WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN
Robredo Beats Sock In Cincy Opener
by ATP Staff|
Spanish veteran Tommy Robredo blunted the serve of young American Jack Sock Monday to reach the second round of the Western & Southern Open, where he will face another big-serving American, Sam Querrey.
Robredo limited Sock to just three aces and a modest 67 percent winning rate on his first serve to claim a 7-6(5), 6-3 victory, during which the Nebraska native received on-court treatment on his upper right arm.
Robredo, the No. 16 seed, reached the Round of 16 in Toronto last week (l. Dimitrov). He improved to 15-10 in Cincinnati, where he reached the semi-finals in 2004 and '06.
Another American, qualifier Chase Buchanan, was unable to serve out his first tour-level win. The 23-year-old Ohio native broke to go up 6-5 in the third set, but ultimately fell to Portugal's Joao Sousa 5-7, 7-6(3), 7-6(5) after two hours and 34 minutes.
In other early matches on Day 2 at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tennis tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio, German Philipp Kohlschreiber defeated Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to notch his first win against the Frenchman, while Chinese Taipei's Yen-Hsun Lu took out Uzbek Denis Istomin 6-3, 6-4 in 54 minutes.
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On Sunday, Querrey dismissed Alejandro Falla 6-3, 6-1 in just 47 minutes, winning 80 per cent of his service points and breaking the Colombian four times. The 26-year-old Querrey, a quarter-finalist here in 2007 (l. to Blake), claimed his 19th win of the season.
Gael Monfils took the first step in his quest to return to the Top 20 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win over World No. 63 Argentine Federico Delbonis. Monfils, who last week pushed World No. 1 Novak Djokovic to a third-set tie-break in Toronto, is currently No. 23 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.
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Making his first appearance of the Emirates Airline US Open Series, Fernando Verdasco earned his 399th match win, prevailing over fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers 5-7, 6-3, 7-6(5). Verdasco next meets the winner of countryman and Toronto semi-finalist Feliciano Lopez and 14th seed Marin Cilic.
Ivo Karlovic dropped just four points on his first serve and fired 17 aces but it wasn't enough to avoid a 7-6(5), 6-4 loss to German Benjamin Becker, who goes on to face No. 3 seed Stan Wawrinka.
Rojer/Tecau Win Doubles Opener
Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau edged Max Mirnyi and Mikhail Youzhny 7-6(3), 7-6(6) in their first-round match Monday. The Dutch-Romanian duo, who won the Washington title two weeks ago, will next face seventh-seeded Spaniard Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez.