While World No. 1 Serena Williams triumphed in Cincinnati, it was the third-ranked Roger Federer who upset the world’s top two players to win the men’s title at the Western & Southern Open. Here’s our recap of the week in world tennis.
Federer Proves He’s Still Got It
Roger Federer demonstrated that he still has what it takes to beat the best in the game as the 35-year-old defeated Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic to win the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Federer played some superb tennis to beat Djokovic 7-6(1), 6-3 in the final, a day after he defeated Murray in the semifinals. It was Federer’s 87th tour title and 2th Masters Series title, which moved him back to No. 2 in the rankings, also ensuring he will not face Djokovic until the finals at the US Open. Federer, is now leading Djokovic 21-20 in head-to-head encounters with this win.
Alexandr Dolgopolov came back into the spotlight with a fine week – reaching the semifinals after scoring wins over Bernard Tomic, Jerzy Janowicz and Tomas Berdych. Rafael Nadal’s confidence ahead of the final Grand Slam of the season took another stumble as the Spaniard was knocked out in the third round by compatriot Feliciano Lopez.
In the doubles, Daniel Nestor and Edouard Roger-Vasselin picked up the doubles title in Cincinnati with a 6-2, 6-2 win over MarcinMatkowski/Nenad Zimonjic. This was only the second tournament in which Nestor/Roger-Vasselin were playing together. Nestor now has 88 ATP doubles titles while Roger-Vasselin has 10 Masters Series titles.
Serena Williams Wins Again
Serena Williams picked up yet another title on Sunday as the 33-year-old American stayed on course for the calendar year Grand Slam, a feat last achieved by Steffi Graf in 1988. (If Serena does win in New York, she will also tie Graf at 22 Slams on the all-time list). In the Cincinnati final, Serena defeated second seed Simona Halep 6-3, 7-6 in the final, hitting 15 aces and 44 winners en route to the victory. Serena has been struggling with an elbow injury for the past few months, but that has not stopped her from continuing her good run of form. Williams is now 48-2 for the season and has reached the finals in her last 15 events in succession – a streak she is hoping to continue in New York. The Swiss teen Belinda Bencic, who won the Rogers Cup, had to pull out of the third round with an arm injury, which is hopefully a more protective measure with the US Open up ahead. Former World No. 1 Jelena Jankovic also had a good week, reaching the semifinals, as did Ukrainian prodigy Elin Svitolina.
The Chan sisters – Hao Ching and Yung-Jan – defeated the pair of Casey Dellacqua and Yaroslava Shvedova 7-5, 6-4 in the final. The duo also defeated the top-seeded Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis in the semifinals. This was their fourth WTA tour title and they are now second on the list of sisters who have won most WTA titles, after the 21 WTA doubles titles won by the Williams sisters.
Djokovic and Serena Remain at No. 1
Novak Djokovic stays at the top position in the singles rankings, ahead of Federer, while Murray drops one spot to No. 3. Kei Nishikori stays put at No. 4 while Stanislas Wawrinka stays steady at No. 5. Outside the Top 10, Lopez climbs 5 spots to No. 18 and Dolgopolov climbs 27 spots to No. 39. The Bryan Brothers retain the top spot in doubles, while Marcelo Melo and Ivan Dodig stay at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. Matkowski climbs 4 spots to No. 7 and Zimonjic climbs three spots to No. 9.
Serena continues to hold on to the No. 1 spot in the rankings, with more than twice the number of points of Halep, who moves up one spot to No. 2. Caroline Wozniacki climbs one spot to No. 4, while Kvitova drops one spot to No. 5 and Ana Ivanovic climbs two spots to No. 7. Mirza retains her No. 1 ranking in doubles followed by Martina Hingis, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova.