Following the semi-final run in Toronto last week, Stefanos Tsitsipas made a winning start in Cincinnati on Wednesday thanks to a 7-6, 6-3 triumph over Sebastian Korda. The Greek lost only four points behind the first serve and fended off both break chances to keep the pressure on the young American. Stefanos hit 21 winners and 12 unforced errors to break the rival twice in the second set and advance into the next round. Korda gave his best in the opener, wasting those two break chances in the opening game and staying in touch with the better-ranked opponent until 5-5 in the tie break. Stefanos placed a forehand crosscourt winner in the 11th point for a mini-break and grabbed the set following Sebastian’s backhand error in the next one. From 3-2 down in the second set, Tsitsipas rattled off four straight games to seal the deal and advance into the next round.
The favorites made a strong start in Cincinnati on Wednesday.
The 4th seed Andrey Rublev ousted the former champion Marin Cilic 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 in two hours. Andrey lost serve once and shifted into a higher gear in sets two and three to topple the rival and avoid an early exit. Cilic produced marvelous tennis behind the initial shot in the opening set, barely losing a point and delivering a late break for 7-5. Still, that was all we saw from him, as Rublev took the upper hand on both serve and return in the rest of the encounter for a place in the third round. Another former winner, Andy Murray, gave his best against the Wimbledon semi-finalist Hubert Hurkacz before falling 7-6, 6-3.
They traded breaks in the middle of the opening set, and the Briton had a massive chance to grab the set at 5-4, only to waste two set points. Hubert claimed the breaker 7-4 with an ace and broke Andy at 4-3 in set number two before sealing the deal on his serve in game nine. Grigor Dimitrov, another player with the Cincinnati crown on his tally, defeated Alexander Bublik 6-3, 7-5 in an hour and 23 minutes. Dimitrov lost serve once and erased that with three return games by his name, standing focused in the second set’s closing stages for a good result after four straight Masters 1000 losses.