Federer cruises, Tsitsipas falls in Cincinnati

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Federer cruises, Tsitsipas falls in Cincinnati

After eliminating Serena Williams on Tuesday, Kvitova took little time to make it through round three, seeing off her opponent 6-4 6-2. Williams opened with a straight-set victory against Daria Gavrilova.

The Briton, who reached the quarter-finals in Washington last time out before withdrawing, was beaten 6-1 1-6 6-4 after ultimately failing to overcome a sloppy start.

Up next for Kvitova is either No.15 seed Elise Mertens or US Open champion Sloane Stephens for a spot in the semifinals.

Pliskova, the former world No 1, moved into the second round by snapping a seven-match losing streak against Agnieszka Radwanska with a 6-3, 6-3 win.

"It's nice to have played so that my last match was not the Anderson match", Federer said. "I would be the last person to say I wouldn't want to play with him". "I feel like that's a bit of an opportunity wasted".

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"I realised after Wimbledon that this is a journey for me", Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam victor, said.

Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam victor who returned to the tour this year after the birth of her first child, needed just 65 minutes to dispatch Gavrilova.

"I've been practising on hard courts, so it's not like I haven't played on hard courts for forever".

"So for the players as well and to attract more people and viewers of a younger audience we have to keep tennis matches dynamic and shorter". "Then I had an ongoing hip injury", he said. You know, there is only so much you can do before you have to, you know, I guess, get surgery or something like that. That's got to be the goal now after not having flawless, you know, situations the last couple of years there.

Novak Djokovic bounced back from last week's shock defeat by beating Steve Johnson at the Cincinnati Masters. Milos Raonic, a two-time Cincinnati semi-finalist, advanced with a 6-3, 6-3 win over the qualifier Dusan Lajovic.

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The Swiss won 6-4 6-4 as he attempts to win this event for the eighth time, having first triumphed here in 2005.

The victor of that match will play Lesia Tsurenko, who defeated Ekaterina Makarova 7-6 (7/5) 6-2.

The Australian will next face Croatian Borna Coric, who beat Daniil Medvedev 6-2, 6-3.

Pablo Carreno Busta scored a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 win over Richard Gasquet, while Kei Nishikori put out Andrey Rublev, 7-5, 6-3.

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