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Western and Southern Open day 5 & 6

Day 5 saw more great action across the Lindner Tennis Center as the 2nd Round finished up and we saw four-time champion Roger Federer, defending champion and Olympic Gold medalist Andy Murray, and two-time finalist Novak Djokovic all on Center Court.

First up on Center Court, 1 seed Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) defeated qualifier Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) 6-4, 6-3 in a match that lasted just over one hour and twenty minutes. Radwanska struggled throughout the match, but was able to break Arvidsson seven of the ten opportunities she saw.

Novak Djokovic (SRB) made his 2012 debut on Center Court as he defeated Andreas Seppi (ITA) 7-6 (4), 6-2. Djokovic was dominant on serve, firing up six aces and facing not a single break point.

Defending champion and Olympic Gold medalist Andy Murray (GBR) defeated wildcard Sam Querrey (USA) 6-2, 6-4 in one hour and fifteen minutes. Murray, the 3 seed proved to be too much for 29th ranked Querrey, as he saved both break points he faced on his serve and broke Querrey twice in the first set and once in the second to secure the win.

On the Grandstand, American Mardy Fish made quick work of Argentina’s Carlos Berlocq 6-3, 6-1. Fish, the 10 seed, broke Berlocq’s serve five times and served up five aces. Fish, the only American man remaining in the draw, won 59 of the 96 points in the match.

The night session featured four-time Western & Southern Open champion and 1 seed Roger Federer (SUI) make quick work of Alex Bogomolov Jr (RUS) 6-3, 6-2 in just over an hour. In what seemed more of  a practice hitting session than an actual match, Federer  racked up 12 aces and broke Bogomolov’s serve three times.

Fellow Swiss, Stanislas Wawrinka, had a relatively easy night as well, upsetting the 4 seed David Ferrer (ESP) 6-4, 6-1.  Ferrer struggled on serve, double faulting four times and being broken four times. Wawrinka racked up 9 aces and won 25 of his 27 (93) first serve points.

Other notable Men’s matches saw Radek Stepanek (CZE) defeat Juan Monaco (ARG) 7-6 (2), 6-1; American James Blake fell to 14 seed Kei Nishikori (JPN) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4; Milos Raonic defeat Marcos Baghatis 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-4; Pablo Andujar (ESP) upset Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) 6-4, 4-1 (ret); and 12 seed Marin Cilic (CRO) defeat qualifier Jesse Levine (USA) 7-5, 7-6 (6).

Other notable Women’s matches saw Sloane Stephens (USA) defeat Camila Giorgi (ITA) 6-2, 6-1; Venus Williams (USA) defeat Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2; China’s 9 seed Na Li defeat Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3; Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) lost to 7 seed Sara Errani 6-4, 6-4; and 17 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) defeat Julia Goerges (GER) 6-3, 6-0.

Day 6

Day 6 saw all but two Round of 16 matches completed at the Western & Southern Open as rain moved in around 8:15pm and play was suspended until Friday morning.

The big news of the day is the ousting of defending champion and Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray at the hands of lucky loser Jeremy Chardy (FRA). Chardy only received his entry into the main draw because of the withdrawal of John Isner and is making the most of it, upsetting the 4 seed by a score of 6-4, 6-4. Chardy racked up 10 aces and broke Murray’s serve four times, while having his serve broken only twice.

On Center Court, ATP ranked #1 and 1 seed Roger Federer (SUI) continued his quest for a fifth W&S Open title, making easy work of Bernard Tomic (AUS) 6-2, 6-4 in just over an hour. Just another day at the office as Federer broke Tomic on three of the six opportunities he faced while not facing a since break point on his own serve.

Next up in the quarterfinals for Federer is American and 10 seed Mardy Fish, who was victorious 6-3, 6-3 over Radek Stepanek (CZE), in what will be a rematch of the 2010 W&S Men’s final, won by Federer. Fish broke Stepanek three times, twice in the first set and once in the second set, while saving both break points against his serve.

Novak Djokovic had an easy night on Center Court, lasting only 32 minutes, as Nikolay Davydenko had to retire from the match with health issues down 6-0.  The Russian was visibly hurt throughout the first set, tossing up eight double faults.

Up next for Djokovic, is 12 seed Marin Cilic (CRO), who dispatched Pablo Andujar (ESP) 7-6(4), 6-2. On a windy day on Court 3, Cilic was able to survive despite being broken three times as he was able to break Andujar five times.

Women’s 1 seed Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) had trouble on the Grandstand this morning with young, promising American Sloane Stephens, needing three sets for the 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 victory. Radwanska jumped to a 5-0 lead in the first set before Stephens started to settle in to the match. The second a third set were both slug fests, as each woman pushed each other around the court with strong forehands. In the end, Radwanska’s poise and experience proved vital as she outlasted Stephens, winning four of the last five games.

Serena Williams struggled against qualifier Urszula Radwanska (POL) but moved on to the quarters with a 6-4, 6-3 victory.  As she struggled with the wind on Center Court, Serena looked disinterested, flat, and slightly injured throughout the match. The usually dominant serve was nonexistent today, as she had not a single ace, 46% first serve, three double faults, and was broken four times.  Serena Williams’ opponent in the quarters is the 5 seed Germany’s Angelique Kerber, who recorded a victory over Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) 6-4, 7-6(5).

Other Men’s actions included Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) defeated 14 seed Kei Nishikori (JPN) 6-3, 6-3; Milos Raonic (CAN) defeated 5 seed Tomas Berdych (CZE) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2; and 6 seed Juan Martin Del Potro d Viktor Troicki 7-6(2), 2-6, 6-1.

Other Women’s action included 3 seed Samantha Stosur (AUS) defeated Ekaterina Makarova 6-1, 6-3; Venus Williams (USA) upset 7 seed Sara Errani (ITA) 6-3, 6-0; and 4 seed Petra Kvitova (CZE) defeated Shuai Peng (CHN) 6-2, 6-2.

Two women’s matches were not completed tonight due to weather: Li Na v Johanna Larsson, and Caroline Wozniaka v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Pavlyuchenkova won the first set 6-4).  Play for these two matches results Friday morning at 11:30am, the winners must play their quarterfinal matches later in the day.

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