Western and Southern Open 2018: Andy Murray Upset, Serena Williams Advances

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 13, 2018

MASON, OH - AUGUST 13: Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts after losing a point to Lucas Pouille of France during Day 3 of the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 13, 2018 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The main draws for the 2018 Western and Southern Open got underway Monday in Mason, Ohio.

The tournament is one of the last stops on the road to the U.S. Open. As such, it routinely draws the biggest names in tennis.

Even with many of the top stars receiving a bye in the first round, the likes of Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Madison Keys, Kei Nishikori, Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray were scheduled to take the court Monday.

Below are the full results from the day, followed by a recap of the biggest matches. The full schedule for the Western and Southern Open is available on the tournament's official website.

                   

Men's Singles Results

Sam Querrey def. No. 9 John Isner: 6-4, 7-6(5), 7-6(5)

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No. 10 Novak Djokovic def. Steve Johnson: 6-4, 7-6(4)

Stan Wawrinka def. No. 12 Diego Schwartzman: 6-2, 4-6, 6-3

No. 13 Pablo Carreno Busta def. Richard Gasquet: 6-3, 2-6, 6-3

No. 16 Lucas Pouille def. Andy Murray: 6-1, 1-6, 6-4

Jeremy Chardy def. Fernando Verdasco: 6-1, 6-2

Peter Gojowczyk def. Joao Sousa: 2-6, 6-4, 7-5

Kei Nishikori def. Andrey Rublev: 7-5, 6-3

Bradley Klahn def. Maximilian Marterer: 7-6(1), 6-4

Leonardo Mayer def. Michael Mmoh: 6-4, 1-6, 6-4

Denis Shapovalov def. Frances Tiafoe: 7-6 (6), 3-6, 7-5

Benoit Paire def. David Ferrer: 6-2, 6-2

     

Women's Singles Results

Kristina Mladenovic def. No. 10 Julia Goerges: 6-4, 3-2 (ret.)

No. 13 Madison Keys def. Bethanie Mattek-Sands: 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4

Viktoria Kuzmova def. Aliaksandra Sasnovich: 6-0, 4-6, 6-1

Svetlana Kuznetsova def. Stefanie Voegele: 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (5)

Lesia Tsurenko def. Danielle Collins: 6-0, 6-2

Victoria Azarenka def. Carla Suarez Navarro: 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-4

Anett Kontaveit def. Barbora Strycova: 6-3, 6-0

Ajla Tomljanovic def. Irina-Camelia Begu: 4-6, 6-3, 6-3

Serena Williams def. Daria Gavrilova: 6-1, 6-2

Aryna Sabalenka def. Johanna Konta: 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

Rebecca Peterson def. Katerina Siniakova: 2-6, 6-4, 6-1

     

Notable Matches

No. 16 Lucas Pouille def. Andy Murray: 6-1, 1-6, 6-4

Murray received a wild card for what's his fourth event of the season. Because of that, the three-time Grand Slam champion received no favors in the draw, with a matchup against 16th-seeded Lucas Pouille in the opening round.

Murray had won the four previous meetings between he and Pouille, but the 24-year-old Frenchman prevailed Monday in three sets.

Murray committed eight double-faults and allowed Pouille to have 11 break-point opportunities, both of which show Murray is still playing his way back to form. According to Jose Morgado of Portuguese paper Record, he also had 15 winners to 27 unforced errors.

Murray has reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open in five of the last six years. Based on his performance Monday, though, he may be headed for another early exit.

     

No. 13 Madison Keys def. Bethanie Mattek-Sands: 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-4

Keys outlasted Bethanie Mattek-Sands over three sets in the first round.

An overpowering serve was critical for the 2017 U.S. Open runner-up to pick up the win. She had 13 aces and won 74 percent of her first-service points.

That heavy serve helped Keys get Mattek-Sands on the defensive right at the start of a point. She needed just one shot to set up this forehand winner down the line in the third set:

Mattek-Sands can be a tricky opponent because of her willingness to charge the net. Things weren't looking good for Keys early on. She trailed 1-4 in the first set before dropping the opening frame and then fell behind 1-3 in the second set.

Keys will face off with either Anastasija Sevastova or Camila Giorgi in the second round. A similarly slow start could prove more troublesome for the 23-year-old American.

     

Sam Querrey def. No. 9 John Isner: 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-6(5)

John Isner might be the No. 9 player in the world, but he has historically struggled against fellow American Sam Querrey. Querrey now owns a 6-2 head-to-head advantage after upsetting Isner in three sets.

The ATP World Tour's official Twitter account noted Querrey had lost eight straight final-set tiebreakers prior to Monday.

The match was largely determined by who blinked first on serve. Querrey lost just nine first-service points, compared to 12 for Isner. They also combined for 64 aces.

Querrey broke Isner's serve in the third game of the first set en route to taking an early lead. In the second frame, neither player lost serve until the tiebreaker. Querrey dropped the third point on serve, which was all Isner needed to tie the match. The third-set tiebreaker played out the same way, with Isner falling behind 2-4 and failing to recover.

     

Serena Williams def. Daria Gavrilova: 6-1, 6-2

Williams made her first appearance after withdrawing from the Rogers Cup and looked dominant in a straight-set victory over Daria Gavrilova.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion was a completely different player from the one who fell 1-6, 0-6 to Johanna Konta at the Silicon Valley Classic earlier this month. Gavrilova had no answer for Williams' impressive power:

As well as she performed, Williams' stay in Mason may not extend beyond the next couple of days.

She will play eighth-seeded Petra Kvitova in the second round. Granted, Kvitova hasn't enjoyed a great run heading into the Western & Southern Open. Kiki Bertens upset her in the third round of the Rogers Cup, and she lost to Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the opening round at Wimbledon.

Kvitova will be a great measuring stick for where Williams is as she prepares for the U.S. Open.