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Djokovic needs nine match points as Murray crashes out

Djokovic needs nine match points as Murray crashes out

"I realised after Wimbledon that this is a journey for me", the 36-year-old Williams said.

Rafael Nadal dropped out of the Western & Southern Open on Sunday night, scuttling a reunion of the "Big Four". "In the first set he had a really good serve and big forehand but I was just trying to stay strong all the time and stay calm as well".

Serena Williams made short work of her first-round match as she dismissed Daria Gavrilova in little more than an hour.

"I just love talking about it because I feel like a lot of people have those same emotions and they don't have the same platform that I have". The goal is now to recover from this match, take the positives with me.

"Hopefully, with another couple of weeks training and, you know, I'm still quite early in this process".

With the US Open a fortnight away, the 37-year-old Swiss is keen to test his form prior to the August 27 kick-off of the last Grand Slam of the season. With Nadal's withdrawal, Federer becomes the top player in the men's bracket in Cincinnati.

Williams looked rusty in the first set, struggling to handle the Czech's booming left-handed serve and never created a break-point opportunity.

"As the year goes on, I'll be able to get a little bit more consistency like on the practice court and on the tennis court".




Pliskova moved into the second round by snapping a seven-match losing streak against Agnieszka Radwanska with a 6-3 6-3 win. "We played so many times".

Nick Kyrgios served 39 aces, including one to save match point, to power into the second round with a dramatic 6-7, 7-5, 7-6 win over Denis Kudla.

Spanish 13th seed Pablo Carreno Busta started his week with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 defeat of France's Richard Gasquet, while Japan's Kei Nishikori put out Russian Andrey Rublev, 7-5, 6-3.

After pulling out of the Rogers Cup due to injury, Hyeon Chung returned to action and came back from a set down to beat Jack Sock 2-6 6-1 6-2.

Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic defeated American Steve Johnson 6-4 7-6 (4) in a hard-fought match under the lights.

Fifth seed Elina Svitolina outlasted Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-6 (1) 4-6 6-4 in their second-round clash.

Caroline Garcia reached the third round with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over the wildcard Victoria Azarenka, Australia's Ashleigh Barty beat Marketa Vondrousova 6-3, 7-5, while Maria Sakkari upset the Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka 6-3, 7-6 (8).

Also, Lesia Tsurenko routed Danielle Collins 6-0, 6-2; qualifier Viktoria Kuzmova topped Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-0, 4-6, 6-1; and Anett Kontaveit defeating Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-0.


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