Cincinnati - Nick Kyrgios served 39 aces, including one to
save match point, to power into the second round of the Cincinnati Masters with
a dramatic 6-7 (2/7), 7-5, 7-6 (11/9) win over Denis Kudla on Tuesday.
Last year's losing finalist Kyrgios finally saw off the
plucky American on his sixth match point.
The Australian will next face Croatian Borna Coric, who beat
Daniil Medvedev 6-2, 6-3.
But Kyrgios admitted that his chronic hip problems are
starting to become a worry.
"This year has been tough. I started the year very
well. Then obviously I hurt my elbow. Then I had an ongoing hip injury,"
"We have been definitely thinking about the options
with my hip. There is only so much you can do before you have to, I guess, get
surgery or something like that.
"Right now I'm just managing it. Obviously I'm feeling
my right knee because I'm favoring my left side of my body a little bit.
"I'm just trying to get through it. The physio has been
helping me. I've been doing rehab every day. I'm doing everything I can.
"As long as I can serve, I have a good chance to win
still, I guess."
The 23-year-old has struggled since Wimbledon, retiring from
his second-round match against Cameron Norrie in Atlanta before losing at the
first hurdle to Stan Wawrinka in last week's Rogers Cup.
But the world number 18 dug deep against Kudla after losing
a first-set tie-break, saving three break points in game 11 of the second set,
before levelling the match on his third set point and winning a thrilling
"It's always good to get a win at a tournament that you
previously did pretty well in. I'm struggling a little bit physically. I'm not
100 percent. So I'm just happy to get through," Kyrgios said.
"Obviously I'm still able to serve at a high level,
which is half the game. So I gave myself a chance today.
"I don't usually feel too many things on a tennis
court, but I felt a little bit of adrenaline in the third set, which was
Weekend Toronto finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas ran out of gas
in a 7-5, 6-3 loss to Belgian 11th seed David Goffin.
South Korea's Chung Hyeon rallied past a struggling Jack
Sock for a 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory.
Chung handed the slumping American an eighth straight
defeat, with Sock's last win coming in the opening round at Rome three months
The 22-year-old Korean, who pulled out of Toronto last week
with injury, prevailed after Sock took a long medical timeout in the second set
for an apparent back problem.
Sock discussed the situation with officials before opting to
play on, but Chung, an Australian Open semi-finalist earlier this year, charged
through the remainder of the match to set up a showdown with fourth seed Juan
Martin del Potro.
Unseeded Milos Raonic advanced past Serb Dusan Lajovic 6-3,
6-3 at the combined ATP and WTA event, the last major tune-up prior to the US
Open on August 27.
Russian Karen Khachanov, who reached the last four in
Toronto last week, put out Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.
In the women's draw, Czech ninth seed Karolina Pliskova made
a personal breakthrough as she beat Agnieszka Radwanska for the first time
after seven previous straight-sets losses to the Pole, winning 6-3, 6-3.
"It was a tough round for me because I've never beaten
her, never even taken a set," said Pliskova. "I was so happy when I
won the first set because I thought, 'Finally, one set for me'."
Australian 16th seed Ashleigh Barty defeated Czech teenager
Marketa Vondrousova 6-3, 7-5, while 14th-ranked Elise Mertens topped Magdalena
Rybarikova 6-4, 6-2.
Maria Sakkari beat Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka 6-3,
Results from the ATP and WTA Cincinnati Masters tournament on Tuesday (x denotes seeding):
Leonardo Mayer (ARG) bt Lucas Pouille (FRA x16) 7-6 (9/7), 6-4
Roger Federer (SUI x2) bt Peter Gojowczyk (GER) 6-4, 6-4
Denis Shapovalov (CAN) bt Kyle Edmund (GBR x14) 6-4, 7-5
Milos Raonic (CAN) bt Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 6-3, 6-3
Robin Haase (NED) bt Filip Krajinovic (SRB) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
Karen Khachanov (RUS) bt Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
Marius Copil (ROU) bt Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 6-4, 6-2
Nick Kyrgios (AUS x15) bt Denis Kudla (USA) 6-7 (2/7), 7-5, 7-6 (11/9)
Borna Coric (CRO) bt Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 6-2, 6-3
Chung Hyeon (KOR) bt Jack Sock (USA) 2-6, 6-1, 6-2
David Goffin (BEL x11) bt Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 7-5, 6-3
Marton Fucsovics (HUN) bt Hubert Hurkacz (POL) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8/6)
Mischa Zverev (GER) bt Damir Dzumhur (BIH) 6-3, 6-4
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) bt Viktoria Kuzmova (SVK) 6-3, 6-0
Caroline Garcia (FRA x6) bt Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 6-4, 7-5
Petra Kvitova (CZE x8) bt Serena Williams (USA) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
Elina Svitolina (UKR x5) bt Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 7-6 (7/1), 4-6, 6-4
Kaia Kanepi (EST) bt Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 2-6, 6-3, 6-1
Ashleigh Barty (AUS x16) bt Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) 6-3, 7-5
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) bt Ana Bogdan (ROU) 6-3, 6-2
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) bt Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) 6-1, 6-0
Camila Giorgi (ITA) bt Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 6-2, 6-3
Karolina Pliskova (CZE x9) bt Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 6-3, 6-3
Elise Mertens (BEL x15) bt Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 6-4, 6-2
Tatjana Maria (GER) bt Alexandra Kiick (USA) 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
Amanda Anisimova (USA) bt Timea Babos (HUN) 6-3, 6-4
Maria Sakkari (GRE) bt Naomi Osaka (JPN) 6-3, 7-6 (10/8)
Kiki Bertens (NED) bt CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) 6-2, 6-0
Petra Martic (CRO) bt Darya Kasatkina (RUS x12) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3