Cincinnati Masters and Beyond

Aug 20, 2009

The New Number Two

Andy Murray has successfully become number two to Roger Federer’s number one after winning at the Montreal Masters. Finally topping Rafael Nadal at the number two spot, the Scot was delighted at his new rise in the rankings.

He now eyes the number one spot: to topple undoubtedly one of the greatest sporting giants. Can, and should, Murray do this? He has never won a Grand Slam in his life; compared to Roger Federer’s 15. And if Murray was to become the world no. 1 having won none? Surely it would say something about the rankings system? This may be just me being a little prickly, and I would wholeheartedly agree I am not Andy Murray’s greatest fan. Could Murray climbing the rankings signal a new era of tennis, taking over from the bastions of an era slowly starting to fade? Maybe. Maybe not.

Cincinnati Masters

In Cincinnati, everybody is battling it out to get a foothold in the tournament. Murray had a good debut match with a 7-6 6-2 win over Spain’s Nicolas Almagro.

Federer beat Jose Acasuso, continuing to shift the doubts that fatherhood will break the world champion, and Nadal continued to look strong despite his recent injury leave by beating Andreas Seppi of Italy 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-3).

Novak Djokovic flitted past Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was subjected to another early defeat at the hands of Chris Guccione of Australia.     

Andy Roddick suffered a blow at the hands of Sam Querrey in the second round, the American creating mixed reports as to how he will come back to the big games after his injury leaves.

Whilst in Toronto…

Safina is one of the few big names knocked out in the early rounds, with her serve letting her down enormously. This was at the hands of Aravane Rezai, and follows Venus William’s shocking exit after being beaten by Kateryna Bondarenko.

Venus’s sister Serena had little problems getting through to the third round, beating Yaraslova Shvedova.

Elena Dementieva and Jelena Jankovic also advanced in the tournament. Sharapova has started well in Toronto, and beat Sybille Bammer 6-3 7-6 (7-5).



-          SophieG


Written by: SophieG

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