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Highlights Kyrgios Dimitrov Reach Masters 1000 Final In Cincinnati 2017

Sun, 20/08/2017 - 1:02pm
Watch highlights of Nick Kyrgios and Grigor Dimitrov reaching the Western & Southern Open final in Cincinnati on Saturday. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Getty Images photo.

Kyrgios Reaches First Masters 1000 Final In Cincinnati 2017

Sun, 20/08/2017 - 12:44pm
Nick Kyrgios talks about reaching his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final in Cincinnati on Saturday. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Ferrer Mad Dash Hot Shot Cincinnati 2017

Sun, 20/08/2017 - 12:30pm
Watch Hot Shot as David Ferrer hustles to return a perfectly placed drop shot from Nick Kyrgios in Saturday's semi-final showdown in Cincinnati. Watch live matches at tennistv.com. Photo: Getty Images

Dimitrov Reaches First Masters 1000 Final Cincinnati 2017

Sun, 20/08/2017 - 11:00am
Grigor Dimitrov reflects on his semi-final victory over John Isner and looks ahead to his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final in Cincinnati. Watch live matches at tennistv.com.

Kyrgios Races Into Maiden Masters 1000 Final

Sun, 20/08/2017 - 10:34am
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If he was away, Nick Kyrgios is without a doubt back, and he's never been in a better position.

The 22-year-old Aussie reached his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final on Saturday, beating Spanish veteran David Ferrer 7-6(3), 7-6(4) at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. The semi-final win marks the second consecutive victory against a Spanish great for Kyrgios, who upset incoming-World No. 1 Rafael Nadal 24 hours earlier.

“He was a nightmare to play, especially because I'm a tall guy and he's not the tallest guy. He hits the ball pretty flat. The whole time there is nothing shoulder height for me to hit. I'm always trying to hit underneath and trying to hit up and over it,” Kyrgios said.

“It's a tough matchup for me. I thought today I didn't play my best tennis. I certainly didn't serve great during the set. In the tie-breaks I served well, but I definitely didn't bring my best tennis today. I'm just really proud that I managed to scrap out the win.”

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Kyrgios will play in his first title match of the season on Sunday when he faces Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who prevailed 7-6(4), 7-6(10) against John Isner of the U.S. There were no service breaks in either semi-final. “I'm going to go out there and compete and try to serve big and play big. Whatever happens, happens,” Kyrgios said. 

Dimitrov will also be playing in his first Masters 1000 title match. The 26 year old beat Kyrgios in their only prior FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting, a three-set win at 2015 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

But Kyrgios, who has struggled with hip and shoulder injuries the past two months, looks to be healthy and close to the level that saw him reach the Miami Open presented by Itau semi-finals in March, his other Masters 1000 semi-final (l. to Federer) this season.

Against Ferrer, who reached 2014 Cincinnati final, Kyrgios chased down ball after ball as the 35-year-old Spaniard pulled him from side to side in the opening set. Kyrgios came through in the tie-break, though, benefitting from a Ferrer double fault at 1/2 and unloading his serve-forehand combination to gain a one-set lead.

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He played more comfortably in the second set, seeing two break points at 2-2 but failing to convert. With Ferrer serving at 5-6, Kyrgios would get another chance when he ripped a forehand past Ferrer to earn a match point. Yet the gutsy Ferrer erased it and held.

They headed to another tie-break, where Kyrgios dominated. The Aussie hit his 13th and 14th aces to bring up three match points. He'd need only two as Ferrer lifted a backhand wide to put Kyrgios into the Cincinnati title match.

10 Things To Watch In Winston-Salem

Sun, 20/08/2017 - 10:08am

1. Best in Class: The Winston-Salem Open, the final men’s event in the US Open Series, was voted by players as the 2016 ATP World Tour 250 Tournament of the Year along with the If Stockholm Open.

2. Back on Top: Last year’s finalists, Roberto Bautista Agut and Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain, are the top two seeds. Carreno Busta won his first ATP World Tour by rallying past his countryman 6-7(6), 7-6(1), 6-4 in the longest final by games in tournament history. Bautista Agut is the No. 1 seed for third time at an ATP World Tour tournament (2016 Sofia champion and 2016 Moscow second round).

3. Past Finalists: Carreno Busta and Bautista Agut are joined in the draw by 2011 and 2012 champion John Isner, 2011 runner-up Julien Benneteau and 2015 finalist Pierre-Hugues Herbert. Kevin Anderson, the 2015 champion, withdrew on Saturday due to a right elbow injury.

4. Reigning Champion: Carreno Busta was 49th in the Emirates ATP Rankings and without an ATP World Tour singles title entering the 2016 Winston-Salem Open. He’s 46-23 since then, adding to his Winston-Salem title with two more at Moscow and Estoril. The Spaniard achieved a new career-high ranking eight times in 2016 and nine times thus far in 2017, peaking at No. 15 on 24 July.

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5. Hometown Hero: Isner, a North Carolina native, is 12-0 in matches and 8-0 in tie-breaks at the Winston-Salem Open, winning titles in 2011 and 2012. The No. 1 American and No. 3 seed returns to his home event for the first time since conceding a walkover in the 2014 quarter-finals. Isner won titles at Newport and Atlanta last month, holding in 146 of 149 service games since 19 July (98 per cent).

6. Fab Five: Five #NextGenATP players are in the draw and eager to earn points in the Emirates ATP Race To Milan. American Taylor Fritz received a wild card this week, while No. 13 seed Hyeon Chung, No. 14 seed Borna Coric and No. 15 seed Daniil Medvedev received first-round byes. Unseeded Andrey Rublev broke into the Top 50 on July 24 after winning his first title at Umag.

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7. Wild Title Hopes: Wild cards are 6-3 in ATP World Tour finals this season. Hoping to become the seventh wild card champion of 2017 are Fritz, Coric, Ernests Gulbis and Wake Forest junior Petros Chrysochos. The 21-year-old Chrysochos is a two-time All-American and a Davis Cup teammate of Marcos Baghdatis, who is making his fifth Winston-Salem appearance this week.

8. All-Time Leader: Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei has earned more victories at the Winston-Salem Open than any other player in the tournament’s first six years (2011-16). Lu is 13-4 at the event with a semi-final finish in 2014 and runs to the quarter-finals in 2013, 2015 and 2016.

9. Season of Firsts: No. 10 seed Yuichi Sugita won his first ATP World Tour title in his first final and following his first semi-final at the Antalya Turkey Open. After breaking into the Top 50 on 3 July, Sugita earned his first Grand Slam victory at Wimbledon and reached his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter-final at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

10. Still Going Strong: Daniel Nestor and Leander Paes, the 2013 doubles champions, are returning at the age of 44 with different partners -- Nestor with Dominic Inglot and Paes with Purav Raja.

My Masters 1000: Andy Roddick

Sun, 20/08/2017 - 9:04am

They were some of the finest moments of his career: Andy Roddick, playing in front of home U.S. fans, blasting aces and hoisting trophies at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments. The right-hander won five Masters 1000 titles during his Hall of Fame career, and at the prestigious events, he also scored some of his biggest wins.

Early in his career, Roddick knocked off one of his idols in Pete Sampras and later in his career, he beat one of the all-time greats who's still going, Rafael Nadal.

Roddick, a two-time Western & Southern Open champion in Cincinnati, talked with ATPWorldTour.com about how he beat Sampras in Miami and about which ATP World Tour legend he'd play in his dream Masters 1000 match.

Which ATP World Tour Masters 1000 host city is your favourite and why?
[Indian Wells] is great, being there in March in the mountains and everything, that’s tough to beat.

Which Masters 1000 title that you’ve won is your favourite and why?
Miami is very important, I was lucky to win that twice (2004, 2010)... I went to high school not too far from there, so a lot of times there were friends and family present, which is always fun, to perform and do your thing in front of people that mean the most to you. So Miami was probably the most important one for me.

Do you have a favourite off-court memory at a Masters 1000 tournament?
I probably do… probably not one that I should share right now.

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What’s your best Masters 1000 match win?
One of the Masters 1000 wins that was extremely surreal at the moment was when I was ranked 160 in the world and Pete was 3 in the world, and it was my first match on ESPN ever. It was my first match against Pete also.

I went out and won, six and three [7-6(2), 6-3 at 2001 Miami] and the whole time I just couldn’t get over it. I’m playing the match and I’m looking across and he’s doing the thing, wiping the sweat off the eyebrows, and he’s doing the little pump fakes with his serves.

I had to stay in the moment. Don’t get overwrought because you’re looking across at Pete Sampras and his mannerisms. I remember just repeating that to myself 57 times during that match, “It’s not Pete Sampras, it’s someone else. You just play your match.” And I ended up winning, so that was pretty special.

What would be your dream match at a Masters 1000 tournament?
I would like to play Arthur Ashe. I’ve been really lucky to play with, or at least hit tennis balls with, most of my heroes. And I’m not scared. I went up to Steffi Graf in '05 at Indian Wells and said, “I have to hit with you for 20 minutes.”

But obviously Arthur is someone who regrettably I never got that chance to do it with, so I’d probably want to play Arthur.

And where would it be?
Anywhere Arthur wanted to play.

Kyrgios vs. Dimitrov : Cast Your Vote!

Sun, 20/08/2017 - 8:55am

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    Frenchmen To Face Murray/Soares For Cincy Title

    Sun, 20/08/2017 - 7:09am
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    Frenchmen Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut continued their ruthless run through the North American summer ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, improving to 7-0 with a 6-4, 7-6(9) win against Ryan Harrison and Michael Venus in the Western & Southern Open semi-finals.

    Herbert and Mahut lifted the trophy at the Coupe Rogers in Montreal last week and will battle for their 10th team title on Sunday against Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares. Herbert/Mahut are also bidding for a sixth Masters 1000 crown together, all at different tournaments.

    The last team to win in Canada and Cincinnati in the same season was Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo, who accomplished the feat last year.

    The fifth seeds needed one hour and 35 minutes to dispatch Harrison and Venus, converting their fifth match point. They fired eight aces, while saving the lone break point faced.

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    Earlier on Saturday, Murray and Soares advanced to their 10th final as a team, downing Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 6-4, 7-5 in Cincinnati. There were just two break points in the one-hour and 22-minute affair and the British-Brazilian duo converted both.

    Murray and Soares will vie for their first Masters 1000 title together, appearing in a third such final. They finished runners-up in both Monte-Carlo and Toronto in 2016. The team is 3-1 in ATP World Tour finals this year, however, having won three straight title matches in Acapulco, Stuttgart and The Queen's Club.

    It has been a dominant week for Murray and Soares, who have not dropped a set en route to the final. They got their revenge over Kubot and Melo on Saturday, having dropped both previous encounters this year at the Masters 1000 events in Indian Wells and Miami.

    Dimitrov Roars Into First Masters 1000 Final

    Sun, 20/08/2017 - 6:26am
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    Grigor Dimitrov will play in the biggest final of his career after edging John Isner 7-6(4), 7-6(10) in a gripping semi-final encounter at the Western & Southern Open.

    With the partisan home crowd firmly in Isner's favour, Dimitrov played the role of spoiler, reaching his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final after two hours and three minutes. The seventh seed fired 10 aces, while overcoming 14 blasts off the Isner frame.

    Dimitrov has found his top gear this week at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati, not dropping a set en route to his 12th ATP World Tour final and third of the year. He lifted the trophy in Brisbane and Sofia to open his 2017 campaign.

    The Bulgarian will face either Nick Kyrgios or David Ferrer in Sunday's final.

    "I think it's a good step," said Dimitrov. "It's a good step. I have been on the tour for quite some time now, and I appreciate those moments. I'm starting to appreciate them even more.

    "Being able to compete at a final, it's always a great feeling. No matter Masters 1000 or 250, it's always something that you work for. It all comes down to that.

    First @ATPWorldTour Masters 1000 final for @GrigorDimitrov!#CincyTennis pic.twitter.com/sD2vfF3Tis

    — Tennis TV (@TennisTV) August 19, 2017

    "For me, as I said, right now is just all about just going step by step and just building up not only my confidence, my game, to be able to do that pretty much every time I'm entering a tournament. And I feel good. I think the body is responding well. I have been playing good tennis, as well. So that actually helps.

    "Hopefully tomorrow is going to be one of those days that I can, again, produce good tennis. But not only that. I just kind of want to make sure that I'm going in the right direction." 

    More than two years removed from their lone previous encounter on the hard courts of Miami, Dimitrov struggled to adapt to Isner's heavy game as proceedings got underway on a hot and humid afternoon. The Bulgarian found his own serve under attack as well, converting just one of his first six second-serve points.

    Isner applied the pressure midway through the set, earning a pair of break points at 3-2 15/40. But Dimitrov held his ground, turning aside both opportunities and escaping a deuce game at 4-3. The opener would move to a tie-break, where Dimitrov's first backhand winner of the match arrived at a critical juncture. A 95 mph laser into the corner earned him the decisive mini-break for 3/2 and he would take the opener after 50 minutes.

    Dimitrov entered the match with a staggering 26-4 record in 2017 when winning the first set. He survived a 12-point opening service game in the second set, striking a sublime drop shot winner to hold.

    Both players would have their chances as the set moved towards an inevitable tie-break. Isner was clutch in the crucial moments. Serving to stay in the match at 5-4, he saved a match point with a thunderous serve out wide and turned aside two more at 7/6 and 9/8 in the ensuing tie-break.

    Painting line after line, Dimitrov saved a set point at 10/9 with a brilliant backhand winner down the line and carried the momentum into his fourth match point, which he converted as Isner netted a forehand. Both players fired 27 winners during the two-hour clash, but it was Dimitrov who was steadier from the back of the court, hitting 22 unforced errors to Isner's 37.

    "Today was, I think, one of those matches that I really had to just be patient. I think that that was the key. I knew I'm not going to have that many rallies against John. I knew that he's going to serve big, bold serves.

    "I just had to be very composed and use every opportunity that I had," Dimitrov added. "I think in the end of the match, it was just a few points that made the biggest difference for me.

    "I'm just happy obviously with the win, but I'm just happy with the way I kept myself together throughout the whole match. Just remained calm in those tough moments. I mean, I know it's nerve-wracking from outside, but it's even tougher when you're in there and have to receive a serve that comes 141 miles an hour."

    Dimitrov is the fourth player to reach his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final this year. He joins Albert Ramos-Vinolas (Monte Carlo), Dominic Thiem (Madrid) and Alexander Zverev (Rome) as final debutantes.

    Isner was bidding to reach his fourth Masters 1000 final and second in Cincinnati. The 2013 finalist (l. to Nadal) is in the midst of a staggering service rhythm despite the loss, holding in 146 of his last 149 service games. The North Carolina native will next move to Winston-Salem where he is the third seed.

     "I think the difference was he was a bit more decisive in the big moments," said Isner. "Maybe a little calmer, as well. Sometimes you take the court and everything is going well and you're not thinking too much out there and things are free flowing. At times that was the case out there for me, but at times maybe it wasn't. And I think that cost me a little bit. I just think he was, as I said, a little more decisive and a little more free flowing in the big moments. And of course in a match like that, separated by a few points here or there, that was the case. So credit to him.

    "I think I stepped up this week, which is what I was doing prior to this week, as well, and that's just sort of going for my shots. There are some times when I didn't, but all in all, I think I just gotta keep that up. It's the only way I can play.

    "And looking ahead to the US Open, I have a good team, got a great coach and great person to keep me healthy, so just keep working on the right things and I should be in pretty good shape heading into that tournament."

     

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    Sela Spinning Half Volley Hot Shot At Vancouver Challenger

    Sun, 20/08/2017 - 2:20am
    Watch as Dudi Sela claims hot shot honours in Vancouver with this twirling half volley drop shot.

    Kyrgios Pulls Off Back To Back Wins Cincinnati 2017

    Sun, 20/08/2017 - 2:07am
    Nick Kyrgios discusses claiming two victories in one day, third-round and quarter-final, in Cincinnati and looks ahead to his semi-final matchup with David Ferrer. Watch live matches at tennistv.com.

    Isner Ready For Cincinnati 2017 SF Challenge

    Sun, 20/08/2017 - 2:06am
    John Isner reflects on his quarter-final victory over compatriot Jared Donaldson and prepares for his upcoming semi-final match against Grigor Dimitrov. Watch live matches at tennistv.com

    Ferrer Discusses His Best Match Of Season Cincinnati 2017

    Sun, 20/08/2017 - 2:01am
    David Ferrer discusses his victory over top-seed Dominic Thiem and his return to an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final for the first time in two years. Watch live matches at tennistv.com.

    Dimitrov, Isner, Kyrgios, Ferrer Battle In Cincy Semis

    Sun, 20/08/2017 - 1:58am

    SURPRISE SEMI-FINALS TO PRODUCE NEW CINCY CHAMPION

    • A new Western & Southern Open champion will be crowned among No. 7 seed Grigor Dimitrov, No. 14 seed John Isner and unseeded players Nick Kyrgios and David Ferrer. Isner and Ferrer have played for the Cincinnati title before, finishing as runners-up in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Dimitrov and Kyrgios, on the other hand, have never reached an ATP Masters 1000 final.

    • Isner and Dimitrov will meet in Saturday’s first semi-final. Neither man has lost a set this week, with Isner’s dominance dating back exactly one month. The Newport and Atlanta champion is 12-1 in matches and 24-2 in sets since July 19, holding in 134 of 137 service games (98%), saving 14 of 17 break points (82%) and hitting 238 aces and 27 double faults (9-to-1 ratio). Isner is 3-5 lifetime in ATP Masters 1000 semi-finals, while Dimitrov is 0-3. In the 2016 Cincinnati semi-finals, Dimitrov held two game points for a 5-2 third-set lead before falling to eventual champion Marin Cilic.

    • Kyrgios faces Ferrer with a spot in his first final of 2017 on the line. The Aussie eliminated No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal on Friday, making 2017 Cincinnati the first ATP Masters 1000 event without a Big Four semi-finalist and finalist since 2012 Paris. Ferrer was the 2012 Paris champion, marking the only ATP Masters 1000 title won by any of the Cincinnati semi-finalists. The 35-year-old dropped to a 12-year low No. 46 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on July 17. Ferrer is 12-2 since then, and this week became the oldest Cincinnati semi-finalist since 1970 champion Ken Rosewall.

    • Four of the last five Grand Slam champions are represented in the doubles semi-finals on Grandstand. Wimbledon champions Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo meet US Open champions Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares. Then, Roland Garros champions Ryan Harrison and Michael Venus take on 2016 Wimbledon champions Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.

    And then there were four...

    Highlights Murray Soares Reach Cincinnati 2017 Doubles Final

    Sat, 19/08/2017 - 8:04pm
    Watch highlights from the doubles semi-final match between Jamie Murray/Bruno Soares and Lucasz Kubot/Marcelo Melo in Cincinnati. Watch live matches at tennistv.com. Photo: Peter Staples

    Ferrer Discusses His Best Match Of Season Cincinnati 2017

    Sat, 19/08/2017 - 2:41pm
    David Ferrer discusses his victory over top-seed Dominic Thiem and his return to an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final for the first time in two years. Watch live matches at tennistv.com.

    Two Matches In One Day? No Problem For Kyrgios

    Sat, 19/08/2017 - 12:57pm
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    Nick Kyrgios was at his ruthless best on Friday evening at the Western & Southern Open, blasting past Rafael Nadal 6-2, 7-5 to secure a spot in the semi-finals. It was the 100th tour-level victory for the Aussie.

    Kyrgios dominated from start to finish in his second match of day, reaching his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final of the year (Miami) and first in Cincinnati. Less than seven hours after rallying past Ivo Karlovic 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-3 in their rain-delayed third round affair, he needed just 80 minutes to thwart the soon to be World No. 1.

    "Being a little kid playing on centre court of Cincinnati against Nadal, that's the way the best has to come out," said Kyrgios.

    The victory was even more impressive considering the contrast in styles between opponents, with Kyrgios overcoming the big-serving Karlovic and more baseline oriented game of Nadal. With the Spaniard eliminated, it marks the first time since Paris 2012 that no member of the Big Four of Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are in the semis of an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event. That's 42 straight Masters 1000 tournaments.

    No stopping Nick!@NickKyrgios speeds past Nadal in straight sets to make the last 4 in Cincinnati.#CincyTennis pic.twitter.com/wVU7hP8pn7

    — Tennis TV (@TennisTV) August 19, 2017

    Kyrgios exploded out of the gates on a beautiful Friday evening at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. The Aussie landed punch after punch, utilising his great agility and aggressive gameplan to deliver a fiery statement.

    Kyrgios would claim 10 of the first 11 points, seizing an immediate break in Nadal's opening service game and chasing down a drop shot for an insurance break for 3-0. The 22 year old won seven of eight points on Nadal's second serve in the set, rifling return winners with aplomb. He'd take the opener after just 25 minutes, claiming all five points lasting over five shots.

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    The second set featured much of the same, as Kyrgios fought off a break point and claimed an early advantage with a break for 3-2. Nadal would not go down quietly, however, fighting off a pair of match points while serving at 5-3 and one more with Kyrgios serving for the match at 5-4. He would break for 5-all, but the Aussie responded in kind in the next game. He would break right back following an error-strewn service game from Nadal and successfully served out the win with his 10th ace of the match.

    "He obviously is a tough match always," said Nadal. "Nick is a great player, but I played poorly. I started the match well and then I played a very bad game in the second set when he broke me. I played some good points. He had some mistakes and I was able to be back in the match. And then I played a terrible game. So it was a bad match for me. Congrats to him. That's it.

    "I love this tournament so much. It is improving every year. But I don't know why I don't find my rhythm here. It is tough for me to compete well here. But I'm going to keep trying next year."

    With top seed Nadal out, it marks the first time since 2006 that no Top 5 seeds will feature in the Cincinnati semi-finals.

    Kyrgios will face David Ferrer in Saturday's semi-finals. Ferrer took their lone previous encounter in the first round of the 2013 US Open. Seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov battles 14th seed John Isner in the other semi-final.

    "I'm not even looking ahead," Kyrgios added. "Obviously tomorrow against Ferrer, it's going to be a tough battle. He's a great competitor. I don't even know how long he's been on tour for. Looks like he's trying to find his range again. Looks like he's playing much better now than he was last year.

    "I know that he's feeling confident. To beat Dominic in straight sets. He's beat guys like Jack Sock the last couple of weeks, as well. He's playing good tennis against good players. I know it's going to be tough." 

     

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    Winston-Salem 2017

    Sat, 19/08/2017 - 12:24pm

    Ferrer Foils Thiem For Cincy SF Berth

    Sat, 19/08/2017 - 11:49am

    Never count out the heart of a champion. After two years, David Ferrer is back in the semi-finals of an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event.

    The dogged Spanish veteran stunned third seed Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-3 in just one hour and 17 minutes at the Western & Southern Open, moving into the Cincinnati semis for the second time in four years. A finalist in 2014, Ferrer improved to 21-12 at the hard-court event.

    It marks Ferrer's first semi-final appearance at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament since the 2015 Rolex Paris Masters. The 35 year old, who has seen his position in the Emirates ATP Rankings fall to No. 46 earlier this year, is back in the spotlight after a title in Bastad and resurgent run in Cincinnati. He is projected to return to the Top 25 on Monday.

    Ferrer was a warrior from the back of the court in dismissing Thiem in straight sets. The opener went by in a flash, as the Spaniard won all seven points that lasted more than five shots and dominated the second serve points won category by a margin of 92 to 17 per cent.

    Vintage @DavidFerrer87!#CincyTennis pic.twitter.com/sSam80YF5e

    — Tennis TV (@TennisTV) August 18, 2017

    Having won 11 of his last 12 matches after claiming the opener, Ferrer would not relinquish the lead. He snatched an immediate break to open the second set after a marathon 17-point game and broke twice more to take the encounter after just over an hour.

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    It was clear how much the victory meant to the Spaniard as he leapt in the air as Thiem struck a forehand wide on match point. A flurry of fist pumps towards his box would follow, as Ferrer scored his first Top 10 win since 2015 at Roland Garros (d. Cilic). On 17 July, he fell to his lowest ranking in 12 years, but is now 12-2 since then.

    Ferrer will next face either countryman Rafael Nadal or Aussie Nick Kyrgios with a spot in the Cincinnati final on the line.

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