Western & Southern Open: Day 5 Recap
Up first on Center Court was two-time Western & Southern Open champion and defending Wimbledon champion Andy Murray taking on Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny in a matchup that was never in question. Murray broke Youzhny on his first two service games to take the first set 6-2. Just like the first set, Andy Murray broke the Youzhny serve to open the second set and again in Youzhny’s third service game of the set to take a 4-1 lead. Youzhny would get one service break back but it wouldn’t be enough as Andy Murray advances 6-2, 6-3.
The following match on Center Court featuring top ranked Serena Williams against a young, promising talent from Canada, Eugenie Bouchard. Williams, fresh off a title in Toronto last week, came out looking flat and tired, having her serve broken in the first game of the set. She would get the break back a couple games later but immediately have her next service game broken as well. Eugenie would then serve out the first set 6-4, prompting Serena to yell to her box “this is the worst I’ve played in my career.” It took a set for Serena to adjust to the different conditions in Cincinnati, as she opened the second set looking much more free-flowing, albeit still annoyed, as she Bouchard twice to take the second set 6-2. Serena’s veteran experience and big game overwhelmed the young Canadian as she would roll in the first set by a score of 6-2. Serena Williams advances 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.
No 1 seed Novak Djokovic, starting his campaign to become the first player in history to have won all nine Masters 1000 events, was up against Juan Monaco in the last match of the day session on Center Court. Djokovic, coming off a loss in the Montreal finals to Rafael Nadal last week, looked to make easy work of Monaco, breaking Monaco’s second service game of the first set for a 3-1 lead. Seemingly in control, Djokovic would lose serve as Monaco took the next four games and a 5-3 lead. With the first set on his racket, Monaco wasn’t able to handle the relentless pressure of Djokovic’s return game, losing serve twice to lose the first set 7-5. The second set was all business, as Djokovic broke Monaco early in the set and to end the set for a 7-5, 6-2 win to advance to the third round.
First match on Center Court for the night session featured 14-time Grand Slam champion and No 4 seed Rafael Nadal and Germany’s Benjamin Becker. Unlike the previous two matches, Nadal showed no sluggish signs in a very straightforward 6-2, 6-2 win over the outmatched German. Nadal advances to the 3rd Round, one match away from a potential showdown in the quarterfinals with Roger Federer.
Other notable scores from the day:
John Isner upsets No 8 seed 7-6 (6), 6-2
No 6 Tomas Berdych d Jarko Niemenen 6-3, 6-2
Tommy Robredo upsets No 9 seed Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
No 4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska d Varvara Lepchenko 6-4, 6-0
No 5 seed Li Na d Lauren Davis 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
No 6 seed Sara Errani d Polana Hercog 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
No 7 seed Petra Kvitova d Marina Erakovic 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-3