Kvitova sees off Serena in Cincinnati classic

McEnroe 'My Dream Doubles Partner Would be Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal'

Serena Williams, meanwhile, went down against Petra Kvitova in a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 second-round loss.

Roger Federer cruised to a 6-4 6-4 win over Peter Gojowczyk in his first appearance since losing in the Wimbledon quarter-finals while rising Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas crashed out of the first round at the Cincinnati Masters on Tuesday.

Greece's Maria Sakkari edged 20-year-old Naomi Osaka in a closely contested second-set tiebreak to dispatch the Japanese 6-3 7-6 (8) in their first-round match.

The former World No.1 pulled out of last week's Rogers Cup in Montreal, citing "personal reasons", and had earlier suffered the worst defeat of her career - 6-1 6-0 -against Britain's Johanna Konta in San Jose.

Federer helped to create the Laver Cup past year and it took off with soaring success as two teams of six battle through a number of high-intensity matches over a three-day period. She later clarified that she had been struggling with post-natal emotions.

"I've played four three-set matches and a couple long ones in Washington, and although I didn't feel great, I managed to get through them", 2012 US Open victor Murray said via the Cincinnati Enquirer. I think center court plays much faster than the outside courts, so you don't have much time. "I'm getting there, and I'm going to just continue to work hard, and hopefully I'll start winning more matches". Perhaps no one was more excited than the fans in Cincinnati, who had not seen their seven-time champion in three years.

"It was a tough round for me because I've never beaten her, never even taken a set", said Pliskova. "I would be the last person to say I wouldn't want to play with him". Then I had an ongoing hip injury.

'In Masters 1000 we have more opportunities to have five-set matches, definitely at the World Finals.

Keys, the 11th seed, fired 13 aces as she eliminated fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands 3-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4. "You've got to keep it all in perspective, it's easier now for me to take time away". After surviving five match points, the British No 1 eventually succumbed 6-4, 7-5.

Johnson saved eight match points but Djokovic was not to be denied a second-round meeting with Adriano Mannarino.

Elise Mertens scored a 6-4 6-2 first-round win over Magdalena Rybarikova.

The victor of that match will play Lesia Tsurenko, who defeated Ekaterina Makarova 7-6 (7/5) 6-2.

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