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Murray Runs Everything Down Against Raonic In Cincinnati 2016

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 1:23am
Watch Hot Shot as Andy Murray absorbs Milos Raonic's power, then hits a winner against the Canadian. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Murray Speeds Past Raonic In Cincinnati 2016

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 1:22am
Watch Hot Shot as Andy Murray ends up on Milos Raonic's side after hitting a running pass. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Mayer Continues Comeback At Meerbusch Challenger

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 1:09am

When Florian Mayer made a return from injury this spring, not even he could have anticipated how successful his first few months back would be.

The 32-year-old German began competing again this April after missing seven months due to a torn right adductor tendon. Prior to that, a hip injury took him out for nearly a year before he returned to tennis in April 2015. But now that Mayer is fully healthy, he’s showing the form that once took him inside the Top 20 of the Emirates ATP Rankings.

After winning his first ATP World Tour title in five years at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle in June, Mayer prevailed last week at the ATP Challenger Tour event in Portoroz, Slovenia. Coming in as the top seed at this week’s Challenger in Meerbusch, Germany, Mayer has raced to the final without losing a set, only dropping an average of five games per match.

“I’d never heard of Meerbusch before coming here, but the conditions here are really good,” said Mayer. “It’s like family here. I like it when it’s quiet and not so hectic.

Although Mayer admitted his previous injuries woes were frustrating, the time off has given him renewed energy. His most recent stint away from the tour was the first time since turning pro in 2001 that he was able to take his thoughts away from tennis or rehabbing an injury.

“It was the first time I could come down completely. I took a lot of vacations and spent time with friends. For three or four months, I had nothing to do with tennis. I didn’t even look to see what was happening at the tournaments. But it was what I needed.”

Currently ranked No. 73 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, Mayer can only continue to climb since he has no ranking points to defend for the next eight months. But the German said that while his Emirates ATP Ranking is in a good place, he can’t take anything for granted when he plays Challenger events.

“Working your way back up is brutal,” said Mayer. “Everyone in these tournaments has a powerful serve and huge groundstrokes, so you sometimes have to endure the early losses.”

Murray Flicks Hot Shot In Cincinnati 2016 SF

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 12:33am
Watch Hot Shot as Andy Murray finds an angle against Milos Raonic. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: Getty Images

Raonic Covers The Entire Court In Cincinnati 2016 SF

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 12:32am
Watch Hot Shot as Milos Raonic extends the point with heroic retrieving against Andy Murray. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: Getty Images

Kerber reaches Cincy final, one win away to No. 1

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 11:58pm
Kerber reaches Cincy final, one win away to No. 1

Watch Dodig/Melo Vs. Rojer/Tecau In Cincinnati Final

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 10:49pm

Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo beat Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 6-1 to move into the final of the Western & Southern Open on Saturday. Rogers Cup champions Dodig/Melo are looking for their second consecutive ATP World Tour Masters 1000 doubles title and secured the win in 58 minutes, just before rain hit the tournament grounds. They will play for a fourth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown against No. 5 seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau.

The Croatian-Brazilian duo overcame an early push from Nester/Pospisil, saving all four break points faced in the opening set. The 2014 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals runners-up took the Canadians’ serve in the first game of the second set, then swept the last four games to move into their first final in Cincinnati. No. 5 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Race To London, Dodig/Melo are well-positioned to advance to the prestigious year-end event for the fourth consecutive year.

Nestor is the defending doubles champion in Cincinnati, having won the title last year alongside Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

Rojer/Tecau waited for the courts to dry, then knocked out No. 2 seeds and five-time Cincinnati champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan 6-3, 7-6(5). The Dutch-Romanian team did not face a break point and closed out the win in 77 minutes. Currently No. 14 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Race To London, Rojer/Tecau can move into the Top 8 with a title this week. The 2015 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals champions finished last year as the top-ranked doubles team in the world, ending the Bryans' six-year reign.

‘Federer Triumphs In 1-2 Final’ Crowned Cincinnati Golden Moment

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 9:45pm
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Roger Federer’s victory over Novak Djokovic in the 2012 Western & Southern Open final has been voted the Golden Moment of Cincinnati’s ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament.

View Golden Moment Bracket

Over eight days and three rounds, fans cast their votes for their favourite of eight Classic Moments from the Western & Southern Open. ‘2012: Federer Triumphs In 1-2 Final’ received 67 per cent of votes cast in the final against ‘2013: Rafa-Roger Rivalry’. It received 65 per cent of votes in Round 1 against ‘2003: Federer Saves Match Points’  and 75 per cent of votes in the quarter-finals against ‘2004: Agassi Overcomes Roddick’.

That 2012 match marked the first Cincinnati final to feature the top two seeds, and World No. 1 Federer triumphed over World No. 2 Novak Djokovic 6-0, 7-6(7) to clinch his fifth tournament title. “This was probably the best week ever here in Cincinnati for me never dropping my serve and all that stuff and beating Novak in the final,” he said at the time. “This was very sweet. No doubt about it.”

Nadal’s victory over Federer in the 2013 quarter-finals – the first time the pair had met in Cincinnati, but their 31st FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting overall, had earned its place in the final by defeating ‘2008: Nadal Clinches No. 1’ in Round 1 and ‘2011: Nadal’s Marathon Win’ in the quarter-finals.

Championship Sunday In Cincy Cincy Preview

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 7:15pm
WTA Insider | It's finals day at the Western & Southern Open; stay tuned for all the action as Angelique Kerber goes for the No.1 ranking on the latest WTA Insider Live Blog.

LIVE: Championship Sunday In Cincy Cincy Preview

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 7:15pm
WTA Insider | It's finals day at the Western & Southern Open; stay tuned for all the action as Angelique Kerber goes for the No.1 ranking on the latest WTA Insider Live Blog.

Pliskova Shocks Kerber In Cincy Final Kerber v Pliskova Highlights: WTA Cincinnati Final

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 7:14pm
Karolina Pliskova won the biggest tournament of her young career with an emphatic victory over No.2 seed Angelique Kerber, who was bidding to become World No.1.

Radwanska Leads New Haven Field

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 7:13pm
Top seed Agnieszka Radwanska met the press for All-Access Hour as first round action got underway at the Connecticut Open.

Mirza Hangs On To No.1 In Cincinnati

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 7:13pm
Sania Mirza cemented her new partnership with Barbora Strycova by taking out former partner Martina Hingis and CoCo Vandeweghe to win the Western & Southern Open.

10 Things To Know: Kerber Vs Pliskova

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 7:13pm
Can Angelique Kerber reach top spot? Has Karolina Pliskova rediscovered her service mojo? Here are 10 need-to-know facts ahead of their showdown in Cincinnati.

Insider Podcast: Kerber One Win Away Kerber Interview: WTA Cincinnati SF

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 7:13pm
WTA Insider | On the last Daily Dispatch from the Western & Southern Open, hear from the final four as Angelique Kerber readies to face Karolina Pliskova for the title and No.1 ranking.

Insider Debates: Who Will Win Cincinnati Cincy Preview

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 7:13pm
WTA Insider | Courtney Nguyen and David Kane reconvene for point/counterpoint argue whether Angelique Kerber can cap a stellar season by becoming World No.1.

By The Numbers: Battle For No.1

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 7:12pm
Angelique Kerber's rise up the ranks in 2016 has been as rapid as it is spectacular. Now she stands on cusp of becoming the 22nd woman to top the rankings.

Cincinnati QF Highlights 2016 Friday

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 4:00pm
Watch highlights as Grigor Dimitrov, Marin Cilic, Milos Raonic and Andy Murray move into the Cincinnati SFs. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: Getty Images

Final Four Set For Battle In Cincy

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 2:56pm

SEMI-FINAL PREVIEW: With a win in the Western & Southern Open semi-finals on Saturday, World No. 6 Milos Raonic would rise above Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal to reach a career-high No. 3 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. But as has been the case several times this season, Raonic must go through World No. 2 Andy Murray to achieve a major milestone.

Murray prevented Raonic from reaching his first Grand Slam final by coming back from two sets to one down in the Australian Open semis. Then, when the Canadian made it to the championship match at Wimbledon, it was the Brit who denied him a maiden major title. Even a 7-6, 3-0 lead in the London/Queen’s Club final was not enough for Raonic to overcome Murray, who has swept their last six FedEx ATP Head 2 Head encounters after losing three of their first four.

In the midst of a career-long 21-match unbeaten run, Murray could claim the 19th consecutive ATP Masters 1000 title for a member of the ‘Big Four.’ In addition, 33 straight ATP Masters 1000 finals have featured Murray, Federer, Nadal or Novak Djokovic. Keeping those streaks alive would also help Murray inch closer to Djokovic in the race to finish the 2016 season as World No. 1. Murray, who has spent seven stints and 65 weeks at No. 2 since 2009, would trail Djokovic by only 815 points in the Emirates ATP Race to London if he wins his third Western & Southern Open title.

World No. 34 Grigor Dimitrov meets No. 12 seed Marin Cilic in the second semi-final. Dimitrov is two wins from joining 1960 champion Miguel Olvera as the second unseeded player to win the Cincinnati title. However, he lost to Cilic in the first round of the Rio Olympics on August 6. Should he win the rematch, Dimitrov would be the lowest-ranked finalist at Cincinnati since No. 36 Mardy Fish in 2010 and at any ATP Masters 1000 event since No. 69 Jerzy Janowicz at 2012 Paris.

Like Dimitrov, Cilic is seeking a spot in his first ATP Masters 1000 final. Unlike the Bulgarian, Cilic is playing in his first ATP Masters 1000 semi-final after eight quarter-final losses and 70 appearances at this level. The 71st time was the charm for Cilic, who advanced on Friday when his Davis Cup teammate Borna Coric retired with a right knee injury. Make no mistake, Cilic earned his semi-final berth. The 2014 US Open champion has won 90% of his first-serve points this week (100 of 111).

The doubles semi-finals feature five-time champions Bob and Mike Bryan against the players who ended their six-year reign atop the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings: 2015 year-end World No. 1s Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau. The Bryans lost their most recent meeting in the semi-finals of the 2015 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. In Saturday’s other semi-final, ATP Masters 1000 Toronto champions Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo take on Canadians Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil. Nestor is the defending Cincinnati champion with Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS – Singles Semi-finals

[1] Andy Murray (GBR) vs [4] Milos Raonic (CAN) - Murray Leads 7-3
Murray 2016 FastFacts
• Tournament Note: Became 5th active player to reach 600 wins by beating Anderson in 3R. Now 21-0 since Roland Garros and 32-1 since ATP Masters 1000 Madrid. Seeking 50th win of 2016 (50+ in 6 of last 8 seasons)
• 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)
• Successfully defended singles gold medal at Rio Olympics (d. del Potro 75 in 4th after 4h2m)
• Celebrated 29th birthday by beating No. 1 Djokovic for 12th ATP Masters 1000 title at Rome
• Defeated 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 beat 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 in 1R

Raonic 2016 FastFacts
• Tournament Note: Playing for 4th ATP Masters 1000 final (0-3 at 2013 Montréal, 2014 Paris, 2016 Indian Wells)
• 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 to beat Goffin, then defeated No. 3 Federer in 5 sets
• Also fell to No. 2 Murray in London/Queen’s Club final after leading 76 30
• Won 1st 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 No. 2 Murray), Madrid (l. to No. 1 Djokovic) and Toronto (l. to Monfils)
• 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

[12] Marin Cilic (CRO) vs Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) - Cilic Leads 2-1
Cilic 2016 FastFacts 
• Advanced to 3rd straight Wimbledon QF, falling to No. 3 Federer after leading by 2 sets and holding 3 MPs
• Reached finals at Marseille (l. to Kyrgios) and Geneva (d. Ferrer, l. to No. 4 Wawrinka)
• Also reached London/Queen’s Club SF (l. to No. 2 Murray in 3 sets) and Rio Olympics 3R (l. to Monfils in 3 sets)
• Fell to 0-8 lifetime in ATP Masters 1000 QFs at Indian Wells (l. to Goffin) – now 1-8 after beating Coric on Friday
• Snapped 11-match losing streak vs. Top 10 opponents with win over No. 10 Gasquet in Indian Wells 4R
• Helped Croatia reach Davis Cup SF with 3-2 wins over Belgium (d. Coppejans, l. to Goffin) and USA (l. to Sock after leading by 2 sets, w/Dodig d. Bryan/Bryan, d. Isner)
• Withdrew from ATP Masters 1000 events at Monte-Carlo, Madrid and Rome due to knee injury

Dimitrov 2016 FastFacts
• Tournament Note: Attempting to become 2nd unseeded champion in Cincinnati history (Miguel Olvera in 1960)
• Held 1 MP in Sydney final (l. to Troicki 76 in 3rd) and led 76 52 in Istanbul final (l. to Schwarzman 60 in 3rd)
• Advanced to SF at Delray Beach (l. to Ram) and QFs at Brisbane (l. to No. 3 Federer in 3 sets), Acapulco (l. to Thiem) and ATP Masters 1000 Toronto (l. to No. 6 Nishikori in 3 sets)
• Reached 3R at Australian Open (l. to No. 3 Federer in 4 sets) and Wimbledon (d. Simon, l. to Johnson in 4R)
• Snapped 7-match losing streak vs. Top 10 opponents by beating No. 2 Murray in Miami 3R (l. to Monfils in 4R)
• Suffered 6-match losing streak overall from May 1 to June 27
• Fell to No. 40 in Emirates ATP Rankings on July 18 – lowest ranking since No. 41 on February 11, 2013

Emirates Airline US Open Series Bonus Challenge Standings (through Aug. 19)

Position

Player Points Total
1
Novak Djokovic
100
2
Kei Nishikori
85
T3
Grigor Dimitrov
70
T3
Milos Raonic
70
T3
Nick Kyrgios
70
T6
Gael Monfils
60
T6 Stan Wawrinka
60
T8
Marin Cilic
45
T8
Andy Murray
45
T8 John Isner
45
Cincinnati semi-finalists listed in bold

Murray Discusses Cincinnati 2016 SF Win

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 1:33pm
Andy Murray will play for a third Cincinnati title after defeating Milos Raonic. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.