Western & Southern Open: Day 4 Review
Day 4 featured several big names taking the stage across the grounds at the Lindner Tennis Family Center. Up first on Court 3 was crowd-favorite No 11 German Tommy Haas taking on South African Kevin Anderson. The German was all business, breaking Anderson early in both sets while not facing a single break opportunity on serve. Tommy Haas defeats Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the second round.
The second match up on Center Court featured American John Isner and Austrian Florian Mayer. In another match that was all business, Isner broke Mayer’s serve once in each set to secure a 6-3, 6-4 win. Isner did not face a single break point behind 17 aces and 83% of first serve points won. John Isner gets No 8 seed Richard Gasquet next on Wednesday.
Next on Center Court was American Ryan Harrison and No 3 seed Spaniard David Ferrer. A tense first set with neither man able to capitalize on a combined seventeen break opportunities went to a first set tiebreak, which Ferrer won 7-5 on two Harrison errors. The American wasn’t fazed, as he upped his game in the second set and broke Ferrer for a 3-1 lead early. Never looking back after that break, Harrison leveled the match at 6-7 (5), 6-3. The third set opened with three breaks of serve in the first four games, with veteran David Ferrer coming out at 3-1. Harrison was able to reclaim one of the two Ferrer breaks of serve but it wasn’t enough as Ferrer came out on top 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-4 to advance to the third round.
The first night match on Center featured two stars of the WTA tour, American Sloane Stephens and No 3 seed Russian Maria Sharapova. Sharapova, now coached by legend Jimmy Connors, looked to make an easy match of it, racing to any early 6-2, 2-0 lead, before Stephens breaks back to serve at 1-2. Neither woman would be able to capitalize on another break point in the set, sending it to a second set tiebreak, where Stephens levels the match by a 7-5 tiebreak score. Stephens carried momentum into the third and final set, racing to a 5-2 led. Serving for the match at 5-3, it seemed as though nerves would get the better of Stephens in the form of two double faults on match points. Stephens would overcome those nervy double faults and serve out the match against a rusty Maria Sharapova by a score of 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 to advance to the third round.
Five-time Western & Southern Open champion and No 5 seed Roger Federer was second on the night cap, taking on German Philip Kohlschreiber. In the first set, Federer would break Kohlschreiber’s serve just once, but it was all that was needed as Federer took the first set 6-3. They two would exchange two breaks of serve through the second set, sending it to a tiebreak with Kohlschreiber looking the better of the two men. Federer would eventually gain a final minibreak to secure the tiebreak by a 9-5 score line and advance 6-3 7-5 (7) to the third round.