Western and Southern Open 1st and 2nd Rounds Review (Men’s Draw)
The Western and Southern Open, the next stop on the ATP tour, is currently taking place in Cincinnati. Here is a low down what has happened so far, and the players still in the competition.
The first round saw just one major upset as Mikhail Youzhny demolished 12th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 6-4. The Frenchman can be forgiven though as he had just won the Rogers Cup (beating Roger Federer in the final) a few days previously. There were no other surprises in the round, which saw many top seeds receive byes, among them Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Stanislas Wawrinka, and Andy Murray.
There were some very interesting matchups in the second round. Firstly, world number 1 Djokovic defeated another Frenchman in the draw, Gilles Simon, in three sets. He still looks a little shaky after losing to eventual champion Tsonga last week, but will be hoping for a strong run here in the build-up to the US Open. 6th seed David Ferrer defeated German Phillipp Kohlschreiber in three very tight sets (all three went to tie breaks). 3rd seed Wawrinka and 14th seed Marin Cilic set up a third round meeting after they dispatched of Benjamin Becker and Fernando Verdasco respectively. 7th seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov was surprisingly beaten 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 by Jerzy Janowicz, who now meets Julien Benneteau.
On the other side of the draw, Canadian 5th seed defeated Robby Ginepri of the USA 6-2, 6-2, and faces wildcard Steve Johnson next. 4th seed Thomas Berdych continued his run of poor form, losing 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to Yen-Hsun Lu. Briton Andy Murray, seeded 8, beat Portuguese Joao Sousa in straight sets, and now faces top American John Isner. 2nd seed Roger Federer needed three sets to get past Canadian Vasek Pospisil, winning 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-2. He will now meet exciting Frenchman Gael Monfils who beat 13th seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-1. The rest of the tournament is set up to be a fantastic spectacle, so don’t miss out on the action!