Fifth seed Roger Federer started the defence of Cincinnati Masters title by defeating German Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets. The legendary Swiss capitalized on the only break of the opener to go one nil ahead, whilst he needed to come back from 2-4 in the second set to force a tie-break. The unseeded German earned a set point in the thirteenth game, yet FedEx closed out the clash a few points later to win 6-3, 7-6 (7) and set up a third round meeting with eleventh seed Tommy Haas. Federer has claimed five Cincinnati trophies so far.
World no. 1 Novak DjokovicNovak Djokovic opened his Western & Southern Open 2013 campaign by clinching a routine 7-5, 6-2 victory over Juan Monaco. In truth, the first set could have easily be won by the Argentine, yet he failed to serve it out at 5-4 and was soon made to pay for wasted chance as Nole broke him two times in a row to wrap up the set. There was no way back for Monaco as he suffered a loss of serve in the fourth game of the following set before the Serb broke him to love at 5-2 to close out the match in style. He will meet Belgian David Goffin in round of 16.
A two-time Cincinnati conqueror Andy Murray cruised to the second round victory by sending home Mikhail Youzhny. The 31-year old Russian has been playing in a good form recently as he obtained the Gstaad trophy a few weeks ago, yet he was outclassed today by the Wimbledon champion who beat him 6-2, 6-3. The second-seeded British player made a flying start by rushing to 4-0 and never looking back – he broke Youzhny five times in two sets and dropped only one of his serves. Murray is set to play Julien Bennetau next.
Eighth seed Frenchman Richard Gasquet was forced to leave the tournament early as he fell short against home hope John Isner. The American number one kept his serves intact and moved one nil up after defending a set point in the tie-break, whilst he strolled through the second set and sealed the 7-6 (6), 6-2 triumph with the first match point. His compatriot Ryan Harrison, ranked 102nd, was eliminated by third seed David Ferrer in three sets: 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-4.