(August 24, 2015)
(August 23, 2015) Serena Williams and Roger Federer became the first women’s and men’s champions to defend their Cincinnati titles since the lat 1930s on Sunday. Williams defeated new No. 2 player Simona Halep 6-3, 7-6(5) for her second Western and Southern Open crowns while Federer stopped top ranked Novak Djokovic 7-6(1), 6-3 for his seventh.
Federer prevented Djokovic from claiming the only Masters 1000 title he has never won.
“The fifth time I’ve been in the title (match) and never won this title, so I guess I have to wait for Roger to retire,” Djokovic said. “I’ve been coming back each year wanting it more.”
“I really hope you can win here someday,” Federer told Djokovic during the trophy ceremony. “He deserves it. C’mon, so close.”
The win puts the 34-year-old Swiss back up to No. 2 in the world and gives him his 24 Masters title and 87th career tournament title. He is 7-0 in Cincinnati finals.
“I think I moved well,” Federer said. “I was explosive moving forward. Volleys were good. I think from the baseline was hitting my forehand very well. I was serving very well this week, don’t get me wrong, but I still think there was a little bit more room for improvement on the serve. I wasn’t always hitting all spots as perfect as I was hoping it to be. In practice I didn’t feel this good, to be quite honest.
“This has always been a good week for me. I think the volunteers make a wonderful tournament with the tournament director, and it’s very fan friendly as well. I get in touch a lot with the fans this week. It’s just a nice venue. Great center court. Good atmosphere. Good court speed for me. So many things for me to like about it. Those are the reasons I’m sure I play well here.”
“Well, it’s the sport,” the Serbian said of the loss. “You can’t win all the time. I won many matches this year. Of course it’s disappointing at this stage to reflect on the match. Could have done some things better, but I lost to a better player, no question about it. I have to deal with it. US Open is around the corner, and I have to already turn the next page. Hopefully I can do well there.”
Serena Williams heads to New York’s U.S. Open trying to become the first player since Steffi Graf in 1988 win a Grand Slam.
“I’m ready,” Williams said. “I don’t care if I win or lose or break even. I’m ready to start it, get it over with, and be done and go on to the next event. But I’m so ready for New York. Let’s go, right?”
“I know you can do four,” Halep said to Williams during the trophy ceremony.
2012 US Open champion Andy Murray clinched the 2015 Emirates Airline US Open Series men’s title with Roger Federer’s victory over Novak Djokovic in the final of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Murray, who also won the Emirates Airline US Open Series title in 2010, will attempt to set a record for the largest payout in tennis history at the US Open – $4.3 million ($3.3 million for winning the US Open and a $1 million bonus for winning the US Open as Emirates Airline US Open Series champion).
– The trend of strong attendance continued Friday as more than 25,000 fans were in attendance at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Twelve of the 13 sessions this year have set an attendance record for the respective sessions.
– Novak Djokovic is appearing in his fifth Cincinnati semifinal, and is undefeated in that round. However, Djokovic has never won this title, the only one of the ATP Masters 1000 titles that has eluded him.
– Alexandr Dolgopolov is just the third qualifier to reach the semifinals at the Western & Southern Open in the Open Era, and is the first to do so since David Wheaton in 1994. He is bidding to be the first qualifier to reach the final in the Open Era.
– At No. 66 in the rankings, Dolgopolov would be the lowest ranked finalist since 1980 (Francisco Gonzalez, No. 119).
– Jelena Jankovic, the 2009 champion, boasts a 24-7 record in Cincinnati, making her the winningest active woman at the tournament.
– Jankovic and Serena are the first women in the Open Era to reach the semifinals in Cincinnati four times.
– In doubles, the 19-17 match tie-break won by Hao-Ching Chan & Yung-Jan Chang over Sara Errani & Flavia Pennetta is the longest match tie-break this season on the WTA.
– Bob & Mike Bryan, the two-time defending champions, had reached the semifinals or better every year since 2006. Friday’s loss snapped their consecutive semifinal streak at nine.
– Two more attendance records were set on Thursday. A new single-day record of 26,338 people were in attendance, surpassing the mark that had been set on Tuesday (25.898). In addition, a night session record was set with 12,557 people in attendance. This comes just two days after the single session attendance record of 14,380 was set with the Tuesday day session.
– Roger Federer is through to his ninth quarterfinal here. The six-time champion is third for W&S Open quarterfinal appearances in the Open Era behind Stefan Edberg (11) and Michael Chang (10).
– Alexandr Dolgopolov is the 11th men’s qualifier to reach the quarterfinals here in the Open Era, and the first since Dmitry Tursunov in 2013. He is bidding to be the third qualifier to reach the semifinals (David Wheaton in 1994, Rick Fagel in 1977).
– Ivo Karlovic tied his own tournament record with 35 aces in his match against Stan Wawrinka. It marked the second time this week and third time overall he had hit that record amount.
– Jelena Jankovic, the 2009 champion, is through to an Open Era record seventh quarterfinal in Cincinnati. Serena Williams is in second place with five quarterfinals here.
– Anna Karolina Schmiedlova is the seventh women’s qualifier to reach the quarterfinals since the tournament returned in 2004, and the first since Akgul Amanmuradova in 2010. She is bidding to be the fifth qualifier to reach the semifinals, and the first since Amanmuradova and Petra Kvitova both did so in 2009.
 N. Djokovic (SRB) d [LL] B. Paire (FRA) 75 62
 A. Murray (GBR) d [WC] M. Fish (USA) 64 76(1)
 S. Wawrinka (SUI) d B. Coric (CRO) 36 76(3) 63
 R. Nadal (ESP) d J. Chardy (FRA) 63 64
 R. Gasquet (FRA) d [Q] T. Kokkinakis (AUS) 76(5) 62
 D. Goffin (BEL) d F. Verdasco (ESP) 64 76(4)
 K. Anderson (RSA) d J. Sock (USA) 63 76(7)
J. Janowicz (POL) d [WC] J. Donaldson (USA) 64 76(4)
T. Robredo (ESP) d S. Querrey (USA) 61 57 63
F. Lopez (ESP) d A. Seppi (ITA) 76(6) 62
Sharapova said, “Yeah, very unfortunate. I mean, the tournament has been great to me and the tournament director and all the fans, and I definitely wish I could step out there. But under the circumstances and the dateline to the US Open just, wouldn’t be a smart move.”
Williams said, “It’s pretty rare that I withdraw or retire, so I just wasn’t able to get out there tonight. Every match you have to be at your best, you know, to win. Just couldn’t be at my best today.”
“After warmups, I get a feel for how the match might go or how much you can give or you can’t give,” Williams said. “I definitely would have liked to have more matches, but I have to use my experience now.”
Ana Ivanovic moved into the third round as a result of Williams’ walkover. Ivanovic said, “It’s always hard to hear of a withdrawal. I really hope Venus feels better soon. It would have been a tough match for both of us. I hope she can get well fast.”
Roger Federer began his quest for a seventh Cincinnati title with a 6-4, 6-4 Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4 in his opening match. Federer skipped last week’s Masters event in Montreal.
“It’s kind of new. I’ve never had this before. My leg was sore the last couple of days. Yesterday it got a little bit worse. Unfortunately, I couldn’t play here, but it was a good decision for me.”
“I’m sure it’s going to be OK. I think it’s going to take one week or so. I’m going to try to get good recovery here this week and I hope I can play good again in the US Open.”
 Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) d. Lukas Rosol (Czech Republic) 62 36 63
ATP Doubles – First Round
Pablo Cuevas (Uruguay) & David Marrero (Spain) vs Feliciano Lopez (Spain) & Max Mirnyi (Belarus)
Please find result on wsopen.com or on the WS Open Now App
ATP – Viktor Troicki (Serbia) vs [WC] Mardy Fish (USA)
Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – Zarina Diyas (Kazakhstan) vs Venus Williams (USA)
ATP – Jerzy Janowicz (Poland) vs  Gael Monfils (France)
Night Session – Start 7:00 pm
WTA – Madison Keys (USA) vs  Timea Bacsinszky (Switzerland)
ATP – [WC] Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) vs Jack Sock (USA)
Grandstand – Start 11:00 am
ATP –  Gilles Simon (France) vs Ivo Karlovic (Croatia)
ATP – [Q] Vasek Pospisil (Canada) vs [Q] Denis Kudla (USA)
Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – [Q] Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan) vs  Garbiñe Muguruza (Spain)
Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – Fabio Fognini (Italy) vs [Q] Thanasi Kokkinakis (Australia)
WTA – Arina Rodionova (Australia) & Heather Watson (Great Britain) vs Chai-Jung Chuang (Chinese Tapei) & Su-Wei Hsieh (Chinese Tapei)
Stadium 3 – Start 11:00 am
WTA – Madison Brengle (USA) vs Jelena Jankovic (Serbia)
ATP – Adrian Mannarino (France) vs Andreas Seppi (Italy)
ATP – [Q] Yen-Hsun Lu (Chinese Tapei) vs  David Goffin (Belgium)
WTA – [WC] Alison Riske (USA) vs  Elina Svitolina (Ukraine)
Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – Irina-Camelia Begu (Romania) vs Alize Cornet (France)
Court 9 – Start 11:00 am
ATP – Thomaz Bellucci (Brazil) vs Jiri Vesely (Czech Republic)
WTA – [WC] Coco Vandeweghe (USA) vs [Q] Yulia Putintseva (Kazakhstan)
WTA – Samantha Stosur (Australia) vs [Q] Timea Babos (Hungary)
WTA –  Andrea Petkovic (Germany) vs [Q] Julia Goerges (Germany)
ATP – Roberto Bautista Agut (Spain) vs Pablo Cuevas (Uruguay)
Court 4 – Start 1:00 pm
ATP – Doubles Showdown (exhibition with top ATP doubles pairs)
ATP – Kevin Anderson (South Africa) & Jeremy Chardy (France) vs Leander Paes (India) & Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland)
ATP – Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) & [PR] Mardy Fish (USA) vs Raven Klassen (South Africa) & Rajeev Ram (USA)
Court 6 – Start 11:00 am
WTA – Sara Errani (Italy) & Flavia Pennetta (Italy) vs Lara Arruabarrena (Spain) & Andreja Klepac (Slovenia)
ATP – Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukrain) vs Bernard Tomic (Australia)
ATP – [WC] Jared Donaldson (USA) vs [Q] Nicolas Mahut (France)
WTA – Irina Falconi (USA) & Monica Niculescu (Romania) vs [WC] Christina McHale (USA) & CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) After Suitable Rest
Court 7 – Start 11:00 am
ATP – Joao Sousa (Portugal) vs Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany)
WTA – Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic) vs Varvara Lepchenko (USA)
WTA – [Q] Lucie Hradecka (Czech Republic) vs Tsvetana Pironkova (Bulgaria)
WTA – [WC] Madison Brengle (USA) & Alexa Glatch (USA) vs Michaella Krajicek (Netherlands) & Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic) After Suitable Rest
Court 10 – Start 12:00 pm
WTA – Karin Knapp (Italy) v [Q] Ana Konjuh (Croatia)
ATP – Gilles Muller (Luxembourg) vs [LL] Benoit Paire
WTA – Karin Knapp (Italy) & Roberta Vinci (Italy) vs Mona Barthel (Germany) & Jarmila Gajdosova (Australia) After Suitable Rest
WTA –  Racquel Kops-Jones (USA) & Anastasia Rodionova (Australia) vs Tatjana Maria (Germany) & Olga Savchuk (Ukraine)
Rogers Cup Day 06: Djokovic, Murray to Face Off in Montreal Final
By Charles David Mathieu-Poulin
(August 16, 2015) MONTREAL, Canada – The No. 1 and 2 seeds with face off in the Rogers Cup final for the first time since 2004, as Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray both won in straight sets on Saturday. While Djokovic won 6-4 6-4 against surprising Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, Andy Murray streamrolled through 4th seed Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-0.
The head-to-head between Chardy and Djokovic couldn’t have been more one-sided: the Serb was leading 9-0, never having lost a set. The No. 1 was also looking to get his 30th win in a row in Masters 1000 tournaments, while Chardy was reaching the semifinals at this level for the first time. It showed right from the get-go: Chardy, obviously nervous, started with two double faults in a row and got broken right away. Despite some pain in his elbow which required a medical timeout, Djokovic never looked back to win the set 6-4.
At one point, Djokovic seemed more troubled by a certain smell in the stadium than by his opponent…the smell of marijuana: ‘Somebody’s really enjoying his life around the tennis court and he was probably on the seventh sky somewhere’, Djokovic said in his post-match interview. ‘I felt I was playing better as I was inhaling (laughter).’
The second set followed a similar pattern. While Chardy was at times overplaying, Djokovic remained solid throughout, breaking once. The Serb served quite well, never giving Chardy a look at a break point. In the end, the 6-4 6-4 match was somewhat unmemorable.
Djokovic knows he’ll need to raise his level in the final against Murray: ‘I played better than I did yesterday, but still I need to get at least a level or two higher tomorrow in order to win the title’. Indeed, Murray was flawless in his match against in-form Nishikori, as the Brit only dropped three games.
The start of the match was close, as both players exchanged breaks. The match became a one-way street when, down 4-3, Nishikori got broken despite being up 40-0. Murray never looked back, winning the last 9 games of the match. ‘Once I got the first set, obviously that was the end of the match really. Didn’t really play any rallies at all in the second set. He wasn’t moving much’, the second seed analyzed.
Murray and Djokovic will face for the 28th time, with the Serb leading 19-8. Murray hasn’t won against Djokovic since the 2013 Wimbledon final and already has lost 4 matches to the world number one in 2015. On the other hand, Djokovic (only) leads 6-5 in finals.