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Dimitrov, Berdych Upset In Cincinnati; Murray To Face Isner

Cincinnati, U.S.A.

Murray© Getty ImagesAndy Murray is seeking a third title in Cincinnati.

Polish powerhouse Jerzy Janowicz put recent form worries behind him with a three-set upset win over World No. 8 Grigor Dimitrov at the Western & Southern Open Wednesday.

Coming into the tournament with a 13-18 match record (he went 27-20 in 2013), Janowicz fired 12 aces in a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over Dimitrov. In contrast, the Bulgarian had been in hot form, having reached semi-finals in Toronto and Wimbledon, and having won Queen's, in his previous three outings.

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Janowicz, who has not reached an ATP World Tour quarter-final since Rotterdam in February, advances to the third round to play Julien Benneteau. The Frenchman dismissed British qualifier James Ward 6-2, 6-2.

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Fourth seed Tomas Berdych became the second Top 10 player to fall Wednesday, succumbing to Chinese Taipei's Yen-Hsun Lu 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. The pair had also faced off in the second round last week in Toronto, a match Berdych came from a set down to win. 

The 43rd-ranked Lu, who reached his first ATP World Tour final earlier this year in Auckland (l. to Isner), upset a Top 10 player for the seventh time. He will next meet No. 15 seed Fabio Fognini, who defeated Lleyton Hewitt 6-1, 6-4. The former World No. 1 finished the match with his ninth double fault of the afternoon.

Two-time former champion Andy Murray breezed into the third round of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tennis tournament Wednesday with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Portugal's Joao Sousa. Looking to reach his first final since his Wimbledon triumph last year, Murray converted three of four break points and saved both break point chances on his own serve.

"I hit the ball well from the back of the court today," said Murray. "I was able to control the ball well. That was, for me, the most pleasing thing about the match today, because I have seen a lot of the players have struggled so far."

Murray arrived in Cincinnati after a three-set loss to eventual champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Toronto quarter-finals last week.

Murray celebrated the win by tipping two buckets of iced water over the head of Tennis Channel commentator and former player Justin Gimelstob, who accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (more to come).

The Scot will next play 2013 finalist and No. 11 seed John Isner, whom he leads 2-0 in the FedEx ATP Head2Head. The top American closed out a 6-3, 7-6(1) win over Australian qualifier Marinko Matosevic, striking 16 aces and winning 85 per cent of his first-serve points.

"Haven't played him in a few years, really," said Isner, who last met Murray at the 2011 US Open. "He's one of the best in the world, but for me it's a great challenge, a great opportunity. I normally play very well against players ranked ahead of myself, so I'm looking forward to it."

Isner posted consecutive wins over four players in the Top 11 of the Emirates ATP Rankings last year in Cincinnati, including World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, before falling to Rafael Nadal in the final.

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