Cincinnati Tennis: Daniil Medvedev triumphs after a week of upset | A look back at the Western & Southern Open 2019 | ATP tour
There were many surprises at the seventh ATP Masters 1000 tournament of the season, as all but one of the eight best seeds at the Western & Southern Open did not reach the quarter-finals in Cincinnati. However, the champion had to go through the best of the best to win his first Masters 1000 title. ATPTour.com relives the best moments of the Western & Southern Open 2019.
Medvedev claims Maiden Masters 1000 titles: The Russian Daniil Medvedev had twice reached the ATP Tour final during the North American hard court swing, only to be in the title fights at the Citi Open in Washington, DC (left to Kyrgios) and at the Coupé Rogers in Montreal (left) in the previous one Week to fall to Nadal). But on Sunday the 23-year-old, who defeated Novak Djokovic in the semifinals, didn’t play around and defeated the Belgian David Goffin 7: 6 (3) and 6: 4 for his first Masters 1000 crown.
The 6’6 “right-hander will crack the top 5 of the ATP rankings for the first time on Monday and will go to the US Open as arguably the greatest threat to end the rule of the Big Three in the last Grand Slam of the season. Medvedev was third Masters 1000 title list this year (Thiem, Indian Wells; Fognini, Monte-Carlo). This season marks the third year in a row that three players have won their first Masters 1000 title.
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Dodig / Polasek win First Masters 1000 titles: Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek didn’t play Masters 1000 events together earlier in the year, but they sure learned how to play together quickly. In only their fourth event as a team, Dodig / Polasek won their first title together and defeated the top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 4: 6, 6: 4, 10: 6 to win the Cincinnati double title.
Earlier this week, Cabal / Farah were the first doubles team to secure their spot in the Nitto ATP Finals at the end of the season in London (see below), but Dodig / Polasek were the best team of the week. The Slovak-Croatian duo beat the top 2 in Cincy and the legends Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan on their way to the trophy. Continue reading
Goffin writes personal history: David Goffin had reached four Masters 1000 semifinals before Cincinnati, but all four times the hard-working Belgian had come up short. However, this week Goffin made personal history by playing his first Masters 1000 title match. And although he lost to Medvedev, Goffin will have a lot of confidence in his second ATP Tour final of the season (Halle, left against Federer).
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Gasquet returns in top form: Richard Gasquet had only made two Tour-level semifinals that year before heading to Cincinnati, and both of them had reached the ATP 250 levels. But the 33-year-old Frenchman put together one of his best weeks of the season and did the final four before falling on Goffin. Gasquet started the week spoiling Andy Murray’s comeback as a single-player in straight sets and made it to the semifinals by scooping a three-set win over Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut. Continue reading
Djokovic upset with SF: Novak Djokovic made the Career Golden Masters in Cincinnati last year, and the Serb wanted to win another Cincy title to win all nine Masters 1000 events at least twice. But it shouldn’t be for the Serb, who faced the ardent Medvedev and fell in three sets in the semifinals. Still, Djokovic goes to the US Open as the defending champion and, as he said, he likes his chances.
Djokovic: “Medvedev is one of the best players in the world”
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Colombian clinch: Cabal / Farah became the first team to qualify for the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals and returned to The O2 for a second year in a row with a 7-6 (3), 6-7 (5), 10-8 win over Rohan Bopanna back and Denis Shapovalov on Thursday: “It’s always nice to qualify for The O2 so early in the year,” said Farah. “It means we did really well and that shows all the work we’ve done. It’s a very good feeling.” Cabal and Farah reached their second Masters 1000 final of the season (left after Dodig / Polasek). Continue reading
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Rise up to the occasion: There were numerous surprises in Cincinnati, but none was bigger than Andrey Rublev’s decisive win over seven-time champion Roger Federer in the third round. Rublev almost couldn’t play in Cincinnati. “I forgot to register for this tournament … and then I registered for an alternative seat and qualified for qualifying,” he said. In the main draw, 21-year-old Nikoloz Basilashvili and Stan Wawrinka knocked out before firing Federer in 62 minutes, Federer’s fastest defeat in more than 16 years. “It’s my biggest and most emotional win,” said Rublev.
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#NextGenATP Star Shines: Miomir Kecmanovic started his week in style by defeating #NextGenATP star Felix Auger-Aliassime and backed up that win with his first win over a top 10 player. The 19-year-old Serb, who reached his first Masters 1000 quarter-finals at the BNP Paribas Open in March, defeated number 6 in the world, Alexander Zverev, 6: 7 (4), 6: 2, 6: 4 and became one of them four qualifiers (Carreno Busta, Nishioka, Rublev) reach the round of 16 at a Masters 1000 event for the third time in the history of the series (since 1990). Continue reading
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There goes my hero: Yoshihito Nishioka dreamed of this moment for years. When the draw came out, Nishioka knew that if he won, his hopes of playing the Japanese standard-bearer, his practice partner and friend, would be realized. On Wednesday, the 23-year-old qualifier recorded his first career top 10 win by defeating Kei Nishikori, who left the stands to the song “My Hero”. “I was so excited to play with him,” said Nishioka. “I was nervous at first. But I could also see that he was nervous too. I think we were both close. Maybe I played more aggressively than him. ”
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1,100 wins & counting: When Bob Bryan had surgery on his right hip last August, he was hoping to get back on the ATP Tour for another game. Forty-nine games later that season, he and Mike Bryan achieved 1,100 Tour-level one-two wins as a team by defeating Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin. “It’s an amazing number when you look at it. We thought we were going to get stuck on the number we were on last year. I was just trying to get out and play one more match, ”said Bob. Continue reading
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Step by step: Andy Murray successfully returned to the ATP Tour two months ago at The Queen’s Club and won the Fever Tree Championships together with Feliciano Lopez in his first tournament since hip surgery. This week, the former world number 1 took another step in his comeback and played his first single game in 210 days.
“I think I was fine,” said Murray after his loss to Gasquet. “I think there were a lot of things that I would have liked to have done better in the game, but you also have to be realistic about what you can expect.” Continue reading