Roger Federer 'anxious' ahead of return in Cincinnati

Lynette Rowe
August 18, 2018

Women: Victoria Azarenka bt Carla Suarez Navarro 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-4; Svetlana Kuznetsova bt Stefanie Voegele 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (5); Serena Williams bt Daria Gavrilova 6-1, 6-2.

Goffin avenged a quarter-final loss to world number 15 Tsitsipas in Washington two weeks ago and will next face Frenchman Benoit Paire.

Murray was beaten 1-6 6-1 4-6 by Pouille, who took the opening set in just over 30 minutes. The goal is now to recover from this match, take the positives with me.

Top-seeded Rafael Nadal dropped out Sunday night to prepare for the U.S. Open after winning his fifth title of the year in Toronto.

"Not only was I accepting some tough personal stuff, but I just was in a funk", Williams said in an Instagram post. "I would be the last person to say I wouldn't want to play with him". I feel I am really ready to go. "I definitely felt relaxed after the first break, but you've got to keep going and try to go in for the whole thing".

Federer is the highest ranked player in the field in OH in the absence of Rafael Nadal and the world number two had little trouble advancing at the expense of Peter Gojowczyk, as he seeks a first title at the ATP Masters 1000 event since 2015. I wish I could play everything but it's not possible. I would like to pick maybe a little bit of their brain, I think, because ultimately you get out there on the court and you play on your own'.

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Murray was playing only his fourth tournament after missing almost a year out with a hip injury. You know, there is only so much you can do before you have to, you know, I guess, get surgery or something like that.

Meanwhile, Andy Murray's injury comeback was sidetracked, as the three-time Grand Slam champion lost 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 to Lucas Pouille, while fellow injury patient Stan Wawrinka opened with a defeat of 12th seed Diego Schwartzman 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

Double Grand Slam victor Svetlana Kuznetsova continued her 2017 injury comeback, beating Swiss Stefanie Voegele 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7/5).

The Australian Open semi-finalist Hyeon Chung won the last five games to beat Jack Sock 2-6, 6-1, 6-2. Sock has lost eight straight matches since winning in Rome on May 13. Ekaterina Makarova cruised past qualifier Ana Bogdan 6-3, 6-2.

Kei Nishikori beat Andrey Rublev 7-5, 6-3, and 13th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta topped Richard Gasquet 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.

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