Mason, OH (Sports Network) - World No. 1 superstar Novak Djokovic and
two-time champion Andy Murray were easy second-round winners Wednesday at the
$3 million Western & Southern Open, a hardcourt ATP Masters 1000 event.
After enjoying an opening-round bye, the four-time runner-up Djokovic got past
gritty Argentine Juan Monaco 7-5, 6-2. Djokovic was last year's runner-up to
five-time Cincinnati champion Roger Federer.
Up next for Djokovic, an unsuccessful finalist here four of the last five
years, will be Belgian qualifier David Goffin.
The second-seeded reigning Wimbledon and U.S. Open titlist Murray cruised past
31-year-old Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny 6-2, 6-3 in 70 minutes at the
Lindner Family Tennis Center. Murray piled up five breaks of serve, compared
to only one for Youzhny on Day 4.
"I had good anticipation so I was able to chase a lot of balls down and today
I managed to get a lot of balls back," Murray said.
"It's not necessarily getting to the ball it's putting it in a position where
it's difficult for your opponent to hit a winner off and I think I did that
Murray, who titled here in 2008 and 2011, will meet France's Julien Benneteau
in the third round on Thursday.
Fresh off last week's Masters title in Montreal, the fourth-seeded Nadal
easily advanced with a 6-2, 6-2 drubbing of German Benjamin Becker that took
an hour and 17 minutes.
The 12-time Grand Slam champion will take on Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov during
Sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych also moved on via a 6-3, 6-2 decision over
Finland's Jarkko Nieminen, while No. 7 seed Argentine slugger Juan Martin del
Potro dismissed Russian Nikolay Davydenko 7-5, 7-5.
The biggest upset of the day came from towering American John Isner, who
upended eighth-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet 7-6 (8-6), 6-2. No. 9 seed
Stanislas Wawrinka was also ousted in his second-round bout, with the Swiss
veteran coming up short against Spaniard Tommy Robredo by a 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
The 6-foot-7 former U.S. Open champion del Potro titled in Washington two
weeks ago by beating the 6-foot-9 Isner in the all-tall final in D.C.
Eleventh-seeded German Tommy Haas moved on with a 6-4, 6-1 decision against
Spaniard Marcel Granollers, while 12th-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic doused
former top-10 Serb Janko Tipsarevic 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) on Wednesday. Raonic was
last week's Montreal Masters runner-up to Nadal.
Haas' third-round opponent will be the reigning and five-time overall Cincy
Some other second-round results saw Russian qualifier Dmitry Tursunov erase
wild card and 2007 Cincy runner-up James Blake of the U.S. 6-4, 6-4, Spanish
left-hander Feliciano Lopez get past Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 2-2,
retired, and Goffin hold off last week's Montreal semifinalist Vasek Pospisil,
of Canada, 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (8-6).
This is the last Masters tournament before the U.S. Open, which will commence
August 26 in New York.
The 2013 Cincinnati champ will collect $583,800.
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