Published: Fri, August 17, 2018
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Djokovic needs nine match points as Murray crashes out

Djokovic needs nine match points as Murray crashes out

Top-seeded Rafael Nadal dropped out Sunday night to prepare for the US Open after winning his fifth title of the year in Toronto. He reached the quarterfinals at Washington two weeks ago, his best result.

But it was not enough to cope with an in-form Kvitova, who emerged a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 victor after an entertaining struggle that lasted two hours on the outdoor hard courts of the Lindner Family Tennis Center. In the end, Roger suffered seven breaks on the hard court only for the second time in his career after Nalbandian broke him eight times at 2003 Australian Open, but in the match that lasted for five sets.

"The start of the match was not good, " he said. Things went from bad to worse for Roger as he dropped his serve for the fourth straight time at the start of the second set, unable to find the right rhythm or to penetrate Murray from the baseline. "After that, it was a little better".

Federer's hopes of winning the Cincinnati Masters were made slightly easier when Nadal opted against playing on the eve of the tournament. The 20-time Grand Slam victor skipped Toronto Open last week and said that he does not wish to get an injury before the big tournament. "I don't want to be hurt, there is too much to play". "I'm glad to be back".

Even with the top-ranked Nadal missing, Federal liked the strength of this field, especially with Murray and Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic also successfully recovering from injuries.

"I would add more best of five sets matches in finals", he said. "It's a pity Rafa is not playing, but it's still an incredible draw". Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov is the defending champion. "All joking aside, I love spending time with Rafa and practicing with him and playing with him".

Monday's first full day of main-draw competition opened with 13th-seeded Madison Keys holding off Bethanie Mattek-Sands 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 to reach the second round.

2 seed played as solid as his color palette as he kicked off his US Open Series, beating Gojowczyk 6-4, 6-4.

Also, Lesia Tsurenko routed Danielle Collins 6-0, 6-2; qualifier Viktoria Kuzmova topped Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-0, 4-6, 6-1; and Anett Kontaveit defeating Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-0.

Stan Wawrinka, on the mend after knee surgery, won 6-2 4-6 6-3 against Diego Schwartzman to set up a tie against Kei Nishikori, who beat Andrey Rublev 7-5 6-3.

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