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Paire and Tsonga “allez” into the Round of 16

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Frenchmen Benoit Paire and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (19) have made it into the Round of 16 of the US Open. They both had straight sets wins over their respective opponents in near identical times as Paire upset Tommy Robredo (26) 7-6 6-1 6-1 in 2 hours and 6 minutes and Tsonga took out Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-3 7-5 6-2 in 2 hours and 3 minutes. They will face each other in the next round ensuring that a Frenchman is in the quarterfinals of the men’s singles.

 

Paire who upset 2014 finalist Kei Nishikori (4) in the opening round at the start of the tournament is continuing to show the superior form that saw him winning that match. In the opening set, there were no breaks of serve despite both player having at least one opportunity to break. The set was forced into a breaker where Paire won it 7-3 points. In the 2nd set, Paire began to assert himself and created more break opportunities for himself. He had 7 in the set converting on 3 of those occasions to take 6 straight games and the set for a 2-0 sets lead. Paire came to net 50 times winning the point 37 of those times.  Robredo only won the point 12 of the 21 times he came to net. The final set was no different as again Paire was the dominant player breaking Robredo twice to take the match 7-6 6-1 6-1. Paire had 52 winners compared to only 19 from Robredo.

Tsonga had a tougher test against his opponent Stakhovsky but he was the better player on the day. Stakhovsky was about to save the first 4 break points he faced but he was broken in the crucial 8th game to allow Tsonga to serve out the set 6-3. In the 2nd set, Stakhovsky was determined not to go out quietly but again, he was not match for the Frenchman. The Ukrainian was only able to create one break point opportunity for himself which he failed to convert. In the pivotal 11th game, he was broken again, allowing Tsonga again to serve for the set and  a 2-0 sets lead. Tsonga wrested control of the 3rd set by taking a 2-0 lead and looked back . Tsonga broke again in the 5th game for 4-1 lead and maintained this lead to close out the match 6-3 7-5 6-2.

This is Tsonga 4th appearance in the 2nd week of the US Open. His best performance was back in 2011 when he made to the quarterfinals. For Paire, this is his best performance in any major having never gone past the 3rd round before.

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Svetlana Kuznetsova upsets Ashleigh Barty in Cincinnati to reach the 42nd final of her career

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Russian wild card Svetlana Kuznetsova edged top seed this year’s Roland Garros champion Ashleigh Barty 6-2 6-4 in the semifinal of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati to reach the 42nd final of her career.

 

Two-time Grand Slam champion Kuznetsova, who is now ranked world number 153, scored her third win against top 10 players this week  after beating former US Open champion Sloane Stephens and Karolina Pliskova.

Barty missed her chance to regain world number 1 spot from Naomi Osaka, who was forced to retire from her quarter final.

Barty earned the first break of the match in the second game of the opening set, when Kuznetsova netted a backhand. Kuznetsova broke back in the third game with a smash winner and earned another break at 2-2 when Barty netted a backhand. Kuznetsova hit a return winner to build up a 5-2 lead. Barty asked a medical time-out to treat he right leg. Kuznetsova held serve at 15 to close out the opening set after 30 minutes.

Kuznetsova went up a break in the first game of the second set. Barty won just three points on return in the second set. Kuznetsova closed out the second set with three winners in the 10th game.

“I am really happy. I am not really an analyzing person, but on my intuition, I am doing so much better, not repeating so many of my mistakes, just playing smarter and wiser now. It’s been so many different things when I was off, so I just enjoyed time off. Honestly, I was not missing at all the travelling and all the stress when you play tournaments, but now I have missed it and I feel good. I feel joy staying here and being here. It definitely helped me to have some time off to see other things outside tennis”, said Kuznetsova.

 

Kuznetsova set up a final against Madison Keys, who beat Sofia Kenin in straight sets. The Russian 34-year-old veteran player has qualified for her first final since last year, when she beat Donna Vekic in Washington.

 

“Madison is extremely tough. When she is on fire, it is really hard to play against her. It’s going to be a difficult match-up”, said Kuznetsova.  

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David Goffin reaches his first Masters 1000 in Cincinnati

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David Goffin beat Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-4 on an overcast afternoon to reach the first Masters 1000 final of his career and his 13th title match at ATP Tour level at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati. Goffin has dropped just one set en route to the final.

 

Goffin is returning to his best form this summer under the guidance of former Swedish player Thomas Johansson. He reached the final in Halle and his first quarter final at Wimbledon. He received a walkover after Yoshihito Nishioka was forced to withdraw from the match due to food poisoning.

The Belgian player started the match with two consecutive holds before breaking at love to open up a 4-1 lead with a backhand winner down the line.

Goffin held his next service games to seal the opening set 6-3. Gasquet earned an early break to open  2-0 lead, but Goffin won five of the next six games with two breaks. The 2017 Nitto ATP Finals runner-up served out the win at love in the 10th game after 1 hour and 16 minutes, as Gasquet sent his backhand long.

Goffin reached the semifinal in Cincinnati last year, but he was forced to retire due to an arm injury.

“I am very happy. It’s a tournament I like and I have played the best tennis in the past few years. I am really happy to reach my first Masters 1000 final here. It’s a great moment for me.”

 

 

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Richard Gasquet reaches his first Masters 1000 semifinal since Miami 2013

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Frenchman Richard Gasquet edged past this year’s Wimbledon semifinalist Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-2 after 2 hours and 12 minutes to reach his first Masters 1000 semifinal since the 2013 Miami Open.

 

 Gasquet missed six months of action after undergoing groin surgery last January.

The French player set up a semfinal against David Goffin, who reached the semifinal after his Japanese opponent Yoshihito Nishioka withdrew from the match due to illness.

The first set went on serve with no break points en route to the tie-break. Bautista Agut hit a backhand wide at 1-2. Gasquet sealed the tie-break when Bautista Agut hit a forehand long.

Bautista Agut earned two breaks of serve in the second set and sealed it, when Gasquet made his third double fault on set point.

Gasquet broke serve with a volley in the third game of the decisive set. The French player went up a double break to race out to 4-1 lead. He saved two break points to hold his serve at deuce before serving out the third set on his first match point.

“I know how tough it was to come back. I know the moments I had at the start of the year, so I just wanted to enjoy, to fight. It is not easy to come back after six months out, but I am here. I am in semis tomorrow”,said Gasquet.

 

 

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