December 14, 2017

TENNIS — Western & Southern Open

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Federer claims 300th Masters Series win

Roger Federer returns a shot from Vasek Pospisil.
Roger Federer returns a shot from Vasek Pospisil.
Roger Federer returns a shot from Vasek Pospisil.

Serena Williams, Murray advance

Roger Federer has added yet another milestone to his long list of career highlights, becoming the first player to reach 300 match wins at the Masters 1000 level. Serena Williams and Andy Murray also won.

MASON, Ohio — Roger Federer survived an opening-match fright by outlasting Canada’s Vasek Pospisil 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 6-2 yesterday to claim his 300th Masters Series win at the Western & Southern Open.

Back in action after losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final of the Rogers Cup in Toronto on Sunday, third-ranked Federer appeared sluggish at times as he struggled to tame the 46th-ranked Canadian.

With the victory the second seeded Swiss, a five-time champion on the Cincinnati hard courts, becomes the first player to reach 300 wins in the ATP Tour’s elite Masters 1000 events.

The match began with a tight opening set that saw neither player able to capitalize on break chances, Federer eventually winning the tiebreak on a forehand error by the Canadian.

Pospisil, winner of the Wimbledon doubles title with Jack Sock of the US, battled back to take the second but a focused Federer wasted no time taking charge in the third with an early break on way to clinching the milestone win.

Top-seeded Serena Williams won an opening match that was as close as it gets, rallying in both tiebreakers to move on.

Williams needed an hour and 54 minutes to beat Samantha Stosur 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (9-7) yesterday, showing a little more poise on the toughest points. There were only two break chances the entire match — both players held serve throughout.

Williams welcomed the close match heading into the US Open.

Stosur got ahead 4-0 in the first tiebreaker before Williams rallied. Stosur had two set points in the second tiebreaker, but hit a shot into the net and another one long to even it. Williams won it when Stosur dumped another shot into the net.

On the men’s side, Andy Murray needed little more than an hour to get through his opening match. He faced only three break points — and fought all of them off — during a 6-3 6-3 win over João Sousa.

Murray is still trying to get back into form from back surgery last September. He also made a break with coach Ivan Lendl in March that was a big adjustment.

“It’s been a tough year,” Murray said. “There have been a few things happen. Obviously coming back from surgery is hard. To me now, that isn’t in any way an excuse. Now I have had enough time to get over it. Obviously with Ivan, that was also tough.”

No. 4 Tomas Berdych converted only one break point while losing to Yen-Hsun Lu 3-6 6-3 6-4. John Isner, who reached the finals in Cincinnati last year before losing to Rafael Nadal, moved on with a solid 6-3 7-6 (7-1) victory over Marinko Matosevic.

Herald staff with AP

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