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Cincinnati Daily Preview: Monday Showers Bring Tuesday Chaos



This was an all too familiar site on Monday in Cincinnati (

With many matches canceled on Monday due to rain, Tuesday will be an extra busy day in Cincinnati, as 52 matches are scheduled across the grounds.


Tuesday’s schedule features both first and second round singles matchups.  The day is headlined by the likes of Carlos Alcaraz, Victoria Azarenka, and Caroline Wozniacki.  Plus, Novak Djokovic and Ons Jabeur will play their first matches since their heartbreaking losses in Wimbledon finals, though Novak’s match comes on the doubles court.

Throughout the tournament, this preview will analyze the day’s two most prominent matches, while highlighting the other notable matches on the schedule.  Tuesday’s play gets underway at 11:00am local time.

Victoria Azarenka vs. Barbora Krejcikova (11) – Second on Grandstand

This is a first round matchup between two Major singles champions.  Azarenka is just 18-14 this season, and withdrew from Montreal last week due to a lingering injury.  She is a two-time champion of this tournament, most recently winning it in 2020 when it was held in New York alongside the US Open due to COVID restrictions.

Krejcikova is 25-13 on the year, but has also been dealing with an injury.  She was forced to pull out of Wimbledon due to a left leg injury, and this is her first match since.  Barbora is actually just 0-2 lifetime in Cincinnati.

They have split two previous meetings, both on hard courts.  Azarenka won three years ago in Ostrava, while Krejcikova won last year at the Australian Open.  With both players not fully healthy, I give Vika the edge to prevail on Tuesday, since she’s won 19 more matches at this event than Barbora.

Cameron Norrie (13) vs. Gael Monfils (PR) – Fourth on Stadium 3

Norrie was a semifinalist here a year ago, and is 32-15 this year.  But he’s lost four of his last five matches, and is 0-2 this summer on North American hard courts. 

Before two weeks ago in Washington, Monfils has only claimed one tour-level match since last August.  Gael has suffered both a knee and wrist injury within the past year.  But he’s now 5-2 across the past two weeks, and was a quarterfinalist in Toronto, where he upset Stefanos Tsitsipas.

And Monfils is 2-0 against Norrie, though they haven’t played in nearly four years.  Cam is a completely different player in 2023 than he was in 2019, with much-improved levels of fitness and confidence.  Yet based on extremely recent form, as well as their history, Gael should be slightly favored on Tuesday.

Other Notable Matches on Tuesday:

Jiri Lehecka vs. Taylor Fritz (9) – Fritz is 42-18 on the year, and 8-2 this summer on North American hard courts, having won the title in Atlanta.  Lehecka is 30-20, though the 21-year-old has underperformed a bit after achieving his first Major quarterfinal this past January in Melbourne.  Taylor has already defeated Jiri twice this season.

Jelena Ostapenko vs. Karolina Pliskova – This is their tenth meeting since 2016, with Pliskova holding the slight edge 5-4.  But their only recent encounter went to Ostapenko by a score of 6-1, 6-3 earlier this year in Adelaide.

Varvara Gracheva (LL) vs. Caroline Wozniacki (WC) – Wozniacki was scheduled to play Elina Svitolina, but she withdrew due to injury.  This will be Caroline’s second tournament and third match since coming out of retirement.  23-year-old Gracheva recently reached a career-high ranking of No.41, and has collected 32 match wins at all levels in 2023.

Nikola Cacic and Novak Djokovic vs. Jamie Murray and Michael Venus – In his only tournament between Wimbledon and the US Open, Djokovic has entered both the singles and doubles draws to accumulate match play, in his first trip to North America since 2021.  And he finds himself with a familiar last name across the net, though this time it’s Andy Murray’s older brother, Jamie.

Ons Jabeur (5) vs. Anhelina Kalinina – After losing her third Major final out of the last five, Jabeur pulled out of Montreal due to a knee injury.  Kalinina was the runner-up this past May in Rome on clay at this level.  Last year in Charleston on clay, Ons defeated Anhelina in straight sets.

Sloane Stephens vs. Caroline Garcia (5) – Garcia is the defending champion, but arrives on a three-match losing streak.  Stephens is just 20-15 this season, and is 16-11 lifetime in Cincinnati, where she reached the semifinals back in 2017.  Garcia leads their head-to-head 4-2.

Carlos Alcaraz (1) vs. Jordan Thompson (Q) – Alcaraz is now 49-5 this year, but is coming off a loss to Tommy Paul in Canada for the second consecutive year.  Thompson eliminated John Isner on Monday. 

Tuesday’s full Order of Play is here.


Jannik Sinner, Arnaldi End Italy’s 47-Year Wait For Davis Cup Title



An in-form Jannik Sinner has secured Italy’s first Davis Cup title in almost half a century after crushing Alex de Minaur in straight sets. 


The world No.4 headed into the crucial match with his country boasting a 1-0 lead over Australia after Matteo Arnaldi won his clash against Alexi Popryin in three sets. Taking on a fiery de Minaur, a composed Sinner surged to a 6-3, 6-0, victory in Malaga to hand his country an unassailable lead and the title. The dominant performance saw Sinner produce a total of 25 winners with 18 of them coming from his forehand side. It is the sixth time he has beaten de Minaur on the Tour and he is yet to lose against him. 

“It helps a lot to play for the whole team,” Sinner said of his latest win. “It has been an incredible thing for all of us and we are really happy.”

Sinner first broke three games into his encounter with de Minaur after the Australian hit a lob shot that landed out. In control of proceedings, he rallied his way to 5-3 before opening up a 40-0 lead against his opponent’s serve. With three set points at his disposal, Sinner converted his second with the help of another unforced error coming from across the court. 

Closing in on the historic victory, the 22-year-old was in clinical form throughout the second frame as he raced to a 5-0 lead in under 30 minutes. Destroying whatever hopes Australia had of a shock comeback. Sinner closed out the match on his third attempt after a De Minaur backhand drifted wide, prompting an almighty smile on his face. 

Thanks to Australia. I know with the new format it is a little bit different to have to all come to one place. it means a lot.” Said Sinner.

In the first match of the day, Arnaldi ousted Popryin 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, in a two-and-a-half-hour marathon. The world No.44, who made his Davis Cup debut in September, held his nerve throughout a tense deciding set where he saved all eight break points he faced. Overall, he hit a total of 40 winners past Popryin and was visibly emotional afterward. 

“This match was very important and emotional for a few reasons,” Arnaldi told reporters. 
“This year for me was the first time playing for my country. I played when I was junior, but Davis Cup is just different.’
“And three weeks ago, an important person passed away. I think he gave me the power to try to stay there (in the match). It wasn’t easy to play, but they gave me the power at the end to try to win.”

It is the second time in history Italy has won the Davis Cup and the first since 1976. The triumph caps off what has been a memorable week for the team who 24 hours earlier beat Novak Djokovic’s Serbia in the semi-finals with Sinner saving three match points against the world No.1 in the singles. 

“I’m really thankful and proud to have these guys,” Italian captain Filippo Volandri commented.
“We have had to manage with a lot of emergencies during these past two years but we did it and we did it like a family.” He added.

Italy, who has become the 11th country in history to win Multiple Davis Cup titles, currently has six players in the ATP top 100 with four of those being in the top 50. 

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Alexander Zverev Deserves More Respect According To Boris Becker

According to Boris Becker, Alexander Zverev deserves more respect from tennis journalists.



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Boris Becker has claimed that Alexander Zverev deserves more respect despite Zverev failing to live up to his potential at Grand Slams.


Zverev has only reached one Grand Slam final in his career despite being a regular inside the world’s top ten as well as performing at regular ATP events.

This season Zverev played a limited schedule after recovering from an ankle injury but still managed to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals.

However most critics have been loud when judging Zverev’s career as it was looking likely that he would be a regular Grand Slam champion.

The German has failed to live up to expectations but former Grand Slam champion Boris Becker believes Zverev deserves more respect.

Speaking to Eurosport Becker also said that Zverev’s father being the coach is a more than successful approach when it comes to the former US Open finalist’s career, “In my opinion, he doesn’t get enough respect from the tennis experts internationally,” Becker explained.

“They’re all talking about the young three or four, but don’t give Zverev, Medvedev or Rublev enough respect. He’s playing with his fist in his pocket a little bit, wants everyone show that he is not a thing of the past, but that his best time is yet to come.

“Surely his father knows best what is good for his son, but if you look into the box at the competition, you can also see changes.”

Becker has followed Zverev for most of his career so knows that the best is yet to come from the German.

Alexander Zverev will look to prove himself next season when he starts his 2024 season when he represents Germany at the United Cup.

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Juan Carlos Ferrero Analyses Key Areas For Carlos Alcaraz’s Development

Juan Carlos Ferrero has outlined the next steps in Carlos Alcaraz’s development.



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Carlos Alcaraz’s coach, Juan Carlos Ferrero has analysed the key areas for the Spaniard’s development heading into the 2024 season.


The former world number one’s season has come to an end after a successful year which saw him win the Wimbledon title as well as winning two Masters 1000 titles.

Alcaraz capped off an incredible season by reaching the semi-finals at the Nitto ATP Finals, where he lost to Novak Djokovic.

However there is a long way for the Spaniard to go if he wants to consistently go toe-to-toe with Novak Djokovic.

Speaking to Marca Alcaraz’s coach Juan Carlos Ferrero spoke about the Spaniard’s development and said that Alcaraz is too emotional, “Be more regular in games, not open doors. Sometimes there are mistakes and it is something that we have to improve a lot,” Ferrero commented.

“Although it is true that he opens doors, he always competes well and at the highest level. He knows it, the other day he already said that Novak doesn’t give you one. He has to improve his decision making and he will achieve that with experience. Carlos is very emotional and that sometimes helps him and other times not so much.”

It’s clear Alcaraz’s high-quality is there but to consistently do it against Djokovic is another task altogether as the Spaniard looks to go from strength-to strength next season.

One area that is clearly a priority for Alcaraz is physical conditioning especially considering what happened against Djokovic at Roland Garros earlier in the season.

Ferrero said that will be a clear focus heading into 2024 but couldn’t guarantee that Alcaraz will play a tournament before the Australian Open, “Because of the year and the fatigue he has been in, what he needs is rest and disconnecting for 8-10 days with his friends,” Ferrero stated.

“From there, the thinking must go back to working really hard, strong and well to start very strongly in Australia. One can never be sure of that. Sometimes you play a tournament and it doesn’t go well, you left home too early. There are many ways of thinking.

“This year we haven’t played Australia and he finishes number two. That means there is no urgency to play a tournament early. Carlos is a player who enters competition quickly, you don’t usually see him without rhythm.

“Although it is true that he becomes more dangerous from the round of 16, from the quarter-finals. I am confident that the two exhibition matches and the training sessions will help us play a good tournament.”

Alcaraz will be looking to play the Australian Open which starts on the 15th of January after the Spaniard missed last year’s tournament due to a leg injury.

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