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Roger Federer Eases Into The Third Round As Wawrinka Crushes Garin

Roger Federer eased into the last 32 with a win over Oscar Otte as Stan Wawrinka showed that he means business in Paris.

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Roger Federer eased his way into the third round over stubborn German Lucky Loser Oscar Otte 6-4 6-3 6-4. 

 

It was a brave performance from the lucky loser as he produced a good performance against the 20 time grand slam champion.

But Federer raised his level when it mattered most as he eased his way into the third round at Roland Garros, where he will face Norwegian qualifier Casper Ruud.

In other results Stan Wawrinka sent a clear message to the rest of the men’s field with a crushing 6-1 6-4 6-0 win over the in-form Cristian Garin.

This was unchartered territory for the world number 144 as he was making the most of his Lucky Loser spot into the main draw.

However it was a respectable start from Otte who used powerful and unique forehand to dominate proceedings as he looked to finish points off at the net.

It was an impressive start but never really troubled Federer on his serve as the Swiss’ movement around the baseline was reigning supreme.

These great champions always win the crucial games and the third seed’s champion instincts kicked in for the tenth game as he broke to win the opening set.

A similar pattern evolved throughout the match as Otte’s level had been good but not consistent enough to match Federer’s quality of the play.

Some good variation on the backhand helped the Swiss break his opponents game down as he sealed another break in the eighth game of the second set.

The 2009 champion managed to save a couple of break points and survive some good returning from the German to take a two sets lead.

Despite a good level from the German, it wasn’t enough today as Federer sealed his third break of the match in the final set to ease into the last 32.

A match which showed Otte that his level is good and has potential to get better but just not enough to live with the best players on the big occasions.

Next up is Casper Ruud after the Norwegian qualifier defeated 29th seed Matteo Berrettini 6-4 7-5 6-3 to reach the third round in a stunning performance.

Wawrinka Means Business 

2016 champion Stan Wawrinka showed he means business in his search for a second Roland Garros title as he crushed in-form Chilean Cristian Garin 6-1 6-4 6-0.

This is a result that shows that Wawrinka should be taken seriously as Garin had won Munich and produced great results during the clay season.

The 24th seed will now play Grigor Dimitrov or Marin Cilic next.

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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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