Cincinnati Masters men’s singles results

Posted: 18/08/2010 in ATP

Berdych, Fish post wins in Cincy

Wimbledon runner-up  Tomas Berdych reached the third  round,  while hot  American Mardy Fish  posted an opening-round victory Tuesday  at the  $3  million Western  & Southern  Financial  Group Masters,  a U.S. Open Series event.

The  seventh-seeded Berdych  handled  Frenchman Paul-Henri  Mathieu 6-4,  6-4, while  the wild card Fish continued his recent fine play with a 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 victory  over  France’s Gilles Simon  on the  hardcourts at the Lindner Family Tennis  Center. The surging Fish has now won 30 matches this season, including 12 of his last 13, with recent titles coming in Newport and Atlanta.

Fish was the Cincinnati runner-up back in 2003.

Tuesday’s  other second-round  winner was Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis. The former Aussie  Open runner-up  snuck past  Brazilian Thomaz  Bellucci, 6-2,  4-6, 7-6 (7-4). Baghdatis was a runner-up in Washington, D.C. two weeks ago.

Baghdatis will meet the formidable Berdych in the round of 16.

There  were some opening-round upsets. Former top-10 Frenchman Richard Gasquet
grounded  12th-seeded Russian Mikhail Youzhny 2-6, 6-4, 6-1. Argentina’s David Nalbandian,  who  had lost the  last four times  to Ivan Ljubicic, upended the 15th-seeded  Croatian, 7-5,  6-0.  Also, Colombian  qualifier Alejandro  Falla dismissed 16th-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils, 6-3, 6-4.

Fading  American James  Blake, a  wild card  this week,  continued his  recent losing  ways with a 6-3, 6-0 first-round setback at the hands of Uzbekistanian qualifier Denis Istomin. Blake was a Cincy finalist in 2007.

Istomin  is rewarded with a second-rounder against former top-ranked superstar Roger  Federer, this  week’s third  seed and  defending champion.  The 16-time major  titlist  Federer, who  beat  reigning  two-time Cincy  runner-up  Novak Djokovic in last year’s finale here, was also the Cincinnati champ in 2005 and 2007.

Towering American John Isner defeated Poland’s Lukasz Kubot, 6-2, 6-3.

Australian  Lleyton Hewitt  was  ahead  of Yen-Hsun  Lu,  6-4,  4-0, when  the Taiwanese  player  retired due to a  back injury. The former top-ranked Hewitt was the runner-up at this event in 2002 and 2004.

Talented  Latvian Ernests  Gulbis erased wild card and once-promising American Donald Young 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.

Additional   first-round  wins  came  for  German  Philipp  Kohlschreiber  and Frenchmen  Julien Benneteau  and  Jeremy  Chardy, who  will  face last  week’s Canadian  Masters  champion Andy  Murray in  the round of  32. The Aussie Open runner-up  Murray, who  beat Federer in last week’s finale in Toronto, was the Cincy champ in 2008.

The top seed is Spaniard Rafael Nadal, who has dominated the first half of ATP World  Tour Masters 1000 tournaments with a 26-3 match record. Nadal will play American qualifier Taylor Dent on Wednesday.

– Stephen (DS LLC.)


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