospital,” said Isner. “Every kid I met was so full of joy and laughter despite facing so many obstacles. To be in a position to put a smile on their face is something I'm so grateful for. It was an absolutely amazing experience for me.”

The world’s best doubles players put on a show for fans at the third edition of the ATP Doubles Showdown. Wayne Bryan hosted as Marcelo Melo, Jean-Julien Rojer, Jamie Murray, Daniel Nestor, Bruno Soares, Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan, Rohan Bopanna, John Peers, Eric Butorac, Max Mirnyi, Treat Huey, Juan Sebastian Cabal, Henri Kontinen and Raven Klaasen delighted the Cincinnati fans. Read More

“It’s always great here in Cincinnati,” said Nestor. “That’s why we love playing here. It’s a great event here to help promote our game. We had all the top guys out, which is important to keep this going. It’s a good time.”

Kevin Anderson and NextGen star Jared Donaldson were on hand to sign autographs at kids’ day, while another NextGen American, Taylor Fritz, visited a local high school to participate in a kids’ clinic.

Fritz also took part in the NextGen Pokémon Go Challenge, competing against Nick Kyrgios, Taylor Fritz, Alexander Zverev and Borna Coric. The players teamed up with fans to see who could catch the most Pokémon in 15 minutes around the grounds of the Western & Southern Open. Read More & Watch   

American Reilly Opelka tried out his baseball skills when he threw out the first pitch at the Cincinnati Reds game.


Donaldson Runs Down Hot Shot Cincinnati 2016

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 7:25pm
Watch Hot Shot as Jared Donaldson runs down Stan Wawrinka's drop shot attempt. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: Getty Images

Nishikori Hits One Handed Backhand Hot Shot 2016

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 7:24pm
Watch Hot Shot as Kei Nishikori improvises a one-handed backhand winner against Mikhail Youzhny in Cincinnati. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Nishikori, Raonic Advance In Cincinnati

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 6:39pm

Kei Nishikori started his quest to reach back-to-back ATP World Tour Masters 1000 finals with a 6-3, 6-2 win against Russian qualifier Mikhail Youzhny on Wednesday at the Western & Southern Open. The Japanese, who received a first-round bye, saved all six break points and broke the 34 year old four times to advance in 80 minutes.

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Nishikori, the fifth seed in Cincinnati, will next face Aussie Bernard Tomic, who came back to upset 11th seed David Goffin 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 in one hour and 50 minutes. Nishikori leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry 2-1 but Tomic took their previous meeting this season 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 in Brisbane.

Last month at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, Nishikori reached his second Masters 1000 final of the season (l. to Djokovic) and the third of his career (Miami 2015, Madrid 2014). By reaching the third round on Wednesday, he matched his best results in Cincinnati.

Milos Raonic overcame John Isner 7-6(5), 7-6(5) in a titanic second-round clash. Going into the match, Isner led the pair’s FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry 3-0 and held a 4-1 edge in tie-breaks won, but the Canadian reversed both trends to prevail in 96 minutes. The 2016 Wimbledon finalist improved to 40-10 (20-4 on hard) to bolster his chances to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the second time (2014).

Both men played to their strengths, painting the lines with their powerful serves. Raonic landed 64 per cent of first serves and fired 12 aces while Isner landed 69 per cent of first deliveries and had 20 aces. The lone break point chance of the match came with Isner serving at 30-40 in the eighth game of the opening set. The American swept the next three points to hold.

"He just played the tie-breaks better than I did," Isner said. "I knew the match could very easily have a scoreline like that. Of course you hope to be on the good side of it. I was not."

Nadal's Coach Says Spaniard 'Still Hungry'

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 4:31pm

The day before his debut at the Western & Southern Open, Rafael Nadal practised on Court 15 surrounded by thousands of fans who wanted to see the Spaniard prepare to face Pablo Cuevas in Cincinnati.

After the practice session, Francisco Roig, one of Nadal’s coaches, spoke to ATPWorldTour.com. Roig assessed his pupil’s current form. The 30-year-old Nadal was forced to pull out of Roland Garros with a wrist injury.

“When he got injured, his form was good. He had improved a lot by winning Monte-Carlo and Barcelona. He was improving day-by-day," Roig said of Nadal, who also reached the semi-finals in Madrid and Rome.

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In Cincinnati, Nadal will try to regain his earlier momentum. He is scheduled to face Cuevas for the fourth time on Wednesday at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament. Nadal leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 2-1 but lost their most recent contest on the clay in Rio de Janeiro in February.

“It has been two months off, with not much preparation time,” Roig said. “Now is time to go step-by-step... He has been great mentally and has been moving well."

Roig wants Nadal to leave Cincinnati with confidence for the remainder of the ATP World Tour season. The coach believes the 2013 Cincinnati champion can positively bounce back from his latest setback.

“He has been dealing with this for many, many years,” Roig said of Nadal's past injuries. “Hopefully he can keep playing at his best. Nadal is still hungry. If there is someone who knows how to come back after injuries, it’s him. There is no doubt about it."

Agassi Overcomes Roddick In 2004 Cincinnati Classic Moment

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 11:08am
In this Cincinnati Classic Moment, a 34-year-old Andre Agassi withstands 30 aces from Andy Roddick, prevailing against the Cincinnati defending champion 7-5, 6-7(2), 7-6(2) to reach the 2004 final. Watch the Western & Southern Open live online at tennistv.com.

Murray, Nadal Compete On Busy Wednesday In Cincinnati

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 9:17am

• There are four first round matches to be completed and 16 second round matches on Wednesday’s schedule at the Western & Southern Open. The top eight seeds are in action, led by top seed and two-time (2008, 2011) champion Andy Murray, No. 2 Stan Wawrinka, No. 3 /2013 winner Rafael Nadal, No. 4 Milos Raonic and No. 5 Kei Nishikori.

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• In the first men’s match on Center Court, Wawrinka resumes his match against #NextGen American teenager Jared Donaldson, who won the opening set 6-2 before the Swiss native led 3-0 in the second set when play was halted due to rain. Wawrinka is making his 10th appearance in Cincinnati and he is seeded No. 2 for the first time. He reached the semi-finals in 2012 and the quarter-finals in 2014-15. Donaldson, who is into the second round for the second straight year, is trying to post his first career Top 10 win (0-1).

In the next match on, two of the biggest servers on the ATP World Tour meet as Raonic takes on 2013 finalist John Isner, who leads the FedEx ATP Head 2 Head meetings 3-0. Five of the seven previous seven sets have been decided in a tie-break with Isner holding a 4-1 edge. Isner leads the ATP World Tour this season with 845 aces while Raonic is No. 4 with 595. Raonic, who reached his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon last month, comes in with a 39-10 match record on the season (19-4 on hard). The 25-year-old Canadian also has a 20-8 tie-break record this year. Isner is looking for his first Top 10 win of the season (0-3) and trying to reach the 3R in Cincinnati for the third time in the past four years. Isner, who has been the top American in the Emirates ATP Rankings every week since July 29, 2013, has struggled in tie-breaks this year with a 24-24 record.

In the final day session match, Nadal takes on top Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas for the fourth time (Nadal leads 2-1 on clay). This is their first meeting on hard courts. Cuevas won the last meeting in the semi-finals of the 500 level tournament in Rio de Janeiro in February en route to the biggest ATP World Tour title of his career. Nadal comes into Cincinnati after capturing the gold medal in doubles (w/M. Lopez) at the Rio Olympics and losing in the bronze medal match in singles (l. to Nishikori). Nadal is 33-10 on the season (12-6 on hard) with titles at ATP Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo and Barcelona. Cuevas is also a two-time winner in 2016 (Rio, Sao Paulo) and he enters at a career-high No. 19 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. He is 3-8 lifetime vs. Top 10 foes (2-0 on hard).

In the evening session, Murray comes in as the top seed in an ATP Masters 1000 tournament for the first time in his career. The 29-year-old British superstar defended his 2012 London Olympics gold medal in Rio on Sunday (d. del Potro in 4h,2m) and won his career-best 18th match in a row. He will face the winner of Juan Monaco (leads 4-2) or Ivo Karlovic (leads 7-0).

In the first match on Grandstand, Russian qualifier Mikhail Youzhny and Rio singles bronze medalist Nishikori meet for the third time (tied 1-1). In the final match on this court, No. 6 Tomas Berdych will face the winner of Jiri Vesely (leads 2-0) and Marcel Granollers (leads 3-0).

There are four matches on Stadium 3 with No. 8 seed Dominic Thiem opening up followed by No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No. 9 Gael Monfils and No. 14 Nick Kyrgios.

DAY 4 FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS – In Order of Play by Court

CENTER COURT


To Finish – Donaldson leads 6-2, 0-3

[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

[4] Milos Raonic (CAN) vs John Isner (USA) Isner Leads 3-0
12 ATP Masters 1000 Toronto (Canada) Hard QF John Isner 7-6(9) 6-4 
13 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (U.S.A.) Hard R16 John Isner 7-6(5) 6-4 
15 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (U.S.A.) Hard R16 John Isner 6-7(3) 7-6(6) 7-6(5)

Raonic 2016 FastFacts:
W: Brisbane (d. Federer); F(3): ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l. to Djokovic); London (l. to Murray); Wimbledon (l. to Murray); SF: Aust. Open (l. Murray); QF(4): ATP Masters 1000 Miami (l. Kyrgios); ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l. to Murray);  ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (l. to Djokovic); ATP Masters 1000 Toronto (l. to Monfils)
YTD W-L: 39-10 (19-4 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1 / Career Titles: 8
Date of Birth: December 27, 1990
Emirates ATP Ranking: 6
Cincinnati W-L (Best Result): 8-4 (2014 SF)

• Tournament Note: The 25-year-old Canadian reached SF in 2014, QF in 2012, 3R in 2013 and 1R in 2015
• Has a 17-6 record in ATP Masters 1000 play this season, with QF or better in five tournaments
• Became 1st Canadian man and 2nd Canadian overall to reach major singles final at Wimbledon (l. to No. 2 Murray). En route to Wimbledon final, earned 1st win from 2 sets down vs. Goffin in 4R and defeated No. 3 Federer in 5 sets in SF
• Also fell to No. 2 Murray in London/Queen’s Club final after leading 7-6 3-0
• Won first 9 matches of season, highlighted by 8th career title at Brisbane (d. No. 3 Federer)
• Upset No. 4 Wawrinka in 5 sets en route to Australian Open SF (l. to No. 2 Murray in 5 sets)
• Played in 3rd ATP Masters 1000 final at Indian Wells (d. No. 7 Berdych, Monfils and Goffin; l. to No. 1 Djokovic)
• Reached ATP Masters 1000 QFs at Miami (l. to Kyrgios), Monte-Carlo (l. to Murray) and Madrid (l. to Djokovic)
• Advanced to Roland Garros 4R (l. to Ramos-Viñolas)
• Withdrew from Delray Beach, Acapulco and Davis Cup 1R due to muscular tear sustained in Australian Open SF

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: 24-15 (14-8 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 10
Date of Birth: April 26, 1985
Emirates ATP Ranking: 22
Cincinnati W-L (Best Result): 11-8 (2013 Runner-up)

• Tournament Note: The 31-year-old American holds an 11-8 record in Cincinnati with his best result in 2013 when he defeated 4 players in Top 11 (No. 11 Gasquet, No. 10 Raonic, No. 1 Djokovic, No. 7 del Potro) before falling to No. 3 Nadal in final. Opened on Tuesday by defeating Fognini 63 62. Previously defeated Raonic here in R16 in 2013
• 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

Pablo Cuevas (URU) vs [3] Rafael Nadal (ESP) Nadal Leads 2-1
15 Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Clay QF Rafael Nadal 4-6 7-5 6-0 
15 Hamburg (Germany) Clay QF Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-2 
16 Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Clay SF Pablo Cuevas 6-7(6) 7-6(3) 6-4

Cuevas 2016 FastFacts:
W(2): Rio de Janeiro (d. Pella); Sao Paolo (d. Carreno Busta); F(2): Nottingham (l. to Johnson); Hamburg (l. to Klizan); QF: Buenos Aires (l. to Ferrer)
YTD W-L: 30-15 (5-5 on hard)
YTD Titles: 2 / Career Titles: 5 
Date of Birth: January 1, 1986
Emirates ATP Ranking: 19 (Career-high)
Cincinnati W-L (Best Result): 1-1 (2016 2R)

• Tournament Note: Last year, fell in 1R to Bautista Agut. Opened on Monday by defeating Sam Querrey 46 76 63 to reach 2R for first time
• In February, captured back-to-back titles at Rio de Janeiro (d. Pella) and São Paulo (d. Carreño Busta)
• First player to beat only lefties en route to a title (d. Bagnis, Monteiro, Delbonis, No. 5 Nadal and Pella in Rio)
• Did not drop a set en route to Hamburg final (l. to Klizan)
• Reached 1st grass-court QF, SF and final at Nottingham (d. Baghdatis after saving 1 MP in QF, l. to Johnson)
• Achieved career-high No. 19 in Emirates ATP Rankings this week
• Advanced to Roland Garros 3R for 2nd straight year (d. Kamke and Halys, l. to No. 8 Berdych)
• Beat both Kohlschreiber and Monfils 76 in 3rd to reach ATP Masters 1000 R16 for 1st time in Madrid (l. to Kyrgios)
• In doubles w/Granollers, reached Barcelona final (d. Dodig/Melo in 1R, l. to Bryan/Bryan), Australian Open SF (d. Dodig/Melo in 3R, l. to Nestor/Stepanek) and Roland Garros QF (d. Rojer/Tecau in 2R, l. to Kubot/Peya)

Nadal 2016 FastFacts:
W(2): ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (d. Monfils); Barcelona (d. Nishikori); F: Doha (l. to Djokovic); SF(5): Buenos Aires (l. to Thiem); Rio de Janeiro (l. to Cuevas); ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l. to Djokovic); ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (l. to Murray); Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games (l. to del Potro); QF: ATP Masters 1000 Rome (l. to Djokovic)
YTD W-L: 33-10 (12-6 on hard)
YTD Titles: 2 / Career Titles: 69
Date of Birth: June 3, 1986
Emirates ATP Ranking: 5
Cincinnati W-L (Best Result): 19-9 (2013 Champion)

• Tournament Note: The 2013 champion is seeking his 20th match win in Cincinnati. Last year, he fell to Lopez in 3R. Outside of championship, Nadal has reached SF twice (2008-09) and QF three times (2006, 2010-11). This is his 11th appearance in Cincinnati (19-9 record)
• Last week at Rio Olympics, won doubles gold medal (w/M. Lopez) and lost to del Potro in SF and Nishikori in singles bronze medal match. Defeated Bellucci in QF for 800th career singles match win. Spent a total of 22h,43m on court in singles and doubles 
• Before Olympics, Nadal had not played a match since Roland Garros 2R due to wrist injury
• Captured 9th Monte-Carlo and 28th ATP Masters 1000 title overall (d. No. 4 Wawrinka, No. 2 Murray and Monfils)
• Also won 9th Barcelona title, tying Vilas for Open Era lead with 49 clay-court titles (d. No. 6 Nishikori)
• Reached ATP Masters 1000 SFs at Indian Wells (d. A. Zverev after saving 1 MP, l. to No. 1 Djokovic) and Madrid (l. to No. 2 Murray)
• Suffered 7th straight loss to No. 1 Djokovic in ATP Masters 1000 Rome QF (0-15 in sets)
• Lost to eventual champs in SFs at Buenos Aires (l. to Thiem after holding 1 MP) and Rio de Janeiro (l. to Cuevas)
• Reached Doha final (l. to No. 1 Djokovic), then suffered 2nd Grand Slam 1R loss at Aus. Open (l. to Verdasco)
• Became 8th man with 200+ major wins before conceding 3rd walkover of career in Roland Garros 3R (left wrist)
• Retired in Miami 2R vs. Dzumhur (illness) and withdrew from London/Queen’s Club, Wimbledon and Toronto (wrist)

[1] Andy Murray (GBR) vs Ivo Karlovic (CRO) OR [PR] Juan Monaco (ARG)

vs Ivo Karlovic (CRO) Murray Leads 7-0

07 San Jose (U.S.A.) Hard F Andy Murray 6-7(3) 6-4      7-6(2)
08 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Andy Murray 7-6(7) 6-7(3)  6-3
08 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (U.S.A.) Hard SF Andy Murray 6-4 6-4
12 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R64 Andy Murray 7-5 6-7(5) 6-2 7-6(4)
12 Tokyo (Japan) Hard R32 Andy Murray 7-6(7) 6-4
15 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R16 Andy Murray 7-6(7) 6-4     5-7   6-4
16 Roland Garros (France) Clay R32 Andy Murray 6-1 6-4    7-6(3)
OR
vs Juan Monaco (ARG) Murray Leads 4-2
09 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (U.S.A.) Hard R64 Andy Murray 4-6 6-3 6-2
09 ATP Masters 1000 Rome (Italy) Clay R32 Juan Monaco 1-6 6-3 7-5
10 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (China) Hard SF Andy Murray 6-4 6-1
10 Valencia (Spain) Hard R16 Juan Monaco 6-2 3-6 6-2
14 Shenzhen (China) Hard SF Andy Murray 2-6 6-3 6-0
16 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games (Brazil) Hard R32 Andy Murray 6-3 6-1

Murray 2016 FastFacts:
W(4): ATP Masters 1000 Rome (d. Djokovic); London/Queen's Club (d. Raonic); Wimbledon (d. Raonic); Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games (d. del Potro); F(3): Australian Open (l. to Djokovic); ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (l. to Djokovic); Roland Garros (l. to Djokovic); SF: ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l. to Nadal)
YTD W-L: 46-6 (16-3 on hard)
YTD Titles: 4 / Career Titles: 39
Date of Birth: May 15, 1987
Emirates ATP Ranking: 2 (Career-high)
Cincinnati W-L (Best Result): 27-9 (2008, 2011 Champion)

• Tournament Note: The top seed has reached the QF or better in Cincinnati in 8 of 11 appearances, winning the title twice (2008, '11). Last year, he fell in SF to Federer
• In Rio de Janeiro Olympics last week, defeated del Potro in gold-medal match in 4h,2m to become 1st player to win 2 Olympic gold medals in singles
• Enters on a career-best 18-match winning streak and last loss came to Djokovic in Roland Garros final on June 5
• Captured 3rd Grand Slam title at Wimbledon (d. Tsonga in 5 sets, No. 9 Berdych and No. 7 Raonic)
• Became 1st British finalist at Roland Garros and 10th man to reach all 4 major finals in Open Era (l. to No. 1 Djokovic)
• Fell to 0-5 in Australian Open finals with 4th championship match loss to No. 1 Djokovic
• With J. Murray, became 1st brothers in Open Era to reach singles and doubles finals at same major (Australian Open)
• Celebrated 29th birthday by beating No. 1 Djokovic for 12th ATP Masters 1000 title at Rome
• Beat No. 8 Berdych and No. 5 Nadal en route to ATP Masters 1000 Madrid final (l. to No. 1 Djokovic)
• Rallied from 76 30 down to defeat No. 9 Raonic and become 1st 5-time London/Queen’s Club champion (est. 1890)
• Extended Davis Cup win streak to 14 matches with 3 victories to lead Great Britain past Japan 3-1

Karlovic 2016 FastFacts:

W(2): Newport (d. Muller); Los Cabos (d. Lopez); F: Washington (l. to Monfils); SF(2): Istanbul (l. to Dimitrov); s-Hertogenbosch (l. to Muller)
YTD W-L: 22-15 (10-6 on hard) – going into 1R
YTD Titles: 2 / Career Titles: 8
Date of Birth: February 28, 1979
Emirates ATP Ranking: 20
Cincinnati W-L (Best result): 10-7 (2008 SF) – going into 1R

• Tournament Note: The 37-year-old Croat enters the 1R with a 10-7 record in Cincinnati, his best result coming in 2008, when he fell to Murray in SF. That year, he defeated No. 1 Federer in R16 before defeating Kohlschreiber, then l. to Murray. Last year, he reached R16 before falling to Wawrinka
• Won second ATP World Tour title of season last week in naugural Los Cabos Open (d. F. Lopez)
• Had a runner-up effort in Washington where he held match point before falling 57 76 64 to Monfils. Held 53 straight service games in tournament before getting broken serving for match in second set. Finished with 28 aces in match and 108 for tournament. Ranking improved from No. 35 to No. 27 (and No. 20 this week)
• Previous week claimed 7th career ATP World Tour title in Newport (d. Muller, saving 3 MPs); at 37 years, 4 months, became oldest ATP World Tour singles winner since Marty Riessen (37 years, 9 months) in 1979 (Lafayette, La.)
• At Roland Garros, beat Thompson 12-10 in 5th to become oldest player to reach Grand Slam 3R since Connors at 1991 US Open (l. to No. 2 Murray in 3R)
• Ended 8-match losing streak (back to last year) with 1st wins of season to reach Istanbul SF (d. Lajovic and Granollers, l. to Dimitrov). Since 0-6 start, has compiled a 16-8 match record in past nine tournaments
• Win over Lajovic in Istanbul 2R on April 28 served as 300th victory of career
• Also reached SF at ’s-Hertogenbosch (d. Sijsling and Mannarino, l. to Muller)
• Suffered 11th straight loss in a final-set tiebreak, squandering 2 MPs vs. Kudla in ATP Masters 1000 Madrid 1R. Streak ended in Newport final where he prevailed 14-12 in longest decisive set TB in an ATP final in Open Era
• Retired in 2 matches and withdrew from 3 events between January and March due to left knee injury

Monaco 2016 FastFacts:
W: Houston (d. Sock); QF: ATP Masters 1000 Rome (l. to Pouille)
YTD W-L: 13-10 (2-3 on hard) – going into 1R
YTD Titles: 1 / Career Titles: 9
Date of Birth: February 28, 1979
Emirates ATP Ranking: 104
Cincinnati W-L (Best result): 4-5 (2007 3R) – going into 1R

• Tournament Note: Led Karlovic 64 5-3 when rain suspended play. Best result came in 2007 debut, reaching 3R. Since then, has not advanced past 2R. Has a protected Emirates ATP Ranking of No. 47
• As World No. 148, captured 9th ATP World Tour title at Houston (d. G. Melzer, Paire, Querrey, Lopez and Sock)
• Rose 62 spots to No. 86 in Emirates ATP Rankings on April 11, gaining direct acceptance into Roland Garros
• Upset No. 4 Wawrinka in ATP Masters 1000 Rome 3R, but conceded walkover to Pouille in QF (left hip)
• Advanced to 2R at Roland Garros (d. Istomin, l. to Ferrer) and Wimbledon (d. Daniel, l. to Tsonga)
• Retired from Rio de Janeiro 1R vs. Gimeno-Traver due to right shoulder injury 
• Withdrew from Australian Open due to right wrist injury and Istanbul due to back injury
•  Has a 20-55 career record vs. Top 10 opponents (1-2 this year) and his previous win over a World No. 2 came in 2007 Cincinnati 3R (d. Nadal 76 4-1 ret.)

GRANDSTAND

[Q] Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)  vs [5] Kei Nishikori (JPN) Series Tied 1-1

13 Halle (Germany) Grass R16 Mikhail Youzhny 6-1 6-7(4) 6-3 
15 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (U.S.A.) Hard R64 Kei Nishikori 6-2 6-1

Youzhny 2016 FastFacts
QF(2): Stuttgart (l. to Thiem); Gstaad (l. to Brown)
YTD W-L: 12-12 (4-3 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 10
Date of Birth: June 25, 1982
Emirates ATP Ranking: 68
Cincinnati W-L (Best Result): 13-12 (2005 QF)

• Tournament note: The 34-year-old Russian advanced to 2R with win over #NextGen American Taylor Fritz 61 63. 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
• Has a 30-83 career record vs. Top 10 opponents and looking to break an eight-match losing streak since last win here two years ago (d. No. 10 Tsonga in 1R)

Nishikori 2016 FastFacts
W: Memphis (d. Fritz); F(3): ATP Masters 1000 Miami (l. to Djokovic); Barcelona (l. to Nadal); ATP Masters 1000 Toronto (l. to Djokovic); SF(3): ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (l. to Djokovic); ATP Masters 1000 Rome (l. to Djokovic); Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games (l. to Murray); QF(3): Brisbane (l. to Tomic); Australian Open (l. to Djokovic); ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l. to Nadal)
YTD W-L: 45-13 (28-8 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1 / Career Titles: 11
Date of Birth: December 29, 1989
Emirates ATP Ranking: 7
Cincinnati W-L (Best Result): 2-3 (2012 R16)

• Tournament Note: This is his 4th appearance in main draw. Has a 2-3 record with his best result the R16 in 2012, when he lost to Wawrinka. Last year,fell to Lopez in 1R
• Won singles bronze medal at Rio Olympics, defeating Nadal in three sets
• Captured 4th straight Memphis title and extended win streak at event to 17 matches (d. Fritz)
• Saved 5 MPs to beat Monfils en route to 2nd ATP Masters 1000 final of career at Miami (l. to No. 1 Djokovic)
• Also saved 1 MP to defeat Isner 76 in 3rd before falling to No. 5 Nadal in ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells QF
• Reached ATP Masters 1000 SFs at Madrid (l. to Djokovic 76 in 2nd) and Rome (l. to Djokovic 76 in 3rd)
• Appeared in 3rd consecutive Barcelona final (d. Paire, l. to No. 5 Nadal)
• Advanced to Aus. Open QF (d. Tsonga, l. to Djokovic) and Roland Garros 4R (d. Verdasco in 5 sets, l. to Gasquet)
• Conceded walkover in Halle 2R vs. F. Mayer and retired in Wimbledon 4R vs. Cilic due to rib injury
• Beat Evans before falling to No. 2 Murray in 5 sets, ending 12-match Davis Cup win streak (GBR d. JPN 3-1 in 1R)

[6] Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs Marcel Granollers (ESP) OR [Q] Jiri Vesely (CZE) 

vs Marcel Granollers (ESP) Berdych Leads 3-0

10 ATP Masters 1000 Rome (Italy) Clay R64 Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-3
11 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (Spain) Clay R32 Tomas Berdych 6-4 6-0
13 ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay R32 Tomas Berdych 7-5 6-4
OR
vs Jiri Vesely (CZE) Berdych Leads 2-0
15 Shenzhen (China) Hard QF Tomas Berdych   6-3   6-2
16 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R16 Tomas Berdych   4-6 6-3 7-6(8) 6-7(9) 6-3

Berdych 2016 FastFacts:
SF(3): Doha (l. to Djokovic); Marseille (l. to Kyrgios); Wimbledon (l. to Murray); QF(6): Australian Open (l. to Federer); Dubai (l. to Kyrgios); ATP Masters 1000 Miami (l. to Djokovic); ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (l. to Murray); Roland Garros (l. to Djokovic); ATP Masters 1000 Toronto (l. to Djokovic)
YTD W-L: 30-14 (18-8 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 12
Date of Birth: September 17, 1985
Emirates ATP Ranking: 8
Cincinnati W-L (Best Result): 17-11 (2011, '13 SF)

• Tournament Note: The No. 6 seed has reached QF or better 4 out of 11 appearances in Cincinnati. Twice he has reached SF (2011, 2013). Last year reached QF before falling to Dolgopolov
• Reached 3rd ATP Masters 1000 QF of season in Toronto (l. to Djokovic)
• Defeated A. Zverev, Vesely and Pouille en route to 6th Grand Slam SF at Wimbledon (l. to No. 2 Murray)
• Also advanced to SFs at Doha (l. to No. 1 Djokovic) and Marseille (d. Goffin, l. to Kyrgios)
• Reached QFs at Aus. Open (d. Bautista Agut, l. to No. 3 Federer), Dubai (l. to Kyrgios), Miami (d. No. 10 Gasquet, l. to No. 1 Djokovic), Madrid (d. No. 9 Ferrer, l. to No. 2 Murray) and Roland Garros (d. Ferrer, l. to No. 1 Djokovic)
• Suffered 60 60 loss to Goffin in ATP Masters 1000 Rome 3R – 1st double-bagel of career at any level
• Helped Czech Republic defeat Germany 3-2 in Davis Cup 1R by winning 5-setter over A. Zverev in 4h, 20m
• Also won doubles w/Stepanek for 50th Davis Cup victory of career (d. Kohlschreiber/Petzschner)
• Retired in Davis Cup 1R Rubber 4 vs. Kohlschreiber (right hamstring) and withdrew from Washington (fatigue)

Granollers 2016 FastFacts
QF (3): ATP Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo (l. to Monfils); Istanbul (l. to Karlovic); Los Cabos (l. to Karlovic)
YTD W-L: 15-19 (6-7 on hard) – going into 1R
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 4
Date of Birth: April 12, 1986
Emirates ATP Ranking: 46
Cincinnati W-L (Best result): 1-3 (2013 2R) – going into 1R

• Tournament Note: The 30-year-old Spaniard is looking to advance to 2R for 2nd time. Previously reached 2R in 2013 (d. Rosol, l. to No. 13 Haas)
• Reached Los Cabos QF last week before falling to eventual champion Karlovic
• Advanced to QFs at ATP Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo as LL (d. Goffin, l. to Monfils) and Istanbul (l. to Karlovic)
• Replaced countryman Ferrer and became 1st lucky loser to reach Monte-Carlo QF in tournament history
• Received retirement from Mahut and walkover from No. 5 Nadal en route to Roland Garros 4R (l. to Thiem)
• Captured 4th ATP Challenger Tour title at Irving, USA (d. Giraldo, M. Zverev, Rosol, Dodig and Bedene)
• Won 11th ATP World Tour doubles title at Båstad with countryman Marrero (d. Daniell/Demoliner)
• In doubles w/Cuevas, reached Barcelona final (d. Dodig/Melo in 1R, l. to Bryan/Bryan), Australian Open SF (d. Dodig/Melo in 3R, l. to Nestor/Stepanek) and Roland Garros QF (d. Rojer/Tecau in 2R, l. to Kubot/Peya)

Vesely 2016 FastFacts
SF: Marrakech (l. to Coric); QF: Istanbul (l. to Dimitrov)
YTD W-L: 15-18 (1-9 on hard) – going into 1R
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 1
Date of Birth: July 10, 1993
Emirates ATP Ranking: 50
Cincinnati W-L (Best result): 0-1 (2015 1R) – going into 1R

• Tournament note: Vesely is in his 2nd appearance in Cincinnati, and he lost in 1R last year (l. to Bellucci)
• As World No. 55, upset No. 1 Djokovic to reach ATP Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo 3R (l. to Monfils)
• Became lowest-ranked player to defeat Djokovic since No. 74 Malisse at 2010 London/Queen’lub
• Upset No. 8 Thiem 76 76 76 en route to Wimbledon 4R (l. to No. 9 Berdych 46 63 76 67 63)
• Advanced to Marrakech SF (l. to Coric 76 76) and Istanbul QF (l. to Dimitrov)
• Posted only 1 singles win in 1st 3 months of season, beating countryman Rosol in Rotterdam 1R
• As defending champion, lost to eventual champion Bautista Agut in Auckland 1R

STADIUM 3

[Q] John Millman (AUS) vs [8] Dominic Thiem (AUT) First Meeting

Millman 2016 FastFacts:

QF: Montpellier (l. to Mathieu)
YTD W-L: 15-16 (11-12 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: June 14, 1989
Emirates ATP Ranking: 91
Cincinnati W-L (Best Result): 1-0 (2016 2R)

• Tournament Note: The 27-year-old Aussie qualifier defeated Malek Jaziri 64 57 63 to reach 2R
• Advanced to 3R at Australian Open (d. Muller in 5 sets, l. to Tomic) and Wimbledon (d. Paire, l. to No. 2 Murray)
• Reached 1st ATP World Tour QF at Montpellier (d. Benneteau and Roger-Vasselin, l. to Mathieu in 3 sets)
• Achieved career-high No. 60 in Emirates ATP Rankings on May 16 (No. 91 this week)
• Won ATP Masters 1000 debut over Sarkissian at Indian Wells (l. to Johnson in 2R)
• Saved 2 MPs in 67(5) 64 76(6) win over Donskoy in Chennai 1R (l. to Bautista Agut in 2R)
• Held 1 MP vs. Johnson in Delray Beach 1R before falling 63 57 76(8)
• Conceded w/o in Seoul, KOR Challenger QF vs. Lacko and withdrew from Houston and Geneva (left ankle)
• Looking for first career Top 10 win (0-5)

Thiem 2016 FastFacts:
W(4): Buenos Aires (d. Almagro); Acapulco (d. Tomic); Nice (d. A. Zverev); Stuttgart (d. Kohlschreiber); F: Munich (l. Kohlschreiber); SF(4): Brisbane (l. Federer); Roland Garros (l. Djokovic); Halle (l. Mayer); Rio de Janeiro (l. Pella); QF: ATP Masters 1000 Rome (l. Nishikori)
YTD W-L: 48-15 (16-6 on hard)
YTD Titles: 4 / Career Titles: 7
Date of Birth: September 3, 1993
Emirates ATP Ranking: 9 
Cincinnati W-L (Best Result): 0-2 (2014-15 1R)

• Tournament Note: The 22-year-old is bidding for his 1st win in Cincinnati after 1R losses in 2014 (l. to Ginepri 7-5 in third set) and last year (l. to Klizan in third set TB)
• Reached 1st Grand Slam SF at Roland Garros (d. Goffin, l. to No. 1 Djokovic)
• Broke into Top 10 and rose to career-high No. 7 in Emirates ATP Rankings on June 6
• Youngest player in Top 10 since Raonic (Aug. 12, 2013), 3rd Austrian and 1st since J. Melzer (May 30, 2011)
• Saved 1 MP in Buenos Aires 2R (d. Elias) and SF (d. No. 5 Nadal), as well as 2 MPs in Stuttgart SF (d. No. 3 Federer)
• Runner-up at Munich (l. to Kohlschreiber 76 in 3rd) – only loss in 20 deciding sets this season
• Defeated No. 2 Federer at Rome for biggest win of career by ranking to reach 2nd ATP Masters 1000 QF
• Earned 1st 3 Davis Cup victories of career to lead Austria to 4-1 win over Portugal in Europe/Africa Zone Group I 
• Retired in Sydney 2R against Muller due to blisters and withdrew from Hamburg due to illness

[7] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs [WC] Reilly Opelka (USA) First Meeting

Tsonga 2016 FastFacts:

SF(2): Auckland (l. to Bautista Agut); ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l. to Monfils); QF(3): Buenos Aires (l. to Almagro); ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l. to Djokovic); Wimbledon (l. to Murray)
YTD W-L: 23-12 (11-6 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 12
Date of Birth: April 17, 1985
Emirates ATP Ranking: 10
Cincinnati W-L (Best Result): 1-4 (2009, '11, '16 2R)

• Tournament Note: Tsonga is looking to reach 3R for the 1st time in Cincinnati. He is in 2R with a bye
• Saved 1 MP to beat Isner 19-17 in 5th after 4h, 24m en route to Wimbledon QF (l. to No. 2 Murray in 5 sets)
• Earned 7th career win over No. 3 Federer to reach ATP Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo SF (l. to Monfils)
• Defeated Thiem to advance to ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells QF (l. to No. 1 Djokovic)
• Reached Aus. Open 4R (l. to No. 7 Nishikori) and Roland Garros 3R (d. Baghdatis in 2R after trailing by 2 sets)
• Withdrew from Rome and London/Queen’s Club, and retired in Roland Garros 3R vs. Gulbis (adductor)
• Squandered 1 MP in Auckland SF loss to eventual champion Bautista Agut
• Clinched France’s Davis Cup 1R win over Canada in doubles w/Gasquet (d. Bester/Pospisil)

Opelka 2016 FastFacts
SF: Atlanta (l. to Isner)
YTD W-L: 5-4 (5-3 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: August 28, 1997
Emirates ATP Ranking: 364
Cincinnati W-L (Best Result): 1-0 (2016 2R)

• Tournament Note: The 18-year-old from Palm Coast, Fla. made his debut on Monday, saving two MPs in a 36 75 76(9) win over Chardy. He is one of five teenagers in main draw, most in Cincinnati since 2005 (six)
• Appearing in 2R in third straight ATP World Tour tournament in as many weeks. Last week earned a special exempt into Los Cabos and defeated Stakhovsky in 1R (ret.) before losing to top seed, No. 18-ranked Lopez 63 76 in 2R. Afterwards improved to career-high No. 364 in Emirates ATP Rankings
• Previous week in Atlanta, reached his maiden ATP World Tour SF with wins over Eubanks No. 3 seed Anderson (saved 2 MPs) and Young before losing in three sets to top seed/three-time champion Isner. Afterwards, climbed from No. 837 to No. 395 in Emirates ATP Rankings
• Made ATP World Tour debut at Houston as LL (l. to Querrey in 1R)
• Fell to Jaziri in Washington 1R as WC 67(4) 76(4) 76(3)
• Earned 1st ATP doubles win w/Paul at Houston as WC (d. Monroe/N. Skupski, l. to Bryan/Bryan)
• Fell to eventual champions Nestor/Roger-Vasselin 46 76(4) 10-8 in Washington 1R w/Fritz

[9] Gael Monfils (FRA) vs Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)         Series Tied 1-1
06 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Marcos Baghdatis 7-6(8) 2-6 6-1 
07 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R64 Gael Monfils 7-6(5) 6-2 2-6 6-0

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 Olympic Games (l. to Nishikori)
YTD W-L: 34-11 (27-7 on hard)
YTD Titles: 1 / Career Titles: 6
Date of Birth: September 1, 1986
Emirates ATP Ranking: 11
Cincinnati W-L (Best Result): 9-8 (2011 QF)

• Tournament Note: The No. 2 Frenchman opened with a 63 64 win over Carreno Busta Tuesday. He 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 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)

Baghdatis 2016 FastFacts:
F: Dubai (l. to Wawrinka); SF: Newport (l. to Karlovic); QF(4): Montpellier (l. to Gasquet); Houston (l. to Sock); Halle (l. to A. Zverev); Nottingham (l. to Cuevas)
YTD W-L: 19-15 (10-6 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 4
Date of Birth: June 17, 1985
Emirates ATP Ranking: 44
Cincinnati W-L (Best Result): 10-6 (2010 SF)

• Tournament Note: Cypriot posted his best result here in 2010, when, as World No. 20, defeated No. 7 Berdych and No. 1 Nadal to reach SF, where he lost to Federer. Since then, has failed to advance past 2R. This is his 7th appearance in main draw. Advanced with 1R win over Pospisil 75 75 on Tuesday
• Finished as Dubai runner-up, falling to 4-9 in ATP singles finals with 5 straight losses (l. to No. 4 Wawrinka)
• Earned 300th win over Muller at Roland Garros on May 24 (l. to No. 7 Tsonga in 2R after leading by 2 sets)
• Extended Davis Cup singles win streak to 36 matches with 4 victories March 2-5, passing Borg for all-time record
• Beat Schwartzman 60 60 en route to Houston QF (l. to Sock) -- 1st double-bagel of season
• Also reached QFs at Montpellier (l. to No. 10 Gasquet), Halle (d. No. 8 Berdych in 1R, l. to A. Zverev) and Nottingham (d. Querrey after saving 2 MPs, l. to Cuevas after holding 1 MP)

[14] Nick Kyrgios (AUS) vs Borna Coric (CRO) Kyrgios Leads 1-0

16 Estoril (Portugal) Clay QF Nick Kyrgios 6-4 6-4

Kyrgios 2016 FastFacts:
W(2): Marseille (d. Cilic); Atlanta (d. Isner); SF(3): Dubai (l. to Wawrinka); ATP Masters 1000 Miami (l. to Nishikori); Estoril (l. to Almagro); QF: ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (l. to Nishikori)
YTD W-L: 31-11 (19-5 on hard)
YTD Titles: 2 / Career Titles: 2
Date of Birth: April 27, 1995
Emirates ATP Ranking: 16 (Career-high)
Cincinnati W-L (Best Result): 1-1 (2016 2R)

• Tournament Note: After falling in 1R at last year's event (l. to Gasquet), the No. 14 seed opened on Monday night by defeating Pouille 62 75 to reach 2R
• In his last tournament in Atlanta, No. 1 Aussie captured second ATP World Tour title of season (d. Isner in two TBs). Afterwards improved to career-high No. 16 in Emirates ATP Rankings
• In February at Marseille, became 1st member of ATP’s Next Generation to win an ATP World Tour title (d. Cilic). Held in all 47 service games, beating No. 10 Gasquet (QF) and No. 8 Berdych (SF) en route to title
• Advanced to 1st ATP Masters 1000 QF and SF at Miami (d. Raonic, l. to No. 6 Nishikori)
• Beat No. 4 Wawrinka at Madrid (l. to No. 6 Nishikori in QF) and No. 10 Raonic at Rome (l. to No. 5 Nadal in 3R)
• Reached 2nd week at Wimbledon for 3rd straight year (d. Brown in 5 sets of 2R, l. to No. 2 Murray in 4R)
• Also reached 3R at Australian Open (l. to No. 6 Berdych) and Roland Garros (l. to Gasquet)
• Withdrew from Rotterdam (elbow) and retired in Dubai SF vs. No. 4 Wawrinka (back)

Coric 2016 FastFacts
F(2): Chennai (l. to Wawrinka); Marrakech (l. to Delbonis); QF: Estoril (l. to Kyrgios)
YTD W-L: 20-21 (12-12 on hard)
YTD Titles: 0 / Career Titles: 0
Date of Birth: November 14, 1996
Emirates ATP Ranking: 49
Cincinnati W-L (Best Result): 2-1 (2015-16 2R)

• Tournament note: The 19-year-old is into 2R for a 2nd consecutive year. He posted a 1R win over Frenchman Benoit Paire 16 63 64 in lone completed main draw match on Sunday
• Began season by reaching 1st ATP World Tour final at Chennai (d. Bautista Agut 76 in 3rd, l. to No. 4 Wawrinka)
• Became 1st teen to play in an ATP final since countryman Cilic at 2008 New Haven (d. Fish)
• Beat Mathieu and Vesely to reach 2nd ATP World Tour final at Marrakech (l. to Delbonis)
• Advanced to Roland Garros 3R for 2nd straight year (d. Fritz and Tomic, l. to Bautista Agut) 
• Reached ATP Masters 1000 3R for 1st time at Indian Wells (d. Pouille and Bellucci, l. to No. 7 Berdych)
• After falling to Goffin in 5 sets, clinched Croatia’s 3-2 win over Belgium in Davis Cup 1R (d. Coppejans)

OTHER 1ST & 2ND ROUND FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS 

COURT 9

[16] Feliciano Lopez (ESP) vs Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) Series Tied 1-1

10 London / Queen's Club (Great Britain) Grass R32 Feliciano Lopez 6-2 6-4
14 London / Queen's Club (Great Britain) Grass F Grigor Dimitrov 6-7(8) 7-6(1) 7-6(6)

COURT 4

1R – To Start
[Q] Yuichi Sugita (JPN) vs Alexander Zverev (GER) First Meeting

1R – To Finish (Monaco leads 64 5-3)
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

[11] David Goffin (BEL) vs Bernard Tomic (AUS) Series Tied 1-1
12 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R128 David Goffin 3-6 6-3 6-4    6-4
13 Washington (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Bernard Tomic 6-1 6-3

Kevin Anderson (RSA) vs [13] Richard Gasquet (FRA)   Gasquet Leads 5-2
10 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Richard Gasquet 6-4 7-6(3) 7-5
11 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Richard Gasquet 7-6(4) 6-4
11 ATP Masters 1000 Paris (France) Hard R32 Richard Gasquet 6-4 7-6(4)
12 ATP Masters 1000 Paris (France) Hard R32 Kevin Anderson 7-6(5) 4-6    6-1
14 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-4
15 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R32 Kevin Anderson 6-4   7-6(3) 7-6(6)
15 Roland Garros (France) Clay R32 Richard Gasquet 4-6   7-6(4)7-5 6-4

[Q]  Yuichi Sugita (JPN) vs [15] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) First ATP Meeting
Other meeting:
11 Australian Open Q (Australia) Hard -- Yuichi Sugita 6-2 1-0 ret

OR

[Q] Yuichi Sugita (JPN) vs Nicolas Mahut (FRA) First ATP Meeting
Other meeting:
15 St. Brieuc CH (France) Hard F Nicolas Mahut 3-6 7-6(3) 6-4

OR

Alexander Zverev (GER) vs [15] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) Bautista Agut Leads 2-0
13 Hamburg (Germany) Clay R64 Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3 6-2
15 Rotterdam (Netherlands) Hard R32 Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4 6-1

OR

Alexander Zverev (GER) vs Nicolas Mahut (FRA) First Meeting

COURT 10


1R – To Start
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

1R – To Finish (3-3)
[Q] Jiri Vesely (CZE) vs Marcel Granollers (ESP) First Meeting

Steve Johnson (USA) vs [PR] Julien Benneteau (FRA)   First ATP Meeting

Other meeting:
14 Bordeaux CH (France) Clay F Julien Benneteau 6-3 6-2

Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs [12] Marin Cilic (CRO)      Series Tied 5-5
07 St. Petersburg (Russia) Carpet SF Fernando Verdasco 6-2 6-3
08 Nottingham (Great Britain) Grass SF Fernando Verdasco 6-3 6-1
08 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (Spain) Hard R32 Marin Cilic 6-2 6-3
09 ATP Masters 1000 Paris (France) Hard R16 Marin Cilic 3-6 6-3 6-4
10 ATP Masters 1000 Miami (U.S.A.) Hard R16 Fernando Verdasco 6-4 7-6(3)
11 ATP Masters 1000 Paris (France) Hard R64 Fernando Verdasco 3-6 6-2   6-3
12 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (China) Hard R16 Marin Cilic 4-6 6-1 6-4
12 Valencia (Spain) Hard R16 Marin Cilic 6-1 6-4
14 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Marin Cilic 7-6(6) 7-6(5)
15 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (Spain) Clay R32 Fernando Verdasco  6-7(5) 7-6(5)  6-3


#NextGen Stars Do Battle In Pokémon Go Challenge

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 8:34am

Who will prevail as #NextGen stars and fans go head-to-head in a Pokémon Go battle in Cincinnati? Starring: Nick Kyrgios, Sascha Zverev, Taylor Fritz, Borna Coric and Kyle Edmund.

Monfils Gasquet Isner In Cincinnati 2016 Tuesday Highlights

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 7:16am
Watch Tuesday highlights of wins for Gael Monfils, Richard Gasquet, John Isner and more at the Western & Southern Open. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: Getty Images

Cilic Announces New Coach

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 7:00am

Marin Cilic, No. 14 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, announced today his coaching partnership with Jonas Bjorkman. Watch the full announcement exclusively on MyATP to hear Cilic and Bjorkman's thoughts on their new collaboration. 


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Donaldson Stands And Delivers Against Wawrinka In Cincy 2016

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 2:34am
Jared Donaldson stands and delivers against Stan Wawrinka on break point during their first-round match at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.