Western and Southern Open 2019: Djokovic, Venus Advance in Tuesday Results

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 13, 2019

MASON, OHIO - AUGUST 13: Venus Williams of the United States celebrates match point over Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands during Day 4 of the Western and Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 13, 2019 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The main draws of the men's and women's singles tournament continued into their second day Tuesday in the Western and Southern Open in Mason, Ohio.

As a tune-up for the U.S. Open, the event routinely attracts the biggest names in tennis. Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Petra Kvitova, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic were among those scheduled to take the court Tuesday.

Here's a recap from some of the biggest matches. The schedule for Wednesday's matches is available on the tournament's official site.


Monday Results

Men's Singles

No. 1 Novak Djokovic def. Sam Querrey, 7-5, 6-1

No. 9 Daniil Medvedev def. Kyle Edmund, 6-2, 7-5

No. 11 Roberto Bautista Agut def. Hubert Hurkacz 7-6(6), 6-3

Reilly Opelka def. No. 12 Borna Coric, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5

Andrey Rublev def. No. 15 Nikoloz Basilashvili, 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-2

No. 16 David Goffin def. Taylor Fritz, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4

Benoit Paire def. Fernando Verdasco, 6-4(ret.)

Diego Schwartzman def. Laslo Djere, 7-6(2), 6-3

Denis Shapovalov def. Joao Sousa, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2

Frances Tiafoe def. Gael Monfils, 7-6(7), 6-3

Stan Wawrinka def. Grigor Dimitrov, 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(4)

No. 3 Roger Federer def. Juan Ignacio Londero, 6-3, 6-4

Pablo Carreno Busta def. No. 13 John Isner, 6-4, 6-7(1), 7-6(6)


Women's Singles

Venus Williams def. No. 5 Kiki Bertens, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(4)

Victoria Azarenka def. No. 12 Belinda Bencic, 6-4, 1-0(ret.)

Anett Kontaveit def. No. 13 Angelique Kerber, 7-6(7), 6-2

Su-Wei Hsieh def. No. 15 Qiang Wang, 6-3, 6-4

No. 16 Madison Keys def. Garbine Muguruza, 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 6-4

Jennifer Brady def. Ons Jabeur, 6-2, 6-2

Donna Vekic def. Katerina Siniakova, 6-4, 6-3

Saisai Zheng def. Viktoria Kuzmova, 6-3, 6-1

Ekaterina Alexandrova def. Carla Suarez Navarro, 6-4, 6-1

Yafan Wang def. Monica Puig, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3

Daria Kasatkina def. Barbora Strycova, 6-4, 7-6

Maria Sakkari def. No. 6 Petra Kvitova, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3

Sofia Kenin def. Julia Goerges, 6-4, 7-6(6)

Zarina Diyas def. Jessica Pegula, 7-5, 6-4


Top Matches

No. 3 Roger Federer def. Juan Ignacio Londero, 6-3, 6-4

A one-hour rain delay had no effect on Roger Federer, who only needed about an hour to defeat Juan Ignacio Londero in straight sets. 

Federer's seven Western & Southern Open titles are more than any other player in the tournament's history, and he showed why he owns the tournament against Londero.

The 38-year-old finished the match with nine aces and without registering a double fault. Londero managed to get Federer to break point once, and Federer responded by utilizing a two-handed volley to save it.

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Tuesday marked the first time Federer had faced the 25-year-old Londero in his career, and he enters this tournament having most recently lost in the Wimbledon final to Novak Djokovic last month. Top-seeded Djokovic won his second-round match over Sam Querrey earlier Tuesday.

Venus Williams def. No. 5 Kiki Bertens, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(4)

The Western and Southern Open will crown a new women's singles champion after Venus Williams upset fifth-seeded Kiki Bertens in three sets. This is the first time since the Nature Valley Classic in June that Williams has advanced beyond the second round.

In the third and decisive set, Williams took the first three points of the tiebreaker to build an early lead and soon jumped ahead 6-2 to set up four match points.

Trailing 4-6 in the third-set tiebreaker, Bertens served to Williams' forehand side. Lining up to attack Williams' return from the baseline, Bertens badly mishit the ball for an unforced error and the match.


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"The tiebreaker, I just said to myself, act like you know how to play," Williams said after the match, per Tennis magazine's Nina Pantic. "Easier said than done. You've got to go big or go home."

Bertens lost despite owning an 11-1 edge in aces, though she committed six double faults, per the WTA's official site. She also dropped serve five times throughout the match.


No. 1 Novak Djokovic def. Sam Querrey, 7-5, 6-1

Sam Querrey pushed Djokovic hard in the first set, but the tournament's top seed survived and cruised through the second set en route to a win.

Djokovic didn't get off to a great start, dropping serve in the opening game and falling behind 1-3. That seemed to be a wake-up call. Querrey threw everything he had at Djokovic, yet the 16-time Grand Slam champion had a counter nearly every time.

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Djokovic broke back to tie the set at three before another securing service break up 6-5 to seal the set.

He had to save four break-point opportunities for Querrey through the first three games of the second set before breaking serve and going ahead 3-1. Querrey won three points over the remainder of the match as Djokovic took full control.

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Djokovic finished with 15 aces to Querrey's nine and won 84 percent of his first-service points, per the ATP's official site. He's looking like a solid bet to repeat as the men's champion.

Zarina Diyas def. Jessica Pegula, 7-5, 6-4

Jessica Pegula was penciled in as a late replacement for Serena Williams in this match after having already played and won a doubles match earlier Tuesday. 

Williams withdrew from the tournament ahead of Tuesday's match as she continues to recover from back spasms that cost her the Rogers Cup on Sunday. The 38-year-old retired after completing four games in the first set of her Rogers Cup final match against Bianca Andreescu. 

Pegula was the lucky loser, but her luck ran out against Diyas. The 25-year-old American captured her first WTA singles championship on Aug. 4 at the Citi Open. However, she won't be winning her second in Ohio as Diyas bested Pegula for a second time—having already defeated her in the second qualifying round. 

Diyas excelled by winning 73 percent on second serves opposed to Pegula's 43 percent.