WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN 2013
Djokovic Opens Historic Quest; Raonic Maintains Good Form
by ATP Staff|
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic made a winning start in his bid to capture the Career Golden Masters in Cincinnati. The Serb defeated Juan Monaco 7-5, 6-2 on Wednesday in the second round of the Western & Southern Open.
"I expected a little bit of a challenge for myself," said Djokovic. "Especially because he's a good player, but also because it's the first match here in Cincinnati, which has different conditions from what we played in Montreal."
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The 26-year-old Djokovic is attempting to become the first singles player to win all nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles. He has finished runner-up in Cincinnati four of the past five years and has a 20-8 tournament record.
Djokovic is chasing his fourth title of the season and first since April, when he dethroned Rafael Nadal at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. He opened his Emirates Airline US Open Series campaign last week with a semi-final showing in Montreal (l. to Nadal).
The newest member of the Emirates ATP Rankings Top 10, Milos Raonic, continued his good run with a 6-4, 7-6(4) victory over Janko Tipsarevic. The Canadian was thwarted on six of his seven break points, but served 13 aces to prevail in one hour and 40 minutes. He is coming off a runner-up finish in his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final in Montreal (l. to Nadal).
Russian qualifier Dmitry Tursunov ousted American wild card and 2007 Cincinnati finalist James Blake 6-4, 6-4, as he converted on three of the 10 break point opportunities he created. Tursunov reached the semi-finals two weeks ago at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. (l. to Isner).