Tommy Haas and Lleyton Hewitt proceed to second round of 2012 Cincinnati Masters while sixteenth seed Andy Roddick drops out. Querrey, Istomin, Troicki, and Chardy are also through.
German veteran Haas has been in a great form recently as he won the Halle tournament in June and played some superb tennis to reach both Hamburg and Washington finals in the last month. A former No. 2 met former No. 3 Argentine Nalbandian and managed to defeat him after an exhausting almost three and half hours long match. Nalbandian took the first set in a tie-break and had a match point at 6-5 in the second set, but Haas turned the match around, converting his first match point to prevail 6-7 (0), 7-6 (4), 6-3. He thus advanced into second round, where he will play another Argentine, London Olympics bronze medal holder Del Potro.
Ex-World No. 1 Hewitt, Cincinnati finalist back in 2004, was also successful in his first round encounter. His Russian rival, Mikhail Youzhny, is ranked more than hundred places higher, but the Australian managed to overcome him in two sets: 6-4, 6-4. In next round, he will be meeting Serb Troicki, who eliminated Croat Dodig with a 6-4, 7-5 scoreline.
Roddick is one of the two seeded players from the bottom half of the table who did not survive the opening round. The American will be disappointed to have lost against a qualifier, French Jeremy Chardy. Roddick had to call for medical treatment on his back and the strain showed in the second set as Chardy managed to break the American’s noticeably slower serve twice to seal the match. The result: 7-6, 6-3. 38th-ranked Chardy’s next opponent will be World No. 33 Uzbek Denis Istomin. He sailed into second round after winning two easy sets against Julien Bennetau of France: 6-3, 6-1.
Roddick’s compatriot Sam Querrey was one break up in the first set against Austrian Jurgen Melzer, but lost two consecutive service games at the end of the set. He stayed more focused in the following sets and after he managed to hold his serve till the end of the match, he booked himself a second round ticket: 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. He will be facing a much tougher challenge in his next match, Olympic winner and last year’s Cincinnati title holder Andy Murray. The British hero suffered an injury last week that forced him to quit Toronto Masters before his third round match.