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Cincinnati Open Tuesday Preview: The Men’s and Women’s Match of the Day

The action heats up on day two in Cincinnati as Roger Federer and Serena Williams play their second round matches.

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Tuesday brings us another jam-packed schedule, highlighted by the male and female GOAT.

Roger Federer vs. Peter Gojowczyk

This will be Federer’s first match since Wimbledon, where a true rarity occurred: Roger lost despite being up by two sets and holding a match point.  In limiting his schedule later in his career, Federer decided to skip the Rogers Cup and use Cincinnati as his only US Open warmup.  I’m sure the extra week off following Wimbledon was a factor, but so too may have been Roger’s success in the state of Ohio.  Federer has won this tournament seven times, while he’s only twice prevailed in Canada.  The fast pace of the hard courts in Cincinnati please the 20-time Major champion.  This will actually be Federer’s first match against the 29-year-old German, who earlier this summer hit a career-high ranking of 39th following the best twelve months he’s had on tour.  Gojowczyk has twice been a finalist this year, in Delray Beach and Geneva, and won his only ATP title last September in Metz.  Roger should comfortably win this one, but let’s see how sharp he is after five weeks off.

Other notable men’s matches on Tuesday:

David Goffin vs. last week’s breakout star, Stefanos Tsitsipas

Kyle Edmund vs. Denis Shapovalov

Borna Coric vs. Daniil Medvedev

Petra Kvitova vs. Serena Williams

Following the worst loss of her career just two weeks, where she won only one game against Johanna Konta, Serena looked like a different player last night as she easily dispatched of Daria Gavrilova.  But the two-time Wimbledon champion will be a huge step up in competition.  Kvitova already has five titles in 2018, though all that tennis may have taken a lot out of her.  Petra has just two wins in her last three tournaments.  She’s also just 6-6 lifetime in Cincinnati, and hasn’t been passed this round since 2013.  It’s well documented how Kvitova is not fond of hot and humid conditions.  Serena holds a 5-1 record against Petra, though they haven’t played in over three years.  Kvitova actually won their last meeting, in 2015 on the clay of Madrid.  Petra is the player closest to her best form, but the head-to-head and conditions will favour Serena.  This match will be a good indication of where both Major champions are headed into the US Open.

Other notable women’s matches on Tuesday:

Karolina Pliskova vs. Agnieszka Radwanska

Naomi Osaka vs. Maria Sakkari

Elina Svitolina vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova

Caroline Garcia vs. Victoria Azarenka

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Acapulco Faces Safety Issues Ahead Of ATP 500 Tournament

Acapulco faces safety and infrastructure issues before the ATP 500 tournament next week.

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Acapulco has faced safety concerns ahead of the tournament as players have been advised to stay in the tournament hotels or tennis venues.

As exclusively revealed by James Gray of the i newspaper, Acapulco is facing security and infrastructure concerns ahead of the tournament.

ATP players have reportedly been told in an email to stay confined to the tournament hotels and the tennis venue as crime rates have increased in the city.

Organisers in Mexico have reassured people that players will be able to train safely with the following statement, “The Arena GNP, venue for the Mexican Open of Tennis, and the host hotel are currently operational to carry out the tournament,” the tournament organisers told the i newspaper.

“Since Tuesday, we have been receiving players in Acapulco, and they have already had the opportunity to train at the venue.”

However there are still infrastructural problems including lack of flights to Acapulco as well as other safety concerns which have been affected by Hurricane Otis.

Despite the problems the ATP seem confident that the event will be safe and secure ahead of the ATP 500 event, “It is not uncommon for players to receive security advisories from ATP as a precautionary measure across more than 250 Tour and Challenger Tour events each season,” A spokesperson told the i newspaper.

“The advisory sent for Acapulco factors in the additional complexity of Hurricane Otis’ disruption. There have been major efforts and investment to restore the Acapulco venue in recent months.”

The ATP 500 event in Acapulco will take place next week with Alex De Minaur being the defending champion.

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Ons Jabeur’s Latest Withdrawal Raises Doubts Over Season Ambitions

Ons Jabeur will be hoping to re-energize herself ahead of a big few months in her career.

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Ons Jabeur’s latest withdrawal in Dubai has raised doubts over how successful the Tunisian can be this season.

Despite having high hopes for revitalizing her season in Dubai, Ons Jabeur has had another setback in 2024.

The Tunisian was forced to withdraw from one of her favourite tournaments of the year in Dubai due to a knee injury.

This withdrawal came days after Jabeur said she was ready for the challenge in Dubai and was excited to compete in front of a passionate crowd in Dubai.

In a statement Jabeur explained her injury and why she was unable to compete in Dubai this week, “After consultation of my doctors and team we have decided that I will have to withdraw from Dubai this week and go for more medical treatments,” Jabeur was quoted by tennishead as saying.

“Looking forward to reconnect with all on the courts for the US swing. Thank you for your continuous support.”

This latest setback isn’t a coincidence though as Jabeur has struggled with injuries ever since her Wimbledon final.

The mental and physical toll that the last eight months have taken of Jabeur are starting to show.

There doesn’t seem to be a plan in place as Jabeur has been open about her mental health struggles since that comprehensive defeat to Marketa Vondrousova at Wimbledon.

That’s a potential problem for Jabeur going forwards as it continues to get tougher for the world number six to find motivation going forwards.

A long break away from tennis may be beneficial for Jabeur as it feels like this summer may be the Tunisian’s last opportunity at Grand Slam glory.

An innovative and new approach may be required for Jabeur as her physical and mental stamina continues to fade with every week.

However will Jabeur manage reinvent herself before it’s too late? Only time will tell and SW19 may be the final destination in that bid.

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Iga Swiatek ‘Proud’ After Claiming Doha Title

World number one Iga Swiatek won her 18th career title in Doha.

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Iga Swiatek defeated Elena Rybakina 7-6(8) 6-2 to claim the title in Doha.

The world number one sealed an 18th career title with a straight sets win over Rybakina.

Swiatek had previously struggled to beat the Kazakh and that continued at the start of the opening set with the Pole conceding a double break deficit at 4-1.

However Swiatek was resilient as she won four games in a row to get back on track in the opening set.

Rybakina broke in the eleventh game and had the opportunity to serve for the opening set but couldn’t take the opportunity.

In the tiebreak, Swiatek converted her fourth set point as she claimed a mammoth tiebreak 10-8.

After that Swiatek seized control as she broke twice after saving two break points in the second game.

The Pole held comfortably to claim her maiden title of the 2024 season in what was her first tournament since a third round exit at the Australian Open.

In her-post match speech Swiatek admitted that she is proud of her performance in Doha this week, “You don’t even know hard it was not to think about it,” Swiatek was quoted by France 24 as saying after winning her 13th match in Doha.

“I came here and was pretty stressed because I felt the expectations. I wanted to do everything step by step like I always do. I’m really happy. I’m really proud of myself.”

Swiatek will now look to continue that form in Dubai next week where she takes on either Sloane Stephens or Clara Burel in her opening round match.

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